Thursday, November 16, 2017

Single Parent Scholarship Fund Plans Fundraiser


The Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund (ASPSF) will hold its annual Holiday Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2.

The dinner, provided by River City Bistro and entertainment from the Community School of the Arts will end at 7 p.m. to allow those attending the Christmas performance of the Fort Smith Symphony or going on to the movie theater plenty of time to get in their seats. Recipients of the ASPSF will share stories about how the scholarships have impacted their lives and the lives of their children. 

The mission of the ASPSF is to enable low income single parents achieve self-sufficiency by completing their post-secondary education and securing professional employment. Our goal is to end the cycle of generational poverty one family at a time. Arkansas ranks 49th in the country for the percentage of population with an associate’s degree, 50th for those with at least a bachelor’s degree, and fourth in the nation for the percentage of the population living in poverty (19.3% overall and as high as 35.2% in the Arkansas Delta).

All proceeds of the event will be used for River Valley single parent scholarships in 2018. Every $1,000 received provides a scholarship and support activities for a full-time single parent student for one semester and $3,000 provides for a student for an entire year. Scholarships are pro-rated for part-time students depending on the number of hours they’re taking each semester.

The annual fundraiser has tables seating 10 for $650 and individual seats for $75. For more information, contact Abbie Taylor Cox at the Fort Smith office located at 5401 Rogers Avenue at 479-434-6171 or acox@ASPSF.org.


Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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Trout Stocking Under Way at State's Fishing Spots

Wildlife Department Fisheries technician Charles Baker runs a net full of trout from the stocking tank to the Blue River. Trout stocking is under way at all six of the state's seasonal trout fishing spots. (Matt Gamble/ODWC)

Anglers needn’t hang up their gear just because winter’s getting near. There’s still plenty of fishing fun to be found at Oklahoma’s seasonal and year-round trout fishing areas, including on the Lower Illinois River in Sequoyah County.

Each year, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation stocks trout at six seasonal trout fishing areas across the state, beginning Nov. 1 and continuing into March or April. Those areas are Perry CCC/Lake Perry Park, Robbers Cave, Blue River, Lake Watonga, Medicine Creek and Lake Carl Etling. For more information, go to wildlifedepartment.com/fishing/trout-information.

In addition to these “cold weather” trout fisheries, the department also operates two year-round trout fisheries in the Lower Mountain Fork River below Broken Bow dam and in the Lower Illinois River below Tenkiller Ferry Dam. Trout are normally stocked in these areas every week or two, as long as water conditions are conducive to trout survival.

Trout, both rainbows and browns, are introduced species to Oklahoma. They thrive in colder waters and make excellent table fare. Using ultralight fishing gear with 4- to 6-pound test line and small hooks can lead to some thrilling action. But anyone can catch trout using regular angling gear with small jigs or spinners, prepared bait or live bait.

Trout anglers must carry a resident or nonresident fishing license while fishing. 

Trout fishing regulations, including daily and size limits, restricted areas and maps, can be found in the current Oklahoma Hunting and Fishing Regulations Guide, available at wildlifedepartment.com, in the "OK Fishing and Hunting Guide" mobile app for Apple and Android, or free in print from license dealers statewide.


Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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Vian Man Sentenced

Kyle Reece Major

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Muskogee announced Thursday that Kyle Reece Major, age 33, of Vian was sentenced to 17 months imprisonment, and three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

The Indictment alleged that on or about Dec. 29, 2014, Major, having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, did knowingly possess a firearm and ammunition which had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce.

U.S. Attorney Brian J. Kuester said, “This office is committed to working with our federal, state, local and tribal partners to protect the public from violent offenders. Enforcement of the federal laws that prohibit convicted felons from possession of firearms is one way that we are able to protect the public. I am thankful for the work of the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and members of the United States Attorney’s Office, for their work on this case and their commitment to public safety.”

U.S. District Judge Ronald A. White presided over the hearing. The defendant will remain in custody pending transportation to the designated federal facility at which the non-paroleable sentence will be served.


Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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City Manager Is ‘Still Terminated,’ Special Meeting Set


“He is still terminated,” said Sallisaw City Attorney John Robert Montgomery Thursday afternoon.

Clayton Lucas II, Sallisaw’s city manager, was fired by a three to two city commission vote at the city commission regular meeting on Monday. At the time of the vote, Lucas rose and left the meeting, apparently under the impression that he was no longer employed. No reasons for Lucas’ dismissal were given to the public at the meeting.

But on Thursday Lucas was back at work.

Lucas said he was told on Wednesday that the city commissioners did “not follow the procedures for termination as are in the city charter.”

According to the Sallisaw City Charter, in Article 4, Section 2, on page 8, “The Board of Commissioners may suspend or remove the City Manager at any time by majority vote of all of its members, provided, that the Board of Commissioners shall give the City Manager written statement of the reason(s) for suspension or removal at least thirty days prior to the effective date of said suspension or removal and, shall upon request, give the City Manager an opportunity for a public hearing thereon, after the expiration of such notice, before suspension or removal.”

The Sallisaw City Charter can be found online.

Lucas was not given a reason for his firing 30 days before, and was not given a termination date. 

According to Montgomery there are also provisions for dismissal in Lucas’ contract with the city, but when asked what those provisions were he said that question should be asked of Lucas. 

Montgomery said the city commissioners will hold a special meeting to meet the requirements of the city charter. That meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at the Sallisaw Civic Center.

Other than calling the meeting to order and declaring a quorum, the only agenda items are:

-Discuss and take action authorizing the issuance of a written notice to City Manager regarding his termination as required by the City Charter.

-Consider and take possible action to place the City Manager on paid administrative leave and on appointment of an acting City Manager.

“I am not sure what kind of notice they will give him,” Montgomery said. “He is terminated but his last day will not be known until notice is given.”

Montgomery said he could not say what frame of mind the commissioners were in. Lucas’ firing has prompted much public comment, most in favor of Lucas but also from some who do not support him.

“That goes back to the executive session,” Montgomery said. “We are not supposed to discuss it.”

Montgomery said that, as far as he knows, Lucas has not filed any litigation against the city in regard to his firing.

“I know he has talked to an attorney,” Montgomery said.

Lucas said he will do what is best for the city, and he hopes to continue moving the city forward with the help of employees, city leaders and residents.

The city commissioners who voted to fire Lucas are Mayor Jim Hudgens, Ward 1 Commissioner Ronnie Lowe and Ward 2 Commissioner Ro Poindexter. Those who voted against firing Lucas are Ward 4 Commissioner Daryl Legg and Ward 3 Commissioner Julian Mendiola.


Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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Free Thanksgiving Dinner Is Wednesday


The third annual Thanksgiving Dinner, organized by community partners in Sequoyah County and led by the KiBois Community Action Foundation, will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Sallisaw Middle School.

The dinner is free and open to all who wish to attend. Those who need a ride to the dinner may contact KATS (KiBois Area Transit System) at 918-775-7433 for a free ride to the middle school.

Melissa Lowe from the foundation said the menu will include turkey and stuffing, sweet potatoes, green beans, corn, cranberry sauce, hot rolls and desserts.

“We need donations of desserts,” Lowe said.

Anyone who wishes to provide a dessert may contact Lowe at 918-776-0848.

The dinner is supported by local organizations and businesses, which donated time, foods and goods, and the schools, Lowe said. She said five of the Sallisaw School cooks are donating their own time to cook the meal. Among the others assisting are People Inc., the Cherokee Nation, The MIX 105.1, and the Sallisaw and Central Schools Youth Coalitions.

Lowe said about 500 had dinner last year, and organizers are expecting that many and perhaps more this year.



Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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"Terminated" City Manager Back On the Job Thursday


Sallisaw City Manager Clayton Lucas II is back on the job.

“I am at work,” Lucas said Thursday morning.

The city manager was dismissed by a three to two vote of the city commission at the commission meeting on Monday.

But Lucas said he was told Wednesday that the city commissioners did “not follow the procedures for termination as are in the city charter.”

According to the Sallisaw City Charter, in Article 4, Section 2, on page 8, “The Board of Commissioners may suspend or remove the City Manager at any time by majority vote of all of its members, provided, that the Board of Commissioners shall give the City Manager written statement of the reason(s) for suspension or removal at least thirty days prior to the effective date of said suspension or removal and, shall upon request, give the City Manager an opportunity for a public hearing thereon, after the expiration of such notice, before suspension or removal.”

The entire Sallisaw City Charter can be found online.

Lucas was not given a reason for his firing 30 days before, and was not given a termination date.

The city commissioners who voted to fire Lucas are Mayor Jim Hudgens, Ward 1 Commissioner Ronnie Lowe and Ward 2 Commissioner Ro Poindexter. Those who voted against firing Lucas are Ward 4 Commissioner Daryl Legg and Ward 3 Commissioner Julian Mendiola.

Lucas said Thursday morning, “I do hope to do what is best for the city and the community. I want to continue moving our city forward with the help of our employees, our city leaders and our residents.”

Lucas said that, of course, he has no idea if his dismissal will be on the next city agenda. He said Hudgens had him put his own dismissal on Monday’s agenda, but would not give him a reason for the dismissal. Hudgens said before Monday’s meeting he would not discuss personnel issues, which is allowed by law for the protection of both the employer and employee.


Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Candidates for School Boards to File Dec. 4-6


Candidates for the boards of education in Sequoyah County school districts will file their declarations of candidacy beginning at 8 a.m. on Dec. 4, and continuing Dec. 5 and 6, Sequoyah County Election Board Secretary Cindy Osborn said.

Osborn said the official filing period ends at 5 p.m. on Dec. 6. All candidate filings will occur at the Sequoyah County Election Board office, 110 E. Creek Ave. in Sallisaw, Osborn said.

The school board posts at stake will be filled at the annual school election on Feb. 13. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the total votes cast in the election, the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes will meet in a runoff election on April 3.

Candidates may file for the following offices:

-C-50 Belfonte School District---Office No. 1 (three years)

-I-46 Braggs School District---Office No. 3 (five years) 

-C-36 Brushy School District---Office No. 1 (three years)

-I-7 Central School District---Office No. 3 (five years) 

-I-4 Gans School District---Office No. 3 (five years)

-I-6 Gore School District---Office No. 3 (five years) and Office No. 5 (two years) 

-C-1 Liberty School District---Office No. 1 (three years) 

-C-35 Marble City School District---Office No.1 (three years)

-C-68 Moffett School District---Office No. 1 (three years) 

-I-3 Muldrow School District---Office No. 3 (five years)

-I-5 Roland School District---Office No. 3 (five years)

-I-1 Sallisaw School District---Office No. 3 (five years)

-I-2 Vian School District---Office No. 3 (five years)

-4 Indian Capital Vo-Tech---Office No. 3 (five years) 

The City of Sallisaw annual filing of candidacy will be held at the same time, and the election will also be held Feb.13. Posts to be filled are:

-Mayor, two-year unexpired term

-City Commission, Ward 2 (three years)

-City Commission, Ward 4 (three years)

For more information, contact the Sequoyah County Election Board at 918-775-2614.



Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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