Improvements continue at treatment plant

Improvements to the City of Sallisaw Wastewater Treatment Plant are continuing with the award of a contract for Phase II of the Emergency Flow Basin Expansion Project.

At the Sept. 2, meeting of the Sallisaw Municipal Authority Board of Trustees, a contract for the project was awarded to HCCCo, LLC of Tulsa in the amount of $875,490. This will complete the expansion of the emergency flow basin, providing additional storage capacity during heavy rain events, according to Sallisaw City Manager Keith Skelton.

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Muldrow Middle School selected for Blue Ribbon National Award

“Our school is excited and we’re honored to receive this award and recognition,” Muldrow Middle School Principal Angela Williams, said this week in response to being selected for the National Blue Ribbon Schools Award.

Muldrow is among six other schools from Oklahoma and one of 367 schools nationally recognized for the award.

The Blue Ribbon Schools Award is presented to schools selected by the U.S. Secretary of Education, and is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups, according to a statement from U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos, whose offce in Washington, D.C., makes the selections.

Appeals court asked to throw out Barrett ruling

An attorney for Kenneth Eugene Barrett asked a federal appeals court last Thursday to throw out a judge's ruling that Barrett was not harmed by mistakes made by his original trial lawyers, according to the Associated Press.

Barrett was sentenced to death following his conviction in 2005 in connection with the 1999 shooting death of Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper David “Rocky” Eales. Eales was shot during a drug raid at Barrett's home near Vian.

Barrett has been tried three times, twice after his first trial ended in a mistrial due to a hung jury. Barrett was convicted by a Muskogee federal court jury in 2005 of the shooting of Eales and the court upheld the conviction and death sentence in 2007.

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Long awaited day arrives as ground broke for veterans center

The executive director of the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs (ODVA) may have summed it up nicely when he said Friday that the people working to get the new veterans center in Sallisaw had done “incredible things.”

Joel Kintsel gave opening remarks to welcome about 300 people in attendance for the groundbreaking of what will become the Sallisaw Veterans Center.

Kintsel and Sarah Lane, deputy director, recognized members of the Oklahoma Veterans Commission, the group that made the decision to locate the center in Sallisaw, plus committee members, Rep. Tommy Hardin, Sen. Mark Allen, Rep. Jim Olsen, former Rep. John Bennett and U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin, the City of Sallisaw and the Cherokee Nation.

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DA outlines concerns over McGirt ruling

Local, state and federal officials are currently trying to sort through the ramifications and confusion caused by the recent ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of McGirt v. Oklahoma.

“Everybody is having to learn a new way of doing things,” District 27 District Attorney Jack Thorp said Wednesday. Thorp was addressing members of the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce during the chamber's monthly membership luncheon.



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