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The Henryetta fire department will be the site for a state and federal disaster recovery center. Open for only three days, June 25 through June 27, it is going to be the only center in Okmulgee County to help people who sustained damage or losses during storms and flooding from May 7 through June 9.fire dept
Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) will be at the centers to talk about assistance and to help anyone who needs guidance in filing an application.
The center will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 25 and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 26 and 27.
The DRC center will offer in-person support to Oklahoma homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage or losses.
Those affected should contact their insurance company and register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center. Registration is available in the following ways:
Online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
Phone 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS-Video Relay Service) (TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).
Via the FEMA app, available for Apple and Android mobile devices. To download visit:fema.gov/mobile-app.
The following information is helpful when registering:
Address of the location where the damage occurred (pre-disaster address).
Current mailing address.
Current telephone number.
Insurance information.
Total household annual income.
Routing and account number for checking or savings account (this allows FEMA to directly transfer disaster assistance funds into a bank account).
A description of disaster-caused damage and losses.
Individual Assistance for homeowners and renters can include grants to help pay for temporary housing, home repairs and other serious disaster-related expenses not met by insurance or other assistance programs.
Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available to businesses, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters to cover residential and business losses as a result of the disaster. Applicants can visit their nearest disaster recovery center for one-on-one assistance or apply online using SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Oklahoma City musician Hunter Thomas will be performing at Nichols Park Aug. 31.
Tuesday night Henryetta council members approved that concert sponsored by local businessman Steve Sanford.
hunter thomasSanford, who owns Rustler’s BBQ, said he would have the concert at the baseball fields following the Jim Shoulders living Legends Rodeo.
“I’m trying to do an after-rodeo party,” he told the council. Tickets to the concert would be $10 per person. “We will have the concert within the ball park area and clean it up after the concert.” Beer would be sold at that concert.
Sanford said he would have security personnel present and an ambulance would be available.
“I want to bring something new and fun,” he said.
Mayor Jennifer Munholland said an ordinance had been passed some months ago that would allow beer to be sold at special events.
I’m hoping I can pull this off and if it grows bigger I can do something more for the park,” Sanford said.
The council also approved making a nine-hole disc golf course a permanent feature at Nichols.
Joshua Craig said the smaller course was designed to be “friendlier” for beginning players.
“We all know that it has been very active out there,” Munholland said. “It’s been a really great thing for the city.”
Craig pointed out over 200 people participated in the recent Nichols Park Shootout tournament and he is working on another tournament to be held Labor Day weekend. He said it would cost $3,750 to pay for the baskets, signs and mounting.
Another project affecting Nichols Park, replacing bucking chutes at the Living Legends rodeo arena was approved. At the June 10 meeting, members of the Henryetta Economic Development Authority (HEDA) approved spending $29,731.21 to buy and install the chutes.
Council members waived the rental fees for the civic center to be used for the annual barbecue lunch on Labor Day.
Labor Day committee chair Linda Gerster said the lunch is actually sponsored by the Oklahoma AFL-CIO with members of the state Democratic party serving at the dinner. She said she is also looking for other volunteers to help serve at the dinner.

Area youth are invited to attend First Family Federal Credit Union’s annual free summer program in “The Briefcase” located at 313 West Main Street.
Sessions will be available for middle school students (grades 6 to 8) July 15 and July 22. An update to the program has been added for high school students (grades 9 to 12) on July 16 and July 23. All sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Each session will include lunch, an exclusive t-shirt and goody bags.
First Family Financial Counselors have been preparing for the updated program all year long. The half day gatherings will include learning about creating budgets, “needs versus wants”, and how to save money plus some fun games. pippin morris
Financial Counselor/Member Development Representative Ashley Morris is excited to work with the students this summer. 
“Budget or Bust is a fun way that we teach financial literacy to our youth and try to make learning an enjoyable experience,” Morris said.
Budget or Bust was first established last year using First Family employee’s children in a trial run. Additional dates have been added for local children to attend. The program has been adjusted to include financial education of older children. High school students will also receive an overview on the car buying experience along with learning the difference between debit and credit cards.
“It’s a big eye opener for the students,” Financial Counselor/Member Service Representative Amber Pippin said. “We want the kids to be confident that they can manage their own money”
The Budget or Bust program is open to the public at no cost. For pre-registration, visit either Henryetta location or online at firstfamilyfcu.com.
Numbers are no stranger for Henryetta CPA Reggie Palmer and now he has another number to look at.reggie award
Palmer received a certificate and pin marking 40 years with the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants.
The award was made earlier this month at the organization’s annual members meeting in Broken Arrow.
Even though he has been a member of the state organization for nearly half a century, Palmer moved his office to Henryetta in 1983. He and his son, Dirk, handle the bookkeeping and tax requirements for many Henryetta and area businesses and individuals.

State Rep. Scott Fetgatter, R-Okmulgee, has been selected to be part of an Oklahoma delegation that will attend the Paris Air Show this week.
Fetgatter will be part of the foreign direct investment team with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce attending the show June 17-23 outside of Paris, France.scott fetgatter
Other members of the delegation are Governor Kevin Stitt, Oklahoma U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce and Workforce Development Sean Kouplen, Oklahoma Secretary of Science and Innovation Dr. Kayse Shrum, state Sen. Adam Pugh, Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum, and Oklahoma Department of Commerce Executive Director Brent Kisling.
“It’s an honor to be invited to attend this event with state Department of Commerce officials, Governor Stitt, Senator Pugh and the rest of the Oklahoma contingency,” Fetgatter said. “This event is responsible for bringing hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in capital investment to our state through the growth of the aerospace industry in Oklahoma.”
Since being elected to the state Legislature in 2016, Fetgatter has been a tireless advocate for industries such as aerospace and in working with the state Department of Commerce to attract new businesses, new jobs and new economic development opportunities to Oklahoma.
According to Gov. Stitt, aerospace and defense are the fastest growing industries in the state. Since 2015, the state Department of Commerce has assisted with business announcements from aerospace companies totaling more than 7,000 new jobs and $700 million in capital investment. He said the Paris Air Show is a place the Oklahoma delegation can meet with CEOs of all major U.S. and foreign aerospace companies in one place. The Paris Air Show is one of the largest and longest-running aerospace trade shows in the world.
Fetgatter said he believes this is the first time state-level legislators have been invited to attend the air show. The State Chamber, as part of the Business Round Table group putting the delegation together, offered scholarships paying for his attendance.