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OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today welcomed Kaitlyn Haught to the state Capitol to celebrate the artist’s success in the inaugural Western Governors Association (WGA) “Celebrate the West” regional art competition.

Haught, a recent Hooker High School graduate, earned second place in the contest with her colored pencil drawing “Cutting Horse.”

The drawing will displayed in the lobby of the governor’s office at the Capitol for the next 30 days.

“This is a truly beautiful picture, fully deserving of a place alongside the works of other great Oklahoma artists here at the Capitol,” said Fallin. “I’m looking forward to seeing more of Kaitlyn’s work as she continues to hone her artistic talents.”

Haught’s drawing was one of more than 200 entries in the WGA contest, which drew from 19 Western states.

WGA staff selected the winners from each state, then the governors who attended the association’s summer meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyo., picked the “Best of Show” winners. Haught’s drawing won a $500 prize for finishing in second place.

"I have always loved horses, and I want to be able to show the power and the beauty of them in my artwork,” she wrote on her entry form. “This piece means the world to me, and I want the world to be able to appreciate its beauty as much as I do."

Haught, who plans to attend Oklahoma Panhandle State University in the fall to study computer graphics and animation, said she has been drawing since she was 2.

Haught said her drawing always has been an outlet for her imagination. She started by copying her mother’s sketches and borrowing as many drawing books and animal encyclopedias as she could from the local library.

She credits her art teacher, Joshua Muller, with showing her all of the media available to her and encouraging her to enter her work in competitions.

Her work earned top prizes in Texas County, Woodward and Mooreland, before she set her sights on a larger competition.

Haught said she spent a total of three months working on her “Cutting Horse” drawing, hoping to qualify for a competition in New York.

That didn’t work out, but the drawing did win best in show at the Panhandle Area Art Jubilee in April before earning second place in the WGA competition.

Haught said she hopes people who see her drawing will “not only see the spirit of Oklahoma but also the beauty God created.”

For more information about the WGA art competition, click here.

A $380 Million Cash Value

Oklahoma City (Jul. 7, 2016) —The Mega Millions jackpot for Friday night’s drawing has reached $540 million! This is the 3rd largest Mega Millions jackpot and 7th largest North American jackpot in history.
The estimated cash value of the jackpot is $380 million.

Players have until 8:59 p.m. on Friday to purchase tickets for the next Mega Millions drawing. Mega Millions drawings are held on Tuesdays and Fridays at 9:59 p.m.
Play Responsibly

With the Mega Millions jackpot at $540 million, the Oklahoma Lottery is encouraging everyone to play responsibly.

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If you enjoy traveling and sight seeing, the Confederate Rest Cemetery is a historical place to visit.  Paul Orosco former photojournalist for the Okmulgee News Network, now living in Alabama, recently visited the historic Confederate Rest Cemetery at Point Clear.  From time to time we will bring you interesting stories and photos from places around the US. We want to share his photos and a short video to help transport you there with him for a journey through this rich history.

Confederate Rest Cemetery is an inactive portion of Point Clear Cemetery, where Confederate dead were laid to rest, most of whom died at the Grand Hotel, when it was used as a hospital during the Civil War. No new burials take place in this cemetery.

Facts About Confederate Rest

The American Civil War began officially April 12, 1861 when the Confederates opened fire on Fort Sumter in South Carolina. 11 states seceedeed from the union.

Disease was the leading cause of death during the American Civil War. More than 400,000 soldiers died off deseases while battle wounds clamed approx 200,000 soldiers.

More Americans died in the American Civil War than in WW II. the civil war claimed 620,00 lives and WW II claimed 405,000 lives.

1.5 million served in the Confederate Army. Very few records available.

100,000 Confederate soldiers were probably killed due to combat.

A Confederate General was 50% more probably killed compared to a lowly enlisted
man.The Confederacy had 5 Secretaries of war during this time.

Enlisted men were forced to serve 2 more years in the army

200,000 Confederate soldiers died from sickness or in prison camps.

About 100,000 soldiers deserted during the war and fared better than those men who died for a lost cause.

At the outset of the war the strategy was to make North come to them.

A Confederate soldier earned $11.00 per month, hardly enough to offset the misery.

The Confederacy turned away volunteers at start of war cecause they simply did not have enough gear to outfit so many men.

In 1864 Confederacy President Jefferson Davis, who was the South's only President, publicy announced 65% of the their soldiers were AWOL. The beginning of the end. He originally was a US Senator from Mississippi.

The Confederate soldiers wore captured union uniforms. They have enough of their own and wore anything that fit.

Each sub group in the Confederate Army was named for the state of the groups origin. Most draft eligible southern men wound up voluntering instead of waiting for the draft. Reason the men were ashamed of being drafted and the social standard stigma was too harsh for them.

General Robert E. Lee surrendered the last Confederate Army on April 9, 1865 at the Appomattox Court House in Virgnia ending the Civil War.

Photos by Paul Orosco - ONN

(OKLAHOMA CITY) The Oklahoma Highway Patrol added 29 new Troopers to its ranks with the graduation of the 64th OHP Academy class on Friday, June 17. The ceremony took place at Memorial Road Church of Christ in Edmond.

Senator James Lankford was the keynote speaker for the event.

The Academy began on January 27 with 40 cadets in attendance. The graduates successfully completed 20 weeks of intensive training and will be assigned to OHP Troops across Oklahoma.


Wednesday, 15 June 2016 11:17

Americans See Gas Prices on the Rise

With the summer driving season at hand, Americans are much more pessimistic about gas prices than they were last summer.

The national survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on June 8-9, 2016 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 11:10

Mega Millions Jackpot Hits $310 Million

A $211.1 Million Cash Value

Oklahoma City (Jun. 15, 2016) —The Mega Millions jackpot for Friday night’s drawing has reached $310 million! The estimated cash value of the jackpot is $211.1 million.

Players have until 8:59 p.m. on Friday to purchase tickets for the next Mega Millions drawing. Mega Millions drawings are held on Tuesdays and Fridays at 9:59 p.m.
Play Responsibly

With the Mega Millions jackpot at $310 million, the Oklahoma Lottery is encouraging everyone to play responsibly.

(Shawnee, Okla. – June 6, 2016) St. Gregory’s University announced today that its Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree program has been granted full accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The accreditation is retroactive to October 15, 2015.

“Going through the development and implementation of a nursing program at St. Gregory’s is a great illustration of The Little Engine That Could. The faculty and staff have worked tirelessly to make the accreditation process a successful reality,” Dr. Susan Barnes, Dean of St. Gregory’s School of Nursing said. “This accreditation is a testimony to the good people that are so dedicated and passionate about nursing. This hard work is an acknowledgement of the nursing shortage and our ability to make a contribution to solving the problem. Nurses play an important role in each of our lives.”

St. Anthony Hospital, Saint Francis Health System, St. John Medical Center and Mercy Hospital — Oklahoma’s four Catholic healthcare systems — are key partners in St. Gregory’s nursing program, supporting a caring approach that preserves the dignity of the human person. The curriculum's ethical component is informed by the Catholic Church's moral teaching, and supports the University's overall mission of forming the whole person - mind, body and spirit.

The success of the nursing program has spurred the University to explore the possibility of opening a College of Health Care as part of its recently approved strategic plan, Vision for Our Next Century.

“This is a marquee day for not only our School of Nursing, but also for St. Gregory’s University,” Michael A. Scaperlanda, President of St. Gregory’s, said. “Our nursing program’s roots within the Catholic Liberal Arts intellectual tradition prepares our students to go out into the world and become beacons of light within their communities while serving others in a way that respects the dignity of human life. This is only our first step as we continue to look for ways the University can serve the vast Catholic health care network in Oklahoma and across the nation.”

The nursing program has previously been approved by the Higher Learning Commission, received provisional approval from the Oklahoma State Board of Nursing and has been offering nursing courses in a traditional format as well as the accelerated Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN) degree completion program for working adults since August 2014. Currently there are over 75 students enrolled in both the traditional nursing and RN to BSN Degree programs.

For more information on St. Gregory’s Catholic Nursing or RN to BSN program, contact the St. Gregory’s admissions office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 1-844-BE EXTRA or visit www.stgregorys.edu/nursing.

Founded in 1875, St. Gregory’s University is Oklahoma’s oldest institution of higher learning and only Catholic university. St. Gregory’s offers a liberal arts education rooted in the Benedictine tradition of cultivating the whole person – mind, body and spirit. With campuses in Shawnee and Tulsa, St. Gregory’s features both traditional and adult degree programs, including associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. For more information about the University, visit www.stgregorys.edu.

TULSA, Okla. (June 6, 2016) – Jehovah’s Witnesses in Northeast Oklahoma have begun invit-ing the public to attend their 2016 “Remain Loyal to Jehovah!” Regional Conventions. Tulsa University’s Donald W. Reynolds Center will host two of the 481 conventions being held in 130 cities throughout the United States.

Approximately 6,000 delegates are expected to attend those two conventions, which will be held during the first two weekends in July.JW2

Each of the 2016 “Remain Loyal to Jehovah!” Regional Conventions will feature 49 presenta-tions exploring the theme “loyalty.” Additionally, the Witnesses have prepared 35 video seg-ments specifically for the program plus two short dramatic films. The conventions will address the important need for loyalty in our world today and its role in both the family and community.

About the conventions

Tulsa convention dates: July 1-3, 8-10
Convention Venue: Donald W. Reynolds Center, 3208 E. 8th Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Open to the public at 8:15 a.m. each day – No admission fee – No collections
Approximately 3,000 expected to attend each convention

About JW.org

Jehovah’s Witnesses’ official website, www.jw.org, is the most widely translated website in the world, with more than 800 languages, offering access to free, downloadable Bibles, Bible-based publications and videos for the entire family, including teenagers, couples, parents and children.

For further information, please contact:

Tom Lincoln (918) 740-2344 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mark Snead (918) 625-1136 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today issued the following statement on the Memorial Day holiday:

"I encourage all Oklahomans during this Memorial Day weekend to take time to remember and honor the sacrifices of the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces. Their service keeps our nation free and protects the freedoms we enjoy every day. Oklahomans have a deep and profound respect for the men and women of our military – and their families. We can never fully repay the debt of gratitude owed to them.

“I'm wishing Oklahomans a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend. I know they will join me in keeping our former and current military personnel in their thoughts and prayers."

There’s a lot to explore within the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s new online map portal. From navigating bridge data to checking out upcoming construction projects and viewing a map of every railroad crossing in the state, the department is increasing transparency by providing a more interactive approach to many types of state maps and data.

Designed as a one-stop, all-inclusive data experience, the ODOT Map and Data Portal recently launched for public use at www.odot.org under the Road Conditions Resource Center. Mobile device users will need to click View Full Site to reach the full portal.

The portal includes more than 30 interactive maps and data sets such as the planned highway projects in the Eight-Year Construction Work Plan, current construction updates, live traffic times and cameras as well as traffic counts for state highways and mileage chart generators among many others. Many of the key maps are also listed by ODOT field division so that users may quickly hone in to their area of interest.

“We create and maintain a tremendous amount of data about our state highway system that we want to make more readily accessible,” said Dawn Sullivan, ODOT director of capital programs. “This portal will be useful to contractors and vendors as well as the general public wanting to learn more about construction plans and highway conditions for their area.”

The new online portal also allows the department to maintain and update public data closer to real-time. Some data will be updated weekly while other maps and data sets will be updated as needed.

An interactive tool bar in the upper left corner of all the maps allows users to toggle layers on or off, add base maps, measure or share the map. There are six maps ready for use on mobile devices with more scheduled to be available in the future. Other types of maps and data available within the portal include:

A county report map provides a significant amount of road and bridge information by clicking on each county and then choosing a report such as school district boundaries, U.S. Census Bureau information and historical data.

A complete inventory of structurally deficient and functionally obsolete bridges, both on and off the state system. Each data point contains detailed information about the location, the type of bridge, year it was built, traffic counts and whether it’s on a school bus route along with other data.
The public also will find a map dedicated to load-posted bridges. These are bridges with a posted weight limit for vehicles that may use the structure.

History and trivia buffs have not been left out of the map portal. They will find several applications of interest, including:

Historic Bridges and Roadways map application that shows the location of Depression-era bridges from 1933-45 and more than 100 truss and arch bridge locations statewide.

Memorial Roads and Bridges is an inventory of every highway and bridge designated with an honorary name by the state Legislature. The public may apply to have a bridge or state highway named after a loved one through their state legislator.

A county population map shows not just the current U.S. Census population for each county, but historical population numbers going back to 1890.

The online portal was created by ODOT in-house using industry-standard mapping tools with an annual $17,500 licensing cost. Engineers and contractors who already use ODOT mapping data also may find many of these maps and the underlying raw data via ArcGIS Online by using the keyword “okdot.”

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The Oklahoma Department of Transportation recently unveiled an online Map & Data Portal with more than 30 maps and data sets as part of its efforts to increase transparency and provide more information electronically to the public. It may be accessed via www.odot.org under Road Conditions Resource Center.

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