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Thursday, 05 November 2015 22:54

PUES can drive

The Poteau Upper Elementary School is currently having a canned food drive to donate to the soup kitchen.

 


To encourage donations each class is competing with their grade level to collect the most items.

 


Classes are having a lot of fun doing this and the grade that collect the most items will win an ice cream sundae party.

 


On Thursday Nov 5th over 2,000 cans have already collected.

Thursday, 05 November 2015 08:50

Wister graduate crowned Miss NSU

Heather Ballew a 2012 graduate of Wister High School was crowned Miss Northeastern State University.


Ballew was among the ten contestants who competed in the Miss NSU pageant which was held Nov. 4 at the NSU Center for Performing Arts in Tahlequah.


Ballew receives a $1,600 tuition waiver, along with a $500 cash scholarship and will go on to compete for the Miss Oklahoma title, a preliminary to Miss America.


Other contestant in the pageant were: Alex Butcher, Ana Davis, Bailey Kennedy, Charity Pickup, Kaitlan Thatcher, Katherine Nash, Shiann Hill, Skye MacLeod and Tori Evans.

 

About Miss NSU
The first Miss Northeastern State College was crowned in 1960. Nancy Wheat won by a vote of the student body and held the title for one year. In 1961, the first competition was held for the title. Carol Willoughby won the contest, which has been a tradition ever since. The Miss Northeastern Scholarship Pageant is made possible through generous sponsor donations and support. Each year the reigning Miss NSU goes on to compete for the title of Miss Oklahoma.

Thursday, 05 November 2015 10:19

Area Calendar of Events

 

Nov 5

Poteau High School Choir presents: “High School Musical” 7 pm (Requires $6 Spaghetti Ticket) – Poteau, OK

 

Nov 6

Poteau High School Choir presents: “High School Musical” 3 performances at 8:30am, 10am and 1pm - Poteau, OK          

Poteau High School Football vs. Tulsa Central – Tulsa, OK

 

Nov 7

Brooklyn Deleplank Memorial Basketball Tournament at 9:00AM – Shady Point, OK

Poteau High School Choir presents: “High School Musical” 7 pm – Poteau, OK

Ouachita Arts Celebration from 10am until 4pm – Mena, AR

 

Nov 8

Poteau High School Choir presents: “High School Musical” 2 pm – Poteau, OK

                      

November 14

Heavener Pentecostal Church of God 1st annual Thanksgiving in the Park, at Blues Park – Heavener, OK

Veteran’s Day Parade: Downtown Poteau, OK

Veterans Pancake Breakfast at the Lowrey – Poteau, OK

Fort Chaffee Veteran’s Day Parade – Ft Chaffee, AR

 

Nov 14 and 15

Gun and Knife Show at the Reynolds Center – Poteau, OK

 

Nov 17

Grace Cottage Banquet, Reynolds Center, 6:30pm – Poteau, OK

 

Nov 20

Lights of the Island starts: Wister Lake

Fund raising help seminar: Reynolds Center from11am-2pm – Poteau, OK

 

November 21

SDA Concealed Carry Course – Poteau, OK

Holiday Market at Reynolds Center – Poteau, OK

 

Nov 26

Happy Thanksgiving

Community Thanksgiving: Civic Center – Poteau, OK

 

Nov 28

Small Business Saturday

Downtown Poteau Tree Lighting Ceremony – Poteau, OK

 

Coming in December

 

Dec 5

Poteau Christmas Parade

Area Calendar of Events - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Thursday, 05 November 2015 00:13

Lumberjack Café: Thursday Special

The Lumberjack Café in Howe Oklahoma is a great place to eat.

 

Thursday at Ron's Lumberjack Cafe we will be having Fried Catfish.

 

Served with Fried Potatoes, Pinto Beans, Cole Slaw and Hushpuppies.

 

They also offer a full Breakfast and Lunch Menu served all day.

 

Save room for Homemade Dessert.


Open Monday through Saturday from 6:30 – 2:00pm.


The Lumberjack Café is located inside Ron’s Discount Lumber in Howe.


All for reasonable prices.

Wednesday, 04 November 2015 23:52

Christmas came early for Historic Downtown Poteau

The Historic Downtown Poteau, Board of Directors would like to give a big “Thanks” to Robert Lowrey.


Lowrey, donated a Yamaha Rhino to the organization.


“Since day one, the one big thing on my wish list for our organization has been a cart like this,” said Eric Standridge, Director of Historic Downtown Poteau.


“I was simply blown away that he would offer such a huge gift to the downtown community,” said Standridge. “Personally, he has been a huge inspiration and has motivated me to do more and go further.”


Thank you Robert Lowrey!

Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) will participate in the following events.

 


Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015:

Okmulgee High School Veterans Day Program

Congressman Mullin will speak at the school’s Veterans Day program
9:45 -10:45 a.m.
Okmulgee High School, Clell Warriner Auditorium, 415 W. 3rd St., Okmulgee, OK

 

 

Bronze Star Presentation & Veterans Day Program

Congressman Mullin will present the Bronze Star to Vietnam Veteran Amos Starr

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
OSU Institute of Technology, Covelle Hall
1801 E. 4th Street, Okmulgee, OK

 

 

Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Medals Presentation

Congressman Mullin will posthumously present the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge and other medals and citations to the family of a World War II veteran.

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
American Legion Post #20, 201 SE Rail Road Rd., Fort Gibson, OK

Wednesday, 04 November 2015 04:56

Donors Fund Licenses for Veterans, Family Members

From the Oklahoma Wildlife Department

 

   A new donor-funded program of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation will put hunting and fishing licenses in the hands of veterans and select family members at no cost to them.

 

   "We all know that our country's veterans and the family members of our fallen heroes deserve our very best efforts to thank them for their sacrifice, and this is just one small effort to say thank you," said Melinda Streich, assistant director of administration and finance for the Wildlife Department. "We have a chance to help provide hunting and fishing licenses to veterans and family members of our nation's fallen heroes at no cost to them, but we need help."

 

   The Stars & Stripes License Project received kick-start donations Monday during the regular November meeting of the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission:

•             Quail Forever presented a donation of $2,000.

•             Bank of Oklahoma presented a donation of $10,000.

•             National Wild Turkey Federation pledged a donation of $2,000.

 

While corporate and nonprofit support is critical, the Stars & Stripes License Project will rely on donations from the public, which can be made online by clicking on the "Support Our Veterans" rotating image at wildlifedepartment.com.

 

Veterans and eligible family members will be able to apply for 2016 hunting and fishing licenses beginning Dec. 1, 2015. Licenses will be provided as long as funding is available.

 

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Wildlife Department Assistant Director Melinda Streich and license supervisor Mike Chrisman accept a $10,000 donation to the Stars & Stripes License Project from Kris Neuhold and Robert Kindt of Bank of Oklahoma.

 

Donations to the program will be used to provide state hunting and fishing licenses to Oklahoma resident veterans, Gold Star Lapel Button recipients (family members of veterans who died in combat), and Next of Kin Deceased Lapel Button recipients (family members of veterans who died while serving on active duty).

 

Continued support from the public will be critical for the success of the program.

 

Streich said the donation program opens a door to provide hunting and fishing licenses to veterans while adhering to the state's traditional model of funding conservation through hunting and fishing license sales.

 

"What better way to fund these licenses than through donations from grateful sportsmen?" Streich asked.

 

Tax-deductible donations can be made to the Stars & Stripes License Project online at www.wildlifedepartment.com.

 

Organizations interested in donating to the program may also call the Wildlife Department at (405) 521-3851 to make donations.

 

 

 

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Wildlife Department Assistant Director Melinda Streich and license supervisor Mike Chrisman accept a $2,000 donation to the Stars & Stripes License Project from Laura McIver of Quail Forever.

 

 

 

 

 

The mission of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is the management of Oklahoma's wildlife resources and habitat to provide scientific, educational, aesthetic, economic and recreational benefits for present and future generations of hunters, anglers and others who appreciate wildlife.

 

This program receives federal assistance from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and thus prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age and sex (gender) pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title II of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990. To request an accommodation or informational material in an alternative format, contact Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, (405) 521-3851. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity or service, contact U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041.

                    

               

               

Donors Fund Licenses for Veterans, Family Members - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Wednesday, 04 November 2015 22:42

Walk A Mile In Her Shoes Successful in Sallisaw

Carl Albert State College, along with sponsors Dr. Jennifer Scoufos from The Family Clinic, and the Health and Wellness Clinic hosted “Walk A Mile in Her Shoes.”

 

The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence was in Sallisaw on October 29, 2015.


Dr. Kathy Harrell, CASC Sallisaw Vice President, stated that numerous organizations and individuals helped with the event, and the focus is to raise awareness in the community about sexual violence.

 

The “Walk A Mile in Her Shoes” highlighted participants walking the event in women’s high heel shoes.

 

The men paid an entry fee to participate, and also had opportunities to rent shoes and even hire a ride!

 

The Carl Albert State College Cheerleaders were among the many on hand to help with the event, and the nearly $500 raised will go to the regional Help-In-Crisis Center.

Walk A Mile In Her Shoes Successful in Sallisaw - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

 

The LeFlore County Office of Emergency Management is hosting a free training on Nov 30th.


The Search and Rescue for Missing Persons with Autism / Dementia / Alzheimer's training will be at the Patrick Lynch Public Library at 206 South McKenna Poteau from 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm.


First Responders, Emergency Management, Long Term Care Facilities, Home Health Providers, Family /Care Providers of Patients, and Home Health Agencies are encouraged to attend the training.


The training will cover several aspects involved specifically in searching for a missing person with one of these disabilities.


To register for the class call (918) 401-0456 or E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


For additional information contact LCEM at (918) 635-3610 or E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FREE Training On Search & Rescue for Missing Persons with Autism, Dementia, or Alzheimers - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

A Service of the Oklahoma Wildlife Department


The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission accepted a $51,400 donation from the National Wild Turkey Federation at its regular meeting Nov. 2 in Oklahoma City.


Gary Purdy, senior regional director with NWTF, told Commissioners that the national conservation and preservation organization is pleased to support the efforts of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation that align with NWTF's goal to "Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt."


For many years, NWTF has donated funding for various Wildlife Department projects. Purdy said in just the past five years, his group has given $328,000 to the Department, which has been matched with $985,000 in federal and other funding, for a total benefit of $1.31 million. In all, NWTF's donations have secured $4.2 million in funding for Department projects.


"It makes me happy to say thank you, and to present our annual funding check," Purdy said.


Also during Monday's meeting, Commissioners reviewed data collected during the 10th Oklahoma Wildlife Expo held in September. Responsive management specialist Corey Jager said an estimated 50,394 attended the three-day event at the Lazy E Arena.


Surveys showed that 40 percent of visitors had never been to the Wildlife Expo before; six out of 10 Expo visitors reside in urban areas; and some visitors travel more than 200 miles to attend Expo.
Jager offered some statistics that indicate the popularity of some outdoor activities at Expo. This year, visitors fired more than 36,000 shotgun shells at more than 41,000 clay pigeons. More than 76,000 pellets were fired at the pellet rifle range. Fishing clinics educated more than 2,700 visitors, who used more than 2,000 worms as bait. And Expo visitors sampled more than 1,000 pounds of fried catfish, 300 gallons of bison chili and 400 pounds of venison summer sausage at the Taste of the Wild venue.


In other business, the Commission:
• Accepted donations for the Stars & Stripes License Project, a new donor-supported program that will provide hunting and fishing licenses to veterans and select family members of veterans at no cost to them. These kick-starter donations are $2,000 from Quail Forever, $10,000 from Bank of Oklahoma, and a pledge of $2,000 from the National Wild Turkey Federation. Anyone wishing to donate can click the Stars & Stripes rotating image at wildlifedepartment.com. Details about the veteran application process will be released as they become available.
• Accepted a $1,500 donation from the Oklahoma Striped Bass Association to fund efforts that support Oklahoma's striper fishery.
• Received an update on design work for renovating and expanding the Department's headquarters building at 1801 N. Lincoln. Representatives from Beck Design said plans are in the final stages and work at the site will likely begin in May 2016.
• Heard a report on the Department's Fiscal Year 2015 financial audit from a representative of Finley and Cook, PLLC, indicating that auditors found no discrepancies and praising the Department for excellent compliance with federal grant guidelines.
• Authorized Director Richard Hatcher to negotiate with a willing seller the purchase of 310 acres adjacent to Cross Timbers Wildlife Management Area in Love County.
• Recognized several employees with tenure awards: Steve Loveland, game warden in Mayes County, 35 years; Capt. Jeff Brown, District 1 law enforcement chief, 30 years; Alan Peoples, Wildlife Division chief, 25 years; Benny Farrar, wildlife biologist, 25 years; Ira Wood, wildlife technician, 25 years.


The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission is the eight-member governing board of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. The Commission establishes state hunting and fishing regulations, sets policy for the Wildlife Department and indirectly oversees all state fish and wildlife conservation activities. Commission members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Oklahoma Senate.


The next scheduled Commission meeting will begin at 9 a.m. Dec. 7, 2015, at Wildlife Department interim headquarters, N.E. 36th and Martin Luther King Avenue in Oklahoma City.

 

 

The mission of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is the management of Oklahoma's wildlife resources and habitat to provide scientific, educational, aesthetic, economic and recreational benefits for present and future generations of hunters, anglers and others who appreciate wildlife.

This program receives federal assistance from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and thus prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age and sex (gender) pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title II of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990. To request an accommodation or informational material in an alternative format, contact Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, (405) 521-3851. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity or service, contact U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041.

Wildlife Conservation Commission Accepts NWTF Donation - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

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