Friday, July 3, 2020

Catholic Charities Continues to Provide Food

Catholic Charities has ended its Go Fresh Giveaways at Carl Albert State College every Friday in June, but the agency wants the residents of this area to know that they are still the food pantry for this area and they have plenty of fresh produce and frozen chicken available.

The agency is providing the food as a drive-through service from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. They are located at 409 N Adams in Sallisaw. 

Documentation is not required at this time.

The agency is currently closed for the Fourth of July weekend but staff will return Monday morning.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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Webbers Falls Vice Mayor Charged With Embezzlement

Webbers Falls Vice Mayor Bobby S. Ogg, 38, was charged June 23 with a misdemeanor count of embezzlement.

He was released from jail on his own recognizance the next day, court records show. He is scheduled for a July 7 disposition before Muskogee County Special District Judge Robin Adair.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, Ogg is accused of taking four semi-trailer tires, a lawnmower belt and three mower deck spindles after allegedly telling a town employee to purchase them from a Gore hardware store between Sept. 1, 2019, and May 29, 2020.

The affidavit further states that Ogg then told the employee to charge the items to the Town of Webbers Falls’ store account and drop them off at Ogg’s residence. The purchases totaled $810.93.

At a special meeting June 1, the board voted to go into executive session concerning the pending investigation. The board considered the role of the employee in the case but eventually voted to take no action on his employment.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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COVID-19 Case Reported at Court Clerk’s Office

The coronavirus has impacted the Sequoyah County Courthouse this week as an employee in the Court Clerk’s office tested positive for the illness.

In a statement released Thursday, Court Clerk Vicki Beaty said her office informed the Emergency Management Department about the positive case and they also are in contact with the Oklahoma Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

All court clerk’s office employees went to Northeastern Health System - Sequoyah to be tested. Those results are not expected until late Saturday. In the meantime, the court clerk’s office and all other courthouse offices now require masks and they will be hand-sanitizing and following any health guidelines.

“We will do whatever is necessary for our employees and the public,” Beaty said.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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Hospital Adds New Safety Procedures

Because of the increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases around the region, Northeastern Health System - Sequoyah has instituted new safety procedures for its patients and staff.

As of Monday, all employees will be screened upon entry, and are required to wear masks. 

Everyone who enters the facility will be asked to wear a mask at all times while in the health-care facility per the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Visitors will also be given a bracelet indicating that they have been screened. If not wearing a mask, a visitor will be asked to retrieve one from their car to use. Visitors will not be allowed to enter the hospital if they do not provide their own masks.

If a patient does not have a mask and is asymptomatic (without symptoms) they will be allowed to go to their appointment. If they are symptomatic, they will be provided a mask. Once additional masks are on hand, patients will be provided one for their appointment but visitors will still have to provide their own.

All patients and visitors will be asked if they are at the hospital for COVID-19 testing. If they are, they will receive an armband with its white side up. They will then be asked about possible exposure to the virus during international or state-to-state travel. They will also be checked for symptoms such as fever and cough and asked if they have been in contact with a known positive COVID-19 patient.

Patients may have one patient representative that will be allowed (it should be the same person throughout the admission/visit) and they must wear masks at all times.

Additional patient representatives may be permitted if exceptional circumstances warrant consideration and in compliance with facility policy. The patient representative shall be subject to any screening procedures required by the facility, including temperature screenings, observance of hand hygiene practices and the wearing of their own mask at all times while in the facility.

The facility may further limit access to patients when patient representatives fail to follow facility policy.

Other guidelines now in place encourage everyone to wash their hands with antiseptic (located next to screener’s desk) and if a visitor shows up with a patient who is having a procedure, they must provide their own mask and wear it while in the facility.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Gore Board Member Filing Begins July 6

The Gore Special Fire District board member filing period begins at 8 a.m. Monday, July 6, said Cindy Osborn, Secretary of the Sequoyah County Election Board.

Filing will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the county election board office located at 110 E Creek Ave. in Sallisaw. The deadline for filing as a candidate is 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, no exceptions.

Board member filing will be held for Seat Position 4.

For more election information, call the Sequoyah County Election Board at (918) 775-2614 or visit

KXMX News Staff 

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Food Truck Park Set to Offer Variety

The Food Truck Park on Iola Avenue in Sallisaw is set up to offer residents a wide array of food choices in a convenient, family friendly environment.

Larry Crowe, who owns the site, said Thursday that he still has several open spaces for food truck operators to rent. The park has space for seven food trucks that rent for $250 per trailer per month. Each site has full hookups and water is paid, Crowe said.

"We are especially looking for trucks that serve barbecue and Mexican food," Crowe noted. 

The park is about 80 percent complete, Crowe said, and he expects it to be completely ready for business in about three weeks. He said he expects to hold a grand-opening ceremony and ribbon- cutting in about a month.

Claude Burkhart owns the Gorilla Cheese Co., a truck that serves as an anchor at the food truck park. He said his truck offers gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, fresh soups and more.

Recent additions to the park include a fun entrance sign and new playground equipment. There is a covered patio with picnic -table seating and a heated and air-conditioned dining room with restaurant-style tables.

For more information or to rent a space, call Crowe at (918) 489-5136.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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Upcoming Event Will "Honor Our Blue Line"

An event to  "Honor Our Blue Line" will be held Saturday, July 18, with a fun-filled day for local law enforcement officers in the community.  The event will be held at the Old Sallisaw High School Park. 

"We want our local law enforcement officers to know how much we appreciate them," event organizer Rachel Fair said Thursday.

The event will be from 5-9 p.m. and is free for all members of law enforcement and their families.

Barbecue dinners will be available for $8 each, Fair said, and there will be lots of fun kids' activities, including inflatables, face-painting and more available for donations.

Thin Blue Line merchandise will be available for purchase and all proceeds from the event will go toward our local agencies.

Fair said there will also be a silent auction and gift baskets will be given away. 

Guest speakers at the event include Sallisaw Mayor Ernie Martens and more. There will also be an acoustic musical performance by Heath Wright, lead singer of the band Ricochet.

To donate items for the silent auction, contact Fair at (918) 315-2023, or Tracy Lynn or Stacy or Charles House

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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