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Wednesday, 20 April 2016 23:24

Cowboy Caviar

Recipe from Parga's Junkyard Facebook page


Here is what you will need

2 cans Mexicorn
1 can Rotel (reg or hot)
2 cups shredded cheddar
6 green onions (sliced
1 cup each mayo and sour cream

Awesome Dip!

Here is what you will do

Mix all the ingredients in a bow
Get the corn chips

Poteau, OK - LeFlore County Sheriff’s Department ‘s K-9 Unit is hosting a CO-ED softball tournament.

The tournament will be April 30 at the PARC in Poteau.

$125 for four homeruns.

$150 unlimited homeruns.

Guys hit 44core 375

Girls any ball

1/1 count

50-minute time limit.

Deadline to enter is April 25, 2016.

Contact Dej Mathis at 918 413-3706
Johnette Stites 918 721-3233

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 18:08

Progress in Downtown Poteau

Things are looking good in downtown Poteau.



On Saturday April 9, David and Terry Hall. Phil Smith, Joe Zook and son Jesse set the concrete tables and benches at the Creators Gift Community Garden.



The community garden is located on Dewey Ave.



There are 2 tables with 6 benches under the shade cover.




The other table with the 1 bench is in front of the storage shed as a seat for the worker and work table for the gardeners.



The tables were a donation from Eric Standridge, Director of Historic Downtown Poteau and Randy Bridgman, owner of Bridgman’s.


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Tables at the Creator's Gift Community Garden


Phase 1 of the Pocket Park is almost complete - “this area was just a big ugly asphalt park” said Standridge, but today, you can start to see how it will look once finished.”
As Standridge has laid the brick walkway himself. The park is going to be look good and be ready for the 1st annual Millennium dinner and award banquet on May 15th.

“A huge thanks to everyone who has participated, donated, and supported making this happen. Still quite a bit to do but it's such an amazing improvement over where it was last year,” said Standridge.


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Brick walkway is coming along nicely.



Contact Standridge at (918) 647-8648 if you would like to buy tickets for the exciting and fun-filled event.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the night of the event.
Corporate tables also available.

About Historic Downtown Poteau


Historic Downtown Poteau, incorporated is a 501c3 non-profit organization that focuses on the revitalization, economic development, promotion, and preservation of downtown Poteau.


Formerly Poteau Main Street Matters, incorporated, the name was changed in 2014 in order to better reflect their goals and objectives.


Current executive director, Eric Standridge, has over 15 years’ experience in downtown revitalization. Co-Author of The Birth of Poteau and The LeFlore County Adventure Guide, as well as running the Oklahoma Traveler business, he has a strong interest in Oklahoma's history.


Their goal is to completely revitalize the downtown area and create a strong destination point in Eastern Oklahoma.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 19:40

Marriage License filings in LeFlore County

Marriage Licenses April 11-15, 2016


The LeFlore County Court Clerk’s office issued marriage licenses to the following couples during the week of April 11-15, 2016.

Derrick Brian Long and Krey Dalann Skipworth

Colton Chase Ranes and Samantha Louise Ford

Aaron Michael Smith and Amy Leigh Hagan

Heath Allen Baldwin and Carolyn M. McClain


Wednesday, 20 April 2016 15:18

Charles “Charlie” Hooper

Charles “Charlie” Hooper was born on July 9. 1938 to Alfred and Elvie (Douglas) Hooper in Charleston, Arkansas and passed away on April 19, 2016 in Fort Smith, Arkansas at the age of 77 years.

Charles is survived by his wife, Viola of the home; three daughters, Charlesa Roseanna Ginn and husband Wesley of Muldrow, OK.; Tonya Renae Sharp and husband Dan of Dayton, TX, and Sheila Kittell and husband Kevin of Tulsa, OK., three sons, Ryan C Hooper and wife Cindie of Van Buren, AR., Robert Keith Gravlee and wife Mely of Poteau, OK., and Chuck Ingram and wife of Dardneal, AR.; nine grandchildren, Jeremy Gravlee, Joshua Gravlee, Shane Ginn, Dakota Ginn, Kristion Hooper,Daniel Gravlee, Wesely Ginn, Mikki Gravlee and Rachel Gravlee; three step grandchildren, Farin Whited, Rebecca Gasparratto, and Jessica Oliver; and two sisters, Nealie Thornburg and husband Allen of Broken Arrow, OK., and Wanda Christian of Tulsa, OK.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents; one sister Ester Burgess; and one brother, Archie Hooper.


He was a member of the Poteau Church of Christ.


He worked at the Fort Smith Water Department, he owned and operated a service station in Shady Point, OK., he done carpentry work and was also a bus driver for Spiro Schools and Poteau Vo-Tech.

Funeral services will be held at 10am Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Mallory Martin Chapel of Spiro.


Interment will follow at Spiro City Cemetery.


Arrangements have been entrusted to the care and direction of Mallory Martin Funeral Home of Spiro.


Condolences can be made to the family on Charles’s online guestbook at

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 15:02


A service of the Oklahoma Wildlife Department



Arbuckle: April 16. Elevation above normal, water 64 and clear. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on Alabama rigs, jigs and worms at 6 ft. along weed beds, in the main lake, coves and spawning beds. Crappie and sunfish good on grubs, live bait, jigs and hair jigs at 16 ft. around docks, channels and weed beds. White bass excellent on in-line spinnerbaits, sassy shad, small lures, lipless baits and roadrunners at 4-10 ft. along the river channel and in the creeks. Channel catfish fair on minnows around rocks and standing timber. Sunfish good on live bait around docks. Report submitted by Jack Melton. 

Blue River: April 19. Water murky. All fishing slow due to rain. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.


Broken Bow: April 18. Elevation normal, water 59. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on crankbaits, jerk baits and spinnerbaits at 5-8 ft. along flats, weed beds and shorelines. Crappie good on minnows, tube jigs and jigs at 3-5 ft. around brush structure and weed beds. Channel, blue and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, worms and sunfish at 10-15 ft. along creek channels and the river channel. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: April 17. Elevation normal, water clearing. White bass good on minnows, jigs and Alabama rigs below the dam and along coves. Blue catfish good on live shad and worms below the dam and around points. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around docks, standing timber and creek channels. Striped bass fair on hair jigs, live shad and topwater lures below the dam. Report submitted by Cody Jones, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.  

Hugo: April 17. Elevation normal, water 62. Crappie and largemouth bass good on minnows and jigs at 2-10 ft. along shallows and creek channels. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on spinnerbaits and tube jigs at 5-10 ft. along shallows and brush structure. Blue catfish fair on minnows and shad at 5-15 ft. below the dam and along the river channel. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.


Konawa: April 18. Elevation normal, water 61 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits, spinnerbaits and sassy shad at 6-10 ft. along coves, weed beds and the discharge. White bass fair on jigs, worms, shad and slabs at 6-12 ft. along the discharge and points. Channel catfish good on chicken liver, worms, stinkbait and shrimp at 8-12 ft. along the discharge and creek channels. Report submitted by Tyler Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountain Fork: April 17. Elevation normal, water 55 and clear. Trout good on worms and PowerBait along spillway. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County. 


McGee Creek: April 17. Elevation normal, water 63 and clear. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on plastic baits at 2-10 ft. around brush structure and standing timber. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 6-20 ft. around brush structure and docks. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County. 


Murray: April 19. Elevation above normal, water 58 and stained. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on crankbaits, plastic baits and spinnerbaits at 3-10 ft. along shallows, weed beds and rocks. White bass fair on minnows, jigs, sassy shad and crankbaits at 4-12 ft. along creek channels, coves and points. Crappie fair on minnows, jigs and tube jigs at 4-10 ft. around brush structure, standing timber and riprap. Walleye slow on crankbaits, sassy shad, tube jigs and minnows at 3-10 ft. around rocks, sandbars and points. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.

Pine Creek: April 17. Elevation below normal, water 67 and clear. Crappie excellent on jigs, spinnerbaits and tube jigs along shorelines, points and brush structure. Largemouth bass good on spinnerbaits and crankbaits along creek channels and points. Channel catfish good on chicken liver in the main lake and around standing timber. Flathead catfish good on sunfish in the main lake and along the river channel. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.


Robert S. Kerr: April 17. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth and spotted bass good on Alabama rigs, spinnerbaits and flukes along shorelines, weed beds and coves. Crappie good on minnows and jigs along weed beds and creek channels. Blue and channel catfish good on shad, cut bait, stinkbait and dough bait along the river channel, flats and channels. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County. 


Sardis: April 13. Elevation above normal, water 62. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on spinnerbaits, tube jigs and plastic baits at 4-6 ft. along shorelines and brush structure. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 2-9 ft. around brush structure, rocks and shorelines. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait and shad at 10-14 ft. along channels, coves and the main lake. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.


Texoma: April 17. Elevation 2 ft. below normal, water 63 and murky in the north and clear in the south. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on crankbaits, jigs and plastic baits at 5-20 ft. around brush structure, riprap and creek channels. Striped and white bass good on live shad, sassy shad, slabs and ghost minnows at 10-20 ft. below the dam, along the river channel and coves. Channel and blue catfish good on stinkbait, worms, live shad and ghost minnows at 5-20 ft. below the dam, along riprap, active cleaning stations and creek channels. Crappie, sunfish and white bass good on minnows, small lures and ghost minnows at 5-15 ft. around brush structure, shorelines and creek channels. Paddlefish good at 10-20 ft. below the dam when generating. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.


Wister: April 17. Elevation normal, water 63 and murky. Largemouth bass good on bill baits and spinnerbaits in chartreuse/white-silver/pearl at 5-10 ft. along channels and points. Crappie excellent on minnows, jigs, Mike's baits in silver/pearl and Timmy Tom jig heads at 4-6 ft. along channels and brush structure. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in Le Flore County. 

George Glenn Shelter Insurance is sponsoring a hole at the annual Cherokee Nation Casino/CASC Scholarship Scramble.


This year’s scramble is at Shadow Creek Country Club on May 21, 2016.


Funds raised go to provide Carl Albert State College scholarships to area students.


Pictured are Randall "Rat" Baker and CASC’s Paul Marshall.

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate gave unanimous approval to legislation Tuesday to allow judges to consider post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a mitigating factor when making sentencing decisions for veterans. Sen. Frank Simpson is the Senate principal author of House Bill 2595, which he says will help veterans get the assistance they need rather than being sent to jail.

“We send our veterans overseas to fight and they face situations that we couldn’t imagine in our worst nightmares. They suffer physical, emotional and mental wounds. The physical wounds are easy to treat because they can be seen but the others are not,” said Simpson, R-Springer. “When they return, if they don’t get the proper treatment to deal with their PTSD, they may unexplainably lash out violently at others or turn to alcohol and drugs to numb themselves, which can land them in court. They are not criminals, they are wounded heroes and they deserve special consideration from the courts.”

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says that eleven percent of Afghanistan and Iraq veterans and 15 percent of Vietnam veterans have been diagnosed with PTSD but that many others go undiagnosed because they do not seek treatment.

Various studies have found that at least 30 percent of men and women who have spent time in war zones experience PTSD and an additional 20 to 25 percent have had partial PTSD at some point in their lives.

Oklahoma has two PTSD diversion programs, one in Oklahoma County and another in Tulsa County.

HB 2595 is supported by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Oklahoma Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs Rita Aragon and other military organizations and groups.

The bill now moves to the governor’s office for her final consideration.

The full Senate has given its approval to a bill supporters say will enable more cold cases to be solved in Oklahoma. Sen. Clark Jolley and Rep. Lee Denney are the principal authors of HB 2275, which amends current law so that DNA samples could be collected upon arrest for a felony crime. The DNA would be collected through a sample of saliva.

“Right now Oklahoma collects DNA upon conviction for felonies and certain misdemeanors. We’re in the minority of states that don’t do this upon arrest,” said Jolley, R-Edmond. “We collect fingerprints upon arrest, but DNA identification is much more accurate. This will enable us to solve crimes as well as cold cases for some of those most heinous crimes in our state and it will also prevent future crimes by making sure the true culprit is behind bars.”

Jolley said the bill requires a person’s DNA information to be expunged from the database if charges are dropped or if the defendant is not bound over for trial after their arraignment. He noted HB 2275 amends Juli’s Law, named for University of Oklahoma ballet student Juli Buskin, whose cold case homicide was finally solved after Oklahoma initially expanded the DNA database.

“This will enable us to solve more crimes like Juli Buskin's and bring more closure to Oklahoma families who are waiting for law enforcement to finally be able to identify the person that murdered their child,” Jolley said.

Denney said the legislation was very important for the state of Oklahoma.

“Especially in the light of us looking at justice reform and the people we lock up. I think we need to be locking up the people we’re scared of,” said Denney, R-Cushing. “DNA, as I’ve always said, will convict the guilty and exonerate the innocent.”

HB 2275 now goes to the governor for her consideration.

OKLAHOMA CITY – A measure to track and keep repeat impaired drivers off Oklahoma roads passed the Senate unanimously Tuesday. House Bill 3146, authored by Sen. Greg Treat and Rep. Mike Sanders, will require all driving under the influence (DUI) cases to be handled by courts of record.

“This bill closes a loophole that has put Oklahomans’ lives in danger by allowing repeat drunk drivers to get multiple DUI convictions in various jurisdictions without being held accountable,” said Treat, R-Oklahoma City. “There are 350 courts not of record in Oklahoma that don’t report DUI convictions to a statewide database. Therefore, someone could get arrested twenty or more times in multiple jurisdictions for DUI and because those convictions aren’t put on their record they’re treated like a first time offender and receive only minimal punishment.”

Currently, Oklahoma City and Tulsa are the state’s only municipal courts of record. Only those convicted in these two courts are held accountable on subsequent offenses because their crimes are reported to the Oklahoma Supreme Court Network.

Under HB 3146, municipal courts not of record will no longer be eligible to hear DUI cases. Any municipality with a population of 60,000 or more has the option to create a court of record. DUI cases in jurisdictions with courts not of record will be referred to district court.


Arresting municipalities will still receive a portion of the fines.

Rep. Sanders and his family were the victims of a drunk driver who rear-ended them last year. The individual had six open containers in his vehicle and four DUI convictions in the previous year. He received another DUI citation two weeks after hitting the Sanders’ family.

“This is an important tool for prosecutors to be able to better flag and appropriately prosecute repeat drunk drivers,” said Sanders, R-Kingfisher. “The security of Oklahoma families when they are driving on our roads should always be a top priority in public safety.”

The bill requires the state Department of Public Safety, with the help of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, to create a statewide impaired driver database to better track offenders to be funded by fines on offenders.

The bill now heads to the Governor’s desk for her consideration.

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