cheerleader fireworks
The HHS cheerleaders are ready for the July 4th holiday. They opened their fireworks stand on East Trudgeon and US 75 Monday morning. The annual fundraiser will be helping the cheering squad with their expenses at ball games and competitions. A drawing has been set up providing customers with an opportunity to win a Moon Assortment family fun pack. Everyone spending $20 will have their names added to the drawing bowl. The winner will be announced July 3 and does not have to be present to win. Selling fireworks Monday were: juniors Kaily Slyconish, Cheyanne Thomas, Megan Counts and Alec Delacal; sophomore Madison Byroads and freshman Kirstin Espinosa. The rest of the cheerleading team are: Ava Gold and Derrick Allcock, seniors; Neecie Gillin and Taylor Shepard, juniors; Kaylee Watson, Ty Reid, Chloie Morton, Shelby Henderson and Teliya Woods, sophomores; Alyssa Macaluso, freshmen. The stand will be open from noon to 9 p.m. June 24 through 30; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. July 1 through 4 and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 5.
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.


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.


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.