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Saturday, 20 February 2016 23:49

Congratulations Wister Wildcats

The Wister Wildcats Basketball team are now the District Champions.

The boys beat the Howe Lions 62 – 52 for the win.

Next stop regionals!

Good Job Boys!


The Wister Wildcats are:

Jacob Martin, Cash Balentine, Bryar Ward, Mason Goforth, Jaden Meeh, Jake Sconyers, Kaiden Jackson, Kolton Lynn, Koby Midgley, Ethan Billings, Kenden Thornburg, Adrian Gonzalez, Treyn Bingley, Austin Brooks and Tanner Herrington.

The team is coached by John Paul McAlester


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Briviact (brivaracetam) as an add-on treatment to other medications to treat partial onset seizures in patients age 16 years and older with epilepsy.

This is according to a press release from the FDA.


Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes people to have recurring seizures. A seizure is an episode, usually of relatively short duration, of abnormal brain activity. Seizures can cause a variety of symptoms, including uncontrolled movements or spasms, abnormal thinking and behavior, and abnormal sensations. Muscle spasms can be violent, and loss of consciousness can occur. Seizures occur when clusters of nerve cells (neurons) in the brain undergo uncontrolled activation. A partial onset seizure begins in a limited area of the brain.


“Patients can have different responses to the various seizure medicines that are available,” said Billy Dunn, M.D., director of the Division of Neurology Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “With the approval of Briviact, I am pleased that patients with epilepsy have a new treatment option.”


Epilepsy has many possible causes including, among others, stroke, infection, tumors, traumatic brain injury, and abnormal brain development. In many cases, the specific cause is unknown. Epilepsy is one of the most common conditions affecting the brain. Approximately 5.1 million people in the United States have a history of epilepsy and approximately 2.9 million people in the United States have active epilepsy.


Briviact’s effectiveness was studied in three clinical trials involving 1,550 participants. Briviact, taken along with other medications, was shown to be effective in reducing the frequency of seizures.

The most common side effects reported by people taking Briviact in clinical trials included drowsiness, dizziness, fatigue, nausea and vomiting.


Briviact must be dispensed with a Medication Guide for patients, which provides important information about the medication’s use and risks. As is true for all drugs that treat epilepsy, the most serious risks include thoughts about suicide, attempts to commit suicide, feelings of agitation, new or worsening depression, aggression, and panic attacks. Rarely, patients may exhibit an allergic reaction associated with swelling of the lips, eyelids, or tongue with or without difficulty breathing.


Briviact is marketed by UCB, Inc. of Smyrna, Georgia.

FDA approves Briviact to treat partial onset seizures - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – According to a press release from the Oklahoma Federal Bureau of Investigation, a federal grand jury has indicted Ked Ejiofor Ezeah, 33, from Nigeria, and Akunna Baiyina Ejiorfor, 31, a resident of Houston, Texas, for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud, announced Mark Yancey, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma.


According to the indictment, defendants and their co-conspirators would use false profile information to open user accounts on online dating web sites and contact other users under the guise of forming an online relationship.


Instead, it is alleged, the contact was actually for the purpose of attempting to scam money from other users by claiming to be successful financial advisors or affiliated with charitable causes.


It is alleged the defendants used telephone calls, cell phone text messages, and messages through the dating web site in order to further the illusion that a genuine relationship was developing.


As the online relationship progressed, it is alleged, the defendants would make inquiries about their potential victim’s finances and investments and claim to have inside information, such as knowledge that the victim’s investment firm was under investigation by government authorities or was financially unsound.

Ultimately, it is alleged, the defendants would use these false claims to persuade the victims that their money or investments were unsafe and cause the victims to wire money to the defendants.


In reality, it is alleged, the defendants kept the victim’s money for themselves. Specifically, the indictment alleges that the defendants used this scheme to cause one victim from Oklahoma City to wire $500,000 on May 11, 2015, and another $501,000 on May 14, 2015, from her bank account to Barclays Bank in London.


Ezeah and Ejiofor were been charged by criminal complaint and were arrested in Houston, Texas, on January 27, 2016.


If convicted, Ezeah and Ejiofor each face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The public is reminded that the indictment is merely an accusation and that the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. Reference is made to court records for further information.


This case is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Ogilvie.

April 7, 2015, Department of Transportation employees found a woman’s body dumped on the side of Interstate 40 near Hinton in Caddo County.

The Caddo County Sheriff’s Office requested OSBI assistance with this suspicious death case.

One of the first steps in such a case is to identify the victim. Her identity remains unknown. Her cause of death is also unknown.

The medical examiner’s office has determined she is between 18 and 35 years old, but most likely in her mid 20s. She stood between 4’8” and 5’3” tall.

They also determined she is possibly of African-American decent.

She was found wearing a unique earring.

Here is a picture of that earring 


Her body was badly decomposed when found.

Doctors believe she was likely dead up to several weeks before being found. OSBI Forensic Artist Harvey Pratt has reconstructed her skull, hoping someone will recognize her.


If the reconstruction looks similar to someone you have not seen or heard from in approximately a year, please contact the OSBI at 1-800-522-8017.

OSBI Forensic Artist Reconstructs Skull of Woman Found Last Year Along I-40 in Caddo Co. - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote


“Several bills dealing with school district mergers, annexations, and consolidations have been introduced this session in the Senate. These measures take a thoughtful and pragmatic approach to streamline administrative costs to save money and improve the quality of education offered to students.


At the heart of it, the members who have worked on these bills share the goal of ensuring we’re doing the best we can to focus resources in the classroom, where they most directly benefit Oklahoma children.



“As Education Chairman, I’m grateful to the parents, teachers and school patrons who’ve taken the time to share their views and concerns with me, and with their own senators. I’ve also had many conversations with members as well. I believe more discussion and an exchange of ideas are needed.



“Oklahomans have a vested interest in improving the quality of education offered to our children and grandchildren and in ensuring our schools are operating as efficiently and effectively as possible. With this consideration, I have decided against hearing any of these bills, including one that I have authored, in the Senate Education Committee this session.”—Sen. John Ford, Education Chairman.

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Chuck Hoskin on Friday issued a prayer for the “full and speedy recovery” of a Craig County volunteer firefighter who was injured when hit by a vehicle while battling a fire Thursday afternoon.

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Centralia firefighter Jeffery Mueller was unraveling hose from a fire truck parked in the eastbound lane of U.S. 60 about nine miles east of Nowata, with its emergency lights activated, while working at the scene of a wildfire. Mueller was struck about 4:30 p.m. Thursday by a car traveling west on the highway through the heavy smoke.

Mueller, 48, was airlifted to Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa, where he was listed in good condition, the OHP trooper reported.

“I urge all drivers in Oklahoma to obey the common-sense law against driving through dense smoke,” said Hoskin, D-Vinita. “The job of our volunteer firefighters is dangerous enough without motorists adding to it.”

All rural firefighters in Oklahoma deserve a heartfelt “thank you,” Hoskin asserted. “These volunteers place themselves in harm’s way to protect our lives and property.”

Oklahoma has a little over 1,000 rural fire departments staffed by approximately 20,000 volunteers, State Forester George Geissler reported. “That’s a rough estimate of about 20 volunteers per department, but that’s strictly a back-of-the-napkin estimate,” he said.

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry lists 857 certified fire departments serving communities of 10,000 or fewer population. A certified department “meets certain criteria,” Geissler explained. “For example, they train their personnel and have certain required pieces of equipment.”


Legislator Praises Oklahoma’s Volunteer Firefighters, Urges Motorists to be Cautious in Dense Smoke - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

According to Sen. David Holt, the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau, Gov. Mary Fallin, Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman, and House Speaker Jeff Hickman the “American Ninja Warrior” is coming to Oklahoma for the first time and will shoot on the south plaza of the Oklahoma State Capitol.


The Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services has approved a request by the producers of the hit NBC television show to shoot at the Capitol from May 6 to 17. The approval of the application represents the culmination of a months-long recruiting effort led by the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, with critical support from Holt, Fallin, Bingman, Hickman, Lt. Governor Todd Lamb, the Film and Music Office, the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, and the Department of Public Safety.


“American Ninja Warrior” is an obstacle course competition show that is entering its eighth season on NBC with rebroadcasts on the Esquire Network. It is one of the highest-rated family shows on television. As part of its format, different cities each season serve as hosts for “city finals.” Oklahoma has never been the site of a “city final.”


Serving as a host city leads to a direct economic impact from the influx of crew members, participants and fans. It leads to an indirect economic impact through the positive exposure for the city and state throughout the “American Ninja Warrior” season. In this unique instance, the shoot will also highlight Oklahoma’s State Capitol as it undergoes renovations and prepares for its centennial.


“It’s exciting that Oklahoma, and especially our state Capitol, will be showcased on ‘American Ninja Warrior,’” Fallin said. “This will allow viewers to get a glimpse of all the impressive things that are going on in Oklahoma City.”


“I think this is great. ’American Ninja Warrior’ is a popular, long-running prime-time show on a major network. It’s fun to watch,” Bingman said. “I think it’s very positive for Oklahoma and we’re looking forward to having the show here at the Capitol.”


"We have been working to preserve our beautiful Capitol building which is a treasured gift from previous generation of Oklahomans,” Hickman said. “This national focus on our state, our capital city and the Capitol building will introduce millions more Americans to this special place we call Oklahoma."


“We are so excited and honored to be selected as an ‘American Ninja Warrior’ city for season eight,” said Sue Hollenbeck, Director of Sports Business for the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Having a national TV shoot in Oklahoma City is not only a significant economic impact, but this is a great opportunity to show off our amazing state and specifically, our beautiful Capitol building. We are looking forward to working with the incredible production company and NBC to make this the best ‘American Ninja Warrior’ yet!”


“This past summer, my kids were obsessed with ‘American Ninja Warrior’, and I wondered at the time how we might someday get it to Oklahoma,” Holt said. “Little did I know that the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau was already hard at work. When they came to me last year seeking assistance at the Capitol, I was thrilled to help, and I commend all the state leaders and entities that also rose to the occasion. The arrival of ‘American Ninja Warrior’ will present a fantastic opportunity to highlight our city, our state, and our Capitol.”


“American Ninja Warrior” coming to Oklahoma State Capitol - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Friday, 19 February 2016 10:45

Christopher Paul Huddleston

Christopher Paul Huddleston of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (formerly of Heavener, Oklahoma) was born March 14, 1976 in Millington, Tennessee to Ronny and Debra (Gardener) Huddleston and passed away February 17, 2016 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at the age of 39.


He is survived by:

His two sons:
Austin Huddleston of Heavener, Oklahoma
Ronny Huddleston of Syracruse, New York

His mother:
Debra Tiffee and husband Jim of Poteau, Oklahoma

One brother:
Lynn Smittle and wife Casey of Poteau, Oklahoma

One sister:
Cami Schiffner and husband Duwayne of Heavener, Oklahoma

Maternal grandfather:
Lowell Stone of Gore, Oklahoma

Two nieces:
Christian and Bryleigh Schiffner of Heavener, Oklahoma

Several other relatives, loved ones, and many friends


He was preceded in death by his father, Ronny Huddleston; paternal grandparents, Short and Evazee Huddleston; and maternal grandmother, LaQueta Stone.


Chris was a 1994 graduate of Heavener High School. He was a veteran of the United States Navy where he served his country from 1994 to 2005. Chris was also a veteran of the Dessert Storm.


Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at the First Baptist Church in Heavener, Oklahoma with Brother Sam Dyer officiating.


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


Pallbearers will be: Jamie Rowton, Jeremy Harwell, Sam Wilson, Lynn Smittle, and Joseph Harwell.


Viewing will be from noon until 9:00 p.m., Sunday, 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Monday, and 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Tuesday.


The family will visit with friends and relatives from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Monday at the funeral home.


To sign Chris’ online guestbook please visit

Poteau, OK- The Fourth grade classes at Poteau Upper Elementary School kicked off "Don't Be A Litterbug Club"
The club was founded by Triniti McCoy and Alicia Bruno.


Since 1st grade, Triniti (Parents are Jeff and Amy McCoy) has wanted to have a club like this and has made efforts to make it a reality.


Finally, her dream has become a reality. This is not an official school-recognized club, but Mrs. Shea Hebert (Triniti's homeroom teacher) will be volunteering her time to supervise the club. The club plans to meet occasionally during their lunch and recess time, with Mrs. Hebert's help.


Because Triniti and Alicia are 4th graders, the club is limited to that grade at this time.

Their purpose is to:
•Clean Up our School and Community
•Encourage Others to Do the Same
•Teach Others to Care About the Environment.


Club members will work together and individually. As a group, their intent is to pick up trash around the school campus, with the hopes of working their way into the community.
As individuals, they plan to pick up trash at any given opportunity.


Club members are asked to keep their Club Card with them at all times. When possible, as they pick up litter, they will take a selfie while displaying their Club Card. This picture can be posted to this group for everyone to see...thus promoting their efforts and encouraging others to join the effort.




This club is not yet a school-recognized club. With the volunteer efforts of a teacher and other staff, the club members will meet during their lunch and recess time.
To ensure sincere motive, interested students will be asked to submit an essay explaining their reasons or desire for joining. Qualified student candidates will receive the Official Club Member Card.



Club Members are:
Alex Club, Kaden Williams, Jace Bandy, Mallory Parker, Lea Taylor, Lilly Little, Josh Luke, Chase Earn, Sydney Killian, Hailey Hunt, Kristin Barnes, and Xochie Ta, Founders Triniti McCoy and Alicia Bruno.


Club logo

Poteau Upper Elementary School kicked off "Don't Be A Litterbug Club" - 5.0 out of 5 based on 3 votes
Friday, 19 February 2016 05:44

Rebecca Elizabeth King Obituary

Rebecca Elizabeth King, 60, of Heavener, OK passed away Wednesday, February 17, 2016 in Heavener.


Becky was born November 1, 1955 in East Liverpool, OH to John Lawrence & Virginia May Channels.


She was a registered nurse. She was preceded in death by her mother, and her grandparents.



Survivors include her daughter & son in law, Rachel & Chad Allen of Howe, OK; son & daughter in law, Andrew & Judy King of East Liverpool, OH; grandchildren, Preston, Gracelyn, Selah, Kendall; brother, Jim & Brenda Channels of Poteau, OK; father, Lawrence Channels of Howe, OK; other relatives, loved ones and friends.



Services will be 2 pm, Monday, February 22, 2016 at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, OK.


Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery, Poteau, OK.



The family will be at the funeral home on Sunday afternoon from 2-4 pm to visit with relatives & friends.



You may leave an online message at


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

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