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Tuesday, 04 August 2015 15:37

Search for Antlers Woman Continues

According to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation the search continues for Barbara Ann Gunter of Antlers, OK.


The 64 year old was last seen the evening of July 26 driving a 2001 green single cab Dodge pickup truck with an Oklahoma license tag 660DUJ.


Gunter had just left a hospital in Antlers when she disappeared.


The picture in the attached flier is two years old.


A recent fall left her with two black eyes.


Gunter is in poor health and needs medication daily.


If you have seen Gunter since July 26, please contact the OSBI at 1-800-522-8017 or your local police department.

Clothing sales that day are tax-free!


The Carl Albert State College Poteau campus bookstore will be open on Saturday, August 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to accommodate students who will be moving into the dorms that day.


Terri Hardin, CASC Bookstore Manager, pointed out that the Oklahoma Tax-Free Weekend will be taking place, and therefore clothing purchased with cash, check, debit or credit cards on August 7th and 8th at the bookstore will be tax-free. Hardin did point out that the tax-free opportunity will not apply if using financial aid to purchase apparel.


Hardin stated, "The tax break does not cover other bookstore items, but we hope being available Saturday will be helpful to CASC students as they arrive at campus. Everyone is encouraged to stop by on August 7th and 8th to take advantage of the tax-free apparel purchases, plus beat the crowd on purchasing books and school supplies."


For more information and answers to common questions on the sales tax holiday in Oklahoma, as well as a listing of sales tax exempt items, go to

Tuesday, 04 August 2015 11:28

NSU football picked 12th in preseason polls


RiverHawks enter second year of Rob Robinson era


Article by Stephanie Hall


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Northeastern State football team was picked to finish 12th in both the 2015 MIAA Preseason Coaches' and Media Polls, the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association announced Tuesday morning at the MIAA Football Media Day.


The RiverHawks collected 16 points in the coaches' poll and 47 points in the media poll. They were also selected to finish 12th in both polls last season.


Northwest Missouri State and Pittsburg State locked down the top two spots in both rankings. The Bearcats brought in eight of 12 first-place votes (118 total) in the coaches' poll and raked in 28 of 41 first-place votes (478 total) in the media poll. Pittsburg State earned four first-place votes in the coaches' poll and 13 in the media poll to earn 114 and 455 points, respectively.

NSU finished 0-11 overall a year ago and finished 12th in the conference. The RiverHawks are set to enter the second year of the Rob Robinson era.


Northeastern State is set to open the campaign at 6 p.m. Sept. 6 on the road against Pittsburg State.


2015 MIAA Football Preseason Coaches' Poll
Rank School Points
1. Northwest Missouri State (8) 118
2. Pittsburg State (4) 114
3. Central Missouri 92
4. Central Oklahoma 91
5. Missouri Western State 82
6. Fort Hays State 71
T7. Emporia State 59
Washburn 59
9. Nebraska-Kearney 39
10. Lindenwood 34
11. Missouri Southern State 17
12. Northeastern State 16

2015 MIAA Football Preseason Media Poll
Rank School Points
1. Northwest Missouri (28) 478
2. Pittsburg State (13) 455
3. Central Oklahoma 382
4. Missouri Western State 350
5. Central Missouri 344
6. Fort Hays State 284
7. Emporia State 226
8. Washburn 213
9. Nebraska-Kearney 153
10. Missouri Southern State 144
11. Lindenwood 122
12. Northeastern State 47

Tuesday, 04 August 2015 00:41

Injury accident in Muse


According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol an injury collision occurred on Monday evening at approximately 11:32 pm on Zafra Road .2 of a mile east of Turner Lane, approximately 10 miles south and 7 miles east of Muse in LeFlore County.


According to the report a 1993 Dodge pickup driven by Tabatha Perkins 24, of Hatfield, Arkansas, departed the roadway to the right and overcorrected in an attempt to reenter the roadway, and departed the roadway to the left and rolled a quarter turn coming to rest on the passenger side.

Christopher James, 30, of Mena who was a passenger in the pickup was partially ejected and pinned under the vehicle. He was freed by the Octavia Fire Department and transported by Eagle Med to St. Vincent Hospital in Hot Springs. He was admitted in critical condition with multiple injuries.

Perkins and another passenger, Ethan Davis 24, of Cove Arkansas was not injured.

According to the report alcohol may have been the cause of the accident.


Investigated by Trooper Kyle Ward of the LeFlore County Detachment of Troop D. Assisted by LeFlore County Sheriff's Department and  the Octavia Fire Department.

The Murrow Masonic Lodge #49 of Spiro has made it an annual tradition to donate to the Carl Albert State College Scholars Program.




Jean Ann Barlow is pictured accepting the donation on behalf of the CASC Foundation from Lodge member John Casey.

5k or 1mile fun run or walk.

Proceeds will go to the Paige Underwood Memorial Scholarship and a portion will go to local charity.

The run will be October 24, 2015 starting at 9am.

Pre-registration by September 19, 2015 is $25.00.

T–shirts will be guaranteed to all pre-registered by September 19.

Registration day of race will be $30.00.

Extra T-shirts available for $15.00 S-XL and $18.00 for XXL – 4XL while supplies last.


The race will begin at the Poteau High School parking lot.



Mail entry to: Melissa Holcomb or Ashley Newman 202 John Drive Poteau, OK 74953
918-721-3429 or 918-839-2588
The Charity that we will "Paige it Forward" to this year is ____________________________
We will donate 10% of each entry to this worthy local Charity. Write in your choice and the one with the most entries will be this year's recipient.
Name_______________________________________________ Age Day of Race___________
5K Run/Walk__________ 1 Mile Walk/Run_________

Adult T-shirt sizes: S______M______L______XL______ XXL_____ Larger size _______
Child T-shirt sizes: S______M______L______
I know that running a road race is a potentially hazardous activity. I should not enter and run unless I am medically able and properly trained. I agree to abide by any decision of a race official relative to my ability to safely complete the run. I assume all risks associated with running in races, including, but not limited to: falls, contact with other participants, the effect of the weather, including high heat and/or humidity or lightning, the conditions of the road and traffic on the course, all risks being known and appreciated by me. Having read this waiver and knowing the facts and in consideration of your acceptance of my entry in the race, I, for myself and anyone entitled to act on my behalf, waive and release the directors of this race, the city of Poteau, all sponsors, their representatives and successors, from all claims or liabilities of any kind arising out of my participation in this event even though that liability may arise out of negligence or carelessness on the part of the persons named in the waiver. I grant permission to all of the foregoing to any photographs, motion pictures, recording or any other record for legitimate purpose.

Signature________________________________________ Date_________________
(Parent/Guardian signature required if under 18 years)



Paige it Forward Run for Fun In loving memory of Paige Underwood - 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 07:40

Genevie Receives Scholarship

Congratulations to Sarah Joann Genevie.


She received the J.F. & Kathryn Johnston Scholarship offered at Carl Albert State College.



She is the daughter of Lisa & Richard Genevie and a graduate of Heavener High School.


Her major is Biology.

Tuesday, 04 August 2015 00:22

J.B. Stockton Obituary

J.B. Stockton, 85, of Talihina, OK passed away Sunday, August 2, 2015 in Talihina.


J.B. was born December 23, 1929 in LeFlore, OK. He was a veteran of the US Army.



Survivors include his daughter, Charla Swafford of Talihina, OK; sons, Mike Stockton of Bridgeport, TX and Don Skelton of Denton, TX; extended family members, Sandra Haskins, Brandon Young, Wes Partin, Mandy Haskins & Seth Haskins; 7 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Norma Cogburn and Maxine Kendell; other relatives, loved ones and friends.



Services will be 10 am Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at LeFlore Cemetery Pavilion, LeFlore, OK with Rev. Jim Cook officiating. Burial will follow in LeFlore Cemetery, LeFlore, OK. Pallbearers will be Jay Swafford, Glen Vaughn, Tony Swafford, Louie Roybal, Brandon Young, and Larry Marshall.



There will be visitation at the Evans Chapel, Poteau from 8:30 - 9:30 am on Tuesday.


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, 04 August 2015 00:18

Albert Skelton Sr.

Albert Skelton Sr., 74, of Shady Point, OK passed away Wednesday, July 29, 2015 in Shady Point.


Albert was born October 5, 1940 in Poker Bend, OK to Russell & Lois (Monks) Skelton.


He was a member of the National Guard.


He retired as a forklift operator at Rheem.


He was preceded in death by his father; wife, Alma Jean Skelton and one brother, Edward.


Survivors include his wife, Bettey of the home; son, Albert Skelton Jr. of Bokoshe, OK; 3 grandchildren, Jesse, Ethan, and Levi; mother, Lois (Skelton) Raymond of Spiro, OK; sister, Jeannie; & brother, Roy Skelton of Shady Point, OK; other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Family memorial services will be held at 10 am, Saturday, August 8, 2015 at Milton Cemetery, Milton, OK.


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

Saturday, 26 December 2015 19:06

Breaded Chicken Fingers


Here is what you will need

6 skinless, boneless chicken breast cut in to strips
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 quart of cooking oil


Here is what you will do


Place chicken strips into a large, resealable plastic bag.
In a small bowl, mix the egg, buttermilk and garlic powder.
Pour mixture into bag with chicken. Seal, and refrigerate 2 to 4 hours.
In another large, resealable plastic bag, mix together the flour, bread crumbs, salt and baking powder.
Remove chicken from refrigerator, and drain, discarding buttermilk mixture. Place chicken in flour mixture bag.
Seal, and shake to coat.
Place the chicken in hot oil (375 degrees)  or put in deep fryer
Fry until golden brown and juices run clear.

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