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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 06:16

Escapee nabbed in Muskogee County

MUSKOGEE — An inmate who escaped from a McClain County jail transport van was captured in Muskogee County, the Okmulgee County Sheriff's Office reported.

Skipper Eugene Rowland, 35, was being taken from the Muskogee County jail to the McClain County jail Tuesday when he escaped.

McClain County deputies were taking Rowland from the Muskogee County jail, where he was being held on attempted escape and burglary charges, to McClain County, where he was scheduled to appear in court on a felony charge of possession of a controlled substance.

RowlandBut Rowland, of Warner, escaped the McClain County van about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday near U.S. 266 and State Highway 52 east of Dewar, the Okmulgee County Sheriff's Office reported.

Rowland managed to get loose from leg restraints and belly chain while in the van and then escaped through a door when the driver stopped at the intersection, Muskogee County Sheriff Bob Frazier said Wednesday. Rowland had twice before tried to escape from custody through a window at the Muskogee County jail, Frazier said. Rowland had already been charged with escape in those cases, he said.


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Law enforcement searching for inmate who escaped in Okmulgee County

Law enforcement officers are searching for Skipper E. Rowland, 35, who escaped from an inmate transport transport vehicle at the intersection of Oklahoma 52 and U.S. 266, also known as Wildcat Junction, about 1 p.m between Henryetta and Morris Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday evening the Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office received information of a stolen vehicle taken from the area where escaped inmate Skipper Rowland was last seen. The vehicle was taken a few hours after Rowland escaped and is currently believed to be occupied by him.

The vehicle is a Red 1999 Ford F-350 Flatbed with a White Feed Bin on the back. The tag number displayed on the vehicle is Oklahoma 743-JNF.

The public is asked to contact 911 immediately if they see Rowland or the vehicle, but not to approach him. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Monday, 04 September 2017 20:25

Lions hear 15-Minutes of Fame talks

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Pictured left to right: Program Chairman Lion David Fetgatter, Lion Rev. Dale Fillmore, and Lion Anthony Nieto.

Things aren't always like Baby Bear's porridge--just right, but not to worry because we can usually come up with a contingency plan. Such was the case for Tuesday's Lions Club meeting when one of our planned program presenters notified our president that he was on his way out of town for a family emergency. Then the light bulb came on in our president's head because he had just sponsored our newest member of exactly one week, and our program was scheduled to include two new member's 15 minutes-of-fame speeches. The redeeming grace of the situation is that this new member of one week is Rev. Dale Fillmore, pastor of the First Church of the Nazarene, and everyone knows that pastors can fit in for every emergency, and can speak at the "drop of a hat". So, the show must go on, and it did, and without a hitch.

First up, though, was Anthony Nieto, General Manager of the Okmulgee Times, an Okmulgee County native and a Morris High School graduate, who had taken classes at Green Country Technology Center while in high school. One of his instructors, Julie Roberds, had sort of steered him in the area of Visual Communications, and he wanted to pursue this area with the goal of working for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. He enrolled at OSUIT, and then completed his degree. While in college, he had worked for and interned for an ad agency, but when he was ready for a full-time position, the agency closed. So, here he was, a college graduate without a job, so after about a year of this, he returned to the Morris area to move back in with his parents. Nieto expressed his humiliation of this situation.

One of his Morris High School teachers, the late Robbie McMurtry, had become a mentor to Nieto with his artistic ability, which proved to be an invaluable resource later. He explained that Lion Heather Sumner was working for Work Force at that time, where he had gone to apply for employment, and she just happened to know of a position available at the Okmulgee Times. Nieto interviewed for the job and went to work the next day.

During the past eight years, he has worked in nearly every facet of the newspaper industry before being appointed to his present position, succeeding the legendary late Herman Brown. Nieto is excited to be a part of Okmulgee Rising, a Chamber of Commerce Board Member, a supporter of Mainstreet, an Okmulgee resident, and now a Lions Club active member. He is a father to two daughters, ages nine and 13. We are excited to have Anthony Nieto as a new member of our club, but I just wish some of us older Lions had the excitement and energy to keep up with him.

Rev. Dale Fillmore is our newest Lion member of one week, born in California to his Oklahoma parents, a four month resident of Okmulgee, and pastor of the First Church of the Nazarene, who says he feels "at home" in Okmulgee and already feels like he is an "Okie", reversing the trend in John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath". But to explain how he got to Okmulgee from California, and many points in between, would take us on a circumventurous (made-up word not in the dictionary) journey. But the pastor related that an incident in the third grade almost precluded him being able to speak in front of groups, which is not consistent with being a pastor.

Pastor Fillmore graduated high school in Norwalk, California where he was on the swim team, played water polo, and played clarinet in the band. He described himself as adventurous, and says his wife believes if he had been born in the 1800's, he would have been a Mountain Man. But, instead, he felt God's call to the ministry, which he rebelled against for several years before giving in. So, off to Seminary in Indiana (Church of God, Anderson, Indiana), then back to California before accepting his first church in Montana. Other churches he pastored were in Washington, Alaska, Kansas, Indiana, Colorado, and finally, a call to the Mission Field in Brazil. The last eight years in Brazil, he was the Academic Director for a church school because he had more education than any of the other pastors.

Returning to the States, he decided that he wasn't ready to retire, so he and his wife began looking for churches needing a pastor. His parents had moved back to Sand Springs so he was familiar with Oklahoma because of the many trips to visit. Thus, their circle was completed about four months ago when they came to Okmulgee. So, now that we have two pastors numbered among our membership (Lion Rev. Chris Tiews, Trinity Lutheran Church, and now Lion Rev. Dale Fillmore, First Church of the Nazarene), some of us Lions are going to have to "shape up or ship out" (old Navy term). But living life and loving life is what it's all about, isn't it? And lending a helping hand along the way, because we might only pass that way once. That's why we are pleased and honored to welcome these two new members into the fold. And why don't you consider passing our way at least once, and help lighten the load? "WE SERVE".
(Photo and information provided by Dean Craig)

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Here is the SEPTEMBER 2017 menu for the Mounds Senior Citizens center:

Tues, Sept 5 - Meat Loaf, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Green Beans , Dessert

Thur, Sept 7 - Smoked Sausage w/Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Chips, Dessert

Tues, Sept 12 - Taco Salad, Refried Beans, Spanish Rice, Dessert

Thur, Sept 14 - Salmon Patties, Roasted Potatoes, Veggie, Dessert

Tues, Sept 19 - Goulash, Salad, Dessert

Thur, Sept 21 - Chicken Chunks, Mashed Potatoes, Cream Gravy, Salad, Dessert

Tues, Sept 26 - Pork Roast, Potatoes, Brown Gravy, Carrots, Dessert

Thur, Sept 28 - Chili Cheese Coneys, Cole Slaw, Potato Chips, Dessert

Monday, 04 September 2017 20:19

Ella Mae Paden obit

Ella Mae Paden, longtime resident of Beggs, passed away Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at Glenwood Healthcare in Glenpool. She was 97 years of age. Ella Mae was born April 10, 1920 in Marble City, Oklahoma to the late John and Lou Alice (Perciful) Cockrum. She moved to Beggs and married Kiowa D. Paden. Ella Mae loved to cook and was best known for her fried chicken and chicken and noodles, but was famous for her chocolate chip cookies. She enjoyed flowers, quilting and crocketing, but most of all, she loved being with her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 73 years, parents, two brothers, Houston and Fred Cockrum and two sisters, Bessie Points and Irene Tackett. Survivors include a son, Sam Paden and wife Sharon of Beggs, two daughters, Tommie Kula and husband Rick of Broken Arrow and Jerrie Griffin and husband Roy of Beggs, seven grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren. She is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews and longtime friends. A graveside service will be held 2:00 P.M. Friday, September 1, 2017 at the Beggs Cemetery with Pastor Johnny Boyce officiating. Casketbearers will be Samuel Paden, Mark Griffin, Mike Kula, Brian Johnson, Garrett Kula and Parker Johnson. Arrangements have been entrusted to the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Beggs.

Monday, 04 September 2017 20:18

Danny Wayne Johnson obit

Name: Danny Wayne Johnson

Place of Residence: Henryetta, Oklahoma

Age: 63

Date of Death: Saturday, September 2, 2017

Place of Death: Henryetta, Oklahoma

Arrangements: Integrity Funeral Service

Monday, 04 September 2017 20:17

Johnnie Fox obit

Funeral services are pending for Grayson resident Johnnie Fox, who passed from this life on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at the age of 79.  Service information and survivors will be released as soon as the information is finalized with the funeral home.  Services are under the direction of Integrity Funeral Service of Henryetta.

Monday, 04 September 2017 20:16

Dovie Letruss (Brasher) Coleman obit

Dovie Letruss (Brasher) Coleman, a longtime resident of Henryetta, passed from this life on Saturday, August 26, 2017 in Henryetta at the age of 94.  Letruss was born on December 4, 1922
to Otto Brasher and Olive Whitworth Brasher.

Letruss moved to Oklahoma from Missouri with her family as a young girl.   She attended school in the Henryetta area.  She met and married the love of her life, Harold Coleman on October 11, 1941.  Shortly after their marriage, Harold left to serve in the military and Letruss moved to San Fransisco where she worked as a welder during the war.  She remained happily married to Harold for 39 years until Harold's death in 1980.  Letruss was a longtime member of the First Christian Church of Henryetta.  She also loved gardening and working in her flower beds, and maintaining her home.  She loved traveling and vacationing with family.   Letruss was a loving daughter, sister, wife, aunt, mother and grandmother and she will be missed by the many people who were touched by her love.

Letruss is preceded in death by her mother and father; her husband, Harold Coleman who died in 1980; 2 daughters, Carol Coleman and Nancy Orms; a son-in-law, Robert Orms; grandsons, Brett Money and Scott Money; by two brothers, William Truman Brasher and Rube Milo Brasher; and by two sisters,  Fairy Ellen Pruitt and Clemmie Brown.

She is survived by four granddaughters, Heather Orms of Henryetta, Lauri Hall and husband Lonnie of Henryetta, Lisa Powell and husband Albert of Checotah, and Tammy Money of Henryetta; seven great grandchildren, Audrey Powell, Logan Hall, Lainey Hall, Kimberly Mustin, Amos Martin, Chase Martin, and Shane Price; several great great grandchildren; a niece, Diana Bowe; a nephew, Roger Pruitt; and numerous other extended family and many good friends.

Following cremation, a memorial service will be held at the First Christian Church in Henryetta at 2:00pm on Saturday, September 2, 2017 with Rev. Jarrod Dummond officiating.  

Services are under the direction of Integrity Funeral Service of Henryetta.

Monday, 04 September 2017 20:15

Cathryn Rene Chadwell obit

Cathryn Rene Chadwell born Tuesday, August 20, 1974 to the late William Joseph, Jr. and Gertie Lamb in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Rene passed away at her home on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at the age of 43. She enjoyed reading a good book and being outdoors, wither it was camping, fishing, or playing dominos. Rene loved taking care of people and she did that well through her many years of being an awesome CNA/LPN. Rene loved playing video games with her son and spouse. She was a great mother to her four children and an even better grandmother to her two grandsons. Rene was a terrific spouse to Kenny and was so fun to be around.

Rene is preceded in death by her parents. Left to cherish all of her wonderful memories are her spouse

Kenneth Suggs, Jr., her children Gertie Chadwell, Freddie Chadwell, Joshua James Suggs, and Kenneth Suggs III, grandson Shane and Tristan all of Okmulgee and one brother William "Jay" Champlain of Welling, OK.
Private family services are to be held at a later date. Arrangements and cremation services have been entrusted to the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee.

Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on ’s Tribute Page of our website at www.mcclendon-winters.com

Monday, 04 September 2017 20:14

Rose Mary (Rogers) Mills obit

Rose Mary Mills was born on Friday, December 22, 1961 to the late Tucker Oswald and Ada Pearl (Brittain) Rogers in Sugar Land, Texas. She passed away Monday, August 28, 2017 at the age of 55. Rosie met the love of her life Greg Mills and later married on October 10, 1989.

Rosie took pleasure in picking black berries and pecans. She raised chickens and had a green thumb for her garden and plants. Rosie and Greg adored the time together riding on their motorcycle. She was so proud that she had her life time fishing license and enjoyed going fishing with her husband and son Michael. In her spare time she would crochet. Rosie's pride and joy were her three grandchildren.

Preceding Rosie in death are her parents, a brother James Rogers, and granddaughter Serenity Mills. Left to cherished all of the great memories of Rosie are her husband of the home, step-son Gregory Mills of Okmulgee, sons Jacob Lavern Linwood Mills of Okmulgee, and Michael James Mills of West Virginia, granddaughters Justyce Mills, Azzy Mills, and Adelyn Gale Mills, sisters Jeaneen Wayland of Tennessee, and Juleen Lee of Georgia.

A funeral service for Rosie will be held 11:00 A.M. Friday, September 1, 2017 at the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home Chapel in Okmulgee with Pastor Terry Wilson officiating. Interment to follow at the Okmulgee Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Wayland, Jeramie Rogers, Matt Neals, Gregory Mills, Michael Mills, and Jacob Mills. Friends may visit the funeral home Thursday, August 31, 2017 from 12:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. Arrangements have been entrusted to the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee.

Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on Rosie’s Tribute Page of our website at www.mcclendon-winters.com

The September 12 Republican meeting will feature two more candidates for the 2018 election cycle. This is a great opportunity for all Registered Republicans, or those who are considering voting for one of the Republican candidates for the 2018 election cycle, to get an early first impression.

This month's featured candidates are Matt Pinnell, who is running for Lt. Governor and Glen Mulready who is running for Insurance Commissioner.

Matt has the honor of being the youngest Republican State Party Chairman in the U.S. at the time of his election. He was so successful in this role he was asked by Reince Priebus to serve as the State Party Director for the Republican National Committee. He then lead the transition team when Reince went to Washington D.C. Matt and his wife Lisa are entrepreneurs who created a new baby product that has now grown into an international business. Matt and his family live in Tulsa.

Glen Mulready spent 13 of 33 years in the private sector insurance industry working on the executive teams of Oklahoma's two largest health insurance companies. Glen currently serves the public in the House of Representatives as the Majority Floor Leader. He previously served as chair of the House Insurance Committee leading efforts to reform our state's insurance laws. Glen and his family live in Tulsa.

Also, we will be receiving a brief update on the budget situation from Representative Scott Fetgattter.

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