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Wednesday, 13 February 2019 09:27

Krebs Man Sentenced For Firearm Possession

Press release


MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Jared Robert Faulkner, age 30, of Krebs, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 96 months’ imprisonment and 3 years’ supervised release for Felon In Possession Of Firearm.

 

Faulkner was tried on August 16th and 17th, 2018. The jury returned a guilty verdict. Faulkner was sentenced on December 13, 2018.

 

Evidence presented at trial showed that police officers responded to a disturbance in Krebs. As officers investigated they discovered that Faulkner possessed a firearm and that he was a convicted felon. The verdict was the result of an investigation coordinated as part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods effort in the Eastern District of Oklahoma to reduce violent crime. Project Safe Neighborhoods (“PSN”) is an initiative led and coordinated by the United States Attorney’s Office. The agencies involved in the investigation were the McAlester Police Department, the Krebs Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

 

“Project Safe Neighborhoods has been a great success in Oklahoma and across the country. I believe one of the reasons it has been such a success is the emphasis it places on interagency cooperation to achieve the shared goal of combatting and reducing violent crime,” United States Attorney Brian J. Kuester said. “This investigation and prosecution is a PSN success story.”

 

The Honorable Ronald A. White, U.S. District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the hearing.

 

Assistant United States Attorney Dean Burris represented the United States.

 

The defendant will remain in custody pending transportation to the designated federal facility at which the non-paroleable sentence will be served.

GREAT AMERICAN CONFERENCE NEWS RELEASE

 

 

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced the league’s second weekly awards for the 2019 baseball season. Southern Arkansas Brett McGee won the Player honor and Harding’s Tanner Smith claimed the Pitcher accolade.

 

GAC BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Brett McGee, Southern Arkansas, C/DH, Fr., Pittsburg, Texas
McGee continued his strong start as he hit .444 at the HSU Invitational. He hit a grand slam, his first home run of his career, as part of an eight-run rally in a victory against UAFS. He tripled and drove in three runs against Northwest Missouri State. He added two hits and a run scored against Missouri Western. McGee has recorded a hit in each of his first six collegiate games.

 

GAC BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK – Tanner Smith, Harding, LHP, Sr., Symsonia, Kentucky
Smith matched his career high with eight strikeouts over 6.0 scoreless innings of work in Harding’s 8-2 victory against Truman State on Friday. He surrendered only one hit, a second-inning double, and two walks as he earned he first win of the season. Through two starts, he owns a 1.06 ERA. Harding swept the four-game series by outscoring the Bulldogs, 32-3.

 

OTHERS NOMINATED

Joe Myers, 3B, Henderson State (Scored five runs and hit .500 during the HSU Invitational); Justin Bundy, OF, Northwestern Oklahoma State (Posted a .533 on-base percentage and a .769 slugging percentage); Emilio Escobedo, C/DH, Southern Nazarene (Homered against Oklahoma City; hit .333 for the week); Nolan Fertig, LF, Harding (Hit .438 with two triples as Bisons swept Truman State); Josh Lincoln, IF, East Central (Went 6-for-11 and scored two runs)

Cooper Cantwell, RHP, Southwestern Oklahoma State (Threw a complete-game win against William Jewell College); Kaleb Honea, RHP, Northwestern Oklahoma State (In three relief appearances, stuck out six and earned a save); Matt Kortendick, RHP, Southern Arkansas (Allowed only two base runners over 6.0 innings out of the bullpen); Alec Lemmon, LHP, East Central (Struck out 10 in 6.0 innings of work vs Colorado Christian); Spencer Taack, RHP, Henderson State (Tossed 4.0 scoreless innings of relief in win vs Northwest Missouri State);

 

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Release Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
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#theGAC BASEBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK (FEBRUARY 12)

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced the league’s second weekly awards for the 2019 baseball season. Southern Arkansas Brett McGee won the Player honor and Harding’s Tanner Smith claimed the Pitcher accolade.

GAC BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Brett McGee, Southern Arkansas, C/DH, Fr., Pittsburg, Texas

McGee continued his strong start as he hit .444 at the HSU Invitational. He hit a grand slam, his first home run of his career, as part of an eight-run rally in a victory against UAFS. He tripled and drove in three runs against Northwest Missouri State. He added two hits and a run scored against Missouri Western. McGee has recorded a hit in each of his first six collegiate games.

GAC BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK – Tanner Smith, Harding, LHP, Sr., Symsonia, Kentucky

Smith matched his career high with eight strikeouts over 6.0 scoreless innings of work in Harding’s 8-2 victory against Truman State on Friday. He surrendered only one hit, a second-inning double, and two walks as he earned he first win of the season. Through two starts, he owns a 1.06 ERA. Harding swept the four-game series by outscoring the Bulldogs, 32-3.

OTHERS NOMINATED

Joe Myers, 3B, Henderson State (Scored five runs and hit .500 during the HSU Invitational); Justin Bundy, OF, Northwestern Oklahoma State (Posted a .533 on-base percentage and a .769 slugging percentage); Emilio Escobedo, C/DH, Southern Nazarene (Homered against Oklahoma City; hit .333 for the week); Nolan Fertig, LF, Harding (Hit .438 with two triples as Bisons swept Truman State); Josh Lincoln, IF, East Central (Went 6-for-11 and scored two runs)

Cooper Cantwell, RHP, Southwestern Oklahoma State (Threw a complete-game win against William Jewell College); Kaleb Honea, RHP, Northwestern Oklahoma State (In three relief appearances, stuck out six and earned a save); Matt Kortendick, RHP, Southern Arkansas (Allowed only two base runners over 6.0 innings out of the bullpen); Alec Lemmon, LHP, East Central (Struck out 10 in 6.0 innings of work vs Colorado Christian); Spencer Taack, RHP, Henderson State (Tossed 4.0 scoreless innings of relief in win vs Northwest Missouri State);

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019 16:55

EOMC Pet Visitation Policy


Press release

 


Let's admit it.... We all love our furbabies. Sometimes, the patients at Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center miss their dogs or cats more than they do some of their own family!!

 

Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center, led by our Board of Trustees, is proud to announce our their new Pet Visitation Policy.


EOMC realizes that the emotional and psychological needs of patients are as important as physical needs. All three must be maintained in balance for the true healing to take place.

 

Research shows that pet visits may significantly improve morale and possibly lower blood pressure levels in some people.

 

EOMC is supportive of pet visitation as an ongoing commitment to quality health care for its patients.

 

**ALL PET VISITS ARE SCHEDULED, AND PETS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN PATIENT ROOMS. PETS WILL BE ALLOWED IN OUR ATRIUM AREA ONLY; NO OTHER AREAS OF THE HOSPITAL. (ALL ANIMALS MUST BE CURRENT ON THEIR VACCINATIONS, AND A FORM FROM THIER VETERINARIAN PRESENTED 24 HOURS BEFORE PLANNED VISIT.)

 

To obtain the REQUIRED Visiting Animal Health Form, please contact EOMC Infection Preventionist at 918-635-3322 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 22:49

The Lumberjack

 

The Lumberjack Café in Howe Oklahoma is a great place to eat.


Open Monday- Friday 6:30am-2:00pm and Thursday evening from 4:30pm-8:00pm


Saturday 6:30am-1:30pm


Come hungry and leave happy.


The Lumberjack Café is located inside Ron’s Discount Lumber in Howe.


All for reasonable prices.

 

Come Hungry, Leave Happy!

Submitted by Don Harmon for Poteau City Council

 

Hello citizens of Poteau, my name is Don Harmon.


I was born in Poteau and am a life-long resident here. I worked at the Poteau Food Market/ Super H Foods for 20 years for the late Hildred Lafevers.


In 1998 I began working for the City of Poteau reading water meters. I retired March 23, 2018 after 20 years of faithful service.


I would like to continue to serve the city of Poteau once again as your Councilman.


I will do my best to serve you with honesty and honor.


I am married to Kim Harmon who is the director of the Poteau Nutrition Center.

 

We have four daughters and we attend The First Freewill Baptist Church in Poteau.


I have been asked several times who can vote in this election.

 

Everyone living in the city limits of Poteau can vote in this election.


I would love to have your vote and to serve you the People of Poteau.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 14:22

LeFlore County School Election Results

Earl Jobe received the most votes for School Board

With 100% of Precinct reporting


Jobe received 192 total Votes
Sally Ann Hutchinson received 105 votes
Ramona Smith received 104 votes

 

For Monroe School Proposition


100 % of the Precinct reporting
59 Yes
11 No

 

Hodgen School Proposition


With 100 % of the precinct reporting
79 Yes
11 No

 

Press release


OKLAHOMA CITY – Minority Leader Emily Virgin, D-Norman, released the following statement today in response to The Oklahoma Educator Supply & Demand Report released by the Oklahoma State Department of Education, which showed that 30,000 teacher or 10 percent of the teaching workforce has left the profession in the last six years.


“As alarming as this number is, we knew teachers were leaving the state in droves,” Leader Virgin said. “We completely agree with Superintendent Joy Hofmeister that this problem stems from steep budgets cuts over the last decade, and that those cuts have made the teaching profession in Oklahoma less desirable.


“Nobody wants to work in an environment that is understaffed and overcrowded. Throw in a few lawmakers that want to work harder to silence teachers than listen to them, and it is easy to see why teachers are leaving.


“There is only one way to reverse this trend. We must restore funding to education, and we must reestablish respect for the teaching profession.


“Last week, House and Senate Democrats introduced the unified Brand New State agenda, which addresses both of these issues. We hope that as budgets talks begin, our colleagues on the other side will work with us to address this crisis.”

Press release

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (February 12, 2019) – Using historical educational and population data, market trends and demand-supply projections, the 2018 Oklahoma Educator Supply & Demand Report indicates that the percentage of Oklahoma educators leaving the profession has increased over the past six years, representing more than 5,000 per year or a total of approximately 30,000. This exodus represents an average of 10 percent of Oklahoma’s teacher workforce, in comparison to a national attrition rate of 7.7 percent.


The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) recently released the report, which seeks to explain the state’s persistent teacher shortage while offering recommendations on how to stem the crisis. State law requires that the report be updated every three years.


The report includes multiple indicators of teacher shortage, including teacher-pupil ratios, supply-side trends and the number of emergency-certified teachers approved by the State Board of Education. So far in the 2018-19 school year, the latter figure is 2,915 – an all-time high and a massive increase over the 32 emergency certifications approved in 2012. Emergency certifications are utilized when a school district has been unsuccessful in its attempts to fill a vacancy with a certified teacher.


One of the goals outlined in OSDE’s 8-year strategic plan for education, Oklahoma Edge, is to reduce the need for emergency-certified teachers by 95 percent.


“Steep budget cuts over the last decade have made the teaching profession in Oklahoma less attractive, resulting in a severe teacher shortage crisis and negative consequences for our schoolchildren,” said Joy Hofmeister, State Superintendent of Public Instruction. “The loss of 30,000 educators over the past six years is staggering – and proof that our schools must have the resources to support a growing number of students with an increasing number of needs.
“Moreover, we must continue to examine a variety of strategies to encourage teachers to stay in the classroom and recruit new teachers to a field that is unparalleled in its potential to impact young lives.”

 

Legislators last year passed a significant teacher pay raise. The report cautions that it is still unclear whether the added compensation will reverse the teacher shortage and if so, to what degree.


While the report acknowledges that teacher compensation is a key factor in recruitment and retention, it also cites an October 2017 survey of Oklahoma teachers who hold active teaching certificates but are no longer in the classroom. About a third of survey respondents said an increase in pay alone would motivate a return to the classroom, while two-thirds would require something beyond compensation. When asked to evaluate whether the quality of the work environment for teachers had improved or deteriorated between their first and last year in the classroom, 80 percent said it had deteriorated, with nearly half of respondents indicating it had deteriorated a great deal.


“While last year’s teacher pay raise was a significant step in the right direction, it was not a cure-all to the state’s continuing teacher shortage,” said Hofmeister. “Many educators are facing increased workloads and unmanageable class sizes. Restoring appropriate funding and respect to the profession will improve the work environment for teachers and represent the next best step forward to begin to reverse the state’s chronic supply and demand issues.”

 

retention rate

 

The report also provides data on educator demographics and workforce trends as they relate to the state’s teacher shortage. Key takeaways include:

 


• Among all beginning educators between 2012-13 and 2016-17, nearly 82 percent taught after one year, with only 53.9 percent of new educators still teaching after five years. After one year, those with an emergency certificate show the lowest retention rate at 73.6 percent.


• Oklahoma’s current educator turnover rate – which includes those leaving the profession and those moving from one site and/or district to another – is 23.6 percent annually, an increase from 21 percent in recent years.


• Middle school and high school educators in core subject fields – defined as language arts, mathematics, science and social studies – leave the classroom at rates higher than the state average.


• The number of college graduates who earned an education degree decreased every year between 2012-13 and 2016-17 regardless of the graduating institution.


• On average, Oklahoma public school educators had about 12 years of experience in 2017-18, one year fewer than in 2012-13, and two years fewer than the national average. In 2017-18, 10.7 percent of Oklahoma educators had no experience, an increase from 7.1 percent in 2012-13.



Tuesday, 12 February 2019 17:14

Harold “Smiley” Shipman Obituary

Harold “Smiley” Shipman, of Heavener, Oklahoma was born June 5, 1937 in Mena, Arkansas to Frank and Flossie (Strothers) Shipman and passed away February 12, 2019 in Spiro, Oklahoma at the age of 81.

 

He is survived by:

 

One daughter:
Rhonda Jordan of Spiro, Oklahoma

One son:
Russell Shipman and wife Lisa of Spiro, Oklahoma

Two sisters:
Wilma Owens and husband Garland of Octavia, Oklahoma
Carolyn Ward of Heavener, Oklahoma

Four brothers:
David Shipman and wife Brenda of DeQueen, Arkansas
Tim Shipman and wife Denise of Heavener, Oklahoma
Darrel Shipman and wife Judy of Heavener, Oklahoma
Mark Shipman and Diana of Cameron, Oklahoma

Five grandchildren:
Donna Gurley, Gary Shipman, Lindsey Kenner, Raven Kenner, and John Kenner

Several step-grandchildren

Several great-grandchildren

Several great-great-grandchildren

Numerous loved ones and host of friends

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Yvonne Shipman.

 

Smiley was a long-time resident of the area, a member of Lodi Freewill Baptist Church, and a retired Superintendent in Construction.

 

He was a loving father, grandpa, great-grandpa, brother, and friend. Smiley enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He will be deeply missed by many whom loved and knew him.

 

Funeral service will be 12 noon, Friday, February 15, 2019 at Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel in Heavener, Oklahoma with Brother Joe Ray Short officiating.

 

Burial will follow in the Lodi Cemetery in Glenwood, Arkansas at 4 p.m.

 

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

 

Pallbearers will be: Family

 

Viewing will begin at noon until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday; 8:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m., Thursday; and 8:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., Friday.

 

The family will have visitation with friends on Thursday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

 

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

 

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By Vera Nelson

 

The Talihina Chamber of Commerce sponsored a wonderful Valentine’s Day Dinner at Pistols and Pearls beautiful White Barn.

 

The food was prepared by the Talihina Chamber of Commerce Members and staff; it was served by Mrs. Bradbury’s very helpful Talihina School FCCLA students.

 

Brian McClain provided the music; there was dancing, door prizes and a drawing for some wonderful prizes.

 

There were a lot of winners; everyone had a really good time.

 

It was a night to remember. We would like to thank all our sponsors, this event would not have been possible without them; Walmart (Poteau & McAlester), Marvin’s (Poteau), Choctaw Nation Market & Cedar Hill Auto Supply (Clayton), Red River Realty, Valley Super Foods, Dollar General, Horse Heaven Ranch, Lawson Pharmacy, Redeemed Furniture & More, Bumper to Bumper, Gina Gregson, Spike’s Corner Garage, Rockin H, Jessica Watts, Allelujah Therapeutic Massage, Back Roads Guided History Tours Committee and Susan DuBose (Talihina), Creekside Soaps(Leflore), Holiday Inn Express, Element Day Spa, and Main Street Barbeque(Durant). Proceeds from the event went to the Talihina Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center.

 

We promote tourism and support our local businesses and strive to bring new businesses to the area.

 

For more information contact the Talihina Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center located at 201 First Street Talihina. 918-567-3434.

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