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Wednesday, 22 February 2017 18:54

A New 4-way STOP SIGN in Downtown Okmulgee

By Betty Anderson

The City of Okmulgee continues planning to make Okmulgee downtown a more walkable area for pedestrians and other than automobile traffic. In an attempt to alter the speed of traffic through the downtown corridor, the City plans to temporarily change the intersection of 6th and Morton to a 4-way stop. This temporary measure will help gauge the effectiveness of this plan. It will go into effect as soon as Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) approves the change.

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Tuesday's Lions Club meeting was a slight departure from the norm in that we did not meet at our regular noon time, opting for a 6:30 P.M. annual Sweetheart Banquet at Morty's, honoring our spouses for Valentine's Day. Morty's rolled out the red carpet for us and prepared a delicious buffet. The feast was enjoyed by all, including our entertainment, the Tulsa Tones Barbershop Quartet. Brenda Thompson furnished the decorations and decorated the individual tables with help from R.C. and Terry Morrow, Beth Flud, Raymond Kennedy, and Dr. Tom Alexander. A good time of food, friendship, fellowship, and folly was enjoyed by all. Why don't you plan now to bring your sweetheart to next year's Valentine's Day Sweetheart Banquet because we're still looking for a few more good men and women? Won't you join us? "WE SERVE".

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Pictured left to right: Linda and 1st V.P. Lion Duaine Janzen, President Lion R.C. Morrow and Terry, 2nd V.P. Lion James Thompson and Brenda.  (Photo and information provided by Dean Craig)

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Pictured, left to right: President Lion R.C. Morrow, Tim Gatz, Jack Damrill, and Program Chairman Lion Jim McClendon. Photos by Dean Craig

By Dean Craig Okmulgee Lion

Tuesday's Lions Club meeting was somewhat of a history lesson of the creation of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority by Tim J. Gatz, Executive Director. Also in attendance was Jack Damrill, Director of Communications and Facilities, with the OTA. The Authority was created in 1947 with the express purpose to build Oklahoma's first toll road, the 86-mile Turner Turnpike, connecting the State's two cities, Tulsa to Oklahoma City. The turnpike basically followed the "old Highway 66-the Mother Road" route but, of course, was a four-lane highway enabling travelers to save time and reduce the stress that a two-lane road provides. This was revolutionary at this point in time because Oklahoma had suffered through 10 years of the Dust Bowl and seven years of war, and the Turnpike Authority did not receive State nor Federal funding. It still doesn't, it is user-funded, only receiving funding from toll fees.

Oklahoma has 10 turnpikes; 605 road miles (84 urban, 521 rural); 2,420 lane miles; 808 bridges; 87 interchanges; 14 to 63 year old network and assets serve 3,500 to 65,000 vehicles daily; 14 million monthly transactions. Approximately 40% of revenue comes from out-of-state motorists (nearly $102 million in 2015), and approximately 38% of revenue provided by commercial carriers. Texas has put Oklahoma on notice that they plan to expand I-35 to eight lanes, all the way to the Red River, and with eight lanes of traffic coming in to Oklahoma's four-lane I-35, this could be a problem. Mr. Gatz alluded to the fact that I-40 at I-35 carries 145,000 vehicles per day and I-44 at I-244 carries 167,000 vehicles per day. The reason he knows this is because he spent over 25 years working with the Department of Transportation prior to assuming his present position with the Turnpike Authority on June 1, 2016. They are separate agencies but they work hand-in-hand together so something has to be done. Therefore, the Turnpike Authority is initiating $935 million in bonds to include work on the Kilpatrick Turnpike and a new Oklahoma City-area turnpike, hoping to alleviate some of this traffic. It will also include work on the Gilcrease Expressway, the Muskogee Turnpike, the Turner Turnpike, and the H.E. Bailey Turnpike.

And, with the ever-increasing advent of electric vehicles, the toll-free roads of the Department of Transportation that are supported in part by the fuel tax, the income from this source will continue to decrease, creating additional budget adjustments. I remember one of my college science classrooms with a banner stretched above the chalkboard declaring "the only thing permanent about science is change", and it continues to be an ever-changing world on every front, doesn't it? And our Lions Club is continually changing with new members in keeping with 100 years of service to our world-wide communities. Come join us! "WE SERVE".

(Article includes excerpts from the Tulsa World and the OTA booklet)

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OSU Prevention Programs

On February 28, 2017, OSU Prevention Programs will be hosting Responsible Beverage Service and Sales (RBSS) Training in Okmulgee County. This is a merchant training for those who sell or serve alcohol or 3.2 beer. The training will be held at The Green Country Technology Center, Panter Building, Room 104 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

“Prevention of Youth Access to Alcohol Act" is an Oklahoma state law that protects youth from the harmful effects of alcohol use by making it illegal to provide or sell alcohol or 3.2 beer to anyone under the age of 21. This law is continually being enforced by law enforcement agencies. If this harmful substance is sold to a person under the legal age, the contributor will face legal consequences consisting of an expensive citation, possible jail time, and/or felony charges.

RBSS Training is an opportunity for all alcohol sellers and servers to learn about Oklahoma State Laws. Sellers and servers include store clerks, restaurant wait staff, bartenders, managers, employers, and owners of any alcohol vendor located in Okmulgee County. The training will, also, provided important tips on how and why it is important to implement safe practices when selling alcohol and 3.2 beer.

The Responsible Beverage Service and Sales training is free of charge and will be held at The Green Country Technology Center, Panter Building, Room 104, starting at 1:00 p.m. Attendees will be provided with informational packets and light refreshments will be served. Confirmation of your attendance and the number of participants will be appreciated. For more information, questions, and to RSVP call OSU Prevention Programs at 918-756-1248.

History of Twin Hills Baptist Church

In February of 2014, a small but faithful body of thirty (30) plus believers prayerfully united to strengthen their strong spiritual faith and seek God's Will for a continued ministry to the local community. The initial fellowship and prayer gathering were in the homes of believers, and prayers were answered with a move to the Twin Hills Indian Community Center for a full schedule of services beginning in February 2014. We are grateful to the Twin Hills Indian Community Center for allowing us to use their facility. On April 10, 2014, a unanimous vote was made to proceed in faith with formal plans to build a church. God has provided through the giving hearts and prayers of members and His grace has been consistently evident since that leap of faith. On May 14, 2014, through God's grace and the support of Dwayne Colvin, North Canadian Baptist Association Director of Missions, this fellowship was granted the status as a new church startup. This event was celebrated with a unanimous vote to elect Noel Brandon as Pastor, an anointed teacher with the heart of a shepherd, and a faithful instrument in the hands of God. On October 4, 2015, we celebrated our first Sunday worship service in the new church building. As we continue to grow in membership, we aim to be a beacon of light in our community.

We invite you to join us for church services. We have Sunday School classes for all ages, including a nursery for your little ones. We also have children’s church on Sunday mornings for children who are 3rd grade and younger.

Name of Church: Twin Hills Baptist Church
Address: 20200 Highway 16 Okmulgee, OK 74447 (located in Twin Hills)
Pastor: Noel Brandon- (918) 770-2279
Associate Pastor: Steve Treagesser- (918) 752-0282
Deacons: Gary Story and Steve Treagesser
Church times: Sunday School – 9:45am-10:45am
Sunday Morning Worship – 11:00am
Sunday Evening Worship – 6:00pm
Wednesday Evening Bible Study – 7:00pm

We typically have church fellowship dinners the first Sunday of each month immediately following morning church service.

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VickyIt is with great enthusiasm that I announce my candidacy for Okmulgee School Board Seat #2. I am a graduate of Okmulgee Public Schools as is my husband Collis II and children, Collis III, Tionna and Collissa. I am a true believer of “Once a Bulldog Always a Bulldog” and have great passion to make Okmulgee Public Schools the best that it can be.
Priorities that I will focus on include:

• Students First-Making each student’s individual needs a priority.
• Supporting Educators and Staff-Giving staff a voice and providing assistance in the classroom.
• Parental and Community Involvement-Giving parents and community a voice and opportunities to participate in their child’s learning environment.
• Breaking Barriers-Open communication between the schools, parents, community and our youth.
• Building Futures-Prioritizing education and creating career pathways.

I have been working with and advocating for youth since 1986 as a parent and continue to do so in my roles as grandmother and education advocate. My involvement in the community and school system includes:

• “A Community Together” (youth mentoring program)-Steering Committee
• Community & Law Enforcement Unity Forum-Recording Secretary
• Okmulgee City-Wide “World Autism Day” and “Autism in the Church”-Coordinator
• Autism Support Group-Education Advocate
• Okmulgee County Head Start Policy Council-Board Member
• Okmulgee Junior Football Association-Cheerleader & Volunteer Coordinator
• Partners in Policy Making-Leadership Class
• Parent Support and Resource Advocate

My professional career has spanned from early childhood education all the way through the higher education. I currently work with at-risk youth and assist them in pursuing the education and career goals. I believe there are gaps within our educational system and I am willing and committed to stand in the gap for our students. My life has been one of servant leadership and I am prepared to work for our students, educators and the community to come together.

I am asking for your vote on February 14th and asking you to help “stand in the gap” for our students at Okmulgee Public Schools. Early voting is February 9th and 10th at the Okmulgee County Court House, 8am til 6pm, please vote.

Free Event!!!!! The Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen Band [MCIFB] of Oklahoma will host its annual history program in honor of Black History month. This event is scheduled on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at the True-light Worship Center at 3:00 PM. Participants will be enlightened on the “Little-known history” of the Muscogee Creek Indian Freedmen, while enjoying “old-time” traditional gospel music, Storytelling, a meme dance performance and much more. The event will commence with a brief history of the Muscogee Creek Freedmen, and the Seminole Freedmen.

Special guest: • Lee Young (Retired, 1st Black Texas Ranger) • Brotherly Love • Ms. Jennifer A. Bradley • Musical guest, Pastor Linda Daniel

• Minister Terry Reece • Sylvia Davis-Price, Black Seminoles
Lee Young, Texas Ranger Sergeant (Retired, 1st Black Texas Ranger) Principal Chief of the Absentee Seminole Tribe of Texas

In September 1988 Lee Young was commissioned a Texas Ranger. He had been working as a
Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Intelligence Investigator in San Antonio. He
previously had worked 13 years as a Texas Highway Patrol Trooper.
In 2003, following more than 29 years of service to the State of Texas, he retired as a Texas
Ranger Sergeant. Lee is the Principal Chief of the Absentee Seminole Tribe of Texas. He is president of the Former Texas Rangers Association, Chairman of the Board North Texas Private Investigators

A descendant of Seminoles, whom fled to Mexico in 1850 to protect their freedom. His Great-Great-Grandfather, Sgt. John Ward, a Seminole Indian Scout was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1875. This heritage has allowed Lee to bring the history, life and accomplishments of the Seminole Indian Scouts and Texas Rangers into classrooms, cultural centers, service organizations, and professional organizations. In 2013, Lee published his memoirs: Lee Young: Memoirs of a Black Seminole Texas Ranger Brotherly Love is a group of sensational gospel singers from Ada Oklahoma. They grew up as children singing for the Lord. God brought these anointed men together Five years ago. Please come out and join us for some down home traditional quartet music from the “Brotherly Love!” Story Teller, Jennifer Bradley will guide event participants on a journey back in time to the days of Indian Territory, a pivotal time in history before the creation of the State of Oklahoma. A time when people of African descent were known as Natives, Black Indians or African Creeks in Indian Territory. In Bradley’s portrayal of Creek Freedwoman, Mary Grayson she gives a riveting performance of this little know history as recorded by the writer's project (WPA) in the 1937 interview of Grayson “I am what colored people call a Native." Sylvia Davis-Price, Band Chief of the Black Seminoles her presentation will focus on the history of Fort Mose the year 1795 and its significance as it relates to free blacks, Spaniards, and Native American background of Fort Mose. Background Hidden away in the marshes of St. Augustine, Florida is one of the most important sites in American history: the first free community of ex-slaves, founded in 1738 and called gracias real de Santa Teresa de Mose or fort Mose (pronounced moh-say).

(More than a century before the emancipation proclamation, slaves from the British colonies were able to follow the original “underground railroad” which headed not to the north, but rather south, to the Spanish colony of Florida. There they were given their freedom if they declared their allegiance to the king of Spain and joined the Catholic Church. Fort Mose was the northern defense of St. Augustine, the nation’s oldest city). Courtesy, fort Mose historical society Come out and join us as we celebrate and educate attendees about this unique history. Members and the general public are encouraged to attend this FREE EVENT. When: February 18, 2017 Time: 3:00PM Cost: Free Where: True-light Worship Center Address: 1391 N Midwest Blvd Midwest City, Okla. 73110 For more information please contact us at (405) 414-0366, (405) 204-0023 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. www.1866creekfreedmen.com Reserve your free ticket(s) by clicking on the below site:


Okmulgee , Okla. -- The Muscogee(Creek) Nation Emergency Management, Okmulgee County Emergency Management and City of Okmulgee Emergency Management in cooperation with the National Weather Service Forecast Office, Tulsa is inviting area first responders and interested residents to take part in a Basic Storm/Weather Spotter Training Class.

The class will be on Monday, March 6 at 6:30-8:30 pm. and will be held in the Green Country Technology Center, 1100 North Loop 56 in Okmulgee.

This course aims to familiarize residents about the processes associated with providing real-time reports on tornadoes, hail, winds, flooding and hurricane damage. Participants will also learn the public safety and communications practices that may be utilized during extreme weather events.

The SKYWARN weather spotter is a program developed by the National Weather Service in partnership with local citizens and consists of trained weather spotters who report severe or hazardous weather. It is widely regarded as one of the most critical assets to the National Weather Service's warning, forecasting and verification process.

For more information about this course contact: James Nichols at 918-732-7891 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



As required by Section 311, Title 25 of the Oklahoma Statutes, notice is hereby given that the Board of County Commissioners of Okmulgee County will hold a regular meeting on February 6, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. The meeting will be held in the County Commissioners Conference Room in the County Courthouse, located at 314 W. 7th, Okmulgee.

NOTE: The Board may discuss, vote to approve, vote to disapprove, vote to table or decide not to discuss any item on the agenda.

1. Call to Order, Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance

2. Possible approval of minutes from regular meeting

3. Input by the Public on any non-agenda items

4. Order of Business:

A. Discussion and possible approval of Officers’ Reports

B. Discussion and possible approval of Blanket Purchase Orders

C. Discussion and possible approval of Employee Acknowledgment Forms

D. Discussion and possible approval of submitted Utility Permits

E. Discussion and possible approval of Private Property Agreements

F. Possible award of Bid #10 for lease purchase of 2006 or newer 10-wheeled dump truck

G. Discussion and possible approval of plans for Bixby Road Project

H. Discussion and possible approval of Resolution to dispose of equipment

5. Report from Emergency Management Director

6. New Business

7. Discussion and possible approval of claims and/or signing of documents

8. Vote to go into Executive Session to discuss a confidential communication matter with the
Board of County Commissioners’ Attorney

Attorney communications:

25 O.S. §307(B) (4) Executive Sessions: Confidential communications between a public body and its attorney concerning a pending investigation, claim or action if the public body with the advice of its attorney, determines that disclosure will seriously impair the ability of the public body to process the claim or conduct a pending investigation, litigation, or proceeding in the public interest.

9. Vote to return from Executive Session

10. Discussion and possible vote on matters discussed in Executive Session

11. Adjourn

Name/Title of Person Posting This Notice: Becky Thomas/County Clerk

Date: February 2, 2017 Signature: ________________________________

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