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Wister 4-H members Cole Vaughn and Maddy Claiborn received a 1st place medal at the 4-H State Speech Contest on Saturday in Stillwater.


Their team speech was over Bass Fishing.



Photo submitted by Jenny Claiborn

The following couples received their marriage license from the LeFlore County Court Clerk’s office during the week of May 7-11, 2018.

Trenton James Luman and Jamiee Lauren Evans

Rodie Oen Snell and Bethany Nicole Farris

Jose N. Farias Nava and Christine Heather Lira

Dakota Raymond Alan Clark and Mary Makayla Alice Millard

Johnathan Michael Hastings and Brittany Joan Fraley

Kyle Dale Fowler and Janette Renee Backward

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. John Bennett today thanked Gov. Mary Fallin for signing a bill that will allow the display of the Ten Commandments alongside other historically significant founding documents on public property.

“House Bill 2177 doesn’t mandate the display of the commandments it only allows them to be shown alongside documents such as the U.S. or Oklahoma Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, the Magna Carta or others in state buildings, public schools or on other public property,” said Bennett, R-Sallisaw.

“The Ten Commandments are of deep historical significance to our national culture and a basis for our nation’s civic and common laws. The display of the commandments is both legal and historical. They have been displayed in U.S. institutions since the very founding of our nation. They are now displayed in the National Archives and the U.S. Supreme Court as well as in many state capitols, courthouses and legislative buildings across the country. Further, Americans from coast to coast recognize the important contributions made to our society by the Ten Commandments. This is not advocating for religion but rather recognizing a significant historical contribution for our nation.”

Bennett said he’s not sure why opponents consider this so dangerous, pointing out that both Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, in 1776, both proposed featuring Moses prominently on the seal of the newly formed United States of America.

“Should we not teach our children in school that they should not kill, steal or lie? Should it be against the law to teach them to obey their father and mother?” Bennett asked. “The fact that some may not agree with all of the commandments does not mean they shouldn't be displayed, any more than the fact that not everyone agrees with all of the protections granted by the Bill of Rights, yet that does not prohibit its display.

“Aside from the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, it is difficult to argue there is any single work that has had a greater or more far-reaching impact on centuries of American life, law and culture than the Ten Commandments,” Bennett said. “For this reason alone, the Ten Commandments merit display.
“I’m thankful this bill was signed in to law, and I’m thankful we can recognize the important historical significance the Ten Commandments have on our great nation and on the state of Oklahoma.”

Bennett thanked the original Senate author of the bill, Sen. Michael Bergstrom (R-Adair), as well as the current author, Sen. Joseph Silk (R-Broken Bow). He also thanked the 37 co-authors in the House and 11 in the Senate. He also thanked historian David Barton for helping with historical research and documents provided to support the legislation.

John Bennett represents Oklahoma House District 2.


He can be reached at (405) 557-7315 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 15:08

Leonard “Wayne” Toney Obituary

Leonard “Wayne” Toney, 72, of Shady Point, OK passed away Monday, May 14, 2018, in Ft. Smith, AR. Wayne was born September 16, 1945 in Calhoun, OK to John Woodrow & Opal Mae (Sutton) Toney.


He was a veteran of the US Army.


Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Chloe Moss & brother, Eugene Toney.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia of the home; daughter & son in law, Tegan & Steven Moss of Shady Point, OK; granddaughter on the way, Melia Moss; brother, Charles Toney of Ft. Smith, AR; sister & brother in law, Barbara & Barry Prock of Garber, OK; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Services will be 10 am, Friday, May 18, 2018, at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, OK with Elmer Bowden officiating.


Interment will follow in Shady Point Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Steven Moss, Terry Moss Sr., Dustin Prock, Shane Toney, Charles Toney & Barry Prock.

The family will be at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 6- 8 pm to visit with relatives & friends.


You may leave an online message at


 The family has chosen to entrust the care of the services to Evans & Miller Funeral Home, POTEAU, OK

Press release

On April 19, 2018, Carl Albert State College’s Student Support Services staff traveled with 14 CASC students to Broken Bow, Okla. to tour the Weyerhaeuser Company and the U.S. Forest Services.


There, the students had the opportunity to visit with forestry personnel about future career possibilities. Students learned about an industry that many had not ever considered as a future career.


The tour included stops at various Weyerhaeuser Silviculture sites; silviculture sites are active sites. Some of the sites were in the prepping process, others in active ground fertilization and others were active harvest sites. Students were taught that all trees are planted by hand due to the terrain in Oklahoma.


Lunch was provided to the staff and students as they stopped to rest at the Mountain Fork River before they completed the tour with the U.S. Forestry Service.


The students learned about the objectives held by the U.S. Forestry Service and what was required of them by the Multiple Use Mandate; this mandate requires service members to focus on timber, water, recreation, range and wildlife.


A degree in forestry is a great option for students who are interested in living in Southeastern Oklahoma. Students were informed that often, forestry careers are available with no applicants. Officials encouraged interested CASC students to apply for internships through their Pathways Program or the Recent Graduate Program.


For more information, contact Kim Hughes, Student Support Services Coordinator for CASC, at 918-647-1366 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Tuesday, 15 May 2018 15:01

Brett Michael Blasdel Obituary

Brett Michael Blasdel
A Cowboy and a Gentleman

June 30, 1949 – May 14, 2018


Brett Blasdel was a lover of life and all its goodness. His remarkable path was guided by quiet kindness, optimism, honor, and most of all his love of family.


A compassionate man, he had a creative spirit and an incredible mind. Brett appreciated nature, philosophy, music, and fine Angus cattle.

Throughout his twenty-five-year career as a stockbroker, Brett’s heartfelt dream was to start a family, move to the country, and become a cattleman. He met his beloved wife, Suzy, in Chicago during a New Year’s Eve blizzard. Legend has it that she was drawn to the only cowboy hat in the room. It wasn’t long before two became four, and the family ventured south.

Moving to Poteau, Oklahoma in 2000, Brett left the brokerage business for greener pastures. Over the years he created his personal paradise out on the ranch and delighted in sharing it with his friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Suzy, and his father, Bill Blasdel. Brett will be sorely missed by his children Jake and Nina, his mother Lois, his brother Mark, and vast numbers of friends and family.

There will be a memorial service at 3 pm, Saturday, May 19, 2018, at the First United Methodist Church, Poteau, OK.


You may leave an online message at


The family has chosen to entrust the care of the services to Evans & Miller Funeral Home, POTEAU, OK


Donna Deaton, a 7th and 8th grade Language Arts teacher at Wister Public School, received a gift basket along with a $25 gift card.

Jeanette Taylor, POE Region 6 representative, presented Deaton with the gift basket of goodies.

Deaton was one of the 4 teachers in region #6 chosen to receive the gift basket.



Damon Bower, from Hodgen Public school was recognized by POE for all the works he does for students with a gift basket and gift card. 


Ronda Mooneyham who teaches at Brushy Public School in Sequoyah County was awarded a gift basket and gift card


DEDE BIRDWELL with jeanette taylor

Jeanette Taylor, POE, honors Dede Burwell from Okmulgee Primary school with a gift basket and gift card. 

Professional Oklahoma Educators is a non-union, nonpartisan professional association for all school personnel. Members receive professional liability insurance, legal services, and lobbying representation.

It’s their commitment to these valuable services that makes POE a positive and unmatched option for education employees in today's teaching environment.

*Four teachers and two staff members were chosen from each region.

By OICA CEO Joe Dorman


The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) had the pleasure of holding several events last week, all centered on our mission. Even though the Legislature has adjourned, we carried on our plans to hold our annual Advocacy Day, partnering with Let’s Fix This, a grassroots organization that works to get people more involved with sharing their ideas with policymakers. Our event hosted more than two dozen advocates who were there to learn about how to correspond with legislators and other elected officials. These advocacy skills are critical, especially in the new world of social media. The attendees all walked away with a better understanding of the process and an ability to more effectively present their ideas and leverage their own expertise with lawmakers. This will not be the last of these training sessions this year, so I encourage you to check out for upcoming events.


OICA also hosted the first of our 35th Anniversary celebrations with a luncheon at the Governor’s Mansion Pavilion. We were honored to hear from Governor Mary Fallin, Health & Human Services Cabinet Secretary Steven Buck, and Kid Governor Audrey Patton. We also heard from Laura Choate, an OICA board member and plaintiff in the Terry D. Lawsuit, the case which exposed widespread abuse within the foster care system and ultimately led to the creation of OICA. The speeches were all upbeat and challenged the lunch-goers to engage more in policy and let their voices be heard. The event tied in perfectly with our training and we greatly appreciate Governor Fallin designating Wednesday, May 9 designated as OICA Child Advocacy Day for the State of Oklahoma (click here to view the proclamation). We will have several other events later in the year, so please join us for one of the celebrations!


We finished off the week with a very special occasion: the annual Flux Party. This event, taken over by OICA this year, recognizes the Oklahoma youth who will either graduate from high school or receive their GED. We were honored to host this party, with the support of LeNorman Properties, Youth Villages and Bama Companies. This event allowed these young graduates the chance to celebrate their successes and receive recognition. The Oklahoma Department of Human Services invited the graduates and OICA partnered with them to have a dinner, music, a graduation ceremony and a graduation gift for each student. For some, this might be the only graduation party they receive as they prepare to age out of the system and enter life following school.


Over the past year, OICA has redirected much of our direct service to supporting foster youth, with this party and OK Foster Wishes. We are very happy that we have been able to work with the many partners to see this endeavor be successful. If you would like to be a part of one of these programs, please reach out to us at (405) 236-5437 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. We are a statewide program, so we are looking for Oklahomans from every part of the state to join with us for the children who need that extra help!



About OICA
The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy was established in 1983 by a group of citizens, to create a strong advocacy network that would provide a voice for the needs of children and youth in Oklahoma, particularly those in the state’s care and those growing up amid poverty, violence, abuse and neglect, disparities, or other situations that put their lives and future at risk.

Our mission statement: “Creating awareness, taking action and changing policy to improve the health, safety and well-being of Oklahoma’s children.“


Press release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) released the following statement upon the dedication of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem: 

“The opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem delivers on a longstanding promise of past presidents to relocate the American embassy in Israel,” said Mullin. “I applaud President Trump’s bold action to do what several of his predecessors failed to do: stand with our greatest ally, Israel. Today marks a new chapter for Israeli-Palestinian relations and the continued efforts to bring peace to the Middle East.”

In December 2017, President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel and instructed the State Department to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.







Hafza Hailey is a 7-year-old-black girl.

Hailey has puffy hair in a ponytail and painted gold bracelets on the wrist.

Last seen wearing an ankle length peach dress.

The suspect is Taheerah Ahmad 39, described as black and having curly black hair with gold streaks in it.


Maybe traveling in a Black 2005 Lexus, RX3 or a 2011 Ford Escape tag number 778MNX.

The suspect is believed to be the victims biological mother. The suspect stabbed her 11-year-old daughter who is in critical condition in a Tulsa Hospital and then she set the house on fire.


If anyone has any information, please contact the Tulsa Police Department at 918-596-9222

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