Commentary

Fri
23
Feb

Life on Council House Square

Now This!

You ever notice how there’s always something great going on in Okmulgee? My wife and I love it here because of the energy of the city, and how many ways there are to serve and be involved in our community. In fact, I’m asked so frequently about opportunities to be involved that I thought I should share a few new ones with you this week.

Fri
23
Feb

Lighting the Path Ahead

Much of what I write about in this weekly column is intended to help local residents think more positively about our community—in other words, to build esteem for Okmulgee. It has occurred to me that many of the principles that apply to building positive self-esteem might also be applied to building overall respect for our community. 

 

Q: Okmulgee seems to be a town with low self-esteem. Can this be improved?

A: Self-esteem is made up of the thoughts, feelings, and opinions we have about ourselves. I would contend that “community-esteem” is made up of the thoughts, feelings, and opinions we have about our community. This means personal regard for community isn't fixed. It can be changed, depending on the way we collectively think about the town we call home. Over time, the habit of negative thinking can lower our sense of self as well as our level of community pride. 

Wed
21
Feb

Night at the Orpheum

Marvel’s Black Panther

 

The anticipation behind the next Marvel movie pays off with an awe inspiring film. Black Panther is the superhero movie audiences have been waiting for with a great story and beautiful visuals. T’Challa, also known as Black Panther, changes the dynamics of Marvel’s franchise with a story that is centered around more than just a villain.   

Black Panther tells the story behind Black Panther and his homeland, Wakanda, a thriving African nation, hiding from the world to protect their way of life and the source of it, vibranium. 

The film follows Black Panther as he fights to keep vibranium a secret and also fights with his new identity as king of Wakanda. 

Fri
16
Feb

Life on Council House Square

Some of you lovingly (I’ll assume) ask me this question, knowing that it’s an unpaid position and one that certainly comes with a lot of stress and responsibility.  First off, now that the election results are in, let me say THANK YOU for electing me to represent Okmulgee.  It’s such an honor to have your trust, and I want you to know I’ll be working hard for our city.

Fri
16
Feb

Lighting the Path Ahead

OSUIT has operated in Okmulgee for more than seven decades. Within just the last couple of years, however, this town has begun to rediscover and reclaim its rightful heritage as a college town. It’s so encouraging to see new shops and restaurants opening with the student population in mind and other businesses exploring ways to accommodate student interests. It will be exciting to see what happens as we continue to develop a stronger town/gown relationship in Okmulgee.

Q: I really liked your articles on living in a small town. Could you put all of them together in one list?

A: Thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed my column in response to the question about getting more young adults and young families interested in living in Okmulgee. It was a six part series on the advantages of living in a small town. Here’s my whole abridged list of “Advantages of Living in a Small Town…”

Social Advantages

Fri
09
Feb

Life on Council House Square

Task Force Update

 

The Okmulgee Roger Brooks Task Force, under the Okmulgee Chamber of Commerce, is still going strong and staying active as a positive voice in this community! Anthony Nieto (Okmulgee Times General Manager) and I co-chair this Task Force, and we’re working hard to create community buy-in for the projects we, and the Task Force members, have in mind. We met at the start of February to follow up on existing projects and discuss goals for 2018. The Task Force meets the first Thursday of each month in Mabrey Meeting room at 6th and Grand. You are always invited to attend, and we’d love to hear your ideas and see you get involved!

Fri
09
Feb

Lighting the Path Ahead

Carefully planned interventions that prolong the materials and design integrity of historic buildings is referred to as “architectural conservation.” A form of this process is what OSUIT did with the Grand Old Post Office (GOPO).

Q: Please describe the architectural process used in the recent transformation of your building in downtown Okmulgee. 

A: This technical inquiry may best be answered by first describing what the GOPO project was not. Here is some architectural terminology commonly used to describe work on historic buildings and my assessment of how well they relate to the GOPO project.

Wed
07
Feb

Night at the Orpheum- Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Maze Runner: The Death Cure may disappoint some

Maze Runner: The Death Cure is the last installation in the science-fiction franchise based on the young adult books by James Dashner.Following Thomas, Dylan O’Brien, as he leads the last fight to save his friends, while also continuing the fight against the evil corporation WCKD. 

O’Brien leads a band of rag tag, dystopian teenagers on a rebellious fight to save their friend Minho, Ki Hong Lee, who was taken by WCKD. Minho, similar to Thomas and his friends, have been lab rats for WCKD’s race to find a cure for a disease that turns humans into zombie-esque creatures. 

Fri
02
Feb

Night at the Orpheum- Hostiles

 

Emotion, Struggle and Violence make Hostiles a true western

 

Christian Bale stars as Army Captain Joseph Blocke,r  a ruthless soldier charged with escorting Chief Yellow Hawk, Wes Studi, to his native land in Hostiles. Bale portrays a complex and scarred character that is set in his racist belief that Native Americans are savage. Set in 1892, Joseph Blocker and his fellow soldiers are harboring a grudge towards Chief Yellow Hawk and towards all Native Americans, but Hostiles is not a story about true hatred. Instead, it depicts a raw, emotional journey towards forgiveness and understanding. 

Fri
02
Feb

NFC Fitness Court coming to downtown

The City of Okmulgee, OSUIT, CP Kelco, and others have partnered with the National Fitness Campaign (NFC) to install an outdoor gym facility that will transform a vacant lot in the 200 block of East 6th Street in downtown Okmulgee into a community fitness hub. The proposed “Fitness Court” will be a state-of-the art outdoor, body weight circuit training system designed for adults of all ages and fitness levels. Okmulgee is very fortunate to be one of the first communities of our size in the nation to install one of these modern amenities. 

Q: What is the NFC Fitness Court?

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