Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Downtown Sallisaw Heats Up with BBQ, Music Event

Sallisaw Main Street Indian Tacos are always a hit at downtown events
 and the pink trailer is hard to miss!

Downtown Sallisaw will sizzle this weekend as the Hot Pickin’ Finger Lickin’ BBQ Contest and Band Fest gets underway.

Lots of activities are planned for the two-day event this Friday and Saturday, sponsored by Sallisaw Main Street and the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce.

“Friday night, our barbecue teams will be out along the street on Cherokee in front of the library with their smokers,” said Sallisaw Main Street President Jaime Henson. “They have to cook on-site, so they’ll be hanging out all night.”

She said Sallisaw Main Street will be out with their food truck serving their famous Indian tacos, along with funnel cakes beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, and more food will be available later with live music from the HiFi Hillbillies at 7 p.m. Friday.

Chamber Director Marty Green said several vendors will have pop-up shops with items ranging from food to lawn and garden items for sale starting at 9 a.m. Saturday on the library lawn.

“We’re real excited this year,” Green said. “We have a variety of pop up shops. One of them is a handicapped-accessible hunting blind, so come down and look at that. It raises 26 feet in the air. I think a lot of people will be interested in viewing that, along with the other variety of booths we’ll have.”

At 11 a.m. Saturday, Henson said taster kits will be available for $10 per person, including a drink.

“That gets you all the barbecue you can eat,” Henson said. “The teams, not only do they provide the meat they’re cooking for the contest, but most of them have things that go along with that, whether it’s beans; they have anything from smoked chicken and bologna to dessert; there’s a lot of great items they provide to go along with their barbecue.” 

Dirt Road Therapy will provide live music on Saturday.

Organizers encourage everyone to come hungry on Saturday and vote for your favorite barbecue in the popular People’s Choice Award.

For information, contact Sallisaw Main Street at 918-776-7920 or the Sallisaw Chamber at 918-775-2558.


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"Together We Can" Event Planned for Saturday


Saturday, April 27, the Sequoyah County Child Abuse Task Force/Children's Advocacy center will be collaborating with the Sallisaw Special Victims Unit, Sequoyah County Community Response Team, and Cherokee Nation CCR for a first time event called "Together We Can".  

This event will be for Victim's Rights Week, Child Abuse Prevention Month, and Sexual Assault Awareness Month."

"Together We Can" will be held from 11 am until 1 pm. at the Sallisaw Fire Dept.

We will be handing out free hot dogs, chips, and drinks," stated Donna Owens.  "There will be several agencies on hand with resources available."

Owens is a MDT Coordinator/Forensic Interviewer with the Children's Safehaven Advocacy Center.

The event promises lots of fun including a bouncy house for children, and lots of goodies to be given away. 



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Voters Should Apply Early for Absentee Ballots


Voters in Sequoyah County who want to have absentee ballots mailed to them for the May 14th OG&E Franchise for Gore Municipal should apply now, County Election Board Secretary Cindy Osborn said today. Although the County Election Board can accept applications for absentee ballots until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8th, Osborn urged voters who want to vote by absentee ballot to apply early. 

Absentee ballot application forms are available at the County Election Board office located at 110 E Creek St Sallisaw Ok 74955. An online version of the form can be filled out and submitted electronically at: www.elections.ok.gov. A print form can also be downloaded at that address.

Ballots must be in the hands of County Election Board officials by 7 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.

Osborn said any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot in any election in which he/she is eligible to vote. However, a voter must be registered and reside at an address within the geographical boundaries of a school district or a municipality to be eligible to vote in school district or municipal elections. It is not necessary to give a reason for voting absentee.

“While anyone can vote absentee without giving a reason, the law still provides several advantages to absentee voters in some categories,” Osborn said.

By stating one of the following reasons on their applications, absentee voters can activate special conditions that make it easier for them to use absentee ballots. The reasons are:

• Voters who are physically incapacitated and voters who care for physically incapacitated persons who cannot be left unattended may vote absentee. They may apply only by mail, by fax, by email, online 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.

• Voters who are confined to nursing homes in the county may vote absentee. An Absentee Voting Board actually goes to the nursing home a few days before the election, sets up a small polling place and allows these persons to vote under circumstances similar to those at a regular precinct polling place. They may apply only by mail, by fax, by email, online 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 and residents of the county living overseas and the spouses and dependents of each group are eligible receive absentee ballots. These voters may apply only by mail, fax, or by email. Military personnel should contact the Voting Service Officers in their units for application forms and additional information or visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website (www.fvap.gov/oklahoma) for more information and instructions. Residents of Oklahoma living overseas can obtain the same materials from any United States military installation and from United States Embassies and Consulates as well as on the FVAP website. 


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Monday, April 22, 2019

Rainwater Enters Not Guilty Plea in Lane Sr. Murder

Ricky Don Rainwater, Jr.

A Fort Smith man appeared in a Cherokee county courtroom last Thursday regarding first-degree murder charges.

Ricky Don Rainwater, Jr., 44, entered a not guilty plea before District Judge Douglas Kirkley on two counts, including first-degree murder and robbery by force or fear. A third count, larceny of an automobile, has been dropped, according to court records.

Rainwater, according to reports, has confessed to choking to death Larry Lane Sr., father of Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry Lane Jr., on Aug. 31 at Lane’s home in Park Hill in Cherokee County. He then allegedly stole some of Lane’s belongings and fled out of state.

Rainwater was arrested by Memphis police after Cherokee County, Sequoyah County and OSBI investigators tracked receipts from Lane’s stolen credit card across two states. Lane’s stolen pickup truck was discovered in West Memphis, Ark., and officers found Rainwater in a mental health facility where he had admitted himself, according to Jack Thorp, District 27 District Attorney.

Crystal Jackson of Tahlequah, Rainwater’s attorney of record, has 30 days to file motions.

His next court appearance is scheduled for May 30.


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Thursday, April 18, 2019

SHS To Unveil Newly Remodeled Concurrent Zoom Classroom



Administrators, teachers and students are excited Sallisaw High School will soon unveil its newest offering to students.

Crews are currently working on renovating a traditional classroom into a concurrent classroom with Zoom technology on the Sallisaw High School campus that will allow college instructors from Carl Albert State College to conduct classes on the high school campus, according to Brad Jackson, SHS assistant principal.

“We just felt like it’s a great opportunity to provide our students with every opportunity and every advantage we can give them,” Jackson said. “We want to be setting the trends for our area.”

Sallisaw Superintendent Jeremy Jackson said students walking into the new classroom will feel like they are walking into a college classroom.

“We want it to be something they still have a desire to come in here, like they’re stepping onto a college campus somewhere,” Jeremy Jackson said.

Larger desktops and swivel seating on carpeted, stadium-type riser seating, along with surround-sound, television cameras with the Zoom technology, which allows for video conferencing, and a larger video screen will add to the collegiate atmosphere. The partnership with CASC will be evident, as Black Diamond graphics will cover one wall and Viking graphics will adorn another.

Brad Jackson explained that Sallisaw will use the classroom as a hub for other students throughout the county to also take advantage of the concurrent instruction. College instructors from CASC will be face-to-face in the Sallisaw High School classroom and be able to “zoom” into other school classrooms throughout the county, such as Muldrow, Roland and Vian.

SHS administrators have been working with Dr. Bill Nowlin, dean of enrollment management at CASC, on the county-wide partnership, that also includes a grant from the Cherokee Nation. Leflore County schools are also involved.

Currently, between 80 and 110 SHS students are taking concurrent classes, depending on ACT scores. That number could reach 300-400 students when factoring in students from other Sequoyah County high schools.

This fall, the concurrent classes offered through the Zoom-technology classroom include math, English, science and U.S. government. Sallisaw currently has one teacher dually certified to teach concurrent classes, with two more in process of dual certification.

Students must be a junior at SHS to participate in the concurrent classes. School counselors working with college advisors have assisted students interested in or taking the concurrent classes with schedules focused on their career study path.

“We have seniors who will be leaving the building with 30 hours of college credit,” explained Jeremy Jackson, adding that those are hours they received tuition-free, but do have to pay for books and fees.

Brad Jackson said the concurrent classroom will also help with those students unable to drive.

“This breaks down some barriers, especially for kids without transportation,” Brad Jackson said. “Kids who don’t drive yet can stay on campus and take college classes.”


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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Man Pleads Guilty to Possession


The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Carlos Francisco Lainez, age 34, of Las Vegas, Nevada entered a guilty plea to Possession With Intent To Distribute Methamphetamine, punishable by not less than 10 years and not more than life imprisonment, up to a $10,000,000.00 fine or both.

The Indictment alleges that on or about February 3, 2019, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, did knowingly and intentionally possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.

The charges arose from an investigation by the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The Honorable Kimberly E. West, U.S. Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the plea and ordered the completion of a presentence investigation report.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Shannon Henson represented the United States.

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Sequoyah County Schools Receive TSET Awards

Brushy Public School received a $13,500 grant from the TSET Healthy Incentive Program for Schools. Pictured are, from left, Kim Netz, Heather Silva, Sharon Howard, Shannon Edwards, Brushy Superintendentl Greg Reynolds and Lindsie Dyer. 
Moffett Public School received a $13,500 grant from the TSET Healthy Incentive Program for Schools. Pictured are, from left, Kim Netz, Heather Silva, Sharon Howard, Shannon Edwards, Moffett Principal Lance Stuart and Lindsie Dyer.

Two Sequoyah County Public School districts were honored recently for their efforts to improve health through the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) Healthy Incentive Program for Schools.

Brushy Public Schools received a $13,500 grant and are using the funds to purchase an automatic external defibrillator (AED), health assessment equipment, CPR equipment, PE and playground equipment, nutrition newsletter for parents, and staff training on integrating physical activity.

Moffett Public Schools also received a $13,500 and are using the funds to purchase an automated external defibrillator (AED), CPR equipment, health assessment equipment, PE and playground equipment, archery equipment, staff development training, nutrition education items and parent education.

Sharon Howard, TSET healthy incentive program manager for schools, as well as Shannon Edwards, school nurse for both Brushy and Moffett schools, and representatives from the TSET Healthy Living Program serving Sequoyah County, including Program Director Lindsie Dyer, Wellness Coordinator Heather Silva, and Program Coordinator Kim Netz – were on hand for the presentation. The Sequoyah County grantee is People, Inc.

The incentive grant criteria focus on strengthening district wellness policies to improve school nutrition, increase physical activity, student wellbeing and provide tobacco-free environments for students, staff, faculty and families. These health-promoting practices and policies are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Incentive grant funds must be used for projects or programs to improve health.

“These grants recognize the efforts of school districts and school sites that are actively promoting healthy lifestyles,” said TSET Executive Director Julie Bisbee. “Studies show that active, healthy kids perform better in school and we want to recognize schools that are making the healthy choice the easy choice for students, staff and the community.”

Funds for the TSET Healthy Incentive Program are limited and all available funds have been exhausted for this fiscal year. Grant applications will not be accepted for the remainder of this fiscal year, which ends June 30. The grant program is expected to re-open for the next fiscal year.

The TSET Board of Directors has awarded grants to 54 school districts and school sites and 33 communities. Over $1.9 million in grants have been provided to promote partnerships at the local level to improve health and promote healthy behaviors in schools and communities.


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Jackson Resigns as Sallisaw Superintendent

Jeremy Jackson

Sallisaw Superintendent Jeremy Jackson has notified staff and school board members that he is resigning his position as of June 30.

Jackson, who was hired last May to replace Scott Farmer, who resigned to take the Fort Gibson school superintendent position, said he and his family have decided this is what’s best for them at this time.

“It’s not the right fit right now for my family and I,” Jackson said.

Jackson’s wife, Jennifer, has been a middle school language arts teacher, and coach for middle school girls’ basketball and track.

“Jennifer and I, when we came to it – this is what we needed to do for our family,” Jackson explained. “We have a vision of education – equality for all. We look at the kids in our hallways and we do the best we can to provide education for every one of them.

“We want to give each one of these kids the best opportunity for success,” he added.

Jackson said neither he nor his wife have accepted other positions, although they have had “some offers.”

“We’re trusting in the Lord with a lot of prayer,” Jackson said. “It’s been a great year for me. I love being a superintendent.”

Jackson said he notified the school board members and human resources last Friday of his and his wife’s resignations, both of which will be on the May school board meeting agenda.

A special board meeting will be held at noon tomorrow (Thursday) to possibly discuss recruiting for applicants.

Jackson will complete his contract, which runs through June 30.

“I want to finish the school year strong,” he said. “They deserve to have the very best person here to work with them. My administration team has been amazing. It’s been a great year.”

Jackson said it had been an amazing opportunity to be part of the Black Diamond family for the past year.

He served as principal at Warner High School for the six years prior to coming to Sallisaw. In 2016, Jackson was named the Oklahoma High School Principal of the Year by the Oklahoma Association of Secondary School Principals.


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Hidden Camera Found in Restroom of Local Restaurant

Edgar Leonel Moran Carrera

On Sunday, April 14, the Sallisaw Police Department was dispatched to Roma's Italian Restaurant in regard to a report of a hidden camera in the women's restroom.

According to Sallisaw Police Chief Terry Franklin the camera was discovered by a customer whom was dining at the restaurant with his wife. The man tried to use WiFi at the restaurant and logged into a WiFi account and when the site opened, the customer stated that he saw a camera pointed at a bathroom stall.

The husband then sent his wife into the women's restroom and he reported that he saw his wife on the live feed of the camera.

Upon receiving the report, officers contacted the management of Roma's Italian Restaurant who assisted the officers in locating a hidden wireless Bluetooth camera in the air vent above a stall in the women's restroom.

Officers seized the camera device and contacted detectives with the Sallisaw Police Dept.

On April 16, detectives interviewed an employee of the restaurant who had developed as a person of interest during the investigation. The employee, Edgar Leonel Moran Carrara, 32, of Sallisaw, confessed to placing the camera device in the restroom.

Moran Carrera stated that he had been an employee at the restaurant since it had opened, five to six years ago. 

During interviews with other employees of the restaurant, investigators obtained information that the previous owners had found another camera in the women's restaurant, approximately four years ago.
A police report was not made at that time by the previous owners.

A written consent to search the residence of Moran Carrera was obtained. Officers and detectives discovered a large amount of cellular devices, laptops, data storage devices and computer equipment at the home. Investigators then stopped the search and secured the scene for a search warrant. 

A search warrant was obtained for the residence and was served. Officers seized items of evidence, including another camera device, similar to the camera initially found in the restaurant. 

Moran Carrera was charged with uses a photographic, electronic or video equipment in a clandestine manner for an illegal, prurient, lewd or lascivious purposes to view upon a person or publishes or distributes any image obtained from such act.

"This case is still under investigation and investigators have contacted Federal agencies to assist with the investigation," stated Chief Franklin. "More charges are anticipated at the conclusion of the investigation."


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Murder Suspect Enters Plea, Bond Set

Nicole Marie Jordan

The suspect in the murder of a Sallisaw man has entered a plea and bond has been set.

Nicole Marie Jordan, 32, of Sallisaw, entered a plea of not guilty to second degree murder in the death of Vernon Plummer, 44. Jordan allegedly shot Plummer twice with a .380 caliber pistol on March 23 at their home, 464124 E. 1100 Road.

According to the arrest affidavit, Jordan claims she and Plummer were arguing and he began to hit her with an open hand and assaulting her with a horse whip. She told deputies Plummer told her to get her gun and to shoot him or he would take the gun and shoot her. She claims she shot Plummer in the side, with the bullet going through and exiting his body. She states the gun jammed, or she would have shot him again. Jordan cleaned up some of the blood, then the couple sat together and watched a movie while she claims Plummer would not let her call 911.

Jordan then claimed Plummer was unconscious and she left to hide the truck per Plummer’s earlier request. When she returned, Plummer was awake and they began to argue. As he stood up and came at Jordan, she claims she fired another shot, not certain if she hit him or not, and left the residence. Authorities found her at her father’s residence nearby with the gun.

Bond was set at $150,000 during a hearing on April 5. Jordan is represented by a private attorney.

A discovery hearing in the case is set for Wednesday before Associate District Judge Kyle Waters.

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No Injuries in Brushy Lake RV Fire


No one was injured when an RV caught fire at the Brushy Lake campground on Tuesday.

Sallisaw Fire Chief Anthony Armstrong said they received a call about 11:01 a.m. Tuesday to assist Marble City Volunteer Fire Department on a recreational vehicle fire at Brushy Lake.

When firefighters arrived, a 2005 Newmar motorhome was in flames, according to Armstrong. He said the owners had just got the RV set up and were getting ready to head into town for groceries and their pets when they noticed smoke inside the RV.

Armstrong said the RV was a total loss; the cause is yet undetermined.

“They (owners) mentioned it might have started around the refrigerator area, but we couldn’t determine it,” Armstrong said.

There were no injuries. The motorhome was insured.

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Rainwater to Make Court Appearance in Lane Sr. Murder

Richard Don "Ricky" Rainwater

A Fort Smith man charged with first degree murder in the death of the father of the Sequoyah County Sheriff will make another court appearance this week.
During a preliminary hearing a few weeks ago, Richard Don “Ricky” Rainwater, 44, of Fort Smith was bound over on first-degree murder charges and an amended charge of larceny of an automobile in Cherokee County District Court in Tahlequah, according to Eric Jordan, supervisory assistant district attorney with District 27.

Rainwater, according to reports, has confessed to choking to death Larry Lane Sr., father of Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry Lane Jr., on Aug. 31 at Lane’s home in Park Hill in Cherokee County. In a prepared statement Jack Thorp, district attorney for Cherokee, Sequoyah, Adair and Wagoner Counties, said, Rainwater allegedly admitted to ‘strangling the life out of an innocent man.’ Thorp said Rainwater admitted to stealing Lane’s belongings and fleeing out of state.

Rainwater was arrested by Memphis police after Cherokee County, Sequoyah County and OSBI investigators tracked receipts from Lane’s stolen credit card across two states. Lane’s stolen pickup truck was discovered in West Memphis, Ark., and officers found Rainwater in a mental health facility where he had admitted himself, Thorp said.

The district court arraignment scheduled for Thursday before District Judge Douglas Kirkley is when Rainwater will enter a plea, probably of not guilty, according to Jordan.

“It will be set on another docket for purpose of a jury trial,” explained Jordan. “It will probably be on the September trial docket.”

Jordan said defense counsel will review the arraignment transcripts to see if they have any motions before Thursday’s hearing. He said he has not received any motions from the defense, nor have any been filed.

Rainwater remains in custody in Cherokee County.

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Medical Marijuana Industry Continues to Expand



Oklahoma voters went to the polls in July 2018 and voted to make medical marijuana legal and according to officials with the Oklahoma Tax Commission sales are continuing to climb throughout the state.

Last month the state topped the $12 million mark and showed the sixth straight month of record sales. 

Sequoyah County also continues to see the number of dispensaries and licensed growers increase. As of the end of March, the county had 14 licensed dispensaries and 26 licensed growers. 

The number of dispensaries by town are Sallisaw 6, Roland 4, Muldrow 2, and Vian 2. 

The number of licensed growers by city are Sallisaw 14, Vian 5, Muldrow 2, Gans 2, Gore 1, Roland 1, and Moffett 1.

The city with the most licensed growers per capita in the state of Oklahoma is Beggs with 21.

The number of medical marijuana patients is also climbing. The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority stated they have issued more than 83,000 licenses statewide since August 2018. Also during the same period they issued licenses for 1,200 dispensaries and 2,300 commercial licensed growers.

The Oklahoma Tax Commission reported the state collected more than $870,000 in the month of March from the seven percent tax on medical marijuana. The state also reportedly collected an additional $1.2 million in state and local sales tax for the month.


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Cherokee Nation to Host Native Games in Sallisaw

Traditional Native Games qualifiers participate in the 2018 cornstalk shoot 
championship hosted at One Fire Field in Tahlequah.

The Cherokee Nation will host its 14th annual Traditional Native Games competition Saturday, April 20, at Carl Albert State College in Sallisaw.

Competitions include a cornstalk shoot, Cherokee marbles and horseshoes, which all start at 10 a.m., with the hatchet throw and blowgun starting at 11 a.m. and chunkey at 12 p.m. Registration is held 30 minutes before the start time of each game.

“The Traditional Native Games are a fantastic opportunity to experience our cultural games. The games are open to the public and are no cost to the competitor or spectator, so we invite all to come enjoy a fantastic day of competition and fellowship,” Traditional Games Director Bayly Wright said.

The top three finishers in each game at qualifying events receive a T-shirt and an invitation to compete in the Traditional Native Games Championship in August. The Cherokee Nation will host additional qualifying events in Stilwell, Ochelata and Locust Grove this spring and summer.

For more information on game times and information, contact the individual game coordinators. Coordinators for the Traditional Native Games competitions:

Cornstalk shoot: Brian Jackson, 918-316-4243 
Cherokee marbles: Pam Bakke, 918-207-6562 
Chunkey: Tonya Wapskineh, 918-399-8474 
Horseshoes: Lisa Cookson, 918-458-1339 
Blow gun: Jason Kingfisher, 918-316-0030 
Hatchet-throwing: Danny McCarter, 918-871-0085

For more information, contact Bayly Wright at 918-822-2427 or bayly-wright@cherokee.org.


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Megan Green of Sallisaw Crowned CASC 2019 Homecoming Queen

2019 CASC Homecoming King, Dylan Kuester, stands with Queen, Megan Green, after their coronation on Friday, April 12 in the Hamilton Auditorium.

On Friday, April 12, 2019, Carl Albert State College crowned a new Homecoming King and Queen as the events of its annual Alumni Weekend celebrations concluded. 

The ceremony was held in the Hamilton Auditorium after the CASC Vikings challenged Redlands Community College at home on the Poteau campus. 

Student clubs from both Poteau and Sallisaw campuses were represented in the ceremony through their club-voted student delegation. 

The new Viking Homecoming King is Dylan Kuester, of Coweta, Okla., and Queen Megan Green, of Sallisaw, Okla. The pair represented the CASC Athletics Club. 


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One-Vehicle Accident Sends Three to Hospital


Three people were injured in a one-vehicle accident on I-40 near Sallisaw over the weekend.

Kenneth Amburgy, 75, of Searcy, Ark., was driving a 2015 Kia Forte westbound near mile marker 314 on I-40 at approximately 3 p.m. Saturday when he lost control on the wet roadway, departing the road to the left, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. The vehicle went down an embankment, hitting a tree.

Amburgy was transported by Fort Smith EMS to Baptist Hospital in Fort Smith, then transferred to UAMS, where he was admitted in critical condition with head, internal trunk injuries.

Two passengers in his vehicle, Sarah Amburgy, 73, of Searcy, and Katie Houchin, 49, also of Searcy, were also injured and were both transported by Pafford EMS to Baptist Hospital in Fort Smith. Sarah Amburgy was admitted in critical condition with head and internal trunk injuries. Houchin was treated and released for trunk internal injuries.

The OHP reports seatbelts were in use by both Kenneth and Sarah Amburgy; Houchin was not wearing a seatbelt.

The Sallisaw Fire Department assisted with the accident scene.


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City Offers Free Dump Days, Cleanup Event


Spring is in the air, and with spring comes spring cleaning.

As city residents declutter their homes this season, Sallisaw city officials want to remind them of the two free visits to the city dump they may take advantage of each month.

City Manager Keith Skelton said officials made the decision to end the spring and fall cleanup events because of the abuse of the services.

“It was getting really hard to manage,” Skelton said, explaining that a lot of items were brought in from outside the city limits for pick-up. “It was taking up hours from two of the city departments to collect all that trash.”

Skelton said as an alternative, the city allows residential customers two no-charge disposal dumps per month on any day during normal business hours at the landfill.

To take advantage of the service, city residents must show a valid driver’s license with their Sallisaw city address, along with a recent utility bill showing the same service address as their driver’s license.

He said all loads must fit inside a normal ½-ton pickup bed; trailers up to 16-feet with side rails up to 4 feet will be allowed to dump as well. No dump trucks will be allowed to utilize the no-charge program, nor will business vehicles with logos.

Skelton said normal household waste from the customer’s residence will be accepted, along with yard debris such as leaves, dirt and grass clippings, brush and demolition items, only if it originated from the customer’s residence and fits within the required dimensions of the truck and/or trailer.

Once a customer uses his or her two no-charge dump days each month, trash can be taken to the landfill for a regular trip free, which is $26.25 per ton, with a minimum fee of $18.

To assist city residents with their spring cleaning, the City of Sallisaw will hold a “Chunk Your Junk” day on Saturday, May 11, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The city will have dumpsters set up to the west of the Sallisaw Electric Department just north of the railroad tracks off of North Elm Street.

This event is for getting rid of junk that is easily hauled and handled by one person. Customers are responsible for bagging all items before arrival and unloading all trash into the dumpsters; all unloading will be supervised by city personnel. 

City officials remind residents they will not accept items such as paint, oil, pesticides, batteries, tires, or other hazardous waste at this event. Allowed items for disposal at “Chunk Your Junk” day include bagged leaves, small plants, metal, wood/lumber, landscaping materials, furniture, bedding, cans, bundled cardboard and small appliances, provided they have been drained of any coolant or refrigerant.

A copy of the customer’s utility bill is required for this event.


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