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Wednesday, 04 November 2015 22:42

Walk A Mile In Her Shoes Successful in Sallisaw

Carl Albert State College, along with sponsors Dr. Jennifer Scoufos from The Family Clinic, and the Health and Wellness Clinic hosted “Walk A Mile in Her Shoes.”


The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence was in Sallisaw on October 29, 2015.

Dr. Kathy Harrell, CASC Sallisaw Vice President, stated that numerous organizations and individuals helped with the event, and the focus is to raise awareness in the community about sexual violence.


The “Walk A Mile in Her Shoes” highlighted participants walking the event in women’s high heel shoes.


The men paid an entry fee to participate, and also had opportunities to rent shoes and even hire a ride!


The Carl Albert State College Cheerleaders were among the many on hand to help with the event, and the nearly $500 raised will go to the regional Help-In-Crisis Center.

Walk A Mile In Her Shoes Successful in Sallisaw - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote


The LeFlore County Office of Emergency Management is hosting a free training on Nov 30th.

The Search and Rescue for Missing Persons with Autism / Dementia / Alzheimer's training will be at the Patrick Lynch Public Library at 206 South McKenna Poteau from 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm.

First Responders, Emergency Management, Long Term Care Facilities, Home Health Providers, Family /Care Providers of Patients, and Home Health Agencies are encouraged to attend the training.

The training will cover several aspects involved specifically in searching for a missing person with one of these disabilities.

To register for the class call (918) 401-0456 or E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For additional information contact LCEM at (918) 635-3610 or E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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A Service of the Oklahoma Wildlife Department

The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission accepted a $51,400 donation from the National Wild Turkey Federation at its regular meeting Nov. 2 in Oklahoma City.

Gary Purdy, senior regional director with NWTF, told Commissioners that the national conservation and preservation organization is pleased to support the efforts of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation that align with NWTF's goal to "Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt."

For many years, NWTF has donated funding for various Wildlife Department projects. Purdy said in just the past five years, his group has given $328,000 to the Department, which has been matched with $985,000 in federal and other funding, for a total benefit of $1.31 million. In all, NWTF's donations have secured $4.2 million in funding for Department projects.

"It makes me happy to say thank you, and to present our annual funding check," Purdy said.

Also during Monday's meeting, Commissioners reviewed data collected during the 10th Oklahoma Wildlife Expo held in September. Responsive management specialist Corey Jager said an estimated 50,394 attended the three-day event at the Lazy E Arena.

Surveys showed that 40 percent of visitors had never been to the Wildlife Expo before; six out of 10 Expo visitors reside in urban areas; and some visitors travel more than 200 miles to attend Expo.
Jager offered some statistics that indicate the popularity of some outdoor activities at Expo. This year, visitors fired more than 36,000 shotgun shells at more than 41,000 clay pigeons. More than 76,000 pellets were fired at the pellet rifle range. Fishing clinics educated more than 2,700 visitors, who used more than 2,000 worms as bait. And Expo visitors sampled more than 1,000 pounds of fried catfish, 300 gallons of bison chili and 400 pounds of venison summer sausage at the Taste of the Wild venue.

In other business, the Commission:
• Accepted donations for the Stars & Stripes License Project, a new donor-supported program that will provide hunting and fishing licenses to veterans and select family members of veterans at no cost to them. These kick-starter donations are $2,000 from Quail Forever, $10,000 from Bank of Oklahoma, and a pledge of $2,000 from the National Wild Turkey Federation. Anyone wishing to donate can click the Stars & Stripes rotating image at Details about the veteran application process will be released as they become available.
• Accepted a $1,500 donation from the Oklahoma Striped Bass Association to fund efforts that support Oklahoma's striper fishery.
• Received an update on design work for renovating and expanding the Department's headquarters building at 1801 N. Lincoln. Representatives from Beck Design said plans are in the final stages and work at the site will likely begin in May 2016.
• Heard a report on the Department's Fiscal Year 2015 financial audit from a representative of Finley and Cook, PLLC, indicating that auditors found no discrepancies and praising the Department for excellent compliance with federal grant guidelines.
• Authorized Director Richard Hatcher to negotiate with a willing seller the purchase of 310 acres adjacent to Cross Timbers Wildlife Management Area in Love County.
• Recognized several employees with tenure awards: Steve Loveland, game warden in Mayes County, 35 years; Capt. Jeff Brown, District 1 law enforcement chief, 30 years; Alan Peoples, Wildlife Division chief, 25 years; Benny Farrar, wildlife biologist, 25 years; Ira Wood, wildlife technician, 25 years.

The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission is the eight-member governing board of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. The Commission establishes state hunting and fishing regulations, sets policy for the Wildlife Department and indirectly oversees all state fish and wildlife conservation activities. Commission members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Oklahoma Senate.

The next scheduled Commission meeting will begin at 9 a.m. Dec. 7, 2015, at Wildlife Department interim headquarters, N.E. 36th and Martin Luther King Avenue in Oklahoma City.



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.

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According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, adult smoking in Oklahoma has decreased by 19 percent in the past four years, reaching an all-time low as a result of focused efforts to reduce and prevent tobacco use. The number of adult smokers dropped by almost 78,000 between 2013 and 2014 alone. The decrease has moved Oklahoma’s ranking to 40th in the nation, up from 47th at the start of this decade.


“This is great news and a sign that our efforts have been effective,” said Dr. Terry Cline, Cabinet Secretary of Health and Human Services and Commissioner of the Oklahoma State Department of Health, “But even as we celebrate this milestone we know our tobacco rates are still well above the national average and our work must continue. We have more than 600,000 Oklahoma adults addicted to cigarettes and 88,000 kids alive in Oklahoma today will die prematurely from smoking. That is just not right.”


While the overall smoking rate is down, there is still improvement to be made. Survey data shows that 25 – 34 year olds remain the group with the highest percentage of smokers at 28.4 percent, followed by 18 – 24 year olds at 24.1 percent.


“We must continue efforts that prevent children and young adults from picking up smoking”, said Governor Mary Fallin. “Smoking prevention and cessation saves lives, saves money for families, improves our economy and helps deliver a healthier workforce. I want to thank the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET), the Oklahoma State Department of Health and all the community partners for their efforts and ask them to keep up the good work.”


According to survey results for 2014, 7.6% of Oklahoma residents say they are using e-cigarettes, which to date have not proven to be an effective way to eliminate tobacco use.


“Although more than a third of current or recently quit smokers indicate they use an e-cigarette or vapor product, we know from Oklahoma Quitline data that people who try to use e-cigarettes to quit smoking are 43 percent less likely to quit as compared to people not using them,” said Adrienne Rollins, Tobacco Use Prevention Manager at the Oklahoma State Department of Health.


Multiple programs and policy changes are responsible for the reduced number of smokers. Governor Fallin signed an executive order to support tobacco-free state property, House Bill 1685 eliminated tobacco use on school property and at school sponsored events, more than 24,000 Oklahomans called the TSET funded Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline, and a number of voluntary tobacco free policies were also enacted by businesses and communities across the state.


Tobacco control and prevention efforts in the state support the goals outlined in the Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan 2020 (OHIP2020) developed in collaboration by public and private sector agencies and organizations.


The plan outlines the basic steps Oklahoma can take to create a healthier state in the areas of tobacco control and prevention, obesity, behavioral health and children’s health.

Wednesday, 04 November 2015 08:33

Congratulations Jeremy Lamb

Poteau Police Officer Jeremy Lamb received his 10 year service pin from Poteau Police Chief Stephen Fruen.


Lamb received their pins during the November 2nd Poteau City Council meeting.




Wednesday, 04 November 2015 08:31

Congratulations Gary Hecht


Poteau Police Officer Gary Hecht received his 10 year service pin from Poteau Police Chief Stephen Fruen.



The officer received their pins during the November 2nd Poteau City Council meeting.





The Wister High School Choir under the direction of Mr. Bill King singing the National Anthem.



The choir performed Tuesday evening at the first home basketball game.



Great Job!








Video: Wister High School Choir singing The National Anthem - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

On Saturday,November 21 the Heavener Pentecostal Church of God will be holding the 1st annual Thanksgiving dinner.


The dinner will be held on the church parking lot starting at noon.


Pastor's Sonya & Cody Nix & congregation encourage the public to come out & enjoy God's blessings





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Tuesday, 03 November 2015 20:57

Muse man Indicted In November Grand Jury

According to the United States Attorney’s Office, a Muse man was indicted for Felon in possession of Firearm.


The Indictment alleges that on or about October 25, 2015 and again on or about October 29, 2015, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, Ricky Dale Barron, 61, of Muse, having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, did knowingly possess in and affecting commerce, firearms which had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce.


The charge arose from an investigation by the United States Forest Service.

The charge is in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2), punishable by not more than 10 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000.00 fine or both.

Tuesday, 03 November 2015 20:32

Southern Gospel Holiday Homecoming

Southern Gospel Holiday Homecoming in Poteau November 28, 2015


Tickets are go on sale November 6th for the Southern Gospel Holiday Homecoming.

The live music concert will be held on November 28th at the Donald W Reynolds Center in Poteau.

Purchase tickets at the Poteau Chamber Commerce.

Just $12 per person.

Group Rate – eight or more for $10 per person.

Doors open at 5:30 pm

Brian Yandell and Donna Hendrix are the evenings host for the family fun event which features local church and praise and worship groups, from 6pm until 7:30 pm.

Then stay around for the laughs with Lyndy Phillips from 7:45 to 8:45.

For more information or to order tickets contact the Poteau Chamber of Commerce at 918-647-9178.

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