Monday, February 29, 2016

Presidential Primary Polling Places Listed

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday for the Presidential Preferential Primary Election, said Cindy Osborn, Sequoyah County Election Board secretary.

Osborn offered tips on how to make your vote count. 

She said a valid ballot marking – a filled-in box in either blue or black ink – is important. If voters make mistakes marking their ballots, Osborn said they should not try to correct the error. Instead a voter should return the spoiled ballot to precinct officials who will destroy it and issue a new ballot to the voter.

Obsorn urged voters to take their voter identification cards with them to the polls.

“Your voter ID card, issued by the county election board, can help precinct officials find your name in the Precinct Registry, and it may help them resolve the problem if you are not listed in the registry for some reason,” Osborn explained.

Voters may also bring an unexpired photo ID card issued by the U.S. government, the state of Oklahoma or a federally-recognized tribal government.

Voters without ID or whose names are not found in the Precinct Registry, or voters who disagree with the information in the registry, may also cast a provisional ballot. A provisional ballot is sealed in a special envelope and counted after election day, if the voter’s information can be verified by the election board.

Osborn said voters who want to get through the line quickly should vote at mid-morning or mid-afternoon because those usually are the two slowest periods.

“Anyone who is eligible and in line at the polling place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday will be entitled to vote,” Osborn said.

The precinct polling place are:

-101-Muldrow Cherokee Community Building, 603 N. Main;

-102-Rural Water Department, 2000 E. Shawntel Smith Blvd., Muldrow;

-103-Muldrow Public Library, 711 W. Shawntel Smith Blvd.;

-104-Waylon Jones Complex, 203 Ranger Blvd., Roland;

-105-Roland Nutrition Center, 300 S. Roland Rd.;

-106-LibertySchool, 476490 E. 1060 Rd., Muldrow;

-201-Landmark Missionary Church, one mile north of State Highway 82 on west side of road, north of Vian;

-202-Vian United Methodist Church, corner of Lee and Blackstone;

-203-VianNutritionCenter, 111 S. Blackstone;

-204-McKey Fire Department, 107362 S. 4570 Rd., Sallisaw;

-205-First Baptist Church, 122 W. Chickasaw, Sallisaw;

-206-Old McKey School, 105588 S. 4570n Rd., Sallisaw;

-207-Marble City Town Hall, 122 N. Main;

-208-Blackgum Community Center, 449458 Highway 100, Vian;

-209-Gore Senior Citizens Center, 313 Steve Owens Rd.;

-210-West Tenkiller Fire Department, 446027 E. Lake View Dr.;

-301-First Christian Church, 706 N. Wheeler, Sallisaw;

-302-Sallisaw Civic Center, 111 N. Elm St.;

-303-Agent Mallory-Martin, 123 S. Wheeler, Sallisaw;

-304-Brent Community Center, 461914 State Highway 141, Gans;

-305-Central Fire Department, 107011 S. 4670 Rd., Sallisaw;

-306-Akins First Baptist Church, 104186 S. 4680 Rd., Sallisaw;

-307-Calvary Temple Church, 104703 S. 4620 Rd., Sallisaw;

-308-Brushy School gym, 100968 S. 4650 Rd. Sallisaw;

-309-Nicut Fire Department #2, 98758 S. 4750 Rd., Muldrow;

-310-Gans City Hall, 102 S. Stacy.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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Neurosurgeon Joins Hospital Team

A new doctor, a neurosurgeon, has joined the outpatient team at Sequoyah Memorial Hospital (SMH) in Sallisaw.

Dr. Michael Thambuswamy, a neurosurgeon with the Oklahoma Spine and Brain Institute, has joined the SMH team of outpatient physicians. Thambuswamy joins Dr. Kyle Mangels, also of the Oklahoma Spine and Brain Institute. As a team, the two doctors provide a clinic that tends to patients for the care of the spine and brain.

Thambuswamy is a 2008 graduate of the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine and fellowship trained in neurosurgical oncology from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and a masters in finance and accounting from Baylor University.

A native of Tulsa, Thambuswamy is a graduate of Jenks High School.

To make an appointment with Thambuswamy, visit with your local physician about a referral. For more information call 918-774-1100 or to contact the institute call 918-749-0762. The website may be found at

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Mounted Search and Rescue Holds First Meeting

Volunteers for the Sequoyah County Mounted Search and Rescue Team. From the left, Timothy Burmaster, Clifford Fritts, Jacke Fritts, Mac Moad, "Preacher" Jackie Hardbarger, Devine Guthrie, Mathew Wilson, Christopher Barker, Kelly Moad, and Alex Walker.

The newly formed Sequoyah County Mounted Search and Rescue Team (SCMSAR) held their first meeting on Feb. 27. It was a perfect day for the meeting, according to Mac Moad, SCMSAR organizer. 

Several volunteers were able to make the first meeting, while some volunteers had previous plans. There will be another meeting soon and hopefully allow the rest of the volunteers to get together as well. Moad stated that he believes they currently have 16 volunteers. 10 of which are pictured above.

The official classroom portion of the training will start soon and be held at the Sequoyah County Emergency Management office. There will also be field environment training. Final evaluations will be the confidence and obstacle course for handlers and horses. There will also be a 24 hour mock search and rescue exercise.

"There's an all-around wealth of knowledge and experience with these folks and great people to be around. The mounts are outstanding equine specimens as well," added Moad.

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Friday, February 26, 2016

CASC Online Classes Start March 7

The first day of eight-week online classes is March 7 at Carl Albert State College (CASC). These classes end on May 13.

Courses offered in this format are Ethics, Information Literacy I, Introduction to Sociology, Microcomputer Applications, and American Federal Government.

Students interested in enrolling for the classes beginning March 7 need to contact Sarah Brown as soon as possible at 918-647-1471 or She will direct students in the steps to take to apply for admission and enroll for class.

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Cherokee, IHS Agree to New Health Center

The Cherokee Nation signed an agreement with Indian Health Service (HIS) Wednesday to secure the largest joint venture funding project ever among tribes. The agreement allows for IHS to fund the hospital at an estimated $80 million or more per year. The funding would last a minimum of 20 years, or potentially for the life of the hospital.

IHS is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that funds and provides American Indians health care.

The agreement opens the door for the Cherokee Nation to pay more than $150 million for the construction of a 450,000- square-foot health center in Tahlequah that will be the largest ever built among tribes across the nation under IHS. In the agreement, IHS will request funding for staffing and operating expenses each year for at least 20 years once the hospital reaches capacity. 

“This agreement secured with IHS will be absolutely transformative for the Cherokee Nation and our ability to deliver world-class health care for future generations in northeastern Oklahoma,” Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker said. “IHS saw Cherokee Nation as a good partner to deliver quality care and together we are making the health of Indian Country our top priority. This public-private partnership is going to create both construction and health care jobs and be a significant economic impact in our region.”

The health center will be an addition on the existing 190,000-square-foot Hastings Hospital campus in Tahlequah.

The renewal of the joint venture program that will allow the Cherokee Nation to build and operate a new facility was made possible thanks to the leadership in Congress who championed the program through the budget process and federal allocations.

"I am extremely proud of the work Chief Baker and the entire Cherokee Nation have put into making this joint venture a reality. Oklahoma has consistently ranked at the bottom of all states when it comes to national health indicators. It is important that local, state, and federal groups and officials take steps that will promote health and wellness across our state,” said Cherokee Nation citizen and U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.). “The health center in Tahlequah will be a very big step, and I applaud the Cherokee Nation and Indian Health Service’s commitment to promoting the health and wellbeing of all individuals.”

The new addition will create jobs and expand new specialty services, such as surgeons and endocrinology, which currently are not offered at Hastings, which the tribe has operated since 2008.

Other services included in the new facility are ambulatory care, podiatry, a WIC program, audiology, dental care, eye care, primary care, specialty care, diagnostic imaging, a laboratory, a pharmacy, rehabilitation services, surgery, behavioral health, health education, public health nursing, public health nutrition and a wellness center.

A groundbreaking for the new addition will be held this spring.

The Cherokee Nation operates the largest tribal health system in the country with more than 1.2 million patient visits per year.

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Sallisaw Man Arrested for, Pleads Guilty to Drug Possession

A Sallisaw man was arrested for selling Oxycodone in Sallisaw on Feb. 16, and wasted no time in the Sequoyah County jail. He was charged in Sequoyah County District Court on Feb. 17, pleaded guilty to the charges on Wednesday and was sentenced to 11 years in prison and appropriate fines.

Kevin Wayne Sanders Jr., 27, was arrested during an undercover operation by the Sallisaw Police Department and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN).

In a press release OBN spokesman Mark Woodward said his agency received information in January that Kevin Wayne Sanders Jr. was distributing Oxycodone on the streets of Sallisaw. The OBN and Sallisaw Police began a joint undercover investigation targeting Sanders’ criminal activity.

Woodward said, “We were able to introduce an undercover OBN agent to Sanders who agreed to sell our agent about 15 Oxycodone tablets. On the afternoon of Feb. 16 our agent met Sanders in a business parking lot in Sallisaw and the agent bought 15 tablets of Oxycodone from the defendant. Shortly after the transaction, OBN and Sallisaw police officers arrested Sanders.”

Woodward said painkiller abuse is an epidemic in Oklahoma, and Oxycodone is one of the most popular prescription drugs being injected or smoked by opioid addicts. According to Woodward, Oxycodone pills can sell for as much as $20 to $60 per tablet on the streets.

Sanders remains in the county jail awaiting transport to a state prison facility.

According to court records, he was charged in district court on Feb. 17 with unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute, possession of controlled dangerous substance, both felonies, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor.

Sanders entered a guilty plea to the charges on Wednesday (Feb. 25) before District Judge Jeff Payton who sentenced him to five years each on counts one and two, both felonies, and one year for the drug paraphernalia charge, a misdemeanor. According to the charges, fines could total as much as $26,000.

Court records indicate that Sanders has three prior convictions for possession of controlled dangerous substances, and two suspended sentences resulting from those convictions. The suspended sentences were revoked Wednesday.

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CASC Board Chooses New President

The Carl Albert State College (CASC) Board of Regents has offered the position of CASC president to Jay Falkner. He will be taking over the reins at CASC from Garry M. Ivey, who has announced his retirement effective the end of June.

Falkner currently serves as associate VP of Enrollment Management at CASC and leads several other important aspects of the college. 

“After looking at a variety of applications, the board decided this was the way to go as we move forward,” said Board of Regents Chair Ron Lawson.

Lawson continued, “Every candidate has different strengths. We had to decide who we believed was the best fit for CASC at this particular time. Jay knows us and what we need. He brings energy and excitement to the table. He is well known in the community and for that matter in the state. We are looking forward to his leadership. We talked to candidates across the country, and this is a necessary part of the process to see who is available and interested in Carl Albert State College. In the end we decided Jay brings to the position what we need most right now.” 

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Christian Mayberry Celebrates Birthday as Honorary Sheriff

Christian Mayberry of Muldrow was excited to be celebrating his 19th birthday Thursday as Sequoyah County’s Honorary Sheriff. Sheriff Ron Lockhart, right, selected Mayberry as his honorary sheriff. “We’ve been friends ever since the accident,” Lockhart said. “I visited with him at Christmas and told him I would take him out to lunch for his birthday. He’s been handling all kinds of things today.”

Mayberry even helped pick out the color – blue – for the sheriff’s new file cabinets.

Mayberry was injured in an ATV crash on Sept. 1, 2013, south of Muldrow, and has achieved amazing rehabilitation goals since.

Mayberry, also visited with county officials in the Sequoyah County Courthouse in Sallisaw on Thursday afternoon. Above he visits with County Treasurer Tricia Yates, left in front. Mayberry, center in front, was chosen as honorary sheriff by Sheriff Ron Lockhart, right in front. Visiting in back are, from the left, Lisa Choate, Kacy Lockhart, Angela Gist, Ginger Stump and Julie Haywood, county clerk.

Christian Mayberry’s heroic rehabilitation after a traumatic brain injury in an ATV crash south of Muldrow on Sept. 1, 2013, has made him a local celebrity and an inspiration for others. Mayberry, left, was visiting the county courthouse in Sallisaw when he met Brittanie Mills, center. Mills congratulated Mayberry and offered him a high five, which he gladly accepted. Mills said, “I don’t know him personally but I know of him.”

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Parents Irate Over Closet Discipline

Two sets of parents are irate about their children being put in a dark school closet and told the boogeyman would get them if they cried.

The incidents allegedly occurred at Marble City School during the school’s after-hours program. A female janitor was overseeing the children and put the two children – ages 5 and  6 – in the closet for disciplinary reasons she said.

The woman confessed she put one of the children – the 5-year-old – in the closet, but denied having done so to the 6-year-old. The parents of that child stated that they believe their child.

Nicole Oleary said she found out on Feb. 11 that her child had been disciplined by being put in the closet. That child no longer attends Marble City School.

Oleary said she wants to know why her child was disciplined and she was not told and why the school was not protecting her child, or others’ children.

“No one ever contacted me about a problem with my son,” Oleary said. “I feel like they (school officials) were sticking up for her (the janitor) more than for our kids.”

Oleary and the mother of the other child, April Farris, want to know why a janitor was overseeing an after-school program and why the janitor was not fired. They were told the woman was suspended for a week with pay.

Farris said, “The school didn’t tell us. Bill London (school superintendent) said he needed 10 days to look into it. Well, it’s been 10 days and we’ve not heard from him.”

Farris said her child told her about the incident on Feb. 10. Her son told her he was put in the closet for driving his toy car along the carpet too fast.

She believes the closet discipline was used more than once. London told the media one child was put in the closet once for only 30 seconds. Since the Christmas school break, Farris said her child has been having nightmares, screaming and crying, and is afraid of the boogeyman, even though his parents assure him there is no boogeyman. The children were also told not to tell their parents about the closet, Farris said.

She said her husband, Tim, was to meet with London today (Feb. 25) to discuss the incident.

Farris is direct.

“All we want is for her to be removed,” Farris said. “But I’m more angry at the school than at her. There are 10 to 15 kids in that (after-school) class, and she has no training. She should not have been put in that position.”

Farris said her child still attends Marble City School because he loves his regular teacher. He doesn’t want to change schools.

Oleary said the school tried to “hush up” the incidents, and others were told not to tell the parents of the discipline of the two children.

Oleary said she would like to see something done about the situation and would attend a school board meeting if the subject was on the agenda.

“I’m not trying to be vengeful,” she said. “I don’t want a lawyer.

“It’s not even about my kids anymore,” she said about the school’s handling of the incidents and allegations. “But I have to stand up for my kids. I have to stand up for all kids.

“Why try to sweep this under the rug? No one ever contacted me about a problem with my son. It’s just I want to know why the school didn’t take care of my kid. That’s just backwards!”

Farris said she and her husband went straight to the sheriff’s office to file a report on the incident and did fill out a report. But, she said they were told that proving child abuse would be too hard in a psychological case where no bruises or other physical signs of child abuse were obvious.

District Attorney Brian Kuester said he heard about the incidents through the media but had not seen a report on the allegations. He said his office must work with reports submitted by the investigating agency.

Farris said she also contacted the Department of Human Services but has not heard back from them yet.

“I’m not interested in dragging this through the media,” she said. But she would like to see something done.

“The whole system needs to be changed,” she said.

According to school officials the janitor involved in the incidents did resign effective today. She had been an employee of the school for eight years.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

School Janitor Accused of Locking Students in Closet

Authorities were called to the Marble City Public School system after parents recently reported that their children had been locked in a dark closet by a school employee.

Parents reported that children participating in the after school program were left in the care of a female school janitor who was also involved in their after school instruction. The janitor allegedly placed individual students in a dark closet and threatened them with "the boogeyman" as a form of punishment. Reports indicate that this happened on more than one occasion and involved more than one child and occurred over several months. Some of the children involved were reportedly as young as five years old. Parents also indicated that their children became upset and cried while being locked in the dark closet.

Local authorities are investigating the incidents. The janitor has been placed on suspension according to reports although we have not been able to confirm that information at this time.

We will bring you more details as the story develops.

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Incapacitated Voters May Still Vote on March 1

Sequoyah County voters who become physically incapacitated after 5 p.m. Tuesday won’t have to miss the March 1 Presidential Preferential Primary Election, County Election Board Secretary Cindy Osborn said.

Osborn explained that state law permits registered voters who will be unable to go to the polls because they became incapacitated after 5 p.m. Tuesday to vote on an emergency basis. “Physical incapacitation” includes a variety of conditions—injury, illness, childbirth—that prevent a person from voting in person at the polls on election day.

Aside from unplanned emergencies, “state law also allows a registered voter who is physically incapacitated on an ongoing basis or a person who is charged with the care of a physically incapacitated person who cannot be left unattended to submit an application for absentee ballot by an agent,” Osborn said.

The agent may be any person of the voter’s choosing who is at least 16 years of age and who is not employed by or related within the third degree to any person whose name appears on the ballot, Also, a person may serve as an agent for only one person at any election, Osborn explained.

“If you think that you or someone you know fits into this category, please contact the Sequoyah County Election Board office at 918-775-2614 as soon as possible for more information,” Osborn said.

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Search and Rescue Team Organized ‘to Save Lives'

Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart and Steve Rutherford, Sequoyah County Emergency Management director, on Tuesday (Feb. 23) have agreed with a local rancher and Army veteran to organize a Mounted Search and Rescue Team.

Lockhart said, “We’ve been talking about this for about three months. Horses can go places others cannot.”

Lockhart said Granville “Mac” Moad (pictured above) is organizing the mounted patrol.

“They are just now forming teams. Maybe they will be organized by the spring,” Lockhart said.

Organizer Moad said Wednesday, “We’ve already got 16 volunteers, with a wide variety of experience. We will have all the tools the team will need.”

The volunteer group includes both men and women, who are law enforcement officers, a farrier, a psychologist, EMTs, paramedics, firefighters, mounted shooters, a registered nurse, and others.

Moad is himself experienced. He served in the U.S. Army from 1983 to 2000 and is now a tactics and weapons specialist instructor for the DOE.

He also has a ranch between Muldrow and Roland where he keeps 13 horses – Quarter Horses, a Tennessee walker and some mustangs.

Moad said the training of both horse and rider is important. The volunteers, who must have their own horses and trailers, will undergo 80 hours of training, along with their horses. The horses themselves must be desensitized to the hubbub that may go along with a search and rescue a mission, as well as a good trail horse.

“The horses must be sound, used to the commotion and not spook,” Moad said.

Moad hopes the training can begin in a couple weeks. The volunteers, he said, “Are excited about the course.”

Moad explained he hopes to take all the volunteers to Dwight Mission, northwest of Sallisaw, in a couple of weeks where there are abundant trails. There the volunteers will meet and get to know one another. They will go on trail rides and just talk, Moad said. The day will give Moad a chance to evaluate the volunteers and their horses. They will next get the course outline.

“I want everyone to get to know each other and we will start the course the next day,” Moad said.

The 80-hour course will be taught over six days and over several weeks, he said. Hopefully, the mounted search and rescue team will be ready for operations by mid spring. Moad said the team won’t be limited to Sequoyah County, but will go wherever needed. He said there are only one or two mounted search and rescue teams in the state, and too far from eastern Oklahoma to offer assistance quickly.

The course will include instruction on land navigation, terrain association and map reading, field emergency response, incident command center operation, tracking, scene preservation and, of course, horsemanship. Moad said he will also work with and train the horses if needed.

Moad said volunteers must also be CPR and First Aid certified. Both courses are often offered free of charge by organizations, schools and hospitals.

At the end of the course, the new search and rescue team will participate in a mock search and rescue mission to find a missing person.

“It ought to be a pretty stout team,” Moad said of the volunteers. But there is a need for that, since the county has not had a mounted search and rescue team since the 1980s. The need for search and rescue is simple.

“It’s to save lives,” Moad said.

Anyone who wishes to volunteer for the team may contact Moad at 479-353-2159 or the sheriff’s office at 918-775-1213.

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State to Appeal FEMA Denial of Assistance

The State of Oklahoma is preparing an appeal of the decision by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to deny individual assistance for citizens whose property suffered damage in the floods of late December.

FEMA’s denial covered nine eastern Oklahoma counties – Sequoyah, Adair, Cherokee, Delaware, Mayes, McCurtain, Muskogee, Ottawa and Pushmataha.

For that reason, Steve Rutherford, Sequoyah County Emergency Management director, is asking those who had damage to their homes or businesses to submit their information on the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management website.

Rutherford said, “If you had damages during the flooding, please contact Oklahoma Emergency Management on their website at OEM.OK.Gov. On the far right side of their home page you will find a column with the heading “Announcements.” The first item in that list is on this subject. You can click there and send the information to OEM. They will need your name, address of the affected home or property, your phone number, photos of the damage if you have them, description of the damages and any applicable flood insurance information.”

The information should be submitted within the next two weeks Rutherford said Wednesday.

To learn more about the appeal contact Rutherford at his office at 918-775-1216 or his cell at 918-776-3787.

Rutherford said much of the flood damage was in the Moffett area where 14 residences were destroyed or damaged.

FEMA did approve assistance to local governments – towns, cities and counties – for flood damage.

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Local Investigation Leads to Spiro Man’s Sentence

A Spiro man was sentenced in U.S. District Court for possession of methamphetamine, thanks to an investigation by the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

William Lynn Burrough, 45, was sentenced to 168 months imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, the U.S. attorney’s office in Muskogee announced Wednesday.

The indictment alleged that on June 9 Burrough had 50 grams or more of methamphetamine in his possession.

Burrough will remain in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending transportation to a federal prison where he will serve his non-paroleable sentence.

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Disc Golf Tourney Will Raise Funds for Animal Rescue Group

It’s nearly spring and those who want to put a spring in their step should get out their flying discs and start practicing for the 2nd Chance Disc Golf Tournament, a fundraiser for 3 Girls Animal Rescue of Shady Point.

The tournament will be held at Sallisaw’s new Disc Golf Course at Jay Reynolds Park at 8:30 a.m. April 9, in conjunction with the Western Arkansas Flying Disc Association.

The tournament offers three divisions – Big Dogs for advanced and open players; Little Dogs for recreational and intermediate players; and Lassies for ladies.

It also offers prizes, trophies, raffles, mulligans and a Second Chance Round if you don’t like your first score.

The entry fee is $20 per person for the first round. Second chance round is $5 more. Mulligans can be purchased on the day of the event. By buying into the second chance round, a player gets a second attempt at bettering his or her score.

Signup is at 8 a.m. and a players’ meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. before tournament play begins.

Players may sign up for the tournament at, and may also pay the entry fee through Pay Pal. Remember to register your division on the memo line.

If you don't have a PayPal account you may send a personal check to 3 Girls Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 1001, Shady Point, Okla. 74959. Remember to show your division on your check memo!

For more information call Tom Salamon at 918-914-1367, send a Facebook message to Kaye Coleman or email

3 Girls Animal Rescue is a group of women and men who pull animals from local pounds and animal control facilities and foster rescued animals as homes are sought for them. All animals are neutered or spayed, given appropriate veterinary care and all vaccinations. The group uses funds raised to adopt out the animals or to transport animals to other cities and areas where forever homes are waiting. The group is strictly non-profit 501c3.

“We run solely off donations and lots of prayers,” members said “Just as our rescue offers animals a second chance at life, you can have a second chance in our tournament.”

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Primary Sample Ballots Available for Review

Sample ballots are available at the Sequoyah County Election Board office for voters who want to get a preview of what will be at stake in the Presidential Preferential Primary Election on March 1.

Sample ballots are also available about two weeks prior to an election on the Oklahoma State Election Board’s Online Voter Tool at

Cindy Osborn, Sequoyah County Election Board secretary, said that sample ballots can be viewed at the election board office at 110 E. Creek Ave. in Sallisaw during regular office hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Sample ballots also will be posted outside every precinct polling place on Tuesday so that voters can review them before casting their votes.

The ballots that will be issued to voters on Tuesday will be for Democrats and Republicans.

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

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Two Arrested for Running Over Muldrow Woman

A Muldrow woman was hospitalized in Fort Smith Thursday after a witness said she was run over by a pickup truck.

Fort Smith police reported Shannon Brewer, 42, was transported to Sparks Regional Medical Center at about 4 p.m. Thursday after she was found in the 1600 block of Rogers Avenue lying in a pool of her own blood. Police were able to stop the truck occupied by the driver, Bryson J. Griffey, 29, and a passenger Donald Wilson, 44, both of Fort Smith. Wilson was identified as Brewer’s boyfriend.

Wilson told police that he and Brewer had been arguing over medication he was taking and were in the parking lot at a doctor’s office when she tried to jump into Griffey’s truck and was injured.

A witness said Wilson and Brewer came running out of the doctor’s office and he got in the truck first. When Brewer tried to get in the truck Griffey drove off, knocking Brewer to the ground where she lay when the rear tires of the truck ran over her.

Griffey was arrested for felony aggravated assault with a weapon and a misdemeanor charge of carrying a weapon, which was found in the truck. Wilson was arrested for felony aggravated domestic assault with a weapon. Wilson was being held without bond in the Sebastian County Detention Center and Griffey was released on a $4,500 bond Friday.

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Free@YourLibrary. . .Lunch, Books and Classes!

Stanley Tubbs Memorial Library in Sallisaw offers numerous free services to patrons.

On Wednesday the library will offer a free lunch and book review. The library asks those planning to attend to call to make reservations. The phone number is 918-775-4481. The luncheon and book review are held twice a month. The first meeting in March will be on March 9 at noon.

The Stanley Tubbs Friends of the Library will meet immediately after the lunch and book review on Wednesday.

The Ozobots Teen Workshop will be held at 4 p.m. on Feb. 29.

Facebook for Seniors will be held at 1 p.m. on March 2.

Health Website for Parents will be the class at 4 p.m. on March 7.

A free Sketching Class will be held at 5:30 p.m. on March 10.

Story Time, with Ms. Sharon, is held at 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday.

A free Photography Workshop will be held at 5:30 p.m. on March 14. This class will be taught by Carrol Copeland, an award-winning professional photographer. He will speak on composition and how to turn a ho-hum photo into a great photo.

Members of the Stanley Tubbs Memorial Library hold fundraisers to help the library offer the above activities and others free of charge. The Friends will hold a fundraiser at Mazzio’s Pizza in Sallisaw from 5 to 8 p.m. on March 3. They invite everyone to attend. When ordering, customers must remind Mazzio’s they are there for the library. Mazzio’s then donates 15 percent of their total bill to the Friends of the Library.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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Tennessee Man Charged for Marijuana, Guns

A Tennessee man is free on an $18,500 bond after he was arrested by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) on Interstate 40 on Feb.12 for possession of marijuana and having firearms during a felony.

Rodney Dewayne Thomas, 28, of Millington, Tenn., was charged Wednesday in Sequoyah County District Court, Sallisaw, with unlawful possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute and possession of firearms during the commission of a felony.

According to the OHP trooper’s report, Thomas was a passenger in a black Honda caught speeding in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 40. The vehicle was stopped at mile marker 297. When questioned, the driver told the trooper that Thomas had a gun in the car.

A second trooper arrived and the two found a loaded Taurus Millenium .45 caliber pistol in Thomas’ waistband. The second trooper had his drug dog search the vehicle, which led to finding one and a half pounds of marijuana in the engine compartment. A bag in the trunk, belonging to Thomas, also contained a loaded Glock .45 caliber pistol.

Thomas was released on bail Tuesday.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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Presidential Search at Carl Albert State College Moving Forward

The search for the next president of Carl Albert State College (CASC) is entering the campus interview portion of the process, college officials announced Friday.

The process includes several interviews by video, which may be seen at the CASC campus in Sallisaw.

With President Garry M. Ivey announcing his retirement plans, a search has been underway since late 2015. 

The Presidential Search Committee has reviewed applications received thus far and will now bring several candidates to campus for a series of meetings.

Candidates will be at the Poteau campus half a day each for their meetings on Feb. 22 and 23. Faculty, staff, students, and community members are invited to meet each candidate at the times listed below. In addition, the meetings will be broadcast to the CASC Sallisaw campus in the Stites Center for faculty, staff, students, and community. The candidates will do a short introduction/vision, and then open up the remaining time for questions.

Monday morning, Feb. 22 

·9:45 – 10:15 Students and community invited to meet with Jason Morrison – Costner Balentine Student Center Ballroom

·10:30 – 11:15 Faculty and staff invited to meet with Jason Morrison – Costner-Balentine Student Center Ballroom

Monday afternoon, Feb. 22

·12:45 – 1:30 Faculty and staff invited to meet with Wayne Hatcher – Costner-Balentine Student Center Ballroom

·1:45 – 2:15 Students and community invited to meet with Wayne Hatcher – Costner-Balentine Student Center Ballroom

Tuesday morning, Feb. 23

· 9:45 – 10:15 Students and community invited to meet with Jay Falkner - Costner-Balentine Student Center Ballroom

·10:30 – 11:15 Faculty and staff invited to meet with Jay Falkner – Costner-Balentine Student Center Ballroom

Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 23

·12:45 – 1:30 Faculty and staff invited to meet with John Garic – Costner-Balentine Student Center Ballroom

·1:45 – 2:15 Students and community invited to meet with John Garic – Costner-Balentine Student Center Ballroom

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51st Livestock Show Is Feb. 24-26

Get ready to get country. The 51st Sequoyah County Junior Livestock Show will be held Feb. 24 through 26 at the Sequoyah County Fairgrounds in Sallisaw.

Over 200 young exhibitors, more than last year, are set to show off their cattle, lambs, swine and goats.

To top off the event, the Bidders Barbecue and premium auction will be held on the evening of Feb. 26.

On Feb. 24 the Future Farmers of America (FFA) students and 4-Hers will be showing their animals beginning at 5 p.m. The evening begins with heifers, followed by market lambs, the sheep showmanship, steers and beef showmanship.

On Feb. 25 the Doe Goat Jackpot Show kicks off the evening at 5 p.m. followed by the Wether Meat Goat Show, goat showmanship, Breeding Gilt Jackpot Show, the Market Barrow Show and swine showmanship.

The popular Bidders Barbecue will begin at 6 p.m. on Feb. 26 followed by the premium auction at 7 p.m. Tommy Wright of Vian will be the auctioneer.

For information on the livestock show contact the OSU Extension Office in Sallisaw at 918-775-4838.

The livestock show is sponsored by the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Sequoyah County Fair Board.

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Moffett Offers Amnesty to Non-payers

Moffett is offering amnesty to those for whom a warrant has been issued for not paying fines, Moffett Police Chief Riley Brooks said Wednesday.

The amnesty program will run from the present through March 31, Brooks said. He explained the Moffett Town Council approved the amnesty program on Tuesday.

By paying the fine during the amnesty period, those with warrants will save $200, Brooks said.

“We will drop the warrant fee of $200 for those who pay their original fine,” Brooks said. “And if they pay their fine they will be able to get their driver’s license reinstated.”

Those with a warrant for not paying fines have had their driver’s license suspended by the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (ODPS).

Brooks explained those who pay their fines are issued a paid receipt by the Moffett court clerk. That receipt is then submitted to the (ODPS) to get the driver’s license reinstated.

Brooks said, “This gives them a chance to get their life back in order.”

For more information on paying the fines contact the Moffett court clerk at 918-875-3066.

To pay the fine visit the Moffett court clerk at the Moffett Police Station between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Brooks said the amnesty program is not for those who are already enrolled in a payment plan for fines.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Apply Now for Primary Election Absentee Ballots

Less than a week remains for registered voters in Sequoyah County to apply for absentee ballots to be mailed to them for the March 1 Presidential Preferential Primary Election, County Election Board Secretary Cindy Osborn said Tuesday.

Applications for absentee ballots must be in the hands of the county election board no later than 5 p.m. Feb. 24 to be processed.

Any registered voter eligible to vote in the election may vote by absentee ballot without stating a reason, Osborn said. Absentee voters may apply in person at the county election board office or may send their applications by mail, fax, or e-mail. Voters also may apply for absentee ballots for the following reasons:

-Registered voters who are physically incapacitated and voters who care for physically incapacitated persons who cannot be left unattended may apply for absentee ballots only by mail, fax, e-mail, or via an agent who is at least 16 years of age and who is not employed by or related within the third degree of consanguinity or affinity to any person whose name appears on the ballot.

-Registered voters who are confined to nursing homes in the county may apply by mail, by fax, by e-mail, or via an agent who is at least 16 years of age and who is not employed by or related within the third degree of consanguinity or affinity to any person whose name appears on the ballot.

-Military personnel, residents of Sequoyah County living overseas, and the spouses and dependents of each group may apply only by mail, by fax, or by e-mail. For more information and instructions, military and overseas voters may visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website 

For more information on absentee voting, contact the county election board at 110 E. Creek Ave. in Sallisaw. The telephone number is 918-775-2614. The fax number is 918-775-1205. For additional election-related information, visit

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Marble City Offers Amnesty

The Town of Marble City is offering amnesty to those who have not paid their traffic tickets or showed up for court on their scheduled dates.

A warrant is issued for those who do not pay or appear as scheduled, which doubles the original fine and adds a $10 warrant fee. When warrants are issued, the state also suspends driver’s licenses. To reactivate the license, the driver must pay the reinstatement fee. Those fees begin at $50 and go up depending on how many times the license has been suspended.

Marble City Mayor Tamara Hibbard said the Judge has authorized a 25 percent reduction for those who pay the balance of their outstanding fines during the amnesty period. Those who would like to take advantage of the offered amnesty and reduction must pay at the Marble City Court Clerk’s office at city hall. An online payment service is offered, but the court clerk must be contacted prior to payment in order to receive the 25 percent reduction.

The court clerk can be contacted at (918) 775-3002. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. The amnesty period runs from Feb. 1 to March 30. 

Hibbard explained that any outstanding balances after the March 30 deadline may be turned over for collection. A 35 percent collection fee will be added to the total balance and no reduction will be applied, she said.

For more information on the program contact the Town of Marble City at (918) 775-3002.

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