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David Deaton

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The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) urges parents to avoid the last-minute scramble and long lines to get their children’s birth certificates. Early August is usually the busiest time of the year to get birth records for children going back to school.

Birth records are available at three locations in the state: Oklahoma City - OSDH, 1000 N.E. 10th Street; Tulsa - James O. Goodwin Health Center, 5051 S. 129th East Ave.; and McAlester - Pittsburg County Health Department, 1400 East College Ave.

Parents can avoid the rush and plan to visit or contact these facilities now to obtain their children’s birth records. Birth certificates are issued between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, except for legal holidays. It is recommended parents arrive early to avoid the long lines.

To obtain a copy of a birth certificate, qualified applicants will need to provide their government issued photo ID, the child’s full name, date of birth, place of birth, and parents’ full names (including the maiden name of the mother). Applications, as well as a complete list of authorized applicants, are available online at

The cost for a birth certificate is $15, which will provide for a search for the birth record and issuance of one certified copy of a birth certificate. Additional copies are $15 each. The search fee is not refundable or transferable. Adoptions, paternities, and other amendment requests may be subject to an additional administrative fee. Checks or money orders must be made payable to the Vital Records Service.

Eligible applicants can also apply for birth certificates by mailing their completed application, a copy of their government issued photo ID, and a check for the appropriate fees to: Vital Records Office, Oklahoma State Department of Health, 1000 N.E. 10th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73117 (allow at least 8 weeks for receipt of the record).

While the OSDH does not accept internet orders directly, for your convenience, you may submit a request through VitalChek Network, Inc. at or by phone at 1-877-817-7364. An additional fee is charged by VitalChek for this service. All major credit cards are accepted.

For more information, visit or call (405) 271-4040.


Media inquiries should be directed to Cody McDonell at the OSDH Office of Communications at (405) 271-5601.

From the Oklahoma Highway Patrol


OHP Lieutenant D. Heath Meyer #64 was struck by a vehicle Friday evening while outside of his patrol car.


Meyer is a graduate of the 55th OHP Academy in 2005.


The incident is still under investigation, and Lt. Meyer, age 43, remains in critical condition at an Oklahoma City hospital.


Saturday, 15 July 2017 16:34

Elizabeth Ann Whitworth Obituary

Elizabeth Ann Whitworth of Bristow, Oklahoma was born May 31, 1947 in Oneida, Tennessee to Hobert Otto and Georgia (Murphy) Baird and passed away July 13, 2017 in Poteau, Oklahoma at the age of 70.


She is survived by:

One son:
Lyle Whitworth and wife Amy of Poteau, Oklahoma

Three sisters:
Peggy Jones of Walkertown, North Carolina
Cindy Tarter of London, Kentucky
Sarah Hoover of Lexington, Kentucky

Three grandchildren:
Connor, Garrison, and Paige Whitworth of Poteau, Oklahoma

Many beloved nieces, nephews, other family members, and dear friends.


She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Tommy Gene Baird.


Elizabeth was a life-long resident of Bristow, a member of the First Baptist Church in Bristow, where she was an active member in the choir.


She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend.


Graveside service will be Monday, July 17, 2017 at the Oakland Cemetery in Poteau, Oklahoma with Reverend Brian Smith officiating.


Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener, Oklahoma.


Memorial service will be 6:00 p.m., Thursday, July 20, 2017 at the First Baptist Church in Bristow, Oklahoma with Brother D.J. Carney officiating.


The family is inviting everyone to join the family in the Fellowship Hall for a meal following the Memorial service.


To sign Elizabeth’s online guestbook please visit


According to a press release from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the OHP continues to investigate the pursuit that began late Friday evening in Cleveland County and traveled north on Interstate 35 into Oklahoma County.


During the pursuit, OHP Lieutenant Heath Meyer was struck by a vehicle while outside of his patrol car, resulting in critical injuries.


The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is asking for the public’s help in locating witnesses who:

• Observed the pursuit as it traveled from Tecumseh Road in Norman, north on Interstate 35 to Interstate 240, and then eastbound to Pole Road in Oklahoma City.

• Were in contact with the driver, Dangelo Ladon Burgess, 28, driver of the vehicle, at any point on Friday prior to this incident. Burgess was arrested and is in custody.

Troopers also need to interview Sonny Ramirez, 39, of Oklahoma City. Troopers believe this individual has critical information and needs to come forward.


The public may contact OHP Traffic Homicide Investigators by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 866-OHP-TIPS.




Dangelo Ladon Burgess


 Sonny Ramirez


OHP Lieutenant critically injured; OHP seeks public's help with investigation - 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 votes
Saturday, 15 July 2017 16:23

Vina E. McCollom Obituary

Vina E. McCollom, 87, passed away on Friday, July 14th, 2017 at her home in Bokoshe, OK. Vina was born at Nubbin Ridge to John Oscar and Bessie Phillips on September 12, 1929.


Vina was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband Juel Junior McCollom (4/7/2007), a daughter Diana McCollom, a grandson, Adam Whitecotton, a sister, Deloris Miller and 2 brothers, Fred Phillips and JR Phillips.


Vina was a special, strong woman who told it like it was and always gave her honest opinion, but always had time for her family and friends. She had that quality of making all of her family and friends feel special and know they were loved. She was loved by many and will be greatly missed.


She is survived by Peggy and Dale Whitecotton, Bokoshe, OK, Jim and Judy McCollom, Guymon, OK, Larry and Terrie McCollom, Lavaca, AR, Gayla and Wiley Williamson, Panama, OK, Joy and Larry (LC) Culwell, Bokoshe, OK, Jan and Robin Pearson, Choctaw, OK, June and Butch Lovell, Kansas City, MO, Jeri and Steve Mansour, Oklahoma City, OK, 18 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren, 19 great great grandchildren, 1 sister, Margaret McCollom, Bokoshe, OK and numerous nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

Graveside services will be on 10 am, Monday, July 17, 2017 at Nubbin Ridge Cemetery with Jim Cook officiating.


Pallbearers will be grandsons, Dale Jr Whitecotton, Duane Whitecotton, Larry Wayne McCollom, Jimmy "Bubba" McCollom, Paul Culwell, Steven Culwell and Justin Williamson.

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, Oklahoma.

Friday, 14 July 2017 22:23

Decorating Wisely: Christmas in July

Well, some people are either going to love me or hate me for this week’s column, but it’s what’s on my mind--Christmas! You see, I rarely know what I’m going to write about until something just piques my interest and this week it happens to be Christmas. Maybe it’s because Hallmark Channel’s “Christmas in July” week-long Christmas movies started Friday or it could be that I just met with the ballet guild about the upcoming calendar and at the forefront of that meeting was “The Nutcracker” or it could be a combination of the two. No matter what it is, Christmas is on my mind!

I haven’t been in Hobby Lobby in a while, but I would be willing to bet money that the majority of their Christmas merchandise is out as well. I know some people get upset about that, but in all honesty if you’re crafting Christmas decorations and gifts it takes several weeks if not months of preparation to be able to do it properly and in the most cost-effective way.


For example, Ashton, Grayson and I craft many things for the ballet guild to sell at “The Nutcracker” that takes time to plan, purchase at the best possible price and craft the items. I don’t know about you, but when I am rushed to do things like that it takes the joy out of it for me. I love, love creating, but when I’m rushed it becomes a burden rather than a stress reliever. I think that’s why many people don’t truly enjoy the holidays and their true meaning, they simply don’t give themselves enough time to enjoy every step along the way and enjoy the whole process.

Whether you start your Christmas planning in July or later, here’s how you can make it a little easier on yourself and have joyful, family-filled holiday time:
1. Plan early – By this I mean, when you’re sitting around waiting on a doctor’s appointment or your kid to finish at rehearsal, browse through Pinterest for new ideas. Planning is half the fun and half the battle.

2. Make an everything list – This list is everything you would cook, craft, and anything in between if you had the time. This list doesn’t even have to be written down; it could just be a Pinterest board.

3. Narrow the list – Now, it’s time to get realistic about what you can actually accomplish without losing your mind! This is the time to figure out your budget and your time.

4. Start shopping – Now that the list is narrowed, start figuring out what you need to purchase, i.e. craft items, baked goodies containers, etc. Once you have that figured out, watch for sales and work your budget around slowly purchasing these items.

Following these steps will help make your holidays more enjoyable, less stressful, and more like a Hallmark Christmas movie (which I will be enjoying this weekend)!

Press Release


The Pervasive Parenting Sibshop meeting for September is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. This meeting is designed to help children in eastern Oklahoma cope with the stress of living with a sibling with special needs. Meetings are held monthly throughout the area, and are open to children ages 6 to 15.

The meeting will be held at the Pervasive Parenting Center on the Poteau campus of Carl Albert State College, 1507 S. McKenna, Technical Occupational Building, Suite 502. The workshop will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

This is a FREE service and is open to siblings of children with ANY disability.

The children participate in games, crafts, and other activities throughout the day. They are also served a snack, and get to socialize with other children who are going through similar issues. The games are designed to be fun as well as allow them to open up about the problems they may have at home. It also gives them a chance to see the positive sides of having a sibling with a disability.

Sibshop is a national program created by Don Meyer as part of the Sibling Support Project. There are currently 340 Sibshops in eight countries.

If you have any questions contact Jennifer Toney @ 479-462-7508 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Oklahoma Health and Human Services Cabinet Secretary (HHS), in conjunction with the Oklahoma Insurance Department (OID), has developed a 1332 State Innovation Waiver pursuant to House Bill 2406 to create a Market Stabilization Program to waive certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), assume state control and regulation of the Oklahoma individual health insurance market, increase competition, reduce healthcare premiums and protect coverage for approximately 130,000 Oklahomans. This waiver was produced in collaboration with a 1332 Task Force established by Governor Mary Fallin to recommend solutions to the State of Oklahoma to improve its health insurance market.

HHS and OID will conduct two informational meetings and provide opportunity for public comment on a Section 1332 “State Innovation” Waiver. The meetings will consist of a presentation about the waiver followed by time for questions and comments from the public. The public comment period will officially begin on July 14th and will end on August 13th. A draft waiver application will be available on the Oklahoma State Department of Health website. Following the public comment period the Section 1332 Waiver will be submitted to the US Department of Health and Human Services for review and approval to implement the Oklahoma Individual Health Insurance Market Stabilization Program, a state-operated reinsurance program.

Moving forward, the State of Oklahoma will continue engaging with the public as it looks to implement additional reforms to the ACA.

The 1332 State Innovation Waiver is available online at:

The Oklahoma State Department of Health will conduct two public information meetings regarding the Section 1332 Waiver application.


The meetings will consist of a presentation about the waiver followed by time for questions and comments from the public. The meeting date, time, and location are as follows:

July 31, 2017 - Oklahoma State Capitol, Room 535, 2300 N. Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City, 3:30-4:30 pm
August 3, 2017 – Tulsa City-County Library, Central Library Downtown, Aaronson Auditorium, L01, 400 Civic Center, Tulsa, 1-2 pm

Friday, 14 July 2017 22:12

Kathleen Hammons Obituary

Kathleen Hammons of Keota, Oklahoma was born on July 18, 1945 to Arthur Millard and Violet Esther (Jones) Hammons in McAlester, Oklahoma.


She passed away on July 13, 2017 in Keota, Oklahoma at the age of 71 years.

Kathleen is survived by one son; Jerod Neil Smith and wife, Shellie of Enterprise, Oklahoma, three grandchildren; Meagan McGuire and husband Tyler, of Keota, Oklahoma, Zack Bradley of Enterprise, Oklahoma, and Todd Smith of Stigler, Oklahoma, two great grandchildren; Aleah McGuire and Rylee McGuire, one sister; Imogene Brandley of Shady Point, Oklahoma, two brothers; Kenneth Hammons of Indianola, Oklahoma, Homer Hammons and wife, Sheila of Louisburg, Kansas, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other family and friends.

Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents; one infant son; Wesley Dylon Smith.


She was manager of JGH Enterprises for 25 years. She had owned two restaurants, clubs, and knew everyone in LeFlore County.


Family will hold private services at a later date.


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


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

Family will have a memorial potluck dinner at 2pm on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at the Spiro Eagles.


Suspicious Death Investigation Continues


According to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, the remains of a body found in a burned vehicle on March 3, 2017, in Washita County have been identified.

According to the report, DNA analysts in the OSBI Forensic Science Laboratory identified the victim as Billy Wayne Wilson, 86.

The OSBI case agent contacted members of Wilson’s family and arranged to get DNA samples through their local law enforcement agencies.
The medical examiner’s office provided a DNA sample from Wilson.

The medical examiner’s office is working to determine Wilson’s cause/manner of death.

OSBI is investigating the death as suspicious.

Wilson was found inside his burned Buick Park Avenue in the road about ¾ miles south of county road 1210 on county road 2180.

Wilson was living in Clinton at the time of his death.

The Washita County Sheriff’s Office requested OSBI investigative assistance.

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