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Fri
15
Jun

McGowin receives check for scholarship

Logan McGowin received a check for his continuing scholarship from American Exchange Bank (AEB). McGowin was AEB's first recipient of the Donald Wells Education Scholarship. Along with the $1,000 per semester scholarship, he also received a paid internship. “AEB interns are a great asset to the bank and we are proud to assist them with their continuing education,” AEB staff said. McGowin is pictured above with AEB President Terri Thompson.

(COURTESY PHOTO)

Fri
15
Jun

Countians encouraged to signup for CodeRED

Jaylyn Matthews (center) was the Henryetta Lion of the Day at the Lions Club meeting Tuesday. Her featured guest was Tim Craighton (at right), Okmulgee County Emergency Management Director. Also pictured is Lions Club President Tara Matthews.

(Photo by TRACY GOZA)

By Tracy Goza

Free-Lance Editor

Okmulgee County Emergency Management Director Tim Craighton was the guest speaker at the Henryetta Lions Club meeting Tuesday. Craighton was the featured guest of Lions Club member Jaylyn Matthews.

He discussed ways to be prepared in the event of emergency weather and also talked about the Code Red program offered to all countians.

According to Craighton, there are over 40,000 residents in Okmulgee County of which only around 500 have signed up for CodeRED.

CodeRED is an emergency notification system that issues warnings through the National Weather service. Residents can sign up online at the Okmulgee County Emergency Management website at: okmulgeecountyem.com and click on the “CodeRED” button at the top.

Fri
15
Jun

Lions golf tourney seeks participants

By Tracy Goza

Free-Lance Editor

Teams are still needed for the Henryetta Lions Club 13th annual Golf Tournament that will be held on Saturday, June 23.

Lions Club members announced that they only have four teams registered as of June 12.

The annual event will be held at the Henryetta Golf and Country Club at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start.

Cash prizes to be awarded will include a total of $1,500 to three places and a mystery team will win money per 12+ team entry. There will also be additional prizes awarded for the Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin.

Delicious hamburgers, chips and other refreshments will be served following the tournament.

Everyone is encouraged to attend, sign-up and enjoy a fun game of golf with the chance to win great prizes!

Fri
15
Jun

Fetgatter, Walke request ed study

Two members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives have come together to request a bipartisan study to compare and contrast Oklahoma’s educational system with other education systems across the country.

Rep. Scott Fetgatter, R-Okmulgee and Rep. Collin Walke, D-Oklahoma City, hope to use the study to improve the way Oklahoma educates children.

“During our first two years as lawmakers, Representative Walke and I both realized that as a state, we can no longer afford to have republican ideas and democrat ideas,” Fetgatter said. “What we need are good ideas that are going to move this state in a better direction. I look forward to this study getting approved, and I can’t wait to work with Collin to find new ways to improve education in Oklahoma.”

The hope is that by looking at other states Oklahoma lawmakers will develop ideas and best practices to implement here.

Thu
14
Jun

Maples addresses Lions about AirEvac

Laura Maples was the guest speaker at the June 5 meeting of the Henryetta Lions Club. Maples is a Local Membership Sales Manager with Air Med Care Network (AMCN). She discussed information about being a member of the Fly-U-Home service.

(Photo by TRACY GOZA)

Thu
14
Jun

Wilson FFA places in Field Day events

On June 8, Wilson FFA members competed in the Brown Swiss Field Day and Milking Shorthorn Field Day. During the Milking Shorthorn Field Day, Wilson FFA members Kirstin Espinosa placed 4th High Individual and team members Ashton Been, Wyatt Danker, Barbara Hartley and Britney Hartley placed third. Team members Keghan Espinosa, Kirstin Espinosa, Jessica Otto and Kiersten Overton placed 1st. They had an outstanding week.

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Thu
14
Jun

Henryetta School hires 11 new staff

By Tracy Goza

Free-Lance Editor

Henryetta Board of Education hired 11 new staff members for the 2018-2019 school year and accepted five resignations at their June 11 board meeting.

Board members present were Brandi Brown, James Williams, Casey Jones, David Bullard and Jeanie Duncan as well as Superintendent Dwayne Noble.

New hires included Adrianne Collett as elementary paraprofessional, Kasey Sims and Jenny Huckabay as third grade teachers, Nicki Story as fourth grade teacher, Linda Greenfield as assistant/teacher’s aide for the three-year-old program, Rachel Sweedin as elementary music teacher, Dorothy Walker as middle school Math teacher, Kalli Dodge as middle school Science teacher, Tiffany Padgett as six-hour cafeteria cook and Mary Hart and Oscar Davis as custodians.

Thu
14
Jun

Goodner resigns from City Council

On June 7, Henryetta City Council member Bill Goodner submitted a letter of resignation to Mayor Jennifer Clason and the other city council members.

Goodner’s letter of resignation reads:

“About 2 months ago, my annual health screening discovered that I have developed an irregular heart beat and that my blood pressure has risen where it is typically around 160/80.

“Tests also showed that I have moderate heart blockage. Since then, I’ve had a number of appointments with heart specialists for a variety of tests and had appointments today and yesterday.

“They have prescribed medications to treat my condition, and I’m scheduled for a follow up evaluation in 6 months to determine if any other treatment is necessary.

Thu
14
Jun

Henryetta vets to receive local aid

Starting Monday, June 18, Andrew Whitham of the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs will be at the Henryetta Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 539 building to assist veterans.

Whitham will provide assistance with filing claims, explaining programs and benefits and general information to help veterans become aware of programs that are available and how to sign up for benefits in which they’ve earned and are entitled.

According to Post 539 Commander Bill Goodner, Whitham will be in Henryetta from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the first and third Monday (except holidays) of each month.

For more information, contact Whitham at 918-397-2566, Goodner at 918-652-7103, Jewett Nelson at 918-652-1690, Roy Essman at 918-652-0972 or Donnie McKay at 918-671-5070.

Thu
14
Jun

Henryetta football fundraiser under way

Henryetta Quarterback Club is hosting a sweet corn fundraiser for the upcoming football season.

Orders for Webbers Falls sweet corn are available for one-half bushel for $15 or one bushel for $25.

All orders must be pre-paid and picked up at the football field on the day it is harvested.

Estimated harvest time is between June 25 and July 3.

Pickup dates will be posted on the Henryetta Quarterback Club Facebook page. Efforts will also be made to get in touch with each individual that places and order.

For more information, please contact Coach Johnson at the football field from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. or call the football office at 918-652-6592 to make arrangements to place and pay for your order.

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