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Tuesday, 30 July 2019 15:53

Marriage Licenses July 22-26, 2019

The LeFlore County Court Clerk’s Office issued marriage licenses to the following couples during the week of July 22-26, 2019:


Kevin Ryan-Dale Hampton, Jr. and Misti Brenn Green


Edward Charles Kozderka and Penny Marie Weaver


Steven Ray Loudermilk and Karen Sue Edwards


Hunter Lane Cahoon and Shawnna Lynn Mandeville


Bobby Allan Coker and Christy Michelle Shoup


Larry Joe Ricketts and Mary Jane Green

Tuesday, 30 July 2019 15:06


Press release

HASKELL, OKLA. – The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is investigating a shooting that occurred at approximately 6:30 this morning in Haskell, Oklahoma.


Haskell Police Chief Michael Keene requested assistance after the incident which took place in the 300 block of West Hickory.


Several people came to a residence at that location and attempted to kick in the door.


There was an exchange of gunfire and four people were injured.


Those four are being treated at the hospital in Muskogee.


The investigation is ongoing.

Press release 


Carl Albert State College’s Brooke Beason and Marissa Costello are each one of 207 Phi Theta Kappa members named a 2019 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship.


The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program helps new Phi Theta Kappa members defray educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs. Scholars are encouraged to assume leadership roles by participating in Society programs and are selected based on scholastic achievement, community service, and leadership potential. Nearly 900 applications were received.


A total of $207,000 is awarded through the Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation provides $200,000 in funding for the scholarships, with $25,000 set aside for members who are veterans or active members of the United States military. The remaining amount is supported by donations to the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation and provides seven Global Leaders of Promise Scholarships, earmarked for international students.


“The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges,” said Jane Hale Hopkins, President of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. “We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa, make it possible for more deserving students to achieve their educational goals, and support tomorrow’s leaders of the global community.”


The funds provided by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation not only aid college completion, but also give students the opportunity to engage in Society programs and develop leadership skills to become future leaders in their communities.


“Research shows that Phi Theta Kappa members are four times more likely to complete a college degree than their peers,” said Dr. Monica Marlowe, Executive Director of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. “The Leaders of Promise Scholarships recognize students for what they have achieved already and assure that financial need isn’t an obstacle to achieving their academic goals.”


Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders.


The Society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 nations.


Learn more at


Press release


The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Waste Management Act (SB 882) passed in the 2019 legislative session establishes policies for applying for and obtaining a medical marijuana waste disposal license. The Act allows for the issuance of up to 10 licenses in the first year of the medical marijuana waste disposal licensing program.

The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA) and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) are working diligently to evaluate the applicable requirements for medical marijuana waste disposal licensing. As with other OMMA businesses, medical marijuana waste disposal license applicants and licensees will need to meet the requirements of all applicable agencies and entities who have regulatory authority related to the business.

These agencies will include, at minimum, DEQ in addition to OMMA. Potential medical marijuana waste disposal license applicants are encouraged to contact DEQ at 800-869-1400 as soon as possible with any questions about DEQ permitting and licensing, prior to seeking an OMMA waste disposal facility license.


Press release

OKLAHOMA CITY- The Oklahoma Department of Labor’s (“ODOL”) Wage and Hour Division awarded Oklahoma employees $839,909.02 in unpaid wages and benefits, plus an additional $88,400.51 in liquidated damages, for a total of $928,309.52, in fiscal year 2019 (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019). This is a significant increase from wages awarded in the previous fiscal year, which was approximately $500,000.00.

The increase is due in large part to claims brought against struggling healthcare providers and municipal hospitals. A majority of the wages were for employees’ final paychecks, and were awarded to employees who might not otherwise receive payment as their claims were too small to attract the attention of most attorneys. While most wage claims are only a few hundred to a thousand dollars apiece, they are often the difference between a family making its mortgage payment, or paying their bills on time, or putting food on the table.

“The Oklahoma Department of Labor is committed to ensuring the rights of unpaid workers. Many members of the workforce might not have the resources to go through the court system,” said Labor Commissioner Leslie Osborn. “People work hard with the expectation of being paid a fair wage in a timely manner. Our priority is recovering wages for people that are owed wages for time worked.”

In addition to the awarded wages, the ODOL’s Wage and Hour Division answered thousands of telephone calls from concerned employees, and assisted hundreds of Oklahoma employers comply with Oklahoma’s Protection of Labor Act and the federal Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.

Oklahoma employees who believe they have not been fully compensated for their labors or benefits, or have been paid lower wages based solely on their gender, are encouraged to contact the ODOL’s Wage & Hour Division at (405) 521-6100 or complete an online Wage Claim Form found at


Tuesday, 30 July 2019 14:28

Kim Davis Obituary


Kim Davis, of Bokoshe, Oklahoma, was born January 24, 1964 in San Jose, California to Chester and Wanda (Self) Garner and passed away July 27, 2019 in Poteau, Oklahoma at the age of 55.



Kim is survived by her husband Arnold Davis, her daughter, Jacqueline Davis, two sisters, Sandra Duchholz and Brenda Petersen, her brother Ron Garner, and numerous other family and friends.



She is preceded in death by her parents Chester and Wanda Garner.



A memorial service will be held by the family at a later date.



To sign Kim’s online guest book, please visit



(POTEAU, OKLAHOMA) – The Beautification Committee of Poteau Chamber of Commerce wanted to do another great project for Poteau after the success of the Bull’s for Broadway Project was launched a few years ago. Some of the Chamber Board Members came up with the idea of banners and escalated into a multiple banner project with the veteran’s banners being the priority. Beautification Committee Chairman Peggy Adams and The Adams Abstract Family has agreed to take the lead helping anyway they can with the project.


This is not the first-time banners have been purchased for Poteau. In early 2000 the chamber placed a few along Broadway. In 2013 fifteen Historic Poteau banners were purchased for Dewy and are still present today.


“This is something the chamber has wanted to extend to Broadway for some time now. The flags that fly add so much and the Veteran’s Banners will show who we are, what we stand for, and who we proudly honor. Our Veteran’s that have served, sacrificed and who are still actively serving deserve to be honored with this display of patriotism.


The Annual Veteran’s Day Parade has continued to grow since it started 13 years ago. This project will also do the same.”


The banners are much larger than those on Main Street. The banners are 30”X 60” inches full color with a color or black and white photo. They will display the Veteran’s name and branch of service. Cost to purchase the banner is $200.00 each. The Chamber has worked with the company to keep the cost down and the cost is for the printing process, hardware, shipping and installation.


The Poteau Chamber uses proceeds from the Annual Trash-Off and The Cavanal Killer to help with beautification projects such as this one.

The beautification committee will be purchasing banners that will honor some of the local veterans that served in World War II and Killed In Action in Vietnam and will work with the local DAV Chapter to get names and photos of our many veterans that reside in the Leflore County Area. Anyone can purchase a banner and the committee can provide the veteran’s information.


Deadline for first orders to secure the installation date for Veterans Day 2019 is September 1st. “This is only the beginning of other banners that will be displayed throughout the year and the committee will also extend the banners into other cities and is working with surrounding towns as partners to get banners located on main street areas.


For more information contact Karen Wages 918-947-9178 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Karen Wages
CEO, Poteau Chamber of Commerce
Director, Donald W. Reynolds Community Center
PH # 918-647-9178

By Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy CEO Joe Dorman



It was an amazing evening last Friday, as the Heroes Ball and Sidekicks Ball hosted more than 370 adults and 30 kids for a night of fun and celebration. We honored seven outstanding Oklahoma individuals and organizations who do great work for the children of our state. Our honorees included Karen Waddell of Count Me In 4 Kids, Judge Lisa Tipping Davis (recognized posthumously), Tulsa County Commissioner Ron Peters, former Norman State Representative Laura Boyd, the Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth, the United Methodist Circle of Care and Judy Payne of Palomar (Oklahoma City’s Family Justice Center). Each of these honorees were either selected by the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) board of directors or by a vote of the people.


The Heroes Ball helped raise funds for OICA for upcoming events and child wellbeing programs which are held throughout the year.


Galas like this also provide the opportunity to raise awareness about our work on behalf of children and to educate attendees about what remains to be done. We have many people to thank for making the Heroes Ball a success, but I especially want to thank the committees who oversaw each aspect of the event, our hardworking volunteers, and the OICA staff who spent many hours ensuring we had a great event.


Moving forward, we have a busy schedule at OICA and a lot of work to do. Our next upcoming project will be to purchase and distribute – with the generous support of Walmart, Express Employment and Simmons Bank – approximately 700 “back to school” backpacks to foster children. If you would like to contribute to this effort, please reach out to our office at (405) 236-5437 or to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more details.


We will also be preparing for the 2019 Fall Forum, to be held at OSU-OKC October 1 and 2. Early bird registration will be available at within the next few days, so we encourage you to sign up now and save on the cost to attend.


Finally, I want to thank Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat for approving so many interim studies that look at issues impacting the youth of our state. Senator Treat was honored by OICA a few years ago for legislation he carried to support at-risk youth; we certainly appreciate his continued focus on these issues as well as his passion for pursuing better outcomes in our criminal justice system.


Of the interim studies we hope to have a hand in are Study 14 by Senator Haste, looking at the Safe Babies Court Team program; studies 19, 20, 21 and 22 by Senator Ikley-Freeman, respectively at looking at disaster response protocols, youth access to mental health programs, seclusion and restraint policies in schools and childcare deserts; study 32 by Senator Montgomery which looks at the Earned Income Tax Credit; studies 46, 48, 49, 50, and 51 by Senator Scott analyzing DHS practices for investigating daycare facilities, summer feeding programs for youth, funding for storm shelter space and a study of the Family First Prevention Services Act; study 57 by Senator Simpson looking at our opioid crisis; and studies 60 and 64 on the DDSD waiting list and cyberbullying by Senator Standridge.


These and other studies can be reviewed at and we encourage you to contact lawmakers requesting the study if you want to be notified on when they will be held.


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


Carl Albert State College’s Native Americans Serving Non-Tribal Institutions (NASNTI) and the CASC Student Oklahoma Education Association (SOEA) recently teamed up to host a workshop aimed at helping individuals succeed on the writing portion of tests required for Oklahoma teachers, including the OGET, OSAT, and OPTI.


Dr. Lara Searcy, English Education Specialist at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, shared with 15 education-majoring-students and advisors the strategies that aided her in making a perfect score on the writing portion of all three tests.


The workshop concluded with participants using Searcy's model to construct outlines on sample prompts.


"I'm grateful for Micky Solomon and the NASNTI team for funding such an incredible opportunity. Our education majors are now more prepared, and our advisors can better equip these students for success," said Susan Hill, CASC instructor and SOEA advisor. “The NASNTI program is in its fourth year at CASC and has been instrumental in providing services such as workshops, equipment, and academic coaching,” Hill continued.


SOEA is a student organization for future teachers and invites all education majors to become active members. For more information about SOEA or the writing workshop, contact Susan Hill at 918-647-1472 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Cutline: Students gather with Dr. Lara Searcy and CASC staff members at the conclusion of the writing workshop.




According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a fatality collision occurred at 9:28 pm on July 27, 2019 on US69, 3 miles south of Savanna in Pittsburg County.


According to the report, a 2008 Chevrolet Colorado driven by Brooke Shaniece Hale , 31 of Muskogee was traveling southbound on US69, departed roadway to the right, rolled 1.5 times coming to rest on its top.


Hale was transported by Pafford EMS to McAlester Regional Hospital and was treated and released for minor injuries.


Here passenger, Latoya Shirelle Walker, 32 of Muskogee. Not Injured


Another passenger James Gabriel Thompson, 37 of Summit was pronounced dead at scene by EMS personnel from multiple injuries.

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