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Recognized as a Top Performing Lodging & Conference Center as Reviewed by Travelers on the World's Largest Travel Site


Poteau, Oklahoma US – May 21, 2015 – Days Inn & Suites Poteau Oklahoma today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. Now in its fifth year, the award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Certificate of Excellence winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.


When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business's tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.


"Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at the Award Winning Days Inn & Suites and we'd like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor," said Traci Barnes, Owner/Manager at Days Inn & Suites. "There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one's guests. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence."


"TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional hospitality businesses that have received consistent praise and recognition by travelers on the site," said Marc Charron President, TripAdvisor for Business. "By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive increasing hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition."

Days Inn & Suites Poteau Oklahoma is a locally owned franchise in Poteau Oklahoma.


About TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor® is the world's largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan and book the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools that check hundreds of websites to find the best hotel prices. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 340 million unique monthly visitors**, and more than 225 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4.9 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 45 countries worldwide. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.


TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) manages and operates websites under 24 other travel media brands:,,,,,, (including,, and,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, December 2014

**Source: Google Analytics, average monthly unique users, Q1 2015



The inaugural scholarship recipients were chosen for their hard work, dedication to continuing their education, and perseverance through strenuous circumstances. Each scholarship is worth $200.





Lauren "Macey" Chapman of Gore wants to pursue a career in nursing through the Indian Capital Technology Center in Muskogee. Her deficits in math, caused by a learning disability, have caused her to struggle throughout junior high and high school, but her hard work has helped her to earn her high school diploma.








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Adrianna Elbon of Vian wants to pursue a career in medicine through the University of Oklahoma. Her diagnosis of Chiari Malformation Type 1 has caused her to have to work harder to achieve her high school diploma.


"We understand that it is tough making your way through high school, but when you are struggling with something that can amplify those deficits, or cause distractions, hardships, and even pain, it can be much worse," said Kodey Toney, PPC Director. "The board members decided this year that we would try to give back to those students that have worked hard to achieve this goal and have set their sights even higher to make a better life for themselves."

The scholarships were made possible by a $400 donation by Michael Allen Riley Architecture, P.L.L.C.

"These scholarships would not be possible without the generous donation from Michael Riley. We can't thank him enough for his contribution and dedication to the surrounding communities.

The Pervasive Parenting Center is dedicated to helping families in eastern Oklahoma by providing resources for those coping with disabilities.

If you have any questions contact Kodey Toney @ 918-658-5076 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thursday, 21 May 2015 13:21

Randall "Bud" Forrester Obituary

Randall "Bud" Forrester of Keota, Oklahoma was born on July 9, 1963 to Marlin Wentz and Yvonne Virginia (Ritter) Forrester in Poteau, Oklahoma and passed away on May 20, 2015 in Keota, Oklahoma at the age of 51 years.

Randall is survived by
His Parents
Marlin and Yvonne Forrester of Spiro, Oklahoma
His Girlfriend
Barbara Cole Nixon of Keota, Oklahoma
One Sister
Yvette Davis Edwards and husband, Gerry of Spiro, Oklahoma
One Brother
Randy Forrester and wife, Debbie of Keota, Oklahoma

Numerous Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, other Family and Friends


Randall was raised in Bokoshe, Oklahoma and was of the Baptist faith, he was also a member of the Choctaw Nation.


He enjoyed riding dirt bikes and collecting model cars and airplanes.


He was preceded in death by his wife; Martha (Brown) Forrester.


Family will hold private services at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care and direction of Mallory Martin Funeral Home of Spiro, Oklahoma.


Condolences can be made to the family on Randall's online guestbook at

Thursday, 21 May 2015 13:05

Roll Over in Panama


On Wednesday afternoon, the LeFlore County EMS were called to the scene of a rollover accident on US 59 north of Panama.


The accident is under investigation with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Thursday, 21 May 2015 10:14



MAY 21
Poteau High School Art Show at the Hotel Lowrey - 6pm - 8 pm - Poteau, OK
JAM - Folk Music 1pm -4pm - Yellow Cottage Studio :downtown Poteau, OK


MAY 22
Poteau High School Graduation Ceremony - 8pm Costner Stadium - Poteau, OK


MAY 23
Downtown Poteau Farmers Market - Poteau, Ok
Poteau City Pool opens - Poteau , OK
Poteau High School All Class Reunion - Poteau, OK


May 24
Poteau High School All Class Reunion - Poteau, OK


May 25
Memorial Day
Heavener VFW Post 8403 will be Poppy Drive Wal-Mart - Poteau, OK


May 29
LeFlore County Youth Services Golf Tournament - Poteau, OK


The San Bois CASA Program serving LeFlore, Latimer, and Haskell counties has just been awarded certification by the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association.


This certification recognizes that San Bois CASA is in compliance with National CASA's high standards for quality child advocacy.



According to Michael Piraino, CEO of the National CASA Association, "The National CASA quality assurance process is very rigorous, and reflects our commitment to ensure every child we serve has the most powerful volunteer advocate working on the behalf of the child." This certification says San Bois CASA has demonstrated to us a strong capacity to provide excellent services to the abused and neglected children within their community."



The National CASA Association began in 1976 when a Seattle judge who was concerned about making decisions without sufficient information for abused and neglected children's lives conceived the idea of having trained community volunteers to speak for the best interests of these children in court, helping to ensure that they live in a safe and loving environment.


In 1990, the U.S. Congress encouraged the expansion of CASA with passage of the Victims of Child Abuse Act. Today, there are more than 950 National CASA member programs across the country, with more than 70,000 men and women serving as CASA volunteers.



San Bois CASA began in 2007, and has since made a difference in thousands of children's lives.


Volunteers are needed to help abused and neglected children in LeFlore, Haskell, and Latimer counties.


For more information call 918-647-3267 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Voters in the LeFlore County who want to have absentee ballots mailed to them for the June 9th Panama Municipal Election should apply now, said County Election board Secretary Sharon Steele.

Although the County Election Board can accept application for absentee ballot until 5p.m on Wednesday June 3, Steele urged voters who want to vote by absentee to apply early.

Absentee ballot applications forms are available at the County Election Board office located at 103 N. Church Street in Poteau. Absentee Ballot can also be downloaded on line at


"At least two mail transactions must be made," said Steel. "The County Election Board must mail the ballots to the voter and the voter must return ballot by mail." Ballots must be in the hands of the County Election Board by 7pm on Election day in order to be counted.


Steele said that any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot in any election in which he or she is eligible to vote. However, a voter must be registered and reside at an address with the geographical boundaries of a school district or municipality to be eligible to vote in a school district or municipal election. It is not necessary to give a reason, or excuse for voting absentee.


"While anyone can vote absentee without giving reason, the law still provides several excuses, and it's to the advantage of some to use one of them," said Steele. By stating one of the following reasons on their applications, these voters can activate some special conditions that make it easier for the to use absentee ballots.


The reasons are:
• Voters are physically incapacitated and voters who care for a physically incapacitated person who cannot be left unattended may vote absentee,
• Voters who are confined to nursing homes in the county may vote absentee. The Absentee Voting board actually goes to the nursing home a few day before the election, sets up a small polling place and allows these persons to vote under circumstances similar to those at a regular precinct polling place.
• Military personnel and residents of the county living overseas and the spouses and dependents of each group are eligible to vote absentee. These voters may apply only be mail fax or by email.

Military personnel should contact the Voting Services Officers in their unit for application forms and any other information or visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website ( for more information and instructions.

Oklahoma residents living overseas can obtain the same materials from any US military installation and from United States Embassies and Consulates as well as on the FVAP website.

From - U.S. Attorneys » Eastern District of Oklahoma


MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA - The United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced today that Terry Wayne Hyatt, 34, of Muldrow, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 180 months imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release for Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

The charge arose from an investigation by the Muldrow Police Department.

The defendant was indicted in November, 2014 and pled guilty in December, 2014.

The Indictment alleged that on or about February 13, 2014, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, Terry Wayne Hyatt, having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, did knowingly possess in and affecting commerce, a firearm, which had been shipped and transported in interstate 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 Melody Nelson represented the United States.


On May 18-2015 at approximately 5 pm, Ft Sill requested Oklahoma Highway Patrol's Marine Enforcement Division to assist them in locating a male subject who was driving a 4 door passenger car that drove through a low water crossing on Ft Sill and was swept off of the roadway into Medicine Bluff Creek.



The vehicle was located and recovered in the late afternoon hours of 05-17-2015, however, the driver was not located in the vehicle.


Ft Sill states that the driver was possibly under the influence of alcohol.


On May-19-2015 recovery operations were activated on Ft. Sill at Medicine Bluff Creek. Search and recovery efforts involving the use of recovery boat in the water, and field troops made up of Ft. Sill personnel, walking and searching the shore line yielding yet no subject found.

Ft. Sill incident commander halted search and recovery efforts, at approximately 4pm. due to inclement weather. Ft. Sill incident command had personnel on observation posts with flood lights watching for the subject throughout the night. During the night, the subject was spotted by an observation post attendent.
When the subject didn't make the next observation post, it was believed that he may have gotten caught in some debris.

On May 20th, the subject was spotted at another observation post downstream, efforts were made to the recover the body by Black Hawk helicopter but the recovery was unsuccessful.


According to the OHP press release, Lake Lawtonka has opened the flood gates which has caused the water level to rise and flow beyond the limits of safe operations.

So the search was suspended and a recovery team has been placed on recall.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 14:21

Debra Lee Waddle

Debra Lee Waddle, 58, of Shady Point, OK passed away Monday, May 18, 2015 near Wister, OK. Debra was born August 12, 1956 in Kankakee, IL to Lee Edward & Dorothy Marie (Vanpelt) Thomas.


She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Eric Thomas; and brother, Arthur Thomas.



Survivors include her daughter, Cristie Johnson of Poteau, OK; 4 grandchildren; sisters, Sonja Heinrichs of Fresno, CA, Cycilia Thomas of Ft. Smith, AR, Louise Davidoff of Rudy, AR, Peggy Barcheers of Spiro, OK; brother, Charles Thomas of Bokoshe, OK; other relatives, loved ones, and many friends.



Services will be 10 am, Friday, May 22, 2015 at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau.



The family will be at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 6-8 pm to visit with family and 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

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