A Teen Pregnancy Prevention Awareness event is set Wednesday, May 4 by the  The Muscogee (Creek) Nation. It will be held from 3:30  to 6:00 pm at that Claude Cox Omniplex Dome in Okmulgee. The come and go event features an interactive version of the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Quiz.
"The purpose of this awareness event is to focus the attention of teens, adults and the community on the importance of avoiding too-early pregnancy and parenthood by beginning the conversations," said Nancy Mason, Mvskoke Nation Youth Services Director.
preg proc“Too often, people are afraid to talk about teen pregnancy.  We avoid acknowledging it and avoid conversations with young people about how to make the right choices.” She pointed out Oklahoma is currently number two in the nation for teen pregnancies for youth ages 15 to 19.  "This event will help participants to begin those important conversations and become informed about community efforts and resources available.”
As part of the event, Henryetta mayor Jennifer Clason signed a proclamation designating May 4 as the National Day to Prevent Teen pregnancy for Henryetta.
That proclamation urged all residents to participate in the activities and help raise awareness of the importance of the issue.
The Pregnancy Prevention Awareness Event is a collaboration with the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Movement which is a local effort in Okmulgee County focusing on this issue.  
It is open to youth, parents, educators, and community members.  Although the focus is on prevention, there will be resources for pregnant and/or parenting teens.  Also, there will be an opportunity for HIV and Hepatitis C testing onsite.  Snacks and a limited number of t-shirts will be available for participants completing the interactive quiz.  Questions can be directed to Mason at: 918-549-2557 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Oklahoma Representative Richard Morrissette will be the guest speaker for Okmulgee County Democrats Thursday, April 21 at 6 p.m. at the OSUIT Student Union Conference Room.  
Rep. Morrissett will be speaking on the involvement of Oklahoma's oil and gas industry in the current budgetary problems and their responsibility for the State's number one position in the world earthquake arena.  He is also a candidate for Corporation Commissioner.
skate park work The entry to the Henryetta skate park will have a new look this weekend.
Volunteers were busy Saturday hanging a new shortened awning and preparing the metal frame for painting and sponsorship signs.
After a successful first year, the Henryetta Golf Club is going to hold another free summer golf camp.
golf lessonsThe camp is going to be held each Tuesday and Thursday afternoon in June and is open to youngsters form six to 17 years of age.
According to Dutch Vandenborn, the first camp last year brought out 45 kids and is believed to be directly responsible for an increased interest in golfing as a school sport.
He said the camp will consist of one-hour sessions for each age group starting at 1 p.m. Youngsters 12 and younger will get lessons at 1 followed by the 13-15 year-olds at 2 then wrapping up with teens 16-17 at 3 p.m.
"The program will focus on the fundamentals of golf from the short game to the long game," he said. "We want to give each participant the tools to improve their game."
To register or get more information about the camp, parents are encouraged to contact the Henryetta golf club at 918-652-8664 or 918-319-1111.
Vandenboarn said participants will receive a free t-shirt. Golf clubs will be available to those who need them.
Over 50 people turned out for the Henryetta Historical Society dinner and membership kickoff Saturday night.
history1Held at the Masonic Lodge, the evening's activities included a special contest to acquaint everyone wth the history of the town and the area.
Society president Mike Doak presented a series of photographs taken throughout the area and challenged those attending to guess where they were at.history2
The organization is seeking more members since annual dues are the mainstay for the museum operations.