Spring is traditionally a season of rebirth and positive change.
In Henryetta that season will see two churches merge to help spread the word of God.tulledega baptist
Wednesday, members of the First Baptist and Tulledega Hills Baptist churches voted to merge the two congregations.
Dale Huckabay has been the pastor at Tulledega Hills and will become the pastor at First Baptist.
“We’ve been there (Tulledega Hills) for 23 years and we have had a good run but we have always been stuck at kind of where we are,” he said.
“At the same time we started thinking about what we could do, the First Baptist lost their pastor and music director. The Director of Missions approached both churches about merging.”
That suggestion led to both groups talking then holding several combined service as well as a gospel concert.
Huckabay retired from the Oklahoma Department of Human Services adult protective services division after 25 years. His wife, Dana, is a teacher at Ryal. They have two sons, Kyle, who works as a carrier for the Henryetta post office and Nathan who lives in Owasso and works for the Air National Guard.
first baptistBoth congregations will be together this Sunday for Easter services.
Pastor Huckabay said everyone in the community is invited to attend the services.
“Sunday school starts at 9:30 and morning worship is at 10:45,” he said.
For those who can’t attend, First Baptist provides a live stream of the services on the church Youtube channel.
Both churches currently have a Facebook Page.

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Saturday's weather was cold, damp and gloomy but around 200 people were warmed up at the Dewar First Baptist church shrimp boil. Held in the community room, the menue featured gallons of shrimp, corn and other vegetables and gave residents throughout the area an opportunity to visit during lunch.

By Rebecca Hold,
Okemah Chapter of DAR Regent and Publicity Chairman
Sherri Case and Joy Hlavaty were hostesses for the March 19 meeting of the Okemah Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution at Pepino’s Restaurant in Okemah. The tables were beautifully decorated with patriotic symbols and arrangements.
dar programAfter Regent Rebecca Hold led the opening ritual, flag salute, The American’s Creed, the Preamble to the Constitution, and the National Anthem. Judith Drennan gave a most interesting program, “Margaret Corbin’s Legacy Lives On.”
Margaret Corbin followed her soldier husband during his Revolutionary War service, and when he was mortally wounded took up his duty and fought, firing cannons and suffering herself for the rest of her life from wounds she received. She became known as Captain Molly Pitcher. She was the first woman awarded a pension from the U. S. government for military service.
In 1926 DAR sought to confirm her historical significance, locate her unmarked grave, and reinter her at West Point with full military honors and a monument commemorating her contributions to the nation.
After an unexpected disturbance at the gravesite during a West Point Cemetery crypt installation project in the fall of 2016, a thorough forensic study was conducted by the U.S. Army and concluded that the remains were of an unidentified man. DAR is assembling a task force to research and explore ways to continue to search for Corbin’s remains.
In the meantime, hundreds will gather May 1 to join with the DAR to celebrate Corbin’s lasting legacy and inspiration she provides, particularly to women in the military.
Hostesses Case and Hlavaty conducted the drawing for the door prizes which were won by Lucretia Harkey, Rebecca Hold, Angela Polk, and Sherry Case.
The next meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. April 16 at Pepino’s Restaurant in Okemah. Kiamichi District Director, Dana Boyd from Ardmore, present the program, and hostesses will be Dorothy Burden and Susan Barnett.
The meeting was adjourned by Regent Hold, and the following were in attendance: June Yahola, Geneva Bertges, Rebecca Hold, Velda Bradley, Judi Drennan, Patricia Funchess, Angela Polk, Ann Jackson, Janie Harkey, Sheldon Starr, Thelma Shields, guest Susan Gilchrist, and the hostesses Sherrie Case and Joy Hlavaty.
For 90 minutes Saturday night, Henryettan Liz Bealko entertained with a series of songs at the high school auditorium designed to encourage students to, “Find their Light.”.liz 1
Bealko, a professional singer and stage personality in New York, is directing the Henryetta Performing Arts Student Association (PASA) with the third musical, “Zombie Prom.” It is scheduled to be performed in April at the school auditorium.
Before nearly 100 people Saturday, Bealko told how she has always wanted to be on the stage. She said she wanted to be a part of the musicals that were held at the high school when she was a student. From here, she went to Oklahoma State University then to New York.
Bealko told of her casting auditions but told how she believes in fighting to make the parts.
Along the way, she learned of the death of a friend, Petty Officer Tony Randolph. “I draw strength from his memory,” she said.
The PASA members received praise for their efforts in making the musicals possible in the past two years. “They are an inspiring and wonderful group. I want them to know that, if they have a dream to go for it, fight for it.”

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Seven members of the Okemah Daughters of the American Revolution traveled to Tulsa recently to welcome some new citizens.
The group, Thelma Shields, Sherrie Case., Mary June Cashman, Patricia Funchess, Velda Bradley, Rebecca Hold, and Joy Hlavaty, were on hand to witness the naturalizaton ceremony for nearly 100 men and women who completed the steps to become American citizens. "It was an inspirational ceremony, and we would like for everyone to know about it, including the Oath of Allegiance that the new citizens take. It should remind all citizens of our allegiance to our great country," said Hold.beck and jenny dim
She is shown at the right with one of the new citizens, Jenny Dim, formerly from Burma.