Blog Page
Sunday September 24, 2017

okw news logo

OKW News | South East Oklahoma Latest News

David Deaton

David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

Google +

Rosemary McBee’s Annual Etiquette Seminar for Carl Albert State College Scholars


On Thursday, September 14, 2017 members of the Carl Albert State College Scholars Program attended a Manners Matter Etiquette Seminar presented by Mrs. Rosemary McBee.

The annual seminar is provided to teach valuable information for the future leaders including proper introductions, navigating a table place setting, the do and don'ts of business dinners, and thank you notes.

According to CASC Vice President of Enrollment Management and Scholars Program Coordinator Jennifer Humphreys, this is a long-standing Scholars Program tradition. “Manners matters no matter what profession you are in, how old you are, or where you are at in this world. Kindness and manners go a long way in life! It is important for our young leaders to learn these skills early, so they can feel confident in any situation.”



CASC Mission Statement: To provide an affordable, accessible, and exceptional education that fosters student success.

Monday, 18 September 2017 12:18

Carl Albert State College Academic Major Fair



The Carl Albert State College Academic Major Fair was Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at the College’s Poteau campus.

According to CASC Vice President of Enrollment Jennifer Humphreys, a record number of students attended this year’s event.


The purpose of the fair was to provide information to current and potential students about CASC’s academic departments and programs.


“The fair provided all the resources needed for major and career exploration through easy access to faculty, staff, advisors, and committed students in a convenient one-stop setting.” Humphreys continued, “At this year’s fair, all Current CASC students in attendance were entered into a drawing for a chance to win the TV, and Caleb Armstrong was our lucky winner for the 40 inch smart TV. “

Monday, 18 September 2017 12:15

Texas Rock Band Joins Bigfoot Music Festival

By Teresa Black Bradway


A Texas rock band joins the Bigfoot music festival announced by Artie Carnes, director of the Kiamichi Mountain Christian Mission.

The Bigfoot Festival and Conference is set Oct. 6 and 7 on the Mission ground (Christ’s 40 Acres), at Highway 144 and Indian Highway, Honobia.

The Clayton High School Band plays at 11 am Friday Oct. 6.

The Shane Bell Band is new to the festival. An eclectic group of musicians and songwriters from Arlington, Texas, they play original and cover songs.

Their style is a cross between: ZZ Top, Foo Fighters, Adele, and the Killdares. Shane Bell’s vocals and guitar blend with vocals and a beautifully mellow viola played by Shanna Shelton, lead and slide guitar by Larry Stephens, bass and vocals by Paul Fuller, and Kolaso Gilmore on drums.

Each year fans enjoy free family-friendly Branson-style sound – bluegrass, country, gospel and comedy – on the indoor stage at the Mission campground.

The band MX3, headed by Artie Carnes, will perform. It is well-known as it was formerly the Little River Band from Honobia, which headlined previous Big Foot festivals.

“The Texans” are returning, with a show that is more than a gospel concert -- it is inspiration, laughter and fun.

This band is a full-time family trio spreading the good news of Christ through music. “The Texans” lived and performed in Branson, Mo. shows, a dinner theatre in Eureka Springs, Ak. and give hundreds of shows a year when traveling.

The song, “Bigfoot! Legend of the Mountains” will be heard. It can be downloaded at Proceeds go to the Bigfoot Scholarship Fund.

A conference Oct. 6 and 7 features Bigfoot researchers who will discuss Bigfoot reports and evidence. Information on the festival is at

A special children’s area will be offered. There will be a 5K Run and walk sponsored by Choctaw Nation, camping, helicopter rides, face painting, an art contest, the Battiest Archer Booth, and campfire storytelling.

A church service is held on Sunday and all are invited.

The Honobia Bigfoot Organization, a non-profit group, partners with the Chahta Foundation to give scholarships to area high school graduates.


Press release

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter today signed a letter, along with a coalition of 34 attorneys general, to Equifax citing several concerns and listing recommendations to better assist consumers.
In the letter, attorneys general asked Equifax to address the concerns promptly to ensure victims of the breach are treated fairly and Equifax isn’t using the incident as an opportunity to profit off victims.

The letter comes after Equifax, one of the nation’s largest credit reporting agencies, announced a data breach on Sept. 7, impacting 143 million people.

Attorney General Hunter said the breach has left individuals feeling vulnerable and the company should be doing more to conciliate consumers.

“We are deeply concerned for families and residents across the United States,” Attorney General Hunter said. “The letter’s recommendations arewhat the attorneys general and I believe will ensure citizens will be treated fairly and give them more clarity as they navigate this dilemma. Consumers were left exposed by the breach and are at no fault whatsoever. More needs to be done to assist the victims.”

Concerns included in the letter are: the company continuing to promote its fee-based monitoring program; consumers paying fees for a security freeze; and long wait times or the inability to speak with someone at the call center.
Although Equifax is offering a free credit monitoring service in response to the breach, a main concern is the company still selling a fee-based monitoring program.

In the letter, attorneys general wrote, in part, “We object to Equifax seemingly using its own data breach as an opportunity to sell services to breach victims. Selling a fee-based product that competes with Equifax’s own free offer of credit monitoring services to victims of Equifax’s own data breach is unfair, particularly if consumers are not sure if their information was compromised. Equifax cannot reap benefits from confused consumers who are likely only visiting Equifax’s homepage because they are concerned about whether the breach affects them and their families.”

The attorneys general suggest Equifax upgrading its free credit monitoring service to provide equivalent protection as its fee-based services.

The letter also says, although Equifax is not charging consumers a fee for its own security freeze service, consumers are still being forced to pay for freezes with other companies.

“We agree with these consumers that it is indefensible that they be forced to pay fees to fully protect themselves from the fallout of Equifax’s data breach. Accordingly, we believe Equifax should be taking steps to reimburse consumers who incur fees to completely freeze their credit,” the letter reads.

To remedy consumers long wait times and inability to reach assistance through the call center, attorneys general recommend Equifax operating the hotline 24 hours a day and hiring more staff to ensure shorter wait times.

In addition to Oklahoma, the following states and territories signed the letter: Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Alabama, Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Kentucky, Michigan, Maryland, Mississippi, Minnesota, Nebraska, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, South Carolina, West Virginia and Virginia.

Four Hogeye Fire Fighters are working to complete their National Certification in Emergency Medical Response.

They have completed their class portion with high "A" grades.

In the next few weeks they will be taking national practical tests and the written test.

The Four Hogeye Fire Fighters are Scott Kelley, Kreg Haney, Kale Haney and Dallas Canada.

After successful completion, the department will have six Nationally Certified Emergency Medical Responders.


Good Job!


According to a press release from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, the Chickasha Police Department requested OSBI special agents to investigate an officer-Involved shooting involving two of its officers.

The officers went to the home a Chickasha on Sunday afternoon (September 17, 2017) to serve a search warrant on the man's home.

Quickly, shots were fired between the officers and the man.

Both officers were injured.

One officer was flown to an Oklahoma City hospital.

The conditions of both officer is unknown at this time.

The man who was shot barricaded himself inside the home for several hours until he surrendered to police.

A half dozen OSBI special agents are on scene collecting information and documenting the scene.

Agents will provide the district attorney with a comprehensive report once the investigate is complete.

Saturday, 16 September 2017 21:36

Helen Jane Foster Obituary

Helen Jane Foster of Heavener, Oklahoma was born December 7, 1958 in Heavener, Oklahoma to David and Dorothy (Underwood) Tolleson and passed away September 15, 2017 in Heavener, Oklahoma at the age of 58.

She is survived by:

Her husband:
Cecil (Butch) Underwood

Her step-father:
Harold (Joe) Underwood of Heavener, Oklahoma

Two sons:
Donald L. Underwood and wife Devin Morrison of Heavener, Oklahoma
David Ray Underwood and wife Amy of Murfreesboro, Arkansas

One daughter:
Jolene Braziel and Billy Yother of Heavener, Oklahoma

Three sisters:
Donna McDaniel (Poindexter) of Hodgen, Oklahoma
Nellie Reed of Howe, Oklahoma
Geraldine Page of Heavener, Oklahoma

Two brothers:
David Lee Tolleson of Heavener, Oklahoma
Jimmy Tolleson of Howe, Oklahoma

Eight grandchildren

Numerous nieces, nephews, other family members, and dear friends


She was preceded in death by her parents, David Tolleson and Dorothy Underwood and one son, Billy Joe Underwood.


Helen was a life-long resident of the area and a homemaker. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Helen enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, and spending time with her family.


Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, September 18, 2017 at the Dowden-Roberts Funeral home Chapel in Heavener, Oklahoma with Reverend Charles Scott and Jimmy Tolleson officiating.


Burial will follow in Hontubby Cemetery under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener, Oklahoma.


Pallbearers: Carol Smallwood, Raymond Molholt, Tony Semore, Bryan Thompson, Rodney Reed, Jamie Reagan, Michael Lusk, Bubba Joe, and Billy Sharp.


Viewing will be from 3:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., Saturday; 10:00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m., Sunday, and 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m., Monday at the funeral home.


The family will meet with friends on Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.


To sign Helen’s online guestbook please visit


Saturday, 16 September 2017 21:30

OU Football: No. 2/3 Oklahoma 56, vs. Tulane 14

Mike Houck | Assistant AD/Strategic Communications, University of Oklahoma Athletics Department


Oklahoma scored 49 unanswered points to post a 56-14 home win over Tulane. It was the Sooners’ nation-leading 13th straight victory. OU outgained the Green Wave 631 yards to 291.


Quarterback Baker Mayfield completed 17 of his 27 pass attempts for 331 yards and four touchdowns without an interception to improve to 25-4 as a starter at OU. Mayfield’s first two TD throws (82 and 22 yards) went to freshman CeeDee Lamb, who was ejected in the second quarter for targeting after making four grabs for 131 yards (third highest total by a freshman receiver). Mayfield also connected with Abdul Adams (20 yards) and Jordan Smallwood (11 yards) for their first career TD receptions. Marcelias Sutton (nine-yard run) and Marquise Brown (87-yard pass from Kyler Murray) accounted for OU’s other offensive scores.


Five of OU’s seven offensive touchdowns were scored by first-year Sooners.


Sophomore cornerback Parnell Motley recorded his second interception in two weeks, returning a pick 77 yards for a touchdown early in the second quarter to give OU a 21-14 lead. Motley also recorded a tackle for loss (minus four yards) and finished with four tackles. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo (1.0 sack, 2.0 TFLs) and Neville Gallimore (0.5 sacks) led the team with nine tackles each.


The Sooners travel to face Baylor on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. CT.


Saturday, 16 September 2017 21:29

Jackie Lee McCamish Obituary

Jackie Lee McCamish of Hodgen, Oklahoma was born March 10, 1939 in Hontubby, Oklahoma to Jack and Augusta (Janway) McCamish and passed away September 15, 2017 in Hodgen, Oklahoma at the age of 78.

He is survived by:

One daughter:
Tina Nutile of Omaha, Nebraska

Two sons:
Jerry Nutile and wife Shauntel of Omaha, Nebraska
Gene McCamish of Amarillo, Texas

Two sisters:
Elizabeth “Liz” Goodier of Hontubby, Oklahoma
Lillie Bell Tolbert of Lovings, Oklahoma

Two special nephews:
Ray Freeman of Hodgen, Oklahoma
Donnie Yandell of Heavener, Oklahoma

Six grandchildren:
Leanna Moss and husband Michael, Sarah Shaffer, John Shaffer, Samanta Plechas, Aire’ Auna, and Ryker


He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sandra McCamish; two sons, James Nutile and Jack McCamish. Jackie was a life-long resident of the area and was a general contractor in construction. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict.


A private family service will be at a later date.


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


To sign Mr. McCamish’s online guestbook please visit


Saturday, 16 September 2017 21:25

Bill "Son" Stanley Obituary

Bill "Son" Stanley of Hensley, Arkansas was born August 1, 1933 in El Dorado Springs, Missouri to Clipper "Tater" and Birdie Stanley and passed away September 13, 2017 in Camden, Arkansas at the age of 84.


“Son” is survived by his wife, Ethel Stanley of Houston, Texas, three daughters; Gina Harrison and husband Johnny of Spiro, OK, Patricia Harrison and husband Will of Spiro, OK, Ashton Lovell and husband Myer, one son; Billy Stanley and wife Rosemary, four sisters; Lula Harrison, Tiny Stanley, Marietta Stanley, Maxene Marideth, 23 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other family, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Mill Green. “Son” United States Army veteran.


Funeral services will be help 12noon on Tuesday, September 19th at the Mallory-Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Spiro with Reverend Howard Jeffery officiating, burial to follow in the Ft. Smith National Cemetery under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Spiro.


Please view Mr. Stanley’s online obituary and guest book at


Viewing hours will be Monday 9am-7pm with the family wake service 5pm-7pm Monday evening.


Latest Events

Sponsored By:
Wheels & Deals Cruise Night
Fri Sep 29 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Wheels & Deals Car Show
Sat Sep 30 @12:00AM
Gun & Knife Show
Sat Sep 30 @ 9:00AM - 05:00PM