Okmulgee County Sheriff Eddy Rice would like to notify the public that there is a letter being circulated to Okmulgee county residents. The letter is written as if the Sheriff himself composed it.
The Oklahoma Sheriff’s Association (OSA), in which the Sheriff is a member, has sent out the letter. However, Sheriff Rice is not in support of their mannerism in which they are asking for donations in his name.
“I felt the letter to be deceiving as it is composed directly from me. I did not write this letter and I did not sign the letter,” said Rice.
The letter is printed as signed by Sheriff Eddy Rice and his signature stamp has been affixed below his name, either stamped or copied.
“The stamp is an old one from 2005. I don’t use this stamp anymore and my signature has since changed from looking like the stamp altogether,” Rice explained. “I did not provide them with a stamp.”
Citizen’s who asked if the letter was authentic brought the letter to the Sheriff’s attention. Sheriff Rice immediate contacted the Sheriff’s Association and complained that he had not approved any letter to be written as composed by him.
Though he said he did approve that his name could be listed in support of the organization. He did not approve his name to be used in any other fashion, particularly not to compose a personal letter in his behalf.
“I do support the organization and pay in yearly dues to be a member, but our citizens take care of our local office and I don’t believe that they should be burdened with other entities asking for money,” Rice said.
“Though the OSA is supportive to our office, there are many agencies listed as law enforcement entities that call for support and do not benefit us in any way. At times they do not even benefit law enforcement in the state of Oklahoma,” stated Rice. “I encourage people to listen carefully to the sales pitch and question in detail where the funds go. They might even do research on the entity, before deciding to make a contribution.”
The Sheriff said he feels that the citizen’s should put their support dollars where they will see the benefit for themselves. They should not feel pressured to obligate themselves financially.
Some people feel that by having a decal or license plate, certain agencies provide, will put them in favor if being stopped by law enforcement. “That is not the case,” said Rice. “If you are in violation of state laws, you may pay a penalty.”
The Sheriff said that it was the manner in which OSA approached our citizen’s in asking for donations that was the issue. He has since contacted OSA and requested that he be specifically removed from this type of fund raising tactics.
“Please decide for yourself if you would like to be a part of this organization strictly for what they can offer you and/or for what you feel they provide is worthy. The OSA is a respected organization.”
Receipts: 1439 Last Week: 1755 Last Year: 2131
Compared to last week: Feeder steers and heifers $2-$4 lower.
Steer and heifer calves steady to $4 lower. Supply included 21 percent
over 600 lbs and 37 percent heifers.
Slaughter cows and bulls not well tested but few sales steady to $2
lower. Demand remains good. A total of 91 cows and bulls sold with
90 percent going to packers.
Feeder Steers Medium and Large 1 300-350 lbs. $203-$219; 385 lbs.
thin fleshed $185.50; 450-500 lbs. $182-$188; 500-550 lbs. $177-
$180; 550-600 lbs. $152-$167; 600-650 lbs. $149.50-$157; 650-700 lbs.
$137-$140.50; 745-750 lbs. $135.50-$137.50.
Feeder Heifers Medium and Large 1 300-350 lbs. $180-$181; 400-450 lbs.
$161-$169; 450-500 lbs. $155-$165; 500-550 lbs. $150.50-$159; 550-
600 lbs. $138-$148; 600-650 lbs. $136-$137.50; 725 lbs. $126.
Slaughter Cows: 1000-1550 lbs. Average dressing $75-$86; High dressing
$82-$92; Low dressing $71-$80. 750-1000 lbs. Light Weight Cows Average
dressing $67-$71; High dressing $72-$77; Low dressing $63-$66.
Slaughter Bulls: 1400-2200 lbs. Average dressing $98-$102; High dressing
not tested; Low dressing $83-$95.50.
Regional Pro Bullriding coming to Henryetta March 30 at 7 p.m. at the Terry Don West Arena at 31965 Arbeka Rd. One thousand dollar plus added money and $60 fees.
There will be a Member ship drive and meeting that begins 5:30 p.m. Membership fee is $40, or $75 for bull riders after the event.
Preregister call-in at 918.230.5503 Monday March 25 from 5-10 p.m.
Admission will be $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.
(Photos by Paul Orosco Chief Photographer)
Beggs, Schulter and Morris attend
Schools across the country are discovering an exciting new program that hits the bullseye in meeting the physical education needs of their students. Through the Oklahoma National Archery in Schools Program, students have the chance to excel in the unique sport of archery.
Archery in Schools is a coordinated partnership between schools, state wildlife agencies and the nation’s archery industry.
Students in the fifth and sixth grades from Schulter, Beggs and Morris got some hands on training at the Okmulgee Wildlife refuge on Tuesday.
Students learn the use and skill of operating a bow and arrow. The course covers safety and hunting techniques.
They also learned the technique of fishing with a bow and arrow by use of a simulation tank.
Mike Berryhill gave instruction along with master bow maker Shelby Flowers who instructed on the lost art of bow making displaying some of his personal arrows he has made.
The Okmulgee County Archery Days at Deep Fork NWR will be held on March 12 and 13.
March 12 will see 4th and 5th graders from the local county participating in several archery related activities.
March 13 will be when the 6th-12th graders come out to enjoy archery activities on the Refuge.
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