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Donations needed to fight hunger across the state this holiday season

OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin’s annual Feeding Oklahoma Drive kicks off on Sunday, October 1. The month-long drive benefits the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and their partner agencies across the state.

“While many of us can’t imagine not knowing where our next meal is coming from, it’s a reality for thousands of people in our state,” said Fallin. “This drive is an opportunity for all Oklahomans to come together and donate food and funds to ensure our hungry neighbors have food on their tables this winter. I know we can count on the giving spirit of Oklahomans to help.”

To participate in the drive, visit feedingoklahoma.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Every dollar donated will provide the equivalent of five meals for Oklahomans struggling with hunger. Food donations will stay local to help fight hunger in communities across Oklahoma. Non-perishable food items can also be donated at select BancFirst locations, Bob Moore Auto Group locations, the Community Food Bank and the Regional Food Bank. Most-needed items include canned meat, canned vegetables, canned fruits, canned tuna, peanut butter, and rice and beans.

“This drive comes at a critical time of year before people start thinking about the needs of many of our hungry neighbors during the holidays,” said Eileen Bradshaw, executive director of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. “We are grateful to Governor Fallin for addressing the issue of hunger in our state and mobilizing friends, businesses and organizations to provide healthy food for our neighbors struggling to put enough food on the table.”

Oklahoma is one of the hungriest states in the nation, with one in six residents struggling with hunger every day. The majority of clients served by the Oklahoma food banks are chronically hungry children, seniors living on fixed incomes and working families who struggle to make ends meet each month.

“We’re happy to once again partner with Governor Fallin to help raise funds and food for Oklahomans with inconsistent access to food,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. “We are so appreciative that the Feeding Oklahoma Drive shines a light on the issue of hunger in our state. I want to offer a special thank you to the businesses and individuals who participate in this drive.”

Feeding Oklahoma is presented by Chickasaw Nation, Devon Energy and Walmart. Additional sponsors include BP America, Dolese Bros. Co., Homeland, INTEGRIS Health, Lopez Foods and Love's Travel Stops. It’s not too late to become a sponsor. For more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (405) 600-3174. Once again chairing the statewide food drive for Fallin is businesswoman Laure Majors, with co-chairs Laura Watts and Brenda Jones Barwick.

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization and a member of Feeding America’s network of Food Banks. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 136,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,300 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 653 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry. For more information, click here.



As required by Section 311, Title 25 of the Oklahoma Statutes, notice is hereby given that the Board of County Commissioners of Okmulgee County will hold a regular meeting on October 2, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will be held in the County Commissioners Conference Room in the County Courthouse, located at 314 W. 7th, Okmulgee.

NOTE: The Board may discuss, vote to approve, vote to disapprove, vote to table or decide not to discuss any item on the agenda.


1. Call to Order, Invocation, Pledge of Allegiance

2. Possible approval of minutes from regular meeting

3. Input by the Public on any non-agenda items

4. Order of Business:

A. Discussion and possible approval of Officers’ Reports

B. Discussion and possible approval of Blanket Purchase Orders

C. Discussion and possible approval of Employee Acknowledgment Forms

D. Discussion and possible approval of submitted Utility Permits

E. Discussion and possible approval of Private Property Agreements

F. Discussion and possible approval of Resolution to select engineering firm to perform

County bridge inspections

5. Report from Emergency Management Director and/or 911 Communications Director

6. New Business

7. Discussion and possible approval of claims and/or signing of documents

8. Vote to go into Executive Session to discuss a confidential communication matter with the

Board of County Commissioners’ Attorney

Attorney communications:

25 O.S. §307(B) (4) Executive Sessions: Confidential communications between a public body and its attorney concerning a pending investigation, claim or action if the public body with the advice of its attorney, determines that disclosure will seriously impair the ability of the public body to process the claim or conduct a pending investigation, litigation, or proceeding in the public interest.

9. Vote to return from Executive Session

10. Discussion and possible approval of Relinquishment of Easement to a tract of land in the

W/2 of the SW/4 of the NW/4, Section 36, Township 16 North, Range 13 East of the Indian

Base and Meridian, Landowners Tim Culberson and Kelly Culberson

11. Discussion and possible approval of Condemnation Resolution for Highway purposes

involving real property owned by Tim Culberson and Kelly Culberson, husband and wife,

located in Section 36, Township 16 North, Range 13 East, Okmulgee County, Oklahoma

12. Discussion and possible vote on other matters discussed in Executive Session

13. Adjourn

Name/Title of Person Posting This Notice: Becky Thomas/County Clerk

Date: September 28, 2017 Signature: __________________________________

Saturday, 30 September 2017 20:57

OCTOBER 2017 menu for the Mounds Senior Citizens

EVERYONE WELCOME - Open @ 9:00 am; Serving @ 11:30 am
~~Dine-In or Carry-Out (918-827-6828)~~

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

Tues, Oct 3 - Meat Loaf, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Green Beans , Dessert

Thur, Oct 5 - Red Beans w/Smoked Sausage & Rice, Vegetables, Dessert

Tues, Oct 10 - King Ranch Chicken, Salad, Dessert

Thur, Oct 12 - Baked Zita, Salad, Garlic Bread, Dessert

Tues, Oct 17 - Beef Stew, Cornbread, Dessert

Thur, Oct 19 - Pulled Pork Sandwich, Chips, Potato Salad, Dessert

Tues, Oct 24 - Chicken Pot Pie, Salad, Cornbread, Dessert

Thur, Oct 26 - Lasagna, Salad, Garlic Bread, Dessert

Tues, Oct 31 - Cheesy Chicken & Rice, Vegetable, Dessert

Thur, Nov 2 - Taco Soup, Cornbread, Dessert

Saturday, 30 September 2017 18:50

Celia Claudene Hardin

Dateline: Henryetta, Oklahoma

Name: Celia Claudene Hardin

Age: 86

Date of Death: Saturday, September 30, 2017

Place of Death: Del City, Oklahoma

Arrangements: Integrity Funeral Service

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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EVERYONE WELCOME - Open @ 9:00 am; Serving @ 11:30 am
~~Dine-In or Carry-Out (918-827-6828)~~

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.

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