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The weather was just perfect for a group of volunteers with Creator’s Gift Community Garden to hold a work day at the garden site on Saturday January 30th.
Volunteers came out to clean up around the beds and while they were there they harvested some turnips and radishes.

According to Terry Hall, Director of the Creator’s Gift Community Garden, they plan to donate the turnips and radishes to the Women’s Crisis Services and Grace Cottage.

The purpose of the Community Garden is to not only create a fun place for people to garden but also a place to meet new people and make new friends.


creators garden

Volunteers are getting ready to clean up around the Creator's Gift Community Garden.

The Creator’s Gift Community Garden is a Non-Profit Organization that relies on volunteers to help provide people with fresh vegetables for people who  have a limited space to grow their own food.

For more information on how to get involved with the community garden contact Terry Hall at 918-721-2245.

getting beds ready

Cleaning up


Turnips and radishes


Creator’s Gift Community Garden is located at 418 Dewey in Poteau.

The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith has released the Dean's List for the fall 2015 semester, according to Dr. Georgia Hale, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.


Students with a 4.0 (straight-A) grade point average are marked with an asterisk.


Student from LeFlore County are:


Arkoma - Remington Jackson.


Bokoshe - Joshua Harris, *D'Lynn Hollie and *Sarah Sales.


Cameron - Laken Emerson, *Tiffany Hicks and Kody Whitehead.


Heavener- Frank Cruz, *Daniel Luce, *Matthew Luce, Katlin Roath and Waldina Stinson.


Hodgen- *Kyla Lewis, *Charles Sisemore and Elizabeth Sisemore.


Monroe - *Ahna Fryhover Emmert.


Panama - Sierra Whiteaker.


Pocola - Haylee Brown, Austin Edwards, John Grimsley, *Kaylee Hunter, *Rachel James, *Jennifer Jones, Jacqueline Lindenau, Hannah Price and *David Vest.


Poteau - *Hannah Brown, Lauren Deaton, Brittany Fox, Jason Graham, *Robyn Gutierrez, Nicolas Hall, Jarod Meredith, Katie Pierce, *Katelynn Priest, Hayley Redhage, Mikalyn Reif, Hannah Repass, Regina Smith, *Daniel Stacy, Jay Werner, Tyler Williams and Glenda Wise.


Shady Point -Aran Marler and Dalton Sims.


Spiro - Kaden Aary, *Nadia Claborn, *Janelle Cox, Domanique Johnson, Derek Morris, Debra Raley and Hunter Schmuck.


Talihina -Brandon Vazquez.


Wister - *Amber Bethell, Amy Hill, Bobby Hill, Colleen Peterson, *Cameron Qualls and Angela Wade.


For a full list of students who made the Dean’s List go to

Friday, 29 January 2016 18:10

Eufaula Woman Pleads Guilty To Wire Fraud

According to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, Kay Ann Farrow 69, of Eufaula, Oklahoma, pled guilty to Wire Fraud which is punishable by not more than 20 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000.00 fine or both.


The Indictment alleged that on or about July 11, 2014, in Eufaula, Oklahoma, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma and elsewhere Kay Ann Farrow, for the purpose of executing the scheme, caused to be transmitted by means of wire communication in interstate commerce writings, signs, signals, pictures, and sounds. It further alleged that on or about July 16, 2014, in Eufaula, Oklahoma, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma and elsewhere, the Defendant, for the purpose of executing the scheme, caused to be transmitted by means of wire communication in interstate commerce writings, signs, signals, pictures, and sounds. A Forfeiture Allegation is also included in the Indictment.


The charges arose from an investigation by the Eufaula Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


The Honorable Kimberly E. West, Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the guilty plea and ordered the completion of a presentence report. Sentencing will be scheduled following its completion.


Assistant United States Attorney Kristin Harrington represented the United States

The Mena Art Gallery is hosting a Soup Fundraiser.


The fun event will be on Saturday, January 30 at American Artisans, 615 Mena Street, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

There will be 5 delicious soups, 3 kinds of bread, and cupcakes.


Coming Events

February 2
"Art Day" at Mena Art Gallery - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring your current project and join other artists working in the classroom at the gallery.

Mena Art Gallery will be accepting entries for the Open Art Show on Wednesday, February 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This show offers work in any media and on any subject: painting, drawing, sculpture, pen and ink, pastel, watercolor, oils, acrylic, pottery, woodwork, jewelry, photography, fiber arts and much more.

Members and non-members can enter items in this show.

For entry form call Mena Art Gallery at 479-394-3880 or go online at


Normal Gallery hours are:
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday through Saturday
Tuesday 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

OKLAHOMA CITY – A former Hennessey nursing home aide pleaded no contest to charges brought by Attorney General Scott Pruitt.

Carla Jean Hill, 51, of Waukomis, worked at Hennessey Manor Nursing Home as a long-term care aide and certified medication aide when she abused a 90-year-old resident by slamming her wrist on a bathroom rail multiple times when lifting the resident from the floor. Hill was charged with one count of abuse by caretaker.

Hill was sentenced to serve 30 days in the Kingfisher county jail in addition to an eight-year suspended sentence. Hill is on probation until 2024 and will not be able to work in the health care field during that time. Hill was also ordered to pay more than $4,700 in fines and court costs.

The AG’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is the only Oklahoma law enforcement agency dedicated to the investigation and prosecution of Medicaid fraud. The Unit also investigates and prosecutes abuse of residents in Medicaid-funded nursing homes and state facilities.


To report suspected Medicaid fraud, contact the AG’s Office at (405) 522-2963.

Friday, 29 January 2016 15:22

Cattleman’s Association announces meeting

The Leflore County Cattleman’s Association will have a meeting on Tuesday, February 9, 2016.

The meeting will be held at the Kiamichi Technology Center in Poteau in Seminar Room “E” at 6:30 pm.

All area farmers and ranchers are invited to attend.

No RSVP needed.

A representative from the Oklahoma Cattleman’s Association will be the speaker.

Chili dinner will be served.

New members always welcome.

Friday, 29 January 2016 15:03

Jo Ann Sweet Obituary

Jo Ann Sweet, 84, formerly of Heavener, OK, passed away Thursday, January 28, 2016 in Sallisaw, OK.


She was born June 12, 1931, at Heavener, OK, to John Dean and Eunice Marie (Kersey) Pebsworth. She was a homemaker.


Preceding her in death were her parents; and her husband Victor A. Sweet.


Survivors include a son Victor Andrew Sweet Jr. and wife Wenonah of Wister; a daughter Jana Marie Dover and husband Mike of Sallisaw, OK; three grandchildren, Erich Victor Sweet, Jeana Hernandez and Ashley Frieze; nine great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; as well as a host of other family members, friends and loved ones.


Graveside services will be held at 1:00PM Monday, February 1, 2016 in Heavener Memorial Park Cemetery, Heavener, OK with Pastor Victor Sweet officiating.


Interment will follow services at the Heavener Memorial Park Cemetery.


Services are under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home, Poteau, OK.


You may leave an on-line greeting to the family at

Friday, 29 January 2016 13:35

George Larry Sutton Obituary

George Larry Sutton, 68, of Poteau, OK passed away Friday, January 29, 2016 in Poteau.


Larry was born August 29, 1947, in Van Nuys, CA to Mutt & Evelyn (Morris) Sutton.


He was a corpsman in the US Navy and was a retired LPN after working in LeFlore County for over 20 years.


Larry loved woodworking and was an avid reader.


He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Misty Nicole Sutton and wife, Kathy Sutton.


Survivors include his daughter & son in law, Telisha & Gene Loyd & their children, Hayden & Baylie Brown of Poteau; stepson, Donnie Eastep & wife Jennifer & their children, Cody, Brandon, and Alex of Lees Summit, MO; sisters, Nina & Don Dixon of Vinita, OK, Rose & Dennie Brown of Tahlequah, OK; brother, Chip & Norma Sutton of Glenpool, OK; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Memorial services will be 2 pm, Tuesday, February 2, 2016, at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, OK with Glen Newburn officiating.


You may leave an online message at


The family has chosen to entrust the care of the services to Evans & Miller Funeral Home, Poteau, OK

Carl Albert State College hosted the Third Annual Transfer Fair on January 25, 2016. Over 120 students attended to gather information regarding transfer opportunities following CASC graduation.


Twenty colleges and universities sent representatives to meet with the CASC students.


Jennifer Humphreys, CASC Director of Enrollment Management/Retention Specialist, stated this was record success in both the number of students and number of transfer institutions attending.


(OKLAHOMA CITY) The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety has announced that an error has been found on some Oklahoma driver licenses and identification cards.


According to the Department of Public Safety,  the holographic security emblem that should appear on the front of each individual license or card may, in some instances, appear on the back or not at all.


License holders and ID card holders are asked to examine their documents to make sure the image appears on the front.


DPS officials say the licenses and ID cards with incorrect or missing images are still considered valid, but will likely cause delays when the holder attempts to use them for personal identification in places such as airports, banks or federal buildings.


Those who have licenses or ID cards with incorrect images are encouraged to return to the Motor License Agency (Tag Agency) where the document was issued. A corrected license or ID card will be issued at no charge. Individuals are urged to do so at their earliest convenience.


To confirm which tag agency issued the faulty license or ID card, the bearer may check the four-digit number printed at the top right corner of the photograph on the card.


The corresponding list of tag agencies is posted on the DPS website at


Public inquiries may be directed to the DPS Driver License Help Desk at 405-425-2020.


license back side

The Back side of the drivers license

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