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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 06:50

Get ready for Grace Cottage Banquet

POTEAU, OKLAHOMA - Board members and staff of Grace Cottage are preparing for their annual Night Before Christmas banquet being held tonight (Tuesday Nov 14) at the Donald W Reynolds Center in Poteau.
112 Silent Auction items are up for bids as well as live auction items.


Some Live Auction Items include:

Homemade quilt donated by Joe and Vicki Qualls and made by Wynama Bowman, wreath donated by Joe & Vicki Qualls and made by Liz Wilson, bench donated by Mike & Kim Standridge, blown glass donated Steve Brewster,  a 9mm handgun donated by Bill Meeker, a bench donated by Rick Alphin, 1/2 beef donated by Rendell Thompon/Frank Ervin/ Eudell Brown,  teeth whitening from Dr. Ted Kondos, homemade quilt donated by Monroe Baptist Church, Fire Pit donated by Solid Rock Stone, baby girl quilt donated by Bess Huff,  three piece luggage set donated by Tim & Susie Shaufelberger, Expresso Bar donated by Rich & Tammie Johnson, table and end tables donated by Audrea Page,  baby boy quily donated by Turnipseed Heating and Air, a pallet of rock donated by Rock It Stone and Ruger K10/22TD donated by Poteau Pawn and Gun.


Doors open at 5:30 and dinner will be served at 6:30pm.

Over 400 expected to attend.

Tickets to the event are still available at the door for $45.00

Jennifer Wright will be providing music, live painting that will be auctioned off by Teresa Farrington.

Crystal Lloyd Photography will be doing pictures before you go into the main banquet room.

The Coffee Cup will be set up with an awesome coffee bar and Eli from Buds will be catering a delicious meal with PKMS FCCLA serving.

Grace Cottage is a faith-based residential group home for young pregnant women. Located at 311 N. Witte, in Poteau.
Their mission: To provide a safe, nurturing environment to young women who are in crisis; providing parenting classes, while encourage education and hope.
Grace Cottage provides housing for young pregnant women age 12-18 years of age.

They also provide services, support and supplies to our community of pregnant teens who are not residents.

Grace Cottage Board members are: Arielle Perry, Gary Vancil, Marc Bovos, Jeanne Mead, Crystal Walker, Tammie Johnston, Kristi Duncan and Kim Hughes.



Live Auction Item - tables donated by Audrea Page

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3 Piece Luggage set donated by Tim & Susie Shaufleberger

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One of the items up for bid in the Silent Auction

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Silent Auction item

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Poteau Upper Elementary School is pleased to announce their Students of the Week for the 2nd week of November.

The November Character word: Citizenship


Student of the week are: Grady Jackson, Nathan Riley, Taylor Rowton, Kinlee Taylor, Hudson Burdick, and Bryson Tustin.



Tuesday, 14 November 2017 10:44

Photo of the Day: Grace Cottage preparations

Crystal Walker and Rene Chaplin are getting things ready for the Grace Cottage Banquet at the Donald W Reynold Center.


The Banquet will be held tonight (Tuesday Nov 14)



Doors open at 5:30pm and dinner will be served at 6:30 pm.



By OICA CEO Joe Dorman


There are some projects that are so fun or rewarding that they just do not seem much like work. One of those is an exciting new endeavor the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy is taking on that will help spread some holiday cheer! We were recently asked to help OK Foster Wishes and the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) lead a gift drive that will ultimately deliver holiday presents to approximately 6,000 children in foster care.


OK Foster Wishes has worked closely with DHS for years to assemble “wish lists” that foster kids and parents pass on to their caseworkers. OK Foster Wishes then matches those wish lists to Oklahomans who volunteer to buy a present on those lists, or to make a monetary donation that covers the costs. DHS then works to deliver those toys to the right children and families.


This year, OICA is playing a lead role in raising toys and cash, and we are asking the public to help in one of two ways:

1. Individuals interested in making a monetary contribution can donate online at or by calling (405) 236-5437. The suggested donation is $75, the average cost of fulfilling a list. Funds will be used to purchase a gift on that list as well as support transportation and delivery services.

2. Individuals who wish to purchase toys themselves can sign up to receive a wish-list from a foster child at Lists will be sent out via email starting this week. Gifts can be delivered to select drop-off points, listed at or by calling the above number to find a location close to you.


Participating in this gift drive will help Oklahoma’s foster kids, many of whom are going through difficult periods in their lives, know they are loved and not forgotten. It also helps foster parents who might not be able to afford gifts for the children they are caring for due to tight budgets.


We are encouraging Oklahomans to give generously to make sure we put a smile on these kids’ faces this holiday season. Think back to your own childhood and how special it was to receive that one gift from a loved one that filled you with joy. For others, it might have been a different circumstance where the wish for a gift never was fulfilled. Here is your chance to make certain a child has a happy morning when they wake up to unwrap that special gift which they requested.


OICA and OK Foster Wishes are working in conjunction with the DHS Office of Community and Faith Engagement to provide gifts to children living in more than 50 counties across the state. Any gifts which come in to us through a donation not on a list will be used to fulfill last minute lists from kids, lists which might not get filled, or to support the programs in other counties.


Please join OICA and OK Foster Wishes this year to be a surrogate Santa and help make the holidays bright for these youngest Oklahomans!


According to a press release from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, Kelly Ray Potter Jr., of McAlester, Oklahoma pled guilty to Drug Conspiracy a crime punishable by not less than 10 years imprisonment, and up to life imprisonment, and up to a $10,000,000.00 fine.


The Superseding Indictment alleged that beginning in or about July 2016 and continuing until on or about November 29, 2016, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma and elsewhere, Potter., did knowingly and intentionally combine, conspire, confederate and agree together, and with others known and unknown to the Grand Jury, to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine (actual).


The charges arose from a joint investigation entitled “Golden Pony” coordinated by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) of the Eastern District of Oklahoma. OCDETF is an initiative led and coordinated by the Office of the United States Attorney. The agencies involved in the investigation were the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Drug Enforcement Administration.


The Honorable Kimberly E. West, U.S. Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the plea and ordered the completion of a presentence investigation report.

Assistant United States Attorney Timothy Hammer represented the United States.



According to a press release, Poteau Schools is collecting donations and asking for volunteers for the annual Food Baskets to be delivered to families in need over Christmas Break


Last year they delivered food baskets to 52 families (103 students) and with some of the money they had leftover, they were able to buy groceries for a couple families who were in need during the school year.

They will be collecting donations until Wednesday, December 20th, 2017.

Anyone wishing to donate can mail their donation to:

Poteau School
Attention Sandy Bullard
100 Mockingbird Lane,
Poteau Ok 74953
Or contact Sandy Pease Bullard on Facebook or Glynda McDaniel.

Monday, 13 November 2017 22:57

Strike A Lot Lanes Open Thanksgiving

If you are looking for a fun activity to do with the family on Thanksgiving Day, then why not take the family bowling at Strike A Lot Lanes in Poteau?

Strike A Lot is offering a Thanksgiving Day Special – All you can bowl for $7.00 includes shoe rental.

Open from 4pm - 10 pm

Strike A Lot is located at 1914 N Broadway Street.

Call Strike A Lot Lanes for more details at (918) 649-0143

Monday, 13 November 2017 16:24

Senior Day at CASC

Over 300 high school seniors attended the annual Carl Albert State College Senior Day in Poteau on November 9, 2017. In addition to other activities on campus, a drawing at the event awarded scholarships from the CASC Development Foundation to two students in attendance.

A $500 scholarship went to Ramiro Cruz of Heavener, and Lane Crouch from Panama received a $1000 scholarship. The scholarships were presented by CASC Vice President of Enrollment Jennifer Humphreys.
The 23 high schools represented included Westville, Warner, Spiro, Leflore, Hartford, Arkoma, Stilwell, Muldrow, Smithville, McAlester, Whitesboro, Pocola, Panama, Red Oak, Poteau, Cameron, Wister, Howe, Gans, Clayton, Hackett, Bokoshe, and Heavener.

Information regarding academics, enrollment, financial aid, and student activities was provided along with entertainment by the CASC New Horizon Show Choir. Lunch was at CASC’s Café 1507, and a variety of activities were set up outside before and after lunch.

Students were provided time to meet with faculty members to ask specific questions, and everyone in attendance received a CASC shirt. Humphreys stated, “In addition to activities for the visiting high school students, we offered some extra sessions for the high school counselors in attendance to show our appreciation for all they do.” She concluded, “Thanks to everyone who helped make this a special day at CASC!”

For complete Information about how to become a student at Carl Albert State College, call Enrollment at 918-647-1248.


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

Monday, 13 November 2017 10:14

Photos of the Day: Fanshawe 3rd & 4th Grades

Congratulations to the Fanshawe 3rd & 4th grade Lady Grizzlies and the 3rd & 4th Grade Fanshawe Grizzlies.

Both teams took 1st place in the Hodgen Tournament.













































Fanshawe 3rd and 4th grade boys team

Photos of the Day: Fanshawe 3rd & 4th Grades - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Monday, 13 November 2017 16:07

Doing What You Can With What You Have

By Rep. Rick West


The Oklahoma House of Representatives tried once again last week to permanently increase taxes on Oklahomans because of a temporary problem. On Nov. 8, House members ultimately voted down a tax increase that would have supposedly generated nearly $450 million – all in the name of solving a $215 million hole.


Over the past few weeks, our state has seen agency heads admit to mishandling millions of dollars. We’ve witnessed government waste and inefficiency first-hand. The Oklahoma State Department of Health lost $31 million because of years of fiscal mismanagement. Leaders at the Department of Tourism have been writing blank checks. And if we had passed tax increases last session, I bet we would have never known about the fraud. Yet here we are again, as lawmakers, trying to approve $450 million worth of taxes. Why? To continue to cover up the corruption and government waste that is occurring within our state? I won’t stand for it.


The bill that representatives voted on last week was the same one that has been voted on time and time again, but this time there was the addition of an increase in the gross production tax. That specific increase is one that I am open to discussing, but when it gets thrown in with things like a tobacco tax and a motor fuel tax, I can’t vote yes.


I can’t vote yes on tax increases that will hurt our district. Tobacco users could simply drive a couple of miles to Fort Smith and buy their cigarettes there. It would kill our convenience store owners, and I wouldn’t be able to stomach it. Raising taxes on Oklahomans when we know there’s waste in government is just not right, especially when those increased taxes hurt our district.


Why would we increase taxes when state government currently has plenty of taxpayer dollars just sitting in funds right now? Oklahoma’s revolving funds have more than $1 billion in them. We have $83 million in unexpected carryover funds from last year. It’s pretty simple: there is money there, and using it wouldn’t increase the tax burden of everyday Oklahomans.


We need to protect our seniors. We need to protect our vulnerable communities. Teachers and state employees deserve to make more money. How great would it be to provide teachers and state employees a raise without increasing their taxes? We can do exactly that. I know it because I have seen the waste and inefficiencies within state government. If we could audit agencies, we could finally see the full extent of our financial situation. It’s the smartest step forward this state could take.


Going forward, we should fund the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, Oklahoma State Health Department, the Department of Human Services and the Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services. We should fund them using our cash reserves and tapping into our revolving funds. We should buoy these agencies now, and we should audit every agency to find out where $6.9 billion lawmakers appropriated last year is going.


Raising taxes will only continue to cover up the shell games, money shuffling and fiscal mismanagement occurring in state agencies. But let’s say lawmakers theoretically did raise the $450 million through tax increases proposed last week – we’d still be $250 million short next session. Whose taxes do we raise then? Who would we go after next? Taxpayers deserve better, and I will continue to fight for a more transparent and efficient budgetary system.


Rep. Rick West represents House District 3. He can be reached at 405-557-7413 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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