A spaghetti dinner and benefit gospel concert will be held Friday at the Dewar First Baptist Church.
The benefit is to help with medical expenses for Sharon McManus who went through a double lung transplant earlier this month.
The dinner will start at the church at 6 followed by the concert featuring the Southern Son Night and the Williamsons at 7:30 p.m.
A special fund has also been set up at the First Family Federal Credit Union in Henryetta.
pam pollardPam Pollard, the State President of the Oklahoma Federation of Republican Women will be the guest speaker at the Aug. 11 meeting of the Okmulgee County Republicans.
She recently traveled to Israel with a group hosted by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. The group toured not only religious sites, but other areas impacted by the Palestinian conflict, including an Israeli hospital close to the border.
She will be presenting pictures of sites visited and a question and answer time will be allowed at the end of the presentation.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the OSU Student Union Building.
Anyone who has driven on West Main this summer has seen a lot of work going on at the tennis courts.
Henryetta tennis pro Mark Johnson told Lions Club members that work should make the courts last another 50 years.
Speaking to the club Tuesday, Johnson gave a history of the over two years of fundraising and planning that went into the quarter-million-dollar project.
johnson lions"We hired the number one court building in this part of the country," he said. Australian Court Works crews demolished the old courts then spent two nights pouring a new four-inch concrete slab. Johnson pointed out the concrete relies on a network of cables throughout that are tightened after the concrete is poured eliminating any problems with cracks. "This is the same technology used at the Oklahoma University courts. "They will be there for our lifetime."
Johnson explained the concrete will take about three weeks to cure then workers will come in and smooth of the surface. A playing surface and painted lines along with new nets will finish that part of the project.
"Our fencing is going up now and we will have a 36 by 12-foot backboard in place. "That will be great for the kids. I spent hours on the backboard."
As part of the fencing project, a four-foot ball fence will be placed not he west side of the courts behind the bleachers along spectators an unobstructed view of play. The short fence will prevent tennis balls from flying into the street. New black-vinyl coated 12-foot fencing material is going to be on the north and south sides of the courts.
"This is a very rewarding project," he said. "We had a committee of eight people who helped make this happen." They included Johnson, Mark and Jane Milligan, Mike Kennedy, Johnny Truesdale, Connie and James McCullough and Stan Swyden. "We were fortunate that we were able to get a lot of people who grew up on the courts to participate. They don't play any more or live here but they appreciate what Dr. Smith did for them."
He thanked the Lions Club for sponsoring the summer tennis program. "It is huge having adult leadership. It is important for people to give back to their community."
A special stand has been built on the east side of the courts that will contain advertising signs. Revenue from those signs is used to foot the bill for the summer program. This year around 100 children of all ages participated.

There was a saying that, "those who are happiest are those who do the most for others."
This week there are about 100 young people and adults who are among the happiest in Henryetta.
house-paintingYouth Force 2015 came to town with some 20 projects lined up to make life a little easier or a little prettier. At the same time they were helping others, they were finding a lot of joy and happiness in their own lives.
The project is backed by the United Methodist Church in Oklahoma with the Henryetta First United Methodist church as local sponsor.
The participants come from communities across the state including Vinita, Grove, Guymon, Poteau and others. Those teens pay $200 each to be part of the week-long project. Local businesses, individuals and organizations donate to pay for materials, food and other expenses.
For that $200, the students get to be out in the hot sun painting, scraping old windows, pouring concrete and building access ramps for six days.
Projects tackled in Henryetta included clearing out old, thickly grown bushes, painting entire houses, striping the parking lot for the senior citizens center and repairing gutters. In front of the project homes were signs marking the site as a Youth Force project.
In two cases, the teams designed and built special access ramps for senior citizens. One of those seniors was so pleased with the work that she joined the teens in the Happy Dance when the job was finished.ramp-building
It wasn't all just work, eat and sleep. Each evening the teens gathered for some fellowship and worship time. After that, they enjoyed a hot meal and shared stories about their projects as well as make new friends.
Thursday night was a special time for them as they really kicked back and beat the heat with a special game of slip and slide kick ball then cleaned up under the spray from the fire department hose.
birthdayThat same evening, local pastor Kyle Kiner and his wife, Jennie, were singled out for a special honor. They each received the "Silver Slavedriver" award, plates with silver-painted garden tools commemorating the work that had gone on. Jennie had also been the guest of honor at the start of the evening when a birthday cake, complete with candles was rolled out.



More photos of the work around town:

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Click here to see video of the various projects.

The Children’s Ministries Department at Henryetta Church of the Nazarene invites all children to participate in their Vacation Bible School Fun Run. The VBS will be Aug. 3 through 7, from 6:30 to 8 each evening.
Monday thru Thursday, the children will hear Bible stories, music, enjoy snacks, and fun-filled games.
Friday night will include the entire family. The evening will start with a color run to raise money for missions. Parents and children alike can join in the run for a great time of fun together. Following the run will be a street party with food, inflatables, music, and lots of fun.