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Tuesday, 22 September 2015 08:26

Memorial Fund set up to honor Kelsey Brigance

A Go Fund me Account has been set up to honor a former LeFlore County resident who died on September 20th from a sailing accident in Washington.

Kelsey Brigance, 25 died after her catamaran overturned in high winds and choppy water while at Lake Washington on Sunday.

The family has asked in lieu of flowers,  please donate to the gofundme page.

Anything above and beyond what's needed for the arrangements will be donated to the Girl Scouts of America in Kelsey's name.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family.


To donate go to:

Sunday, 27 September 2015 17:59

Pancake Breakfast

The Monroe Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a Pancake Breakfast on Oct 10th.


Come out and support these brave firefighters who risk their life to keep us safe.


The pancake breakfast will be from 7am until 11 am in Monroe.


$5.00 for adults
$3.00 for children



Tuesday, 22 September 2015 22:38

Daily Livestock Report

From Paragon Economics and Steiner Consulting Group


Two industries provide mature cows that when removed from their herds are processed into beef – dairies and cow-calf operations. When processed into carcasses, in terms of value, whether the cow is of dairy or beef origin makes little difference.


After removing some rather high value meats (e.g. tenderloin, rib, loin) the bulk of those carcasses are processed into lean beef (e.g. 90% red meat and 10% fat) and eventually become hamburger and other items.


Cow carcasses have a different grading system than those for steers and heifers, which provide most of the high quality steaks and other beef-cuts U.S. consumers buy.

So far this year, 57% of the U.S. Federally Inspected (FI) cow slaughter has come from dairy cows.


For calendar year 2014, the dairy percentage was 52% and the prior 5-year average (2009- 14) was 46%. The mix of dairy versus beef cows being processed can shift some from one year to the next due to relative economic conditions in those two industries and because of drought (drought tends to increase beef cow slaughter relative to dairy).

The current situation of the U.S. dairy producers has significantly deteriorated compared to a year ago.


Milk prices (Class III) for the third quarter of this year are projected to be about 29% below a year ago and the lowest for any quarter since 2012. Economic conditions indicate that the number of dairy cows culled may remain slightly above year ago levels at least well into 2016. Additionally, yet this year, U.S. beef cow slaughter for the first time since 2011 may post year-over-year gains.


If year-over-year increases in beef cow slaughter occur in the fourth quarter of this year, the reason would mostly be a return to normal seasonal animal culling pattern.


In normal weather years, most U.S. beef producers gather their herds and evaluate/cull animals in the fall months. The Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC) projects total cow slaughter in the fourth quarter of 2015 will be slightly above 2014's, with a range of unchanged to up about 3%.

Looking further ahead to 2016, modest year-over-year gains in cow slaughter are expected by LMIC. Preliminary forecasts put U.S. FI cow slaughter about 100,000 head above 2015's (increase of 2%). Importantly, those modest gains incorporate continued growth in the U.S. beef cowherd and essentially a stable to slightly declining milking cow numbers. A growing herd would support further cow slaughter increases in 2017.

Higher supply year-over-year, assuming unchanged demand, will lower prices for cull cows and cow-beef. But, there is another supply factor to consider, imported lean boneless beef. If boneless lean beef imports decline, that should help mitigate the drop in U.S. prices of cow-beef and cull animals. The best indicator of cow-beef wholesale values are reported by USDA-AMS (Market News) – Cutter cow cutout value reports.The afternoon Cutter cow cutout value was $216.96 per cwt., down $2.25 for the day.


WASHINGTON—According to a press release from the Office of Public Affairs of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a former Oklahoma City law enforcement officer and the owner of has been sentenced to two years in prison for training customers to lie and conceal crimes and other misconduct during polygraph examinations.


According to the release, Douglas G. Williams, 69, of Norman, Oklahoma, pleaded guilty on May 13, 2015, to two counts of mail fraud and three counts of witness tampering.


Williams owned and operated, an Internet-based business through which he trained people how to conceal misconduct and other disqualifying information when submitting to polygraph examinations in connection with federal employment suitability assessments, background investigations, internal agency investigations and other proceedings.


In particular, Williams admitted that he trained an individual posing as a federal law enforcement officer to lie and conceal involvement in criminal activity from an internal agency investigation.


Williams, according to the report, admitted to training a second individual, posing as an applicant seeking federal employment, to lie and conceal crimes in a pre-employment polygraph examination.


Williams also admitted to instructing the individuals to deny receiving his polygraph training.


The investigation was conducted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Internal Affairs and the FBI’s Oklahoma City Division. The case was prosecuted by Trial Attorneys Heidi Boutros Gesch and Brian K. Kidd of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section.


Chief U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange of the Western District of Oklahoma imposed the sentence.

Submitted Terry Tush - Marketing Manager


(STILLWATER, Okla., September 22, 2015) – The Spears School of Business will recognize some of its most distinguished alumni at the 2015 Hall of Fame banquet on Nov. 6 at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center in Stillwater.


Five Oklahoma State University alumni will be inducted into the Spears School Hall of Fame and three others will be honored as Outstanding Young Alumni.

Michael L. Greenwood and Anne Morris Greenwood, Carlos Johnson, George Krull and Greg Massey will be honored for their successful careers and contributions to OSU as the 2015 inductees into the Spears School Hall of Fame. The Outstanding Young Alumni award recipients will be Prafulla Chaudhari, Jeff Ronsse and Evan Tipton.


The annual Spears School Hall of Fame Banquet recognizes OSU graduates who have distinguished themselves in their professional careers, displayed effective leadership, made exemplary contributions to their communities and freely given meritorious service to others.


"We are very pleased to honor five individuals who have accomplished so much and have been so important to the Spears School of Business," says Ken Eastman, dean of the Spears School. "Selection into the Hall of Fame is the highest honor that the Spears School can bestow on an individual and this year's class certainly has earned the right to this recognition. Their professional and personal success inspires all of us at the Spears school to continue to work hard to strive for greatness."


Michael L. Greenwood and Anne Morris Greenwood are longtime supporters of OSU and the Spears School.


A Tulsa native, Michael is founder and managing director of Carnegie Capital LLC, a financial advisory services firm serving corporate and private equity clients.


He previously served in various public company senior executive positions, including vice president-finance of Energy Transfer Partners, chief financial officer of Heritage Propane Partners, chief financial officer of Alliance Resource Partners, and a mergers and acquisition executive for MAPCO, the Penn Central Energy Group and the Williams Companies. Michael also serves as an OSU Foundation trustee, as a SSB The Associates member, and as an OSU Research Foundation board member.


A native of Carnegie, Okla., Anne serves as a community volunteer after retiring from a corporate accounting career with several Fortune 500 companies. She devotes countless hours as a volunteer, many to the OSU community, including being the inaugural chair and a board member of Women for OSU, President of Friends of the OSU Library, a board member of the OSU Friends of Music, and a member of the OSU Athletics Council. The Anne Morris Greenwood Reading Room in the OSU Edmon Low Library is named in her honor.


In addition, the Greenwood Tennis Center, a 50,000-square foot facility with six indoor courts and 12 outdoor courts for OSU's men's and women's tennis teams, is named after the couple.


Michael graduated from OSU with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1977 and earned an MBA from the University of Tulsa in 1980. Anne also attended OSU before completing her bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Tulsa in 1978 after relocating to Tulsa. The Greenwoods reside in Stillwater.


Carlos Johnson is a longtime supporter of OSU, serving over the years as chairman of the School of Accounting advisory board, the Spears School's Associates, and on the board of governors for the OSU Foundation.


Johnson earned his master's degree in business education from OSU in 1966, and also a doctorate in accounting and business education in 1977 from what was then known as the College of Business. He spent seven years as head of the school of business at East Central University in Ada, Okla., before entering public accounting.


He spent 25 years as a partner with KPMG before retiring. He remains active professionally as he is associated with BKD CPAs & Advisors, and served as the chair for the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, which represents 55 boards of accountancy before various legislative bodies at the state and federal levels, and served 10 years on the Oklahoma Board of Accountancy.


In 1992, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Accounting Hall of Fame, and in 2012 was recognized with the Public Service Award of the OSCPA. In 2011, Johnson was recognized by the AICPA for a career of distinguished service in public advocacy.


He and his wife, Pam, reside in Oklahoma City. They have three children and six grandchildren who regularly attend various OSU sports activities with the Johnsons.

George Krull served as a partner in the executive office of Grant Thornton LLP, where he worked with the implementation of the firm's automated audit and control software, and he was the firm's chief learning officer. He retired in 2000. Since retirement, he volunteers to improve the quality of collegiate business and accounting education.


Krull was recruited to OSU by the late Wilton T. Anderson, head of the accounting program. He earned his master's degree from the business school in 1966, and his doctorate from Michigan State University. Early in his academic career, Krull was a member of the OSU School of Accounting faculty.


He has been honored for his contributions by numerous organizations, including being inducted into the School of Accounting Hall of Fames at both Oklahoma State University and Ohio State University, and is an honorary alumnus of Northern Illinois University.


Krull and his wife, Nancy, reside in Wheaton, Ill. They have three grown children, 10 grandchildren and a great granddaughter.


Greg Massey is chief executive officer of First United Bank & Trust Co., a $3 billion financial services organization operating in more than 60 locations in Oklahoma and north Texas.


He served in numerous roles across the financial industry prior to joining First United in 1990 as vice president/commercial lending. He was promoted to president in 1993 and was named CEO in 2003, a position he has held the past 12 years. Under his leadership, First United has grown from $223 million in assets during the past 22 years to more than $3 billion in total assets today.


Massey is Chairman of the Durant (Okla.) Industrial Authority, Imagine Durant, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce. He has also served on the Board of Regents for OSU/A&M College, the Oklahoma Transportation Authority, and REI of Oklahoma, Inc.

Massey received his bachelor's degree in finance from OSU in 1987. He lives in Durant, Okla., with his wife, Kay, and they have three children, Blake, Brooke and Corbin.


In 2001, the Outstanding Young Alumni award was established to recognize alumni who have provided significant service and achievement early in their professional careers.


Prafulla Chaudhari, a 2008 graduate with a master's degree in quantitative financial economics, is the Americas head of risk analytical quality assurance for MSCI Inc., in New York City.


Jeff Ronsse, a 1999 graduate with a bachelor's degree in accounting, is partner, accounting and auditing director, and recruiting director for BKD CPAs & Advisors in Tulsa.


Evan Tipton, who earned bachelor's degrees in business administration and management in 2008, is producing manager for the Scott McCoy Insurance Agency and also is the 2015 Chairman of Tulsa Young Professional (TYPros).


The Hall of Fame event begins with a 6:30 p.m. reception followed by the dinner at 7:30 p.m.


For more information, contact Susan Malec in the Dean's office at 405-744-1120 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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Carlos Johnson



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Monday, 21 September 2015 14:39

Poteau Police investigate death

According to Stephen Fruen, Police Chief, the Poteau Police received a call at 7:05 am on September 22 from a reporting party that believed a man was passed out on the side of the road on the east side of North Broadway.


Upon their arrival they found a male subject to be deceased and a bicycle was found with him.


The medical examiner's office was notified and the body was released to them.


Fruen said that at this time no foul play is suspected.


The man has been identified as Charles Samuels, 64 of Poteau.


Poteau Police investigate death - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote



OMAHA, Neb. – For the second time in less than 12 hours, the University of Arkansas volleyball team found itself in a fifth set against a top-30 team in the country.


And for the second time, the Razorbacks came out on top with a five-set victory over No. 11 Wisconsin Saturday evening at the Creighton Classic in Omaha. Arkansas defeated Kansas State earlier in the day. With the win, Arkansas finishes its non-conference slate with a 10-2 overall record.


Chanell Clark-Bibbs set a new career high with 24 kills to go along with a .556 hitting percentage; six of her kills came in the fifth set. She also had a match-high six total blocks. Pilar Victoria registered her second double-double of the day and sixth of the season with 16 kills and 13 digs. Liz Fortado chipped in nine kills. In directing Arkansas' offense, including setting the team to a .476 figure in the fifth set, Adrien Wohlschlaeger had a career-high 59 assists.


Defensively, Arkansas posted 12.0 total team blocks, its fourth match of the season with 10 or more blocks. Four Razorbacks had at least three blocks against the Badgers. Okiana Valle tied for the match high with 17 digs. Coupled with her career-best effort earlier in the day against Kansas State, the freshman libero total 43 digs Saturday.


Arkansas 3, No. 11 Wisconsin 2, (25-21, 22-25, 25-20, 13-25, 15-11)
Attendance: 1,262 | Time: 2:21
D.J. Sokol Arena | Omaha, Neb.

• Stat Leaders vs. No. 11 Wisconsin
o Kills: Chanell Clark-Bibbs – 24
o Digs: Okiana Valle – 17
o Blocks: Chanell Clark-Bibbs – 6.0 (2-4)


Down by two early in the fifth set, Arkansas rattled off five-straight points to take an 8-5 lead when the teams switched sides. A solo block by Barbara Dapic followed by a Badger miscue gave the Razorbacks an 11-6 lead and forced Wisconsin to call timeout. The lead never dropped below three down the stretch as Clark-Bibbs set up match point with a kill, and fittingly, clinched the upset victory with her final kill of the night.


With the score tied early in the first set, the Razorbacks won three in a row to take a 7-4 lead on a service ace by Adrien Wohlschlaeger. Arkansas never trailed after breaking the tie and led by as much as six points at 17-11 after a kill by Dapic. Wisconsin (8-2) pulled to within two at 21-19 but the Razorbacks won three of the next four points, arriving at set point after a Clark-Bibbs ace. On the third set point, Dapic found the floor to give Arkansas the opener.


The Badgers tied the match with a win in set two, but out of intermission, Arkansas won the first five points of the third and led 11-3 after a Wisconsin attack error. The Razorbacks maintained the lead throughout but Wisconsin got as close as three at 21-18. After a pair of Fortado kills, Clark-Bibbs posted the final two points of the set to lift Arkansas to the 2-1 match lead. Clark-Bibbs and Victoria each had five kills in the frame. Wisconsin made quick work of the fourth to send the match to a decisive fifth game.


The Creighton Classic marks the end of the non-conference season and begins a stretch of seven-straight matches against opponents that played in last year's NCAA Tournament. Conference play begins Sept. 23 at LSU. The Razorbacks' next home match is Oct. 4 for their SEC home opener against fifth-ranked Florida.


For more information about Arkansas volleyball, follow @RazorbackVB on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter.


OKLAHOMA CITY – According to a press release from Governor Mary Fallin, she and the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) announced that the Insure Oklahoma program is increasing its employer size limit from 99 to 250 employees. The change is effective immediately.



According to the press release, Insure Oklahoma is the state's premium assistance program that helps businesses and their middle- to low-income employees afford health insurance coverage.


Insure Oklahoma's funding levels can support premium assistance for about 30,000 individuals. Increasing the employer size limit to 250 employees, which is authorized under the program's federal waiver, would allow Insure Oklahoma to maximize program usage.


Insure Oklahoma launched in 2005 with an initial employer size limit of 25 employees. This is the third time the size limit has been increased.


Governor Mary Fallin said increasing the eligibility limit to 250 employees is part of the state's efforts to be more business-friendly, improve health outcomes and responsibly expand access to health care. "Raising the eligibility cap allows the state to partner with more businesses to provide affordable health insurance to their employees," said Fallin. "The money that Insure Oklahoma saves employers can be reinvested in more jobs and other employee benefits."


OHCA Chief Executive Officer Nico Gomez said the Insure Oklahoma program has the capacity and funding in place to serve more businesses.

"Insure Oklahoma has the capacity to serve more businesses and thousands more working Oklahomans," said Gomez. "We are ready to accept applications from newly-qualified businesses and employees and look forward to serving them."


Insure Oklahoma currently has both employer-based and individual health insurance options. The employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) option of Insure Oklahoma pays at least 60 percent of the premiums for private market health insurance policies. Participating employers pay at least 25 percent of the qualified employee's monthly premiums, and the employee pays no more than 15 percent of their health premium. The program also assists with premiums for the employee's spouse and children.


Insure Oklahoma's Individual Plan (IP) is for working Oklahomans who do not have access to group coverage and earn less than the federal poverty level, as well as those who are temporarily unemployed and seeking work.


The program currently serves 17,098 Oklahomans with more than 3,500 businesses participating. Insure Oklahoma is funded by the state tobacco tax matched by federal Medicaid dollars. Funding is secured through 2016, while state leaders continue to discuss a long-term funding agreement.


The Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) administers Oklahoma's Medicaid program, known as SoonerCare, and Insure Oklahoma, a premium assistance program funded by tobacco tax revenue.


SoonerCare works to improve the health outcomes of Oklahomans by ensuring that medically necessary benefits and services are responsive to the health care needs of our members. Qualifying Oklahomans include low-income children, pregnant women, seniors, the disabled, those being treated for breast or cervical cancer and those seeking family planning services.


All must meet income guidelines. Insure Oklahoma assists qualifying adults and small business employees in obtaining health care coverage for themselves and their families.


OHCA works with our current 829,561 members, our statewide network of 43,652 health care providers and numerous state and local partners to promote responsible health care service utilization, healthy behaviors and improved health outcomes.


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According to a press release from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation charges have been filed in a murder case that date back eighteen years.


According to the release, advancements in DNA testing have aided OSBI agents in solving another cold case, prompting the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office to file murder charges in an 18-year-old case.


July 26, 1997, 19-year-old Tiffany Johnston was abducted from the Sunshine Car Wash in Bethany.


Her body was found the next day lying approximately 30 yards from Gregory Road just south of Interstate 40 in Canadian County.


The medical examiner’s office determined she was strangled to death.


The Bethany Police Department requested OSBI assist with the case early in its investigation. Hundreds of leads were followed by OSBI agents and Bethany Police detectives over the last 18 years.


“We are thrilled that charges are being filed in this case. Tiffany’s murder devastated the community at the time. We are truly thankful that such a disturbing case like this is solved and justice will be served,” Phil Cole, Bethany Police Chief, says.


Biological evidence was collected from Tiffany’s body during the investigation, and OSBI biologists have performed multiple forensic tests on the evidence.


Recent DNA results have identified William Lewis Reece 56, as a suspect in Tiffany’s murder.


In past interviews with investigators, Reece admits to knowing Tiffany’s family.


The owner of the Sunshine Car Wash where Tiffany was abducted told investigators Reece frequented the car wash.


Telephone records put Reece at Interstate 40 and Mustang Road in Canadian County, approximately six miles from where Tiffany’s body was found, several hours after she was abducted.


“The investigation into the Tiffany Johnston murder that has finally been resolved reflects the continued need to further research DNA testing enhancements,” OSBI Director Stan Florence says. “Furthermore, because DNA has evolved into such an important aspect of criminal investigations, it is important we seriously consider future legislation that complements DNA forensic testing in cases like this. Because of these advancements, the investigation into Tiffany’s murder has finally reached this important point.”


Reece is currently incarcerated in a Texas prison for aggravated kidnapping and theft. He has also spent time in an Oklahoma prison for rape.


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Tiffany Johnston




Stigler Health and Wellness Center is proud to invite vendors to participate in the 2015 Women's Expo.

Stigler Health and Wellness Center will be offering and demonstrating a variety of services that encompass all aspects of Breast Cancer Awareness.

This year's event will be held on Friday, October 16th from 10:00 AM- 1:00PM at a new location the Stigler First Assembly of God in the gym located at 303 SE B St., Stigler, OK 74462.

Your agency or business is invited to showcase your services at this event by providing educational information, screenings, or Breast cancer Awareness Activities.
Booth spaces are available free of charge to promote participation throughout the community, we are also requesting vendors to provide a door prize of for this event.

They will be having a cake contest like they did last year, and will be having a bra decorating contest, as well, held in the fellowship hall of the Church.
They encourage all vendors to participate in creating a fun booth for visitors to exhibit to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness.

"Together we can connect, communicate, and conquer, for a future free of Breast Cancer!"

Please complete the attached registration form below and fax/email back no later than October 7th.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Connie Olcott at 479-763-8007 or Shelly Franz at 918-617-8281.

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