Dateline: Henryetta, Oklahoma
Name: Robert Patterson
Date of Death: Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Place of Death: Henryetta, Oklahoma
Arrangements: Integrity Funeral Service
OKLAHOMA CITY (Dec. 12, 2017) – The number of students enrolled in Oklahoma public schools continued to rise in 2017, increasing by more than 1,000 from the previous year.
A total of 694,816 students were enrolled in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade at the start of the school year, an increase of 1,106 over the 2016 total of 693,710 and 21,626 more than in 2012.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister emphasized that the state should be prepared to continue serving a growing student population each year.
“Once again, Oklahoma schools are educating more students than ever before with few new resources,” Hofmeister said. “Funding has not kept pace with the steady rise in enrollment over the past decade, the growing diversity of Oklahoma’s student population or the decrease of trained educators entering the profession. We will continue to advocate for teacher pay raises and adequate funding levels to meet the needs of all Oklahoma schoolchildren.”
Districts record enrollment every year on Oct. 1 and report the figures to the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE). Currently, Oklahoma has 512 traditional public school districts, 1,795 total school sites, 28 charter school districts and 58 charter school sites.
The list of the 10 largest districts is identical to last year’s, although some changed position within the ranking. This year’s 10 largest districts are:
Oklahoma City Public Schools: 45,034 studentsTulsa Public Schools: 39,596Edmond Public Schools: 24,892Moore Public Schools: 24,687Putnam City Public Schools: 19,515Broken Arrow Public Schools: 19,081Norman Public Schools: 16,103Union Public Schools: 15,847Mid-Del Public Schools: 14,334Lawton Public Schools: 14,068
Among those districts, Edmond had the greatest year-to-year growth, increasing 2 percent over 2016, followed by Moore with an increase of 1.36 percent and Norman, which jumped 1.01 percent. Putnam City, Mid-Del and Broken Arrow grew less than 1 percent. Enrollment decreased 4.6 percent in Lawton, 2.13 percent in Tulsa, 1.58 percent in Oklahoma City and less than 1 percent in Union.
Statewide, student population percentages shifted slightly this year. Most significantly, the percentage of white students dipped below 50 percent for the second year in a row to 48.85 percent compared to 49.36 percent in 2016. The number of Native American students decreased again this year, while the percentage of Hispanic students and students of two or more ethnicities continued to increase. This school year, Oklahoma’s student population is*:
48.85 percent white17.23 percent Hispanic13.59 percent Native American or Alaskan Native9.33 percent two or more races8.61 percent black2.39 percent Asian, Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
*Numbers are rounded.
Recipients of the annual Rural Fire Defense 80/20 Reimbursement Grants have been announced by Oklahoma Forestry Services. The grants provide funding for equipment purchases and fire station construction and are available through an application process to rural fire departments which serve populations of less than 10,000.
“There is a great need for equipment and station construction by our rural fire departments,” said George Geissler, director, Oklahoma Forestry Services. “These departments are the first line of defense for their communities and we would like to be able to offer assistance to more departments.”
A total of $125,000 was available for the program this year and departments were eligible to receive up to $30,000 for fire department construction and up to $20,000 for fire equipment purchases. The grants provide reimbursement of up to 80% of the total amount of projects, with fire departments receiving reimbursement after the purchase or constructions costs have been paid. Sixteen departments were selected to receive the grants this year.
The grants are authorized by Governor Mary Fallin, funded by the Oklahoma Legislature and administered by the Oklahoma Forestry Services, a division of Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry. Oklahoma’s Rural Fire Coordinators grade the applications and select the recipients.
Rural fire departments which have been awarded grants this year include: Boulanger Rural Fire Department; Butler Volunteer Fire Department; Caddo Fire Department; Blackwell Fire Department; Harrah Fire Department; Cordell Volunteer Firefighters Association; Darwin Volunteer Fire Department; Green Country Volunteer Fire Department; Walters Fire Department; Jacktown Fire Department; Monroe Volunteer Fire Association; Ochelata Volunteer Fire Department; Oglesby Civil Defense Volunteer Fire; Sam's Point Volunteer Fire Department; Meeker Fire Department; Rosston Volunteer Fire Department and Wilson Community Volunteer Fire Association.
For more information about the grants and recipients visit the Oklahoma Forestry Services website at www.forestry.ok.gov or call 405-288-2385.
Name: R.B. "Bud" Adams
Place of Residence: Henryetta, Oklahoma
Died: Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Occupation: Supervisor & VP Bill Miller Inc.
Service Date: 2:00 PM Friday, December 1st, 2017
Place of Service: Dewar United Pentecostal Church, Dewar, Oklahoma
Interment: Westlawn Cemetery
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today issued the following statement after the House of Representatives Special Investigation Committee withdrew its subpoena on her chief of staff, Chris Benge:
“My office wants full transparency on what caused the serious financial issues at the Oklahoma State Department of Health. On October 30, I brought together the fiscal staff of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, the state attorney general’s office and the office of the state auditor and inspector to look into the matter to immediately investigate and bring forth clarity to the situation, and offer solutions to ensure proper fiscal management of the Department of Health. Legislative leaders have been briefed about the situation.
“All officials in the executive branch and agencies are happy to voluntarily assist the Oklahoma House Special Committee. It is also important that the House committee confers with the attorney general and the state auditor and inspector who have already begun looking into the Health Department 30 days ago.
“I am pleased this matter could be resolved professionally and amicably. This will bring all of us to focus and exert our energy and attention on developing a long-term, predictable solution to fix our budget, fund core services, and provide a teacher pay raise.”
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.”
“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.”
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.
Dateline: Henryetta, Oklahoma
Name: Celia Claudene Hardin
Date of Death: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Place of Death: Del City, Oklahoma
Arrangements: Integrity Funeral Service
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".
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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
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.