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Fri
18
Aug

County schools issue Child Find notices

Beggs Schools

Child Find is a public awareness activity to locate, evaluate and identify children ages 3 through 21 years of age who may have disabilities defined under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). A child with a disability means a child evaluated and determined eligible for special education and related services in accordance with IDEA under the following categories:

Autism, Deaf-Blindness, Deaf or Hearing Impairment, Emotional Disturbance, Intellectual Disabilities, Multiple Disabilities, Orthopedic Impairment, Other Heath Impairment, Specific Learning Disability, Speech or Language Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury, Visual Impairment and Developmental Delay. 

Fri
18
Aug

Michelle Brown named as Baptist Village Resident Service Coordinator

Baptist Village would like to welcome Michelle Brown as their Resident Service Coordinator. 

Brown was born in California, raised in southern New Mexico, but Oklahoma has been home for the past 40 years. She worked in banking for 28 years before becoming a legislative advocate.

 For the past 11 years, Brown and the OK team have advocated in Washington, D.C. for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, fighting for continued funding of cancer research, preventative testing and the voices of those diagnosed with cancer. 

She and her husband Michael have been married almost 40 years and are blessed to have two daughters, two grandsons and two granddaughters. 

Brown’s mother lived at Baptist Village until her passing and she has been the leader of the Baptist Village Support Team for the past three years. During this time, she has shown her love and passion towards the residents here. 

Fri
18
Aug

Nuyaka Bridge now open for traffic

By PATRICK FORD

Okmulgee Times Editor

 

“For me, this has been a long time coming,” 

Those words from Okmulgee County District 2 Commissioner Robert Hardridge summed up his satisfaction in finally having the Nuyaka Bridge project complete.

Though open for drivers to use for several weeks, Hardridge used Tuesday’s gathering to thank those working both behind the scenes and at the forefront of getting this project completed.

The commissioner opened the event by thanking his fellow board members, Ron Ballard and James Connors for their assistance along with former Senator and Okmulgee County Commissioner Roger Ballenger.

Efforts to replace the bridge began in 1989, though through the following years, numerous repairs were made to extend the life of the 120 foot structure. 

Fri
18
Aug

MCN Natural Resource Conservation Commission to hold election for Seat C Aug. 26th, filing period open

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Natural Resource Conservation Commission will hold a second Special Election to fill Seat C on Aug. 26.

The filing period for Seat C began Wednesday at 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. Aug. 22. The filing will be at the Office of the Commission at the MCN Natural Resource Conservation District, where the person filing must provide proof of qualification from the MCN Realty Department on the date of filing. Each person filing for the Commission Seat is referred to Title 37§3-101. Prohibition.

The commission held the first special election on July 19 at and elected Bob Davis to fill Seat B for the unexpired term ending April 19, 2019.

Seat C was filled by vote of the electors, however the elected declined to fill the seat. 

Seat C is for the unexpired term ending May 28, 2020.

Fri
18
Aug

Leaders take wait-and-see approach to solve budget woes

By Catherine Sweeney 

The Journal Record

 

OKLAHOMA CITY – In the week after the Oklahoma Supreme Court's decision to strike down a $215 million revenue measure, it is still uncertain how the state's highest-ranking officials plan to handle the fallout, but the picture became a little clearer. 

Despite dozens of calls for a special legislative session after the court ruling, top-ranking Republicans said that would be a last resort. The party's leaders announced they are weighing their options and that they plan to wait to see whether any other measures are overturned before deciding if a special legislative session is appropriate. The party has been in meetings at the Capitol this week to discuss the potential fallout. Onlookers' reactions ranged from political approval to fear for the lives of thousands of residents. 

Fri
18
Aug

Komatsu executive to address graduates at OSUIT commencement

Nearly 300 students will join the ranks of OSU Institute of Technology’s illustrious alumni following two graduation ceremonies Friday, Aug. 25, in Covelle Hall on the Okmulgee campus.

Students from the Schools of Arts & Sciences, Construction Technologies, Culinary Arts, Engineering Technologies, Information Technologies, Nursing & Health Sciences, and Visual Communications will graduate during the 2 p.m. event. 

Students from the Schools of Automotive Technologies, Diesel & Heavy Equipment, and Energy Technologies will graduate during the 7 p.m. ceremony.

The commencement speaker at both ceremonies will be Mike Hayes, director of distributor development for Komatsu America Corp., the U.S. subsidiary of Komatsu Ltd., the second largest manufacturer and supplier of earth-moving equipment in the world.

This is Hayes first time to speak at an OSUIT graduation, but he is no stranger to the ceremony.

Fri
18
Aug

School board holds special session

By JESSIE BRYDGES

Times Staff Writer

 

A special school board session was held Thursday at the Okmulgee Schools Administration Building. The meeting was held to discuss and consider action on several items pertaining to the new school year. 

The OJF organization has been approved to rent Harmon Stadium this fall pending an insurance update. 

The following was approved:

•An agreement with the Department of Rehabilitation Services for a student Work Study program.  This program will allow special needs  students at the high school to enter into a work study program. Several students have already expressed interest in the program. 

Fri
18
Aug

Okmulgee Times sets new office hours beginning Monday

The Okmulgee Times will begin new hours on Monday to better serve our customers.

Beginning Aug. 21, the office at 320 W. 6th will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Currently, business hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Many of our customers come in the early morning hours to place advertisements and conduct business,” General Manager Anthony Nieto said. “We are excited to serve the citizens of Okmulgee and we feel that these new hours will assist us in doing so.”

The new hours will soon be displayed on the front door with the Okmulgee Times logo to further offset confusion.

Fri
18
Aug

Countians named in federal indictment

By PATRICK FORD

Okmulgee Times Editor

 

Two Okmulgee County residents have been charged in federal court this week.

The United States Attorney’s Office announced the results of the August Federal Grand Jury.

Named in the indictment were Carol Lynn Been, 59 of  Henryetta.

She has been charged witih Credit Union Theft, Embezzlement and Misapplication.

The indictment alleges from 2014 until June 18, Carol Lynn Been, an employee of OSUIT Federal Credit Union of Okmulgee,  “willfully misapplied, embezzled, abstracted, and purloined more than $1,000 of the moneys, funds, assets or securities entrusted to the custody or care of OSUIT Federal Credit Union of Okmulgee,  in that the defendant withdrew cash from the vault of the credit union and misapplied, embezzled, abstracted and purloined the funds.” 

Fri
18
Aug

Harlan Ford Holding Paper Drive for Okmulgee Schools

 

The Gene Lewellen Memorial Paper Drive is underway at Harlan Ford. This paper drive will continue through the end of the month and all donated paper will be given to Okmulgee Public Schools. The school district spends approximately $40,000 per year on paper. All donations will be accepted whether it’s a full box of paper or just a ream.  Any amount helps. With two full weeks to go, Fred Harlan is confident they can get plenty of paper. Pictured are Fred Harlan, Okmulgee School Superintendent Renee Dove and Mary Lewellen.                                                                (Staff photo by Jessie Brydges)

 

 

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