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Poteau, Oklahoma - The LeFlore County Historical Society is pleased to announce their first Membership Appreciation Reception to be held at the LeFlore County Museum at the Hotel Lowrey.

The reception will be held Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM. Light hors'douvers will be served.


“We are celebrating our 10th Anniversary this year,” said Executive Director, Bonnie Prigmore.” “To kick the celebration off, we want to honor our founding members and volunteers who helped make the LeFlore County Museum at Hotel Lowrey what it is today.”

The LCHS is located inside the Hotel Lowrey at 301 Dewey Avenue in Historic Downtown Poteau.


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Leilana McKindra, Communications Specialist Agricultural Communications Services, Oklahoma State University


STILLWATER, Okla. (March 12, 2018) – Even after recent rains, Oklahoma wheat producers managing their crops for yield and grain quality are facing tough decisions about if, when and how much to fertilize at this critical juncture of the growing season.


The good news is producers still have time to act. However, in the wake of an extremely dry fall and winter and the window for fertilizing quickly closing, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension experts see three different scenarios taking shape.


In cases where there is good plant stand overall, producers should evaluate the crop’s current yield potential, which could still be decent, and apply enough nitrogen to achieve it.


“With the rain and some sunshine, these plants will start growing again. For producers who use N-rich strips, if your field needs nitrogen, it should show up,” said Brian Arnall, OSU Cooperative Extension precision nutrient management specialist.


Under a second scenario that could play out principally in southwest Oklahoma, some fields may be experiencing uneven growth, with a combination of already established wheat and wheat that has only started germinating and emerging with the most recent rains.


Producers may have a lot of questions about what to do under such circumstances, said David Marburger, OSU Cooperative Extension small grains specialist.


For example, if producers decide to keep the crop, will the newly emerging plants still have enough exposure to cooler temperatures to switch from vegetative growth to reproductive growth, and if so, what is the crop’s yield potential overall?


“This is where it gets complicated, when we bring it back to the question of nitrogen management,” Marburger said. “This is going to come down to producers closely assessing their stands and the yield potential of their crop. I think in most cases those newly emerging plants will switch to reproductive growth and put on a head. However, those plants will be delayed in their development, and the amount of grain produced by those heads will likely not be close to full potential.”


When assessing a field’s grain yield potential, a general rule of thumb is 60 to 70 tillers per square foot are needed to maximize yield. Dryland production in southwest Oklahoma and the Panhandle can lower that number to 50 to 60 tillers per square foot.


“If you have half or less, that’s not a positive sign for taking the crop to grain. If you’re a cattle producer just wanting to graze-out, that may be enough for you to keep the stand,” Marburger said. “It comes back to your objective. If you decide to keep the stand in this case and apply nitrogen, consider lowering the rate from your normal application.”


Meanwhile, a third scenario is emerging in far northwest Oklahoma into the Panhandle, where it has not rained and plants coming out of winter dormancy will begin growing.


“If there’s no water there for those plants, they’re going to quickly go backward and eventually die,” Arnall said. “Producers should have their N-rich strips down in case it does rain soon, but most are likely hesitant to spend money to apply nitrogen to their fields if there’s little to no yield potential.”


For more information on wheat crop management strategies, contact the nearest county Extension office, visit and download free OSU Fact Sheets on the topic, including PSS-2149, “Estimating Wheat Grain Yield Potential,” and AGEC-241, “Wheat Grazeout versus Harvest for Grain,” at


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Monday, 12 March 2018 18:10

Time to Prepare for 2018 Storm Season

Press release

In the blink of an eye, disasters can alter a family’s normal routine. Neighborhood streets can be closed because of large debris or downed power lines. Suddenly, an area that is a familiar part of a normal daily routine is now unrecognizable. In times like this, it is crucial for a family to have a plan to reunite and meet at a safe location.

With severe storm season around the corner, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) encourages families to create a plan for both adults and children to follow. A family may not be together when a disaster strikes so it is important to plan in advance: know how to get to a safe place; how to contact one another; how to get back together; and what to do in different situations. During a disaster, roads are often blocked or closed and alternate routes must be used. Knowing multiple routes of travel in advance can save time and frustration when trying to reach loved ones.

OSDH also encourages families to have a basic, 72-hour emergency kit consisting of water, snacks, first-aid kit, flashlight, batteries, prescription medicine and important paperwork. Parents can help reduce the effect of disasters on children by adding a few simple kid-friendly supplies such as books, games, a favorite toy or comfort item and medical items such as infant/child fever reducer to the kit. Those with babies should consider a three-day supply of formula, diapers, antibacterial wipes, non-perishable baby food and sealable plastic bags for soiled items.

Scott Sproat, director of the Emergency Preparedness and Response Service at OSDH, reminds families who have members with medical conditions and disabilities to consider any unique needs during and after a disaster.
“If you have, or care for someone, with a disability or access and functional needs, it’s especially important to include needed supplies, equipment and medications as part of your planning efforts,” said Sproat. “If evacuating from the home is necessary, it is important to take medication and specialty equipment such as hearing aids, oxygen, a wheelchair, diabetic supplies, food for a special diet or supplies for a service animal.”

OSDH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer the additional following tips for families preparing for disasters:
• Check with your mobile carrier for options on wireless emergency alerts being delivered to your cell phone or other device.
• Practice your plan by quizzing your children periodically, and conduct fire and other emergency drills.
• Check emergency supplies throughout the year to replace batteries, food and water as needed.
• Plan alternate ways to charge communication and assistive technology devices if there is loss of power.
• Plan for medication requiring refrigeration.

Severe storms are often followed by flash flooding. If an evacuation of a neighborhood is ordered, it is important to leave immediately. If possible, make arrangements to stay with a nearby friend or relative as hotels will be filled quickly. A disaster shelter may be used as a last resource. Remember that not all shelters allow pets, and plan to bring your own emergency supply kit.

OSDH released videos in English, Spanish and American Sign Language to ensure the message of preparedness is available to various populations.


To access these videos, visit the OSDH YouTube channel and select the Preparedness playlist.

Families may begin preparing for disasters by downloading, printing and completing a family plan by visiting For more tips and information, like the OSDH Emergency Preparedness Response Service page on Facebook.

Press release

DURANT – Governor Mary Fallin today helped welcome Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar to Oklahoma, where he visited here with members of the Choctaw Nation who donated money to Irish famine relief in 1847.

While in Oklahoma, Varadkar personally thanked Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton for the contribution made by his ancestors and announced a scholarship program that will allow members of the Choctaw Nation to come to Ireland to study. The prime minister made his comments during an event in which the Choctaw Nation presented traditional cultural and sporting performances.

“I appreciate Prime Minister Varadkar for coming to Oklahoma to thank descendants of the Choctaw Nation for collecting money to assist his forefathers in the mid-1800s during the potato famine,” said Fallin. “His visit demonstrates this unique relationship between the two nations. His arrival just ahead of St. Patrick’s Day helps illustrate the bonds of compassion and strength that unite them.”

On March 23, 1847, members of the Choctaw Nation raised $170 for Irish potato famine relief, an incredible sum at the time worth in the tens of thousands of dollars today.

Members of the Choctaw Nation visited Ireland in June 2017 to join in the unveiling of Kindred Spirits, a monument commemorating the bond between Ireland and the Choctaw Nation. In 1995, Ireland's then-president, Mary Robinson, visited the tribal complex here.

The Choctaw Nation has a history of deprivation themselves. Sixteen years after being forced off their lands in 1831 and forced to make a 500-mile trek to present-day Oklahoma, the Choctaws learned of people starving in Ireland. Having faced hunger and death on their Trail of Tears, tribal members raised money to help provide relief to the Irish people.




Monday, 12 March 2018 18:00

Patricia “Tris Sue” Martin Obituary

Patricia “Tris Sue” Martin, 81, passed away peacefully on March 11, 2018 in her home in Wister, Oklahoma, surrounded by loved ones.


Tris Sue was born on September 24, 1936, in Beggs, Oklahoma, to B.E. Ray and Irene Miller Ray.

Tris Sue was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Della Haynes of Wister, Oklahoma; her brother, Willie E. Ray of Henryetta, Oklahoma.

Tris Sue is survived by her husband, Thad “Bockey” Martin, of the home; Daughter, Peggy Irene Adams and husband Johnie, of Wister, OK; Six grandchildren: Matthew Haynes and wife Jana of Jay, OK; Luke Adams of Poteau, OK; Sarah Dyer and husband Ryan of Panama, OK; Nathan Haynes and wife Lauren of Spiro, OK; Suerene Freeman and husband Jamie of Hackett, AR; Della Adams and husband Tiago Santo of Fayetteville, AR; Thirteen great-grandchildren; Sister, Donna Martin and husband Joe of Wister, OK. and many special nieces and nephews, numerous other relatives and close friends.

Funeral services will be held 10 am, Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at the Faith Community Church in Wister former Methodist Church with graveside services immediately following at Ellis Chapel.


Pallbearers will be Johnie Adams, Luke Adams, Ryan Dyer, Lane Dyer, Tiago Santo and Steve Martin.


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The family has chosen to entrust the care of the services to Evans & Miller Funeral Home, Poteau, Oklahoma.

By Rep. Rick West


Throughout the last few weeks, I’ve been hearing from people who say that I don’t support teachers. That’s just not true.


Over the past five months, I’ve been working my tail off on House Bill 3440. This is the measure that directs the Commissioners of the Land Office to essentially double down on its mission of supporting common education. Just last year, the CLO had more than $175 million in unrealized gains. Why not take a portion of that money and put it toward teacher salaries?

This measure would help get educators the raise they deserve while protecting low- and middle-income earners from higher taxes. It would not take away or divert any money schools are already receiving, and it is constitutional. This is the right bill to help our teachers out.


My colleague Rep. Gann has led the charge with this bill, and I’m proud to stand by him. By the time you read this (due to print deadlines), HB3440 should have been heard on the House. My intention is to follow the measure through until I see Gov. Mary Fallin’s signature on the bottom line. Teachers deserve a raise they don’t have to fund themselves.


In addition to HB3440, the House has also approved bills that generate funds to help fund a teacher pay raise. For example, I voted on HB3375 last week, which reworks our tribal gaming compact. Estimates show this should raise about $24 million in the upcoming fiscal year. The House’s Romney-lite bill (HB2403) is awaiting a hearing in the Senate. That could generate $106 million annually. There are options on the table. Let’s get them done.


Instead of demanding vulnerable Oklahomans hand over more of their paychecks, why don’t we consider all other options? Let’s do something with the bill verifying Medicaid enrollment and save some cash there.


It feels a little ridiculous to even have to say this, but here it goes: I would not have spent so many hours working on the CLO bill if I didn’t believe our teachers deserve the best. I am for teachers. I am for quality education –primary, secondary and post-secondary.


I had the pleasure of attending the Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s legislative luncheon with Carl Albert State College regents on March 10. Speaker Charles McCall and I were both there, and I am grateful for the conversations I had with attendees. Your concerns and hopes for our higher education system are not lost on me. I’m fighting for you every day.


One final note: I also stand with state employees. I plan to support an increase to retirement systems when it hits the floor later this week. This measure will provide a bit of relief for many of our LeFlore County residents who dedicated their careers to the state, and I will gladly support any bill that provides our retirees a cost of living adjustment.


As a reminder, I’m on KPRV Thursday mornings at 7:35 catching listeners up with what’s happening in Oklahoma City


You can always reach me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 405-557-7413. Thanks, and God bless.



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Brendan Flynn, Assistant Director of Athletics Communications,University of Oklahoma

Oklahoma Opens Five-Game Week Tuesday at Home


Midweek Starting Pitchers
Tuesday, 6:30 p.m. (KREF, vs. Texas Southern: RHP-Lane Ramsey (0-1, 30.86)
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. (KREF, FSOK) vs. Texas Southern: RHP-Kyle Tyler (0-2, 6.14)


NORMAN – The Oklahoma baseball team begins its second of back-to-back five-game weeks at home against Texas Southern on Tuesday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. Game two of the midweek series will be played Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. from L. Dale Mitchell Park as the Sooners are in the midst of a 13-game homestand.


About the Sooners...
Oklahoma is 10-7 on the season, winners of six of the last eight games, following a 3-1 weekend against Texas A&M Corpus Christi. Sophomore catcher/first baseman Brady Lindsly took over the team lead in batting average at .395 with an 8-for-16 series against the Islanders. Junior left fielder Cade Harris is second on the team at .339 with 20 runs and nine doubles; both of which lead the Sooners. Junior right fielder Steele Walker is third with a .313 average as he posted four multi-hit games last week. Senior second baseman Kyle Mendenhall, a .313 hitter, has driven in a team-high 18 runs and is tied for the team lead in home runs at three. Redshirt-junior right-hander Lane Ramsey gets the ball in game one for his second start of the season. On Wednesday, OU turns to junior RHP Kyle Tyler, who pitched out of the Sunday role the last four weeks. He is 0-2 with a 6.14 earned run average and 15 strikeouts.


On the Air...
Both games will be broadcast by Sooner Sports TV. Tuesday’s contest will be a feature, available with a premium subscription, and Wednesday’s will air on FOX Sports Oklahoma. Veteran OU broadcaster Chad McKee (play-by-play) and former OU and MLB pitcher George Frazier (color) will be in the booth. Wednesday’s game will also be streamed on the FOXSportsGo mobile app. Audio from the game one broadcast will be shared with radio, while Sooner sideline reporter Chris Plank will call game two for Sportstalk 99.3 FM/1400 AM. The games can also be streamed at or the Sportstalk page of the TuneIn mobile app.

Scouting the Tigers...

Texas Southern has made two NCAA Regional appearances in the past three years, including the Baton Rouge Regional last season. The Tigers enter the midweek series with a 3-11 overall record. Texas Southern, a member of the SWAC, has played all 14 games of their games on the road this season. Over the weekend, the Tigers opened conference play with a series against Southern (La.) and went 1-1. The offense is led by senior Horace Leblanc, who comes in with a team-best .367 batting average and .426 on-base percentage. Another important piece to the offense is outfielder Christian Sanchez. The junior enters the series hitting .291 with six home runs and 10 RBI. A key reliever for the Tigers is sophomore Robert Loza. He has made 10 appearances and held opponents to a .121 batting average.


Deep Threat in Center or Under Center...
Sooner quarterback and outfielder Kyler Murray has made the adjustment to center field in his second year on the diamond. Murray, who threw three touchdown passes in only 21 attempts in 2017, has found his knack for the long ball this spring. He is tied for the team lead with three home runs. Murray hit his third of the season vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi (3/9) for his first career grand slam. The grand slam capped a five-run seventh, that was tied 6-6 when the Sooners came to bat, and stood as the difference in an 11-7 Oklahoma victory.


Two-Way Player...
Cade Cavalli has started eight games at first base, two at third, one as the designated hitter and vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi (3/10) got his first start on the mound. He is hitting .260 at the plate with 10 runs and eight RBI. He hit a home run on just the second pitch he saw in his career vs. Indiana (2/16). Cavalli earned his first win in relief against Valparaiso (2/25). He is the first OU player to homer and win a game in a season since All-American Sheldon Neuse hit 10 home runs and went 4-1 as the Sooner closer in 2016. Jacob Evans also won six games and hit one home run in 2015; having hit a walk-off jack as the winning pitcher vs. Kansas (4/2/15).


Press release


Oklahoma has long protected schools, day care centers and parks with “zones of safety” aimed at keeping convicted sex offenders away from potential victims. But a case in Bristow brought attention to a loophole in the law—a loophole Sen. James Leewright, R- Bristow, and Rep. Kyle Hilbert, R-Depew, are working to close this legislative session. Senate Bill 1221 was approved unanimously by the full Senate on Monday.

“There was a situation in Bristow where a convicted sex offender actually moved in next door to his victim. As you can imagine, this was an extremely traumatizing situation, but current law doesn’t prohibit it,” Leewright said. “The victim, Danyelle Dyer, and her family were forced to go to court to seek a protective order, but we wanted to permanently address such situations through our statutes.”

Current law prohibits sex offenders from residing or loitering within a 2,000 foot radius of any public or private school site, education institution, children’s organization, playground or park. SB 1221 would expand the zone of safety to prohibit the offender from loitering within 1,000 feet of the victim’s home or from living within 2,000 feet of the victim’s residence.

“By coming forward, Danyelle has actually brought attention to a loophole that wasn’t just a problem in Oklahoma, but in most every other state as well. Since this legislation was filed, Representative Hilbert and I have been contacted from many other states hoping to enact similar laws thanks to Danyelle’s courage and advocacy,” Leewright said.

SB 1221 will now move to the House for further consideration. A similar measure, House Bill 1124, is awaiting a floor vote in that chamber.

Press release


 Chancellor Glen D. Johnson presented the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s legislative agenda at the Annual Legislative Tour on March 9, 2018 in Krebs, Oklahoma.


A delegation from Carl Albert State College was in attendance including President Jay Falkner; CASC Regents Carroll Huggins, Ron Lawson, Dwight Spencer, and Lavon Williams; Vice President for Student Affairs Randy Graves; Sallisaw Campus Director Bryan Warner; and PR/Marketing Director Judi White.


State Representative Rick West was also in attendance with the CASC group. In addition to Chancellor Johnson, Representative West and Speaker of the House of Representatives Charles McCall addressed the audience during the event.




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

Press release



Wewoka -- On March 10, 2018, at about 5:30pm, Seminole County Central Dispatch received a 911 call in reference to a shooting located at 13185 State Highway 56, Seminole County, Oklahoma.


The calling party stated he had shot a male and female subject at that residence.


Seminole County sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene and located a deceased man lying in the front yard next to a 2016 Chevrolet pickup truck. The victim's name will be released once next of kin is notified. Deputies then located Baylie Goodwin inside the house. She had also been shot but was responsive. Goodwin was medi-flighted to OU Medical Center.


Goodwin told authorities she and her husband, Jerry Leonard II, had been arguing all day. She called a male friend to pick her up. When the male friend arrived, Leonard shot him multiple times, killing him. Goodwin then attempted to shoot Leonard but missed. Leonard shot Goodwin one time in the thigh before leaving the scene.


A few hours later, Hughes County deputies saw Leonard driving in the area of the crime scene. A short pursuit ensued before Leonard crashed his pickup in a field at the intersection of County Road EW 132 and NS 367 in Hughes County. Immediately following the crash, deputies heard a single gunshot come from the vehicle. Law enforcement later discovered Leonard deceased inside of the vehicle due to an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound.


Agencies assisting with the investigation include OSBI, OBNDD, Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, Hughes County Sheriff’s Office, and the Creek Nation Lighthorse Police.

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