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Vizavance screening Wilson Elementary students on Monday

Vizavance, formerly known as Prevent Blindness Oklahoma, will be visiting Wilson Elementary School on Monday, Oct. 16 to provide free vision screenings. 

“Twenty five percent of school-aged children have an undiagnosed vision problem and 40 percent of children who fail an initial vision screening do not receive appropriate followup care,” President/CEO for Vizavance Dianna Bonfiglio said. 

Vivavance is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing children’s education through better vision. Throughout the 2015-2016 school year, Vizavance screened over 300,000 children in Oklahoma. Catching vision problems early on can help students academically and Vizavance provides children six months to seniors in high school with the opportunity to correct their vision. 

“Many children will improve academically with vision correction,” Bonfiglio said. 

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13
Oct

Orpheum celebrates 97th anniversary on Historic Theatres Day

Okmulgee’s Orpheum Theatre and owner John McConnel celebrated its 97th Anniversary Tuesday, which also was Historic Theatres Day for the entire country. Free tours of the building were given and guests  received a complimentary serving of popcorn.   At the evening showing, two patrons were admitted 

for the price of one. Helping backstage at the Orpheum are Lydia Jackson, Anya Jackson, Mark Hess and Brice Watson.

(Anthony Nieto/Times Staff)

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13
Oct

Wheat growers seek federal assistance for international markets

By Brian Brus 

The Journal Record

OKLAHOMA CITY – The presidential administration’s approach to international wheat trade is straining the patience of Oklahoma farmers, said Joe Neal Hampton, executive director of the Oklahoma Wheat Growers Association. 

“We are just not competitive anymore in the world market,” Hampton said. “The Russians and Black Sea area have been killing us. We’ve become a residual supplier to the world, and we’ve got to have some way to move our wheat out of the U.S. or just stop growing it. Something has got to change.” 

The National Association of Wheat Growers and U.S. Wheat Associates trade groups issued a joint statement urging the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to shift attention to new trade deals and to do it quickly. 

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13
Oct

Youth Leadership Oklahoma Accepting Applications for Class 18

Leadership Oklahoma, a statewide leadership program, is now accepting applications for its 2018 Youth Leadership Oklahoma (YLOK) class which will be held June 3-8, 2018. Applicants must be high school juniors or home schooled equivalent with at least a 3.25 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

Applications can be downloaded from www.leadershipoklahoma.com or requested by calling 405.848.0001 or emailing lstone@leadershipoklahoma.com.

 Completed applications must be received in the Leadership Oklahoma office, located at  5500 N. Western, Suite 142, Oklahoma City, OK 73118, no later than 5 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 5. 

Fri
13
Oct

Natura Baptist hold rummage sale, community event

The Natura Rummage Sale events have been a huge success.  The crowds came all day long,  shopped and ate, then shopped some more. The members of Natura smoked brisket, pork shoulder, bologna, tenderloin, beans and biscuits.  They made potato salads, pasta salads, tabouli, macaroni & cheese and broccoli salad.  Desserts came from everywhere. The event originally started as a clothing drive and was held on the first Saturday of October. The church decided one day wasn't enough and started doing it the first three Saturdays in October to give more of thec ommunity a chance to make it.  Natura does accept donations of left over garage sale items for their annual event.  If you have a donation, call Gae Mathis 918-557-6803 for arrangement. Don’t forget you have a chance to come this Saturday, Oct.14th from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Everything is free and lots of new stuff has been added.  

Fri
13
Oct

County approves agenda items during session

 

The cost for the new courthouse doors has been finalized.

The new doors will cost around $26,000. A cost breakdown has been requested by Sheriff Eddy Rice. Once that is available, the project will go to bidding. 

In other county related news, the following wereapproved:

•Purchase Orders – Auto Zone in District 2 in the amount of $250, O'Reilly Auto Parts in District 2 in the amount of $250 and Unifirst Holdings in District 2 in the amount of $700.

•CDBG funding for Winchester Streets. There is between 12-15 miles of road in the city of Winchester and much of it needs to be repaired in some way. 

•Reimbursement claim for expenditures for the District Attorney's Office for the month of September in the amount of $398.06.

•Reimbursement claim for Election Board Secretary's salary for the month of September in the amount of $3,476.41.

 

 

Fri
13
Oct

FFFCU celebrates Credit Union Difference on ICU Day Oct. 19

First Family Federal Credit Union (FFFCU), on Oct. 19, along with more than 56,000 credit unions around the world, will celebrate International Credit Union Day, and the foundational principles that make credit unions unique. 

Join the celebration at their annual Open House event on Thursday,  from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be refreshments and FFFCU promotional giveaways at your nearest location. 

First Family celebrates ICU Day because it believes the not-for-profit structure and people-first principles of credit unions make them the ideal financial partners for all people. This year’s ICU Day theme is “Dreams Thrive Here,” a celebration of how credit unions help people achieve their biggest goals in life.

On International Credit Union Day, FFFCU joins the more than 217 million credit union members around the world in celebrating the people-first principles that have helped lift people out of poverty and strengthen communities all over the globe. 

Fri
13
Oct

Bonnie Wade named Volunteer of the Year

Bonnie Wade has been a much-valued VITA Volunteer at Deep Fork Community Action Foundation, Inc. for the past years (2013-2017). Throughout that time, Wade has devoted 1,774 hours of her time in helping to prepare 4,757 tax returns totaling $2,547,827 in Federal and State refunds.

When the lead staff member became unexpectly absent for an extended period during the 2016 tax season, Wade dutifully and willingly took the helm of the VITA Tax program and ensured that the community member's needs were met.  Wade has gone beyond the call in helping community members with extreme tax difficulties, and has prepared up to five-year's work of returns for those who have been in jeopardy of losing professional licensures, property, or in danger of being issued a tax warrant.  

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13
Oct

OSUIT Visual Communications alum next Featured Artist in Conoco Gallery

OSUIT alum Dean Wilhite will feature an art exhibition in the Conoco Gallery at OSUIT Oct. 19-Dec. 15.

Dean Wilhite learned very early he was good at art and that he liked being the best at it.

“When I was in kindergarten, I remember being competitive in art. I discovered it was something I could do,” said Wilhite.

While in high school at Putnam City, he started attending a vocational school and taking commercial art classes.

“My instructor there suggested going to Okmulgee to OSU. He said that was the place to go if you wanted to go into this business,” he said.

Wilhite said attending OSU Institute of Technology was such a different educational experience than he had ever had before.

“It was such a big new thing where that’s all I had to do— art and design,” he said. “It was fun to be around all these creative people who were in the same spot I was. It was pretty awesome to be in art class all day.”

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13
Oct

Muscogee Nation Mvskoke Language Program to receive Dream Keepers Award

The Greater Tulsa Area Indian Affairs Commission (GTAIAC) has selected the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Mvskoke Language Program as the 2017 Perry Aunko Indigenous Language Preservation Award recipient to be given at the 20th Annual Dream Keepers Awards Banquet on Nov. 7, at the OU Schusterman Campus in Tulsa.

 According to the GTAIAC, this award acknowledges American Indian community members who are committed to the continuation of the living languages of American Indian peoples. The award also reflects the perspective of its namesake's commitment to not only the preservation of indigenous languages but to the indigenous way of life. By ensuring the continuation of an indigenous language, the original instructions given to a people by the Creator is honored, and their culture, heritage, and tradition are maintained by such efforts.

MCN Mvskoke Language Program Manager Judy Montiel said she is glad that the department’s preservation efforts have not gone unnoticed.

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