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According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, on May 18, 2018 at approximately 5:07pm, a Cookson man was injured in a motorcycle accident on State Highway 82, 10 miles North of Vian in Sequoyah County.

According to the OHP, a 2000 Kawasaki motorcycle driven by Johnny Rushing, 36, of Vian was traveling northbound on SH82 when the motorcycle departed the roadway to right and overturning.

Rushing was transported to St John Hospital by Air Evac and was admitted in stable condition with head and trunk internal injuries.

Friday, 18 May 2018 22:25

Anna Faye Boyd Obituary

Anna Faye Boyd, of Spiro, Oklahoma was born October 4, 1928 in Kiowa, Oklahoma to William and Ruthie Mae (West) Black, and passed away May 18, 2018 in Fort Smith, Arkansas at the age of 89.


She is survived by three daughters; Brenda Najar and husband Andy of Spiro, Oklahoma, Terry Smith and husband Phil of Pocola, Oklahoma, Debbie Benge and husband Kent of Spiro, Oklahoma, one son; Mike Boyd of Spiro, Oklahoma, grandchildren; Crystal Woolly of Spiro, Oklahoma, Wayne Morton of Spiro, Oklahoma, Leisha Benge of Pocola, Oklahoma, Neisha Masterson and husband Shawn of Pocola, Oklahoma, Tera Monceret of Gans, Oklahoma, Michael Boyd of San Antonio, Texas, great-grandchildren; Joshua Woolly, Justace Woolly, Kadie Hearton, Shakyrah Gladness, Dache Benge, Dakotah Terrell, DaQuayne Terrell, Braxton Monceret, Payslee Monceret, and two great-great granddaughters; Scarlett Hearton and Rowan Hearton.


Anna Faye was preceded in death by father; William Black, her mother and step-father Ruthie and Henry Souddress, her husband Contz'd Boyd and granddaughter; April Morton.


She was an Avon sales representative for 58 years and as everyone knew she was an avid sports fan who could always be seen at every game around.


Funeral Services will be 11:00 am Monday, May 21, 2018 at Lakeview Baptist Church in Spiro, Oklahoma with Reverend Keith Wilson officiating.


Burial will follow at New Hope Cemetery in Spiro, Oklahoma under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home in Spiro, Oklahoma.


Viewing will be Saturday 12pm – 6pm and Sunday 12 pm – 6pm and the family will visit with friends Sunday from 2pm- 4pm at the funeral home.


To sign Anna Faye's online guest book please visit



Press release

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Tom Gann released the following statements on yesterday’s grand jury’s findings from its investigation of the state Health Department. The findings confirmed the gross mismanagement of state government.

“I believe the findings of the grand jury reveal that this type of mismanagement is not an exception but the norm of how our state government is managed,” said Gann, R-Inola.
The first recommendation issued by the grand jury stated, “The Board and the Commissioner improve the control environment and tone at the top of the agency.”

“I have written before about the tone at the top,” Gann said. “It truly matters how we approach the use of taxpayer dollars. The Oklahoma taxpayer deserves better.

“As a member of the House Special Investigative Committee, I was astounded by the magnitude of this type of mismanagement that was able to continue undetected and ignored for so long.

“I believe it is time to pass reform measures that would hold agency heads personally liable for the accuracy and completeness of agency financial reports. This is done in the corporate world, where corporate officers are subject to forfeiture of benefits and civil penalties and are required to certify and attest to the integrity of their financial reports. It should be no different for any agency head that oversees an agency that compares to some corporations in terms of the size of their budgets.

“The disruption of services by agencies as a means to gain more appropriations from the Legislature should be outlawed. The state Health Department never needed to disrupt services across the state and never needed the additional money to provide those services. The process of how agencies come to the Legislature for more money is a shell game.

“This calls into question the recent tax increases. Are they really necessary? I never thought the Legislature was getting a real picture of the financial situations and by testimony by the state auditor and attorney general yesterday no one in state government does either.

“If we are ever going to be the state we can be, we must break the mentality of tax and spend to ‘get something done’ and create a culture of transparency of state resources so when there is a need the Oklahoma taxpayer is assured the money is needed and will be spent properly.”

Friday, 18 May 2018 11:42

#FugitiveFriday: Kristin J. Apauty

Press release


OKLAHOMA CITY -- Kristin J. Apauty walked away March 30 from Turley Halfway House in Tulsa.

Apauty is Native American, about 5-feet 2-inches tall, and weighing approximately 141 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.


She was serving time for DUI and actual physical control convictions out of Comanche County.

Anyone with information can call our escapee hotline at 405-425-2698 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


All calls and emails are confidential.




Friday, 18 May 2018 11:36

Rice Takes Gold Medal at HVAC Contest

Press release


Congratulations to Grant Rice, gold medalist in the 2018 State SkillsUSA Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning Technology competition.


Rice is a junior at Heavener High School and attends HVAC Technology at the Kiamichi Technology Center in Poteau. Rice is receiving a $7,500 scholarship for Lincoln Technology School in Grande Prairie, Texas. He also received over $2,000 worth of new HVAC tools.


Rice will compete in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference June 25-29, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky. David Rogers is the HVAC instructor at KTC’s Poteau Campus.

Kiamichi Technology Centers has been an integral part of the communities in southeastern Oklahoma since 1968, serving ten full counties and parts of three other counties.


KTC is part of the Oklahoma CareerTech system and is one of 29 districts within the state. KTC has more than 30 career programs, and offers a wide variety of evening and weekend short-term courses as well as certifications in many diverse career fields.


KTC serves nearly 23,000 individuals each year, including many area companies who receive training through the Business and Industry Services Division that works with over 400 businesses each year.



For more information on KTC call the Poteau Campus at 918-647-4525 or visit their website at Like their Facebook page at


Friday, 18 May 2018 09:28

KTC’s NTHS Inducts 29 New Members


On Tuesday, April 17, 2018 the Kiamichi Technology Center inducted 29 new members from the Poteau Campus into the National Technical Honor Society.


The goal of the National Technical Honor Society is to see that deserving CareerTech students be recognized and that the people of the community become aware of the talents and abilities of the young people and adults who choose CareerTech education pathways to a successful future.


These students were nominated by their CareerTech instructor based on the qualifications of good attendance, grade point average, and for displaying excellent citizenship, leadership, and attitude qualities. NTHS Advisors are Kellie Sanders and Melanie Thomas.


The following students were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society:


Poteau Campus

Biomedical Science – Melanie Thomas & Kimberly Hardaway, Instructors

                        Jillian Cochran of Poteau                            Ashton Durant of Wister

                        Faith England of Panama                           Kaylee Garrett of Pocola

                        Hadley McClish of Pocola 

Criminal JusticeMichael Walker, Instructor

Noah Bowen of Poteau



EASTKelly Falkner, Facilitator

Colton Davis of Poteau                                Orlando Diaz of Poteau

Justina Maxwell of Poteau                           Britney Moreno of Poteau

Dylan Rodgers of Panama


EMT – ParamedicLisa Dyer, Instructor

          Paul Lynn of Spiro                                        Kalen Melton of Poteau

          Nathan Summerlin of Vian                           Stephen Taylor of Ft. Smith, AR

          Mindi Wheat of Idabel


Health Careers CertificationsLorraine Christmas & Sarah Bowman, Instructors

          Irish Alex of Leflore                                       Rio Alex of Leflore

          Kara Bates of Poteau                                   Myeka Bluford of Poteau

          Ana Bustos of Poteau                                  Mayra Garcia of Heavener

          Nikisha Godsby, Home School                    Maycee Pendley of Wister

          Shaelyn Ray of Wister                                 Payton Weaver of Leflore

Heating, Ventilation & Air ConditioningDavid Rogers, Instructor

Jacob Branscum of Poteau                        Brandon Watson of Wister


Welding TechnologyDennis Thomas, Instructor

          Jeffery Creel of Shady Point


Kiamichi Technology Centers has been an integral part of the communities in southeastern Oklahoma since 1968, serving ten full counties and parts of three other counties. KTC is part of the Oklahoma CareerTech system and is one of 29 districts within the state. KTC has more than 30 career programs, and offers a wide variety of evening and weekend short-term courses as well as certifications in many diverse career fields.   KTC serves nearly 23,000 individuals each year, including many area companies who receive training through the Business and Industry Services Division that works with over 400 businesses each year. For more information on KTC call the Poteau Campus at 918-647-4525 or visit their website at Like their Facebook page at


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Pictured: Front Row ( L to R) –Mayra Garcia, Shaelyn Ray, Maycee Pendley, Payton Weaver, Myeka Bluford, Kara Bates, Nikisha Godsby, Rio Alex, Hadley McClish, Orlando Diaz Back Row (L to R) Kalen Melton, Mindi Wheat, Colton Davis, Dylan Rodgers, Justina Maxwell, Kaylee Garrett, Jacob Branscum, Jillian Cochran, Irish Alex, Jeffery Creel, Faith England, Ashton Durant, Noah Bowen, Nathan Summerlin, Stephen Taylor, Paul Lynn Not Pictured: Ana Bustos, Britney Moreno, and Brandon Watson

Friday, 18 May 2018 04:12

EOMC offering New Walk In Clinic


POTEAU, OKLAHOMA - Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center is proud to announce the opening of their Walk in Clinic located in the Family Medical Clinic at 104 Wall Street.

The clinic is in Dr. Hites Office, which is located on the 2nd floor.

Crystal Ollie is the APRN/ Nurse Practitioner and her staff will be available on Mondays- 12:30-5:00, and Tuesday- Friday 8:00-5:00.


The clinic does close from 12:30-1:30 for lunch Tuesday – Friday.

“As we get into sick seasons, these days and hours will be extended,” said Amy Lomon, Public Relations Director of EOMC. “This is a Walk in Clinic; This clinic is not meant to take the place of your primary care physician.”

For an appointment call 918-635-3591, or just drop in.

All insurance welcome

No insurance, no problem.

Come and see the EOMC Difference

Press release

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Kevin Calvey released the following response about findings by the grand jury investigating the state Health Department scandal, which confirmed that wasteful spending is rampant in state government and that tax increases were unnecessary to boost important functions of government like raising teacher pay.

“The grand jury findings prove exactly what we conservatives in the Legislature have been saying all along: that the Health Department deliberately spent money on its own pet projects, what the grand jury called a ‘slush fund,’ rather than spending the money on core programs,” Calvey said. “Under cross-examination before the House Special Investigative Committee, disgraced former state Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger admitted that he approved the Health Department’s annual budgets by reviewing the same documentation as that provided by other state agencies. That means these sorts of ‘slush funds’ likely exist in perhaps dozens of other state agencies, not just in the Health Department.

“We conservatives opposed tax increases because not all of these ‘slush funds’ have yet been exposed. There is plenty of waste in state government that can be rerouted for better uses like raising teacher pay.”

Calvey urged further investigation. “Given the grand jury’s findings, I wouldn’t be surprised if at least one of the officials we cross-examined in the House Special Investigative Committee hearings last fall was guilty of making false statements under oath. I’m not referring to the whistleblowers. I urge the attorney general’s office to examine the record of those committee hearings to determine whether executive branch officials testified falsely to cover up gross misspending in state government.”

Press release


On December 11, 2015 the Hugo Police Department requested Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for investigative assistance into a deceased gunshot victim.

A friend discovered Jamie Devon Robinson, age 28 of Hugo, Oklahoma, shot to death in his home at 301 S. 6th Street in Hugo.

OSBI agents were able to determine through a crime scene investigation and numerous interviews that Robinson was murdered during a robbery in his home in the early morning hours of December 11, 2015.

The OSBI arrested; Javen Dejaune Krussell 23, of Oklahoma City, on one count of Murder in the first degree and one count of Conspiracy to commit Robbery.

Lonnie Lavon Ray Cole 25, of Hugo, Ok on one count of Murder in the first degree and one count of Conspiracy to commit Robbery.

And Alexia Sharelle Tims 24, of Oklahoma City, Ok on one count of Conspiracy to commit Robbery.

Krussell and Cole are currently in custody of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections for unrelated crimes.

On May 16, 2018, Tims was arrested by the Oklahoma City Police Departments Gang Enforcement Unit 8 in Oklahoma City.


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 Lonnie Lavon Ray Cole

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Alexia Sharelle Tims

Press release


To kick off the 2018 “Click It or Ticket” seat belt campaign, the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office is partnering with St. John Health System, law enforcement partners, AAA Oklahoma, and other local groups to highlight the dangers of not wearing a seat belt.

This highly visible seat belt enforcement period begins on May 21 and runs through June 3, covering the busy Memorial Day holiday weekend. In 2016, 47.5 percent of all vehicle fatality victims in Oklahoma were not using safety belts or child restraint devices. Among the almost 34,000 people injured in crashes in Oklahoma during 2016, 2,500 were not restrained.

“In 2016, we lost 224 Oklahomans because they weren't buckled up,” said Cody McDonell, communications manager for the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office. "To us, that's 224 too many. Something as simple as clicking your seat belt can save your life."

During the 2017 “Click It or Ticket” campaign in Oklahoma, nearly 300 agencies participated, resulting in 8,057 seat belt violations and 244 child passenger restraint violations.

“Past ‘Click It or Ticket’ campaigns have shown how helpful it can be to our overall goal of spreading the message about the importance of buckling up,” said Director Paul Harris of the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office.


“Wearing a seat belt is the number one thing anyone can do to help prevent death or injury during a vehicle crash,” said Harris.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 56 percent of vehicle occupants nationwide who were killed between 6 pm and 6 am were not wearing their seat belts, which is why one focus of this year’s “Click It or Ticket” campaign is nighttime enforcement.


During the week of “Click It or Ticket”, participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt enforcement, writing citations day and night.

A campaign kickoff press event will be held at St. John Health System in Tulsa on Monday, May 21 at 11 am. For a complete list of speakers and more details, please visit

There seems to be a misconception among those who drive and ride in pickup trucks that their large vehicles will protect them better than other vehicles would in a crash.


The numbers say otherwise: 61 percent of pickup truck occupants who were killed in 2016 nationwide were not buckled up. That’s compared to 42 percent of passenger car occupants who were not wearing seat belts when they were killed. Regardless of vehicle type, seat belt use is the single most effective way to stay alive in a crash.

“Our goal isn’t to write citations, but we do know tickets talk,” said Lieutenant Joe Williams with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. “The ‘Click It or Ticket’ program gives us a chance to get out there on the roads and really focus on drivers and passengers who aren’t buckled up.”

“If you know a friend or a family member who does not buckle up when they drive, please ask them to consider changing their habits,” said Lt. Williams. “Help us spread this life-saving message before one more friend or family member is killed as a result of this senseless inaction. Seat belts save lives, and everyone—front seat and back, child and adult—needs to remember to buckle up — every trip, every time.”

For more information on the “Click It or Ticket” campaign, please visit


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