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State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister made the following remarks after the House of Representatives unanimously approved a $51 million supplemental to common education.


“We are grateful to the House of Representatives for following the lead of Gov. Fallin, Speaker Hickman, Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman and the Senate in approving $51 million in Rainy Day funding for Oklahoma public schools. Districts are facing serious budget challenges, and this supplemental funding greatly helps offset the impact of February’s revenue failure and will be a great help as educators finish out the spring semester and fiscal year.”


The measure now goes to Gov. Fallin, who has said she will sign.

Supt. Hofmeister comments on $51 million in Rainy Day funding - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

Attention Wister School Students and parents:

There will be no school on Wednesday March 23, 2016 due to Carrel Vaughn's funeral.

His funeral is scheduled for 2:00 in the gym.

Also remember no school on Friday as regularly scheduled.


The Oklahoma Department of Human Services outlined budget cuts in response to the second revenue failure which amounts to nearly $25 million state dollars that must be reduced before June 30, 2016.


“We have worked very hard throughout the past year to shield the people we serve as much as possible from budget cuts and revenue failures by dramatic reducing administrative costs, personnel, and contracts,” said Ed Lake, DHS Director. “For this second revenue failure, we have strategically targeted reductions to program budgets which will minimize the impact on our most vulnerable clients. If there is another revenue failure before the end of the year, however, the direct impact on our clients will undoubtedly be much more significant.”


To help manage cash flow to the end of the fiscal year, DHS will transition to quarterly payments to persons who receive Aid to the Aged, Blind and Disabled (state supplemental payments). DHS will hold April, May and June payments and make those with the regular July payment. The payments would be made quarterly thereafter. There are 88,190 persons who receive cash payments averaging $36.73 per month. The new quarterly payments will be approximately $110 per person.


The cash benefit program for families with children who have developmental disabilities will be reduced through attrition and by not adding new families through the end of the fiscal year. There are currently 1,690 low-income families raising children with disabilities under the age of 18 who receive payments between $250 and $500 per month depending on the number of children with disabilities in the home. There are typically 25 families who drop off the program each month, while approximately 25 new families are added.


DHS will strategically reduce some Aging Services by targeting programs around the state where there is underspending. This approach will minimize the impact on the agencies providing local nutrition sites and other social services and ensure older Oklahomans do not experience a loss of services.

Budgets for other service programs throughout the agency that are not spending at the levels predicted will be reduced to actual expenditures. Programs will be monitored closely and, if necessary, the agency will halt the addition of new clients. DHS will also replace state funds in its budget with federal funds where spending is allowable under federal grants.


Administrative cuts:
DHS will continue to cut personnel costs through another round of voluntary buy outs and maintain a hard hiring freeze by holding all vacant positions through the end of the fiscal year.


Through other streamlining efforts, some additional personnel reductions and reorganization will generate some administrative savings in the next three months. The agency has negotiated lower rent payments with landlords of about a third of DHS offices around the state and plans to cancel most employee trainings.


DHS’ budget has been reduced $43.5 million through two revenue failures in the current fiscal year and cut $64 million in fiscal year 2015. Between the last fiscal year and by the end of the current year, nearly 700 positions (9 percent of the agency’s total FTE) will have been permanently cut from the agency’s payroll.


This includes several rounds of voluntary buy-outs, elimination of vacancies, and the closure of a state-run children’s shelter. While the hiring of child welfare specialists added more than 500 new workers and supervisors to the workforce during this time, personnel reductions have been deeper to the rest of the agency with nearly 1,200 non-child welfare positions cut.


This equals a 23 percent cut to staff in all of the other programs areas outside of Child Welfare Services.

Monday, 21 March 2016 19:16

Carrel Leslie Vaughn Obituary

Carrel Leslie Vaughn of Wister, OK passed peacefully on March 20, 2016 in Fort Smith, AR.


During his final days, he was surrounded by family and friends.


Carrel was born on February 15, 1936 in Lone Star (Wister), OK to S.J. ‘Buck’ and Elva Vaughn. He grew up with his brothers Harold and Jimmy Dale Vaughn, both preceding him in death. Carrel was 80 years of age upon his passing. He had enjoyed 60 years of marriage to his wife, Ramona Wooten-Vaughn.


Carrel and Mona were blessed with four children who remain in the Wister community: Brenda and Bobby Cockburn, Kathy and Bob Craig, Rick and Sarah Vaughn, and Lisa and Ronnie Smith.


He has multiple grandchildren including Clint and Jessica Vaughn, Breann and Phillip Lathrop, Heath Smith, Chad and Allie Craig, Brittany Cockburn, and Ashley and Brandon Benson. He also has multiple great-grandchildren including Cole and Caleb Vaughn, Brooklynn and Audrey Lathrop, Paityn Nowlin, Wyatt Benson, and Jack Craig.


Carrel was a leader within his community serving as County Commissioner for thirteen years, President of the Commissioner Board for nine years, member of the Keddo Board for six years, member of the Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center Board for seven years, and member of the Board of Health for thirty-one years.


In addition to his community leadership, Carrel also enjoyed camping, fishing, and raising cattle. Carrel was a strong Christian man whose final wishes were to instill faith in his friends and family. He will be missed dearly by many.


Services will be 2 pm, Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at Wister Public Schools with burial following in Ellis Chapel Cemetery, Wister, OK.


Pallbearers will be Rocky Crane, Ryan Williams, Terry Covey, Charles Claiborn, Bud Morgan, Lance Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be Steve Walden, Sam Walden, Phillip Lathrop, Heath Smith, Clint Vaughn and Chad Craig.


The family will be at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 6-8 pm to visit with relatives & friends.


You may leave an online message at


Monday, 21 March 2016 11:46

Dale P. Elmore Obituary

Dale P. Elmore of Pocola, Oklahoma was born November 24, 1936 in Pocola, Oklahoma to Marlin W. and Ottie Mae (Nolen) Elmore and passed away March 19, 2016 in Fort Smith, Arkansas the age of 79.



He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Henrietta of the home; two daughters, Sindy Decker of Spiro, Oklahoma and Charlene Elmore of Pocola, Oklahoma; four grandchildren, five great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other family, and a host of friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, one son, Mark W. Elmore, one sister, Reba Jean Geren, one brother, Ray W. Elmore, and a son in law, Frank Decker.



Dale attended the Rock Island Free Will Baptist Church, retired from Rheem, loved horses, and he liked to be the “boss” of his wife who was the gardener.



Funeral service will be 10 am, Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at Mallory-Martin Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Brad Kuhl officiating.



Burial will follow in the Macedonia Cemetery of Pocola, Oklahoma.



Pallbearers will be Tony Freeman, Ross Pipkins, Scott Wallace, James Ward, Bryan Howard, and Floyd Morris.



Viewing will be 8am-8pm Monday and Friday with the family visiting with friends 6pm-8pm Tuesday at the funeral home.



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

Sunday, 20 March 2016 21:45

William Adrain Kingsolver

William Adrain Kingsolver, 66, of Poteau, OK passed away Friday, March 18, 2016 in Poteau.


William was born May 4, 1949 in Jamestown, OH.


He was a veteran of the US Army. He was a painting contractor.



Survivors include his daughter & son in law, Andria & Brad Montgomery of Shady Point, OK; son & daughter in law, Mitchell & Linnia Kingsolver of Poteau, OK; 3 grandchildren, Audree, James, Hyeden; brother, Tom Kingsolver; other relatives, loved ones and friends.



Services will be 10 am, Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at Summerfield Cemetery Pavilion, Summerfield, OK with Rev. Clyde Hess officiating.


Pallbearers will be Mitchell and Brad.


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

Saturday, 19 March 2016 23:13

Winning Numbers from the Oklahoma Lottery

Official Pick 3 winning numbers from the Oklahoma Lottery for 03/19/2016

3 - 6 - 8


Official Cash 5 winning numbers from the Oklahoma Lottery for 03/19/2016

9 - 13 - 14 - 29 - 34

Official Poker Pick winning hand from the Oklahoma Lottery for 3/19/2016

3H - JD - 5D - 9S - 9C



Good Luck !

Saturday, 19 March 2016 23:02

Get ready for City wide Trash-Off Day

Poteau,OK - Spring has sprung and its time to gather family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, club members or whoever you can to participate in the11th Annual City Wide Trash-Off !

When Trash-Off began 11 years ago only four people participated.

Numbers have continued to grow each year with over 300 volunteers picking up over 350 bags of trash from road-ways, parking lots, behind fences on playgrounds and city parks. Volunteers get creative with special t-shirts, painted faces, flower designs on clothing and much more.

The largest non-profit, church, school or non-business group will receive $100 dollars cash.

“We hope that you will scroll down to take a look and get your "Clean Team together and help us bag the trash in Poteau," said Karen Wages, CEO of the Poteau Chamber of Commerce.


Each year in conjunction with the City Wide Trash-Off, the 4th grade students from Poteau School participated in a Poster Contest as part of a litter awareness campaign.
The top 10 posters will be placed on facebook and we will ask the public to help choose our peoples choice.

Posters will be uploaded by April 15th.

to choose your favorite like our page @


To register to volunteer, call the Poteau Chamber of Commerce


Volunteers can request to pick up designated areas, but please check with the chamber office to make sure those areas are not already assigned or requested.

Get ready for City wide Trash-Off Day - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Saturday, 19 March 2016 22:49

Holton D Primm


Holton D Primm 87, of Alma, AR. passed away Monday, March 18, 2016, in Alma, AR. He was born November 15, 1928, at Keota, OK to Jerry Franklin Primm and Cellie Belle (Holton) Primm.


Holton "Coach" Primm was a teacher and coach for 23 years in Oklahoma and Arkansas.


He spent his last 10 years coaching at Subiaco Academy.


After retiring from education, he and his wife owned and operated an insurance agency in Paris, Arkansas for several years. Holton also was the director of the Paris Boys ‘Club for a year. He was a member of First Baptist Church where he served as a deacon.


Preceding him in death were his parents.


Survivors include his wife Hannah Marguerite (Barnes) Primm of the home; a son Jeffrey Franklin Primm and wife Karen of Greenwood AR; a daughter Leigh Ann Sumner and husband Gary of Mulberry, AR; grandchildren Rachael Presson, Megan White, Dane Sumner, Jordon Primm and Allison Primm; great grandchildren; Annie, Torrie, Adrianna, Taryn and Jackson; a sister Mary Lou Rogers of Oklahoma City OK, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other family members, friends and loved ones.
Pallbearers will be Jordon Primm, Dane Sumner, Sean Gammon, Jody Presson, David White and Gary Sumner.

Services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, 2016, at Haven Heights Baptist Church in Ft. Smith AR with Dr. Steve Young officiating.


Interment will follow service at Fort Smith National Cemetery.


Services are under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home of Poteau, OK.


You may leave an on-line greeting to the family at



According to a press release from the Food and Drug Administration, the Tri-Union Seafoods LLC is voluntarily recalling a 2,745 cases (equal to 107,280 cans) of Chicken of the Sea brand 5 oz. canned chunk light tuna in oil and 5 oz. canned chunk light tuna in water.


This recall has been initiated because the product may have been undercooked due to an equipment malfunction, which was uncovered during a routine inspection.


These deviations were part of the commercial sterilization process and could result in contamination by spoilage organisms or pathogens, which could lead to life-threatening illness if consumed.


There have been no reported illnesses to date connected with the affected products, and Tri-Union Seafoods LLC is issuing this voluntary recall to ensure the highest level of safety and quality.


The UPC code, Best By date and lot codes are used to determine the products involved. The UPC code (also known as the bar code) is found on the label of the product.


The Best By date is printed on the bottom of the can. The product lot codes that are part of this voluntary recall can also be found on the bottom of the can.



The specific products being recalled are as follows:


Chicken of the Sea 5 Oz. Canned Chunk Light Tuna in Oil

Chicken of the Sea Brand 5 oz. canned chunk light tuna in oil sold at retailers nationwide in single cans between Feb. 10, 2016 and March 16, 2016.


The UPC code is 0 4800000195 5 and the Best By date is 2/10/19.


6OA3Z SCEES 2/10/19
6OAAZ SCEES 2/10/19
6OABZ SCEEB 2/10/19
6OACZ SCEEB 2/10/19

Chicken of the Sea 5 Oz. Canned Chunk Light Tuna in Water


Chicken of the Sea Brand 5 oz. canned chunk light tuna in water sold at retailers nationwide in single cans between Feb. 18, 2016 and March 16, 2016.


The UPC code is 0 4800000245 7. The Best By dates are:



6OJEB SCAEB 2/18/19
6OJCB SCAFB 2/18/19
6ONEB SCAIB 2/22/19
6OOFZ SCAFB 2/23/19
6ORDB SCAFB 2/25/19
6ORAB SCAFB 2/25/19
6L2CB SCAFB 3/2/19
6L32B SCAEB 3/3/19
6L33B SCAEB 3/3/19
6L35B SCAEB 3/3/19
6L3CB SCAEB 3/3/19


"The health and safety of our consumers is our number one priority. As soon as we discovered the issue, we took immediate steps to initiate this voluntary recall, alerting our retail customers that received the product and instructing them to remove it from store shelves," said Shue Wing Chan, president of Tri-Union Seafoods LLC.


No other codes of these products or other Chicken of the Sea products are affected by this voluntary recall.


Consumers may return the product to the store where they purchased it for a full refund. Anyone with questions or concerns about this recall should call the 24-hour recall information line at 1-866-600-2681

Voluntary Recall on Select 5 oz. Canned Chunk Light Tuna in Oil and 5 oz. Canned Chuck Light Tuna in Water - 3.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

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