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Monday, 13 August 2018 07:35

Commercial Building for Rent in Poteau






6,400 sq/ft of prime commercial real estate located at 806 S Broadway in Poteau for rent for only $1,500/month.


$500 security deposit.


Contract and references required.


Contact Natalie Scrimsher at 918- 230-9214 for more information.

Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center is proud to offer Telemedicine to students, faculty & staff of both Howe and Poteau Public Schools.


School based telehealth programs keep parents at work and kids in the classroom, a win-win for families and the community.


“The Telemed clinic is just one of the many goals at EOMC and we hope to have Telemed Clinics in all 17 schools in LeFlore county within a 5-year period,” said Amy Lomon, Marketing Director, for EOMC.



“Poteau and Howe are our test schools this year, and we are going live with this service for this school year.”


“I am excited about it, because there is not another hospital in the state offering this to its residents. Telemed has taken off in a big way in Texas, and it is also common in ER settings, but to have this technology at the schools where not only kids can be seen, but so can the faculty and staff of that school.”



The program should cut down on absences.


The Nurse Practitioner examines your child during school, with the assistance of the School Nurse, using video conferencing and medical equipment.


You’ve got enough to worry about at work. Save the travel time and days off it takes to take care of your sick child. The school nurse and our Nurse Practitioner will contact you regarding the care or treatment of your child.


Parents/Guardian must enroll students in the Telehealth program. This service does not replace your child’s regular primary care provider but provides convenient access to medical care when it is needed. If you are unable to get an immediate appointment and your child needs to be evaluated, EOMC wants to bridge that gap and keep your kids healthy and in the classroom.





Press release

TAHLEQUAH— Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) hosted a Senior Information Fair at Go Ye Village in Tahlequah. This community meeting allowed constituents who had questions or issues with the Social Security Administration to visit with Congressman Mullin and members of his staff to provide answers and assistance.

“Our event today was an opportunity to connect Oklahomans having trouble filing Social Security claims with my team in order to solve any problems and answer any questions they had,” said Mullin. “Many people aren’t aware that my office can help serve as a liaison between individuals and federal agencies. Whether you come to our office or we come to you, we want to let people know that we’re always here to help.”

Representatives from various service organizations were in attendance including Disability Determination Services, Cherokee Nation Veterans Affairs, Medicare Assistance Program, NeoHealth, Cherokee Nation Human Services, Social Security Administration, Cherokee Elder Care, Housing Authority of Cherokee Nation, and Northeast Oklahoma Community Action Agency.

“I appreciate the innovative way that Congressman Mullin has begun reaching out to his District Two constituents over the important issue of social security,” said Don Nichols, Tahlequah resident. “This was a great event and I’m glad he started in Tahlequah.”

Congressman Mullin has caseworkers in his Muskogee, McAlester, and Claremore offices who specialize in serving as the liaison between Oklahomans and a number of federal agencies. Caseworkers are trained to help with issues with the Social Security Administration, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the IRS, the State Department, the Office of Workers’ Compensation, issues with passports for international travel, and Medicare.


If you can’t get an answer from a federal agency in a timely fashion, or if you feel you have been treated unfairly, Congressman Mullin’s office may be able to help resolve a problem or get you the information you need.


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Monday, 13 August 2018 00:23

Douglas Vernon Cain Obituary


Douglas Vernon Cain, 61, of Poteau, OK, passed away Saturday, August 11, 2018, in Poteau, OK. He was born October 23, 1956 in Dallas, TX.


Douglas was preceded in death by his parents Vernon and Syble Cain and birth mother Patricia Cain Brightwell.


Douglas is survived by his wife Jeri Cain of the home; a son Bryan Cain of Fort Smith, AR, a brother David Fletcher of Fort Worth, TX, as well as a host of other family members, friends and loved ones.


Pallbearers will be the men of the Green Country Cowboy Church Recovery Ranch.


Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at Green Country Cowboy Church Poteau, OK, with Pastors Victor Sweet and Kane Riggs officiating.


Interment will follow service at Fair Hill Cemetery Cameron, OK.


Visitation will be Monday 10.00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and the family will greet friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Grace Manor Funeral Home, Poteau, OK.


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


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



The OK Freedom basketball team finished 3rd in the Greg Swaim Big Time National Tournament Of Champions.

The tournament was held at the Solid Rock Basketball Center in Edmond,Oklahoma.


They finished with a 2-2 record beating the Kiowa EPIC for 3rd place.

Pictured are: Front Row L-R: Jazzlyn Harrison, Alexis Smith, Brailey Francis, Brayli Beason, Ryleigh Pierce; Back Row L-R: Gracie Jones, Abbi Covey, Kara Albert, Sophie Pulice, Ariana Loggins



Poteau High School Band member,  Savannah Fabian spent the weeks of June 9 through June 24, 2018 at the the Oklahoma Summer Art Institute.

Fabian, 16, and a Senior at Poteau High School was selected through a competitive audition process. Auditions are held throughout the state in January and February.

The Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute (OSAI) is an intensive 2-week residential school that provides professional training to artistically talented Oklahoma Highschool students, including graduating seniors, in the visual, literary, and performing arts.

Fabian was the only participant from LeFlore County to attend the OSAI and the only student representing a small town.

Fabian is the daughter of John and Rebecca Fabian; Grandparents - Jose and Lisa Fabian of Poteau and David and Rhonda Armstrong of Shady Point.

Fabian achievements include - 1st Chair in SEOBDA All-District Band since 7th grade, OSSBDA Small-School All-State Band member 10th and 11th grade, OkMEA All-State Symphonic Band member 10th and 11th grade, OSAI orchestra member 11th grade, Superior Ratings at State Solo and Ensemble Contests 10th and 11th grade, Poteau High School Outstanding Band Member 8th through 11th grade and Junior Drum Major for Poteau Marching Band 11th grade.

Each student accepted to attend OSAI receives a full scholarship. This year, nearly 1,000 high school students auditioned for 267 available spots.

Recipient of scholarship made possible through the Oklahoma State Department of Education and the following donors: Clark and Wanda Bass Family Foundation Scholars Fund and Sarkey’s Foundation Scholars Fund. Additional program support was provided by the Oklahoma Arts Council, Jerome Westheimer Family Foundation, Sharna and Irvin Frank Foundation, Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation and Zarrow Foundations.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Fabian future plans are to attend Oklahoma City University to get her Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Performance. “I will make a career out of freelancing, auditioning for possible spots in orchestras or bands, and giving lessons,”said Fabian.





Good Job Savannah!

Friday, 10 August 2018 23:34

Decorating Wisely: All about Details

By Glenda Wise


I hope you have enjoyed Grayson’s columns the last few weeks. By the time you are reading this, she will be moved into her dorm at OU. I sure am going to miss that girl.


She has kept us busy getting her from here to there for dance and whatever else she was doing. For the first time in 24 years, I won’t have a child at home that is solely dependent on me. I know I am not the first person to ever go through this and I certainly won’t be the last, but these past few months have been nothing but a major shift in family dynamics. First my mom’s unexpected passing and now Grayson moving to college. I know these things are all part of life’s ups and downs and I have been blessed more than I deserve, but dang they sure are hard to handle at the time.

The past few weeks we have tried to take in as much as we could before the big move. First, we went to the Philbrook Museum in Tulsa to see the Degas exhibit, then Magnolia Market and Table (totally worth the two hour wait) and then last weekend we went to Crystal Bridges to see the Georgia O’Keefe exhibit. One commonality I noticed between all three is that it’s all about the details. The Philbrook provided magnifying glasses to view the details in the Degas exhibit. The work itself was beautiful, but when viewed through a magnifying glass you were able to really see the detail and thought behind the overall piece.


At Magnolia, the detail involved in every square inch of that place was mind blowing. Everything really reflects Chip and Joanna’s personality and you could see that they hand a hand in all of it. Finally, the Georgia O’Keefe exhibit is all about finding the beauty in the simplest of things by focusing on a particular tiny portion of the subject. There was a hands-on area that provided a viewing object with a tiny hole and several different objects. The purpose was to view the object through the tiny hole and focus on all the details in that small area rather than look at the whole object. O’Keefe painted items that she selected and magnified specific details.

We have the ability to focus on details in our homes. Rather than obsessing over the look of the entire room, focus on a small area of the room. Pay attention to the details that are required to make it special. For example, focus on the sofa table in the living room.


Maybe that involves repainting the table all together to make it special, changing hardware, etc. Now focus on the top, what are details important to you and your family? I like to display special family photographs framed in beautiful frames on mine with a few special tattered books, an old copy of a Mark Twain, and then I soften the hard lines with a potted orchid (faux..I should add, but, hey, if you can grow a real one go for it!). At Christmas, I change it to a very special vintage manger set.

Focus on the details, enjoy your life and take time for the flowers like Georgia O’Keefe did.

Friday, 10 August 2018 13:38

Teen Drivers Can Pledge to #JustDriveOK

Press release


OKLAHOMA CITY – As students head back to school this month, the Oklahoma Insurance Department (OID) is asking teen drivers to say no to distracted driving. The Department is launching the #JustDriveOK campaign next week.


“Distracted driving can have deadly consequences, but the solution to distracted driving is simple,” Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak said. “We are asking teen drivers to be aware of what takes their attention away from driving and make a conscious decision not to do those activities while behind the wheel.”


Distracted driving can include talking or texting on your phone, eating or drinking, talking to the people riding in the car, or messing with the car stereo, entertainment or navigation system. In Oklahoma, it is against the law to text and drive.


The #JustDriveOK campaign will ask students to pledge not to drive distracted. The OID is working with schools all over the state to spread the message.


The campaign kicks off Aug. 16 at the Union Gridiron Classic followed by the Jenks Trojan Preview on Aug. 17. #JustDriveOK representatives will be making appearances at football games and rallies all over the state throughout the season.


Students can take the pledge at


Educators and parents can also find resources on the site like a teen driver contract and a list of apps to fight distracted driving.



About the Oklahoma Insurance Department
The Oklahoma Insurance Department, an agency of the State of Oklahoma, is responsible for the education and protection of the insurance-buying public and for oversight of the insurance industry in the state.


Press release

WASHINGTON—Congressman Mullin released the following statement after the House Committee on Ethics released a report providing guidance for Members of Congress as citizen legislators:

“As the Ethics Committee report clearly states, I have followed the guidance they provided since my first term in office,” said Mullin. “Now, the rules have changed.

“The new guidance in this report only proves that you can no longer be a citizen legislator. You have to be a career politician to serve in Washington, D.C.,” continued Mullin. “If I don’t fit the bill for a citizen legislator as a plumber, rancher, and someone who had never held a political office before, then who does?”

Friday, 10 August 2018 13:30

ODOC #FugitiveFriday: Tommy W. Ryburn

Press release

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Tommy W. Ryburn walked away from Tulsa Transitional Center June 24.

Ryburn is white, about 5-feet 8-inches tall, and weighs approximately 220 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.

He was serving time for drug possession out of Le Flore and Latimer counties.

Anyone with information can call our escapee hotline at 405-425-2698 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



All calls and emails are confidential.



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