Ten area students were named to the spring president’s and dean’s honor rolls at the University of Central Oklahoma.
Named to the president’s honor roll were: Brett Cole Taylor, Beggs and Lane Pilkington, Okmulgee.
Making the dean’s honor roll were: Haley Shay Dunn and Fallon Paige Rodgers, Henryetta; Malea Shauntae Robinson, Beggs; Bailey J. Pope, Morris, Kenzie Nicole Bean, Okemah and Aubrion Banks, John Christopher Hayes and Morgan Danielle Price, all of Okmulgee.

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At one time, grade schools were found in all parts of Henryetta. That ended 40 years ago but many people still remember the days when they had their own classes. Former students at Jefferson elementary gather each Memorial Day weekend to recall those days and spend time with each other. This year, the classmates met at Shoney's for lunch and lots of stories.

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Justin Been and his wife Stacy were hired Wednesday at a special Henryetta school board meeting.
Following a short executive session, board members hired Stacy Been as an activity clerk support worker. Her husband will be moving to Henryetta from beggs and will be the drama/U.S. history, world history, government and drivers and safety education teacher when the school year starts in August.
At the same meeting, board members awarded $720,000 in school building bonds to be sold to First National Bank in Okmulgee and Country Club bank of Kansas City.
The joint bid from the two financial institutions was accepted after three bids were opened. That bid was for the bonds to have a $30,960 interest cost to the school at a 2.15 percent interest rate.
Those bonds are the latest installment of the $9.640 million bond issue voters approved in a 2015 election.
When the bond issue was passed, financial experts estimated they would be sold at a 3.5 percent interest rate. Since then, the rates have been below that estimate. School officials had targeted 31 mills at the top charge for property taxes. Currently taxpayers are being charged 29 mills. “The higher you go in mills, the higher your taxes go,” said Andy Davis from the Stephen L. Smth financial service.
The two other bidders were BOK Financial Securities with a $32,400 interest cost at 2.25 percent and Oklahoma City investment house, Baker Group at $32,328 interest cost at 2.245 percent.

Rickey Lawson, Henryetta, received his Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Dietetics and Nutrition this month at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences commencement.
The degrees and certificates were conferred at the Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, Ark.

There were tears, smiles, applause and admiration aplenty Friday night as the Henryetta high school graduating class of 2019 received their diplomas.
Ater the seniors took their seats, Drew Brown led the group in the Pledge of Allegance followed by Kenna Najera giving the invocaton.
An empty chair sat off to the side of the class in memory of Nathan George who should have been a member of the class but lost his battle with cancer.
Superintendent Dwayne Noble presented the salutatorian and valedictorian awards then the students received their diplomas.
Members of the high school choir presented, "Stand By Me" followed by the entire class singing the alma mater.
Fireworks lit up the night as the football field swelled with graduates, their friends and family members.

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