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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!!!

Thursday, 21 April 2016 10:07

Michael D. Francis Death Notice

Michael D. Francis of Panama, Oklahoma was born on November 14, 1957 and passed away on April 19, 2016 at the age of 58 years.



Memorial service will be held at 2pm, Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at the Victory Worship Center of Spiro, Oklahoma.

Thursday, 21 April 2016 10:03

Marrow Agnes Johnson Coward Obituary

Marrow Agnes Johnson Coward formally Mrs. Herman W Randall deceased 2008 resident of Sallisaw Oklahoma, formerly of Wasco California, reach her final destination on the 19th of April 2016 she was 85 years 10 months and 26 days old.


She was born on a Saturday morning at 7 a.m. on the 24th day of May 1930 to Mr. Turner and Mrs. Lassie (Jones) Johnson in Hornsby Hardeman County Tennessee.


She was married to Robert O. Coward of the home June 7th 1963, they shared 53 long years together.

She is preceded in death by her dear parents Mr. And Mrs. Johnson, her ex-husband Herman Randall, two sisters, Wanese and Mary and one baby brother Foy Lee.


Morrow to none Agnes to most, Aggie too few, mommy to two, but Nanny to all. Agnes was deeply loved and left behind so many that are counting down the days till they hear another "love yuns all".


She never met a stranger she couldn't make a friend. She would talk to just about anyone that she encountered and by the time the meeting was over you knew her life story.


Agnes is survived by her two beautiful daughters, Cheryl Ann (Matt) Dance of Prairieville, LA., and Rita Faye Randall-Green of Muldrow, OK; one brother Roy Mack of Wasco, CA.; one sister, Vernice of Springfield, IL.; Seven grandchildren including four granddaughters, Christal (Darren) Swarner of New Roads, LA, Michelee (Scott) Castillo of Ft. Smith, AR, Jennifer (Justin) Murff of Nashville TN, Kristan (Samuel) Roberts of Muldrow, OK.; Three grandsons Thomas (Andrea) David, Randall Waldron of Baton Rouge, LA., and Michael (Ninette) Randall of Bakersfield, CA.; She has 27 great-grandchildren and coming soon her very first great great grandson baby boy Taylor.
She spent years working on farms, fields and sorting sheds.


She owned a taxi service in a one-horse town.


Despite having a formal education, she was able to teach herself to read.


She had many hats and many titles, but to her the most important hats were wife, mom, nanny and great nanny.


She loved the outdoors, traveling, camping and was an avid fisherman.


She also loved to cook. She liked Vince Gill, she loved Josh Turner and his deep soulful voice. She also enjoyed gardening and trimming roses. Although her last days here were hard, confusing and sometimes unbearable she kept her light on til the last day and even though she lost her battle with Alzheimer's she fought with all her might.


She had an amazing gift of intuition and never let on when it was near I love my nanny and always will. "You have sorrow now but I will see you again and your hearts will rejoice and no one will take your day from you" John 16:22


Graveside services will be held at 2pm on Friday, April 22, 2016 at the Spiro City Cemetery.


Arrangements have been entrusted to the care and direction of Mallory Martin Funeral Home of Spiro.


Condolences can be made to the family on Agnes’s online guestbook at

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