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Poteau Upper Elementary School's "Back to School Night" on Tuesday, August 4th, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.


The Poteau Upper Elementary school is hosting orientation in the cafeteria to familiarize students and parents of the school procedures and expectations for 2015-2016.


Two sessions are available so that students and parents can choose the session that best fits their schedule.


3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Students are encouraged to bring school supplies and meet their homeroom teacher during "Back to School Night" so they are ready to spring into action on the first day of school, Thursday, August 6th!


Order forms for 2015-2016 UES "Come One, Come All to the Greatest School Year of "All!" t-shirts are available during "Back to School Night" for $15.00 each.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:22

Monster Cucumber

This cucumber was submitted by a OKW Viewer. 


The monster cucumber weighed in at 4.8 lbs and 23 inches long.


Pictured are Gracie Mattox and Brinley Mills.


Their papa Paul Tackett from Panama grew it.


Submitted by Lisa Tackett

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:09

Linda Carol (James) Maxwell Obituary

Linda Maxwell, 65, of Poteau, OK, passed away Monday, July 27, 2015, in Tulsa, OK.


She was born March 6, 1950, at Calhoun, OK, to Lester Frank and Annie Mae (Morris) James.


She was a homemaker.

Survivors include a son, Donald Lee Maxwell of Poteau, OK; a daughter Tammy Lee Legitt of Poteau, OK; adopted son Jay Dakin of Poteau, OK; a sister Mary Corinne Kelly; grandchildren Tamara and Tara Legitt, Jonathon, Donald Paul Kristin, Justina and Alysia Maxwell, as well as a host of other family members, friends and loved ones.

Linda is preceded in death by brothers Adam, Benny and Roy James; sisters Easter Buckner, Christine James, Flora Mae James and Starla James.


Graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 31, 2015, at Oakland Cemetery Pavilion in Poteau, OK. Interment will follow service at the Oakland Cemetery.


Fellowship will follow service at the Delton Cox Community Center.


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


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

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:03



Thirty two Pansy Kidd Middle School have been spending their summer having a fun time during Academic Quest.


Academic Quest offers educational opportunities to Middle Schools students during the summer.


With classes like Math, Science, and Culinary Arts, students learn some great skills in a fun way.



Mrs, Quarry and the students preparing snacks during Culinary Arts Class

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 12:47

Camp Discovery Next Week

Submitted by Vickie Jirash



Are your kids bored and driving you crazy?



Send them to Camp Discovery! Vacation Bible School August 3rd, 4th, and 5th, 5:30 to 7:30 P.M., at the Freeman Life Center, Howe First Missionary Baptist Church, by the Howe Tote-a-Poke.



They will experience Bible stories told through skits, music, crafts, refreshments, SMORES, Bible verses set to music for easy learning, and a pool party on Wednesday night following VBS.



Come join us for the fun, as we learn how Jesus is at work through us! Invite your friends and share this post.



BTW, who wants to throw a pie at Bro. Samuel J. Reddin? Come find out how.

Poteau PD has notified OKWNEWS that they have identified this man. Detective Kannady said, "The Poteau Police Department appreciates the public's assistance helping to identify this man."


Poteau Police is requesting the public's assistance in identifying the following person. He is a white male driving a white Chevrolet pickup truck.


He is a person of interest in a ongoing investigation.


Anyone with information about this person's identity please contact Detective Mark Kannady at the Poteau Police Department, 918-647-8620.


Callers can remain anonymous.



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Tuesday, 28 July 2015 22:02

Poteau Spirit Center Stars of the Month

The Poteau Spirit Center announces their Stars of the Month






Excel gymnast- Emma Rogers

Cheer star- Jurnee Williams











Shooting star- Kelby Donathan

Beginning gymnastics class- Cameron Williams

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 15:36

Sarah Edna Johnson Death Notice

Sarah Edna Johnson "Okie", 70, of Poteau, OK passed away Friday, July 17, 2015 in Fort Smith, AR. Sarah was born August 11, 1944 in Calhoun, OK to Robert Lafayette & Flora Mae (Pool) Phillips.


She was a singer/waitress.


Memorial services will be held on July 31, 2015 around 7 pm at Victor Landing, starting off the family reunion.


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.

Submitted by Amanda Stafford

Howe Girls Basketball team of 1933

No last names were with the photo but the first names from left to right are:

Wanda G, Irena A, Francine B, Cleo, K, Wilma H, Janice Hall. And Dara D.

Coach was Arrie Robertson.


Poteau, Oklahoma: KNEES to War 5K run and walk is set for September 12th, on the campus of Carl Albert College in Poteau, OK.


The run is dedicated to bringing awareness to the need for prayer for children in the nation of India, and to support the children's ministries of Touch India International.

The race features a 5K run and a 1 mile walk.


The walk begins at 9am and the registration fees are $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for children under 12. The 5K begins at 9:30am and the registration fees are $25.00 for adults and $10.00 for children under 12.


Anyone interested in participating in the event or to simply donate money to the cause are asked to go to to pre-register.


Registration will be taken through September 10th, at 11:59pm central time.

At present, Touch India International and Le Flore Baptist Association are supporting 123 children living in the Thomas Children's Home for the Needy.


Some are orphans, others are from homes that cannot afford to meet their needs, and about 40% are pastors' children from areas where they are persecuted for their faith in Jesus.


In the home, the children are supplied with food, clothing, shelter, Christian love and guidance, and an education they would otherwise not be able to receive. The monthly cost for one child to stay in the home is $120, which is obtained from supporters of the ministry.


The property for the Thomas Children's Home for the Needy is being leased, and the owner has indicated a desire to eventually sell the land. Because of this, Touch India Ministries is raising funds to build their own children's home that can house 200 children.


Proceeds from the Knees 2 War events support this building effort.

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