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Submitted by Clay Bennett

I am proudly announcing my bid for re-election to the Poteau city council. I have served as councilman and president of the Council for the past 20 years.

My wife, Pam and I, moved to Poteau in 1974 and raised two-children, Gwen and Matt. Gwen has three children, Sophia, Blake and Nora. Matt has two children, Ty and Beau.

I retired approximately three years ago from a 40-year career in the banking business, serving this community and the surrounding area. So needless to say, we have made this our home and are proud to say we live here in Poteau.

In my 20-year tenure on the council, we have seen ups and downs of the economy. In a recent review by OMAG (Oklahoma Municipal Assurance Group), of the city of Poteau’s financials, OMAG ranks the city of Poteau in the top 10 percent of more than 500 communities in the state of Oklahoma that are members. The review takes into consideration all aspects of our government, from management to services provided.

Therefore, taking all the above into consideration, the present City Council is performing to the standards of the oath that we take when we are elected.

We will be getting a new mayor this year and my 20 years of experience on the council will help with this transition.

Besides our accomplishments of the past, a few of the projects we are working on are improvement of city streets, improvement and expansion of Poteau Area Recreational Complex, working with the Boys and Girls Club on a new facility and always looking to help provide more jobs for our citizens.

Thank you for your consideration and I would appreciate your vote in the April 2nd election.


Clay Bennett

Press release

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate Retirement and Insurance Committee unanimously approved a bill by President Pro Tempore Greg Treat that would help more small business owners gain access to quality, affordable health plans.


Senate Bill 943 increases access to association health plans (AHP) by making state law more closely reflect federal rule changes that allow more employer groups and associations to form AHPs based on common geography or industry.



An AHP allows small business owners to group together as if a much larger, single employer to obtain health insurance oftentimes at lower rates.


“Association health plans could have a huge impact for small business owners and sole proprietors across Oklahoma – who drive much of the job creation that keeps our economy growing,” said Treat, R-Oklahoma City. “Senate Bill 943 lets small employers and sole proprietors in Oklahoma take advantage of AHPs to gain access to quality, affordable health care plans. This could save small businesses hundreds, if not thousands of dollars each year, resources that can be reinvested back into their companies and employees.”

Senate Bill 943 now heads to the Senate floor for consideration.

Monday, 18 February 2019 23:22

Betty Charlene Hemby Obituary


Betty Charlene Hemby of Heavener, Oklahoma was born January 7, 1932 in Zoe, Oklahoma to Charles and Delphia (Breeding) Higginbotham and passed away February 15, 2019 in Heavener, Oklahoma at the age of 87.


She is survived by:

Two daughters:
Caren Ridenour of Heavener, Oklahoma
Jeri Soto and husband Pete of Middleburg, Florida

One brother:
Jerry Gillham of Howe, Oklahoma

Six grandchildren

12 great-grandchildren

Two great-great-grandchildren

Several other loved ones and host of friends


She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Jessy LeRoy Hemby.


Betty was a life-long resident of the area and a homemaker. She loved spending time with family and friends.


No services are scheduled at this time.


Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener, Oklahoma.


To sign Betty’s online guestbook please visit


Press release

Carl Albert State College is celebrating Black History Month the entire month of February through a culturally rich, month-long art exhibit for CASC students, faculty, staff and members of the community to participate in.


The exhibit was coordinated and planned through a joint collaboration between the CASC library staff and a local art collector. CASC would like to encourage the community to participate in this unique exhibit and to view the pieces during regular operation hours in the Joe E. White Library on the CASC main Poteau campus.

The exhibit includes:
· Three original oil paintings
· The Angolan and United Nations flag
· African Wood Nativity
· African Carved Wood Female Tribal Bust

“Due to the generosity of a local collector,” CASC Director of Libraries, Terri Carroll said, “we are able to offer our students the opportunity to view original pieces of art from a foreign country. This art exhibit, along with a book display, is part of our recognition and celebration of Black History Month.”



Monday, 18 February 2019 23:17

Ronald “Hoyt” Johnson Obituary



Ronald “Hoyt” Johnson, 81, of Wister, OK passed away Friday, February 15, 2019 in Ft. Smith, AR. Hoyt was born October 17, 1937 in Wister, OK to Thomas Jefferson & Della Frances (Hicks) Johnson.


He worked for the Rock Island Railroad. Hoyt was a veteran of the US Army.


He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Leon Johnson & Shirley Yvonne Crandell.

Survivors include his brother, Wayne Johnson; sister, Lou Ellen Solomon; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Services will be 2 pm, Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at Ellis Chapel Church, Wister, OK with Bill Donaldson officiating.


Interment will follow at Ellis Chapel Cemetery.


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



According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a one vehicle accident occurred on Feb 18, 2019, at approximately 1:10 pm on State Highway 43, 5.1 miles west and 4.1 miles north of Clayton in Pushmataha County.


According to the report, a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado driven by John McDonald, 71, of Talihina, was traveling eastbound on State Highway 43, when he departed the roadway to the left and overcorrected then departed the roadway to the right striking a street sign and cement culvert.

The pickup overturned an unknown amount of times before coming to a stop.

McDonald was transported by Air Methods to Saint Francis Hospital in Tulsa, and was admitted in guarded condition with head injuries.


The accident was Investigated by OHP of the Choctaw County Detachment of Troop E and assisted by The Wild Life Department, Clayton Fire Department, LeFlore County EMS, and Air Method.

Press release


RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced the league’s third weekly awards for the 2019 softball season. East Central’s Tarah Hilton and Southern Nazarene’s Mahina Sauer shared the Player accolade; Southern Arkansas’ Sydney Wader earned the Pitcher honor and Henderson State’s Abbie Moore claimed the Freshman award.


GAC SOFTBALL CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Tarah Hilton, East Central, C/OF, So., Haslet Texas
Hilton led the Tigers four wins as she tallied five multi-hit games. After collecting two hits at Central Oklahoma, she went 10-for-15 against Newman and Pittsburg State. She doubled four times, drove in nine runs and scored five times. The Tigers averaged 10.0 runs against the Jets and Gorillas. She leads the GAC with a .577 average.


GAC SOFTBALL CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Mahina Sauer, Southern Nazarene, 1B/DP, Jr., Mililani, Hawaii
Sauer came up with a pair of clutch hits for the Crimson Storm at the UCO/OC Festival. Against Newman, she capped a 3-for-3 day with the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning. One day later, she roped a game-winning double that scored two runs in a 4-3 win against Colorado-Colorado Springs. For the week, she hit .583, slugged .917 and drove in five runs.


GAC SOFTBALL PITCHER OF THE WEEK – Sydney Wader, Southern Arkansas, RHP, Jr., Vilonia, Arkansas
Wade picked up two wins at the Alvy Early Memorial Classic. She defeated Maryville by allowing one run and five hits over 6.2 innings of work. She struck out eight. She notched her second complete game of the year when she threw a four-hit shutout against Northeastern State. She struck out seven and did not walk a batter. She held the two opponents to a .188 average.


GAC SOFTBALL FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK – Abbie Moore, Henderson State, C/3B,
Moore helped the Reddies record three wins at the Alvy Early Memorial Classic as she went 5-for-14 with four extra-base hits. She doubled against both Maryville and Missouri-St. Louis on Friday. Against Missouri Western, she hit her first career home run. In the tournament finale, she hit a game-winning home run in the bottom of the seventh inning against Emporia State.


McKenna Anderson, IF, Oklahoma Baptist (Tallied six hits, including two doubles over the span of five games); Jillian Jones, C, Ouachita (Went 4-for-10 at the Alvy Early Memorial Classic); Marcela Lopez, CF, Henderson State (Hit .429 with two doubles and two stolen bases); Mason McCord, IF, Harding (Drove in four runs in hitting .625 across three games); Sarah Pitre, 2B, Southern Arkansas (Homered, drove in four runs and hit .500 in four games)


Jacey Henry, RHP, East Central (Picked up three wins; defeated MIAA favorite Washburn); Destiny Riddle, RHP, Southeastern (Threw six-hit shutout against Northeastern State); Mabry Smith, RHP, Ouachita (Totaled 15 strikeouts in 11.1 innings of work); Brooklyn Sparkman, RHP, Southern Nazarene (Went 3-0 with 12 strikeouts in 12.2 IP)


Lauren Bazan, 3B, Harding (Went 4-for-10 with four stolen bases); Peyton Robinson, OF, Southern Nazarene (Stole six bases and scored five runs); Sarah Evans, SS, Southern Arkansas (Hit home runs against both Emporia State and Northeastern State)



By Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy CEO Joe Dorman

The legislative session is moving quickly this year and the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) is currently tracking a whopping 530 child-related bills. Each of these bills must be heard and approved by committee within the first four weeks of session. Those that miss that deadline can be held over and reexamined in 2020. Many bills will not advance, and that 530 number is sure to shrink considerably once we enter March.


At OICA, we have been happy to see many lawmakers pursuing constructive and substantive policy changes. For instance, on Monday, the Senate Retirement and Insurance Committee passed SB 605, a bill to request federal funds for enhanced insurance coverage for working class Oklahomans and their families. This bill by Sen. Greg McCortney, R-Ada, passed unanimously in committee, but with the title stricken. Striking the title is a procedural move that ensures the bill will be forced to a conference committee later in the session unless the House and Senate can agree upon the final language earlier. The bill will now go to the Senate Appropriations and Budget committee.


OICA sent out an action alert on this legislation to inform our advocates the bill was being heard and asking them to reach out to lawmakers to voice their support. We believe that lawmakers heard their voices -- and the voices of many others -- and responded by advancing this important bill. If you would like to be a part of our advocacy efforts and receive our action alerts and other information, please go to and sign up for our weekly newsletter. We will email updates to you and you can be informed immediately about what you can do to help support children through legislative action.


In addition to the great work being done to improve health care, I am also pleased to report that the first meeting of the Trauma-informed Care Task Force was held last week and the group has decided to meet monthly to pursue its important mission. The task force members, along with the members of the public, had the opportunity to watch the film “Resilience” thanks to the support of the Potts Family Foundation. This documentary highlights the work done by physicians and teachers to study Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). We are appreciative of the efforts made by state agencies to consider the impact of long-term traumatic issues impacting children and finding ways to reduce those issues with Oklahoma youth. One example is the work done by State Superintendent of Education Joy Hofmeister and her staff to bring awareness to educators and partner organizations. The Muskogee (Creek) Nation is another outstanding partner in helping find solutions for childhood trauma through raising awareness and OICA is proud to work with each.


OICA is planning an event surrounding ACEs in late March with business leaders in the Tulsa community, so monitor our website for updates. We hope you will be able to join us at this event, or one near you soon.


About OICA
The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy was established in 1983 by a group of citizens, to create a strong advocacy network that would provide a voice for the needs of children and youth in Oklahoma, particularly those in the state’s care and those growing up amid poverty, violence, abuse and neglect, disparities, or other situations that put their lives and future at risk.


Our mission statement: “Creating awareness, taking action and changing policy to improve the health, safety and well-being of Oklahoma’s children.“


Lutricia Ann “Lucy” McMillin, 63, of Poteau, OK passed away Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at her home in Poteau surrounded by family and friends.


Lucy was born January 26, 1956 in Bakersfield, CA to Howard & Nan (Green) Earven. Lucy grew up in Arvin, CA and graduated with the class of 1974.


She was a majorette in the Arvin High Bear Band. She was Student Body President of her 8th grade class at Haven Drive Elementary. She held a record in the high jump. She was 1971 RCA Rodeo Queen. Lucy worked in the potato sheds, taught nursery school and gave many a little girl baton lessons.


After moving to Oklahoma in 1980, she was the director at the First Free Will Baptist Day Care and loved on many area children. She was a member of Delta Lambda Sorority of Beta Sigma Phi. If you ever met Lucy, you loved her. She lit up a room just by walking in it. Lucy had more best friends than most have friends. Her kids, grandkids, nieces & nephews meant the world to her and they all knew it.


She spread love and sunshine wherever she went.


She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Barney & Ruby Green, Samuel & Catherine Earven.

Survivors include her husband, Don; daughter, Melissa & Mike Culverson of Ft. Smith, AR; sons, Clint Bradshaw of Poteau, Cody Bradshaw of Frisco, TX, Mark & Edie McMillin of Poteau; her parents, Howard & Nan Earven; sister, Marla & Mack Hinds of Heavener, OK; brothers, Danny & Brenda Earven of Catoosa, OK, Clark Earven, Frank & Linda Earven all of Heavener; grandchildren, Hunter & Ethan Bradshaw of Poteau, Jaxon, Grayson & Jace Bradshaw of Frisco, TX, Jake & Demi McMillin, Kade McMillin, Maci & Tanner Wright all of Poteau, Calli Culverson of Ft. Smith, AR; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

A celebrate of  her life with her family was held on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 2 pm, at the Reynolds Center in Poteau with Rev. Phil McGehee officiating.


Interment was at Vaughn Cemetery, Gilmore.


Pallbearers were Jake & Kade McMillin, Hunter, Ethan, Jaxon & Grayson Bradshaw & Tanner Hinds.


Honorary pallbearers was special friends The PoPo’s.

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

Sunday, 17 February 2019 21:59

EOMC Menu for 02/18/2019-02/23/2019

Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center Cafeteria Menu

Monday, February 18 - Chicken Spaghetti, Beef Fajitas, Refried Beans, Corn, Broccoli & Cheese Soup.


Tuesday, February 19 - Parmesan Chicken w/ Marinara, Chipotle Sliders, Catalina Veggies, Seasoned Potato Wedges, Artichoke Dip.


Wednesday, February 20 - Pot Roast, Pulled Pork, Mediterranean Veggies, Garlic & Herb Potatoes, Wisconsin Cheese Soup.


Thursday, February 21 - Brisket, Garlic Pepper Chicken, Green Beans, New Potatoes Beef and Bean Chili.


Friday, February 22 - Grill Only


Saturday, February 23 - Grill and Salad Bar Only.

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