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Wednesday, 16 October 2019 22:02

Adopt-An-Angel 2019




Well it’s Angel time again!! LeFlore County Youth Services, Inc. will start accepting Adopt-An-Angel applications on October 1st thru the 31st or until the 500 angel have been received.


The Angel Tree Program is very special to us....we are able every year to help around 500 or more county children receive a Christmas gift, thanks to the generous donations from our wonderful supporters. The program is open to anyone who lives in LeFlore County and whose children will not be receiving gifts by any other means. When applying, please bring your ID, an income verification statement, and your child’s information including social security number.


We will tell you when you turn in your application if you qualified for the program, so please do not mail applications in.


The application process is the 1st step in the Adopt-An-Angel Program, the 2nd step is the donation process which is from November 1st thru December 6th. This is when the general public can come into the office and for a donation of $40.00 can adopt an angel. We have angels from all the cities in our county, and you can request to adopt an angel from your town or your child’s age


 If you would like more information about this program please stop by our office at 510 North Broadway and speak with Jenni.


No phone calls please!


Thank you and we would like to wish you and your families a blessed Thanksgiving and Christmas Season!!


Thank you for all of your support and if you have any question please let me know.

OKLAHOMA CITY (Oct. 15, 2019) – Four Oklahoma educators have been named recipients of the prestigious Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). PAEMST, established in 1983, is the highest recognition a K-12 mathematics or science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States.

The following educators, recognized as the 2017 and 2018 awardees, will travel to Washington, D.C., for an awards ceremony and receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation:

  • Gena Barnhill of Yukon Public Schools
  • Megan Cannon of Sapulpa Public Schools
  • Jayci Harris of Byng Public Schools
  • Julie Klingensmith of Norman Public Schools

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister congratulated the awardees for their exceptional work lifting student outcomes.

“These innovative Oklahoma educators have demonstrated excellence throughout their careers in creating new opportunities for children to engage in mathematics and science,” Hofmeister said. “They are incredibly deserving of this national award and represent the exceptional talent of teachers in our state.”

BarnhillGena Barnhill teaches fifth-grade math and science at Lakeview Elementary School in Yukon Public Schools. Previously, she taught at Rollingwood Elementary School in Putnam City Schools. She has served on the OK Math Leadership Class and the Central Oklahoma STEM Alliance Leadership Class. She regularly uses STEM practices in her classroom with a focus on real-world applications.
CannonMegan Cannon is the STEM coordinator for Sapulpa Public Schools. Previously, she taught STEM at Sapulpa Middle School, then later served as the director of science and engineering education at the Oklahoma State Department of Education. Cannon believes that the curiosity of young minds about natural phenomena should be used to guide instruction and discovery in the classroom. She has also served as an OKSci framework writer and is a graduate of the OKSci/OKMath OSDE Leadership Program.
HarrisJayci Harris is the counselor and STEM coordinator at Homer Elementary School in Byng Public Schools. She is a scholarship recipient for the Engineering Is Elementary program and won a $50,000 Collaboration Nation grant for her school. She also has served as vice president of the Byng Educators Association and has sponsored the robotics club at her school. She is most passionate about providing students with opportunities that build skills in critical thinking, perseverance, cooperative learning and creativity.
KlingensmithJulie Klingensmith teaches math at Norman High School in Norman Public Schools. Klingensmith was named president of the Oklahoma Council of Teachers of Mathematics from 2014-2016, the Oklahoma-Arkansas math teacher of the year for the Mathematical Association of America in 2011, and has served as an adjunct at the University of Oklahoma. She was also named the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education Outstanding Young Educator at OU. Klingensmith is passionate about professional development and giving teachers the time and resources to collaborate. 



Carl Albert State College Cross Country teams competed in the second annual NJCAA Region Cross Country Championship hosted by the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain at the Lions Club disc golf course in Mena, AR on October 12.


CASC freshman, Alayna Fielder, placed 3rd in the women’s division with a time of 22:23.


In the fall of 2017, CASC was the first community college in Oklahoma and Region II to establish a NJCAA cross country team. Since then, other regional colleges have followed CASC’s example and established a cross country program including Connors State College, Redlands Community College, and National Park College.


“I am extremely proud of each of our athletes,” said Aaron Emberton, CASC Cross Country Head Coach. “The time and effort given by our team members is evident in our measured improvement from meet to meet. Region II is a strong division, and I am proud to have both CASC teams, men and women, place third at the regional meet.”


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Wednesday, 16 October 2019 21:55

Voter Registration Deadline is October 18



Friday, October 18, is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the November 12 Special Election for the Town of Shady Point and Bokoshe School District, LeFlore County Election Board Secretary Sharon Steelel 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, October 18.

Steele said applications postmarked after that time will be accepted and processed, but not until after November 12.

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 nwnber 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.


Applications also are available at


Press release


The Carl Albert State College Physical Therapist Assistant Program recently hosted a professional development course in Ethics taught by Lynn Jeffries, PT, DPT, PhD, PCS, Director of Clinical Education at the University of Oklahoma’s Health Science Center.


The course was open to area professionals and addressed a multitude of topics pertaining to ethics in health care. The interactive workshop provided opportunities for attendees to explore the values, and the impact of those values on the provision of services, according to Jeffries.


Attendees focused on linking information to ethical decision making and building skills to appropriately identify ethical issues and strategically use their ‘voice’ to assess situations, develop a plan, and implement a directed plan of action, Jeffries said.


“This is a fantastic course for professionals,” said Jeri Hobday, CASC Physical Therapist Instructor and event organizer. “Lynn is a phenomenal facilitator and you are guaranteed to learn something new each time you hear her teach.”


For more information about the CASC PTA program, or to learn of future professional development opportunities, visit or call 918-647-1200 and ask to speak with a PTA Instructor.




Press release


Ross and Artie Stivers were passionate advocates of education, and strong supporters of Carl Albert State College. Ross Stivers served as a CASC Foundation Trustee for many years until his passing in 2005. Artie continued his legacy and began her Trusteeship with the Foundation upon his passing. Throughout her service tenure, she established the Ross and Artie Stivers Scholarship in 2008, and was an avid Adopt-A-Scholar Program donor. The couple’s commitment to students was evident in their professional and personal lives as they dedicated themselves and their resources to education, as well as their community.


The late Ross and Artie Stivers have continued their faithful support of CASC, as Artie gifted a generous contribution from her estate to the CASC Development Foundation. The funds will be utilized for a student activity center project to be named in the couple’s memory.

In December 2017, the Oklahoma National Guard, in coordination with local and legislative leaders, donated the Poteau National Guard Armory building to CASC as a result of new location assignments. While the local Oklahoma National Guard unit is no longer assigned to the Poteau Armory, the National Guard will maintain a presence in the Poteau community by maintaining an office in its original building.


As a result of the generous donation from the Stivers Family and the Oklahoma National Guard, Carl Albert has remodeled the Poteau Armory building to be unveiled as the new Ross and Artie Stivers Center.


The Ross & Artie Stivers Center will serve the CASC community as a health, wellness, and recreational center for students, faculty, and staff members. The 12,400 square-foot center is equipped with a student lounge, weight and cardio rooms, a multipurpose studio, gymnasium, restrooms, locker/shower facilities, and office space. Additionally, a large enclosed outdoor recreation area attached to the building features a basketball court, volleyball pit, picnic area, hammock park, and a large mural showcasing the institution’s namesake, Speaker Carl Albert.


“The generous spirit of the Stivers family is inspiring,” said CASC President Dr. Jay Falkner, “and will having a lasting impact not only on our campus, but in our community for years to come. Their true commitment to CASC will always be remembered and deeply appreciated.”


Steve Holton, Chairman of the CASC Development Foundation, said the Foundation sincerely appreciates the generous gift for CASC’s students, and the gracious Stivers family.


“It’s humbling to think about the impact Ross and Artie Stivers have made on CASC,” Holton said. “This gift has truly transformed the campus and allowed CASC to offer amenities to its students that are equal to facilities at the University level.”


Carl Albert State College is set to host a grand opening for the Ross and Artie Stivers Center in January 2020.

By Lundy Kiger

After receiving and reviewing Veolia's responses to DEQ on the seven Notices of Violation (NOV) that were issued, which also created 27 additional violations of state administrative rules connected, I see a company responding in agreement to fix everything listed that Veolia failed to maintain or operate according to state law that helped cause the City of Heavener to be in Violation.


As this is the beginning of great news for the first time in 25 years for the residents and businesses of Heavener with corrections of operations being made and new equipment being installed, it’s my opinion that Veolia's responses shows significant incompetence and a lack of care about their customers in the terrible way they've maintained this water plant! But this is also the same attitude I've seen from some city leaders that I hope will change now that violations have been issued and responses for corrections are being made with specific timelines. Regardless, this will cost the city of Heavener a great deal of money to make these repairs and corrections.


Veolia’s statement to DEQ on when they operated the water plant says, "As you know, Veolia historically operated the Heavener public water supply facility until 2015. From 2015 to 2018 the facility was operated directly by the Heavener Utility Authority. In 2018 Veolia resumed operations of the facility."


To me, this is Veolia trying to convince DEQ that the city is to blame. To this, I agree that they are a great deal of the problem and should share the blame. But Veolia failed to mention that when they ended their operations with the city in 2015, Veolia had run the water treatment plant for approximately 20 years prior. So Veolia is to blame for a large part of the overall problem for the past 25 years.


For the past 25 years, Veolia has also convinced city leaders that water distribution pipes were the cause of black water. DEQ cleared this up through NOVs and concluded that a lack of maintenance and operations at the water plant created black water that entered the homes of residents. In addition, potable water produced also showed little to no chlorine in the water and chemicals not being measured properly causing the water to be more corrosive and damaging to water distribution pipes. This is evidence that bad water produced has actually helped to destroy the piping system in Heavener through evidence of the large number of breaks this year alone.


The next steps now will be for DEQ to review Veolia's responses to see if they agree with the corrections or timelines. While these improvements are being made, they are the right steps needed in helping the city receive cleaner water. The people and businesses of Heavener have asked for and deserve this.


While all of this is going on I will be meeting with the director of the Oklahoma Health Department as well as with the state's attorney general. I want to be assured that the failure of Veolia and the city of Heavener has not done harm or created a threat to the public's health. I also want to confirm if numbers for turbidity can be confirmed as corrected, or if numbers reported show evidence of falsification.


If falsification of turbidity numbers have been submitted by Veolia to DEQ, I will pursue the state to take appropriate action.


As I told city leaders at their monthly meeting two weeks ago, I'm not here to make friends with city leaders. I am here on behalf of the residents and businesses in Heavener that also live in House District 3. One way or another, the water will get cleaned up and the people will win a great victory from the help of DEQ staying on top of this terrible situation.


Read Veolia’s response to DEQ by clicking the download icon below 


Press release

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Anthony Michael Grant, age 35, of Porum, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 121 months’ imprisonment and 5 years of supervised release for Possession With Intent To Distribute Methamphetamine.


The charges arose from an investigation by the Porum Police Department, the McIntosh County Sheriff’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


The Indictment alleges that on or about October 28, 2018, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant did knowingly and intentionally possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine (actual), a Schedule II controlled substance.

United States Attorney Brian J. Kuester said, “Rural Oklahoma has seen so much devastation caused by methamphetamine. Overdose deaths caused by methamphetamine are on the rise and we must continue to diligently pursue drug dealers. Because of the joint efforts of the FBI and its Safe Trails Task Force agency partners, federal law enforcement resources were effectively used to make a positive impact in Eastern Oklahoma. Law enforcement works best when we work together.”


“The trafficking and use of methamphetamines have severely impacted communities across Oklahoma," said Special Agent in Charge Melissa Godbold of the FBI's Oklahoma City Field Office. “The FBI and our Safe Trails Task Force partners will continue to combat our state’s drug epidemic. “


The Honorable Ronald A. White, U.S. District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the hearing. Assistant United States Attorney Clay Compton represented the United States.


CASC press release


On Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, the late Dr. Joe E. White was inducted into the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges Hall of Fame at the annual conference hosted by Oklahoma City Community College in Oklahoma City, OK.


The OACC Hall of Fame began in 2011. Since its inception, 19 individuals have been selected for the prestigious award. The illustrious group of members include a current and former Governor, Supreme Court Chief Justice, former Chancellor of Higher Education System, College Presidents, and several distinguished educators. These are men and women of extraordinary talent, vision and leadership, who not only shaped our state, but established a living legacy which will enrich the lives of future generations. Proposed members are nominated by the OACC Presidents and final selection is made by the OACC Executive Board.


Raised in a small town in central Oklahoma, Dr. White developed a passion for education early in life. He would ultimately obtain his Educational Doctorate from Oklahoma State University in 1974 and go on to become the longest sitting President in Carl Albert State College history.


Dr. White began his Presidential service to CASC in 1975. Through unparalleled leadership, and hard work, with exceptional faculty and staff, Dr. White evolved from a young visionary to a legendary leader.


Dr. White embraced the value of education and made it a goal to do his part to better the lives of those around him. He was a charter member of the CASC Development Foundation and believed strongly in the Foundation’s mission to build an endowment fund for scholarships, program for academic enrichment, and a residential campus.


Dr. White was instrumental in the establishment and success of the Scholars Program, having been inspired by Speaker Carl Albert. Dr. White and his wife, Melba Sue, adopted a Scholar each year since the Scholars Program’s inception. In addition, they provided many scholarships through the White-Curfman Family Scholarship. Dr. White had a reputation for always remembering students’ names whenever he saw them. His passion for student success led to the establishment of the Dr. Joe E. and Melba Sue White Academic Scholarship fund at CASC.


Dr. White is regarded as an astounding man who never met a stranger. He was a well-respected member of the Poteau community who always made an effort to give back when given the opportunity to do so.


Among his numerous accolades, he was awarded the Poteau Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996; named to the Murray State Distinguished Athlete Hall of Fame in 2003; and joined the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 2004.


Dr. White worked closely with a prominent local family to establish the Hamilton Lecture Series, an annual event that featured well-known individuals in education and government speaking on a series theme, “Excellence in Education and High Political Standards — America’s Future at Stake.” Prestigious speakers in the series were former President Jimmy Carter, former President Gerald Ford, former President George Bush, Miss America Shawntel Smith, and many other distinguished leaders.


“The tremendous impact Dr. Joe White made on the campus and local communities, region, and state,” said CASC President Dr. Jay Falkner, “is truly incredible and inspiring. We are grateful to the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges for recognizing the educational ‘giant’ Dr. White, and for honoring him with this well-deserved award.”


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Monday, 14 October 2019 23:09

EOMC offering Childbirth Classes



Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center in Poteau is offering their next Childbirth class on n October 28th from 5:00p m-7:00p m in the library at EOMC.



There is no charge for this class, and you will get to meet the wonderful OB staff and take a tour of the Childbirth Center.



For questions or to register call EOMC at 918-635-3150.

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