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Marlena Hammen NativeVision Coordinator, Okmulgee School Superintendent Tod Williams, and Shavon Ncclenathan MCN proud to announce Youth Camp coming to Okmulgee.  (photo by Valerie Rice)

By Valerie Rice - ONN

Stride Soar Succeed motto will be the vision to take root in the hearts of many Native American kids this June in Okmulgee.

Marlena Hammen, Coordinator for NativeVision paid a visit to Okmulgee Tuesday as she is getting anxious to pull together joint efforts on a big vision.  Okmulgee will be host to the Native Vision Youth Camp this year on June 9-11 at the Claud Cox Complex which will be the center of activity. Hammen met with OPS Superintendent Tod Williams, school leaders and Muscogee (Creek) Nation staff to organize the plan.

Okmulgee Public Schools is partnering with NativeVision to assist with the event.  OPS will contribute in the use of school buildings and gyms including the new building at the High School for the Education portion of the program, the school cafeterias for their meals, use of school buses for transportation, if needed and Harmon Field and other athletic fields for sporting events including hospital park sports fields.

Up to 1000 students from over 15 tribal nations across the US, including some Okmulgee students, will travel to Okmulgee and participate in a 3-day sports and life skills event.   The camp is for Native American Indian children ages 7-18.  The camp is completely at no cost to participant including meals and board. Students will camp at the Complex.

The camp encompasses six sports; Football, Baseball, Soccer, LaCross, Volleyball and Track. More than sports, the three day camp not only will be a great cultural exchange but it also includes a variety of life skills and self-expression workshops for campers and adults. The camp will feature workshops in leadership, team building, nutrition, anti-bullying and arts and crafts for the younger kids. All programs help kids make positive choices for healthy lifestyles as they transition to adulthood.

According to the NativeVision website, the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health was founded at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in 1991, based on two decades of collaboration between Hopkins health experts and Indian communities.  The Center’s mission is to work in partnership with tribes to research, design, implement, and evaluate interventions to raise the health and well-being of American Indians to the highest possible level.  

Hammen said that NativeVision partners with NFL Players Association and the Nick Lowery Charitable Foundation.  The Youth Camp was cofounded by Alison Barlow with John Hopkins for American Indian Health, Clark Gains who was the Assistant Executive Director of the NFL Players Association at the time and Nick Lowery a former kicker for the NYC Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs. The first camp was held in 1996, so this year will be their 20th anniversary.   

The program is operated by around 200 volunteers including 60 retired athletes and coaches, including NFL, NBA and collegiate athletes who will teach the students.  Barry Switzer former American football player and coach will attend the welcome ceremony on Thursday.  (See list below of those confirmed for instruction.)

Three scholarships will be awarded during the event including two $5000 scholarships to 2016 graduating seniors who will enter college in the Fall and award one $5000 to a local student. Applications are now being accepted.  Visit www.nativevision.org for more information under SCHOLARSHIPS.

The program generally stays at the same location for 2 to 3 years or more. So the hope is NativeVision will find a home in Okmulgee as Hammen said there is a chance a camp could continue year after year.

Click HERE for Schedule


L.J. Anderson, University of Central Florida & Kansas City Chiefs (12,13,14,15)
Frank Beede, Seattle Seahawks
Jon Haskins, San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles & Stanford University (14)
Bobby Jackson, New York Jets (15)
Abrm McQuarters, Dartmouth College (15)
Bill Meyers, Coach Green Bay Packers, Pittsburg Steelers, New Orleans Saints
John Olenchalk, Kansas City Chiefs (97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11,12,13,14,15)
Ron Pritchard, Cincinnati Bengals & Houston Oilers (10, 11,12,13,14,15)

Gregory Frost, Coach University of Saint Mary (01,02,04,05,06,07,08,09, 10, 11,12,13,14,15)
Corey Gupton, Chicago Rockstars & Detroit Panthers (15)
Emma Hart, Park University
Derek Mueller, Park University (01, 02, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 12,13,14,15)
Mimi Walters, Virginia Tech & Coach Yale & Bryn Manor Basketball (12,13,14,15)
Kim White, Park University (00,01,02,04,05,06,07,08,09,10,11,12,13,14,15)

Sam Halaufia, University of California Merced (15)
Alysha McCreary, Towson University & Coach UC Merced (10, 11, 12,13,14,15)
David Noble, Coach University of California Merced
(99, 00, 01, 02, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12,13,14,15)
Patrick Pascual, University of California Merced (15)
Surabordin Prachumsri, University of California Merced (14,15)
Salamasina Satele, University of California Merced (15)

Michael Daney, Haskell Indian Junior College & Northeastern Oklahoma State University (06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11,13,14)
Erycka Fisher, Park University & Coach Concordia University (12,13,15)
Isabel Griffith, University of Pennsylvania (15)
Aneika Robinson-Gupton, Park University (15)
Anthuan Maybank, University of Iowa & 1996 Olympic Gold Winner 400 Meter Relay (12,13,14,15)
Maelynn Shelton, Coach Kansas City Blazers & Maple Park Viking (10, 11, 12,13,14,15)
Heather Smith, Park University & Coach Valley Coast Running & Fitness (13,14)

Phillip Hayes, Park University (13,14,15)
Bernd Linhart, Louisiana State University (01, 05, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11,12,14,15)
Kendra McMillen, University of Montana
Stephanie Pogue, Oregon State University & Western Oregon University

David Bray, American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame for Men’s Lacrosse & Cornell University (10, 11,12,13,14,15)
Pete DuMont, Cornell University & Founded & Coach Ithaca Lacrosse Club (11,12,13,14,15)
Justin Giles, University of Virginia & Iroquois Nationals (14,15)
Alf Jacques, Coach/General Manager Onondaga Red Hawks Lacrosse, & Wooden Stick Maker (11,12,13,14,15)
Cookie Krongard, Princeton University & New York Lacrosse Club

Katie Berdy, Columbia University
Sarah Biron, Johns Hopkins University & Coach MassElite Lacrosse (13,14,15)
Cassandra Hertzig, Columbia University
Paige Tollner, Plymouth State University & Coach New Hampshire Tomahawks Elite Lacrosse (15)

Published in Okmulgee in the News

Driving past barricades into flood waters is now going to be very expensive. Tim Creighton, Okmulgee County Emergency Management Director, announced that when a road has been closed to traffic by erecting a barricade it is unlawful for any person to drive round it and enter the closed area.

Any person going around a barricade and driving off into flood waters shall be charged with a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be subject to a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 or 30 days in the county jail. They also shall be liable for any damage to property, or injury to or death to persons caused by the violations. The court may in addition order restitution for the costs of emergency response and repair or replacement of any damaged emergency equipment. The below listed law is now going to be enforced and fines are going to be levied.

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47 O.S. 2001, Section 11-1302

Temporary Highway Closings - Flooded Highways or Maintenance and Construction Zones


A. The Department of Transportation and any county or city in this state through their respective governing bodies are hereby authorized to close any highway or section thereof, within their respective jurisdiction, to traffic while the highway is flooded or under repair, maintenance or construction and, in exercising the authority, shall erect or cause to be erected traffic-control devices and barricades to warn and notify the public that the highway has been closed to traffic.

B. When any highway has been closed to traffic under the provisions of subsection A of this section and traffic-control devices or barricades have been erected, it shall be unlawful for any person to drive any vehicle through, under, over, or around the traffic-control devices or barricades, or otherwise to enter the closed area. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to persons while engaged in the construction, maintenance and repair of the highway or to persons entering therein for the protection of lives or property; provided, that persons having their places of residence or places of business within the closed area may travel, when possible to do so, through the area at their own risk.

C. Whenever construction, repair and maintenance of any highway is being performed under traffic, the governing body having jurisdiction over the highway shall erect, or cause to be erected, traffic-control devices to warn and guide the public. Each person using the highway shall obey all signs, signals, markings, flagmen or other traffic-control devices which are placed to regulate, control, and guide traffic through the construction or maintenance area. As used in this subsection, "construction or maintenance area" means any area upon or around any highway that is visibly marked as an area where construction, repair, and maintenance is temporarily occurring. The construction or maintenance area also includes the lanes of highway leading up to the area upon which an activity described in this section is being performed, beginning at the point where properly posted traffic-control devices start to warn and guide the public into and through the construction or maintenance including, but not limited to, instructions to merge from one lane into another lane, to reduce speed, or to follow directions of flagmen.

D. The "Merge Now" traffic-control device that is used to warn and guide the public using the highway to merge, shall be located no greater than one (1) mile nor less than one thousand five hundred (1,500) feet in advance of the highway construction or maintenance area. Whenever any traffic-control device requires traffic to merge due to the closure of a section or lane of highway, the merge shall be completed:

1. As soon as practicable after passing the traffic-control device; and

2. Without passing any other traffic proceeding in the same direction.

E. No person shall remove, change, modify, deface or alter any traffic-control device or barricade which has been erected on any highway under the provisions of this article.

F. Nothing in this article shall relieve the state or any of its subdivisions or their contractors, agents, servants or employees from liability for failure to perform any of the duties imposed herein.

G. Any person who violates any provision of this article shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be subject to a fine of not less than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) nor more than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) or imprisonment in the county jail not to exceed thirty (30) days, or both such fine and imprisonment, and shall be liable for any damage to property, or injury to or death to persons caused by the violations. In addition, the court may order restitution in an amount equal to the actual costs of the emergency response and repair or replacement of any damaged or lost emergency equipment.

Published in Law Enforcement & Fire

2015 2 15 Jeff Hough Airport Director

City Council voted to approve the reduction in the Williams Electric, LLC who agrees to a net decrease in their contract of $3,570.00 for work done at the Okmulgee Regional Airport. City Clerk, Ronnia Andrews, informed the Council that the project is finished.

Additionally they approved an Amendment to an agreement with CEC Infrastructure Solutions to construct some drainage improvements.

The Council voted to approve the appointment of Terry Bemis to replace Mr. Jack Harlan on the Airport Advisory Board.

Jeff Hough, who is, Tulsa’s Deputy Airports Director (photo top left) spoke to the Council and gave an update on the progress at Okmulgee Regional Airport which is now under the umbrella of the Tulsa Airports. It paves the way to an identical operation as the Jones Riverside Airport near Jenks, which they are attempting to model it after.

The City has an agreement with the Tulsa International Trust who has been operating the Airport since July 1, 2015. They are working on drafting documents to lease out the property. They want to lease land for private Hanger Development as well as Commercial Development. Hough announced that he will be retiring in August and he is trying to build the framework before he leaves.

Jeff Moulder, (seated in photo below) who will take on Hough’s duties, will still be staying and getting more engaged in the workings of the airport.

Mr. Hough told the council that he had attended several meetings in the city, including the Lions Club and would be happy to talk to more organizations. City Manager Roger Ballenger thanked Mr. Hough for making the information available to the public about the future plans of the Okmulgee Regional Airport.

“This is the most exciting thing for Okmulgee in 30 years,” Ballenger jokingly said, “Jeff Hough is Time Magazines Man of the Year for Okmulgee.”

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Published in Okmulgee in the News
Thursday, 12 November 2015 21:39

Lawrence Carpenter obit

Lawrence Carpenter a resident of Henryetta passed away on November 11, 2015 in Morris, Ok at the age of 85. He was born October 1, 1930 in Henryetta to Rueben and Mary (Springetti) Carpenter. Lawrence retired from the Glass Plant in Henryetta and was a member of the Christian Assembly of God in Schulter, OK.

He is preceded in death by his loving wife Thelma Jo, Mother Mary Casey, Sister Elaine Casey, 2 brothers- Jerrald and Bob Carpenter, brother- in laws- Lloyd Malone and Bill Robinson Survived by his sister; Vera Robinson of Tulsa, Betty Malone of Morris. Sister in law- Bobbye Carpenter of Tulsa and Nadine Carpenter of Oklahoma City and many nieces and nephews. Lawrence is also remembered by his loving Church family, Christian Assembly of God in Schulter and many dear friends.

Graveside service will be at 11:00 am, Saturday, November 14, 2015 at the Westlawn Cemetery under the direction of the Rogers Funeral Home.

Published in Obituaries

The Okmulgee 4th Annual Christmas Toy Run will be held Nov. 14. Lineup begins at 11 a.m. and will leave at 12 p.m. from Wal-Mart, 1800 S. Wood Drive. All vehicles are welcome. Ride fee is an unwrapped toy for kids of all ages. Free Massey’s BBQ sandwiches and door prizes.

Contact Deby Page for more information at 918-261-6916.

Published in What's Happening?


The Chamber of Commerce has graciously offered a desk space within their office to the Okmulgee Historical Society. The space will be used to meet the needs of the organization in order to conduct business and meet with individuals concerning historical properties.

OHS wants to be available as a resource to the community. OHS can provide information about the different historical buildings and homes. There are numerous properties that have been added to the National Register of Historic Places being deemed as historical properties.

The Okmulgee Historical Society was created in 2009. According to Anna Dearmore, President and Founder of the Society, it was created with the idea of promoting the historical homes in Okmulgee. Members were concerned that in some cities some of the older houses were being torn down and replaced with modern homes. Not wanting to see this happen in Okmulgee the group initiated a movement to recognize and take pride in the historical properties.

Every other year since its conception, as a fundraiser, they have held tours with open houses in some of the historical homes. They are now focused on the downtown historical properties. One very big goal for next year is redesigning the walking and driving maps in the city and highlighting some of the properties. OHS has an interest in partnering with other organizations possibly the City of Okmulgee in preparing these maps, which might include the new walking trail.

Anyone who has an interest in the history of the City of Okmulgee is welcome and encouraged to join the Historical Society. Their individual dues are just $15.00 per year. The society meets the first Tuesday of every month at the Mabrey Bank Conference Room at 5:45 pm.

You may contact Anna Dearmore at 918-752-0235 for more information.

The Historical Society Officers for 2015-2016 are:

Anna Dearmore, President
Bill Martin, Vice President
Paul Orosco, Treasurer
Tamra Livingston Secretary

Okmulgee Historical Society and Okmulgee Chamber of Commerce are “On the Rise”.

Photo above by Allen Gardner - ONN

Published in Okmulgee in the News
Thursday, 22 October 2015 09:48

Trash off day rescheduled to October 31

Due to the expected rain for this weekend Saturday, Oct. 24th, the City of Okmulgee is rescheduling the "Free Trash Day" to Saturday, October 31st, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (noon). This will be the only Free Trash event held in 2015. Questions can be directed to the Okmulgee Landfill at (918)733-4558.

For all the details of the event CLICK HERE


Published in Okmulgee in the News

The Okmulgee County Sheriffs Office along with District 25 Violent Crime Task Force is still in the process of investigating a homicide that occurred Saturday October 17, 2015 at approximately 10:00 p.m. in Beggs, Ok in Okmulgee County.

Investigators learned that the victim, Rebecca M. Hamilton, 62, of Beggs returned to her home and found an intruder inside and was shot shortly after by the trespasser.

The crime occurred at the 5000 block of Harreld Rd. Deputies and other Task Force agents assisting the case canvassed the area as well as interviewed neighbors.

A solid motive has not been established at this time.  A list of suspects is being interviewed and several leads are being traced.

Anyone with information involving this crime please contact the Okmulgee County Sheriffs office 918-756-4311.

Published in Law Enforcement & Fire

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Where do you begin when trying to describe the career of special effects makeup artist Tate Steinsiek, a 1996 graduate of Morris High School, and Tuesday's Lions Club program? Probably at age 3 when he was drawing scary monsters with crayons and smearing his face with ketchup and calling it blood. His artistic creativity is somewhat God-given but also can be attributed to his mother, Tommy (Shipley) Steinsiek. Some of you might remember the 1987 artist rendering of Matthew 18:10 she did as a fund-raiser for the Anne Moroney Youth Shelter. (I just happen to have one of those prints and what is ironic is that she used a picture of 3 year-old Tate as a model, but the figure is shown as a girl). Tate's mother, Tommy, and his sister, Rose, were also in attendance for his presentation.

Tate is also a musician and was playing in a band in Tulsa, and the band was doing well, so they decided to head to the East Coast (Boston) because it really had a great music scene at the time. But plans changed when he met an aspiring filmmaker who "asked me to try and do some effects" for his film. It was love at first design. Within the year, he had left Boston and the band for Pittsburgh to work with Tom Savini, called "the Master of Splatters" by houseofhorrors.com. Savini offered him the job of creating special effects makeup for the film "Zombie Honeymoon", which was shot in New York City.

In 2002, Tate moved there to start his own company and, in 2003, his Ill Willed Productions began providing special-effects makeup prosthetic application and prop fabrication to clients including the Jim Henson Co., Dream Works, NBC, HBO, Xbox, and others. He has done special effects work for "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "Sharknado 2". He has finished second twice of Syfy channel's "Face-off" special effects competition and a group of producers were watching and called him to ask about him directing a movie, which he did. The movie will be coming out next month and is called "Addiction: 60's Love Story", based on a true story. Main Street Director, Lion Heather Sumner, suggested the Orpheum might could host a Premiere Opening of the film.

Tate is constantly traveling, teaching intro to advanced special effects makeup courses in Ireland, Spain, and Mexico. In fact, Monday afternoon he called me to let me know he had just landed in Tulsa from London and he would be at the Lions meeting Tuesday. What another amazing story of "local-boy-makes-good" and if you missed this program, you missed a really entertaining real-life story.

Pictured top is Program Chairperson Lion Sandy Patterson, Tate Steinsiek, and President Lion Beth Flud.
(Photo and information provided by Dean Craig, with excerpts from Rita Sherrow, Tulsa World)

Published in Okmulgee in the News
Tuesday, 06 October 2015 13:27

Lucy L Leos obit

Lucy L Leos a resident of Henryetta, passed away on October 6, 2015 in Henryetta at the age of 94. Born September 16, 1921 in Texas to Alfonso and Jesus (Leybas) Leos. She worked as a house keeper and was a member of St Michaels Catholic Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Sisters; Delores “Lola” Leos, Rose Casillas and Doris Leos. Brothers: Frank, Julio, Alfonso “Johnny” and Juan “John Leos.

Rosary will be Thursday Evening at the Rogers Funeral Home Chapel starting at 7:00 pm

Funeral Mass will be 10:00 am, Friday, October 9, 2015 at St Michaels Catholic Church with Father Peter Phung officiating. Interment will follow at the Westlawn Cemetery under the direction of the Rogers Funeral Home.

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