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23
Feb

Cook’s Classic Fight Night Pro Boxing

Michael Bowie

Former NFL player Michael Bowie to make debut at event in Okmulgee on March 3

Fri
23
Feb

OHS students helping Okmulgee Humane Society

Several Okmulgee High School students have been involved in a project to help the Okmulgee Humane Society. Volunteers are always needed at the shelter to help getting pets adopted and just regular feeding and care for the animals. Participating in the project are  Riley Alexander, Trenton LeGrand, Alex Griffin, Kheldonnie Forthman, Kenny Scott, and Naudia Lane. The students encourage citizens to check out the shelter for a pet and volunteer time to assist if able to do so. Pictured are some of the pets this week at the shelter.

 

FYI - Sweetheart adoptions continue until Feb. 28. All dogs and cats in foster care for over a year can be adopted for only $35. All in foster care for less than a year will get a discount of $30 off the normal fee. All of these pets are spayed or neutered, up to date on vaccinations, heart worm tested, dewormed and on flea and heart worm preventative. 

Fri
23
Feb

Mother arrested on child neglect, trespassing complaints

By KAITLYN DILLARD

Times Staff Writer

 

The Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Offices arrested 28 year old Brooke Deerinwater of Tulsa for Child Neglect as well as Trespassing last Thursday. 

Investigators were at the Wal-Mart in Okmulgee looking for a suspect in an unrelated matter when they discovered two children, aged one and 10, unattended in a vehicle in the Wal-Mart parking lot. 

Upon further investigation, it was discovered that Deerinwater had left her children unattended for over 40 minutes while she was inside the store attempting to shoplift.

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Fri
23
Feb

OSUIT student designs Okmulgee’s sesquicentennial logo

Erico Smith, a visual communications student at OSUIT, was chosen as the winner for designing the official logo of Okmulgee’s 150th anniversary – our sesquicentennial.

The year 2018 marks Okmulgee’s 150th anniversary, its sesquicentennial, and OSU Institute of Technology is joining with other community organizations in the celebration. 

School of Visual Communications students, in an advertising class, worked for about three weeks last semester creating a visual identity to commemorate the anniversary of the city’s formation. 

At the beginning of the spring semester they presented their logo designs to the Okmulgee Sesquicentennial Committee comprised of representatives from Okmulgee Times, City of Okmulgee, Okmulgee Main Street, Okmulgee Chamber of Commerce, Okmulgee Tourism, the Muscogee Creek Nation, OSUIT, and the Okmulgee Area Development Corporation.

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Fri
23
Feb

Preston Pirate Performance Team seeks help to travel to championship competition

Preston Schools began the jump rope program in 2012 and since then the group has performed at many venues. The team has performed at games for the  OKC Thunder, Oklahoma State Cowboys and Cowgirls, Tulsa University Golden Hurricanes, Tulsa Oilers, Tournament of Champions and many other parades, festivals and more.

Two years ago, Oklahoma began an annual jump rope competition held in Seminole. Preston has  brought home the title of "best overall" both years.

Now, they are eager to take the next step by competing in the World Jump Rope Competition held in Orlando, Florida, according to coaches Vicky Graham and Trish Skupien.

The World Jump Rope Championship (WJRCC) brings together the best athletes from around the globe and attracts thousands of spectators. 

Fri
23
Feb

RSU Theatre to produce play of local author

Wesley Coburn

A one-act play by Okmulgee County resident Wesley Coburn will be produced by the Rogers State University.

The RUS Theatre Program, operated by the Departments of English and Communications, is producing Coburn’s work called Texaco Mornings, as part of their Original Recipe series.

The Original Recipe series showcases work by RSU students, faculty and alumni, with casts and crews made up largely of students, faculty and staff.  

Coburn, from Beggs, graduated from RSU in May 2017 with a B.A. in English, minoring in Radio/TV Communications and Creative Writing. 

A one-act play has no act breaks, and can run anywhere from fifteen minutes to over an hour, generally using only one location. Half an hour is a typical runtime.

“I really like the premise of this play, it’s oddly relatable,” beta reader Susan Fenrich, a Northeastern State theater graduate, said. “It’s intriguing, and the characters hooked me.”

Fri
23
Feb

Threats land local man in jail

Steve Cates

By PATRICK FORD

Times Editor

 

 A bond of $310,000 has been set for an Okmulgee man arrested for allegedly making threats against an Oklahoma lawmaker.

According to the Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office, the incident occured on Feb. 15. Investigators say Steven Cates, 60, entered the sheriff’s office to inquire about security measures for a public forum featuring Oklahoma State Senator Roger Thompson that was scheduled at a nearby venue.

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Fri
23
Feb

Stand-off subject jailed on four complaints

Edward Jacome

By PATRICK FORD

Times Editor

 

Investigators are still sorting out details in a standoff Tuesday near Dewar that resulted in the arrest of a man on several complaints.

The incident began around 11:20 a.m. Feb. 20 at a residence in the 26000 block of Bartlett Road, east of Dewar.

Sheriff Eddy Rice said that a domestic incident being investigated at the residents turned into a situation where children were involved. Due to the unknown details as to what was going on inside the resident, the Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office called in a response team from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol to assist.

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Fri
23
Feb

Child predator sting nets arrest

Lawrence Clayton

By PATRICK FORD

Times Editor

 

An Okmulgee man was jailed this week, accused of using the internet to solicit sex from a minor.

The arrested stemmed from an investigation of the Okmulgee Police Department.

Chief Joe Prentice said the OPD has been involved in an online investigation in order to identify child predators.

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Fri
23
Feb

Creative students showcasing talent in 2nd year program

OHS students enjoy new opportunity to show creativity.
(Patrick Ford/Times Editor)

 

 

By PATRICK FORD

Times Editor 

 

Okmulgee High School students are bringing out their talents in a program that is now in its second year.

Lucky Burney is the instructor for the Animation class at OHS. The program helps students write and create animated products whether it be instructional or for class work.

In early 2017, Terry Thoren, CEO of Wonder Media, visited Okmulgee High School to address the Okmulgee student body after several tragedies in the community. 

Thoren was the former CEO of Klasky Csupo, Inc., the company that produced the Rugrats, The Wild Thornberrys and Rocket Power for Nickelodeon. 

Wonder Media’s flagship product, Wonder Media Story Maker™, has been credited with transformational effects on students within the district since its implementation.   

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