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Monday, 14 September 2015 22:11

Volunteers needed for color run

The Poteau Chamber is looking for volunteers

If anyone is available from 4pm – 6pm on Tuesday and Thursday, the chamber could use some help getting packets ready for the color run this weekend.

On Saturday, they also need help with a few color stations.

If you can help volunteer contact the Poteau Chamber of Commerce at 918-647-9178.

Monday, 14 September 2015 17:05

Balloonfest T-Shirt Order form


The Poteau Chamber of Commerce will soon be placing shirt orders for the 2015 Poteau Balloon Fest shirts.





2015 Shirt back


Back of shirt

If anyone would like to pre-order, please complete the attached form and return to the chamber office by September 18!

Monday, 14 September 2015 09:00




The Poteau Upper Elementary School announces Students of the Week for September 8-11.




Students are:

Mia Linares, Grace Williams, Parker Paterson, Ryker Holt, Jaxyn Shankle and Cody McCoy.




September Character Trait is RESPONSIBILITY:


Taking care of one's self and others; to carry out a duty or task carefully and thoroughly.


Monday, 14 September 2015 13:03

Paul Earnest Moss Obituary


Paul Moss, 72, of Poteau, OK, passed away September 12, 2015, in Poteau. He was born March 4, 1943, in Flower Hill, OK, to Elmer and Evelyn (Armstead) Moss. He was a heavy equipment operator.



He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Raymond House and Johnny Moss.



Paul is survived by four daughters, Evelyn Faye Elmore and husband Darryl of Huntington, AR, Deanna Woods of McAlester, OK, Mary Woodral and husband Monty of Heavener, OK and Brenda Gail Hackman of Poteau, OK; five brothers, Floyd Moss of Poteau, John Moss of Rock Island, James Moss of Bokoshe, Jerry Moss of Fort Smith and Kenny Moss of Poteau; two sisters Louise Patterson of Monroe, OK and Marlene Tucker of Alma; eleven grandchildren; five great grandchildren; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other family members, friends and loved ones.



Graveside service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 15, at Shady Point Cemetery, Shady Point, OK.


Grace Manor Funeral Home of Poteau, OK, in charge of arrangements.


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


Oklahoma City - According to Nikki Phipps, Public Relations Manager with the Oklahoma Lottery Commission, beginning September 16th, the Oklahoma Lottery and Walmart will become partners in an effort to increase funds available for Oklahoma education programs through the sale of lottery tickets.



The retailer will start selling a full complement of Lottery games through new electronic lottery kiosks located at 32 Walmart Neighborhood Markets across the state, with all designated locations to be selling by October 15th.



The 32 Walmart Neighborhood Markets are located in the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metropolitan areas, as well as rural locations around the state.



Lottery Executive Director, Rollo Redburn, said "We are excited about this new partnership with Walmart and about the additional selling locations that will now be available to our players."


Redburn continued, "This partnership, along with Powerball changes in October, should help us meet our mission to provide additional funds for Oklahoma education programs."


About the Oklahoma Lottery

Net proceeds of all Lottery games are used to support improvements and enhancements for Oklahoma education. More than $693 million has been contributed to education since November 2005.

For more information about the Oklahoma Lottery, please visit

Monday, 14 September 2015 12:55

Everett William Wheat Jr.Obituary

Everett William Wheat Jr., 83, of LeFlore, OK passed away Saturday, September 12, 2015 at his home in Summerfield, OK.


Everett was born October 16, 1931 in LeFlore, OK to Everett Sr. & Goldie (Evans) Wheat. He was a retired correction officer. Everett was a member of Summerfield Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Greg Wheat; sister, Louise Booth; brother, Vic Wheat.



Survivors include his wife Johnnie of the home; daughter & son in law, Gaye & Kevin Smith of Springdale, AR; 3 sons & daughters in law, Douglas & Lori Wheat of Marion, LA, Ronnie & Robin Wheat of Springdale, AR, Joey & Patty Wheat of Summerfield, OK; 13 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Gwendolyn Hamilton and Donna Hass of Ocala, FL; other relatives, loved ones and friends.



Services will be 10 am, Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at Summerfield Church of Christ, Summerfield, OK with Tracy Lloyd officiating. Interment will follow in Summerfield Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ricky Wheat & Tommy Wheat, Russell Campbell, J.C. Ramsey, Jimmy Booth, Mike Ward, Gary Page, Dustin Wheat , Keith Wheat & Allen Wheat.



The family will be at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 6-8 pm to visit with relatives & friends.



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

Monday, 14 September 2015 12:51

Johnny Lee Mills Obituary


Johnny Lee Mills, 74, of Quinton, passed away Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at his home.


He was born September 26, 1940 to Oscar Mills and Thula (Couch) Mills at Bower, Oklahoma.


He grew up at Bower where he attended school. He graduated from Stigler High School. Johnny served his country with the United States Army for three years stationed in North Carolina.


Johnny married Alma Frances Stewart, March 24, 1963 he began a career as a carpenter, working on the Dams at Eufaula and Kerr Lake. He was a Coal Miner for ten years. He then began working for the Department of Corrections as a Transport Guard for twenty plus years before retirement.


Johnny enjoyed fishing, he loved his Harley Motorcycles. He enjoyed boating on the lake and most of all he loved spending time with his family. He will be missed by all who loved and knew him.

Johnny is survived by his wife, Fran Mills of the home; his daughter, Tina Wallis and husband Greg of Poteau; his son, Rodney Dean Mills and wife Michelle of San Antonio, Texas; eight grandchildren, David, Tiffany, Brooke, Timothy, Dominic, Tyler, Elizabeth, Faith; six great grandchildren, Gunnar, Kaylee, Paisley, Alexis, Sophea, Cayston; his sister, Sandy Parks of Hoyt.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Thula Mills.


Services will be Friday, September 11, 2015, 11:00 A.M. at Bower Cemetery in Longtown with Chaplin Bill Holcomb officiating.


Pallbearers include Tommy Miller, David Brady, Blake Parks, Eugene Bedford, Louis Bedford, Steve Bedford, Fred Bedford.


V.F.W. Post #4446 will conduct Military Honors.


Family visitation will be Thursday night September 10, 2015 from 6 PM until 8pm at the King & Shearwood Funeral Home.


Burial is under the direction of King & Shearwood Funeral Home of Stigler.


Leave an online message at

Sunday, 13 September 2015 14:05

Hog Rally 2015 Pics


The Oklahoma HOG Rally was held in beautiful Poteau Oklahoma September 11th and 12th.

Approximately 600 plus Harley Davidson motorcycles were in the area for the event.

Bikers from across Oklahoma came to the area and saw sites such as Cavanal Hill, The Talimena Scenic drive, The Heavener Runestone, The Spiro Mounds, Robbers Cave and so much more.

Bike and Trike games, concerts and a lot more was available to bikers during their visit.


The event broughts lots of visitors to the area, which helped a lot of areas businesses.


They were a friendly group of people.


We hope they enjoyed their stay.




Names results of inmates killed in Riots

Authorities have released the names of four inmates who were killed in the riot at Cimarron Correctional facility in Cushing on Saturday.


The inmates Anthony Fulwilder, Michael Mayden and Kyle Tiffee were pronounced dead at the prison while inmate, Christopher Tignor died later at a local hospital.


Three other inmates, Jared Cruce, Cordell Johnson and Jesse Hood were injured and were transported to an area hospital where they are listed in stable condition.


Another inmate was treated at the hospital and taken back to the facility.


The Riot at the Cushing prison, happened about 4:40 p.m. on Saturday. According to reports from the Associated Press a riot broke out among inmates at the Cimarron Correctional Facility in Cushing.


The riot occurred in a single housing pod and happened around 4:40 p.m. Saturday (Sept 12) afternoon.


According to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections reports, preliminary findings show that the first three inmates died from fatal stab wounds.



michael mayden

Michael Mayden


Anthony Fulwinder

kyle tiffee

Kyle Tiffee

chrishopher tigor

Christopher Tignor


Photos from the department of Corrections



OKW First report  on Sunday September 13th


Prison Riots leaves 4 dead and several injured.

According to reports from the Associated Press a riot broke out among inmates at the Cimarron Correctional Facility in Cushing.

The riot occurred in a single housing pod and happened around 4:40 p.m. Saturday (Sept 12) afternoon.

Reports from several news sources say three inmates died from stab wounds.


Officials are not sure of the injuries to any of the other inmates, but it has been reported that another inmate died overnight on Sunday.

The Correctional Facility is working with officials from the Oklahoma DOC Office.

The identities of the dead and injured inmates have not been released at this time.

The Cimarron Correctional Facility is a private prison owned by the Corrections Corporation of America.

The 1,720 bed facility houses medium and maximum security male inmates.

Sunday, 13 September 2015 18:01

Officer Involved Shooting in Grant County

OSBI Investigates Grant County Officer-Involved Shooting


According to a press release from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation at approximately 6 o'clock Sunday morning (Sept 13) homeowners in Pond Creek called police about a man trying to get inside their home.

The Pond Creek police chief, a Grant County sheriff deputy, and two Medford police officers arrived on the scene and began speaking with man identified as Clifford Butler, Jr. 67, of McAlester.

He was acting erratically claiming people were in the bushes trying to hurt him.

When officers attempted to subdue him, he pulled a gun from behind him and shot the Pond Creek police chief at least one time.

The Grant County sheriff deputy returned gunfire, killing Butler.

Pond Creek Police Chief Tim Barwick was rushed to an Enid hospital.

The Grant County Sheriff's Office requested OSBI investigate the shooting.

OSBI investigative and crime scene agents responded. Agents will collect information from witnesses and evidence from the scene.


OSBI will not release the name of the deputy unless he is arrested or charged with a crime.

A comprehensive report will be given to the Grant County district attorney who will determine if the shooting was justified.

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