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Thursday, 21 May 2020 11:29

Paul Edward Colwell Obituary

Paul Edward Colwell, 70, of Shady Point, OK passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2020 in Shady Point.  Paul was born February 2, 1950 in Shady Point to William R. “Billie” & Bessie Lucritia (Bohannon) Colwell.  He was a veteran of the National Guard and worked in sales at Trans-America Tire Co.  Paul was preceded in death by his parents.

          Survivors include his son, Shaun Colwell; daughter, Robyn Brewer; grandchildren, Cole, Joy Lynn & Dalton Colwell, Rylee & Jackson Brewer; brothers, Billy Ray & David Colwell; sisters, Hazel Furr & Willen McDaniel; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

          Private services will be held at a later date.

You may leave an online message at evansandmillerfuneralhomes.com.


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

Thursday, 21 May 2020 11:23

OU Athletics Announces Digital Ticketing

For Immediate Release - Contact: Mike Houck - (405) 249-5892

NORMAN — With increased safety and convenience in mind, the University of Oklahoma Athletics Department announced Wednesday it will fully transition to digital ticketing at all of its venues, as well as for football parking.

Although ticket buyers will no longer have the option to print their tickets at home, the new digital system will provide quick and safe ticket delivery of season, mini-plan and single-game tickets and football parking passes via smartphones and the Sooner Sports app.

OU fans have already experienced digital ticketing the last two football seasons at the Big 12 Championship and bowl games.

“We’re sure hopeful that our athletics competitions will occur as scheduled,” said OU Vice President and Athletics Director Joe Castiglione. “But regardless of any timetables, we're extremely excited to introduce digital ticketing at our venues as it will result in several benefits for our fans.

“First, our aim is to limit physical contact between our fans and game day staff as much as possible, and this change is a first step in achieving that goal. We'll announce more of those steps later. The new digital ticketing process will also significantly reduce ticket fraud and loss of tickets, making for an even more seamless venue-entry experience. And fans will enjoy the flexibility of being able to immediately transfer tickets and parking passes to friends or family members.”

Ticket buyers will receive links via the Sooner Sports app or text message, allowing them to download tickets to their Apple Wallet (iPhone) or to Google Pay (Android). Just prior to reaching the venue gates, fans simply pull up the tickets with QR codes on their smartphone screen to show the gate attendant for scanning.

The athletics department still plans to print commemorative tickets that it will make available to fans who are interested.

Fans can visit www.soonersports.com/digitaltickets for an overview of the new digital ticketing procedures and answers to frequently asked questions.

- OU -

Thursday, 21 May 2020 11:16

Mullin It Over May 21, 2020

Land of the Free, Because of the Brave

By Congressman Markwayne Mullin


Many Americans think of Memorial Day as a day off of work and an excuse to enjoy a long weekend marking the beginning of summer. But it is much more than just another holiday. Memorial Day is a day of remembrance where we honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice defending our country.

We must never forget we are the land of the free, because of the brave. The bravest among us are the men and women who put on the uniforms of our armed forces every day and risk their lives to keep us safe. Even in the toughest of challenges, they never waiver in their fight against our enemies. Without them, we would not enjoy the many freedoms we often take for granted.

This weekend, we all must set aside time to remember the men and women who sacrificed their lives so we can enjoy the freedoms we have as Americans. While we will never be able to repay our debt to them, it is our duty as Americans to honor those fallen and always give honor and respect to the families who have lost their loved ones while serving. 

Many of us know someone in our community who has lost a loved one serving our country. While their loved one paid the ultimate sacrifice, they also mourn the loss of a brother, sister, mother, father, cousin, uncle, aunt, or friend on Memorial Day. I encourage you to reach out to those families to thank them for the sacrifice they live with, not just on Memorial Day, but every day.

Want to stay up-to-date on what I’m doing in Oklahoma and Washington on your behalf?  Sign up for my newsletter by visiting Mullin.house.gov/newslettersignup.

Thursday, 21 May 2020 10:59

Cortnie Lea Brown Obituary

Cortnie Lea Brown was 27 when she left this world and will be remembered as a beautiful, smart and talented young woman.  She deeply loved her two children, Ava (5) and Ella (1).  Her dad, brothers and Granny provided immense support to her in the last days of her life and always believed in her.  She recently bragged about granny’s cooking and said she was gaining weight.         

          We believe Cortnie would want her family and friends to know how much she loved them.  She would also encourage anyone struggling to not try and fight their battles alone, but to lean on those that will love and support you through the storms of life.

          Cortnie will always be loved and be forever in our hearts.  We believe she is finally home.  She will always be her daddy’s little girl.  She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Denver ‘Papa’ Duval Brown of Cameron, OK; grandmothers, Leasie ‘LeLe’ Cain  & Becky ‘MeMaw’ Burkholder of Bearden, AR.

          Cortnie is survived by her father, Denver Nubbin Brown of Cameron, OK; mother, Shelia Clemons of Bearden, AR; daughters, Ava Lea & Ella Nikole Drake; father of her daughters, Damion Drake all of Belton, TX; brothers, Layne  Cain of Bearden, AR, Caleb Cain of Cameron, OK; sisters, Olivia Dennis of Camden, AR, Hollis Cain of Pine Bluff, AR; grandmother, Melba Brown of Cameron, OK; grandfathers, John Clemons and Don Cain of Bearden, AR; nieces, Kenslea Owens of Poteau, OK, Izabella & Baylee Cain of Bearden, AR, Lexi Schreckhise of Spiro, OK; nephew, George Morning III of Poteau, OK; other loved ones and friends.

          Services will be 10 am, Saturday, May 23, 2020 graveside at Ellis Chapel Cemetery, Wister, OK.  Visitation – Friday 6-8 pm.

You may leave an online message at evansandmillerfuneralhomes.com.

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

Nichols, Hurts Up For Big 12 Athlete of the Year Awards

NORMAN — The Big 12 Conference announced Oklahoma's nominees for the 2019-20 Big 12 Athlete of the Year awards on Wednesday. Women's gymnastics' Maggie Nichols and football's Jalen Hurts will vie for the honors, with the winners announced by the league on May 28.

Fans will be able to vote for their male and female choices from May 22 until May 26 on Big12Sports.com. Fan voting will be considered in the final tally for selecting this prestigious award.

Oklahoma has produced 11 Big 12 Athletes of the Year in the conference's first 23 years, including an amazing seven in the last seven years. Nichols already won following her sophomore year.

OU's Big 12 Athlete of the Year winners have been Kyler Murray (2018-19; football), Baker Mayfield (2017-18; football), Nichols (2017-18; women's gymnastics), Buddy Hield (2015-16; men's basketball), Paige Parker (2015-16; softball), Lauren Chamberlain (2014-15; softball), Keilani Ricketts (2012-13; softball), Sam Bradford (2008-09; football), Jason White (2003-04; football), Stacey Dales (2001-02; women's basketball) and Josh Heupel (2000-01; football).

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OU's Big 12 Female Athlete of the Year Candidate

Maggie Nichols


Senior | Little Canada, Minn.

Brief List of Accomplishments

  • WCGA All-America First Team selection on all five events (vault, bars, beam, floor, all-around)
  • Big 12 Gymnast of the Year and All-Big 12 selection on all five events
  • AAU Sullivan Award Semifinalist
  • Ranked No. 1 nationally in the all-around and on vault to end the season, while finishing the year ranked No. 2 on the bars
  • Registered a season-high 39.900 in the all-around (Jan. 20) and is the only gymnast in NCAA history with multiple marks of 39.900 or higher

OU's Big 12 Male Athlete of the Year Candidate


Jalen Hurts


Senior | Houston, Texas

Brief List of Accomplishments

  • Heisman Trophy runner-up
  • Garnered All-America status from Sporting News (second team) and Associated Press (third team)
  • Earned All-Big 12 First Team status from the league's coaches and media and was conference's newcomer of the year by AP and offensive newcomer of the year by coaches
  • Finalist for the Maxwell Award, Davey O'Brien Award, Manning Award, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award and Senior CLASS Award
  • Led nation in yards per pass attempt (11.3; FBS record is 11.6) and ranked second in passing efficiency rating (191.2; fourth best in school history), yards per completion (16.3), points responsible for per game (22.9) and touchdowns accounted for (53)

- OU -

Tuesday, 19 May 2020 17:23

Mode's Tire Service Grand Opening

Mode's Tire Service is now open in the Blackfork Plaza just across Broadway from Atwood's at 2300 N. Broadway in Poteau. Owners Jeff and Meygan Mode invite all their friends and anyone needing tires to visit them for a great price on tires.

Office Manager Becky Herndon will greet you with a smile and Service Tech Brandon Cook will make sure your tires are mounted right.

Pictured below are Jeff and Meygan with son Blake.


 Service Tech Brandon Cook

OKLAHOMA CITY – A bill requiring dyslexia screening for early elementary students not reading on grade level was signed into law by the governor Tuesday.

House Bill 2804, authored by House Majority Leader Mike Sanders, R-Kingfisher, and Sen. Stephanie Bice, R-Oklahoma City, requires screening for dyslexia for students in kindergarten through third grade who are not reading on grade level beginning in the 2022-23 school year.

“I’m thankful to the governor for signing this legislation that will be life-changing for these children,” Sanders said. “Too many of our children with dyslexia have been left behind in learning, and getting them the help they need is as simple as properly identifying this disorder. When these kids catch up with their peers in reading and other subjects it not only leads to a happier school experience but a better life.”

Bice said the issue was personal because her godson was dyslexic. She thanked the governor and fellow legislators for supporting the legislation.

“With proper screening, we can get dyslexic children the help they need to become stronger readers, giving them the tools to be successful in school and in life,” said Bice. “This is going to make a positive difference in the education outcomes of countless Oklahoma children.”

HB 2804 requires the State Board of Education to develop policies for dyslexia screening, and to adopt a list of approved qualified dyslexia screening tools. The bill also requires school districts to provide the State Department of Education with data about dyslexia, including the number of students screened for dyslexia each year, the number of students identified, and the process used to evaluate students.

“Our student advocates have given a face to dyslexia in Oklahoma. They have struggled to learn to read, but have been determined not to see others have the same fate. As their parents and educators, we have advocated for HB2804. Alongside the State Department of Education, the Dyslexia and Education Task Force, and members of the Legislature, we have worked to improve reading outcomes for struggling readers, including students with dyslexia,” said Michelle Keiper and Tiffany Jenkins of Decoding Dyslexia Oklahoma.  “Change in education is never easy, but OSDE is providing the leadership needed in the Reading Sufficiency and Special Education departments.  Together we are making great improvements in Oklahoma.”

Last year, Sanders secured passage of House Bill 1228, which provides professional development for teachers across Oklahoma to help them better recognize signs of dyslexia in their students. Adding screening through HB 2804 was the logical next step, he said.

Sanders also authored legislation this year to add the Dyslexia Handbook to the list of tools available to teachers, parents and school administrators at no cost through the State Department of Education. Sanders said all of the legislation was a recommendation by the Dyslexia and Education Task Force and the SDE as well as Decoding Dyslexia Oklahoma. All of the bills represent several years’ worth of work on this issue.

Fanshawe School is proud to announce the addition of two new teachers:

Ryan Carter will be the math teacher/coach

Ryan Carter

Karlie Crane will be teaching 5th/6th grade/coach


As of this advisory, there are 5,489 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma. 

There are six additional deaths; none of them occurred in the past 24 hours and the others died between May 4-May 17.

  • Three in Oklahoma County, two females in the 65 and older age group and a male in the 65 and older age group.
  • One in McIntosh County, a male in the 65 and older age group. 
  • Two in Washington County, both females in the 65 and older age group. 

There are 294 total deaths in the state.

As highlighted in the Governor’s EO report published Monday evening, the State has processed since Saturday 16,308 specimens tested for COVID-19, which is an average of 5,400 tests processed a day. As a result, the percentage of positives derived from Oklahoma’s total COVID-19 tests has declined again to an all-time low of 4.4%.

Through a partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma and The Caring Foundation, OSDH is deploying Caring Vans providing free COVID-19 testing to underserved communities in Oklahoma City, increasing testing accessibility. This week, a Caring Van will be at the Latino Community Development Agency (lcdaok.com). COVID-19 testing is open to everyone 16 and older; people do not need to exhibit symptoms to be tested. More information can be found here.

COVID-19 testing sites are open in multiple cities in Oklahoma as a result of a cross-county, city and state health system partnership. Visit this page for updated dates and locations.

For more information, visit coronavirus.health.ok.gov.

COVID-19 Oklahoma Test Results

Confirmed Positive Cases


*Total Cumulative Negative Specimens to Date 


*Total Cumulative Number of Specimens to Date 


**Currently Hospitalized 


Total Cumulative Hospitalizations


Deaths in the Past 24 hours


Total Cumulative Deaths


*The total includes laboratory information provided to OSDH at the time of the report. Total counts may not reflect unique individuals. 

**This number is a combination of hospitalized positive cases and hospitalized persons under investigation, as reported by hospitals at the time of the report. The data reflect a change in calculation and should not be compared to prior data. 

Data Source: Acute Disease Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health.
*As of 2020-05-19 at 7:00 a.m.

Detailed case statistics are published on the website. Click here for more information.

Lawton - After an outbreak of COVID-19 at the Comanche County Detention Center in Lawton, county officials contacted Secretary of Public Safety Chip Keating, requesting the state’s help.

Nearly a dozen ODOC security staff reported to the jail Sunday to help stabilize the facility and ramp up sanitization efforts after more than 100 inmates and 16 staff tested positive. ODOC remains on-site helping advise staff on correctional best practices during the pandemic.

The Comanche County Facilities Authority oversees the jail’s operations. The chair, Johnny Owens, says the jail was not ready for a COVID-19 outbreak, “We were not equipped to deal with this pandemic. We reached out to the state for help and have received an incredible response from people who jumped right in, working alongside jail administrators and employees to turn this around.” 

Wednesday morning, the facilities authority will meet to discuss and possibly act on an agreement with ODOC to prevent further spread by housing COVID-19 negative inmates at a state prison immediately.

The Comanche County Detention Center is holding seven inmates awaiting ODOC intake, two of whom have tested positive. “ODOC had a plan in place when the pandemic migrated to Oklahoma, allowing us to keep the number of infected inmates in state facilities to only two of nearly 24,000,” ODOC Director Scott Crow said. “We welcome the opportunity to advise jail staff on how they can enhance their response to prevent further spread.”

As early as March 13, ODOC suspended all visitation and volunteer access to facilities. Within a week of the governor’s declaration of a state of emergency on March 15, the agency ceased inmate transfers from county jails, instituted a 14-day quarantine for any inmate exhibiting symptoms, and began screening all staff as they reported for duty.

ODOC anticipates assisting jail staff for approximately two weeks.

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