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Fri
13
Jan

STEM building windows installed

This week, construction crews have been working on installing windows at the new S.T.E.M. building that is expected to be finished this spring.

(Photo by Ashley Wolstoncroft)
By ASHLEY WOLSTONCROFT
Free-Lance Editor
 
Progress continues for the Henryetta Public School District.
The S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) building is expected to be completed this spring, according to Superintendent Dwayne Noble. 
Construction workers have finished installing the building's windows and are continuing work on the inside.
“They are testing out the heaters, finishing up the wiring and they are starting to put dry wall in several of the classrooms on the inside, so it's really coming along,” Noble said at Tuesday's Lions Club meeting. 
The building was made possible through the $9 million series bond issue that was passed in March 2015 to include the S.T.E.M. program.
“Before we started this bond issue, our high school only had one microscope,” Noble said. “When they go to college, they are going to need to know how to use a lab.”
Fri
13
Jan

Thomas has hidden talent

Henryettan Eddy Thomas displayed several of her decorated eggs at Rotary Club Wednesday. Shown is a cake topper that Thomas made out of a goose egg.

(Photo provided)
By ASHLEY WOLSTONCROFT
Free-Lance Editor
 
Henryettan Eddy Thomas has a hidden talent. 
Over the last several years, Thomas has been known for her paintings around Henryetta, including the Frisco underpass, Henryetta spillway, Cowboy Corner Conference room and several churches; however, many residents may not know that Thomas' eye for art extends beyond her murals. 
“Besides painting, my favorite thing is egg art,” Thomas revealed at Wednesday's Henryetta Rotary Club meeting. “I like to carve on eggs.”
Thomas carved into her first egg in 1996, and has been decorating emu, ostrich, chicken and other eggs ever since. How does she do it?
Fri
13
Jan

Is wrestling in school’s future?

By ASHLEY WOLSTONCROFT
Free-Lance Editor
 
Approximately 60 students have actively participated in the Henryetta Knights Wrestling Club that was formed by Coach Dave Hutchings last fall. 
Hutchings spoke at Monday night's January school board meeting to discuss his vision. 
“We hope to possibly bring this back into the school system in the next two years,” he said. “That is what our goal was and the parents' goals, and hopefully the community. There were several concerns from parents that if there's something that we start and it's not something that is brought up into the school system, then you're going to see part of the kids fall out. I hate to be blunt like that, but that happens with every sport and we try to avoid it.”
Hutchings suggested that if the school board was to allow wrestling back into their system, the sport should start as a trial basis in the middle school. 
Fri
13
Jan

HEDA holds first meeting of 2017

The Henryetta Economic Development Authority met for their first meeting of 2017 on Monday. Below is the agenda: 
 
1. Discuss/Act on minutes of the regular meeting for December
2. Discuss/Act on the HEDA financial report for December
3. Discuss/Act on reimbursing Henryetta Chamber of Commerce for the telephone and internet service for the calendar year of 2016 in the amount of $1,256
4. New Business
5. Old Business
6. Adjourn
Fri
13
Jan

Predicted ice accumulation affecting blood supply

Ice accumulation is in the forecast for today and the weekend, and Oklahoma Blood Institute is strongly urging donors to make blood donation part of their winter preparedness plan.   
This month’s winter weather has already negatively affected Oklahoma Blood Institute’s supply of life-saving blood for local hospitals.  Furthermore, during inclement conditions, the number of traffic accidents and other weather-related incidents rises, increasing the need for blood.
Donors are encouraged to give blood at one of Oklahoma Blood Institute’s convenient donor centers or mobile drives while running errands before winter weather moves into the area.  Blood donation typically takes only about an hour and one donation saves up to three lives.  Those with negative blood types are especially encouraged to give.
Donors can find a donor center or mobile drive in their area by logging on to obi.org, or make an appointment by calling 1-877-340-8777.    
Wed
11
Jan

Site unites county moms

By ASHLEY WOLSTONCROFT
Free-Lance Editor 
 
Parenting can be scary. 
Consequently, an Okmulgee woman is reminding mothers they are not alone. 
Mother Megan White created a Facebook page that serves as a safe place for mothers to ask questions about parenting. The questions have ranged anywhere from, “What doctor would you recommend for a toddler” and “Do you know what this rash on my child might be,” to “I need a reliable babysitter” and “I'm looking for new dinner ideas.” 
Members of the site also inform one another about school dress up days and events.
The group, entitled “Moms Around Okmulgee County,” began in 2015, and has grown to include over 1,500 members county-wide. 
Wed
11
Jan

Chamber banquet tickets available

Tickets are now available for the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet. This year's theme is “Picture This.” The event is scheduled for January 23, 6:30 p.m. at the Henryetta Civic Center. The cost per person is $20, which includes dinner and entertainment. At the banquet, the Chamber will recognize new officers and awards will be presented, including the “Henryettan of the Year” Award by the Free-Lance Newspaper. Multiple auction items will be presented. Tickets can be purchased at the Henryetta Chamber of Commerce office located at 415 W. Main St.  For more information, call 918-652-3331. 
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Wed
11
Jan

Snow Day Fun!

The first snow of 2017 fell early Friday morning, causing area schools to close their doors and reschedule basketball tournaments. Several local residents enjoyed playing in the snow over the weekend. Pictured is Paizlee Ann of Schulter. More snow-day fun pictures can be seen on pages 7A and 4B.

(Photo provided)
Wed
11
Jan

School board election coming

By ASHLEY WOLSTONCROFT
Free-Lance Editor
 
Friday, January 20 is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the upcoming annual school election. The election will take place on February 14. 
Henryetta School District will be voting on two school board seats on that date. Gary Clason and Casey Jones are the candidates for office seat four, while James Williams and David Bullard will run for the office two position. 
Any person who is a United States citizen, resident of Oklahoma and at least 18-years-old can apply to become registered voters, according to Ashley Carnes, Secretary of the Okmulgee County Election Board. 
Wed
11
Jan

County approves private cemetery

The Okmulgee County Commissioners held a public hearing for a request from the Randal Family for a private cemetery. The public hearing was held as a formality to make sure that no one would have objections for the creation of the cemetery. There were no objections. 
In other county news the following was approved:
Blanket Purchase Orders including Unifirst Holdings District 1 in the amount of $500, Unifirst Holdings District 2 in the amount of $500, O'Reilly Auto Parts District 3 in the amount of $250 and Unifirst Holdings District 3 in the amount of $500.
Employee Acknowledgment Forms for the 911 Com. Center including Tristin Walker and Cheslea McCullah both employment ceased. 
Utility Permits for Marvin White on Hornbeam Rd. and 171st Street Henryetta. 
Award Bid #9 for Legal Publications for a 12 month period. Bid #9 was awarded to Morris News.

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