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July 5th, 2013

Celebrating the Fourth

July 5, 2013

Dylan and Colton Free, sons of Daniel and Krista Free of Bates, Ark., celebrate the Fourth of July.
Photo submitted by Krista Free

July 3rd

Original floor lamp from Oklahoma Senate returned

July 3, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Another long-lost light fixture is returning to its home at the Oklahoma Senate.
After hearing about ongoing Senate renovations, Coy Green of Norman learned that a large floor lamp he purchased at a swap meet more than 40 years ago was housed in the Senate in 1918.
Green delivered the lamp to Senate officials on Tuesday, telling them it needed to be home.

June revenue collections dip slightly from 2012

July 3, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Overall revenue collections to the state treasury were down last month about $19 million compared to June 2012, but collections for the entire fiscal year outpaced those from last year, Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller announced Tuesday.
Gross receipts for the month of June were about $976 million, a decrease of about 1.9 percent from June 2012, according to figures released by Miller's office.

Fund set for OSU students affected by tornadoes

July 3, 2013

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State University says it's created a scholarship fund to help students affected by the deadly tornadoes that raked parts of the state in May.
School officials say the fund was created to provide an opportunity for donors to support students dealing with loss of life or significant property damage.
Current or incoming students affected by the tornadoes should contact the school's Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

July 2nd

Stigler man dies in diving accident

July 2, 2013

A Stigler man died last Wednesday after diving into a lake, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
An accident report completed by the OHP said Vernon Michael Reynolds, 51, dove off a courtesy dock at John Wells Lake in Haskell County at about 6:15 p.m. Family called the Stigler Police Department after Reynolds' failed to resurface.
The OHP and Stigler Fire Department were both called to help find Reynolds.
Stigler Fire Department recovered Reynolds' body, according to the report.

District 4 Choctaw royalty crowned

July 2, 2013

The District 4 Choctaw Princess Pageant was held and the following girls were crowned to represent District 4 for the 2013-2014 year. Senior Miss Callie Curnutt, Junior Miss Jordan Carver and Little Miss Amber Battice along with Mr. Delton Cox, District 4 Councilman. The girls will be competing in the Choctaw Nation Pageant during the Tuskahoma Labor Day Festival.

Oklahoma to withdraw from testing group

July 2, 2013

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma is backing out of a testing consortium to work with another company to develop its own standardized tests for the 2014-2015 school year, State Superintendent Janet Barresi said this week.

Barresi said the decision to withdraw from the multistate group — called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers — was made after teachers and parents voiced concerns about the extra hours of test taking that would be involved with it.

Okla. unemployment rate climbs in all 77 counties

July 2, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma labor officials say the state's unemployment rate rose in every one of its 77 counties in May, a trend they say is not uncommon for the month.

Figures released on Tuesday show Sequoyah County in southeast Oklahoma had the highest unemployment rate of 9 percent in May, up from 8.2 percent in April. The lowest unemployment rate was in Roger Mills County in western Oklahoma at 2.2 percent, which was an increase from 1.8 percent in April.

July 1st

Spider Webb, longtime local businessman, dies

July 1, 2013

"Spider Webb was never lost in any crowd — he was always at home wherever he was," according to lifelong friend Dr. John Chitwood.
Wayne "Spider" Webb, longtime Poteau businessman, died Sunday. He was 73.
Webb's colorful nickname, auto dealership and later his farm implements business were well-known in LeFlore County and beyond.
He had been in declining health for some time, but remained involved in his business and with local charities.
"Spide Webb was full of life, high energy. Wherever Spider was, it was a positive and uplifting crowd," said Mayor Jeff Shockley.

June 28th

Fallin's environmental secretary to resign post

June 28, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin's Secretary of Environment Gary Sherrer is resigning.
Sherrer says in a letter to Fallin dated Friday that his plans to resign by Monday, the start of the new fiscal year. Sherrer did not give a reason for his resignation, and a telephone message left at his office Friday was not immediately returned.
Fallin described Sherrer as a "strong voice for sensible, commonsense policies."
Sherrer is a former Democratic state legislator who Fallin credited for working with policymakers on both sides of the aisle.

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