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There is going to be some good things happening in Henryetta.
That was the gist of a report given by Henryetta mayor Jennifer Munholland Tuesday night at the city council meeting.burger king
“Quik Trip is coming,” she told the council. “I met with them last Friday. Their plan is to start construction in March.” Munholland said the project is still in the works despite some staff changes at Quik Trip offices and working on issues with the natural gas pipeline that borders the property east of town.
She said company officials said demolition of the vacant motel and houses in the project area is going to start soon.
Another project that will impact the town is the arrival of Burger King. Workers are doing site preparation now on land just east of Taco Bueno with concrete to be poured this Friday. “I was told it would be open 120 days from the time they start,” she added.
At that meeting, Munholland said the sewer line project is nearing completion. That work involved boring under I-40 and laying the line into the property owned by the city at the 237 exit.
Earlier this month it was announced that negotiations are underway to bring in a motel to be built at that exit.
“Our city workers did a great job demolishing three houses,” she said, noting the city added $50,000 into the current budget to tear down other dilapidated structures.
Council members approved closing a part of West Spruce Street. No homes are along the street and neighbors say drug paraphernalia including hypodermic needles have been found along the roadway.
Dr. David Warden was appointed back to the hospital board for a five year term.
The police department is going to get new cameras that will be mounted on the cars.
Police chief Steve Norman told council members that officers have been using body cameras for eight years. “We were ahead of the game in using them,” he explained. The Henryetta police department was the first law enforcement agency in the county to use body cameras.
Those cameras have become obsolete now with advancing technology. The car-mounted system would provide a 360-degree view as well as audio capability up to 70 yards away.
“If an issue does arise, the cameras will protect the officers and citizens. “We are after transparency.
The cameras will cost $52,426 with the company, Pro-Vision, doing the installation.

Two Henryetta police officers and two firemen were honored Tuesday night for helping save a life at a fire and delivering a baby.
Lt. Robert Heath, Sgt. Brandon England, and fireman Austin Coble were the first to a July house fire on Merrick. “They did something that was very heroic,” said police chief Steve Norman. He said two children told officers their mother was still inside. Unable to enter through the front door, Heath and England entered through a side door and were able to pull the victim out of the house despite choking, black smoke.
Coble was praised for his efforts to resusiate the woman, spending a number of minutes to revive here. “She was in really bad condition when we got her out of the house. Austin went above and beyond what would be expected.”
Norman said the victim, a longtime nurse in Henryetta, has been hospitalized and her condition is improving.
Fire Chief David Bullard explained Coble is a national registered EMT. “We are a small community. It takes every one of us to do our job to protect our community. It wasn’t just the police or just the fire, it took everyone. We would like to honor these officers and firemen.”
Fireman Chris Sneed was honored for his efforts helping deliver a baby several weeks ago.
Bullard said the expectant mother had called for an ambulance but tried to get to the hospital before medical help could arrive.
He said firemen were going to the scene and found the woman out of a car about two blocks from the house in the middle of delivering a baby. “This was the second time in two months that Chris was called to deliver a baby,” the fire chief said. “These guys are working to better themselves every day.”

The Jim Shoulders Living Legends rodeo this year is going to be even brighter than before.
rodeo arenaChamber of Commerce board members approved $13,043 in new LED lighting for the arena. Those lights will replace the sodium bulbs that have been in place for over 7 years.
“This will give us the ability to have instant-off, instant-on lighting as well as improving the illumination throughout the arena,” said rodeo committee chairman Mark Hiatt.
He explained the upgrade will be in place in time for the rodeo this year and will compliment the new rodeo sanction by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA).
That improvement accompanies the recently-installed new bucking chutes that were placed in late July.
The PRCA designation will include the Henryetta rodeo among those what association cowboys can use to advance to the National Finals Rodeo later this year. Hiatt said some of the top NFR hopefuls in all events are expected to perform during the two nights of the rodeo Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.
Advance discount tickets to the rodeo are available at Paul’s Western Store, Rustler's BBQ, Hiatt Window and Glass, Jiffy Mart and Coalton Shavings and Feed.
Following the rodeo a live music concert by Rustler's Productions featuring Hunter Thomas will be held. Anyone who purchases a rodeo ticket can get $2 off the concert ticket price.

Leia Wadley, daughter of Doug and Nancy Wadley, is going to reign as Miss Labor Day for the coming year.
 MG 0619She received her crown Saturday night at the annual Miss Labor Day pageant. Wadley attends school at Dewar.
Emma Selvidge was named Junior Miss Labor Day. Macee Henderson was the runner up and Joleann Marie Turley was second runner up.
The Little Miss labor Day winner was Bella Waters. Pazlye Coronel was the runner up and Reecie Ann Turley second runner up.
Ally Mae Collins was crowned Petite Miss Labor Day during the evening’s pageant.
The children’s pageant winners Saturday morning included:
Zora Alison Danker in the 0 to 5 month girls. River Rai Dennis was the runner up.
Noah Michael Dean Smith was the 0 to 5 month boys winner with Koi Wyatt Pilley as runner up and Benjamin Owen Richard Roberts the second runner up.
In the 6 to 11 month girls judging, Brylee Layne Potter was the winner with Skylar Raelynn Miller as runner up and Everly Nicole Hutchings second runner up.
The 6 to 11 month boys winner was Easton Joe Davis with Mason Howard as runner up.
Winning the 12 to 23 month girls judging was Elaina Rose Churchill. Peyton Joe Tabor was runner up and Josie Morgan Foster was second runner up.
Drake Paden won the 12 to 23 month boys judging and Jason Jack Wayne Mulliniks was the runner up.
The 24 to 35 month girls winner was Tatum Kaye Dudley. Kayson Marie Lowe was runner up and Amaya Rose Page second runner up.
There were no entries for the 24 to 35 month boys judging.
Beretta Lynn Tedlock won the 36 to 47 month girls competition with Finleigh Robertson as runner up.
In the 36 to 47 month boys judging, Johnny Jackson was the winner and Grayson Kautzman was the runner up.




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After a small drop in July, the sales tax numbers rose again for Henryetta in August.
This month the city received $238,653 from the state tax commission, a gain of $1,219 above last year. That followed on the heels of the first decline in sales tax returns in July after a 19-month series of gains.jan august sales taxes
The state-refunded use tax for Henryetta amounted to $24,459.02, up significantly from the $7,320.92 a year ago.
While Henryetta had a gain, other communities in the area reported losses. Okmulgee dropped from $530,435 last year to $509,619 this month.
Beggs was down just $655; Dewar declined $519; Morris was down $1,622; Okemah reported a $6,756 drop and Weleetka came up $3,206 short of matching last year’s total.
The return to Okmulgee County was up $77,021 with a check for $376,178 compared to the $299,156 last year.
Statewide, the disbursement of $158,951,388 in sales tax collections returned to the cities and towns reflected an increase of $12,168 from the $158,939,220 distributed to the cities and towns in August last year.