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Saturday, 04 November 2017 23:00

A Night of Thanks

POTEAU, Oklahoma - The Poteau Musical Arts Society in collaboration with Poteau Chamber of Commerce presented “A Night of Thanks” Saturday evening at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center in Poteau. The event was a fund-raiser for the annual Musical Arts Scholarship present to a local musician each spring.

Area praise and worship groups had the opportunity to take the stage and perform music for the audience who were encouraged to sing a long and worship as they desired.

Groups performing included the Cross Community Church--Pocola Campus Youth Praise Band, the Poteau Southside Baptist Church praise team, Atoma Remix from Eastern Oklahoma State College Baptist Collegiate Ministries, SugarLove praise team from Sugarloaf Christian Fellowship and Ascended and Unite Youth Band both from Unite Church in Spiro.

Each of the groups, as well as the trio of the music club members (Diane Henson, Becky Adams and Janet Smith) did several songs and encouraged the audience to participate as they felt like doing.
Natlynn Hayes, Musical Arts Society president opened the event with a welcome and introduced the emcees—Henson, Smith & Adams, who entertained the crowd with jokes and three-part harmony.






Cross Community Church--Pocola Campus Youth Praise Band



Poteau Southside Baptist Church praise team


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Atoma Remix from Eastern Oklahoma State College Baptist Collegiate Ministries


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SugarLove praise team from Sugarloaf Christian Fellowship




Unite Youth Band from Unite Church in Spiro



MCALESTER -- Officials at Jackie Brannon Correctional Center and Oklahoma State Penitentiary have canceled visitation on Sunday, Nov 5, 2017 at the two facilities.


The cancellation is due to the city of McAlester 's plans to shut off water service Sunday to repair damage from a fire that occurred on Friday as the city repaired a broken water main.

Saturday, 04 November 2017 16:39

BGCLC receives Donation


Poteau, OKLAHOMA - The River Valley Art Association proudly donates $200.00 for new art supplies for the new Boys & Girls Club of LeFlore County facility.

The new facility is located at 305 Clayton Ave in Poteau.

Presenting the check to Arielle Perry, Director of the Boys and Girls Club are Dani Montoya Vice President of the River Valley Art Association, and Teresa Farrington president

Cameron, OKLAHOMA, According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol an injury accident occurred on Nov 3, 2017 at 3:59pm at the intersection of New Highway 112 and Old Highway 112 in Cameron Oklahoma in LeFlore County.

According to the report, a Cadillac was traveling southbound on SH 112 and a 2009 Suzuki motorcycle, driven by Christopher Myers-Tercero 27, from Van Buren, Arkansas was traveling northbound on SH 112. The Cadillac failed to yield while making a left turn at the intersection and struck the motorcycle. The driver of the Cadillac left the scene of the accident and has not been located.

According to a witness at the scene the Cadillac was a four door passenger car, light blue or silver in color.

Myers-Tercero was transported by LeFlore County EMS to Mercy Hospital in Ft Smith as is listed in stable condition with leg injuries.

Investigated by OHP Trooper Kyle Ward.

Saturday, 04 November 2017 12:31

Remember to “Fall Back”



Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, November 5th at 2:00 a.m.


Daylight saving time ends and it’s time to not only set the clock back one hour, but change the smoke alarm batteries, check all the flashlights and emergency supplies in the house and in the cars.



Friday, 03 November 2017 21:24

Decorating Wisely: Natural Selection

By Glenda Wise


I hope you all had a fantastic Halloween. There were so many awesome events around our community. One of my favorites was the annual Storybook Forest hosted by Good Times Theatre. I hope you all had a chance to check it out this year, if not, you really missed out and you need to make it a top priority next year.

Now, that the last Jack-o-Lantern has been put away and your Christmas planning has begun, it’s time to turn our attention to Thanksgiving. This is one of Donnie’s favorite holidays and as much as I love Christmas, I do love Thanksgiving. I love the quality family time, the food, and I really love all the natural elements of the season.


I love seeing what I can do with my outdoor treasures. Case in point, remember my magnolia garland? Well, I had a few more branches than I needed, so I just threw them onto the empty lot next to us, but I kept them close enough I could easily get to them just in case I needed them for anything else. After I took down my Halloween decorations I needed a little something in a vase in my breakfast area, so I just grabbed a few of those dried magnolia branches and tossed them in the vase. Voila! Instant fall arrangement!

Lately, I’ve really been into color blocking. This is an easy way to add a substantial amount of color without looking too busy or too hard to arrange. Color blocking can easily be accomplished by gathering two different colors of fall leaves and arranging one color on side and the other color on the other side.

Layering is another way to get a big impact with little effort. Start with items like walnuts or acorns in a vase and then finish the look off with bunches of wheat. The items in the vase will help hold the wheat in place as well.

Gnarly branches are a natural way to add interest and an instant focal point. Simply put in a cute little vase or stone urn and you’re finished!

The best part about fall is using what you have to make “flower” arrangements. You get to think way outside the standard floral arrangement box. You know that I love fresh flowers, but I don’t always have them left in the budget, so I splurge and do a few fresh flowers mixed with the other elements I’ve mentioned. If you’re like me and still want a few fresh blooms, it is best to buy one type of flower in one color. This gives you a more fluid look when you’re only able to use a few fresh flowers. For example, if I were decorating with the gnarly branch, I would place a few little blooms in a small vase beside it. This gives it color and a bit of softness.

This weekend is supposed to be beautiful, not particularly the traditional fall day, but a great time to get outside and forage all your fall decorations.

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol a fatality collision occurred Nov 3, 2017 at approximately 3:15pm, six miles south of Eagletown, on Panki Bok Road in McCurtain County.


According to the report, a 2016 Toyota Corolla driven by Jack Willingham 85, of Eagletown was pronounced dead at the scene with head, trunk-internal, trunk-external, arm and leg injuries after his vehicle departed the roadway to the right, striking multiple trees and over-turning before coming to rest on the driver side door.

Willingham was pinned in his vehicle and had to be freed from the Broken Bow Fire Department.


Willingham was transported to Brumley Funeral Home in Idabel, OK. Medical Examiner Mark Kirschner responded to the funeral home.

According to the report the condition of the driver was DUI and the cause of collision was DUI.

Condition of Driver Vehicle, DUI.

Cause of Collision-DUI.

The accident was investigated by OHP, McCurtain County EMS, McCurtain County Sheriff’s Office, Broken Bow Police Department and Eagletown Fire Department.


Press release


“Members of the Oklahoma Legislature Veterans Caucus are deeply disappointed in the verdict handed down today in the Bergdahl case. We agree with our Commander in Chief that the sentence handed down was a disgrace and a slap in the face of every combat veteran who, while serving our nation, has placed their life in harm’s way. In our opinion, the 14 year sentence recommended by the prosecution was very lenient and much more appropriate.

This sentence is especially shocking knowing that several troops were severely wounded while searching for Bergdahl. Some of those troops will suffer with those wounds the rest of their lives, long after Bergdahl is forgotten about.” – Oklahoma Legislature Veterans Caucus


“I am actually shocked at the verdict handed down today. As a veteran I find it very disappointing that someone would be given such a light sentence after violating their oath of service and betraying their brothers in arms.” Sen. Frank Simpson, Chairman, Senate Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs


“As a combat veteran myself words cannot describe the anger and disappointment I feel today. Bergdahl betrayed his brothers and even placed their lives at risk because of his decision to desert his post. This sentence is not much more than a slap on the wrist.” Rep. Josh West, Vice Chair, House Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs

Press release

MCALESTER -- A Friday water outage due to a broken city water line caused intermittent service at Oklahoma Department of Corrections' facilities Jackie Brannon Correctional Center and Oklahoma State Penitentiary.

In response, the facilities' leadership enacted contingency plans to ensure staff and inmates can access potable water. Enough water has been obtained from the nearby city of Krebs and others in the area to last until tomorrow, and more is available if needed.

"Our facilities have plans in place to handle any type of situation, and a water problem like this is one of them," said Matt Elliott, DOC spokesman.

Staff have been distributing water to inmates for drinking and to flush toilets. Food preparation has not been significantly impacted.

"This is something we're accustomed to handling at our facilities," Elliott said. "There should be no issues for our staff or inmates related to this outage - other than the inconvenience, and staff time spent getting and distributing water."

DOC's Agri-Services Division operates a meat plant and dairy at JBCC, both of which had enough water Friday to complete their production. The meat plant has shut down for the weekend as it normally does.

If the outage continues Saturday, Agri-Services will haul water from nearby Stringtown to keep the dairy in operation. It runs 24-7, and requires water to complete its production and cleaning.

Built in 1908, OSP is home to 654 maximum-security inmates, including the state's Death Row. JBCC houses 727 minimum-security inmates.


The Poteau Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Sure Stay Motel as a new member to the chamber.

Sure Stay, formerly known as the Best Western is located at 3111 N Broadway in Poteau.

Sure Stay offers such as amenities as free parking, pool, free high speed internet and more.



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