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Press release


An important contributor to improving the health of Oklahomans is providing opportunities to make healthier choices where people live, work, learn, play and pray. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is currently accepting applications for the Certified Healthy Oklahoma program through Nov. 1.

The Certified Healthy Oklahoma program provides:

• An assessment to help organizations gauge where they are on supporting health.
• Abundant resources to help organizations create healthier environments.
• An annual certification award spotlighting organizations actively promoting health and wellness through practices and policies.
“Health is a vital element to the success of our state and people,” said Governor Kevin Stitt. “I look forward to seeing the Certified Healthy Oklahoma Program continue to help and encourage Oklahomans to come together as a community in order to move the needle and improve health outcomes in our great state.”
The Certified Healthy Oklahoma program offers certifications in seven different categories:
• Certified Healthy Business - Any employer providing their employees with opportunities to make healthier choices.
• Certified Healthy School – Schools modeling and teaching students and staff how to be healthy.
• Certified Healthy Campus - Colleges and career technology centers providing a healthy environment for faculty and students.
• Certified Healthy Community - Communities offering citizens a healthy place to live, work, learn, play and pray.
• Certified Healthy Congregation - Faith-based organizations providing health and wellness opportunities to their members and/or attendees and staff.
• Certified Healthy Early Childhood Program - Early childhood programs providing a healthy environment for children and their families, as well as their staff.
• Certified Healthy Restaurant - Restaurants providing healthy food options to their customers and healthier environments for their staff.

Three levels of certification are available to qualified applicants: Basic, Merit and Excellence. Applications must be submitted by Nov. 1. All applicants will be notified of awarded certification level in December and formally acknowledged at an awards ceremony in March of 2020.

“We are pleased with the growth and success of the Certified Healthy Oklahoma program,” said Interim Health Commissioner Tom Bates. “Last year, more than 2,200 applicants received certification. We encourage this year’s potential applicants to consider how they are making the healthy choice the easy choice for their employees, customers, students, and residents, and submit an application for Certified Healthy Oklahoma certification.”

The Certified Healthy Oklahoma programs are a joint effort of the Oklahoma State Department of Health, State Chamber of Oklahoma, The Oklahoma Academy, Oklahoma Turning Point Council and numerous other partners who are helping to shape a healthier future for Oklahoma.

To learn more about the Certified Healthy Oklahoma program and to complete a certification application, visit the Certified Healthy Oklahoma website at




According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol a Mangum woman was injured in a one vehicle accident that occurred on August 1, 2019 at 7:02 am on State Hwy 9, just one mile west of Lone Wolf, Oklahoma in Kiowa County.


According to the report, 1992 Oldsmobile driven by Carrie Griffis, 56 of Mangum, was eastbound on State Hwy 9 and departed roadway right and collided with a guardrail.


She was transported by Sinor EMS to Elkview Hospital in Hobart, Oklahoma and later transferred by Air Evac to OU Trauma center and admitted in critical condition with trunk internal injuries.

Friday, 02 August 2019 11:05

ODOC #FugitiveFriday: Develle Hamm

Press release

OKLAHOMA CITY – Develle Hamm has been missing since July 20 after he jumped the fence at Carver Transitional Center.

Hamm, 35, was serving a five-year sentence out of Oklahoma County for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

He is described as black, 5-feet 9-inches tall, weighing about 169 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He has numerous tattoos covering his face, neck and chest. Aliases include “Loco Hamm.”

Hamm’s criminal record stretches back to 1999 and includes convictions for assaulting a police officer, escape after lawful arrest, second-degree arson and robbery.


The public should not approach Hamm or attempt to apprehend him. Anyone with information can call our escapee hotline at 866-363-1119 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


All calls and emails are confidential.

Press release

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Rance DeWayne Childs, age 36, of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, entered a guilty plea to Felon In Possession Of Firearm, punishable by not more than 10 years imprisonment, a fine up to $250,000.00, or both.


The Indictment alleged that on or about May 5, 2019, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the Defendant, having been convicted of crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, did knowingly possess in and affecting commerce, a firearm which had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce.


The charges arose from an investigation by the Seminole Nation Lighthorse Police and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


The Honorable Kimberly E. West, U.S. Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the plea and ordered the completion of a presentence investigation report.


Special Assistant United States Attorney Courtney Jordan represented the United States.

Thursday, 01 August 2019 08:06

J.D. Gist Obituary


J.D. Gist of Cowlington, Oklahoma was born on January 17, 1928 in Cowlington, Oklahoma to John and Lela (Winn) Gist and passed away on July 30, 2019 in Cowlington, Oklahoma at the age of 91 years.

He is survived by his daughter, Susie Perry and husband Leo, Jr., his son , Jim Gist and wife, Karen, daughter-in-law, Marilyn Gist Vincent and husband Bruce, 9 Grandchildren, Jay Gould and wife Tanya, Jeannie Seaton and husband Eddie, Dustin Gist and wife Lisa, J.W. Gist, Sandy Pankratz and husband Grant, John D. Gist and wife Angela, Leo Perry, III and wife Meredith, Sara Perry, and Julie Jiminez, 16 Great Grandchildren, Tyler, Katie, Landry, Mia, Jayden, Reagan, Spencer, Renley, Hudson, Emma, Miles, Zoe, Eli, Adrianna, Aubrey, and Ashtyn, one sister Alice Gibson and husband, Harold, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Gist, parents; John and Lela Gist, two sons, Roger Gist and John Gist, four sisters, Vera Gist, Mattie Malay, Eunice Sutter, and Della Davis, three brothers, Frank Gist, Bob Gist, and Butler Gist. J.D. was a Navy veteran having served in World War II and was a lifelong farmer. He loved to grow vegetables in his garden and he became a great cook in his later years. J.D. loved his children and grandchildren dearly and will be missed by everyone who knew him.

Funeral services will be 10am, Friday, August 2nd, at the Tucker Church of Christ with Mr. Taylor Joyce and Mr. Dustin Gist officiating. Burial will follow in the Short Mountain Cemetery under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Spiro, Oklahoma. Viewing will be 12pm-7pm Thursday with family visitation from 5pm-7pm at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Jay Gould, Dustin Gist, J.W. Gist, John D. Gist, Leo Perry, III, and Tyler Seaton. Honorary Pallbearers will be Davis Kelly, Barry Bolles, Grady Adams, Jim Stewart, Bruce Vincent, JB Adams, James Rouse, Darrell Craig, and Mike Parker.


Please log on to to view and sign Mr. Gist’s online guest book.



Wednesday, 31 July 2019 22:05

Prayer Service for Area School Personnel

Monroe First Baptist Church held a Bible study and prayer service for area school faculty and staff Wednesday evening. Pastor Jeremy Minor led those in attendance through PRAY: Praise, Repent, Ask, and Yield using scripture from Nehemiah Chapter 1.


Following the Bible study, Minor invited all faculty and staff present to come to the front of the sanctuary for a time of individual prayer for each person. Several members of the church prayed for each school employee as they will soon begin a new school year.


Also included in the prayer time was an opportunity for all present to utilize the PRAY idea to pray for themselves. In addition, there was a time of prayer for the students who will soon be starting a new school year.


In attendance were faculty and staff from Monroe Elementary School, Howe Public Schools, Pocola High School and Wister Public Schools, as well as two school board members from the Monroe Elementary School district.

Press release


The value of concurrent enrollment has been a given to the officials of Carl Albert State College for many years. The statistics speak for themselves: 86 percent of LeFlore and Sequoyah county students who take college courses while they are in high school will continue their education the following year as a first-time freshman student. Less than 30 percent of local students who do not take concurrent courses while in high school will begin college after their graduation. That is a difference of more than 50 percent.

For this reason, CASC has offered free tuition to qualified high school juniors and seniors for many years and expanded its course offerings into area high schools through the use of Zoom technology.


At CASC, qualified high school seniors are eligible to enroll in up to 18 tuition-free-hours for the year, and qualified high school juniors can enroll in up to 12 tuition-free-hours for the year.


“In recent years, through the leadership of our local and state legislators, we have received partial reimbursement rates for the concurrent education program geared towards high school seniors. We have taken it upon ourselves to extend financial incentives to high school juniors, as well,” said Dr. Jay Falkner, CASC President. “Thanks to a new pilot program from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, our fellow colleges and universities are beginning to expand their concurrent enrollment offerings to now include high school juniors.


“Up until now, CASC has incurred the cost of up to six hours of tuition for high school juniors each semester. We’ve done this because we know how important it is to get our local students in the educational pipeline and thinking about college long before they graduate. We’ve seen first-hand the positive impact our investment has made in our communities and are thrilled about the new pilot program from the OSRHE,” he said.


CASC’s fall classes begin on Aug. 12, and students can enroll through Aug. 16. High school juniors and seniors who are interested in taking advantage of this program can contact their high school counselor or call the CASC Admissions office for more information at 918-647-1300.

Press release

WASHINGTON— Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) released the following statement after both the House and Senate passed a short-term extension for the for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC) program through September 13, 2019. The CCBHC pilot program in Oklahoma has provided assistance for those battling mental illness and substance abuse disorders for the last two years.

“Despite the opioid crisis leading to the deaths of more than 70,000 Americans by drug overdoses, only one in ten Americans with an addiction receives treatment,” Mullin said. “CCBHCs have dramatically improved access to community-based opioid addiction care in Oklahoma and the seven other states with pilot programs. While I am glad that a short-term extension will allow the services to continue, I hope the Senate can come to an agreement to further extend the program so that more people get the help they need.”
Funding for the CCBHC program ran out earlier this month.


In June, the House passed H.R. 3253, the Empowering Beneficiaries, Ensuring Access, and Strengthening Accountability Act, which will extend funding CCBHCs for two years. The Senate did not come to a long-term agreement, and as a result, both the House and Senate passed a short-term extension of funding.


Wednesday, 31 July 2019 08:31

Talihina City Wide Yard Sale 2019

Press Release, Judy Korten, Talihina Chamber of Commerce


It is time for our Talihina City Wide Yard Sale and Pancake Breakfast.

Saturday, August 3rd beginning at 7 a.m. continuing throughout the day.

Come early to get the bargains. There has been a great response this year.

Booths will be setup at the visitors center at 201 First Street.


There will also be folks setting up yard sales at their home.


This is a list of those who are selling from their home and their addresses and some of the items they have for sale.

Donna Hanebrink multifamily- 502 9th St, Talihina, OK – teen clothes, dishes, stuff.

Mona Morris - Alley behind T-Town Vape, business back door – building material, electronics, hunting gear.

Lodean Starr – 115 Railroad St. Talihina, OK – Furniture, clothes.

All profit from this event goes towards operating the visitors center.


To reserve a booth call 918-567-3434 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Press release


Poteau, Okla. - The Kiamichi Technology Center (KTC) Paramedic Class of 2019 recently competed in the International HOSA competition in Orlando, FL. Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) is an organization for health students that reinforces leadership skills, teamwork, and enables students to stay abreast to the ever changing world of medicine.


HOSA has more than 200,000 members in approximately 4,100 chartered chapters in 53 state associations, including American Samoa, China, Canada, Germany, Guam, Italy, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Oklahoma has a membership of over 6,000, including middle school, secondary, postsecondary, collegiate students; professional members; and alumni members.


The mission of HOSA is to enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill, and leadership development of all health science education students, therefore, helping the student meet the needs of the health care community.


Wayne Corbitt and Chris Turpin received first place in the EMT Post-Secondary contest. The team of Benjamin Webb, Cassidy McFarland, David Schlorer, Cierra Rosales, Jared Hays, and Hunter Poston were first place winners in Post-Secondary Public Health. Demerie Pool placed in the Top 10 in Medical Math. KTC’s Paramedic program broadcasts classes from the Poteau Campus to several sites across the state. Benjamin Webb participates in the Paramedic training at Pioneer Technology Center in Ponca City while Hunter Poston is at Central Technology Center in Drumright and Demerie Pool tunes in from Western Technology Center in Elk City. Instructors for the EMS program are Lisa Dyer, Michael Highfill, and Becky O’Bar.


Kiamichi Technology Centers has played an integral role in southeastern Oklahoma communities since 1968, serving ten full and three partial counties. KTC is one of 29 districts in the Oklahoma CareerTech system with more than 30 career programs. KTC also offers a wide variety of evening and weekend short-term courses as well as certifications in many diverse career fields. KTC serves nearly 23,000 individuals each year, including many area companies who receive training through the Business and Industry Services division that works with over 400 businesses annually.


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EMT Post-Secondary Team (L to R) Wayne Corbitt and Chris Turpin


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Top 10 Medical Math - Demerie Pool

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