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On May 18-2015 at approximately 5 pm, Ft Sill requested Oklahoma Highway Patrol's Marine Enforcement Division to assist them in locating a male subject who was driving a 4 door passenger car that drove through a low water crossing on Ft Sill and was swept off of the roadway into Medicine Bluff Creek.



The vehicle was located and recovered in the late afternoon hours of 05-17-2015, however, the driver was not located in the vehicle.


Ft Sill states that the driver was possibly under the influence of alcohol.


On May-19-2015 recovery operations were activated on Ft. Sill at Medicine Bluff Creek. Search and recovery efforts involving the use of recovery boat in the water, and field troops made up of Ft. Sill personnel, walking and searching the shore line yielding yet no subject found.

Ft. Sill incident commander halted search and recovery efforts, at approximately 4pm. due to inclement weather. Ft. Sill incident command had personnel on observation posts with flood lights watching for the subject throughout the night. During the night, the subject was spotted by an observation post attendent.
When the subject didn't make the next observation post, it was believed that he may have gotten caught in some debris.

On May 20th, the subject was spotted at another observation post downstream, efforts were made to the recover the body by Black Hawk helicopter but the recovery was unsuccessful.


According to the OHP press release, Lake Lawtonka has opened the flood gates which has caused the water level to rise and flow beyond the limits of safe operations.

So the search was suspended and a recovery team has been placed on recall.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 14:21

Debra Lee Waddle

Debra Lee Waddle, 58, of Shady Point, OK passed away Monday, May 18, 2015 near Wister, OK. Debra was born August 12, 1956 in Kankakee, IL to Lee Edward & Dorothy Marie (Vanpelt) Thomas.


She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Eric Thomas; and brother, Arthur Thomas.



Survivors include her daughter, Cristie Johnson of Poteau, OK; 4 grandchildren; sisters, Sonja Heinrichs of Fresno, CA, Cycilia Thomas of Ft. Smith, AR, Louise Davidoff of Rudy, AR, Peggy Barcheers of Spiro, OK; brother, Charles Thomas of Bokoshe, OK; other relatives, loved ones, and many friends.



Services will be 10 am, Friday, May 22, 2015 at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau.



The family will be at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 6-8 pm to visit with family and friends.

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

Wednesday, 20 May 2015 14:20

Joe Paul "Pete" Waddle

Joe Paul "Pete" Waddle, 68, of Shady Point, OK passed away Monday, May 18, 2015 near Wister, OK.


Pete was born July 27, 1946 in Poteau, OK to William Edward & Beulah Mae (Forehand) Waddle. He worked in construction. He was preceded in death by his parents and Keith McSpadden.



Survivors include his son, James Edward Waddle of Poteau, OK; 1 granddaughter; sister, Tommy Lou & Mack McSpadden; brother, Jim Waddle of Cameron, OK; nephews, Mark, Clay and Terry; other relatives & loved ones many beloved friends.



Services will be 2 pm, Friday, May 22, 2015 at Fairhill/Knothole Cemetery Pavilion, Cameron, OK with Rev. Jim Cook officiating. Pallbearers will be Mark, & Terry McSpadden, David Butler, Justin & Thomas Brown, Heath Baldwin. Honorary pallbearers will be Floyd & Ricky Butler and Danny Barcheers.


The family will be at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 6-8 pm to visit with relatives & friends.


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

Joe Paul "Pete" Waddle - 2.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

Heavener VFW Post 8403 will be having a Poppy Drive at Walmart in Poteau on Memorial Day.

Member of the Post will pass out the Poppies to remember Memorial Day and will also be taking donations.

They will be at the Poteau Wal-Mart from 9am -- 3pm on May 30, 2016

The history of the Poppy Drive

In 1915, inspired by the poem "In Flanders Fields," Moina Michael replied with her own poem:

We cherish too, the Poppy red that grows on fields where valor led,

It seems to signal to the skies that blood of heroes never dies.

She then conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war.

She was the first to wear one, and sold poppies to her friends and co-workers with the money going to benefit servicemen in need.

Later a Madam Guerin from France was visiting the United States and learned of this new custom started by Ms. Michael.

When she returned to France she made artificial red poppies to raise money for war orphaned children and widowed women.

This tradition spread to other countries.


In 1921, the Franco-American Children's League sold poppies nationally to benefit war orphans of France and Belgium.

The League disbanded a year later and Madam Guerin approached the VFW for help.

Shortly before Memorial Day in 1922 the VFW became the first veterans' organization to nationally sell poppies.

Two years later their "Buddy" Poppy program was selling artificial poppies made by disabled veterans.

In 1948 the US Post Office honored Ms. Michael for her role in founding the National Poppy movement by issuing a red 3 cent postage stamp with her likeness on it.


The bowling alley was planning to hold the project this weekend but due to the weather predictions they have rescheduled the event for June 18th through the 20th.

"We were really looking forward to making a difference for one of our favorite couples, but mother nature will not allow it this month," said Michelle Gott, of Strike A Lot Lanes. "We have moved the event to June 18-20th, so for those of you who wanted to volunteer, be ready then."

The new plan - weather permitting - preparing the house of Freddy and Tonya McCoy will begin on the 18th. Volunteers are needed to sand and scrape and fill holes and mask. The actual painting beginning on the 20th.

If you wish to help volunteer there will be a signup sheet at the bowling alley and lounge or people can call 918- 839-6456 and talk to Amanda about what they can help with.



volunteers needed


So, while you are waiting to help volunteer for this great family, come out and bowl.

Strike A Lot has new summer hours.

The Alley will only be open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday all throughout June, July, and August from 4-10 pm.

Summer Trios league that starts up on May 31!

Find some friends and come bowl in a cool summer league a Strike-A-Lot Lanes.

So beat the heat and the rain and come bowl they have air conditioning!

Tuesday, 19 May 2015 13:02



These photos were submitted to OKW this morning - it shows that part of the road is washed away on Sumler road in the Cameron area.


Heavy rain pounded our area again last night, causing some localized flooding in many areas.

People who travel this road will need to take an alternate route.


People in that area also be advised that on the alternate route through Pocola  -  the low water bridge was flooded as well.


bridge out

Please be careful and stay safe.






Wednesday, 20 May 2015 03:31

Poteau High School Talent Show

The student council of Poteau High school hosted a talent Show on Tuesday.



Eleven talented acts graced the stage at the Bob Lee Civic Center and judges picked the winner, while the audience picked the Crowd Pleaser.




Winners of The 2015 Poteau High School Talent Show were:



First Place went Jacob Chitwood, Micheal Morgan, Guillermo Martinez and Aaron Slater - Drums

Second Place Shelli Cobb sang and played guitar


Third place went to Makayle Stone - Talent - singing


Crowd Pleaser Award: Curtis Hammon - he sang and performed with his guitar.


Other performers in the show were:

Stacey Cripe and Carolanne Curnutt - Hip Hop Dance
Hannah and Kenzi Brown - Duet "Little Me " by Little Mix
Mckinnah Denny - Solo
Amisha Warren - Color Guard Routine
Taylynn Barnes and Maci Crandell - Duet "Nobody Love" by Tori Kelly
Gwynne Clark - Solo and keyboard
The Poteau High School Spanish II class performed a dance routine that was not judged.



poteau teachers
Poteau High School teachers also performed.

Judges for the event were:
David Deaton - OKW News
Mandy Townley
Jody Ray Adams
Aaron Emberton
Aaron Williams



Poteau High School Student Council

Tuesday, 19 May 2015 08:06

Video of the Day

This is the Poteau High School Spanish II Class


They participated in the PHS Talent show on Tuesday.


Their performance was not judged, but it was a wonderful performance




Video of the Day - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Thursday, 09 July 2015 12:46

Men can enjoy spa treatments, too

 Spas have long been a luxury associated with women. Though women still take advantage of all the services spas have to offer, they're increasingly being joined by men when they do.

Men who once shied away from spa treatments are now embracing them as a luxurious way to unwind and improve their appearance. Just like they do for their female customers, spas offer men a variety of services.

* Facial: Facials are among the most popular spa services for men and women alike. A facial for men exfoliates the skin and provides a deep cleanse to reinvigorate skin that might need a boost. A male facial can reduce unsightly and often uncomfortable shaving bumps while producing a far smoother shave the next time, when you won't have to contend with bumps from a previous shave.

* Eyebrow treatment: Many men do not tend to their eyebrows, creating a bushy batch of hair above each eye. Untrimmed or poorly trimmed eyebrows are unsightly, but many spas will wax or tweeze a man's eyebrows so they appear trim and not bushy or unkempt.

* Manicure: Much like many men do not tend to their eyebrows, just as many, if not more, men ignore their hands. But spas offer manicures for men who want to clean up their hands so they don't appear so gruff at their next business meeting. Manicures may once have been considered solely for women, but nowadays more and more men have embraced manicures not only for their aesthetic benefits, but also for how good a manicure feels.

* Pedicure: Men can also enjoy, and many greatly appreciate, a pedicure. A man's pedicure may include a calf and foot massage as rough spots on the feet are rubbed down and soothed away. A male pedicure may include an exfoliation of the lower legs, heels, arches, toes, foot pads, and even the tops of his feet. Men who work on their feet may enjoy a pedicure more than any other spa service.

* Microdermabrasion treatment: A microdermabrasion employs tiny crystals to exfoliate a man's skin, removing fine lines and scars from previous skin problems, including acne. Men who routinely receive microdermabrasion treatment can expect their skin's appearance to continue improving, as the procedure promotes the growth of collage and elastin.

* Massage: Perhaps the most enjoyable service offered to men at many spas is the massage. Spas offer various massage options for men, who should discuss any physical issues they have with spa staff, who should then be able to recommend a massage based on that discussion. Sports massages can address issues or soothe injuries that result from sports and exercise and might even prevent those issues from recurring.

When visiting a spa for the first time, men should know that they don't have to order all of the aforementioned services on the same trip. Many spas allow guests to order services a la carte, which allows men to be more selective and find the services that suit them best.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 21:38

Legumes are cheap and easy to cook

Legumes are cheap and easy to cook, which makes them a staple in many people’s diets. They’re also high in protein, making them a popular meat substitute among vegetarians, and they’re packed with fiber, so they help you stay full and energized.


Black beans even have a small amount of omega-3 fatty acids, which boost heart health. “Black beans are high in the powerful phytochemical anthocyanins — the same ones found in blueberries. Studies indicate the darker the bean, the higher it may be in antioxidants,” says Sharon Palmer, a registered dietitian and the author of The Plant-Powered Diet.


How to eat them: Black beans are great in Southwestern-inspired dishes like burritos and black-bean burgers. Add them to your salad for an extra protein kick.


Recipe: Southwestern Black Bean Quinoa Salad
Yield: 6 servings

1 15-oz. can black beans, no salt added, rinsed and drained
1 cup quinoa, cooked according to package directions
1 cup frozen corn
1 small red bell pepper, chopped
1 cup chopped fresh mango
¼ cup chopped red onion
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped (or 2 teaspoons dried, if fresh is not available)
1 small fresh jalapeño pepper, seeded and finely diced
1 lemon, juiced
1 ½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon chili powder
¼ teaspoon turmeric


Mix beans, quinoa, corn, pepper, mango, onion, cilantro and jalapeño together in a mixing bowl. In a small bowl, whisk lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, cumin, chili powder and turmeric together. Toss into salad mixture and chill until serving time.


Recipe excerpted from The Plant-Powered Diet: The Lifelong Eating Plan for Achieving Optimal Health, Beginning Today by Sharon Palmer, R.D. (The Experiment, 2012)

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