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Fri
20
Jul

Fun takes flight at Summer Reading Program

Spike from Raptors Keep is pictured here with an eurasian eagle-owl, one of the largest species of owls in the world.
(Jessie Brydges/Times Staff Writer)

By JESSIE BRYDGES

Times Staff Writer

 

Raptors Keep with the Royal Gauntlet Birds of Prey performed at the Okmulgee Library for the second to last summer reading program of the year.

This year, the group brought 10 birds to the summer reading program. The youngest of the birds was a  kestrel that was just a few weeks old and still covered in baby bird fluff. Along with two kestrals, the group also brought four harris hawks, a red tailed hawk, an altai saker falcon, a gyrfalcon/aplamado falcon hybrid and one of the largest species of owls, the Eurasian eagle-owl. All animals were displayed to the attending audience while still tethered to their handlers. 

Raptors Keep and the Royal Gauntlet Birds of Prey showed the might of the birds, allowing hawks to fly over the heads of the children from handler to handler. 

Fri
20
Jul

Graduation ceremony held for OSUIT, Muscogee Creek Nation Adult Learning Centers

Members of the graduating class are pictured above. At left, Barbara Dunn and Brandee Beaver of the Muscogee Nation Employment and Training Administration with graduates George Poctor and Michael Rabbit. Below, front row from left are Curtis Bryant, Birch Crockett V, Shawnna Tarvin, William York, Valerie Burleigh, Kristy Dewitt, and Cadence Terry. Back row are Megan Whittenberg and Vickie Jones, Career Managers,
WIOA Eastern (Workforce, Innovation & Opportunity Act) for Okmulgee County.
(Patrick Ford/Times Editor)

By PATRICK FORD

Times Editor

 

It was an exciting day last Thursday for the latest graduates of the Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology and Muscogee Creek Nation Adult Learning Center.

For many of the students, the journey to obtain their General Education Degree has been long and arduous. But the work paid off for them as they were able, through long hours of study and assistance, obtain their certificate.

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Fri
20
Jul

A week that shapes a lifetime

Two county students learn importance of government at Boys State

 

By Kaitlyn Dillard

Times Staff Writer

 

A week of marching, strict schedules, and writing legislation must seem daunting, yet Beggs High School student Aaron Adams and Okmulgee High School student Ryan McCoy found themselves participating in the 2018 Boys State - and loved it. 

Sponsored by the Okmulgee American Legion Post, Ryan and Aaron spent the week with other like-minded students from across Oklahoma. Inspired by those around them, Aaron and Ryan took a week out of their summer vacation to attend Boys State. 

“What initially inspired me to go to Boys State was coming here and having the meeting with all the American Legion members,” Aaron said. “I had come before I went to Boys State and they had explained to me the experience and all the knowledge that I was going to gain, and it really inspired me.”

Fri
20
Jul

Council renews support agreements

By KAITLYN DILLARD

Times Staff Writer

 

The Okmulgee City Council voted to renew annual agreements with several key organizations throughout Okmulgee, including the Okmulgee Chamber of Commerce and Okmulgee Main Street. The City of Okmulgee provides support to Okmulgee Chamber of Commerce, Okmulgee Main Street and KI BOIS Community Action Foundation, Inc. 

“This a yearly thing,” City Manager Roger Ballenger said to council members. “We have several on the agenda tonight.” 

The first annual agreement considered by city council members was the decision on whether to continue participation in the Oklahoma Main Street Program. Councilman Javier Ramirez requested to hear firsthand reports from Okmulgee Main Street Executive Director Heather Sumner on what Okmulgee Main Street has accomplished over the year. 

Fri
20
Jul

Long-time investigator Robert Frost retires from DA’s office

Robert Frost

By KAITLYN DILLARD

Times Staff Writer

 

Deputy Investigator Robert Frost is hanging up his badge at the District Attorney’s office and will be retiring after 28 years in law enforcement. Though Frost is retiring from the DA’s Violent Crime Task Force, he’s decided not to spend his time fishing or hunting but will be taking on the mantle of Morris Police Chief. 

After growing up with his dad as a police officer, Frost was inspired to follow in his foot steps, leading to a career in law enforcement.  

“My dad was a police officer in the city of Checotah and was eventually the police chief,” Frost said. “I grew up living in a house, like I said, where dad was an officer.”

Despite eventually following in his dad’s footsteps, Frost took on a construction job after graduating high school. An injury would put a hold on his career in construction, but Frost was discontent with not doing anything. 

Fri
20
Jul

A Lofty Project

By PATRICK FORD

Times Editor

 

A $2 million housing project is currently underway in downtown Okmulgee.

The former home of Harlan Ford at 6th and Muskogee is undergoing a total renovation to bring 33 new one and two-bedroom apartments to the area.

Dean West of West Construction updated attendees at Talk Lokal on Wednesday about the project that is causing lots of excitement.

“I love Okmulgee,”  West said in his opening remarks. “I love to see the energy and the turnaround. What you are doing here, you should give yourself a round of applause.”

The John M. Moore building was constructed in the 1920s and since 1951, was in the Harlan family, housing their car dealership for years. 

With the building of a new home on Highway 75, the building has sat empty for several years.

Thu
19
Jul

Stepmother jailed after death of young child

Brenda Clark is being held on a complaint of Child Abuse
with Injury.

$100,000 bond set for Brenda Clark 

By KAITLYN DILLARD

Times Staff Writer

 

An Okmulgee woman is being held on $100,000 bond in a case of Child Abuse with Injury.

The Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call Monday about an unresponsive 2-year-old child that was discovered by stepmother Brenda Clark, 26. The child was transported to Okmulgee Hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

The Office of the Medical Examiner discovered injuries consistent with child abuse including fractured ribs and skull. According to the pathologist, the injuries appear to have occurred several days ago possibly as much as two weeks. 

Officers contacted Clark, who agreed to submit to an interview, but would not tell officer’s the circumstances surrounding the 2-year-old’s death, court documents said. 

Wed
18
Jul

Rylee Rose Allen turns 1

Rylee Rose Allen celebrated her 1st birthday on July 7. She is the daughter of Skyler and Casey Allen of Okmulgee. Grandparents are John and Daniyelle Hensley of Preston, Jeff and Tara Allen of Okmulgee, and Billy Gartrell of Van Buren, Ark.  She is the great granddaughter of Bill and Mary Pearson of Okmulgee and Tom and Wanda Hensley of Preston.

 

Wed
18
Jul

Ann Volz is New Okmulgee Rotary Club President

(Page Hayden/Rotary Club)

Rachelle Parker, District Administrator; Lynn Fesperman, Assistant District Governor; Ann Volz, President of Okmulgee Rotary Club; and Jayne Lowe, District Governor visited the local Rotary Club this week. Jayne shared the District’s message for the new year, which is “Together we connect; together we inspire, together we transform.”  She encouraged club growth through being involved and being visible in our community.  For anyone interested in learning more about Rotary, meetings are the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month in the basement of the library from noon to 1 p.m. or visit them on Facebook.                           

 

Wed
18
Jul

Beautification project underway at fairgrounds

New trees, shrubs planted at facility entrance

By PATRICK FORD

Times Editor

 

Members of the Green Fingers Garden Club and helpers were busy last week adding new life around the new sign and entrance for the Okmulgee County Fairgrounds.

Landscaping Project Committee Chair Hazel Rissler has been working over the past year to get some curb appeal to the area. The group used low-maintenance trees and plants that thrive in Oklahoma's climate. With help from the community and other donors, trees, shrubs, and mulch were purchased.

“We believe that making the fairgrounds more attractive will encourage people to attend events and to schedule even more events using these great facilities,” Rissler said.

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