Commentary

Fri
13
Oct

A Few of My Favorite Things with Katina Holland

Halloween Dishes for your Mischief Makers

Wed
11
Oct

Night at the Orpheum- Blade Runner: 2049

Blade Runner: 2049 astounds audiences

 

The sequel that every cult fan of its predecessor, Blade Runner, has waited for, hit theaters and is everything that the first movie was and much more. Blade Runner: 2049 is a beautifully mastered movie that blends plot, cinematography and acting into one of the best movies of the year. 

Ryan Gosling portrays a newly inducted blade runner, Officer K, who unearths a secret that was hidden and leads him on a quest in search for Rick Deckland (Harrison Ford). Though it might seem like a simple action-centered film, Blade Runner: 2049 is anything but. It is a long, winding journey for Officer K who discovers the distinction, or the line, between what makes humanity truly humane. 

Fri
06
Oct

The Big Question

Dissecting the news

Is everything you read, see or hear from the various news media – all just fake news? Do you rely on solid news journalism to be an informed US citizen? Do you trust your news sources? 

These are viewpoints that exploit our democratic society’s interests in the need for truth – in government, traditions, values, etc. 

Furthermore, they are also questions about our current political divide due to a major chasm in our American soul that really needs to be answered. 

Today, there’s a major news outlet to cater to every political flavor or bent in our frayed culture.

 The subject of my question is part of the fourth estate - news journalism, a staple of strong democracies past and present. 

Fri
06
Oct

AirFest 2017

…is this coming weekend! Just kidding, you missed it! (Sorry.) What a great event it was! Last week I felt so proud of our community! Okmulgee’s city workers worked their butts off to bring us an event that I think everyone is looking forward to having again, and it was VERY well-attended. I’ve heard estimates of there being around four thousand spectators. The food trucks served until they ran out of food, and our other vendors were swamped. What an awesome problem to have! My guess is the next Air Fest will have even more Okmulgee citizens, and out-of-towners, in attendance.

I think this event exemplified ‘Okmulgee Rising’, and also pointed to the progressive-mindedness of our City Councilors, Mayor, and City Manager. The Chamber of Commerce and Main Street both had a HUGE hand in helping to pull it off as well. Our community is at its best when we’re working together and creating more opportunities and exciting experiences for our citizens.

Fri
06
Oct

Lighting the Path Ahead

The power of community-wide cooperation was on full display last Saturday at the Okmulgee Airport. Okmulgee AirFest soared above and beyond all expectations. It represented a coalition of numerous local groups and organizations that volunteered their time and resources to make it happen. While it’s difficult to single out the efforts of one person, I’d like to acknowledge Bruce Force who was at the center of it all. A longtime OSUIT employee and Okmulgee Airport Board Member, Bruce accepted the assignment of chairing this enormous project and deserves much credit for its success. Too humble a person to admit it himself, so I’ll say it for him... “Bruce, you did a fantastic job and made us all very proud!” 

 

Q: What did people think about the air show? 

Wed
04
Oct

Night at the Orpheum - Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Brings Laughs and Thrills

 

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is packed full of the same charm and wit of the first one, but seems to fall flat when it comes to the plot. Eggsy, Taron Egerton, is faced with an even more ruthless villain, Poppy, who takes out the Kingsman as part of her plot to take the drug cartel business into the spotlight. 

The original wackiness of the first Kingsman movie makes a reappearance at the sacrifice of a logical plot.  The action, humor and characters are held to a standard and were forced to meet the expectations that were set by the first movie. Audience members will still be delighted with the over the top action sequences and ridiculous characters.

Fri
29
Sep

Refuge Raccoon’s Words on Wildlife

Autumnal Greetings

 

Change happens gradually……Last Friday marked the Autumn Equinox, the fading of summer into fall.  For those who pay close attention to nature, the coming of the new season has been evident for a while now. The sun has begun to fall into the earth earlier in the evening, the forest becoming cloaked in darkness each afternoon a little sooner than the afternoon before. In the morning, instead of looking east over the Cussetah Bottoms and watching the sunrise I can still see the slight glow of Morris against deep, dark skies. 

Fri
29
Sep

Lighting the Path Ahead

And the winner is…the community of Okmulgee! Last Tuesday evening, at the Okmulgee Community Center, nearly 170 people showed up to take part in the annual Food for Thought event. As in the previous year, this event was aligned with the Okmulgee Mural Project to allow public input for public art. The goal of the evening was to select a professional muralist, by popular vote, who would then be commissioned by OSU Institute of Technology to deliver an original work of art in the form of an outdoor mural on the Grand Old Post Office Student Housing Complex in downtown Okmulgee.   

 

Q: Which artist won at the Food for Thought event?

 

Fri
29
Sep

What’s going to happen downtown?

That’s the ‘nice’ version of the question I’ve heard a lot around our community over the past couple of weeks. It’s no secret now that 102 Ristorante and Morty’s have both closed, and if you happened to be downtown last weekend it was quite a different atmosphere. People are saying lots of different things, so I thought I’d throw in my two cents as well.

Dwight Beard and Justin Pollard, despite whatever personal opinions people may have about them, have no doubt been a huge part of ‘Okmulgee Rising’ and their businesses have brought an influx of economic activity to our downtown. These guys are obviously great at what they do. When I wanted to meet someone for lunch it was nearly always at 102 Ristorante or Morty’s, and they kept our square packed on the weekends. Living above their restaurants has been a challenge to our pocket book (because we want to eat there soooo much), and I’ll miss having them around!

Wed
27
Sep

Night at the Orpheum- Lego Ninjago

Lego Ninjago brings

 laughs to all ages

 

 

The third installment in the LEGO-centered movies is another smash hit. The LEGO Ninjago Movie is as fun and wacky as its predecessor, The Lego Movie (2014), and is sure to leave both parents and children entertained. 

The LEGO Ninjago Movie is centered around 16-year-old Lloyd, voiced by Dave Franco, who is disliked by all of Ninjago because his dad being the super villain Garmadon. Lloyd and his five ninja friends must fight his father and stop him from destroying their home- Ninjago. 

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