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To quote the late Yogi Berra, "it's almost like deja vu all over again", because that's what happened to Tuesday's Lions Club program--another late cancellation. The only difference this time, we did not have another program waiting in the wings. However, it afforded President Morrow the opportunity to recap the Lions' activities at last week-end's Pecan Festival

The Great American Turtle Race was a roaring success, led by Lions Rusty Milroy and Beth Flud, in awarding a total of $200 in cash prizes for first, second, and third place winners in the boys division and the girls division.

The Oklahoma Lions Mobile Health Screening Unit was open Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We screened 85 adults and 58 children for the spot vision camera, with only three "failures" for the children. Our saving grace was that the OSUIT Nursing program furnished seven faculty/student nurses on both days. President Morrow told the club that we have contracted for the Health Screening Unit and the spot vision camera to be available for the projected air show in Okmulgee on September 30, and the OSUIT faculty/student nurses have again pledged their support.

The tent is already up on Highway 75 north of the Loop in front of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Housing Building for our fireworks stand. It is 60' X 40' so you can't miss it. We plan to open for business on June 24 and we encourage you to buy your fireworks from the Lions because ALL of our proceeds are returned to the community. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, so we ask for your support. And everybody gets the "family discount". "WE SERVE".

(Photo and information provided by Dean Craig).

July Schedule of Meetings

10 Board Meeting Noon 1st Nat'l. Bank
11 Beth Rengel Former News Reporter/Author
Program Chair Heather Sumner
18 Colleen Fowler Lions Meadows of Hope
Program Chair R.C. Morrow
25 Clay Patterson N.E.O. Head Football Coach
Program Chair Beth Flud

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The Pecan Festival Great American Turtle Race, sponsored by the Okmulgee Lions Club and led by Lions Beth Flud and Rusty Milroy, is history. While the Turtle Race and Belmont Stakes were both held on the same Saturday, I'm sure the kids whose turtles won first, second, or third place prize money are just as happy as the horse owners whose horse finished first, second, or third for them. First place turtles won $50, second place won $35, and third place won $15 for each of the boys division and the girls division. I don't know how they determined which turtle would be in which race, but I guess it was determined by an old colloquialism--"ya' dance with the one who brung ya'".

Winners in the boys division: 1st place--London Bruner, 2nd place--Kason Carter, and 3rd place--Markel Holloway.

Winners in the girls division: 1st place--Ciara Reagan, 2nd place--Mallory Karbowski, and 3rd place--Kimber Collins.

The winning turtles were spirited away before I could get their names and the location where they were released remains a secret, so you'll have to find your own turtle for next year's race. Doesn't kids make life fun? "WE SERVE".

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(Photos and information provided by Mr. Tur-Tell).

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Friday nurses. Pictured: Sitting, Kathryn Bible (faculty) and Mary Brown (student). Standing, left to right: Summer Williams (student), Marion McGeehee (faculty), Michael Hunter (student), Robin Motley (faculty), and Shawnna Wilhite (faculty).  Missing from the picture but also in attendance was Jana Martin, Head of the Nursing Department.

OSUIT nursing students and faculty spent their day Friday and Saturday assisting the Okmulgee Lions Club manning the Oklahoma Lions Mobile Health Screening Unit during the Pecan Festival. They rolled up their sleeves and were eager and ready to go to work at the various stations to check for: visual acuity, glaucoma, blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, basic pulmonary (lung) function, bone density, and body fat composition. In addition, the Lions manned the spot vision camera (target age 6 months to six years) to check for: myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism (blurred vision), anisometropia (unequal refractive power), amblyopia (lazy eye), and anisocoria (unequal pupil size).

The Okmulgee Lions Club owes a deep debt of gratitude to these faculty and student nurses from OSUIT. We absolutely could not have had as much success without them, period. They all were such a delight to be around, even in a busy work environment and crowded quarters. Another feather in the cap for OSUIT--you certainly know how to pick the best students, only to be surpassed by the nursing faculty. A "GREAT BIG LIONS' ROAR" to you all. And the best part, it was all FREE, compliments of your local Lions Club.

Another great big Lion's roar goes out to our leader, President Lion R.C. Morrow, for coordinating the scheduling of the Oklahoma Lions Mobile Health Screening Unit and all the nurses through OSUIT. Not to be left out, the Lions who spent hours assisting: Ron Martin, Jim Vaughn, Dan Anderson, Beth Flud, Sandy Patterson (Morris Lions Club), Dr. Tom Alexander, David Fetgatter, Raymond Kennedy, Dean Craig, James Thompson, Gary Volz, Jim McClendon, Rusty Milroy, Leroy Parker, Marianne Payne, and of course R.C. Morrow, who spent most of both days at the Unit (along with several of the aforementioned). "WE SERVE".
(Photos and information provided by Dean Craig)

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Saturday nurses, left to right: Shannon Craft (student), Jamie Diggins (faculty), Heather Hasenmyer (volunteer), Rachel Bracken (RN), Jodi Campbell (faculty), and Chris Martin (faculty).

By Wesley Coburn - ONN

This Friday night, June 16, there will be a meeting for prospective volunteers with the Okmulgee Junior Football Association at Dunbar Elementary at 6:30 p.m. They are requesting caring, dedicated, hard-working and dependable volunteers for their 28th season.

Registration for this fall’s football and cheerleading will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 17, at Okmulgee Middle School.

Founded in 1990, the goal of OJFA is to “teach the FUNdamentals of football, cheerleading and sportsmanship,” in addition to ensuring participants “know the importance of teamwork, goal-setting, and persevering to overcome life’s obstacles in a caring and supportive atmosphere.”

For more information, call Ronnie Jones at 918-756-7683 or Collis Jones at 918-758-0860.


Thursday, 15 June 2017 18:27

Car show in Beggs this Saturday

car showBy Wesley Coburn - ONN

The 9th annual Beggs Car Show will be held this Saturday, June 17, at First Baptist Church South, three miles off Highway 75 on Highway 16.

The entry fee is $20 per vehicle, registration begins at 8 a.m. and runs until 11 a.m. Trophies will be handed out to the top 50 cars and trucks, as well as the top 5 motorcycles. In addition, 11 special awards will be given as well. These trophies will be presented at 2:30 p.m.

The event is free to the viewing public, and an open mic of Christian songs will be available. If performing, bring the CD of the music along from home.

BBQ, fried fish, desserts and other refreshments will be available. 


Attention, Morris Eagles from the Class of 1977! There will be a 40-year reunion held at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 15, at the Silverado Steakhouse at the Tulsa RV Ranch, located at 2548 Highway 75 in Beggs.

If you are attending, please RSVP by Saturday, July 1, to Darryl Raley at 918-812-8556 or Tim Kirk at 918-733-4816.

“We graduated May 21, 1977, and so I got with the president of the class and said, ‘Let’s get something going,’ and so we started on it,” Raley said. “We’re expecting at least forty or so to show up.”

The steakhouse menu includes items such as steaks, seafood, frog legs, burgers, ribs and chicken fried steak. Entrees come with ciabatta bread and two sides.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 17:43

Local teen wins gold at archery competition


By Wesley Coburn - ONN

For Trevor Coburn, 14, attending the 18th annual UCO Endeavor Games in Edmond at the University of Central Oklahoma this past weekend was an “incredible experience.”
He won archery gold on Friday morning using equipment provided by Pat’s Archery in the Youth Outdoor Open

Compound division with a two-round score of 261 points, overcoming a fierce amount of wind.

Coburn is a homeschooled freshman from Beggs, and a member of the Okmulgee County Sharks. Also representing the Sharks was 8-year-old Savannah Sturdivan.

The Endeavor Games Series of competitions is a stepping stone to the Paralympics, which are hosted about a month after the Olympics conclude in the same city. According to their website, the goal is to “provide those with physical disabilities an opportunity to display their talents in a proper and competitive setting against individuals with similar disabilities.” Besides the UCO games in Edmond each June, there is also the Turnstone Endeavor Games each April in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with more events likely to be added in the future.

There were ten events in total: indoor and outdoor archery, cycling, powerlifting, air rifle shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, table tennis, track and field, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair softball.

Event locations included Cheyenne Middle School, Santa Fe High School, UCO’s Hamilton Field House, the UCO Wellness Center and the Mitch Park YMCA.

Coburn also competed in sitting volleyball, where his team took fourth place, just missing the bronze medal by two points, in addition to the 20-meter air rifle shooting, which he was runner-up in last year. Sturdivan competed in air rifle shooting as well.

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With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, it’s almost time for many Okmulgee residents to begin their firework purchases. But in order to set those fireworks off legally, they will first need to purchase a permit in City Hall’s Community Development Department, which is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a 12-1 p.m. lunch break.

The permits cost $20, and they must be paid for by 4 p.m. on July 3. The permits are valid for the days of July 3-5.

If residents shoot off fireworks without a permit, they may be fined.


Green Country Technology Center to host Okmulgee County training July 11, 18 and 21, 2017

Okmulgee, OK, June 5, 2017: i2E, Inc., a nonprofit that assists Oklahoma’s emerging small businesses and seven state partners including the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Cherokee Nation, Choctaw Nation, Oklahoma Business Roundtable, the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science & Technology (OCAST) along with REI of Oklahoma, Inc. announce the GrowOK initiative.

The GrowOK program is designed to explore the product/market fit of a new business concept. Applications are open for members of rural and tribal Oklahoma who have a concept for a business or an existing business. Each program includes three two-hour, in person classes, with outside activities to be completed by the participating company/entrepreneur. During the GrowOK program, participants will evaluate customer segments, product market fit, risks and competition, initial paths to market, how to reach potential customers, implementing customer feedback, setting metrics for success and introduction to startup capital. The goal of the GrowOK program is to increase jobs in rural Oklahoma. The project is funded by a grant from the US Economic Development Association (EDA) and is offered at no charge to qualifying participants.

The GrowOK program condenses a process that could take up to six months into a 5 week program which requires participant commitment to attending the 3 class sessions, July 11, 18 and 21, 2017 from 4:30-6:30 pm in the Panter Education Center on the campus of Green Country Technology Center. Participants also are required to engage in three individual follow-up calls (30-60 minutes/week) and complete all assignments associated with the program, including customer discovery calls. At the end of the 5 weeks, the i2E staff compiles a recommendation based on the GrowOK outcomes that serves as a springboard for the company to take action. More information and application is available online at www.growok.org. The deadline for application for the July session is June 27, 2017.

For more information, go to www.growok.org or contact Margaret Hess, Business Development Specialist with Green Country Technology Center at 918-295-4697 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 23:37

Kitchens Feelings and Friends

by: Tina Pierce LMFT

I have a drawer in my kitchen that I affectionately call the catch all drawer. I have tried multiple times to organize this drawer and it seems to be a mess again by the end of the week. If I am honest, I am not even sure what all is in this particular drawer. In fact, that is the first place I look if l loose something. There was at least one time that I found my car keys in there. Unfortunately, that drawer sometimes reflects my inside world. Often we go through life pretending we are ok and normal but inside we are hurting, sad, and overwhelmed.

How do you face the world with confidence when you struggle with doubts and pain on the inside? The truth is, you don’t. At least not on your own. The hardest world to live in is the one on your couch with only Ben and Jerry. What you need the most is a friend that you can trust. Someone you can call when it feels like the world is crashing down around you. Someone that needs you too. A friend that you can laugh and cry with in the good times and the bad. Someone willing to forgive you and give you a second chance when you fail. A friend that stands the test of time. If you have a friend like that, give them a call and say thanks for always standing by my side.

If you want a friend like that, start by being that kind of friend. Show others love and respect even when they do not deserve it. Be a shoulder to cry on, a joke to laugh at, and a warm friendly face. Then the hard part, be vulnerable, honest, and open. No one wants to be friends with someone that is always perfect and put together or fake. Be real and be you. Because you are ok. You are a friend worth having.

Tina Pierce LMFT
You Place, LLC

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, and more. The You Place also offers consultation and training services and LPC supervision. For more information call today. 918-777-6045

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