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Sen. Standridge says recent Supreme Court rulings just latest assaults on states' rights—renews call for Convention of States



Sen. Rob Standridge said the U.S. Supreme Court's recent rulings on Obamacare and gay marriage are just the latest examples of an out-of-control judiciary that has taken aim on traditional American values. He said these rulings have put more nails in the coffin of the 10th Amendment and states' rights.


"When you look at the trillions of dollars in debt that threatens the future of this country, the refusal of too many federal office holders to listen to the people they are supposed to represent, and the latest rulings that fly in the face of the values of millions of Americans, it is a clear abuse of power—and clear that those responsible will never give up that power," said Standridge, R-Norman.


Standridge said Article V of the U.S. Constitution gives states the ability to correct this imbalance of power by calling a convention of the states to propose constitutional amendments. Standridge outlined the changes needed to help restore power to the states and to the people.


"We need a balanced budget amendment to end the government's out-of-control spending. We also need term limits for federal officials, and we need to limit the size, scope and jurisdiction of the federal government," Standridge said. "My friend, former Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, has often said that calling a convention of the states is the only way to repeal Obamacare and halt the massive abuses of federal government overreach. He's right."


Four states have already acted to pass Convention of States Article V applications, including Alabama, Alaska, Florida and Georgia.


"I've authored the same legislation—it's contained in Senate Joint Resolution 4, which was approved by the full Senate during the 2015 session," Standridge said. "The House did not vote on SJR 4 by the end of session, but it can still come to a vote in 2016. I strongly urge Oklahomans who want to protect the rights of the states and our citizens to call or write their representatives and urge their support for SJR 4 when the Legislature reconvenes next year."


For more information, contact Sen. Rob Standridge at 405-521-5535 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The Democrats of the Oklahoma State Senate have chosen Sen. John Sparks as leader of the Democratic Caucus. Sparks, of Norman, will succeed Sen. Randy Bass of Lawton. Sparks will take over from Bass as of this week.


"We are all grateful for Sen. Bass' leadership this past session. His commitment to Democratic ideals is remarkable and his strong legislative efforts on behalf of Oklahoma's children and families have been significant," Sparks said.


"I am proud to be able to take on this challenge. The Democratic Caucus provides contrast where it is needed; we ask the hard questions; we shine light on the dark spaces; and we hold the Republicans accountable. We all look forward to working with our fellow Democrats as we continue our efforts to create opportunity and promise for hard-working Oklahomans and their families."


The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a serviceman, missing from the Korean War, have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors


Army Sgt. Joseph M. Snock Jr. of Apollo, Pennsylvania, will be buried July 6, in Arlington National Cemetery. In late November 1950, Snock was assigned to the Heavy Mortar Company, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, 31st Regimental Combat Team (RCT), while fighting enemy forces east of the Chosin Reservoir in North Korea. On Nov. 29, 1950, Snock and elements of the 31st RCT, historically known as Task Force Faith, withdrew from their positions to consolidate with the rest of the 31st RCT south of the P'ungnyuri Inlet at the reservoir.


During heavy fighting the day after consolidation, Snock was reported missing in action.



In 1953, as part of Operation Big Switch, returning U.S. service members reported Snock had been captured and died from malnutrition and lack of medical care in December 1950. His remains were not among those returned by communist forces in 1954.



Between 1990 and 1994, North Korea gave the U.S. 208 boxes of human remains believed to contain more than 400 U.S. servicemen who fought during the war. North Korean documents, turned over with some of the boxes, indicated that some of the remains were recovered from the vicinity where Snock was believed to have died.



In the identification of Snock, scientists from the DPAA and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory (AFDIL) used circumstantial evidence, dental comparison, and two forms of DNA analysis; mitochondrial DNA, which matched his sister and brother, and Y-STR DNA, which matched his brother.


Today, 7,846 Americans remain unaccounted for from the Korean War.


Using modern technology, identifications continue to be made from remains that were previously turned over by North Korean officials or recovered by American recovery teams.

Tony Crouch is Carl Albert State College's new Vice President for Business Operations as of July 1, 2015.



Crouch has been Executive Vice President of Business Services at Cowley County Community College in Arkansas City, Kansas from October 2000 through June 2015, and before that was their Director of Financial Records for six years. During his time at Cowley, he served two different time periods as their Interim President; the first time from January 2013 to July 2013, and most recently from April 2014 through June 2015. Prior to his career in higher education, he worked for Conoco, Inc. in various accounting positions.



He is a graduate of Northwestern Oklahoma State University with a major in Accounting and minor in Business Management. He holds a Master of Science in Leadership from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, and received his official recognition as a Certified Public Accountant in 1987 after passing the CPA exam.



Carl Albert State College President Garry M. Ivey stated, "Mr. Crouch comes to us with a wonderful background in all aspects of higher education. He has a proven record of leadership and management, and we are delighted to have him join our team." Mr. Ivey continued, "Tony's vast experience in business operations will help as he transitions to Carl Albert. Because the systems and processes at his previous college are similar to ours, he will be able to step in and keep us moving forward without delay."



When asked about joining the Carl Albert State College team, Crouch stated, "I am extremely excited to join an organization as world class as Carl Albert State College, and really pleased to be back home in Oklahoma. Everyone I have met thus far has been helpful and friendly. I know I will feel at home here, and I'm eager to get started."

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 15:33

Get your fireworks from a Veteran

If you need fireworks be sure and help out the local Disabled American Veterans by purchasing fireworks from a veteran.


Their stand is located in front of the Holiday Inn Express in Poteau.


They are open from 10 am until 10 pm until July 5th.



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Wednesday, 01 July 2015 15:14

Give Blood and help save a life

The Poteau Guns and Hoses Blood Drive is going on Wednesday and Thursday at the Donald W Reynolds Center in Poteau.

Donors can receive a free Guns and Hoses t-shirt, admission for 2 adults to the Tulsa Zoo, and a goodie bag.

Anyone who is healthy and 16 years of age can donate, and donations can be made every 56 days.
Oklahoma Blood Institute is the ninth-largest, non-profit blood center in America, providing every drop of blood needed by patients in more than 135 medical facilities across Oklahoma.

If you would like to donate blood, the Oklahoma Blood Institute will be at the Reynolds Center until 6:30 pm on Wednesday and from 12:30 pm until 6:30 pm on Thursday.



Terri Wallace of Poteau, takes time out of her day to give blood


Blake McGee, Poteau,  is donating blood at the Guns and Hoses Blood drive going on the DWRCC.


Tammy Taylor, from McCurtain is doing her part by giving blood.


The Poteau Chamber is looking for volunteers to help with the July 4th Celebration.




The Independence Day event is being held on the parking lot of the Donald W Reynolds Center in Poteau.




If interested in volunteering - sign up on the link below

A special ceremony was held on Wednesday July 1, 2015 for a special person in the Wister Community.

The bridge over Caston Creek is finally complete and was dedicated in honor of Burrus F. "Poose" Martin lifelong resident of Wister who passed away June 5, 2010 in Wister.

"We have been working on the project for a number years," said LeFlore County Commissioner, Lance Smith. "I would like to thank the Martin family for their support and patience on the project."

This was an over $2 million bridge project on Pocahontas Road in Wister.


The old bridge that was there was deemed unsafe and a new bridge had to be constructed.

The new bridge was built by Guy Engineering, was paid for through the County Improvements for Roads and Bridges program or CIRB.


"His (Poose's) Grandpa helped to build the old bridge, said his wife, Linda Martin. "This is such a tender moment for the family."


"Poose" was a veteran of the US Navy, serving for 11 years, and the Air National Guard for 16 years. He served on the Wister Board of Education for over 20 years and was president of the Wister Alumni Association for 34 years.


According to Smith, the signs will be posted within the next few days.


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 The "Poose" Martin family


Linda Martin

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Family and friends of Poose Martin gather at the bridge for a ribbon cutting.

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The Robert Martin Family

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Family and friends gathering together for the dedication ceremony


The finished bridge project

Bridge dedicated to Burrus Farland "Poose" Martin - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

Congratulations to Daniel Arlie Crouch and Destiny Renee Morse.



They are the recipient of the Genevieve Holton Music Scholarship offered at Carl Albert State College.


Crouch is a graduate of Howe High School and is an Occupational Health and Safety major.



Morse Destiny 4x4

Morse is a graduate of Heavener High School and is a Psychology major

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 22:30

Stay Safe this 4th of July

Some injuries associated with fireworks


According to a 2013 report - U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 11,400 people for fireworks related injuries.

55% of emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 38% were to the head.

The risk of fireworks injury was highest for children ages 0-4, followed by children 10-14.

On Independence Day in a typical year, far more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for two out of five of those fires, more than any other cause of fires.

Sparklers are the #1 cause of burns around the 4th of July. Consider alternatives such as "glow sticks."


Here are some tips on how to stay safe while using fireworks.
Fireworks should only be ignited by a responsible adult.
Use fireworks only outdoors.
Be sure other people are out of range before lighting fireworks.
Always have water handy (a garden hose or a bucket).
Light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from buildings, dry leaves and flammable materials.
Light only one firework at a time.
Never throw or point fireworks at other people or animals.
Keep your pets indoors to reduce the risk that they will run loose and get injured. Many animals have very sensitive ears and can be stressed or frightened by fireworks.

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