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Wednesday, 14 October 2015 22:48

DoD Identifies Air Force Casualties

 

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two airmen who were supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel.

 

They died Oct. 11 in the crash of a British Puma Mk2 helicopter in Kabul, Afghanistan.

 

The cause of the accident is currently under investigation.

 

Killed were:

 

Maj. Phyllis J. Pelky, 45, of Rio Rancho, New Mexico. She was assigned to the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

 

Master Sgt. Gregory T. Kuhse, 38, of Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was assigned to the 3rd Manpower Requirements Squadron at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.

DoD Identifies Air Force Casualties - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

A Service of the Oklahoma Wildlife Department


Deer hunters 17 and younger have an opportunity to take a shot before other gun hunters during Youth Deer Gun Season on Oct. 16-18.


"The Youth Deer Gun Season is an ideal time to take a youngster out and hopefully bag that first buck or doe of the year," said Lance Meek, hunter education coordinator for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. All youths participating in the Youth Deer Gun Season must be accompanied by an adult 18 older who is hunter education-certified (unless exempt). Participating youths do not have to be hunter education-certified but must follow the apprentice-designated license requirements.


According to the Department's "2014 Big Game Report" published in the October/November issue of "Outdoor Oklahoma" magazine, almost 8,600 youngsters participated in Youth Deer Gun Season this past year. Those hunters bagged 4,129 deer during the three-day season, for an impressive success rate of 48 percent.


Every youth who participates in Youth Deer Gun Season is required to have a Deer Gun License ($10 for resident youths) for each deer hunted. Only those ages 16 and 17 must also have the Youth Hunting License ($5 for resident youths).


For more information about hunting licenses or to buy licenses online, visit the License Sales page on the Wildlife Department's website.


Youth hunters who do not harvest a deer during the Youth Deer Gun Season may use their unfilled Youth Deer Gun License during the regular deer gun season. Youth hunters who harvest a deer during the Youth Deer Gun Season may buy another Youth Deer Gun License and harvest a deer during the regular Deer Gun Season.


The Youth Deer Gun Season limit is two deer, only one of which may be antlered. The harvest of antlerless mule deer is prohibited. Deer taken by hunters participating in the Youth Deer Gun Season are included in the hunter's combined season limit.


As a bonus, youth deer hunters may also harvest a turkey in counties that have a fall rifle turkey season, provided the hunter has the appropriate turkey license.


For complete information on Youth Deer Gun Season, consult the current "Oklahoma Hunting" regulations guide online at wildlifedepartment.com or in print anywhere hunting and fishing licenses are sold.

Youngsters Have Early Chance for Deer Gun Harvest - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 22:28

Wister Public School Fall Carnival Coronation

On October 13th, the Wister School held their Fall Carnival and Coronation of their carnival king and queen.


Representing the Pre K were: King Jace Poor and Queen: Marcy Robinson.
Representing the Kindergarten were: King Jaxson Rye and Queen Kelsey Meeks.
Representing the First Grade were: King Mattox Johnson and Queen Bailyn Robertson.
Representing the Second Grade were: King Wheeler Roath and Queen Slatey Free.
Representing the Third Grade were: King Joel Meeh and Queen Chloe Hagelberger.
Representing the Fourth Grade were: King Behr Place and Queen Kara Albert.
Representing the Fifth Grade were: King C. J. Halford and Queen Haylee Holley.
Representing the Sixth Grade were: King Edwin Matias and Queen Chay Espinel.
Representing the Seventh Grade were: King Spencer Wells and Queen Brooklynn Farris.
Representing the Eighth Grade were: King Landon Akins and Queen Kenlei Duvall.
Representing the Ninth Grade were: King Jeremiah Davison and Queen Shania Elder.
Representing the Tenth Grade were: King Jeffery Morris and Queen Cailey Yochum.
Representing the Eleventh Grade were: King Scotty Gibson and Queen Jasmine Blaylock.
Representing the Twelfth Grade were: King Adrian Gonzalez and Queen Kyla Brown.

 

Crown Bearers were Pre-K Evan Ashmore, Abee Horn, and Piper Griffis; and Kindergarten Emma Burgess and Landin Morris.

 

The winning King and Queen for each category was determined by ticket sales and money earned.

 

For Pre-K and Kindergarten, the winners were Jaxson Rye and Kelsey Meeks.

 

For First, Second and Third Grade, the winners were Wheeler Roath and Slatey Free.

 

For Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Grade, the winners were C. J. Halford and Haylee Holley.

 

For Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Grade, the winners were Spencer Wells and Brooklynn Farris.

 

For Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Grade, the winners were Jeffery Morris and Cailey Yochum.

 

Overall, over $22,000 was raised through ticket sales and other fund-raisers for the 2015 Fall Carnival.

Wister Public School Fall Carnival Coronation - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 17:21

Bad Dreams Haunted House coming Oct 23rd

The LeFlore County Sheriff’s office and the Poteau Takedown Club have announced the opening date for their charity haunted house.


Bad Dreams Haunted House opens Saturday, Oct. 23-24 at 7 p.m. until midnight.


Then again on October 26th – Oct 29 from 7pm until 10 pm and October 30 – 31st from 7pm until midnight.


The cost to enter, if you dare, is $5 per person.


All proceed are used to support the LeFlore County Youth Services and the Poteau Takedown Club.


Come and experience more than just “Bad Dreams“ have a real “nightmare” on Broadway as this year the haunted house will be located across from Atwoods, next to the old Wall’s store in Poteau.

 

butcher shop
Be sure to check out the Butcher Shop

 

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Tyler Ragan helping to get things ready for the "Bad Dream"Haunted House

 

Bad Dreams Haunted House coming Oct 23rd - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 21:07

Fishing Report for October 14, 2015

A Service of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife

 

CENTRAL

Hefner: October 13. Elevation normal, water 68-72 and clear. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and topwater lures along shorelines. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around docks and riprap. White bass and striped bass hybrids good on grubs, sassy shad and gay blades along shorelines. Walleye fair on crankbaits, jerk baits and grubs along riprap. Channel catfish fair on dough bait, cut bait and punch bait along shorelines. Report submitted by Lucky Lure Tackle.

 

NORTHEAST

Birch: October 12. Elevation below normal, water 70s and clear. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs at 8-10 ft. around docks. Report submitted by Cody Plunkett, game warden stationed in Osage County.

Carl Blackwell: October 13. Elevation normal, water murky. Crappie fair on minnows around the crappie dock. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver around the main bridge and crappie dock. Report submitted by Emily Long, game warden stationed in Payne County.

 

Ft. Gibson: October 13. Elevation above normal, water 74 and clear. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on live bait on bottom in the main lake and flats. Crappie fair on tube jigs and jigs with a pearl body and slat-and-pepper tail at 6-10 ft. around brush structure and docks. White bass fair on crankbaits and in-line spinnerbaits around points. Largemouth bass fair on worms, plastic baits and Biffle Bugs along coves and shallows. Report submitted by Rick Stafford of Wagoner.

 

Hudson: October 12. Elevation normal, water 72. Largemouth bass good on buzz baits, topwater lures and spinnerbaits at 2-9 ft. around brush structure, weed beds and shorelines. Crappie fair on minnows, hair jigs, tube jigs and jigs at 6-9 ft. around brush structure, standing timber and points. Report submitted by Steve Loveland, game warden stationed in Rogers and Mayes counties.

 

Keystone: October 13. Elevation above normal, water 68. Striped bass good on small lures along coves. Blue catfish good on cut bait along channels. Report submitted by Karlin Bailey, game warden stationed in Creek County.

 

Lower Illinois: October 11. Elevation normal, water 70 and clear. Trout slow on PowerBait below the dam. Trout stocking has been suspended. Report submitted by Jeremy Bersche, game warden stationed in Sequoyah County.

 

McMurtry: October 12. Elevation normal, water 70 and semi-clear. White bass good on minnows at 4-10 ft. around points, brush structure and the main lake. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around brush structure and docks. Report submitted by Jared Avilez.

 

Oologah: October 11. Elevation normal, water 75 and murky. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft. around brush structure. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait and shad at 15-25 ft. on juglines and drifting along flats. Report submitted by Brek Henry, game warden stationed in Rogers County.

 

Skiatook: October 12. Elevation below normal, water clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 15-25 ft. around brush structure. Report submitted by Paul Welch, game warden stationed in Osage County.

 

Sooner: October 12. Elevation normal, water clear. Striped bass hybrids and striped bass good on live shad in the main lake. Report submitted by Doug Gottschalk, game warden stationed in Noble County.

 

Tenkiller: October 12. Elevation 2 ft. above normal, water 74 and clear. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on buzz baits, spinnerbaits and plastic baits at 3-15 ft. around the main lake humps, points, bluffs and brush structure. Channel, blue and flathead catfish good on minnows, punch bait and cut bait at 17-45 ft. along flats and points. White bass fair on jigs, spinnerbaits and spoons at the surface in the main lake and around points late afternoon and evenings. Crappie good on minnows, jigs and plastic baits at 12-20 ft. around docks, the main lake and humps with brush. Report submitted by Monte Brooks of Cookson.

 

NORTHWEST

Canton: October 12. Elevation 3 1/2 ft. below normal, water clear. Channel and blue catfish good on shad and stinkbait at 8-15 ft. in the main lake. White bass and striped bass hybrids fair on crankbaits and slabs at 8-15 ft. in the main lake. Report submitted by Mark Walker, game warden stationed in Blaine County

 

Ft. Supply: October 11. Elevation below normal, water 65. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs in the main lake and around points. Report submitted by Mark Reichenberger, game warden Woodward County.

 

SOUTHEAST

Blue River: October 13. Elevation normal, water 72 and clear. Smallmouth, largemouth and spotted bass fair on crankbaits, jigs and spinnerbaits at 2-5 ft. around rocks and brush structure. Channel catfish good on stinkbait, chicken liver, worms and cut bait at 2-7 ft. along channels, rocks and brush structure. Sunfish and bluegill good on crickets, jigs and small lures at 1-4 ft. along shallows and shorelines. Flathead catfish fair on live bait and worms at 3-6 ft. along channels and deeper pools just off the current. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Hunting and Fishing Area.

 

Eufaula: October 11. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and plastic baits at 4-8 ft. around brush structure, points and riprap. White bass good on grubs, crankbaits, sassy shad and slabs at 8-14 ft. below the dam, the main lake, riprap and bridges. Blue catfish excellent on cut bait, goldfish, worms and shad at 12-20 ft. below the dam, the main lake and channels. Crappie good on grubs, jigs, minnows and tube jigs at 12-20 ft. around brush structure, channels and docks. Report submitted by David Robertson, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

 

Konawa: October 11. Elevation below normal, water 76 and clear. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, jerk baits and sassy shad at 6-12 ft. around points, coves and discharge. White bass fair on cut bait, tube jigs, slabs and spoons at 8-14 ft. along creek channels, discharge and points. Channel catfish fair on dough bait, cut bait, stinkbait and chicken liver at 8-12 ft. around points, discharge and channels. Report submitted by Tyler Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

 

Robert S. Kerr: October 11. Elevation normal, water slightly stained. Blue, channel and flathead catfish slow on shad and chicken liver at 10-12 ft. drifting the river channel. Largemouth bass good on crawfish colored crankbaits and spinnerbaits at 5 ft. along creek channels and flats. Crappie slow on minnows and black and pink jigs at 8 ft. around standing timber. Report submitted by J.D. Stauffer, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

 

Texoma: October 10. Elevation below normal, water 81 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on buzz baits, plastic baits and crankbaits at 5-20 ft. around brush structure, creek channels and riprap. Striped and white bass good on live shad, sassy shad, topwater lures and ghost minnows at 10-20 ft. below the dam, in the main lake and coves. Crappie and sunfish good on tube jigs, small lures and minnows at 5-10 ft. around docks, riprap and brush structure. Channel and blue catfish good on live shad, worms and stinkbait at 10-20 ft. below the dam, along creek channels, active cleaning stations and the main lake. Crappie, sunfish and white bass good on tube jigs, minnows and small lures at 5-10 ft. around brush structure, docks and riprap. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

 

SOUTHWEST

Foss: October 12. Elevation 7 ft. below normal with gates closed, water mid-70s and clear. Striped bass hybrids fair to good on live bait in deep water. Catfish good on liver and stinkbait. White bass slow on small jigs. Walleye slow. Report submitted by Eric Puyear, B&K Bait House.

 

Tom Steed: October 12. Elevation normal, water 64. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait, shad and stinkbait at 5-8 ft. along flats and brush structure. Report submitted by David Smith, game warden stationed in Kiowa County.

 

Waurika: October 12. Elevation normal, water 71. Crappie slow on jigs around brush structure. Blue catfish slow on stinkbait and shad along shorelines. Report submitted by Chris Stover, game warden stationed in Stephens County.

 

The mission of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is the management of Oklahoma's wildlife resources and habitat to provide scientific, educational, aesthetic, economic and recreational benefits for present and future generations of hunters, anglers and others who appreciate wildlife.

 

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – According to Lt. John Vincent of the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, the DPS received word from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that the state of Oklahoma has been granted a one-year extension until Oct. 10, 2016 in order to meet the requirements of the REAL-ID Act.

 

 

What this means for Oklahomans is that they will continue to be able to use their Oklahoma-issued driver license or identification card to access military bases and most federal facilities.

 


The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will also continue to accept valid Oklahoma Driver License and Identification cards.

 

 

DPS continues to partner with the Governor’s office and Oklahoma’s state and federal legislators in an effort to achieve a solution to REAL ID compliance.

Oklahoma Granted One-Year Extension on REAL-ID Requirements - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter Hosts a Full Military Honors Parade to Welcome Republic of Korea’s President Park Geun-hye to the Pentagon.

 

 

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter hosts a full military honors parade to welcome Republic of Korea’s President Park Geun-hye to the Pentagon, at 9:20 a.m. EDT, Oct. 15, 2015, on the parade field in front of the Pentagon River Entrance.

 

Following a closed press bilateral meeting, they will meet with U.S. and Korean service members in the Secretary’s corridor, at 10:15 a.m. EDT.

 

 

Tuesday, 13 October 2015 18:51

Pocola Public Schools Bond Issues Fails

Voters in Pocola took to the polls to vote for a 5.1 Million Bond for a new facility for the school.

 

 

The vote didn’t receive the required 60 percent to pass.

 

 

FOR THE PROPOSITION -       YES  306 - 53.78%
AGAINST THE PROPOSITION - NO  263 -  46.22%

 

 

 

               

 

 

According to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, approximately 300 rail crossing locations on highways, city streets and county roads in Oklahoma are set to become safer and more visible.

 

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is putting these areas on a fast track for improvements and on Monday, Oct. 12, the Oklahoma Transportation Commission gave its approval for the first 10 of those projects to move full steam ahead.

 

 

By using funds generated from the recent sale of the Sooner Sub rail line, dedicated rail safety funds from ODOT and other partners, approximately than $100 million is expected to be spent over the next three years on these improvements. Previously, ODOT had only about $8 million a year in rail safety program funds to spend which improved about 25 crossings per year.

 

 

Locations were chosen based on many factors including average daily traffic counts on the roadway and rail track, accident data, condition of the crossing and regional needs. Changes can include improved signage and active warning systems such as flashing lights, gates that will lower to help prevent traffic from entering the crossing and also audible alert devices.

 

 

“The upgrades will modernize and improve the visibility and safety of the rail crossings statewide,” ODOT Executive Director Mike Patterson said. “This initiative will give drivers additional warning information of an approaching train which will help save lives and reduce the chances of a catastrophic accident.”

 

 

In 2014, Governor Mary Fallin joined with ODOT to announce the first-of-its-kind Rail Crossing Safety Initiative. The Department continues to work with rail companies and local governments to further refine the locations and needed improvements, develop project timetables and to reach agreements for the work to be performed and overseen by the rail companies at each location.

 

 

“This is truly a state-wide cooperative effort between the Governor’s office, multiple rail companies, local governments and state agencies all with the sole purpose of making our rail crossings safer,” Oklahoma Transportation Secretary Gary Ridley said. “We know there are still many needs to be addressed, and hope the momentum from this initiative will spur more safety improvements in the future.”

 

 

Over the next several months, finalized agreements are expected to be brought before the Oklahoma Transportation Commission. Once locations are approved, railroad companies will be able to apply to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission for approval of the specific improvements.

 

Depending on the needs of the specific site, crossing improvements typically can cost an average of about $350,000 per site.

 

 

Oklahoma has more than 3,700 at-grade rail crossings across the state. In 2014, 12 people were killed and 21 injured in accidents at rail crossings in Oklahoma, according to the Federal Railroad Administration and Operation Lifesaver Inc. The state ranks 20th nationally in highway-rail grade crossing collisions, according to Operation Lifesaver Inc.

 

Seven railroad crossing in LeFlore County are candidates to get improvements.


Rail Crossing Safety Candidate List for LeFlore County are:
Signal Improvements on the KCS at 3rd Street in Spiro.
Signal Improvements on the KCS at Dewey Street in Poteau.
Signal Improvements on the KCS at Old Pike Road near Howe.
Signal Improvements on the KCS at Le Flore Co Rd E1440/Forest Hill Road near Howe.
Signal & Surface Improvements on the KCS at "F" Avenue in Heavener.US-271
Signal & Surface Improvements on the AOK at US-271 near Caston.
Signal & Surface Improvements on the AOK at Plum Street in Wister.

 

A listing of more than 300 possible rail crossing candidate locations can be found online at: www.ok.gov/odot/Railroad_Crossing_Safety.html

Tuesday, 13 October 2015 15:51

Linda Jean Guinn

 

Linda Guinn, 63, of Bokoshe, OK, passed away October 9, 2015, in Fort Smith, AR. She was born March 12, 1952, in Greenwood, AR, to Floyd and Dorothy Campbell. She was a homemaker.

 

Linda is preceded in death by a daughter Lawanna Sue Keirsey.

 

She is survived by her husband Larry Guinn of the home; two sons, Bobby Stewart of Panama, OK and Michael Stewart of Heavener, OK; a daughter Vikkii Guinn of Keota, OK; six grandchildren, Brittany Hogan, Mariah Reeder, Tyler Butler, Bobby Stewart Jr., Bradley Stewart and Blain Stewart; three great grandchildren, Zainlan and Kainlan Hogan and Hayden Davis; as well as a host of other family members, friends and loved ones.

 

The family will hold a memorial service Monday, October 19, at 1:00 p.m. at Bethel Lighthouse Church, Panama, OK.

 

Grace Manor Funeral Home of Poteau in charge of arrangements.

 

You may leave an on-line message to the family at www.gracemanorfh.com

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