Okmulgee Chamber welcomes Bios to Okmulgee
The Okmulgee Chamber welcomed Bios on Thursday with a ribbon cutting.
Bios is located at 202 N. Morton in Okmulgee.
The corporate office is located in Sapulpa/Tulsa and has offices besides Okmulgee in Pryor, Muskogee, Oklahoma City, Bartlesville and three in Tennessee.
Terry Wilson is the office manager in Okmulgee. There are more than 35 direct support professionals and program managers working to assist clients.
Bios is dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with developmental disabilities by providing the highest quality of residential, vocational, and community services.
The  experienced staff goes the extra mile to help people with developmental disabilities live the best life possible. Bios leads by example to give everyone "A Better Life."
Bios, a Greek term found in Biblical Concordance, means “A Better Life”
At Bios, people realize their dreams and potential with the help of a caring staff. Since 1990, the family owned and operated Bios, has earned the reputation of being a place where dreams come true for people with developmental disabilities.
The Bios philosophy is to give everyone a chance to experience the world around them. In turn, the individuals at Bios are making their communities better places to live and work. Here at Bios, we believe everyone has value and room for personal growth. We build on that belief by ensuring that people living with developmental disabilities are treated with respect and dignity.
The  experienced staff goes the extra mile to help people with developmental disabilities live the best life possible. Bios leads by example to give everyone “A Better Life.”
The Mission Statement is - Empowering People to Reach Their Dreams
202 N. Morton
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Owners - Eddie Miller, Kendall Miller, Lori Hauge, Stacia Ellis and Mindy Hickson.

Okmulgee County News Source

Missing girls located after search
Two county men jailed on several complaints

Two female juveniles are back home after being reported missing earlier this week, while two men are jailed in connection with the incident.
According to Sheriff Eddy Rice, the Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office  assisted in the investigation when the two females were reported missing from Beggs Public Schools on Tuesday.
 During the investigation, information was provided that suggested the girls had actually ran away from the school and had travelled to a rural location south of Beggs. There were several sightings of the girls in that area, and investigators and deputies combed the area for information in the case.
Law enforcement was provided information from one of the girl's family relating to text messages located on cell phone records.
“This information led to investigators contacting Allan Adkisson who had picked the girls up near the school and had driven them to a rural area within Okmulgee County where he dropped them off,” reports Rice.
Further investigation revealed other information that led to a search of a section of rural area south of Beggs.
 Later in the day, a citizen called in and reported seeing the girls near Smith Road and Alt. Hwy 75 and reported it to the OCSO.
OCSO Deputies, the Okmulgee Police Department, and District Attorney units quickly arrived and located the girls within the hour.
“After further investigation, it was learned that the girls had spent the night at the residence belonging to Mr. Adkisson and had left that residence shortly before being detained by law enforcement,” the sheriff continues.
Adkisson, 28,  was booked into the Okmulgee County Jail on complaints of Harboring a Runaway (2 counts), Obstructing an Officer, 1 count of Sodomy, and Lewd or Indecent Acts/Proposals to a Child under 14.
He is being held on $43,000 bond and will make his court reappearance at 3 p.m.  on Tuesday, September 9th.
As the investigation has progressed, additional information provided has led to the arrest of another man in connection with the incident.
Nickelas Edward Smith, 21, was jailed on Thursday and is being held on complaints of Sodomy and First Degree Rape of one of the girls. He was scheduled to make his initial appearance in Okmulgee County district court Friday afternoon.
 Sheriff Eddy Rice would like to thank citizens for their prompt response in reporting sightings of the girls, especially the sighting that led to their detainment. He would also like to thank all responding agencies for their prompt and professional response to assist in locating the girls. In addition he thanks  the young girls’ families for all their cooperation in making this recovery a successful one.

Patriot Day Prayer Service is planned
The Catholic Community of Okmulgee and the  First Presbyterian Church of Okmulgee  will hold the Patriot Day Prayer Service. The event will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 11th at the St. Anthony Catholic Church 515 South Morton Avenue, Okmulgee.
Everone is welcome.  Please wear your uniform if you currently serve in the military, law enforcement, firefighting, or emergency-rescue services.
In the United States, Patriot Day (known in full as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance)  occurs on September 11 of each year, designated in memory of the 2,977 killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Charitable donations made will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.                                               
See more at http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/
A reception will  follow in the vestibule .

Town hall meeting addresses concerns
About 200 citizens were present at town hall meeting this past week to discuss some local concerns in the community.
Rev. Marcus Jeffrey, local school board member and pastor of Eastside Baptist Church, arranged the event to address not only some occurrences during the recent rodeo weekend, but also other issues where citizens are concerned about harassment by law enforcement.
Jeffrey and others  have already met several times with community leaders, local activitists, the city manager, chief of police, mayor, district attorney, police officer and Creek Nation Lighthorse officers.
This particular town hall meeting was a call for citizens to step up and work together in trying to reach a resolution.
After an opening word of prayer by Pastor Brian Stallings, Rev. Jeffrey outlined the reason for the meeting.
“This meeting is for us to come together as citizens to try to acomplish and get some answers and try to solve some problems,” he said. “All of us know there is a problem. We are trying to do it right.
“ The meeting is about awareness... If you are breaking the law, this meeting is not for you.”
Jeffrey continued, “The job of the police is to ensure that we are abiding by the law. That is what their job is. That is what they are supposed to do. But it is now at the point that they are harassing and profiling and that is not that job.
“We have control and the power to make this stop. We have the power to bring this thing to a halt. Here we stand together. and That’s what we are going to have to do ladies and gentlemen. We have got to stand together as citizens and say ‘we have had enough.’”
Jeffrey stressed to the audience that this matter is not just about the black rodeo. The problems are happening all the time.
In an effort to help present the citizens’ case in a civil way and to give the greatest impact, official complaint forms were presented to those in attendance.
He  encouraged citizens to be in attendance at the city council meeting on September 16th.
“We want to show up in great numbers to let them know that we are tired of what is going on in our city. It’s not just black - we want as many citizens there who are tired of the harassment. Even if you haven’t been harassed, you know what is going on. We want to let them know that we are tired of it.”
A local pastor, who is also a member of law enforcement, gave pointers and helpful information to those in attendance.
He also fielded questions from attendees to help clarify some misunderstandings and misconceptions. He also stressed the importance of making sure that you “don’t give them a reason to be stopped - make sure everything on vehicle is operating correctly.”
Cooperation with law enforcement is also essential.
Several citizens shared some of their concerns and experiences during the hour-long meeting.
One attendee pointed out that the rodeo brings lots of revenue into the town and feels that more respect is needed.
“If there is something happening downtown or whereever they have it, there is not police from every county in town pulling people over. We’re citizens, we put our money here and we should not be harassed.”
Rev. Jeffrey encourages any citizen that is in need of a complaint form or would like to sign the petition to contact him at 918-756-9517.

Okmulgee first!

That is the advice we want to share with those in the community.
If we want Okmulgee to grow and prosper, we have to help make it happen.
It’s time to put our money into growing our own economy.
Nothing against Tulsa, but you can purchase about anything you want or need right here in the 74447 zip code. Why use your money to pave the streets of Tulsa? Why not put your cash into the local businesses. That same money will circulate through this same community. It will raise sales tax funds for the City of Okmulgee. I will go towards funding our police and fire services.
We have some very nice eating establishments here in town. You want barbeque? We have options to eat some of the finest barbeque in the state. We have several options for chinese food ... and Mexican food ... and some of the best burger restaurants anywhere. If you want a good place to eat, there are several first-rate choices.
How about education? We have good schools from Pre-K through high school and everything in-between. We have an incredible facility called Green Country Technology Center. We also have OSUIT-Okmulgee, that is known and respected across the nation and around the world.
We have a growing medical community with quality doctors and nurses - and a local hospital that is moving toward a state of the art status.
These are just a few examples of what Okmulgee has to offer. Let’s all make a pledge to support our local places first. We will all be better for it.


Bruce Wayne Bailey
Bruce Wayne Bailey, a resident of Okmulgee, passed away Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at the age of 56. He was born March 29, 1958 to Hayward and Joyce (Doyle) Bailey in Santa Ana, California. He graduated from Okemah High School in 1976.
 He was preceded in death by his parents, Hayward and Joyce Bailey; brother, Gregory “Tiger” Lee Bailey; sister, Sandra Gayle Earnest and nephew, Jesse Lee Earnest.
 Survivors include; his niece, Ker’a Deats and husband, Michael of Okmulgee; brother, Ronald Bailey and wife, Debbie of Owasso; great nieces, Kylie Jo Deats and Nevaeh Earnest; great nephews, Michael Deats II, Bryson Hollands and Eli Adcock and numerous other relatives and friends.
Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at the Okmulgee Cemetery with Reverend Roger Lobush officiating. Services are under the direction of the Jackson Funeral Home and Crematory in Okmulgee.
 Visitation will be Monday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Jackson Funeral Home in Okmulgee.
 Friends may send their condolences to www.jacksonfhandcrematory.com

Froney Aurora Wittman, a longtime Henryetta resident, passed away on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 in Henryetta at the age of 83.  Froney was born on June 21, 1931 in Henryetta, OK to Odis Marler and Elzie Medcalt Marler.
At a very young age, Froney moved to the Henryetta area with her family where she grew up and attended school.  After high school, Froney worked for several years in a flower shop and greenhouse and as a waitress at a local Henryetta restaurant.  Froney was a lifetime member of the Church of the First Born in Henryetta.  Froney was married to Herb Edward Wittman in Henryetta.  They remained happily married for approximately 30 years until his death.
Froney loved to cook and to share her kitchen with other family members on holidays.  She was famous within her own family for her assortments of homemade Christmas candies.  She adored her family and especially loved her grandchildren,
Froney was preceded in death by her husband; her mother and father; two sisters, Ethel Garner and Pat Nance; and two brothers, Arthur Marler and Odie Marler; her son, Jerry Wittman; and a grandson, Garrett Wittman.
She is survived by three daughters, Phyllis Thompson of Tulsa, Barbara Morris of Sapulpa, and Joyce Sams of Henryetta; by one son, Dennis Wittman and wife Joy of Pierce; 5 grandchildren, Kim Rethford, Greg Morris, Sandy Jasper, Todd Treaguesser, and Chad Wittman; 4 great grandchildren, Stephanie Rethford, Justin Wittman, Wade Jasper and Sheridan Jasper; 2 sisters, Goldie Reed of Irving, TX and Ann Pearce of Bakersfield, CA; by a host of nieces, nephews, other extended family; and many good friends.
Viewing will be held on Thursday, September 4, 2014 from noon until 8pm at Integrity Funeral Service of Henryetta.
Graveside Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 5, 2014 at 10:00am at Pierce Cemetery with Rev. Tom Rule officiating.  Services are under the direction of Integrity Funeral Service.
Pallbearers will be Dennis Wittman, Chad Wittman, Todd Treaguesser, Joy Wittman, Rick Pippin, and Richard Henderson.

Weldon Eugene Willingham
Weldon Eugene Willingham, a resident of Okmulgee, passed away Sunday, August 31, 2014 at the age of 64.
Memorial Services are pending at this time under the direction of the Jackson Funeral Home and Crematory in Okmulgee.
Friends may send their condolences to www.jacksonfhandcrematory.com

Joan Lee Fulton
 Joan Lee Fulton, a resident of Okmulgee, passed away Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at the age of 80.
 No Services are planned at this time.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Jackson Funeral Home and Crematory. www.jacksonfhandcrematory.com

Windy G. Espinosa, a resident of Okmulgee, OK, passed away on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 in Okmulgee at the age of 40 years.
No services are planned at this time.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Jackson Funeral Home and Crematory in Okmulgee.
Jackson Funeral Home and Crematory

 Gary Earl Russell
Gary Earl Russell, 67, a resident of Henryetta, died   Wednesday, September 3, 2014. Private graveside services were held under the direction of the Integrity Funeral Service of Henryetta.

Letter to the Editor

Dear editor:
I very much appreciated the comments of Randy Belford and Herman Brown (in last Sunday’s Local Angle column) regarding my voting. I have always tried to vote in any and all elections because I’m grateful to my WWII veterans for protecting my right to vote. I did not want to dishonor the sacrifice of my relatives, my classmates, my brother and my husband. I remember particularly my cousin who was an Army nurse stationed in New Zealand, my cousin who received the Bronze Star for wounds suffered in Europe, two classmates who lost their lives at 20 years of age, my husband dodging V-2’s in England; and a classmate and a relative fighting in the Battle of the Bulge. These and so many more remembered and experienced the horors of WWII.
I am aware my single vote has little impact on the vast amount of money to sway elections to the advantage of the great wealth. My brother, husband and I served in WWII thinking we were trying to rid the world of tyrants, dictators and greed. To our dismay, we find these factors are in our state government, as well as Congress, and big corporations and companies. Someone has said that U.S. is no longer a democracy, bu an oligarchy ( a small group of people having control of a country, organization, or institution : the ruling oligarchy of military men around the presidenent.)
It is a sad situation when so many young died  or were wounded now have our elections governed by big money.
Jorene Coker