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Monday, 21 August 2017 12:12

Pervasive Parenting: Escape Plan

By Kodey Toney


I want to continue a little of what I wrote about last week. I was talking about how Konner had started back to school, and so far everything has gone well. This is in spite of the fact that he is in a new building (middle school), and with new teachers.

Both of those facts are a little deceiving, but I want to share why, because I think it could help other parents, teachers, schools, and especially kids to know a little secret that they can do too if they are willing.
I always encourage parents and schools to allow the child on the autism spectrum into the school and classroom ahead of time if possible to let them become acclimated with their surroundings. Last year we were fortunate enough to be able to let Konner, for the last couple weeks, go to the middle school at the end of the day and hang out. He got the opportunity to meet some teachers and staff members, and to just get comfortable with where he was going to be.

That new teacher thing wasn't exactly accurate either. We are lucky that he has, as he calls her, Mrs. Barbara Williams as one of his teachers. This is significant because he actually had her in the third grade. This is just shear coincidence, but it's been nice for us.

In fact he has felt so comfortable with Mrs. Barbara Williams that he told us something that I have to share. Before I do you need to understand that the middle school is only about two blocks away from his grandma's house.
Konner came in the other night and was telling Jennifer and I that he had a plan. He was going to go to school tomorrow, and when he was in Mrs. Barbara Williams' class he was going to ask her to go to the bathroom.
"If she says yes," he said, "then I will sneak out and walk to Grandma's house. But, if she doesn't let me go to the bathroom then my plan will be foiled."

His mom informed him that she would be talking to Mrs. Barbara Williams so that she knew to keep an eye on him.

Clever child!



Monday, 21 August 2017 07:09

Ola L. Dolph Obituary

Ola L. Dolph, 101, of Wister, OK passed away Sunday, August 20, 2017 in Poteau. Ola was born October 24, 1915 to Robert & Maude Grigsby.


Ola loved her family dearly and she cooked Sunday Dinner every week until she was 90 years old.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Milburn Dolph; son & daughter in law, Bill W. & Ellen "Louise" Dolph; daughter, Betty Priest; grandsons, Ricky Dolph, Tommy Littlecrow; great granddaughter, Andrea Littlecrow; great great grandson, Parker Dolph; sisters, Pauline Reece & Virginia Gaither.


Survivors include her granddaughters, Lynell & husband Willie Carshall of Wister, OK, Rhonda Woodruff of Wister, Pam Thurman of Tulsa; grandsons, Billy Dolph & Tommy Dolph of Wister, Mickey Williams of Tulsa; great grandkids, Eric & wife Elysia Dolph, Tiffany & husband Johnny Martin; great great grandsons, Hoyt & Christian Dolph, Cordell Martin all of Wister; many other grand & great grandchildren; sisters, Eva Pickle & Doris Sanchez; other relatives & loved ones.


Graveside services will be 10 am, Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at Ellis Chapel Cemetery, Wister, OK with Clyde Steelman officiating. Interment will follow.


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

Monday, 21 August 2017 12:05

Luretha Carol Caldwell

Luretha Carol Caldwell, 82, of Poteau, OK passed away Saturday, August 19, 2017 in Heavener, OK. Luretha was born December 10, 1934 in Tarby, OK to Leonard Earl & Lena Viola (Dickinson) Coggins.


She was a program director for USDA. Luretha was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church where she played piano and organ.


She also played for the Poteau Business Men's Choral Group, Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs.


She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Jerry Coggins & the father of her children, Bruce Caldwell.


Survivors include her daughter & son in law, Michele & Todd Peters of Poteau, OK; sons & daughters in law, Mark & Lorraine Caldwell of Poteau, OK, Matt & Donna Caldwell of Sallisaw, OK; 6 grandchildren, Chase Caldwell, Chelsea Thomas, Lisa Minor, Samantha Cory, Aaron Caldwell & Leah Montgomery; 5 great grandchildren, Lizzie Thomas, Fletcher Mark Thomas, Easton Montgomery, Thatcher Minor & Tucker Minor; sister, Nancy Coggins Rotz of Cushing, OK; brother, Dr. Larry Coggins of Oklahoma City; nieces, Dr. Lisa Rotz and Nancy Rotz Jackson; other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Memorial services will be 10 am, Thursday, August 24, 2017 at Southside Baptist Church, Poteau, OK with Revs. Jim Reed and Jim Cook officiating.


The family will be at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 6-8 pm to visit with relatives & friends.


Contributions (checks may be made to the Luretha Coggins Caldwell Music Education Scholarship).

CASC Development Foundation, 1507 S. McKenna, Poteau, OK 74953 Contact Mandy Roberts, CASC - 918-647-1214.


You may leave an online message at


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

By Teresa Black Bradway

Will you spot Bigfoot from a helicopter this year?

Helicopter rides have been added to the fun at the Bigfoot Festival and Conference set Oct. 6 and 7 at Kiamichi Mountains Christian Mission (Christ 40 acres) at Highway 144 and Indian Highway, Honobia, Oklahoma.

Honobia’s festival has been named the top Bigfoot festival in the nation. The area is known for Bigfoot sightings, and for years has attracted international visitors and television crews.

Exploring “One of the greatest mysteries in history,” the Honobia Bigfoot Organization offers everything Bigfoot from folklore to serious Bigfoot scholars.
There will again be a 5K Run, live music, campfire stories, camping, and vendors selling food, crafts and Bigfoot mementos.

An estimated 4,000 visitors attended, including 800 who entered the Race/Walk. Families entered together, some pushing infants or toddlers in strollers.

You may pre-register for the 5K Run/walk, or 1 mile fun run until Sept. 20. Mail in the form found at the website at Those pre-registering will receive a Tee shirt. After Sept. 20, you must register on site beginning 8 am Saturday, Oct 7. The 5K is sponsored by Choctaw Nation Healthy Lifestyles.
Campers who enjoy the tall piney woods and vendors will also find forms on the site and learn where to mail their fees to reserve a spot.

The conference features Bigfoot authors and researchers who offer evidence such as sightings, audios, footprint impressions and videos of the mysterious creature. Tickets are sold each day.

The festival is mostly free, except for special events such as a children’s area. Pony rides, an art contest, the Battiest Archer Booth and more will be available in the lovely fall setting.

At night, visitors are encouraged to tell of their own encounters or sightings of Bigfoot around the campfires. Campers often report suspected visits by the mysterious creature to the wooded tent sites at night.

A church service is held on Sunday and all are invited to attend.

The Honobia Bigfoot Organization is a non-profit group that raises scholarships from the festival and donations. This year, it partnered with the Chahta Foundation which enabled it to give more scholarships to area graduates, said Stephen Kinsey, Honobia Bigfoot Scholarship chairperson.

“Since 2014, Honobia Bigfoot Organization has given 49 scholarships to our local graduates,” Kinsey said. It gives scholarships to graduates in four counties including high schools at Battiest, Buffalo Valley, Clayton, Smithville and Talihina.

Sunday, 20 August 2017 17:50

Woman drowns in Pond near Webbers Falls

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a drowning occurred on August 20, 2017 at approximately 1:44pm in a rural pond, approximately 4 miles south of Webbers Falls in Muskogee County.


According to the report, Chelsee Cato 31, from Gore Oklahoma was swimming in a pond and went under and never resurfaced.


Her body was recovered in 7 feet of water at 4:16pm with dragging operations.


The accident was investigated by OHP Marine Enforcement Division, Webbers Falls Fire Department and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Dive Team.

Sunday, 20 August 2017 16:17

Good Ol' Fashion Baptism


Wister Oklahoma - Today, most traditional churches hold their Baptismal service inside the church in heated Baptistries, but Cross Community Church in Poteau did something a little unconventional by today standards.

On Sunday evening (August 20, 2017) Cross Community Church in Poteau traveled the short distance to Wister Lake and baptized 28 new followers of Christ at the Victor Landing Campground area of the lake.

The church gathered to watch the joyful event and enjoyed great food, fun and fellowship and of course a lakeside Baptism.


More Baptism Picture are posted on the Oklahoma Welcome Facebook page.


Good Ol' Fashion Baptism - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Sunday, 20 August 2017 15:23

Shrums to celebrate Diamond Anniversary


Don Shrum and Dixie Bishop became Mr. and Mrs. Don Shrum August 21, 1957. During those 60 years the Shrums have been blessed with three daughters:


Darla Davis, Deanna Davis and Donna Deaton & husband David; six grand children: Daryl Davis & wife Kaycee, Delaina Davis, Daren Davis, Lauren Deaton, Larissa Deaton and Logan Deaton; and three great grandsons: Tanner McAlester, Kix Davis and Ben Davis.

The family would like to invite all the Shrums’ friends to help them celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary Saturday, August 26, 2017 from 2-4 PM at Springhill Baptist Church, 18210 State Hwy. 83 between Zip Trip and Monroe.


They have requested that there be no gifts, but everyone is encouraged to share a memory and get a picture taken with Don & Dixie.

The other day I happened upon an article on Facebook that was titled, “20 Home Décor Mistakes Everyone Over 45 Should Avoid” by Maureen Wiley. I don’t usually bother to read a lot of this stuff, because let’s face it everybody is an expert anymore and everybody has an opinion on what we should and shouldn’t be doing. For some reason this one piqued my interest, maybe it’s because I’m over 45, maybe I had a weak moment, maybe a little of both, regardless I read it to see what this “expert” had to say. Here are her “tips” she basically demanded:

1. Decorate with fake plants. She says and I quote verbatim, “It’s obvious to all of your guests if your plants are fake. It will also make your house look like it is a portal to the 90s.” I have to disagree with her because there are some beautiful silks available on the market these days that look so real you can’t tell them apart. For example, I love orchids, but growing them, I’m just not so good at. I have several faux orchids. The key is to buy quality silks that will stand the test of time.

2. Floral furniture. She says, “Florals are currently big in the fashion world, but not so much in the home decor world. No matter how long you’ve had that floral sofa, you need to get rid of it! Floral furniture is a dead giveaway that your house is an ‘old lady house.’” First of all, home décor typically mirrors current fashion trends. Maybe she is referring to the kind of floral couch that I grew up know, it’s various shades of brown with some kind of windmill or something on it. Anyway, I think an accent or two of a floral print brings a little softness to a room.

3. Covering all surfaces in framed photos: Her thought-process is that if you display more than a couple of framed photos in a room it immediately screams “grandma’s house.” Personally, I like going to people’s homes and seeing pictures of their families. I love seeing random photos of things like vacations, celebrations, etc. I think not having enough family photos in your home, makes it look a little cold and uninviting.

Here’s my thing with this kind of article and title, why does Maureen really care what is in my home just because I’m over 45? I agree that my 23-year-old daughter’s home décor is different from mine; it doesn’t make either right or wrong. Her home offers a more simplified style with greys and whites and cleaner lines. My home has more of a beige neutral pallet with less clean lines. I mean after all, I’ve raised a family; we’ve lived in our home for a lot of years the lines aren’t going to be perfect anymore. Are there things we can all do to keep our homes updated? Yes, of course, but your home should make you happy and be a reflection of you and not a reflection of some random blogger. You do you! Oh, by the way, this is all in my very unexpert opinion!

OKLAHOMA CITY – According to Mike Hunter, Oklahoma Attorney General,  Hunter joined a bi-partisan coalition of 49 attorneys general urging Congress to affirm that all law-enforcement agencies retain their traditional authority to fight sex trafficking.

In a letter to Congress, the attorneys general ask representatives to amend the Communications Decency Act (CDA) to clarify that states, localities and territories retain authority to investigate and prosecute facilitators of child sex trafficking wherever they operate, including online through websites like

“Sex trafficking is a horrific crime that often preys upon the most vulnerable citizens,” Attorney General Hunter said. “Amending the CDA gives courts clarity and expands the ability of all law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute those who participate in the sex trade. Anything we can do to stop this heinous act needs to be a priority.”

The intention of the CDA is to protect children from indecent material online. It was never was intended to place facilitators of child sex trafficking outside the reach of law enforcement. However, according to the attorneys general, the CDA is being used as a shield by those who profit from prostitution and crimes against children.

In part, the letter reads – “federal enforcement alone has proved insufficient to stem the growth in online promotion of child sex trafficking. Those on the front lines of the battle against the sexual exploitation of children – state and local law enforcement – must have clear authority to investigate and prosecute facilitators of these and other horrible crimes.”

In some cases, courts have interpreted certain provisions of the CDA to provide immunity from state prosecution to online classified ad sites, such as, that promote and profit from human trafficking.

“It is both ironic and tragic that the CDA, which was intended to protect children from indecent material on the Internet, is now used as a shield by those who profit from prostitution and crimes against children,” the attorneys general wrote.

In addition to Oklahoma, the following states and territories signed the letter: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Submitted by Jim Mitchell | OSU Communications



(STILLWATER) – Oklahoma State University has the highest number of Native Americans earning bachelor degrees in engineering, as well as engineering technology degrees, among all the engineering schools in North America, according to data from the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).

“We’re proud to be leading the way nationally, but what’s really important is that we’re making progress and Native American students are responding to our invitation to earn highly-skilled degrees that offer real promise for success in their chosen fields of engineering,” said Dr. Paul Tikalsky, dean of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT) at OSU.


The statistics show that OSU is tied for the top spot in the category of bachelor of science degrees in engineering with 16 Native American students, the same number as Arizona State University, which has an overall enrollment that is about three times higher than OSU.


The data, from the ASEE publication “Profiles in Engineering and Engineering Technology,” also shows that OSU is well ahead of other universities nationally that offer engineering technology degrees, with 12 Native American graduates, compared to Purdue University, which is second with three graduates.


In addition, national surveys continue to show that OSU is the leading land grant university for Native American student enrollment in the United States. The university founded the OSU Center for Sovereign Nations in 2015 to build relationships among American Indian Nations and implement initiatives across the OSU system. In 2014,the U.S. Department of Education designated OSU as a Minority Serving Institution, based on its enrollment of Native American students.


“We’re certainly proud to join our partners in recognizing the achievement of our students,” said Elizabeth Payne, director of the Center for Sovereign Nations.


“Eight of the American Indian student leaders who work in our center are engineering majors, and we are seeing a positive impact through our innovative student-to-student tutoring/mentoring program, which meets each week in our center. Our next objective is to engage employers so these students can secure internship opportunities.”


According to data from the Office of Institutional Research and Information Management at OSU, the latest undergraduate statistics show that, as of last September, the number of American Indian students enrolled at OSU had grown by 50 percent since 2009 with a total of 2,323 enrolled last fall.



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