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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 23:34

August 25 Southeast Area Lake Report

A service of the Oklahoma Wildlife Department

Arbuckle: August 25. Elevation normal, water 84 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on buzz baits and chug baits early morning and on crankbaits and shakey head worms later in the day. White bass being caught on grubs and rattletraps on flats on surface during evening hours. Crappie good on brush piles and docks. Channel catfish good on brush pile, docks and baited holes. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Broken Bow: August 24. Elevation below normal, water 87. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on crankbaits, flukes and plastic baits along creek channels, points, river mouth and standing timber. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush structure and standing timber. Channel, blue and flathead catfish fair on cut bait, punch bait, stinkbait, sunfish and worms along channels, in coves, river channel and river mouth. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: August 24. Elevation normal, water murky. Striped bass fair on cut bait, shad, small lures and topwater lures below the dam and along the dam. Blue catfish good on cut bait, live shad, shad, stinkbait and worms below the dam, along the dam, discharge, main lake, river channel and river mouth. Crappie good on minnows and jigs below the dam, in coves, shallows and under bridges. Report submitted by Cannon Harrison, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: August 24. Elevation normal, water 85 and murky. Blue, channel and flathead catfish fair on cut bait, dough bait, live bait and shad below the dam, in the main lake and along river channel. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs below the dam, around brush structure, channels, main lake, river channel and standing timber. Report submitted by Andrew Potter, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.

Konawa: August 23. Elevation normal, water 94 and clear. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, jigs, plastic baits and topwater lures in the main lake, around points, river channel and weed beds. Striped bass hybrids and white bass good on Alabama rigs, crankbaits and live shad in coves, main lake and river channel. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait and stinkbait in coves, along creek channels, inlet and riprap. Report submitted by Garret Harley, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountain Fork: August 24. Elevation normal, water clear. Trout fair on PowerBait, small lures and tube jigs along channels, dam and spillway. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

McGee Creek: August 24. Elevation normal, water 84. Largemouth and spotted bass good on buzz baits, flukes and spinnerbaits around brush structure, creek channels and points. Channel and flathead catfish slow on chicken liver, goldfish and sunfish along creek channels and river channels. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Pine Creek: August 24. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on jerk baits, rogues and topwater lures along shallows and standing timber. Crappie fair on jigs around brush structure and standing timber. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and cut bait in the main lake and river channel. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: August 24. Elevation normal, water murky. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, dough bait, live bait, live shad, shad and stinkbait along channels, creek channels, inlet, river channel and river mouth. Crappie fair on hair jigs, jigs and minnows around brush structure, main lake and rocks. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on Alabama rigs, bill baits, flukes, plastic baits, spinnerbaits and tube jigs along channels, creek channels and river channel. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: August 23. Elevation above normal, water 80. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on buzz baits, crankbaits, jigs, plastic baits, spinnerbaits and topwater lures around brush structure, points, riprap, shorelines, standing timber and weed beds. Blue, channel and flathead catfish fair on cut bait, shad and sunfish along flats, in the main lake, rocks and shorelines. Crappie fair on minnows, jigs and tube jigs around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: August 24. Elevation normal, water 88 and semi-clear. Striped bass good on cut bait, live shad, shad and topwater lures in the main lake and river channel. Striper are biting in the main lake on live shad and surface lures. They are surfacing between the railroad bridge and Roosevelt bridge at sunset. Channel and blue catfish good on hot dogs and stinkbait below the dam and around docks. Blue catfish fair on cut bait along channels and main lake. Catfish are biting on jug lines at 40 feet. Report submitted by Trey Hale, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: August 24. Elevation above normal, water cloudy. Largemouth bass good on bill baits, buzz baits, crankbaits, plastic baits and spinnerbaits around brush structure, channels and points. Blue catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, punch bait, shad and stinkbait along channels and main lake. Crappie good on minnows, jigs and small lures around brush structure, channels and standing timber. Report submitted by Thomas Gillham, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

Press release

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released preliminary data indicating an increase of more than 200,000 cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) reported between 2016 and 2017. Nationally, there are 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis; Oklahoma’s health officials report the same alarming increase.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reports there were 31,779 cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis diagnosed in 2017, an increase from 29,716 reported in 2016. The most significant increase was found in the number of syphilis cases with an increase of 36.5 percent in one year. Reports indicate an increase of nearly 20 percent in the number of gonorrhea cases. Cases of chlamydia increased as well with a total of 21,752 cases.

Members of the OSDH HIV/STD service are in Washington D.C. attending the National STD Prevention Conference where the reports from the CDC were announced. Ivonna Mims, Amber Rose, Terrainia Harris and Kristen Eberly presented their work in implementing Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT) in county health departments to treat patients diagnosed with an STD.

"Implementing EPT in Oklahoma is a huge victory and we are excited about improving treatment outcomes to help reduce rates of re-infection and adverse outcomes,” said STD Nurse Consultant Ivonna Mims. “This scientifically proven method can ensure more Oklahomans have the availability of appropriate treatment for their partners."

Oklahoma joins many states in implementing the EPT program as a method of preventing re-infection of gonorrhea and chlamydia between partners. The program was implemented in the state’s 78 county health department clinics, and eight clinic sites at the OKC-County Health Department and the Tulsa Health Department. Reports indicate 99 percent of patients who received EPT had no reported re-infections within 30-90 days of the initial treatment.

Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are curable with antibiotics, yet most cases go undiagnosed and untreated — which can lead to severe health effects including infertility, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth in infants, and increased HIV risk. Prior studies suggest a range of factors may contribute to STD increases, including socioeconomic factors like poverty, stigma and discrimination; and drug use.

To reduce the spread of STDs, health officials encourage regular testing as part of a person’s regular health care routine. Many cases go untreated because they are undiagnosed. To help prevent contracting an STD, it is important to have protected sex, using a new condom for every sexual encounter every time. Reducing the number of sexual partners and avoiding the use of shared needles also is important.

For more information about testing or treatment, contact a county health department, a health care provider or the OSDH HIV/STD service at (405) 271-4636 or online at


Wednesday, 29 August 2018 23:30

President Trump Already Got Us A Better Deal

By Congressman Markwayne Mullin

Roughly 20 months into President Trump’s first term, our president has delivered on yet another one of his promises to the American people. When he ran for president, he committed to modernizing and updating our bad trade deals to ensure Americans and their well-being came first. Now, he has accomplished yet another feat that previous presidents failed to do: renegotiate our unfair trade deals.

Nearly 25 years ago, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was created to allow goods and services to pass throughout our continent freely. Before NAFTA was put in place, the U.S. ran a $115 billion goods trade deficit with Mexico. In 2017, that goods deficit rose to nearly $800 billion. Unfortunately, what was meant to be a fair deal among three neighboring countries resulted in closed U.S. factories and jobs being sent overseas.

This week, President Trump announced that the United States and Mexico reached an agreement to modernize the trade agreement currently governing our trade deals. This marks the first time a modern U.S. trade agreement has been successfully renegotiated. The proposed agreement establishes new “rules of origin” requirements to incentivize billions a year in the production of vehicle and automobile parts, stronger and more enforceable labor standards, improvements to trade food and agriculture more fairly, tough intellectual property protections, and the strongest transparency obligations of any U.S. trade agreement.

Our trade agreements with other nations should handle trade in a balanced and sustainable way and bring along with it a stronger American economy. The American Farm Bureau has come out in support of the Administration’s efforts saying: “In a time when the U.S. economy is booming our farmers have been left behind. Open markets and good trade agreements will give American agriculture the opportunity to be a part of this booming economy.” President Trump has followed through on his promise to put America’s farmers, ranchers, and manufacturers first.

The U.S.-Mexico Trade Agreement is a good step forward to putting our country back on the right track for trading with other countries. President Trump, who we know to be a tough negotiator, continues to keep his promises to the American people. This new proposed trade deal is a win for Americans. I am hopeful that a trade deal with Canada will follow suit so that Congress can vote to approve a modernized NAFTA in order to maintain sustainable trade practices for years to come.



Press release


Carl Albert State College has been named No. 11 in the Nation among 2-year colleges with the best 3-year graduation rates, according The Almanac,a publication of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The Chronicle of Higher Education has the nation’s largest newsroom dedicated to covering colleges and universities, according to its website. As the unrivaled leader in higher education journalism, The Chronicle serves its readers with indispensable real-time news and deep insights, plus essential tools, career opportunities, and knowledge to succeed in a rapidly changing world for college administrators.

The Chronicle’s award-winning journalism is well-known at colleges and universities: More than 2 million people visit its website every month, and 1,650 organizations across the country make its journalism available to every one of their employees and students. The newsroom is home to top experts in higher education who contribute to the ongoing conversation on the issues that matter, according to its website.

Students at two-year public institutions were more likely, than those enrolled at colleges in other sectors, to stay enrolled at the first institution beyond the normal completion period. Students at for-profit colleges were the least likely to transfer out, according to The Almanac.

“We are honored to be recognized by The Chronicle of Higher Education,” said Jay Falkner, President of CASC, “for our outstanding graduation rates. This accomplishment is a testament to the committed faculty and staff members we have on our campus sites who work so diligently to ensure the success of our students.”




The unofficial results of the Oklahoma Primary Election for LeFlore County are below. The BOLD type indicates the candidate that received the most votes in the county. Neither the Pocola nor Poteau school bond received the required 60% to pass.


Talihina Board of Trustees (Unexpired Term) Town of Talihina: Pamela Lewis 41.27%, Nikki Hibdon 39.15% and Gary Johnson 19.58%


Poteau Public Schools Proposition: For the Proposition 58.55% Against the Proposition: 41.45%


Pocola Public Schools Proposition: For the Proposition 53.69% Against the Proposition: 46.31%




United States Representative District 2: Jason Nichols 48.85% Clay Padgett 51.15%


Corporation Commissioner: Ashley Nicole McCray 51.75% Blake Cummings 48.24%



Governor: Chris Powell 100% Rex L. Lawhorn 0%



State Representative District 17: Josh Hass 45.90% Jim Grego 54.10%


Corporation Commissioner: Bob Anthony 50.98% Brian Bingman 49.02%


Commissioner of Labor: Cathy Costello 49.48% Leslie Osborn 50.52%


Attorney General: Mike Hunter 45.70% Genter Drummond 54.30%


State Superintendent of Public Instruction: Joy Hofmeister 41.22% Linda Murphy 58.78%


State Auditor and Inspector: Cindy Byrd 55.02% Charlie Prater 44.98%


Lieutenant Governor: Dana Murphy 36.86% Matt Pinnell 63.14%


Governor: Mick Cornett 36.02% Kevin Stitt 63.98%

Tuesday, 28 August 2018 21:53

Pumpkin Upside Down Cake

Pumpkin Upside Down Cake


This cake tastes a lot like pumpkin pie and is so much easier to make than pie. It is also really moist even after a few days. Thank you, Kathy Fesperman, for sharing your recipe.


2 cups pumpkin (16 oz solid pack can, not pumpkin pie filling)

1 t nutmeg

1 t ginger

2 t cinnamon

1 12 oz can evaporated milk

1 ¼ c sugar

3 eggs, slightly beaten

½ c chopped pecans

1 box yellow cake mix (2 layer size)

1 stick melted butter


Mix first seven ingredients and pour into a greased/sprayed 9X13 pan. Sprinkle cake mix over the top of the pumpkin mixture. Drizzle melted butter over the top of cake mix. Bake 30 minutes at 325o. Sprinkle nuts over top and bake another 30-35 minutes. Serve with whipped topping. Makes about 15 servings.

Tuesday, 28 August 2018 15:31

Jo Ella Clark Obituary

Jo Ella Clark, 82, of Panama, OK passed away Friday, August 24, 2018 in Spiro, OK. Jo Ella was born March 10, 1936, in Ink, AR to Waymon & Beatrice (Coleman) Wood.


She was preceded in death by her parents & brother, Bobby Wood.

Survivors include her husband Odell of the home; daughter, Teri & Scott Wyatt of Edmond, OK; sons, Larry & Alma Clark of Spiro, OK, Ronny & Kathey Clark of Castle Rock, CO; sister, Sue & Bill Marler; brother, James & Jan Wood of Spiro, OK; 5 grandchildren, Ryan, Katie, Sara, Daniel and Mia; 4 great grandchildren; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Services will be 10 am, Friday, August 31, 2018 at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, OK with Jim Cook officiating.


Interment will follow at Milton Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Pat Garner, O’Reilly Hettinger, Roger Clark, Ken Sisco, Ryan Clark, Damon Clark, Daniel Wyatt, Trey Garner, Jamey Wood.

The family will be at the funeral home from 6-8 pm on Thursday, August 30, 2018 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, OK

Press release


OSBI makes arrest in connection with Pocola homicide.

According to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, at 8:48 am on August 27, 2018, OSBI assistance was requested by Pocola Police Department with a homicide that occurred at 504 Fuller Street.

After a brief manhunt, Steven Asher, DOB 2/27/1987, was arrested in connection with the homicide.

Press release


Kiamichi Technology Centers (KTC) received the Gold Star Award at the 51st Annual Oklahoma Career and Technology Education Summer Conference held this year at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. This award is designed to recognize technology center districts that have met rigid and demanding criteria demonstrating a high level of excellence. This award provides recognition to districts with exemplary programs designed to meet a broad spectrum of community needs.


“It is an honor for our school to receive the Gold Star Award,” said Shelley Free, KTC’s Superintendent. “The award is a special achievement for our staff, board members and the communities served by Kiamichi Technology Centers. Our staff works diligently to meet the established Gold Star requirements, but we know we could not have received this award without the support of the local stakeholders who attend our classes, utilize our services and support our mission.”


Kiamichi’s district was established in 1967, and was the first multi-campus technology center in the state with campuses located at Hugo, Poteau, McAlester, Atoka, Durant, Spiro, Idabel, McAlester, Stigler, Talihina, Antlers, and an Administration Office in Wilburton. It is the largest technology center district in Oklahoma, encompassing more than 11,200 square miles, serving 10 full counties, parts of three other counties, and 89 school districts within those counties.


Last year, Kiamichi Technology Centers served nearly 22,000 students.


Kiamichi Technology Centers’ Mission is “Preparing People for Success.” For information on KTC and the wide variety of services offered, call (918) 465-2323 or visit KTC on the web at




Tuesday, 28 August 2018 04:44

PUES Students of the week for August 20-24


Poteau Upper Elementary School is pleased to announce their “Students of the Week” for August 20 through 24.


The August Character Trait:
RESPECT- Showing regard for the worth of someone or something.



Students of the week are: Warrick Quarry, Jovanni Baeza, Jackson Parker, Austin Watson, Brooklyn Frye, Alaina Simmons, Gracyn Lum, Kaydi-Ann Riley, and Not Pictured- Ellee Hetzel

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