Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Sallisaw Man Killed in Single-vehicle Accident

A single vehicle accident that occurred at approximately 5:56 p.m. Tuesday on Highway 12 in Springtown, Arkansas in Benton County left a Sallisaw man dead from injuries sustained.

According to the Arkansas State Police report, Danny Warren Ritter, 67, of Sallisaw was driving a 2001 Ford F150 west on Highway 12 when the vehicle drifted off the roadway to the left, traveled through a fence and across a field before striking a tree.

Ritter was transported to Siloam Springs Hospital and pronounced dead.

The report lists weather conditions at the time of the accident as clear and road conditions as dry.

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Back to School Roundup Scheduled for Aug. 3

The 5th Annual Back to School Roundup will be Saturday, Aug. 3 for students in Sequoyah County.

The roundup event will be held at the Sallisaw Rodeo Arena and will provide school supplies from 10 a.m. to noon but the gate won’t open until 9 a.m. 

Students must be present to receive supplies. The 500th student to register will receive a backpack filled with school supplies.

Backpacks are for Sequoyah County students only!

The event will also feature giveaways, free games, free photos and free food. 

No smoking is allowed at the event.

Other Aug. 3 activities include a 1k Fun Run beginning at 7 a.m. Aug. 3 and the Red Bird 5k will start at 7:30 a.m. on the 3rd.

Sponsors for the event include the Mix 105.1, People Inc., the Sallisaw Lions Club, KiBois Community Action, the Health and Wellness Center, the Sallisaw Now Coalition, the Boys and Girls Club of Sequoyah County and more.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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Bull Drop Bingo Coming up Aug. 1

It’s time for Bull Drop Bingo in Sallisaw!

The fun will begin Thursday, Aug. 1, right after the Sallisaw Lions Club Rodeo parade, about 6 p.m. across the street from Maria’s restaurant.

Tickets for the game are $10 and the winner will receive a $500 prize. Proceeds will go to the Boys and Girls Club of Sequoyah County.

The public is welcome, so come out and support the club with a family friendly evening of fun and laughter!

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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Fill the Bus Event Set in Sallisaw

Volunteers will “Fill the Bus” for students later this month in Sallisaw.

The event will be Friday, July 26, and Saturday, July 27, at the Sallisaw Walmart from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Folks from around the area are welcome to come to the store to pick up school supplies for donation. 

To volunteer for the event, contact Lindsie Dyer with People Inc. at (918) 775-7787. Dyer says the United Way and a number of community partners are sponsoring the weekend of giving.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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True Value Gets New Location

A longtime Sallisaw business has a new location.

True Value Hardware, formerly at 110 E Cherokee, now calls 808 E Cherokee home. The new location opened for business on Tuesday, and a grand opening ceremony will be scheduled at a later date.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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Pocket Park Nears Completion

The Pocket Park being built at the corner of Oak Street and Cherokee Avenue could be open as soon as the end of July, developer Larry Crowe said.

Crowe said the only tasks left are putting fencing around the park and pouring the sidewalk, which is a task for the city.

Sallisaw Main Street and Crowe are working together to build the park, which will be open to the public. In addition, artist Leah Agent is working on a mural. 

The park will feature a stage, lighting, a refreshment stand and covered tables.

The park will be managed by Sallisaw Main Street, the downtown merchants association.

Crowe said the park can be used as a wedding venue or party site. Reservations are available through Main Street.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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Dwight Mission Rd. Temporarily Closed During Repair

A section of Dwight Mission Rd. north (4590 Rd.) between McCoy Cemetery and Dwight Mission Campground will see some closures for the next few days as it receives repairs and has asphalt relaid.

Closures are expected to occur beginning on Wednesday and lasting for 4-5 days from the hours of 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Motorists will need to find an alternate route to travel through this area.

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Webbers Falls Rebuilding After Flooding

Webbers Falls is slowly but surely making progress in its recovery from the devastating May 2019 floods thanks to dozens of volunteers.

Webbers Falls Mayor Sandy Wright said that though the flooding impacted most of the town, volunteers have made great strides in the cleanup. 

Webbers Falls Public Schools were heavily damaged, said Paula Turley, secretary to the superintendent, but workers are already putting up sheetrock on one school building, she said, adding that the school system received many donations to help in the cleanup.

Donations and volunteers are still coming in, Wright said. 

The Webbers Falls Assembly of God is having a fundraiser to aid in its cleanup and rebuilding from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 17 at Warner First Assembly of God, 206 3rd St., Warner. 

The event will feature The Travelers, The Stevens Family, the Saved By Grace trio, the Ruckmans and Dale Martin and Leslie Dallas.

If you can’t attend the gospel celebration, donations can be made to First Assembly of God Rebuilding Fund, P.O Box 269, Webbers Falls, Okla. 74470.

The Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is also in the area. They have finished taking requests for home cleanup. Their work now is rebuilding the Webbers Falls Baptist Church. Workers will be there July 15-19. Volunteers are more than welcome.

The Methodist Disaster Relief is in the region as well. They are prepared to help Webbers Falls citizens with reconstruction/repairs and tear-outs of their homes. Please contact Polly Turner at (480) 861-9053 or emailpollyjt@outlook.com. 

FEMA operations in Webbers Falls have ceased for the time being. Many residents were able to register for aid, Wright said, but “we still have a lot of houses that need a lot of work.”

Wright said the many volunteers in Webbers Falls deserve a huge thank-you for their hard work.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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FEMA Reopens Disaster Relief Center in Moffett

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has reopened the Disaster Relief Center in Moffett.

Steve Rutherford, Sequoyah County Emergency Management director, said the center is open Monday, July 15 until 6 p.m. and will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 16-18.

The center is in the parking lot of the school.

Rutherford said this is likely the last time the center will open.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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Commissioners Approve Courthouse Renovation

The Board of Sequoyah County Commissioners approved a plan July 15 for the refurbishing of the fire escape going to the county clerk’s office.

Tommy Justice is doing the renovation, which is expected to take about two weeks. He will reuse the stairs’ handrail and columns, officials said. The stairs will be completely welded to meet the regulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

During the construction, about half of the Sequoyah County Courthouse parking lot will be roped off.

Commissioners also approved a detention services agreement between Muskogee County and Sequoyah Enterprises Inc. and the Sequoyah County commissioners.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Teen in Hospital After One-vehicle Accident

A Fort Smith teen was injured in a single vehicle accident Saturday morning at approximately 9:05 a.m. near Moffett.

Christopher, Latham, 19, of Fort Smith, was driving a 2012 Chevrolet Impala westbound on Old US 64 .2 miles east of 4810 Rd., .5 miles west of Moffett when his vehicle departed the roadway to the left striking a utility pole and coming to rest on its top.

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP), Latham was pinned in his vehicle for 15 minutes and extricated by Roland Fire Dept. by using the Jaws of Life. He was transported to Baptist Health in Fort Smith and admitted in stable condition with leg injuries.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation. Seatbelts were in use.

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Health Officials Urge Caution in Heat

Summer is here and temperatures are rising. Each year, more than 600 people die from heat-related illness in the United States. In Oklahoma, there were 145 deaths associated with exposure to excessive heat from 2010 to 2017. Approximately 70% of those deaths occurred in males.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reminds residents that heat-related illness can range from heat rash, heat cramps, and heat exhaustion to hyperthermia (overheating) and heat stroke. Heat stroke occurs when the body is unable to cool itself sufficiently, and it often results in severe organ damage or even death.

Heat-related deaths and illnesses are preventable. It is important to recognize the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke and act quickly.

Heat Exhaustion 
Heavy sweating 
Cold, pale, clammy skin 
Fast, weak pulse 
Nausea or vomiting 
Muscle cramps 
Feeling dizzy

Heat Stroke 
Body temperature of 103 degrees or higher 
Hot, red, dry or moist skin 
Rapid and strong pulse 
Feeling confused 
Feeling dizzy 

A heat stroke is a medical emergency. If any signs are observed, call 911 immediately and move the person to a cooler environment. Reduce the person’s body temperature with cool cloths or a bath.

The OSDH offers the following safety tips for preventing a heat-related illness:

Stay indoors. Stay in an air-conditioned place. If a home is not air-conditioned, visit a mall or public library, or contact a local health department for the location of a heat-relief shelter in the area.

Stay hydrated. Increase fluid intake to two to four glasses (16-32 ounces) of cool fluids every hour. Anyone taking water pills or is on restricted fluids should consult a physician first. Avoid liquids which contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar; they contribute to the loss of more body fluid. Very cold drinks can cause stomach cramps and should be avoided as well.

Dress appropriately. Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing as well as sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and broad spectrum or UVA/UVB protection.

Schedule outdoor activities carefully. Try to limit outdoor activity to morning and evening hours. When outside, rest often in shady areas to allow the body a chance to recover.

Pace yourself. Cut down on exercise during the heat. Someone who is not accustomed to working or exercising in a hot environment should start slowly and increase pace gradually. If exertion in the heat makes your heart pound and leaves you gasping for breath, stop all activity. Get into a cool area or into the shade, and rest, especially when becoming lightheaded, confused, weak or faint.

Closely monitor those who are more vulnerable. Infants, children, people older than 65 years of age, those with mental illness, outdoor workers, athletes, and those with physical illnesses such as heart disease or high blood pressure should be closely observed.

Never leave pets or people in a vehicle. Never leave anyone, especially children, the elderly or pets in a parked vehicle, even if the windows are cracked.

For more information on summer heat safety, contact the OSDH Injury Prevention Service at (405) 271-3430 or visit http://ips.health.ok.gov.

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Gans Man Charged with Two Felonies

A Gans man was charged with two felonies after a June 26 arrest.

Hunter Killian, 18, was charged with second-degree burglary and grand larceny, according to a police report.

Killian was a suspect in a break-in at a storage building northwest of Vian. 

Killian told police that on the night of the break-in, he and his co-conspirators took hammers and beat the padlock off the building’s door. They then entered the building and took more than $4,000 in dimes. 

Killian said the three loaded the coins into a plastic tote, then placed them in the pickup they were driving.

He also said the three went to two different Fort Smith Walmart stores to cash in the dimes. They then split the money three ways, giving the trio about $1,300 each. Killian said they then went to Central Mall in Fort Smith, where they bought shoes, hats and knives, spending most of the money.

Killian also stated that when he got out of jail he would return the ill-gotten gains to the sheriff’s office.

The grand larceny charge reveals that the dimes were not the only thing stolen. About three weeks before the burglary, police say, the trio stole three 20-gauge shotguns, a Ruger .22 and a 6-inch switchblade. The crime is punishable by imprisonment in the state penitentiary for up to a year and a fine not more than $1,000.

The burglary charge is punishable by 7 years in prison.

Laura Brown, Staff Writer

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SBA Offers Hope to Flood Victims

There may be a light at the end of the tunnel for flood victims.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes; most private, nonprofit organizations; homeowners and renters.

Businesses of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace disaster property damage.

Small businesses, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private, nonprofit organizations can also borrow to help meet disaster-caused working capital needs.

If you are a homeowner or renter, the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) may refer you to the SBA. SBA disaster loans are the primary source of money to pay for repair or replacement costs not fully covered by insurance or other compensation. 

Homeowners may borrow up to $200,000 to repair or replace their primary residence. In addition, homeowners and renters can borrow up to $40,000 to replace personal property, including vehicles.

The fastest way to apply for help is to register with FEMA at www.disasterassistance.gov.

Homeowners and renters should submit their SBA disaster loan application, even if they are not sure if they will need or want a loan. If the SBA cannot approve an application, homeowners and renters will be referred to FEMA’s Other Needs Assistance (ONA) program for possible additional assistance.

There are three ways to apply to the SBA. You can apply online using SBA’s secure website, https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. You can also apply in person at any Disaster Recovery Center and receive personal, one-on-one help from an SBA representative. 

For additional information or to find a location near you, go to the website above or call SBA at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Individuals that are deaf or hard of hearing can call (800) 877-8339.

You can also apply by mail by sending your completed paper application to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth TX 76155.

Laura Brown, Staff Writer

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Webbers Falls Woman Nabbed in Sallisaw

A Webbers Falls woman faces felony drug possession charges in Sallisaw.

Police stopped Jaime Sharp, 43, on June 27 because of a defective brake light. A records check revealed Sharp had no driver’s license and that her passenger, Robert Shanks, had a valid warrant in Sequoyah County. He was subsequently arrested.

When Sharp refused to grant permission to search the vehicle, officers asked a K-9 unit to do an open-air search, the police report stated. The dog alerted on both sides of the car.

A search of the vehicle found three bags of a crystalline substance in Sharp’s purse and she was arrested. The bags tested positive for methamphetamine, and have been sent to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for further testing.

Sharp was charged with felony possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent, possession of drug paraphernalia, and misdemeanor charges of having a defective motor vehicle and driving without a license.

Laura Brown, Staff Writer

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Muldrow Boy Named World Champion Flag-Racer

Tybo Watson 
World Champion Flag-Racer

Tybo Watson, 14, of Muldrow was named the world champion flag-racer at the National Little Britches Rodeo finals at the Lazy E in Guthrie.

Tybo competed in the junior boys flag-racing division, breakaway roping, ribbon roping, goat tying and team roping.

More than 1,200 youths competed in the finals. Tybo won four buckles, a set of spurs and a saddle, as well as a $1,000 scholarship and a pair of boots.

Tybo’s mother, Jo Watson, said that he competes in Little Britches events from August-June and the points he earned throughout the year landed him at first place in the world.

The 9th-grader will move up to the senior division next year.

Tybo will appear on the RFDTV network in the fall when the National Little Britches Rodeo Association begins airing episodes from the final round.

Congratulations, Tybo!

Laura Brown, Staff Writer

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76th Annual Lions Club Rodeo Set in Sallisaw

The 76th Annual Sallisaw Lions Club IPRA Rodeo is scheduled for Aug. 1-3 at the Sallisaw Rodeo Arena.

The rodeo will be hosted by Hampton Rodeo Co. and will begin at 8 p.m. each day. Events will kick off at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 1, with a parade through downtown Sallisaw.

The three-day event will feature announcer Matt McGee, rodeo clown Mike Wentworth, bullfighter Matt Libby, a trick riding and shooting team and more.

Rodeo officials have also scheduled two dances after the rodeo Friday, Aug. 2, and Saturday, Aug. 3. Friday’s dance will feature Western Justice. Reckless Stones will play for Saturday’s dance.

Organizers didn’t forget the little ones! Pony rides, wild horse races and mutton bustin’ events are scheduled.

Tickets are $8 for adults. Children ages 6-10 are $5 and kids 5 and under get in free.

Featured rodeo events include:

*Bareback bronc riding

*Bull riding

*Cowgirls’ barrel racing

*Cowgirls’ breakaway roping

*Saddle bronc riding

*Steer wrestling

*Team roping

*Tie-down roping

The rodeo is sponsored by Blue Ribbon Auto Group, Cherokee Casino, Merrill Bonding and Coors.

Laura Brown, Staff Writer

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