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Okmulgee in the News

By Wesley Coburn - ONN

Harlan Ford will host their first car show this Saturday, June 24, at their dealership on Highway 75 and Fairgrounds Road, in what they hope will become an annual event. It will be free for both visitors and participants, and cars entered will be classified by decade, with People’s Choice awards being given out as well.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and last until 10 a.m., and judging will begin at 11 a.m. with the winners announced at 3 p.m.

Food trucks will be available, as will a DJ, and the Okmulgee Fire Department and Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Department will show off new equipment. “We’re expecting a lot of people, it should be pretty fun,” Andrew Harlan said, noting that it is held tandem with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Festival.

Entries may be submitted a variety of ways: on the Harlan Ford website, their Facebook page, over the phone at 918-756-FORD, or at the event on Saturday.

By Wesley Coburn - ONN

Many Okmulgee County athletes were named to VYPE Magazine’s Three Rivers All-Region teams in five different sports.

In baseball the Beggs Demons were represented by Levi Bouse, Cade Furer and Garrett Pendergrass, and they were joined by the Preston Pirates’ Eugene Kahbeah and Dakota Ray and the Okmulgee Bulldogs’ Jacob Barrett and Tyler Robol. Beggs made the Class 3A state tournament, falling 8-7 to Marlow and finishing with a 28-6 record.

On the softball side of the diamond sports, Beggs was represented by Madeline Nuckolls, Lindsi Spring and Mallorie Wilburn; the 28-13 Lady Demons made their first state title appearance this season, falling 18-1 in the Class 5A first round to Tahlequah Sequoyah. The Morris Lady Eagles also made the 5A state tournament, they crushed Kellyville 27-2 before getting stopped 12-2 in the semifinals by Chandler. Colby Christian, Justice Frazier and Nakyla Monahawee led the Lady Eagles to a 34-3 record. Three Dewar Lady Dragons were also present on the All-Region squad: Morgan Britt, Deljah Jackson and Skyler Randall.

The Henryetta Knights dominated the tennis squad, for the boys Kanon Bailey, Jarett Day, Tyger Freeman, Jordan Knox and Colton Wion were named, while Summer Bryant, Bailey Davis, Haley Glass, Rachel Montgomery, Fallon Rodgers and Natalie Smith represented the Lady Knights. At the Class 4A state tournament in Oklahoma City, Smith finished fourth in No. 2 singles, while Bryant and Montgomery also earned fourth place in No. 1 doubles. Knox was fifth in boys No. 2 singles, and Bailey and Heavener’s Keaton Lollis earned fourth place in doubles.

Morris’ Kamarie Wallace was the lone county athlete to make either All-Region track team, as she won bronze in the 3A 100 meter hurdles.

Beggs’ McKenzie McCoy and Clay White made the girls’ and boys’ All-Region golf teams, respectively, while McCoy was joined by Henryettans Abby Green and Nicole Robertson. McCoy also made All-State after finishing third place during the state tournament, while Henryetta was fifth in the team competition.
Founded in Tulsa by former TU football player Austin Chadwick, VYPE Magazine covers high school sports in four states, broken into at least sixteen separate regional magazines.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 21:08

Blood drive coming to Okmulgee June 29

By Wesley Coburn - ONN

The Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI), together with the Muscogee Creek Nation Medical Center, will be holding a blood drive for healthy adults at 1401 Morris Road from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 29. Adult donors must be 18 years old and they must weigh 110 pounds to qualify, there are varying restrictions on which 16-17 year olds may donate.

Donors will receive a voucher for two free tickets to Safari Joe’s H2O Water Park (formerly Big Splash) in Tulsa, in addition to a free T-shirt.

OBI Tulsa Executive Director Jan Laub said that while “families get busy with vacations and activities during the summer,” the need for blood remains constant. “Giving just an hour of your time will make a life-saving difference for someone in our community during these critical summer months.”

OBI supplies more than 160 hospitals and medical facilities across the state, relying on about 1,200 volunteers a day. Blood may be donated every 56 days, while platelets can be donated up to 24 times a year. Those with negative blood types are especially encouraged to donate, as there is a scarcity of this type.

Appointments are not required, but may be scheduled at the OBI website or by calling 877-340-8777.

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By Wesley Coburn - ONN

The ninth annual Beggs Car Show was held Saturday at First Baptist Church South, with participants coming from all over Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas and Missouri, with entries ranging from a 1928 Ford Model A to brand-new Corvettes and Camaros, and everything in between – pickups, coupes and convertibles included.

For Kellyville resident Don Kuehn, restoring his 1966 Ford Mustang was a labor of love.

“I redid the upholstery covering on my living room floor,”said Kuehn.

Kuehn restored the car as a retirement project about seven years ago, and he estimated this was his fifth time attending this specific show. “I like the people here.”

Barbecue, fried catfish and roasted corn was available for hungry attendees.

Trophies were awarded to the top fifty cars entered, as well as the top five motorcycles. There were eleven specialty awards given out as well.

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017 21:02

Creek Nation interns go through orientation

By Wesley Coburn - ONN

For the college students and recent graduates in the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s College Work Experience internship program, they have the opportunity to get full-time work experience in their field of study over the summer while being paid through a tribal grant.

There are around a dozen participants this summer, nine of whom attended an orientation session Monday at the Department of Education and Training on the MCN campus. Workforce Development Coordinator Jessina McBee outlined the guidelines and expectations for the program, which in addition to workplace performance, includes volunteering at the upcoming Muscogee Creek Festival and visiting important sites of Creek culture and history.

Oklahoma State seniors Jacob Swarer, mechanical engineering major, and Easton Rogers, hotel and restaurant administration major, aren’t sure exactly what they would hope to be doing job-wise once they graduate, but they have dream jobs identified. ”I’d like to work at a car company, I think that’d be fun,”

Swarer said, while Rogers isn’t exactly sure what she would enjoy, she thinks she would “like to open maybe a restaurant, a café, something small.” For the duration of the CWE program, Swarer is working at a small manufacturing company in Tulsa, while Rogers is working at a water park in Eufaula. Roughly half the participants are working for the tribe in some capacity.

Creative Oklahoma is partnering with Cross Sector Innovations to support the Oklahoma Creative Communities (OCC) initiative. Creative Oklahoma launched OCC in 2016 with the vision of ensuring Oklahoma communities are supported in their efforts to implement local solutions to local challenges.Creative Oklahoma Logo

Okmulgee is one of eight communities participating in the initiative, along with Altus, Durant, Enid, Guthrie, Locust Grove, Ponca City and Tahlequah.

“Creative Oklahoma is excited to support the work of participating communities,” stated Susan McCalmont, president of Creative Oklahoma. “We offer a variety of resources, including a creative problem-solving tool, a facilitator, training opportunities, peer learning, support for grant-seeking and access to additional technical expertise as needed.”

Oklahoma communities exemplify creative problem-solving and the ability to develop innovative solutions. Creative thinkers and problem-solvers can learn a great deal from their success.

“Census data tells us that rural communities are more entrepreneurial than urban areas. There are times, however, when resources outside of the community are not accessible or responsive to local needs,” said Ed Long, principal of Cross Sector Innovations. “We look forward to connecting communities to additional outside resources as they move ideas to action.”

Strawberry Olive is the Creative Oklahoma facilitator providing support to the efforts underway in Okmulgee. “Communities collaborate to create the vision of the future. I use the gardening analogy,” said Olive. “The community is like a garden, changing with the seasons. The gardeners are members of the community, all of whom have the vision of what the garden will be used for. Sometimes the ideas need tools they don't have in the garden shed. As a facilitator, our role is to help provide those tools to build the garden.”

Participating communities will share their experiences and insight with other communities and creative thinkers throughout the state contributing to Oklahoma’s culture of creativity and innovation.

More information on this and other Creative Oklahoma initiatives can be found at www.stateofcreativity.com.

About Creative Oklahoma

Creative Oklahoma is a statewide non-profit organization advancing Oklahoma's economy through innovation-focused initiatives in education, commerce and culture. The mission is to develop, promote and celebrate Oklahoma's creativity and innovation in education, commerce and culture. For more information, please visit www.stateofcreativity.com.

About Cross Sector Innovations

Cross Sector Innovations (CSI) drives social innovation by bringing together business, government and nonprofit resources for creative solutions to community and statewide challenges. CSI promotes more efficient use of resources across sectors for improving outcomes in Oklahoma. More information can be found at www.crosssectorinnovations.org.

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Special recognition was given at Tuesday's Okmulgee Lions Club meeting to four Lions who have received the prestigious District Lion of the Year Award. Only one award is given in each district per year out of approximately 1,200 Lions members in each district. Pictured is PDG Dean Craig (who was awarded the first award in 1974), Lion Duaine Janzen (2016), Lion R.C. Morrow (2017), and PDG/CC Jacque Mooney (2017 District 3-H). "WE SERVE".

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By Wesley Coburn - ONN

The members of the Okmulgee High School baseball team won the Oklahoma State Secondary Activities Association’s Class 3A academic state championship this season, as the Bulldogs compiled a 3.74 overall GPA for this semester, according to VYPE Magazine. For this achievement, they were honored at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City.

Team members included Riley Alexander, Kalem Baker, Jacob Barrett, Marquise Coleman, Cameron Colquitt, William Cook, Eric Dan, Paul Gallup, Frank Harley, Brayden Hunter, Trenton LeGrand, River Lansdale, Armon O’Brien, Kris Reed, Tyler Robol, Eli White and Sammy Wiemer.

The head coach is David Dunlap, and his assistants are Scott Bevan, Shane Bevan, Josh McGovran and Rod Wiemer.

Multi-platinum country artist Lee Ann Womack will be headlining the musical talent June 23-24 at this year’s Muscogee Creek Nation Festival, performing at 9 p.m. Friday night.

Womack, known for her songs “Blame It On Me,” “I Hope You Dance,” “I’ll Think of a Reason Later” and “The Wrong Girl,” has released seven albums: her self-titled debut in 1997, “Some Things I Know” (1998), “I Hope You Dance” (2000), “Something Worth Leaving Behind” (2002), Christmas album “The Season for Romance” (2002), “There’s More Where That Came From” (2005), “Call Me Crazy” (2008) and “The Way I’m Livin’” (2008). Womack has won six CMA Awards, five ACM Awards, an AMA Award and a Grammy throughout her career.LeeAnnW

The rock band Delta Rae will be performing at 7 p.m. on Friday, they have released two albums: “Carry the Fire” (2012) and “After It All” (2015).

Multi-platinum blues rocker Kenny Wayne Shepherd will be performing Saturday night at 9 p.m. Shepherd has released eight albums since 1995: “Ledbetter Heights” (1995), “Trouble Is” (1997), “Live On” (1999), “The Place You’re In” (2004), “10 Days Out” (2007), “How I Go” (2011), “Goin’ Home” (2014) and “Lay It On Down” (2017).

Johnny Lang will be performing Saturday night at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017 20:20

Okmulgee Lions Club install new Officers

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Pictured left to right: Craig Brydges (Director), Beth Flud (Director), Dean Craig (Director), Dr. Tom Alexander (Director), R.C. Morrow (Immediate Past President), Duaine Janzen (President), James Thompson (1st VP), Heather Sumner (2nd VP), Raymond Kennedy (Membership Chairman), Ron Martin (Lion Tamer), Gary Volz (Tail Twister), and Jacque Mooney, Installing Officer.
Photo by Dean Craig

By Dean Craig Okmulgee Lion

And a good time was had by all--that's a phrase usually used to end a story, however, this is also a good way to start this story because that's the way Tuesday's Lions Club meeting began. What a marvelous program of induction of incoming officers presented by Past District Governor/Council Chairperson Jacque Mooney of the Midwest City Lions Club. We are so proud of this year's slate of officers, as we have been for many, many years, and they just seem to keep getting better and better--a result of good leadership. Lion Mooney calls this her "Bandana Installation", presenting a colorful bandana to each officer installed with the indicated color for their particular office. What a unique approach of installation.

A rainbow is made up of seven different colors--red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. Each one of these colors are exquisite. However, when they all come together to form a rainbow, they become unequaled in beauty. Likewise LIONS CLUBS are made up of many types of people. Each person is unique, but by joining a Lions Club, a new member becomes a part of a colorful group unequaled in strength

Although there are only seven colors in the spectrum, there are over two million tints and shades of these basic colors. The tints and shades of the colors can be compared to the many talents and skills that individual members bring to a Lions Club. Some members have creative abilities, some have organizational skills, and some have leadership qualities

Today, the officers of the OKMULGEE LIONS CLUB will be installed using the colors of the rainbow. Just as each color of the spectrum is distinctive, each office of the club has specific tasks. When the officers successfully perform their duties, they help keep their Lions Club running smoothly. Will the newly elected officers please come forward as I call your title?

LION TAMER--Ron Martin. The color TURQUOISE represents the Lion Tamer. Before each meeting all items to be used must be in place and "good to go". You will be in charge of the responsibility for the club property. You will see that the flags, gong, gavel, and badge boards, etc., are properly placed. You are to assist the past president as the official greeter, always welcome and introduce guests.

TAIL TWISTER--Gary Volz. COWBOY/HORSE. What can I say about giving GARY this bandana. It kind of says it all, doesn't it? As Tail Twister you have permission to horse around, maintain harmony, and encourage good feelings, life and enthusiasm in the meetings. You shall impose and collect fines at meetings. You are to be resourceful in promoting fun, fellowship, and laughter at meetings. A little known fact is that you can be fined by a vote of the majority members present.

MEMBERSHIP/RETENTION--Raymond Kennedy. RED. You will lead the Membership Committee, and help to develop and implement a growth and retention program as approved by the club's Board of Directors. You will regularly report to the club and encourage members in bringing qualified people into the club. Since you will be ON FIRE for this club, please accept this RED bandana.

TREASURER--Pat Higgins will get two bandanas. The color GREEN symbolizes the Treasurer. GREEN represents money, energy, vitality, and perseverance. As Treasurer, your duties include collecting all dues and monies, paying all approved bills, and keeping accurate financial records. You will be giving of yourself in many ways to this Lions Club as you handle its financial responsibilities. May the GREEN color of your bandana give you the energy, vitality, and perseverance needed to fulfill these obligations.

SECRETARY--Pat Higgins. The color MULTICOLOR symbolizes the secretary and is considered to be a bright and optimistic color. Yours is one of the most important offices in the club. You are charged with helping pull all the colors together. The success of your club will be determined largely by the efficiency with which you perform the duties of your office. You are the President's "right hand" person. As Secretary, your duties include keeping an accurate record of all of the club's business, monthly reports of attendance, projects, and activities. Writing up each meeting's minutes will require a great deal of thought and accuracy. May the MULTICOLORS color of your bandana give you the mental concentration and optimism needed to fulfill your commitment

VICE-PRESIDENTS--James Thompson and Heather Sumner. The color LIGHT BLUE symbolizes the VP and represents healing, love, faith, loyalty, and inspiration. As VP's you are in training for the office of President. Your faith and loyalty are important to these Lions Club members and especially to the president who will rely on you for help. As chairman of various committees, you are to inspire members, old and new, to become active in your club. You must strive to keep members in harmony about projects and goals. May the LIGHT BLUE color of your bandanas give you the inspiration to face your challenges.

PRESIDENT--Duaine Janzen. The color PURPLE symbolizes the President. PURPLE represents leadership, greatness, and unselfish efforts. A regal color, purple is associated with royalty, or persons of high rank. As president, you will be treated royally for you have been elected to the highest office in your Lions Club. Being President is an honor and a privilege, but with the esteemed office, comes many responsibilities. Duties of the office include presiding at all meetings and dealing with all issues and opportunities. As president, you are also this Lion Club's representative to your community. May the PURPLE color of your bandana remind you to give unselfishly of yourself as you lead the OKMULGEE LIONS CLUB.

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT--R.C. Morrow. The DARK BLUE bandana is a symbol of calm waters ahead. As Past President, you have served the club well. I am sure the Okmulgee Lions Club is extremely grateful for your service and your continued support of the club. Your contribution and loyal service has helped this club continue to be successful in this community. Thank you for your leadership and sacrifice of time, energy, and skill as you fulfilled the duties of your office,

DIRECTORS--Dr. Tom Alexander, Craig Brydges, Christian Tiews, Kyle Powell, Rusty Milroy, and Beth Flud. AMERICAN FLAG. You have been elected by the members to serve on the Board. You will assist in formulating and executing the policies of the club. All new business is considered and shaped by this Board. This AMERICAN FLAG represents a pride and loyalty to the OKMULGEE LIONS CLUB.

DIRECTOR FOR LIFE--Past District Governor Dean Craig. ORANGE will be the color of your bandana. As a Director For Life, you will be charged to light the way for the other directors. Without someone to guide the Club, there would be no direction. Your years of guidance and experience will be a benefit to others. You are to stand with the flame of your ORANGE bandana to guide the club to great things.

During this ceremony, each officer has been installed with a different color. Alone, each color is striking, but when the colors come together, a larger more beautiful thing occurs. A rainbow is created. Each color is needed to make the rainbow complete--just as each officer is necessary to make the Lions Club run properly. As Council Chair of Multiple District 3, it is my great pleasure to declare these Lions duly installed into their perspective offices to which they have been elected.

Incoming President Duaine Janzen presented a President plaque to outgoing President R.C. Morrow in appreciation of his outstanding year. President Morrow presented a 50-year membership patch to Lion Dean Craig and a President Appreciation Award to Anita Craig for her outstanding behind-the-scene work she does for the club even though she is not a member. We still are looking for a few more good men and women to join us. Think about it! "WE SERVE".

(Photo and information provided by Dean Craig with the installation text by Jacque Mooney).

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