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Thursday, 16 November 2017 17:02

Free Thanksgiving Dinner served on Saturday

Heavener Pentecostal Church of God, will be serving a FREE thanksgiving dinner to the community this Saturday the 18th from 12:00-2:00. There will be a full spread and plenty of food.

Stop by and enjoy a warm meal

Tis the season to spread the love of Christ and FOOD of course!


The church is located at 101 Division Street in Heavener

Press release


On Thursday, November 9, 2017, the Bixby Police Department requested Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for investigative assistance with an allegation of a sexual assault that occurred last month on a Bixby High School student by other students.


Since that request, OSBI special agents and Bixby detectives have interviewed numerous children and adults about the allegation.


Once the investigation is completed, OSBI will compile a comprehensive report of the facts in the case and present that report to the district attorney.


The district attorney will determine how to proceed.


As with all cases OSBI works, there is no timeline on this investigation.



Thursday, 16 November 2017 15:30

Shawna Blake Speaks at Transition Expo

Press release


Carl Albert State College Fine Arts Instructor Shawna Blake served as one of the motivational guest speakers at the Transition Expo at the Fort Smith Convention Center on November 14, 2017.

When Shawna is not teaching, she is a standup comedian, therefore she felt right at home being on stage at the Expo. Referred to as the Dream Career Summit, the expo served as the largest education and career expo in Arkansas. Its purpose was to showcase current and future talent pools to dynamic colleges, universities, education providers, employers and service organizations. Workshops were held throughout the day for attendees along with the opportunity to learn important information from the guest speakers. The primary goal of the speakers was to help those attending overcome personal obstacles and pursue their dreams.

Blake shared, “I was thrilled to have the opportunity to speak to high school students about some of the things I love: Being a comedian, being an educator, and making mistakes.” She continued, “I also enjoyed representing CASC and having the opportunity to talk with potential students about the perks of making Carl Albert State College their future home.”


CASC Mission Statement: To provide an affordable, accessible, and exceptional education that fosters student success.

Press release

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is seeking the public’s help with a fatal auto/pedestrian hit-and-run collision that occurred in the early morning hours of Nov. 16, 2017, on I-40 eastbound just west of Sunnylane Road in the OKC metro area.


The suspect vehicle is believed to be a truck, SUV or van made by General Motors, and it will show damage on the passenger front and passenger side.


The vehicle will be missing a passenger side mirror and possibly the passenger side window.


Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 1-866-OHP-TIPS or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


John Hamilton, left, and Matelan Sims, right present a check for $200 to the director of the Pervasive Parenting Center, Kodey Toney, center recently in Poteau.

The check will be used to help with the Sensitive Santa program presented by the PPC.

The program helps children with disabilities have a less-stressful experience when visiting with Santa.

Pervasive Parenting Center is a non-profit organization that helps families find resources they need to help with disabilities.

For more information, or to donate contact Kodey Toney at 918-647-1255, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Thursday, 16 November 2017 15:15

Kalob James Masterson Obituary

Kalob James Masterson of Pocola, Oklahoma was born June 8, 2001 in Fort Smith, Arkansas and passed away November 10, 2017 in Little Rock, Arkansas at the age of 16.


He is survived by his parents: Shawn and Neisha Masterson and Jessica Cox Masterson, three sisters: Mahiya, Shakyrah, and Avery two brothers: Konner and Kolby, Grandparents, Larry and Deborah Masterson, Jim Cox, Lavern Adkins, Kent and Debbie Benge, Great Grandmothers: Martha Yahola, Franny Cox, Aunts and Uncles: Jamie and Gwen Masterson, Bobby and Roxanne Cox, Amanda and Patton Rasavong, Tabitha Cox, and Tracy and Curtis Wilson, Trina and William Renfrow, Crystal Benge Woolly, Leisha Benge, numerous cousins, other relatives, friends, and loved ones. He was preceded in death by his grandmother Petra Cox.


Kalob was a Junior at Pocola High School, he loved sports and especially hunting and fishing.


Funeral Services will be 1:00 p.m., Saturday November 18, 2017 at Victory Worship Center in Spiro.


Burial will follow at Macedonia Cemetery in Pocola, Oklahoma under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home.


Pallbearers will be Daniel Ahne, Austin Hancock, Greg Mendez, Eric Carlton, Tatum Lomon, Robert Trent, Braxten Johnson, and Bobby Cox. Honorary pallbearers will be his brothers, Konner & Kolby Masterson. To sign Kalob's online guest book, please visit



The Boys & Girls Club of LeFlore County announces Thanksgiving Holiday Hours.


According to Arielle Perry, CFO, of the BGCLC, anyone wanting to attend must be registered in advance. Annual membership is just $15. Plus $7.00 per Day during the week of Thanksgiving.

“We can only take about 60-70 kids and once each day is full we won’t have any more room,” said Perry.

Doors will open at 9am and close at 5pm.

lunch and a snack provided.

Concessions will be available (vending machine type choices)

The BGCLC is located at 305 Clayton Avenue in Poteau.

For more information contact Perry at (918) 647-7136.

A registration form can be downloaded by clicking on the download icon below.

Thursday, 16 November 2017 00:49

OSP boiler fails

Hot water out in 2 inmate quads

MCALESTER, Okla. --According to a press release from the Oklahoma Department of Corrrections,  a 30-year-old boiler failed Wednesday at Oklahoma State Penitentiary, causing a hot water outage in two inmate quads within H-unit.

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections, which operates the prison, has located a replacement for the gas-fired boiler, which will cost about $25,000, said Matt Elliott, DOC spokesman.

Hot water service will be out until as late as Monday, when crews are expected to have the new boiler installed. The affected quads house 121 inmates.

"The outage means inmates will have to shower in neighboring quads, but we don't expect any other disruptions," Elliott said.

The old boiler, installed sometime during the early 1990s, failed due to a crack in its tank.

Built in 1908, OSP is Oklahoma's second-oldest prison, and home to more than 650 maximum-security inmates, as well as its Death Row.

Thursday, 16 November 2017 00:46

Statement from Jeff Long

Press release

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The following is a statement from former University of Arkansas Director of Athletics Jeff Long:

My family and I would like to thank the University community, Fayetteville community, all of Northwest Arkansas, as well as the friends we have made across the great State of Arkansas.
My wife Fanny and I have raised two wonderful daughters in Fayetteville, one of which has her name etched in Senior Walk. For my family, this will always be home.
I want to thank our outstanding coaches for their efforts on behalf of our student-athletes. Our coaches are not only great teachers but also care deeply about our students and worked tirelessly to achieve our mission of assisting student-athletes in reaching their full potential through intercollegiate athletics. Winning was always an important part of our Mission, as was doing it the right way with honesty integrity and a focus on preparing our young athletes for the rest of their lives. Collectively, all of our coaches exemplified that mission.

In addition to our coaches, we have numerous support staff members who are outstanding in their own right, including operations, compliance, academics, nutrition, media relations, business, equipment, IT, strength & conditioning, psychologists, athletic trainers and team physicians etc. This list represents people who assist our student-athletes in competing and winning while keeping them safe, healthy and on track to reach the ultimate goal of graduation from the University of Arkansas.

To our facility and maintenance staff, I wish to say a heartfelt thank you for your dedicated service to our program. I travel to many campuses and I see firsthand other athletic departments and I know your work is second to none. I appreciate the pride you take in your work and it shows. I am sure you often feel your work goes unnoticed and unappreciated but I wanted you to know how much I notice and how much I appreciate your efforts!
I have been very fortunate to have the support of my incredible Executive and Senior Staffs made up of assistant, associate and senior associate athletic directors as well as my executive assistant. I cannot adequately express my deep appreciation for their efforts on behalf of our student-athletes and coaches. Their intelligence, energy and commitment motivated me to be the best I could be on a daily basis. These dedicated professionals were not just a part of the reason we have transformed our program, they are the reason! Thank you is not nearly enough to express my gratitude but it is the best I can offer at this time.

It has been an honor and a privilege to serve under four Chancellors during my 10 years of service and to participate on their executive staffs. I wish to thank Chancellor White, Chancellor Gearhart, President Sugg and Trustee Reed for believing that I could fill the formidable shoes of Coach Broyles and Bev Lewis. I will always be grateful for the incredible opportunity to come to the University of Arkansas; it has been a 10-year labor of love.
I would also like to thank Chancellor Steinmetz and President Bobbitt for their support during their tenures and especially over the past several weeks. I am grateful for having had the opportunity to work with you and wish you the best as you lead the Flagship Institution and the UA System.

Most of all, I want to offer a heartfelt thank you to the incredible student-athletes that I have had the sincere honor and privilege to support over my 10 years as Athletic Director. You truly are the most important piece of our program. Your success academically and athletically is beyond all else, the reason we have athletics in the University setting. Most people will never know the sacrifices you make to wear the cardinal and white. You literally push your bodies and minds to greater heights to achieve success for the Razorbacks! You have inspired me and lifted me up with your successes in and out of competition! The greatest gift an athletic administrator is given is watching as student-athletes arrive on campus and the growth that happens over the course of their education career. Four to five short years later, we all watch with abundant joy as they walk across the Graduation stage, diploma in hand and prepared to take on whatever in life comes their way!

And finally, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to Razorback fans throughout our state and around the world. Your passion for this university and for this athletics program makes the University of Arkansas a very special place. I have said it on numerous occasions the Razorbacks need the entire State behind us to be successful in the SEC and nationally. I wish nothing but continued success for this program and this institution.
With regard to the media, I have always appreciated the job you do and understand your interest in speaking with me. However, I would like to take some time with my family to collect my thoughts before reflecting on my tenure here at the University of Arkansas.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve our University the last 10 years. It has been a true honor.

Jeff Long



The Oklahoma Tax Incentive Evaluation Commission with the help of a state hired contractor Public Financial Management (PFM), from PA are in discussion about repealing the current coal tax credits given to AES and other coal companies in Oklahoma.


IEC held its annual hearing on Friday Nov 3, 2017 for the public to comment on the recommendations of PFM. Friday was the first and only time the public had to comment.


The commission reviewed the recommendations of Public Financial Management (PFM), the firm hired in to perform the evaluations both last year and this year.


According to PFM, there is not enough coal data to make a good decision but recommended repealing state coal incentives.


But, the following information was compiled by Lundy Kiger, Bob Cooper and Craig Jackson and this information was provided to PFM.




Summary of Key Points:


AES Shady Point is the only coal-fired plant in the state capable of burning 100% higher sulfur Oklahoma coal and meeting all environmental regulations.


Burning 100% or 1 million tons of state coal annually produces over 1200 direct and in-direct rural jobs to eastern Oklahoma.

Utilizing Oklahoma coal is more expensive for AES than PRB coal but coal incentives make it possible for AES to continue using state coal and helping to maintain rural jobs.

If state coal incentives are repealed AES will be forced to purchase PRB coal. AES will lose less money but the region loses millions of dollars in economic benefits.

The remaining data shows economic impact to eastern Oklahoma but to prepare for this Friday’s meeting we are asking local leaders to phone Beverly Hicks, Planning Administrative Coordinator for the Incentive Evaluation Commission at 405-522-0440 and ask her to pass on to IEC Commissioners to vote in favor of Coal Not Being Repealed and give coal an opportunity to meet with legislators in the 2018 session to deal with coal incentives.


Additional Coal Details, History & Facts:


AES is under an avoided cost electric contract and reimbursed for fuel at the utility’s cost of coal and transportation.

In 1991, Oklahoma and PRB coal were approximately the same price and AES made the decision to use 100% Oklahoma coal while benefitting LeFlore and Sequoyah counties with additional financial impact and job creation as LeFlore County unemployment was double (15-16.9%) digit.


According to a financial impact study conducted by Dan Gorin of OSU and the Department of Commerce, 100% Oklahoma coal use (1M tons) by AES created over 1600 direct and in-direct jobs and a total economic impact of over $47M annually that included approximately $6.8M in taxes and over $67M in real estate purchases.

In 1994, the reimbursement price of fuel to AES was reduced (transportation portion) by over 30% that resulted in a loss of approximately $750K a month or $8M annually by using state coal.

This moved AES to reduce internal expenses by also reducing the AES work force and asked coal and trucking to cut expenses as well but it wasn’t enough to allow AES to stay with the now higher cost Oklahoma coal.

AES plant manager Dave McMillen asked Lundy Kiger to work on a solution with the state to help keep Oklahoma coal and save over 1600 jobs.

Kiger worked with Senator Larry Dickerson, Representative Jim Hamilton, Governor Frank Keating and Secretary of State Tom Cole asking them to help with this specific economic problem and it was decided to add $3 per ton credit to the existing $2 per ton incentive to help AES continue Oklahoma coal use that passed in 1996.

State coal incentives have been renewed 8-9 times over the past 20 years with help of the OTC showing a zero impact to the state from the credits.

In 2015, the state asked AES and coal to take a 15% reduction moving the credit to $4.25.

In 2016, Governor Mary Fallin worked to kill the remaining coal incentive and only gained 5 yes votes in the senate and the bill died. That year coal did agree to take an additional 25% reduction moving the credit to $3.19.

In 2017, coal incentives are being evaluated by the Oklahoma’s Incentive Evaluation Commission with the help of a state hired contractor PFM from PA.

AES and all state coal producers met with PFM and supplied all past financial impact studies conducted by OU and OSU as well as new coal financial data for 2016.

PFM reported to the IEC in October 2017 that they were not able to obtain enough coal data to make a good decision but recommended repealing state coal incentives.

AES and coal producers met with the IEC on November 3, 2017 in a Public Hearing and demonstrated to commissioners the history and financial impact of state coal use data as well as the amount of time spent with PFM to update them and that PFM did not use any of the coal data provided by state coal producers in their final report or recommendation.

On Friday, November 17, 2017 the IEC will meet to cast their vote to accept or reject the PFM recommendation on state coal incentives.

Their vote doesn’t become law but it gives legislators a guide to go by in 2018 that could eliminate the coal incentive completely and force AES to purchase lower cost PRB coal.

AES does not make any money on the use of coal incentives but the incentive does reduce the loss of money AES spends on state coal. In other words AES would lose less money by utilizing PRB coal but understands the financial impact the loss of coal and jobs would have on our rural county and area.

In 2016, these are some of the financial impacts state coal has on rural SE Oklahoma jobs and businesses.

Coal has over 3400 vendors and is the reason Warren Cat and explosive companies are in LeFlore County. (not used by PFM)

Coal production contributes approximately $42M annually to the state economy. (not used by PFM)

Direct contract full-time jobs associated with coal mines and trucking in the state are approximately 813 jobs and indirect full-time and part-time jobs adds approximately 420 jobs for a total of approximately 1233 direct and indirect rural jobs. (not used by PFM)

Coal mine jobs average approximately $70K annually with benefits. (not used by PFM)

Truck delivering coal, limestone and CCB average approximately $40K annually. (not used by PFM)

Approximately 1.4M gallons of road diesel used annually. (not used by PFM)

Approximately 5M gallons of off-road diesel used annually. (not used by PFM)

Each coal mine developed creates approximately $3M in annual payroll.

Annual coal operational expenditures are approximately $35.8M. (not used by PFM)

Annually state income tax paid to the state from coal approximately $1.4M. (not used by PFM)

Annual state unemployment tax paid to the state from coal is approximately $78K. (not used by PFM)

Annual payroll from coal approximately $23.7M. (not used by PFM)

Annual direct benefits to Oklahoma from coal approximately $6M. (not used by PFM)

Annual net direct benefit to the state from coal approximately $2.1M.

Approximately $4M royalty payments paid to state landowners annually.

Annual net coat tax credits earned by coal producers and consumers approximately $3.8M.

Farrell Cooper has spent $5M in 2016 to open a new coal mine to sell coal to AES in 2018.


Without the incentives this mine will not open.

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