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Wesley Coburn

Wesley Coburn

Monday, 04 September 2017 19:49

Fatal boat collision on Okmulgee Lake

By Wesley Coburn - ONN

About 8 p.m. on Sunday, September 3, the Okmulgee Police Department responded to a two-boat collision on Okmulgee Lake. Once on the scene, officers provided aid for injured persons.

The smaller boat was moving very slowly or was stationary, and included young children as passengers. The larger boat, driven by Jared Trotter, 34, was piloted at a high rate of speed, and struck the small boat.

One occupant of the small boat, a 9-year-old boy, was pronounced dead at the scene, while another boy was LifeFlighted to a Tulsa hospital, where his condition is currently unknown. Because they are juveniles, their names will not be released by the OPD.

Witnesses saw another male in the large boat with Trotter, who left the scene and has not currently been identified.Trotter

Trotter was booked in the Okmulgee County Jail on complaints of Operating a Boat Under the Influence of Intoxicants and Manslaughter.  

Anyone who witnessed the collision, or who knows the identity of the passenger in Trotter’s boat, is asked the contact the OPD at 918-756-3511.


Right - Jared Trotter (Photo provided)

Monday, 04 September 2017 19:48

Okmulgee Police search for man

By Wesley Coburn - ONN

On Monday morning, Labor Day, September 4, the Okmulgee Police Department responded to the emergency room of Okmulgee Hospital to investigate a report of an assault. Hospital personnel determined that the victim, a 14-year-old female, had been shot once in the face.

According to the victim, a man she knows only as “Mizellaneouz” came to her residence, and assaulted her while there. The juvenile has non-life-threatening injuries and is expected to survive.

The OPD asks anyone with information on the identity or whereabouts of Mizellaneouz to call at 918-756-3511.

Monday, 07 August 2017 20:36

OPS to host Open House Tuesday night

By Wesley Coburn - ONN

With the 2017-18 school year beginning this week for some Okmulgee County schools, Okmulgee Public Schools will be hosting an Open House event on Tuesday, August 8, so that parents and students can meet and interact with their teachers before classes begin.

Okmulgee Primary will holding their Open House from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Dunbar Intermediate from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Okmulgee High from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Classes begin Thursday, August 10, and the school day will run from 7:55 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Instead of a 180-Day instructional schedule, OPS will operate on a 1080-Hour instructional schedule this school year.

For more information, call OPS at 918-756-2000.

Sunday, 06 August 2017 17:15

County Health Department extending hours

The Okmulgee County Health Department is now offering extended hours on Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Patients must be checked in by 6 p.m.

Services offered include children’s immunizations, checks on blood pressure and head lice, adult vaccinations, blood lead screenings, tuberculosis follow-up and treatment, emergency contraceptives and pregnancy tests. For current clients, they also offer refills of birth control pills and Depo-Provera.

The OCHD is located at 1304 Miller Drive in Okmulgee, and their number is 918-756-1883.

by Wesley Coburn - ONN

The Okmulgee Fire Department will begin their annual testing of the city’s fire hydrants beginning Monday, August 7. According to Fire Chief Bruce Swearingen, this process should take about six to eight weeks to complete.

Testing will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday during the process, beginning on the west side of the city and gradually working eastward.

Open Hydrant

This is required for insurance purposes, while also making sure that hydrants will work properly in case of emergency. Water in faucets and pipes may run dirty while testing is underway.

For more information, call the OFD at 918-756-3265

By Wesley Coburn - ONN

The July session of the Muscogee (Creek) National Council was held Saturday, July 29, at 10 a.m. in the Mound Building on the MCN campus. All representatives were present except for one.

Principal Chief James Floyd delivered his quarterly report, and the minutes from the June planning session and regular session were approved.

Twenty-three Tribal Resolutions were considered, all of which were passed except for one construction-related resolution, which was postponed for two months, and a partnership with law firm Rosette, LLC, which was postponed for a month. These resolutions included agreements with Okmulgee County, the Cities of Eufaula and Henryetta, the Okmulgee County Rural Water District #2, and the Vivian Rural Water District #6. Other agreements including leasing tribal land in Hughes County and sewer improvements in McIntosh County. Monte Deer was appointed as an MCN Supreme Court Justice, and Daniel Carter was named to the Mvsoke Media editorial board. Wording was changed to the MCNCA Title 21 “Gaming,” and a purchase of Okmulgee County land for a veterans cemetery was approved.

Thirty-three National Council Acts were considered, one was returned to committee, two others were postponed for two months, while all others were passed, some only after much discussion. The MCN Reintegration Program, MCN Physical Rehabilitation Center, MCN Department of Health, MCN Orthopedic Clinic and MCN Elderly Nutrition Program all saw budget increases. Donations were made to the McIntosh County Disabled American Veterans and Depew Public Schools, and special appropriations were authorized to Apekhv Fellowship Church, Ryal Community Baptist Church, Concharty United Methodist Church, Covenant Harvest Ministries and Many Springs Baptist Church. Funds for MCN traditional churches to purchase lawn mowers and send their youth to church camps were also approved. Some wording was changed to various laws as well.

The cause of much discussion was a request for educational aid from an art student who had the opportunity to study overseas in Italy, and his request for funds was eventually approved, drawing large praise from the audience.

The meeting adjourned at 11:58 a.m.

By Wesley Coburn - ONN

The 62nd annual Okmulgee-Roy Leblanc Invitational Rodeo will be held Friday and Saturday August 11-12 at 8:30 p.m. at the Bob Arrington Rodeo Arena on Highway 75 and Fairgrounds Road. The event is hosted by the Okmulgee Round-Up Club, and there will be an accompanying parade held downtown on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Major sponsors for the rodeo are the City of Okmulgee and One Fire Casino. The City of Okmulgee will be sponsoring the parade, Steer Wrestling and the Pony Express relay races, One Fire Casino will sponsor the Bull Riding and Bareback Riding events, Harlan Motors is sponsoring the Calf Roping contest, with Barrel Racing presented by First National Bank and Trust (Ladies division) and Lifetime Insurance (Junior division). The Junior Breakaway Roping will be sponsored by R&S Collision, and Morris State Bank will be the sponsor for the Ladies Steer Undecorating. A $6,000 payout awaits.

In the parade, $100 prizes will go to the winners in the following four categories: Farthest Distance Traveled by Round-Up Club, Most Riders by Round-Up Club, Best Dressed Round-Up Club and Best Dressed Queen.

Rodeo tickets are $5 for kids twelve and under, $10 for adults.

Monday, 31 July 2017 20:15

OPS July school board meeting report

By Wesley Coburn - ONN

Okmulgee Public Schools held a special meeting of the school board on Wednesday, July 26, to prepare for the upcoming 2017-18 school year.

Jennifer Beal was named principal for Okmulgee Primary, Stephanie Lee was named principal of Dunbar Intermediate, Brad Ferguson was named principal at Okmulgee High, and LuVonna Copeland was named principal for Okmulgee High School’s ACE Program.

The school will purchase three new Midwest school buses and a new Ford Expedition, while declaring one OPS-owned vehicle as surplus.

Adjunct teacher Mariah Price was hired for two hours of high school Chemistry I and Chemistry II, while adjunct Lucky Burney was hired for three hours Creative Writing.

Other new employees hired were Ed King as Dean of Students, custodians Lorin Hammer, Lori Reed-Allen and Mista Cosby; teaching assistants Josh McGovran and Malcolm Johnson; Teresa Norberg as cook, and certified staff LeAnne Boone, Karen Iverson, and Angie Sexton-Hook. The board accepted the resignation of Dawn Ezell.

Other items approved were technology fees, designation of surplus textbooks, the high school’s Student-Parent Handbook, an internet filtering system, and granting transcript credits to classes taken through Green Country Vo-Tech. Okmulgee Public Schools and Schulter Public Schools have entered into a cooperative agreement for baseball.

There were no changes to last year’s graduation requirements, and the schools will be operating on a 1080 Instructional Hour schedule instead of the more traditional 180 Day calendar. The school day will run from 7:55 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Classes begin on Thursday, August 10.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 21:36

Okmulgee Rodeo on the way August 11-12

Rodeo B

By Wesley Coburn - ONN

Dust will be kicked up during the 62nd annual Okmulgee-Roy Leblanc Invitational Rodeo, held in the Bob Arrington Rodeo Arena, at 8:30 p.m. August 11-12. The event is hosted by the Okmulgee County Round-Up Club, which has been in existence since 1953.

Admission will be $5 for kids twelve and younger, $10 for adults.

There will be the following events: Bull Riding, Steer Wrestling, Ladies Steer Undecorating, Calf Roping, Barrel Racing (Junior and Ladies divisions), Bronc Riding (Bareback and Ranch divisons), and the Pony Express relay race. A $6,000 payout awaits.

The rodeo is being sponsored by the City of Okmulgee and One Fire Casino, with other sponsorships to be announced.

There will be a parade downtown at 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 12, with a $100 prize to the winners in the following four categories: Farthest Distance Traveled by Round-Up Club, Most Riders by Round-Up Club, Best Dressed Round-Up Club and Best Dressed Queen.

The Bob Arrington Rodeo Arena is located at Highway 75 and Fairgrounds Road. For more information, see event director Kenneth Leblanc.

By Wesley Coburn - ONN

The Beggs Demons, Morris Eagles and Okmulgee Bulldogs will all be neighbors in Class 3A football again this season, with the other teams in district 6 being the Bristow Purple Pirates, Checotah Wildcats, Cushing Tigers and Kellyville Ponies.

The Demons, led by Lee Blankenship, were 6-5 last season (4-2 in 3A-6) and fell by one point in the first round to Claremore Sequoyah, they will open the 2017 season at Golden Demon Stadium on August 25 against Tulsa’s Langston Hughes Academy Scholars.

September 1 takes Beggs on the road to face the Berryhill Chiefs, then home again September 8 to face in-county rival Henryetta, the Demons have won the last five games of that series. September 15 Beggs hosts the Muskogee Hilldale Hornets, then they have a bye week September 22. District play begins with a home clash against Morris on September 29.

October 6 the Demons travel to Kellyville, they host Cushing October 13 and host Okmulgee during Senior Night on Thursday, October 19 before going to Bristow on October 29.      

The Bulldogs are coached by Carl Lee, and they were 6-6 last season, losing in the first round to Berryhill. Their 2017 opens in Tulsa against the NOAH (Northeast Oklahoma Association of Homeschoolers) Jaguars.

September 1 will be the home opener at Harmon Field against the Tulsa Rogers Ropers, while the Oklahoma City Marshall Bears will visit on September 8. Okmulgee travels to the state capitol to face the Northeast Vikings on September 15, while district play begins with a trip to Cushing on September 22. September 29 the Bulldogs go to Checotah.

October 6 is a home game against Morris, with a bye on October 13 before going to Beggs on Thursday, October 19. A home game against Kellyville is on tap for October 27.  

Jerry Hanlin’s Eagles look to improve from their 1-9 record last season, and that quest begins August 25 at home against the Mannford Pirates.


September 1 is a home contest against arch rival Henryetta. The Eagles have won 14 of the 22 games played in that series since 1992. September 8 Morris goes on the road to face the Haskell Haymakers before returning home on September 15 when the Holdenville Wolverines stop by. District play begins September 22 at home against Checotah, while MHS goes to Beggs in another rivalry matchup on September 29.

October 6 will be another rivalry game in Okmulgee, October 13 is at home against Bristow, while on Thursday, October 19 MHS goes to Kellyville. The regular season concludes with Senior Night on October 27 against Cushing.    

The final week of the regular season on November 3 has Beggs going to Checotah, Okmulgee holding Senior Night against Bristow, and Morris with a bye.

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