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Friday, 16 March 2018 15:40

Wister Graduate signs with Freedom

By Ray Fink, Director of Athletics Communications at Oklahoma Baptist University


SHAWNEE – Former Oklahoma Baptist pitcher Tyler Gibson signed an independent pro contract with the Florence Freedom.


Located in Florence, Kentucky, the Freedom play in the Frontier League and opens the season April 30.


Gibson was 8-3 with a 4.07 earned run average and 79 strikeouts in 77.1 innings for the Bison last season and was the winning pitcher in the NCCAA championship game.



Friday, 16 March 2018 13:38

Charles Ray Tackett Obituary


Charles Ray Tackett, 61, of Bokoshe, OK, passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2018 in Bokoshe. He was born October 15, 1956 in Poteau, OK, to Billy Ray and Sharon Faith (Barkley) Tackett. He was an oil field consultant.


Charles was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother Billy David Tackett, father and mother-in-law Junun and Ruth Thompson.


Survivors include his wife Lisa (Thompson) Tackett of the home, three daughters, Jackie Gentry and husband Jason, Amy Tackett and Heath Herd and Bethany Tackett all of Bokoshe, grandchildren, Sarah Gentry and Kaity Rae Beathard, brothers Steve Tackett and wife Cindy of Milton, OK, Mark Hatcher and wife Ranata of Bokoshe, OK, his other brother Steve Hendrix and wife Jeanne of Milton, OK, sisters, Paula Darneal and husband Randy of Panama, OK, Sharon Kay Tackett and Keith Beathard of Longtown, OK, Patricia Price and husband Dennis of Milton, OK, stepmother Anna Tackett of Milton, OK, as well as a host of other family members, friends and loved ones.


Pallbearers will be Steve Hendrix, Harold Crase, Tim Lovell, Tom Watson, A.J. Walters, Jeremy Kingsborough.


Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at the First Baptist Church, Bokoshe, OK.


Interment will follow service at Nubbin Ridge Cemetery, Bokoshe, OK.


Visitation will be Monday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and the family will greet friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Grace Manor Funeral Home, Poteau, OK.


Arrangements are under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home, Poteau, OK. You may leave an on-line greeting to the family at


Friday, 16 March 2018 13:35

Rep. Rick West Hosts High School Page



OKLAHOMA CITY – Rep. Rick West welcomed Kaegan Clark as the high school page for House District 3 the week of March 12-15.


“Kaegan showed lots of promise while he was at the state Capitol,” said West, R-Heavener. “Not only was he actively involved in the legislative process, his fellow pages recognized him as page of the week. I know Kaegan is going to go on to do great things.”


House pages run messages to legislators while they are in the chamber debating policy and voting on measures.


Pages also participate in a mock session, in which they learn legislative procedure and how to write legislation.


Kaegan is a senior at Poteau High School and is the son of Dr. Jonathan Clark and Karna Clark.


This was Kaegan’s first time paging for the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

Friday, 16 March 2018 13:31

PUES Students of the Week for March 5-9



Poteau, Oklahoma -  The Poteau Upper Elementary School is pleased to announce their  Students of the Week for March 5-9.



The March Character word is Commitment:

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


Students of the week are: Will Jordan, Kamryn Armstrong, Drew Stone, Jerra Sommers, Joey Munoz, Cruze Jenkins, Braydon West, and Not Pictured- Diego Reyes


Press release

Poteau voters will be facing another decision in April that will either support or not support the construction of new facilities for the Poteau School District. According to Superintendent of Schools Don Sjoberg, the district needs additional classroom space to handle current and anticipated enrollment growth.


“In 1994, the district had an enrollment of 1,969 and the district built 7 new classrooms at the high school. Since then, the district has grown to 2,365. This growth of nearly 400 students has created overcrowding issues at all of our site schools, forcing the use of older facilities and rooms. Combine those issues with the normal deterioration that comes with time and this is the right time to make an investment in our facilities. We have recently spent time and money to retile classrooms and hallways at the high school after a water line break created flooding. During this process, we saw building deterioration that will create more problems in the future”.


"The current bond proposal has been “downsized” from the $ 23,000,000 bond proposal of last September. “We surveyed our community members and discovered 2 major concerns. Voters wanted the amount of property tax increase reduced and wanted us to focus on academics, not extracurricular activities. As a result, this bond proposal will focus on a new 2 story classroom building for high school students to be built in the high school courtyard and a new 7th and 8th grade academic center. The total cost will be down to $13,105,000 and the property tax increase has dropped to 5.5%, much less than the 13.6% for the last September bond proposal.”


This photo shows the tax impact it will have on your taxes

tax impact

Voting will take place on April 3, 2018.



OSU Press release


Story by Cassidy Williams and Michaela Gleason


(STILLWATER, Okla., March 16, 2018) – Terri Ventress, a design engineer at Oklahoma State University, is always preparing for the Highland games, where she’s already earned three consecutive Masters World Championships (2012 to 2014) in North Carolina, New Mexico and Inverness, Scotland.


The Highland games are major competitive events held to celebrate Scottish and Celtic culture in the U.S., Scotland and other countries. They include tests of strength and agility such as the stone put, 56-pound weight for height, caber toss, hammer throw, weight throw and sheaf toss. Each event requires a great amount of physical upper and lower body strength.


“It’s a lot of fun, and it keeps you coming back ... it’s constantly challenging, the techniques are complicated, and not easy to master,” Ventress said. “Everyone gets that you’re pretty much in competition against yourself and the whole idea is to do better than you’ve done before.”


Ventress was the first Highland games athlete to simultaneously hold all the event records in an age group, which she accomplished in two to three years in the 50-plus age group. Her current goal is to do the same in the 55-plus age group, where she’s well on her way. She first broke the Women’s Open World Record in the sheaf toss in 2001 in Kansas City. The sheaf toss involves using a pitchfork to throw a simulated hay bale as high as possible.


While she’s been competing in the games for 21 seasons, Ventress and her husband, Larry, were introduced to them in Midwest City at a Scottish festival in 1997. Originally there to watch the games, Larry was so excited about what he saw that he actually competed for the first time that same day in the C class, which is similar to a beginner’s level. He won, and the couple decided to compete in future games.

Ventress’ passion for powerlifting and interval training helped her transition into the physically demanding aspects of the events. When training, she lifts weights three or four times a week and performs high intensity workouts about seven times a week to increase her speed and stamina.


“If I don’t work out, I’m not a happy person,” Ventress said. “I need to be doing something fairly physical, but I don’t think everyone is that way. I think some people can benefit from yoga, stretching or maybe walking is their passion, but it’s not enough for me.”

Always striving to find the right balance between strength and speed, Ventress recently joined the OSU wellness program called SWEAT (Stronger with Exercise and Training). The 17-week program incorporates high-intensity exercise while utilizing different modes of resistance. Groups meet twice a week at 5:45 a.m., which Ventress enjoys because she has enough time to get ready before starting her work day.


“I am absolutely loving the SWEAT class,” Ventress said. “We are 15 classes in, and our trainer is great. As a strength athlete, the classes are a different kind of tough, and are exactly what I was looking for. The entire range of exercises change each session, which helps keep the high level of intensity fresh. I look forward to each and every one!”


While having complications with her hip, Ventress attended Carol Bender’s yoga class in the student union. She enjoys how yoga keeps the body symmetrical and improves mobility, and she credits Bender for keeping her moving.


In addition to physical health and event training, Ventress is also passionate about nutrition. She believes eating wild, organic vegetables, and non-hormone free-range chicken or beef gives her body the nutrients needed to participate in the physically demanding aspects of the Highland games.


Ventress is excited to continue competing. Since moving to the 55-plus age group, she holds six out of the eight records and is working toward setting more.


“It gives me more energy for life, everything I do and all of those I love,” Ventress said. “Just keep looking until you find that thing that you love to do. It’s important to do those little things and find out what it is that keeps you going and makes you happy.”


Over the years, Ventress has competed all over the world while getting to share her passion with other competitors. A few of her competitive destinations include Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and of course, Scotland. She said there are always sites to see when traveling to games.


Ventress is a senior design engineer for OSU’s New Product Development Center, where she is also a designated America’s Healthiest Campus Wellness Innovator. As an innovator, she provides tools, resources and support to encourage colleagues to facilitate healthy lifestyles.




Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant university that prepares students for success. OSU has more than 36,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 25,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and around 120 nations. Established in 1890, Oklahoma State has graduated more than 260,000 students who have been serving Oklahoma and the world for 125 years.


On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, a Pottawatomie County jury convicted a woman of 10 counts of possession of child pornography.

According to a press release from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, the jury recommended 10 years on nine counts and 20 years on one count for 37 year-old Kimberly Ann Smith-Gentile.

The case stems from an OSBI Internet Crimes Against Children investigation that originated in Kansas in 2016. There, Jaymes Dean was charged with sexual abuse of more than a dozen children.

A Kansas jury sentenced him to four life sentences plus 129 years.


Smith-Gentile was charged because she knowingly possessed the phones with the illegal images taken by Dean for six months without notifying authorities.

A judge will formally sentence her May 31, 2018.

By Alicia Priest, President, Oklahoma Education Association


“The deal announced today (March 15, 2018) by Speaker Charles McCall and his leadership team is not a plan at all. In fact, it’s worse that the plan that failed in the senate last night, and once again its nothing more than a political stunt that falls woefully short of the revenue  needed to save our schools and keep teachers in Oklahoma classrooms.

The group that stood with him today should know that our students deserve better, that our teachers deserve better and that Oklahomans deserve better. This movement is bigger than any one group who cares more about playing politics than doing what’s right by our teachers. In fact, it’s theses kinds of political games that have created the anger and frustration that is driving this movement.

Educators from Atoka, Lawton to Miami, and Broken Arrow to Yukon have made clear the needs of the education community and we know there is the revenue out there to pass a real plan that meets those needs.


If lawmakers continue these games, the Oklahoma Education Association stands ready to offer a way pay for a real that solve real problems, not one that simply attempts to grab headlines.

Time is ticking, April 2nd will be here before you know it. We suggest lawmakers get back to work.”

Statement from OEA about Speaker McCall’s Deal on Teacher Pay - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

The following couple applied for a marriage at the LeFlore County Courthouse from March 5 through March 9, 2018.

Ronnie Dale Wheat and Julianna Monic Mercado

Robert C Archambault and Samantha J Real

Donnie Ray Williams and Ashley Paige Williams

Dylan F Richardson and Samantha R Carter

Zachary Cadum Neal and Hillararee Nicole Cox

Bobby Stewart and Tera Glyn Harvel

Chase Allen Herrington and Heather May Fox

James Joseph Neering and Holly Nicole Kuykendall

Jonathan Ross Hale and Ashley Marie Cox


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