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Local lawmakers visit Joplin, recognize outstanding cadet

JOPLIN, Mo. — Local lawmakers stopped in Joplin to recognize an outstanding cadet this afternoon.

Representative Jake Laturner presented “Cadet 2nd Lieutenant” Faith Godsell with the “Mitchell Award”.

Godsell is from Mccune, Kansas, and had asked that Laturner be the one to present her with the award.

Representative Billy Long and state Senator Bill White also attended the ceremony.

The Mitchell award is presented to cadets who complete phase 2 of the “Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program”, recognizing cadets who demonstrate excellence in leadership, aerospace, fitness, and character.

Lieutenant Godsell is proud to have earned the honor before turning 15.

“It’s a great experience. I love flying, it’s just amazing. It’s a very good program to go to and learn. You learn a lot of stuff from different programs; it’s great,” said Cadet 2nd Lt. Faith Godsell, who Received “Brigadier General Billy Mitchell Award”.

“I look forward to doing everything I can to help her continue to grow and continue in public service because we need folks like this to step up to the plate. Our country needs it, and we’re really proud to be here and be a part of this today,” Rep. Jake Laturner, (R) Kansas.

Lieutenant Godsell is starting her 3rd year as a “Cap” Cadet.
She hopes to achieve the highest rank of “Cadet Colonel” and earn the “Spaatz Award” before she graduates.

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Vinita woman dies in car crash

KETCHUM – A Vinita woman died in a car crash on Wednesday, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol confirmed.

Saffron Durham, 18, died at the scene from massive injuries, the patrol reported.

The fatal collision happened around 2:38 p.m. on OK-82 just north of OK-85, near Ketchum.

Kenneth Turner, 62, of Vinita, was the driver of the second vehicle, a 2011 Ford Econoline Van.  He refused treatment, the patrol said.  His passenger, Carson Wiley, 32, of Vinita was admitted to Mercy Hospital in fair condition with leg injuries.

Both vehicles were southbound on OK-82 when Turner’s vehicle slowed to turn eastbound onto OK-85 and was rear-ended by Durham’s vehicle, the patrol said.

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"Higher Power Garage" gifts cars to three local women

JOPLIN, Mo. — Some people think celebrating Christmas before Thanksgiving is a big no-no.

But this is the kind of early celebration you might get behind, three local women in need, all getting an early holiday gift.

“We fix cars here, that’s what we do. But, really what we’re here for is to help people improve their lives,” said Mike Gideon, Higher Power Garage President.

It’s a motto that’s continued to come to fruition since “Higher Power Garage’s” inception, time and time again.

“It’s pretty exciting for us. I mean, it’s a big day. We’ve been able to put cars out in the past and we’ve done multiple cars before, but this one just feels special,” said Gideon,

Special, because the garage is gifting three low-cost vehicles to three local women in need.

“Go to work, take my kids to the park, take them to school. It’s going to be really good,” said Jillian Radcliff, Recipient.

Jillian Radcliff has been staying at god’s resort, learning to be on her own, including the car care program, to learn about what it means to own a vehicle and how to properly care for it.

“I learned a lot. Now I know that every dollar matters and I’m not going in blind with having a vehicle,” said Jillian Radcliff, Recipient.

Amanda Guyette is also getting a vehicle.

“I’ll be able to go to the grocery store, go to work, go see my kids, take them to do things,” said Amanda Guyette, Recipient.

Higher Power has now given away 33 cars in the last two years, thanks to the support of the community.

“The involvement that we’re seeing from the community in this program, both in cars that are starting to be donated and quality of the cars being donated, as well as other organizations investing in us, like the Arvest Foundation,” said Gideon.

“I feel very blessed to see how caring people actually are because I come from the other side of the tracks where nobody cared about anybody but themselves,” said Guyette.

Getting the keys on this day-before Thanksgiving is nothing short of life-changing.

The women are thankful, and so is Radcliff’s son.

“He’s super excited because he knows we get to go to the skate park now, and we get to see my sister for the holidays so we’re really excited,” said Radcliff.

“Very, very grateful and thankful,” said Guyette.

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Beware of fraud when holiday shopping

OKLAHOMA – Almost a third of Oklahomans have been targeted by fraud.

Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor is urging Oklahomans to use caution when making purchases and donations this holiday season to avoid scams and fraud.

The FBI’s 2021 Internet Crime Report found losses due to cybercrime exceeded $6.9 billion in the United States last year. The report noted 4,156 Oklahomans made complaints to the FBI and lost more than $50 million.

“As we enter another exciting holiday season, I want to make sure Oklahomans are prepared with the latest consumer protection tips to help ensure safe, joyful festivities and shopping,” O’Connor said in a prepared statement.

“Scam artists view the holiday season as an opportune time to take advantage of consumers, which is why it is more important than ever to take precautions to protect yourself and your money. Remember, if it seems too good to be true, it is,” O/Connor said.

The state’s Consumer Protection Unit is offering the following tips to protect Oklahomans and their families this holiday season:

  • Buy gift cards for gifts, not for payments. If someone contacts you and demands that you pay them with a gift card, it is likely a scam.
  • Research charities before you donate.
  • Don’t click any suspicious links or attachments in emails, on websites, or on social media.
  • Check each website’s URL to make sure it’s legitimate and secure. A site you’re buying from should have “https” in the web address.
  • If possible, pay with a credit card. Credit cards give extra protection for most online purchases and many cards offer benefits like protection for returns and purchases.
  • Monitor the shipping process. Always get tracking numbers for items you buy online, so you can make sure they have been shipped and can follow the delivery process.
  • Spot and avoid government impersonators. This type of scam often starts with a call, email, or text from someone who says they’re with the IRS, Social Security Administration, or Medicare – but sometimes they give a fake agency name, like the non-existent National Sweepstakes Bureau. They will also give you some reason why you need to send money or give them your personal information immediately. If you get a call like this, hang up the phone. Government agencies won’t call, email, or text you and ask for money or personal information.
  • Learn how to recognize mail scams and mail fraud texts. These can come in the form of prize offers, threatened punishments, or even a text message.

More Resources

If you encounter a holiday scam, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission online or at 877-382-4357 and report it to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit at https://www.oag.ok.gov/consumer-protection-unit, or call 1-833-681-1895.

For more resources on charitable organizations, including ratings, reviews, and financial information visit:

  • Charity Navigator
  • CharityWatch
  • GuideStar
  • Federal Trade Commission Gift Card Scams
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The best deals of the holiday shopping season are here with these Thanksgiving 2022 bargains

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It’s official: The holiday shopping season has arrived. This means consumers can get the best deals on the widest range of products because discounts are expected to be steeper than ever. Inflation and excess inventory along with consumers’ expectations for lower prices have put pressure on retailers to deliver big this year. For instance, popular tech items, such as the Echo and the Echo Show, are available at deep discounts, while beauty products, such as Maybelline Liquid Lipstick, are also available at exceptionally low prices.

There are so many great deals available that we organized them into five categories based on popular retailers. This way, you can jump to the deals for the store you like most. The list contains deals you can find on Amazon, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Home Depot, Ulta Beauty and Walmart.

Updated: November 24, 5 a.m. PT

Trending deals from Magic Mixies and Roomba

Best iRobot Roomba j7

iRobot Roomba j7: 42% off

This convenient vacuum can be controlled via smartphone or voice commands. The smart-mapping feature lets you schedule when and where it cleans. Many were impressed with the suction power.

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Best Magic Mixies Crystal Ball

Magic Mixies Crystal Ball: 25% off

This lets kids “summon” fun creatures with a crystal ball and magic wand. The sound, lights and smoke make it more immersive. It’s available in blue or pink.

Sold by Amazon

Best Meater Plus Smart Meat Thermometer

Meater Plus Smart Meat Thermometer: 20% off

This lets you monitor your food’s temperature and expected cook time from your smartphone. It has a 165-foot range, and the app is intuitive.

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Best iRobot Braava Jet M6 Ultimate Wi-Fi Connected Robot Mop

iRobot Braava Jet M6 Ultimate Wi-Fi Connected Robot Mop: 34% off

This is the perfect robot mop to keep your floors clean without lifting a finger. With an operating time of 2.5 hours, you can direct it where and when to clean, and the Precision Jet Spray takes care of the rest. The connected Wi-Fi app can track progress through Smart Mapping and schedule cleaning cycles.

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Best iRobot Roomba i3 EVO (3150)

iRobot Roomba i3 EVO (3150): 35% off

Keeping your house clean has never been easier than with this robot vacuum. Through a Wi-Fi connection and smart mapping, the i3 cleans room by room with a premium three-stage cleaning system. The battery lasts 75 minutes, and the vacuum automatically docks itself when running low.

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Apple TV and other Thanksgiving deals on Amazon

Best Apple TV 4K (2nd Generation)

Apple TV 4K (2nd Generation): ADD TO WISHLIST

Apple TV gives you access to streaming services, such as Disney+, Apple TV+, Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, HBO Max and more. You also get a full HD experience with the potential for 4K video and immersive Dolby Atmos audio. The new Siri remote makes finding shows easier than ever.

Sold by Amazon

Best Hamilton Beach 12-speed Electric Stand Mixer

Hamilton Beach 12-speed Electric Stand Mixer: 50% off 

Hamilton stand mixers have the same mixing action as KitchenAid stand mixers. They give you thorough, even and complete bowl coverage. The 12 speeds let you have full control from a slow whirl to a fast whip. The unit has more than enough power to handle tough jobs, such as sticky bread dough.

Sold by Amazon

Best Sunny Health and Fitness Indoor Exercise Bike

Sunny Health and Fitness Indoor Exercise Bike: 19% off 

An exercise bike gives you the ability to get an excellent workout in the comfort and convenience of your own home. This model has an adjustable seat and handlebars for maximum riding comfort. It also has adjustable resistance for a customized workout.

Sold by Amazon

Best Greenworks 40V Brushless Cordless Hedge Trimmer

Greenworks 40V Brushless Cordless Hedge Trimmer: 19% off

The rotating rear handle enhances this tool’s versatility. It starts easily, and most were impressed with the battery life. It cuts most shrubs effortlessly.

Sold by Amazon

Best Bush Furniture Broadview 6-cube Storage Bookcase

Bush Furniture Broadview 6-cube Storage Bookcase: 58% off 

The more you have, the more important storage becomes. This well-built unit gives you plenty of flexible storage space that is designed to provide years of trouble-free use. The neutral finish lets this model fit in with a wide variety of decor styles, making it highly versatile.

Sold by Amazon

Other top Thanksgiving deals on Amazon

Peloton bikes and other Thanksgiving deals at Dick’s Sporting Goods

Best Peloton Bike

Peloton Bike: 21% off 

Exercise is important, but joining a gym can be expensive and inconvenient. This home exercise bike lets you get the high-quality, intense workout you crave without ever leaving your house. It has variable resistance, so you can exercise at your own pace.

Sold by Dick’s Sporting Goods

Best NordicTrack RW600 Rower

NordicTrack RW600 Rower: 37% off 

One of the best full-body workouts you can get is on a rowing machine. This model has a console that features all the necessary metrics so you can measure your growth. It’s not loud, and the low-profile design makes it easy to store.

Sold by Dick’s Sporting Goods

Best Body Solid 65 cm Exercise Ball

Body Solid 65 cm Exercise Ball: 16% off 

An exercise ball lets you take regular body-weight exercises and step up the intensity to help you strengthen your core. This popular model is burst-resistant and has a textured surface that makes it easier (and safer) to work out.

Sold by Dick’s Sporting Goods

Best TRX FIT Suspension Trainer

TRX FIT Suspension Trainer: 25% off 

A suspension trainer is a portable body-weight gym that gives you an impressive workout. This respected brand has a rugged build for durability and an assortment of accessories to give you variety. It also comes with attachments that make it suitable for either an indoor or an outdoor workout session.

Sold by Dick’s Sporting Goods

Best NordicTrack EXP 14i Smart Treadmill

NordicTrack EXP 14i Smart Treadmill: 69% off 

treadmill is a great exercise tool because it’s suitable for anyone, no matter their age or size. It’s also adaptable to any intensity level, as you can use it for a slow stroll or a vigorous run. This model has an adjustable incline to help you customize your workouts.

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Other top Thanksgiving deals at Dick’s Sporting Goods

Holiday decorations and other Thanksgiving deals at Home Depot

Best 6.5-Foot Festive Pine Christmas Tree

6.5-Foot Festive Pine Christmas Tree: 29% off 

This holiday tree comes with lights, so all you need to add are the ornaments. It’s made of flame-resistant material, it’s easy to assemble and it’s a perfect fit for your family room.

Sold by Home Depot

Best Snow Joe 100-Volt Electric Snow Blower Kit

Snow Joe 100-Volt Electric Snow Blower KitADD TO WISHLIST 

This cordless electric snowblower has the power you need to clear your sidewalk, driveway and more without putting your back in jeopardy. It features a push-button start and a directional chute, which lets you control where the cleared snow goes.

Sold by Home Depot

Best Husky Mechanics Toolset

Husky Mechanics Toolset: 50% off 

If you are looking for a battery-powered tool set that comes with everything you need to be a weekend chore warrior, this is the collection for you. It comes with all the essential tools, batteries, a charger and a carry bag. No more putting off those things that need to be done.

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Best Homcom Gingerbread Inflatable

Homcom Gingerbread Inflatable: 23% off 

One of the quickest and easiest ways to decorate the exterior of your home is to add a holiday inflatable. This large, festive figure is lighted, so you can proudly display it both day and night. It comes with stakes and tethers to keep the inflatable secure.

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Best Kohler Elmbrook Toilet

Kohler Elmbrook Toilet: 26% off 

A toilet might not be what you hoped to get for the holidays, but this one is on sale, and if you are interested, you probably need one. This top brand offers impressive reliability and a comfortable sitting height.

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Other top Thanksgiving deals at Home Depot

Estee Lauder perfume and other Thanksgiving deals at Ulta Beauty

Best Glowing Skin Gift Set

Glowing Skin Gift Set: 50% off 

This set includes numerous products to improve your skin’s health. It makes a great gift for skin care lovers.

Sold by Ulta Beauty

Best One-Step Volumizer Hair Dryer and Hot Air Brush

One-Step Volumizer Hair Dryer and Hot Air Brush: 53% off 

Drying your hair is necessary, but it’s not always healthy. This two-in-one hot hair brush uses advanced technology to get the job done quickly without employing extreme (and potentially damaging) heat.

Sold by Ulta Beauty

Best ColourPop Sweet Talk Eyeshadow Palette

ColourPop Sweet Talk Eyeshadow Palette: 50% off

Eye shadow frames your eyes and draws attention to them. Sometimes you want to make a subtle statement, but other times you want to say something bold. This palette of shades has everything you need, no matter what your mood.

Sold by Ulta Beauty

Best Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara

Roller Lash Curling And Lifting Mascara: 56% off 

One of the toughest beauty products to buy is mascara. There are so many ways an inferior product can cause problems. Fortunately, this offering has so many ways that it’s right for your lashes. It goes on easily, adds length and volume, doesn’t clump and has staying power.

Sold by Ulta Beauty

Best Sally Hansen Good. Kind. Pure. Nail Color Collection

Sally Hansen Good. Kind. Pure. Nail Color Collection: 40% off 

Don’t limit yourself to just a few vibes. This wide assortment of nail colors has something for every occasion, whether you are heading out for an elegant evening or you just want to have a little fun with the girls.

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Other top Thanksgiving deals at Ulta Beauty

Apple AirPods and other Thanksgiving deals at Walmart

Best Apple AirPods with Charging Case 2nd Generation

Apple AirPods with Charging Case (2nd Generation): 20% off 

Apple AirPods are premium earbuds that offer features you can’t get on other models. The active noise cancellation feature helps protect your hearing and lets you enjoy your music in the way it was intended.

Sold by Walmart

Best Hart 270-Piece Mechanics Tool Set

Hart 270-Piece Mechanics Tool Set: 48% off 

If you want to get stuff done, this comprehensive mechanics tool set gives you everything you need. You get a quick-release socket with exceptional grip and a rust-resistant finish. A rugged case is included with purchase. 

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Best Razor Miniature Dirt Rocket

Razor Miniature Dirt Rocket: 38% off 

This battery-powered ride-on toy gives you up to 30 minutes of continuous use. It has a sleek design that kids will love, a steel frame, a shattered-resistant body and comfortable grips.

Sold by Walmart

Best Shark Navigator Lift-Away Upright Vacuum

Shark Navigator Lift-Away Upright Vacuum: 51% off 

The self-cleaning brushroll on this powerful vacuum is appreciated, while the deep-cleaning lift-away power ensures more dirt is removed with each pass. It features a HEPA filter that cleans the air as well as the floor.

Sold by Walmart

Best Vizio V-Series 5.1 Home Theater Sound Bar

Vizio V-Series 5.1 Home Theater Sound Bar: 32% off 

The Vizio gives you incredible surround sound so you can hear every frequency. It’s easy to set up and simple to control. This is the system you use to get the most out of your TV, so your entertainment experience is exceptional.

Sold by Walmart

Best Apple Watch SE (1st Gen)

Apple Watch SE (1st Gen): 47% off

This makes it easy to take calls, answer texts and check app notifications without pulling your phone out of your pocket. It tracks numerous health metrics, such as your heart rate.

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Commerce resident dies in house fire

COMMERCE, Okla. – An early morning house fire has claimed the life of a Commerce resident, Police Chief Ray Horn confirmed on Thursday.

The victim’s identity has not been released. Horn said not all of the victim’s family had been notified.

Horn said the state Fire Marshal is on the scene.

Ottawa County Sheriff’s dispatchers confirmed the residence was on Maple Street.

This story is developing.

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Delaware County Cold Case Unit to look at 15 unsolved homicides or missing persons cases

JAY, Okla. – The Delaware County Sheriff’s Department has several unsolved homicides and missing persons cases, one dating back to 1973.

“The families haven’t forgotten about their loved ones – and neither have I,” said Delaware County Sheriff James Beck.

Beck said he feels drawn to bring justice to the grieving families no matter how many years have passed.

During the last election, Beck campaigned on developing a “Cold Case Unit” comprised of retired and former law enforcement officers.

“We are looking to expand the program with volunteers who have a medical background, private investigators and depending on their background – regular citizens,” Beck said.

Beck said it wants to get the “Cold Case Unit” operational by the first of the year. 

“We want to solve these cases,” Beck said.  “Some of these cases are cold cases, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be solved.”

After so many years have passed, people start remembering events or situations about cases that at the time of the person’s disappearance or killing, they didn’t think were important, he said.

“All details are important,” Beck said.

All volunteers must pass a background check.  For an application please click the link.

https://delaware.okcounties.org/file/jobs/delawareapplication_030718_263.pdf

Beck said he has comprised a list of unsolved murder cases and missing people but acknowledges the list may be incomplete.

“If someone knows of a case not listed in the Cold Case Unit please contact the Delaware County Sheriff’s office,” Beck said. 

COLD CASES

Georgie Cannaday

Cannaday’s body was discovered wrapped up in a rug or blanket at her Zena home on June 18, 1973.

William Reed

Reed was last seen on Dec. 9, 1987, in the Colcord and West Siloam Springs area.  He used three different dates of birth — March 12, 1955; March 31, 1955; and March 21, 1956.

Johnnie Ball, 60

Ball was last seen on Sept. 27, 1988, in a green Dodge vehicle in the Twin Oaks and Siloam Springs, Ark., area. A search in 2005 tuned up parts of a shoe or boot and an empty brown billfold.  Ball was declared legally dead in 1996.

Doris Harris and Danny Oakley

The couple was found on Feb. 21, 1996, inside their mobile home in rural Delaware County near Afton. They had been shot to death, and the home had been set on fire.

Ron Faulkener and Denny Hunnicutt, Fairland, were taken into custody as material witnesses in connection to the slayings.

On the morning of the slayings, an intoxicated Hunnicutt was arrested in North Miami. He was driving Oakley’s car.

 An Oklahoma State Bureau investigation report about the Oakley/Harris slayings shows there was an unidentified fingerprint and four unidentified palm prints found inside Oakley’s car. Hunnicutt pled guilty to federal drug charges in 1997 and was sentenced to seven years. He died in 2006, according to published reports. 

Barbara Ann Johnson-Willard, 29, of Colcord

Johnson-Willard was reported missing on June 17, 1996. Days later, her red Mercury Cougar was found in a ravine on a farm in southern Delaware County.  Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation agents recovered skin tissue from the trunk of the vehicle and cigarette butts from the ashtray.

John Lee Weeks, of Gentry, Ark., was charged in Delaware County District Court with first-degree murder. Testimony showed the fingerprints and DNA found in the automobile matched Weeks.

Weeks and Johnson-Willard both worked at Simmons. Weeks’ last day of employment was June 14, 1996 — the last day Johnson-Willard worked. The case was dropped against Weeks after some of the victim’s family expressed doubt Weeks was the killer.  Weeks is serving a sentence in the Lansing Correctional Facility in Lansing, Kan., on multiple offenses, including aggravated kidnapping, rape and aggravated criminal sodomy.

Peggy A. Sweeten, 52, of Grove

Sweeten has been missing since Jan. 17, 1998.

James Sweeten filed for divorce on Feb. 9, 1998, three weeks after his wife’s disappearance. Peggy Sweeten did not appear in court for the proceedings and a divorce was granted on April 6, 1998, court records show.

James Lee Sweeten, a former Arma, Kanas school superintendent, refused to submit to a polygraph test, according to the search warrant.  He also “appeared to be deceptive and evasive” during the interview and was attempting to find out how far the investigation had progressed and what direction the investigation was headed, the search warrant stated.

Coffey County, Kan., court records show Debra Hammond’s divorce was granted on April 1, 1998. James Sweeten and Debra Hammond moved in together in June 1998 and were married in December 1998, the warrant states.

Misty Dawn Faulkner, 29, Eucha

Faulkner was last seen on January 14, 2011, in Eucha.

After work, Misty contacted her grandmother to tell her that she would go pick up groceries from a Walmart in Jay, Oklahoma before heading home. Her purse, cell phone and groceries were left in the vehicle that was still parked in her grandparents’ driveway. Authorities administered several lie detector tests on a few persons of interest but they have not released the findings from those tests.

Timur Mardeyev, 27, of Grove

Mardeyev was last seen on Nov. 29, 2011, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

According to published reports, Mardeyev left his Grove home alone traveling to Tulsa.

His car was parked in front of the Riverspirit Casino for an hour, then it left and was parked again at the Batman Convenience Store. On December 9, his car was towed from the convenience store parking lot where it had been abandoned.

Mardeyev’s keys were in the ignition and his GPS system and expensive sunglasses were inside the car, along with a bottle of Coke and an open bottle of whiskey. His Bible and some paperwork he was filling out for his visa were missing.

He was carrying his wallet, passport, and approximately $3,000 to $5,000 in cash at the time he went missing.

Mardeyev was born in the Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan, which was then part of the Soviet Union. He was in the United States on a work visa in 2011 and lived with his sister and brother-in-law.

He was due to fly to Russia for Christmas but never made his flight.

Michael Shane Chapman

Chapman was last seen alive on January 27, 2013.  His boat was recovered near Sail Boat Bridge, but no body has been recovered.  

Dustin Ray Carver

Carver was last seen alive on March 03, 2014. The state Medical Examiner’s office has bones retrieved from a site in Oaks, but they have never identified them as belonging to Carver.

Thomas William Barkfelt

Barkfelt was last seen alive on  October 12, 2015.  On Oct. 24, 2015, the Oklahoma State Game Wardens towed Barkfelt’s vehicle from the Wildlife Management Area west and south of Eucha Lake Dam.

Christopher Teel, 33, of Jay

Teel was last seen around Jan. 1, 2017. He had been staying with his aunt for a few nights before he went missing, according to published reports.

Aubrey Dameron, 25, of Grove

Dameron, who is transgender, was last seen leaving the family’s home near Grove around 3:30 a.m. March 9, 2019. Several searches in the area have been unsuccessful.

Tyson Wright, 49, of Grove

Wright died on Jan. 29, 2021. His body was found in a vehicle engulfed by fire in the Zena area. No arrests have been made for his death.

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"Mercy Health Foundation" receives funding from "Arvest Foundation"

JOPLIN, Mo. — This Tuesday before Thanksgiving has local foundations feeling plenty thankful.

$5,000 from the “Arvest Foundation” to the “Mercy Health Foundation.”

The money will help fund an infant warmer. The machines typically cost about $15,000.

Mercy already has a number of them, eight of which are in the “NICU.”

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Deadline to apply for one of the largest private scholarships approaching

MIAMI, Okla. — The deadline to apply for a large undergraduate scholarship is quickly approaching. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship awards up to $55,000 per year for eligible students or alumni to pursue a four-year degree. The application deadline is January 12, 2023. This is the largest private scholarship in the United States available exclusively for students and graduates from two-year colleges.

Students pursuing any area of study may apply. They must be a current student at a two-year institution with sophomore status or a recent graduate. Students must have a 3.5 cumulative GPA, demonstrate financial need, and plan to transfer to a four-year university in the fall of 2023. Financial need is defined as a family income up to $95,000.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private foundation dedicated to helping promising young people who have a financial need to reach their full potential through education. Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholarships can provide funding for tuition, room and board, fees, and textbooks. Each award can total up to $55,000 annually, though the amounts will vary based on the cost of the institution each recipient attends. Since 2000, the Foundation has awarded over $130 million in scholarships funding over 1,900 students.

Students at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College who want to apply for a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholarship should complete the online application by January 12th, 2023. Applications are available through the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation website, which you can find HERE.

For more information, please contact NEO academic advisor, Bobbie Pennington at bpennington@neo.edu or (918) 540-6971.

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"Camp Now and Then" helping watch Pittsburg area children

PITTSBURG, Kan. — The biggest problem facing parents when their kids are out of school is who is going to watch them.

Thanks to the Pittsburg Parks and Rec department, parents have a solution.

The department hosts a program called “Camp Now and Then” at the Lincoln Center.

Here, parents can drop their kids off on days they don’t have school.

At the camp, kids play games, exercise, and are able to socialize with kids their own age.

“It gives the opportunity for parents to have a spot that’s affordable for child care. And it also gives the kids an opportunity to see their friends from school and meet new kids and socialize and be creative at the same time,” said Josie Maples, Recreation Programs Manager.

“I like school but I like this place better… Because you don’t have to do any actual math or anything. You can just, I like playing with balls here. And school you can’t play with balls until recess or in P.E.,” said Jordan Langford, Camp Participant.

Now there’s only one more day for the camp this week and that’s tomorrow.

The camp is open anytime the Pittsburg School District is out, including the last two weeks of December.

The cost of the camp is $16 a day, and they can only accept 50 campers per day.

It runs from 7:30 a.m. in the morning until 5:30 p.m. in the evening.

To sign up you can call Pittsburg Parks and Rec at 620-231-8310