Okmulgee County News Source


MISS OKMULGEE COUNTY  IS 1ST RUNNER-UP
AT MISS OKLAHOMA PAGEANT
Miss Okmulgee County Georgia Frazier was named 1st runner-up at the Miss Oklahoma 2014 pageant held Saturday in Tulsa. Winning was  Alex Eppler, who entered the contest as Miss Enid. Frazier was a preliminary winner for night one of the competition in swimsuit. Sarah Klein, Miss Tulsa, is the second runner-up. The Miss Oklahoma pageant is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Tulsa and provides over $2 million in scholarships to contestants each year. The pageant was held at the Mabee Center on the ORU campus. Pictured are the top 5: 3rd Runner-up Jamie Butemeyer, 1st Runner-up Georgia Frazier, Miss Oklahoma 2014 Alex Eppler, 2nd Runner-up Sarah Klein and 4th Runner-up Jordan Smith. Frazier is also shown with Miss Oklahoma 2013 Kelsey Griswold receiving her preliminary night award.  She was also the winner of the Kiwanis Community Service Award and was Interview winner in her group.  Wade Hall is the director of the Miss Okmulgee County Pageant. See page 2a for information on Miss Okmulgee County’s Outstanding Teen.
(Photos courtesy of Miss Oklahoma America pageant)


Morris Municipal Candidate

Filings to begin Monday, June 16
Candidates for the office of City Clerk/Treasurer in Morris may file Declarations of Candidacy beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, June 16, 2014 through 5:00pm Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at the Okmulgee County Election Board office, said Ava Ridgeway, Secretary of the Election Board.
Contest period and last opportunity to withdraw as a candidate will end Friday June 20, 2014 at 5:00pm.
This municipal office will be filled in a nonpartisan Special Election scheduled August 26, 2014.
Candidates may pick up Declaration of Candidacy forms from our office any time prior to filing between 8:30 and 4:30pm or may download them from the Oklahoma State Election Board website.
Please call 918-756-2365 if you have questions or need forms.
In other Election Board news, there were no Contest of Candidacy and no Withdrawal of Candidacy filed for the Beggs city council offices.  Certification has been issued for Cindy Poyner, Ward 1 and Kenneth Fuqua, Ward 3, neither of whom drew an opponent.  
The election for Mayor of the City of Beggs will be held on August 26, 2014 and those candidates are:
Kathryn Bell
Burton Jones
OG 'Corky' Thompson



Communities of Care Expo
Event to celebrate spirit of families June 13th in Beggs

To celebrate local communities, the Communities of Care Coalition is hosting a forum this Friday to celebrate the strength and spirit of families.
The Communities of Care Family Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, June 13th, at the Beggs Event Center, 1201 W. 9th in Beggs.
There will be food, guest speakers, free local entertainment, resource booths and prize drawings.
The expo will help attendees learn to be the solution, learn about resources, use your gifts and talents, help a family in need, support our neighbors and create healthy families.
Transportation assistance is available by call 405-380-7763.
Participating organizations include:
• Okmulgee Health Department
• Creek Nation
• CREOKS Behavioral Health
• Okmulgee County Wellness Coalition
• OSUIT
• OKDHS
• Beggs Public Schools
• Office of Juvenile Affairs
• Beggs Head Start
• Oklahoma Family Network
• Turning Point
• Caring Community Friends
• Anne Moroney Youth Services
• Evolution Foundation
• East Central Oklahoma Family Health Center... and more
For more information contact Samantha Bowman at 918-75209024 or Samantha.bowman@creoks.org
Booth space is still available. To reserve call 918-752-9024.
Contact Angel Ellis to register at 405-380-773 or online at www.eventbrite.com/e/communities-of-care-family-expo-tickets-11603798273
Visit them on FACEBOOK at www.facebook.com/OKCommunitiesofcare or Twitter @OKCOC.
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Communities of Care
An Oklahoma Systems of Care Initiative
With the restructuring of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS), a need was identified to promote a trauma-informed child and family serving system within Oklahoma as a way to reduce the number of children going into state custody and keep those children and youth already in custody in a safe and stable placement.  Of particular significance, DHS Region 4 was identified as having the highest percentage of youth in custody per capita in Oklahoma.  As such, additional funds were given to the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) Oklahoma Systems of Care to assist DHS with these endeavors.  While many collaborations, interventions, and trainings have been planned and are currently underway, six Community Forums have been scheduled to bring the business community, faith-based organizations, tribes, community partners and families together to bring back the idea that “it takes a village to raise a child.”  Six locations within DHS Region 4 have been identified as the sites for these community forums.


























Duane Cooks (center) returned to his native Okmulgee Saturday for a track meet at Harmon Field. The former Bulldog running back was shocked and delighted with all the major improvements to the facility. He joined other out-of-town visitors in praising all the improvements to the facilities.
(Staff photo by Herman Brown)


Harmon Field improvements
meet with glowing comments

Out-of-town visitors praise improvements to football stadium

By HERMAN BROWN
Okmulgee Times editor

Harmon Field played host to an all-day track and field meet on Saturday.
A large crowd packed into the historic stadium to watch the ‘Pick'em Up and Put'em Down Classic.’  
The Oklahoma Jaguars track club was at this same venue a couple of years ago. However, those who attended Saturday’s meet were shocked at the impressive improvements on display for the 2014 event.
The ultra-modern 9-lane track was a real eye-catcher for the crowds. So was the gleaming new artificial turf field. Also drawing attention was the sleek new track and field building directly across from the stands.
Hard work by Coach Dwight Pankey and others, including stadium employee Jim Bledsoe, put the facility in great shape. Their efforts made the stadium a showplace for the public to see.
“People have really bragged on this place,” said a proud Coach Pankey. “I have heard so many compliments about how nice everything looks and what a first-class facility we have here in Okmulgee.”
Voters in the school district made these improvements possible by passing a bond issue. The thought, at the time, was to remodel or improve all the facilities - creating a first-rate environment at every local venue. The football stadium ‘facelift’ is a major step in the overall improvements.
If the random comments on Saturday are any measure of the progress, the motto “Bulldogs Rising” is living up to the hype.
“Man, this is incredible,” said Duane Cooks. “The place looks great!”
Cooks’ remarks came while standing on the new turf in the west end zone. He gushed about Harmon Field and how much better it looks today. Cooks is a former Okmulgee Bulldog running back. He had a great sophomore season before moving to Duncan to finish his high school career.
“I was in the same class with Waylon Jones and Jeremy Rice,” he said. “Tom Condict was our coach. We had a really good football team back then.”
Cooks enjoyed a flood of memories of his old days at Harmon Field. However, he was quick to point out how much nicer it looks today.
“The whole place looks amazing,” he said.
Based upon all the positive feedback on Saturday, it is obvious that the money spend on Harmon Field was worth every cent.
“I was here the last time we (Oklahoma Jaguars) had a meet in Okmulgee,” a father from Bixby said. “I can’t believe the difference. This is first class all the way!”


Cycle wreck injures man on Saturday

Slick spot on Sharp Road
being blamed for accident

A slick spot on an otherwise dry road is being blamed for an injury motorcycle accident last weekend in Okmulgee County.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol identified the driver of the motorcycle as Billy White, 72 , of Castle, OK.
 According to the report, White was driving alone on a 1996 Kawasaki motorcycle. He crashed at 12:53 p.m. Saturday, June 7, on Sharp Road 1.1 miles north of 200 Road. He was negotiating a curve, hit a slick spot and departed the roadway to the right. White was ejected 14 feet from the motorcycle.
White was transported by Okmulgee County EMS to Okmulgee Memorial Hospital. He was then transported by Okmulgee County EMS to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, where he was admitted with neck, trunk internal and external and limb injuries. He was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
Trooper Scott Hart of troop B’s Okmulgee detachment investigated the accident. He was assisted by Okmulgee County Sheriff's office.
The OHP indicated the 2-lane undivided asphalt roadway was dry (except for the slick spot at the site of the accident). Speed in the curve was also listed as a cause of the accident.
 
Chris Freihofer appears in

TV drama Longmire

Okmulgee High graduate adds another

role to his impressive acting resume

By HERMAN BROWN
Okmulgee Times editor

Chris Freihofer made his latest acting performance Monday night in an episode of the LONGMIRE on the A&E channel.
“I play Alan Little in a few scenes,” Freihofer said prior to the broadcast. He was unable to provide any details of his role due to a non-disclosure agreement with the show. As it turns out that his character - Alan Little - has a major secret that is revealed late in the one-hour episode.
The episode ‘Of Children and Travelers’ is described this way: “Walt takes a look at the murder of a Russian adoptee whilst Henry has to deal with some trouble in jail.”
It will air on A&E on Sun, Jun 15 at 11:00 AM Eastern) - and again at 3:00 PM.
The series storyline of Longmire is a Wyoming sheriff who struggles to cope with his wife's death as he attempts to move on with his life and career. Based on the 'Walt Longmire' mystery novels by Craig Johnson.
The main cast includes Robert Taylor as Walt Longmire, Katee Sackhoff as Victoria "Vic" Moretti, Lou Diamond Phillips and Henry Standing Bear as Bailey Chase as Branch Connally and Cassidy Freeman as Cady Longmire.
In LONGMIRE, Freihofer’s role is once again someone not destined for “Father of the Year” honors.  
Back in Okmulgee, friends and fans enjoy keeping up with Freihofer’s successful acting career. One of his most impressive roles was in 2013 as sleazy attorney Dan Wachsberger in the groundbreaking TV series Breaking Bad.
Freihofer was initially cast in the role and expected to be on the set for filming of one episode. However, producers were impressed with his work and decided to write him into two additional episodes. He appeared in the episodes Gliding Over All, Say My Name and Hazard Pay.
His mother, Wanda, watches most of his acting performances from her eastside Okmulgee home. However, she was not eager to see his final episode on Breaking Bad. His character is shown being stabbed to death in a jail facility.
In addition to his acting work, Freihofer stays ultra-busy as a casting director in Oklahoma. He is currently working with the feature film ELEMENT which is filming scenes in the OKC area.
Freihofer is a longtime Norman resident and proud graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He is also a member of the Okmulgee High School Class of 1981. His wife, Beth, is a high school teacher and coach in Norman.
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AT A GLANCE
Chris Freihofer
(movie and TV acting credits)
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Movies/Feature Films
• Parkland - (Phil Chamberlain)
• Secrets of a Psychopath - (Lt. Harris)
• Higher Mission - (Tex)
• Leaves of Grass - (Doctor)
• ExTerminators - (Department Store Man)
• W. - (Evangelical 2)  
• Return to Sender - (TV Reporter)
• American Indian Graffiti: This Thing Life - (Antwoine)
• O - (Assistant Coach Jeffries)
 • Eye of God - (Les Hector)
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TV Series
• Longmire - (Alan Little)
• Breaking Bad  - (Dan Wachsberger)
- Gliding Over All
- Say My Name
- Hazard Pay
 • Army Wives  - (Martin Keen)
- Hearts & Minds
 • The Deep End - (Board Chairman)
- Nothing Personal
 • Friday Night Lights - (Jake Reisen)
- Laboring  
• Wildfire - (Smith)
- Flames  
•  Prison Break - (Agent Montana)
- The Message  
• Inspector Mom - (Donny Haskins)
- The Haunted House Horror  
• Walker, Texas Ranger - (St. Louis Desk Officer)
- Lazarus (2000)
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TV Movies
• Ruffian  - (Saratoga Guy)
• The Year Without a Santa Claus - (Sparky's Attorney)
• Inspector Mom - (Donny Haskins)










































 
Miss Okmulgee County’s Outstanding
earns top 10 spot in Miss Oklahoma

Elizabeth Ware earns praise from county pageant director

Miss Okmulgee County’s Outstanding Teen Elizabeth Ware placed in the Top 10 in last weekend’s Miss Oklahoma Outstanding Teen contest in Tulsa.
Elizabeth is the daughter of Ted and Shannon Ware and has been an incredible ambassador for the county - and county pageant director Wade Hall was quick to sing her praises.
“Elizabeth, congratulations on your Top Ten placement on your first year at MOOT,” Hall said. “Your freshness and fearless nature are qualities that the teen program needs. Stay true to who you are and you will be a great success! I love you!”
The county pageant director also shared his feelings with Elizabeth’s parents.
“Your daughter is one of the most exceptional teens I have every had the honor to work with,” he told the Wares. “My advice: get ready, she is going to take you on one of wildest rides that any parent could imagine.”
Hall also spoke of the The Miss Okmulgee County prep team - DeAnna and Charity.
“Thanks,” he said. “We are officially "The Three Pageanteers.”
George and Kay Frazier, when the phrase "Pageant Family" is used, I hope you know the Frazier's will always be in the Miss Okmulgee County "Pageant Family"! Thank you so much for accepting and allowing me to walk down this pageant path with your daughter and your family. I love you all so much!
As for Miss Okmulgee County Georgia Frazier, Hall was just as proud and thrilled for her first-runner up finish in Tulsa.
“Georgia, you are an amazing young woman,” he said. “I have personally watched you face adversity on so many levels. You refused to give in! Thanks for being there for me this past year. You are a forever Miss Okmulgee County! I love you, Peach!”



MCN Festival Art & Food Market
deadline Friday

Plans are being finalized for the 2014 Mvskoke Nation Festival Art & Food  Market. The exciting event will be  held at the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Council House on Friday and Saturday, June 27th & 28th, 2014.
“This is an exciting year for the MCN Council House, states Justin Giles  Interim Director of the MCN Museum & Cultural Center Dept.   “The MCN Museum & Cultural  Center Department oversees the tribally owned historic landmark and a renovation project to the Council House is expected to start this summer.  This year’s art market will maintain the long established tradition of conducting an art market during our Mvskoke Festival.  Keeping this tradition alive honors the previous citizens, staff, and  management who worked to keep the MCN Council House a vibrant cultural and  educational entity within the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and beyond.”
 This year, Creek Nation is partnering up with the Okmulgee Main Street to further enhance community participation.
“It is our great pleasure and honor to co-host the Muscogee Creek Nation  Festival, Council House Art & Food Market with the Muscogee Creek  Nation Museum and Cultural Center, states Main Street President Rusty Milroy and Main Street Director Heather Sumner.  “Being that this is the 40th anniversary  of the Creek Nation Festival, we are working collectively to bring as many  events, exhibits and performances to celebrate and embrace the Creek  culture.”   
As in years past, this event will be held outdoors on the Council House lawn.  Booth  spaces are limited and will be granted on a first come, first served basis free of charge.   Booth spaces for each individual vendor will include a 10’x10’ space with a 6’ table and  two chairs.  Vendors should prepare for the heat and/or other potential inclement
weather.  Additionally, vendors are asked to be prepared to demonstrate their  creative process while operating their booth.  The Art & Food Market is meant to highlight local art and food vendors while providing a venue to interact with the public.
All completed paperwork, vendor agreement, bios and photos must be received by Friday, June 13th to ensure that you reserve a spot.
Applications are available online on the MCN website and must be returned to:
ShaVon McClenathan
MUSCOGEE (CREEK) NATION HOUSING BLDG
2951 NORTH WOOD DRIVE
OKMULGEE, OK 74447
(918) 549-2434
SMcClenathan@mcn-nsn.gov
Please be sure to include all information from the Vendor Checklist


Obituaries

Sandra G. Earnest
Sandra Gayle Earnest, a resident of Okmulgee, passed away Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at the age of 49. She was born July 7, 1964 to Hayward Norman Bailey and Joyce Charlene (Doyle) Bailey in Greenville, Mississippi.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Hayward Norman and Joyce Charlene Bailey; son, Jesse Lee Earnest and uncle, “Tiger” Gregory Lee Bailey.
Survivors include her daughter, Ker’a Jo Deats and husband, Michael of Okmulgee; brothers, Bruce W. Bailey of Okmulgee and Ronald N. Bailey of Owasso; five grandchildren, Kylie Deats, Nevaeh Earnest, Michael Deats, II, Bryson Hollands and Eli Adcock and numerous other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Jackson Funeral Home in Okmulgee.
Graveside Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at the Okmulgee Cemetery with Reverend Roger Lobush officiating.
Services are under the direction of the Jackson Funeral Home and Crematory in Okmulgee.
 Friends may send their condolences to www.jacksonfhandcrematory.com


SHIRLEY MARIE WILSON
Shirley Marie Wilson ,71, a resident of Okmulgee, died Thursday, June 5, 2014.
Funeral service will be held Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Matthew Baptist Church. Visitation will be Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc. Okmulgee Chapel.


VELVA L. BOWEN
Velva L. Bowen, a longtime resident of Weleetka, died Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 in Jenks at the age of 96. Services are pending with Integrity Funeral Service of Henryetta.


CALVIN JUAN SIMON
Calvin, Juan Simon, 45, a United States Marine Veteran, died Wednesday, June 4, 2014 in Okmulgee.
Funeral services will be held Friday, June 13, 2014 at 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Christian Center in Okmulgee.
Visitation will be held Thursday, June 12th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of the Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc. - Okmulgee Chapel.


Antonia Shana Jones
Antonia Shana Jones, 31, of Tulsa, formerly of Beggs, died Saturday, June 7, 2014 in Tulsa. Services are pending with the Keith D. Biglow Funeral Directors, Inc. - Okmulgee Chapel.

John Scott Miller
John Scott Miller, 53, a resident of Okemah, died Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Funeral service will be held at  2:00 PM Friday, June 13th, 2014 at the Integrity Funeral Service, Henryetta, Oklahom. Burial will be in the  Jimboy Family  Cemetery - Okemah under the direction of the Integrity Funeral Service of Henryetta.