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Sunday, 11 March 2018 22:45

Made in America Makes its Comeback

By Congressman Markwayne Mullin

It is no secret that President Trump supports products being made in America. He is a strong advocate for bringing back the middle class by returning manufacturing jobs to the states. A ‘Made in America’ comeback would revive the manufacturing industry we’ve slowly been losing to other countries and boost the economy and workforce.

Last week, President Trump announced that he would introduce a 25 percent tax on imported steel and a 10 percent tax on imported aluminum. As one can imagine, this ruffled feathers in the halls of Congress. Some members of Congress believe the president is unquestionably starting a trade war. Others believe the time to return manufacturing jobs in the rust belt and across industrial America is long overdue. I believe President Trump is starting a conversation to ensure America remains a key player in competitive manufacturing and trade. However, we have to make sure that these tariffs do not have unintended consequences, such as making exceptions for products that cannot be made in the United States.

President Trump isn’t starting a trade war, and if you think he is—you’re blind to the fact that we are already in the middle of one. Last year, the United States grew its trade deficit to $566 billion. The president is bringing everyone to the negotiating table. After the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act last December, we now have one of the most competitive tax codes in the world. It’s important that we use it to our advantage when it comes to trading goods with other countries. While other countries will continue to look out for their own best interests, I’m grateful President Trump is looking out for ours.

When our car manufacturers market cars in China, there is a 25 percent tariff added to the cost. This is not free or fair trade. However, China believes they shouldn’t be paying tariffs on products that come to the United States. Other countries feel similarly. The trade deals these countries operate under are drastically in their favor. These countries want free trade when it comes to trading with the United States, but they do not extend the same to us when we try to sell products to their countries. They claim they do this in order to protect their working class. Shouldn’t we be doing the same?

President Trump is a negotiator. He was elected by the American people because he is a businessman aiming to Make America Great Again, not a politician who is loyal to a political party but is loyal to the American working class. Our international trade deals are outdated and in need of renegotiation. This is exactly what President Trump was elected to do: negotiate a deal that works in the best interests of the American people.



Poteau, Oklahoma - Register now for the Second Chances Recovery 5K Race and Fun Run for Substance Abuse Awareness.

The race will be held on May 5, 2018 on the Parking lot of the Poteau Retirement Center.


Registration is from 8am until 8:45am.

5K starts at 9am - entry fee - $25.00
Fun Run starts at 9:05am entry fee - $15.00.

Pre-registration forms are available on-line at

For more information contact Terri at 918.647.0612 or 804.823.3473.

Second Chances Recovery host 5K Race & Fun Run - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

Press release from Jeff Turner Director of Emergency Management Sebastian County

The Sebastian County Department of Emergency Management and Public Safety in partnership with the National Weather Service Office in Tulsa, is hosting a free weather spotter class on Monday, March 12, 2018 from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM.

The class will be held at the County’s Emergency Management and Public Safety Facility, located at 8400 South Zero Street, Fort Smith, AR. No preregistration is required for the class.

A National Weather Service meteorologist will serve as the instructor and speak on topics ranging from storm safety to storm spotting, and storm recognition techniques.

Throughout eastern Oklahoma and northwestern Arkansas, trained and dedicated individuals monitor the skies around their communities during severe weather events. These storm spotters provide first-hand severe weather reports to their local officials and to the National Weather Service in Tulsa, which are used to make critical warning decisions.

Being a storm spotter not only means dedication but also training. Each winter and spring the Tulsa office of the National Weather Service trains members of police & fire departments, emergency management officials, and amateur radio operators on spotting techniques.

The goal of the training is not just to recognize tornadoes but to have some understanding of storm structure, which in turn better prepares the spotter for the extreme and unusual circumstances. Other topics covered include an update on the latest NWS technology and procedures, ideas for organizing/coordinating spotter groups, and important safety considerations.

Sebastian County is a recognized Storm Ready County. Storm Ready helps arm America’s communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property before and during the event.


Press release


Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center is pleased to announce that have a new CT Scanner. The new CT Scanner is the latest in cutting edge technology.

There is no CT Scanner like this one in the area. The best is here in Poteau at Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center.


The Revolution EVO made by GE enables EOMC to serve the widest variety of patients and referring physicians with a diversity of applications.

Not only does the EVO limit the amount of radiation exposure to patients, it is designed to reduce noise levels and improve low-contrast Detectability and reduce the dose by up to 82%.


The next time you need a CT Scan, or any Radiology Services, tell your healthcare provider that you want to go to EOMC, because they have the best technology for your healthcare.


Putting your family's Healthcare First since 1950.


What is CT Scanner?
A Computed Tomography (CT) combines X-rays with advanced computer processing technology to create accurate detailed images of your internal structures and organs.
CT exams are quick and comfortable. You will be asked to lie still on a table as it gently moves you through the scanner. Be sure to inform your physician or the technologist if you have any allergies or believe you are pregnant. CT scans allow doctors to see images of your internal organs and structures in great detail from a variety of angles.


Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center has been serving the needs of this community for over 60 years by combining the personal touch of a community hospital with state of the art technology. They provide a full range of medical services to the community. Their goal is to efficiently provide comprehensive personal healthcare services by making available modern medical equipment, specialized medical services, and medical knowledge which would be limited without proper facilities.

2017 EOMC Statistics

They had 14,000 ER visits, performed 600 Surgeries and 250 babies were born at EOMC.

Sunday, 11 March 2018 18:37

RC Culwell Obituary

RC Culwell, 74, of Bokoshe, OK passed away Saturday, March 10, 2018, in Bokoshe.


RC was born January 24, 1944 in Milton, OK to Roy & Rossie (Phillips) Culwell.


He worked in the paint dept. at Johnson Controls. R.C. attended Victory Worship Center in Spiro.


He loved his kids & grandkids & 2 sons in law. He had a passion for fixing old cars. He loved going to church, being with his church family and working for the Lord. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy; sisters, Norma Ruth Watson, Alma Jean Skelton & Margaret "Pug" Locke.


Survivors include his daughters, Geroldine Nelson of Bokoshe, OK, Deneen "Worm" & Jack Taylor of Spiro, OK, Lacey & Kelly Kneisley of Bokoshe, OK; sister, Esther "Sandy" Dennis; grandchildren, Heather Hammons & Brandon Lovell of Bokoshe, OK, Nancy Sue Holzman of Paris, AR, Stephanie Smith of Vian, OK, Vanessa Wilson of Spiro, OK, Natasha Aguilar of Bokoshe, OK, R.C., B.J. & Breezie of Bokoshe; 15 great grandkids; other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Services will be 2 pm, Wednesday, March14, 2018, at Victory Worship Center in Spiro, OK with Rev. Bryan Fouts and Rev. Micheal Monroe officiating. Interment will follow in Milton Cemetery, Milton, OK.


The family will be at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 6-8 pm to visit with relatives & friends.


You may leave an online message at


The family has chosen to entrust the care of the services to Evans & Miller Funeral Home, Poteau, Oklahoma.

RC Culwell Obituary - 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Saturday, 10 March 2018 10:33

Southeast Oklahoma Teacher Walkout

Little did Howe Middle School teacher, Rachel Brown know that when she organized a Howe Walkout meeting at her school earlier this week, it would grow into a Facebook group that has added almost 800 members in just four days. According to Brown, “At our school meeting we discussed going bigger with it because we wanted to get all of LeFlore County involved.”


The Howe teachers decided to make the Facebook group and just say “southeastern Oklahoma.” Brown made the Facebook group when she got home and started adding teachers she knew as members. She had no idea the group would grow so fast. She “just wanted to get the small schools involved because after talking to our superintendent (Scott Parks), I felt like it was more of the bigger schools…3A and up.”


Since the group’s beginning March 6th, Brown and others have scheduled a meeting for anyone—teachers, parents, students, community members—who is interested in the future of education in our state. The meeting will be Tuesday, March 13th at the Donald W. Reynolds Center in Poteau beginning at 6:00 PM.


Representatives from Oklahoma Education Association (OEA) and Professional Oklahoma Educators (POE) as well as county superintendents and other education professionals will be on hand to answer questions.

For more information about the group or to be added as a member click HERE.

Southeast Oklahoma Teacher Walkout - 4.5 out of 5 based on 2 votes
Friday, 09 March 2018 21:50

Damon Douglas Davis I Obituary

Damon Douglas Davis I, 68, of Howe, OK passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2018 in Howe. Damon was born April 28, 1949, in Poteau, OK to James Henley & Vesta Pearl (Crook) Davis.


He was a veteran of the US Army and served in Vietnam. He was a member & officer of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 784, American Legion Post 188 and Heavener VFW Post 8403. Damon was a railroad engineer for 30 years.


He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Winfield J. & Robert Wayne Davis, Charles MCray; sisters, Olean Flute, Edith Pittman, Ethel Chapel, Willie Marshal & Lutceria MCray, Reba Stansbury.



Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Angela; sons, Damon Douglas Davis II, Douglas Paul Meyer & wife Josette; daughter, Nichole Dawn Runyan & husband Scott; brothers & their wives, Veachel & Daisy Davis, Leonard & Joyce Davis, Lester & Helen Davis, Buddy Ray & Lea Harris; sisters, May Inez Echoles & husband Jay, Faye Jackson & husband Danny; grandchildren, Britton Davis, Natasha & David Teeters, Taylor Davis, Isaac Davis, Jace Runyan, Jude Runyan, Leyah Meyer, Bentley Meyer; great grandchildren, Hunter, Jefferson & Rylin Teeters; special godchildren, Monica Auerbach & Aiden Baggett; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Services will be 10 am., Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, OK with Anna Dameron & Jim Cook officiating. Interment will be in the Ft. Smith National Cemetery at 1 pm.


You may leave an online message at


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


A Big congratulations goes out to the Poteau High School Power Lifting Team.

These powerful youths where crowned the Class 4A State Champions of the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association.

This is the second year for the team to take home a state title.

The state competition was held on March 9, 2018 at El Reno.


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Good Job!

Most of the United States begins Daylight Saving Time at 2:00 a.m. on the second Sunday in March which means here in Oklahoma, Daylight Saving time begins at 2 am on Sunday, March 11, 2018.

Remember to Spring Forward the clock on Saturday evening, before you go to bed.


Why do we have daylight savings time anyway? According to the National Geographic, Ben Franklin—of "early to bed and early to rise" fame—was apparently the first person to suggest the concept of daylight saving time, according to computer scientist David Prerau, author of the book Seize the Daylight: The Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight Saving Time.


While serving as U.S. ambassador to France in Paris, Franklin wrote of being awakened at 6 a.m. and realizing, to his surprise, that the sun rose far earlier than he usually did. Imagine the resources that might be saved if he and others rose before noon and burned less midnight oil, Franklin, tongue half in cheek, wrote to a newspaper.


It wasn't until World War I that daylight savings was realized on a grand scale. Germany was the first state to adopt the time changes, to reduce artificial lighting and thereby save coal for the war effort. Friends and foes soon followed suit. In the U.S., a federal law standardized the yearly start and end of daylight saving time in 1918—for the states that chose to observe it.


During World War II the U.S. made daylight saving time mandatory for the whole country, to save wartime resources. Between February 9, 1942, and September 30, 1945, the government took it a step further. During this period, DST was observed year-round, essentially making it the new standard time, if only for a few years.


So, let us be ready and Spring Forward.


It is also a good idea to change the batteries in your smoke detectors as well.

Saturday, 10 March 2018 06:45

Poteau Band going to State

The Poteau High School Symphonic Band are headed to state. That’s right folk, band will be representing our town at the OSSAA High School Band competition.

Dates and times have not been announced, but when it does. We need to show to support to the young musicians and give them a huge send off.


Please take a few minutes and listen to the Poteau High School competition perform.


The band earned their place at state when he symphonic band scored 1’s at the Regional Band competition, the concert band scored 2’s and both bands got a 1 in sight reading.


Band Director, Joey Marsh has worked very hard with the seasoned band members for competition and entered them in the symphonic band competition.


Mrs. Perkin worked with the younger and up and coming band members for competition and entered as the concert band.

Go Poteau Pride and take state!

If you would like to support the band they are taking donations and sponsorships to purchase uniforms contact a ban booster or message them on their Facebook page at


Poteau Band going to State - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

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