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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate Education Committee approved a bill to restore five-day school weeks in Oklahoma schools, advancing one of the four agenda items of Senate Republicans.

Senate Bill 441 by Senator Mary Quinn, R-Claremore, says all public schools shall be in session for no less than 180 days. Currently, schools are to be in session for 1,080 hours.


The bill provides exemptions to the five-day school week if local schools can demonstrate four-day weeks aren’t adversely impacting student achievement and four-day weeks actually save the local district money.

“Five-day school weeks are best for students and families. Four-day weeks have hurt Oklahoma’s reputation nationally and impaired the state’s ability to recruit new employers and jobs. Restoring five-day school weeks puts the focus on the student, where it belongs, and will go a long way in repairing our reputation nationally as we work to recruit new jobs and grow Oklahoma’s economy,” said Treat, R-Oklahoma City.

“Senate Republicans are committed to keeping our word on the historic teacher pay raises and doing what’s best for students and that means restoring five-day school weeks. We also believe in the importance of local control, which is why we’ve included reasonable exemptions to the five-day week. I appreciate my Senate colleagues for advancing the bill today and look forward to moving it forward through the process,” Quinn said.

Treat said he applauded the members of the Senate Education Committee who joined him in voting in favor of students by supporting SB 441.


Supporters were:
• Majority Floor Leader Kim David, R-Porter
• Senator Gary Stanislawski, R-Tulsa
• Senator Jason Smalley, R-Stroud
• Senator Joe Newhouse, R-Tulsa
• Senator Tom Dugger, R-Stillwater
• Senator Dewayne Pemberton, R-Muskogee
• Senator Marty Quinn, R-Claremore
• Senator Paul Scott, R-Duncan
• Senator Wayne Shaw, R-Grove
• Senator Carri Hicks, D-Oklahoma City

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Oklahoma State Department of Health Encourages CBD and Medical Marijuana Establishments to Obtain Food Licenses


As a requirement under existing state law, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is encouraging current businesses manufacturing or selling food products infused with or containing CBD and/or medical marijuana to obtain their food licenses by April 26.


Based on current definition in state statute and recent reports by consumers, many of these new, available CBD and medical marijuana products being purchased are recognized as food. Examples of commonly available products which are considered food under Oklahoma law include, but are not limited to:

• Flavored tinctures or oils placed in the mouth or in other food.
• Assorted types of baked goods, candies or chewing gum.
• Infused honey
• Infused bottled water
• Other pre-packaged food products.


Existing licensing requirements are established to ensure proper processing and manufacturing practices are followed and that safe and sanitary practices are used in the production, preparation, and handling of food products. If businesses are not manufacturing or selling food products, a food license is not required.


“These are fast-growing markets in Oklahoma and these items are relatively new product lines for consumers,” said Interim Commissioner of Health Tom Bates. “We want to help these businesses protect the health and safety of the public. For a limited time, we will focus our efforts on helping businesses get licensed before any enforcement action is pursued. Completing the food licensing process as soon as possible will help business owners avoid a potential backlog of plan review and licensing applications as we get closer to the April 26 deadline.”


The initial startup cost will include a $425 plan review application fee and a $425 initial food license fee. Thereafter, food licenses are renewed annually at $335. Businesses may contact their local county health department for assistance with licensing.


For additional information regarding the food licensure process and requirements, visit or email the OSDH Consumer Health Service at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Businesses should also contact their local municipality to ensure they are in compliance with all city ordinances.

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The full Senate has given approval to a measure aimed at helping save lives if students overdose on opioids while at school. State Sen. Greg McCortney is the author of Senate Bill 85, which adds school nurses or other designated employees to those who can administer life-saving opiate antagonists. The bill was approved Tuesday unanimously.


Currently, state law includes first-responders, including emergency medical technicians, law enforcement and firefighters. McCortney’s bill would amend that law to include school medical personnel or an employee designated by the school’s administration to be able to administer opiate antagonists, a treatment that can temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, allowing time to seek emergency medical care.


McCortney said the bill was a request from the State Department of Education.


“Countering an overdose with a product like Narcan can literally mean the difference between life and death,” said McCortney, R-Ada. “This bill simply clarifies our statutes so school employees can be assured that they have the same legal protections given to others under state law.”


Not all schools have a nurse on staff full-time so the bill allows administrators to designate other staffers to administer the medication to a student showing signs of an overdose. Under SB 85, those designated would undergo training by the Department of Health, law enforcement or another appropriate entity to learn how to recognize overdose symptoms, how to perform basic resuscitation techniques and how to properly administer an opiate antagonist.

According to the State Department of Health, opioids are the most common class of drugs involved in overdose deaths in Oklahoma, with prescription drug overdoses killing more Oklahomans than car accidents. The Centers for Disease Control reports that nationally, opioids were involved in 47,600 overdose deaths in 2017.


The National Association of School Nurses endorses making opiate antagonists available for use in schools and the U.S. Surgeon General has encouraged the use of antagonists to prevent overdose deaths.


SB 85 now moves to the House for further consideration.


Tuesday, 19 February 2019 21:31

PKMS February 2019 Students of the Month


Poteau, OKLAHOMA - Pansy Kidd Middle School is pleased to announce their February Students of the Month.





Sixth Grade:

Rylee Branch and Hudson Burdick

Seventh Grade:

Xochie Ta and Jace Bandy

Eight Grade:

Aleena Tippit and Nathan Murray









Sixth Grade -  Rylee Branch

Parents: Shelly Branch and Jeremy Branch
Electives: Explore, Athletics
I like school because: I get to see all of my friends. I also get to learn about cool stuff and get smarter.



Hudson Burdick 6th grade 002
Sixth Grade - Hudson Burdick

Parents: Sara Burdick and Brian Burdick
Electives: Athletics and Explore
I like School because: Teachers teach me so I can learn and one day have a good job.


Xochie Ta 7th grade 002
Seventh Grade - Xochie Ta

Parents: Alisha Mc Daniel and Vu Ta
Electives: Art, PE, Band, Current Events
I like school because: I get to see my friends and learn new things and honestly, I like school because it’s just really fun.


Jace Bandy 7th grade 002
Seventh Grade - Jace Bandy

Parents: Jason Bandy, Kelie Bandy
Electives: TECH ED, Art, Band, Current Events
I like school because: Knowledge


Aleena Tippit 8th grade 002
Eighth Grade - Aleena Tippit

Parents: Stephen Tippit and Carly Rowton
Electives: Library, Yearbook, Choir
I like school because” I get to see my friends and learn new things.


Nathan Murray 8th grade 002
Eighth Grade - Nathan Murray

Parents: Lindsay Murray, Ernest Murray
Electives: Coding, Athlectics, Tech Ed
I like school because: Learning is fun to me and the teachers are good.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019 14:26

Marriage Licenses February 11-15, 2019

The LeFlore County Court Clerk’s office issued marriage licenses to the following couples during the week of February 11-15, 2019:


William Joseph Harris and Elizabette Jane Coy


Rex Douglas Kaufman and Shirley Jane Hamer-Paxon


Jacob Anthony Dewayne Davis and McKenzie Elizabeth Estelle Barlow


Jason E. Tucker and Sara E. Ward


Michael Dale Hall and Kimberly Dawn James



The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is holding a special ceremony at 10:00 am February 20, 2019 in Classroom E at the Robert E. Lester Training Center located at 3600 N. Martin Luther King.


The OHP will be honoring Former Lieutenant Ronnie Johnson #92 and dedicating the third deck of the training center in his memory.


The third deck, or third floor, is the area where recruits live during the academy.


Lt. Johnson was a graduate of the 23rd Academy in 1968 and was the first black male to graduate the OHP Patrol School, breaking the racial barrier and paving the way for blacks and other minorities.


Anyone wishing to attend should RSVP to Sarah Stewart, Director of Media Operations at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Tuesday, 19 February 2019 11:18

Gary Wayne Smith, Sr. Obituary


Gary Wayne Smith, Sr. of Heavener, Oklahoma was born October 21, 1947 in Twin Falls, Idaho to Spencer D. and Juanita (Snow) Smith and passed away February 16, 2019 in Fort Smith, Arkansas at the age of 71.


He is survived by:


His wife:
Leanease Smith of the home

Two daughters:
Toska Dehart of Heavener, Oklahoma
Heather Poor of Heavener, Oklahoma

Three sons:
Gary Smith, Jr. of Tucson, Arizona
Levi Poor of Heavener, Oklahoma
Dustin Poor of Heavener, Oklahoma

Ten grandchildren:
Jayda Wilson, Maeson Poor, Clayton Poor, Katlynn McNatt, Shaylee McNatt, Josiah Pilent, Hunter Poor, Isaac Dehart, Michael Scott, and Cheyenne Fry

Four great-grandchildren:
Emery Fry, Ayden Fry, Abbigail Scott, and Karson Scott

Nieces and Nephews:
Tisa McKay, Anna Ruport, Joycee Ruport, and Robert Smith

Several other loved ones and host of friends


He was preceded in death by his parents, Spencer and Juanita Smith; one sister, Nancy Casey; and one daughter, Katlynn Minor.


Gary was a Trucker for Glover Construction.


He loved spending time with family and friends.


Gary loved fishing and working on Hot Rods.


He will be deeply missed by many.


Gary was a veteran of the Vietnam era.


Memorial service will be 10 a.m., Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel in Heavener, Oklahoma with Brother Sam Dyer officiating.


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


To sign Gary’s online guestbook please visit


Tuesday, 19 February 2019 04:53

Kiamichi Technology Center News


Poteau, OKLAHOMA - The Kiamichi Technology Center is pleased to announce that Jesus Benitez won Second Place SkillsUSA Welding Contest that was hosted at KTC-Poteau Tuesday, February 12, 2019.






KTC’s EAST Program Students facilitated a Digital Storytelling Workshop on Friday, Feb 16, 2019 with the Choctaw Nation Yappalli Project.


EAST is a project-based, service-learning oriented program that provides students with high-end technology to solve problems in their communities.


Kiamichi Technology Center – Poteau Campus offers a variety of short-term, long-term, & online classes that can meet your educational needs.


Whether you are a high school or adult student KTC – Poteau Campus has something for you.


To find out more contact the Poteau Campus at 918.647.4525


Motivate • Educate • Elevate... We Are KTC!

A service from Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center, Poteau, OK


Spring is right around the corner!


Trees start pollinating in the spring anywhere from February to March and then they pollinate up until May. When you get itchy watery eyes, start sneezing and coughing, you know it's due to pollen in the air, but it can still affect you even when you're inside.


Microscopic particles blow in the wind and can stick to clothing, and travel into your home. And don't forget about your open windows on that nice spring day!


If you know you have allergies and you're outside all day, just simply change your clothes, take a shower and be sure and take your shoes off outside; this prevents you from bringing pollen into your home.


So, when the flowers finally decide to bloom, you will be prepared!


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Tuesday, 19 February 2019 10:15

Jalapeño Popper Casserole Recipe



Jalapeño Popper Casserole
Serves 6-8



1 (32 oz.) bag frozen tater tots, thawed
2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
2 cups Mexican cheese blend, grated, divided
1 cup sour cream
1 cup bacon, crumbled
3/4 cup jalapeño pepper, seeds removed and minced, plus 3-4 jalapeños, thinly sliced
1 family size rotisserie chicken, meat removed and diced into chunks
1/3 cup green onion, finely chopped


Preheat oven to 425º F.
Spread tots out in a 9×13-inch baking dish and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until very crispy.
In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream, 1 cup cheese blend and minced jalapeños and stir together.
Add 2/3 cup bacon and mix until incorporated.
Remove tater tots from oven and sprinkle diced chicken over the top. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly over the tots, then sprinkle remaining cheese over the top.
Spread remaining bacon over the cheese and arrange thinly sliced jalapeños and green onion over everything.
Place baking dish in oven and bake for 20 minutes, until cheese is golden brown and bubbly.
Remove from oven and serve hot!

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