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Saturday, 17 November 2018 10:07

Axel Wade McCage Obituary



Axel Wade McCage, infant son of Russell & Amber (Steelman) McCage was received by the angels into heaven on Thursday, November 15, 2018 in Poteau.


He is survived by his parents of Wister; maternal grandparents, Jeff & Nicole Steelman; paternal grandparents, Russell & Brenda McCage; special aunts & uncle, Misty McGage & Krissi Ware, Chevy Steelman; other aunts & uncles; other relatives & loved ones.

Graveside services will be 2 pm, Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at Reichert Cemetery, OK

You may leave an online message at


The family has chosen to entrust the care of the services to Evans & Miller Funeral Home, POTEAU, OK

Friday, 16 November 2018 18:11

Miss CASC 2019, Claudia Jones

Press release

Claudia Jones from Stilwell, Okla. was Crowned Miss CASC 2018 on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at the annual Miss Carl Albert State College competition.


As the new Miss CASC, she will represent Carl Albert at the Miss Oklahoma Pageant in June, 2019.


She will receive a $1000 cash award for the state competition wardrobe and travel, plus a 16-hour tuition waiver at CASC.

Contestants finishing in other top categories include First Runner Up Madeline Humphries from Poteau, and Second Runner Up Larissa Deaton from Wister.

The Crowd Pleaser and Miss Congeniality awards went to Curtsie Pace from Heavener, and the Talent award was won by Madeline Humphries.

Miss CASC 2018 Bailey Oberste of Sallisaw crowned the new Miss CASC.

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Miss CASC 2018, Bailey Oberste hugs Miss CASC 2019, Claudia Jones 


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1st Runner Up, Madeline Humphries, Miss CASC 2019, Claudia Jones and 2nd Runner Up, Larissa Deaton.  

Friday, 16 November 2018 09:25

Decorating Wisely: Take a Stand with Candles

By Glenda Wise


The other day when Donnie and I were leaving Mass, I mentioned to him that I would love to have some candleholders similar to the ones in the back of the church. They are a beautiful red glass topped with a pewter cross topper. They are so peaceful and beautiful stair stepped on their stand. Just one gives a cozy light, but several grouped together makes the room glow.

I am determined to come up with something similar for my home. I found the perfect spot at the end of the hall in front of a mirror on my grandma’s table. Now all I need is to find the candleholders and toppers. Based on what I’ve looked at online, my best bet is going to be finding red pillar candleholders. Since I don’t have a stair stepped stand like the church, I will have to improvise by using tall pillar candles for my focal point and then step down in height with others.

In order to create your very own magical and peaceful candle grouping her are a few tips:

• Select one color for candles or vases and stick with it. If I can’t find enough of the red to do what I want without spending a fortune, I’m going to use clear vases with a white or cream candle.
• Use multiples of several sizes for balance.
• Vary the diameter; mix short, fat candles with slender ones.
• If you want to use scented candles, try using only one or two amongst the grouping. A little goes a long way and you don’t want you guests to be overpowered by the smell.
• If you want to add a little something, snuggle a houseplant or two around the edges. Something trailing like ivy gives a nice easy, yet elegant look. The ivy trails are easy to work in and out of the candle arrangement. ALWAYS KEEP PLANTS AWAY FROM AN OPEN FLAME.
• To add a little sparkle tuck a few ornaments around the candles.

If you have a dark area in your home, a candle grouping such as this will add a dramatic display. This type of arrangement can give your home a big impact for little money. Candles have a way of welcoming us home especially in the winter.

Press release

Legislative Office of Fiscal Transparency (LOFT) will evaluate agency spending and performance

OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate President Pro Tem-designate Greg Treat on Thursday filed legislation to create a legislative fiscal watchdog office to help lawmakers better fulfill their oversight role of state agency spending and performance.

Senate Bill 1 creates the Legislative Office of Fiscal Transparency (LOFT) to provide the Legislature with objective, verified data lawmakers can then use as they consider and make critical policy decisions.

“Real numbers and objective data will help the Oklahoma Legislature make better informed decisions when writing the state budget, setting policy, and tracking whether programs are meeting or exceeding our expectations,” said Treat, R-Oklahoma City.

“The most important duty the Legislature has is to write the budget and provide oversight of agency spending and performance. In most cases, the Legislature depends on the agency itself or the executive branch to report data on spending and performance. Agencies present only the data they want us to see not necessarily what we need to see. Agencies tend to focus more on outputs and not outcomes. That’s not how we are going to turn Oklahoma around. The Legislature needs independent, objective data so that we can make better informed decisions,” Treat said.

Key parts of SB 1:
• LOFT will conduct performance evaluations of agencies, programs, or specific divisions;
• LOFT would have open access to all agency data and budgets;
• LOFT would be overseen by a bicameral, bipartisan committee;
• LOFT would have six to eight independent, nonpartisan office staff;
• Data gathered by and reports produced by LOFT would be available to the public.

Treat pointed to the recent Health Department scandal as one of the best reasons why an office like LOFT is needed.

“Last year, the Legislature was told the Health Department needed $30 million immediately or they agency couldn’t make payroll and there would be catastrophic public health implications. As we know now, the department didn’t need the money and the agency’s finances were in shambles. That is unacceptable and must not continue,” Treat said.

“Well more than half of the states have a legislative oversight office like LOFT. It helps provide accountability and oversight among the branches of government. The legislative, executive, and judicial are co-equal branches of government. They serve as a check on one another’s power. We need an independent, nonpartisan office like LOFT to provide the Legislature with real numbers as we make decisions on how to get the best outcomes and returns on each and every tax dollar,” Treat said.

Poteau Chamber of Commerce Welcomed a new Business to the Poteau Area.

Premier Primary Care.

Friends and Staff joined in for the ribbon cutting on Thursday, Nov 15, 2018.

Located on the top floor of Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center. Dr Chris Orendorff also owns Premier Primary Care in Sallisaw.

Providers include Dr. Orendorff and Jami Guest, APRN.

For appointments call 918-635-3193


Holding Scissors Dr. Chris Orendoff, Clinic Physician and Owner, Provider APRN, Jami Guest.

Jami began seeing patients on Monday of this week.

Thursday, 15 November 2018 11:30

Take Flu Precautions Before the Holidays

Press release

As the number of influenza-related hospitalizations continues to increase, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reminds Oklahomans to get a flu shot before upcoming holiday gatherings to prevent spread of the illness.

The OSDH reports 71 hospitalizations and three deaths associated with the flu since the season began in September. The highest number of flu-related hospitalizations has occurred among those who are older than 65 years of age, as well as children younger than 5, which are both groups at greater risk of experiencing severe illness and complications due to flu.

“It is important to stay home from holiday gatherings if you have symptoms of influenza which are fever, chills, body aches, and a cough or sore throat,” said State Epidemiologist Dr. Kristy Bradley. “It is better to miss out on some holiday fun than risk infecting others. Flu can be especially dangerous for pregnant women, young children, the elderly, and those who have underlying health conditions such as asthma and other lung diseases.”

Flu activity tends to increase between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Getting a flu vaccination is the most effective way to avoid this potentially serious illness. Vaccinations are available at all county health departments with no out-of-pocket cost, as well as at medical providers and many pharmacies throughout the state.

Everyone is at risk for influenza and the flu vaccination is recommended for anyone 6 months of age and older. Parents and family members of babies younger than 6 months of age, and those who live with or care for anyone at high risk for complications from the flu, are especially advised to get the vaccine.

It is important for those experiencing flu-like symptoms to consult with a health care provider as soon as possible. Antiviral drugs may be prescribed to treat the flu. These drugs work better for treatment when started within 48 hours of noticing symptoms. Influenza antiviral drugs may also be indicated as a prevention measure to protect those who have just been exposed to someone diagnosed with influenza and are especially vulnerable.

In addition to getting a flu shot, public health officials recommend the following prevention tips:
• Adopt a healthy lifestyle by eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and getting a full night’s rest.
• Wash hands frequently using soap and water, or alcohol-based products such as hand gels when hands are not visibly soiled.
• Use tissues to cover coughs and sneezes, then dispose of them and wash your hands immediately. When tissues are not readily available, cough into your sleeve, not your hands.
• Stay home from work, school and other public places when feeling ill.

Newly elected State Representative Lundy Kiger District 3, Republican from Poteau, received his official Lapel pin on Wednesday at the Oklahoma State Capitol.

Kiger along with other State Representative member will have a swearing in ceremony on Thursday at 10 am at the Capitol.

It can be viewed live on the State Representative webpage at

The Oklahoma House of Representatives consists of 101 members and is the larger chamber of the bicameral Oklahoma Legislature. All members are elected to a concurrent two-year term resulting in a close connection between the Representatives and the citizens of Oklahoma.

According to a press release from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, on November 7, 2018, Robert Vincent Wonsch , 37 of Moore, was found guilty by a Cleveland County Jury on multiple sex offense charges.

According to the press release, Wonsch was a process server who sexually preyed on female customers who needed his help in getting legal documents served to various entities.

Wonsch committed his criminal activity in multiple counties throughout Oklahoma.

Wonsch is to serve the following sentences:
Sexual Battery - 7 years
Procuring Lewd Exhibition of Person - 2 years
Sexual Battery - 5 years, Sexual Battery - 5 years
Sexual Battery - 5 years, Kidnapping - 15 years
Forcible Sodomy - 18 years
Sexual Battery 9 – years
Pattern of Criminal Offenses - 2 years and $5,000.00 fine
Engaging in Lewdness - 1 year and $10,000.00 fine and Engaging in Lewdness - 1 year and $10,000.00 fine.


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Robert Vincent Wonsch 

Press release


New exhibit now open and  will run through December 31st at the LeFlore County Musuem.


Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 to 3.


The LeFlore County Museum at Hotel Lowrey presents a vintage black light poster graphics exhibit “Art by the People – For the People” from the private collection of Roberta Bell, who graduated from Poteau High School in 1960 and currently resides in Poteau.


Founded in 1967, Allan and Roberta Bell Ehrlich’s Third Eye Inc. published approximately 100 blacklight posters featuring original artwork, and 100 non-black light posters; fold-up sculpture, wallpaper and greeting cards. The Third Eye published licensed reproductions of Marvel superhero artwork re-colored with fluorescent inks.


The Third Eye’s original goal was to sell these museum quality posters as accessible artwork for $1 each to wholesalers. Their posters generally sold for $2 in retail stores. Today The Third Eye posters sell for $500-$1000each.


Celebrating the 51st Anniversary of the black light poster phenomenon, a total of about 30 framed graphics and numerous Marvel Comic greeting cards will be on display along with glowing miniatures in a “full black light environment” in the Arlene LeMaster Gallery room.


This exhibit is free to the public.


For additional information about the exhibit, please contact Director Bonnie Prigmore at 918-647-9330.


To speak with the artist and to learn more about The Third Eye or the art movement of the 60s and 70s, please call the Ehrlich family at 828-242-6618.


The LeFlore County Museum is located at Hotel Lowrey at  303 Dewey Avenue in Poteau, Oklahoma. 




Thursday, 15 November 2018 00:03

OICA and DHS Launch OK Foster Wishes 2018

Press release


Annual Gift Drive Provides Presents to Thousands of Children in Foster Care


OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) is partnering with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) and other sponsoring organizations to launch OK Foster Wishes: an annual gift drive providing thousands of children in foster care with holiday presents. OICA is asking Oklahomans to go to, where they can support the drive in one of two ways:

1. Purchase a gift: Individuals or businesses who wish to purchase gifts can sign up to receive a wish-list from a foster child at (DHS child welfare workers are currently working with foster parents and children to compile personalized wish lists). Gifts can then be delivered at select drop-off points, listed at


2. Make a monetary contribution: Individuals interested in making a monetary contribution can donate online at A suggested donation of $75 will be used to purchase a gift on a personalized wish list as well as support transportation and delivery services. Approximately 7 percent of wish lists go unfilled; monetary donations ensure that every child receives a present.


OICA CEO Joe Dorman said the holidays can be a difficult time for foster children and OK Foster Wishes helps to make it a more joyous one.


“For some children in foster care, the holiday season can be a reminder of the permanent home and family that they don’t have,” said Dorman. “Receiving gifts from other Oklahomans reminds them that they are loved and they are not forgotten. Supporting OK Foster Wishes is a great way to bring more joy into a young person’s life.”


Dorman said that OK Foster Wishes is a cause that churches, businesses and civic groups can support together.


"Last year we had entire organizations whose members each volunteered to purchase presents for a different child," said Dorman. "This is a great annual reminder of how generous Oklahomans are and how seriously we take our responsibility to support children."


About OICA
The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy was established in 1983 by a group of citizens, to create a strong advocacy network that would provide a voice for the needs of children and youth in Oklahoma, particularly those in the state’s care and those growing up amid poverty, violence, abuse and neglect, disparities, or other situations that put their lives and future at risk.



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