Area woman garners fame since seeing UFO - OMEFT deploys to Stephenville, TX on historic first mission

Area woman garners fame since seeing UFO

By Jane Pratt
Reporter-News Correspondent
Friday, April 4, 2008
Angelia Joiner


Angelia Joiner

STEPHENVILLE -- Garnering international attention was the last thing on Angelia Joiner's mind when she interviewed Steve Allen on Jan. 8 and reported on UFO sightings in Erath County in the Stephenville Empire-Tribune.

But today, she still receives 30 to 40 e-mails daily from all over the world about the sightings, and she will be the guest speaker at two conferences on UFO's during the month of April.

Joiner will join eight other speakers during the 20th Annual Ozark UFO Conference that meets April 11-13 in Eureka Springs, Ark. Then, the next week, she will fly to Washington, D.C., where she will make a presentation during the Paradigm Research Group's conference from April 18-20.

The Ozark UFO Conference is an independent activity not affiliated with any local of national UFO organization that promotes information on UFO-related topics.

The Paradigm Research Group was established in 1996 by Stephen Bennett, a political activist and consultant. The group's Web site states that the purpose of the group is to promote ways to stop the government-imposed embargo on facts "surrounding extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race."

The title of Joiner's presentation is "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of UFO Reporting."

Joiner said the "good" part of UFO reporting is the number of new people she has met and old friendships that have been renewed when people she had lost touch with contacted her after seeing her on national television or reading about her in newspapers or on the Internet.

She said an artist who has designed T-shirts and special edition art cards is going to Washington to meet with her and television producer and journalist Linda Moulton Howe. She said some of the "bad" is simply trying to answer all the e-mail she receives.

She did not elaborate on the "ugly."

Steve Allen had started a Web site about the local UFO sightings but stepped up his efforts after Joiner left the local paper.

"He wanted me to have a place to write," Joiner said. "The first day Stephenville Lights went on line was Feb. 10."

The site, www.stephenvillelights.com, carries stories from Joiner and other writers who have an interest in UFO sightings. It also advertises T-shirts and special edition art cards designed by artist Mark Medford of Maine.

"This has been a real education," Joiner said. "Before I was pretty passive about UFOs. If I saw something on TV, I would think it was interesting, but I really didn't pay much attention. Now I have the UFO bug."

She does not know what the future holds for her. "Who knows? I may write a book," she said.

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OMEFT deploys to Stephenville, TX on historic first mission

This is an historic day in the field of UFO investigation for an aspiring group of online forum members. It may also prove important as well for the UFO resarch world. They are known as OMEFT...Open Minds Expeditionary Field Team.

A team of members on the Open Minds Forum have set out on a 3-4 day journey to Erath county Texas to meet up with rancher Ricky Sorrells. Their hopes are to document hard evidence of UFOs that Mr. Sorrells reports continue to buzz about his property to this day. It is not certain yet how many members will attend this weekend sky search, but it is known that Angelia Joiner, the reporter who broke the famed "Stephenville Lights" will attend along with her husband. "Miss Doolittle", a Stephenvill resident, wildlife rehabilitator and fellow sky watcher (view sky cam) will be playing a major role. It is also speculated that Constable Lee Roy Gaitan and pilot Steve Allen will also make cameo appearances during this event.

OMEFT will arrive on April 4th adorned with cameras, audio recorders, night vision, GPS, communications devices and a detailed plan. Like any great expedition, careful planning, research, discussion and coordination were involved before setting out. Members of the team will be documenting some of their findings on a daily basis at the OM Forum.

Finally the team will top off their maiden voyage with a good ol' southern barbecue and brew headed by a member who goes by the handle "motorcyclerick" or McRick.

What can be expected from this enterprising effort? That remains to be seen. But one thing is certain...they are out there, watching, studying, documenting and reporting their results to the rest of the inhabitants of this Earth.

Good luck OMEFT! May the weather cooperate with you.

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