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A Good Friday Service (March 25) will be held at 7 p.m. at Eastside Baptist Church located at 217 N Osage Ave, Okmulgee, OK 74447.

The service is sponsored by the Okmulgee Ministerial Alliance. Speaker will be Pastor McKinley Rice of St. Matthew’s Baptist Church.

A Grief Support Group will start Tuesday, March 22, 2016 led by Reverend Judy Conner. The group will be meeting every Tuesday evening for ten weeks. The meetings will be 5:30 P.M.-7:00 P.M. each evening at the McClendon-Winters Life Celebration Center at 310 East Sixth in Okmulgee. Anyone who has experienced a loss is welcome. For transportation or information, please call McClendon-Winters Funeral Home 918.756.1677 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

EVERYONE WELCOME - Open @ 9:00 am; Serving @ 11:30 am

Mounds Senior Citizens center FEBRUARY 2016 menu:

Tues, Mar 1 - Meat Loaf, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Green Beans, Dessert

Thur, Mar 3 - Beef, Bean & Bacon Bar-B-Q Casserole, Veggies, Dessert

Tues, Mar 8 - Chili Cheese Coneys, Chips, Dessert

Thur, Mar 10 - Lasagna, Mixed Veggies, Garlic Bread, Dessert

Tues, Mar 15 - Bean & Smoked Sausage Soup, Chips, Cornbread, Dessert

Thur, Mar 17 - Chicken Alfredo, Veggie, Garlic Bread, Dessert

Tues, Mar 22 - Goulash, Veggie Cornbread, Dessert

Thur, Mar 24 - Bar-B-Q Chicken Leg Quarters, Potato Salad, Coleslaw, Dessert

Tues, Mar 29 - Beef Nacho Casserole, Refried Beans, Chips, Dessert

Thur, Mar 31 - Cheesy Chicken & Rice, Veggie, Dessert

Please join us at our next Okmulgee County Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy meeting on Monday, March 7th from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm. The meeting will be held at the Okmulgee Public Library, Basement located at 218 S. Okmulgee Avenue, Okmulgee, OK. At our last meeting we began working on an overall vision statement and identified 3 groups to begin working on objectives.

The groups are Education, Community and Medical. It is vital that the community be involved in developing plans to address the issue of Teen Pregnancy. Everyone (parents, educators, physicians, community partners, service providers and youth ages 14-24) are encouraged to attend and bring a friend.

Keep the conversation going!

The Morris Boy Scout Troop 298 is having a Pancake Breakfast this Saturday Feb  from 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Okmulgee Elks Lodge.

Funds raised will send 15 boy scouts go to camp this summer.

BoyScouts

Are your kids ready to get out and use up some of that stored winter energy? Then the Service League’s Kid’s Bash is taking care of that for you.

Bring the family and kids and enjoy the bounce house, games and yummy snacks for only $25.00 (family 1-5) $5.00 for each additional person.

March 5, 2016 ~ 11 am – 4 pm at the Okmulgee First Baptist Church Gym

Hosts for this event are Skelly Kennedy, Jessica Mackey, Jennifer Morrow, Alicia Shrum, Bridget Shrum and Marcy Watts.

BounceHouse

Friday, 05 February 2016 09:44

OSUIT Career Fair coming Tuesday, Feb. 16

OSUIT Career Fair
Tuesday, Feb. 16
9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Covelle Hall
Over 30 Participating Companies
Call 918-293-5260 For More Information

Companies Could Not Qualify for Credit After 2019

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today introduced an amendment to a Senate energy bill to completely end federal renewable energy production tax credits by the end of 2031, making 2019 the last year a project could qualify for a credit. The recently passed Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 enacted a gradual phase down of the Production Tax Credit by 2031, but failed to give the industry statutory certainty after the drawdown. Lankford’s amendment would eliminate the credit at the end of the drawdown by completely removing the policy from United States tax code.

The provision is submitted as an amendment to the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016 (S.2012), which is currently being debated in the Senate.

“As I have said before, I fully support an all-of-the-above energy strategy, including wind and renewable energy,” said Lankford. “But, the taxpayer should not be forced to prop up an industry for decades when the tax credit was originally meant as a short-term jump start. The wind industry is established and prosperous; they no longer need taxpayer subsidized help. Any state or local government can issue tax credits, but it is time for the federal government to stop these credits.”

Once a company qualifies for the production tax credit (PTC) for a specific renewable energy construction project, that credit can be claimed for up to ten years once the project starts producing power. The PTC is primarily claimed by the wind industry, but is also used by other renewable energy sources. Specifically for wind, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, which was signed into law in December, retroactively extended the PTC for projects beginning construction in 2015 and 2016. The law also extends eligibility for the credit through 2019, but reduces the credit value for projects beginning construction to 80 percent in 2017, 60 percent in 2018, and 40 percent in 2019. Before this amendment, the ten-year PTC was routinely retroactively extended at the end of every year, seemingly with no end in sight.

Lankford introduced similar legislation as a standalone bill in October, before the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 became law. That bill, the PTC Elimination Act, would have started the phase-out immediately.

The Production Tax Credit was established 23 years ago as part of the Energy Policy Act of 1992 and since its adoption, wind power has grown tremendously into a self-sustainable, multibillion dollar industry. Wind generation has grown more than 3,000 percent and capacity has spiked from 1,500 million megawatts in 1992 to over 50,000 megawatts in 2012. Meanwhile, the cost to taxpayers for the PTC for all qualified renewables has increased substantially since it was put in place.

Wind power is an economically sustainable industry, and 37 states, including Oklahoma, have production incentives in place through either renewable portfolio standards or renewable portfolio goals. Ultimately, the federal PTC is a redundancy that subsidizes policies which states are already pursuing and doing so in ways that are targeted toward local resources and utility markets.

The PTC also creates distortions in electricity markets. Wind producers’ negative bids are subsidy-driven and distort the market by sending incorrect price signals, which can harm the long-term reliability and cost effective operation of the utility.

The Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016 and its amendments are expected to be debated on the Senate floor throughout this week.

The Okmulgee County Wellness Coalition and the Mvskoke Nation Youth Services program are hosting a community meeting on teen pregnancy prevention in Okmulgee County. The meeting will be held on Monday, February 8th form 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm at the Okmulgee Public Library. Educator, professionals, community members and youth, ages 14-24 are encouraged to attend. For more information contact 918-549-2557 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Okmulgee Democrats will hold a Bean Dinner Fundraiser Feb 22.

Tickets for the event are now available.  The price is $5.00 per person.

Contact Linda Gerster for more details at (918) 284-9331.

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