Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Liberty and Eastside Elementary Plan Teacher Caravan for Students

Teachers at Liberty and Eastside Elementary School in Sallisaw have a special treat planned for their students: a caravan of teachers!

The caravan will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the schools and will feature a convoy of teachers, administrators and support staff eager to wave at the students!

“The school wanted to do something for our kids to let them know how much we miss them,” teacher Terri Burnsed said Tuesday. She said the caravan will travel through bus routes and will visit neighborhoods and apartment complexes where the students live.

Students are asked to stay either on their porches or in their driveways. “Please don’t run out to our cars!” Burnsed requested. “We have spent a lot of time together,” she said, “and the caravan is one safe way we can make contact with our students.”

In order to provide a safe and positive caravan experience that also adheres to social distancing guidelines, the school is asking that everyone please be aware of and follow these guidelines:

• Keep all children (and adults) off the street as the caravan passes by.
• Do not approach any vehicle.
• Do not attempt to make physical contact with anyone in a vehicle.
• Do not attempt to pass anything to anyone in a vehicle.
• Please maintain a significant distance (at least 6 feet, more is better) between you and anyone who is not a member of your immediate family.

The caravan will travel along the following route through Sallisaw:

*West on East Creek to South Wheeler
*To Iola
*To West Ruth Ave
*To JT Stites
*To Cherokee
*To Don's Mobile Homes
*To Cherokee
*To North Jefferson
*To Redwood
*To North Elm
*To Quesenbury
*To Wheeler
*To Cherokee
*To school

Burnsed also said Liberty Elementary has put together some work packets for students to work on for the last six weeks of the school year. They may be picked up at the school Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, visit the school’s Facebook page and website.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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Monday, March 30, 2020

Blood Can’t Wait! OBI Urges Healthy Adults to Give Blood April 3 - 14

Hundreds of blood drives have been canceled because of escalating concerns regarding coronavirus. These cancellations will result in the loss of thousands of blood units, but blood can’t wait. Blood donation is safe and critical to preventing a blood shortage. Local patients need life-saving blood now more than ever.

The Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) is hosting upcoming blood drives. Donors are encouraged to give blood at one of these locations, and appointments are strongly encouraged to aid with social distancing:

Walmart Sallisaw: Friday, April 3, 1:30-5:30 p.m.
NHS Sequoyah: Tuesday, April 14, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the bloodmobile.

OBI depends on 1,200 donors per day to support the inventory needed for patients in more than 160 hospitals, medical facilities and air ambulances statewide.   

“Blood is a perishable product and we need constant donations not only to meet our community needs, but in case of local and national emergencies,” said John Armitage, M.D., OBI’s president and CEO. “We urge healthy adults to donate blood so that the crucial supply can be maintained for our local patients who depend on blood products during treatment for cancer, traumatic injuries and other life-threatening conditions.”

OBI’s donor centers and mobile blood drives have instituted additional cleaning methods, decontaminating work and common areas and equipment frequently. In addition, donor centers and mobile blood drives are being adapted to allow for social distancing. All staff and donors will also have their temperatures taken before starting work or entering the facility to ensure only healthy individuals are present.

The Oklahoma Blood Institute is following recommendations and guidelines set forth by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and AABB (formerly American Association of Blood Banks). OBI is committed to maintaining the safest standards for blood collection, testing and transfusion.

The FDA reports no cases of COVID-19 transmitted through blood transfusion, and respiratory viruses generally are not known to be transmitted by blood transfusion.

Blood donation typically takes only about an hour, and one donation saves up to three lives. Appointments can be made by calling Greg at (479) 652-2362 or visiting obi.org. More information on Oklahoma Blood Institute can be found at obi.org.

Please note that 16-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission to donate; 17-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds to donate; 18-year-olds must weigh at least 110 pounds to donate.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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Traffic Stop Sends Two to Jail

A man from Vilonia, Ark., was arrested after a March 9 traffic stop turned up drug paraphernalia and a wanted suspect.

Thomas William Cleland Jr., 25, was charged with harboring a fugitive from justice, a felony punishable by imprisonment for up to 10 years and a $10,000 fine. Cleland was also hit with two misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance, as well as misdemeanor charges of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and operating a vehicle with an expired/improper tag.

According to the arrest report, a Sallisaw police officer patrolling in the area of South Kerr Boulevard and Mentzer Street saw a white SUV make an improper lane change. The officer noticed the vehicle’s paper tag was expired and initiated a traffic stop.

The driver, Cleland, handed the officer his identification, but his passenger said he did not have ID on him and gave his name as “Dwight Baldandoe.” A check with dispatch did not turn up anything under that name. Cleland told officers that as far as he knew, “Dwight” was his passenger’s name.

The officer ordered “Dwight” out of the vehicle, but when he was being patted down, the man tried to hide something around his waistband. “Dwight” admitted to having a little marijuana on him. Officers then found a wallet on the passenger’s seat with the name Kelton Chandler.

Chandler had an outstanding felony warrant in Sequoyah County and was subsequently arrested. Officers then patted down Cleland, who admitted to having “the bad stuff,” methamphetamine, in his pockets. Officers discovered a clear plastic bag containing two cut straws, a glass smoking device with a burned residue, a clear plastic bag with a white, crystalline substance inside weighing 3.2 grams (also known as an 8-ball), a small, heat-sealed bag that also had the white substance inside it and another plastic bag containing a green, leafy substance.

Chandler later told police that Cleland knew what his real name was and that they had known each other for at least eight years.

The men were transported to the Sallisaw City Jail.

Cleland was released on $2,500 bond.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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Legal Aid Services Helps Those in Need

Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma provides legal assistance to residents in need.

The agency can help you with problems created by the coronavirus such as if you are unemployed or unable to work. It can also help you if you have been denied for benefits such as unemployment, sick leave and food stamps. Legal Aid can help people facing eviction, unpaid debts and bill collectors. The agency can also help connect people with health benefits, and it helps people get out of domestic violence situations.

To apply for assistance from Legal Aid, call (888) 534-5243 or go to oklegalconnect.org. For legal information, check out oklaw.org

Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma is a nonprofit law firm that believes access to the legal system is just as important as food, shelter and clothing. The group’s goal is to provide free or low-cost services to eligible people, including senior citizens. Its attorneys and paralegals can help with civil, non-criminal cases involving basic needs.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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Commissioners Proclaim April Sexual Assault Awareness, Child Abuse Prevention Month

At their weekly meeting Monday, the Sequoyah County Board of Commissioners proclaimed April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month.

The Sequoyah County Board of Commissioners approved two road repair projects.

The commissioners unanimously approved a right-of-entry for a construction permit on W.D. Mayo County Road in county District 1, and they approved putting out for bid a Marble City road failure project in District 2.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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OETA Makes Distance Learning Easy

Starting today, March 30, OETA will be adjusting its daytime schedule to provide curriculum-based programming for students over the air on its broadcast channel, OETA WORLD. Programs will include PBS favorites such as NOVA, Nature, American Experience as well as PBS KIDS programming. Each episode or series directly correlates to lessons and resources made available through PBS LearningMedia, which have been designed to meet federal and state standards for grades Pre-K through 12.

Programming changes will take place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and will last until the end of the school year. 

OETA and the Oklahoma Department of Education will be hosting a joint discussion today as a way for people to learn more about this opportunity. The webinar will provide resources and lessons to help you learn how to leverage OETA programming as you develop your distance-learning plans. You will also be introduced to a virtual course you can access any time to gain further support and connect with other educators who are using OETA resources. The webinar will be live steamed at 2 p.m. today through OSDE’s Facebook page.

PBS LearningMedia is a free, digital curriculum service that builds on the strength of public media and is designed to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement. Resources are aligned to national and state standards and include videos and interactives, as well as audio, documents and in-depth lesson plans. You can browse by standards, grade level and subject area. It is free for students, teachers and parents, but personal accounts are required. Most activities and/or lessons are available in Spanish and several other languages.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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DPS Begins Online Drivers License Renewal

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and increased efforts to encourage residents to stay in their homes to slow the spread of the virus, the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS) is announcing the launch of online renewals and replacements for Class D driver licenses and identification cards. 

“This latest digital service is an additional step we can take during this unprecedented time to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and give our customers the option to complete transactions from the comfort of their home,” DPS Commissioner John Scully said.

The rapid production of the online driver license renewals for the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety was built in partnership with the Office of Management Enterprise Services and Granicus, the leading provider of cloud-based solutions and services for governments.

Customers can complete the application by going to www.dps.ok.gov and clicking on “online services.” They can also find a link at my.ok.gov as well. Customers will have to create an account at my.ok.gov. To use this service, the customer’s previous renewal must have been made in person. The only exception to this is customers (including spouses and dependents) who are active duty or civilian contractors with the Armed Forces of the United States. A customer may only renew or replace their driver license if their driving privilege is in good standing and their Oklahoma address is correct and current. You can update your Oklahoma address online at https://wa1.dps.state.ok.us/addresschange.

A customer may use this procedure to renew or replace a Class D license or ID Card only. Renewals may be made up to one year early. Replacements can be obtained any time during the four-year period the license is valid. Commercial Driver Licenses (Class A, B, or C) require an appearance before an examiner for clearance.

Customers choosing online renewal will have the option to pay online by credit card or click “pay later” to mail a check. The new driver license or identification card will then be sent to the customer by mail.

There is a small service fee to be able to do this online. A renewal will cost $40.69 and a replacement will cost $26.65. The costs to do this service in the office are $38.50 for a renewal and $25 for a replacement.

DPS offices will still be open to the public by appointment only.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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