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Thursday, 16 July 2015 22:28

Car vs Deer in Pushmataha County

A Personal injury collision occurred on July 16th at approximately 6:36 am.


According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol an accident involving one vehicle and a deer occurred at 6:36 am on State Highway 3, east of Rattan, OK in Pushmataha County.


According to the report a 2003 Ford Van Driven by Christina M. Fenton , 41, of Clayton was traveling eastbound when she struck a deer in the roadway.


The vehicle then departed the roadway to the left and rolled.

Fenton was transported by Pushmataha County EMS to Pushmataha Memorial Hospital and was later Air Lifted to St Francis Hospital in Tulsa. She is listed in stable condition with arm and head injuries.


The accident was Investigated by Trooper CL Parkins and assisted by Trooper Collin Fitzgerald of the Choctaw and Pushmataha County detachment and
Pushmataha Sheriff's Office.

Car vs Deer in Pushmataha County - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Thursday, 16 July 2015 16:57

Water rescue at Lake Texoma

At around 7 pm on July 15, 2015 the Oklahoma Highway Patrol received a request from the Marshall County Sheriff's office to assist in the Catfish Bay area of Lake Texoma with the retrieval of stranded swimmers.


According to the report - five swimmers left the shore and swam to a floating dock. Three swimmers were able to make it back to shore while two others remained stranded on the floating dock.


Trooper Danny Chaffin and Marshall County Search and Rescue were able to retrieve the stranded swimmers and return them safely to shore from approximately 20 feet of water.


Swimmers did not have any personal floatation devices.

Thursday, 16 July 2015 16:42


Court Appointed Support Advocates (CASA) volunteers are trained volunteers who speak for the best interest of abused and neglected children.


CASC is offering a training in Poteau on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM at the KiBois Office Building at 204 Wall Street (across the street from the main entrance of EOMC). Look for the KiBois buses.


Come and find out how you can make a difference in a child's life.


For more information about the CASA program, or how you can apply to be a volunteer, (or if you know someone who would make a great volunteer for children) call 918-647-3267.

Thursday, 16 July 2015 10:07

What's going on this Weekend


Thursday night at 6:30 PM will be the MRC National Core Competencies Training Program at the Patrick Lynch Public Library in Poteau located at 206 S McKenna Ave.

Other things to do are:

Bowling at Strike A Lot Lanes
Movies at the Poteau Theaters
Wister Lake is great place to cool off
Wister Splash Park is fun for the little ones
The Poteau city Pool is refreshing
The county has many area libraries and don't forget the LeFlore County Museum.
Poteau will continue the Summer Concert Series with Jay Faulkner and Earl Heron at the Reynolds Center Amphitheater Saturday evening starting at 8 pm.
Historic Downtown Poteau is offering a farmers Mkt from 8am until noon on Sataurday.
First Indian Rodeo being held in Poteau on Saturday night in Poteau.


July 16
MRC National Core Competencies Training Program – Library: Poteau, OK

July 18

Jay Faulkner and Earl Heron at the Reynolds Center Amphitheater: 8pm – Poteau, OK
Old Town Poteau Farmer's Market: Downtown Poteau - OK
1st annual Indian rodeo – Phil Gardenhire Arena - Poteau, OK


summer concert series

What's going on this Weekend - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

Carl Albert State College has announced their Health Information Technology (HIT) degree will be available completely online beginning this fall.

Dr. Jason Morrison, CASC Vice President for Academics stated, "We are really excited to announce this program can be completed as an online degree plan.


This degree prepares students to be medical records and health information technicians. Our particular degree has many attributes including an affordable price compared to many similar programs online. Our tuition is less than half the cost of for-profit career colleges, and there is no increased out of state tuition costs. Working students can complete this degree and continue to be employed, and obviously it can be done from anywhere since it is online. Our goal is for students in this program to graduate and go to work in a profession that is in high demand and pays well."

JLynn Smith is the Director of the new program and shared several important factors about the career opportunities for students graduating with the HIT degree:

• Job flexibility in the medical field with no direct hands-on patient care!


• Opportunities for employment at acute care hospitals, physician offices, government agencies, consulting firms, long-term care facilities, insurance companies, health information exchanges, vendors, work-from-home opportunities and more.

• The national RHIT credential is recognized in all 50 states and many international countries!* (CASC's program will be up for accreditation as the first cohort group nears graduation.)

• Traditional roles including Director of Health Information Management, Medical Coder, Release of Information Specialist, etc., and emerging roles like Health Data Analyst/Informatics, Privacy Officer, Chief Knowledge Officer, EHR Implementation Specialist, Revenue Cycle Management, Compliance, etc.


Dr. Morrison explained, "JLynn has extensive experience in the HIT field, and has helped us put together an excellent degree plan.


Potential students can contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 918-647-1347.


Interested individuals need to contact JLynn as soon as possible to learn more about the program and get enrolled to begin classes on August 12, 2015."

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 17:24

West Nile Virus Information

From the Oklahoma Department of Health



CDD - MosquitoWest Nile virus (WNV) is a reportable disease in Oklahoma.


The first cases for 2015 have been confirmed in Ellis, Okfuskee, Oklahoma and McIntosh county residents.


There have been no deaths.


Persons are at greatest risk of exposure to infected mosquitoes from July through October in our state.


Persons of any age can become ill after being bitten by an infected mosquito, but those over the age of 50 are at greater risk of developing serious illness involving the nervous system. Over 80% of people infected with the virus never become ill.


If people do become ill, most cases are mild with symptoms such as a fever, headache, tiredness and body aches that go away on their own. Some people may develop a rash on the trunk of the body. In more severe cases, persons can develop meningitis or other neurologic disease.



The mosquito population boom that has resulted from the excessive recent rainfall does not foretell a more severe WNV season. It is helpful to know some key points about the differences in types of mosquitoes and the features of West Nile virus transmission:


The type of mosquitoes that hatch after severe flooding are primarily the species of mosquitoes classified as "nuisance mosquitoes". They bite aggressively and cause lots of itchy bites, but they are not typically involved with transmission of diseases.

Floodwater mosquito populations tend to die out 3 weeks after the rains stop and the sun dries out affected low lying areas.

Culex species of mosquitoes (see photo top right) are the primary vector of West Nile virus.


This type of mosquito increases in numbers during mid to late summer when the temperatures climb and the weather pattern is drier.

Since WNV was introduced into Oklahoma, there have been 3 outbreak years – 2003, 2007 and 2012. Each of these seasons were characterized by higher than normal summer temperatures and drought.


The Oklahoma State Department of Health advises use of insect repellents—particularly those containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus (PMD), or IR 3535—when enjoying outdoor activities like gardening, yard work, camping, or other leisure activities.


The type of mosquitoes that transmit WNV are most active during early morning and evening hours, so it is important to take mosquito bite precautions during that time of the day.


It is also recommended to drain or treat standing water around your home with a mosquito larvacide to reduce mosquito breeding sites.


According to the OSBI, agents arrested a Wanette man Wednesday afternoon at his Norman attorney's office on several counts of child sexual assault.



The Pottawatomie County sheriff's office requested OSBI agents investigate an allegation that Nicholas Glenn Farris ,24, was having sexual contact with two children under the age of 16.


OSBI opened the investigation in mid June and on July 15th they arrested Farris in Norman, for one count of second degree rape, one count of forcible oral sodomy, and two counts of lewd or indecent proposals to a child under the age of 16.


Agents have booked him into the Pottawatomie County jail.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 21:32

James "Bud" McConnell Obituary


James "Bud" McConnell, 81, of Poteau, passed away July 15, 2015, in Poteau. He was born June 24, 1934, in Hartshorne, OK, to Lewis and Sarah (Hulvey) McConnell. He was a small engine mechanic.



Preceding James in death are his parents, three brothers, Albert McConnell, Orville McConnell and Therral McConnell and one sister Irene Renfro.



James is survived by sons, James McConnell Jr. of California, and Larry Chowning of Poteau; daughters Sheena Medlock of Mountain Burg, AR, Charolette Walker of Killeen, TX and Anna Green of Poteau, OK; five brothers, Eddie McConnell, Grady McConnell, Bill McConnell, Kenny McConnell, Glendale McConnell; a sister Lorene Harkins of Norwalk, CA; four grandchildren; one great grandchild; his faithful companion Sharon Chowning of the home; as well as a host of family friends and loved ones.



Service will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 17, at Grace Manor Memorial Chapel, Poteau, OK.


Family visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 16th at the funeral home.


Grace Manor Funeral Home of Poteau in charge of arrangements.


You may leave an on-line message to the family at

Wednesday, 15 July 2015 16:08

House Fire on Wolf Mountain

The Poteau Fire Department have been called to the scene of a house fire on Wolf Ridge

At approximately 8:45 pm Wednesday evening the Poteau Fire department was called to a house fire on Wolf Ridge Trail.

The upstairs of the 4,000 square foot home is fully engulfed in flames.

According to dispatch no one is inside the home.

The Wister Fire Department was called to assist. Panama,Shady Point and Hog Eye Fire departments were also called to help with the blaze.


As a precaution LeFlore County EMS was called to the scene as well.


House Fire on Wolf Mountain - 2.0 out of 5 based on 2 votes

President Obama introduces the Connecthome Project to Choctaw Nation


Kelsey Janway of Heavener and youth ambassador of the Choctaw Nation got recognized by President Barak Obama during his speech in Durant this afternoon. He told her story and how she had to stand on a certain rock in her yard to get reception.


Janway was represented the Choctaws at the White House Youth gathering.
It is because of the lack of high speed internet in America that President Obama has started two initiatives.


He spoke of those initiatives during his visit to Durant, Oklahoma, at Durant High school at the "Expanding Economic Opportunity for Communities Across the Country" meeting with the Choctaw Nation.

The purpose of the visit was to introduce a new nationwide program entitled ConnectHome.

ConnectHome is designed to make high speed internet service affordable to homes across the country.

Thanks to partnership with Cox which will provide low cost internet devices, Best Buy will offer free tech and computer support and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America will teach digital literacy.

ConnectHome is the next step in the President's continued efforts to expand high speed internet to all Americans.

ConnectHome is an expansion of the President's ConnectED initiative that provides high speed internet service to schools.

"ConnectEd is making sure schools stay connected and is well on its way to connect 99 percent of students to high-speed Internet in their classrooms." President Obama said.

ConnectHome will help ensure that these students still have access to high-speed Internet once they are home.

"The new programs requires us all to be involved," said Obama. "These investments are the right thing to do to help our communities thrive.


Obama is scheduled to tour The El Reno Federal Correctional Institution on Thursday.



 Kelsey Janway being recognized by President Obama

President visits Oklahoma - recognizes Heavener Choctaw resident - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

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