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Monday, 19 June 2017 23:02

CASC Athletes Honored


Nine Carl Albert State College student athletes have been honored by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Academic Student Athletes Awards Program for 2016-2017. The program highlights individual athletes across the country for their academic success based on grade point averages (GPA).

On the Carl Albert softball team, Lexey Branscum from Whitesboro, OK earned a GPA of 4.0 and was selected to the NJCAA All Academic First Team.

Also on the softball team, Ainsley Flewellen from Drumright, OK; Erin Bruner from Quinton, OK; and Samantha Wolf from Idabel, OK were named to the NJCAA All Academic Second Team with a GPA between 3.80 and 3.99.

CASC softball player Nikki Harrison from Waldron, AR made the NJCAA All Academic Third Team with a GPA between 3.6 and 3.79.

Representing CASC baseball on the NJCAA All Academic Second Team were Brandon Giribaldie from Willemstad, Curacao, Netherlands; Dylan Thurber from Sallisaw, OK; and Joshua Cowart from Vian, OK.

CASC baseball player Preston Whitten from Wagoner, OK made the NJCAA All Academic Third Team.

CASC Athletic Director Randy Graves stated, “We are proud of these student athletes and appreciate their persistence. The example they are setting for other Viking athletes and for that matter all Carl Albert State College students is outstanding.” He continued, “The commitment it takes to be successful in the classroom and as athletes is very tough, so we congratulate these individuals.”


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By OICA CEO Joe Dorman


Our group is called the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, and we take that last word in our name very seriously. If it were not for the citizen-led organizations demanding more for our society and working to help certain segments have better opportunities, we would see fewer folks of all ages have a chance to achieve the American dream.

OICA often partners with other foundations, organizations and nonprofits to help their efforts, as the rising tide truly does lift all ships in the effort for prosperity. If more organizations worked together, not just on idealistic goals, but also in achieving workable collaborations, far more people would see the benefit of that work.


I want to encourage those who want to become more engaged to check out three upcoming conferences. Honestly, we can do a lot as organizations, but the real success comes when a multitude of people become united in the cause and show strength in numbers.


The first event is sponsored by the Potts Family Foundation. They are hosting the 2017 Oklahoma Early Childhood Coalition Business Summit at the Embassy Suites Oklahoma City Downtown/Medical Center on July 12, 2017.


This year’s summit will highlight the successes of the Oklahoma Early Childhood Coalition, with special emphasis on four areas of impact to families with children, birth to five. Those areas are:

• Pay for Success, as a public/private strategy for achieving measurable outcomes
• Connecting children’s physical and brain health
• Adverse childhood experiences and ways communities can build resilience
• A two-generation approach to reducing poverty and improving education and work outcomes.


Anyone wishing to attend can register through this Event Brite link:


The next forum I would suggest is hosted by the Oklahoma Academy. Their annual Town Hall discusses a different topic each year. For 2017, the issue will be voting in Oklahoma and ways we can improve the system and see an increase in voter turnout. I am firmly convinced if we have more voters going to the polls and those voters are informed on the issues, we will see better results from the entire process, especially for the children of our state.


The 2017 Academy Town Hall will be held in Durant on October 15-18. You can read more about the conference and download the application at this address:


Finally, I would like for you to save the date for OICA’s 2017 KIDS COUNT Fall Forum. This is the meeting where we have child advocates from across the state convene to discuss issues impacting the children of our state and brainstorm to find solutions. We will hold this event on November 2 at the Oklahoma State Capitol and we would like to see folks from across Oklahoma not only become more engaged in the process to advocate for kids, but also join us in learning more and about the issues. You can also download the 2017 OICA Advocacy Guide and our Legislative handbook at


Not only will these events help you be better equipped with the necessary knowledge on how to effectively advocate for kids, you will also meet like-minded advocates who share your passion. I look forward to seeing you at one, if not all, of these events!



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.“


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Monday, 19 June 2017 22:56

Genevieve Jean Wiles Obituary

Genevieve Jean Wiles of Heavener, Oklahoma was born February 4, 1937 in Watts, Oklahoma to Austin and Vera (McFarland) Duncan and went to be with her Lord and Savior on June 19, 2017 in Heavener, Oklahoma at the age of 80.


She is survived by:

Her husband:
Dewey Wiles of the home

Two daughters:
Devvie Butts and husband Steve of Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Shelley Altstatt and husband Jeff of Heavener, Oklahoma

Two brothers:
Austin Duncan and wife Jan of Meridian, Mississippi
Wilmar Lee Duncan and wife Sonya of Leflore, Oklahoma

One sister:
Carol Cook and husband Dave of Lee Summit, Missouri

Three grandchildren:
Bryan Altstatt of Maumelle, Arkansas
Andy Altstatt of Little Rock, Arkansas
Stephanie Butts of Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and a host of friends


She was preceded in death by his parents, Austin and Vera Duncan; two sisters, Clarise Duncan (infant) and Dorothy Meeks; one brother, Lex Duncan; one granddaughter and husband, Brooke and Shawn Storz; and one niece, Trina Benefield. Genevieve was a life-long resident of the area and a homemaker. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and friend.


There will be a private family memorial service at a later date.


Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener, Oklahoma.

The family request that in lieu of flowers, you can make a donation to the Alzheimer Foundation or donate Gideon Bibles in her name.


To sign Mrs. Wiles’ online guestbook please visit


Monday, 19 June 2017 22:51

Let’s Do It

Pervasive Parenting
By Kodey Toney


Every Father's Day I reflect a little bit on what it's like to be father, and talk a little about what it that means to me. I like to talk about my past influences, my dad, my grandpas, and all the father figures I've had in my life.

This Father's Day is no different. What I have figured out though, and that amazes me, is how often people tell me, “Well you're a great father. I don't know how you do what you do.”

This is something that the moms of kids with disabilities hear a lot as well. We are told this constantly.

“I don't know how you do it. You are a blessing.”

This is something that I’ve brought up in the past, but I think it is something to go back on and reflect a little bit.

I usually just tell people, when they ask how I do it, “I just do it!”

I think if you ask any parent, with a child with a disability or not, they would say the same thing. Single parents, parents with six-plus kids, any parent. They just do it. They don’t have any other choice. Sure there are things that are a little more taxing when you have a child with a disability, but it's really not that much different. You just pull from somewhere deep inside, and find ways to fix the problem. You soldier on.

Sure, I fail sometimes. Sure, I have to psych myself up some days, but I don't know any different. I just know that I was taught to be a parent. I know there are a lot of dads, and moms for that matter, out there that gave up their children. I really don't understand how you do that, but I know that it’s not the way I was taught. So, I just do it.
I want to say that I wouldn't have it any other way. One of the most important things, if not the most important thing that I do in my life, is being a parent. It has me going in 100 different directions that I never thought I would go in, and it's the most rewarding as well. It can also be the most frustrating but I love my two boys. I love watching them grow and make strides in life.

So, as I reflect a little more I want to say this in conclusion, Happy Father's Day to all you fathers out there. Thank you for all that you do. Also, happy Father's Day to all you mothers out there that have to be father's.

And to those of you who are thinking about being a father, I say just do it!





Carl Albert State College is pleased to announce that Connor James Sutton has received the General Scholarship Fund Scholarship from CASC.

Conner is the son of James and Cari Sutton and a graduate of Tushka High School.

He plans to major in Physical Therapy Assistant / Health


According to a press release from the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, on June 15, 2017 an OBN Agent was performing military duty at Tinker AFB with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) Detachment 114.


AFOSI was notified that there was a semi-truck attempting to enter the base with a legitimate delivery. Upon routine inspection of the semi at the gate, members of the 72nd Security Forces Squadron (SF) found duffel bags which contained marijuana in the trailer. A K-9 further alerted on the trailer and AFOSI, SF, and the OBN Agent on base began searching the rest of the trailer.


When searching, Agents found approximately 35 boxes full of raw marijuana weighing 715 pounds, and also seized several thousand small containers of marijuana THC vape oil.

The marijuana, which investigators believe was being trafficked from Pasadena, California to New Jersey, was hidden among a legitimate load of materials for delivery onto Tinker Air Force Base.


The semi-truck also contained about $25,000 worth of frozen chicken which investigators stored for safe keeping until it could be transported to its intended destination in New Jersey.


The driver is identified as Ashot Grigoryan (DOB 5/29/1958).


He was booked into the Oklahoma County Jail for Trafficking in CDS and Maintaining a Vehicle for Drug Activity. At the time of his arrest, Grigoryan was already on probation out of the state of Missouri for a previous trafficking case.


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Boxes of Marijuana being loaded by OBN Agents

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Monday, 19 June 2017 21:26

Blood Drive at Riverside


Come out to Riverside Autoplex of Poteau on Wednesday June 21 from 10am until 2:15pm and give blood at their Oklahoma Blood Services Blood Drive at the Riverside Autoplex of Poteau, located at 2100 South Broadway.


Give blood and get a free “Keep it Local” T-Shirt and free tickets to the Tulsa Zoo.


Come on out and join the staff at Riverside Autoplex of Poteau on Wednesday and give blood.


It's simple! All you have to do is show up, give a blood donation and go home.


If you would like to schedule an appointment contact Greg Womack at 1.479. 652.2362.


Several time slots available.

Monday, 19 June 2017 10:05

Marriage Licenses June 12-16, 2017

The following couples received their marriage licenses during the week of June 12-16, 2017, from the LeFlore County Court Clerk’s office.


Willis Thompson, Jr. and Argina May Strong

Adrian Featherston and Brandi Nicole Haskell

Dave W. Cook and Kayla Jae Hill

Walter Blankenship and Marcia M. Day

William Ray Wagner and Melanie Leanne Johnson

Mauro Eugene Sanchez and Danielle Louise Cole

Rusty Don Rogers and Laura Elaine Potter

Logan Edward Shelton and Cheyanne Nicole Pilkington


Marriage Licenses June 12-16, 2017 - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

Press Release


OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin and the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS)  announced that Oklahoma has received an extension to meet the requirements in the REAL ID Act through Oct. 10, 2017, from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.


“This is great news for Oklahomans as it means there will be no restrictions on individuals using Oklahoma licenses to access federal buildings through October 10,” said Fallin. “We will request additional extensions until we are fully compliant with the REAL ID Act.”


Fallin earlier this year signed House Bill (HB) 1845, which allowed state officials to begin work on building a compliant system. That includes training tag agents and creating a centralized office to handle card manufacturing and storage.


Oklahoma Public Safety Commissioner Michael Thompson said implementing the changes could take two years or longer. Officials hope that the Department of Homeland Security will acknowledge the state's progress and grant extensions until the state achieves full compliance with the REAL ID Act and implementing regulations.


Fallin said she was grateful legislative leaders worked quickly this past session to pass a measure that would make Oklahoma compliant with the REAL ID Act. HB 1845 was a priority measure for the governor, who urged lawmakers during her State of the State address in early February to pass it. Lawmakers gave final approval by the end of that month.


“I appreciate the hard work and determination of Speaker Charles McCall and President Pro Tem Mike Schulz in getting this legislation crafted and approved overwhelmingly in both the House and Senate,” said Fallin. “I applaud our lawmakers for working in a constructive, bipartisan fashion.”



At approximately 5:48pm on June 17, 2017, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol were dispatched to the scene of a drowning that occurred at the Red River, approximately 30 miles South of Idabel in McCurtain County.

According to the report, a 10-year-old girl was wading out in rapids when she slipped and went under the water and never resurfaced.

The body of the little girl was recovered approximately 70 yards from where she went under at 9pm that evening by using dragging operations in 6 feet of water approximately 30 yards from the Oklahoma shore.

The accident was investigated by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Marine Enforcement Division, Hayworth Fire Department, Garvin Fire Department, Broken Bow Fire department, Idabel Fire Department, Tom Fire Department, McCurtain County Sheriff’s Office, Little River Sheriff’s Office, and Wright City Police Department.


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