Commentary

Fri
08
Dec

The Big Question

 Basic Political Bias/Election Issues in OK

 

As we face another round of contentious public elections, I have been watching to see what political parties will bring to bear in their campaigns to win over Oklahomans. Most of us know that local, state, and national ballots don’t leave room for many communities to address the growing group of independents identified or misidentified within our current election polling processes.

Along with many other states across the country, our state’s largest growing group of voters, independent voters (those who no longer vote straight party Republican/Democratic tickets) do not receive any sort of recognition, respect or validation of their views or impacts upon our voting public in elections and the political polls. In some states, independent voters are believed to being as high as 15-20 percent of all registered voters. 

Fri
08
Dec

Life on Council House Square: Okmulgee Community Heroes

Time to highlight another community hero! Every few weeks or so, I focus my column on people who are leading the way in ‘Okmulgee Rising’ whether they realize it or not. They are not always the developers or the activists who are stepping out and trying to get things done, but what they are doing is so natural and so excellent that they probably don’t realize how much it is advancing our community. You may not realize it either. This week I would like to focus on someone who is quite involved in our community, and I hope you’ve had the chance to meet her: Deb Path!

Fri
08
Dec

Lighting the Path Ahead

Advantages of living in a small town

Last week, I started a topic and told you it would take me more than one week to properly explore. So this week, I will continue where we left off last time. With the depopulation challenges faced by most small towns across the country, people who are concerned about the survival of their communities want to know, “How can we retain our young people and keep them from moving away?” or “How can we encourage young people to return to our small town and to invest in our community?”

Q: How can we get more young adults and young families interested in living in Okmulgee?

Fri
17
Nov

Life on Council House Square

The New Arts 

Collector Guild

 

Have you noticed there’s something positive always happening here in Okmulgee? There are new opportunities for involvement, and a variety of special interest groups forming that offer something for everybody! One of the newest groups to pop up is the Arts Collector Guild, which was recently started by Jeff Alexander.

Fri
17
Nov

Lighting the Path Ahead

GOPO building garners award

 

Wed
15
Nov

Night at the Orpheum - Daddy's Home 2

Daddy’s Home 2

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg team up in Daddy’s Home 2 providing the same crass humor and slapstick comedy of  the first one. 

Daddy’s Home 2 returns to stepdads Brad and Dusty as they try to make the holiday season less awkward for their children but the arrival of their fathers make things go a little wacky. Cue the over the top acting, something that Ferrell has mastered over the years, and the type of humor that has become a little outdated. 

Writer and director Sean Anders has a very specific type of comedy that he has become known for and Daddy’s Home 2 is no different, tapping into gross and sometimes taboo areas to make fun of. 

Wed
08
Nov

Night at the Orpheum - Thor:Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok

The third installation in the Thor franchise follows the mythical god as he fights against his evil sister Helo, trying to save his home from destruction. Thor: Ragnarok is an eye catching film in numerous ways, deviating from the other superhero movies that Marvel has put out recently. 

Thor: Ragnarok is a beautifully stunning film utilizing CGI in a masterful way to bring Asgard and the other alien planets to life. It’s one strong point is the vibrant colors and costumes used throughout the film and the trailers. It differs from the normal color scheme of most Marvel movies, giving it a brand of its own. 

Fri
03
Nov

Give thanks for good health by donating blood this holiday season

The American Red Cross encourages people to share their good health this holiday season by donating blood for patients in need. 

Mike Healey’s son was born prematurely, weighing 3 pounds, and immediately needed blood. “I gave blood the next day and have done it 56 times since then,” he said. Though Healey’s son spent his first 49 days of life in the neonatal intensive care unit, he has thrived and is now a healthy, 10-year-old little league baseball player. “I will never forget whoever selflessly gave blood for my son.”

A decline in donations occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors are busy with holiday activities and travel. However, patients don’t get a holiday break from needing lifesaving transfusions. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.

Fri
03
Nov

Life on Council House Square

Lokal’s Movie Night!

 

Last week, the Lokal’s own Brian and Jessica Thomason started something that’s sure to become a local (and a ‘Lokal’) favorite: Movie Night! If you weren’t there last Thursday evening, you missed out on a great time. Their dining patio was transformed into a theatre, featuring a huge blow-up screen and free popcorn! Everyone brought out their folding chairs and it was PACKED! The feature film was ‘Hocus Pocus’, a 1993 Halloween classic.

Fri
03
Nov

Lighting the Path Ahead

Thankful for our Veterans

OSUIT was born out of necessity over 70 years ago. When U.S. soldiers were returning home from World War II, a grateful nation welcomed them back with affection and fanfare. (Such a reception, sadly, has not always been afforded to soldiers in later generations.) In 1946, the president of Oklahoma A&M College (now OSU), Dr. Henry G. Bennett, was compelled to create a training facility in the State of Oklahoma to assist returning veterans with one of their most urgent needs. His goal was to establish a vocational school that could provide proper training to ease the transition of soldiers into the civilian workforce. Dr. Bennett negotiated the purchase of the Glennan Army Hospital in Okmulgee and then founded the Oklahoma A&M College School of Technical Training (now OSUIT) on the 164-acre site. L. Keith Covelle was named as the first director for the school when it opened in October of 1946.

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