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OKLAHOMA CITY — A limited amount of summer cooling assistance funds will be made available across the state through the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which is administered through the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS).



The funds are designed to help low-income households that are extremely vulnerable to summer-heat stresses. DHS will begin taking applications Tuesday July 7, and will continue until all allocated funds are depleted. The agency has approximately $18 million in federal funds for this year's Summer Cooling Program in Oklahoma.



Eligibility for LIHEAP is based on each household's income and assets. If you or someone you know may be income eligible and are at risk for heat-related health problems due to the inability to afford adequate cooling, you are encouraged to apply for the Summer Cooling Program available at your local DHS County Office.

Only one payment per household is allowed annually for LIHEAP summer cooling assistance. "Household" is defined as individuals living 'under the same roof'.



Many households that receive public assistance through DHS may be automatically authorized for summer cooling assistance and will not need to make application. Preauthorized households will be notified of their eligibility by letter prior to the beginning of the application period.



The maximum income guidelines are:


Size of Household Allowable Monthly Net Income
1  $ 1070
2  $ 1442
3  $ 1814
4  $ 2186
5  $ 2558
6  $ 2931
7  $ 3303
8  $ 3675


Persons applying should have the latest electric bill for their home and verification of income information when they make application.


For more information, contact the local DHS office in your county of residence.

Summer Cooling Assistance Available for Low-Income Households - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Tuesday, 23 June 2015 17:37

Fatality report for the month of April


According to the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety there were 43 traffic-related fatalities in April 2015 compared to 56 in the same month last year.



During the month of April there were seven motorcyclists and four pedestrians who died in crashes. The highest daily fatality numbers include 11 deaths on Saturdays dropping to eight on Fridays. There were ten days in the month of April with no reported fatalities.



Four of the fatality crashes were alcohol-related. Thirty-seven of the fatality victims were Oklahoma residents and six non- resident. There were 32 male and ten female victims with one unknown gender. Eight of the fatality victims were under the age of 20. The 31- to 40-year-old and the 41-to 50-year-old lead the age group led the fatality count with eight.



Oklahoma County led the state with a total of ten fatalities, followed by Payne County with five fatalities. The highest number of fatalities occurred on City Streets with 17. There were 10 fatalities on State Highways.



Forty-five percent of those who died in traffic collisions were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash.




The Poteau Spirit Center is proud to announce the following students as Stars of the Month for June.










Gymnastics Star - Ruth Neri, and Shooting Stars Star- Isabelle Akers.






2nd pic

level 2 Gymnastics Star is Jaida Barraw, and Cheer Star is Shaelynn Bledsoe

Tuesday, 23 June 2015 07:42

Republicans to meet

The Leflore County Republicans will hold their next meeting on Monday, June 29th, at the Patrick Lynch Public Library in Poteau.




The meeting will begin at 7 pm.




All Republicans and conservatives are invited to attend.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015 15:55

Dartha Lucille Garner Obituary

Dartha Lucille Garner, 95, of Poteau, OK died peacefully in Palos Verdes, CA on Sunday February 22, 2015.



She was born in Elmer, OK on July 1, 1919 and was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Zelmon Garner and her parents Josie and Charles Combs.


She is survived by her three children, Grady Garner and wife Sharon of Poteau,; Jerry Garner and wife Anita of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA; Suzanne Garner Manavian and husband John of Palos Verdes Estates, CA. ; eight grandchildren; Rhett (Tanya) Garner of Fayetteville, AR.; Jarot (Jona) Garner of Fayetteville, AR.; Seth (Jessie) Garner of Fayetteville, AR. Jordan (Leslie) Manavian of Los Angeles, CA., Taylor Manavian of Redondo Beach, CA., Cameron (Jane) Manavian, of Sherman Oaks, CA., Graham Garner of Los Angeles, CA. and Katherine Garner of Redondo Beach, CA., and eight great grandchildren; Cross, Crew, and Casha Garner (Jarot's); Caleb, Gracie, and Cam Garner (Seth's), Major Manavian (Jordan's), and Wylder Garner (Graham's).


Dartha attended Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State University) where she met and then married Zelmon. During and after Zelmon's service in World War II they lived and worked in several different states. In 1946, they settled in Zelmon's hometown of Wister before moving to Poteau In 1951.


Dartha was foremost a homemaker, mother, wife and community volunteer. Her interests included being the superintendent of the primary department of Poteau First Methodist Church, President of PTA, Senior High youth counselor for the Methodist Church, member of the board of directors for Poteau Youth Center, President of WSCS and the Federated Missionary Society, member of the ESA and other church and civic work projects. Dartha always loved to help plan and organize activities at the First Methodist Church of Poteau. She served on both local and state committees.


Dartha loved the friendly people of Poteau so very much. She cherished her friends and with them she enjoyed playing bridge, cooking and entertaining, as well as attending many high-school and college sporting events. She and Zelmon extensively traveled throughout the world but also enjoyed the simple pleasures of camping and fishing.


In 2004, Dartha moved to the Palos Verdes Peninsula and for the next 10 years enjoyed getting to know her five West Coast grandchildren, all Peninsula High School graduates. For six of these years she was a resident of Belmont Assisted Living where she made many new friends. Although Dartha lived in California for enough years to legally become a "Californian" she was always an "Oklahoman"' in her heart and proud of it!


On June 27th, she will be buried, next to her husband Zelmon, after a memorial service at her beloved First Methodist Church in Poteau, Oklahoma, Saturday morning at 10 am.

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

Tuesday, 23 June 2015 14:38

Italy Chantilly-Rose Cooper Obituary

Italy Chantilly-Rose Cooper of Spiro, Oklahoma was born on March 18, 2012 in Georgetown, Texas to China Caroline Evonne Cooper and passed away on June 11, 2015 in West Memphis, Arkansas at the age of 3 years.



Italy is survived by; her mother; China Cooper of Spiro, Oklahoma; two aunts, Treasure Harrison of Spiro, Oklahoma and Paris Cooper of Spiro, Oklahoma; one uncle, Jackie Cooper of Spiro, Oklahoma; her maternal grandparents, Jackie and Angeline Cooper Harrison of Spiro, Oklahoma and her great grandmother; Carolyne Cooper of Louisiana.


Italy was preceded in death by her step-father; C.J. Wilcox and her grandparents; Johnny and Myrtle Harrison and Milred Cooper.


Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, June 26, 2015, at Mallory~Martin Chapel of Spiro. Burial will follow in Forest Park Cemetery.


Arrangements have been entrusted to the care and direction of Mallory~Martin Funeral Home of Spiro.


Pallbearers will be; Jackie Cooper, Clayton Cooper, Rodell Stanley and Shane Cooper.


Condolences can be made to the family on Italy's online guestbook at

Wake services will be held from 6:00pm~8:00pm on Thursday, June 25, 2015, at Mallory~Martin Chapel in Spiro.


Coalition Continues Airstrikes Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq


SOUTHWEST ASIA, June 23, 2015 – U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.



Officials reported details of the latest strikes, which took place between 8 a.m. yesterday and 8 a.m. today, local time, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.


Airstrikes in Syria

Fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted three airstrikes in Syria near Tal Abyad, which struck three ISIL tactical units, an ISIL fighting position, an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL vehicle.


Airstrikes in Iraq

Attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 13 airstrikes in Iraq, approved by the Iraqi Ministry of Defense:

-- Near Habbaniyah, one airstrike destroyed seven ISIL rocket rails.

-- Near Hit, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroying an ISIL anti-aircraft weapon.

-- Near Kirkuk, one airstrike struck an ISIL fighting position.

-- Near Mosul, three airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL staging area, destroying an ISIL building and an ISIL heavy machine gun.

-- Near Ramadi, four airstrikes struck multiple ISIL staging areas.

-- Near Sinjar, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroying two ISIL heavy machine guns and an ISIL bunker.

-- Near Tal Afar, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroying an ISIL building and an ISIL mortar firing position.

-- Near Waleed, one airstrike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.


Part of Operation Inherent Resolve

The strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, the region, and the wider international community. The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the terrorist group's ability to project terror and conduct operations, officials said.


Coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Iraq include the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Syria include the United States, Bahrain, Canada, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.




According to a press release fromt the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma Caleb Trent Hodgins, 20, of Holdenville, Oklahoma, pled guilty to Information charging him with use of telephome to communicate bomb threat.


The charge arose from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Hughes County Sheriff's Department.


The Information alleged that on or about May 21, 2014, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, through use of a telephone, maliciously conveyed false information knowing the same to be false concerning an attempt and alleged attempt being made to unlawfully damage and destroy a building, to-wit: the Hughes County Courthouse in Holdenville, Oklahoma, by means of an explosive, in and affecting interstate commerce.


The Honorable Kimberly E. West, Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, accepted the defendant's guilty plea, and ordered the completion of a presentence report. Sentencing will be scheduled upon its completion. The defendant will remain in the custody of the United States Marshal Service pending sentencing.


The statutory range of punishment is up to 10 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000.00 or both.


Assistant United States Attorney Chris Wilson represented the United States.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015 07:24

18th Annual Poteau Chamber Golf Classic


The Poteau Chamber of Commerce held their 18th Annual Chamber Golf Classic on Monday, June 22, 2015 at Wolf Ridge Country Club in Poteau, Oklahoma.



"Today was the best attendance ever with 100 golfers," said Karen Wages, Executive Director of the Poteau Chamber. "We had lots of sponsors and volunteers helping to make this happen."



Corporate Sponsors for the event were: Adams Abstract, AES, Arvest Bank, Blake Trucking, EOMC, First National Bank, J.O.B. Construction, OG&E, Senator Mark Allen, Wells Completions, Remax Champion Land Brokers, Dunn Country Dodge Jeep Chrysler Ram, The Community State Bank, & Watson Motors.


MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced that Dakota LANE Williston, 20, of Idabel, Oklahoma was convicted by a federal jury for the charge of Murder in the First Degree in Indian Country Committed During the Perpetration of Child Abuse, acrime punishable by imprisonment for life and/or up to $250,000.00 fine.


After seven days of trial, the jury deliberated approximately three and one-half hours and found beyond a reasonable doubt that on about July 23, 2013, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Indian country, Dakota Lane Williston, an Indian, did unlawfully kill Payton Cockrell, a 2 year old female human being, during the perpetration of child abuse, as defined by Title 18, United States Code, Section 1111(c)(3), against Payton Cockrell.


The charges are a result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, the McCurtain County Sheriff's Office and the Choctaw Nation Tribal Police.


The Honorable Ronald A. White, District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the trial.


The defendant was remanded into the custody of the United States Marshal Service pending sentencing.


Assistant United States Attorneys Dean Burris and Linda Epperley represented the United States.

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