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Congratulations to the Leflore High School Baseball team.


The team coached by Mark Warren got 3rd place in the Howe invitational wood bat tournament.

Submited by Cindy Carpenter - Oklahoma State Senate

OKLAHOMA CITY – An interim study focused on the high number of females incarcerated in Oklahoma and the effects on their children will meet this week at the State Capitol. Oklahoma currently leads the nation in the number of females in prison. In 2014, there were about 130 women incarcerated per 100,000 residents in the state, compared to the national average of 67 per 100,000. Shorter sentences, rehabilitation programs and alternative correctional measures have all been discussed during previous legislative years, but Oklahoma still faces an understaffed prison program that is overcrowded with offenders. With prison overpopulation steadily rising but limited funds available to hire additional correctional employees, the problem continues to be a point of concern for lawmakers.


Senator Wayne Shaw, R-Grove, who sits on the Senate Public Safety committee and requested the interim study, says the lasting effect on female prisoners, their children and future generations is an area often overlooked when considering prison reform. Even after an offender is released, successful reentry back into the roles of mother, caretaker and provider is often challenging.
"At almost double the national rate and still climbing each year, it's time to examine not only why Oklahoma sees such a high number of female offenders, but also to look at ways to reduce that number significantly," said Shaw. "This study will focus on the high rate of female incarceration in the state, as well as what we can do to help offenders re-enter society and keep them from re-offending."


Shaw says most of the women in Oklahoma's state prison system are first-time offenders, and over half are admitted for a drug offense. The high number of first time offenders admitted to Oklahoma prisons each year creates a negative ripple effect among the hundreds of young children who are left behind while their mothers serve a prison sentence.


"Often times, these children already come from a home without a father present, so when the mother is removed from the home as well, research shows the children can suffer long-term emotional damage, which can lead to difficulties in school as well as drug and alcohol abuse," said Shaw. "Children of incarcerated mothers also have a greater risk of criminal involvement at a young age, thus continuing the generational cycle of deviant behavior within the family."


The interim study is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, September 16 at the State Capitol in room 230, beginning at 9AM. Shaw encourages anyone with an interest to attend. There are 21 presenters on the schedule expected to speak, with the morning group focusing on female incarceration and the afternoon group, which will begin at 1pm, addressing reentry after incarceration for both male and female offenders. Speakers include representatives from the Department of Corrections, the Family Policy Institute of Oklahoma, the University of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Jail & Prison Ministries, and the Strategic Reentry Group, among many others. The retired chief from the County of Los Angeles Sheriff's Department is also expected to speak on what approach worked in Orange County, California.


"We can gain valuable insight from listening to these groups and by taking that information back to the so-called "legislative drawing board" and discussing viable solutions," said Shaw. "It's my hope that we can build a better rehabilitation path for incarcerated women and their families."

Sunday, 13 September 2015 08:35

One vehicle accident in McCurtain County

A one vehicle accident September 11, 2015, on US 259. The accident was 5 miles south of Idabel in McCurtain County.



According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol a 2000 Chevy 4dr driven by Jerose D. Cole-Baldwin 33, of Texarkana, Texas was southbound on US259, approached a curve to the left and departed road to the right the vehicle rolled an unknown amount of times.


The driver was transported by McCurtain County EMS to McCurtain Memorial Hospital in Idabel.


Then flown by Air Evac to St. Michael's Hospital in Texarkana, TX with head injuries.


A passenger, Jaishia S. Lewis, of Texarkana was not injured.


Investigated by Trooper Brandon Johnson of the McCurtain County Detachment.

Assisted by McCurtain County EMS and Idabel Fire Department.

One vehicle accident in McCurtain County - 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Sunday, 13 September 2015 08:26

One injured in Motorcycle crash in Poteau

A motorcycle accident occurred September 11 on Witteville road 1.8 miles north of Pine Ridge Road approximately half of a mile west of Poteau in Leflore County.


According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol a 2005 Suzuki Motorcycle, driven by Roy L Hess, 69 white from Sherman Texas was northbound and failed to maintain control of vehicle in a curve and departed the roadway to the right and overturned one quarter time and coming to rest on its left side.


Hess was transported by Personal owned vehicle to his brother's residence and then transported by Leflore County EMS to Mercy Hospital in Ft Smith where he was listed in Critical condition, with multiple injuries.


Investigated by Trooper Kyle Ward, of the Leflore county detachment of Troop D. Assisted by Leflore County Sheriff's office.

Monday, 25 January 2016 18:11

Beef and Potato Skillet Casserole

From the Boys Ranch Town Cookbook


1 pound of ground beef
1 medium onion
1 can of cheddar cheese soup
1/3 cup of water 1 can of whole potatoes

Get a the skillet, fire up the stove and enjoy the easy beef casserole dish
Brown the ground beef and onion.
Pour off the fat.
Add the cheese soup and water, then add the can of potatoes.


Saturday, 12 September 2015 22:34

Local High School Friday Night Football Scores

Here are the final scores from Friday September 11, 2015 local football teams.

Poteau 23, Van Buren 13
Vian 42, Heavener 21
Panama 49, Central 48 – in Overtime.
Spiro 6, Muldrow 42
Talihina 20, Antlers 34
Arkoma 32, Gans 18
Bokoshe 0, Bowlegs 48

Saturday, 12 September 2015 13:25

Muskogee Man Sentenced To 168 Months for Robbery


According to the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, Matthew Eugen Triplett, 44, of Muskogee, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 168 months imprisonment, followed by 36 months of supervised release for Conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery.



The charge arose from an investigation by the Muskogee Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Violent Crime Task Force. The defendant pled guilty in May, 2015.



The Indictment alleged that from on or about January 15, 2014, through on or about January 22, 2014, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, Matthew Eugen Triplett conspired with others, known and unknown to the grand jury, to commit robbery, which unlawfully obstructed, delayed, and affected commerce.



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. The defendant will remain in the custody of the United States Marshal Service pending transportation to the designated federal prison at which he will serve his nonparolable sentence.



Assistant United States Attorney Rob Wallace represented the United States.

Saturday, 12 September 2015 13:16

Robert Neal Barton, Jr Obituary

Robert Neal Barton, Jr. of Poteau, Oklahoma was born July 17, 1944 in Morrilton, Arkansas to Robert Neal, Sr. and Mary Lee (Killons) Barton and passed away September 10, 2015 in Poteau, Oklahoma at the age of 71.

He is survived by:

One daughter:

Lonna Nicole Barton-Place of Poteau, Oklahoma

His mother:

Mary Lee Barton

Two brothers:

Andy Barton of Russellville, Arkansas

Richard Barton of Gemert, The Netherlands

Three grandchildren:

Tia Wade, Kaleb Place, Trey Place

One great-grandson:

Torque Duane Place


He was preceded in death by his father; and one grandchild, Nicolette Paige Barton. Robert was a veteran of the USA Army Secret Service, a graduate of Arkansas Tech University, a cross country truck driver, race car driver, paint & body shop owner, and owned Barton’s Bulldozing & Landscaping.


Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Monday, Sept 14, 2015 at Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Les Scroggins officiating. Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery in Poteau, Oklahoma under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener, Oklahoma.


Pallbearers will be: Thunder Heads Motorcycle Club – L.C., Critter, Cheaptrick, Snake Eyes, Kong, and Spike.


Honorary pallbearers will be: Kamden Shepherd, Blayze Lewis, Codee Jo Allen, and Chloe Crain.


Viewing will be from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with family visiting with friends and from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., Sunday at the funeral home.


To sign Mr. Barton’s online guestbook please visit

The Family Health and Wellness Center is pleased to announce Lena Burns to their staff.


Burns is a nurse practitioner and she in ready to serve you.


Burns is certified to give DOT physicals.


The Family Health and Wellness Center is located 101 Smith Street in Poteau.


They are open Monday through Friday from 9 am until 5 pm and after hours by appointment.


Contact them at (918) 647-0670.

Family Health and Wellness Center welcomes new staff member - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Friday, 11 September 2015 23:13

Three injured in wreck in Sallisaw

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol a two vehicle injury accident occurred on September 11th on US Highway 64, west of Sallisaw in Sequoyah County.



According to the report a 2002 Honda 4-door driven by Tiffany Haning 39, of Vian and a 1986 Peterbuilt Semi driven by Timmy Colley 53 of Ft. Smith AR were both traveling westbound on US 62 when the semi was attempting to make a right hand turn onto a county road and was struck in the rear by the Honda.


Haning, was Life lighted to St John's Hospital in Tulsa admitted in stable condition with head, trunk and leg injuries.


Two juvenile passengers were admitted to Sparks Hospital in Ft. Smith AR and is listed in stable condition with leg injuries.


Colley was not injured.


The accident was investigated by Trooper Jeremy Weedon of the Sequoyah County Detachment of Troop C.

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