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Friday, 28 September 2018 12:14

ODOC #FugitiveFriday - Ladon Turner

Press release

OKLAHOMA CITY – Ladon Turner is a parole absconder out of Central District, OKC on September 26. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Turner is described as African-American, 5 feet tall, 5 inches tall, and weighing about 141 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

When he walked away, he was serving time for distribution of controlled dangerous substance with intent out of Oklahoma County.

Anyone with information can call our escapee hotline at 405-425-2698 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All calls and emails are confidential.

Thursday, 27 September 2018 23:38

Tax Cuts Made Permanent

By Congressman Markwayne Mullin

When President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into law last December, good things started happening. New IRS withholding tables went into place. Businesses saw opportunities to invest in their companies and employees. Americans started keeping more of their own paycheck, rather than handing it over to the federal government.

As a result of tax reform, over 6 million workers received bonuses, better benefits, or pay increases. The unemployment rate is below 4 percent for the first time since 2000. There are more jobs openings than people who are actually looking for work. Even The New York Times titled a June jobs report: “We Ran Out of Words to Describe How Good the Jobs Numbers Are.”

Our economy is booming. Our GDP continues to amaze at the annual rate of 4.2 percent. Consumer confidence reached the highest level in 18 years. Small business confidence reached the highest level in nearly 35 years. More than $300 billion has been reinvested into the U.S. economy from overseas since tax reform.

Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a family of four in Oklahoma's Second District earning the median family income of $59,155 receives a tax cut of $1,643. Now, the House is taking up legislation to make that tax cut permanent. The Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts Act ensures that the family-friendly policies put in place by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will stay in place permanently.

This legislation will also lock in the lower tax rates for families, maintain the nearly doubled Child Tax Credit, maintain the Paid Family Leave Tax Credit, eliminate the Alternative Minimum Tax, and allow families to save time and money by filling out their taxes on a postcard-like form. Main Street should keep their optimism high, because the Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts Act maintains the 20 percent deduction for pass-through business income.

Last December, I was proud to support the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in Congress that has delivered unparalleled economic benefits, record job growth, and bigger paychecks for the American people. I look forward to passing the Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts Act in the House to continue to move this record-breaking economy forward and ensure hardworking American families are the ones reaping the benefits.



Press release


MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Johnny Wayne Harjo Jr., age 41, of Okemah, Oklahoma, entered a guilty plea to Aggravated Sexual Abuse, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1153, 2241(a) and 2246, punishable by a term of imprisonment of any number of years up to life, a fine of up to $250,000.00, or both; and to Sexual Abuse Of A Minor, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1153, 2243(a) and 2246, punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000.00 fine, or both.


The Indictment alleged that on or about January 25, 2018, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Indian Country, the defendant, an Indian, did knowingly cause and attempt to cause the victim to engage in and attempt to engage in a sexual act as defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 2246, to wit, the penetration, however slight, of the genital opening of the victim by a hand or finger and the intentional touching, not through the clothing, of the genitalia of the victim, a person who has not attained the age of 16 years, with an intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person, accomplished by the use of force against the victim.


The Indictment further alleged that on or about January 25, 2018, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Indian Country, the defendant, an Indian, did knowingly engage and attempt to engage in a sexual act as defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 2246 with the victim, a person who had attained the age of 12 years but had not attained the age of 16 years and was at least four years younger than the defendant, to-wit, the penetration, however slight, of the genital opening of the victim by a hand or finger and the intentional touching, not through the clothing, of the genitalia of the victim, a person who has not attained the age of 16 years, with an intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person.


The charges arose from an investigation by the Creek Nation Lighthorse Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


The Honorable Kimberly E. West, U.S. Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the plea and ordered the completion of a presentence investigation report.


Assistant United States Attorney Sarah McAmis represented the United States.

Thursday, 27 September 2018 06:13

Tailgate Party Menu for Friday's Poteau Game



Poteau, OKLAHOMA - Friday, September 28, 2018 the Poteau Pirates play Fort Gibson at 7:00 pm at Costner Stadium.

It’s Military, Fire, Police & First Responder Appreciation Night.

As usual the Pride of Poteau Marching Band parents will be hosting their tailgate party before the game.

The dinner will be Grilled Chicken Sandwiches, pickle spear, chips, desert and drink $6.00.

Starting at 5:15pm.

Don’t forget to support the band and purchase refreshments during the game at the concession stand.

Go Pirates!

Thursday, 27 September 2018 00:41

Poteau School District Seeking Facilities Input!


Poteau, OKLAHOMA - Eligible voters of the Poteau School District are being asked for their opinions about school facilities.


An electronic survey has been sent to parents of all currently enrolled students.


The survey will also be available on the district website as well as various social media outlets.


The results will be reviewed by the Facilities Improvement Team as priorities are established for the growth of the district. The August 28th bond vote failed to gain the required 60% support and district officials are concerned about the overcrowding that exists at the Primary, Upper Elementary, and Pansy Kidd Middle School.


“The Primary and Upper Elementary sites have been growing in enrollment for several years”, states Don Sjoberg, Superintendent, “but the numbers have finally reached the Middle School and the hallways are too crowded”. “Poteau High School will have the same overcrowding issues in 2 years”.

The e-survey results have been helpful in the past and the district wants to see if any opinions have changed in the community since the last survey.

The e-surveys have gone to the same people as in previous surveys but all other eligible voters who are interested in participating in the survey may go online or pick up a paper copy at the district office or at any of the banks in Poteau.


The school district is initiating another survey to get input regarding facilities.


The surveys have been sent (as of September 25th) to all parents/guardians of enrolled students as well as district staff members but we want to make sure that anyone else can have an opportunity to respond by clicking the link below.


Press release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) was recently named a ‘Guardian of Small Business’ by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) for the 115th Congress. The Guardian of Small Business Award is the most prestigious honor that NFIB bestows on members of Congress in recognition of their efforts to support small business issues.

Mullin earned a 100% voting record on the NFIB’s scorecard, due in part to his support for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the vote to repeal and replace Obamacare.

“As a business owner, I know that the federal government is often the greatest competition a small business faces,” said Mullin. “I came to Washington, D.C. because I was fed up with burdensome federal regulations that make it hard to keep the doors of any small business open. Small businesses are the backbone of our nation’s economy and I am committed to ensuring they can continue to thrive. I am proud to be known as a Guardian of Small Business and want to thank NFIB for this award.”

“The NFIB Guardian of Small Business Award is presented to Members of Congress who truly vote as champions of small business,” said NFIB President and CEO Juanita D. Duggan. “Those who earn this recognition in the House of Representatives have been staunch supporters on the issues that are crucial to the success of small business, like tax cuts, regulatory reform, and lower health care costs. They are the representatives small business owners can count on as advocates in Washington, and we’re proud to award these lawmakers the recognition they earned for the 115th Congress.”

NFIB is the voice of small business, advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners, both in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals. NFIB is nonprofit, nonpartisan, and member-driven. Since their founding in 1943, NFIB has been exclusively dedicated to small and independent businesses.



Press release


RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced the league’s Players of the Week for the fourth week of the women’s soccer season. Southwestern Oklahoma State’s Alimata Rabo scored the Offensive award while Oklahoma Baptist’s Jennifer Goethe and Emly Griffith earned the Defender and Goalkeeper honors.


GAC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Alimata Rabo, Southwestern Oklahoma State, F, Jr., Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Rabo overtook the national lead in goals and points as she netted six goals and tallied 13 points in dominating wins against Northwestern Oklahoma State and East Central. She scored twice and added an assist against the Rangers. She amassed four first-half goals against the Tigers, the eighth hat trick of her career.

GAC DEFENDER OF THE WEEK – Jennifer Goethe, Oklahoma Baptist, D, Sr., Shawnee, Oklahoma

Goethe helped the Lady Bison open 2-0 in GAC play as they registered a pair of home victories. In Thursday’s 2-1 win against Harding, she anchored a defense that allowed 11 shots. On Saturday, she led an effort that gave up 11 shots to Ouachita, and only three in the second half that helped allowed the Lady Bison to score twice for the come-from-behind win.


GAC GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK – Emily Griffith, Oklahoma Baptist, So., Parker, Colorado

Griffith, the 2017 GAC Goalkeeper of the Year, picked up her first GAC weekly award of 2018 after she made a total of nine saves in GAC wins against Harding and Ouachita. She made four saves in Thursday’s 2-1 GAC opener against the Lady Bisons. On Saturday, she totaled five saves in a 2-1 win against the Tigers.


Emmily Infante, MF, Oklahoma Baptist (Scored or assisted on three of Lady Bison’s four goals); Bethany Sutherland, MF, Harding (Scored against both Oklahoma Baptist and Southern Nazarene)

Steffi Silvera, GK, Southwestern Oklahoma State (Allowed only one goal in 167:57 minutes of action; made six saves)

Wednesday, 26 September 2018 13:20

2018 CASC Adopt-A-Scholar Reception


Press release



The Annual CASC Scholars Reception was held on the Poteau campus of Carl Albert State College on September 20, 2018. This year’s theme was “Let’s Fiesta!”

CASC Executive Director of the Development Foundation Mandy Roberts stated, “The Annual CASC Scholars Reception is always a highlight of the fall semester. It provides CASC Scholars Program students and sponsors the opportunity to get acquainted while enjoying dinner provided by Café 1507 and entertainment provided by the New Horizon Show Choir. Each sponsor provides a $900 scholarship to apply to the Scholar’s meal cost for the academic year. The Scholars Program is widely supported by CASC Regents, CASC Trustees, local businesses, clubs, organizations, individuals, and CASC employees. Pepsi Beverages Company is the corporate sponsor for the event.”

President Falkner explained, “Our Scholars Program is designed to provide educational and leadership learning opportunities to highly motivated students. Their selection into the program is based on academic achievement and leadership ability. The students experience the unique academic and social environment of on-campus living through the Scholars Centers on the Poteau campus.”


Wednesday, 26 September 2018 13:17

PUES Students of the week for September 17th-21st




The Poteau Upper Elementary School is pleased to announce their students of the week for September 17 through Sept 21.

The September Character word is RESPONSIBILITY


Students of the week are: Braylon Richardson, Kyzer Burns, Brody Wood, Colton McCoy, Jenci Quarry, and Not Pictured- Emelia Spradley




Wednesday, 26 September 2018 13:11

Chris Castleberry Obituary


Chris Castleberry, of Arkoma, Oklahoma was born May 12, 1978 in Kerrville, Texas to Marvin and Deneice (Brady) Castleberry and passed away September 23, 2018 in Arkoma, Oklahoma at the age of 40.



He is survived by his mother; Deneice Castleberry of the home, dad; Marvin Lee Castleberry and wife Sally of Corpus Christi, Texas, three brothers; John Eric Castleberry of Sayre, Oklahoma,Joshua Carreaker and wife Tamara of Spiro, Oklahoma, John Carreaker and wife Ciara of Dallas, Texas, step-brother, Myles Attwood and wife Sally of Corpus Christi, Texas, step-sister, Alyson Oelschlegel and husband Daniel of Fort Worth, Texas, four children; Marly Castleberry, Cannan Castleberry, Katie Castleberry, Nate Castleberry, grandmother; Francis Castleberry of Pace, Florida, numerous cousin, aunts, uncles, other loved ones, and friends.


Chris was preceded in death by his grandparents; John Paul Brady, Bertie Lee Castleberry, Stanley and Yvonne Womack, and his step-dad; Keith Carreaker.



Memorial service will be 2:00 pm Friday September 28, 2018 at Mallory-Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Spiro, Oklahoma with Mister Scott Welch officiating.



Cremation is under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home in Spiro, Oklahoma.



To Sign Chris’ online guestbook please visit



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