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Fri
22
Sep

Change is coming to the Free-Lance

By ASHLEY WOLSTONCROFT
Free-Lance Editor

Tue
28
Mar

Before today becomes yesterday

By ASHLEY WOLSTONCROFT
Free-Lance Editor

Tue
28
Mar

Time has stood still

I attended the Town Hall Meeting Saturday to discuss the upcoming audit. I had previously written about getting a mediator to act as a go-between the mayor and this man. Well, we got to see first hand bickering between these two. Mayor Clason left thinking no one likes her and everyone is against her. Wrong—I like her and I think she deserves more respect than she received. And I apologize. 

Wed
08
Feb

Counting Change for Milk

I am a Veteran on Social Security Disability. My prescription medicine, for the last three months, is over $100,000. I have Medicare and supplemental that pays for some of it, but I still have co-pays. I have $5 co-pays every time I see the doctor. I have co-pay I owe Henryetta Hospital, I can't pay. I have lab tests for $36 that I can't pay. I have a gas bill I can't pay this month. I turn gas off every year for six months because I can't afford service fees. I had to cancel house insurance. I have a maxed out credit cards trying to pay co-pays and gas to go see doctors. I have $1,700 on credit cards because insurance does not cover eye and dental. I am not complaining, but this is why the City's needs seem so small. 
Every time the City needs money, they attach it to my water bill. I can barely pay it now. It seems like the City is punishing it's citizens for asking for this audit. 

Fri
23
Dec

Letter sparks protests

By Jeff Mayo
Publisher
 
A letter to the editor from Howard “Buck” Sheward published in Wednesday’s Free-Lance created a lot of phone calls and social media posts concerning the Free-Lance and its role as a newspaper in Henryetta.
By publishing the letter, the Free-Lance is not endorsing what Sheward said. Just like we do not always agree with any letter writer or columnist or even statements made in news stories.
Now, if there are statements in question, the Free-Lance is interested in correcting those facts. Anyone reading this newspaper or attending public meetings knows there is a long-standing disagreement between Sheward and the city on just about everything the city does. When these disagreements happen, it is the newspaper’s job to accurately report both sides.
We are not backing or advocating for Sheward. We have experienced personal attacks from Sheward ourselves.
Wed
21
Dec

Letter to the Editor - Need for Sewer Service Discussed

In 2011/12, city officials ran out and decided to purchase 40 acres of unimproved property west of town; seemingly a "pet project" of some city officials, but no one puts their name on it. 
Wed
23
Nov

Local man speaks out about unfair accusations

Dear Editor,
Fri
22
Jul

The service caps are ‘Made in China’

I had an appointment at the V.A. Hospital and while there I usually stand around out by the smoking area visiting and talking with other veterans.  We all had our branch of the military caps on.  Mine was Army, and there was a man wearing a Navy cap, and another with the Air Force. 
Some how we started talking about our caps. I knew mine was “Made in China.” That made the Navy man check his. Sure enough “Made in China.”  The Airman did the same, “Made in China.” 
Sounds like it is all “Fixed.” 
If veterans want to honor their branch of the service and proudly wear its insignia, we have to pay China to make it for us.  I am a disabled veteran, who can make a cap. But instead we pay a Chinese child to do it. 
Caps are only one of thousands of products than China is ever day sending to the United States. 
Bobby Mings
Fri
20
May

Council expresses opinions on special audits

To the Friends of Henryetta,
In 2014, certain individuals lied to you-claiming that your City government was corrupt and wasteful of City resources.  Some of our neighbors believed those lies and signed a petition to request that the State Auditor perform a special audit.
A Special Audit was performed at a direct cost of $40,000 to our Community.  In addition, our community suffered indirect costs of approximately $3,000 in wasted City employees’ time to respond to and support the audit team.
In the 2015 audit report, the State Auditor did not find any corruption or waste. If you have doubts about this statement, the Audit report is available for your review. That $43,000 represents your sales tax dollars that could have and should have been spent to better our community. Instead, they were wasted.

Wed
28
Oct

Creek Nation agency protects tribal children

October is Missing & Exploited Children Awareness Month in Oklahoma and across America. Here in Okmulgee County, several agencies work tirelessly to protect children from those who would do them harm.

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