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Tuesday, 13 June 2017 12:57

Sandra Kay McKinney Obituary


Sandra Kay McKinney of Spiro, Oklahoma was born on January 26, 1962 in Talihina, Oklahoma and passed June 10, 2017 in Spiro, Oklahoma at the age of 55 years old.


She was preceded in death by her father, Billy McKinney, paternal grandparents, Utah Cal and Naomi Ruth McKinney, maternal grandparents, Eli and Sylvia “Sib” Summers.

Sandra is survived by her son Markus McKinney of Ft. Smith, Arkansas, three granddaughters, Lauren, London, and Kamryn McKinney, her mother, Patricia McKinney, three sisters, JoAnn Walden, Shearl Bell, Terrie McCullar, one brother Bo McKinney, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other family and friends.


Sandra was a member of the Flower Hill Pentecostal Church and loved stopping by every yard sale she could find but most of all she loved taking care of everyone regardless if they needed it or not.

Memorial services will be held at 11am Thursday at the Mallory-Martin Chapel with Reverend Vernon Stone officiation.


Arrangements have been entrusted to the care and direction of Mallory Martin Funeral Home of Spiro, Oklahoma.


Condolences can be made online at





Tishomingo Oklahoma - According to a press release from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, on Monday night, (June 12,2017), the Tishomingo Police Department requested OSBI investigate an officer-involved shooting by several of its officers.

The incident began when officers responded to a domestic violence call just after 8pm.

Officers were alerted to a male subject who was armed with a knife and choking an individual inside the home.

When officers arrived, they found Jered (Jared) Keith Tolbert 34, destroying the inside of the home.

When Tolbert saw the officers in the yard, he advanced toward the officers with the knife.

Officers told Tolbert to drop the knife, when Tolbert ignored commands, one officers shot him with his firearm as another officer fired his taser.

Tolbert was transported to a Texas hospital where he is listed in fair condition with two gunshot wounds to his upper body.

OSBI spent the night at the scene collecting information, conducting interviews, and documenting the scene.

Once the investigation is complete, the OSBI agent will provide the district attorney with a written report of the facts.

The district attorney will determine if the shooting was justified.


Tuesday, 13 June 2017 10:30

CASC Hosting Youth Summer Baseball Camp



CASC Press Release




CASC head baseball coach Tyler Guthrie announced that Carl Albert State College will host a youth summer baseball camp Monday, July 31 to Wednesday, August 2, 2017. The camp is for boys ages 5 – 13.


According to Guthrie, the camp will be held at the CASC baseball field in Poteau from 9 a.m until noon each of the three days. To register for camp, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Guthrie stated, “Campers will need to be at the field by 8:30 a.m. the first day of camp and will pay their camp fee upon arrival.” Cost of the camp is $60 per camper, and checks should be written to CASC Baseball.


Coach Guthrie, Coach Brennan Rogers and members of the CASC baseball team will be instructors at the camp. The camp will focus on developing hitting and fielding skills, and campers will need to bring their own equipment (bats, gloves, helmets).


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


By Leilana McKindra - Communications Specialist- Agricultural Communications Services - Oklahoma State University


STILLWATER, Okla. – With school out, many youths may be heading off to camps and conferences for part of their summer break. If that is the case, both children and parents should know how to protect against head lice.

Because there are so many kids from different home environments coming together at one focal point, children’s risk of being exposed to lice tends to go up when they are in camp settings, said Justin Talley, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension livestock entomologist.

“Lice are a common problem throughout the United States. Anyone can get head lice.

It’s not about cleanliness or where you live. It’s a matter of who you come into close contact with,” Talley said.

Head lice are a blood sucking insect that can only be transmitted from person to person through direct contact such as through sharing a pillow, a brush or by having head to head contact with someone who has lice.

There are some key preventative measures families can put in place.

“Parents should talk to their children about not sharing personal items such as combs, brushes and bed linens, especially pillows,” Talley said. “The more they share those types of items, the more likely there will be a transmission of lice.”

Infestations can take between five and 10 days to develop after exposure, depending on the temperature and condition of the infested person’s hair.

The camp or conference medical staff should be trained to identify lice.

However, as soon as children return home, parents should immediately check them for lice, especially if kids are exhibiting abnormal behavior by flicking their hair or scratching more than usual.

To properly check for head lice, part the hair all the way to the scalp every 2 to 3 inches all over the head, and especially in the back toward the neck.

Head lice range in color from creamy white to brown and are visible with the naked eye.

“They’ll be active, crawling on and near the scalp,” Talley said.

Also, when children return home, families should immediately wash all clothing and bedding, and especially the pillowcases. These items should be laundered separately from the rest of the laundry in hot water above 125F and dried on a high heat setting.

In cases of a suspected infestation, over-the-counter lice control shampoos may be purchased for use. If the infestation is severe or if the over-the-counter product does not work, stronger alternatives may be obtained by prescription from a medical professional.

Lice control products typically require two applications – one initially and a second one about 10 to 14 days later.

“Regardless of the product you’re using, the second application is critically important because the first application doesn’t kill the eggs. Reapplying the product after about 10 days allows those eggs to hatch so you’re killing the remaining nymphs,” Talley said.


Oklahoma State University, in compliance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246 as amended, and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Higher Education Act), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and other federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, genetic information, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, or status as a veteran, in any of its policies, practices or procedures. This provision includes, but is not limited to admissions, employment, financial aid, and educational services. The Director of Equal Opportunity, 408 Whitehurst, OSU, Stillwater, OK 74078-1035; phone 405-744-5371; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Director of Equal Opportunity. Any person (student, faculty, or staff) who believes that discriminatory practices have been engaged in based on gender may discuss his or her concerns and file informal or formal complaints of possible violations of Title IX with OSU’s Title IX Coordinator 405-744-9154.



Press Release


State makes modest gains and policy improvements during a difficult legislative session


OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma falls below the national average in several areas of child well-being, placing the state at 36th in the nation, according to the 2017 KIDS COUNT® Data Book released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Despite seeing modest improvements, advocates say the state needs to do more. Download the complete Oklahoma rankings here.


“A ranking of 36th place out of 50 is not good enough for our children and not good enough for Oklahoma,” said Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) CEO Joe Dorman. “Our mediocre outcomes reflect mediocre investments made in the services that children rely on, like public education and health. We have to do more to lift our children up and lay the groundwork for the next generation to be successful.”


The annual KIDS COUNT Data Book uses 16 indicators to rank each state across four domains – health, education, economic well-being, and family and community – that reflect what children need most to thrive.


Oklahoma ranks:
• 28th in economic well-being: The economic well-being domain examines data related to child poverty, family employment, housing costs and whether older teens not in school are working. In Oklahoma, 22 percent of children – more than one in five – are growing up below the poverty line.
• 29th in health: The health domain looks at the percentage of children who lack insurance, child and teen death rates, low-birth weight babies and alcohol or drug abuse among teens. Oklahoma moved up five spots in health to 29th place, due in part to increased access to health insurance. Seven percent of Oklahoma’s kids now lack coverage, a 30 percent decrease between 2010 and 2015.
• 39th in education: This domain examines the percentage of children ages 3 and 4 not attending school, fourth graders not proficient in reading, eighth graders not proficient in math and high school students not graduating on time. Fifty-seven percent of Oklahoma’s 3- and 4-year olds are not attending school, above the national average. A disappointing 77 percent of eighth graders lack proficiency in math.
• 39th in family and community: This domain examines the percentage of children living in high-poverty areas, single-parent households and education levels among heads of households, as well as teen births. The teen birth rate in Oklahoma remains far higher than the national average at 35 births per 1,000 females, compared to 22 nationally. Twelve percent of children are living in high-poverty neighborhoods.

Dorman said, despite the rankings, the state has made progress in pursuing reforms that should have an impact in the long run, such as a push to address child nutrition. OICA worked closely with legislators to pass a bill strengthening child nutrition by supporting greater partnerships between food banks and public schools.


“While we still have a ways to go, I am proud of the progress that Oklahoma has made for our state’s children through data-driven investments and policies,” said Dorman. “Maintaining health care programs, investing in early childhood education and expanding programs to create economic stability for families will help ensure all children in the state have the opportunity to thrive.”



Release Information
The 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book® will be available June 13 at 12:01 a.m. EDT at Additional information is available at, which also contains the most recent national, state and local data on hundreds of indicators of child well-being. Journalists interested in creating maps, graphs and rankings in stories about the Data Book can use the KIDS COUNT Data Center at



About Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy
Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) is an Oklahoma partner of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. For more information, visit

About the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation creates a brighter future for the nation’s children by developing solutions to strengthen families, building paths to economic opportunity and transforming struggling communities into safer and healthier places to live, work and grow. For more information, visit KIDS COUNT is a registered trademark of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.





At approximately 5:30 pm on June 12, 2017, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol were dispatched to the scene of an injury accident that occurred on State Highway 82 and State Highway 82C, 11.2 miles north Tahlequah, in Cherokee County.


According to the report, a 2006 Mazda Tribute driven by Cassondra Annette Erlandson 39, of Tahlequah was northbound on SH82, departed the roadway for some unknown reason, and the vehicle then rolled one complete time and came to rest on its wheels.


Erlandson was transported by EMS to Northeast Health Systems and then sent by Life-Flight to St John Hospital where she was admitted in stable condition with head injuries.


The accident was investigated by the OHP, and the Peggs Fire Department



Carl Albert State College is pleased to announce Ayme Diane Warren, of Wister has received the General Scholarship Fund Scholarship at CASC.

Ayme is the daughter of Bryan and Marla Warren and a graduated of Wister High School.

She plans to major in Allied Health.


Monday, 12 June 2017 17:47

OU Baseball Coach Pete Hughes Resigns


Submitted by  Brendan Flynn -  Assistant Director of Athletics Communications - University of Oklahoma


NORMAN — University of Oklahoma Vice President and Athletics Director Joe Castiglione announced Monday that head baseball coach Pete Hughes has resigned.


Hughes coached the Sooners for four seasons and compiled a 128-107-1 (.544) record. His teams went a combined 44-51 (.463) in Big 12 Conference play, finishing as high as third place in 2015 (tied) and 2017.


"We appreciate the dedicated service Pete gave to our baseball program," said Castiglione. "He and his family are good people and we certainly wish the best for them."


This past season, OU went 35-24 overall and 12-11 in the Big 12, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time under Hughes. The Sooners posted a 1-2 record in the Louisville Regional as the No. 2 seed. It was the 37th NCAA postseason appearance in OU baseball history.


Castiglione said the search for a new coach will begin immediately.


"Our program has demonstrated its ability to compete at the highest level and we are optimistic about our future," Castiglione added.


In 21 years as a head coach, Hughes owns a 652-492-3 (.570) record. He also coached at Virginia Tech, Boston College and Trinity.




Talihina, Oklahoma - The Talihina Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon Cutting for Pistol & Pearls A Skyline Hideaway at their open house June 6, 2017 Which began at 5:30p.m, and went until 8:00p.m with the ribbon cutting at 6:30 pm.


Guests kicked off the Summer with great food such as Tacos in a bag, and delicious desserts.


Others events, included an ice cream truck, live music, volleyball, and tour of the grounds.


If a wedding, birthday party, or a special event is in your plans Pistol & Pearls A Skyline Hideaway is the place to choose as your venue.


They also have cabin rentals and four wheeler trails and more! Owners David and Shelly Trowbridge’s goal is to give you a wonderful experience and great memories.


Their venue is on 28.08 acres, and lies directly across from the US Forest.


Contact Shelly Trowbridge at 918-649-4212 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or go check out the place at County Road N4550 Talihina Oklahoma

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Story and photo submitted by Vera Nelson, Talihina Chamber of Commerce

PISTOL & PEARLS RIBBON CUTTING AND OPEN HOUSE - 1.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote


Friday morning, June 9th, 2017, Loomis employees picking up money from the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Stilwell found a threatening note on their armored vehicle.

According to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, the note threatened violence against them if the note’s instructions on how to deliver money were not met.

The Loomis employees found an Adair County Sheriff’s deputy inside the store. That deputy contacted the Stilwell Police Department, who then requested OSBI assistance with the case.


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OSBI special agents have obtained surveillance footage of the suspect and his vehicle.

If anyone recognizes the person, please call the OSBI hotline at 1-800-522-8017.



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