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Tuesday, 31 July 2018 23:57

Texas man drowns on Broken Bow Lake


According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol a Texas man drowns on Broken Bow Lake near the Stevens Gap Boat Ramp. The drowning occurred on July 31, 2018 at approximately 2:40pm.

According to the report, Jose Rios, 28 of Roxton, Texas was swimming near the ramp area of Broken Bow Lake and was attempting to swim across to the other shore.


He yelled for help and then went under water and did not resurface.

The accident was investigated by OHP, Oklahoma Park Rangers, Broken Bow Fire Department, Corps of Engineers, Oklahoma Game Wardens, and McCurtain County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, two children were injured when the vehicle they were riding in hydroplaned, departed the roadway and traveled backwards and struck a tree.

The accident occurred on Monday, July 30, 2018 on United State Highway 270, approximately 7 miles West of McAlester, OK in Pittsburg County.


According to the report a 2002 Toyota driven by Alicia Pope, 29, from McAlester was transported by private owned vehicle to McAlester Regional Hospital where she was treated and released.


A passenger, a Juvenile male, age 7, from McAlester was transported by Pafford EMS to McAlester Regional Hospital and he was admitted in stable condition with neck and leg injuries.


Another passenger, a Juvenile female, age 6, from McAlester was transported by Pafford EMS to McAlester Regional Hospital, then transported to St. Francis Children’s Hospital in Tulsa. She was admitted in critical condition with head and internal injuries.


The accident was Investigated by Trooper OHP and Pafford EMS.


By Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy CEO Joe Dorman


Last Friday was the Second Annual Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) Heroes Ball, and it was a huge success! I want to first thank all the volunteers and staff members who made it possible to have nearly 400 people come together and recognize real-life champions for children in our state. OICA considered dozens of great Oklahomans as potential honorees, but in the end we selected the Chickasaw Nation, Lou Kerr, and the late Senator Ed Long as this years’ Heroes. Attendees also voted on a People’s Choice Award, which this year went to Cody Inman, a staff member for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, and Peppers Ranch.


At the event, we held an auction to help raise funds for our programs. I want to personally thank all five remaining candidates for Governor of Oklahoma for agreeing that whomever should win, they would allow for a meal to be served at the Governor’s Mansion for the winning bidder that will be prepared by the Executive Chef of Sonic, Eddie Hartwick. We even had Drew Edmondson and Kevin Stitt attend the banquet and assist with the auction, and they were great sports (Mick Cornett, Chris Powell and Rex Lawhorn were unable to reschedule events they had, but they provided assistance to OICA in place of attending).


Another very special auction item was a partnership with the Oklahoma Humane Society to provide a puppy that needed a new home to the winning bidder. Bella, a four pound terrier puppy, went to a loving family (who I personally know will treat her like royalty). She was a huge hit at the party and we were excited that we could be a part of helping such a sweet dog start a new life.


OICA and the Humane Society have more common-causes than people might think, because there is a proven link between animal abuse and child abuse. As the National Link Coalition (which works to stop violence against both people and animals) says, “Violence towards humans or animals can take the form of physical, sexual or emotional abuse or neglect. While most animal cruelty investigations involve unintentional neglect, many uncover intentional neglect and abuse. All cases have the potential to be connected to other forms of violence or dysfunction in the home, and animal control officers and humane law investigators are often ‘first responders’ and the first point of contact for a family in need of assistance.”


The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy is proud to be a partner with the Oklahoma Link Coalition. The group of various organizations is working to educate those in law enforcement and our policy makers that animal abuse is a key indicator of other problems likely exist in the home. If a proper investigation is conducted locally when a report of suspected abuse is made, then this could prevent other issues from arising with children or the elderly.


The Link Coalition intends to work with lawmakers to address these concerns at the state level, but there will also be work done with the cities and towns from around the state to craft municipal ordinances. This “first line of defense” at the local level can help intervention at the earliest stage of an investigation and be the preventative measure we need to reduce child abuse in Oklahoma.

If you have further interest in getting involved with this cause, please reach out to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will connect you with the Oklahoma Link Coalition.



Peyton Keith (left) and OICA CEO Joe Dorman attend the OICA Heroes Ball in costume



Bella the Dog gets a new and very loving owner.


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.


Their mission statement: “Creating awareness, taking action and changing policy to improve the health, safety and well-being of Oklahoma’s children.“


Tuesday, 31 July 2018 23:34

Talihina City Wide Yard Sale and Fun Day

Press release by  Heather Roughton

Talihina City Wide Yard Sale and Fun Day
August 4, 2018 7am – Until ?


Time is running out to be in the city wide yard sale. There are still a few booth spaces left to set up at the Visitors Center. We have a list of people participating from their home, which we are adding to daily. Names on the list include Crickets Corner 401Cemetary Rd.


Talihina, Falfa Church 5 miles West of Talihina, Jimmie and Renee Craig 6.5 miles South on HWY 271 House on left, Donna Hanebrink 502 9th Street Talihina, Leandra Potter 53985 US HWY 271 South, Lodean Star 115 Railroad Street Talihina, a complete list with all the information can be picked up at the Talihina Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center at 201 First Street, Talihina.


Bring the family and come enjoy Home Made Ice-Cream, Ice Cold Drinks, Face Painting, and Games. Also, don’t forget about our Kiss a Cow contest, Vote for your favorite; Jason Lockharts cow is at Duncan’s Delights, Vera Nelson’s cow is at El Rancho Mexican Grill, and Rodney Faulkenberry’s cow is at Pam’s Hateful Hussy Diner (1/2 of Rodney’s income will go to the Talihina Police Department.


The one with the most money will have to kiss Buttercup the cow, at the yard sale at 11:30 am so go vote!

According to Vera Nelson she is well qualified to Kiss a Cow, she grew up on a farm where they milked cows twice a day rain or shine.


She now lives on a ranch with her husband Arvil and they have had cows for 50 years.


Take time to go by El Ranch Mexican Grill and vote for Vera a qualified candidate.

Press release

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is promoting World Breastfeeding Week Aug.1-7 with the theme “Breastfeeding: Foundation of Life.” The theme focuses on the foundation of lifelong good health that breastfeeding provides for babies and mothers in a world filled with inequity, crisis and poverty.

Breastfeeding is the natural way of providing young infants with the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development. Virtually all mothers can breastfeed, provided they have accurate information and the support of their family, the health care system and society at large. We all have an important role to play in ensuring the growth, development and survival of children at home and around the world.

According to Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) data from 2016, 83.9 percent of Oklahoma mothers began breastfeeding their babies after birth. While most new mothers start out breastfeeding, many do not exclusively breastfeed for six months, or continue for up to one year of age or beyond as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

“Breastfeeding establishes an important foundation for the health of the breastfed infant as well as the mother,” said Amanda Morgan, Breastfeeding Education Coordinator for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Service. “WIC views breastfeeding as a priority and strives to set an example for community support of breastfeeding mothers.”

Data provided in The Oklahoma Toddler Survey (TOTS) from 2014 to 2016 indicate that although the numbers are gradually improving, only 41.5 percent of mothers were breastfeeding at six months and 23.5 percent of mothers were breastfeeding at 12 months or more. The aim of the national Healthy People 2020 breastfeeding objectives is to increase the proportion of infants who are breastfed at six months to nearly 61 percent and at one year to 34 percent.

For more information about breastfeeding, how to find a lactation consultant in your area, or how to become a Recognized Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite, visit the OSDH breastfeeding website, or call the Oklahoma Breastfeeding Hotline toll free at 1-877-271-MILK (6455).


Friday, August 3, is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the August 28 Runoff Primary Election and Special Elections for Pocola and Poteau Schools and the Town of Talihina, 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, August 3.

Steele said applications postmarked after that time will be accepted and processed, but not until after August 28.

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.


Applicationsalso are available at



Monday, 30 July 2018 20:59

Marriage Licenses July 23-27, 2018

The following couples received their marriage licenses from the LeFlore County Court Clerk’s Office during the week of July 23-27, 2018.


Ethan Michael Firestine and Rachel Leeann Daniels


Anthony Floyd Hargis and Allyssa Marie Halstead


Thomas Gene Hamm, Jr. and Ashely Michelle Page


Jerry Douglas Obryan, Jr. and Rachel Renee Smith

Press release


OKLAHOMA CITY -- A man who walked away over the weekend from Jackie Brannon Correctional Center in McAlester was arrested Monday.

ODOC Fugitive Apprehension and Investigations agents tracked Morgan L. Mitzner to a stretch of train tracks south of Crowder near U.S. 69.

Mitzner walked away early Sunday morning from JBCC, a minimum-security prison for men.

He was serving a 30-year sentence for second-degree burglary in Delaware County.




Makalya’s Dance Academy will begin Pre-erollment for the 2028-2019 dance season on August 6, 2018.


Pre-enrollment will be from 4pm-7pm.

All former Dancers will need to enroll.

All former cheerleaders and Dance Team members you will not have to try out for either team, those wanting to be a part of the team will need to try out after enrollment, (a try out date will be set).

Classes will begin September 3, 2018.


Mikayla Dance Academy is located  on Highway 271 one mile West in Wister, Oklahoma


Monday, 30 July 2018 13:36


The Boys and Girls Club of LeFlore County is excited to announce it is time for the long-awaited Daddy Daughter Dance!

The fun event will be August 18th at 6pm at the Bob Kidd Civic Center located at the Poteau High School campus.

Tickets are $10 per dad and the dance is open to all the daddies and daughters (babies through college age) of LeFlore County!

Dads get out your suit...or your overalls...and bring your darling daughters out for an evening of fun and show her what a true gentleman looks like.


The Mission of the BGCLC: To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Core Beliefs:
A safe place to learn and grow...
Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals...
Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences...
Hope and opportunity.


For more information contact Arielle Perry at 918-647-7136

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