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Wednesday, 21 October 2015 20:43


Tuesday, October 27, 2015, Dunn Country will partner with Poteau Upper Elementary parents and teachers for a “Drive for the Kids®” Fundraiser to help raise money for UES students.



From 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the UES campus, parents and guests will have the opportunity to earn a $10 contribution for the school from the Chrysler brand, by taking a test drive in the award-winning 2015 Chrysler 200, Chrysler 300 or Town & Country. Any licensed driver, age 18 or older, may test drive and earn the donation. Dunn Country will provide the 2015 vehicles and volunteers from the dealership to assist with the fundraising test drives.



Participants can sign-up through the UES office ahead of time or just stop by during the event.



“The Drive for the Kids program offers Poteau UES a unique way to reach our fundraising goals without having to ask our families to reach into their own pockets,” said Bobbi Gillham, Principal. “Parents and friends can help us make a difference by donating their time for a test drive. In return, the Chrysler brand will donate $10. It’s that easy.”



All test-drive participants will also be entered into the 2015 National Giveaway for a chance to win $45,000 toward any eligible FCA US LLC Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler, Ram, FIAT, or Alfa Romeo vehicle.

The Chrysler brand introduced the “Drive for the Kids” program in 1993, and was the first automotive manufacturer to reach out in direct support of local schools.



Since its inception, Chrysler dealers have worked with parents and educators across the nation to contribute over $6 million to schools located in communities where the Chrysler brand and its dealers do business. For more information, visit Drive4Kids.



This DRIVE will also kick-off the school’s CANNED FOOD DRIVE, which is set to end November 20th. The food donations will go to families in need during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015 16:15

Mullin meets Oklahoma Veterans in Washington DC

Congressman Mullin had the opportunity to greet veterans from Oklahoma who traveled to Washington, DC, on October 21, 2015, for their Honor Flight.


Photos are of the Congressman with veterans who served in World War II and the Korean War.



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James Lankford and Markwayne Mullin visit with an Oklahoma Veteran

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Wednesday, 21 October 2015 15:30

Muldrow Man Pleads Guilty To Bomb Threat


MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced that Eric Wayne Lockhart 30, of Muldrow, pled guilty to Use of Telephone to make Bomb Threat.

This crime is punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000.00 or both.

The Indictment alleged that on or about June 15, 2015, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the Defendant, Eric Wayne Lockhart, did through use of a telephone, make a threat to kill, injure and intimidate an individual by means of an explosive, in and affecting interstate commerce.

The charges are a result from an investigation by the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Department and the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The Honorable Kimberly E. West, Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the plea and ordered the completion of a presentence report.

Sentencing will be scheduled after its completion.

The defendant will remain in the custody of the United States Marshal pending the sentencing hearing.

Assistant United States Attorney Chris Wilson represented the United States.

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Wednesday, 21 October 2015 14:21

Mary Imogene Stacy Obituary

Mary Imogene Stacy of Barling, Arkansas (formerly of Heavener, Oklahoma) was born February 17, 1925 in Heavener, Oklahoma to George and Bessie (Herndon) Mathews and passed away October 20, 2015 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas at the age of 90.


She is survived by:

Two daughters:
Jana “Kay” Satterfield and husband Richard of Barling, Arkansas
Gail Nena and husband Kenneth of Ft. Smith, Arkansas

One sister:
Atha Sims and husband Hershel of Waldron, Arkansas

Three grandchildren:
Jeremy Satterfield, Jennifer Jones, and Celesta Giles and husband Mason

Five great-grandchildren:
Derek Jones, Dalton Jones, Devon Jones, Logan Giles, and Conner Giles

Two great-great-grandchildren:
Lana Jones and Allison Jones

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends


Imogene was of the Assembly of God faith and owned and operated Stacy Food Center in Heavener for many years.


Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 23, 2015 at Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel.


Burial will follow in Heavener Memorial Park under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener, Oklahoma.


Viewing will be from 8:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m., with the family visiting with friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home.


To sign Mrs. Stacy’s online guestbook please visit

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According to a press release from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, on Tuesday October 20, 2015, the Oklahoma Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force arrested a Sand Springs man for possession of more than 100 images of child pornography.

A Shawnee police detective started the investigation via a chat room.

Mark Scott Stewart 46, and the undercover detective went to a separate chat room where Stewart shared hundreds of images of child pornography.

The Shawnee detective requested the Oklahoma ICAC Task Force assist with the continuation of the investigation and the arrest.

Searches of the IP address Stewart used sent officers to a business in Choctaw.

Those at the business fully cooperated with officers and helped lead them to Stewart, who was at a worksite in Oklahoma City.

ICAC Task Force members from Edmond, the Attorney General’s Office, and OSBI arrested Stewart on a complaint of aggravated possession of child pornography and violation of the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act.

Stewart was booked into the Oklahoma County jail.

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This year's Poteau Veterans Day parade will be on November 14th, 2015

Line up of floats will be at the Oval at Carl Albert State College, in front of the FL Holton Business Center, starting at 8 am.

The Veteran's Day Parade will start from Carl Albert State College, in Poteau, at 10am, travel down McKenna, turn on Dewey and go to Harper.

After the parade, a free dinner is planned at the Bob Lee Kidd Civic Center, where winners will be announced along with a program to honor all veterans attending.

A pancake breakfast will be served before the parade,  at the Hotel Lowrey by the LeFlore County Historical Society, from 7-10 a.m.

The theme is “Veterans Continuing to Serve.”

According to a press release from the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH),  three laboratory-confirmed cases of flu in Oklahoma, all of which were influenza A H3.


Two of the confirmed cases were from Tulsa County, including one hospitalization, and one case was from Oklahoma County.


According to the OSDH Sentinel Influenza Surveillance System, the percentage of influenza-like illness among outpatients indicates that influenza activity is elevated in Tulsa County. OSDH urges all Oklahomans to get an influenza immunization if they have not already done so.


An annual flu vaccination is recommended for everyone 6 months and older. “If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to get your flu shot before influenza begins to spread more widely,” said Laurence Burnsed, MPH, OSDH epidemiologist. “Persons who have the flu can spread it to others even before they feel sick. The flu vaccine provides the best protection for the individual who receives it and reduces the chance of spreading the flu to persons who have not been vaccinated, including babies too young to receive a vaccination.”


Vaccination is especially important for those persons at high risk from flu complications including children less than five years of age and persons age 65 years and older. Pregnant women should also receive a flu vaccination, as it not only protects the mother but also protects the baby for up to 6 months. Since influenza is more likely to cause severe illness in pregnant women and newborns, this protection is important.


Flu vaccination is safe during pregnancy, after delivery, and for breastfeeding women. Persons that are 50-64 years of age with underlying medical conditions such as chronic lung disease (asthma and COPD), diabetes (type 1 and 2), heart disease, neurologic conditions, other long-term health conditions are at increased risk of more severe influenza disease and hospitalization and should receive a flu vaccination.


In addition to getting your flu shot, the OSDH reminds you to follow these prevention tips:

· Frequent hand hygiene using soap and water, or alcohol-based products
such as hand gels when hands are not visibly soiled;

· Make “respiratory hygiene” a habit, including use of tissues to cover
coughs and sneezes, then disposing of them and performing hand
hygiene at once. When tissues are not readily available, use your sleeve, never your hands;

· Stay home from work, school, and other public places when you are ill;


Visit for more information about the flu and for weekly updates.

According to the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation a third person has been arrested in a double homicide that occurred in Bristow March 29th.

According to the report, on Monday afternoon members of the Northern Oklahoma Violent Crimes Task Force served a first degree murder arrest warrant on 32 year old Wilbert Tyron Moore.

Officers found Moore in an apartment in Tulsa.

Moore was booked into the Tulsa County jail then transferred to the Creek County lockup.

Moore is the third person arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of Ruth Ann Rex and Jake Allen Wright.

The two were found dead inside a motel room at the Carolyn Inn in Bristow.

September 3, 2015, officers arrested Antonio Rayfield Moore and Hanah Renee Jones for two counts each of first degree murder.

The Bristow Police Department requested OSBI help investigate this double homicide.

A Service of the Oklahoma Wildlife Department

This Saturday, Oct. 24, is opening day of the nine-day deer muzzleloader hunting season in Oklahoma.

That day is also opening day for muzzleloader elk season (on private lands in open zones only), and opening day for muzzleloader bear season (in open areas only until the 20-bear quota is met).
Hunting with a muzzleloader -- sometimes referred to as "primitive firearms" -- pays homage to a traditional form of gun hunting that recalls the early pioneering days in Oklahoma's history.

Last year, about 80,000 hunters participated in Oklahoma's muzzleloader deer season, according to the annual Big Game Report published in the September/October issue of "Outdoor Oklahoma," the official Wildlife Department magazine. Through the Wildlife Department's online E-Check System, muzzleloader hunters reported 14,832 deer harvested during the nine-day season in 2014.

This year's muzzleloader deer season will close Nov. 1. Muzzleloader season for elk will remain open until Nov. 1 only in those elk hunting zones where the seasonal harvest quotas have not yet been reached. Elk hunters must go online to the Elk Quota Page at to check the quota status of the zone they intend to hunt before they go afield.

Muzzleloader season for bear will run through Nov. 1, or until the 20-bear season quota is reached, in Latimer, Le Flore, McCurtain and Pushmataha counties. Bear hunters must buy their license before the season starts, and they must call (888) 901-3256 before going afield to check the status of the bear harvest quota.

Muzzleloader hunters must wear hunter orange clothing, including headgear, that covers the upper body. Also, any archery deer or elk archery hunters are reminded that they also must abide by the hunter orange requirements during the deer and elk muzzleloader seasons.

Each muzzleloader hunter may harvest one antlered and two antlerless deer during the season, provided that one of the antlerless deer is taken from Zones 2, 7 or 8.

Resident hunters must possess either an annual or lifetime hunting or combination license; a senior citizen hunting or combination license; or proof of exemption. Hunters must also possess a deer primitive (antlered or antlerless) license for each deer harvested, or proof of exemption.


Nonresidents must possess a nonresident deer primitive license.


An annual nonresident hunting license is not required. To buy licenses online, go to

REMINDER: When a deer hunter decides to take a shot, he or she is making a wildlife management decision that affects the future health of the deer herd. The Wildlife Department's "Hunters in the Know ... Let Young Bucks Grow!" public awareness campaign invites hunters to seriously think about their harvest decision before acting. The state's 250,000 deer hunters can continue to improve the health and age structure of the deer population by making conscientious choices about which deer they harvest. Look for opportunities to pass on younger bucks and wait for an older one.

For more information regarding deer and elk hunting zones, licenses, bag limits, clothing requirements or legal firearms, consult the 2015-16 "Oklahoma Hunting" regulations guide online at or in print anywhere hunting and fishing licenses are sold.


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.

This program receives federal assistance from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and thus prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age and sex (gender) pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title II of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990. To request an accommodation or informational material in an alternative format, contact Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, (405) 521-3851. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity or service, contact U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office for Diversity and Workforce Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041.

Tuesday, 20 October 2015 15:18

Volunteers needed to ring the bells

The Salvation Army in Poteau is needing volunteers.

It’s almost time for bell ringing season.

Each November the Salvation Army sets up their red kettle and to help collect money for needy families.

They continue to ring the bell until Christmas Eve, when the red kettles are packed away for the season.

Volunteers are the difference between an empty kettle and one that raises about $30 per hour.

That’s enough to provide a family with two bags of groceries or shelter an individual for a night.

Why not consider becoming a bell ringer this year.

To find out more or to volunteer contact the Poteau’s Salvation Army at 918.647.8780.

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