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Company to work to create high-tech jobs, partnerships with area universities

OKLAHOMA CITY - Governor Mary Fallin and Valkyrie Systems Aerospace (VSA) today announced a partnership between the state of Oklahoma and the company. The partnership will ultimately accommodate manufacturing facilities, as well as flight operations and training in the greater Oklahoma City area.

VSA was recently awarded a 21st Century Quality Jobs Program incentive contract that will create at least 352 new high-paying jobs for the state of Oklahoma within the next five years.

“Oklahoma is one of the world's premier destinations for the aerospace and defense industry. The new Valkyrie facility will continue to elevate this industry in our state,” said Fallin. “By bringing aircraft manufacturing to Oklahoma, the company will help us grow as a leader in aerospace and UAS (unmanned aircraft systems). Our talented workforce and low cost of doing business along with a good quality of life makes Oklahoma very attractive for growing companies like Valkyrie. This is another example that our economic pro-business policies are diversifying Oklahoma’s economy.”

“We appreciate the efforts of Governor Mary Fallin and her team,” Glenn Dawson, Valkyrie Systems Aerospace chief executive officer, said. “They have worked hard to create an environment to attract some of the most exciting companies in the aerospace industry today. Oklahoma already has some of the top aviation companies in the world, and they are starting to grow the unmanned arena as well. The state of Oklahoma is well on its way to become the leader in unmanned aerospace development and manufacturing. We are proud to announce our choice of Oklahoma City for VSA’s operations center set to open during 2018's fourth quarter.”

“One of the reasons VSA chose to partner with the state of Oklahoma was the ability to integrate our company with the University of Oklahoma’s aviation and aerospace engineering program, as well as Oklahoma State University’s autonomous UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles) program,” said Steve Tafoya, managing partner of VSA. “We are proud to bring high-tech jobs to the greater Oklahoma City area. Valkyrie’s goal is to create and maintain partnerships with the higher education system in Oklahoma, all the while developing and retaining students with the goal of moving them into the aerospace workforce as supported by Valkyrie Systems Aerospace.”

“The Oklahoma Department of Commerce has worked with Valkyrie for nine months to bring this project to fruition,” Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce and Tourism Deby Snodgrass said. “By locating in Oklahoma City, they will be in close proximity to other world-class companies and defense operations and near our research universities, which will provide a pipeline of talent through numerous aerospace and UAS degree programs.”

VSA’s HoverJets are unmanned and optionally piloted aircraft which support multiple global missions that include medical evacuation, extraction of personnel and equipment, real-time situational awareness and threat detection, re-establishment of downed communications systems, firefighting, and much more.

The HoverJets’ unique heavy-lift vertical takeoff and landing allow them to operate in any environment, whether it be land, sea or air.


Howe Public Schools is participating in a free breakfast and/or lunch program for the 2018-2019 school year.


By providing breakfast and/or lunch to all children at no charge, they can create a better learning environment for out students.


The school breakfast and lunch we serve follows U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines for healthy school meals.


The program cannot succeed without your support.


Please encourage your child to participate in the school meal programs.


All students enrolled in the district may participate in the breakfast and/or lunch program at no charge. CEP (Community Eligibility Provision) schools will not collect household applications for free/reduced meals.



In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities, who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
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Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:23

Ruth Ann DeCamp Obituary

Ruth Ann DeCamp, 88, of Poteau passed away Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, at her home. Ruth Ann was born Oct. 30, 1929, in Muskogee to Bert and Eula West.


She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Poteau. She was preceded in death by her husband Jim DeCamp and two sisters, Wilma Nell Theimer & Virginia Dardis.


Ruth Ann had many activities and hobbies but playing bridge was always her favorite. She volunteered at the hospital gift shop, drove for Meals-On-Wheels, co-owned Chummy's Gift Shop, and was an active member of her local prayer chain.


She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Pam and Jim Ernst of Owasso; one son, Dale West DeCamp of Poteau; four grandchildren, Daz DeCamp, Drew DeCamp, Matthew and wife Eula Ernst, Thad and wife Meredith Ernst; one great-grandson, Owen Patton, numerous loved nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Services will be held at 10 am, Friday, August 17, 2018 at Oakland Cemetery Pavilion, Poteau, OK.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Poteau, Alzheimers Foundation, or the American Diabetes Association.


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

Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:19

Dian Mignonne (Beeler) Foreman Obituary

Dian Mignonne (Beeler) Foreman, 84, of Poteau, OK passed away Monday, August 13, 2018 in Pocola, OK. Dian was born July 6, 1934, in Tulsa, OK to Paul Alvin & Dorothy Ann (Feyerherm) Beeler.


She was retired from Johnson Controls.


She was a former president of Poteau Musical Arts Society and a member of Epsilon Sigma Alpha. Dian was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Fred Beeler.


Survivors include her daughters, Sherrie Luker & partner, Mark Baldwin of Muldrow, OK, Natlynn & Charles Hayes of Poteau, OK; grandchildren, Logan & Julie Hayes, Moriah & Taylor Schmidt; great grandchildren, Aria Hayes & Levi Hayes; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Services will be 2 pm, Saturday, August 18, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church, Poteau with Reverend Tom Lackey & Dean Warren officiating. Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery.


Pallbearers will be Logan Hayes, J.R. Collins, Jeff Gibson, Jonas Bourne, Michael Beeler & Brad Albert. Honorary pallbearers will be Brennen & Brock Albert.

The family will greet friends & relatives in the church Educational Bldg. at 1 pm prior to the service. Coffee & tea will be served.


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

Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:09

Haskell Burnett Moore Obituary

Haskell Burnett Moore of Woodward, Oklahoma was born October 11, 1926 in Hodgen, Oklahoma to Jack and Mae “Mead” Moore and passed from this life August 12, 2018 at home in Woodward, Oklahoma at the age of 91years, and 10 months.


Haskell was the only son and eldest child with 7 younger sisters.


Haskell (H.B. Moore) was a veteran of WWII serving in the occupation of Japan, after returning home, he attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University and while there he was instrumental in creating the Oklahoma State Drivers Handbook that is still in use to this day.

He spent over 60 year in the oil field business, starting as a rough-neck. He became a self taught engineer before modern technology. In 1964 he drilled the deepest well to be drilled at that time. He drilled all over Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas, while ending his career as a world renown Oil Field Consultant.


Haskell is better know for the type of person he was and the way he lived and loved life. He was a Doting husband, Proud father and grandfather, overprotective Brother, mischievous and entertaining Uncle and the most loyal of friend. No one could laugh louder or love deeper.


His Fun nature, thundering laugh, enormous smile and a personality as big as the life he lived allowed him to never meet a stranger. He was as quick, nimble and sound of mind at 91 as he was at 19 and was full of substance and vinegar to the very end.


Haskell is survived by:

His daughter:
Marla “Moore” Dowdy and Husband Tommy of The Woodlands, Texas

His Daughter-In Law:
Ida Moore of Edmond, Oklahoma

Four Grandchildren:
Laura Dowdy Colorado and Husband Joseph of Katy, Texas
Maria Dowdy Babinat and Husband Bernard of Sugar Land,Texas
David Dowdy and Wife Amanda of Katy, Texas
Cary Moore Cuddeback and husband Patrick of Edmond, Oklahoma

Seven Great-Grandchildren:
Isabella and Hayden Colorado
Grayson and Paige Babinat
Caroline Dowdy
Kyler and Kamden Cuddeback

His Four Sisters
Jerri Shuler of Dallas, Texas
Ruby Nell Muse of Heavener, Oklahoma
Jana Moore Baker of Heavener, Oklahoma
Donna Johnston and husband Jerry of Poteau, Oklahoma


He was preceded in death by his son Dwight James Moore, his wife of 68 years Cordelia Moore, his parent’s Jack and Mae “Mead” Moore, his sister’s Royal Wade, Fannie Bullock and Joan Breeding.


Funeral service will be 2 p.m., Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel in Heavener, Oklahoma with Mr. Denton Mead officiating. Burial will follow in the Heavener Memorial Park under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home in Heavener, Oklahoma.


Pallbearers will be: Barry Shuler, Garry Shuler, Mickey Shuler, Bobby Mead, Gary Mead, Donnie Mead, David Dowdy


Viewing will be from noon until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday; 8:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., Thursday; 8:30 a.m. until noon, Friday.


To sign Mr. Moore’s online guestbook please visit


Wednesday, 15 August 2018 00:05

Mullin Bill Signed into Law by President Trump

Press release



MUSKOGEE—President Trump signed H.R. 5554, Animal Drug and Animal Generic Drug User Fee Amendments of 2018, sponsored by Congressman Markwayne Mullin, into law today. First authorized in 2004, Animal Drug User Fee Agreements (ADUFA) and Animal Generic Drug User Fee Agreements (AGDUFA) give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to collect user fees from sponsors to help speed the approval process for new drugs for pets and animals.

“The reauthorization of ADUFA and AGDUFA is crucial for farmers and ranchers,” said Mullin. “These user fee agreements keep prices for animal medications and treatments down while driving innovation to develop more advanced treatments in the future. Our food supply sustains much of our country’s economic livelihood, especially in Oklahoma. I want to thank President Trump for signing my bill into law today so that Oklahoma’s farmers and ranchers can continue to keep their animals healthy.”

The House Energy and Commerce reviewed a discussion draft of the legislation in March 2018. Congressman Mullin formally introduced H.R. 5554 in April 2018 alongside Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-OR).

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With school enrollment numbers soaring to their highest in history, priorities are shifting for the Poteau Public Schools.

“We now have nearly 50 additional students in the halls between classes at the Middle School ” said Superintendent Don Sjoberg. “District-wide, we are headed to record enrollments. The enrollment numbers we have seen in the elementary and primary schools in previous years are now affecting the middle school and will affect the high school within 3 years”.

“We can’t keep putting more students in the same spaces without expecting more behavior and safety problems. Some of our classes have up to 29 students in them because we are using all available rooms and that in itself is not acceptable if we want to provide quality instruction”.


Community members are participating in the development of long-term solutions for the overcrowding that is expected in the years to come. The district Facilities Improvement Team has expanded to include more community members who represent varying points of view. The number has increased from 15 in 2017 to 28 in 2018. According to Sjoberg, the Team has agreed on key points that have been part of past bond votes. “They have agreed that overcrowding needs to be addressed and that security needs to be improved at all district sites”.


A bond vote is scheduled for Tuesday, August 28th that if passed, will support the construction of two new classroom buildings- a 2 story high school building and a 7th and 8th grade center, and make major security improvements at all district sites. Such a bond project will require a 5.5% increase in property taxes, an amount equivalent to an additional $55 for every $1,000 paid in tax last year or $4.58 per month.

“The future of the facilities for our students is in the hands of voters who are willing to make a financial sacrifice to provide classrooms and security for our growing number of students. For most people, the monthly increases amount to less than the cost of 1 or 2 meals at a fast food restaurant”.


There will be a community forum hosted by the Facilities Improvement Team on Tuesday, August 21st at 6:00 pm in the Bob Lee Kidd Center. Written questions from attendees will be submitted at the beginning of the forum.


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School Facilities Improvement Team members pictured from left: Jeff Jensen, Robert Holt, Tamatha Holt, Sarah Hamilton, John Hamilton, Ron Hall, Kim Wilson, Linda Newman, Jeremy Lamb, Don Sjoberg

Team Members not pictured: Jeff Shockley, BJ Barnes, Brenda Sheets, David Deaton, David Seeley, Jeremy Quarry, Karen Wages, Matt McBee, Ranada Adams, Rodney Darnell, Ryan Adams, Ted Sheets, Jeff Roberts, Lyle and Amy Whitworth

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is investigating a stabbing on Saturday that injured a Lawton Correctional Facility inmate.

Inmate James Bever was found lying in a pod shower with multiple stab wounds. He was transported to a hospital for treatment.

Bever, 36, is serving time on a seven-year Pittsburg County sentence for escape.

The incident is the second stabbing at the facility in a week. Inmate George Haga was assaulted Aug. 6 by inmates on a facility pod. Haga is still hospitalized.

Both assaults are believed to be linked to disputes between and among gang members.

LCF is on lockdown with all visitation canceled until further notice.

Carl Albert State College is please to announce the following students have received scholarship for the Poteau Campus.



CASC Mission Statement
To provide affordable, accessible and exceptional education that fosters student success.


CASC Vision Statement
CASC faculty and staff will provide an exemplary learning community by creating excellent educational opportunities that are responsive to the needs of the area and enable students to achieve their aspirations and develop into successful participants in an ever-changing world.


CASC Scholarship Recipients, Poteau Campus


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Recipient: Mollie McGee
Scholarship:Jimmy & Linda Alford
High School: Red Oak


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Recipient: Tatum Milligan
Scholarship: Brooklyn Elayna Deleplank Memorial and Ronnie Taylor II Memorial
High School: Panama



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Recipient: Reece Mitchell
Scholarship: Eliza Kinkead Bulgin Memorial
High School: Howe

Recipient: Abigail Moody
Scholarship:Lynn & Ruth Yarbrough Memorial
High School: Heavener


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Recipient: Jeffery Morris
Scholarship:Brad Fields Memorial and Victor Cary Memorial
High School: Wister


Recipient: Justis Nelson
Scholarship: Vike Hike
High School:

Recipient: Tabitha Parker
Scholarship:LeFlore County Retired Teachers
High School: Poteau


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(STILLWATER, Okla., Aug. 13, 2018) – Changes are afoot for the OSU Department of Theatre’s newly announced main stage season for the coming school year, and season tickets are now on sale.

Head of Theatre Andrew Kimbrough said a few faculty retirements have opened the door for new personnel to join the production team.


“We’ve got a new scenic designer and costume designer joining us, as well as two new directors, so I think our longtime patrons should expect to see some fresh looks and a new aesthetic on our stages,” he said. “Our annual musical promises to be a little bigger than what we’re used to.”


Main stage productions are typically performed in the large Vivia Locke Theatre in the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts, but this year the intimate Jerry Davis Studio Theatre in Gundersen Hall will be home to not one but two main stage shows.


“We have not done this in a while,” Kimbrough said. “But our patrons have been asking for a smaller, ‘black box’ kind of experience, which is what the Davis Theatre provides.”

OSU Theatre’s 2018-2019 season lineup is The Three Musketeers; Doubt: A Parable; True West and Oklahoma!


The Alexander Dumas classic The Three Musketeers, adapted for the stage by American playwright Ken Ludwig, leads off the season in October. Set in 17th-century France, the story follows the adventures of the young and naïve D’Artegnan, a talented yet brash swordsman who wishes to join the ranks of the king’s own Musketeers of the Guard. He must find acceptance by the three title characters while escaping the deadly machinations of the villainous Rochefort. Ludwig’s new, accessible version has plenty of swordplay and physical action while delivering plenty of comedy. Helmed by professor of performance Lloyd Caldwell, who specializes in teaching and choreographing stage violence, The Three Musketeers requires actors well-versed in stage combat. All of the actors involved in the fight sequences will be taking an additional class with Caldwell in Stage Combat during the fall semester. The Three Musketeers plays in the Vivia Locke Theatre Oct. 11-14.


The second show of the season is John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt, a Parable, directed by guest artist Tom Alsip, who is a visiting assistant professor of performance for the next year. Doubt premiered in New York in 2004 and went on to win the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize for best play in 2005. The play was mounted in theaters and universities across the country over the next few years and was made into an Academy Award-nominated movie in 2008, starring Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman. With a cast of four and set in a Catholic school in the Bronx, Doubt tells of the conflict Sister Aloysius and Sister James experience when suspicion is cast on the new rector, Father Flynn, regarding what seems to be an inappropriate relationship that develops between him and a student. The play mounts with steady pressure to an explosive finish, and the intensity of the piece lends itself to a production in the intimate Davis Theatre, running Nov. 1-3 and 8-10. Doubt is produced with generous funding from the Mary Lou Lemon Endowed Professorship for Underrepresented Voices. The play is suitable for mature audiences and late teens.


Sam Shepard may be one of the most recognizable playwrights on the American landscape since the early 1960s. His Pulitzer-prize winning play from 1978, Buried Child, brought him to the attention of a much wider playgoing public, and his appearances in the movies Days of Heaven (1978) and The Right Stuff (1983) made him recognizable to cinephiles. Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre production of his play True West was filmed and broadcast on PBS in 1983. Author of well over 40 plays and films, a screen actor, and recipient of numerous awards, Sam Shepard may rightly be thought of as a late 20th-century American icon. Shepard died in 2017, and this season the department pays its respects with a revival of True West.


Set in the hills east of Los Angeles, True West opens when two estranged brothers, Austin, a rising screenwriter with a family and a mortgage, and Lee, his drifter brother with a criminal past, reunite in their mother’s kitchen. A possible deal for a Hollywood movie prompts a life-threatening battle of wits in Shepard’s exposé of the American Dream and American values. True West is directed by guest artist Carly Conklin and produced in the Jerry Davis Studio over Feb. 14-16 and 21-23. Conklin is a visiting assistant professor of history and drama.


The season finishes with the perennial favorite, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! Based on the novel Green Grows the Lilacs by Oklahoma playwright Lynn Riggs, Oklahoma! is set in the days before statehood and tells the stories of a colorful cross-section of ranch hands, farmers and settlers. The central problem revolves around the protagonist Laurey and her struggle over which man she’ll marry, Curly or Jud. Written by the famed duo Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein in 1943, Oklahoma! claims the distinction of being the first successful “book musical” that integrates music and dance to drive the story forward. Without doubt, it has become an American treasure, and the department is proud to present it as the second Paul and Toni Mass Melton endowed musical theatre production at OSU, running April 25-28 in the Vivia Locke Theatre.


The production team for the season consists of production manager Lee Brasuell, scenic designer Eric Barker and costume designer Renee Garcia. Joining the team for Oklahoma! is the Greenwood School of Music’s Dr. Joseph Missal conducting OSU’s Wind Ensemble. Show, season, and price information may be found online at Season tickets guarantee patrons a discount on all four shows and are available through the first production.



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