Wednesday, December 12, 2018

RoseRock Estates Hosts Grinch Photo Benefit

RoseRock Estates will host Photos with The Grinch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday at 106 No Name St. in Sallisaw.

To have your photo taken with The Grinch, bring three nonperishable food items per household.

Each person having a photo taken with The Grinch will be entered into a drawing for four tickets to see “The Grinch” movie – two adult tickets and two minor tickets.

For information, call RoseRock Estates at 918-775-6581.

Pam Cloud, Managing News Director

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OSDH Provides Tips for Winter Driving Safety

As the holiday season approaches, it usually means travel for many Oklahomans. Holiday travel may often occur during potentially dangerous winter weather conditions.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health encourages the public to begin preparation for the upcoming holiday travel season. Proper planning can reduce the risk of injury and illness while also ensuring a family is prepared for a major winter weather event.

OSDH Emergency Manager Darrell Eberly reminds travelers to check local television and radio reports of weather forecasts prior to making travel plans, and to know what the National Weather Service winter storm and blizzard watches and warnings mean by visiting .

“It’s a good idea to minimize travel during hazardous conditions,” said Eberly. “If you have to travel, it’s important to ensure your cell phone is fully charged, keep emergency supplies in the vehicle, and let friends or relatives know about your travel plans.”

Recommended supplies include: 
*Booster cables 
*Sand or cat litter for traction 
*Battery-powered radio 
*First-aid kit 

Officials also recommend keeping the vehicle’s fuel tank full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines. For travelers who become stranded, it is recommended to stay visible by putting a bright cloth on the antenna, and raising the hood when snow stops falling.

Residents are encouraged to stay tuned to local media reports about current watches, warnings and road conditions.

Tune to KXMX The Mix 105.1 for current, local weather and road conditions or visit our Facebook page for updates. 

Pam Cloud, Managing News Director

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Peters Agency Hosts Annual Hospice Christmas Bazaar

The annual Hospice Christmas Bazaar, hosted by Peters Agency Hospice and Palliative Care, is slated from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Friday at the Sequoyah County Fairgrounds on East Redwood Street in Sallisaw.

Peters Agency staff invite guests to join them for hot chocolate and cookies as they shop and visit with them and other vendors from the community.

Entertainment will be provided, and door prizes will be given.

Proceeds will go to the care of Peters Agency’s hospice patients.

For information or to set up a vendor booth, call the Peters Agency at 918-775-6555.

Pam Cloud, Managing  News Director

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Crash on I-40 near Roland Injures One

An accident near Roland Tuesday evening resulted in one person being airlifted to a Tulsa hospital.

Dee Kinchen, 54, of North Little Rock, Ark., was driving a 2005 Lexus westbound on I-40 at approximately 7:30 p.m. Tuesday near mile marker 330, about three miles east of Roland. According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, she attempted to pass a 2017 Dodge Ram 3500, driven by Justin Dix, 33, of McCrory, Ark. The OHP reports that the Lexus entered the slow lane, striking the truck in the rear. Kinchen then departed the roadway to the left in the Lexus, traveling through the ditch and hitting a tree.

Kinchen was airlifted to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa and was admitted in stable condition with head and arm injuries. Dix was not injured in the accident. OHP was assisted by Pafford EMS and Tulsa Life Flight.

The OHP reports that seatbelts were in use in both vehicles. The cause of the collision is still under investigation.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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Warner Announces Bid for Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief

Cherokee Nation District 6 Tribal Councilor Bryan Warner has announced his candidacy for the Deputy Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

A Sallisaw native and 1995 Sallisaw High School graduate, Warner spent much of his childhood at Blue Ribbon Downs, where his family trained racehorses. He has a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in education. In 2009, Warner became a science instructor at Carl Albert State College, teaching chemistry, biology, microbiology, and botany. Although reluctant to leave the classroom that he loved so much, Warner became campus director at the Sallisaw CASC campus in 2017. His previous work experience includes training race horses while in college and a heavy equipment operator and mining supervisor for his family’s rock quarry.

In 2015, Bryan was elected to the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council. He currently represents District 6, which is the eastern half of Sequoyah County. 

“The past four years on the Cherokee Nation Tribal Council have been a gratifying and inspiring experience,” Warner said. “Working closely with Chief Baker and Deputy Chief Crittenden, we secured the relocation of the Oklahoma Veterans Center to Sallisaw and we took ownership and reopened the historic Sequoyah’s Cabin in Sequoyah County.

“As co-chair of the Council’s education committee, I am proud we did the right thing and raised the salary for all Cherokee Nation certified teachers,” Warner added. “Furthermore, the partnerships that the grant-funded Sequoyah Project will bring to Sequoyah County, will help ensure college preparedness and career readiness for our Cherokee youth.”

Warner was honored by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development in 2016 as one of the 40 under 40, for demonstrating leadership, initiative, and dedication and making significant contributions in business and/or their community. In 2017, he was appointed to the Tribal Advisory Committee for the Center for Disease Control. While on the council, Warner has been an advocate for the Cherokee Nation Foster Care program, working diligently to bring positive changes to his district.

Warner has always had a heart for service and is always willing to lend a hand.

His civic and volunteer experience includes serving on the Sallisaw City Council, leading local youth in church, along with coaching youth league wrestling, football, and baseball. Warner serves on the Sallisaw Youth and Recreation Commission and on the board of directors for the Sallisaw Youth League. He is immediate past president of the Sallisaw Lions Club and just recently vacated his board position on the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce, where he was chair of the education committee, instrumental in starting the financial literacy program in Sallisaw Public Schools, with programs such as Biztown and JA in a Day. 

Warner hopes to continue his service to the Cherokee Nation as its deputy chief.

"I have had the privilege to work closely with Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. His work ethic, heart for our people and vision for the future has been a personal motivation,” Warner said. “I share the same passion for increased educational opportunities, expanded health care and preservation of the Cherokee culture and language. I am running for Deputy Chief because I want to help drive that vision for a healthier, stronger Cherokee Nation and brighter future for our children and their children.”

Warner and his wife Maco live in Sallisaw. They have 3 boys -- Kaden, Luke and Clayton. They are active members of the Sallisaw First United Methodist Church.  

Pam Cloud, Managing News Director

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Sallisaw Chamber Holds December Meeting; Decorating Contest Winners Announced

Sallisaw Chamber President Jeff Mayo presents a plaque to Nan Stites in recognition of being named the Chamber Member of the Month during its December membership meeting.

The First United Methodist Church provided a holiday backdrop for the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce’s December membership meeting Wednesday. As members dined on a meal catered by Cazadores Mexican Restaurant, Chamber President Jeff Mayo thanked all those involved in assisting with the Kansas City Southern Holiday Express event, adding that 3,333 people actually toured the train.

Greg Womack with Oklahoma Blood Institute shared information about the Thunder Holiday Assist Blood Drive, set for 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 27 at the Sallisaw Civic Center. He said Sallisaw was fortunate to be one of only two cities in eastern Oklahoma to host a Thunder Holiday Assist Blood Drive, where donors will receive an Oklahoma City Thunder T-shirt and will be entered for a drawing to win a pair of Thunder game tickets.

Nan Stites was named the Chamber Member of the Month for December. Mayo said Stites has been an active volunteer in the community, especially so since her retirement from teaching in 2011. She is actively involved in PTO, CHIO, PEO, CASA, working with the local high school scholarship committee, and volunteers as a nursery worker at Immanuel Baptist Church. Stites also serves as a Sallisaw chamber of commerce board member, facilitating the Leadership Sallisaw class. She remains active with the local boy scout troop, recruiting volunteers and transporting scouts to events.

Entertainment for the luncheon was provided by members of the Sallisaw Middle School Diamond Dazzlers, performing a variety of Christmas songs for chamber members in attendance.

Chamber Director Marty Green announced the winners of the Storefront Decorating Contest. Winners were chosen in two categories – Businesses with Lawns and Windows Only. Winning first place in the Businesses with Lawns division was Village West Apartments. Second place went to Rose Rock Estates, and the Old Sallisaw High School Association won third place. In the Windows Only division, first place went to Ruger’s Grill, winning second place was A Better Bargain, and third place went to Sallisaw Tag Agency. Assisting Mayo with the award presentations were Margaret Perry and Jaime Henson with Sallisaw Main Street and Laci Gabbert with the Sallisaw Chamber. Green said 14 businesses entered the storefront decorating contest this year, and judges had a tough time deciding on winners, because all the displays were wonderful.

Village West Apartments

Rose Rock Estates

Old Sallisaw High School Association

Rugers Grill

A Better Bargain

Sallisaw Tag Agency

Pam Cloud, Managing News Director

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Five Marijuana Dispensaries Licensed in Sequoyah County

The days of legal licensed medical marijuana dispensaries are here for the State of Oklahoma and for Sequoyah County.

Business plans are underway and in progress for over 743 dispensaries in over 130 towns in the state. Sequoyah County is no exception. The first filings show five dispensaries are licensed and approved for the county. 

There are currently three licensed in Sallisaw and two in Roland. Those licensed for Sallisaw are Dogwood Greens LLC., Natural Meds Farm Inc., and Green Horizons LLC,. In Roland the newly licensed shops are Earthly Mist LLC, and Guzman Enterprises LLC. 

State officials confirm that many more filings are expected. The state license costs each entrepreneur $2,500. These dispensaries will be supplied by licensed cannabis growers who number over 1100 on file with the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority (OMMA). The OMMA is responsible for licensing, regulating and administering the newly voter approved state law. 

Additional numbers show that 18,601 patients in our state have been approved for medical relief pending a physician's prescription. OMMA numbers show an additional 7,000 patients' applications are pending as of December 9.

The state's two largest cities will be saturated with legal dispensaries. Tulsa's number is presently growing with over 129 facilities and 264 are on the books for Oklahoma City.

KXMX News Staff

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