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Sunday, 18 June 2017 13:14

Police Search for Missing Poteau Man

According to the Poteau Police Department, they are searching for a Poteau man who has been missing since on June 17, 2017 around 5:30 am.

Shawn Carnahan, was last seen leaving his residents in his mother in laws vehicle.

On Sunday, at approximately 8:30 am the Poteau Police located the vehicle on Polk Creek Street.

According to the Poteau Police department, Carnahan was not with the vehicle and no report had been filed at that time, so the vehicle was logged as abandoned.

Later, after the report had been filed, Officers returned to the vehicle and found it to be operational.

The Poteau Police and the LeFlore County Sheriff's Office along with family members conducted a search if the area on Sunday with no sign of Carnahan.

If anyone has any information on Carnahan's whereabouts please contact the Poteau Police Department (918) 647-8620.



Police Search for Missing Poteau Man - 2.0 out of 5 based on 2 votes
Sunday, 18 June 2017 17:43

CASC announces Scholarship Recipients


Carl Albert State College is pleased to announce a few of their scholarship recipients for the 2017 – 2018 School Year.

Chance Colton Parker receives the General Scholarship Fund Scholarship

Parent/Guardian: Cory Parker

High School: Hartshorne

Major: Pre-Engineering


Ciera Lee Diggs receives the Agri-Business Scholarship

Parent/Guardian: Danni Ingle

High School: Poteau

Major: Business Management


Corry Dale Duncan has received the Dickerson Family Scholarship

Parent/Guardian: Kim & Anna Duncan

High School: Heavener

Major: Secondary Education


 Cassie Renee Snow is the recipient of the Eliza Kinkead Memorial Scholarship

Snow is a PTA Major at CASC.

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Cassie Snow


*No photo available for other scholarship recipients

Saturday, 17 June 2017 22:52

Lynch Receives CASC Scholarship




Carl Albert State College is pleased to announce that D'Karre KaVaughn Lynch is the recipient of the Dr. John Montgomery Scholarship.

Lynch is a graduate of Spiro High School and plans to major in Occupational Health and Safety at CASC.

His Parent/Guardians are Omar and Sherica Scott.



Lynch Receives CASC Scholarship - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote


By John D. Doak, Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner


The first day of summer is June 21, and many Oklahomans are ready for a vacation. One-third of Americans are planning to take a trip this year, according to AAA. Before you hit the road or board a plane, consider these insurance suggestions.


Road Trip with a Rental Car

Compared to last year, 10 percent more families are expected to take a road trip. But those renting a car for their summer trip often don’t start thinking about rental car insurance until they get to the counter which can lead to costly mistakes.


In order to make the best decision regarding your coverage, make these two calls:
1. To Your Insurance Professional - Ask if your personal auto policy would also apply to your rental car, provided you’re using the rental for recreation and rather than for business. Also keep in mind, if you’ve dropped comprehensive or collision coverage on your personal car to reduce costs, you will not be covered if your rental is stolen or damaged in an accident.
2. To Your Credit Card Company - Most credit card companies provide some level of insurance for rental cars. Call the credit card company that you’ll be using to rent the car and ask them to send coverage information in writing. In most cases, credit card benefits are secondary to either your personal auto insurance policy or by the insurance coverage offered by the rental car company.

By law, car rental companies must provide a state-specific amount of liability insurance. Generally, these amounts are low and do not provide much protection.

Before renting a car, make sure you understand all of your insurance options in the event the car is stolen, damaged or you get involved in an accident. It will take a little bit of time and may cost a little extra money, but it will be better than finding out too late that you are legally responsible for a car you don’t own.

Protecting Your Vacation

After months of planning, the trip of your dreams is almost here. To decide if you need travel insurance, ask yourself these questions:
• If I canceled my travel plans, would I lose the financial value of the trip?
• Could weather delays result in missing out on all or part of my vacation package?
• Would I lose the money I paid in advance for the vacation if the tour operator goes bankrupt?
• Am I taking a vacation that includes activities that may cause me to be injured?
• Do I have special vacation needs? Am I traveling with small children or older relatives?
• Am I traveling to a location where I may need special assistance?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, travel insurance may be the way to go.


Most travel insurance policies include three basic types of coverage:

1. Trip Cancellation, Interruption or Delay: Provides coverage should you need to cancel a trip due to sickness, a death in the family, bad weather, delayed shipment of luggage or another disaster listed in the policy. In addition, if you become seriously ill or are injured during the trip, some travel insurance policies will provide reimbursement for the unused portion of the vacation. Check your policy carefully because there may be exclusions for pre-existing conditions.

2. Medical Insurance and Medical Evacuation: Provides coverage if you become sick or injured while traveling—for example, being airlifted off a mountain due to a hiking accident, or in the event you get seriously ill or are injured and need to be flown home.

3. 24-hour Assistance: This service is provided by most travel insurance companies and can help travelers find doctors, arrange accommodations, contact families or provide other forms of assistance in case of an emergency.


Other travel-related coverages may include: Accidental Death, should you or a member of your group die during the course of a trip; and Luggage Insurance or Personal Effects Coverage, which provides protection if your luggage and/or personal belongings are lost, stolen or damaged during the trip.

There are many different travel insurance companies and types of policies to choose from. Before making a selection, compare companies, policy coverage, benefits and prices. Check your health and homeowners insurance policies to see what coverage you already have. You may discover that your medical insurance does not cover you abroad, and that it may provide no coverage at all for medical evacuation.


No matter what you have planned this summer, be safe and have a great time.


For more insurance information, contact the Oklahoma Insurance Department at 1-800-522-0071 or visit


About the Oklahoma Insurance Department
The Oklahoma Insurance Department, an agency of the State of Oklahoma, is responsible for the education and protection of the insurance-buying public and for oversight of the insurance industry in the state.


At 1:47 am on June 17, 2017, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol were dispatched to the scene of a one vehicle accident that occurred 5 miles East of Tahlequah in Cherokee County on Highway 62.


According to the report a 1996 Ford Ranger, driven by Jessie Duffield 60, of Tahlequah, was east bound on US62 when failed to negotiate a curve ran off the road to the right, he then over corrected, struck a tree and over turned one time before coming to a stop.


Duffield was transported by First Flight in stable condition with head arm and trunk internal injuries.

According to the report the condition of the driver was odor of alcohol and the cause of collision was driving under the influence.

Duffield was pinned in his vehicle for approximately 3o minutes before being freed.


The accident was investigated by Tommy Mullins, Trooper Cody Cox, Trooper Aaron Wall, Trooper Zach Woods all from the Adair/Cherokee County Detachment of Troop C, Welling Fire Department, Northeastern Health Systems, and First Flight.

Friday, 16 June 2017 23:59

Decorating Wisely: Gracie's Birthday

By Glenda Wise



Wednesday was my Audrey Hepburn loving, museum loving, dancing queen, Gracie’s, 17th birthday!



How is this possible? My baby that has always tagged along with me, that we’ve taken from one end of the country to the other to dance is almost an adult.


This next school year is her senior year and by August, she’ll be applying and deciding which college she’s going to attend. I really, really don’t think I’m going to do well with this empty next thing. Anyway, I really diverted from what I was going to talk about this week. Honestly, It really doesn’t even fit with all this now, so I’ll just talk about the fantastic day we had on Wednesday! Gracie wanted to have macarons, go see the Chihuly exhibit at Crystal Bridges and finish off with dinner at Taliano’s.

We started the day at the cutest little macaron shop you’ve ever seen. It’s called Alchemy and it’s in the Fayetteville Town Square. It was so aesthetically pleasing to the eye. It was very small; a lot of white and glass, which made the beautiful macarons, really stand out. They were all so beautiful and the taste was a-mazing! It was hard to pick a favorite. The all white with a pop of color reminded me of current kitchen styles. I love white cabinets, white tile and a barnwood floor. This combination lends itself to adding a pop of color through accessories, which is a lot easier and less costly to change.

Next, we made our way to Crystal Bridges. Chihuly is one of our all-time favorites. I could look at his work forever. If you have the opportunity try to get to Crystal Bridges before the exhibit is over. I just love going to Crystal Bridges anyway, it’s so peaceful and I can completely lose track of time looking at the art or simply walking the amazing grounds. We have seen several Chihuly exhibits but we’ve never seen Chihuly in the forest. It was absolutely amazing and such a gift for it to be so close to us. Ashton and I started talking about the weather and wondered what in the world they do if it hails or something like that, so we asked some of the groundskeepers. He said that there is a Chihuly team on the premises the entire time the exhibit is on display, so if a storm damages any pieces they are there to repair it. Basically, they just have to hold their breath and hope for the best. He went on to say that it took two years to prepare the grounds for the exhibit.

One thing I love about Chihuly or any artist for that matter is their ability to see the potential for something to be amazing before the rest of us. For example, the beautiful Northwest Coast Indians inspired Chihuly’s basket series. The Indian baskets are a piece of art in and of themselves and Chihuly figured out a way to replicate the beauty of their slumped and sagging appearance from use in glass form. There was a quote by Chihuly that I found so interesting and true. Sometimes we look for new and improved things to accomplish tasks, but in all reality sometimes, you just cannot get the same result as the old way, you just have to look at a new approach.

“The technology hasn’t really changed...We use the same tools they used 2,000 years ago. The difference is that when I started, everyone wanted to control the blowing process. I just went with it. The natural elements of fire, movement, gravity, and centrifugal force were always there, and always with us. The difference was that I worked in this abstract way and could let the forces of nature have a bigger role in the ultimate shape.”

Friday, 16 June 2017 17:37

USS Fitzgerald involved in collision

From U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs




PHILIPPINE SEA (NNS) -- USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) was involved in a collision with a merchant vessel at approximately 2:30 a.m. local time, June 17, while operating about 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, Japan.


The U.S. Navy has requested Japanese Coast Guard assistance in responding to the collision.


The extent of damage is being determined. The extent of personnel injuries is being determined. The incident will be investigated.


For more information, visit,, or



Submitted by Vera Nelson


Talihina Oklahoma - Faith Lawson did a great job drawing the winner’s name for a week of eats from seven local restaurants.


The drawing was held June 16, 2017 at 2pm at Lawson Pharmacy.


Mike Humphreys of Talihina won meals for two at El Rancho Mexican Grill, Honobia Creek Store, Treats and Treasures, Outlaw BBQ, Pam’s Hateful Hussy Diner, Subway, and the Rock House Steakhouse.


The Talihina Chamber of Commerce raised $980.00 with the ticket sales to go towards this year’s loan payment for the Visitors Center.


Thanks so much for those who took the donations for the tickets and to those who donated for them.


Congratulations to Mike I know he will enjoy all the great food he has won.


If you would like to become a part of the Talihina Chamber of Commerce call The Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center at 918-567-3434 or just come by the visitors center at 201 First Street.

Friday, 16 June 2017 11:15

LCYS 24th annual Golf Tournament




The LeFlore County Youth Services held their 24th annual golf tournament at the Choctaw Country Club in Poteau on Friday, June 16, 2017.


“Thank you to everybody who came out to Choctaw Country Club and supported Leflore County Youth Services. Also thank you to The Community State Bank for allow us to use the cooker,” said Terri Krebs, Executive Director of the LCYS.


Results of the 2017 LeFlore County Youth Services 24th Annual Golf Tournament.

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1st Place Team - Ronnie Riggs, Jim Waddle, Perry Reed and Mike Thomas



2nd Place Team AES Team - Joe Bill Maggard, Buddy Standridge, Justin Coyle and Gary Bates



3rd Place Team Rebound Therapy Team - Frank Burton, Stan Nygrin, Pete Cepeda and Lance Sconyers.



Derek McGowan and Cody Wann



About the LeFlore County Youth Services
LeFlore County Youth Services, Inc. is a non-profit, tax exempt corporation, comprised of individuals who care about children and families.

The MISSION of LeFlore County Youth Services, Inc. is to provide opportunities for healthy development to the youth and families of LeFlore and Haskell Counties.

Programs and Services:
Great Beginnings Program
Missing Children's Program
Counseling/Behavior Management
Graduated Sanctions Program
Emergency Shelter for 8 Children
Botvin Life Skills
Community-At-Risk-Services (CARS)
Tobacco-Free Leflore County (TLC)

LCYS 24th annual Golf Tournament - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote


National Retailer Seeks Local Entrepreneur or Independent Retailer to Bring the Sears Hometown Store Format to Talihina.


According to Talihina Chamber of Commerce Director, Vera Nelson, A Sears Hometown and Outlet looks at Talihina as a possible new location.

In an effort to assist independent home stores in Talihina diversify their revenue stream and answer consumer demands for expanded product assortments, Sears Hometown Stores, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHOS) is looking to fill the void in the Talihina community.


The Company, which separated from Sears Holdings Corporation in 2012, is seeking entrepreneurs or independent retailers to bring its Sears Hometown Store format to the Talihina area.


Sears Hometown Stores offer a wide-selection of top appliance brands such as Kenmore®, Maytag®, KitchenAid®, Whirlpool®, Bosch®, Frigidaire® and GE®, plus a large assortment of lawn and garden equipment, Craftsman® tools, fitness equipment and mattresses, at guaranteed lowest prices, by the Company’s price match policy.


Through in-store kiosks, Sears Hometown Stores are also able to offer the local community the full breadth of selection available on and, as well as local repair service, and product protection agreement.”


Potential investors have the option of opening a standalone store – typically between 8,000 and 10,000 square feet – or adding a Hometown Store to their existing business through the “store with-in a store” offering. The footprint for an add-on Hometown Store is much smaller, occupying between 1,500 and 5,000 square feet of available space.

“We're looking for a highly-motivated member of the Talihina, area who is customer-service oriented and wants to add the Sears name to the community,” said Fred Carter, Regional Development Manager for Sears Hometown Stores.


“With the addition of the store with-in a store dealership opportunity, we’ve been able to partner with strong suburban and rural businesses that have product offerings aligned with the Hometown Store’s collection.”


Ideal independent retail partners for the store with-in a store model include furniture, hardware, flooring, lumber and home category store owners looking to expand their product lines to better cater to consumer demand, without having to purchase any inventory. Store with-in a store partners have the opportunity to offer the 10 top appliance brands and full product lines in store and through the and website with no fees or royalties paid to Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc.


“With the top national brands at guaranteed lowest prices, we want the new Sears Hometown Store to be the first choice for consumers in Talihina for all of their needs around the home and for access to all the brands for which Sears is known,” said Will Powell, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. Chief Executive Officer, President. “We believe our program is a winner for everyone involved. The owner has a chance to build a successful business or diversify revenue streams of their existing retail store, our customers can shop closer to home and our brand reconnects with local consumers.”


The local owner is responsible for start-up and on-going operating expenses associated with the store, including: building or leasing a facility, providing in-store fixtures, hiring and training employees, payroll and insurance.


The Sears Authorized Hometown Store Program is not considered a franchise program because Sears does not require an individual to purchase inventory or pay an annual licensing fee. The stores are supported by the Sears retail network, which includes providing all inventory, advertising, point-of-sale computer systems, delivery, support and training.


Since 1993, Sears has helped entrepreneurs successfully open Sears Hometown Stores in all 50 states. The new store in Talihina will be one of twenty three to operate in the state of Oklahoma.


For additional information, please contact Fred Carter, Regional Development Manager for Sears Hometown Stores, at 318-792-2648 or visit

About Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc.

Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHOS) is a national retailer primarily focused on selling home appliances, lawn and garden equipment, tools and hardware. As of October 31, 2015, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. and its dealers and franchisees operated 1,172 stores across all 50 states as well as in Puerto Rico and Bermuda.


In addition to merchandise, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. provide consumers with access to a full suite of services, including home delivery, installation and extended service contracts.


Operating through two segments—the Sears Hometown and Hardware segment and the Sears Outlet segment—Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. and its subsidiaries offer franchise and dealership opportunities focused on selling, as applicable, top brand home appliances, hardware, tools, lawn and garden equipment and outlet merchandise.


For more information about Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores, Inc., visit


To learn about the opportunity to own and operate a store format, visit


“This store would be a very good fit for Talihina,” said Nelson. “It would add jobs and tax revenue to the area as well as offer much needed products.”


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