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OKLAHOMA CITY (April 21, 2016) –According to the Oklahoma State Department of Education, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister thanked Gov. Mary Fallin for signing three bills proposed by the Oklahoma State Department of Education’s (OSDE) Red Tape Task Force.


Hofmeister established the 51-member task force in fall 2015 to eliminate unnecessary and wasteful administrative costs and reporting in Oklahoma’s public education system.


She praised the passage of Senate Bill 1004 and House Bills 2544 and 2649, emphasizing the positive impact they will have on Oklahoma’s public schools.


“We are grateful to the Legislature and Gov. Fallin for accepting the recommendations of the Red Tape Task Force,” said Hofmeister. “These new laws are an encouraging first step in making school reporting and paperwork more efficient and less time consuming. In this dire budget climate, it is imperative that OSDE take the lead in reducing needless or duplicative mandates that cost schools time, money and energy.”


The work of the Red Tape Task Force is ongoing.


“These three bills are a good start, but much remains to be done,” said Hofmeister. “Members of the task force’s three standing subcommittees continue to meet regularly to identify time- and cost-saving measures to OSDE and state policymakers, and we expect to have additional legislative recommendations next year. We owe it to our schoolchildren to ensure that teachers and administrators are able to use their limited educational hours and dollars in ways that directly benefit the classroom.”


The three Red Tape Task Force bills signed by the governor this legislative session are summarized below.



SB 1004: Changes reporting of students who drop out of school from quarterly to annually.


HB 2544: Changes the date for districts to notify the State Board of Education that they have adopted a school hours policy from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. The bill also eliminates the requirement that districts submit a report on the impact of adopting an extended-day schedule and allows an extended-day schedule to be adopted for any grade.


HB 2649: Allows for two specified school days to be counted for attendance purposes in any 24-hour period only if one of the school days is for parent-teacher conferences without seeking a waiver from the State Board of Education.

OKLAHOMA CITY — According to a press release from the Governor of Oklahoma, Governor Mary Fallin recognized the teachers, staff, students and parents of 36 schools for their efforts to improve their school grades in Oklahoma’s A-F School Report Card.

The schools were presented with the Governor’s Spotlight on Academic Achievement Award. Recognized schools included elementary, middle, junior and high schools.
“This award speaks to the most important value of our state – hard work,” said Fallin. “It is not easy to see the significant academic gains that you all have shown, so I think it is very important to recognize your efforts.

“Every child in Oklahoma deserves to have a high quality education. The students, teachers, administrators and parents at these schools serve as an example how to improve academic performance in schools.”

The Oklahoma Legislature adopted the A-F School Grading System to provide incentives to schools that challenge their students to reach high levels of college and career readiness.

Fallin said Oklahoma’s A-F grading system is an important measure for administrators, teachers, parents and other school patrons. These grades allow teachers and administrators a way to compare their schools with others, while providing insight on how they can improve. The grades also let parents know how the schools are performing, while showing other school patrons what is needed to help their schools prosper.

Schools receiving the Governor’s Spotlight on Academic Achievement Award were:
• Braggs High School
• Billings High School
• Calumet Elementary School
• Caney Elementary School
• Chouteau Elementary School
• Chouteau-Mazie Early Childhood Center
• Chouteau-Mazie Middle School
• Westward Elementary School, Colbert Public Schools
• Northwest Elementary School, Coweta Public Schools
• Forest Grove Public School
• Gage Elementary School
• Gage High School
• Gore Elementary School
• Gore Upper Elementary School
• Central Elementary School, Guthrie Public Schools
• Cotteral Elementary School, Guthrie Public Schools
• Guthrie Junior High School
• Healdton Elementary School
• Hulbert Elementary School
• Hulbert JR-SR High School
• Central Elementary School, Idabel Public Schools
• Primary South Elementary School, Idabel Public Schools
• Rongey Middle School, Kiefer Public Schools
• Little Axe Elementary School
• Mooreland Elementary School
• Putnam Heights Elementary School, Oklahoma City Public Schools
• Paden Elementary School
• Quapaw Elementary School
• Northwood Elementary School, Seminole Public Schools
• Wilson Elementary School, Seminole Public Schools
• Greenwood Elementary School, Tahlequah Public Schools
• Varnum Elementary School
• Wanette Elementary School
• Wanette High School
• Wellston Elementary School
• Wyandotte Middle School

The governor earlier this year recognized Holmes Park Elementary School in Sapulpa.

OKLAHOMA CITY – According to a press release, from Senator Nathan Dahm, Gov. Fallin signed legislation Thursday to allow taxpayers to donate their income tax refund to the state. Senate Bill 1085, authored by Sen. Nathan Dahm, will create a checkoff box to allow individuals to donate all or a portion of their state income tax refund or make a direct donation to the state General Revenue Fund (GRF).

“We’re facing a historic revenue shortfall because of the tumbling energy prices and other economic factors. Some have criticized the legislature and governor saying the state’s debt is because of past decisions and that we should or shouldn’t have taken certain actions like reducing the income tax rate,” said Dahm, R-Broken Arrow. “This new law will provide those individuals the opportunity to donate their income tax refund back to the state since they claim they are very willing to pay more in taxes. It’ll be interesting to see how much money is actually donated.”

The Tax Commission indicates the establishment of an income tax checkoff for the benefit of the GRF may result in a minimal increase in revenue to the fund.


There was nearly $122,000 donated in FY’15 by taxpayers to the various existing income tax checkoffs, with the largest designation receiving approximately $26,000.

The new law will go into effect January 1, 2017.

OKLAHOMA CITY – According to a press release from Senator Ron Sharp,  on Wednesday, the Senate passed House Bill 2599 to address growing concerns surrounding the popular use of drones. Sen. Ron Sharp is the principal Senate author of the measure that restricts flight of unmanned aircraft over “critical infrastructure” less than 400 feet above ground level or past their fence lines.

“What fences and barriers do to prevent trespassers at critical sites, House Bill 2599 is trying to do in the airspace with new technology of unmanned aircraft,” said Sharp, R-Shawnee. “Concerns have been raised that this bill isn’t needed because federal regulations already prohibit unmanned aircraft over such facilities. However, the FAA regulations are only guidelines to pilots and operators of unmanned aircraft to avoid such airspace, but there is not a strict prohibition currently.”

The bill defines “critical infrastructure” as locations that are completely fenced in or obviously marked to prevent intruders such as, among others, refineries, electric power generation facilities, gas processing sites, water treatment plants and dams.

The Senate amended the bill to require signage on critical infrastructure property that also forbids flight of unmanned aircraft without site authorization. The criminal penalty and misdemeanor offense were also removed and replaced with a provision that violators may be found civilly liable for damages to the critical infrastructure property, environment or human health.

HB 2599 exempts the government, law enforcement, the owner of the critical infrastructure facility, and operators authorized by the FAA to conduct operations over that airspace.

The measure now returns to the House for consideration of the Senate amendments.

LeFlore County Sheriff's Office is looking for Michael Remaley for questioning on domestic assault and failure to register as a sex offender and felon in possession of a firearm.


Mr. Remaley ran from Deputy's this weekend on Tucker Rd in Spiro.


Sheriff's Office is considering Mr. Remaley possibly Armed and Dangerous.


He is driving a White 4 door Dodge Longhorn Larmie, desiel truck with a white headach rack.


If you have any information on the location of Michael Remaley please contact LeFlore County Sheriff's Office at 918-647-2317 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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On Thursday, police were called to investigate a death at the home of Super Star “Prince.”


According to his publicist, Prince Rogers Nelson aka ‘Prince” died Thursday April 21,2016 at his home in Chanhassen, Minnesota, at the age 57.


He was a seven time Grammy Award winner. He also won an Oscar for his song Purple Rain.

Law enforcement application deadline is May 20

OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Scott Pruitt announced Thursday the application period for the 2016 Safe Oklahoma Grant Program is now open and encouraged Oklahoma law enforcement agencies to apply for the grant funding aimed at helping local law enforcement fight violent crime throughout Oklahoma.

“Each year the Safe Oklahoma Grant program has proven to have a tremendous impact on advancing evidence-based policing strategies in order to reduce violent crime and create a safer environment in local communities across the state. During these tough economic times, I encourage law enforcement agencies to take advantage of this program and apply for these critical resources,” Attorney General Pruitt said.

Established in 2012, the Attorney General’s Safe Oklahoma Grant provides local law enforcement agencies with additional resources to address violent crime in local jurisdictions through overtime patrols and enhanced technology and analytical capabilities.

All local law enforcement agencies are eligible for the grants. The application deadline is May 20, and the grants will be distributed later this summer. To download a copy of the 2016 application.

Thursday, 21 April 2016 05:26

OBU Football Schedules Tryout


Shawnee OK - Oklahoma Baptist University football will conduct a tryout camp Saturday April 23rd at the OBU football practice field off Airport Road, starting with an 8:30 am registration.


Every tryout OBU football has conducted has produced a Bison player.


The cost of the tryout is $30.


Participants should bring tennis shoes, cleats, workout gear, proof of insurance, a current physical and be prepared to sign a Sickle Cell waiver.


For more information, contact Assistant Coach Jason Melot and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The annual Cherokee Nation Casino/CASC Scholarship Golf Scramble is scheduled for May 21, 2016, and the Fullbright Auto Wash is once again a hole sponsor for the event.


The scramble will be at the Shadow Creek Country Club.



For more information or to pre-register call Paul Marshall at 918-776-9242.



Representing CASC in the photo is Terri Cox.

Thursday, 21 April 2016 10:10


LeFlore County Youth Services, Inc. is holding its 23rd Annual Golf Tournament on May 27, 2016 at the Choctaw Country Club in Poteau.


Registration begins at 9:00AM and Tee off is at 10:00 AM.


The proceeds of this event will help finance the operations and expenses of the agency due state funding cuts.


Please come out and have a great day of Golf.... LCYS will provide lunch and drinks all afternoon.


The tourney will be 4 person teams with an entry fee of $50.00 per person or $200.00 per team.


Hole Sponsorships are available for $125.00 donation, which is tax deductible....


if you would like a hole sponsorship, please feel free to call Jenni at 918-647-4196 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Thanks for helping us help KIDS!!!

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