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David Deaton

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POTEAU, OKLAHOMA - Continued Discussion of possible legislation affecting the health of LeFlore County was held on Friday, January 12, 2018 at the Donald W Reynolds Center in Poteau.

The purpose of the meeting, conducted by Lundy Kiger of AES, was to learn what's at stake related to possible legislation that will be agreed and attempted to pass to fill the revenue shortfall for the state.

“Our purpose is to make as many people as possible informed on any new updates or directions state leaders might be attempting that is either positive, or especially negative to killing jobs in our county related to business, industry, education and natural resources,” said Kiger.


Kiger presented ideas that have been developed, by people not living in rural Oklahoma. These will be reviewed and discuss as possible options and strategies to help protect LeFlore County jobs.

Once such organization is “Step up Oklahoma”, a nonpartisan group of business, civic and community leaders came together to work with lawmakers to develop the Step-Up Oklahoma plan. According to their website - Step Up Oklahoma would stabilize state revenue, reform government to increase efficiency and cut abuse, and raise teacher pay by $5,000 a year.


In the discussion Kiger presented some key factors on who influences the state, such as the Oklahoma State Chamber, Lobbyist, Oil & Gas companies, Step Up Oklahoma, PACS, individual contributors and a few state employee groups. With State players being Governor, Senate President and House Speaker.

Who is are local influence? Mayors, business owners, community leaders & Individual contributors such as Senator Allen, Representative West & Democrat Representatives.

Also in the discussion were the state budget short-falls with too much government spending & waste, budget cuts to core services, cuts reducing state aid for Education, health care and core services, state cutting incentives and companies making financial investments. There has also been multiple years of budget deficits and years of fluctuating revenues and weak government leadership.

The past year legislators went into special session only to see a revenue vote failing and a veto that created additional reductions at CASC - higher ed, health care & state agencies.


Some issues facing the state is of course the Health Department’s $31 million Issue as well as a Revenue Shortfall which created a national issue for Oklahoma, yet the state directors get $18K Raise.

The Oklahoma Budget is expected to be in the Hole  about  $600 Million and state revenues increasing - more state revenue increases could be devastating LeFlore County & rural Oklahoma

So, what’s up for 2018
Tax Increase and reforms are coming, Reforms in State Government, New State Questions, Governor Pushing for $1B, Step Up Oklahoma Pushing for $800M and State Chamber Pushing for Common Sense Revenue Decisions.


Step Up Oklahoma & the Governor Reform wish list
Lower the Supermajority Threshold Required on Revenue Bills to 60%
Establish reliable budget stabilization fund to protect budget in economic downturn. (Use GPT and Wind Generation Taxes)
Require passage of line-item budgets with legislative oversight
Revise term limits to cumulative 16/20 Years
Grant Governor direct appointment power over some state agency directors—Dissolve boards such as Labor, Education OCC & Largest 6-8 Agencies
Change process filling supreme court vacancies (Possibly Congressional Districts)
Create Independent “Congressional Budget Office” Gaining Inter-Agency Synergies & Eliminating Waste
Grant Voters at county level the authority to tailor their form and Make-up of county government
Revise state budget to reflect all sources of revenue
Increase teacher and principal pay

Revenue raising Measures $800 million

Cigarette Tax by $1.50 per Pack $61M/$244M
Gross Production Tax 2% to 4% $135M
Little Cigars, Chewing & E-Cigs $3.2M/$13M
Motor Fuel Tax $0.006 per Gal $29M/$170M
Cap Incentives on Coal, Wind & RR $18M
Gaming Modernization Craps/Roulette $22M
Individual Income Tax to 5.25-5% $49M/163M
Eliminate Certain Individual Taxes $175M


What LeFlore County needs to save jobs
Local legislators must develop key relationships with other members.
Local legislators must be willing to compromise and negotiate to protect funds for local jobs.
Local legislators must be willing to vote with caucus leaders on final agreements when asked, even if it goes against their personal beliefs.
Local people and leaders must be willing to get involved personally making calls and visits with local legislators and state leaders.

“Our county is positioned to see growth and better economic times but if the wrong steps are taken by legislators it could set our county back nearly 30 years and double-digit unemployment again,” said Kiger. "Rumor has it that legislators will be called back to the state capitol for a special session. It's very possible a large revenue bill will be considered for passage. If the rumors are true, then we need to voice are concerns to all legislators of what we need to protect our local economy. The more people involved the better chance we have of keeping our education institutions open, health care funded along with core services in all rural counties."




Thursday January 18th Lunch Special at the Lumberjack Cafe


Served with Fried Potatoes, Pinto Beans, Hush Puppies and Salad or Coleslaw.


They also offer a full Breakfast and Lunch Menu served all day.

Save room for Homemade Dessert.

The Lumberjack Café in Howe Oklahoma is a great place to eat.

Open Monday through Saturday from 6:30 – 2:00pm.

The Lumberjack Café is located inside Ron’s Discount Lumber in Howe.

All for reasonable prices.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 21:24

Poteau City Councilman arrested in California

Press release


On January 17, 2018, at approximately 3:20pm authorities in Northern California were assisted by investigators from the Poteau Police Department, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, and District 16 Drug Task Force, in the arrest of Poteau City Council member David White.

The charges stem from a year and a half long investigation in which White was federally indicted in the US District Court in Muskogee, OK.

White is charged with one count of drug conspiracy and four counts of distribution of methamphetamine.

White is currently incarcerated in California and awaiting extradition by federal officers back to Oklahoma.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 14:57

William Robert Seale Obituary

William Robert Seale, 85, of Poteau, OK, passed away Wednesday, January 17, 2018, in Poteau.


He was born September 10, 1932 in Belgreen, AL, to George Robert and Tiny Leo (Hester) Seale.


He married Millus L. Miller on June 17, 1953 in Danville, IL.


Bill was a veteran of the U. S. Airforce, LeFlore County Deputy and Under Sheriff for seven years from 1956 - 1963 and served the City of Poteau from 1965 to 1986 as Chief of Police.


He was a member of Southside Baptist Church in Poteau.


William was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters Mary Ruth Strickland and Louise Malone.


Survivors include his wife of sixty-five years, Millus Seale of the home, two sons, William R. Seale II and wife Rebecca and James M. Seale and wife Shirley all of Poteau, sisters, Grace Hamilton of Russellville, AL and Sue Vest and husband Edward of Hartselle, AL, two brothers, Jim B. Seale and wife Janice of Strongfield, OH and Donnie Seale of Russellville, AL, granddaughters, Leslie Yochum and husband Dennis, Joni Hagelberger and husband Adam, and Tierney Seale all of Poteau, grandson Aaron Seale and wife Joy of Tulsa, OK, great-granddaughters, Candice and Cailey Yochum, Tristin, Blair and Chloe Hagelberger all of Poteau, sisters-in-law, Betty Miller of Poteau, Pat Miller of Midwest City, OK and Carolyn Borneman of Conway, AR, as well as a host of extended family, loved ones and friends.


Pallbearers will be Todd Peters, Rick Couri, Jim Fesperman, Bob Carter, Bob Hendricks, Paul Mode, Lance Smith, and Detroy Johnson.


Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Poteau Police Department and LeFlore County Sheriff’s Department.


Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at Southside Baptist Church, Poteau, OK with Pastor Jim Reed, Bro. Garry Haskins and Jim Seale officiating.


Interment will follow service at Oakland Cemetery, Poteau, OK.


Viewing Thursday 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


You may offer condolence to the family from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday evening at Grace Manor Funeral Home, Poteau, OK.


The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 691, Poteau, OK 74953.


Arrangements are under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home, Poteau, OK.


You may leave an on-line greeting to the family at


POTEAU, OKLAHOMA – The Maidens of Mayhem invite you to come watch the carnage unfold as the Maidens host the Prom Gone Wrong.


Doors open at 4:30. First whistle will be at 5pm.


Tickets are $10 per person, under 12 free with paid adult.


Limited floor seating will be available.


All ages are welcome.


This will be a co-ed Mash-up! Tux Vs. Dresses!

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 12:21

Voter Registration Deadline is January 19th

Friday, January 19th is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the February 13th Annual School Election, LeFlore County Election Board Secretary Sharon Steele said today.

Steele said that persons who are United States citizens, residents of Oklahoma, and at least 18 years old may apply to become registered voters.

Those who aren't registered or need to change their registration may apply by filling out and mailing an Oklahoma Voter Registration Application form in time for it to be postmarked no later than midnight Friday, January 19th.

Steele said applications postmarked after that time will be accepted and processed, but not until after February 13th.

The County Election Board responds in writing to every person who submits an application for voter registration.


The response is either a voter identification card listing the new voter's precinct number and polling place location or a letter that explains the reason or reasons the application for voter registration was not approved.


Steele said any person who has submitted a voter registration application and who has not received a response within 30 days should contact the County Election Board office.

Oklahoma Voter Registration Application forms are available at the County Election Board office located at 103 N. Church St., Poteau, and at most post offices, tag agencies and public libraries in the county.


Applications also are available at



Thursday, February 1, 2018 is the application deadline for the Nursing program and the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program at Carl Albert State College.


Nursing application information can be acquired from the CASC Nursing department at http://nursing/carlalbert/edu/home


or call the nursing department at 918-647-1355.


PTA application information is located online at


or call the PTA department 918-647-1285.


The CASC Enrollment Center can also be contacted for details regarding both programs at 918-647-1248.



CASC Mission Statement: To provide an affordable, accessible, and exceptional education that fosters student success.


The LeFlore County Republican have scheduled their next meeting for January 25, 2018 at 6:30pm at the Heavener Public Library, 203 East Avenue C, (in the downtown Heavener area).

They are having meetings around the county to encourage more participation.

Be sure to "like" their Facebook page: LeFlore County OK GOP and keep up to date on all the happenings.



Press release


WILBURTON, OK (Jan. 17, 2018) – Eastern Oklahoma State College was recently distinguished as a Certified Healthy Campus for its ongoing efforts to promote the healthiness of its students, faculty, staff and visitors. This is the fourth time Eastern has achieved this status.

The Certified Healthy Campus distinction recognizes higher education institutions, public and private, and career technology centers for going “above and beyond” in making health and wellness a top priority through environmental and policy changes. The initiative was founded in 2011 and is one of seven Certified Healthy Oklahoma programs administered by the Oklahoma Turning Point Council and the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Center for the Advancement of Wellness.

The program awards three levels of campus certification based on different criteria. Eastern earned the Merit certification with promotions, policies and services including its tobacco-free environment, annual Wellness Week, Student Health Services program, discounted memberships for employees to Doc’s Gym, employee weight loss competition and contractual agreement with Main Street Drug for the low-cost 340b prescription program.

For more information on Certified Healthy Oklahoma, visit or call the Center for the Advancement of Wellness at (405) 271-3619.

Press release

OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today announced the appointment of Trevor Pemberton to fill the Office 13 district judge vacancy in Oklahoma County. He is replacing former District Judge Roger Stuart who retired in August.


Pemberton’s appointment is effective immediately. A formal swearing-in ceremony will be scheduled later.

Pemberton, of Oklahoma City, has served as an Oklahoma County special judge since May. He spent the previous nine years in private practice trying domestic and civil cases as well as arguing a wide range of issues, both locally and nationally.

“Trevor Pemberton has exhibited the highest standards of professionalism, preparedness and respect for the legal profession,” said Fallin. “As a judge, he has worked tirelessly for the citizens of Oklahoma County, and before that for his clients. His personality and temperament serve him well when working with litigants, attorneys and other judges.”

Pemberton earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and a juris doctorate from the Oklahoma City University School of Law.

“I appreciate Governor Fallin’s confidence in me to serve as an Oklahoma County district court judge,” Pemberton said. “I take very seriously my role in the judicial system. On and off the bench, I strive toward humility and impartiality. I am committed to serve well the citizens of Oklahoma County, and will be an even-handed, leveled-headed and hard-working district judge.”

Pemberton volunteers his time as a mentor to high school students. He is a board member of Salt and Light Leadership Training and is a member of the Downtown Exchange Club of Oklahoma City and the Robert J. Turner Inn of Court. Pemberton also serves on the professionalism committee of the Oklahoma Bar Association.




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