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Carl Albert State College Fine Arts & Communication instructor Shirley Harrod Yandell presented medals to Shady Point Schools’ after-school drama students during their annual awards assembly on May 16th.

Eighteen cast members rehearsed for two months in the after-school program to prepare for the full-length one-act play presented in December.

The play, “The Best Christmas (Whatever) Ever,” is the fourth play written and directed by Yandell for the SPS annual Christmas Program.

According to Yandell, working with the SPS elementary and junior high students is an honor. “These students demonstrate incredible talent and work ethic, as well as a desire for excellence in performance.”

Yandell credits the SPS administration, faculty, and staff for the after-school drama program’s success. “They are the ones who make this possible. They genuinely care about their students and want to afford them an opportunity to excel in the dramatic arts,” she said.



CASC Awards Shady Point Students with Drama Awards - 3.0 out of 5 based on 2 votes

A service of the Oklahoma Wildlife Department


Arbuckle: May 13. Elevation 3 3/4 ft. above normal, water 63 and stained. Largemouth bass slow on jigs around brush piles. Recent rain has slowed fishing. Smallmouth and spotted bass slow. Crappie slow, some caught on pink jigs in brush. Dock crappie is slow. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Blue River: May 14. Elevation above normal, water 69 and muddy. Trout fair on caddis flies, midges and PowerBait along channels and below falls around boulders. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on crankbaits, flukes, plastic baits and spinnerbaits around brush structure, creek channels and shorelines. Channel catfish good on chicken liver, dough bait and punch bait along channels, creek channels and longer deeper pools. Report submitted by Ethan Lovelace, technician at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Broken Bow: May 10. Elevation 9 ft. above normal and rising, water 69. Largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted bass good on Alabama rig, crankbaits, minnows, and spinnerbaits around points and river channel. Crappie good on jigs and minnows around brush structure and standing timber. Lake Ramp Closures: The Lodge Ramp Deer & Hawk. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: May 10. Elevation above normal, water murky. White bass fair on sassy shad and small lures around creek channels, flats, and river mouth. Crappie slow on minnows around riprap, river channel, and standing timber. Flathead catfish good on cut bait around river channel and river mouth. Report submitted by Jake Bersche, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: May 10. Elevation above normal, water 60 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 the main lake, river channel, and shorelines. Crappie good on jigs and minnows below the dam, and around brush structure, main lake, river channel, shorelines and standing timber. Largemouth and spotted bass good on crankbaits, live bait, plastics and small lures around brush structure, creek channels, main lake, river channel and standing timber. Report submitted by Andrew Potter, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.

Konawa: May 9. Elevation normal, water 65 and murky. Largemouth bass excellent on crankbaits, jigs, plastics and topwater lures around the main lake, points, river channel and weed beds. Striped bass hybrids and white bass good on crankbaits, live shad and spoons around coves, discharge, main lake and river channel. Channel catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait and stinkbait around coves, inlet, riprap and weed beds. Report submitted by Garret Harley, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountain Fork: May 9. Elevation normal. Stocked approximately 2,460 rainbow trout on May 8. Report submitted by April Drake, secretary at the Southeast Region Office.

Lower Mountain Fork: May 10. Elevation above normal, water clear. Rainbow trout fair on caddis flies and PowerBait around creek channels. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

McGee Creek: May 10. Elevation 13 ft. above normal, water 62. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on flukes, jigs, and spinnerbaits around brush structure, points and rocks. Channel and flathead catfish fair on chicken liver, stinkbait and sunfish around creek channels and river channel. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Murray: May 14. Elevation above normal, water 67 and clear. Smallmouth and white bass good on Alabama rigs, crankbaits, jigs, plastic baits and spinnerbaits around brush structure, in coves, along dam, points, riprap, rocks and shallows. Report submitted by Jaylen Flynn, game warden stationed in Carter County.

Pine Creek: May 10. Elevation above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits around the flats. Crappie slow on jigs around brush structure. Channel catfish good on stinkbait around the spillway. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: May 10. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth and spotted bass good on bill baits, plastics, rogues and spinnerbaits around brush structure, coves, shallows, shorelines and weed beds. Crappie good on hair jigs, jigs, and minnows around creek channels, inlet, shallows, shorelines, standing timber, and weed beds. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait, shad and stinkbait around channels, creek channels, inlet, river channel and river mouth. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: May 9. Elevation above normal, water 68. Largemouth and spotted bass good on bill baits, crankbaits, jigs, plastics, and spinnerbaits around brush structure, points, rocks, shorelines, standing timber, and weed beds. Blue, channel, and flathead catfish good on cut bait, shad and sunfish around flats, main lake, rocks, and shorelines. Crappie good on hair jigs, jigs and minnows around brush structure, points, shorelines, standing timber and weed beds. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: May 9. Elevation rising, water 70 and muddy. The lake is still rising from all the inflow of water. Boaters should use caution due to floating debris. Channel and blue catfish good on cut bait, minnows, and punch bait around brush structure, creek channels, shallows and shorelines. Striped bass good on cut bait, live bait, minnows, sassy shad and shad below the dam and around the main lake. Crappie fair on jigs, live bait, and minnows around docks and rocks. Crappie have begun moving up into the shallows, but with the high levels of water, crappie might be hard to find. Fishing from docks has been producing crappie, muddy water calls for dark colored jigs. Striper fishing has been great mid-lake where cleaner water is present, use shiners, live shad or cut bait to catch stripers. Throwing a topwater on Platter Flats has been producing some decent topwater action. Flooded areas and creeks are full of catfish right now; best baits include cut shad and red worms. Don't be afraid to try flooded fields for catfish. Bow fishing is great as well right now. Report submitted by Trey Hale, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: May 10. Elevation above normal, water cloudy. Largemouth and spotted bass good on bill baits, buzz baits, crankbaits, plastics and spinnerbaits around channels, points, shallows and shorelines. Blue and channel catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, hot dogs, punch bait and shad below the dam, and around channels, main lake, and points. Crappie good on jigs and minnows below the dam, around brush structure, channels, main lake, points and standing timber. Report submitted by Thomas Gillham, Game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

Thursday, 16 May 2019 07:58

Rich in Renewables

By Congressman Markwayne Mullin



It’s no secret that Oklahoma and Texas have a rich history in oil and gas. In the early 1900s, people from all over the country rushed to the two states to drill and communities were built around the oilfields. To this day, thousands of families depend on the oil and gas industry for their livelihoods and the states rely on the economic opportunity it brings.


But what you might not know is that Oklahoma and Texas are also rich in renewables. Yes, that’s right, two of the top oil and gas producing states are also the leaders in renewable power.


We have come a long way in a hundred years and so have our energy resources. Texas is ranked the number one wind energy producer in the nation, generating enough to power over 7 million homes. Oklahoma is ranked number three, generating enough to power almost 3 million homes. Both states combined have more than $60 billion in total investment from renewable energy and that amount continues to grow. They have also been the leading states in reducing carbon emissions.


Recently, Senator Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have continued to push their Green New Deal, which would require 100 percent of U.S. electricity to come from renewable energy sources in the next 10 years. It would cost taxpayers trillions of dollars and eliminate thousands of jobs, even entire industries.


Oklahoma and Texas are the perfect examples that it doesn’t have to be one way or another. It wasn’t a Green New Deal that forced them to invest in renewable energy. They simply answered consumers’ demands for more affordable energy from cleaner sources and innovated to achieve that goal. Now, these states are home to the most affordable power in the nation.


Americans deserve better than to be on the hook for the Green New Deal’s reckless, expensive, and unattainable goals. While Senator Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez talk about what we should be doing, Oklahoma and Texas have already done it through diversification and giving consumers a choice. Free markets work!



Press release


Sharing joint press release from Governor, Senate, House announcing budget deal

OKLAHOMA CITY - Governor Kevin Stitt, House Speaker Charles McCall, and Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat announced on Wednesday the Fiscal Year 2020 budget deal.

“This year’s budget is historic. Holding firm to my commitment of no new taxes, we will put away $200 million more in savings while also increasing the state’s investment in core services by more than five percent,” Governor Kevin Stitt said. “For the first time in state history, we will increase Oklahoma’s savings account, in order to protect core services in the future, without the law forcing it. For the first time in state history, we will give Oklahoma teachers a pay raise for a second year in a row. For the first time in state history, we will fully fund the Reading Sufficiency Act while also putting an additional $74 million into the funding formula for local classroom needs. For the first time in state history, we will fully fund our roads and bridges, and we will also make the largest deposit into the Quick Action closing fund, helping Oklahoma compete for new jobs.


We will move the needle in criminal justice reform by investing in drug courts and diversion programs, and we will reform District Attorneys’ funding model so they are not reliant on high fines, fees and court costs that have created a debtor’s prison. We will prioritize funding for oversight, transparency and audits as well as funding to modernize the delivery of state services, making it customer-focused and cost efficient.


Congratulations to the Legislature and leadership for their hard work; I am committed to helping carry it across the finish line as the Legislature works to send this fiscally responsible budget to my desk for signature.”
“This is an amazing budget deal that makes huge investments in classroom funding, teacher pay, mental health, corrections and other critical areas all while holding back $200 million in savings,” said President Pro Temp Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City. “We can make investments in core services, while still showing fiscal restraint to prepare and save for tougher economic times. Working together, we’ve accomplished an incredible amount this session. When history looks back at this session and this budget deal, it will be recorded as one of the most significant in history. I appreciate the work of the Senate appropriations chair and subcommittee chairs for their tireless and diligent work to craft this incredible budget. I also thank Governor Stitt and Speaker McCall for their leadership and willingness to work with me to ensure all of our priorities were fulfilled in this budget. It’s a great day for Oklahoma and the investments we are making in this budget will help us achieve our goal of making Oklahoma an even better state!”


“This budget agreement moves Oklahoma forward by increasing funding for education, rural infrastructure, public safety and healthcare,” said Speaker McCall, R-Atoka. “We believe increasing teacher pay directly addresses the teacher shortage by incentivizing new teachers into the classroom and keeping the veteran teachers we already have. The Legislature has now increased the common education budget by more than 26 percent during the last two years. We are also prioritizing funding for county roads and bridges, nursing homes, concurrent enrollment programs for high school juniors and seniors and pay increases for corrections officers in our prisons and all other state employees. This budget is an investment in Oklahoma, and I am very grateful for my colleagues in the House, Senate leadership and Gov. Stitt for their hard work during budget negotiations.”


Oklahoma Budget FY 2020
Highlights | May 15, 2019

• $200 million in Oklahoma’s savings account, putting Oklahoma on the path to storing two months of expenses, more than $1 billion, to protect core services in difficult times.

EDUCATION: $203 million increase for public education across the spectrum

• $157.7 million for common education:
 On average $1,220 teacher pay raise. Compromise language has been agreed to that will require school districts on the funding formula, which is 97% of school teachers, to deliver an on average $1,220 pay raise. The compromise language will require school districts to report how those pay raises will be executed and sustained within districts, and the reports will be made available online for the public to view.

$5.5 million for the Reading Sufficiency Act, fully funding the third-grade reading initiative for the first time in state history;  An additional $74.3 million for local schools to use to hire additional teachers, counselors, social works or address their unique needs in their districts.

$18 million for career tech centers to increase compensation for employees and teachers
$28 million for higher education to bolster research programs and provide a salary increase for college teachers
Graduate Medical Education funding for of physician residency programs for Oklahoma’s teaching hospitals

 $500,000 to fund a public-private partnership to maintain clean water in Northeast Oklahoma and areas with high poultry density
$90,000 to hire an additional state veterinarian
 $1.1 million for Wildfire mitigation funding and additional resources for rural fire fighters
 $1.5 million to improve rural flood control dams

• $37.7 million for an additional state employee pay raise of up to $1,300. This builds upon the state employee pay raises given in FY’2019 of up to $2,000 per employee.
• $15 million for digital transformation of state government services to enhance transparency and make customer service more efficient and effective
• $1.7 million for the creation of the Legislative Office of Fiscal Transparency
• $700,000 to hire more auditors and increase the State Auditor’s office capability to conduct more regular audits across state agencies

• Fully funding Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s 8-year plan
• Restored $30 million in funding to CIRB supporting county roads
• Funding prioritization for two new trooper academies, putting an estimated 80 more troopers on the roads in 2020.
• $2 per hour pay increase for correctional officers, which is a 14% raise. This will bring correctional officer pay to the regional market average and in turn will bolster the Department’s recruitment effort to fill vacancies.
• $1 million to reduce the backlog of untested rape kits

• $20 million to reform the funding of District Attorney offices
• $10 million for Smart on Crime programs through the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
• $1.5 million for the Women in Recovery diversion program
• $1.7 million to address increasing demand for mental health services

• $19 million for the Quick Action Closing Fund, prioritizing recruitment opportunities to grow Oklahoma
• $1 million for additional job growth and economic development specifically in the automotive industry and in aerospace through the Department of Commerce’s Aerospace Commerce Economic Services (ACES) program
• $1 million to assist new entrepreneurs and small business innovators through the Oklahoma Center for Advancement of Science and Technology
• $5.3 million to modernize and expedite the Oklahoma Corporation Commissions’ permit processing for energy development

• $62.8 million for Graduate Medical Education program to support physician training for rural hospitals
• $105 million reallocation to increase provider rates for physicians, hospitals and nursing homes
• $29 million saved to a new preservation fund to preserve Medicaid provider rates when the federal government’s 3-year rolling average results in a rate decline.
• $10 million to decrease the Developmental Disability Services wait list and increase provider rates
• $4.6 million to increase immunizations and staff county health departments throughout the state

Press release


In their first trip to nationals, the Shady Point Archery team performed well last week in Louisville, Kentucky. Over 15,000 archers from across the nation, in grades 4-12, competed in the NASP Eastern National Tournament (the world’s largest archery tournament).


The Warriors came home ranked 103rd out of 255 middle school teams with a team score of 3,187, their highest ever. Two 5th graders earned individual invitations to the NASP World Championship to be held in Nashville, TN in July. Individuals earning a top 100 ranking in the nation, in their division, from the combined scores of both the eastern and western national tournaments, are invited.


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Ariana Loggains ranked 100th (5th in Oklahoma) among all elementary (grades 4-5) females in the nation. Jake Cauthen ranked 54th (2nd in Oklahoma) among all elementary (grades 4-5) males in the nation.


The Warriors middle school team also qualified in Tier 6 for the World Championship.


The team members were Rider Baker, Brayli Beason, Gunner Blaylock, Will Bryan, Jake Cauthen, Abbi Covey, Hannah Enkoff, Brailey Francis, Johnathon Harrison, Ty Holt, Gracie Jones, Ariana Loggains, Addison Parker, Ryleigh Pierce, Eric Rangel, Jordyn Rivera, Jenson Rogers, Hayden Shadwick, Adam Woodral, and Jaxon Woodral.


“On behalf of the team, thank you to our families, school, and community for their support in making this trip possible,” said archery coach Hank Austin. “The generosity of so many and the hard work of our team all season made this experience possible.”

Wednesday, 15 May 2019 21:28

Jerry Wayne Frizell Obituary

Jerry Wayne Frizell of Arkoma was born August 30, 1950 in Tulare, California to J.W. and Georgia (Walton) Frizell and passed away May 14, 2019 in Arkoma, Oklahoma at the age of 68.


He is survived by his daughter; Nina Stwalley of Fort Smith, Arkansas, grandson, Connor Grant of Fort Smith, Arkansas, sister, Vicki Copeman and husband Mike of Keota, Oklahoma, brothers; Harold Frizell of Keota, Oklahoma, John Lira and wife Doris of Fort Smith, Arkansas, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and loved ones.


Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; J.W. Frizell and Georgia Brooks, brother, Vincent Paul Lira, grandparents; Walter and Addie Walton, and Jim and Lottie Frizell.


Private family services will be held at a later date.


Cremation is under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home in Spiro, Oklahoma


To sign Mr. Frizell’s online guest book, please visit


Wednesday, 15 May 2019 21:24

Ronald Dee Akers Obituary

Ronald Dee Akers, 81, of Poteau, OK passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2019 in Van Buren, AR. Ronald was born September 9, 1937 in Wister, OK to Hillard & Ruth (Kiefer) Akers.


He worked on construction of the space shuttle. Ronald was a member of Southside Baptist Church, Poteau.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley of the home; son & daughter in law, Steven & Susan Akers of Poteau, OK; daughter, Sherry & Sonny Veercamp of Wister, OK: 5 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; 4 brothers, Glenn Akers of Glenpool, OK, Doyle Akers of Fanshawe, OK, Lanney Akers of Wister, OK, Don Akers of Spiro, OK.

Services will be 10 am, Monday, May 20, 2019 at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau with Rev. Jim Reed officiating. Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Poteau. The family will be at the funeral home on Sunday afternoon from 2-4 pm to visit with friends and family.


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The family has chosen to entrust the care of the services to Evans & Miller Funeral Home, POTEAU, OK

Rev. Calvin Richard “Cowboy” Terry, 84, passed from this world into the arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on the beautiful afternoon of May 14, 2019. Calvin was born July 9, 1934 to Albert E. & Myrtle (Holt) Terry in Verden, OK. He moved to LeFlore County in 1952 and he graduated from Cameron High School in 1954. Afterwards he enlisted in the US Marine Corps. In 1956 he married Ilene Sweeten, his high school sweetheart. Following his military service Calvin and Ilene settled in the Williams community where he worked as a rancher, school bus driver and John Deere mechanic. Then he went to work at U.S. Forgecraft until he retired. Calvin was a deacon for Williams Baptist Church where he answered the call to preach. He was pastor for Old Bokoshe Baptist Church from 1985 – 2010.
He is survived by his wife & love of his life for 63 years, Ilene; daughter, Calene & Tim Binns of Derby, KS; sons, Scotty & Becky Terry of Cameron, OK, Ty Terry & Mark Weise of University City, MO; 2 grandchildren, five great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives & friends.
Services will be held 2 pm, Friday, May 17, 2019 at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, OK with burial following in Greenhill Cemetery, Cameron, OK. Pallbearers will be Josh Watts, Rick Sweeten, Jackie Harrison, Giles, Gailen, Joe, Scott & Arthur Terry, Rick & Monty Watts. The family will be at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 6-8 pm to visit with friends & family.

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The family has chosen to entrust the care of the services to
Evans & Miller Funeral Home, POTEAU, OK

The Carl Albert State College Nursing Class of 2019 participated in the annual Pinning Ceremony on May 14, 2019 for students completing the RN program.

Nursing department awards went to the following students:

The Florence Nightingale Award — Gerry Goins
The Outstanding LPN to RN Graduate Award — Jennifer Benefield

Outstanding Nursing Student — Jeanette Gass

In addition to the award winners, other graduates of the class are Emily Adams, Dustin Armstrong, Lauren Carlile, Frankie Clifton, Brandy Davis, Britnie Davis, Susan Davlin, Cassandra Engelke, Aaron Harris, Meighan Lovelace, Jamie Horn, Devin Hyatt, Kori LaFevers, Mayra Solito, Olivia Moya, Blake Olive, Jenna Perdue, Casaundra Simpson, Jeannie Smith, Casey Smittle , Crystal Tengbeh, Amber Thompson, and Alexandra Torres.


The Director of Nursing Education at CASC is Marcia Cullum, and Delores Steele serves as the Administrative Assistant to the program. Nursing Instructors are: Rebecca Sanders, APRN-CNP; Lois Gotes, MSN, APRN-CNP; Joyce Johnson, MS, RN; Stephanie Mann, MSN, RN; Patricia Dollar, BSN, RN; Kristal Newlin, MSN, RN; Cara Stewart, MSN, RN; Vicky Russell, MSN, RN NE-BC; and Maurica Treat-Nordberg, MSN, RN.




Press release


The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and the Okmulgee County Health Department are investigating a confirmed case of measles in Okmulgee County. This is the first confirmed case of measles in Oklahoma since May 2018. As of Jan. 1, there have been at least 839 cases of measles reported in the United States from 23 other states. This is the highest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1994.

Measles was identified in a person who returned to Oklahoma after traveling to various domestic and international destinations. The virus is still common in many parts of the world with outbreaks occurring in Europe, Israel, Ukraine, and the Philippines. These outbreaks have resulted in travelers who develop illness in the U.S. following their return. In addition to the high number of cases, there are outbreaks ongoing in several states.

Based on collected information about the measles case during the time the patient was contagious, public health officials want to alert anyone who visited Saint Francis Glenpool emergency room, May 11, from 8 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. about potential exposure to the measles virus. Public health officials are collaborating with Saint Francis Glenpool to identify anyone who may have visited the facility to inform them of their exposure and provide recommendations.

People are protected if they are immunized with two doses of a measles-containing vaccine after the first birthday, or if they were born during or before 1957. Those who think they may have been at risk of exposure should review their immunization records and contact the Okmulgee County Health Department at 918-756-1883 during regular business hours, their local county health department or the OSDH epidemiologist-on-call at 800-234-5963.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease and spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The virus may remain airborne up to two hours in a room after the person with measles has left an indoor area. Those who are susceptible to measles usually develop symptoms about 10 days after exposure with a range of 7-21 days.

Symptoms of measles begin with a mild to moderate fever, runny nose, red eyes, and cough. A few days later, a rash appears starting on the face spreading to the rest of the body accompanied by a fever that can reach up to 105 degrees. Measles can lead to pneumonia and other complications, especially in young children and adults over 20. The disease can also cause serious problems in pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems. A person with measles can spread the virus up to four days before the onset of the rash and until four days after the rash begins.

Approximately 90 percent of U.S. cases reported so far this year were either unvaccinated or had an unknown history of vaccination against measles. Measles can be prevented with the measles vaccine usually given in combination with rubella and mumps, called MMR vaccine, and is recommended for all children at 12 to 15 months of age and again at 4 to 6 years of age. If a person has not received a second dose of the vaccine between 4 to 6 years of age, the booster dose may be given at any age thereafter. Two doses of vaccine normally provide lifelong immunity.

Individuals who were exposed and are not experiencing symptoms of illness do not need to be evaluated by a health care provider. Anyone who does have symptoms should contact a health care provider before presenting for care to discuss instructions for check-in and registration.

For more information about measles, visit


To receive the MMR vaccine, contact a health care provider or a county health department.

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