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Karla Holt of Poteau,  spent a few hours on Thursday getting planter boxes finished.

The new addition is located in the parking lot behind Warehouse Willy's.

Last year, Dean from Bridgman's rebuilt the brick wall.

This year, the planter boxes were added and now the planter boxes are complete.

It looks good!

Friday, 22 May 2015 09:11

"JAM" Session

Folk Music The Yellow Cottage Studios host a Folk music "Jam" session on Thursday.


The Studio is located a 222 Dewey in Historic Downtown Poteau.


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Good folk music was being played from local musicians who enjoy playing and just having a good time.

Friday, 22 May 2015 09:04

Historical Society gets new look

Thanks to anonymous donor the LeFlore County Historical Society, housed inside the Hotel Lowrey gets a new awning.

Dana with Advanced Awning and his crew worked all day on Thursday to get the project complete.

Keep watching the Hotel Lowrey building as it comes back to life like it was in 1922.

If you would like to help with this project, please call Lorie Rutledge at 918-647-9330.


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One LeFlore County Organization will receive a portion of community based grants as part of the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) Healthy Living Program.


The TSET Board of Directors approved the award of nearly $14 million for 50 community based grants to serve 64 counties statewide as part of the TSET Healthy Living grant program.


LeFlore County Youth Services is the grant recipient for LeFlore County. The organization will receive $248,000.


The five-year grant program seeks to prevent and reduce tobacco use and obesity by working with businesses, cities and governments, schools, and community institutions and organizations, to help make the healthy choice the easy choice. Work on the TSET Healthy Living grant program will begin July 1.


The new grant program will encourage Oklahomans to eat better, move more, and be tobacco free where they live, work, learn and play. The TSET Healthy Living grant builds on lessons learned through a decade of community-based grants across the state, and integrates tobacco and obesity prevention in a more holistic approach to promoting wellness.


Funded by a portion of the tobacco industry's payment to the state as part of the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement, the endowment trust is a long-term strategy to improve helath. The funds are placed in an endowment to ensure a growing funding source for generations to come. Only the earnings from the endowment are used to fund grants and programs.

Friday, 22 May 2015 08:24

AES Donates to Grace Cottage

The Recreation Association made up of AES employees have personally raised money to be donated to charitable organizations.


AES Shady Point holds an auction to raise money to give to charitable organizations in which the employees decide which organization receives the funds.

One organization receiving the donation was Grace Cottage.

Presenting a check to Nancy Putnam, Executive Director of Grace Cottage were Jason Jin, Lee Morris and Lundy Kiger.

Grace Cottage offers a safe Christian environment that provides pregnant young women (age 17 and younger) a place where their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs can be met and supported.


Licensed by Oklahoma Department of Human Services.


Grace Cottage has served over 90 girls since they opened.

Friday, 22 May 2015 08:17

Photo of the Day

Getting Ready for Memorial Day



Eric Standridge, Director of Historic Downtown Poteau spent Thursday cleaning up the downtown area and hanging American Flags along Dewey.



Looking Good!

Photo of the Day - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation announces a Highway Closures Alert 5-21-15 as of 10:30 a.m.

The following highways are closed due to high water or damage from recent flooding.


Drivers are cautioned to heed warning signs and to not drive around barricades.


Pushmataha County
US 271 is closed four miles east of the SH-2 jct. near Albion.

Love County
SH-96 is closed 2 miles south of SH-32

Pittsburg County

Sh 63 is closed from Haileyville to Kiowa.

Johnston County

US-377/SH-99 is closed to through traffic just south of Tishomingo. Traffic is detoured on SH-1/SH-22 through Ravia and US-177/SH-199.

Bryan County

SH-22 one miles west of SH-48

Marshall County
SH-199 is closed at the Ft. Washita bridge

Atoka County
Sh 131 is closed six miles west of US 69.

Cherokee County
SH-80 is closed about 4 miles west of Hulbert between SH-51 and US-62.

LeFlore County
US-270 is closed just south of the junction with US-271 between Wister and Heavener due to flooding at Wister Lake. Signs are in place and traffic will be detoured to Poteau and Heavener.

Cotton County
SH-5B is closed between SH-5A and US-70.

Kiowa County
SH-54 is closed to through traffic just south of SH-9 near Gotebo. Traffic is detoured using SH-19 to US-183 to SH-55. This closure is expected to last into next week.

Thursday, 13 August 2015 13:17


My grandmother used to make this- she got the recipe off a can of Rotel.


2 or 3 boneless chicken breast

1/4 cup margarine
1 chopped green bell pepper
1 chopped onion
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 can Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies
12 corn tortillas
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Boil the chicken for about 15-20 minutes until done.
In a large saucepan, cook pepper and onion in melted margarine until tender, about 5 minutes.
Add soups, Diced tomatoes and green Chilies and chicken, stirring until well blended.
Line the bottom and sides of a 9x13 baking dish with flour tortillas alternately layer tortillas, soup mixture and cheese, repeating until ingredients are used.
Bake 40 minutes or until hot and bubbling.

Thursday, 21 May 2015 23:01

AES Donation to LCYS


AES Shady Point employees raise money to give to charitable organizations in which the employees decide which organization receives the funds.


This year they chose to split the proceeds of the money raised to give to three very good organizations.

Grace Cottage, The LeFlore County Youth Services and the Amanda Lee Scott Support Trust.

LeFlore County Youth Services is very dear to the hearts of the employees of AES as Lee Morris, Jason Jin, Plant Manager and Lundy Kiger presented Terri Krebs and Jenni Maggard with a check for over $900.00.


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.

Some of the services that LCYS offers are:
Great Beginnings Program
Missing Children's Program
Counseling/Behavior Management
Graduated Sanctions Program
Emergency Shelter for 8 Children
Summer Recreational Program


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

AES Donation to LCYS - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

 From the U.S. Attorney's Office Eastern District of Oklahoma



Tulsa Woman Sentenced to 36 Months' Probation, $5,200 Restitution for Embezzlement and Theft from Indian Tribal Organization



MUSKOGEE, OK—The United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced that LaDonna Jane Burns 44, of Tulsa, was sentenced to three years of probation for Embezzlement and Theft From An Indian Tribal Organization. Burns was also ordered to pay $5258.40 in restitution to the victim.

The charges are a result from an investigation by the Creek Nation Lighthorse Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The defendant was indicted in November 2014 and pled guilty in December 2014.

The Indictment alleged that from on or about April 1, 2013, until on or about September 17, 2013, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, being an employee of the Checotah Muscogee Indian Community, an Indian Tribal Organization, did embezzle, steal, willfully misapply and willfully and knowingly convert to her own use more than $1,000.00 of the moneys, funds and credits belonging to the said Indian Tribal Organization.

The Honorable Ronald A. White, District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the hearing.
Assistant United States Attorney Rob Wallace represented the United States.

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