Monday, December 9, 2019

Commissioners OK Mental Health Court Agenda Items

The Board of Commissioners for Sequoyah County focused on the county’s new mental health court at their meeting Monday.

The commissioners unanimously approved a one-year lease for a building at 210 E. Creek St. to house the court, as well as naming official agents for the court itself.

The panel also accepted a $1,000 donation from the Cherokee Nation to the Sequoyah County Mental Health Court. “The Cherokee Nation does a lot for our county,” District 2 Commissioner Steve Carter said Monday. “It’s incredible.”

Kyle Waters was named requisitioning agent for the court, and Tina Edwards and Crystal Schulz were named receiving agents.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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CASC Delegates C.A.R.E for Local Elderly While Celebrating Their Culture

(Back Row - L to R) Ivan Baker Jr., Noah Martin-NASNTI Technology Specialist, Micky Solomon - NASNTI Project Coordinator, Katie Herr - College FYI First Year Experience Coordinator, & Kaylia Trejo (Front Row - L to R) Jagger Meshaya, Montana Farmer-NASNTI Coaching Coordinator, Alizah Baker

Through a campus-wide collaboration, Carl Albert State College delegates recently distributed hand-made corn husk dolls to residents of The Oaks Nursing Home in Poteau, and plan to distribute additional dolls to residents of The Sequoyah Manor in Sallisaw next week. 

In November, CASC departments collaborated to create Project C.A.R.E. (Collaborating Areas, Respecting the Elderly) as one of the initiatives developed through celebrating Native American Heritage Month. 

This project would allow campus departments and student organizations to give back to their communities while also celebrating Native American culture. CASC students and employees were invited to participate in a variety of cultural workshops throughout November. One of the workshops provided education and training for how to build a traditional native corn husk doll. 

The corn husk dolls made in the cultural workshops on both campuses would be combined with donated items gathered by the CASC Native American Club and Residential Assistants, to make gift bags to deliver to residents of The Oaks Nursing Home and the Sallisaw Manor Nursing Home during the upcoming holiday season. 

“It has been an honor to tie Native American Heritage Month events to a community project,” said Micky Solomon, CASC Title III Project Director, “that several clubs and classes at CASC could support. I believe we should take every opportunity we can to show love to others. It has been a privilege to work with CASC’s partners, students, faculty, and staff on Project C.A.R.E.”

Rachel Johnson, Native American Club Sponsor and CASC Enrollment & Advisement Director, said every member that participated in making the corn husk dolls poured love into each package they made, and saw this service opportunity as a way to share a piece of their heritage with others, while also giving back to their communities.

KXMX News Staff

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Vian Reschedules Downtown in December for Dec. 10

Vian’s Downtown in December event has been rescheduled. It will now be held Tuesday, Dec. 10, from 6-8 p.m. because Santa Claus and his reindeer are arriving a few days earlier than expected.

They were originally scheduled to arrive Dec. 14.

Everyone is welcome to attend this free event, organizers said. Christmas music, caroling, a fire pit,  and hot cocoa will be available. Kids will also be able to take photos with Santa and the reindeer. There will also be children’s activities and more.

Don’t miss the Jolly Old Elf and his crew!

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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Chamber Announces December Schedule of Events

The Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce has released its December events schedule.

At noon on Wednesday, Dec. 11, chamber will hold its monthly membership luncheon at First United Methodist Church.

For holiday revelers, Saturday, Dec. 14, is your day. The following events are scheduled:

The day will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the Jingle Bell 5k race. It’s too late to register early, but $25 race-day registration will be from 6:30-7:15 a.m. There will also be a $15 Kids’ Fun Run. Walkers are welcome to participate. Race-day registration, post-race medals, door prizes and more holiday fun will be at the new Pocket Park at the corner of Cherokee Avenue and Oak Street. The start and finish line will be at the intersection of Oak Street and Choctaw Avenue.

At 5 p.m. Dec. 14, Shop Sallisaw will be held on the lawn of the Stanley Tubbs Memorial Library.

The chamber is presenting an Old Time Christmas parade at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14. Forms are available at the chamber, by calling (918) 775-2558 or visiting Forms are due Wednesday, Dec. 11. 

To cap off the day’s events, Studio 3.16 is staging a live concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Pocket Park in Sallisaw.

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Webbers Falls Post Office to Reopen Monday

Residents of Webbers Falls will once again be able to receive mail at the Webbers Falls Post Office beginning Monday, Dec. 9.

The Webbers Falls Post Office has been closed since severe flooding did extensive damage to the town in May.

Residents have been receiving their mail in Gore during the interim.

According to a statement from the Webbers Falls postmaster, customers will be able to use their original postal box key and are asked to return their temporary key to Gore.

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Franklin Draws Opponent; Martens Unopposed

The filing period ended on Wednesday for Sallisaw city official races and local school board positions.

Sallisaw Police Chief Terry Franklin filed for re-election on Feb. 11, 2020 and will be opposed by Chris Abner.

Current Sallisaw Mayor Ernie Martens filed and is unopposed.

Two local school board positions are contested.

In Vian, James Thornton and Mike Cobb will vie for the Office 5 school board position on April 7, 2020.

Cecilia Muskrat and Lawana Turner are running for the Belfonte Office 3 school board position during the April 7 election.

Justin McGrew was unopposed for his seat on the Sallisaw School Board.

The following candidates were unopposed after filing for their respective school board seats: Lisa Price, Brushy Office 3; Roger D. Crawford, Central Office 5; Jesse James, Gans Office 3 (unexpired);
Jeremy Taylor, Gans Office 5; Ryan Hoog, Gore Office 5; Morgan Seubold, Liberty Office 3; Nancy L. Fields, Marble City Office 2; Sylvester Carolina, Moffett Office 2 (unexpired); Randy Hyatt, Moffett Office 3; Chad Sutton, Muldrow Office 5; and Roger Brunk, Roland Office 5.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Proposed Changes to Fish, Wildlife Rules Open for Public Comments

Each year, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation proposes changes in Title 800, the administrative rules that govern hunting, fishing and Wildlife Department operations. The public comment period for this year's proposed rule changes opened Monday, Dec. 2, and will close at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 3, 2020.

Many proposed changes are simple housekeeping matters, while some are more substantial. Some of this year's rule change proposals include:

*Increasing the deer gun hunting season by adding seven days to the end of the current season.

*Opening all of Osage County to pheasant hunting.

*Establishing restrictions on importing cervid carcasses or carcass parts to help prevent potential chronic wasting disease infectious materials from coming into Oklahoma from out of state.

*Expanding the Lower Mountain Fork River Trout Area boundaries and revising trout size limits, bag limits and tackle restrictions.

*Removing the minimum length limit for blue and channel catfish at Lake Texoma.

To read all of the proposed rule changes, go to

Anyone wanting to make comments on any of the proposed changes may do so in one of three ways:

Fill out the online public comment form at The online public comment period closes at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 3.

Write your comments in a letter and mail to Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Re: Public Comment, P.O. Box 53465, Oklahoma City OK 73152. Letters must be postmarked by Jan. 3.

Voice your comments in person during one of two public hearings beginning at 7 p.m. Jan. 2. Hearings are scheduled at Wildlife Department headquarters, 1801 N. Lincoln Blvd. in Oklahoma City, and at Broken Bow Public Library, 404 N. Broadway in Broken Bow.

All public comments are collected and reviewed by the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission. Commissioners are expected to consider the proposed changes at their regular February meeting.

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