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Fri
17
Feb

Musical Auditions coming

Liz Bealko, 2008 HHS graduate, is currently residing in New York City and pursuing her theatre career. In a few short weeks, she will be returning to Henryetta to direct the HHS PASA student-led musical, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Bealko has a BFA in Musical performance from Oklahoma State University, where she developed an Arts Incubator. She has performed in multiple theatre productions including “Guys and Dolls,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Drowsy Chaperone” and “Jacques Brel...Paris.” She has also participated as a lead vocalist in jazz bands at OSU and Tulsa Community College, cabarets, operas and choreographing cheer and dance competition routines. In her free time she enjoys roller skating, sign language, golf, horseback riding, kickboxing and whistling.
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By ASHLEY WOLSTONCROFT
Free-Lance Editor

Fri
17
Feb

Coach inducted to hall of fame

Long-time Henryetta Coach and Tennis Association Member, Michael Kennedy, was recently inducted in the Oklahoma Tennis Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

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By ASHLEY WOLSTONCROFT
Free-Lance Editor

Fri
17
Feb

Body discovered in dumpster

By PATRICK FORD
Okmulgee Times Editor

Fri
17
Feb

City Council candidate profiles

By ASHLEY WOLSTONCROFT
Free-Lance Editor

Fri
17
Feb

Burn ban lifted

By ASHLEY WOLSTONCROFT
Free-Lance Editor

Fri
17
Feb

County school board election results

Henryetta Public Schools Office No. 2
James Willams    52.26% (254 cast votes)
David Bullard    47.74%  (232 cast votes)

Henryetta Public Schools Office No. 4
Casey Jones    72.04% (353 cast votes)
Gary Clason    27.96% (137 cast votes)

Graham-Dustin Proposition No. 1
For the Proposition    100% (1 cast vote)
Against the Proposition    0 (0 cast votes)

Graham-Dustin Proposition No. 2
For the Proposition    100% (1 cast vote)
Against the Proposition    0 (0 cast votes)

Okmulgee Public Schools Office No. 2
Vickie Jones    48.92% (272 cast votes)
Marcus D. Jeffery    39.75% (221 cast votes)
John P. Delso    11.33% (63 votes)
A runoff election will be April 4.

Wed
15
Feb

Wrestling is back in school

Students from Dave Hutchings Henryetta Knights Wrestling Club represented the Club at Monday night's school board meeting. They clapped, cheered and showed off their medals to board members upon hearing the decision that wrestling has been accepted back into the middle school as an official school sport, and will later be integrated in the high school as well. 

(Photo by ASHLEY WOLSTONCROFT)

By ASHLEY WOLSTONCROFT
Free-Lance Editor

Wed
15
Feb

County battles violent crime

Eddy Rice, Okmulgee County Sheriff, spoke to Lions Club about the dangers of drug-related crime in the county, and what the special operations team is doing to prevent it.
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By ASHLEY WOLSTONCROFT
Free-Lance Editor

Wed
15
Feb

“Let us Dance”

On Friday night, Vernon Britt of Brennon’s Rescues and Eddy Sires Thomas hosted an impromptu “flash mob” dance located at 614 W. Main St. in response to the City’s ordinance that bans dancing within 500 feet of a church. Britt’s comment spread on social media Friday afternoon and close to 50 citizens showed up that evening to “cut loose.” “We are down here on Main Street to flash dance. People are coming out of the wood works to celebrate getting rid of the old law in Henryetta,” Britt said at the event. The ordinance is expected to be removed at the Feb. 21 City Council Meeting. The entire 40 minute ordeal was caught live on the Henryetta Free-Lance’s Facebook page as well as comments from the community, and can still be viewed there.

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Wed
15
Feb

Missing truck found in lake

By ASHLEY WOLSTONCROFT
Free-Lance Editor

The missing truck belonging to Henryettan Larry J. Andrews was located submerged in the Okmulgee Lake Thursday. According to the Okmulgee Police Department, it was recovered on the fourth search of the lake. Problems with the sonar equipment had caused difficulties in previously locating the vehicle. 
Andrews was declared missing through a Silver Alert issued by the Okmulgee County Sheriff's Office on Jan. 31. According to Chief Deputy Robert Heath, his body was found near the spillway at Okmulgee Lake. Days following were spent trying to locate his black 2013 Ford F-150 Extended Cab pickup from the air and water. Attempts were unsuccessful until Thursday. 
Okmulgee Police said they do not believe foul play was involved in Andrew's death or vehicle.

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