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By Wesley Coburn - ONN

In June 1997, a young adult book titled Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (retitled in the U.S. as Sorcerer’s Stone) was published in England, by a debut author named J.K. Rowling. This book began the series following the adventures of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley as they navigated the trials of adolescence in a boarding school for wizards. The series became an equally-famous series of films starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Alan Rickman.

The Okmulgee Public Library is celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the Harry Potter series with a celebration held from 5 p.m.to 7 p.m. the nights of Thursday, June 20 and Thursday, June 27. There will be a live reading of Sorcerer’s Stone, as well as arts and crafts, with other activities remaining a secret until the event. Costumes are not required, but they are greatly encouraged, as they would add to the fun.

“Every so often, a book comes along that captures everything you need to know about life,” says Jeana Robinson, OPL Director of Children’s Services. “In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, this was Harry Potter. I think this series is where real fandom started; the depth of the stories and characters engaged children and adults of all ages.”

The seven-book series, which totals over a million words and four thousand pages, have become required pop-cultural knowledge in college English courses, and made their author into a Stephen King-level celebrity, with 11.2 million Twitter followers. Through these books, as Robinson said, “We learned about Quidditch, butterbeer and potions, love, loss, loyalty and friendship.” Rowling has also written four non-HP novels for adults, in addition to six HP spinoff books, a screenplay for a prequel film and a stage play sequel.

Besides Sorcerer’s Stone, the other books in the series are The Chamber of Secrets, The Prisoner of Azkaban, The Goblet of Fire, The Order of the Phoenix, The Half-Blood Prince and The Deathly Hallows.

Robinson isn’t sure which of the four houses she would be sorted into, but two of the library staff are confirmed Ravenclaws.

Youth

By Wesley Coburn - ONN

Crossroads Baptist Church, located at 6962 Happy Camp Road in Beggs, held a dessert auction Sunday, July 9, to raise money to “send the youth group off in style,” according to Karen Noland, on their way to Falls Creek.

The youth and other members of the congregation prepared over forty desserts, which were auctioned off by Tom Grimmett, raising over $1,800. This money will go towards chartering an air-conditioned motorcoach, providing a much more comfortable ride than the used non-air-conditioned school bus they would otherwise make the almost-three-hour trip in.

The leftover money will “provide additional scholarships for youth who may need assistance to attend,” Noland said. Falls Creek is located in the Arbuckle Mountains near Davis. Basically a small city, it is the oldest youth camp in the state and the largest in the nation. Though mainly Baptist, any denomination is welcome. It was founded in 1917, and is owned and operated by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, which is the overseering organization of the state’s various Baptist Collegiate Ministries serving university campuses.

For more information on Fall Creek, or if anyone knows youth hoping to attend, contact Gary Honeycutt at 918-267-4720.

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By Wesley Coburn - ONN

Crossroads Baptist Church, located at 6962 Happy Camp Road in Beggs, held a dessert auction Sunday, July 9, to raise money to “send the youth group off in style,” according to Karen Noland, on their way to Falls Creek.

The youth and other members of the congregation prepared over forty desserts, which were auctioned off by Tom Grimmett, raising over $1,800. This money will go towards chartering an air-conditioned motorcoach, providing a much more comfortable ride than the used non-air-conditioned school bus they would otherwise make the almost-three-hour trip in.

The leftover money will “provide additional scholarships for youth who may need assistance to attend,” Noland said. Falls Creek is located in the Arbuckle Mountains near Davis. Basically a small city, it is the oldest youth camp in the state and the largest in the nation. Though mainly Baptist, any denomination is welcome. It was founded in 1917, and is owned and operated by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, which is the overseering organization of the state’s various Baptist Collegiate Ministries serving university campuses.

For more information on Fall Creek, or if anyone knows youth hoping to attend, contact Gary Honeycutt at 918-267-4720.

By Wesley Coburn - ONN

Back-to-school shopping is in full swing, and for students (and parents) at Morris Elementary School the following suggested lists of supplies have been posted on social media.

For pre-K students, two boxes of Kleenex, two boxes of 16-count crayons, one 10-count package of markers in traditional colors, eight glue sticks, one pack of Play-Doh, two 3-hole plastic folders, a regular-size clear backpack with child’s name on it, two packages baby wipes, one plastic Kindercare mat in red or blue with child’s name on it, one package of sandwich-sized Ziploc bags (if student is a boy), one package of gallon-sized Ziploc bags (if student is girl), if in Mrs. Clay’s or Mrs. Ewton’s class one bottle of glitter (any color is fine), and if in Mrs. Freistedt’s class one pencil pouch with zipper and binder-sized holes.

For kindergarten, two boxes of 24-count crayons, two boxes of Kleenex, one box of quart-sized Ziploc bags (if girl), one bottle of hand santizer (if boy), eight glue sticks, one pair of scissors, one 12-count package of sharpened #2 pencils (Ticonderoga preferred), one 10-count package of markers, one package of fine-tip markers, one Kindercare plastic mat in red or blue with child’s name on it, one pencil pouch with holes, one composition notebook and two dry-erase markers.

First graders need two boxes of Kleenex, one pair of scissors, two 24-count boxes of crayons, one 4 oz. bottle of glue, one package plain yellow #2 pencils, four folders with pockets, one bottle of hand sanitizer, one 8-pack of washable markers, two one-subject composition notebooks (no ring notebooks), a 5”x8” school-supply box, six glue sticks, one package Clorox wipes, one package gallon-sized Ziploc bags (if boy), one package quart-size Ziploc bags (if girl).

Second graders need one package of #2 pencils, one pair scissors, eight glue sticks, one package of pencil-top erasers, two boxes of 24-count crayons, two boxes of Kleenex, three plastic pocket folders, two one-subject spiral-bound notebooks, two highlighters in any color, one 8-coutn box of washable markers, one package of dry-erase markers, one package of quart-sized Ziploc bags, and three packages of Clorox wipes.

Third graders need two 12-count packages of #2 pencils, one composition notebook, one box of 24-coutn crayons, one pair of sharp scissors, four pocket folders with brads, two large erasers, one package wide-ruled loose-leaf notebook paper, one pencil bag with zipper, one 8-count box of colored pencils, two boxes of Kleenex, four glue sticks, one package of Clorox wipes, three single-subject spiral-bound notebooks, one package of pencil-top erasers, two dry-erase markers and one highlighter in any color.

Fourth graders require one package of Clorox wipes, one 12-count package of #2 pencils, one 70-page spiral notebook, one pair of scissors, two boxes of Kleenex, six plastic pocket folders with fasteners, one package of markers, one package of black dry-erase markers, one pencil bag with zipper, one box of 24-count crayons, one package of wide-ruled loose-leaf notebook paper, one 4 oz. tube of glue, one package of 12-count colored pencils, and one bottle of hand sanitizer.

Finally, fifth graders require two packages of #2 pencils, three pocket folders with holes (no brads), two pocket folders with brads, one pencil bag with zipper, one box of washable markers, five composition notebooks, two boxes of Kleenex, one 24-count box of crayons, one package of Clorox wipes, one 3-ring binder (a two-inch zipper binder is suggested), one box of colored pencils, two spiral notebooks, eight glue sticks, two packages of wide-ruled loose-leaf notebook paper, and a pair of earbuds.

Saturday, 15 July 2017 16:34

Physicals required for Bulldogs athletes

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By Wesley Coburn - ONN

All Okmulgee Public Schools students who plan on participating in Bulldog sports during the upcoming 2017-18 school year are required to have a complete athletic physical on file in the athletic department before they will be allowed to compete or practice.

There are three chances for students to get these physicals: 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 13 and Thursday, July 20 at Okmulgee Pediatrics, located at 1101 S. Belmont Ste. 205. The third date will be Thursday, July 27 at the Wetumka branch of the East Central Family Health Center, located at 109 S Main St in Wetumka. For that location, a bus will leave Brock Gym at 12 p.m.

The required paperwork may be picked up from Diane Colbert at Okmulgee High School.

Saturday, 15 July 2017 16:29

Patricia Jane Patterson obit

Patricia Jane Patterson, 86 year old resident of Okmulgee, died Tuesday morning, July 11, 2017 at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa.  She was born October 14, 1930 in Fremont, Nebraska to the late Kenneth and Norma (Southard) Brown.  Arrangements are pending with the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee.  www.mcclendon-winters.com

Okmulgee, Okla. -- Are you and your family enrolled in CodeRED?

CodeRed 198x98What's CodeRED? CodeRED is a FREE emergency notification service provided to all residents within the Okmulgee County and all the communities of Beggs, Bryant, Dewar, Grayson, Hectorville, Henryetta, Hoffman, Liberty, Morris, Nuyaka, Okmulgee, Preston, Schulter, Twin Hills, Wilson and Winchester that will notify you of emergency, weather warnings and general information through phone calls, text messages, emails and/or social media.

ENROLL DIRECTLY ON-LINE CLICK THIS LINK:
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or go to www.OkmulgeeCountyEM.com and CLICK ON the tab at the top of the page labeled CodeRED.

By Wesley Coburn - ONN

Pre-enrollment for the 2017-18 school year at Morris Public Schools will be held at the high school cafeteria on Wednesday, August 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Thursday, August 3 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. This is for all students, new and returning, from pre-K to high school. Enrollment after these dates is handled on an individual basis at the appropriate school building.

For each student registered, parents must have a Social Security card, immunization records, birth certificate, proof of residence, and if applicable, their CDIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card.

The high school is located at 307 S 6th, and the MPS number is 918-733-9072. The school year begins on Thursday, August 17.

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

Here is the JULY 2017 menu for the Mounds Senior Citizens center:
 
Tues, July 4 - CLOSED for INDEPENDENCE DAY
 
Thur, July 6 - Chicken Casserole, Mixed Veggies, Dessert
 
Tues, July 11 - Meat Loaf, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Green Beans , Dessert
 
Thur, July 13 - King Ranch Chicken, Vegetables, Dessert
 
Tues, July 18 - Smothered Pork Chops, Roasted Potatoes, Veggie, Dessert
 
Thur, July 20 - Chicken A La King, Veggie, Dessert
 
Tues, July 25 - Salisbury Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Salad, Dessert
 
Thur, July 27 - Beef Taco Casserole, Salad, Dessert
 
Thur, June 29 - Frito Chicken Casserole, Salad, Dessert

By Wesley Coburn - ONN

 Maddie BIt’s not often that a national championship is won in anything, but a Tulsa college student recently claimed first place in a nationwide financial analysis competition held in Anaheim, California, from June 23-28. Madeline Soukup, who recently graduated from Tulsa Community College with an Associate of Science in international business, won the college-level division (Phi Beta Lambda, or PBL) of the Future Business Leaders of America’s National Leadership Conference last week. The only level of education barred from this competition were those with Ph.D degrees.

In the final round, participants, which may be either individuals or teams of up to three competitors, were given twenty minutes to analyze case studies of business plans, preparing a 5-7 minute presentation to a judging panel of how they would solve the problem.

To get to that final round, participants had to place first or second at state-level competitions, and then once they got to Nationals there was an hour-long hundred-question timed multiple-choice test, with the top fifteen scores advancing to the final round.

“On a skill level, participants must have a good working knowledge in finance theory,” Soukup stated, adding that while most competitors have extensive experience with college classes in finance, her learning experience in this field was self-taught.

This commitment to independent learning likely is because Madeline was homeschooled before graduating from Jenks High School; she has lived in and around the Tulsa area for most of her life.

This was her third national PBL trophy overall, previously garnering two others in economics, which she described as a “widely-applicable social science that considers how decisions are made by countries and individuals,” while finance is “more about how money works and the way it flows through firms.” She was an officer of the TCC PBL chapter this past year.

While at the conference, “I developed contacts all over the nation, made some wonderful new friends, grew closer to my fellow TCC competitors, went to fantastic guest speakers and workshops, and I got to visit a beach for the first time since I was three,” Soukup said. “The trip was absolutely incredible, I wouldn't trade it for anything.”

Madeline, an Honors student with a 3.9 GPA, is continuing her education this fall at the University of Tulsa, where she will double-major in economics and finance.

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