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Wed
15
Aug

Lollis wins Summer Reading Program

Henryetta Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, “Libraries Rock,” was a success with six programs presented. Featured guests at the programs were Lyle Stogner, Kathy Crosby, David Jobes, Kent Pharoah, Marcus Whitworth and Alan Montgomery. Elementary winner of the program was Truitt Lollis (pictured above) who won a year’s subscription to National Geographic for Kids. Junior high winner was Joyce Dong (not pictured) who won a year’s subscription to National Geographic.

(Photo by TRACY GOZA)

Wed
15
Aug

Peach Lovers Unite

Henryetta-area peach lovers have had the chance to enjoy McCracken peaches. “We bring out those big, juicy peaches from western Colorado! Every year around mid-August or early September, we bring out peaches that have ripened on the tree. They are picked only a couple of days before you get them,” Diane McCracken said. A truckload of peaches was delivered on Friday at American Exchange Bank in Henryetta to anxiously awaiting customers. For more information about McCracken peaches, visit them on Facebook at: McCracken Peaches - Henryetta, OK.

(Photo by CARRIE BAILEY)

Wed
15
Aug

HEDA approves $10,000 payment

By TRACY GOZA
Free-Lance Editor

Henryetta Economic Development Authority (HEDA) approved a payment of $10,000 to the Henryetta Chamber of Commerce at their regular meeting on Aug. 13.

The payment is for support of the Jim Shoulders monument that will be located at Nichols Park. HEDA approved the funding at the July 9 regular meeting.

Board members approved the minutes of the regular meeting on July 9 and the July 2018 financial report.

Discussion was held regarding reimbursing the City of Henryetta in the amount of $10,027.05 for Shoney’s Restaurant sales tax for April 1, 2018 through June 30, 2018. The reimbursement was approved.

Other agenda items discussed included the sewer project, motel feasability study, Jim Shoulders Monument Project and the Quick Trip Project.

Wed
15
Aug

Henryetta All-activity Homecoming discussed

By TRACY GOZA
Free-Lance Editor

A lengthy discussion was held by the Henryetta Board of Education regarding changing Homecoming from football and basketball to an all-activity Homecoming to increase student involvement which would include attendants from each school activity for the 2018-2019 school year.

Board members approved the all-activity Homecoming.

Henryetta Public Schools teacher Tracy Sontag said that the thought was to create one large Homecoming event instead of all separate events with each group having their own king and queen and the school to vote on an all-school king and queen.

Sontag said that this would help create a bigger parade that will travel down main street and get more volunteers and groups involved. She said that any parade floats would be welcome, from elementary through high school.

Wed
15
Aug

Schulter Board of Education met Aug. 6

By TRACY GOZA
Free-Lance Editor

Schulter Public Schools Board of Education held their regular meeting on Aug. 6 in the administration building.

Board members approved the superintendent’s recommendations to employ Christie Heaslet as Language Arts teacher and Joni Howk as elementary teacher for the 2018-2019 school year.

Warrants and claims for the 2017-2018 General Fund, 2018-2019 General Fund and 2017-2018 Building Fund were approved.

Supt. Allen Callahan recommended approving the following activity fund sub-accounts, how they are to be expanded and the various revenue sources.

Wed
15
Aug

Unemployment rate drops

By KAITLYN DILLARD
Staff Writer

Okmulgee County continues to follow a downward trend with a decrease of 0.1 percent in unemployment reported by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission. With an unemployment rate of 5.6 percent, Okmulgee County lingers near the highest unemployment rate. In June, Latimer County posted Oklahoma’s highest county unemployment rate of 7.5 percent, while McIntosh County reported the second highest with a rate of 7.1 percent. McCurtain county had the state’s third highest rate of 6.5 percent.

Beaver County claimed the lowest county unemployment rate of 2.3 percent followed by Grant County, Cimarron County and Love County. Unemployment rates in June were lower than a year earlier in 77 of 77 counties.

Fri
10
Aug

Member Appreciation Day held by Air Evac 135

Air Evac Lifeteam 135 of Henryetta hosted a Membership Appreciation and Sign Up Day on Aug. 3 at their base on West Main Street. The team offered free hot dogs, chili dogs and frito chili pies. Guests attending were able to meet the friendly crew, take a tour of the helicopter and receive more information about membership. Staff and crew pictured above (left to right) include: Rashelle Phelps, Flight Nurse; Laura Maples, Local Membership Sales Manager and Danny Ivey, Flight Paramedic. Not pictured: Sherri McKeown, 135 Program Director. If you would like more information about membership and how to keep your family protected, contact Maples at 918-652-1457.

(Photo by TRACY GOZA)

Fri
10
Aug

Rep. Fetgatter address Lions Club

Special guest at the Aug. 7 Henryetta Lions Club meeting was Oklahoma District 16 Representative Scott Fetgatter. Rep. Fetgatter spoke about the upcoming election and various capitol news as well as the teacher strike. After recognizing the dedication of our teachers, he said, “This was the largest teacher budget that has passed and is historical. I fought for teachers the entire time. And I have been 100% on all Education bills that have been presented.” Everyone knows at the Capitol that Rep. Fetgatter is not afraid to speak his mind. “I plan to keep moving the state forward. I have had seven bills in my first year that were signed into law including the Aerospace bill,” he said. Rep. Fetgatter is a member of the Wildlife Committee and announced he was appointed to the Medical Marijuana Committee three weeks ago. He said that Congress is currently “busier than they’ve ever been” and reported that he is part of a live stream every Wednesday at 9 a.m. Everyone is welcome to come and watch. The stream can be found at: oksenate.gov. Rep. Fetgatter accepted questions from several Lions Club members.

(Photo by TRACY GOZA)

Fri
10
Aug

Meet the Teacher nights announced

Classes for two Okmulgee County schools have already begun.

Wilson Public School students returned to school on Aug. 8 and Schulter Public Schools started on Aug. 9.

The majority of county schools will begin classes on Aug. 16 this year. Those include Okmulgee, Stonebridge Academy, Preston, Henryetta, Beggs, Morris, Dewar and Twin Hills.

Before classes begin, there will be a Meet the Teacher Night.

Fri
10
Aug

Labor Day pageant deadline nears

By Tracy Goza
Free-Lance Editor

Registration cost for the annual Henryetta Labor Day Baby Pageant is $15 for ages zero to 47 months. Cost of registration for the Labor Day Pageant, for ages 4 to 20, is $25.

Payments and entry deadline is Aug. 15. Any forms received after that date will not be accepted.

Both pageants will be held on Saturday, Aug. 18 in the Henryetta High School auditorium with the Baby Pageant starting at 10 a.m. and the Labor Day Pageant beginning at 7 p.m.

A Dress Rehearsal will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17.

Ages for both the Girls and Boys divisions in the Baby Pageant include: Girls – 0 to 5 months; 6 to 11 months; 12 to 23 months; 24 to 35 months and 36 to 47 months.

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