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Jubilee Christian Center will be hosting the Women of Legacy Conference with the theme, "Passing the Power of Prayer to the Next Generation" on Friday, September 8th with services at 6:30 PM and Saturday, September 9th with services at 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM. The conference is free and includes a luncheon at noon on Saturday. Jubilee Christian is located 1/2 mile north of the Muscogee Nation Physical & Rehab Center on Hwy 75.

For more information call the church at 918-756-5338 or visit okmulgeechurch.com

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 19:50

Strong, Beautiful, and Confident

Written By: Tina Pierce LMFT

I often tell my daughter how beautiful I think she is. One day she returned the compliment in a unique way. She asked me if I thought one of her daddy’s friends was handsome. I said he was, but not as handsome as daddy. She beamed with pride saying yes daddy is very handsome. So I added that her little brothers are lucky to look like daddy. Then this vibrant little girl stopped me in my tracks by saying no, baby looks like mommy and mommy is beautiful.

I know it is hard to feel good about yourself in a culture that increasingly idealizes sex and perfectly shaped bodies. However, it is important to remember all of that is learned behavior. Think back to when you were a child around age five or six. If you are like most children, you thought your mother was the most beautiful woman in the world. And you were right, she is beautiful. She cared for you, encouraged you, loved you, and guided you as best she could. Then the world snuck in and tried to taint your view of beauty. But still she is beautiful continuing to care and nurture well into your later years.
Even most teens, would still say that the most beautiful woman they know is their mom. One teen told me the most beautiful part of her mom were the stretch marks on her stomach because every mark represented her and her sisters and her mom’s willingness to have them. Another teen told me that her mom is the most beautiful person she knows because she is so strong and has worked so hard to raise her and her siblings. So moms, next time you look at yourself in the mirror see the woman you truly are. Strong, beautiful, and confident.

Tina Pierce LMFT
You Place, LLC
918-777-6045

The You Place offers Family, Marital, Pre-Marital, and Individual Counseling Services for people struggling with a variety of mental health problems including anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, Autism Spectrum, and more. The You Place also offers consultation and training services and LPC supervision. For more information call today. 918-777-6045.

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 22:11

Coach David Dunlap Visits Okmulgee Lions

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Pictured is Program Chairman Lion R.C. Morrow, Coach David Dunlap, and President Lion Duaine Janzen.

Tuesday's Lions Club meeting was another amazing story of "local boy does well" with championship results, presented by David Dunlap, a 1997 Okmulgee High School graduate and Head Coach of the 2017 Okmulgee Bulldogs Baseball Academic State Champions. What a marvelous turn-around from four years ago when Coach Dunlap took over the baseball team, and recounted that two of his freshman players had grade point averages of 1.36 and 1.85, and 18 of his 22 players were on the "ineligible list".

When Coach Dunlap was introduced by Program Chairman Lion R.C. Morrow, a former Okmulgee Bulldog baseball and football player (All-State and Northeastern Oklahoma State University All-American), from the back of the room came a "holler" of "Super Dave", from none other than Lion Craig Brydges, a "forever" legendary teacher at Okmulgee High School. Coach Dunlap explained that "Super Dave" was his nickname during his school years and no wonder, he received five letters in sports in one year, was an All-State tuba player, and valedictorian. It doesn't get much better than that, does it?

Coach Dunlap explained that three of his teachers had a great influence in his decision to become a teacher, even though the pay wasn't that good, and they were Lion Craig Brydges, Lion Beth Flud (Oklahoma History and Government), and Randy Hutchinson. He requested to teach Oklahoma History because this class is required of all students, so he became the only teacher to teach every student in school, in addition to teaching Government and American History classes.

He further related that 46 of his class of 137 students received college degrees, with quite a few receiving advanced degrees. With this background, one can see why the baseball team won runner-up academic champions last year with a GPA of 3.65, winning this year with a GPA of 3.78, and two having a 4.0 GPA, and the first year that more than one player attended college (five).

Coach Dunlap began his college career at St. Louis University (Missouri) on a baseball scholarship for one year, transferring "back home" to Western Oklahoma Junior College (Altus, Oklahoma), then attending and graduating from Southwestern Oklahoma State University (Weatherford). He had played pitcher, catcher, and first base, and was drafted by the Kansas City Royals professional baseball team, but didn't sign, opting to sign with Atlanta. He spent 6 1/2 years in the minor leagues, travelling mostly all over the South, before giving it up and coming home. What a good decision for our school system because Coach Dunlap also coaches girls fast-pitch softball, and he thinks they have a good chance to be Academic State Champions this year. He related what a thrill it was for him and some of the baseball players to be guests of, and introduced by, Rep. Scott Fetgatter to the Legislators at the State Capitol.

Coach Dunlap related that his grandfather, Fred Dunlap, moved to Morris in 1976 and was Morris High School Principal from 1977-88, but Dunlap's father wanted his son to attend Okmulgee Schools to play baseball for former Coach Dan Morgan. And Coach Dunlap says he learned so much from Coach Morgan in high school that he was able to help the assistant coaches in the minor leagues with things he had learned in high school. What a wonderful compliment paid to one of our long-time former coach. And what a wonderful compliment to our community when we, as a Lions Club, say "WE SERVE".
(Photo and information provided by Dean Craig).
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Sunday, 06 August 2017 17:43

Changing Lives at Meadows of Hope

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Pictured left to right: President Lion Duaine Janzen, Program Chairman Lion R.C. Morrow, Colleen Fowler, and Bob Fowler.

Tuesday's Lions Club meeting was an update of one of our state projects, The Meadows of Hope in Perkins, which was formerly called the Oklahoma Lions Boys' Ranch. When it initially began in 1952, it was called the IOA Ranch, which represented Individual Opportunity for Achievement. Most of the boys were wards of the court or had been in trouble, and the Ranch was an attempt to provide correction and direction in a young life. Over the years, and with societal and government changes, it now is basically foster home care, and for both males and females. Even though it is funded primarily by the Oklahoma Lions Clubs, it has oversight, direction, and some funding from the Department of Human Services.

Colleen and Bob Fowler (originally from Dewar) presented the program and had been house parents to four to six teenage boys for eight years, 2007-2015. The new foster care program started out in 2015 with the Fowlers and three kids in one house, so they have been foster parents for the past two years. They are on their 93rd teenage boy. Children in Oklahoma DHS custody are separated from their siblings 50% of the time. We have built 5 homes (not houses) on our campus in order to keep brothers and sisters together. Foster parents who are willing to serve sibling sets of 4 to 6 children live in these homes free of charge. We are building a community of hope!

DHS does provide an extra stipend of $250 per child per month but does not provide food, clothing, or any other necessities. The Meadows of Hope program has had so much success that foster families with other agencies have been contacting us a lot for information and advice.

The late Paul Milburn, a Lion from Shawnee, left an endowment of up to $250,000 per year for 30 years to his three favorite charities, with The Meadows of Hope first. If the Lions of Oklahoma can raise/donate the full $250,000, we get the full $250,000 matching funds. If we don't raise the full amount, we are matched only the amount we raise, and the two other charities can receive the balance of the un-matched funds So, if you have some funds not needed, what better way to enhance society in knowing that you have helped build a stronger world. It has been said that no man stands taller than those who stoop down to help a child (or someone in need). I guess Jesus said it best when He said (paraphrase) if you have done it to the least of these, then you have done it to Me. How could one not be blessed when you consider that ALL kids are our future? The success stories that we hear from the Oklahoma Lions Meadows of Hope project make us all proud to be a Lion. "WE SERVE".

(Photo and information provided by Dean Craig, with excerpts from the Oklahoma Lions Meadows of Hope pamphlet).
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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.

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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

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Pictured left to right: 1st V.P. Lion James Thompson, President Lion Duaine Janzen, Coach Clay Patterson, and Program Chairperson Lion Beth Flud.

By Dean Craig - Okmulgee Lion

Tuesday's Lions Club meeting was a homecoming of sorts with the program provided by Clay Patterson, Head Football Coach at NEO (Miami, Ok.), and a graduate of Morris High School. His father, Rick Patterson, is a former coach (and Head Coach) of Morris High School, along with Larry Bookout (a legendary coach at Morris and a 2013 Football Coach's Hall of Fame inductee), and my son, Jeff Craig, (Head Football Coach and Athletic Director at Blanchard), former quarterback for Morris, all were in attendance to hear Coach Patterson speak. I filmed the football games for Morris for seven years and was close to the coaching staff, but this was the first time all four of us have been together in 30+ years.

After graduating from Morris, Coach Patterson attended NEO A & M for two years, where his uncle, Okmulgee High School graduate Dale Patterson, was the Head Football Coach. Moving on to Southeastern State, Durant, he played for two years and served as a graduate assistant for two years, before being hired as a position coach there for two years. Then on to Tarleton State (Texas) for a short time before his former coach at Southeastern State, Keith Baxter (a Holdenville native), called offering the offensive coordinator position at Texas A & M at Kingsville. He later applied for the offensive coordinator job at Trinity Valley (Texas) and was granted that position, staying for three years. Then when the Head Coach job became available at NEO, he received a call from Dr. Jeff Hale, President of NEO, who had been President of Southeastern State when Patterson played and coached there, and was offered his first Head Coach assignment. Of course, it didn't hurt that his uncle, Dale Patterson, is the Athletic Director at NEO, but when you look at Patterson's previous successes and resume, he has paid his dues and earned the recognition. Coach Patterson laughingly stated that his grandmother (Norma Jean Patterson, who worked for the late Dr. Bob Hasselman in Okmulgee for many, many years), had a lot to do with his hiring.

So, this becomes another "feel good" story and one of "small-town local boy does well". And it really doesn't matter how big nor small of a school you attended, it boils down to absorbing your information and training, perseverance, doing the best job you can, and taking advantage of every opportunity given. Bob Lilly, former Dallas Cowboy player, probably said it best when he said, "it's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog". And Coach Patterson preaches, and lives by, his "eat" formula--effort, attitude, and tempo. And this also applies to personal, spiritual, academics, and life. It seems to have worked so far.

What an inspirational program, particularly from one so young, but his goal is to restore NEO back to its "glory years". We predict that this will happen. And our Lions Club is in the process of restoring our club back to its "glory years", and you can help because we still have a few more slots available for a few more good men and women. "WE SERVE"

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Lion R.C. Morrow, Clay's Little League baseball coach; Jeff Craig, Rick Patterson, Clay Patterson, Larry Bookout, and Lion Dean Craig.  (Photo Dean Craig)

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.

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