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Friday, 18 January 2019 09:58

Sign up for Leadership LeFlore County

Press release

(POTEAU, OKLAHOMA) – Leadership LeFlore County is taking applications for the 12th annual leadership class of 2019.


Applications are now being accepted by contacting Poteau Chamber of Commerce 918-647-9178.


Leadership can consist of a variety of positions and attributes. Defining a great leader depends on several qualities and the desire to succeed. Some of the key qualities of a great leader are attitude, drive, imagination and passion. The 2019 Leadership course touches on all of these during the eight-week session. LLC is sponsored each year by The LeFlore County Development Coalition, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, AES, OG&E, The Community State Bank, The Donald W. Reynolds Center, City of Poteau, Leadership Development and Citizens Engagement and the Poteau Chamber of Commerce.


Leadership LeFlore County.....
The 2019 session marks the 12th year with over 150 alumni that hold successful leadership positions on the state and local level. LLC is a county wide leadership program designed to be a series of issue-oriented forums and learning experiences which are based on the belief that knowledge is a key element and prime motivator of a successful leader. LLC is looking for applications from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and geographical locations in LeFlore County and the surrounding areas.


Leadership Leflore County is open to all interested LeFlore County residents and does not discriminate based on age, sex, race, religion or natural origin. Participants are selected based on the ability, demonstrated interest in their community and insight for effective leadership.


The application process is to ensure a class consisting of members from diverse backgrounds and locations. Fifteen are chosen annually to attend the nine-week course. Danette Russell, OSU Extension says, “each year has been a great success, numbers increase, feedback is positive and new leaders develop.”


Each year we offer a diversified curriculum of studies that will prepare the participants for future leadership roles. The Chamber Board as many board members of other organization consist of graduates of LLC. It is great each year to see the past graduates grow in leadership capacities adding to the success of our entire community. Karen Wages, CEO Poteau Chamber of Commerce.

The leaders that develop from this experience has taken the chamber, the city and county to new levels of professionalism, community pride, unity and growth.


We are looking for to the vision, energy and connectivity with the 2019 class.

Thursday, 17 January 2019 22:27

Sharon Ann Isaac Obituary

Sharon Ann Isaac of Wister, Oklahoma (formerly of Heavener, Oklahoma) was born August 12, 1949 in Fort Smith, Arkansas to Buck and Madge (Counts) Brown and passed away on January 16, 2019 in Fort Smith, Arkansas at the age of 69.


She is survived by:

Her step-mother:
Lois Moore of Wister, Oklahoma

One daughter:
Erin Jones and husband Nic of Heavener, Oklahoma

One step-daughter:
Jennifer Duggin of Chester, Arkansas

Two sons:
Curt Mize and wife Gayle of Heavener, Oklahoma
Steven Mize and wife Dana of Athens, Texas

Two sisters:
Linda White and husband James of Pocola, Oklahoma
Leigh O’Neill and husband Eddie of Wister, Oklahoma

Three brothers:
Bryan Thompson and wife Patricia of Heavener, Oklahoma
John Thompson and wife Jennifer of Heavener, Oklahoma
Benji Thompson and wife Crystal of Heavener, Oklahoma

Seven grandchildren

Three great-grandchildren

Many nieces, nephews, and a host of friends that loved her very much.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Buck and Madge Brown; her first husband, Tom Mize; her second husband, Martin Willey; her third husband, Frank Isaac; grandparents, Lewis and Vera Brown and George and Faye Counts; and one sister, Amy Davis. Sharon was a life-long resident of the area.


She loved her nieces and nephews like her own. Sharon was a housewife, who helped everyone around her that she could.


She had a big heart and loved spending time with her family.


Sharon will be greatly missed by her dogs, Angel and Bitsy.


Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, January 18, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in Heavener, Oklahoma with Brother Brock Hardin officiating.


Burial will follow in Heavener Memorial Park under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener, Oklahoma.


Pallbearers will be: Eddie O’Neill, Nic Jones, Daniel Cranfield, Jonathan Anselmo, John Thompson, and Bryan Thompson.


Viewing will be from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home.


To sign Ms. Isaac’s online guestbook please visit


Press release

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Jim Grego today announced he has filed legislation to stop the transfer of an Oklahoma Veterans Center from Talihina.

House Bill 1149 would eliminate the authorization to transfer the center that was first granted by legislation passed in 2017 and signed into law by former Gov. Mary Fallin.

“This center is important to the veterans who are housed there, to their family members who visit them, to the hundreds of employees who work there and to the community of Talihina, which relies on this significant employer,” said Grego, R-Wilburton. “There is no reason the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs can’t update this existing facility to better accommodate the needs of its residents.”

It was announced last fall the Oklahoma Veterans Commission and the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs would move the 175-bed, long-term veterans care center from Talihina to Sallisaw within the next three to five years. The center employees about 275 people.

Grego said he is acting in the best interest of the veterans in the Talihina area and of his community.

Rep. Jim Grego serves District 17 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, which covers parts of Latimer, Le Flore and Pittsburg Counties.

Thursday, 17 January 2019 20:46

Marriage Licenses January 7-11, 2019


The following couples received their marriage licenses from the LeFlore County Court Clerk’s office during the week of January 7-11, 2019:



Joe Earl Means and Carol Sue Johnson



Eric Shea Rainwater and Amy Dawn Courville



Floyd Russell Low, Jr. and Ashley Leann Adams

Press release

OKLAHOMA CITY – Majority Leader Jon Echols, R-Oklahoma City, and State. Rep. Jason Dunnington, D-Oklahoma City, filed legislation today that would make State Question 780 retroactive.

House Bill 1269 would provide post-conviction relief to Oklahomans whose convictions took place prior to State Question 780 passing but would have been affected had SQ780 been in place.

“It is time for Oklahoma to get out of the business of arresting and prosecuting individuals afflicted by drug addiction,” Dunnington said. “We have Oklahomans that are labeled as felons, and their crimes would be legal or a much lesser crime today. These folks are disenfranchised, and their families are suffering. This legislation seeks to heal these wounds and continue Oklahoma down the road of responsible criminal justice reform.”

Dunnington and Echols, who have worked together on bipartisan legislation in the past, see this bill as a chance for lawmakers to come together and do what is best for Oklahoma.

“The people of Oklahoma have spoken loud and clear on the issue of criminal justice reform,” Echols said. “I look forward to working with members of both parties to find not Democratic or Republican solutions, but Oklahoma solutions to the issues facing this state. This bill will be a great step in that direction.”


Press release


State Sen. Darrell Weaver has filed legislation to require anyone presenting budget information on behalf of a state agency to the legislature to do so under oath. Under Senate Bill 332, it would be a misdemeanor to knowingly present inaccurate budget information to lawmakers.

Weaver, a former director of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, said his legislation was aimed at increasing transparency, accountability and restoring public trust in government.

“I believe the single most important job we have as legislators is to write and approve a balanced budget on behalf of the citizens we were sent here to represent,” said Weaver, R-Moore. “But that requires the most accurate data possible. It’s bad enough if poor financial oversight results in inaccurate information that hurts their employees and the citizens who depend on vital services. If bad information is presented intentionally, there should be consequences and accountability.”
Senate Bill 332 says a person would be guilty of a misdemeanor if they violate their sworn testimony by falsifying or concealing any material fact, make any materially false, fictitious or fraudulent statement or representation or present any false written information or documents to legislators.

“When I was an agency director, I treated my testimony at budget hearings like I was under oath. But when agency representatives do not give accurate information, there are multiple problems,” Weaver said. “Inaccurate, misleading budget information prevents legislators from being the best stewards possible with public dollars. When that happens, it undermines the public’s trust in their government. My bill is an effort to rebuild and restore that trust.”

Wednesday, 16 January 2019 21:27


By Crystal Ashalintubbi-Shipman



(POTEAU, OK) – A number of Oklahomans are quick to say that they are living the American dream. They own acreages, raise cattle and feel satisfaction in continuing a part of Western tradition. Yet to live the dream, beef producers must be able to understand and manage a great many factors that can affect the potential success of their ranching operation. One of the best commitments producers can make to improving their beef cattle management skills is to educate themselves on best management practices.


The OSU Master Cattleman Program is a fantastic way to do this. A new OK Beef Cattle Manual, produced by Oklahoma State University, will serve as the basic reference for a series of workshops. The educational program and production manual will provide a wealth of key, science-based information designed to assist producers in meeting their individual goals and objectives relative to a beef cattle enterprise. Common questions regarding forage production and management, livestock selection and care, animal health issues, waste management, business planning, marketing and risk management will all addressed.


A good ranch manager has a plan for coping with ever-present risks, including those not under his or her direct control such as weather and market forces. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced rancher, the Master Cattleman program can help you get the most out of your investments in time, energy, effort and money. OSU Cooperative Extension educators will take participants through every phase of common management decisions, providing the latest science-based information in an easily understood format.


The program will be well worth the $100 investment. Participants must be registered by March 8 and class begins on March 21. Producers interested in participating in a Master Cattleman program or in obtaining the OK Beef Cattle Manual should contact the LeFlore County Extension Office at 103 N. Church St. in Poteau or by calling 918-647-8231.


Wednesday, 16 January 2019 21:25

Southeast area lake report for Jan 16

A service of the Oklahoma Wildlife Department


Arbuckle: January 12. Elevation normal, water 47 and stained to muddy. Bass slow. Crappie fair on spoons in mid-lake area. White bass fair on white spoons at 34-56 ft. off drop-offs. Cold rainy weather has hampered fishing. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Broken Bow: January 11. Elevation above normal, water 56. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on crankbaits, jigs and spoons around points and standing timber. Blue and flathead catfish fair on cut bait, live bait and sunfish in the main lake, around points and shelfs. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: January 11. Elevation above normal, water murky. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on Alabama rigs, crankbaits, hair jigs and plastic baits around brush structure, main lake and standing timber. Crappie good on jigs, minnows, small lures and tube jigs around brush structure, dam, docks and standing timber. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on cut bait, hot dogs, shad and sunfish below the dam, along channels, dam, flats, main lake and river channel. Report submitted by Jake Bersche, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: January 11. Elevation above normal, water 50 and murky. Lake elevation continues to be above normal with gate openings at Hugo Dam expected to continue. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait, dough bait, live bait and shad below the dam, main lake and river channel. Crappie good on minnows and jigs below the dam, around brush structure, channels, main lake, river channel and standing timber. Crappie fishing below the dam remains good. Report submitted by Andrew Potter, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.

Konawa: January 10. Elevation normal, water 45 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on Alabama rigs, crankbaits and plastic baits in the main lake, around points, river channel and weed beds. Striped bass hybrids and white bass slow on Alabama rigs, crankbaits and live shad in coves, main lake and river channel. Channel catfish slow on chicken liver and cut bait in coves, creek channels and weed beds. Report submitted by Garret Harley, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountain Fork: January 11. Elevation normal, water cloudy. Trout good on caddis flies, small lures and tube jigs along shallows and spillway. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Lower Mountain Fork: January 10. Stocked approximately 1,800 rainbow trout on January 10. Report submitted by April Drake, secretary at the southeast region office.

McGee Creek: January 11. Elevation 4 ft. above normal, water 51. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on flukes, jerk baits and plastic baits along flats, points and standing timber. Channel catfish slow on chicken liver, dough bait and stinkbait along creek channels and inlet. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Pine Creek: January 11. Elevation above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass good on plastic baits and spoons in the main lake and around points. Crappie slow on jigs and spoons around brush structure. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait and stinkbait in the main lake. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robbers Cave: January 10. Stocked approximately 340 rainbow trout on January 10. Report submitted by April Drake, secretary at the southeast region office.

Robert S. Kerr: January 11. Elevation above normal, water 45 and muddy. Blue catfish good on shad along flats and around points. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs along creek channels. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.

Sardis: January 15. Elevation above normal, water 53. Largemouth and spotted bass slow on bill baits, jigs, plastic baits and spinnerbaits around brush structure, points, rocks, shorelines and tailwater. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait and shad along channels and main lake. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: January 16. Elevation above normal, water 46 and muddy. Lake levels are high and water is muddy, striped bass are still biting via dead sticking method on flukes rigged as a single or Alabama rig. Use electronics to locate active schools of fish and suspend baits at appropriate depths. Striped bass good on Alabama rigs, flukes and live shad in the main lake. Blue catfish fair on cut bait and shad below the dam, along the dam, discharge, main lake and river mouth. Juglines are productive for blue cat on the main lake , below dam blue cats are biting shad/ cut bait. Crappie are slow below docks with the muddy water use dark colored jigs for best results. Crappie slow on jigs, live bait and tube jigs around brush structure and docks. Adding scent to crappie jigs seem to help. Report submitted by Trey Hale, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: January 11. Elevation above normal, water cloudy. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on bill baits, crankbaits, plastic baits and spinnerbaits around brush structure, channels and standing timber. Blue, channel and flathead catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait, shad and stinkbait along channels, main lake and standing timber. Crappie fair on minnows, jigs and tube jigs below the dam, around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Thomas Gillham, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

Press release

A recent study indicates Oklahoma ranked second in the nation for prevalence of Hepatitis C (HCV). Health officials believe significant contributing factors are injection drug use being seen in the state’s opioid epidemic.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with several universities, analyzed data gathered during a national survey conducted from 2013-2016 as well as other studies used to estimate the number of Americans living with HCV. There are approximately 2.4 million adults estimated to be living with HCV in the United States, with Oklahoma estimated to rank second at 1.82 per 100 population, behind only the District of Columbia at 2.34 per 100 population. In addition to this study, data collected by the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and other state public health officials indicate the number of new cases of HCV is on the rise. The CDC estimates more than 41,000 Americans were newly infected in 2016 alone.

A major contributing factor to the high occurrence of HCV is the sharing or re-using of needles when using injection drugs such as opioids. Opioid injection and HCV increased dramatically in younger Americans from 2004-2014. Among people aged 18-29, HCV increased by 400 percent, and admission for opioid injection by 622 percent. Those aged 30-39 saw an increase of HCV by 325 percent, and admission for opioid injection by 83 percent. It is important for those who use injection drugs to understand their increased risk of contracting HCV through shared needles.

“Far too many individuals are unaware of their risk of infection and importance to get tested,” said Kristen Eberly, director of the OSDH HIV/STD Service. “Although the ongoing opioid epidemic has contributed to recent increases in HCV infections among adults under age 40, it’s also important for Oklahomans to understand hepatitis C poses a serious health concern for people of all ages, including infants born to infected mothers.”

Baby boomers also account for a large portion of chronic HCV infections. Health officials recommend all adults born between 1945 and 1965 be tested at least once for HCV. Testing is also recommended for anyone who may be at risk of contracting the virus through injection drug use.

“The numbers are sobering, but this challenge can be tackled if the right steps are taken,” said Interim OSDH Commissioner Tom Bates. “We recognize that there is a cost to providing help, but even though it might be expensive, it is not hopeless. There is a 90 percent cure rate with treatment. We urge everyone at risk to get tested now.”

The cure rate is improving and reducing the length of treatment from a year to three months. However, the wholesale treatment cost for new cases ranges from $417 to $1,125 per day.
Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus which can result in serious long-term health problems such as liver disease, liver failure, and even death. There is no vaccine to prevent the virus. The best way to prevent it is by avoiding behaviors known to spread the disease, especially injecting drugs. It can also be spread when getting tattoos or body piercings in unlicensed facilities with non-sterile instruments. The only way for a person to know if they have HCV is through a blood test from a health care provider.

For additional information, visit the OSDH HIV/STD website at


For assistance with finding local resources for opioid treatment, call 211.


Additional information about drug overdoses is available at


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