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Modified: June 10, 2007 at 12:06 am •  Published: June 10, 2007
Man drowns while fishing in river
WHITEFIELD — A Stigler man died Saturday morning while fishing in the Canadian River, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.

About 9 a.m., Mac Barton, 39, was fishing in about 3 feet of water two miles north of Whitefield in Muskogee County.

He stepped off a ledge into deeper water, submerged and never resurfaced, the patrol said.

His body was recovered two hours later in approximately 8 feet of water about 20 feet from the last place he was seen, the patrol said.

Fisherman's body found
LAKE TEXOMA— A Kingston man authorities have been searching for since Thursday was found Saturday, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.

Warren Beasley, 68, went fishing Thursday evening. He called his wife, asking her to bring him some food but never met up with her. His boat was found Friday, and authorities recovered his drowned body Saturday, the patrol said.

OU program asking for patients
University of Oklahoma College of Dentistry instructors are seeking patients needing full sets of dentures for a prosthetic dentistry education program.

Patients approved for the program would receive a full set of dentures for $500, including follow-up care.

For $25, patients also can receive a screening examination and full jaw X-rays.

A full set of dentures typically retails for more than $1,200.

Patient X-rays also will be analyzed for tumors and cysts of the head and neck.

Participants should be prepared to attend six to eight weekly three-hour appointments while their dentures are being made and fitted, and at least two follow-up exams.

For more information, call 271-6056.

Institute to raise blood awareness
Oklahoma Blood Institute on Thursday will try to raise awareness about the need for safe blood in Oklahoma and around the world during their celebration of World Blood Donor Day.

Donors on Thursday at any of the institute's 11 donation centers will receive a free T-shirt, theme park discount coupon and refreshments from around the world.

Oklahoma Blood Institute provides blood to more than 110 hospitals in Oklahoma and north Texas.

For more information or to find a donation site, call (877) 624-4483 or go to

Center receives accreditation
Integris Baptist Medical Center's ultrasound department has received a three-year accreditation from the American College of Radiology, hospital officials said.

The Reston, Va.-based organization recognizes radiology departments based on high standards and a peer-review evaluation.

The national American College of Radiology serves more than 32,000 health care workers in the radiology field.

District hires new deputy
Oklahoma City Public Schools on Thursday appointed Brenda Cassellius as deputy superintendent.

Cassellius will lead planning, development, assessment, and improvement of instruction and educational programs, according to a news release.

Cassellius comes to the district from Memphis, Tenn., where she serves as the middle school academic superintendent for 22,000 students.

She has 17 years of educational experience and earned her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Minnesota and her master of arts in secondary education from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.

While serving in her current position, Cassellius organized and led a districtwide Blue Ribbon Behavior Initiative, as well as the reconstitution of seven schools.

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