Okmulgee, Okla. -- Okmulgee County Emergency Management is pleased to announce that a Mobile Disaster Recovery Center (MDRC) will open in Okmulgee County. This is to help individuals and business owners who were affected by the severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding and tornadoes occurring May 5 through June 4.
The Okmulgee County MDRC will be open at during two five day time periods:
Location: Green Country Technology Center.
Building #3, 1100 N. Hwy.56 Loop, Okmulgee, OK 74447
Dates: July 23 - 28, 2015 and then on August 6 -11, 2015
Hours: Thursday 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.;
Then Friday, Saturday, Monday & Tuesday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.;
and on Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
You need to act quickly to apply for disaster assistance. Reminder: Individuals and business owners may also to apply for Individual Assistance via:
Phone: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) Web: www.disasterassistance.gov
MDRCs are one-stop shops where survivors can get information and guidance about what disaster assistance may be available. Information from the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration and other federal agencies and volunteer organizations is available at these recovery centers.
The Okmulgee Summer Multicultural Enrichment Program visited the Orpheum Theatre in Okmulgee for the second time this summer. A special showing of The Minions was made available to the program with popcorn and drinks for the children that attended.
Rae Ann Wilson, the program director, stated that while the children had a great time, the day started off hectic with the program buses becoming unable to transport the children to the Orpheum and the 95 children who were in attendance had to be transported by personal cars. Wilson also stated that despite the chaos, all of the children were in good spirits.
The program began June 3 at the Okmulgee Middle School campus 1421 E. MLK Drive in Okmulgee.
Sessions are held Tuesday through Friday from 11 to 4 p.m. and continue through July 29. The program is for ages 4 through 18. The program was free for those who signed up and participants received a free lunch and snack.
The Okmulgee Summer Multi-Cultural Enrichment Program began in 1996 as a joint effort by two local church youth directors, initially serving their church youth. In 1997, the Okmulgee Chamber of Commerce adopted the program concept and expanded its service to Okmulgee and surrounding area.
The goal of the program is to teach youth basic social skills and responsible behavior. Training is also focused on life skills and the development of cultural exchange and understanding. Throughout the program youths are encouraged to share their creative talents.
The program provides a positive alternative to a summer filled with many things to do as the program encourages oral and written expression and creativity. The program requires exercise, self-discipline and respect to others.
Youth can enjoy a safe environment of learning and fun activities when otherwise they may become idle or be unattended during the summer months. Lunches and snacks are provided through the Oklahoma Department of Education and Child Nutrition Program.
The average daily attendance is 125-130.
A new mural is being painted in the Jim Newport pocket park on 6th street. The mural is being painted by local artist Kenneth Hollingshead and will feature four panels that display local Okmulgee icons such as the Orpheum, the spillway, the library, and the Okmulgee High School. Each panel is set under an archway to illustrate the idea of peeking through each arch to see the actual landmark.
Antoher 2016 Mural project has also been approved with a $5,000 grant. Okmulgee residents will have the opportunity to vote on the artist and the location of the new mural. Canvases are currently being sent out of area artists and those who chose to participate have till December to submit their entries. Artists must also submit a history of their works and in February, the public will be invited to attend a “Food For Thought” dinner where they can buy a meal and a vote for the artist of their choice.
**Watch for more exciting news coming to this park!**
Photos by Allen Gardner - ONN
Congressman Markwayne Mullin appeared Friday at the Veterans Information Day that was held at the Okmulgee Community Center. The program began promptly at 10 a.m. with a prayer led by Okmulgee Commissioner Bobby Hardridge and an introduction of the Congressman and word of thanks from Mayor Steven Baldridge.
Mullin, Congressman for Oklahoma’s second district, began his presentation with a thanks to the Korean and Vietnam Veterans stating “Welcome home and thank you!” A delayed thanks was given to the WW2 veterans in attendance.
Mullin also spoke on the tenacity of the spouses who are fighting for those that they love and their rights. Before opening the floor to the questions, Mullin cautioned, “Let us not turn this into something to be upset about. We are here to help you. I am here to help you. Don’t let this be a ‘grip-fest’. We are here to help each other find help. Lets rally around the flag and work together.”
Mullin then opened the floor for questions or concerns from the veterans or their family members. Several organizations were on hand to discuss with the attendees at length on issues such as grants for service members, aid for veteran widows, the possibility of a veterans court in Okmulgee County which would serve to handle any infractions committed by veterans.
The biggest discussion was held on what Mullin could do to ensure service member safety while on their station. Mullin stated that the issue would be at the discretion of President Obama. The subject was brought up in the wake of the killing of four marines recruiters in Chattanooga, Tennessee while in a recruiting station. One attendee stated “Military should be armed at all times. They are trained. The police can carry, why is the military prohibited from doing the same?”
Mullin explained that while it would make sense for service members to have a way to protect themselves while at their duty station, that it is not a simple matter with a simple solution. “I don't want to see this happen again. Understand there is a fine line between military and law enforcement and we can’t be in the position to make snap judgements and lose more of our freedoms,” says Mullin.
Stacie Williams with Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center a Veterans Choice Champion then took the stage to introduce the various programs in attendance that could be of service to the veterans, including Supportive Services for Veteran Families - SSVF, the Orthotic and Prosthetic Department of OSUIT which specialized in veteran services, Deep Fork Community Action who offered information on prescription help, housing, weatherization of homes, as well as insurance and fingerprinting services.
Also available to speak with attendees were the Okmulgee Chamber of Commerce and the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission. (Look for the video of this meeting coming up!)
Photos by Paul Orosco - ONN Chief Photographer
Daniel Boone "Danny" Spears II, 70, passed away on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 in Council Hill, Oklahoma. He was born September 6, 1944 in Mountainburg, Arkansas. His funeral service was held on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home Chapel of Okmulgee. Interment followed at Morris Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to McClendon-Winters Funeral Home.
Wanda Colleen Sheward, a resident of Henryetta passed away Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 in Tulsa at the age of 82. She was born September 5, 1932 in Hanna, Oklahoma to Allen D. Garrison and Lottie (Bryan) Garrison. Wanda married Romie Sheward in 1949 in Arkansas. She was a homemaker and loving mother and grandmother and also retired from Ball Glass Company in Okmulgee.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Romie Sheward, one daughter, Freda Sheward, three brothers, Fred Dale Garrison, Carl Howard Garrison, and Billy Joe Garrison.
She is survived by a daughter, Jacqueline "Jackie" Fitzpatrick of Henryetta;
One grandson, C. J. Fitzpatrick of Henryetta;
One brother, Ledger Garrison & wife Lahoma of Hanna;
Three sisters, Lorene Hammontree of Henryetta;
Ida Mae Weder of Eufaula;
Freda Lou Hinz of Liberal, Kansas;
Also by a host of nieces, nephews, friends and other relatives.
Viewing will be Monday, July 20, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Also on Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
Funeral services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at Integrity Funeral Service. Interment will be in Hanna Cemetery under direction of Integrity Funeral Service.
OKMULGEE, Okla. — The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Election Board will host the 2015 MCN Candidate Filing from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m., July 20-22 at the Tribal Conference Room in the Solomon McCombs Building on the MCN Complex in Okmulgee.
Candidates are required to file for the election during the candidate filing sessions.
Fees to file for office candidacy are as follows: principal chief- $1,500, second chief- $1,000 and national council- $500.
Individuals that are at least 18-years-old and enrolled as a Muscogee (Creek) citizen are eligible to vote in the election. Citizens must register with the MCN Election Board in order to vote.
Citizens can register to vote by visiting the MCN Election Board Office, or can complete the form available online and mail it to the MCN Election Board Office.
The form is available at: http://www.mcn-nsn.gov/Pages/ElectionBoard/pdf/201502-RegistrationForm.pdf.
Emailed and faxed forms will not be accepted when registering to vote.
It is requested that all voters contact the MCN Election Board in order to verify the address on file.
Voters will cast ballots at precincts across the MCN jurisdiction. A list or precincts is available at: http://www.mcn-nsn.gov/Pages/ElectionBoard/precinct.html.
Any voter may request to vote by absentee ballot. The absentee ballot request form is available online at: http://www.mcn-nsn.gov/Pages/ElectionBoard/pdf/20150707-AbsenteeRequest.pdf.
Absentee ballot requests for the primary election were mailed out to registered voters June 30. Absentee ballot requests may be returned in person, mailed, faxed or emailed.
Absentee ballot requests must be received by 5 p.m. on Aug. 27.
Absentee ballots will be mailed out Aug. 31. Absentee ballots for the primary election must be received at the MCN Election Board P.O. Box by 11 a.m. on Sept. 19.
The MCN Primary Election is Saturday, Sept. 19. If a candidate does not receive 51 percent of the votes, then the general election will be held Saturday, Nov. 7.
Absentee voters for the primary election do not have to re-register as an absentee voter for the general election. Voters can begin registering as an absentee voter for the general election on Sept. 23.
Absentee ballot for the general election must be received by 5 p.m. on Oct. 15. Absentee ballots will be mailed out on Oct. 19.
Absentee ballots must be received at the MCN Election Board P.O. Box by 11 a.m. on Nov. 7.
Additional information about filing as a candidate, registering to vote or changing your address can be found at: www.mcn-nsn.gov/Pages/ElectionBoard/information.html.
Due to a scheduling conflict, The Okmulgee Lions Club was left without a speaker for their Tuesday, July 14 meeting. Ever resourceful, the Lions Club President, Beth Flud, chose instead to fill the meeting with announcements on future fundraising events and bingo! Flud mentioned that a pancake fundraiser was due to take place in October.
Details were given for July 17 Veterans Information Day to be held at the Okmulgee Civic Center. The program will begin at 10:00 a.m. with the Lions to possibly serve refreshments. Congressman Markwayne Mullin, District 2, will be in attendance to speak of the works being done at the Capital on behalf of the veterans.
The next meeting is to be held at the Okmulgee Episcopal Church, located across the street from First Baptist Church on 5th Street, at noon.The guest speaker will be Jeremy Colvard of RAE Corporation, a company specialising in the design and production of engineered heating, cooling, and refrigeration systems.
Everyone is welcome at all Lions Club meetings. The Lions invite you to come and enjoy good fellowship and engaging programs. Each program runs one hour from noon to 1 p.m. each Tuesday.
After the County Commissioners approved the minutes and financial report they had the following agenda items:
The Board approved the Resolutions for Disposing of Equipment to surplus to sell (1) 1985 Hilbilt end dump trailer and (1) 1987 Hilbilt end dump trailer for District #1.
The Board approved the Juvenile Detention Service Contracts with Cleveland County and Pottawatomie County for the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year.
The Board approved the surplus of Highway monies from the 2014-2015 Fiscal Year to the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year.
The Board approved the reimbursement claim for expenditures of the District Attorney’s Office for the month of June 2015.
The Board approved the reimbursement claim for the Election Board Secretary’s salary for the month of June 2015.
Emergency Management Director Tim Craighton reported that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be here by the end of the week to set up a disaster relief center for those that need individual assistance caused by the flooding in Okmulgee County.
That concluded the business for July 13.
Notice is hereby given that on August 24th, 2015 beginning at 9:00 a.m , Vonna Lampkins, Okmulgee County Treasurer will auction off to the highest bidder Seventy-six (76) tracts, parcels or lots of land all situated in Okmulgee County. The auction will be held in the Okmulgee County Treasurer’s office located at 314 W. 7th Street; Suite 201; Okmulgee, OK. The cost for a property list is $5.00. It is your responsibility to do a visual inspection of the properties before you come to the sale. You will need cash in hand or a certified check. Personal checks will not be accepted unless a “Letter of Credit” from your Financial Institution is attached or filed with the treasurer before the sale date. “ALL SALES ARE FINAL”
This is an opportunity to increase the size of your tracts, parcels or lots if your property adjoins any of the properties on this list.
If you have any questions; please call our office Monday thru Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m . and 4:30 p.m. at 918-756-3848.