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Fri
20
Apr

Shriner’s Golf Tournament set for May 12

Okmulgee County Shrine Club will host their annual Shrine Memorial Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 12 at the Henryetta Golf Club. Cash prizes will be awarded for first and second place. The cost will be $60 per person or $240 per team for the four-person scramble. Entry fees include green fees, cart, lunch and contests. Rainouts will be considered donations and all proceeds will be for the benefit of the Okmulgee Shrine Club and are not deductible as charitable. Tee time will be at 10 a.m. and deadline to enter is Saturday, May 5. For more information or to register, contact Jan Colombin by phone at 918-752-7890 or by mail at: 1501 S. Mission Lane, Okmulgee, OK 74447. The Shriner’s sponsor one child in which all medical expenses and transportation for medical appointments are paid. Pictured are some of the Okmulgee County Shriner’s and Jaden Peavler of Henryetta who is the group’s local Shriner Child.

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Fri
20
Apr

Henryetta announces March Students of the Month

Henryetta High School recently announced Students of the Month for March. Those receiving the award for March included (left to right): Emily Potter, Bailey Davis and Quentin Story. Congratulations students!

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Fri
20
Apr

Sisson awarded internship

By TRACY GOZA

Free-Lance Editor

Henryetta resident and a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Krystian Sisson was recently chosen to be a 2018 Native American Congressional Intern by the Udall Foundation and Native Nations Institute.

Sisson was one of 12 students from nine Native nations and 11 universities chosen for the honor.

She was chosen on the basis of academic achievement and a demonstrated commitment to careers in tribal policy.

Interns will complete an intensive, nine-week internship in the summer of 2018 in Washington, DC. Special enrichment activities will provide opportunities to meet with key decision makers. From 1996 through 2018, 267 Native American and Alaska Native students from 120 tribes will have participated in the program. Six Udall interns have been members of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

Fri
20
Apr

McAfee reappointed as HEDA trustee

By TRACY GOZA

Free-Lance Editor

Henryetta City Council members approved the reappointment of Ron McAfee to the Henryetta Economic Development Authority (HEDA) as trustee at their April 17 meeting.

McAfee will serve as HEDA trustee until July 1, 2023.

Council members approved payments to all of the following: AEP/PSO for $20,913.20; Fuelman for $10,213.35; American Exchange Bank for $12,058.79 for lease/purchase payments (ladder truck, GMP fire truck, backhoe and six-wheel dump truck); Emergency Medical Services for $7,493.46; Henryetta Economic Development Authority for $8,421.69; Bank of Oklahoma for $25,509.82 for 2014 Series Utility System and Sales Tax Revenue Note monthly payment and Bank of Oklahoma for $17,619.60 for 2015 Note Series monthly payment.

Fri
20
Apr

HMA to purchase 20 new dumpsters

By TRACY GOZA

Free-Lance Editor

Henryetta Municipal Authority (HMA) approved the purchase of 20 three CY side-load dumpsters from Wastequip in the amount of $12,300 at their April 17 meeting.

Consent agenda items including financial reports, minutes of meetings held and claims for the month of March were also approved.

The following payments and purchases were accepted by HMA:

• Payment to Center Point Landfill in the amount of $13,150;

• Payment to OWRB (09-0029-CW) in the amount of $11,193.26 for monthly payment;

• Purchase of Caustic Soda in the amount of $8,500 for the water treatment plant;

• Purchase of Ferric Chloride in the amount of $7,500 for the water treatment plant;

• Payment to OWRB (ORF-08-0015-DW) in the amount of $37,962.14 for monthly payment.

No new business was on the agenda and HMA members adjourned the meeting.

Fri
20
Apr

Henryetta band holds shoe drive

Henryetta Knight Brigade began a Shoe Drive last week in order to help fund their trip to Washington, DC to perform at the 2019 National Memorial Day parade.

Gently worn shoes of all types and sizes are needed.

Between 40 and 50 students plan to attend. It has been estimated that the trip will cost around $1,000 per person and will include transportation, hotel and meals for six days, according to Henryetta High School band director Alan Montgomery.

For more information on where to drop shoes off, contact Alan Montgomery at 918-652-6571.

Fri
20
Apr

Dustin holds car and motorcycle show

Flipside Grille in Dustin will host their first annual Car and Motorcycle Show on Saturday, May 12 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Check-in time is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and judging will be from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The show is limited to the first 30 entrants.

All entries will receive a free hamburger basket.

Prizes will be awarded for first place in Best of Show for cars and motorcycles, first through third place in Best Antique, first through third place on Best Custom Paint and “Momma Sharon’s” favorite pick of car and motorcycle.

Registration forms can be picked up from Flipside Grille located at 10 N. Otis in Dustin.

For more information about registration, please call Flipside Grille owner Sharon Merchant at 918-652-5245.

Wed
18
Apr

Hospital holds groundbreaking ceremony

Hillcrest Hospital Henryetta hosted an informal groundbreaking on April 13 to kickoff the expansion of their Emergency Department. Among those attending were Henryetta Mayor Jennifer Clason, Hillcrest Henryetta CEO Dee Renshaw, Senator Roger Thompson, Air Evac staff, as well as other Hillcrest Hospital employees and local community members. Renshaw said the expansion project is estimated to continue for the next five months.

(Photo by CARRIE BAILEY)

Wed
18
Apr

Henryetta FFA competes at Cattle Grading Contest

Henryetta FFA members James Martin, Ryan Clark and Joey Watson along with their advisor, Cody Dawson, traveled to Oklahoma City on April 13 where they competed in the Rick Jones Commercial Cattle Grading Scholarship Contest. Out of 180 teams, the group placed 5th Overall. Out of 184 competitors, Watson placed 4th Overall individually. And this was the first time in which Martin attended a cattle grading event. “This team did great and were close to bringing home some money. I’m looking forward to cattle grading this summer with this group!” said Dawson.

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Wed
18
Apr

Family and friends pay tribute to Football Coach

By PATRICK FORD
Times Editor

The Okmulgee community gathered Monday afternoon at Harmon Field to pay their respects to OHS Football Coach Carl Lee, who passed away last week.

Lee, a 2001 graduate of Okmulgee High School, who had returned to his alma mater as head football coach in 2016, died on Thursday, April 12. He was 35.

Lee was diagnosed with kidney cancer last year.  

Carl began his football coaching career in Stratford and from there went on to Okmulgee, Metro Christian, Douglas, Hulbert, Locust Grove, Heavener, Ketchum, and then returned to Okmulgee. 

In two seasons at the helm for Okmulgee, Lee went 9-12 with a playoff appearance in 2016.

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