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Carl Albert State College in Poteau is pleased to announce more scholarhip winners 



CASC Mission Statement
To provide affordable, accessible and exceptional education that fosters student success.


CASC Vision Statement
CASC faculty and staff will provide an exemplary learning community by creating excellent educational opportunities that are responsive to the needs of the area and enable students to achieve their aspirations and develop into successful participants in an ever-changing world.



CASC Scholarship Recipients, Poteau Campus are:



Recipient: Gianna Reid
Scholarship: Lin Bohanan Memorial
High School:


Restine Daniel 002
Recipient: Daniel Restine
Scholarship:General Scholarship Fund
High School: McCurtain


Ritter Aurora 002
Recipient: Aurora Ritter
Scholarship:Gedosh Family
High School: Poteau

Recipient: Timberly Robertson
Scholarship:BP America
High School: Wister

Recipient: Timberly Robertson
Scholarship:Brad Fields Memorial
High School: Wister


Scarberry Bailey 002
Recipient: Bailey Scarberry
Scholarship: Tyler Seth Davlin Memorial

Smith Shelby 002
Recipient: Shelby Smith
Scholarship: Eleanor White Memorial
High School: Heavener

Recipient: Liam Snider
Scholarship:Eleanor White Memorial

Spurlock Sarah 002
Recipient: Sarah Spurlock
Scholarship:Brooklyn Elayna Deleplank Memorial
High School: Leflore

Thursday, 09 August 2018 15:25

Wanda LuRay Long Obituary

Wanda LuRay Long of Clayton, Oklahoma was born December 17, 1945 in Poteau, Oklahoma to William Toney and Salinia Elizabeth (Washington) Heflin and passed away on August 8, 2018 in Fort Smith, Arkansas at the age of 72.


She is survived by:

Two daughters:
Lawanda Sue Scarberry and husband Don of Nashoba, Oklahoma
Racheal Elizabeth Stonebarger and husband Tracy of Boswell, Oklahoma

One son:
Toney Long and wife Rachel of Poteau, Oklahoma

Three sisters:
Wilma Sullivan of Heavener, Oklahoma
Frances Walker of Poteau, Oklahoma
Dorothy Hughes of Poteau, Oklahoma

14 grandchildren

12 great-grandchildren

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends


She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, David Frances Long; one infant son, David Ray Long; and two brothers, William Heflin and Kenneth Heflin.


Wanda was of the Baptist faith and retired as a Provider for Home Health. She loved to read, do jigsaw puzzles, and spending time with her grandkids, family, and friends. Wanda loved Elvis. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Wanda will be deeply missed by everyone whom loved and knew her.


Graveside service will be 3:00 p.m., Saturday, August 11, 2018 at the Maxey Cemetery in Wister, Oklahoma with Reverend Gene Heflin officiating.


Burial will follow in Maxey Cemetery in Wister, Oklahoma under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener, Oklahoma.


Honorary Pallbearers will be: Grandchildren and Step-grandchildren


Viewing will be from 3:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Thursday and 8:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m., Friday at the funeral home.


The family will have visitation with friends on Friday night from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.


To sign Wanda’s online guestbook please visit


Thursday, 09 August 2018 15:20

Leta Mae Cooper Obituary


Leta Cooper, 70, of Poteau, OK, fell asleep in death Wednesday, August 8, 2018 in Poteau, OK. She was born September 30, 1947 in Tulsa, OK to Edward and Leta Oscar (Runyon) Green.


She was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and attended The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Poteau, Oklahoma.


Leta is preceded in death by her parents.


Survivors include her husband of 51 years Jimmy Cooper of the home, son and daughter-in-law Chuck & Hannah Cooper of Denton, TX, daughter and son-in-law Jeanne and Robert Nichols of Rudy, AR, two grandchildren Brandi and Jamie Wilson, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members, friends, and loved ones.


Graveside services will be held at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Oakland Cemetery Pavilion, Poteau, OK with Ron Brown officiating.


Memorial service to follow at 10:30 a.m. at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Poteau, Oklahoma.


Visitation will be Thursday 3 p.m – 8 p.m, Friday 9 a.m -8 p.m. with the family greeting friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at Grace Manor Funeral Home in Poteau.


Services are under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home, Poteau, OK.


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


Press release

The Oklahoma Department of Correction statement on Death Penalty Protocol

"Our agency has been deluged by questions from reporters about the supposed existence of a “deadline” in July for developing the state’s death penalty protocol for nitrogen hypoxia.

To be clear, ODOC Director Joe M. Allbaugh stated during a news conference with Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter in March, “I’m hoping to have something of a preliminary fashion in the next 90 to 120 days.”
At no point in the press conference nor since then has ODOC discussed or set any deadline.

As we have said multiple times - we continue to work with the Attorney General’s Office on developing a protocol that provides for an effective and humane method of execution.
Such work is important and detailed; and its results must stand up in court.

We reserve the right to develop a protocol that is befitting for this state – and not the news media’s schedule."


August 13

Dana Murphy candidate for Lt Governor Meet and Greet 5pm -7pm Days Inn – Poteau, OK

August 17

Single Parent Roundtable – 11:30 am – 1pm Reynolds Center – Poteau, OK

August 18

Brave the Mud Run- 8am LeFlore County Fair Grounds – Poteau, OK

BCGLC Daddy Daughter Dance 6pm – Bob Lee Kidd Civic Center- Poteau, OK


Recurring events

Historic Downtown Poteau First Friday events:

First Friday’s will run from April through September on Friday evenings of the first Friday of each month and will include a beer and wine garden in the Pocket Park as well as other events.

Strike A Lot Lanes

Strike A Lot Lanes in Poteau group special – 3 hours of unlimited bowling and laser tag - $13.00 Pizza and soda bash included.

Wacky Wednesdays:

$1.00 Bowl Games (Shoe Rental $2.50) & ½ Priced Laser Tag


9-Pin Tourney Challenge - 7pm


Cosmic Bowl 9pm-11pm - 2 hr. unlimited bowling, $10 (shoe rental not included)

8pm-11pm; three-hour unlimited bowling and light show -$10 plus shoe rental


Bowlaraoke and Cosmic Bowl 8pm-11pm

Now Open on Sunday from 4-8pm.

Events at the Lounge in Poteau


Guy’s Night Out – Happy Hour Prices for guys All Night


Karaoke 9pm-Close & Reverse Happy Hour 9pm-12am


Thirsty Thursday = $2 large soda, games and shoes




Karaoke or scheduled band or event

Sunday's Fun day

Happy Hour 2pm-7pm

Pool tourney -5 pm

Historic Downtown Poteau First Friday events:First Friday’s will run from April through September on Friday evenings of the first Friday of each month and will include a beer and wine garden in the Pocket Park as well as other events.



Poteau, OKLAHOMA - Poteau Police Officer, Jason Close received his 10-service pin from Assistant Poteau Police Chief, Greg Russell.

Close started his career with Animal Control, went on to Reserve officer training and later to CLEET training.

He was honored with his service pin on Monday, August 6, 2018 at the Poteau City Council meeting.


Wednesday, 08 August 2018 23:17

Leflore man injured in one vehicle accident


According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a Leflore man was injured in automobile accident on Bengal Road, three miles south and three miles west of the city limits of Leflore.

According to the report, at approximately 1:30 pm on August 8, 2018, a 1997 Nissan driven by Cash Hampton 20, of Leflore, was traveling westbound on Bengal Road and failed to negotiate a curve to the right and departed the roadway to the left and struck a tree.

Hampton was transported by LeFlore County EMS to Mercy Hospital in Ft. Smith and later transferred to Washington Regional in Fayetteville, AR and was admitted in critical condition with multiple injuries.

Wednesday, 08 August 2018 15:18

Marriage Licenses July 30-August 3, 2018

The following couples received their marriage licenses from the LeFlore County Court Clerk’s office during the week of July 30-August 3, 2018:


Herschell Aarron Miller and Alyssa Michelle Sanders 

Sarah Nicole Bennett and Jordan Cheyenne Carver

Jose R. Arce-Lopez and Abigail Bravo 

Charles D. Caughern and Betty Irene Gore 

Clyde W. Brown and Kellie Danielle Plummer 

Eric Wayne Chronister and Salli Maria Maxwell

Wednesday, 08 August 2018 09:41

Local Teachers Receive Donations

The GTO Foundation in Oklahoma City recently held a Back-to-School drive to help some Oklahoma’s teachers and students with much-needed supplies. Teachers from LeFlore County who received school supplies from The GTO Foundation included Pocola teachers Becky Freitas, Britt Reaves, Lora Loyd and Teresa Eaton; Spiro teacher Angela Matthews; Panama teacher Kris Kable; Poteau teacher Erich Sweet and Wister teachers Amy Wisdom, Jenny Claiborn, Tawyna McCoy and Donna Deaton.


Pictured above are Pocola teachers with their supplies at Galleria Furniture.

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Pictured above are Marsha Schubert, GTO Coordinator; Katelyn Owens, grand-daughter of GTO Foundation founders Gary & Terri Owens who own Galleria Furniture with Wister teachers Amy Wisdom and Donna Deaton who picked up supplies for the 4 teachers from Wister and the teachers from Spiro, Poteau and Panama.


Pictured above are Carolyn Kalbeth, Volunteer; and Katelyn Owens, grand-daughter of GTO Foundation founders Gary & Terri Owens who own Galleria Furniture with Wister teachers Amy Wisdom and Donna Deaton who picked up supplies for the 4 teachers from Wister and the teachers from Spiro, Poteau and Panama.

GTO Coordinator, Marsha Schubert said the GTO Foundation had "about $120,000 worth of school supplies and are pleased to see teachers and students from all over the state benefiting from their donations." The Foundation also has given away 400 reading centers consisting of pillows and up to 10 books per teachers and over 10,000 binders just since Oklahoma school students were dismissed for the summer break.


The GTO Foundation’s mission is simple: Help assist Oklahoma school children with the supplies and tools necessary to be successful in the classroom. This non-profit was formed by Galleria Furniture Store Owners Gary and Terri Owens.


According to The GTO Education Foundation’s website: “The GTO Education Foundation in conjunction with Galleria Furniture is proud to support Oklahoma teachers. We strive to bring together community partners and other concerned & generous citizens to help support teachers across our state with basic school supplies.


The GTO Foundation at Galleria Furniture in Oklahoma City has been nominated for the Anschutz BLUE Award, which will be awarded to a community partner that goes above and beyond to service teachers throughout the State of Oklahoma in a way that is meaningful and impactful. These partners will promote civic engagement and civic literacy through advocacy efforts that directly influence Oklahoma Educators.


Anyone may vote for the GTO Foundation to receive the Anschutz Blue Award. You may vote once per day every day until September 30, 2018. To vote for The GTO Foundation, CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, 08 August 2018 18:21

Gwendolynn Dean Goodwin Obituary

Gwendolynn Dean Goodwin, 61, of Poteau, OK passed away Sunday, August 5, in Ft. Smith, AR. Gwen was born April 8, 1957 in Poteau, OK to Pat Richardson.

She is survived by her husband, Houston Lambert; daughter & son in law, Tracy & Cass Moquett; son & daughter in law, Michael & Amy Tackett; grandchildren, Jackelynn Gutierrez, Zoe Nesbitt, Hunter Tackett & Jake Tackett; brother, Steve Greenwood; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Memorial services will be 2 pm, Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, OK.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Poteau Valley Humane Society, PO Box 15, Poteau 74953.


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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