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The Alpha Delta Lambda Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society inducted 27 new members into its chapter during the annual Fall Induction Ceremony in the CASC Hamilton Auditorium on the Poteau campus.


PTK has recognized academic excellence in two-year college students since 1918 and has since become the largest and one of the most prestigious honor societies in higher education.


The mission of PTK is to recognize and encourage scholarship among its members. To achieve this, PTK provides opportunities for the development and service of members so they can exchange ideas in an intellectual climate, participate in lively fellowship together and stimulate their mutual interest of continuing academic excellence.


The honor students are led by Advisor Annette Staats, and Co-Advisor Marsha Caughern.


The 2018-2019 PTK Officers are:
President: Connie Fines
VP of Leadership: Thomas Oare
VP of Scholarship: Jess LeFlore
VP of Service: Jeanen Davis
VP of Fellowship: Curtsie Pace
VP of Fundraising: Gracie Henry
PR Director: Thomas Oare
Newsletter Editor: Baylei Richardson
Historian: Marissa Costello


New members inducted were Devon Chapa, Molly Cherry, Melissa Conley, Marissa Costello, Ian Cribbs, Abby Davis, Charla Foster, Garrett Hayes, Gracie Henry, Jess LeFlore, Selena Martinez, Vanessa Martinez, Bryson McClary, Makayla Morris, Randalyn Rice, Baylei Richarson, Freddie Rucker, Justis Sanders, Darian Sharp, Shelby Smith, Thy Thorpe, Jay Ummerteskee, Jewelyn Waddell, Micaiah Wagner, Kyle Walton, Kristina Wilson, and Stephanie Yoast.



Friday, 07 December 2018 17:31

Glen Edward Denwalt Obituary

Glen Edward Denwalt, 58, of Fanshawe, OK passed away Sunday, December 2, 2018 in Idabel, OK. Glen was born March 18, 1960, in Oklahoma City, OK to Alvin & Karen (Farris) Denwalt.


Glen was self-employed, a diesel mechanic, truck driver, owner/operator of car lot & body shop. He loved animals and they loved him.


He loved to fish and weld. Glen helped many people in need; he was a tough but caring man who was your friend ‘til the end.


He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents & other family members.

Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Stephanie Ellis; son, Charles Henry Denwalt Jones of Ripley, TN; daughters, Shauna & Misty of Shawnee, OK; brothers, Jeff Savage of Healdton, OK, Dwayne Denwalt of Eufaula, OK; sister, Gloria Denwalt of Shawnee, OK; mother in law, Alyce Ellis of Seminole, OK; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Services will be 2 pm, Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, OK with Rev. Jr. Cliff, Lester Wilson & David Collier officiating.

The family will be at the funeral home on Tuesday evening, December 11, 2018 from 5-7 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, OK

Friday, 07 December 2018 17:28

Imogene Emily (Ragland) Huckabee Obituary

Imogene Emily (Ragland) Huckabee of Heavener, Oklahoma was born September 25, 1926 in LeFlore, Oklahoma to John and Clara (Wyatt) Ragland and passed away December 4, 2018 in Pocola, Oklahoma at the age of 92.


She is survived by:

Two daughters:
Carolyn (McBride) Mann of Poteau, Oklahoma
Margaret Braziel and husband Jerry of McCloud, Oklahoma

One step-daughter:
Blinda Morris of Cameron, Oklahoma

Two sisters:
Margaret McNiel of Ozark, Missouri
Bobbie Duncan of Chico, California

One brother:
Doyle Ragland of Poteau, Oklahoma

Six grandchildren

Eleven great-grandchildren

Several nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and a host of friends


She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, L.A. Huckabee; two sons, Billy McBride and Charlie McBride; a step-son, Allen Huckabee; three sisters, Zula Cook, Evelyn Mullin, and Lois Roberts; and three brothers, Herman Ragland, Arley Ragland, and Harley Ragland.


Imogene was a long-time resident of the area, a homemaker, as well as a proud employee of O.K. Feed Mills for several years, and a member of the First Baptist Church in Heavener.


Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Monday, December 10, 2018 at Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Sam Dyer officiating. Burial will follow in Heavener Memorial Park under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener, Oklahoma.


Pallbearers will be: Her family


Viewing will be from Noon until 6:00 p.m., Saturday and 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., Sunday at the funeral home.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.


To sign Mrs. Huckabee’s online guestbook please visit


Friday, 07 December 2018 17:25

ODOC #FugitiveFriday: Paul Hartsell Jr.

Press release

OKLAHOMA CITY – Paul Hartsell Jr. walked away from a Ponca City halfway house on Sunday, stealing a van during his getaway.

Hartsell, who walked away from Bridgeway Inc. at 620 W. Grand, is described as white, 5-feet 6-inches tall, weighing about 154 pounds, green eyes and brown hair.

Hartsell was serving multiple Oklahoma County sentences for domestic assault and battery, and second-degree burglary when he walked away.

He will likely face additional time for walking away and stealing the van, which the halfway house owned.

The van is a white 2009 Ford E350 with a tag of IJN-414. It has a “No. 39” stickers on multiple locations on its body, as well as dents on its passenger side door.

Anyone with information can call our escapee hotline at 866-363-1119 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All calls and emails are confidential.



Press release


WILBURTON, OK (Dec. 7, 2018) – Three members of Eastern Oklahoma State College’s GEAR UP team recently attended the Brustein & Manasevit, PLLC’s Fall Forum 2018: Data Matters! 11 Ways Data Intersects with Performance/Compliance.


The Forum was held at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. Representing Eastern’s GEAR UP were Office Manager Helen Scott, Assistant Project Director Dara Self, and Project Director Linda Morgan.

The Forum began with pre-sessions, Let Us Introduce You to Our Friend EDGAR!, a basic review of the grants administrative requirements under the Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) and EDGAR 201: Strengthening Your Relationship with EDGAR, an advanced level review of the grants administrative requirements under EDGAR.

Additional workshops on the first day included: Data Quality—Data Quality Campaign; Required Data—Post-Election Updates and Agenda for the Lame Duck Congress; Data to Improve Performance—The New Orleans Story: Pre-Katrina to Clean OIG Audit; Data and Privacy—The DATA Act, FERPA, and Analyze Your Data—Other Data Requirements; and How to Conduct a Control Self-Assessment.

The second day found team members attending workshops: Data to Improve Compliance—Why LCTCS Requires a Grants Test and It Importance; Direct v Indirect Cost Data—Using Data for Cost Allocation; Grants Management—Federal Grants Management Test; ESSA Compliance—Supplement Not Supplant. . . What?; Capturing Data Correctly in Time and Effort; and Top Five Errors in Policies and Procedures.

The final day workshops included: Utilizing Data—Panel on Utilizing Data to Assess Risk and Implement Best Practices; Combining Data—Blending and Braiding: How to Consolidate and Coordinate; and Data and Safety—Using Data and Funds for School Safety.
“This was a very intense forum,” said Morgan. “We knew it would provide a lot of valuable information, but the level of expertise provided by presenters was unbelievable. They truly made learning about data, regulations, federal grants management, internal controls, and writing compliant policies and procedures interesting and memorable. Their level of knowledge is immeasurable.”

In 2017, Eastern received a seven–year, $17 million GEAR UP grant and is currently serving over 3,000 students in 30 partner schools in nine counties.

Friday, 07 December 2018 17:19

KTC Welcomes Coyle to Team

Press release


The Kiamichi Technology Centers has hired Christl Coyle as Teaching Assistant for the Poteau & Spiro Campuses. Coyle is assisting instructors from the Biomedical Sciences Academy, Education Accelerated by Service and Technology (EAST), Culinary Arts and the Career Connections Center.

Coyle is a 1993 graduate of Poteau High School and has an Associates of Arts in Business Administration from Carl Albert State College. She has worked at the Department of Human Services, Howe Schools, and Poteau Primary Schools.

Along with her husband, Chris, of 20 years, she has two sons: Justun - 17 and Kody - 14. In her spare time, Coyle enjoys crafting and spending time watching her sons play golf and wrestle. She attends Covenant Church in Poteau.

Coyle stated, “I am very excited to join the KTC team. I am looking forward to working with high school students and helping them to achieve their career goals.”

Kiamichi Technology Centers has been an integral part of the communities in southeastern Oklahoma since 1968, serving ten full counties and parts of three other counties. KTC is part of the Oklahoma CareerTech system and is one of 29 districts within the state. KTC has more than 30 career programs, and offers a wide variety of evening and weekend short-term courses as well as certifications in many diverse career fields. KTC serves nearly 23,000 individuals each year, including many area companies who receive training through the Business and Industry Services Division that works with over 400 businesses each year.


For more information on KTC call the Poteau Campus at 918-647-4525 or visit their website at


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Press release

On November 1, 2018, the OSBI was requested by the Fairview Heights, (Illinois) Police Department to assist with a child sexual abuse case.


Three separate victims disclosed sexual abuse by Michael Lindsey 35, that had occurred since 2008, in Oklahoma, Illinois, and Tennessee. An investigation was initiated by the OSBI in conjunction with Illinois and Tennessee authorities.


On December 5, 2018, agents with the OSBI and detectives with the Fairview Heights Police Department contacted Lindsey at his residence in Harrah, Oklahoma.


Lindsey was arrested and booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on one count of Child Sexual Abuse.


His bond was set at $10,000.


A search warrant was served on his residence and the investigation continues.

Thursday, 06 December 2018 09:47

Fred A. Carter Obituary

Fred A. Carter of Spiro, Oklahoma was born July 27, 1936 in Cameron, Oklahoma to Albert and Lena (Baine) Carter, and passed away December 4, 2018 in Spiro, Oklahoma at the age of 82.


He is survived by his wife Lillie Carter of the home, one son; Timothy Carter of Spiro, Oklahoma, four daughters; Gail Carter of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Karen Stacy and Todd of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Brenda Clark and Charlie of Spiro, Oklahoma, Tina Masterson and Gary Don of Spiro, Oklahoma, three brothers; Dan Carter of Pocola, Oklahoma, Larry Carter of Cameron, Oklahoma, Robert Carter of Spiro, Oklahoma, three sisters; Lorene Sehorn of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Flossie Cheline of Cameron, Oklahoma, Juanita Crow of Arkoma, Oklahoma, four grandsons; Drew Clark of Spiro, Oklahoma, Ray Easley of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Logan and Wyatt Carter of Spiro, Oklahoma, one great granddaughter, Maya Jaye Easley of Fayetteville, Arkansas, and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones.


Fred was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Marvin Carter, three sisters; Judean Tackett, Dortha Pound, Mary Lou Craig, and a grandson Jason Baxter. He loved to fish and hunt. Fred was a master gardener producing many fruits and vegetables, especially his watermelons.


Memorial Services will be 10:00 am Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Victory Worship Center in Spiro, Oklahoma with Reverend Bryan Fouts officiating.


Family has requested instead of flower or plants please make a donation to the charity or church of your choice.


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


To sign Mr. Carter’s online guestbook please visit

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Thursday, 06 December 2018 09:44

Southeast Area Fishing Report for Dec 2

A service of the Oklahoma Wildlife Department 


Arbuckle: December 2. Elevation normal, water 51 and clear to stained up creeks. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair to good on Alabama rigs, crankbaits and jerk baits off rocky banks. Spotted bass slow. White bass excellent on War Eagle spoons off ledges in the main lake. Crappie good off docks very early in the morning and good at 45-50 ft. along ledges. Catfish being caught on juglines. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Broken Bow: November 30. Elevation normal, water 54. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on crankbaits, flukes and spoons around brush structure, points and standing timber. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver, punch bait and worms along channels, in coves and river channel. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: December 1. Elevation normal, water murky. White bass excellent on minnows and jigs below the dam and along the dam. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in coves, around docks and below bridges. Blue catfish fair on hotdogs, shad and worms below the dam, along the dam, main lake and river mouth. Report submitted by Cannon Harrison, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: November 30. Elevation normal, water 50 and murky. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait, dough bait and shad below the dam, main lake and river channel. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs below the dam, around brush structure, main lake and river channel. Report submitted by Andrew Potter, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.

Konawa: November 29. Elevation normal, water 49 and clear. Largemouth bass good on Alabama rigs, crankbaits and plastic baits in the main lake, around points, river channel and weed beds. Striped bass hybrids and white bass fair on Alabama rigs, crankbaits and live shad in coves, main lake and river channel. Channel catfish slow on chicken liver and cut bait in coves, creek channels, inlet and riprap. Largemouth bass good on Alabama rigs at 7-10 ft. along weed lines and on deep diving crankbaits along ledges and drop-offs. Report submitted by Garret Harley, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountain Fork: December 4. Stocked approximately 2,700 rainbow trout on November 29. Report submitted by April Drake, secretary at the southeast region office.

Lower Mountain Fork: November 30. Elevation normal, water clear. Trout good on caddis flies, PowerBait and small lures along creek channels and spillway. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

McGee Creek: November 30. Elevation normal, water 56 and clear. Largemouth and spotted bass slow on crankbaits and plastic baits along creek channels and points. Crappie slow on minnows along channels, creek channels and standing timber. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Pine Creek: November 30. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on jigs, spinnerbaits and spoons along channels and in coves. Crappie fair on small lures and spoons along creek channels and standing timber. Channel catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, punch bait and worms. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robber’s Cave: December 4. Stocked approximately 675 rainbow trout on November 29. Report submitted by April Drake, secretary at the southeast region office.

Robert S. Kerr: November 30. Elevation normal, water murky. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait, dough bait, shad and stinkbait along inlet, river channel and river mouth. Crappie and white bass good on minnows and jigs along creek channels, inlet and standing timber. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Texoma: November 30. Elevation normal, water 54 and muddy. Fishing is good on the lake and below the dam. Dead sticking on the lake is good colors include (flukes) pink and white with orange heads. Blue catfish good on cut bait, live bait, live shad and shad below the dam and main lake. Below dam, fishing has been good for striper and blue cats, use casting cork and glitter flukes for striper and cut shad/drum for blues in early mornings. Striped bass good on flukes, live shad, sassy shad and slabs below the dam and main lake. Look for birds working for indicators of feeding stripers. Throw sassy shad with slow retrieve under working birds.  Crappie fair on live bait and tube jigs below the dam and around docks. Crappie being caught in 20-30 ft. of water on jigs under docks where structure is present. Report submitted by Trey Hale, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: November 30. Elevation normal, water cloudy. Largemouth bass good on bill baits, crankbaits, plastic baits and spinnerbaits along channels and standing timber. Blue catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, shad and stinkbait along channels and main lake. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around brush structure, channels and standing timber. Report submitted by Thomas Gillham, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.



POTEAU—Covenant Church will present its Our Family Christmas: Another Room for FREE, an original tragicomedy written especially for the holiday season, on December 16-18.

Our Family Christmas: Another Room for Rent is a non-traditional church Christmas play. Although it is set during Christmas and includes a Christmas “message,” this play focuses primarily upon modern-day, “real life” family issues which include both moments of hilarity and sobering dysfunction.

The production is a musical, with a live band and singers performing songs about personal struggle as characters seek to resolve their differences and “bridge the gaps” caused by estrangement, societal pressures and familial conflict. The message of this play is a message of hope; there are practical and spiritual directives on how to approach personal struggles in our own lives.

The play's writer/director/performer, Aaron Williams, says this year's show will be an ALL NEW OFC Production. “As always, each show will be a little different,” he says. “You never know what momma has up her sleeve.”

Our Family Christmas: Another Room for Rent, will be performed on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m., and on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 17-18, at 7 p.m., at Covenant Church. Admission is free and open to the public.


For directions or information regarding performances, please call 918-647-3040.

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