Okmulgee in the News
Last Thursday night the Okmulgee Public Library celebrated the twentieth anniversary of The Sorcerer’s Stone, the first book of J.K. Rowling’s immensely popular Harry Potter series. There were 43 attendees, about half in costume, mainly children from toddlers to high school, with some adults attending as well.
Library clerk Jennifer Colwill read aloud from the book, and there was a Sorting Hat, create-an-owl craft station, a house-bracelet-making station, spider races, a photo booth and prize giveaways. Some fans even got into reenacting the books’ spell-dueling scenes.
“We had a really good turnout,” Colwill said. “I think I ignited the interest in the Harry Potter fandom for a lot of the kids.”
Colwill is a Ravenclaw, though all four Hogwarts houses are represented in her household.
The free celebration continues this Thursday night, July 27, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. as the library celebrates Harry’s birthday with a miniature Quidditch match, potion creation, a make-your-own dragon’s egg craft station, Pin the Lightning Bolt Onto Harry’s Forehead and much more. Again, costumes are not required but are encouraged.
By Wesley Coburn - ONN
Over the weekend Team Green Country, composed of over sixteen members from the Okmulgee area, Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Texas, competed in the Oklahoma City 48-Hour Film Festival. They shot their film in Okmulgee, in and around 102 Cocktails and Bites, on 100 S. Morton, with an action scene filmed at Bella’s Ristorante, a new eatery located at the Best Western.
The genre was announced at 7 p.m. Friday night, and several required elements had to be included in the finished project, which was due at 7 p.m. Sunday night. The team drew Sci-Fi as their genre, which the other teams were all hoping for, according to team member Kalea Ellison. “We always do well with Action/Adventure, and we also hoping to draw Musical, because we had a lot of cool resources for that.”
The finished film has to be between four and seven minutes in length, or eight minutes with credits. Required elements were a character named Ben or Brenda, use of a marker, and a mandatory line of dialogue.
The team’s headquarters for Saturday’s filming and editing was the ONN studio. The team picked Okmulgee as their location because of the welcoming people and useful filming locations, and also because business owners are eager to help in any way they can.
There are 31 teams competing in the contest, and Team Green Country will be vying against eleven other teams in Group B. The winning films will be announced beginning at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 30, at the Oklahoma City Farmers Market, with Group B’s results presented at 6 p.m.
By Wesley Coburn - ONN
The upcoming first-ever Okmulgee Airfest, to be held at Okmulgee Regional Airport on September 30, is represented by a cheerful smiling red plane mascot. There was a “Name the Plane” contest held on the event’s Facebook page this week, with the winner chosen by amount of comment likes. With 25 likes, the winning submission of “Leonard,” submitted by Lacie Spurgeon of Okmulgee, was chosen as the best.
The runner up, with 17 likes, was “Rudy the Little Red Plane.” There were over 70 submissions suggested, including Airfest One, Clifford the Little Red Plane, Pecan the Plane, Planey McPlaneface, the Red Skydog, Okmulgee Rising and Wingsy.
Event partners for the Airfest include the City of Okmulgee, Okmulgee Area Development Council, Okmulgee Chamber of Commerce, Okmulgee Main Street, First National Bank & Trust, Tulsa International Airport, Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.
“We’re hoping that people will recognize the importance of the airport,” Kay Rabbitt, of the Okmulgee Chamber of Commerce, said. “It’s definitely a jewel in the Okmulgee crown, but I’m not sure that residents and the public realize how much it is used and realize the value of it. With the air show, it’s a good way to remind people what we have out there, and we hope they’ll have a good time.”
On the show day, the airport gates will open at 10 a.m., while the air show begins at 12 p.m. and runs until 2 p.m. Admission is $5 per person or $10 per car/plane.
Henryetta Church of the Nazarene will be hosting a night of worship music in Nichols Park in Henryetta on Friday, August 11 from 7-11 p.m.
Any musician or singer from any denomination is welcome to join the Henryetta Collective worship band, whose purpose is to collectively join together in order to reach others and spread the gospel.
The music will include everything from traditional hymns and classic gospel tunes to contemporary worship songs.
For more information, contact Billy Robertson at 918-752-9692.
Volunteers from Okmulgee Lions, First National Bank, community development and Morris Lions worked on this project Saturday morning
Morning came early for seven dedicated civic-minded Okmulgeeans who began trimming the mimosa trees planted in the center median on the new Morris Highway and Wood Drive. They began at 6 a.m. and, luckily, finished before the rain came on Wednesday. Three Lions: Beth Flud, R.C. Morrow, and Raymond Kennedy; First National Bank employee Kathy Kennedy; Rob Robertson; Bob Seebeck; and Morris Lion Sandy Patterson did a wonderful job "sprucing up" the trees. Drive by and take a look, and if you have a green thumb and want to help on later projects, let us know.
(Photo provided by Beth Flud).
By Wesley Coburn - ONN
On Saturday, August 5, there will be county-wide Prayer Walk beginning at 9 a.m. at Green Country Vo-Tech on 1100 North Loop 56 in Okmulgee. Groups of four (preferably from different churches) will drive to a school and walk around in prayer circles, much like the Israelites did in Joshua 6.
The event is being organized by Christy Parker, her brother Darren Downing, Mike James and Pastor Marcus Jeffries of Eastside Baptist Church.
Schools to be visited include Beggs, Dewar, Henryetta, Morris, Okmulgee, Preston, Schulter, Twin Hills and Wilson, in addition to the College of the Muscogee Nation, Green Country Vo-Tech and OSU-IT. The prayer walk will run from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Parker grew up in Okmulgee attending First Baptist, she is currently a teacher in Coweta and her husband is a coach. Before leaving Okmulgee they attended Southside Baptist, because Christy had family going there. About three months ago she shared a post on Facebook that God was leading her to pray for Okmulgee, and that turned into a multi-denominational prayer meeting at Brock Gym, which went so well that this second event was organized, specifically for the schools this time.
“People keep coming to me - I’ve never put one of these on until three months ago,” Parker said. “Just to have God lay it on my heart, and then to find out that everybody else had it on their hearts – that was so awesome.” A third Prayer Walk is tentatively scheduled for January 2018, and organizers hope to put on about three per year.
Following the Prayer Walk, a different committee will be hosting a meal for first responder personnel, EMSA personnel, the Okmulgee Police Department, the Okmulgee Fire Department, the Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Department and the Creek Nation Lighthorse. It will be held at Eastside Baptist on 219 N. Osage. Donations are greatly welcomed and appreciated; they will matched by Randy’s Foods.
Prayer Walk T-shirts may be purchased at Truly Yours, located at 113 E. 6th, until Thursday, July 20. Youth sizes are $10, adult sizes small through extra large are $15, and 2XL and up are $17.
Some suggested topics on what to pray for during the walk are safety, provision and wisdom for students, teachers and staff.
“I’ve been pretty humbled by it because I feel like ‘I’m just Christy, ya know? Nobody’s gonna listen to me.’” Parker said. “But it isn’t about me, it’s about who God is and what He wants to do. So that’s been the really amazing part about it all, and I’m really anxious to see what He’s gonna do. I think He’s gonna do some pretty big things. He’s definitely wanting it to happen, so it’s been pretty exciting to watch.”
By Wesley Coburn - ONN
With the 2017-18 school year quickly approaching, Beggs High School will have an orientation for students August 14-15.
The sophomores will have their orientation Monday night at 6 p.m., with the freshmen to follow at 7 p.m.
On Tuesday night, the juniors will have their orientation at 6 p.m. while the seniors will have theirs at 7 p.m.
There will be a preview night Thursday, August 17, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The first day of classes is Monday, August 21.
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources Storm Shelter Program was created through MCN National Council legislation TR-17019 in February, with $100,000 being appropriated for the program.
The program allows for the purchase and installation of storm shelters for Muscogee (Creek) citizens.
Eligible citizens need to be homeowners living within the MCN boundaries. Mobile homeowners must own the home and the land where the home sits.
Preference will be given to elders ages 65 and older, the handicapped or disabled, veterans and those living in rural areas. Limit one per homeowner/household.
DANR will begin accepting applications Aug. 1.
Applications will be available on tribal campus, the Southern Regional Office, and online Aug. 1.
Approved applicants will receive an approval letter and the contractor will contact the applicant to schedule installation. The Nation will make the payments directly to the contractor.
For more information, please contact Rachael Locust at: (918) 549-2555.
By Margaret Black
OSU Prevention Programs
There are still a couple of months of warm weather left in Oklahoma. This means boating, swimming, and other water sports. We are lucky to have some great locations in our area for these activities, but it can turn deadly quickly when alcohol is mixed with boating.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about one third of recreational boating accidents are caused by alcohol use. Drinking alcohol while boating or other water activities can not only be deadly to you but others out enjoying their summer. The CDC reports “it’s not just boat operators at risk from drinking while boating. Passengers are a greater risk of injury as well. In fact, 46% of all boating fatalities occurred when vessels were docked, anchored, or drifting.” Alcohol effects a person’s coordination, balance, vision, and judgment. A study in the Injury Prevention Journal states “persons with a blood alcohol level of 0.10 g/100 ml have about 10 times the risk of death associated with recreational boating compared with persons who have not been drinking, but that even small amounts of alcohol can increase this risk.”
The Handbook of Oklahoma Boating Laws and Responsibilities states “it is illegal to operate or be in actual physical control of any vessel while under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other intoxicating substances. Oklahoma law states that a person is considered to be ‘under the influence’ if he or she [meets any of the following circumstances}:
• has an alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher as measured in the person’s breath or blood
• is under the influence of any other intoxicating substance to a degree which makes him or her incapable of safely operating the vessel
• is under the influence of alcohol and any other intoxicating substance to a degree which makes him or her incapable of safely operating the vessel.”
According to the handbook the first violation of this law is a fine up to $1,000. After that the fine goes up to $2,500.
Help keep everyone safe this summer and avoid drinking and driving a boat. If you suspect someone to be intoxicated while driving a boat please contact the Oklahoma Highway Patrol by dialing *55 on your cell phone.
The Regional Prevention Coordinator (RPC), funded by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, is partnering with the Okmulgee County Consortium (OCC) to help reduce alcohol related injuries. To learn more about how you can become involved in this Okmulgee County coalition contact us at (918)756-1248.
By Wesley Coburn - ONN
Attention game-show fans! Okmulgee Main Street is putting on their third annual Big Brain Trivia Night on Saturday, August 12, at the State Room at OSU-IT. There will be appetizers, a bar, and a silent auction as well, in addition to a 50-50 raffle.
Doors will open at 5 p.m. with the competition beginning at 7 p.m.
Event rules will be the same as last year: Teams may consist of up to eight members, and the contest will feature six rounds of twelve questions each. The player designated the “scribe” will write down their team’s answer to be picked up. At the end of each round, standings will be updated to heighten the excitement. All electronic devices are prohibited. Two mulligans may be purchased at $25 each to ward off incorrect answers, but they must be purchased before the second round. The winning team will be presented with the traveling Big Brain Trivia trophy.
A team’s entry fee is $320, but the “Corporate Package” gets a team’s entry fee, two mulligans, eight drink tickets and forty 50-50 tickets for $420.
Creative team themes, complete with costumes and slogans, are highly encouraged. There will be a prize given to the team winning the table decorations vote. Sneakiness in getting votes is perfectly legal.
“This is going to put the FUN in fundraiser!” Main Street Director Heather Sumner stated.
For ticket information, go to www.okmulgeemainstreet.com.