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Saturday, 18 May 2019 22:29

EOMC Menu for 05/19/2019-05/25/2019

Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center Menu

Sunday, May 19 - Spaghetti, Onion Chicken, Carrots, Garlic Bread, & Rolls.


Monday, May 20 - Brats, Fried Cabbage, Eggrolls, Antigua Veggies, Potato Soup.


Tuesday, May 21 - Chicken Quesadillas, Enchiladas, Corn, Refried Beans, Fiesta Chicken Soup.


Wednesday, May 22 - Hamburger Steak, Rosemary Chicken, Capri Veggies, Texas Potatoes, French Onion Soup.


Thursday, May 23 - Chicken & Dumplings, Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Italian Veggies, Garlic & Herb Potatoes, Chicken Gumbo.


Friday, May 24 - Boneless Wings, Lil Smokies, Mac & Cheese, Catalina Veggies, Chicken Tortilla Soup.


Saturday, May 25 - Grill and Salad Bar Only.

According to the City of Anadarko Facebook page, their city sent out a special thanks to Bob Hawley and the Poteau Chamber of Commerce for a donation of Christmas displays for the city to use for their Christmas light show.

Hawley, who puts up and takes down the Christmas displays for Lights on the Island had some old displays that were not being used anymore. He said, “The items were sitting in storage and we needed to do something with them.” So, he contacted Kenneth Corn – who was instrumental in getting the Lights on the Island started. Corn, who is the city administrator for Anadarko, was excited about getting the displays and plans to use them throughout the city during Christmas.

Hawley stated there were “enough of the old displays to fill a U-Haul truck and two employees from the city of Anadarko came to Poteau and picked them up.”

The City of Anadarko Facebook post reads: “Special thanks to the Poteau Chamber of Commerce and their top-notch volunteer Bob Hawley for donating extra Christmas displays to the city of Anadarko. Their donation will add more to the displays along Central, the Hall of Fame and other locations through the community!”

Good Job Bob and to the City of Poteau for helping others


The public is invited to attend a Public Forum on Current Oklahoma Drug Threats, hosted by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN).


The event will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 23rd at the Donald Reynolds Community Center in Poteau.


OBN Director John Scully says the forum is designed to keep citizens better informed about the current and emerging drug issues that directly impact families, schools, businesses and communities.


“Our agency has developed a comprehensive Drug Threat Assessment that highlights the current climate of narcotic trafficking, manufacturing, and abuse in Oklahoma.


This includes specific trends involving the opioid crisis and heroin abuse, methamphetamine importation and rise in meth overdoses, and emerging patterns with cocaine and marijuana.” ---OBN Director John Scully


The forum will include OBN experts providing unique insight to drug trends, discussing steps communities and families can take to prevent substance abuse, and answering questions from members of the audience.


The event will run from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. For more information about the Public Forum on Current Oklahoma Drug Threats, please contact the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics PIO at 1-800-522-8031.

By State Rep. Lundy Kiger


There are many differences between rural and urban areas that are great for Oklahoma. Both regions play an important role in the past and future culture of our great state, and both have great people living in their communities no matter the size.


It’s fair to say, however, that urban areas have access to more health care opportunities, including doctors and facilities, over their rural counterparts.


Even though rural Oklahoma has great physicians, hospitals and medical clinics, rural Oklahoma just doesn’t have adequate numbers of health care professionals to cover all of our needs and population. Many rural patients have to travel long distances to see a health care professional.


Because of this, nurse practitioners have become an important part of rural Oklahoma. They are vital to the health care needs of our patients.


Nurse practitioners are the people who are available and accessible day or night and on weekends. Without them, thousands of rural Oklahomans would be at a loss for their health care services.


One problem that rural Oklahoma is running into today is related to insurance companies discussing the possibility of moving away from covering charges of nurse practitioners.


Any Oklahoman that has health care coverage through an insurance program, urban or rural, is paying monthly or annual premiums, and insurance companies have their co-pay, deductible and rates they pay for each procedure or office visit.


I’m receiving calls not only from health care professionals in rural Oklahoma, but also from rural hospitals, which is concerning.


Before this situation gets any worse, I would ask all insurance companies and our state’s Health Care Authority to put this on their radar to see how devastating it could be for thousands of rural Oklahomans and for the hardworking health care professionals who would be affected by a change of this magnitude.



Press release


Budget Puts $230 Million into Savings, New Money into Classrooms, Teacher Pay Raises and Healthcare

OKLAHOMA CITY – The House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year-2020 general appropriations bill today, approving an $8.1 billion state budget that includes historic savings, pay raises for teachers and state employees and builds upon the historic investment made in common education by the Legislature last year.

The budget is a $633 million increase – or 7.8 percent – over the FY-2019 appropriated budget. The Legislature provided an additional $157.7 million for common education, which comes just one year after providing $480 million in new funding for public schools. The Legislature has now increased funding for public schools 26.25 percent during the last two years. The $157.7 million in new funding includes an average $1,220 teacher pay raise and $74 million for classrooms and increases to flex benefits.

The budget also includes $230 million in savings, with $29 million of that set aside in an FMAP Preservation fund to be available for future reductions in Oklahoma’s Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP) rate, a formula used by the federal government to determine each state’s match rate for Medicaid. Those rates fluctuate based upon each state’s per capita income levels. The remaining $201 million will stay in the state’s General Revenue Fund to be saved for future economic downturns. Combined with expected deposits in the state’s Rainy Day Fund, Oklahoma will have close to $1.2 billion in savings by the end of June.

The Legislature provided $37.7 million to give state employees a pay raise for the second consecutive year and an additional $3.3 million to higher education to fully fund concurrent enrollment options, which allows seniors the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. The Fiscal Year 2019 budget included $7.5 million for concurrent enrollment, meaning the Legislature has increased funding for the program by $10.8 million since last year, bringing the program’s annual budget up to $11.7 million. Higher education also received a total increase of $28 million for the second consecutive year over the previous year’s appropriation, giving them more than $56 million in new funding during the last two years.

Lawmakers provided $2 million to decrease the wait lists for the Developmental Disability Services (DDSD) wait list and $8 million to increase provider reimbursement rates by 4 percent for doctors to care for those DDSD patients. The budget also provides funding to increase Medicaid provider reimbursement rates by 5 percent for doctors and healthcare facilities and funding to create an incentive reimbursement program for nursing homes that would improve health outcomes and quality of life for patients.

The State Auditor’s Office received a $700,000 increase to hire new auditors, and lawmakers approved $1.7 million to create a legislative-level budget office to give the House and Senate more resources to review agency budgets and analyze programs and services.

The budget also fully funds the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s 8-Year Construction Work Plan to maintain and build new roads and bridges and provides an additional $30 million for the County Improvements for Roads and Bridges (CIRB) Program on top of their annual $120 million budget.

Lawmakers also provided a $3 million increase to the Rural Economic Action Plan (REAP) for economic development in rural communities, a $1 million increase for county extension offices and $19 million for the governor’s Quick Action Closing Fund, which helps attract new businesses to Oklahoma.

“House Republicans had several priorities at the start of the 2019 legislative session that we based on conversations we had with voters on the doorsteps during the summer,” said House Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka. “Those priorities included another teacher pay raise on top of the historic pay raise we provided last session, more money for the classroom on top of the large investment we made to public education last session, reestablishing our county infrastructure investment plan, more resources devoted toward rooting out waste and inefficiencies in government spending and increasing our savings to be better prepared for future economic downturns. We have accomplished all of those goals with this budget agreement.

“We believe increasing teacher pay directly addresses the teacher shortage by incentivizing new teachers into the classroom and keeping the veteran teachers we already have, and we think the nearly 1,200 new teachers we have hired since the previous pay raise reinforces that belief. We have provided nearly $640 million in new funding and increased the total common education budget by more than 26 percent during the last two years. We also prioritized funding for nursing homes, state employees and corrections officers and concurrent enrollment programs for high school seniors. This budget is an investment in Oklahoma, and I am very grateful for my colleagues in the House for getting this bill across the finish line.”

“I said last year to ‘not let the perfect be the enemy of the good,’ but this year I said to ‘not let the perfect be the enemy of the great’,” said House Appropriations and Budget Chairman Kevin Wallace, R-Wellston. “The Fiscal Year 2019 budget was the best budget that I had seen since I arrived in the House, and I believe the Fiscal Year 2020 budget is substantially better. This is a great budget, and it has a little bit of everything, including new funding to meet the needs of our most vital government agencies and a historic savings of surplus funds that will put future Legislatures in a much better financial position than we arrived in.”

House Bill 2765 passed out of the House by a vote of 76-23 and now heads to the Senate for consideration.

OSU press release


(STILLWATER, Oklahoma, May 17, 2019) — A new dog flu is making its way across the country.


The original canine influenza virus, identified since 2000, mutated from a horse strain and spread from infected dogs for about a week, meaning outbreaks were few and brief.


However, in 2015, a new strain of canine influenza emerged in Chicago. This strain lasts for up to a month and even dogs without clinical signs can spread it. Thus, more dogs have been infected for longer periods of time, leading to the spread of the virus across the country, where it has been identified in almost every major city.


The typical case of canine influenza looks identical to kennel cough. Just like in human influenza, some dogs can develop a much worse condition due to the complication of bacterial pneumonia. This can also happen in traditional kennel cough. Since our dogs in America had never seen this Chicago virus before, they had not developed protection from previous exposures. And since it can be spread from dogs who are apparently healthy, controlling an outbreak is very difficult.


The virus is spread primarily through aerosol exposure — being around an infected dog who may have coughed or sneezed. A dog who gets within a few feet of an infected dog can be exposed. Signs — typically lethargy and a harsh cough — may develop in a week or less. The lethargy rapidly improves, but the cough can persist for weeks. In most cases, the disease is self-limiting and dogs recover without specific therapy. Unless it develops into a secondary bacterial infection, antibiotics have no effect on recovery.


Today, a vaccination exists to immunize dogs against both strains of canine influenza. The initial series requires two injections within four weeks. Protection is good, but similar to the human flu shot, it may only minimize the signs. After the initial series, dogs require an annual booster to maintain protection.


This is a separate vaccination from the traditional kennel cough vaccine most veterinarians recommend. Like all vaccines, side effects are rare and typically mild, such as lethargy for a day or two.


If you have more questions about canine influenza, talk with your veterinarian.



COLUMN BY: Dr. Paul DeMars, DVM, DABVP Canine/Feline, an associate professor of community practice at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences



Veterinary Viewpoints is provided by the faculty of the OSU Veterinary Medical Hospital. Certified by the American Animal Hospital Association, the hospital is open to the public providing routine and specialized care for all species and 24-hour emergency care, 365 days a year. For more information, visit or call (405) 744-7000.


Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant university that prepares students for success. OSU has more than 34,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 24,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and around 100 nations. Established in 1890, OSU has graduated more than 275,000 students to serve the state of Oklahoma, the nation and the world.

Press release

OKLAHOMA CITY – Members of the Oklahoma House Democratic Education Caucus released the following statements in response to the House voting 72 to 20 to remove the April 1 public education funding deadline.
“Noncompliance is not a good reason to repeal a state statute,” said Rep. Kelly Albright (D-Midwest City). “This legislation feels like an attack on education advocates that continue to fight for proper education funding.”
“Oklahoma’s Legislature has one constitutional mandate: to pass a balanced budget,” said Rep. Andy Fugate (D-OKC). “That should always be our top priority ahead of ALL other business. That’s our job and our responsibility to the people of Oklahoma. If we made this Constitutional obligation a priority like we should, meeting this deadline wouldn’t be impossible, it would be easy.”

“I just voted against a measure on the floor to repeal the statutory requirement to approve an education budget by April 1 of each year,” said Rep. Melissa Provenzano (D-Tulsa). “School districts could plan better for the coming year if they knew their budget by the April 1 deadline. The requirement has only been met twice since inception. It’s possible and it’s not too much to ask. This is an optics issue, plain and simple. Nobody likes to look bad when they can’t get their job done on time. Is that the best reason to repeal this law? We don’t think so.”

“I find it troubling that the powers that be can simply change a statute just because they don’t want to follow a statute,” said Rep. Jacob Rosecrants (D-Norman). “Providing a fully funded budget for our schools by April 1st shows that we indeed do prioritize our schools. Taking it away is a step back, not a step forward. Funding education should always be our number one priority.”

“The April 1 deadline was put in place to help Oklahoma administrators have the ability to plan ahead,” said Rep. John Waldron (D-Tulsa). “We should be striving to meet this goal every year not working to get rid of it. Our education professionals desperately need stability and consistency from the Legislature, and I am afraid that removing this deadline is a step away from both.”

Press release

WASHINGTON— Congressman Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) released the following statement after voting against Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats’ Obamacare bailout package that passed the House yesterday. The package uses savings from bills to lower the cost of prescription drugs, which amounts to nearly $5 billion, to prop up Obamacare.


“We had a real chance to work together to lower the cost of prescription drugs, but Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Leadership showed us once again they are more interested in playing politics than making a difference for the American people,” Mullin said. “Both sides have been working together to address this problem. We passed legislation to make prescription drugs more affordable out of the Energy and Commerce Committee with unanimous support. But instead of bringing those bills to the floor on their own, Nancy Pelosi packed it with a poison pill Obamacare bailout, all but ensuring the legislation will never get signed into law. It’s disappointing that the Democrats turned a bipartisan effort into a partisan, political show and continue to put politics above the American people.”

Mullin supported the bipartisan drug pricing legislation when it was passed out of the Energy and Commerce Committee last month. He recently cosponsored H.R. 2700, which contains all three bills to lower the cost of prescription drugs that passed out of committee. The bill uses the nearly $5 billion in savings to extend funding for one year for all the public health programs, including community health centers and the special diabetes programs. Funding for these public health programs is set to expire at the end of September 2019. Click here to read the text.

Friday, 17 May 2019 13:56

Marriage Licenses May 6-10, 2019

The following couples applied for their marriage licenses from the LeFlore County Court Clerk’s Office in Poteau during the week of May 6-10, 2019:


Lane Alan Terry and Rebecca Lynn Hamlin


Christopher Shane Barnes and Megan Marie-Aubriel Corley


Brett Allen Laymon and Savannah Skye Davenport


Brandon Craig Shelly and Miranda Rae Franklin

Thursday, 16 May 2019 06:23

Marriage Licenses April 29-May 3, 2019

The following couples received their marriages during the week of April 29-May 3, 2019, from the LeFlore County Court Clerk’s office:

Wyatt Zane Heavener and Teresa Marie Duncan 

Dennis Hugh Been and Shellie Denise Boyer 

Wayne Newton Hyman and Kyana Isabel Castillo 

Logan Hunter Ester and Lacie Ann Terry 

Colin Dale Wagoshe Thompson and Demri Kai Gappmayer 

David Franklin Longobucco and Mary Francis Goforth 

Ethan Waymon Harris and Erin Nicole Reano 

Jaxon Lynn Evans and Haley Brianne Joyner

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