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Thursday, 06 December 2018 09:40

The Future of America’s Trade Deals

By Congressman Markwayne Mullin

By now, we all know that President Trump is a negotiator. At the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires last weekend, the president showcased his dealmaking skills in yet another trade negotiation on behalf of the American people.

After the first round of U.S. tariffs, China targeted our agriculture products. One U.S. farm feeds 165 people annually in the United States and abroad. Oklahoma is home to over 77,000 farms on 34 million acres and plays a crucial role in food production for the country and in turn, the world. Our country, with its advanced infrastructure, has the ability to feed even more of the world’s population.

Starting on January 1, 2019, the Trump Administration was set to enact the next round of tariff increases on China with a 25 percent tariff on $250 billion in Chinese goods. However, in talks with Chinese President Xi at the G20, both presidents agreed to delay tariffs for 90 days so trade conversations and negotiations might continue.

This development is a welcomed one. As long as our countries continue discussions, we can inch closer and closer to fair and balanced trade. When I was negotiating business deals, I walked into every deal asking for 100 percent. I would negotiate down to 70 percent and when my take dropped to 69 percent, I walked away from the table. President Trump has a similar negotiation strategy and I believe it is one that will secure the best deal possible for the American people.

The future of our country’s trade deals may be uncertain, however I am confident that as long as the president is holding productive conversations with other countries, we are in a good place. The continued discussions with China also gives the U.S. an opportunity to negotiate a trade deal that could open the door for greater agricultural sales to China. Prior to President Trump, America’s generosity—and its farmers’ generosity—has been taken for granted. That ends here.

Press release

OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate Republicans on Wednesday announced their full leadership team for the 57th Legislature.

Senate Republicans previously designated Senator Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, as their pick to serve as the next President Pro Tempore of the Senate. Treat earlier this year announced his selection of Senator Kim David, R-Porter, to serve as Majority Floor Leader and of Senator Roger Thompson, R-Okemah, to serve as Senate Appropriations chair.

“I am honored that my colleagues have placed faith in me, and I’m ready to lead Senate Republicans forward to accomplish great things for Oklahoma and its people,” Treat said. “Our entire leadership team brings a wide range of talent and expertise to the Senate, and each of them is committed to working on common sense, conservative ideas to move Oklahoma forward.”

Senate Republicans’ leadership team includes:
• Senator Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, President Pro Tempore-designate
• Senator Kim David, R-Porter, Majority Floor Leader
• Senator Roger Thompson, R-Okemah, Appropriations chair
• Senator Jason Smalley, R-Stroud, Majority Caucus chair
• Senator Rob Standridge, R-Norman, Majority Whip
• Senator Stephanie Bice, R-Oklahoma City, Assistant Floor Leader
• Senator Frank Simpson, R-Springer, Assistant Floor Leader
• Senator Dave Rader, R-Tulsa, Majority Caucus vice chair
• Senator Julie Daniels, R-Bartlesville, Assistant Majority Whip
• Senator Casey Murdock, R-Felt, Assistant Majority Whip
• Senator Marty Quinn, R-Claremore, Assistant Majority Whip
• Senator Darcy Jech, R-Kingfisher, Rural Caucus chair and Senator Darcy Jech as Rural Caucus chair.

Thursday, 06 December 2018 09:34

PUES Students of the week for Nov. 26-30


The Poteau Upper Elementary School is pleased to announce their “Students of the Week” for the Week for Nov. 26-30.


The November Character Word: CITIZENSHIP-


Respectful devotion or allegiance to one's country and/or school.


Students of the week are: Gavin Glaze, Judd Hebert, Carla Martinez, Joshua Wiles, Diana Gabriel, Bentley Jackson, and Kambri McBeth.



Wednesday, 05 December 2018 05:06

Joyce Lavonne (Wise) Addison Obituary

Joyce Lavonne (Wise) Addison of Norman, Oklahoma (formerly of Heavener, Oklahoma) was born October 4, 1930 in Howe, Oklahoma to Floyd and Pink (Christopher) Wise and passed away December 2, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma at the age of 88.


She is survived by:

Two sons:
Michael Addison and wife Donna of Norman, Oklahoma
Rodney Addison and wife Jan of Skiatook, Oklahoma

One sister:
Sharon Hornbuckle of Marlow, Oklahoma

One brother:
Floyd “Butch” Wise and wife Nancy of El Reno, Oklahoma

Six grandchildren

Ten great-grandchildren

Several nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and a host of friends


She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Billy Harold Addison; and one grandson, Zackary Addison. In their early years, Bill and Joyce owned several businesses in Heavener. Joyce was also a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.


Graveside service will be 1:30 p.m., Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Monroe Cemetery with Brother John Glinski officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener, Oklahoma.


Viewing will be from Noon until 6:00 p.m., Friday and 8:30 a.m. until Noon, Saturday at the funeral home.


To sign Mrs. Addison’s online guestbook please visit


Press release

On November 15, 2018, Rogers County Sheriff’s Office requested the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for assistance in investigating a burned body found in a trailer at 15400 East 495 Road in Claremore, Oklahoma.

The victim was later identified as 60-year-old, Ricky Swan.

Through the investigation, Kevin Foster, 32, was identified as a suspect.

Foster was located and arrested at his home in Bixby, Oklahoma.


On December 4th, Foster was formally charged in Rogers County District Court with Murder I, Arson I, Desecration of a Human Corpse, Possession of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony, Burglary II (two counts), Disturbing a Tombstone, and Public Intoxication.

Foster is being held in the Rogers County Jail on no bond.

Press release



OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency for 12 counties due to severe storms, tornadoes and straight-line winds that occurred Friday, November 30.


The counties included in the governor’s declaration are Adair, Cherokee, Delaware, Haskell, Johnston, Latimer, Le Flore, Muskogee, Pittsburg, Pushmataha, Sequoyah, and Tulsa.


Under the governor’s executive order, state agencies may make emergency purchases and acquisitions needed to expedite the delivery of resources to local jurisdictions.


The declaration also marks a first step toward seeking federal assistance should it be necessary.


The executive order is in effect for 30 days, and could be amended to include additional counties if needed.

Wednesday, 05 December 2018 09:40

CASC Remembers President George H.W. Bush

Press release


Carl Albert State College has had the honor of hosting three United States Presidents throughout its history as keynote speakers of the CASC Foundation’s Carter Lecture Series.

At the request of former Speaker of the House, Carl Albert, President Jimmy Carter, President Gerald Ford, and President George H.W. Bush have addressed the students, faculty, staff, and community partners of CASC through the lecture series.

On April 8, 1994, President George H.W. Bush addressed a group of southeastern Oklahoma high school students in the morning before he traveled to CASC for his speech later that day.

During his morning address, President Bush was joined by former Speaker Carl Albert; the two reminded the students that they are the future of America and challenged them to prepare themselves to become the leaders of the 21stcentury.

Following his presentation to the high school students, the President arrived on CASC’s campus where he addressed a crowd of more than 5,000, many of whom waited hours in line to hear him speak.

“As I read of the accomplishments of President Bush,” said Dr. Joe E. White, former President of CASC, “I was struck by the many significant positions of public service he has held – from Ambassador to the United Nations to Director of the CIA... In every instance, he conducted himself honorably and did his job well. We owe him our gratitude for the many years of public service he has given to our country.”

“I was very much impressed by the lecture,” Dr. White continued. “There were no histrionics, breast beating, or flag waving — just a quiet, straight-from-the-shoulder discussion about what is really important in life.”

After his speech, President Bush fielded questions from a few CASC Scholars students. He was asked a variety of questions from what he would do differently in his recent campaign to what he felt his greatest achievement throughout his presidency was, to which he replied, “Desert Storm.”
Once questions had concluded, a few elected officials in attendance presented President Bush with awards and made proclamations. CASC Head Baseball Coach, Mark Pollard, offered the President a CASC Baseball cap and made him an honorary Viking.

A bronze bust of Carl Albert was then unveiled by President Bush and presented to Carl Albert to be displayed on the first floor of the F.L. Holton Business Center.

“Three things stood out about him and the lessons he related to us,” White said, “decency, integrity, and love of country. They are lessons we should take to heart.”

Success is not a strong enough word to describe the 1994 Carter Lecture Series, said CASC Viking Banner Editor, Ryan McCullah.

“The Lecture Series was a historic event,” McCullah said. “The arrival of former President George Bush at CASC not only made this college the first two-year school in the nation’s history to host three former US Presidents, but after hearing, and possibly even being lucky enough to shake hands with President Bush, those who attended the speech went home feeling that they were taking a little piece of history home with them, too.”

What a blessing for CASC that President Bush and Speaker Albert were such great friends and the President was moved to visit our campus, Dr. White said.

President Bush, like President Carter and President Ford, graciously donated his speaker’s fee back to CASC to benefit the college and its students. In turn, an endowed professorship was established in his honor and is titled the “President George Bush — Endowed Professorship for Teaching Excellence – 1994.”

The faculty, staff, and students of CASC join with the rest of the world to mourn the loss — and remember, a phenomenal leader and humble public servant, President George H.W. Bush, said CASC President Dr. Jay Falkner.

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By Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy CEO Joe Dorman


The holidays are usually a busy time at the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA), and this year is no exception. We are working hard to make the OK Foster Wishes holiday gift drive a success, and we were excited to assign the last “wish list” submitted by a foster child to one of thousands of Oklahomans who are donating to the effort. Our staff is not only charged with fulfilling over 4,000 of these wish lists, but also locating a warehouse space, generously loaned to us by Hobby Lobby, and running the distribution effort in Oklahoma County (DHS distributes the gifts assembled by OICA to over 60 other counties, and some counties have their own locally run gift drive). Inevitably, some of the wish lists will go unfulfilled, so we are also continuing to raise money to make sure every foster child has a holiday gift. Please consider donating to that effort at


We are also preparing for the end of the year by finalizing our daily desktop calendar, which highlights statistics about child welfare as well as local organizations that work on children’s issues. We would like to thank the many individuals and organizations who helped ensure this data will reach lawmakers. Each senator and representative, our new governor and our congressional delegation will receive a calendar, along with each sponsor. On each page of the calendar is a statistic relating to children in Oklahoma, a message from the sponsor of the day, and information about a youth program working to help Oklahoma kids.


We are also gearing up for the 2019 legislative session. With so many new members, and nearly three-quarters of lawmakers having two years or less experience, it will be a challenge to educate the Legislature about specific policies that need review, revision or a complete overhaul. OICA is prepared for this task as we submitted our own wish list to lawmakers to look at dozens of suggestions to improve the health, well-being and overall quality of life for Oklahoma’s children and their families. You can see our Legislative Agenda at on our website.


I want to thank some of those lawmakers who have stepped up early to provide leadership in this area. I am looking forward to the legislation submitted in a bipartisan fashion by House Floor Leader Jon Echols, R-Oklahoma City and Representative Jason Dunnington, D-Oklahoma City, that will enhance reforms in criminal justice laws to apply to persons who have previously been sentenced under old guidelines. This will allow for a release of non-violent offenders who would not be convicted under current law and allow them, many of whom are parents, to be reunited with their children. Children are six to seven times more likely to go to prison themselves if they have had a parent in prison, and on average, one in ten of Oklahoma’s children have had a parent in prison at some point. Reducing the number of non-violent adults in prison today will inevitably reduce incarceration rates for today’s children as they grow up.


We also appreciate Rep. Carol Bush, R-Tulsa, for her effort last session to create a Trauma Informed Care Task Force, and for the modifications that will be pursued this year by her to include lawmakers and more regional representation in this effort. Rep. Bush will also be carrying several of our other agenda items, as will Rep. Mark Lawson, R-Sapulpa, who is assisting with revisions to foster care laws at our request.


I am also thankful for the new lawmakers who have jumped into the mix: Sen. Darrell Weaver, R-Moore, is working with OICA to craft legislation to help protect young Oklahomans from predators in schools. Rep. Jacob Rosecrants, D-Norman is reintroducing his “Lauren’s Law” legislation to bring knowledge about consent to teenagers. We are also pleased to partner with the Potts Family Foundation to increase participation in the “Early Childhood Caucus” to improve knowledge about trends in that demographic.


It is a busy time of the year, but we are pleased that we are able to do all of this work on behalf of Oklahoma’s youth as their voice at the State Capitol!

Tuesday, 04 December 2018 22:34

LeFlore County EMS going Above and Beyond


Submitted by Jeff Fishel


Meet Bentley


Bentley was involved in a major vehicle collision a few nights ago and had to be flown to a pediatric trauma center where he had his femur surgically repaired.


Paramedic Jeff Steinkamp (left) and EMT Josh Huggins (right) were on the first Ambulance to the scene, Bentley’s clothing was cut off during their assessment and his back pack (still on when contact was made) got dirty. Bentley wasn’t the biggest fan of losing his clothing, and that backpack seemed pretty important to him!


Bentley was a trooper, but Jeff & Josh felt they should do something for him.


They got together some clothing including a brand-new warm jacket since his got destroyed... got him a new lighting McQueen back pack, a few toys, and made a visit to his home!


Very proud of these two and very proud of Bentley for being so tough! Get well soon Bentley, enjoy the Monster trucks and new clothing... and thank you Jeff & Josh for going above and beyond!


*Bentley’s grandmother gave permission for the photo and story

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