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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 09:20

Oliver Receives CASC Scholarship

Carl Albert State College is pleased to announce that Jordon Duane Oliver is the recipient of the Buddy Spencer Academic Scholarship offered at CASC.

Jordan is the son of Billy and Julie Oliver and a graduate of Sallisaw High School.

His major is Pre-Med.


Tuesday, 11 July 2017 09:15

Function At The Junction

Pervasive Parenting by Kodey Toney



Function At The Junction if you want to know what you really look like ask a person on the autism spectrum. This is because they are usually brutally honest and concrete thinkers. With this in mind I wanted to share some things I’ve learned in the past couple weeks from working with young-adults on the spectrum.

The Pervasive Parenting Center began a social group this summer for young adults on the spectrum. This is to help them prepare for “The Real World” as they start to think about education, jobs, living on their own, etc. My wife, Jennifer, and I are working with them a couple times a week, and we have four participants. It has been a great experience. The thing is, I’m learning as much, if not more, from them as they are from me.

I wanted to share a few of the, what I thought were, brilliant observations I’ve heard in the groups.

When we began talking about self-advocacy, we began on the subject of politics. This is something nobody really wants to cover. However, one of the group members described it in a way I feel most of us probably can relate. He summed it up by saying, “When I try to understand politics I feel like I’m walking out of a Michael Bay movie.”

I agree! We can usually come out of a conversation with someone about politics feeling confused, bitter, angry, and/or disappointed.

When we discussed moving into the “real world” the conversation went from living arrangements to getting a job, and finding friends. One of the members described real life like this: “After high school graduation I thought, ‘Great I will get away from all the drama,’ but I just graduated to the drama of life.”
So true. There is drama everywhere you turn.

We talked a little about disabilities and what that might mean. We kicked around the thoughts of the use of special needs, or disorders. I explained how Kruz said his brother has special abilities. One of the group members said that disability does not describe anyone, or who they really are as a person. This is what I try to explain to everyone in my trainings. However, another said that she feels like she just has an “alternate function”. I felt this was a great way to explain it.
I’ve reinforced some of the things that I already knew. One of these things is that people on the spectrum want jobs, friends, happiness, and to live meaningful lives. What a crazy concept. And with the help of society, they can.

More than anything they all explained that they want to be productive members of society. To be honest that is more than some people in society without an alternate function.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017 09:12

Small Town, USA

By Rep. Rick West


Sometimes I think it can be easy for those of us living in southeast Oklahoma to take for granted the picturesque towns we get to call home. But last week during Wister’s annual Fourth of July parade, I couldn’t help but get choked up thinking about how perfect our communities can be.


This event was the classic small town, big parade ordeal. It had old cars, horses, and children dressed up waving their American flags. There were members of the Choctaw nation, veterans and cowboys for blocks and blocks. People tossed candy, ate countless hot dogs at the local fire station and listened to Lee Greenwood’s ‘God Bless the USA’ over and over again.


I had the honor of riding in a four wheeler with my 7-year-old grandson Bryce through the whole parade, and I cannot overstate this: it was absolutely perfect.
The weather was great and the food was delicious. As I drove along watching all the parade participants and onlookers, I realized just how much we have to be thankful for here in LeFlore County. The fact is, not every community invests in itself the way we do in House District 3. I would bet my best steer that folks in Russia or another country don’t celebrate similar holidays with even half as much patriotism. Yet here we are, waving our flags and teaching our children and grandchildren what it means to be an American.


This parade was the epitome of rural American small towns. The pride Wister has for itself is palpable, and it’s visible in the hard working people who try to better this community day after day.


I hope this tradition continues for decades. I would be thrilled to pieces if I knew my grandson Bryce was riding his horse down the streets of Wister in the July 4th parade 40 years from now. And it’s not just because the event is a fun event for the entire family. It’s because this parade – and the patriotism it breeds – seeps out into other areas of our lives.


We teach our kids about the cost of freedom and why we celebrate independence from a tyrannical country. We don our red, white and blue to show veterans that we appreciate what they’ve done and what their colleagues continue to do for us on the battlefield. We celebrate American independence the way we celebrate a sibling’s birthday. We sing, dance and cheer because without our independence, we wouldn’t be the same.


I hope you enjoyed the parade as much as I did, and if you didn’t get to see it, I hope you’re able to enjoy another small-town event soon. There’s really nothing quite like them.


Rick West represents House District 3 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 405-557-7413.

OKLAHOMA CITY – According to a press release from Tim Allen, Deputy Treasurer for Communications & Program Administration, the Oklahoma Gross Receipts to the Treasury for Fiscal Year 2017 indicate the state’s treasury began recovery at the midpoint of the fiscal year and continued through June, lagging slightly behind state gross domestic product figures (GDP), State Treasurer Ken Miller said today during a State Capitol news conference.

Monthly gross receipts have been higher than the same month of the prior year for five of the past six months. FY-17 gross receipts remain lower than the prior fiscal year by 1.5 percent, but the rate of decline has become much smaller than the 7.2 percent decline between FY-15 and FY-16.

June gross receipts, at $1 billion, are the highest June total since 2014. FY-17 gross receipts, at $11 billion, are the highest 12-month total in 10 months.
The latest state GDP figures from the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis provide additional evidence of recovery. The most current figures, released in May, show Oklahoma’s economy expanded by 1.3 percent in fourth quarter of 2016 following four consecutive quarters of contraction.

With recessions typically defined as two or more consecutive quarters of GDP reduction, the state has emerged from a one-year recession.

“Current data is encouraging with lagging economic indicators showing improvement in the state economy,” Miller said. “Leading indicators also point to continued growth, but the anticipated strength of the recovery may be moderating as oil prices have come down slightly.”

June gross receipts are higher than those of June 2016 by $87 million, or 9.4 percent. All major revenue streams – income, gross production, sales and motor vehicle taxes – are above those of the prior year.

Collections from gross production taxes on crude oil and natural gas are higher than the prior year for a ninth consecutive month, generating $41.6 million, up by 63.5 percent.

FY-17 collections are down by $164.2 million, or 1.5 percent, compared to FY-16. Gross production receipts are up by more than 20 percent, while income, sales and motor vehicle tax receipts are down by rates ranging from 4.8 percent to 0.7 percent.

Other indicators
Oklahoma’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate remained at 4.3 percent for a third consecutive month in May, according to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission. State jobless numbers improved by seven-tenths of a percentage point over the year. The rate is equal to the national jobless rate for the same month.

The Oklahoma Business Conditions Index, predicting economic activity for the next three to six months, was set at 57.7 in June, up from 54.2 in May. It marks a sixth consecutive month above growth neutral following seven months of negative ratings. Numbers above 50 indicate anticipated economic expansion.

June collections
The report for June shows gross receipts at $1 billion, up $87 million, or 9.4 percent, from June 2016.

Gross income tax collections, a combination of individual and corporate income taxes, generated $371.7 million, an increase of $18.2 million, or 5.2 percent, from the previous June.

Individual income tax collections for the month are $302.3 million, up $16.9 million, or 5.9 percent, from the prior year. Corporate collections are $69.4 million, up by $1.3 million, or 2 percent.

Sales tax collections, including remittances on behalf of cities and counties, total $373.5 million in June. That is $22.4 million, or 6.4 percent above June 2016.
Gross production taxes on oil and natural gas generated $41.6 million in June, an increase of $16.2 million, or 63.5 percent, from last June. Compared to May reports, gross production collections are up by $2.9 million, or 7.4 percent.

Motor vehicle taxes produced $69.3 million, up by $3.5 million, or 5.3 percent, from the prior year.

Other collections, consisting of about 60 different sources including taxes on fuel, tobacco, horse race gambling and alcoholic beverages, produced $156.6 million during the month. That is $26.7 million, or 20.5 percent, more than last June.

Fiscal Year 2017 receipts
During Fiscal Year 2017, July 2016 through June 2017, gross revenue totals $11 billion. That is $164.2 million, or 1.5 percent, below collections for the previous fiscal year.

Gross income taxes generated $3.9 billion for the period, reflecting a drop of $198.6 million, or 4.8 percent, from Fiscal Year 2016, July 2015 to June 2016.
Individual income tax collections total $3.5 billion, down by $72.3 million, or 2 percent, from the prior fiscal year. Corporate collections are $400.7 million for the period, a decrease of $126.2 million, or 24 percent, from the previous period.

Sales taxes for FY-17 generated $4.2 billion, a decrease of $68.7 million, or 1.6 percent, from FY-16.

Oil and gas gross production tax collections brought in $442.7 million during the fiscal year, up by $76.1 million, or 20.8 percent, from the previous period.
Motor vehicle collections total $753.6 million for the period. This is a decrease of $5.2 million, or 0.7 percent, from the trailing 12 months.

Other sources generated $1.6 billion, up $32.2 million, or 2 percent, from the previous 12 months.

About Gross Receipts to the Treasury
Since March 2011, the Treasurer’s Office has issued the monthly Gross Receipts to the Treasury report, which provides a timely and broad view of the state’s macro economy.

It is provided in conjunction with the General Revenue Fund allocation report from the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, which provides important information to state agencies for budgetary planning purposes.

The General Revenue Fund receives about half of the state’s gross receipts with the remainder paid in rebates and refunds, remitted to cities and counties, and placed into off-the-top earmarks to other state funds.

By OICA CEO Joe Dorman


I had the great pleasure of speaking to several young Oklahomans on Monday who are participants in the Norman Police Athletic League (PAL) summer camp. I was asked to address them about activism and how young people can get involved in not only public service, but also how they can make a difference in their communities, their state and our nation.


Too often, young people feel their ideas are disregarded because of their age. I assured them that most elected officials do indeed value the input of their constituents but those citizens need to present thoughtful ideas backed up with facts, not just angry or emotional appeals. Most public servants will welcome the chance to listen to their younger constituents should they want to get involved with making a positive change.


Speaking of positive change, I reminded these young Oklahomans that often the best way to bring about improvements in the community is to join others in taking direct action. The Police Athletic League is a great example of that, offering hundreds of kids an opportunity to play football, volleyball, basketball and soccer in summer leagues across the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metro areas (and will soon be expanding to rural areas as well).


We have many issues in our state which are health-related, including growing rates of diabetes and obesity in children. Programs like PAL work with young Oklahomans to encourage healthier lifestyles through physical activity. With public schools facing budget cuts and the rise of four-day school weeks, there are fewer opportunities for students to get exercise through physical education or organized sports.


Many of the PAL police officers also serve as school resource officers in local public schools and provide the role models needed for many of these students. The officers also provide opportunities for students to get involved with after-school activities and often offer coaching in various sports.


Outside the classroom efforts like what PAL offers help make a difference for many of these young Oklahomans by improving their health and giving them a safe, constructive environment to channel their energy and stay out of trouble. The work done by these police officers, oftentimes off-duty or after-hours from their job, is encouraging stronger, healthier communities while helping to build bridges between law enforcement officers and local families.


I appreciate the work being done by these officers and I am proud that OICA will soon be able to offer our direct support. The Fit Kids Coalition, a program run through OICA, will soon begin new work assisting organizational partners such as the Police Athletic League and the Oklahoma Municipal League in presenting opportunities to Oklahomans to learn more about fitness and efforts available to local communities. Through these organizational efforts, it is our hope to reach more young Oklahomans and encourage activities outdoors. Visit our website at for announcements and ways you can get active with our mission.



About OICA
The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy was established in 1983 by a group of citizens, to create a strong advocacy network that would provide a voice for the needs of children and youth in Oklahoma, particularly those in the state’s care and those growing up amid poverty, violence, abuse and neglect, disparities, or other situations that put their lives and future at risk.

Our mission statement: “Creating awareness, taking action and changing policy to improve the health, safety and well-being of Oklahoma’s children.“



NORMAN — According to a press release from the University of Oklahoma Athletics Department Oklahoma. junior wide receiver Nick Basquine (BASS-kwin) has been named a nominee for the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, it was announced Monday.


Created in 1992, the Good Works Team recognizes those players who dedicate themselves to volunteerism and charitable works. In order to meet the criteria set forth by Allstate and the AFCA, each player must be actively involved with a charitable organization or service group while maintaining a strong academic standing.


A Norman native, Basquine played in all 13 games in 2016 with two starts. He finished fifth on the team in both receptions and receiving yards, catching 20 passes for 265 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He twice caught four passes in a game, doing so at Texas Tech and TCU, and had a career-high 80 receiving yards in his OU debut against ULM. He enters 2017 as the second-leading returner in catches and yards.


A former walk-on who did not play in 2014 or 2015, Basquine was rewarded for his efforts by being placed on scholarship last November.


Named to the 2016 Academic All-Big 12 First Team, Basquine has also made an impact off the field. Twice he has been a part of “Sooners 4 Haiti,” a coalition of Oklahoma student-athletes that visits the country of Haiti, which is still recovering from a devastating earthquake in January of 2010. Basquine and his fellow Sooners have donated supplies to the children and helped rebuild orphanages, homes, schools and hospitals and clinics.


Basquine is also given his time to the annual FCA Food Drive and is a frequent visitor to The Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center.


The Allstate AFCA Good Works team, consisting of 11 players from the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, will be unveiled in September. From the nominees, a special voting panel consisting of former team members and prominent college football media members will select the 2017 Good Works Team.


Tuesday, 11 July 2017 09:00

New Store Opens in Downtown Talihina

 Submitted by Gail Caddell

“ Oakie Artisans”

Open House July 19, 2017


Brenda Matthews will be having an open house for her new store “Oakie Artisans” located at 404 Dallas Street. The open house will be from 10am - 2pm with a ribbon cutting at 12:00 Come welcome her to our town and take a look around.


The store will carry a wide variety of local handmade arts & crafts.


There is room with barely used books and other items.


There is room where art & craft classes will be held. The first class scheduled will be a craft class for kids age 6-12 on Saturday July 22nd from 1pm – 3pm bring your kids for a fun filled day.


Oakie Artisans hours are Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm, Saturday 10am – 3pm.


This is a consignment store if you have handmade arts & crafts you would like to sell or for more information on the store call Brenda Matthews at 918-413-8878.

News release submitted by Amber Reece, LeFlore County OSU Extension Service


The Fall Armyworm is a tropical insect that overwinters only in the warmest areas of the U.S. As populations build throughout the summer, they move northward on weather fronts often arriving in Oklahoma in late summer. A mature fall armyworm is a large striped caterpillar about 1.5 inches in length, with an inverted “Y” on the front of its head.


This year entomologists are reporting large buildups of Fall Army worms in Wheat, turf, and pastures, these reports serve as an early warning for Oklahoma farmers and ranchers, to be on the lookout for small larvae and monitor the number and the amount of damage they are creating, in an effort to control them in a more cost effective way.


Scouting for caterpillars in a pasture is a relatively easy process. OSU entomologist Tom Royer suggests an easy way to count average larvae numbers. “Get a wire coat hanger, bend it into a hoop, place it on the ground and count all sizes of caterpillars in the hoop. Take samples in several locations along the field margin as well as in the interior. The hoop will typically cover about two-thirds of a square foot, so a threshold in pasture would be an average of two or three half-inch-long larvae per hoop sample, essentially three or four per square foot. If the treatment threshold is exceeded, it is much easier to control them with an insecticide when they are small.” For producers wishing to put up grass hay, the presence of “window paned” or chewed leaves is a tipoff a fall armyworm problem may exist.


If your scouting process determines that a pesticide application is needed there are several insecticides that are registered for use on Fall Armyworms. Control guidelines and information on registered insecticides approved for fall armyworms are available online at Remember to always follow label recommendations when applying any insecticide, paying extra attention to the most current rates and restrictions listed on the label. Many pest problems can be avoided by developing an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan that includes the use of good pasture management prac¬tices, proper fertilization, mowing and optimal stocking rates.




For more information contact Amber Reece at the Leflore County or Haskell County OSU Extension office or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Oklahoma State University, U. S. Department of Agriculture, State and Local governments cooperating; Oklahoma State University in compliance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246 as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 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, gender, age, religion, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures, and is an equal opportunity employer.

Carl Albert State College in Poteau is pleased to announce that Kerstein Georgene Hall has received a General Scholarship Fund Scholarship from CASC.

Kerstein is daughter of Kammy Hall and a graduate of Howe High School.

Her major is Physical Therapist Assistant.





Monday, 10 July 2017 11:46

Kimberley Ann Zearley Obituary

Kimberley Ann Zearley, 48, of Oklahoma City (formerly of Poteau) passed away Friday, July 7, 2017 in OKC.


Kim was born June 19, 1969 in Poteau, OK.


Kim was a trucking company dispatcher.


Survivors include her daughter & son in law, Shelby & Aaron Ingle of Thackerville, OK; son, Dayne Ziara of Dallas, TX; grandson, Damian Tate Ingle; her parents, Phillip & Rosa Lee Zearley of Poteau, OK; brother, Sterling & Samantha Zearley of Norman, OK; other relatives, loved ones and many friends.


Services will be 2 pm, Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at the First Free Will Baptist Church, Poteau with Rev. Jim Cook officiating.


You may leave an online message at


The family has chosen to entrust the care of the services to Evans & Miller Funeral Home Poteau, Oklahoma.

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