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MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Jason Lyle Mooneyham, age 48, of Paris, Texas, was sentenced to 5 years of probation and ordered to pay $14,000 in restitution for one count of Theft from Indian Gaming Establishments in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1167(b).


The charges arose from an investigation by the Choctaw Nation Tribal Police and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


The Indictment alleged that in December 2018, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant willfully took and carried away with the intent to steal money, funds, and other property of a value in excess of $1,000.00 belonging to the Choctaw Nation Casino and Resort, an Indian gaming establishment operated by the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and the Chickasaw Nation Winstar World Casino and Resort, an Indian gaming establishment operated by the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma.


United States Attorney Brian J. Kuester said, “Working with our tribal law enforcement partners is a critical component to serving the people of the Eastern District of Oklahoma, and the tribal governments that are headquartered here. The U.S. Attorney’s Office values those relationships. Whether it be violent crime or, as in this case, financial crime, we are at our best when we work together.”


The Honorable Ronald A. White, U.S. District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the hearing. Special Assistant United States Attorney Courtney Jordan represented the United States.


On Friday, October 4, 2018, three Carl Albert State College employees were honored for their outstanding work and dedication to CASC; and the late Dr. Joe E. White was inducted into the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges (OACC) Hall of Fame at the OACC Annual Conference at Oklahoma City Community College in Oklahoma City, Okla.


The CASC employees recognized were:
Outstanding Faculty Member: William (Bill) Gann, Business and Technology Instructor;

Outstanding Professional Employee: Vicki Hill-Sullivan, Human Resources Director & Title IX Coordinator;

Outstanding Support Staff: Heather Henson¬¬, Office Secretary for Upward Bound/Upward Bound Math Science TRIO programs.


Bill Gann has served CASC for 35 years in a variety of capacities. He serves as a full-time instructor, Division Chair for Business/Technology/Criminal Justice programs, Makers Space Sponsor, Commencement Coordinator, and liaison for special events.

“The true outstanding faculty at CASC,” Gann said, “are those that I am fortunate enough to serve alongside every day.”


Vicki Sullivan has faithfully served the students and employees of CASC for 21 years. She is the Director of Human Resources and also acts as the Title IX Coordinator for the college.


“I am humbled and honored to receive this award,” Sullivan said. “CASC is where I have chosen to build a career because I believe in the communi¬¬ty college experience, the CASC family, and our involvement with the community.”


Heather Henson has provided the students and employees of CASC’s Upward Bound/Upward Bound Math Science TRIO programs with exceptional service for more than 14 years.


“I am extremely honored to receive this award,” Henson said. “I love my job, and the people I get to work with each day make it so much better. I can’t imagine not being a part of the CASC family.”


CASC President Dr. Jay Falkner commended the three for their outstanding performance in their respective roles at the college.


“We are in the business of serving our community,” Falkner said, “and I am proud to serve with amazing representatives like Bill, Vicki, and Heather. Each of these outstanding individuals serve this college, students, and communities because they are passionate servant leaders, and I believe that is evident through their work."



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In a joint collaboration between Carl Albert State College – Sallisaw and Sallisaw High School, the two educational institutions are set to unveil a new innovative classroom equipped with Zoom technology on October 24, at 1 p.m. on the Sallisaw High School campus.


The classroom has been thoughtfully designed to pair the varying school colors and branding together, and to create a comfortable environment for SHS students to take CASC classes without stepping foot off the high school’s campus.


Statistics prove the value of the concurrent education model. More than 50 percent of students in LeFlore and Sequoyah counties who take concurrent classes before graduating from high school will continue their post-secondary education, as opposed to students who do not take concurrent classes.


Of the Oklahoma colleges and universities with established concurrent enrollment, CASC has led the state for increased concurrent enrollment in the fall 2019 semester.


CASC would like to invite the media to join with community supporters, CASC donors, and CASC employees for light refreshments as they celebrate the collaboration with SHS and unveil the innovative classroom.


By Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy CEO Joe Dorman


Two issues we work closely on at the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) are child abuse prevention and criminal justice reform. Since 2006, the high-profile case of Ms. Tondalo Hall has stood at the intersection of both. Ms. Hall is currently serving a prison sentence for a 2006 conviction under child endangerment, or “failure to protect” laws.


Ms. Hall’s boyfriend, who committed horrific abuse against the couple's children, received a ten-year sentence, with eight of those ten years suspended, meaning he was released after serving two years in prison. Ms. Hall, however, received a 30-year prison sentence which she is still serving today. She has been denied commutation twice, but the Pardon and Parole Board recently sent her recommendation of parole to Governor Kevin Stitt, who will make the final call on whether she can walk free.


Ms. Hall’s case is complicated, and she admits to having made many mistakes. One of those mistakes was to deliver misleading testimony in a misguided attempt to help her former boyfriend have the charges against him reduced. That dishonesty has cost her dearly and accounts for some of the lopsided nature of her prison sentence when compared to her boyfriend’s.


I hope Ms. Hall can leave prison as a reformed person, put things right with her children and share her story to help other women in the same difficult circumstances. There are 48 Oklahomans currently incarcerated on “failure to protect” convictions according to the District Attorneys Council. Of those, 16 of the 48 cases involved a child death; 20 of the 48 cases involved serious bodily and traumatic injury; 4 cases involved physical harm to the child but not serious bodily injury (ex. blackened eyes, bruises, but no broken bones); and 8 cases involved severity of undetermined abuse in the report. Statistically, 45.83% (22) of the cases involved multiple counts of abuse and/or neglect. As a state, incarceration should have a singular goal: to rehabilitate and get these parents to the point where they can be a constructive part of their children’s lives. Even those who experienced the death of a child at the hands of a significant other deserve a chance to reintegrate with society following just sentencing and successful rehabilitation.


That rehabilitative effort will require resources and a commitment to helping inmates address mental health issues rather than simply warehousing them. State Question 781, passed overwhelmingly by voters, authorized resources and processes needed for rehabilitation. The Legislature should pursue a significant investment, far more than the $26 million as provided by SQ 781 this year, for additional counseling, education and other rehabilitative services. Ms. Hall has received tremendous support to change through her work with criminal justice reform advocates, and we would like to see this widespread through the entire system.


In addition to funding for rehabilitation for inmates, we also hope that reforms to the criminal justice system will help to apply some common-sense: a person convicted of actual physical abuse should not serve a shorter sentence than a spouse or partner who, afraid to act, allows that abuse to occur. Rep. Tammy West has done work to review these laws and apply that logic to them, and we appreciate her leadership on the issue.


Above all, we hope that spouses or partners in abusive relationships take immediate action to help themselves and their children. They should start by calling the statewide domestic abuse helpline: 1-800-522-SAFE (7233).


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.“



The Poteau Band Boosters will hold their tailgate party on Thursday starting at 5:30 pm on the Parking Lot at Costner Stadium.

This week the Poteau Pirates take on the Stilwell Indians.

Burgers, chips, apple or pumpkin pie and a drink $6.00

There will be plenty of hot chocolate and coffee in the concession stand.

The Poteau Band Boosters and Quarter Back Club will also be raising money for Blake Standridge. 50/50 tickets will be sold and the bands portion will be donated to Blake and there will be a silent auction table.


Carl Albert State College has been ranked No. 17 in the Nation for the affordability of its Online Associate Degrees for 2020, according to the SR Education Group.


The Group researched more than 1,900 online colleges in order to determine the best online schools in the nation, according to a company representative.


Each college was evaluated on its return on investment, alumni salary data, tuition rates, and degree offerings.


“In our 10th year of publishing college rankings, we are proud to lead the way in offering the most accurate, comprehensive, and accessible rankings for online students. We know that program costs and return on investment are two objective, important factors to current students.This is why we have spent the past year researching over 1,900 schools to highlight the best online colleges of 2020,” Sung Rhee, CEO of SR Education Group.


For more information about CASC Online offerings, or to get in touch with an academic advisor, visit or call 918-647-1300.




According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol a Texas man was injured in a motorcycle accident that occurred on October 16, 2019 at approximately 2pm on State Highway 144 approximately 1 mile west of Honobia, in Pushmataha County.


According to the report, a 2014 BMW Motorcycle driven by a Marty Cowling, 62 of Plano, Texas lost control of the motorcycle and laid the motorcycle over and slid off the north side of State Highway 144.


He was transported by Air E-Vac to Mercy Hospital in Ft. Smith, AR and was admitted in critical condition with head, trunk internal, trunk external, arm and leg injuries.


Investigated by OHP, assisted by Pushmataha County Sheriff’s Office, LeFlore County EMS, Honobia Fire Department, and Air E-Vac.

Submitted by Talihina Chamber of Commerce



The Oklahoma Arts Council has awarded a Grant for this year’s Talihina Fall Festival to be held October 26, from 8am until 5 pm at the Talihina School Agricultural building.


This will be the 31st year for the Talihina Fall Festival.


This grant will help pay for the entertainment at this year’s festival.


The entertainers include:

The Flash Back Band which is a local band, doing a variety of music and the sound and MC. They are very good and have a large following.

Gary S. Pratt is on the Art Councils Artist List. He is a working ranch cowboy since the age of 18. Gary S. Pratt is a National Cowboy & Western Heritage Wrangler Award winning cowboy and western singer. He is a songwriter, historian, storyteller, and accomplished guitarist who draws upon his military and ranching experience to offer authentically classic performances for audiences of all ages.


Jody Adams is a multi-instrumentalist & repeat winner of songwriting contests throughout America.

Adams has toured and worked with several acoustic and Americana groups within the last two decades. Most notably he has shared the stage with Alabama, Wade Hayes, The Osborne Brothers, Mac Wiseman, Dennis Agajanian, Lonesome River Band, Chubby Wise, Doyle Lawson, Lee Greenwood, James Monroe, Reba McEntire, Vince Gill, The Freight Hoppers, Carl Story, and Ricky Skaggs. He has released eight acoustic/folk CDs. He travels and performs the majority of the year in an acoustic-solo through 6-piece acoustic-string and electric band scenario.


Our Banner Ad Sponsors also help with the entertainment, advertising, and other expense for the fall festival they include: Belle Point Beverages, Black Rock Roost, CenterPoint Energy Arkla., Choctaw Nation Tourism, Community State Bank, El Rancho Mexican Grill, Sam Wampler Freedom Ford, Hilliary Communications, Hollands Thick and Thin Lumber, Lawson Pharmacy, Mansour Furniture and Appliances, McCarn Funeral Home, Pam’s Hateful Hussy Diner, Public Service Co., Spike’s Corner Garage, Subway, Talihina Branch Spiro State Bank, Talihina Family Dentistry, Talihina Stone, Ty Gliaudrone Insurance, and Wrights Insurance.


Be sure and thank these sponsors for helping make this festival a great success. This year’s festival will include arts and crafts, great food, a car show, Quilt Show, live entertainment, face painting and more. Be sure and mark your calendar for a fun day.

The Oklahoma Arts Council is the official state agency for the support and development of the arts.


The agency’s mission is to lead in the advancement of Oklahoma’s thriving arts industry.


The Oklahoma Arts Council provides more than 400 grants to nearly 225 organizations in communities statewide each year, organizes professional development opportunities for the state’s arts and cultural industry and manages works of art in the Oklahoma Public Art Collection and the public spaces of the state Capitol.


Additional information is available at




CASC-Sallisaw Hosted U.S. Senator James Lankford for Community Conversation Event



Carl Albert State College – Sallisaw campus hosted a Community Conversation with U.S. Senator James Lankford event on October 11 at 2 p.m. in the J.T. and Mary Jo Stites Event Center.



The event was coordinated by the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce.

Saturday, 12 October 2019 22:32

Tuesday Lunch at the Museum Oct 15th



It’s time for another Tuesday Lunch at the Museum

On the menu will be BBQ Brisket Sandwiches, Potato Salad, Tea or Water and Dessert for only $6.00.

Served from 11am until 1pm at the LeFlore County Museum located at 303 Dewey Avenue in downtown Poteau.

Takeout orders available by calling 918.647.9330

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