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MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Donald Edward Brooks, age 61, of Poteau, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 2 years probation, a $5,000.00 fine, and forfeiture of $75,720.73 for Receipt In Interstate Commerce Of Misbranded Drugs And Devices, a misdemeanor violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 331(c) and 333(a)(1). The charges arose as a result from an investigation by the Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigation.

 

The Information alleged that on or about December 4, 2013, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma and elsewhere, the defendant, Donald Edward Brooks, received, and caused the receipt of, misbranded drugs and devices in interstate commerce, to wit: Xeomin, Restylane, and Juvederm; and delivered and proffered for delivery those misbranded drugs and devices for pay or otherwise.

 

The Honorable Steven P. Shreder, Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the hearing.

 

Assistant United States Attorney Rob Wallace represented the United States.

Friday, 10 May 2019 23:08

Decorating Wisely: Breaking the Rules

By Glenda Wise

 

 

Regardless of your style and space, you should always pay attention to the details. It’s time to put your creativity to the test and be brave enough to possibly break some old myths about decorating.


• Don’t be afraid to use big patterns in a small space. A small bathroom is a great way to test this theory. Back in the old days, the “experts” used to say not to use big tile in a small bathroom, because it would make the room look smaller, but actually, that is not true. Large tile on the floor in a small space can make a space look larger. Don’t limit yourself just because the room size is small.


• Display your collectibles in a spot you can see them and enjoy them every day.


• Mix old and new things. Mixing things up keeps a room interesting and full of character.


• Use repurposed items to give a room a dose of the unexpected. The Farmhouse style does a beautiful job of using repurposed items. Even if you’re not into the farmhouse style, you can still repurpose items to match your décor.


• Another old rule is that you shouldn’t pair expensive and not-so-expensive items in the same room. Personally, I think having one expensive piece makes it more of a statement piece and stands out rather than have three or four expensive pieces.


• Add a few natural elements to a room to add balance. This can be anything from a jar of seashells to a green plant.


• Never sacrifice comfort for style. In this case, you can have your cake and eat it too. There are lots of great stylish and comfortable options available on the market.


• Allow your home to evolve, just like your life does. As you age and your children age, things change in your life. You accumulate new memories and things to go along with those memories. Display those things proudly in your home to tell the story of your life.


Bottom line, don’t be afraid to break the rules and try something new and unexpected.

On Thursday, May 9, the Carl Albert State College Faculty Association honored Rayeleen Thompson with the 2019 Anita Sutter Outstanding Staff Award at its annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Luncheon.

 

Thompson is the first to receive the Anita Sutter Outstanding Staff Award.

 

“Anita Sutter exemplified dedication, hard word, helpfulness, and the true spirit of CASC,” said Hali Repass, CASC Instructor and President of the Faculty Association. “We, the faculty, felt it would be beneficial to show our appreciation for those who work tirelessly for the good of our institution.”

 

“Rayeleen is working when the first employees show up each morning, and is still on campus when the last employee leaves. She goes above and we are proud to honor her with this award,” Repass concluded.

 

 

Rayeleen Thompson Awarded 2019 CASC Outstanding Staff Award - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

Press release


STRINGTOWN, Okla. -- A privately owned tanker truck delivering gasoline to Mack Alford Correctional Center exploded at a fueling station Friday on the medium-security prison’s grounds.


No one was injured in the explosion, which took place just after noon and blew debris onto the median of U.S. 69. The highway runs along the prison's east side.


"It's a blessing that no one was hurt in this accident," ODOC Director Joe M. Allbaugh said. "This was a violent explosion."


State authorities and the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, including ODOC’s Director of Environmental Health and Safety, are investigating what led to the explosion.


No structures were put at risk by the resulting fire, which took place near Oklahoma Correctional Industries and destroyed the tanker truck.


Multiple local fire departments, emergency crews and law enforcement responded to extinguish the blaze and assist with the scene.


Staff were moved away from the area, as were inmates working at OCI.


MACC was home to 797 male inmates Friday morning.


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A tanker truck is shown after it exploded and caught fire Friday, May 10, 2019, at Mack Alford Correctional Center in Atoka.

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Crews respond to a tanker truck that exploded and burned just after noon on Friday, May 10, 2019, at Mack Alford Correctional Center in Atoka.

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An unidentified official examines debris from Friday, May 10, 2019's explosion of a tanker truck at Mack Alford Correctional Center in Atoka.

Friday, 10 May 2019 22:48

Glenda Irene Brown Obituary

Glenda Irene Brown of Bokoshe, Oklahoma was born October 3, 1938 in McCurtain, Oklahoma to Ted and Beulah (Smittel) Robertson, and passed away May 10, 2019 in Bokoshe, Oklahoma at the age of 80.

 

She is survived by her daughters; Carol Ann Hammons and husband Larry Don of Bokoshe, Oklahoma, Devan and husband Jeremy Ray of Bokoshe, Oklahoma, son, Michael Brown and wife Becky of Bokoshe, Oklahoma, sister, Ranell and husband Bud Mahan of Panama, Oklahoma, brothers; Tommy and wife Mary Robertson of McCurtain, Oklahoma, Johnny and wife Frances Robertson of Fort Smith, Arkansas, grandchildren; Larry Hammons and wife Heather of Bokoshe, Oklahoma, Amanda Jenkins and husband Justin of Bokoshe, Oklahoma, Joshua Brown, Brookelyn and husband Trey of Spiro, Oklahoma, Zachary Brown, Katelyn Ray, Treyton Ray, great grandchildren; Bryer Jenkins, Brystal Hammons, Temper Jenkins, Kymber Jenkins, Madelyn Wilson, Axton Sebo, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and loved ones.

 

Glenda was preceded in death by her parents; Ted and Lona Robertson, sister, Teddy Brassfield and Sue Olson, and brother, Don Robertson.

 

Glenda loved and was so proud of her family. She was a member of Bokoshe First Baptist Church. She served on the Bokoshe Election Board for years. Glenda enjoyed listening to her Gaither Christian music, feeding her birds, going shopping, and painting bird houses. She was also a member of Bokoshe American Legion post #26, and was proud of her Choctaw heritage.

 

Funeral services will be 10:00 am Monday, May 13, 2019 at Bokoshe First Baptist Church with Reverend Jim Smith and Reverend Anthony Jimenez officiating.

 

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

 

Viewing will be Sunday, May 12, 2019 form 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

 

To sign Ms. Brown’s online guest book, please visit www.mallorymartinfuneralhome.com

 

Friday, 10 May 2019 00:07

EOMC OFFERS GREAT FOOD


Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center is a great place to come eat breakfast or lunch.


They offer a great food bar as well as grilled food.


Open Monday through Friday.


So if you are looking for a new place to eat check out the hospital cafeteria.

Press release

 

Carl Albert State College thanks TTA Construction LLC for their sponsorship of our upcoming Cherokee Nation - Carl Albert State College Scholarship Golf Scramble.

 

 

 Chloe Choate, daughter of TTA Construction owner Tyler Choate, poses with support sign.

 

Column by State Rep. Lundy Kiger

 

The primary purpose of public education in the State of Oklahoma is to educate our youth. Everything else, including extracurricular activities, is secondary, even though all extracurricular activities are still very important for our youth and communities.

 

Public schools, as designed in our state’s constitution, crafted a system with buildings and classrooms that had to be constructed and paid for by the public in each of our communities in providing a safe and free education for all Oklahoma children.

 

To properly educate our children it takes several components working together to ensure a quality education is provided to each student. Today, in public education we are still falling too short in our public schools meeting these educational goals, and much of the reason has to do with proper funding and needed reforms.

 

In public education, a qualified and properly certified teacher is at the core for success in instruction, followed by a classroom with a limited number of students not exceeding 18 (depending on the grade level) if possible. That allows classroom instructors to keep students on task and the capability of fully evaluating each child daily.

 

In addition to teachers, classrooms must be fully equipped and funded with proper instructional materials, workbooks, supplies, equipment and the proper technology equipment needed to complete the full content of instruction.

 

All of these elements combined should relate to students meeting or exceeding all state testing requirements for specific grade levels and being better prepared for the “Real World” and becoming productive citizens.

But today, even with additional state revenues available for funding education, we’re still seeing too many Oklahoma public schools falling short in receiving and meeting the funding needs to properly educate our children and in meeting academic scoring levels on state testing.

 

One of the newer forms of education in the state that’s been effective for many students and families, but at the same time becoming a point of controversy due to increased funding levels, are the Virtual Charter Schools (VCS) and how they are designed and receive their funding.

 

I support our existing VCS and their students, but I do not support this type of education receiving equal or almost equal funding, per student, in comparison to our brick-and-mortar public school students.

 

In comparison of VCS teacher salaries to traditional public education salaries, VCS teachers can start out with a salary of $60,000 and up, even exceeding $118,000. While many tenured educators in brick-and-mortar public schools fall well short of that. At the same time, more taxpayer dollars continue going to VCS, creating an endless supply of funding for their needs. If we are not careful, VCS funding can become detrimental to public education in our state!

 

Since the classes are mostly online at our VSC, a VCS teacher can have the responsibility of teaching hundreds of students, while they may not see or meet with their students daily or weekly.

 

Also, if a VCS is able to recruit a teacher or student away from a public school system, the VSC teacher is rewarded with a personal bonus for their efforts.

 

In comparison, there is very little transparency for VCS costs and expenditures, and currently there are disagreements on the number of computers missing from VSC inventories. Also, VSC board members will soon be able to meet virtually instead of in person where parents can meet with them on needs or concerns of their children.

 

As I stated earlier, I understand the need for VCS. But, I disagree with the current funding formula of VCS that’s profiting so many at the cost of taxpayers and at the expense of the education of our children who are attending traditional public schools.

 

We did pass House Bill 1395 this year, and the governor just signed it into law. That will require VCS financial information to be more transparent to the public. This is a good start.

 

Over the next several weeks, I will continue to gain information on the funding difference between VSC and traditional public common education and educational outcomes and try to determine if there’s public support for a further look at a possible Interim Study for VCS to have a different funding formula than they enjoy today.

 

I have total support for the VCS to be funded for their educational costs, but not at the same levels of traditional public schools that have to pay for buildings, buses, meals and all other things associated with public instruction of our state’s masses.

 

State Rep. Lundy Kiger represents House District 3 in Leflore County in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

 

Press release

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Arkansas’ Gabe Moore and Taylor Werner have been named the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Scholar-Athletes of the Year by a vote of the league head coaches, as announced by the conference office Thursday afternoon. With the outdoor honors, Werner has swept the award for the 2018-2019 academic year.


Moore holds a 3.76-grade point average and is pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering. The senior from Freeport, Fla., is currently No. 7 in the NCAA in the men’s Decathlon with a season-best 7,661 points in a runner-up finish at the 92nd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays. He has set multiple personal-bests across an array of events this season. Moore is a past member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, and he was voted the SEC Men’s Indoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year in February.


Werner has a 4.00-grade point average, and she is a junior majoring in kinesiology: exercise science. She has been a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and is currently ranked No. 5 in the NCAA in the 10,000-meters and is No. 2 on the Arkansas All-Time list in the event. The Ste. Genevieve, Mo., native was voted the SEC Women’s Indoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year in February and the SEC Women’s Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year in October 2018.


The SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships will take place Thursday – Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark. at John McDonnell Field.


Werner is the second Razorback in women’s program history to earn the merit alongside Sandi Morris who took home the honor in 2015, while Moore is the second Razorback in men’s program history to earn the honor joining Jarrion Lawson from the 2016 season.

 

2019 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Scholar-Athletes of the Year
Men’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Gabe Moore, Arkansas
Women’s Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Taylor Werner, Arkansas

 

NOTICE AND AGENDA OF REGULAR MEETING THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, LEFLORE COUNTY, OKLAHOMA, HAS SCHEDULED A REGULAR BUSINESS MEETING FOR MAY 13, 2019 AT 9:00 A.M. IN THE OFFICE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS.



AGENDA: SECRETARY TO THE BOARD

(1.) * CALL TO ORDER.

(2.) * MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING(S).

(3.) * PURCHASE ORDERS/PAYROLL/CLAIMS.

(4.) * BONDS.

(5.) * MONTHLY FEE REPORTS.

(6.) * TRANSFER OF APPROPRIATIONS.

(7.) * BLANKET PURCHASE ORDERS.

(8.) * OLD BUSINESS.

(9.) * CURRENT BRIDGE AND ROAD PROJECTS.
D#2 CIRB-140D(161)RB, JOB 25097(04) BRAZIL CREEK S. OF SH 31

(10.) * CONTRACT LABOR/SERVICE AGREEMENT(S).

(11.) * BURN BAN.

(12.) * OLD/NEW BUSINESS FOR CONSER ROAD PROJECTS.

(13.) DISCUSS AND POSSIBLY APPROVE 2019 EXTENSION OF ETR FUNDS.

(14.) DISCUSSION WITH POSSIBLE ACTION RE: PARTIAL REPAYMENT OF ETR FUNDS.

(15.) CONSIDER AND POSSIBLY APPROVE PROGRAMMING RESOLUTION FOR OLLAR ROAD PROJECT #19CBRI-D3-RD-P061(105).

(16.) CONSIDER AND POSSIBLY APPROVE REAPPOINTMENT OF ELISE MITCHELL TO THE SOUTHEASTERN PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM OF OKLAHOMA BOARD.

(17.) CONSIDER AND POSSIBLY ACCEPT RESIGNATION FROM THE EMS BOARD AS SUBMITTED BY DON MARTIN.

(18.) DISCUSS AND POSSIBLY APPROVE DISTRICT #2 APPOINTMENT OF KREG HANEY TO THE LEFLORE COUNTY EMS BOARD.

(19.) CONSIDER AND POSSIBLY APPROVE CHANGES TO THE RECEIVING AND REQUISITIONING OFFICERS LIST FOR COUNTY AND COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENTS.

(20.) REVIEW AND POSSIBLY APPROVE 6-MONTH COUNTY HIGHWAY VENDOR BID LIST.

(21.) CONSIDER AND POSSIBLY APPROVE TRANSFER OF BACKHOE LEASE AND BACKHOE FROM DISTRICT #2 (D2-322.019) TO DISTRICT #3 INVENTORY.

(22.) CONSIDER AND POSSIBLY APPROVE BID NOTICE AND RESOLUTION ADVERTISING AND ACCEPTING SEALED BIDS TO SELL AN OCTAVIA FIRE DEPARTMENT TRUCK.

(23.) DISCUSS AND POSSIBLY APPROVE REAPPOINTMENT OF DR. CHARLES COOK TO THE LEFLORE COUNTY BOARD OF HEALTH, TERM EXPIRES JUNE 30, 2023.
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(24.) DISCUSS AND POSSIBLY APPROVE 2019 OKLAHOMA NEW WELL MAINTENANCE AS SUBMITTED BY BLUE WATER RESOURCES FOR API#35-079-22122-A, BARRACUDA 1-20 IN SECTION 20, TOWNSHIP 8 NORTH, RANGE 26 EAST.

(25.) CONSIDER AND POSSIBLY APPROVE INVOICE AS SUBMITTED BY WATER DISTRIBUTORS INC.,
IN THE AMOUNT OF $128.47 FOR LINE RELOCATION PUBLICATIONS RE: CONSER ROAD
PROJECT PHASE I.

(26.) MEET WITH OSU EXTENSION DIRECTOR DANNETTE RUSSELL FOR PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION WITH POSSIBLE ACTION RE: RESOLUTION ANNOUNCING OHCE WEEK.

(27.) TABLED FROM PREVIOUS MEETING: CONSIDER AND POSSIBLY APPROVE RESOLUTION CLOSING A PORTION OF ROAD RUNNING THROUGH SECTION 4, TOWNSHIP 9 NORTH, RANGE 25 EAST AND SECTION 33, TOWNSHIP 10 NORTH, RANGE 25 EAST.

(28.) VOTE TO ENTER INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION FOR CONFIDENTIAL COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND ITS ATTORNEY REGARDING A PENDING INVESTIGATION AND CLAIM BY DEWAYNE WALDEN: Possible Executive Session concerning the involving Dewayne Walden as previously referenced. Public disclosure of these confidential communication would seriously impair the ability of the board and its attorney to properly process and defend this litigation. As such, the communication in this Executive Session is confidential. AUTHORITY: Title 25 Okla. Statute, § 307(B)(04).

(29.) VOTE TO EXIT EXECUTIVE SESSION, RETURNING TO REGULAR MEETING AND POSSIBLY
VOTE REGARDING ABOVE REFERENCED INVESTIGATION AND EXECUTIVE SESSION.

(30.) DISCUSSION WITH POSSIBLE ACTION AS RESULT OF EXECUTIVE SESSION REGARDING PENDING CLAIM AGAINST COUNTY BY DEWAYNE WALDEN.

(31.) PUBLIC COMMENTS.

(32.) ADJOURN.

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