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Arbuckle: August 12.Elevation normal, water 87 and stained. White bass fair on grubs around points. Largemouth bass fair on topwater lures at daybreak and good on soft plastic baits and Carolina rigs at 12-18 ft. the rest of the day. Smallmouth bass fair on topwater lures early then on crankbaits. Crappie good at 18 ft. off brush piles and slow around docks. Channel catfish good on baited brush piles. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Broken Bow: August 9. Elevation below normal, water 87. Largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass good on plastics and topwater lures around brush structure and points. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: August 10. Elevation above normal, water 84 and murky. Striped bass hybrids and white bass fair on sassy shad, small lures, and spoons below the dam, and around main lake, riprap, and river mouth. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait, live bait and live shad below the dam, and around main lake, river channel, and river mouth. Report submitted by Jake Bersche, game warden stationed in McIntosh County. 

Hugo: August 9. Elevation normal, water 87 and murky. Blue, channel, and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, dough bait, live bait, punch bait, shad, and sunfish below the dam, and around creek channels, main lake, river channel, and shorelines. Crappie good on jigs and minnows below the dam, and around brush structure, channels, main lake, river channel, and standing timber. Report submitted by Andrew Potter, game warden stationed in Choctaw County. 

Konawa: August 8. Elevation normal, water 98 and clear. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, plastics, and topwater lures around main lake, points, river channel, and weed beds. Striped bass hybrids and white bass fair on Alabama rig, crankbaits, and live shad around coves and river channel. Channel catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, and stinkbait around coves, inlet, and weed beds. Report submitted by Garret Harley, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountain Fork: August 9. Elevation normal, water clear. Rainbow trout good on tube jigs and worms around creek channels, rocks, and spillway. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

McGee Creek: August 9. Elevation normal, water 85. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on crankbaits, flukes, plastics, and topwater lures around coves, points, and rocks. Crappie and white bass good on minnows around creek channels, river channel, and standing timber. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Pine Creek: August 9. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on sassy shad, spinnerbaits, and worms around coves, creek channels, and points. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush structure. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and cut bait around creek channels and river channel. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: August 9. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on bill baits, flukes, lipless baits, plastics, and rogues around brush structure, coves, riprap, river channel, river mouth, and standing timber. Striped bass fair on bill baits, jerk bait, lipless baits, live shad, and rogues around inlet, river channel, and river mouth. Blue, channel, and flathead catfish good on cut bait, dough bait, live bait, shad, stinkbait, and sunfish around flats, inlet, main lake, river channel, and river mouth. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: August 7. Elevation below normal, water 88. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on buzz baits, crankbaits, jigs, plastics, spinnerbaits, and topwater lures around brush structure, creek channels, points, rocks, shorelines, standing timber, and weed beds. Blue, channel, and flathead catfish fair on cut bait, shad, and sunfish around channels, flats, main lake, and shorelines. Crappie fair on jigs, minnows, and tube jigs around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County. 

Texoma: August 9. Elevation normal, water 82 and clear. Striped bass good on live shad, slabs, and topwater lures below the dam, and around flats, main lake, and shallows. Blue catfish fair on cut bait, live bait, and shad below the dam and around the main lake. Crappie fair on hair jigs, live bait, and tube jigs around brush structure and docks. Lake fishing has been good early mornings and late evenings, Striped bass hitting topwater lures when surfacing feeding is present. Striped bass holding on ledges and hitting live baits early in the mornings, from 7-9 am the topwater action has been good on the southern end of the lake. By 9 am most of the striped bass bite has diminished to very slow. Blue cats hitting cut bait below Denison Dam at night. Striped bass hitting live perch below Denison Dam. Report submitted by Trey Hale, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: August 9. Elevation above normal, water clear. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on bill baits, buzz baits, crankbaits and plastics around channels, coves, points, and shorelines. Blue and channel catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, and stinkbait below the dam and around channels, main lake, and points. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows below the dam, and around brush structure, channels, and standing timber. Report submitted by Thomas Gillham, Game warden stationed in LeFlore County.


Press release


OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA. – The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) arrested 34-year-old Justin White who is facing charges of Rape in the 2nd Degree in McCurtain County and Lewd Molestation in LeFlore County.


Law enforcement officials requested that the OSBI investigate after allegations surfaced that White had inappropriate relationships with young females while a teacher at Smithville Public Schools in McCurtain County and as a Youth Pastor at Spiro Baptist Church in LeFlore County.


White is currently employed as the Youth Pastor at Clayton Avenue Baptist Church in Hugo, Okla.


White was the baseball coach at Smithville Public School.


During the 2013-2014 school year he allegedly had sexual intercourse with a female student several times at his residence located on school property.


During the investigation, agents spoke with another female who was a member of the Spiro Baptist Church youth group when White was Youth Pastor.


The female, who was underage at the time, said White would take her upstairs at the church to be alone. When alone, White would inappropriately touch and kiss the teenager.


White was arrested at the Clayton Avenue Baptist Church in Hugo and is currently in the Choctaw County jail awaiting transport to McCurtain County and then to LeFlore County.




RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – Following a 2018 campaign that featured an undefeated a regular season, a fourth Great American Conference title and the program’s first NCAA Division II playoff victory, Ouachita enters the upcoming football season as the league’s preseason favorite, the conference announced on Tuesday.


The Tigers picked up eight of the available first-place votes from the GAC’s other head coaches. Harding, who took second in the poll and received three first-place votes; Southern Arkansas claimed the remaining first-place tally and placed third.


Ouachita returns Brayden Brazeal, the 2018 GAC Freshman of the Year as its quarterback. He accounted for 16 touchdowns and he threw only two interceptions. Additionally the Tiger offense also brings back Brockton Brown, Shun’cee Thomas and Allie Freeman. Brown scored a GAC-leading 16 touchdowns as a freshman. Thomas averaged 7.8 yards per carry and ran for 820 yards. Freeman amassed almost 1,100 yards of all-purpose yards. Defensively, Ouachita returns Keandre Evans, an All-American defensive back. He tied for the GAC lead with four interceptions.


Harding, who in 2018 qualified for the DII playoffs for the third-straight season, features its top four rushing leaders for 2019. Cole Chancey ran for 961 yards, tops among returning GAC backs, and he scored 14 touchdowns. Tristan Tucker tallied 761 yards and six touchdowns on just 83 carries. Quarterback Preston Paden accounted for 17 touchdowns. On the other side of the ball, the Bisons must replace GAC Player of the Year T.J. Winslow as well as three additional First-Team All-GAC performers from the league’s top scoring defense.


SAU also faces multiple changes at key positions due to graduation. Quarterback Barrett Renner finished his career ranked second in league history in passing yards, touchdowns and total offense. Wide receiver Ka’Ronce Higgins became a Harlon Hill finalist after leading the conference in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. On defense, DaVondrick Lison finished as the league’s record holder in sacks. The Muleriders will return experience in the secondary in Brock Floyd and Lorenzo Watkins. Both tied for the GAC lead with four interceptions.


Henderson State finished fourth in the balloting. In going 5-6 last season, the Reddies endured their first losing season in the GAC. They return quarterback Richard Stammetti and running back Logan Moragne for their senior seasons. Stammetti passed for 2,459 yards and 18 touchdowns while Moragne, an Honorable Mention selection, ran for 684 yards and five scores.


Arkansas-Monticello edged out Southeastern Oklahoma State by one point for fifth place. Weevil tight end DeAndre Washington, returns for his junior season after his 700 receiving yards and seven scores earned him multiple All-Region honors. The Savage Storm features a new head coach in Tyler Fenwick. He posted a 37-29 record in six seasons at Missouri S&T including a 10-2 mark and a win in the Mineral Water Bowl last season. He inherits a defense led by Conner Swope. As a freshman, Swope ranked third in the conference with 116 tackles.


Northwestern Oklahoma State placed seventh, followed by Arkansas Tech and Oklahoma Baptist. Senior linebackers Dakota Driskill and Maurice Wright anchor the Ranger defense. They finished 2018 as one of three tandems in Division II to both tally at least 110 tackles. Arkansas Tech also made a coaching change. Former Wonder Boy Kyle Shipp takes over at the helm. In his most recent role, offensive coordinator for UAM, the Weevils posted the second-best offense in both 2017 and 2018. After three straight 2-9 seasons, Oklahoma Baptist went 5-6 last year. Preston Haire led the GAC in passing yards, total offense and passing touchdowns. Additionally, his 27.64 completions per game led Division II.


Southwestern Oklahoma State, East Central and Southern Nazarene rounded out the poll. In his first season in Weatherford, Chet Pobolish saw the Bulldog offense improve by almost 5.0 points per game. At ECU, Al Johnson bettered the Tiger defense by almost 40 yards per game and almost 6.0 points per game in his first campaign. As a freshman, the Crimson Storm’s Gage Porter led all GAC quarterbacks in rushing yards with 668. He ran for seven touchdowns and added five passing scores.


The 2019 season opens on Thursday, September 5 with five contests. A matchup between the top two schools – Harding and Ouachita – takes place in Arkadelphia. Additionally, Southern Arkansas heads to Southern Nazarene; East Central hosts Northwestern Oklahoma State; Arkansas Tech visits Arkansas-Monticello and Southwestern Oklahoma State visits Southeastern Oklahoma State. The opening week concludes with one Saturday contest - Henderson State at Oklahoma Baptist.


Tuesday, 13 August 2019 12:15

Wild Turtles are Not Pet Material


(STILLWATER, Oklahoma) — From mid-July through September, thousands of people visit Oklahoma’s lakes, rivers and other waterways to cool off and enjoy their summer. And many of them encounter Oklahoma’s wildlife, as animals also utilize the water and adjacent wilderness.


At this time of year, baby turtles are hatching out of eggs buried months earlier. Most egg nests were found and destroyed by raccoons, skunks and other predators. The lucky, undisturbed nests can see 30 to 40 turtles dig themselves out of the soil. They must remain hidden, however, and try to make it to the water and its aquatic vegetation quickly.


Once the baby turtles are above ground, their predators expand to include egrets, herons and even water snakes and bullfrogs. The turtles will grow on a diet of aquatic invertebrates, plants and algae. After many years, they will be large enough where their list of predators decreases, but they will remain leery and quick to hide in the water should you get too close to them. Only a few survive until maturation to breed and create the next generation of turtles.


If you see one of these hatchling turtles, you may very well be enamored by their large eyes, bright colors and patterns, and toddler-like demeanor. Some people may give into their impulse to keep such a beautiful creature as a pet. What they fail to realize is that their care requirements in captivity can be astonishing. A turtle’s needs can be easily met in the wild — lots of food, water, sunlight and space to meet their individual, social and ecological needs. Bringing them into your home means you are responsible for providing all of this.

Turtles need lots of food, foraging nearly every day. With all this food comes lots of waste. This is where most pet turtle owners run into problems.


Aquatic turtles are infamous for odorous, difficult to clean enclosures. This is because the necessary space and volume of water are nearly always underestimated. Massive, three-stage filtration is essential to keep the water clean between changes. Turtles also need sunlight for proper growth and shell development.


Many hatchling turtles that grow up in captivity end up with malformed, unhealthy shells and skeletons. Special full-spectrum UVB bulbs must be provided for all indoor turtles. Lastly, turtles are nervous, ingrained to avoid predators at all cost. While some can become accustomed to humans, all need adequate space to explore, hide, swim and climb out of the water to dry off and bask. All of this occurs naturally in a healthy wetland. It does not occur in an aquarium or small decorative pond that is set apart from the rest of the ecosystem.

Herpetoculture, the keeping of reptiles and amphibians as pets, is a hobby that has advanced since its growth in popularity in the late 20th century. Captive care requirements for many species of turtles are well known, and they can become happy healthy family pets. Investing in proper caging and lighting and ensuring access to proper nutrition and veterinary care are serious undertakings.


A breeder or supplier of a captive-bred turtle will be your best bet for a pet. A captive-bred pet gives you more species to choose from (as opposed to finding a local wild turtle), and you may be directed towards a species that best suits your needs in terms of size, diet and behavior. That little hatchling you found at the beach is likely to grow into a very large turtle. Some captive species remain smaller. Some turtles are fish eaters, some eat mostly plants, and others prefer hard-to-get items like mussels. Different turtle species also have different personalities, with some being more seclusive and others more outgoing. Captive-bred animals are a renewable resource, do not strain wild populations, are more likely to be healthy and are less likely to have parasites. The breeder is often a good resource on how to care for them.


If you see an injured wild turtle, call the OSU Veterinary Medical Hospital at 405-744-7000, ext. 1.


The hospital’s Avian, Exotic and Zoological Medicine Service rehabilitates injured wildlife and treats exotic pets.


If you have a pet turtle and have questions, call to schedule an examination to assess both your pet’s health and its captive care.


STORY BY: Ian Kanda RVT, VTS (exotic companion animal), who works in the Avian, Exotic & Zoological Medicine Service at Oklahoma State University’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.



Veterinary Viewpoints is provided by the faculty of the OSU Veterinary Medical Hospital. Certified by the American Animal Hospital Association, the hospital is open to the public providing routine and specialized care for all species and 24-hour emergency care, 365 days a year.


Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant university that prepares students for success. OSU has more than 34,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 24,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and around 100 nations. Established in 1890, OSU has graduated more than 275,000 students to serve the state of Oklahoma, the nation and the world.


Press release


OKLAHOMA CITY – Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a bill to improve government transparency in a ceremony at the State Capitol last week. Senate Bill 271 was authored by Sen. Nathan Dahm (R-Broken Arrow) and Rep. Kyle Hilbert (R-Bristow).

The bill requires all state agencies to annually disclose and rank all federally affiliated funds, programs and priorities. Hilbert, who serves as the vice chair of the House Appropriations and Budget Committee, said any agency receiving and administering federal funds that require any level of security clearance in order to administer received funds is exempt from the disclosure requirements.

“As elected officials, we should always take into consideration transparency and accountability,” Dahm said. “Unfortunately, many agencies choose not to share all the information in order for fully-informed decisions to be made. This bill will allow us to better represent our constituents by having this information known when making budget decisions. And by having the agencies post it on their website, this financial information will be directly available to the citizens of Oklahoma as well. It’s a huge step forward for transparency in how agencies spend our money.”

“The Legislature currently does not have a clear understanding of how many federal dollars various state agencies are receiving, how they’re being used or what strings are attached to those federal dollars,” Hilbert said. “The state agencies already have this information available, and Senate Bill 271 will make this information readily accessible to state legislators while considering funding and appropriations.”

SB 271 was officially signed by Stitt on April 29 and will go into effect on Nov. 1.


Howe, Oklahoma- Tuesday (August 13, 2019.) the Howe Police Department responded to a call about a man who walked into the Tote-A-Poke in Howe who stated he was shot at mulitple times. (According to LeFlore Coumty Sheriff Rob Seale, the man was not  shot as previously reported, just shot at.) 

While the police were at that location, another call of a drive by shooting was dispatched to a home at the corner of Railroad and Texas about someone's house being shot.


Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Heavener Police Department, Wister Police Department, Howe Police Department and the LeFlore County Sheriff’s office all responded the scene.


Neither victims were shot.

No suspects are in custody currently.

The suspect’s vehicle is described as a older model gray Nissan or Toyota with tinted windows.


Anyone with any information should contact the Sheriff's Office at (918) 647-3426.


MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Clinton Shane Strable, age 36, of Stigler, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 168 months’ imprisonment and 5 years of supervised release for Possession With Intent To Distribute Methamphetamine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(A); and to 37 months’ imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release for Felon In Possession Of Firearm And Ammunition, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1), 924(a)(2) on two separate Indictments.


The charges arose from an investigation by the Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Haskell County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


The Indictment for federal drug crimes alleged that on or about September 18, 2018, the defendant knowingly and intentionally possessed with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.


The second Indictment alleged that on or about April 22, 2018 the defendant, having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, knowingly possessed in and affecting commerce, firearms and ammunition, which had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce.


United States Attorney Brian J. Kuester said, “The investigations and prosecution of the defendant for federal drug and weapons offenses is the result of strong working relationships law enforcement agencies have in the Eastern District. Federal prosecution is not always an option or the best option. However, when it is, this office and the federal law enforcement community is eager to assist local law enforcement agencies in our shared missions to protect the public. This case is a great example of the benefit of working 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.


Assistant United States Attorney Clay Compton represented the United States.

Tuesday, 13 August 2019 11:22

Talihina Crash Remembrance

By Vera Nelson, Talihina Chamber of Commerce


A Remembrance of the 13 Airforce Men who lost their lives in a plane crash near Talihina will be held Saturday, Sept 28, 2019 in honor of the seventieth anniversary of this tragic incident.


It will begin at 11a.m. with a parade followed by speakers and the unveiling of the memorial plaque.

Families of the crash victims will be present for all the activities. The men lost their lives far from their families, and they are getting the recognition they deserve at last.

Sept 26, 1949 an Air Force B-29 bomber crashed and burned near Talihina. All 13 onboard died. The B-29 was on a training flight when it crashed.

People from Talihina and Albion heard a plane in trouble. They looked up to see a large Air Force B-29 bomber circle overhead. The plane entered a flat spin falling from the sky, crashed and burned in a wooded area six miles southwest of Talihina.

The plane was on a flight from Smoky Hill AFB, Salina, Kansas. At 6:55 pm they radioed their position over Fort Smith at 25,000 feet proceeding to Perrin AFB, Texas. Twenty minutes later it crashed. The official investigation speculated an explosive decompression lead to the crash.


The names of the men are as follows:


Pilot 1st Lt. Robert B. Black; Co-pilot 1st Lt. Harold S. Spicer; Navigator 1st Lt. Phillip L. Benefield;
Bombardier 1st Lt. Jack E. McDannell; Radar Operator Capt. Julian B. Massey; Radar Operator 1st Lt. Thomas F. Carlow;
Engr. M/Sgt William H. Day; S/Engr. Cpl. Theodore P. Sells; Radio Operator S/Sgt Charles G. Slifkey;
Radio Operator S/Sgt Thomas M. Crean; Gunner S/Sgt Charles A. Jellings; Gunner Sgt Harold M. Hanna; Gunner S/Sgt Robert O. Troyer
SAC 15th AF, 301st Bomber Group, 352nd Squadron, Smoky Hill AFB, Salina, Kansas.


Please plan on joining us Saturday, September 28th to pay homage to these Airforce men and their families.

Monday, 12 August 2019 15:52

Marriage Licenses August 5-9, 2019

The LeFlore County Court Clerk’s office issued marriage licenses to the following couples during the week of August 5-9, 2019:


Paul R. Todko and Kelly D Adams


Sherman Lynn Thompson and Ghazala Hashmat Ali


Jeremy Alexander Pharis and Haley Renee Crase




The Carl Albert State College Board of Regents recently named Jaime Henson the Interim Campus Director of CASC Sallisaw after Bryan Warner’s victory in his race for Deputy Chief of the Cherokee Nation.


As the daughter of life-long educators in rural Oklahoma, Henson is extremely passionate about education and her community.


“I feel blessed and privileged to serve our students,” said Henson, “in my new role with CASC. Our campus is a rich resource for our community; both traditional and non-traditional students in Sequoyah County, and the surrounding areas, have been able to find their place with us and invest in themselves. Our top priority is to help each student who walks through our doors realize their potential and equip them with the knowledge and skills they need in order to accomplish their goals.”


Henson has great expectations and plans for CASC Sallisaw and is excited to get started. She encourages potential students to plan a visit to campus and talk with their team about the opportunities in store for each student at CASC.


“Jaime has been a cornerstone of our Sallisaw campus for many years,” said Dr. Jay Falkner, CASC President. “She has continually stepped up to meet the needs of our students, and employees, and we are proud to have her lead CASC Sallisaw into the future of higher education.”



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