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According to a press release from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a personal injury collision occurred September 23, 2017 at approximately 10 am on county road S 595, 2 miles north of Grove in Delaware County.

According to the release, a 1996 Honda Motorcycle driven by Robert L. Michels, 21 of Fairland, was traveling northbound on county road S 595. When the he was performing a wheelie and drove off the left side of the roadway, overturning end over end. The motorcycle struck a fence & sliding down the fence row approximately 205 feet and back across the roadway before coming to a rest.


Michels was transported by private vehicle to Integris Grove Hospital in Grove. He was later transferred by Grove EMS to Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Missouri where he was admitted with trunk internal, arm & leg injuries in fair condition.


The accident was investigated by Trooper Micah Gibe of the Delaware County Detachment.

Saturday, 23 September 2017 19:40


Submitted by: Mike Houck | Assistant AD/Strategic Communications
University of Oklahoma Athletics Department


• Oklahoma outgained Baylor 312-213 in the first half (12.0 yards per play to 5.3).

• Abdul Adams' 99-yard touchdown run was the longest play from scrimmage in school history, breaking the previous record of 96 yards (Jeff Frazier run in 1995; Buck McPhail run in 1951).

• Adams' TD also marked just the 11th 99-yard rush in NCAA history (last was by Louisiana Tech's Kenneth Dixon in 2014).

• Adams has already set a career high with 104 rushing yards. His TD was the first of his career on the ground.

• Baker Mayfield is 9-for-13 passing for 202 yards and two touchdowns. He has attempted 146 straight passes without an interception (17 TD passes in that stretch).

• Mayfield has thrown a touchdown pass in 30 straight games, extending his own school record. He's thrown at least two TD passes in 17 consecutive games, tying Sam Bradford's Big 12 record.

• Jeff Badet recorded a career-long 70-yard return on the opening kickoff.

• Dimitri Flowers recorded his first career multi-touchdown game with a 52-yard reception and a three-yard run. He has scored three of OU's last five TDs in Waco.

• Defensive lineman Marquise Overton made his first career start.


According to a press release from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, Robert Monroe Wilson III, 48, of Baxter Springs, Kansas, pled guilty to Destruction of Government a crime punishable by not more than 5 years imprisonment.


The Indictment alleged that on or about the July 22, 2017, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the Wilson, at a place within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, namely the United States District Courthouse for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, willfully and maliciously did destroy and injure the gate and fence at the United States District Courthouse for the Eastern District of Oklahoma.


The charge arose from an investigation by the Muskogee Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


The Honorable Kimberly E. West, U.S. Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the plea and ordered the completion of a presentence investigation report.


Assistant United States Attorney Kristin Harrington represented the United States.

Friday, 22 September 2017 23:42

Eating Wisely: Soup

By Ashton Wise


Hey y’all – I am taking over the article this week and I am going to be sharing a new little recipe that I literally made up on Thursday after daydreaming about cooler temperatures and soup. As the weather gets cooler (if it ever will) the germs start spreading and it seems like everyone starts getting sick. This soup is the perfect immune booster, detox, and of course it provides that warm cozy feeling we all look for in soup.

Turmeric is an interesting ingredient – it is strong, very bright in color, and great for your health. That is why this is the perfect add on to almost any dish. Okay, without further ado here is the soup for you.


3 Small Sweet Potatoes (peeled and diced)
3 Carrots (peeled and sliced)
1 Onion (diced
3 Celery Stalks (sliced)
8 Cups Vegetable Broth
1 Cup Jasmine Rice (uncooked)
1 Clove Garlic (minced)
2 Bay Leaves
½ tsp Turmeric
½ tsp Ground Ginger
¼ Fresh Parsley
1 tsp Oregano
Salt & Pepper to taste


1. Combine all ingredients in the crockpot – put on high and cook for 4-5 hours. Stirring occasionally.
1. Combine all ingredients in large pot – bring to a boil.
2. Reduce heat and simmer (covered or uncovered) stirring occasionally until vegetables are tender and rice is soft.
3. Serve up about a cup in a bowl and enjoy.

I have taken this to lunch 2 days in a row and I am still not tired of it – so delicious.

*Disclaimer: the jasmine rice does tend to keep drinking the broth when reheating put a little water in your bowl. Oh and it might turn your fingers yellow!

Press release


The Oklahoma Senate Democratic caucus issued a statement today through their leader, Sen. John Sparks, D-Norman, commenting on the special session of the Oklahoma Legislature scheduled to begin on Monday, September 25, 2017:


“The Senate Democrats have spent the last several weeks meeting with those involved in the upcoming special session of the legislature as well as those affected by the decisions made in this special session.


“Members of our caucus have held meetings with constituents concerned about potential cuts to core services or regressive taxes which will burden them disproportionately, we have engaged in negotiations with the Governor and her staff, Senate Republicans and House Democrats, and we have held a caucus meeting where we heard from the heads of the healthcare agencies facing the possibility of running out of money before the end of the year and being forced to cut services to some of Oklahoma’s most vulnerable people.


“After all these meetings, we are more sure than ever that this special session of the legislature needs to be swift and certain with real plans for recurring revenue for our state. Now more than ever, we know that the numbers don’t lie. We cannot simply show up on Monday, decide that finding hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue is ‘too hard,’ waste hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money on a special session with no plan and no direction, and settle on across the board cuts that affect millions of hard working Oklahomans and their families.


“Now more than ever, we are certain that this is the time for a plan of action, actual compromise, true accountability and real results. This is the time for leadership and a long-term plan for our state and its people.


“We owe it to our constituents to focus on a long-term budget solution which protects the most basic, core government functions and services without balancing the budget on the backs of the poor and the vulnerable. This is what our constituents demand of us and what they deserve from each and every one of us, with no exceptions and no excuses.”

Press release


OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today issued the following statement on the upcoming special session of the Oklahoma Legislature, which is scheduled to get underway Monday:


“This special session is an opportunity for lawmakers to solve lingering, critical structural problems in our state budget. I am hopeful lawmakers will consider thoughtful, realistic solutions in a timely manner. Many ideas have been fully vetted over the past couple of legislative sessions, so it really should be a matter of taking care of unfinished business.


“Certainly, the most pressing need is to address the immediate budget shortfall created by the loss of the $215 million cigarette fee revenue. The cigarette tax alone will not fill this year’s hole because it would be implemented much later in the fiscal year than originally proposed. We will need to identify other revenue sources to make up the difference. If we do not, additional cuts to core government services will occur.


“Additional cuts to agencies will further harm state services. I will veto a proposal that calls for cuts to state agencies. Also, sending the cigarette tax to a vote of the people is not an option. The earliest the issue could be decided by voters is June, the last month of the current fiscal year. It doesn’t fix the budget hole because it would not generate any revenue for this fiscal year.


“I hope lawmakers do provide a long-term solution to the state’s continuing budget shortfalls. It is apparent that rapid changes in our economy have created unsustainable and unpredictable revenue collection patterns. We need to seek long-term sustainability and stability as opposed to unpredictability and volatility. Our legislators must work to make more recurring revenue available, stop balancing our budget with one-time funds and come up with a teacher pay raise. Because of the use of one-time funds to balance this year’s budget, we are anticipating a $500 million shortfall next year. The limited focus and attention of a special session can allow us to address these long-term structural issues.


“My staff and I have been talking for many weeks with legislative leaders from both parties, and I will continue to work with them until an agreement is reached. Our challenges in front of us are difficult, but I am hopeful that, with great resolve and statesmanship, we will succeed.”

Friday, 22 September 2017 23:35

Football Friday Night – Sept 22

Here are some football final scores from teams around the area.

Vian 31, Heavener 0

Talihina 44, Pocola 6

Poteau 41, Metro Christian 35

Hartshorne 7, Panama 20


No other scores were available at time of publication.

Friday, 22 September 2017 23:32

Poteau 41 - Metro 35


Poteau Pirates barely do it but the beat Metro Christian Academy in the first conference game of the season.


In the First Quarter Poteau Pirates score a touchdown with an Easton Francis 4-yard run making the score 6-0 Pirates over Metro Christian Academy. Two-point conversion good! making the Pirates 8-0.


At 7:20 left in the first quarter Metro Christian scores with a one yard run to make the score 8 – 6, their extra point – good - making the score Poteau 8 – Tulsa Metro – 7.


Metro who will go to Division 2A next year, went into make a score at 45 seconds left in 1st quarter. Good kick puts Metro on top.  Poteau 8 Metro 14.


Second Quarter

Poteau quarterback runs 69 yards for a Pirate touchdown – Poteau 14 -Metro 14 – Good extra point makes Poteau 15 – Metro Christian 14.   9:53 left in 2nd quarter.


Pirates get the ball – and take it score again for a 31-yard touchdown. Extra point good, Poteau 22 – Metro 14, 7:54 left until half-time.


A touch down by Metro makes the score Poteau 22, Metro 20 at 21 seconds left until half-time makes and good extra point good allows Metro to catch up and Poteau only has a one-point lead. Poteau 22, Metro 21

Metro intercepted the ball – one second left – Metro threw a long pass and the ball was intercepted by Poteau.


Half-time Score

Poteau 22

Metro 21


Third Quarter

Pirates score with a 25-yard touchdown pass. Poteau now 28, extra point good no good, makes the score Poteau 28 - Metro 21.


8 seconds left in third quarter – Poteau 28 – Metro 21 and Pirates are got a 1st and goal.


Fourth Quarter

Poteau loses a yard – now making it 2nd and goal. Now up the middle and touch down Poteau – 34, extra point good, making it 35.

Pirates 35 – Metro 21.


Pirates with a 14 point lead with 11:17 to go in the game.


A long pass gives Metro a touchdown. Score now is Poteau 35 - Metro 28 with 6:47 left in the ball game.


Poteau makes a touch down with an 83-yard touchdown pass.


Missed extra point makes the score Poteau 41 – Metro 28.


Metro with 1-minute left in the game Metro scores making the score Poteau 41 – Metro 35 and 56 seconds to left to go in the game.


Poteau   41

Metro     35



Poteau will play Fort Gibson next Friday night there.

Press release

With flu season upon us, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) announced county health departments will offer flu vaccine statewide beginning Monday, Oct. 2, 2017.


Flu vaccination is recommended each year for everyone 6 months of age and older. When more people are vaccinated against the flu, there is less opportunity for flu to spread in families, schools and communities. Cases of influenza hospitalizations have already been reported for this season.

“We are especially encouraging those in the age group of 18-64 to get their flu vaccination,” said State Health Commissioner Dr. Terry Cline. “During the 2016-17 flu season, there were 715 hospitalizations and 28 deaths among this age group.”

In addition to getting a flu vaccination, people 65 years of age and older, and those with chronic health conditions, should ask their health care provider about being vaccinated against pneumococcal pneumonia. Pneumococcal pneumonia is a common and potentially serious complication of the flu. Unlike the influenza vaccine, the pneumococcal vaccine does not need to be given every year. This vaccine is also available at county health departments.
County health departments will accept SoonerCare, Medicare, all private health insurance, cash, checks, or credit cards as payment for flu vaccine. The following fee schedule will apply:

• All individuals with health insurance should bring their card. Their insurance company will be billed for the vaccine and an administration fee.
• Children 18 years of age and younger who have no health insurance, whose health insurance does not cover flu vaccine, who are eligible for SoonerCare or are Native American or Alaskan natives may receive their vaccine at no charge through the Vaccine for Children Program.
• All others will be charged a fee of $25 to cover the cost of the flu vaccine and the cost of administering the vaccine.

Oklahoma County and Tulsa County residents should check with their city-county health departments for fee schedules available for those county residents.

For more information, call a local county health department or visit the OSDH website at


Friday, 22 September 2017 11:29

Muldrow man injured in ATV Accident

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol were dispatched to the scene of an injury accident that occurred on September 21, 2017 at approximately 9:27pm on a county road, approximately 6 miles north of Muldrow in Sequoyah County.


According to the report, a 2015 Polaris Sportsman ATV driven by Jeremy Williams 37, of Muldrow, Oklahoma was transported by Medi- flight to St. Francis hospital in Tulsa, after the ATV he was driving struck a parked tow truck.


The reports states that Williams was driving at a high-rate of speed and that the condition of driver was odor of alcohol and the cause of accident was unsafe speed.

He is listed in good condition with and neck injuries.


The accident was investigated by OHP, Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office, Medi- Flight and Sequoyah County EMS.

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