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Monday, 08 January 2018 23:12

Tahlequah Man sentenced

Tahlequah man sentenced for Sexual Exploitation Of Children, Possession Of Material Involving Sexual Exploitation Of Minors

According to a press release from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma a Tahlequah man was sentenced to 293 months imprisonment, and 10 years of supervised release for Sexual Exploitation of Children and for Possession of Certain Material Involving Sexual Exploitation Of Minors


The indictment alleged that Billy Hershell Smith II, age 48, of Tahlequah, Oklahoma between a date uncertain in 2014 to on or about August 15, 2016, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma and elsewhere, the defendant, employed, used, persuaded, induced, enticed, and coerced V.C., a person under the age of eighteen years, to engage in sexually explicit conduct, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2256(2)(A)-(B), for the purpose of producing any visual depiction of such conduct, and the defendant, Billy Hershell Smith II knew and had reason to know such visual depiction would be transported in interstate commerce, and any such visual depiction was produced using materials that have been mailed, shipped, and transported in interstate and foreign commerce, and any such visual depiction had actually been transported in interstate commerce.


The Indictment further alleged that from on or about July 23, 2015, to on or about August 15, 2016, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma and elsewhere, the defendant, Billy Hershell Smith II, did knowingly possess, attempt to possess and access with intent to view matters which contained visual depictions, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 2256(5), the production of said visual depictions involved the use of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct, as that term is defined in Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2256(2)(A)-(B), and said visual depictions were of such sexually explicit conduct and had been transported in interstate commerce by computer.

The charges arose from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


United States Attorney Brian J. Kuester said, “Today’s sentencing of Billy Hershell Smith not only delivers justice for his victim, but puts an end to his opportunity to exploit children. I also hope that this nearly 25 year sentence will serve as a deterrent and a warning to those in our communities that prey upon children, that their conduct will not be tolerated. I commend the FBI Agents who investigated Smith for their professional and thorough investigation and their ongoing commitment to investigating those that produce, possess, or view child pornography. This agency is committed to prosecuting them.”


The Honorable Ronald A. White, U.S. District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the hearing. The defendant will remain in custody pending transportation to the designated federal facility at which the nonparoleable sentence will be served.


Assistant United States Attorney Edward Snow represented the United States.

Press release


The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety has released the name of the suspect in the January 4, 2018, shooting on I-40 in Caddo County.


Jorge Juarez of Los Angeles, Calif., was stopped by law enforcement officers on the evening of January 4,  near mile marker 99 in Caddo County.


Juarez was driving a pickup that had been reported stolen in an aggravated robbery in the Dallas area.


Shots were fired and Juarez was injured. A firearm was recovered from the vehicle during the initial investigation.


He was taken to the OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City and at last report remained in the ICU.


No officers were injured.


The incident remains under investigation.

Press release


WILBURTON, OK (Jan. 8, 2017) – Twenty-nine academically high-achieving students were recently inducted into the national honor society Phi Theta Kappa during a campus ceremony in Wilburton.

The society was founded in 1918 and is recognized as the official honor society of associate-level institutions and programs. According to their website, Phi Theta Kappa’s mission is two-fold: recognizing and encouraging academic achievement and providing opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership service and fellowship programming.

Eastern’s Theta Pi chapter upholds this mission by sponsoring a number of events and initiatives to serve their campus and community. These efforts include an annual Toys for Tots campaign and voter-registration drive. Recently, the chapter claimed their eighth consecutive victory in a contest among 20 Oklahoma colleges and universities by registering 10.9 percent of the in-state student population to vote. The chapter also registered the highest proportion of out-of-state students at 9.9 percent.
“We are proud to welcome these new members and honor their success,” said Brenda Kennedy, chapter advisor and dead of the business division. “These students have proven themselves to be competent young adults who embody the values of our college and organization.”

Membership is granted by invitation once certain academic qualifications are met. To qualify, students must have completed 12 to 29 hours of coursework towards an associate degree with a cumulative 3.75 grade point average or more than 30 credit hours with a cumulative 3.5 grade point average.

Induction into Phi Theta Kappa empowers these students with a competitive edge. In addition to becoming eligible for over $37 million in scholarship opportunities, they become part of a network of nearly 3 million fellow scholars. Members also enjoy special benefits and discount offers from the organization’s corporate partners such as GEICO and Bank of America.

Members graduating from Eastern are recognized during commencement ceremonies and have their membership noted on their college transcript.

Those inducted this spring include: Leila Aaron, Wilburton; Regan Boggs, Canadian; Triston Boling, Gowen; Hailey Braswell, Hartshorne; Lauren Coggin, McAlester; Michelle Coker, Keller, Texas; Bryanne Coody, Wilburton; Kelsy Cunningham, Stuart; Nathan Davis, Mountain View; Kristin Eller, Indianola; Kaylen Forehand, McAlester; Jonathan Giddens, Broken Bow; Kristen Houston, Tuskahoma; Madison Hughes, Elk City; Madeline Jarrett, McAlester; Skyler Jones, Wilburton; Marra Juarez, Red Oak; Martin Juventus, Wilburton; Chase Kennedy; McAlester; Rachil Needham, Quinton; Jake Patterson, Ardmore; Shalesa Pink, Alderson; Donald Posey, Wilburton; Augusta Reagan, McAlester; Ariana Riley, Porter; Ashley Self, Antlers; Brooke Sharp, Krebs; Adisyn Webster, McAlester; and Elisabeth Wilson, Quinton.

Press release


Carl Albert State College has released the Vice President Honor Roll for the 2017 Fall Semester.  This includes students with a 3.00 – 3.99 GPA.  Names are sorted by city.


Taylor R Bates Ada OK
Jarrett L Scott Antlers OK
Sydney M Hamilton Arkoma OK
Kalyn A Reagan Arkoma OK
Anna M Boyd Atoka OK
Connor J Sutton Atoka OK
Amanda B Ecker Barling AR
Jessica A Bradshaw Bartlesville OK
Jayce K Massengale Bennington OK
Jordan O Harrison-dudley Blossom TX
Davis L Rogers Bokchito OK
Brittnie D Brassfield Bokoshe OK
Tara R Dees Bokoshe OK
Mckenzie A Harper Bokoshe OK
Kelseigh N Hopson Bokoshe OK
Shawneanna M Nelson Bokoshe OK
Kirksy L Nixon Bokoshe OK
Jeannie M Patterson Bokoshe OK
Gianna M Reid Bokoshe OK
Kerstein G Rothermel Bokoshe OK
Mikah M Rothermel Bokoshe OK
Madison R Stout Bokoshe OK
Arthur W Wedge Bokoshe OK
Caprise D Dardar Bonanza AR
Chelsea R Weaver Booneville AR
Branson M Sheofee Broken Arrow OK
Jordan B Waller Broken Arrow OK
Van r Thomas Broken Bow OK
Nicole M Chronister Bunch OK
Sarah G Paden Bunch OK
Aryan N Armstrong Cameron OK
Brooke L Dalton Cameron OK
Darby L Duncan Cameron OK
Daylon S Duncan Cameron OK
Danielle R Hamner Cameron OK
Alex M McCormick Cameron OK
Shanda N Linville Charleston AR
Krey D Long Clayton OK
Kelsey R Mitchell Clayton OK
Jordan R Scarberry Clayton OK
Jarred L Stamps Clayton OK
Whitney R Jackson Colbert OK
Kirsten L Barnett Drumright OK
Mary M Flewellen Drumright OK
Justice T Campbell Fanshawe OK
Ahmad A Abuhalimeh Fayetteville AR
Keith B Jones Fort Gibson OK
Shyla L Barnes Fort Smith AR
Robert E Hartgraves Fort Smith AR
Isela M Hernandez Fort Smith AR
Ryan A Horn Fort Smith AR
Johnna L Johnson Fort Smith AR
Kiemeche D Leftwich-lyons Fort Smith AR
Hannah N Moore Fort Smith AR
Andy E Pool Fort Smith AR
Jacob D Rowell Fort Smith AR
Kurtis W Schibbelhut Fort Smith AR
Patricia K Schibbelhut Fort Smith AR
Amanda J Shipley Fort Smith AR
Caleb J Slater Fort Smith AR
Thy N Thorpe Fort Smith AR
Richey C Williams Fort Smith AR
Michael l Collins Gans OK
Brandy A Lambert Gans OK
Sierra D Witherspoon Gans OK
Lexie L BURCHAM Gillham AR
Joshua A Travis Gore OK
Bayleigh M Caughron Greenwood AR
Elizabeth M Griffin Greenwood AR
Jamie L Horn Greenwood AR
Brooke A Huff Greenwood AR
Jessica M Mckenna Greenwood AR
Lacie S Rodriquez Greenwood AR
Logan D Mcgehee Hackett AR
Cherokee R Blanchard Hartford AR
Chance C Parker Hartshorne OK
Britten T Barker Haworth OK
Raul  Aguilar Heavener OK
Joseph A Bottoms Heavener OK
Juan M Bustillos Heavener OK
Faith M Clark Heavener OK
Corry D Duncan Heavener OK
Araceli  Gonzalez Heavener OK
Justin A Greb Heavener OK
Dallas L Gullick Heavener OK
Joni D Gullick Heavener OK
Stacey R Hardbarger Heavener OK
Amarah R Hayer Heavener OK
Gabriela  Hernandez Heavener OK
Kayle L Huckaby Heavener OK
Erika J LeMay Heavener OK
Arturo  Ortega Heavener OK
Curtsie C Pace Heavener OK
Sydney P Pickle Heavener OK
Tara A Robertson Heavener OK
Micaiah J Wagner Heavener OK
Azure N Watkins Heavener OK
Lillian M Yanez Heavener OK
Braxton C Furer Henryetta OK
Billy C Caughern Hodgen OK
Amanda C Naylor Hodgen OK
Jason C Ramsey Hodgen OK
Allison R Beames Howe OK
Courtney M Hall Howe OK
Morgan L Hillebrand Howe OK
Jada K Hunt Howe OK
Danielle L Jones Howe OK
Jazmine E Lopez Howe OK
Kenedi S Mode Howe OK
Michaela R Stacy Howe OK
Hunter C Tiffee Howe OK
Macee D Williams Howe OK
Michelle L Greb Huntington AR
Alexis L Mackey Huntington AR
Carla D Medina Idabel OK
Ashley P Parker Idabel OK
Ryan H Turnage Idabel OK
Lacy J Aary Keota OK
Celio C Calvillo Keota OK
Jacey L Christenberry Keota OK
Emily A Geer Keota OK
Shawnee B Gibson Keota OK
Traci M Lee Keota OK
Chelsey B Watts Keota OK
Tiffani L Wood Keota OK
Trittany D Young Keota OK
Forrest B Ludrick Kingston OK
Hadley R Carpenter Kinta OK
Emily R Ingle Leflore OK
Jessie N Copeman Lequire OK
Caitlin M Desormeaux Mansfield AR
Eric C Chavarria Marietta OK
Helen M Bigelow McAlester OK
Hayden M Eales McAlester OK
Kelby D Koonce McAlester OK
Trenton J Mcclellan McAlester OK
Tyler B Satterfield McAlester OK
Steven M Wallen McCurtain OK
Levi L Warren McCurtain OK
Kyle A Jewell Mena AR
Harlie R Anderson Muldrow OK
Taylor A Beakley Muldrow OK
Candess N Bishop Muldrow OK
Santyna M Castillo Muldrow OK
James T Dorsett Muldrow OK
Alexandra J Frazier Muldrow OK
Lyndzi N Gann Muldrow OK
Darren J Hill Muldrow OK
Kaitlyn P Hill Muldrow OK
Jeffrey C Jackson Muldrow OK
Makayla N Jackson Muldrow OK
Lacey J Keith Muldrow OK
Heather E Kirkpatrick Muldrow OK
Rebecca K Lecour Muldrow OK
Selena J Martinez Muldrow OK
Skeet C Matthews Muldrow OK
Logan W Maxwell Muldrow OK
Payton D Plank Muldrow OK
Dailyn P Pratt Muldrow OK
Jessie L Reagan Muldrow OK
Jonathon M Remaley Muldrow OK
Blake L Romo Muldrow OK
Cheyenne N Stuart Muldrow OK
Shiloh K Testerman Muldrow OK
John W Townsend Muldrow OK
Kirsten E Walker Muldrow OK
Michael J Walker Muldrow OK
Anna M Wallace Muldrow OK
Bailey D Woodward Muldrow OK
Madison N Wright Muldrow OK
Velina B Miller Muse OK
Cody O Walker Muskogee OK
Hunter T Huckabee N Richland Hills TX
Whitney M Davis Nashoba OK
Sarah M Anderson Panama OK
Anderson R Burris Panama OK
Hunter L Godfrey Panama OK
Austin L Morrison Panama OK
Callie F Nash Panama OK
Tyler D Seaton Panama OK
Benjamin T Harmon Perry OK
Melanie E Bradshaw Pocola OK
Patrick A Dillard Pocola OK
Joshua W Posey Pocola OK
Trisha K Posey Pocola OK
Ronald G Smith Pocola OK
Cassandra D Anderson Poteau OK
Austin D Archey Poteau OK
Muniru  Bah Poteau OK
Amber N Bailey Poteau OK
Maddison M Baldwin Poteau OK
Keely M Bennett Poteau OK
Ashley T Brandy Poteau OK
Masey R Brannon Poteau OK
Jillian N Branscum Poteau OK
Robert C Brickman Poteau OK
James E Bronson Poteau OK
Refugio R Bustos Poteau OK
Santiago  Caballero Poteau OK
Kyndel L Cannon Poteau OK
Mandy M Clark Poteau OK
Mallory C Clay Poteau OK
Landon W Daily Poteau OK
Taylor R Darneal Poteau OK
Samuel C Davies Poteau OK
Larissa J Deaton Poteau OK
Lexi A Denton Poteau OK
Crystal J Dighton Poteau OK
Riley B Easton Poteau OK
Edwin  Espinoza Poteau OK
Daniel C Falco Poteau OK
Katelyn J Foster Poteau OK
Miranda L Goodrich Poteau OK
Candace N Graham Poteau OK
Sonya  Guerrero Poteau OK
Tristin J Hagelberger Poteau OK
Brynn L Hammon Poteau OK
Allison L Hartley Poteau OK
Tyeecha A Hawkins Poteau OK
Cassidi D Hemphill Poteau OK
Tyler D Hemphill Poteau OK
Christen S Hinson Poteau OK
Kyle R Holt Poteau OK
Hannah E Kannady Poteau OK
Taylor B Keith Poteau OK
Kristin A Kirkendoll Poteau OK
Forrest D Kirkes Poteau OK
Denise E Liles Poteau OK
Khue M Luong Poteau OK
Michael A Malone Poteau OK
Yolanda G Martinez Poteau OK
Angela L Mckenzie Poteau OK
Jessica A Melton Poteau OK
Mariah K Midgley Poteau OK
Tanisha E Mills Poteau OK
Tawni J Morgan Poteau OK
Kaitlyn E Morris Poteau OK
Irisbeth  Ocampo Poteau OK
Jenna N Perdue Poteau OK
Mary E Reed Poteau OK
Briley S Rutledge Poteau OK
Stephen J Schneider Poteau OK
Deidra L Solis Poteau OK
Jake R Sommers Poteau OK
Deyra  Trejo Gonzalez Poteau OK
Robert J Trotter Poteau OK
Tarah J Tustin Poteau OK
Melissa J Twyman Poteau OK
Janus D Ummerteskee Poteau OK
Kaylin B Womack Poteau OK
Genesis E Inclan Proctor OK
Micah J Dees Rattan OK
Colt L Browne Red Oak OK
Katelynn R McCullar Red Oak OK
Hannah E Blanton Roland OK
Grant R Combs Roland OK
Cody T Davis Roland OK
Emily R Goolsby Roland OK
Olivia R Gray Roland OK
Alicyn J Keith Roland OK
Makayla R Reese Roland OK
Jeannie M Smith Roland OK
Chasity A Soap Roland OK
Royce P Soap Roland OK
Brittney L Anderson Sallisaw OK
Tina M Camky Sallisaw OK
Cassidy L Craghead Sallisaw OK
Madison G Davis Sallisaw OK
Deandra K Denley Sallisaw OK
Rodney E Dodd Sallisaw OK
Krystan L Epperson Sallisaw OK
Jasmine L Evans Sallisaw OK
Kacie L Hawkins Sallisaw OK
Sara C Hernandez Sallisaw OK
Zachary S Klineline Sallisaw OK
Gowynne M Landolt Sallisaw OK
Kevin C Long Sallisaw OK
April S Martin Sallisaw OK
Amari W Mccoy Sallisaw OK
Nathan A Mcgee Sallisaw OK
Tonya R Mitchell Sallisaw OK
Brittany D Morris Sallisaw OK
Presley A Nicholson Sallisaw OK
Bailey A Oberste Sallisaw OK
Denise C Pack Sallisaw OK
Kelsey D Plummer Sallisaw OK
Montanna L Ramey Sallisaw OK
Cade B Real Sallisaw OK
Sydney L Ross Sallisaw OK
David J Scott Sallisaw OK
Ashlee R St Onge Sallisaw OK
Donald J Thompson Sallisaw OK
Danielle l Ward Sallisaw OK
Kymber-leigh J Hall Shady Point OK
Ashley N Lotchleas Shady Point OK
Miranda L Martin Shady Point OK
Sheila C Mcgee Shady Point OK
Kayley S Sockey Shady Point OK
Jilluan M Wagener Shady Point OK
Niesha N Evans Siro OK
Alaina J Hudson Smithville OK
Linlee R Blankenship Spiro OK
Adam J Capes Spiro OK
Apollo J Caraway Spiro OK
Shelby D Cornell Spiro OK
Riley J Flowers Spiro OK
Billy J Goines Spiro OK
Gerry A Goins Spiro OK
James G Holdman Ii Spiro OK
Braedon E Howard Spiro OK
Toby W Huff Spiro OK
Andrea L Hurlocker Spiro OK
Joseph G JONES Spiro OK
Tayla D Owen Spiro OK
Dulce I Sebo Spiro OK
Gage A Sebo Spiro OK
Caleb T Grace Springdale AR
Kendra F Blair Stigler OK
Blake D Bunton Stigler OK
Blake W Collins Stigler OK
Trace D Jackson Stigler OK
Adrianna M Pacek Stigler OK
Brittney R Price Stigler OK
Lesa s Sloan Stigler OK
Taylor M Tallon Stigler OK
Donnica M Welch Stigler OK
Annalisa M Byrd Stilwell OK
Montana L Carson Stilwell OK
Callie D Chuculate Stilwell OK
Ryan J Collins Stilwell OK
Tyler P Croley Stilwell OK
Emily D Eagleton Stilwell OK
Jeanette M Gass Stilwell OK
Andrew R Gonzales Stilwell OK
Alec  Hernandez Stilwell OK
Korey S Jones Stilwell OK
Stephanie L Ketcher Stilwell OK
Alexander D Lawmaster Stilwell OK
Randi S Mcnac Stilwell OK
Kaitlyn  Oneal Stilwell OK
Taylor E Owl Stilwell OK
Mary B Paden Stilwell OK
Makayla J Rock Stilwell OK
Cayden R Salazar Stilwell OK
Selena  Tavarez Stilwell OK
Dawn M Teehee Stilwell OK
Kylee B Vaughan Stilwell OK
Ashleigh V Collins Tahlequah OK
Jann L DeLaby Talihina OK
Cassie H Ennis Talihina OK
Cord W Fitzgerald Talihina OK
Misti B Green Talihina OK
Kaelin D Johnson Talihina OK
Taylor M Lauderdale Talihina OK
Jeramia W Norman Talihina OK
Cortney K Williams Talihina OK
Jackson G Reiter Tulsa OK
Hali M Carr Van Buren AR
Ora L Cole Van Buren AR
Carla J Cravey Van Buren AR
Diana K McGrew Van Buren AR
Heather M Sangster Van Buren AR
Kristina N Smith Van Buren AR
Danielle C Tolliver Van Buren AR
Braylon L Armer Vian OK
Heather D Casey Vian OK
Elijah R Cloud Vian OK
Graylen M Fletcher Vian OK
Zachary T Hopkins Vian OK
Colton W Martin Vian OK
Cory R Myers Vian OK
Chase W New Vian OK
Leann  Newby Vian OK
Jace B Oneal Vian OK
Hannah F Risley Vian OK
Dylan J Thurber Vian OK
Chase L Girdner Welling OK
Byron A Mendoza Westville OK
Geneva L Mendoza Westville OK
Caden B Unger Westville OK
Molly A Young Whitesboro OK
Samantha E Vanderburg Wilburton OK
Joshmar G Doran Willimstad ZZ
Hunter D Brown Wister OK
Cody D Crase Wister OK
Sebastian R Culberson Wister OK
Nicole M Dobbs Wister OK
James T Ellis Wister OK
Jesse D Griffith Wister OK
Samantha N Lagrand Wister OK
Aaron R Lloyd Wister OK
Alexis S Mann Wister OK
Shaelyn R Mcfarland Wister OK
Robert S Morrison Wister OK
Thomas J Oare Wister OK
Tabitha L Parker Wister OK
Allena J Perry Wister OK
Marissa K Roath Wister OK
Kathryn E Robinson Wister OK
Makayla S Steelman Wister OK
Mary E Stewart Wister OK
Breanna R Sumpter Wister OK
Bryanna R Warren Wister OK
Brandy L Bohanan Wright City OK
Haleigh R Jacob Wright City OK
Darnell M Wallace Wright City OK


CASC Mission Statement:  To provide an affordable, accessible, and exceptional education that fosters student success.

Monday, 08 January 2018 15:29

Taking the Good with the Bad

By Rep. Rick West


The Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector released the annual Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, or CAFR, recently. While there are many encouraging parts of the report, I also have some concerns about issues where the state may not be doing enough.


The CAFR comes out every year, and it serves as a broad overview of Oklahoma’s expenditures. The auditor also included a flyover of our state’s economic outlook and conditions. I have to say I was glad to see what the CAFR had to say about where Oklahoma is headed.


As we all know, Oklahoma relies heavily on the oil and gas industry. As oil fell in recent years, Oklahomans took a hit. But the CAFR suggests things are definitely rebounding. According to numbers from September 2017, rig counts averaged 128 rigs and they were up just over 50 percent from the same time in 2016. Oil’s price per barrel was also up, growing nearly $5.50 per barrel from September 2016 to September 2017. Natural gas trended up in early 2017, as well.


We saw good news in mining employment, too. Overall, the mining industry’s employment numbers grew during January 2017 for the first time in over two years. This is great for folks in LeFlore County who are involved in mining.

Somewhat surprisingly to me, aerospace and aviation industries are now considered to be our state’s second largest segment of our economy. A recent study showed the industries carry with them an economic impact of nearly $44 billion and employs 120,000 Oklahomans.


I’m no economist, but it is clear these indicators are great news for our state. Momentum is increasing: gross income tax collections grew by more than 5 percent and the sales tax shot up by more than 10 percent. Unemployment is down, and I am optimistic these trends will continue as the economy continues to rebound.


While the CAFR covers dozens of agencies, there are a number that the auditor notes his team did not audit. Those include the financial statements of the Water Resources Board, the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, the Regents for Higher Education, the Department of Wildlife, the Department of Commerce and the Commissioners of the Land Office permanent fund.


Furthermore, the state auditor didn’t audit the financial statements of the Oklahoma Teachers Retirement System, the Firefighters Pension & Retirement System or the Public Employees Retirement System. His team did not audit the Grand River Dam Authority, the Insurance Department of the Tobacco Settlement Endowment permanent fund, either.


The CAFR explains “those statements were audited by other auditors whose reports have been furnished to us, and our opinions, insofar as they relate to the amounts included for the above-mentioned entities is based solely on the reports of the other auditors.” I’m not sure if there was a time issue that prohibited the state auditor or what, but frankly I am more interested in what the state auditor has to say more than “other auditors.” It’s the only way to have a uniformed evaluation.


While the lack of these independent audits are concerning, I feel good about the economic indicators laid out in the report. Overall, the people of LeFlore County have plenty of reasons to be optimistic heading into 2018. As always, I’ll continue to fight for common-sense conservative principles that benefit our residents. Thanks, and God bless our great state.


Rick West represents District 3 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 405-557-7413.



Monday, 08 January 2018 15:25

William Samuel Charlton Obituary

William Samuel Charlton, 67, of Cameron, OK, passed away Saturday, January 6, 2018.


He was born March 18, 1950 in Freecenter, OK, to Jess and Pearlie (Osborn) Charlton.


He was a retired machinist for Whirlpool Corporation. William enjoyed playing his guitar and singing, hunting, and fishing and he loved writing songs and singing Hank Williams, and George Jones songs.


He loved attending Hank Williams Jr. concerts and going to Loretta Lynn’s Place.


He took two of his songs to have them record but they wanted him to record in his voice first, however he was never able to get it recorded before he got sick.


He loved working in his garden, collecting crystal rocks and arrowheads, and he loved to cook deer meat. He will be greatly missed.


William was preceded in death by his parents, and a nephew James Coffey.


William is survived by four sisters, Silva E. Coffey of Williams, OK, Ruby J. Hammonds of Pocola, OK, Rozetta Childers of Poteau, OK, Fran Rounsavall and husband Jim of Van Buren, AR, two brothers, John Charlton of Mena, AR, Tommy Charlton and wife Mary of Wister, OK, caregiver niece Joyce Smith-Todd and husband Brent of Crowder, OK, nieces and nephews, Marian James Cunningham, John Ray Childers, Billy R. Childers, Amanda DeGeusti, Greg and wife Jennifer Charlton, Kelly Johnson, Sheila Brewer and husband, and Toni Charlton, numerous cousins, as well as a host of extended family and friends.


Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at Grace Manor Memorial Chapel, Poteau, OK with Elder Gary Lanto officiating.


Interment will follow service at Greenhill Cemetery, Cameron, OK. Viewing will be Tuesday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home, Poteau, OK.


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

william c


Monday, 08 January 2018 15:21

Maida Burton Curran Obituary

Maida Curran, 80, of Poteau, OK, passed away Sunday, January 7, 2018 in Poteau.


She was born May 21, 1937, at North Conway, NH, to Jay B. and Celia Shaw.


She was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a retired registered nurse.


Maida was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and two sisters.


Survivors include her husband James Curran of the home, two sons, Richard James Curran and Keith Aldon and wife Diana Curran both of Poteau, OK, two daughters, Deborah Ann Curran of Howe, OK and Carol Sue Phelps of Poteau, one brother Thomas Shaw of Grannis, AR, eight grandchildren, Katrisha Maile, Kimberly Hunt, Keith Aldon Curran II, Richard James Curran II, Chantelle Gray, Justin Curran, James B. Curran and Celia Wann, twenty-three great grandchildren, as well as numerous other family members, friends, and loved ones.


Pallbearers will be her grandchildren.


Services will be held at 10:00 AM, Thursday, January 11, 2018 at Grace Manor Memorial Chapel, Poteau, OK, with Pastor Monty Thompson officiating.


Interment will be at 2:00 p.m. at Dustin Cemetery, Dustin, OK. Services are under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home, Poteau, OK.


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



Press release

Alexis Armstrong and Alexis Hartsock are recipients of South West Association of Student Assistance Programs (SWASAP) Student Leadership Conference scholarships. Both students are active participants in the Upward Bound Math Science (UBMS) program at Carl Albert State College.

Alexis Armstrong is a sophomore at Howe High School, and Alexis Hartsock is a sophomore at Panama High School.

Students from several states were chosen to attend the SWASAP student leadership conference held at Sky Ranch in Van, Texas. The students were asked to write an essay regarding what the conference taught them about leadership, and the winners were awarded $285 scholarships.

CASC UBMS Director Tara Foos stated, “I am so proud of these girls for the hard work they put into writing their essays. I am beyond excited for them to receive these scholarships.”

Upward Bound Math Science is one of the TRIO programs housed at Carl Albert State College, and is funded by the U.S. Department of Education with a budget of $326,077 annually serving 74 participants.

UBMS provides assistance to first generation and/or low income high school students as well as disabled students in their preparation for higher education. The Upward Bound Math Science program is designed to strengthen the math and science skills of participating students. The goal of the program is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science and to encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in math and science, and ultimately careers in the math and science profession.



CASC Mission Statement: To provide an affordable, accessible, and exceptional education that fosters student success.

Press release


Carl Albert State College has released the President’s Honor Roll. Students listed maintained a 4.0 GPA during the 2017 Fall semester. 


The list is sorted by city.


Caleb I Owen Barling AR
Noah K Smith Bokoshe OK
Ashli J Chandler Fayetteville AR
Hannah R Holt Flower Mound TX
Hadim  Mbye Fort Smith AR
Kendall C Garner Fort Smith AR
Warrnsha W Jackson Fort Smith AR
Brittanie M Morris Fort Smith AR
Angelin D Pierce Fort Smith AR
Stevie M Wertheimer Fort Smith AR
Brittany M Collins Ft. Smith AR
Logan D Wann Gainesville TX
Aspen R Deer Gans OK
Hayley M Brown Gore OK
Mariah L Harris Gore OK
Catlynn A Lander Gore OK
Jennifer A Riley Gore OK
Anya E Avina Greenwood AR
Jerry D Carter Greenwood AR
Gina R Frey Greenwood AR
Krystal R Marsh Greenwood AR
Nathaniel C Sebo Greenwood AR
Tony L Nichols Hatfield AR
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Highlights of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission’s Wednesday, Jan. 3 meeting include an update on major interstate work in the Oklahoma City metro area on I-40 and I-235, reflection on major events affecting transportation in the past year, progress of the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program and approval of an engineering contract for the I-40 interchange in Clinton.

Oklahoma Department of Transportation Executive Director Mike Patterson informed the Commission that roadwork is beginning this weekend on I-40 between I-240 and Peebly Rd. which will widen I-40 to six lanes and reconstruct the interchange at Choctaw Rd. Construction on the up to $75 million project is expected to take more than two years.

Also announced was a future weekend closure of I-235 in late January for an on-going construction project at N. 50th St. Crews will close all lanes of the interstate while moving in an overhead railroad bridge into place. The event date, currently targeted for the weekend of Jan. 20 or Jan. 27, will be determined as the initial weekend approaches as it is dependent on weather conditions among many other factors. The three day event will be live streaming online and seating will be provided on site for those interested.

Detailed information about the I-40 and I-235 lane closures and alternate routes will be issued by ODOT and made available online at under Traffic and Travel.

Patterson highlighted several major transportation news items from 2017 with an emphasis on the impact of state funding cuts to the Eight-Year Construction Work Plan. The department was forced to delay projects and even take the unprecedented action of removing projects from the plan due to $840 million in cumulative state funding reductions in the past seven years.

"In the past we’ve been able to adjust projects within the Eight-Year Plan to maintain a balanced budget, but this is the first year we’ve actually had to remove them due to budget reductions. We told the Legislature in 2016 that if we had to take another reduction this would happen," Executive Director Patterson said. "Removing projects, while difficult, was the fiscally responsible thing to do. When you have less money you have to make adjustments and keep focus."

Other highlights included the department's endeavors toward more safety measures to reduce the number of fatalities statewide like installing centerline rumble strips and the energies toward the department's Work Zone Awareness campaign. He touched on expediting the Lexington Purcell bridge reconstruction and the continued efforts to address remaining structurally deficient highway bridges.


The full 2017 Year in Review can be found at

Commissioners approved the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program to be forwarded to the Federal Highway and Federal Transit Administrations for formal and final approval.


The STIP is a detailed list of regionally significant construction projects anticipated for the next four federal fiscal years.


The STIP includes the first four years of highway projects in ODOT’s Eight-Year Construction Work Plan and federally funded projects by the Association of Central Oklahoma Governments, tribal governments and public transit providers.

Commissioners gave their approval for a $528,900 engineering contract to prepare construction plans to modify the interchange at the I-40 and I-40B west junction in Clinton.


The project is included in the Eight-Year Construction Work Plan with a scheduled let date in federal fiscal year 2024 for a total estimate of $20 million.

Since ODOT does not typically advertise new highway construction projects for bid in December, no construction contracts were awarded by the commission this month.

The eight-member panel, appointed by the governor to oversee the state’s transportation development, meets monthly. The next meeting is scheduled for Feb. 12 at 11 a.m.

Contracts, bid information, the commission’s monthly agenda and project details may be viewed at


bridge construction

At its Wednesday, Jan. 3 meeting, the Oklahoma Transportation Commission learned of the future weekend closure on I-235 at N. 50th St. to install a new rail road bridge over the interstate. The event date, currently targeted for the weekend of Jan. 20 or Jan. 27, will be determined as the initial weekend approaches as it is dependent on weather conditions among many other factors. The three day event will be live streaming online and seating will be provided on site for those interested.


At the Oklahoma Transportation Commission's Wednesday, Jan. 3 meeting, Oklahoma Department of Transportation Executive Director Mike Patterson reflected on several major transportation news items from 2017. One of those items was the department's $2.3 million initial investment of federal highway safety funds along rural highways statewide to install centerline rumble strips, designed to help reduce the number of crossover fatalities on two-lane, rural highways.

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