Thursday, January 18, 2018

Donnie Poindexter Album Nominated for Top Award

“Cowboy Life,” an album by Donnie Poindexter and son, is nominated for a national award to be presented March 15. Poindexter, a true Western music artist, preserves his own life as a cowboy through his music.

Donnie Poindexter

Donnie Poindexter, musician, artist extraordinaire and a resident of rural Sallisaw, has an album – “Cowboy Life” – that is one of five nominated for Western Music Album of the Year at the 22nd Annual Academy of Western Artists Will Rogers Awards.

The awards will be presented March 15 in Fort Worth, Texas.

“Oh, I am thrilled,” Poindexter said this week on learning his album was one of five nominated for the award.

“I don’t even know who nominated me. I thought it sure would be cool to get a top 10 nomination, and then I got a top five nomination. It would just be icing on the cake to win it,” Poindexter said.

Poindexter said he wrote three of the songs on the album, and co-wrote a fourth. His co-writer is Royal Wade Kimes, another artist who is originally from Arkansas. The title of that song is “Makes Me Want to Dance.”

But Poindexter credits his son, also named Donnie, with helping produce the album.

“He produced it, engineered and recorded this thing,” Poindexter said. “He sings on it too. He played 99 percent of the instruments on the album.”

“Cowboy Life” was released in June and has done very well, Poindexter said.

“It’s done better than I thought it would,” Poindexter said.

The nomination for top album was a surprise. Poindexter explained the album was one of 22 nominated for the award. Then the Academy of Western Artists sends the nominees to disc jockeys all over the world. The DJs are the one who nominate the top five.

“The fans can nominate,” Poindexter said, “but it’s the DJs worldwide who vote and narrow it down. I’ve even got fans in foreign counties, even in Denmark!”

Poindexter was nominated in several other categories too.

He said he and his son will be attending the awards ceremony in March.

“Cowboy Life” is available on iTunes and Amazon.

Poindexter said “Cowboy Life” is a solo album. He has other solo albums and albums recorded with his closely-related band, Steeldust.

Originally Poindexter and some of his family members started a band, “Poindexter Family Bluegrass.” Along with his wife and son, his older brother and his wife and daughter, and their dad, the group started a nearly thirty-year span of playing outside gigs and hosting shows at their own “Poindexter Family Bluegrass Barn.”

Tired of playing many of the same songs for thirty years, Donnie started looking for something more fun and discovered “Cowboy Music.” Nothing fit his background as well as this western music and he quickly became a fan of such greats as Ian Tyson, Don Edwards, and Tom Russell. Again in the roll as lead singer in his new group, “Steeldust,” Donnie supports efforts to conserve the traditional cowboy trail songs but also enjoys more contemporary western music. Poindexter is also a member of the Western Music Association (WMA) and serves as president of the Oklahoma Chapter of WMA. “Steeldust” performs cowboy music as well as old country and original material.

Poindexter most recently performed for the Fort Smith Dandies benefit dinner last weekend, and will be performing at the Fort Worth Stock Show next week.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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Hudgens Wants to ‘Make a Difference’

“I feel like I can make a difference,” is why Sallisaw Mayor Jim Hudgens is seeking election to serve another term as the city’s mayor.

Hudgens points to his experience as Sallisaw’s city manager and as a member of the city’s commission. Altogether, he said he has 40 years in municipal works.

He said, “I want to provide good quality service to the citizens without raising rates.”

Hudgens said his three goals for the city are to lower the city’s debt, fund the city’s main projects and to help the city to continue to grow and develop by helping existing businesses expand.

Hudgens pointed at city projects to be completed, such as reworking the north electric substation, upgrading the wastewater treatment plant, at an expected cost of about $2 million, and the city has borrowed $800,000 for the Hwy. 59 project. He would also like to see the city’s street program renewed. 

-About the city’s proposed splash pad, which is already partially funded by a grant, Hudgens said he has some concerns about the proposed site on the old middle school grounds. He explained the water for the pad is an issue. Hudgens said he would like to see the Sallisaw Municipal Swimming Pool modernized, and perhaps the splash pad built at the same site. He said that could save money by having the water treated at the same site by the same equipment.

-About incentives to attract businesses and manufacturers to the city, Hudgens said, “Incentives are a two-edged sword. You can give away more than you get.”

He said the city is limited in what incentives it can offer. Ad valorem taxes all go to the county and schools, and the city can’t abate sales tax revenue.

“There are very few new businesses out there and competition for them is high. We need to focus more on existing businesses and their expansion,” Hudgens said. “We should control utility rates and provide good services at the best cost we can manage.”

-About a city charter update, Hudgens said the charter has some issues that could be addressed.

“But we have a lot of issues on our plate,” Hudgens said about city government. “If the other commissioners were interested, I believe it would be OK.”

-About food trucks in town and competition with other restaurants, Hudgens pointed out the trucks must purchase city permits which cost between $500 and $600.

“The city can’t pick and choose,” he said. “But we can provide for the public safety.”

-About a new building for the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce, Hudgens said the city is not responsible for the chamber’s place of business. The city does currently provide the chamber with a building. But because the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) is planning to revamp U.S. Highway 59, and the new highway layout will take away the front-door parking at the chamber, the city was paid about $200,000 by ODOT. Hudgens said the city is not obligated to provide the chamber with an office building. He said the chamber’s current building, at the corner of Wheeler (U.S. Highway 59) and Cherokee has parking on the north side of the adjacent railroad tracks and additional parking may be developed on the east side of the building.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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CASC Scholars, Scholarships Application Deadline Is Feb.9

Applications for the Carl Albert State College (CASC) Scholars Program and CASC Scholarships are due by Feb. 9.

Mandy Roberts, CASC Executive Director of the Development Foundation, said, “We have a vast number of scholarships that current and incoming CASC students can apply for as they plan for the 2018-19 academic year. Thanks to the generosity of many individuals and businesses throughout the area as well as CASC faculty and staff, the benefits to students receiving CASC scholarships and CASC Scholars Program recipients are substantial. We encourage students to take advantage of these opportunities and apply prior to the Feb. 9 deadline.”

Regarding the CASC Scholars Program, Jennifer Humphreys, CASC Vice President of Enrollment Management, said, “The financial benefits of being in the Scholars Program are significant. Students selected to participate in the program are awarded a tuition waiver for 16 hours per semester, housing in a semi-private room, and half the meal costs for 15 meals per week in the campus cafeteria. Students are responsible for course fees plus half the meal plan cost.”

Roberts added, “The many benefits provided Scholars are hard to find elsewhere. This program provides just about everything a student could ask for the first two years of college.” 

Humphreys shared, “This program is a great deal for students. It is highly competitive to be selected, and I believe participants’ success while at Carl Albert plus later down the road can be contributed to what the Scholars Program offers.

“The Scholars Program provides students their first experience of campus life in a wonderful setting. CASC is an awesome place to start a college career,” she said.

To be considered for the Scholars Program, high school seniors are required to have a minimum ACT composite score of 21 and a 3.0 GPA. Recipients are required to live on the Poteau campus. All students applying for this scholarship must submit an application for admission, Scholars Program scholarship application, and a resume by the Feb. 9 deadline.

Regarding housing at CASC’s Poteau campus, Roberts explained, “We are so proud of the dorms on campus. Our student housing provides students a great place to live.”

For additional information regarding residential housing, contact CASC Residential Life Coordinator Scotty Morrison at 918-647-1374.

Scholarship applications and Scholars Program applications are online at Also, students can call CASC Scholarship/VA Coordinator Brenda Martin at 918-647-1393 for assistance and more details.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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Cookson Man Injured in One-Vehicle Crash

A Cookson man was hospitalized after a one-vehicle crash at about 6:24 p.m. Wednesday on State Highway 82, almost 16 miles south of Tahlequah.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) reported Randy Butler Jr., 44, was driving a 2002 Ford F150 truck when he failed to negotiate a right hand curve. The truck ran off the road to the right, struck a sign and rolled an unknown number of times.

Butler was thrown about 30 feet from his truck, the OHP reported. Butler was transported by Tulsa Life Flight to St. Francis Medical Center in Tulsa where he was admitted in serious but stable condition with internal trunk injuries.

The OHP was assisted at the scene by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department, Cookson Fire and Rescue and the Cherokee Nation EMS.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Muldrow Building Burglarized, Damaged

Muldrow Police Chief George Lawson reports the Muldrow Community Cherokee Organization (MCCO) building, was broken into Sunday night.

Lawson said, “The building was burglarized and a lot of damage done to both the main building, an out building, and some specialized areas.”

Muldrow officials are asking anyone who has information about the burglary or who may have seen something to please call the Muldrow Police Department. The phone number is 918-427-4431.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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Arkansas Man Arrested after High Speed Chase

A 29-year-old Dover, Ark., man was arrested in Sallisaw Thursday after leading police on a high-speed chase from Muldrow to Sallisaw.

Sallisaw Capt. Jeff Murray said Mika Cotton was arrested without incident at the conclusion of the chase at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday on Washington Street in Sallisaw after Cotton ran away on foot from the disabled Toyota 4Runner he was driving and that was reported stolen in Dover.

Murray said Muldrow officers stopped Cotten in Muldrow but he sped off at a high rate of speed from the stop. Sallisaw officers identified Cotton on U.S. Highway 64 near the Sports Complex on the east side of the city, but Cotton refused to stop and the chase continued at a high rate of speed through the city on Cherokee Street. Officers deployed Stop Sticks but Cotton continued to flee even with two flat tires, Murray said.

Cotten crashed into the fire hydrant, gas meter and street sign at the corner of Cherokee and Hickory, in front of Charlie’s Chicken, then continued north on Hickory, and over the railroad tracks. When the vehicle finally came to a stop, Cotton ran on foot, Murray reported, but was found and taken into custody about a block away on Washington Street.

Cotton was taken to the Sallisaw jail then later booked into the Sequoyah County Jail. Murray said Cotten faces Sallisaw and Muldrow charges, including eluding, being in possession of stolen property, marijuana and paraphernalia and other charges.

The chase left Charlie’s Chicken and a nearby home without utilities and gas overnight. They were restored on Friday morning, city officials said.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Heavener Man Killed in Two-Truck Crash

An 18-year-old Heavener man died as the result of a crash at about 8:19 p.m. Sunday in LeFlore County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) reported.

Christopher Raymond was pronounced deceased from multiple injuries at the scene by LeFlore County EMS.

The OHP reported Raymond was driving a 1991 Chevrolet pickup truck west on U.S. Highway 271, about three miles east of LeFlore, when he crossed the center line and hit, head on, a 2000 Ford pickup truck driven by Jack Pruitt, 41, of Omaha, Texas. Pruitt was transported by LeFlore County EMS to Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith where he was admitted and listed in stable condition with internal injuries.

A 16-year-old juvenile from Wister in Raymond’s truck was treated and released with an arm injury at the Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center in Poteau.

A second 16-year-old juvenile passenger from Heavener in Raymond’s truck was transported by Tulsa Life Flight to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa and listed in stable condition with a head injury.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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