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Thursday, 04 February 2016 09:29

Events Calendar


Feb 6

A Benefit Pie Supper for Carrel Vaughn - 6pm at the Wister School Cafetorium


Feb 9

Local School Board/ Bond Elections

CASA -Fat Tuesday event – Wilburton, OK

The Leflore County Cattleman’s Association Meeting – KTC, Poteau, OK


Feb 11

Craft Entrepreneurship Opportunity – Reynolds Center – Poteau, OK


Feb 12- 13

Power Rangers Live at the Reynolds Center – Poteau, OK


Feb 16

Storm Spotter Training – 6:30PM – 9PM –KTC, Poteau, OK


Feb 18

The Pervasive Parenting Parent Support Group


Feb 19 & 20

Hope Conference – Reynolds Center – Poteau, OK


Feb 20

One of Country Living Magazine’s “7 Flea Markets & Barn Sales Not to Miss” returns to McAlester


Feb 25

Poteau Chamber Banquet


Junk Hippy returns to McAlester this month for the fifth event in the area. Based in Oklahoma City, Junk Hippy is a traveling group of artists and junk purveyors who will design unique, individualized booths inside the South East Expo Center, Saturday, February 20 from 9 AM to 6 PM.


Consumers of all ages are invited to peruse the aisles full of unique artifacts, retro displays and handmade home decor, with a limited amount of boutique clothing vendors.

Approximately 115 vendors from Oklahoma and surrounding states fill the Expo center in this one-day only event. This is the first event of 2016 for Junk Hippy, in what owner Kristen Gill Grandi said will be a year of metamorphosis and expansion for her show.

“We are taking things to the next level this year with Junk Hippy, as we enter our fifth year” Grandi said. “Our brand has experienced much growth and with that comes a rebirth so to speak, and I’m ecstatic about where that is taking us in 2016. Our events have become a tradition in Oklahoma and Texas, we love seeing regular shoppers and meeting new faces at each event."

Grandi said McAlester is a main stop on the path of Junk Hippy. “We always feel so welcome when we come to McAlester, from the local business owners to the customers, many people are excited to see what our vendors will present on show day."

The positive impact McAlester has on Junk Hippy is evident as Grandi has scheduled this to be a twice a year show in the area.


Junk Hippy is slated to return in November 2016 to the South East Expo Arena.

Named by Country Living Magazine as one of the “Top 7 Flea Markets and Barn Sales Not to Miss” Junk Hippy is a one-of-a-kind show that is sure to provide a junk fix. Take a road trip and find out why. Food trucks will be stationed outside the arena, as well as live music. The Sisters on the Fly, a unique group of “glamping” enthusiasts, will be set up inside the event with their vintage, refurbished campers on display.

Cost is $5 for those ages of 14 and above, while those persons 13 and under gain free admittance. The first 50 shoppers get to draw for Junk Bucks to spend inside like cash.

For more on Junk Hippy, and chances to win freebies and free admission, please visit our website at our Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram pages.

According to the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation, on Feb 3rd, the Okmulgee County Sheriff's Office requested OSBI investigative and crime scene assistance in a deputy-involved fatal shooting.

OSBI agents have been on scene for several hours conducting interviews and collecting and documenting evidence.

Agents are working on locating next of kin of the deceased individual.

His name will be released once next of kin is notified.

The medical examiner will perform an autopsy on the man.

Once OSBI agents have gathered the facts in the case, agents will deliver to the district attorney a comprehensive written report.

The district attorney will determine if the shooting was justified.


According to a press release from Governor Mary Fallin, the governor has added 3 counties to a Disaster Declaration for the November Winter Storm.


OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved the state of Oklahoma’s request for public assistance for three more counties dealing with infrastructure damage related to the winter storm that began after Thanksgiving.


With this approval, federal funding is now available in Bryan, Garfield and Greer counties to assist municipalities, counties, rural electric cooperatives and the state with infrastructure repairs and costs associated with responding to the storm, which occurred between Nov. 27 and Nov. 29.


Disaster assistance was approved December 29 for infrastructure repairs and response costs in Alfalfa, Beckham, Blaine, Caddo, Canadian, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Grady, Grant, Kingfisher, Kiowa, Logan, Major, Oklahoma, Roger Mills, Washita and Woods counties.


Preliminary assessments indicated the storm resulted in an estimated $20.5 million in damages and response costs.

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 17:05

Portrait of Lt. Col. Ernest Childers Dedicated

OKLAHOMA CITY – A portrait of Oklahoma-native Lt. Col. Ernest Childers, the only Native American Guardsman to earn the nation’s highest award for valor, was dedicated Wednesday by the Senate. The piece, by artist Mike Wimmer, is sponsored by Sen. Bill and Linda Brown along with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.


Childers, a full-blood Creek Indian, was born in February 1918 in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and attended Chilocco Indian School. He joined the Oklahoma Guard in 1937, rising to the rank of first sergeant by the time the 180th landed in Sicily in July 1943. He earned a battlefield commission to second lieutenant during this campaign.


LTC Childers remained with his Army company when it landed at Anzio, Italy, on September 13th. While leading his men near Oliveto, Italy, on September 22, 1943, he earned the Medal of Honor for single-handedly capturing two machine gun nests, killing at least five enemy soldiers and then captured a German mortar observer, all with a fractured ankle.


After World War II, Childers remained in the Army, obtaining the rank of lieutenant colonel before his retirement in 1965. He passed away in 2003.


The portrait is a project of the Oklahoma State Senate Historical Preservation Fund.

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 17:01



A service of the Oklahoma Wildlife Department


Arbuckle: February 3. Elevation normal, water 46 and very stained. Smallmouth and largemouth bass slow on Alabama rigs, spoons and crankbaits at 5-25 ft. around points, the main lake and river channel. All fishing slow. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Blue River: February 3. Elevation normal, water 50 and clear. Trout excellent on PowerBait, spinnerbaits, spoons, woolly buggers, San Juan worms, caddis flies and Frenchies near bottom along sand bars, rocks, below riffles and waterfalls. Approximately 1,500 rainbow trout were stocked on January 27. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait and stinkbait at 5-7 ft. along rocks, brush structure and deeper pools around current. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.


Broken Bow: January 31. Elevation above normal, water 50. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on crankbaits, jigs and spoons at 5-25 ft. along creek channels, rocks and points. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on cut bait, sunfish, shad and live bait at 20-25 ft. along channel, around points and river mouths. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: January 31. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits, suspended jerk baits and large blade spinnerbaits around points. Blue catfish good on shad, cut bait and jigs below the dam and along riprap points. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 7-15 ft. around docks, brush structure and creek channels. Report submitted by Cody Jones, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.  

Hugo: January 31. Elevation above normal, water 52 and muddy. Blue catfish slow on shad below the dam. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.


Lower Mountain Fork: January 31. Elevation above normal, water 45 and murky. Trout good on PowerBait below the dam. Beaver's Bend State Park is still closed. However, fishing is still open at Mountain Fork Park east of Broken Bow. Even with releases still ongoing from Broken Bow Lake, fishing has still been good on the lower parts of the river. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Lower Mountain Fork: February 2. Stocked approximately 2,360 rainbow trout on January 28. Report submitted by April Drake, secretary at the Southeast Regional Office.

McGee Creek: January 31. Elevation normal, water 48 and clear. Largemouth bass slow on jigs and plastic baits at 15-25 ft. along channels and points. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County. 

Pine Creek: January 31. Elevation above normal, water 49 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on jigs and spinnerbaits along channels and brush structure. Crappie fair on spoons around brush structure. Channel catfish good on cut bait along the river channel. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.


Robber's Cave State Park: February 2. Stocked approximately 640 rainbow trout on January 28. Report submitted by April Drake, secretary at the Southeast Regional Office.


Robert S. Kerr: January 31. Elevation above normal, water murky. Blue and channel catfish excellent on cut bait and shad along channels, coves and points. Crappie and white bass good on minnows and tube jigs along creek channels and brush structure. Largemouth, spotted and white bass fair on bill baits, plastic baits and Alabama rigs along coves, points and riprap. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County. 

Sardis: January 31. Elevation normal, water 50. Crappie fair on jigs at 14 ft. around brush structure and channels. Largemouth bass fair on bill baits, worms and plastic baits at 4-15 ft. around brush structure and rocks. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: January 31. Elevation normal, water 50 and murky in the north and clear in the south. Largemouth and smallmouth bass fair on plastic baits, spinnerbaits and crankbaits at 5-15 ft. along riprap, creek channels and brush structure. Striped and white bass fair on slabs, sassy shad, live shad and ghost minnows at 10-20 ft. below the dam, along coves and river channel. Channel and blue catfish fair on cut bait, stinkbait and shad at 5-15 ft. below the dam, along riprap, docks and active cleaning stations. Crappie, sunfish and white bass fair on tube jigs, minnows and small lures at 5-15 ft. along creek channels, brush structure and docks. Paddlefish fair at 10-15 ft. below the dam while generating. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: January 31. Elevation 16 ft. above normal. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 6-8 ft. below the dam. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in Le Flore County. 



According to a press release from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, Andreana Lynn 38, of Muskogee, Oklahoma was sentenced to 41 months imprisonment, followed by 4 years of supervised release for Drug Conspiracy.

The Indictment alleged that the defendant and others coordinated and orchestrated the transportation of cocaine from source locations to the Eastern District of Oklahoma and used telephones, cellular and otherwise, to conduct and carry out the organization’s objectives.


The charges arose from a joint investigation by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, the Muskogee Police Department, the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Department and the United States Marshals Service.


The Honorable Ronald A. White, District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee presided over the hearing. The defendant will remain in the custody of the United States Marshals Service pending transportation to the designated federal prison at which she will serve her nonparoleable sentence.


Assistant United States Attorney Shannon Henson represented the United States.

The LeFlore County Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma sponsors an essay contest for seventh and eighth grade students each year.

This year, 7th and 8th grade students had the opportunity to write an essay on "What Makes Someone a Success?"

Two winners from the 7th grade and two winners from the 8th grade were announced on Feb 2nd.

Winners for the Eighth grade were:

First Place was Josa Wiles, Heavener
Second Place Destiny Sanchez, Bokoshe
Seventh Grade
First Place Tyann Bray, Heavener
Second Place Billy Deleplank, Bokoshe

Prize money and certificates were awarded for first and second place essays at the seventh and eighth grade level. The 1st & 2nd place winners will now move to state competition.
Local judges read and judged each essay were: Lisa Leming, Becky Miller, Lorraine Caldwell and Angel Barbee



Mission Statement
The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education.

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 00:44

Caughern named County Treasurer


During a special meeting Wednesday morning, the LeFlore County Commissioners appointed a new county treasurer.

The appointment came after then-treasurer Joe Wiles submitted his resignation.

The commissioners approved the resignation and appointed the former first deputy treasurer April Caughern to fill the vacancy until the 2016 elections.

Caughern has worked in the treasurer’s office since 2002 and has spent the last four years as  the first deputy.




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april signing

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 23:20

Zika virus Information

According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health

Zika is a reportable disease in Oklahoma as an “unusual disease or syndrome”. Zika is a mosquitoborne viral disease. Outbreaks of Zika virus have been reported in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. The first report of local transmission of Zika virus in the Western Hemisphere occurred in Brazil during May 2015. Since that time, local transmission has been identified in numerous countries and territories in the Americas, including Puerto Rico. Local transmission of Zika virus is not currently occurring in the United States; however, cases have been reported among individuals who have traveled outside the U.S. to affected areas.


Zika virus is primarily transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on a person already infected with the virus. Infected mosquitoes can then spread the virus to other people through bites. Zika virus is most often spread to people by Aedes aegypti, and might be spread by Aedes albopictus mosquitoes as well. These are the same mosquitoes that transmit dengue and chikungunya. They most frequently bite during the daytime, both indoors and outdoors. They are most active during the early morning and late afternoon. Transmission has also been found through blood transfusion, sexual transmission, and perinatal (mother-to-fetus) transmission.


Symptoms occur in 20 to 25 percent of individuals that are infected. If symptoms develop, the most common are fever, rash, conjunctivitis (red eyes) or joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache and muscle pain. Symptoms usually begin 2 - 7 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito, and last several days to a week. Because of the similar geographic distribution and symptoms, a healthcare provider may consider dengue fever and chikungunya virus as the cause of a person’s illness.


There is a possible association between Zika virus infection and microcephaly in newborns. Microcephaly means an abnormally small head, which is usually associated with mental retardation. It is suspected that pregnant women who contract Zika virus through the bite of an infected mosquito are at risk of the fetal birth defect. However, there are many causes of microcephaly in babies, and whether Zika virus infection causes fetal microcephaly has not been confirmed. Studies are needed to understand this possible relationship.


Travel Recommendations

The CDC has issued a Level 2 (Practice Enhanced Precautions) travel alert for people traveling to regions and countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing, including many areas in Central and South America. Because this is an ongoing situation, and more countries are likely to be added to the list, it is important to check the CDC’s website for all travel notices and the most up to date information.


It is recommended that pregnant women in any trimester should consider postponing travel to any area where transmission of the Zika virus is ongoing. If a person is pregnant or trying to become pregnant, and going to travel to one of these areas, it is important to consult with your healthcare provider and to follow the necessary steps to prevent mosquito bites.



There is no vaccine, preventative drug, or specific treatment drug available for Zika. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid mosquito bites while traveling to areas with Zika virus. Mosquito exposure prevention tips while traveling to affected areas include:


Use air conditioning or window/door screens to keep mosquitoes outside. If you are not able to protect yourself from mosquitoes inside your home or hotel, sleep under a mosquito bed net.
Use mosquito repellents according to instructions.

If weather permits, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.

Help reduce the number of mosquitoes outside your home or hotel room by emptying standing water from containers such as flowerpots or buckets.


Aedes aegypti

Aedes aegypti


Aedes albopictus

Aedes Albopticus

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