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By Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy CEO Joe Dorman

 

Over the past two weeks, I have had the pleasure of attending two collaborative efforts at the national level. Both meetings focused on important issues facing Oklahoma’s children and our population at-large, and I am excited to share the details below.

The first opportunity was in Washington D.C., where I had the chance to attend the annual Partnership for America’s Children forum and visit with staffers for the Oklahoma Congressional Delegation. I am happy to say that our U.S. senators and representatives are served by dedicated and knowledgeable men and women. I was especially thankful that Congresswoman Kendra Horn was able to visit in-person and that I had the opportunity to see her preside over a committee in which Congressman Frank Lucas serves in a leadership role as well.

 

The Partnership for America’s Children coalition focused on issues of race equity and opportunities for at-risk children. Studies show that children of color continue to face economic, educational and social barriers that white children do not. If we are dedicated to improving conditions for all children, those inequities must be addressed. It is nice to know there are organizations like OICA in almost every state that work on issues like this for children within their boundaries.

 

The next gathering, the Early Childhood Summit, was held by our regional US Census office in Denver. The meeting brought together early childhood educators and community representatives from Western states, including Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and Oklahoma, as well as representatives from tribal governments. The other two Oklahomans attending represented the State Department of Education and the Chickasaw Nation.

 

Much of the meeting focused on looking at ways to ensure an accurate count for the 2020 Census, especially for those ages 0-5, which happens to be the lowest percentage of counted Americans that is recorded annually. In fact, the 2010 Census saw about one million children nationwide that went uncounted, which was 4.6 percent of that population.

 

An undercount will financially harm states and communities that miss out on federal funds distributed by population to a wide variety of programs, including education, food assistance, healthcare, housing, loans and transportation. The most recent study by the Census Bureau found that $675 billion was distributed by federal agencies or programs to the states in 2015. If our state has an undercount, it will be roughly $1,800 per person that will be lost annually. It was estimated that Oklahoma lost tens of millions of dollars potentially coming back to our state because many children were not counted.

 

Undercounting children has been a problem for decades and across the world with nations that do a similar count. The U.S. Census Bureau has been working with early childhood advocates, like the ones at the Early Childhood Summit, to bring the education about the Census into schools and nonprofit organizations and get the word out about undercounts. From this gathering, the attendees formed a Complete Count Committee for our region, and I am pleased to serve on this group.

 

The Census Bureau will be working to hire members of the communities being surveyed. If you have an interest in working on the 2020 Census as a part-time job, please check out https://2020census.gov/en/jobs.html for details.

 

We also encourage all child advocates to attend a gathering of Oklahomans on Thursday, October 3 in Oklahoma City from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm to learn more about the US Census in Oklahoma.

 

You can register and get more details by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

By Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy CEO Joe Dorman

 

Over the past two weeks, I have had the pleasure of attending two collaborative efforts at the national level. Both meetings focused on important issues facing Oklahoma’s children and our population at-large, and I am excited to share the details below.

The first opportunity was in Washington D.C., where I had the chance to attend the annual Partnership for America’s Children forum and visit with staffers for the Oklahoma Congressional Delegation. I am happy to say that our U.S. senators and representatives are served by dedicated and knowledgeable men and women. I was especially thankful that Congresswoman Kendra Horn was able to visit in-person and that I had the opportunity to see her preside over a committee in which Congressman Frank Lucas serves in a leadership role as well.

 

The Partnership for America’s Children coalition focused on issues of race equity and opportunities for at-risk children. Studies show that children of color continue to face economic, educational and social barriers that white children do not. If we are dedicated to improving conditions for all children, those inequities must be addressed. It is nice to know there are organizations like OICA in almost every state that work on issues like this for children within their boundaries.

 

The next gathering, the Early Childhood Summit, was held by our regional US Census office in Denver. The meeting brought together early childhood educators and community representatives from Western states, including Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and Oklahoma, as well as representatives from tribal governments. The other two Oklahomans attending represented the State Department of Education and the Chickasaw Nation.

 

Much of the meeting focused on looking at ways to ensure an accurate count for the 2020 Census, especially for those ages 0-5, which happens to be the lowest percentage of counted Americans that is recorded annually. In fact, the 2010 Census saw about one million children nationwide that went uncounted, which was 4.6 percent of that population.

 

An undercount will financially harm states and communities that miss out on federal funds distributed by population to a wide variety of programs, including education, food assistance, healthcare, housing, loans and transportation. The most recent study by the Census Bureau found that $675 billion was distributed by federal agencies or programs to the states in 2015. If our state has an undercount, it will be roughly $1,800 per person that will be lost annually. It was estimated that Oklahoma lost tens of millions of dollars potentially coming back to our state because many children were not counted.

 

Undercounting children has been a problem for decades and across the world with nations that do a similar count. The U.S. Census Bureau has been working with early childhood advocates, like the ones at the Early Childhood Summit, to bring the education about the Census into schools and nonprofit organizations and get the word out about undercounts. From this gathering, the attendees formed a Complete Count Committee for our region, and I am pleased to serve on this group.

 

The Census Bureau will be working to hire members of the communities being surveyed. If you have an interest in working on the 2020 Census as a part-time job, please check out https://2020census.gov/en/jobs.html for details.

 

We also encourage all child advocates to attend a gathering of Oklahomans on Thursday, October 3 in Oklahoma City from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm to learn more about the US Census in Oklahoma.

 

You can register and get more details by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Monday, 30 September 2019 21:38

Gary Lynn Hooper Obituary

Gary Lynn Hooper was born September 20, 1938 in Mena, Arkansas to Robert L. and Mildred (Rodgers) Hooper and passed away September 28, 2019 in Heavener, Oklahoma at the age of 81.

 

He is survived by:

His wife:
Mary Ann (Patillo) Hooper of the home

Two sons:
Mark Alan Hooper of San Antonio, Texas
Brian Lee Hooper of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

One daughter:
Debbie Kay Humphrey and husband Randy of Heavener, Oklahoma

Four grandchildren:
Gavin Lee Humphrey of Heavener, Oklahoma, Hattie Lynn Humphrey of Heavener, Oklahoma, Madeleine Renee Hooper of Tallahassee Florida and Olivia Grace Hooper of Niceville, Florida

Numerous family members and a host of friends

 

Gary was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Gary was a long time resident of Heavener. He was a MLB Oakland Oaks batboy from 1951 to 1952 and graduated from Northside High School in Fort Smith, Arkansas in 1956 then attended SMU and Arkansas Tech in Russellville, Arkansas. Gary and Mary were married September 28, 1963 at the Heavener Christian Church, witnessed by Dorothy Stripling. He was a member of the Black Springs Masonic Lodge #543. He was an entrepreneur and owned several businesses, Rodgers Killian Sawmill in Norman, Arkansas, Gary Hooper Chevrolet in Prague, Oklahoma, Gary Hooper GMC in Okemah, Oklahoma, Mark Datsun in Shawnee, Oklahoma and worked for Don Ferris Chevrolet in Prague, Oklahoma. He was Supervisor for Sonic in Kansas, Nebraska, Georgia, South Carolina and Louisiana. Gary moved to Heavener in 1985 where he owned a local Sonic, Burger Express and the Kar Karrol car lot. He was a member in the Lions Club in Heavener. After retirement he enjoyed loving his family and putting a smile on people’s faces. Gary never met a stranger and never judged anyone, accepting everyone for who they were. He passed on to his family these ideas of acceptance. He had an uncanny way to build a personal relationship with everyone he met.

 

Gary loved his family, everyone he met and life as a whole.

 

A memorial service and celebration of his life will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at Heavener First Baptist Church with Brother Sam Dyer and Mr. Hank Stripling officiating.

 

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener, Oklahoma.

 

Visitation with friends will be Tuesday, October 1, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel in Heavener, Oklahoma.

 

In lieu of flowers the family request with gratitude that memorial contributions in Gary’s name be directed to UAMS Institutional Advancement Giving for Greatest Needs, 4301 West Markham, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205 or Mercy Oncology Department, 7001 Rogers Ave. Suite 200, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72903.

 

To sign Gary’s online guestbook please visit www.dowdenrobertsfuneralhome.com

 

Sunday, 29 September 2019 21:53

PKMS September 2019 Students of the Month

Pansy Kidd Middle School is pleased to announce their students of the month for September.

 

Students of the month are:


Sixth Grade: Cambry Dunn and Warrick Quarry


Seventh Grade: Madison Kelley and Drew Stone


Eight Grade: Gracyn Soehlman and of friends.

 

 


Sixth grade
Name: Cambry Dunn
Parents: Megan and Graham Dunn
Electives: Explorers (FCS), PE
I like school because: I get to see my friends.

 

 

Warrick Quarry 6th grade 002
Name: Warrick Quarry
Parents: Kaycee and Jeremy Quarry
Electives: Choir
I like school because: You can learn almost anything you want to learn.

 


Seventh grade

Madison Kelley 7th grade 002
Name: Madison Kelley
Parents: Rachel Kelley, Justin Kelley
Electives: Choir, leadership, FACS, drama
I like school because: I like to learn things.

 

Drew Stone 7th grade 002

Name: Drew Stone
Parents: Doug and Sherri Stone
Electives: Athletics and leadership
I like school because: The teachers are nice.

 

Eighth grade

Gracyn Soehlman 8th grade 002
Gracyn Soehlman
Parents: Mike and Hollie Soehlman
Electives: Yearbook, FCCLA, softball, basketball.

I like school because: Sports and because of friends.

 

Garrett Scott 8th grade 002

Garrett Scott

Parent: Amy Scott, Greg Scott

Electives:Athletics, Yearbook, Library/Office worker

I like school because: I get to see all of my friends and play sports 

 

 

 


According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a motorcycle accident occurred on at 9:08am on September 29, 2019 on United States Highway 259 and 1.88 miles North of State Highway 144, approximately 2 miles north of Octavia in LeFlore County.

 

According to the report, a 2018 Honda Motorcycle driven by James Hatton 63, OF Nacogdoches, Texas northbound on US259, departed the roadway to the right and struck a tree.

 

Hatton was transported by LeFlore County EMS to Baptist Hospital in Ft. Smith, AR and was admitted in serious condition with multiple injuries.

 

 

The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics  is seeking the public's help in locating Crystal Lynn Harger of Wister, Oklahoma.

 

 

Harger has a warrant for her arrest out of LeFlore County for Conspiracy to Traffic Methamphetamine.

 

 

Anyone with information is asked to call OBN at 1-800-522-8031.

OBN is seeking the public's help in locating Wister Woman - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

Press release

 

According to Poteau Assistant Police Chief, Greg Russell,  on September 2, 2019 the Poteau Police and LeFlore County EMS were dispatched to 108 North Wilson in the city limits of Poteau on a call of a motor vehicle colliding with a an apartment complex.


Investigation at the scene revealed that Frankie Edward Loubey Jr. (62 of Waldron, AR) was southbound in the inside lane of North Broadway approaching North Wilson in a 1998 Chevrolet S-14 pickup.

 

According to the passenger, Loubey’s son, Loubey experienced a medical episode while driving that caused him to lose control of the vehicle.


According to witnesses and evidence at the scene, Loubey crossed the centerline of North Broadway, crossed into the oncoming northbound lanes, went into the intersection, and crossed North Wilson. Loubey traveled southeast through the parking lot of a car wash, went through a privacy fence, and continued across the apartment complex parking lot. Loubey’s vehicle came to a stop after crashing into the apartment building.


There were no occupants in the apartment at the time of the collision.

 

The passenger in the vehicle reported no injury.

 

Loubey was transported to Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center, where he unfortunately passed away due to the medical condition that started the sequence of events.

Friday, 27 September 2019 12:14

Poteau Family Nutrition Joins Chamber

 


The Poteau Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Poteau Family Nutrition as new members of the chamber of commerce.


Are you looking for great tasting nutritional shakes, coffees and teas. Poteau Family Nutrition is now officially open to the public.


Stop by their location inside Poteau Family Fitness at 211 South Witte St. Just behind the Patrick Lynch Library or the Reynolds Center.


Easy Access and the PFN is open to the general public. *You don’t have to be a Gym Member to purchase all the fantastic items.

Friday, 27 September 2019 11:21

Wheels and Deal Car Show 2019


Wheels and Deals Car Show comes to Poteau on September 28, 2019 from 12pm until 4pm in downtown Poteau.

 

 

Registration starts at 11am, show starts at 1pm, awards around 4pm, parade following awards, burnout following parade, cruise night following burnout.

 

 

Come to downtown Poteau and see the classic cars, check out the vendors and enjoy the day.

 

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