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Fri
24
Nov

Bathrooms get roof

Workers from Able Roofing install the new roof on the bathroom at the Dr. Carlton E. Smith Tennis Complex on Monday morning.

(Photo by JESSIE BRYDGES)

By JESSIE BRYDGES
Staff Writer

Thanks to Able Roofing, the Dr. Carlton E. Smith Tennis Complex upgrades are one step closer to being complete.

Workers from Able Roofing were in Henryetta on Monday  to install the new metal roof over the bathrooms and attached storage room.

The bathrooms will consist of two unisex single occupancy units. 

Now that the roof has been installed, the rest of the bathroom construction can take place. 

Each bathroom will include a wall mounted toilet, sink and small bench. 

The walls will also be painted a light blue. 

This project has been in the works since February of 2015.

The community has raised over $300,000 in donations to pay for all the upgrades. 

Fri
24
Nov

Shop local on Small Business Saturday

Burnett’s Boutique is inviting you to come out and shop Nov. 25 for Small Business Saturday. Black Friday is well established at this point, and for good reason. It's a good chance for many consumers to get most of their holiday shopping out of the way far before the holidays get into full swing. But many customers are starting to be enticed by the allure of shopping local instead of braving the long lines and craziness of the big box stores. Not only is there a draw in knowing that money spent will stay in the community, there is also the allure of knowing that what you get is more unique then something you would find at a big box store. Large stores appeal to the masses, while smaller more focused stores can bring items that are more dedicated to your specific town or taste. So this year, shop local. Not only will you get a gift that is one of a kind, but you will help your town and those who live in it. 

(Photo by JESSIE BRYDGES)

Fri
24
Nov

Bodies found east of city

By JESSIE BRYDGES
Staff Writer

Two bodies were found seven miles east of Henryetta in McIntosh County.

The bodies were discovered on Tiger Mountain Rd. near Interstate 40 Tuesday afternoon.

The McIntosh county sheriffs office said that a man, who was walking and picking up cans, had found what appears to be the bodies of a man and a woman. 

OSBI is in charge of the investigation but so far has not discovered who the bodies are. 

Agent John Jones said there are no visible signs of trauma to the bodies and it is undetermined how old the man and woman are. 

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation tip line at 800-522-8017.

Fri
24
Nov

Henryetta Wrecker addresses council

By JESSIE BRYDGES
Staff Writer

The Henryetta City Council heard from Douglass Vowell of Henryetta Wrecker and Towing during the city council regular session Tuesday, Nov. 21.

Henryetta Wrecker and Tow addressed the council to discuss the city's nonconsensual tow policy.

This policy deals with those individuals who are getting their vehicle towed against their wishes. 

Henryetta Wrecker is currently one of three towing services in the Henryetta area.

However they are asking the board to consider contracting with their company exclusively. 

“If you contract with our company, there will always be a dedicated driver and truck available to the city 24/7.” Vowell said. 

Fri
24
Nov

Dewar awarded DOJ grant

Dewar has been selected as one of four cities to receive financial support from the Department of Justice to enhance law enforcement, receiving $69,208. 

The Department of Justice has awarded up to $500,000 to four Oklahoma cities to enable them to hire one additional police officer each for Dewar, Lindsay and Sallisaw, and two additional for Shawnee. 

Recipients of the funds are the Dewar Police Department, the Lindsay Police Department, the City of Sallisaw, and the Shawnee Police Department. 

These grants are part of more than $98 million awarded to 179 law enforcement agencies across the United States through the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, also known as “COPS.” These funds will support hiring 802 additional full-time law enforcement officers. 

 

Wed
22
Nov

Taking pride in the local Skate Park

Stefanie Spangle and Brittany Hicks were helping paint the top of the skate park ramps on Friday. Once the paint was dry, the skaters were going to go back and spray paint their own unique designs over the paint.

(Photo by JESSIE BRYDGES)

By JESSIE BRYDGES
Staff Writer

The Henryetta Skate Park ramps have been given a new look.  

This improvement was thanks to Henryettan locals Vernon Britt, Eddy Thomas and a crew of interested skaters. 

The crew was out at the skate park Friday, Nov. 17 at 3 p.m.

The project was lead by Thomas. 

She wanted to help the skaters of Henryetta feel a sense of pride in their skate park. 

And what better way to do that, than to let them make the park “their own”.

The ramps were originally painted a flat background color. 

The skaters would then be allowed to spray paint their own designs on the ramps. 

Wed
22
Nov

Baseball Complex renamed Nathan George Hitting Facility

Brandi Brown and Tim Gillispie show an example of the banner that will hang on the site of the baseball complex.

(Photo by JESSIE BRYDGES)

By JESSIE BRYDGES
Staff Writer

The Henryetta Baseball Complex has been renamed for Nathan George.

Nathan was a member of the Henryetta High School baseball team until he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Burkitt's Lymphoma last spring. 

He passed away on March 29.

Family and friends gathered at the baseball field at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon for the ceremony.

The dedication was led by Mayor Jennifer Clason who read a proclamation and presented a banner to represent the one that will be hung on the side of the baseball complex soon. 

Wed
22
Nov

Nominations open for 2017 ‘Henryettan of the Year’

It is time to start thinking about who will be named “Henryettan of the Year for 2017”.

The selection must be made before the end of the year in order for the announcement to be made at the annual Chamber of Commerce Banquet.

This year the Henryetta Chamber Banquet will be held Jan. 20, 2018.

The Henryetta Free-Lance has conducted this event since 1949.

Every year since then, some outstanding citizen has received the distinguished honor of being named “Henryettan of the Year”. 

Nominated persons must be citizens who have voluntarily worked to improve Henryetta throughout the year of 2017. 

Other years of volunteerism may be included in the nomination letter. 

This year nominations may include residents of the surrounding areas whose volunteerism has positively affected Henryetta.

Wed
22
Nov

Officials hoping for resolution

By PATRICK FORD
Times Editor

Citizens that use 36th Street east of Highway 75 have had to make detours due to work on the railroad crossing. The street has been closed for several weeks awaiting repairs on the track crossing.

Hopefully, that situation will be resolved this week.

Okmulgee County Commissioners Bob Hardridge and Ron Ballard addressed the situation during Monday’s meeting of the board. Commissioner James Connor was not present at the session due to illness.

Numerous complaints from residents have been received about when the construction would be complete.

Wed
22
Nov

New street signs for the holidays

Out of town drivers passing through Henryetta for the holidays will be getting some navigation assistance while going down Main street. 

City workers were busy ripping up the old stop signs along Main. 

The old signs are being replaced with new stop signs that include cross street signs. 

Workers will be working to replace all the signs along Main street as quickly as possible. 

This upgrade comes a week after workers were rewiring the stop light at 4th and Main in preparation for the new stop lights that will be installed after Thanksgiving. 

Those new lights will also span the length of Main street. 

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