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Tuesday, 29 March 2016 14:21

Former Muskogee Co. Jailer Arrested

According to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, a former Muskogee County Jail employee has been arrested for rape in the second degree after admitting to having sexual contact with a jail inmate.


According to the press release, the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office requested OSBI investigate an allegation of an improper relationship between jailer Harold Eugene Shinn III 22, and a female inmate.

An OSBI special agent and county investigator interviewed the victim and the suspect.

Both had similar stories of the sexual encounter that happened in June 2015.

On Tuesday, a county deputy arrested Shinn outside the Phoenix Apartments where he lives.

He was booked into the Muskogee County Jail.

Shinn was dismissed from his job in January when the sheriff learned of the allegation.

Monday, 28 March 2016 18:16


The Oklahoma Department of Human Services make some changes to their budget after revenue failure in the state budget.

As revenue for the state continues to fall, state agencies are making cuts to get through the end of the fiscal year.

According to the DHS, they have already laid off around 1,200 employees and now, the department is postponing all State Supplemental Payments.

Many elderly people who rely on SSP have received a letter in the mail telling them that their SSP are being deferred until July, and according to DHS starting on July 1, the payments will switch from monthly to quarterly.

DHS said it had to notify 88,000 Oklahomans receiving SSP because of the state's budget crisis, their benefits will be put on hold.

The state is facing a $1.3 billion budget shortfall, forcing agencies across Oklahoma to make drastic cuts.

SSP BENEFITS SUSPENDED UNTIL JULY - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol a fire destroyed 8 boats at Pier 51 Boat Marina Dock B at Keystone Lake.

The fire was reported at approximately 9:15 p.m Sunday March 27th, when a boat caught fire and the flames were spreading to other vessels.

Initial reports stated that people were stranded on the dock, but they were able to escape the flames by getting on other boats and out to safety.

Nobody was injured in the fire.

The fire is still under investigation, but is believed to have started on one of the unattended boats in the marina.

Monday, 28 March 2016 22:41

PUES to host the Best Carnival of all

The Poteau Upper Elementary School is hosting a carnival on April 7th from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm.

Come out and enjoy the bouncy house, the cake walk, Bingo, concessions and more.

Tickets are .50 cents each or buy an armband for $20.00.

Be sure and purchase a ticket for the 3rd through 5th King and Queen Contest and register to win $100 cash.

Come out and support the Poteau Upper Elementary School.

All proceeds go toward student materials and activities.

Monday, 28 March 2016 22:35

April Is National Garden Month

Gardening has a variety of meanings. For some it is the reason that springtime is so anxiously awaited.


For others it signifies a new season of planning, planting and nurturing, and the enjoyment of harvesting delicious fresh fruits and vegetables.


Gardening also means quality family time spent outdoors, sharing the enjoyment of watching tiny seeds as they sprout and grow to become food for the table.


Planting a garden in the spring is in the heritage and livelihood of many Oklahomans.


Although some have become distanced from gardening due to the commitments of education, parenting and careers, there is a growing interest in getting reconnected to this enjoyable and rewarding past time.


April was declared National Garden Month by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.


Amber Reece, Agriculture Extension Educator for Leflore County, points out that “now is the time to get started with gardening activities in southeast Oklahoma”. Successful gardening requires planting vegetables while temperatures are optimum for vigorous growth. Those temperatures are not the same for all vegetables. Some, such as leaf lettuce, onion and radish, do best with cool days and nights, and can tolerate a light frost.


On the other hand, crops such as green beans, summer squash and bell pepper, will do best with warm weather, but before the intense heat of summer arrives. In order to take the guesswork out of deciding when to plant, Reece says to check with your OSU County Extension Center and request the fact sheet titled the “Oklahoma Garden Planning Guide”.


This valuable resource provides the information needed to know when and how to plant many of the popular vegetables that are adapted to our area. And growing vegetables is not just important for the nutritious food that will be produced. Gardening has other valuable benefits such as the opportunity to exercise, relaxation, and a way to help keep children and adults connected through an activity that all can enjoy.


Oklahoma State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture, State and Local Governments cooperating. Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, national origin, disability or status as a veteran, and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

OKLAHOMA CITY —According to a press release from  Governor Mary Fallin,  today she  said the first-ever map developed by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) showing potential ground-shaking hazards from both human-induced and natural earthquakes illustrates why action taken earlier this year by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) was necessary.


Researchers say the state’s rise in earthquakes is caused by the disposal of produced saltwater deep into the Arbuckle formation. The OCC, which has constitutional authority over oil and natural gas activity in the state, is following the recommendation of researchers and is continuing to work with operators to significantly reduce the overall disposal of produced water into the area of seismic interest within the Arbuckle formation area to 40 percent below the 2014 total.


The OCC last month issued a wide-ranging directive to saltwater disposal well operators in areas experiencing earthquakes. In the past year, regulators have issued more than a dozen directives to disposal well operators to limit activity or shut down in areas of earthquakes.


 “Recent declines in produced wastewater disposal in Oklahoma are not reflected in the USGS map,” Fallin said. “This gives us even a stronger base in going forward and gives state regulators further justification for what they are doing.”


Today’s USGS report, which used earthquake data from 2015, states that some places in Oklahoma may experience damage if the induced seismicity continues unabated.

“Oklahoma remains committed to doing whatever is necessary to reduce seismicity in the state. The report supports the actions that we are taking,” said Fallin, who in 2014 formed the Coordinating Council on Seismic Activity, which organizes state resources and related activities to address Oklahoma’s earthquakes.


She said the USGS report will be reviewed to evaluate how recommendations can be included into the state Emergency Operations Plan and ongoing preparation efforts.

The governor, during a meeting with her Cabinet secretaries earlier this month, discussed how the state would respond to a large-scale seismic event. Fallin asked Department of Emergency Management Director Albert Ashwood to lead a statewide working group to develop an earthquake response plan.


Ashwood and several agency directors held their first meeting this morning.


“In Oklahoma, we recognize the importance of being prepared for all types of disasters that could affect the state, including earthquakes,” Ashwood said. “The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management is reviewing the report released today by the United States Geological Survey to determine how it may aid our catastrophic earthquake planning efforts.


However, it is important to note that for emergency management, the cause of a disaster is not as critical as the outcome of the event and how it impacts our residents, infrastructure and communities. Preparing for, responding to, recovering from and mitigating against those outcomes will continue to be our focus.” 


Oklahoma Energy and Environment Secretary Michael Teague said the USGS report released today highlights why action has been taken to address induced seismic risk in the state of Oklahoma.


"The Oklahoma Corporation Commission’s work to further reduce the overall disposal of produced water into the Arbuckle Formation is in line with researchers from across the country as the best way to lower the potential for seismic hazard highlighted in the USGS report,” he said.


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Monday, 28 March 2016 01:56

J.W. Hall Obituary

J.W. Hall of Pocola, Oklahoma was born February 24, 1941 in Heavener, Oklahoma to Volley Ray “Buck” and Sylvia (Jones) Hall and passed away March 27, 2016 in Pocola, Oklahoma at the age of 75.


He is survived by:

His wife:
Modine of the home

One daughter:
Sandra Hall and husband Marshall Traywick of Welcome, North Carolina

One son:
Tommy Hall and wife Laura of Uniontown, Arkansas

Five sisters:
Lynda Stafford of Waldron, Arkansas
Neoma Lewis of Ola, Arkansas
Arlene Heibert of Kansas
Dolly Tiede of Dover, Arkansas
Daisy White of Conroe, Texas

Two brothers:
Mitchel Hall of Poteau, Oklahoma
Curtis Hall of Fort Smith, Arkansas

Three grandchildren:
Sarah Melson, John Hall, and Jessica Traywick

Two great-grandchildren:
Brooke Ann Melson and Makayla Dawn Melson


He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, John Hall; and two brothers, Donald Hall and Larry Hall. J.W. was a former resident of Heavener, a member of the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Heavener, and was the owner of Hall’s Apco Service Station for many years.


The family will hold a memorial service 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at the Weeks Community Center in Weeks, Arkansas with Reverend Wayne Fowler officiating.


Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener, Oklahoma.


To sign Mr. Hall’s online guestbook please visit


Monday, 28 March 2016 09:54


The Poteau Upper Elementary School announces "Students of the Week" for the second week of March.


Character Trait:


COMMITTMENT- The obligation or pledge to carry out some action or to support some policy or person



Students of the week are:  Chris Munoz, Caleb Lasiter, Camden Broyles, David Mendoza, Eli Newby, Kambri Poor, Raelynn Mithlo, Elisia Garcia, and Jaiden Davies


Good Job

Monday, 28 March 2016 09:48

Attention Poteau Businesses

Poteau, OK - OKW was contacted by a local business who was involved in a scam.

Apparently this was at least the fourth Poteau business to fall prey to the scam last week.

According to the business owner, they were contacted by phone from “OG&E" and were threatened to be disconnected from the electrical service because of nonpayment.

The foreign voice knew an incredible amount of information about the business and told the business owner they had an hour to pay cash ($1500) at the Harps payment receptacle or the power was being disconnected.

Luckily the manager of the business had done some research and did not pay the bill.

The business owner wanted others to be aware of this scam.

Crooks use clever schemes to defraud millions of people every year. They often combine sophisticated technology with age-old tricks to get people to send money or give out personal information.

They add new twists to old schemes and pressure people to make important decisions on the spot.

Most utilities will mail at least one, if not several, past-due notices before terminating service.

If you get a cancellation notification (especially by phone), always verify it by dialing the customer service number on your utility bill and don't give any information to the caller.

Another such scam hitting Poteau businesses is from the water department threatening to shut off their water service.

Attention Poteau Businesses - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Monday, 28 March 2016 07:38

Thomas Verle Lum Obituary

Thomas Verle Lum, 85, of Poteau, OK passed away Friday, March 25, 2016 in Ft. Smith, AR.


Thomas was born May 30, 1930 in Oklahoma City, OK to Verle L. & Linnie Mae (Vaughan) Lum. Thomas was a veteran of the US Army. He was a retired principal & teacher.


Thomas was a member of the Poteau Church of Christ where he served as an elder, deacon and song leader for many years.


Survivors include his wife, Nora Faye of the home; sons & daughters in law, Randal & Mia Lum, Ronald & Sandra Lum all of Poteau, OK, Michael & Lori Lum of Weatherford, TX; 8 grandchildren, Miranda, Jeffrey, Jerod, Justin, Cody, Jonathan, Kyler, Jason; 6 great grandchildren; other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Services will be 2 pm, Monday, March 28, 2016 at the Poteau Church of Christ with Donald Cherry & Michael Lum officiating.


Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Poteau, OK.


Pallbearers will be Jeffrey, Jerod, Justin, Cody, Jonathan, Kyler & Jason Lum, & Andrew Jenson.


In Lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to "In Search of the Lord's Way" a Church of Christ Program that was near and dear to Thomas' heart. PO Box 371, Edmond, OK 73083 (800-321-8633); or online at


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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