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Tue
23
May

Bridges could cause detours

Three bridges will go out of service if not repaired soon, according to a recent inspection conducted by ODOT. Pictured is the bridge on Moore Street, located on the west side of town.
(Photo by ASHLEY WOLSTONCROFT)

By ASHLEY WOLSTONCROFT
Free-Lance Editor

Citizens could lose their access to three Henryetta roads if bridges aren't repaired.
In a recent inspection from Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT), the bridges located on Broadway, Moore and Barclay were deemed in ill shape. 
“ODOT comes and inspects our bridges, and when they come in and inspect, they tell you what needs to be done on your bridges then charges you for their inspection,” Mayor Jennifer Clason explained at Tuesday night's regular city council meeting. “They have found there are bridges we will have to put out of service if they are not repaired.”
The roads have been washed out around all three of the bridges. 
See our Friday, May 19 paper for the full story.

Tue
23
May

Hillcrest celebrates Hospital Week

Henryetta Hillcrest Hospital celebrated National Hospital Week last week. Hospitals around America honored the men and women who support the well-being of their communities. The beginning of the week-long event offered free fruit trays available to employees in the cafeteria, as well as drawings for door prizes. On Wednesday, Henryetta Hillcrest CEO Dee Renshaw served ice cream sundaes to employees. The fun did not stop there. On Thursday, Newman's Fire House Truck served free BBQ sandwiches to the team, and on Friday the hospital distributed free t-shirts to express their appreciation. Pictured is hopsital staff wearing their new shirts. 

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Tue
23
May

Splash pad opening soon

By ASHLEY WOLSTONCROFT
Free-Lance Editor

Summer is here, and Henryetta is once again offering a place for kids to cool down. 
The splash pad at McCutcheon Park is expected to open over Memorial Day Weekend, May 26. 
In addition, more swing sets have arrived and are awaiting set up by city crews. Public Works Director Ron Casey said installment of the swings should begin next week, as well as constructing sidewalks to the bathrooms.
He discussed the matters during Tuesday night's regular scheduled city council meeting. 
Other improvements to the park over the last several weeks have included repairing the bathrooms that were damaged as a result of vandalism and adding large rocks to separate the parking lot from the play area.
Also discussed in the City Manager's Report was the upgrades to the baseball field. 
See our Friday, May 19 paper for the full story.

Tue
23
May

Feeding the hungry

By ASHLEY WOLSTONCROFT
Free-Lance Editor 

Tue
23
May

OSUIT announces 2017 Hall of Fame inductees

OSU Institute of Technology will recognize eight outstanding alumni and induct them into the OSUIT Hall of Fame at the annual Alumni Homecoming Reception Saturday, June 17, at 4 p.m. in Covelle Hall on the campus of OSUIT.
Induction into the Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed by OSUIT, recognizing alumni and former students for outstanding achievement in both civic duty and professional life.
“Alumni are a tremendous source of encouragement, loyalty and support. This event is one way we can show how much we appreciate them,” said Bruce Force, director of Student Life and alumni relations liaison. “Having them on campus is a great opportunity to reconnect.”
The reception is a chance for OSUIT alumni to see old friends and meet new ones, walk around the campus and visit with current and former instructors.

Thu
18
May

Wreck halts traffic

The southbound lanes of US Highway 75 were closed nearly an hour on Friday due to a 4-vehicle injury collision. According to Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) officers Brian Constanza and Brian Warren, the collision occurred in the construction zone at Banyan Road, one mile south of Okmulgee. ODOT assisted with traffic control, and Henryetta Wrecker responded with two wreckers. The lanes shut down at approximately 1:33 p.m. and were back open by 2:15. No other information was released. 
(Photo by Allen Gardner)

Thu
18
May

Church hosts 'mom prom'

Jeanette Cole was voted as prom queen at Saturday night's “mom prom” hosted at Henryetta Nazarene Church.
(Photo provided)

By ASHLEY WOLSTONCROFT
Free-Lance Editor

Thu
18
May

Henryetta Chamber to purchase bleachers

By ASHLEY WOLSTONCROFT
Free-Lance Editor

Thu
18
May

Dewar seniors graduate

By ASHLEY WOLSTONCROFT
Free-Lance Editor 

They did it! 
The 2017 graduates of Dewar High School received their diplomas during commencement on Friday night. The ceremony was located at Dewar First Baptist Church, with over 350 attendees. 
High school principal Josh Kilhoffer was the first to address the seniors.
“Many people have influenced you, seniors, to make you who you are in your life today. Nobody has done more so than your parents and grandparents.”
Parents and grandparents were asked to stand and be recognized.
“Without you, these graduates would not be here,” Kilhoffer said. “To the graduates of 2017, this is a night to honor you. I know you're excited; this has been a long journey.”
See Wednesday's paper for the full story.

Thu
18
May

Underage drinking in county

By ASHLEY WOLSTONCROFT
Free-Lance Editor

Underage drinking is a problem. 
According to Chairperson of the Okmulgee County Consortium Nancy Mason, nearly a quarter of people ages 12-20 reported drinking in the past month. In Okmulgee County specifically, 35 percent of county seniors have drank alcohol in the past 30 days, according to the Oklahoma Prevention Needs Assessment (OPNA). 
“The consequences of underage drinking can be calamitous. Each year, more than 4,300 people under the age of 21 die from homicides, suicides, car crashes and drowning related to alcohol,” Mason said in a press release. 
See Wednesday's paper for the full story.

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