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By Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy CEO Joe Dorman


With Thanksgiving behind us, ‘tis the season for holiday decorations, non-stop Christmas music on the radio, and a lot of hard work for the public employees, OICA staff and volunteers working to get holiday presents for the roughly 8,000 Oklahoma children in foster care.


That effort begins with caseworkers at the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS), who collect holiday wish lists from each foster child. Next, those wish lists are matched with partner organizations like OK Foster Wishes, the gift drive run by the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) that works to fulfill these wish-lists with the help of generous donors.


We are proud to say that OK Foster Wishes is the largest gift-drive for foster children in the state, fulfilling more than half of the Oklahoma foster children’s wish lists. OICA and DHS operate the OK Foster Wishes warehouse (a space being generously lent to us, free of charge, by Hobby Lobby) where gifts are stored, sorted and eventually sent out to children. In Oklahoma County, we work directly to schedule foster family pickups to lighten the workload for DHS caseworkers. In cases where donors are not found, or wish-lists are unavailable, OICA collects unwrapped toys and our staff personally makes shopping runs (funded by monetary donations) to make sure as many gifts as possible are sent out.


If this sounds like a massive operation, it is! It can only succeed with the help of generous and caring Oklahomans. Please be one of them by going to to request one of our remaining 500 wish-lists or to make a monetary donation. You can also call (405) 236-5437 should you need assistance. Contributions ensure this program can continue and not leave a single child out of receiving gifts!


Ensuring that every foster child receives a holiday gift is a team effort, and we are not the only organization working to support this great cause through distributing lists or collecting donations. In Cleveland County, the youth are served by the Secret Santa program, administered by the Citizens Advisory Board. You can request a list from their website at Tulsa County is served by the program Tulsa Advocates for the Protection of Children, and wish lists for those foster children can be requested at by filling out their checklist.


There are other local programs assisting this effort, but In total, OICA supports 54 of the 77 counties. Contact our office if you would specifically like to know which group supports your county.


We are also thankful for other organizations, such as Citizens Caring for Children. They requested 1,200 lists directly from the Department of Human Services to aid in the effort. You can donate to them or request a list from them by emailing Julie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line Joy 4 Kids Wishlist. Oklahoma Lawyers for Children also began a project this year to assist foster youth over the holidays. If you would like to receive a wish list for this group, contact Tsinena at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or DeMarco at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or you can also call the organization at (405) 232-4453.


As you can see, there many groups working towards one goal: ensuring Oklahoma foster children have a special holiday season. Please join with us to support this effort to assist our foster youth across the state!


OICA volunteers help sort presents at the OK Foster Wishes warehouse (and ensure they are up to North Pole standards)


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


WILBURTON, OK – Eastern Oklahoma State College’s Music Department will present its 92nd annual Candlelighting program Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7:00 p.m. in Mitchell Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

The program provides an opportunity for the Eastern community and area community to convene and welcome the holiday season. The event is one of the oldest traditions at Eastern and will feature performances by the Concert Band, Concert Choir and Eastern Expressions. The event will conclude with the singing of “Silent Night” and the customary lighting of candles.

Dr. Brandon Hendrix, Eastern’s director of instrumental and choral ensembles, will lead the Concert Band and Concert Choir in this display of talent. The groups will perform a selection of classic numbers including “Let It Snow,” “Where Are You, Christmas,” “Santa Baby,” and “O Holy Night.” The Concert Choir will also debut Dr. Hendrix’s arrangement of “What Child is This.”

Students involved in the production include Leila Aaron, Triston Boling, Miguel Brown, Hannah Gockel, Bobbi Kirkland, Charles Sorrell and Brianna Stockton of Wilburton; Jessica Kalstad, Lillith Martin and Hannah Posey of McAlester; Ryan Stockton of Ada; Christian Scarberry of Clayton; Victoria Davison and Logan Ervin of Quinton; Dale Shackleford of Slaughterville; Josh Cole of Spiro, Zane Jacobson of Talihina; Caden Phillips of Tuskahoma; Nikita Wemmerus of Wister and Lucinda Roberts of Yanush.

Press release



RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced the league’s Players of the Week for third week of the basketball regular season. Ouachita’s Mahlon Martin and Southeastern Oklahoma State’s Kellen Manek shared the Men’s accolade while East Central’s Lakin Preisner and Southwestern Oklahoma State’s Hailey Tucker split the Women’s award.


GAC MEN’S BASKETBALL CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Mahlon Martin, Ouachita, G, Sr., Little Rock, Arkansas


Martin led the Tigers to a perfect weekend at the UAFS Thanksgiving Classic. In a 77-72 victory against the hosting Lions, he led five Tigers in double figures with 15 points and he dished out six assists. Against Midwestern State, he scored 20 of his career-high 28 points in the second half of an 82-73 win. He hit 9-of-14 shots, including 4-of-6 from the 3-point arc.


GAC MEN’S BASKETBALL CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Kellen Manek, Southeastern Oklahoma State, F, So., Harrah, Oklahoma


Manek averaged 21.5 points per game in two wins at the River City Classic Tournament. In the opener against Texas A&M-International, he converted 4-of-7 shots in scoring 16 points. Against hosting St. Mary’s, he made four 3-pointers en route to netting 27 points. He has averaged 20.3 points and shot 55.9 percent from the floor through the season’s first three games.


GAC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Lakin Preisner, East Central, G, Sr., Americus, Kansas


Preisner helped the Tigers pick up a pair of wins at the Emporia State Thanksgiving Classic. After she opened the tournament with 13 points and seven rebounds against Northern State, she scored 31 points against UAFS. She became the first Tiger with 30 points in a game since Dilan Webster scored 31 against SWOSU on January 12, 2013. She also grabbed 10 rebounds.


GAC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Hailey Tucker, SWOSU, G, Sr., Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Tucker picked up her 10th GAC Player of the Week honor after she averaged 26.5 points in wins against Cameron and Oklahoma Christian. She tallied 28 points and 11 rebounds against the Aggies. She made five 3-pointers in the 98-79 win. She poured in 25 points and went 10-for-17 from the floor against the Eagles. She needs 60 points to set the GAC career record.



CJ Elkins, G, Southern Arkansas (Scored 31 points in wins against two GSC schools); Tre Evans, G, Southwestern Oklahoma State (Averaged 28.0 points and 7.5 assists); Joseph Moorer, G, Northwestern Oklahoma State (28 points in win vs Meto State-Denver); Noah Starkey, C, Southern Nazarene (Averaged 14.0 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.7 blocks in three wins); Camron Talley, G, East Central (Went 10-for-17, 6-for-12 on 3-pointers vs Pittsburg State); Darnell Wright, F, Arkansas-Monticello (23 points, 9-for-10 shooting against Centenary)

Autumn Avina, G, Oklahoma Baptist (Averaged 25.5 points and 9.0 assists); Bailey Brown, F, Northwestern Oklahoma State (16.0 PPG, 8.7 RPG in three games); Mackenzie Johnson, G, Arkansas-Monticello (Went 10-for-14, scored 25 points vs Mississippi College); Kellie Lampo, F, Harding (29 points, 11 rebounds, 11-for-16 at Cameron) Katie Webb, F, Southeastern Oklahoma State (25 points, 10 rebounds vs Texas A&M-Commerce)

Tuesday, 27 November 2018 09:43

PUES Students of the week for Nov 12- 16




The Poteau Upper Elementary School is pleased to announce their “Students of the Week” for the Week for Nov. 12- 16


The November Character Word: CITIZENSHIP-

Respectful devotion or allegiance to one's country and/or school.

Students of the week are:

Hallee Brooks, Isabelle Akers, Keily Morales, Layni White, Hudson Watkins, and Isaac Fitzpatrick.



Monday, 26 November 2018 18:57

Marriage Licenses November 19-21, 2018



During the week of November 19-21, 2018, the LeFlore County Courthouse was closed several for the Thanksgiving Holiday. As a result, only one couple received their marriage license during that week.


Congratulations to


Blake Isaac Palmer and Payton Deira Hokit

Monday, 26 November 2018 18:14

Jessica Sue Ginsberg Obituary


Jessica Sue Ginsberg of the Haw Creek Community was born February 1, 1998 in Poteau, Oklahoma to Derick and Rhonda (Moody) Baker and passed away November 24, 2018 in Little Rock, Arkansas at the age of 20.


She is survived by:

Her husband:
Caleb Ginsberg of the home

One daughter:
Ivy Ann Ginsberg of the home

Her parents:
Derick and Rhonda Baker of the Haw Creek Community

Six brothers:
Kenny Baker and wife Cara of the Haw Creek Community
Kyle Baker and wife Katie of Heavener, Oklahoma
Kasey Baker and wife Chelsey of Heavener, Oklahoma
Brandon Broussard of Waxahatie, Texas
Marcus Treadaway and wife Jennifer of Heavener, Oklahoma
Wade Treadaway of Heavener, Oklahoma

Three sisters:
Katrina Broussard and husband Jason Reeves of Poteau, Oklahoma
Wendy Myers of Heavener, Oklahoma
Malorie Myers of Wister, Oklahoma

Other siblings

Jack and Martha Watkins of the Haw Creek Community
Bobby and Corene Moody of the Haw Creek Community

Numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and a host of many friends


Jessica was a 2017 graduate of Heavener High School, a secretary for Baker’s Heating & Air, and a member of the Big Creek Baptist Church.


Jessica was an amazing daughter, mother, wife, sister, aunt, and friend. She was loved by so many.


Her life was a reflection of a true and faithful servant to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Her security in her salvation was inspiring. Her hope was that everyone would come to that saving knowledge. Jessie’s love was unconditional. She was always searching to help in any way she could to the point of giving her own possession’s to someone in need.


Jessie did not always have the life she deserved until she met her heavenly father and then she received peace and love that has no end. She then met Caleb, the love of her life and then God gave her Ivy Ann, her perfect little miracle. Her love for them will be everlasting.


Although our hearts are breaking today because we miss her, we know she is being held in the arms of her Savior. If she were here today, she would be the first to ask, “’do you have that relationship with the father” if not you can today. This life on earth is but a vapor, but with Christ it is for eternity. Our promise today for her family will be that we will carry on the work she did for Jesus Christ in our own lives. We love you Jess and are looking forward to our reunion in heaven some day.


Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at Big Creek Baptist Church with Brother John Mark Little officiating.


Burial will follow in Page Cemetery under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener, Oklahoma.


Pallbearers will be: Kenny Baker, Kyle Baker, Kasey Baker, Brandon Broussard, Marcus Treadaway, and Wade Treadaway


Jessica will be lying in state on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The family will visit with friends on Tuesday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.


To sign Jessica’s online guestbook please visit


Press release


Trooper Sammy Lee took a bullet to his ballistic vest on May 11, 2018 during a shootout in Talihina. The vest protected him from what could have been a serious injury. Troopers Brett Stephens, Brandon Seward, Christopher Bunch, Chance Tuttle, Jason Ross and Timothy Wesley all received minor injuries in the shootout.


The troopers were assisting the Talihina Police Department in the service of a felony warrant. As troopers served the warrant, Bradley Webster opened fire on the troopers. In the exchange of gunfire, a fire started inside the structure in downtown Talihina. Webster died at the scene.


As the team was being evaluated by medics, it was discovered that Trooper Lee had been struck in his ballistic vest by a bullet fragment. The vest had stopped the projectile in the lower right torso.


On Thursday, November 29, Trooper Lee will be presented with his new ballistic vest.


sammy lee

Trooper Sammy Lee

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Trooper Brett Stephens

brandon stephens

Trooper Brandon Seward

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Trooper Christopher Bunch

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Trooper Chance Tuttle

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Trooper Jason Ross

timothy wesley

Trooper Timothy Wesley


Monday, 26 November 2018 11:24

OU Trio Earns Big 12 Weekly Honors

Press release


NORMAN — After leading Oklahoma to a win at No. 12 West Virginia on Friday to clinch a spot in the Big 12 Championship Game, quarterback Kyler Murray was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week, running back Kennedy Brooks was named Newcomer of the Week and kicker Austin Seibert was named Special Teams Player of the Week, in a vote by media who cover the league.


Murray earned the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week award for the fifth time this season, tying the single-season conference record set by Texas running back Ricky Williams in his Heisman Trophy-winning year of 1998. The redshirt junior threw for 364 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for 114 yards and a score to propel the Sooners to the 59-56 road victory. Murray was 20 for 27 through the air and averaged 13.5 yards per attempt and 18.2 yards per completion, and averaged 12.7 yards per rush thanks in part to a 55-yard TD run on OU's first possession. He also completed a critical first-down pass on 4th and 5 with just over two minutes remaining that allowed the Sooners to run out the clock.


This was the second time this season the Allen, Texas, product passed for 300 yards and ran for 100 yards in a game, and he is the first Sooner to ever do so once. Murray is the only player to ever average at least 300 passing yards and at least 60 rushing yards through college football's regular season.


Murray has registered six games this year of at least 300 passing yards and at least 65 rushing yards, the highest FBS single-season total since at least 1996.


Brooks, from Mansfield, Texas, was named the league's Newcomer of the Week for the third time this season after rushing for a career-high 182 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries (8.7 average) Friday. The redshirt freshman broke away for a 68-yard TD run that gave OU a 28-21 lead with 3:30 left in the second quarter. The contest marked his third straight with at least 165 rushing yards, and fifth this season to break the century mark. Brooks now leads the nation with his 9.6 yards per rush.


Seibert, from Belleville, Ill., earned the Special Teams Player of the Week honor for the second time this season and sixth time in his career. The senior scored 11 points on Friday, making all eight of his extra-point tries and his only field goal attempt (a 37-yarder). Eight of his 10 kickoffs went for touchbacks and he punted one time for 45 yards. The OU and Big 12 career scoring leader also moved into third place on the NCAA's all-time kick scoring list (now has 476 career points).

The Sooners have claimed a league-high 12 Big 12 weekly honors this season.


No. 5/5 Oklahoma (11-1, 8-1 Big 12) faces No. 9/9 Texas (9-3, 7-2 Big 12) in the Dr Pepper Big 12 Championship Game on Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The game will start at 11 a.m. CT and be televised by ABC.


Monday, 26 November 2018 11:20

Sooners Sign Four for 2019

Press release


NORMAN – Oklahoma wrestling head coach Lou Rosselli announced Wednesday the signing of four wrestlers to National Letters of Intent. Josh Heindselman, Sam Dover, Darrien Roberts and Talon Borror will join the Sooners for the 2019-20 season.

“The four guys that we’ve signed this year are all very similar in that we went after a certain prototype and they all kind of fit that,” said head coach Lou Rosselli.


“I think that if they embrace the program and what we do. All these guys aspire to wrestle at the next level, next level being that at the Olympic level, so you know they fit our prototype. We’re excited to have them all.”


Josh Heindselman
Piedmont, Okla. | Piedmont High School
• 24-5 career record with 8 pins and 5 tech falls
• No. 14 at 220 pounds in InterMat’s high school rankings
• 2018 Oklahoma state champion, 2017 state runner-up
• Two-time champion at the OSSAA 5A West Regional
Coach Rosselli on Heindselman: “Josh Heindselman, is from Piedmont, Oklahoma and will be a heavyweight for us. Josh a hard worker and a good student. I feel strongly that if he comes in and does what we think he can do, he has a really big upside to his wrestling.”


Sam Dover
Westlake, Ohio | St. Edward High School
• No. 9 at 152 pounds in InterMat’s high school rankings
• Three-time state placer, including third in 2017
Coach Rosselli on Sam Dover: “Sam Dover is from St. Edward, a powerhouse in Ohio. Sam is a good student, hard worker. He’s nationally ranked and wrestles all over the country. Being from the powerhouse St. Edward’s, you know he’s someone that expects winning. I think when he gets here, he’s going to love the coaching, the workload that we put on people, and I think he’ll flourish.”


Darrien Roberts
Kingston, Pa. | Wyoming Seminary
• No. 10 at 182 pounds in InterMat’s high school rankings
• 35-6 career record with 15 pins
• 2018 Pennsylvania Independent Schools Wrestling Tournament Champion
Coach Rosselli on Roberts: “Darrien Roberts is from Pennsylvania. He’s from Wyoming Seminary and is going to wrestle 184 for us. He is someone that we’re looking to do big things. If he comes in and does all the work we require, he’ll flourish as well.”


Talon Borror
Coweta, Okla. | Coweta High School
• No. 9 at 195 pounds in InterMat’s high school rankings
• 40-5 career record with 19 pins
• 2017 and 2018 Oklahoma State Champion
• 2018 OKUSA Greco State Champion
Coach Rosselli on Borror: “Talon is a 184 pounder from Coweta, Okla. Having another Oklahoma kid is really good for the program. We expect him to compete for a spot, and he’s a good student and a great worker.”


The Sooners return to the mat Nov. 30 – Dec. 1 for the Cliff Keen Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev. OU’s home opener is set for Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.

Season tickets are on sale now. Fans can purchase tickets online or by calling the OU Athletics Ticket Office at (405) 325-2424.

Season ticket packages, which include tickets for each of the Sooners’ five home duals, cost $40 for adults and $32 for youth (ages 6-18) and senior citizens (55 and over). All season ticket holders will receive general admission tickets for each home match.


Monday, 26 November 2018 11:13

Homer L. Oglesby Obituary

Homer L. Oglesby, 94, of Poteau, OK, passed away Saturday, November 24, 2018, in Poteau, OK.


He was born January 14, 1924 in Hartshorne, OK, to W.R. and Mattie Irene Oglesby.


Homer served in the U.S. Navy, then went to Auto Body trade school in Kansas City where he met his wife of 50 plus years Lula Margaret.


He was a auto body man for 50 years, worked at various places and taught his father, brothers and various others the trade.


Homer was preceded in death by his parents, wife, a daughter Donna Oglesby, step-mother Geneva Oglesby, brothers Bennie, Thomas and Dallas Oglesby.


Homer is survived by two sons, Ronnie and Kathlene Sumners of South Haven, MS and Homer and Shawna Oglesby of Howe, OK, a daughter Bonna and Cecil Ray of Wister, OK, a brother Raymond and Aletha Oglesby of Broken Arrow, OK, four sisters, May Riley of Atlanta, GA, Loma Hodges of Dothan, AL, Vertia Hurches of Sterling IL. and Doris Oglesby of Poteau, OK., grandchildren, Jalei Oglesby, Brayden Oglesby, Cynthia and Ryan Wilcox, Michael Cantrell, Kimberly and Nic Lahr, Ronda and Keith Maness, Liberti and John Pounders, and Kenny and Emily Sumners, fifteen great grandchildren, six great great grandchildren as well as a host of extended family, friends and loved ones.


Pallbearers will be Ronnie Burgess, Jim Hilderbrand, Phillip Hebert, Johnny Baggs, Jeff Shore and Doug Stone.


Services will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at Grace Manor Memorial Chapel. Rev. Leroy Billy officiating.


Interment will follow at Oakland Cemetery Poteau, OK.


Viewing will be Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.


Arrangements are under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home, Poteau, OK.


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


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