Members of the Henryetta American Legion Post 85 are changing their meeting times. Originally the members were meeting twice a month but now will be meeting on the first Monday of each month. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. at the Post on Frisco Avenue. All veterans are encouraged to attend.
October 21, 22 and 23 has been set aside for the Henryetta all-school reunion this year. Open to students who attended Henryetta or St. Michael's schools throughout the year, the reunion is timed to coincide with a home football game as well as Cruise Night. According to organizer Mike Doak, the weekend will start Friday with a 7 a.m. pancake breakfast at the citric center. Several bus tours throughout Henryetta will be held during the day. That evening, all alumni are encouraged to attend the HHS-Okemah football game. Saturday morning, former classmates are being invited to drink coffee and recall old times at the high school cafeteria starting at 8 a.m. A lunch will be served at 1:30 at the cafeteria. The school will be open to allow returning graduates to see their former classrooms and relive school days. Downtown Henryetta will be coming alive at 6 that evening as the Cruise Night is held. Alumni are inited to drag Main and see a number of classic cars and trucks. Sunday will see a church service at the cafeteria starting at 9 a.m.
Members of LifeWay Church will be trying to help needy families stay warm Feb. 13. The church has planned "Mission Saturdays" each month with the idea to be a positive impact for the community. On Feb. 13 the group will be giving away coats from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. According to Mary Putman, Mission Director, the giveaway will be held at the church at Second and Gentry. She said coats, gloves and scarves will be free to area residents. "No income or address verification is required. These items have been washed and mended and they are ready to keep people warm."
Jeremy Roberts, the new Henryetta chamber of commerce president, says his focus this year is get more people involved in the chamber and community. "Henryetta is a great place to live and work. We have a lot to offer and it will take everyone pulling together to make it a place for all ages to enjoy living and working," he said. Roberts and his wife Guyla have been married for 13 years and have three children, Jonah, Gabby, and Josh they attend Henryetta Public Schools. He began his career with Edward Jones in 2005 and the following year, he and his wife moved to Henryetta. He and his wife serve Children's Pastors at Crosstown Church in Okmulgee where they have attended for 14 years. A Morris native, he grew up on a farm raising and showing cattle he was also very active in 4H and FFA. He graduated from Morris High School in 1998. While a Junior in high school Jeremy joined the Oklahoma Army National Guard serving six years with the 120th Combat Engineers Company "C" out of Henryetta. He attended Northeastern State University in Tahlequah where he received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Psychology he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2002. While in college he was active with the Kappa Sigma Fraternity as well as working at KEOK 101.7 radio station. He then worked at Thunderbird Youth Academy in Pryor where he was a drill instructor working with At-Risk Youth, and was later promoted to Supervisor. Guyla was then accepted to the RN program at OSUIT During this time Jeremy and Guyla moved to Okmulgee from Tulsa and he began working with the Office of Juvenile Affairs as a Juvenile Probation Officer. Jeremy began his career with Edward Jones and later moved to Henryetta. Jeremy received his Master in Business Administration in Finance from Oklahoma Wesleyan University in 2014 graduating with Honors. Jeremy is very active in the community serving on multiple boards including the Henryetta Education Foundation, the Henryetta Rotary Club, Beautification Chair on the Henryetta Chamber of Commerce and serving as President this year. He also serves on the Plainview Volunteer Fire Department Board and is a member of the Tulledega Masonic Lodge Number 201, he is a 32nd Degree Mason a member of the McAlester Scottish Rite, and is also a member of the Bedouin Shrine in Muskogee. He can also be heard announcing the Henryetta High School football and basketball games. He and his wife enjoy spending time with their family, attending and helping at our church, attending athletic events, and traveling.
Regent Velda Jo Bradley was hostess for the January 19 meeting of the Okemah Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution at Pepino’s Restaurant in Okemah. After the opening ritual and business session, Jenny Cody-Knopp of Oklahoma City and daughter of member Margaret Parks was given the oath of membership by Chaplain Susan Barnett, sworn in as a new member and welcomed as a new member by Regent Velda Bradley. Vice Regent Ann Jackson gave a very informative presentation on the creation and adoption of the POW flag, which has become the only flag other than the Stars and Stripes to fly over the White House in Washington, D. C. On Aug. 10, 1990, Congress passed U. S. Public Law 101-355, designating the POW/MIA flag as: “The symbol of our Nation’s concern and commitment to resolving as fully as possible the fates of Americans still prisoner, missing and unaccounted for in Southeast Asia.” By the end of the Vietnam War, more than 2,500 service members were listed by the Department of Defense as Prisoner of War (POW) or Missing in Action (MIA). The remaining part of the meeting was spent completing the yearly Chapter Master Report with members reporting their many hours of volunteer community service. Last year the DAR celebrated 125 years of service to America and through the Celebrate America initiative gave back to our communities and reached our goal of 12.5 million hours of volunteer service. The next meeting will be hosted by Ann Jackson Feb. 16, 2016, at 11:30 a.m. at Pepino’s Restaurant in Okemah. The program, “Alexander Hamilton,” will be given by Ann Jackson. Remember to bring gifts for veterans. Members present were Geneva Bertges, Gene Meredith, Judy Williams, Judith Drennan, Margaret Parks, Rebecca Hold, Ann Jackson, Mary June Cashman, Dorothy Burden, Sherry Case, Susan Barnett, Sheldon Starr, Carol Musik, LuCretia Harkey, Jenny Cody-Knopp, and hostess, Regent Velda Jo Bradley. Any woman 18 years old or older who can prove she is descended from a Revolutionary War Soldier or Patriot is eligible to join the Daughters of the American Revolution. Prospective members are welcome to attend our chapter meetings. Contact Regent Velda Jo Bradley, 918-623-1550 for assistance. More information is available on the DAR website, www.dar.org.