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Okmulgee Main Street is pleased on how well ticket sells are going for this year's musical, "Hello Dolly".  The Orchestra seating is almost sold out!

The performance is July 2, 7:00pm, at the Clell Warriner Theatre (Okmulgee High School).  If you are wanting reservations or more information, please contact our office soon!

There will be a "Meet the Cast" reception immediately following the performance:    

Tickets are as follows:

Orchestra Seating- $30 per ticket
2nd Level Seating- $25 per ticket
General Admission- $15 adult $10 student (18 & under)
“Meet the Cast” Reception- $20 per ticket
* Special discounts for groups of 10 or more and OSUIT students

Hello, Dolly! is a musical with lyrics and music by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart, based on Thornton Wilder's 1938 farce The Merchant of Yonkers, which Wilder revised and retitled The Matchmaker in 1955.

Hello, Dolly! was first produced on Broadway by David Merrick in 1964, winning the Tony Award for Best Musical and nine other Tonys. The show album Hello, Dolly! An Original Cast Recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002. The show has become one of the most enduring musical theatre hits, enjoying three Broadway revivals and international success. It was also made into a 1969 film that was nominated for seven Academy Awards.

This weeks Lion club meeting was a particularly special one.  What started off to be a typical meeting quickly took a climactic change when speaker John Maley announced that this meeting would be one in which the new Club officers would be swore in for the next year in the officers installation.  After Maley spoke briefly on the values and aspects of what it takes to be a Lion the process of swearing in began.  Lion of the year was announced and went to Dean Craig.

Lion of the year- Dean Craig and he is also Past District Governor


1st Vice President- Duaine Janzen
and Tail Twister

Vice President- Beth Flud

Membership Chairman- John Maley

Music Director-Norman Magrini

Lion Tamer- Ron Martin

Secretary and Treasurer- Pat Higgins

President- Dan Anderson




Noble Foundation Professor Lloyd W. Sumner, Ph.D., has been named a lifetime Honorary Fellow of the Metabolomics Society. Only two Honorary Fellowships are awarded each year.

This award recognizes members of the scientific community who have either made outstanding contributions to the Metabolomics Society over a sustained period of time and/or made a pioneering and sustained contribution to the science of metabolomics at an international level. Sumner will be recognized Monday, July 1, 2013, at the opening ceremony of the 2013 Metabolomics Society Conference in Glasgow, Scotland.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment, and we congratulate Lloyd on his service to the society and the Noble Foundation,” said Dr. Udvardi, Ph.D., director of the Plant Biology Division. “He continues to distinguish himself as one of the top researchers in his field.”

Sumner was elected an Honorary Fellow for his outstanding contributions to establishing the Metabolomics Society as a true international and financially sound organization, and for his influential research contributions to the field of plant metabolomics. Sumner has served as president and treasurer of the society.

“I am grateful for the recognition and honored to be joining a prestigious and select group of professionals,” Sumner said. “It has been my pleasure to see the Metabolomics Society grow during the past nine years, and I expect to continue to see it prosper well into the future. I am grateful to the Noble Foundation for its support that has enabled me to contribute to the growth of this society and to the general area of plant metabolomics.”

Sumner’s research is focused on the development, advancement and implementation of leading edge instrumental techniques for large-scale profiling and identification of the functional products of gene expression, specifically proteins and metabolites.

The Metabolomics Society is an independent, nonprofit organization, governed by a board of directors composed of dedicated members of the metabolomics community. The society’s vision is to become the premier organization devoted to the development of metabolism-based research. It currently has more than 600 members in more than 20 countries.

Sunday, 09 June 2013 11:35

2013 Spring Fling Photo album

Hermon Thompson of the Morris News sings a few songs for the audience.

Photos from the Spring Fling - Dancing in the Dark was cancelled

Spring Fling Car Show by XPlizet


(L-R) Coy Guidry, Alex Benavides, Josh Espino, and Alberto DeLaTore 
(Photos by Paul Orosco - ONN Chief Photographer)

Four OSUIT Okmulgee students, who are studying in the Aggreko Program, the world's largest temporary power generation company and a major supplier of temperature control equipment, volunteered to help the Okmulgee Historical Society move some historical ledgers and file documents to a new storage area.

The students generously volunteered their time to assist in the Historical Society's community effort.  The Okmulgee Historical Society was very appreciative of these young gentlemen's help and to Glenda Orosco, OSUIT Instructor and Okmulgee Chamber of Commerce member for helping coordinate this fine community cooperation.

These four students will graduate in two weeks and go on to exciting careers in the Aggreko program.

So you think you can dance? How about “dancing in the dark”? If you like to dance and maybe even compete in a dance contest. You can be a part of this years ~Dancin in the Dark` dance contest at the 2013 Spring Fling Festival.

The dancing will begin just after sundown at 9 p.m. on the square. If you would like to compete, get your best footwork in gear and come on downtown to get all the details.

If you have two left feet, just bring your lawn chairs and have fun watching everyone else.

Don’t forget all the fun activities beginning earlier in the day at 11 a.m. see previous stories for more information:

Spring Fling Interview with Kelly Love

Get the schedule of events!



Oklahoma’s average price for a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline has fallen 28 cents since its 2013 high of $3.92 recorded on May 21. State prices began the first 20 days of May by increasing 61 cents.

“Consumers in Oklahoma and parts of the Midwest faced tremendous frustration due to rapidly rising gas prices in May,” said Chuck Mai, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma. “Tight supplies, continued refinery maintenance and other production issues led to a spooked market for much of the month.”

Today June 4,  there are 27 states with a lower statewide gas price average than Oklahoma. Typically, Oklahoma is among the cheapest states for gasoline in the nation.
The least expensive gas in the U. S. today: S.C. ($3.205), Ala. ($3.240), Miss. ($3.258), Tenn. ($3.259) and La. ($3.310). The five states with the highest averages today are Hawaii ($4.353), Mich. (4.098), Alaska ($4.066), Ill. ($4.050), and N.D. ($3.996).

“Gasoline supply problems should ease over the next month as some of these pesky refinery maintenance problems are solved,” said Mai. “We expect prices to drop below an average of $3.50 nationally and $3.35 in Oklahoma by the end of June if refineries can transition smoothly from to full production. However, refineries often have complications when restarting, which could lead to unpredictable problems in the weeks ahead. “
The nationwide average price of regular gasoline increased 10.4 cents per gallon in May, the first monthly increase since February. After ten consecutive overnight declines, the national average is now more than American motorists paid one year ago.
Gas prices nationally increased 19 out of 31 days during May. By contrast, prices increased only one day during May of 2012 and increased only seven days during the month in 2011.
While national gasoline markets have been driven by regional supply and production issues, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil prices have traded within a narrow $5 range for more than a month. At the close of yesterday’s formal trading on the NYMEX, WTI settled up $1.48 at $93.45 per barrel.

Spring Fling Car Show - Photo by Allen Gardner

What's happening at the 2013 Spring Fling?  Beautiful weather is on the horizon with many family fun activities on tap.

Come to downtown Okmulgee and get in on the action!  


*Food, merchant, craft vendors open early on the square,  located on 7th, Grand and Morton Streets (around the square)
Sounds of the Past start at 11 a.m. to noon with 50's and 60's Rock and Roll music played.
Car and CMA motorcycle show noon to 5 p.m. located on Seventh Str. in front of KOKL Radio and in KOKL Parking lot.

Silent Auction 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the lawn of the Creek Council House Museum (CCHM).
T shirt Sales located on CCHM Grounds
Bouncy House, games, Cassie the clown 2 to 5 p.m. located on the CCHM Grounds
Dog Show: Beginning at noon
Pageant (Little Miss Show)
Located on 7th Street( between Grand and Morton)
1-2 p.m.        Gospel Music Hour
2-4 p.m.        Variations (classic rock)
4-5 p.m.        Emily Comfort (guitar)
                    "Mige"The dancer
5-7 p.m        Driving Rain (New Country and Southern Rock)
7-9 p.m.       Michael Stewart and Band 7pm  (Tribute to Wayland Jennings   
                   located on 7th Street in front of Legacy antiques between Grand and Morton Streets.
9 p.m.          Festival Closes
To enter a contest, or to register for a craft, merchant or food vendor or if you have children's games and would like to participate.  Please contact:
Kelley Love at 918-756-3646  
or go to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To enter the car show, contact:
Robert Rentie at 918-804-3344

Saturday, 01 June 2013 12:47

Flash floods around Okmulgee County

Heavy rains are marking their damage around Okmulgee Co. mainly in the southern parts of the county.  Henryetta and Dewar have had some flash flooding that has forced residents from their homes.  

Okmulgee County Sheriff's Office has been patrolling the rural areas since the early morning hours. All Okmulgee county police agencies were on specialized patrols.  The county commissioners and their crews were working steadily in setting up barriers for non-passable roads.

Dewar City Hall at 105 N. Broadway Street has set up temporary shelter for Dewar residence.  Henryetta residents are being taken in at the 1st Methodist Church at 1212 Lake Road in Henryetta.

Road closures, according to Okmulgee Co. officials are:

Road closings in Okmulgee County
Arbeka and 1-40 overpass
West from Arbeka on Holly Rd.
Henryetta New Lake spillway
Highway 75 is closed at 4th Street
Juniper east from New Lake Rd
Mulberry between Indian Nation Turnpike and 250 Rd
200 and Sharp
Briar and Sharp
200 and Cedar
220 and Conifer
220 between Conifer and Chestnut
220 and Chestnut
US-266 at Dewar 

According to ODOT, some other areas that may experience flash flooding include Okmulgee, Council Hill, Morris, Okfuskee, Okmulgee State Park and Welty.

Okmulgee County has 19 flood control lakes that help stem flood waters when Okmulgee County receives torrential rains.

These structures were built because of cooperation and partnerships on the local, state and federal levels between landowners of Okmulgee County, the Okmulgee County Conservation District, the Okmulgee County Commissioners, the conservancy districts of each of these watershed systems, the Oklahoma Conservation Commission and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Warning:  Do not drive your vehicle into areas where water covers the road. It only takes two feet of rushing water to carry away most SUVS and pickups. Turn around - don't drown.

The Okmulgee Main Street Program held its annual Hawaiian Luau promotion for the citizens of Okmulgee.  Over 75 adults and children enjoyed the good family festivities.

The weather turned out great and great fun was had by all participating in the Hula Hoop Contest, Limbo Contest and the Ugliest Hawaiian Shirt.  

There were some good Karaoke singers who entertained the crowd.  Main Street would like to thank to Mr. David Crow for providing the music.  

Winners In Photos  (Envelopes show which place):

(Photos and Story by Paul Orosco)

Hula Hoop Winners:

1st Place Sheyenn Burggraf
2nd Place  Jaime Fourkiller
3rd Place Benjamin Crow

Limbo Contest:

1st Place Sheyenn Burggraf
2nd Place Rainy Hayes
3rd Place Christopher Crow

Ugliest Hawaiian Shirt Contest

1st Place Benjamin Checotah
2nd Place Annie Hobson
3rd Place Russell Torbett