UAFS bookstore going tax free

The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith bookstore will participate in Arkansas’ Tax Free Holiday this weekend. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday and ending at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, the annual sales tax holiday allows shoppers the opportunity to shop for important school purchases tax free. Shoppers can purchase UAFS clothing that is less than $100 per item, textbooks, certain school supplies, art supplies and instructional materials. Financial aid will be available for students to use during the tax-free weekend, pending its prior approval.

The UAFS bookstore is located in the Smith-Pendergraft Campus Center, 5210 Grand Ave., and will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Online orders eligible for the tax-free weekend can be placed at anytime Saturday or Sunday.

Call the bookstore at 788-7322 for information.

Cherokee Youth Council seeking applicants

The Cherokee Nation is accepting 2017-18 Tribal Youth Council applications. The 17-member youth council advises the Tribal Council on issues that impact youth. Those who are selected will attend Tribal Council meetings and also assist with a variety of community service projects throughout the year. Students chosen for Tribal Youth Council will serve a one-year term beginning Oct. 1.

Interested students must submit a profile, write an essay on the importance of tribal sovereignty, submit three letters of recommendation and meet other criteria. A committee makes the selections.

Applications must be mailed with all required documents and a postmark date no later than Aug. 23. Applications can be downloaded at

Contact Lisa Trice-Turtle at (918) 453-5000, ext. 4991, for information.

CASC housing available

Carl Albert State College fall semester begins Aug. 14, and there is still time to enroll in classes and housing is still available.

For students living in residential housing at the Poteau campus this fall, move in is set for Aug. 12. Call (918) 647-1371 for housing availability information.

Visit or call (918) 647-1248 in Poteau or (918) 775-6977 in Sallisaw for enrollment information.


Names of note

Several area students recently graduated from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville including:

• Alma — Chelsea Burdick, Logan Coomer, Eli M. Mason, Stephen Ross McMurray, Mychel Medina, Darryl W. Newton, Sierra Rae Rosebeary, Keely Nicole Sattazahn, Mason Cole Sims, Zoe Faith Stecker, Talon Lane Wagoner and Joseph Wright;

• Altus — Kenneth Shane Freeman and Michael Scott Irby;

• Arkoma — Tasha D. Robinson;

• Barling — Jasmine Raye Marie Hattabaugh;

• Boles — Holly Byford;

• Bonanza — Jasmine Michelle Wright;

• Booneville — Tonya Jan Bell, Steven Hawkins Jr., Reba Marie Hunt, Mychaela Mathews, Ashley McAnelly, Fredrick Allen McCoy Jr., Jade Louis Scoma and Chad Zachary Simpson;

• Bryant — Alyssa Grace Anderson, Tyler Nicole Bessent, Tiffany S. Bone, Ashlee Suzanne Caton, Skylar Lynnzy Combs, Hilary Elise Dumas, Radeanna Garcia, Scott D. Hill, Timothy Kelly, Tyler Massey, Peyton Ashley Olmsted, Larry R. Savage, Ian Edward Shuttleworth, Jada Ladonn Thomas and Maranda Kay Turner;

• Cedarville — Deborah A. Pinkerton;

• Central City — Garrett Steven Thrift;

• Charleston — Tasha Marie Briley, Ashley Suzanne Curbow, Amanda Jones, Cindy Michelle Meador, Patricia Ann Ricketts, April Elaine Savage and Danny G. Wilks II;

• Clarksville — Janeth Alarcon, Dulce Alheli Baeza-Santiago, Whitney Michelle Brown, Jordan Paige Callahan, Alicia Rose Case, Chelsey Ralynn Champion, Kelci Nichol Cogan, Caleb H. Cotner, Rachel Elanie Cotner, Cameron Rachel Dail, ArieAnna Dawn Dailey, Micheal L. Derrick, Erin Pankey Emerson, Katlynn Nicole Estes, Joshua J. Freeman, Cody Lyn Hardgrave, Candace Harkreader, Jenava Moreau Harris, Jennifer Louise Hignite, Veronica Jacobo, Erika L. Keene, Cierra Roze Lucius, Tara Courtney Malone, Michael Joseph McHalffey, Katrina D. Mooney, Diego Alfaro Ortiz, Pragati Rajesh Patel, Kori Erin Payton, Dale William Peterson, Lisa Michelle Ralph, Shelly Rideout, Kaci Nicole Sexton, Victoria E. Stocks, Zachary Stephen Stumbaugh, Salomon Suarez, Danielle Delane Thronebury, Whitney Jane Weathers, Abby Rachelle Welliver, Allison Ashley Werner, Mary Lou Wood, Tanner Thomas Yarbrough and Tresa Marie Yarbrough;

• Coal Hill — Casey Lee Kent and Eric Christopher Raible;

• Cove — Shelby L. Brown;

• Delaware — Sandra Lee Anderson, Erva Gaylene Fink Longtin and Kimberly Nicole Mashek;

• Dyer — William J. Gregory;

• Fort Smith — Trinidad Aguilera, Kacie Cheyenne Ballard, Kylie J. Ballard, Billie Jo Barrie, Xochitl M. Barroso, Stephanie Campbell, Erin Leigh Conrad, Joshua T. Daves, Jordyn Dunavin, Mallory Lauren Hillicoss, Randy W. Holliman, Matthew Tyler Hornung, Amanda L. Howard, Russel Anthony Alan Jones, Patrick Kamerling, Kelsey Jordan Marcum, Yushekia L. Mason, Yee Moua, Abigail Nikkei Musset, Adam J. Reeves, Sandie M. Six, Ethan James Six, Ameerah Renee Smith, Jennifer Lee Steele, Emillie Kristeen Vick, Joshua Wade and Brandon Lee Willhite;

• Grannis — Stephanie Renea Cannon and Danielle Frachiseur;

• Greenwood — Jamie Lynn Cagle, Patrick David Cantrell, Cody Lee Chatman, Leah Anne Cherry, Nathan L. Lott, Jayson Don McGaugh, Jacqueline Meeker, Karen Mora, Lloyd Morganflash, Keri Ann Rathbun, Stacy Lyn Rogers, Bethany Danae Skaggs, Jakob Wade Watts, Hannah Denise White and Zachary Williams;

• Hackett — Logan Cole Bennett and Tyler Drew Chapman;

• Hartman — Sarah Elizabeth Starnes;

• Hatield — Katherine Blair Self;

• Huntington — Sarah Angela Michael and Rachel Elizabeth Murphy;

• Knoxville — Caryl L. Sparks, Jennifer Leigh Wages, Nicholas Williams and Evan Yang;

• Lamar — Behnum D. Ahrabli, Jesica Rachelle Campbell, Christopher H. Copeland, Jocelyn Lee Egan, Ryan Austin Harmon, Nancy Jo Hill, Tara D. Hunt, Mikaila Renee Jestice, Joyce Nichole Kuykendall, Jon M. McCarley, Kelsey L. Ramsey, Ashley N. Randt, Colton Blake Smith, Elizabeth A. Snyder, Chelsea Erin Sparks, MaKayla Danielle Sparks, Joey Marlin Tate, Dawn Catherine Trout, Alexander Leng Yang, Anthony Keng Yang, Tanner Leigh Yates and Lacy Gail Zachary;

• Lavaca — Amanda Leigh Bynum;

• Magazine — Eli Edward Bennett, Ashley Nicole Eckles, Allison Taylor Greb, Amy Fairbanks Lloyd, Austin Lane Mathews and Dezarae' Ann Terry;

• Mansfield — Caleb Joel Boyd, Kourtney Elizabeth Elmore, Dalton Scott Jacobs and Tara Natasha Mort;

• Mena — Catherine Beaver, Makaila Brooke Goss, Erica DaMae Goss, Kristen Paige Manasco, Sarah Ann Purcell and Colby Lauren Singleton;

• Mountainburg — Brianna Hobson;

• Muldrow — Colten Todd Matthews and Christina Pursley;

• Natural Dam — Brittney Darlene Foulk;

• New Blaine — Heather Danielle Grigg;

• Ozark — Lindsey Rae Baskin, Kimberly L. Brockett, Jessica Erin Culver, Arminda Brooke Davis, Nelta Azlee Cheyenne delaPena, Shyanna R. Easom, Martha Kaye Farrington, Jaysa Christine Gattis, Brian Steven Gattis, Kevie K. Haberer, Ethan W. Hawkins, Amber Nicole Hicks, David Andrew Jenkins, Nathan C. Lemley, Darci Carol Long, Amanda Renee McCormick, Kassandra Kay Nobles, Shaila Bethany Ralph, Anthony Joseph Rofkahr, Hannah P. Sisk, Charlotte Swedeen, Brittany Lynnee West, Thomas Frederick White III and Vien P. Wimberly;

• Ozone — Hayden Seth Carlton, Michelle Elizabeth Einert and Taylor Garrett;

• Paris — Joanie E. Floren, Katlyn Nicole O'Neal, Charli Wiggins and Stevie Wood;

• Pocola — Kacee M. Loaiza;

• Ratcliff — Terry Wayne Bennett and Jennifer Wallsmith;

• Roland — Madison Nicole Dorman and Gina Cannon;

• Rudy — Hannah Elizabeth Patterson;

• Scranton — Kendra Leighann Cameron, Crystal Lin Canada, Danielle Renee Terry Hanks, Tiffany D. Owen and Ashley Elizabeth Yates;

• Subiaco — Taylor Kash Goldsworthy, Haley Paige Owen, Emily Jane Schlaf, Jordan G. D. Varnell and Danielle Layne Willems;

• Van Buren — Bryce Marie Brown, Bertha J. Cruz, Danielle Gregory, Taylor Jacob Henson, William R. Henson, Alex Joseph Herrlein, Christopher Blake Hoover, Amanda Kaye Pemberton, Collin Reid Poole, Jennifer Marie Sexton, Preston Tyler Stell, Emily Catherine Sullivan, Micheal Lloyd Thorman and Shanea Lyne Thorman;

• Waldron — Donna Jeanette Gaines, Dylan Lynn House, Leah Danielle Long, Hannah Fay Scantling, Cheyenne Marie Smith, Stephen Preston Smith and Daniel D. White;

• Wickes — Susana Ortiz.


The Bokoshe Future Farmers of America and the community recently sponsored Chloe Carver and Kalee Kingsborough so they could attend the 2017 National FFA Washington Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. Carver is the Bokoshe FFA president, and Kingsborough is the chapter vice president.


Emily Carver, Madison Summers and Britley Blankenship, members of the Bokoshe Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, represented the state of Oklahoma and earned gold medals in the entrepreneurship competition during the 2017 National STAR event speech contest in Nashville. This was the second year for the three to win the gold in the competition.



Bryce Cohea of Greenwood was recently named a National Merit Scholarship winner by the University of Tulsa.


Carl Albert State College in Poteau recently awarded scholarships to several area students including:

• Ladonna Medlock of Talihina received the Herman and Mary Thomas Memorial scholarship and the Tyler Seth Davlin Memorial scholarship;

• Larissa Deaton of Wister, daughter of David and Donna Deaton, received the Baysul and Rotha Balentine Memorial scholarship;

• Logan Deaton of Wister, daughter of David and Donna Deaton, received the Kiamichi Electric scholarship;

• Linlee Blankenship of Pocola, daughter of Ed and Trinka Blankenship, received the Delta Kappa Gamma Beatrice Blankenship endowment;

• Logan Carver of Bokoshe, son of Max and Dawn Carver, received the Scott Vincent Memorial scholarship;

• Madison Pendergrass of Spiro, daughter of Ed and Donna Pendergrass, received a General Scholarship Fund award;

• Makayla Lovell of McCurtain, daughter of LeAnn Price, received the BP America scholarship;

• Mallory Clay of Poteau, daughter of Steve and Patty Clay, received the Toni Floyd Thompson Memorial scholarship, the Dwight Craig Memorial scholarship and a General Scholarship Fund award;

• Mason Warren of LeFlore, son of Mark and Jessica Warren, received the Rilla Borden Wyatt Memorial scholarship;

• Dawson Warren of LeFlore, son of Mark and Jessica Warren, received the Kiamichi Electric scholarship;

• Meagan Huckaby of Heavener, daughter of Stephen Huckaby and Andrea Clubb, received the J.P. (Jack) and Eva Gaither Memorial and Eliza Kinkead Bulgin Memorial scholarships;

• Michael Walker of Muldrow, son of Mike Walker, received a General Scholarship Fund award;

• Michael Collins of Gans, daughter of Michael and Suzie Collins, received the Sallisaw Committee for Excellence scholarship;

• Morgan Hillebrand of Howe, daughter of Brian and Christie Hillebrand, received the Ross and Artie Stivers scholarship;

• Oscar Jimenez of Sallisaw, son of Oscar and Lizbeth Jimenez, received the Sallisaw Committee for Excellence scholarship;

• Samantha Couch of Poteau, daughter of Misty Sinclair, received the Senior Day scholarship;

• Samantha Serrano of Heavener, daughter of Rogelio and Amalia Serrano, received the Educational Talent Search scholarship and a General Scholarship Fund award;

• Savannah Gillham of Poteau, daughter of Jake and Amber Gillham, received the Sam Coggins Memorial and Lin Bohanan Memorial scholarships;

• Sharon Gates of Cameron, daughter of Barbara Albertson, received the Eleanor White Memorial and Alpha Delta Kappa scholarships;

• Trenton Goins of Spiro, son of David and Gerry Ann Goins, received the Lorene Patterson Memorial scholarship;

• Trevor Maggard of Poteau, son of Joe Bill and Jenni Maggard, received the Adams Abstract Co. and Jack and Katherine Johnson Memorial scholarships;

• Tyler Seaton of Panama, son of Eddie and Jeannie Seaton, received the Ronnie Taylor II Memorial scholarship;

• Amber Robinson of Talihina, daughter of Renee and Nathan Robinson, received the Molly Gedosh tuition waiver;

• Braden Dorsey of Howe, daughter of Jami Blaylock and Bryan Dorsey, received the J.C. Holton Math scholarship and a General Scholarship Fund award;

• Cassie Bess of Leflore, daughter of Bryan and Renee Bess, received the Brooklyn Elayna Deleplank Memorial and the Dr. Frederick and Marjorie Oliver Nursing scholarships;

• Celesta Freeman of Heavener, daughter of Eddie and Cecilia Freeman, received a General Scholarship Fund award;

• Emily Speers of Talihina, daughter of Melissa and Lance Midgley and Matt and Jenni Speers, received the Gillson Memorial scholarship;

• Jeremiah Loggains of Poteau, son of Sue Ann Loggains, received the Adams Abstract Co. scholarship;

• Justin Bellgard of Panama, son of Leta and James Bellgard, received the Gail Booth scholarship;

• Kayla Sutter of Poteau, daughter of Anita Sutter, received the Dickerson Family scholarship;

• Mary Stewart of Wister, daughter of Keith and Kim Stewart, received the J.C. Holton Math scholarship;

• Michelle Carter received an LPN Nursing scholarship;

• Tyler Satterfield of McCurtain, son of Rusty and Kim Satterfield, received a General Scholarship Fund award.

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