Nooksie Celestine built the Wildcat Junction Rodeo Arena in 1967 and opened the gates in early 1968. At the 50th annual rodeo, he was presented with a special appreciation plaque for all his hard work and dedication by Grayson Mayor Leon Anderson. Nooksie and his wife, Roena, are pictured above with the impressive plaque.

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By Tracy Goza Free-Lance Editor For 50 years, Nooksie Celestine has organized the annual Wildcat Junction Rodeo in Grayson, just south of Morris. In 1966, Nooksie began his calling in the... + continue reading

Dewar PeeWee League youth and their parents have been working hard to raise money for new equipment for the team. Team members are currently using extremely outdated (and potentially dangerous equipment) that is 15 years old. Team members are pictured at their recent car wash fundraiser held at First Family Federal Credit Union parking lot in Henryetta.

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By Tracy Goza Free-Lance Editor Dewar PeeWee League moms are hosting an ongoing equipment and t-shirt fundraiser. The main goal is to raise $6,000 for all new equipment including helmets, pads... + continue reading

After an early morning fire on Tuesday, Full Service Ranch & Feed in Henryetta suffered a complete loss.

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By Tracy Goza Free-Lance Editor According to Henryetta Fire Department Chief David Bullard, Full Service Farm & Ranch has suffered a complete loss due to a fire that broke out around 4:30 a.m... + continue reading

East Central Oklahoma Family Health Center, Inc. (ECOFHC) Outreach and Enrollment Specialist Kristie Rowland stands next to the sign at the site of the new access point located at 104 E. Shurden Industrial Blvd. in Henryetta. ECOFHC’s new Henryetta clinic will be officially open for business on Monday, July 23. See page 10A for more pictures.

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By Tracy Goza Free-Lance Editor East Central Oklahoma Family Health Center, Inc. (ECOFHC) held a groundbreaking ceremony in January last year for their new health center in Henryetta.... + continue reading

Alan Kerby of Henryetta announced The School Trauma Kit Project fundraiser kicks off this week. The project plan is to provide trauma kits and smaller bandage kits to classrooms of area schools (or any schools that want to participate).

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By Tracy Goza Free-Lance Editor Henryetta resident, Alan Kerby, organized meetings with various groups, clubs, organizations, agencies as well at the public school in order to receive support for... + continue reading

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By Tracy Goza Free-Lance Editor   Four new staff were hired at the July 19 Henryetta Board of Education Special Meeting for the 2018-2019 school year. Harlana Frye and Autumn Smith were hired as elementary first grade teachers.  Jessica Sneed was hired for a Pre-K teacher assistant position. And Coleton Converse was... + continue reading
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By Tracy Goza Free-Lance Editor At a recent meeting of the Wilson School Board, four staff members were hired for the 2018-2019 school year. Donavan Goodno was hired as football coach and teacher. Vernie Thomas was hired as High School Principal. Tena Page was hired as Elementary Principal. And Andrea James was hired as Superintendent.... + continue reading

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Katie Thompson of Henryetta was the lucky winner of over $750 in cash and prizes for the Free-Lance’s annual Treasure Hunt. She opened the treasure chest on July 5 and was accompanied by her sons, Titus and Lucas. Thompson is pictured above (right) with First Family Federal Credit Union Marketing Director Staci Alsover as she is awarded the grand prize check for $500. The winning key came from Cave's Jewelry.

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Alan Montgomery, the Henryetta High School Band Director, and the Henryetta High School Band, were the guest speakers at the Civic Center for the Henryetta Public Library summer reading program, Libraries Rock, on July 9. Montgomery told the children attending that a band is just like a jigsaw puzzle, it needs to be taken apart and then put back together. To demonstrate this to the kids, he had each section of the band to play the piece of music separately and after each section would play a certain part he would have all the band members to play the piece together. Montgomery said that everyone has their own part to play for each piece of music and when each piece comes together they become a band. He had the children attending participate by standing next to the different instruments at different times to hear the difference between each instrument. Montgomery also spoke briefly about learning new songs to play and about practicing each part over and over until they get it right. All the youth that attended the summer reading program had a wonderful time.  They can continue to read until Aug. 1 to earn a prize.

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By Tracy Goza Free-Lance Editor Henryetta Board of Education held a Special Board Meeting on July 3 in which they hired three staff members for the 2018-2019 school year. Kelly Furer was hired as High School Principal. Jayme Matlock was hired as Elementary Principal and Roger Williams was hired as Elementary Dean of Students. Dutch... + continue reading

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The Henryetta Heat 14-Under softball team is competing at the USSSA National Championship tournament in Florida this week. The Heat is one of 18 teams battling this week for the USSSA crown. Prior to leaving for Florida, the Heat came away with the team championship July with the Jamming in July tournament July 7-8 in Bixby and went 6-1 at the 2-day event.

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By LARRY OWEN Free-Lance Sports Editor The Henryetta Heat 14-Under fastpitch softball team is currently spending the week soaking up the Florida sunshine. No, the local tournament team is not... + continue reading

The Henryetta Roughnecks 10 and Under baseball team saw their 2018 season come to a close last week with a pair of 1-run losses at the 2018 OK Kids Peewee Baseball Regional Tournament in Chandler. The Roughnecks, who are coached by Ryan Randleman, Dusty McElhannon, Dallas Johnson, J.R. Williams, and Ryan Morris, finished their 2018 season with a 42-8 record. Team members for the Roughnecks, are (not in order): Gavin Williams, William Perez, Boston Morris, Mavrix Randleman, Nakona Johnson, Jerome James, Steven Bender, Boston Graffman, Hunter McElhannon, Hunter Bowdler, and Trae Stidman.

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The Henryetta 10-Under Inferno softball team will be attending the OK Kids 10U State Softball Championship in Weatherford this Wednesday-Saturday.

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Henryetta senior Colten Wion (33) leaps high into the air to block a shot attempt by Morris’ Devin Warren during last Thursday’s summer league basketball game at Brock Memorial Gymnasium in Okmulgee.

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By ASHLEY WOLSTONCROFT Free-Lance Editor In order to better accommodate our readers, several changes are being made to your Henryetta Free-Lance Newspaper.  Included in those changes is a... + continue reading

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Dewar resident and Veteran Kenneth Cook celebrated his 90th birthday Thursday at the Dewar Community Center. Pictured (L-R) is Cook’s wife Faye, Cook and his son Charles Ray. Happy birthday, Kenneth and thank you for serving our country!
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Rick, Amy, Rusty and Eddie, children of Dale and Phyllis Crawford, invite family and friends to attend their parent’s 60th Wedding Anniversary. Dale and Phyllis were married south of Henryetta (Plainview Community) in her parent’s home on Dec. 15, 1956. Phyllis is the daughter of the late JC and Floye Graham. Dale is the eldest son of the late Eddie and Ida Crawford, formerly of Pharoah. They are grandparents to 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. The 60th Anniversary Celebration will be at 2 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 17 at Allen Freewill Baptist Church, three miles north of Weleetka on Hwy 75. Come and join us in this monumental celebration. No gifts please.
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The Clay family, Paula Harjo, Gail Clay, Ilene and Fred Clay.

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