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OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin issued the following statement on the Memorial Day holiday:


“Oklahomans have a deep and profound respect for the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. This Memorial Day weekend, I encourage all Oklahomans to remember and honor those who have fought and died to defend the freedom we continue to enjoy every day. We can never fully repay the debt of gratitude owed them. Their courage reminds us that freedom is never free.”

Saturday, 26 May 2018 22:31

Double Murder in Hughes County

According to a press release from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 26, 2018, Hughes County Sheriff’s Office requested OSBI assistance investigating the double murder of Ronny Key 53 and Katherine Fritz, 73 at their home.

The suspect in the homicides, Rodney Key, 30 was taken into custody in Pottawatomie County after a high speed pursuit.

Rodney Key is currently charged with Possession of Stolen Property and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.

OSBI agents continue to investigate and will prepare a comprehensive report for the Hughes County District Attorney’s Office.

By OICA CEO Joe Dorman


The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) is in the process of compiling and publishing a report card on the actions of the Oklahoma Legislature as it pertains to childhood well-being. Our report card delves into policies dealing with foster care issues, criminal justice reform and improvements within systems of government aimed at boosting the state’s child welfare rankings.


OICA reviewed more than 20 bills, with 19 of those being signed into law by Governor Fallin. We will have those results available at by June 1 for your consideration.

We also tracked two additional bills that will not be on the scorecard as they did not advance far enough in the Legislature to receive a final vote.


One of those is House Bill 2858, which sought to facilitate adoptions for children in protective custody. HB 2858 would have required a parent of a child who had been taken into protective custody by DHS to be notified that they can voluntarily place the child up for adoption with a licensed child-placing agency. We appreciate Reps. Tammy West and Mark Lawson for authoring this in the Oklahoma House, along with Senator Adam Pugh carrying the bill in the State Senate.


The other bill, authored by Rep. Jason Dunnington, was House Bill 3146, would have re-established the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in Oklahoma. We are thankful that Rep. Dunnington assisted in the multiple efforts to have this included within budget agreements. OICA will continue to work on this tax policy which provides significant relief to working class Oklahomans who could greatly benefit from this credit.


In addition to our report card, OICA is in the process of contacting Oklahoma’s legislative and executive branch candidates for state government to ascertain where they stand on policies that benefit the children of Oklahoma. OICA and multiple other children’s programs have worked to designate 2018 as the Year of the Child in Oklahoma. This is an effort to increase awareness of Oklahoma’s subpar rankings for child wellbeing and to enlist the help of our lawmakers. We are asking three simple questions and allowing each candidate a 250-word limit on each question.


The questions are:

1. What ideas will you pursue to better the lives of Oklahoma’s children? For example, what laws or policies will you champion, what programs will you attempt to expand or decrease, and what area of interest regarding children will you establish yourself as a leader amongst your colleagues.

2. What have you done to support children prior to this election? For example, discuss policies which you have had a direct impact in seeing implemented, what volunteer work have you personally done to improve the lives of children, or have you had a job which you have worked with kids?

3. What will you do to support families in your new role, if elected? For example, would you support ideas such as restoration of the Earned Income Tax Credit, fiscal policy revisions for child-related programs, criminal justice reform, and/or list enhancements for quality of life improvements for families?


We will publish the results of the survey in mid-June prior to the Primary elections on June 26 so you will have the opportunity to review answers. We also encourage you, if you are not registered to vote, to register before the June 1 deadline.


Please make sure your voice is heard in the upcoming elections, and vote for candidates who will improve the state for children!

Press release


The LeFlore County OHCE Annual Quilt Show is just around the corner!! The event will take place Friday, June 1st & Saturday, June 2nd at the Kiamichi Technology Center adjacent to the CASC campus in Poteau, OK. The Show will be open 9am-4pm each day.


No admission charge!!!
Organizers have announced the presenters & subjects of the demonstrations:

Friday, June 1st :10am- “Dying Fabric with Flowers”---Renee’ Fisher
11am- “String Quilting” --- Bettye Glinski
1pm- “ Do as I Say-not as I do” by Wanda Cleaver
2pm- “Making Snowflake Ornaments with Beads”($2)—Nancy LaVal
Saturday, June 2nd: 10am- “Diaper Bag with Pockets”—Helen Williams & Donna Wyatt
11am- “Easy Pillow Cases/ Shams”---Linda Roop
1 pm- “Container Gardening” – Renee’ Fisher
2pm- “Paper Piecing” –Debbie Christie

There will be a drawing for a door prize at each demo!

Food will be available to purchase in the Lunch Room. Menu items include Taco Salad, Nachos and home baked goodies.


There will also be a Country Store with sewing items, plants and magazines for sale.

Drawing for the beautiful “Libby’s Log Cabin” quilt will be held Saturday afternoon.

We hope everyone will visit the Quilt Show- For further information contact the OSU Extension Center at 918/647-8231.

Saturday, 26 May 2018 00:17

Bat Watch Registration Opens May 29

A service of the Oklahoma Wildlife Department

Registration for the popular Selman Bat Watches, hosted by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, will open May 29.

The weekend watches will be held at the Selman Bat Cave WMA, where Mexican free-tailed bats congregate each summer to give birth. Each night the bats leave the cave to hunt for flying insects, forming a ribbon over Bat Watch participants.

“Eight watches will be offered this year, beginning Friday, July 6,” said Melynda Hickman, bat watch coordinator and wildlife biologist with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. “The nightly emergence typically lasts just over one hour, and is incredible to watch.”

Admission to the Selman Bat Watch is $14 for adults and $8 for children. Children must be 8 or older to attend a watch.

Hopeful viewers must print, complete and mail their registration form to the Selman Bat Watch c/o Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, P.O. Box 53465, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73152 between May 29 and June 8, 2018. Only mailed registration forms postmarked on or before June 8 will be accepted. Successful registrants will receive email confirmation on June 13 and an information packet in the mail.


Families or groups should send one registration form.

The Wildlife Department purchased the Selman Bat Cave in 1995 in an effort to conserve one of the four known maternity caves in Oklahoma and to increase public appreciation of Mexican free-tailed bats and other bat species.

Saturday, 26 May 2018 00:15

Decorating Wisely: Take the Time

By Glenda Wise

One moment your biggest concern is checking off your to-do list to get things perfect for a graduation party and suddenly your whole world is turned upside down and you’re planning your mom’s funeral.


As many of you are aware, my mom passed away suddenly on Wednesday, May 16.


I had just spoken with her on the phone an hour and a half before about the plans for the weekend graduation party.


It still seems a bit surreal and hard to process. Honestly, I am just taking it day-by-day, which is very out of character for me, because I’m a planner by nature. I like to make a to-do list and check things off. That is how I get things done. My mom was the same. I found her to-do list from that fateful day and she had managed to check off everything she had planned for that day. It doesn’t seem fair. Life is not fair. I know I have been blessed far more than many for having my mom 47 years, but it doesn’t make it any easier.

It doesn’t feel right to just go about my business, writing a decorating column. My heart is still hurting. I will just offer you some advice. Life is short. Call your mom or whomever else is important to you. Take the time to have coffee with someone. Send a simple card to let someone know how much he or she means to you. You see this past Mother’s Day I had sent my mom a special card with a very personal message of things I felt like I needed to say to her.


I had a feeling of urgency that I needed to do it, so I did. Looking back on it, I know that was God pushing me and telling me to do it. I am every so thankful that I listened. So, if there is something you feel in your heart you need to do or say to someone, do it. Do not wait for just the right time, do it now.

I want to thank everyone for their kind words and prayers during this difficult time. They really have been comforting to know there are so many that care. They are all appreciated and I am grateful for them.

Press release

The Atoka County Sheriff's Office requested OSBI investigate a double homicide and shooting of another individual in Atoka County.


On May 25, 2018, Atoka County Sheriff's Office responded to a shooting call at a residence.


Upon arrival, they discovered two deceased persons, identified as Sami Williams (DOB: 08/20/1984) and Richard Miller (DOB: 01/29/1945). A third person, Brandon Aldava (DOB: 05/28/1982) had also been shot, but had left the scene.


Aldava was later treated and released from the hospital.


Subject Hershal DeWayne Hatley (DOB: 07/30/1992) drove to a family member's house and admitted to the shooting.


The family contacted local law enforcement and Hatley was taken into custody by the Broken Bow Police Department and transferred to the McCurtain County Jail.


Hatley has been charged in Atoka County with two counts of Murder in the First Degree and one count of Shooting with Intent to Kill.


The Medical Examiner's Office will conduct autopsies on the deceased victims. OSBI agents continue to investigate and will present their findings and comprehensive report to the Atoka County District Attorney's Office.


Press release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) released the following statement after House passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019 (H.R. 5515):

“I can think of no better way to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and their families than to ensure that the troops who carry on the fight for our freedoms have the necessary tools and resources to prevail over our enemies,” said Mullin. “As we prepare to recognize Memorial Day this weekend, I am proud to support the FY19 NDAA which delivers a 2.6 percent pay raise to the men and women of our armed forces—the biggest pay raise in 9 years—and rebuilds and restores the readiness of our military.”

H.R. 5515 passed the House by a vote of 351 – 66.

Thursday, 24 May 2018 23:49

Voter Registration Deadline is June 1st

Friday, June 1st, is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the June 26th Primary Election and City of Poteau Special Municipal Election, Leflore County Election Board Secretary Sharon Steele said today.

Steele said that persons who are United States citizens, residents of Oklahoma, and at least 18 years old may apply to become registered voters.

Those who aren't registered or need to change their registration may apply by filling out and mailing an Oklahoma Voter Registration Application form in time for it to be postmarked no later than midnight Friday, May 31st.

Steele said applications postmarked after that time will be accepted and processed, but not until after June 26th.

The County Election Board responds in writing to every person who submits an application for voter registration. The response is either a voter identification card listing the new voter's precinct number and polling place location or a letter that explains the reason or reasons the application for voter registration was not approved. Steele said any person who has submitted a voter registration application and who has not received a response within 30 days should contact the County Election Board office.

Oklahoma Voter Registration Application forms are available at the County Election Board office located at 103 N. Church St., Poteau, and at most post offices, tag agencies and public libraries in the county.


Applications also are available at

By Sean Hubbard, Communications Specialist Agricultural Communications Services - OSU


STILLWATER, Okla– When Gov. Mary Fallin recently approved the emergency rules for the Oklahoma Industrial Hemp Agricultural Pilot Program, potential farmers across the state got excited about getting in on the ground floor of this new industry.

However, a key element of this pilot program allows Oklahoma universities and colleges to facilitate research on all aspects of growing industrial hemp. Industrial hemp is the same plant species as marijuana, but in order to qualify as industrial hemp, the plant must contain a very low concentration of THC, the psychoactive chemical in marijuana.


There is interest from the private sector in exploring the cultivation of industrial hemp for a number of uses. It is used for its fiber in a variety of ways. It has been proposed as an alternative forage for livestock, and there is interest in potential medical benefits, to name a few.


“At this time, Oklahoma State University has not applied for a license and we do not anticipate applying for a license in time for this year’s growing season,” said Tom Coon, vice president of OSU’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

Rather, OSU is taking a holistic approach on this new industry, evaluating agronomics, logistics, processing and economic feasibility. DASNR plans to spend the next six months gathering information, which may be used to develop Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service programming for the commercial growth of hemp.

Included in the legislation for the program are restrictions on entities that can legally grow industrial hemp.

Oklahoma colleges or universities with a plant science program that have applied for and been granted a license to grow industrial hemp are permitted. The license must be approved by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry before the licensee can plant any seed.

Also, any entity that has an ODAFF-approved subcontract with a licensed college or university research program can legally grow hemp. There are detailed rules that must be followed for those interested in growing the crop as a subcontractor.

“There is a considerable amount of information that must be supplied in advance of approval to plant and grow a crop, including the exact location of the field or greenhouse, the ownership of the land or greenhouse, the intended disposition of the crop and a variety of additional information,” Coon said. “Anyone who is interested in growing as a subcontractor, or as a licensee if they are affiliated with a college or university, would be well advised to study the rules.”

Rules and the license and subcontractor application form can be found on ODAFF’s website,

“Anyone inquiring about growing under an OSU license should be informed that we are not taking applications for subcontractors for the 2018 growing season,” Coon said. “We will be taking the next six months to develop our strategy to ensure the best possible outcome for Oklahoma hemp growers in the future.”

Those interested in staying up-to-date with OSU’s participation in the Oklahoma Industrial Hemp Agricultural Pilot Program, or in partnering with the university should it file for a license in the future, can fill out a form on the Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station website,

The form asks for a name, company, address, contact information and nature of interest in the program.

Oklahoma State University, in compliance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246 as amended, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Higher Education Act), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and other federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, genetic information, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, or status as a veteran, in any of its policies, practices or procedures. This provision includes, but is not limited to admissions, employment, financial aid, and educational services. The Director of Equal Opportunity, 408 Whitehurst, OSU, Stillwater, OK 74078-1035; Phone 405-744-5371; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies. Any person who believes that discriminatory practices have been engaged in based on gender may discuss his or her concerns and file informal or formal complaints of possible violations of Title IX with OSU’s Title IX Coordinator 405-744-9154.

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