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Veterans work to preserve historic cemetery

(Above right) Charles Otto, Thoma Terry and Steve Sigmon standing next to a veteran who was in the 149th Illinois Infantry, which dates back to the Civil War Era around 1865.

By KAITLYN DILLARD

Times Staff Writer

 

Members of American Legion Post 10 devoted their Thursday afternoon to protecting history. 

Steve Sigmon, Charles Otto and Thoma Terry spent the afternoon straightening the bases and resetting headstones in the cemetery located on 13th street near the Okmulgee YMCA. 

One of the oldest cemeteries in Okmulgee, the Morton Street Cemetery is off the beaten path, hidden behind trees and grassy hills. The headstones in the cemetery date back to around the 1900s with some even dating back to the Civil War Era. Most of the headstones in the cemetery were falling over or had shifted over the years.

Sigmon, Otto and Terry worked together to straighten the bases, lifting the stones with a tractor to replace some of the misplaced dirt with gravel. Some of the headstones they fixed were three tiers high. 

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25
Apr

Okmulgee Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Bounce Smart

Okmulgee Chamber of Commerce Welcomes  Bounce Smart

Inflated at the opening of Bounce Smart, owner Chelsea Smart, along with her daughter Abigail Smart, cuts the ribbon on their new storefront, located at 500A W. 6th Street. Pictured from left are Ambassador Jim Martin, Chamber Executive Director Kay Rabbitt-Brower, Julie Roberds, Ambassador Grant and Star Griffin, Abigail Smart, Ambassador David Fetgatter, Owner Chelsea Smart, Anthony Nieto, Main Street Executive Director Heather Sumner, Ambassador Ann Volz, Ambassador Dana Martin. On the slide Liam and Malikai Daniels.
(Kaitlyn Dillard/Times Staff)

 Bounce Smart was recently opened in Okmulgee by Chelsea Smart. 

Bounce Smart of Oklahoma is the largest party supply company in Okmulgee County. They offer a large selection of inflatables with nearly 60 inflatable options available. Bounce Smart LLC is a family owned and operated party rental business, licensed, insured and inspected by the Oklahoma Department of Labor.

 They are currently building a Party Room and Inflatable Play Room for persons who want to have their party at the Okmulgee location.

They offer delivery to the Tulsa, Okmulgee, Eufaula, Stigler, Oklahoma City and Muskogee areas. 

Wed
25
Apr

OSUIT Spring graduates prepare for next chapter

Terry May, founder of MESA, gave his remarks during OSUIT’s spring commencement.

Nearly 200 graduates from OSU Institute of Technology walked into Covelle Hall Friday afternoon as students, but left as young professionals prepared to join the workforce as OSUIT’s 209th graduating class closed one chapter and began a new one.   

The gym was packed with friends, family and OSUIT faculty and staff Friday, April 20. The ending of this trimester marked a time for each student to reflect during the ceremony how attending OSUIT has made a positive impact on them, whether providing a greater quality of life, or giving them a second chance in life to do something truly great. 

Terry May, featured speaker for the commencement gave an inspiring speech, discussing his success in life and the hard work that comes with it. May is the founder of MESA, a Tulsa-based company that provides services and material distribution specializing in corrosion control and pipeline integrity solutions.

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25
Apr

Azbell, Killebrew graduate from Leadership Oklahoma 31 program

Okmulgee County residents Christopher Azbell and Larry Killebrew are recent graduates of the Leadership Oklahoma Class 31. They joined 48 other Oklahomans who attended issues-oriented sessions during the nine-month program in Lawton, Norman, McAlester, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Durant, Enid and Guymon.  Topics for 2017-2018 included state government, energy, education, water, military issues, tribal government, agriculture, economic development, human services and the criminal justice system. 

“The graduates of Class 31 are a talented, diverse group of leaders who will work with the Leadership Oklahoma Network to develop real solutions to make Oklahoma a better state through their involvement in state issues and leadership in the private, public and nonprofit sectors,” Marion Paden, President and CEO of Leadership Oklahoma, said. “We look forward to their continued involvement and growing commitment to move our state forward.”

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25
Apr

Vickie Jones receives Donna Nigh Award for Public Service

From left DHS Communications Director Sheree Powell, Vickie Jones, and former Oklahoma First Lady Donna Nigh.

By PATRICK FORD

Times Editor

 

Okmulgee native Vickie Jones has received a state award for her volunteer efforts.

Jones received the Donna Nigh Award for Public Service during a recent awards banquet in Oklahoma City.

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) Office of Community and Faith Engagement (OCFE) hosted its 35th annual Volunteer and Community Partner Recognition Awards Ceremony on April 18 at the Oklahoma History Center. 

The award that Jones received is named after former Oklahoma First Lady Donna Nigh. The honor is awarded a person or group that dramatically improves the quality of life for Oklahomans in need.

 Nigh spent more than 40 years advocating for Oklahomans with disabilities.

Jones was recognized for her advocacy for children with disabilities in Okmulgee. 

Wed
25
Apr

Creek Nation to hold Creekchella May 5

Event to raise awareness for mental health

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Behavioral Health Services and Mvskoke Youth Services are hosting Creekchella, a music festival centered around mental health, on Saturday, May 5, at the Claude Cox Omniplex.

 The event is geared towards young individuals 12 years and up, but is open to all ages at no cost. Starting at 2 p.m., Creekchella will have a wide variety of activities including a photobooth, scavenger hunt, kickball tournament, yoga, and several arts and crafts. 

The music portion of the festival kicks of at 2:30 p.m.  with Okmulgee native Calvin McGriff opening the show. McGriff will be followed by Muskogee-based artist Ahna Jennings at 4 p.m., another Okmulgee artist Zalta at 5:30 p.m., Weston Horn and the Hush at 7 p.m. and headliner Josh Sallee going on at 8:30 p.m. 

Those interested in attending Creekchella can register for a free ticket at creekchella.eventbrite.com

Wed
25
Apr

Free movie day for kids on May 11

 

Okmulgee area children ages 5 and up are invited to a free movie showing on Friday, May 11.

The Orpheum Theatre, Okmulgee Main Street and Dunbar All-School Association, invites youth to a showing of the movie “Mask.” 

It is a true story about a 16-year-old who had to deal with ridicule because of a rare facial disease.

Attendees should be present by 1:45 p.m. with the movie beginning at 2 p.m. The movie is free, however, money is needed to make purchases at the concession stand.

 

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25
Apr

Outdoor fitness court opens Friday

The National Fitness Campaign (NFC) Fitness Court will officially open Friday in downtown Okmulgee.

A ribbon cutting and launch party will be held from 1-2 p.m. at the court, located at 203 E. 6th Street, directly north of The LOKal.

The outdoor fitness court will utilize bodyweight circuit training systems to promote exercise within Okmulgee.  The movements range from squats, push ups, to lunges. The workouts associated with the fitness courts are progressive and variable, working with all levels of athleticism. A mobile app is also available, allowing those who visit the fitness courts to customize workouts. 

A fitness court challenge will be held and those wishing to participate can register at nationalfitnesscampaign.com/challengeme.

The Okmulgee facility is the only outdoor fitness court in Oklahoma.

 

Wed
25
Apr

County presented information on opiod lawsuit

By JESSIE BRYDGES

Times Staff Writer

 

Ken Privett and Brad Barron on behalf of the Morgan and Morgan Law Firm, were at the Okmulgee Board of County Commissioners meeting on Monday to give a presentation concerning Okmulgee County and the upcoming opioid litigation. 

Several counties in Oklahoma, including the Muskogee Creek Nation, have filed lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors for their part in creating the epidemic currently being experienced. Privett and Barron were at the meeting to answer questions about the upcoming litigation and to offer their services to Okmulgee County. 

To view the remainder of this article, please visit our subscriber page.

 

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25
Apr

Jury convicts Georgia man on drug charges

12-year sentence recommended for Cinque Ahmad Gadson 

By PATRICK FORD

Times Editor

 

A Georgia man has been convicted on drug charges after a jury trial last week in Okmulgee County district court.

A jury returned a guilty verdict and recommended a sentence of 12 years in prison and a $20,000 fine in the case against Cinque Ahmad Gadson, 41. 

Gadson was convicted of Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute. The decision came after a four-day jury trial presided over by Judge Cynthia Pickering.

To view the remainder of this article, please visit our subscriber page.Sentencing is scheduled for May 17 at 1:30 p.m.

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