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David Deaton

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Monday’s games


Spiro 33, Wister 17
Whitesboro 53, Monroe 38
Arkoma 41, Howe 31
Fanshawe 33, Bokoshe 22
Hodgen 59, Fanshawe 18
Panama 64, Heavener 41
Leflore 43, Talihina 31
Pocola 62, Shady Point 15
Poteau PKMS 45, Cameron 11


Heavener 61, Wister 17
Pocola 40, Monroe 13
Talihina 31, Arkoma 7
Howe 54, Talihina 14
Leflore 37, Shady Point 8

Cameron 31, Fanshawe 26

Hodgen 40, Bokoshe 6

Whitesboro 36, Panama 34 - Overtime

Tuesday, 09 January 2018 14:06

Bryan Keith Knight Obituary

Bryan Keith Knight, 53, of Shady Point, OK, passed away Monday, January 8, 2018 in Fort Smith, AR. He was born August 29, 1964 in Poteau, OK, to Homer Arthur and Sherry Jo (Qualls) Knight.


He was a machine operator for Kenco.


Bryan was preceded in death by his father.


Bryan is survived by his mother Sherry Knight of the home, two brothers, Kevin and wife Savanah Knight of Spiro, OK and Shawn and wife Tina Knight of Shady Point, OK, Tina and husband David Holley of Panama, OK, his church family, as well as a host of extended family, friends and loved ones.


Pallbearers will be Brandon Holley, David Holley, Josh Knight, Tyler Knight, Tony Knight, and Caleb Archey.


Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 12, 2018, at Covenant Church, Poteau, OK with Rev. Keith Williams officiating.


Interment will follow service at Oakland Cemetery, Poteau, OK.


Viewing will be Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. with family visitation from 5 to 7 p.m.


Arrangements are under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home, Poteau, OK.


You may leave an on-line greeting to the family at



Tuesday, 09 January 2018 07:58

Chili and/or Bean Dinner


Talihina Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center is hosting a chili and/or bean dinner with cornbread, dessert and a drink January 23, 2018 at 5:00p.m.


 You will be able to have your choice between just chili, beans, or chili with beans in it.


Tickets are $5.00 per person and advanced tickets are available now.


The dinner will be held at the Talihina Public School Cafeteria.


Proceeds will go to the new directional sign that will be put up by the main road.


If you have any questions please call us at 918-567-3434 or you can come by 201 First Street Talihina OK. 74571 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Press release


RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – Following a second-straight trip to the NCAA Division II Softball National Championships, Southern Arkansas will enter 2018 as the preseason favorite in the Great American Conference, the league announced on Tuesday. The Lady Muleriders received six of the 12 first-place votes.


SAU returns a pair of All-Americans in Brooke Goad and Jill Roye. Goad enters 2018 as Division II’s active leader in home runs with 58. She led the GAC in doubles and runs scored and ranked second in the league in on-base percentage, slugging percentage, home runs and total bases. Roye, the 2017 GAC Newcomer of the Year, paced the conference with 66 RBI and she registered a 1.49 ERA and a .185 opponent’s batting average in 24 appearances in the circle. Victoria Taylor won 18 games and struck out 177 batters in 168.2 innings as a freshman.


Harding, the 2017 GAC regular-season and Tournament champions, took second after picking up three first-place votes. The Lady Bisons must replace the two pitchers that accounted for all but one of their 58 wins, Autumn Humes and Hannah Johnson. They bring back All-American Peyton Mills who led the league in hits and triples while ranking in the top five in average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, runs scored, RBI, doubles, total bases and stolen bases.

Arkansas Tech collected the three remaining first-place votes and finished third in the balloting. The Golden Suns return two of their top three hitters in Megan Goodnight and Janie Knowles. They did lose pitcher Jalissa Gum who produced consecutive All-American campaigns inside the circle.


Henderson State took fourth the poll. The Reddies’ Michelle Sorensen returns for her senior season. She already owns the school and GAC record for wins and no-hitters. They also bring back catcher Courtney Warren, who hit .309 and earned Honorable Mention All-GAC honors. Arkansas-Monticello finished fifth. The Blossoms posted a 34-23 mark last season, their best record since winning the inaugural GAC Championship in 2012 with a 40-14 record.


East Central took sixth, followed by Southern Nazarene. The Tigers return five of their six 2017 All-GAC selections, headlined by First-Team first baseman Alissa Taylor. She hit .402, second in the GAC, tied for first with 16 doubles and ranked fourth in slugging percentage. The Crimson Storm’s Mahina Sauer became one of three freshmen named to the All-GAC First Team after she ranked in the top seven in average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. Pitcher Katelyn Brown won 21 games and struck out 201.


Ouachita and Southeastern Oklahoma State shared eighth place. The Savage Storm’s Symphoni Shomo tied for the GAC lead with 32 steals as a freshman and made the All-GAC First Team. Tiger outfielder Macy Wilson hit .316 as a freshman.

Northwestern Oklahoma State, Oklahoma Baptist and Southwestern Oklahoma State rounded out the poll. Jill-Webb-DeVries enters her first full season as Ranger head coach. The Lady Bison gained access to the GAC and NCAA postseason for the first time following a successful transition from NAIA to the NCAA.


The 2018 season opens with seven schools in action on the opening February weekend. Arkansas Tech, East Central and Oklahoma Baptist head to Southeastern Oklahoma State for the Southeastern Regional Invitational. Henderson State and Ouachita co-host the Ronnie Hawkins; SAU will also head to Arkadelphia.



Tuesday, 09 January 2018 07:46

Eastern announces fall 2017 honor rolls

WILBURTON, OK (Jan. 9, 2018) – Eastern Oklahoma State College has announced honor rolls for the fall 2017 semester.



There were 96 students named to the President’s Honor Roll, which requires a 4.0 grade point average in 12 or more credit hours during the semester. There were 234 students named to the Dean’s Honor Roll, after completing 12 semester credit hours with at least a 3.0 grade point average and no grade lower than a “C.”




Named to the fall 2017 semester lists were:






Adair County

Bunch – Kash Allen

Beckham County

Elk City – Madison Hughes

Carter County

Ardmore – Jake Patterson

Cleveland County

Lexington – Dale Shackleford

Moore – Christopher Herb

Comanche County

Lawton – Reed Webb

Garfield County

Enid – William Cronkhite

Grady County

Tuttle – Jarrod Halphen

Haskell County

Kinta – Kyle Allen, James Percifield, Ashley Thomas

Hughes County

Stuart – Kelda Atkinson, Kelsy Cunningham, Amber White, Jacee Wooley

Kiowa County

Mountain View – Nathan Davis

Latimer County

Red Oak – Austin Howell, Jacalyn Hulsey, Marra Juarez, Rainey Mauzey, Stanlee Underwood

Wilburton – Bryanne Coody, Tegan Crum, Christine Johnson-Watson, Skyler Jones, Molly Sharp, Katie Shero,

Tyler Wigington

Leflore County

Poteau – Elizabeth Young

Talihina – MacKenzie Green, Paige McCulley

Wister – Chance Long

Mayes County

Locust Grove – Rhett Pursley

McCurtain County

Broken Bow – Tamara Colson, Synthia Gauldin, Myra McKinney, Cheri Palmer, Cheyenne Shomo, Kevin Talley, Amanda Wheeler

Eagletown – Pamela Carney

Garvin – Kayli Clift, AlexSandra Huffman, Amanda Snider

Valliant – Kylee Cody

Watson – Justin McLemore

Muskogee County

Porum – Victoria Davison

Okfuskee County

Okemah – Lauren Gray

Pittsburg County

Hartshorne – Cherie Battle, Breanna Beaty, Jennifer Braswell, Jason Lindley, Bianca Medina, Troy Ray, Christina White

Kiowa – Tori Gillispie, Robert Hatdridge

Krebs – Brooke Sharp

McAlester - Monte Busby, Tyler Byrd, Ciara Clark, Jessalynn Conterez, Joenalyn Cooke, Bethanie Gray, Keaton Hackler, Elizabeth Hayes, Emily Hoffman, Ryan Hongell, Rashonda Hutchings, Justin Jones, Britton Kelley, Mark Merrell, Joshua Palaroan, Ethan Prince, Hannah Siren, David Thompson, Rebecca Ward, Adisyn Webster

Quinton – Rachil Needham, Cassie Ruiz, Elisabeth Wilson

Pontotoc County

Ada – Tierra Christian, Tanner Jarrett

Pottawatomie County

Shawnee – Caryse Bateman

Pushmataha County

Antlers – Tyanna Thurman

Clayton – Nicole Davis

Tulsa County

Tulsa – Philip Scott


Crittenden County

West Memphis – Devin Mosley, Tevin Mosley

Polk County

Wickes – Abigail Taylor


Elkhart County

Goshen – Brandi Henderson

Vanderburgh County

Evansville – Jaylen Thomas


Montgomery County

Clarksville – Dameon Gonga


Guadalupe County

Marion – Codi Lamb

Harris County

Houston – Tien Do

Travis County

Austin – Zane Johnson



Atoka County

Atoka – Tyler Frank, Ridge Stephens, Morgan Whatley

Wardville – Baleigh Drake

Bryan County

Durant – Dante Miller

Choctaw County

Ft Towson – Brianna Blankenship, Amanda Joslin

Hugo - A'Breon Jackson, Tucker Reese, Tyler Wickson

Sawyer – Cory Couch

Soper – MaKayla Whitman

Cleveland County

Moore – Alexis Fessler

Greer County

Mangum – Jasmyn Davis

Haskell County

Kinta – Lane Davenport, Zachary Leon, Joshua Sexton

Stigler – Kodye Engle, Cameron Highfill, Sarah McKinney, Kirsten Roachell

Hughes County

Stuart – Peggy Geren, Matthew Jordan, Aron Nunn, Lynsey Ward

Latimer County

Gowen – Christopher Ainsworth, Triston Boling

Red Oak – Miranda Raney

Wilburton – Skylar Bird, Cody Bull, Sophia Bullard, Brianna Caldwell, Mykah Crose, Melissa Derryberry, Bill Donoley, Tristan Fanshier, Joanna Fite, Kimberly Glasco, Tyler Haney, Amy Hicke, Elisabeth Higdon, Martin Juventus, Chelsey Karstens, Connor Knight, Jakob Labor, Alicia Martinez, Bradley Rader, Rebecca Romine,

Madison Rutledge, Emily Sharp, Jager Sokolosky, Ashlynn Vinson, Dekayetlynn Wilson

LeFlore County

Cameron – John Boggs, Ashton Evans

Heavener – Mariah Noah

Howe – Nicholos Martindale

Poteau  - Dallas Terry

Shady Point – Nicole Ryan

Talihina –Jaydin Harper, James Hawes

Logan County

Guthrie – Joe Scheihing

Mayes County

Adair – Braydyn Willyard

McClain County

Blanchard – Kaitlyn Smith

McCurtain County

Bethel – Amber Bailey

Broken Bow – Caleb Allen, Baylie Bray, Elizabeth Carrell, Jacob Delossantos, Emily Fuller, Johnathan Giddens, Samuel Hardaway, Carrie Huff, Mitchell Magar, Meet Patel, Kyla Rolen, Chrystan Scott, Hailey Scott, Michaela Williams, Holly Young

Eagletown – Courtney Keeney, Zachary Leonard

Haworth - Brianna Campos, Mickie Carter, Rachel Lipsey, Abigail McKee

Idabel – Shelby Andolino, Shiena Austin, Caitlyn Ives, Ariannah Smith, Cyndi Tushka

Valliant – Austin Bullard, Tara Cantrell, Zackery Prewitt

Watson – Tanner Keiss

Wright City – Brooke Trusty

McIntosh County

Eufaula – Jonathan Cox, Taylor Koedyker

Muskogee County

Muskogee – Kelly Kowis

Porum – Brandon Blackford

Noble County

Perry – Hunter Black

Oklahoma County

Oklahoma City – Devin Crawford, Joseph McGovern, Brady Smith, Brent Stephens, Austin Warfel

Warr Acres – Winslow Lybrand

Osage County

Skiatook – Davin Gummere

Pittsburg County

Alderson – Taylor Dickerson

Canadian – Regan Boggs, Jerry Mefford

Crowder – Sierra Vasquez

Haileyville – Alicia Bigelow, Monica Johnston, Angela McAlister, Jada Pingleton

Hartshorne – Cali Baughman, Krystina Cabrera, Kiara Covey, Gina Garvin, Tessia Purvis, Shala Smith, Kassey Walker, Raeanne Zozula

Indianola – Stoney Ragan

Krebs – Rebecca Frias, Emily Milam

McAlester – Ashley Adams, Andrea Alexander, Jessica Alexander, Madison Arterberry, Katelyn Beams, Jamie Billy, Shaylee Bookout, Tabitha Bradford, Kaylee Bryson, Taylor Compton, Loren Cox, Elizabeth Crenshaw,

Erik Crenshaw, Todd Dawkins, Daniel Declerck, McKinnah Denny, John Dixon, Courtney Drake, Billy Ford,

Kaylen Forehand, Vhitney Garner, Shannequia Gibson, Amy Hays, Caleb Herring, Devan Howard, Brittany Humphrey, Madeline Jarrett, Tabitha Kalstad, Chase Kennedy, Mandy Klink, Daniel Lenox, Andrew McBride, Joseph McKelvey, Mary Amy McLellan, Skyeler Mendenhall, Jadie Nunnelee, Chase Parent, Staci Phelps, Shauna Quinn, Augusta Reagan, Quincy Schoggins, Martin Suarez-James, Billy Thibodeaux, Abbygale Tighe, Anita Vaughan, Haley Vaughn, Madison Whorton, Emily Worstell

Pittsburg – Alissa Maloy, Tyler Sullivan

Quinton – Elijah Fitzer, Kyleigh Hilburn, Lindsay McBride, Jaycee McKee, Macey McKee, Hanna Peters, Valarie Quinton, Rachel Zukowski

Savanna – Cierra Gomez, Jonathon Impson, Shelby Ketchum, James Underwood

Pushmataha County

Antlers – Stephanie Melton, Ashley Self, Heydee Velez

Clayton – Katie Austin, Cole Dickinson

Tuskahoma – Cheyanne Helm, Kristen Houston, Flint Shaw, Kylee Simpson

Rogers County

Chelsea – Blake Mills

Seminole County

Wewoka – Melvin Henson

Tulsa County

Bixby – Jeremiah Goodwin

Tulsa – Bradley Smith

Wagoner County

Broken Arrow – Jared Sharp

Wagoner – Bailey Dorr


Benton County

Lowell – Chyanne Fogg

Faulkner County

Conway – Elijah Davis, Cade Tucker

Lonoke County

Lonoke Haven Hunter

Perry County

Bigelow – Brent Southerland

Pulaski County

Jacksonville – Kameron Whitmore

Sebastian County

Hackett – Madison Durham

Washington County

Farmington - Jessika Calhoon

Lincoln - Cole Umberson

White County

Beebe – Alec Matlock


Pinal County

Casa Grande – Christian Fresquez


Levy County

Chiefland – Jonathan Ward


Gordon County

Resaca – Garrett Dodd


Angelina County

Lifkin – Cailee Hendrick

Denton County

Justin – Roma Walters

Tarrant County

Bedford – Julio Prieto

Wise County

Rhome – Michelle Coker


Perth, Australia - Cameron Kerr

Nassau, Bahamas – Elltin Hart, Amos Woodside

Saskatoon, Canada - Rylee Denomy

Windsor, Canada - Irakoze Mugenzi

Asuncion, Paraguay - Adriana Piris Amarilla

Press release

The exhibit, Early Oklahoma: Black Hope/Black Dreams, will be on display at the Carl Albert State College libraries in honor of Black History Month. The CASC Student Affairs department is sponsoring the exhibit at the Joe E. White Library on the Poteau campus January 16 – February 8, 2018, and at the Delores O’Guin Mitchell Library on the Sallisaw campus February 12 – March 2, 2018. The community is invited to visit the exhibit at either of the CASC libraries.

The exhibit is part of the Oklahoma Historical Society’s Oklahoma History Center Traveling Exhibits program and features the accomplishments of three individuals who had a vision for greater opportunity and equality for themselves and others. Their accomplishments opened doors and opened minds; their influence reached beyond their generations and lifespan.

Edward (Edwin) Preston McCabe arrived in Oklahoma Territory in 1889. He was experienced in finance, law, land development, and politics. McCabe sought a place where African Americans could establish their own towns similar to other groups of Americans.

Roscoe Dunjee was a newspaperman, activist, humanitarian, and a man of extraordinary conviction and legendary accomplishment. He was one of the most influential men in Oklahoma history. As he was only one generation removed from slavery, Dunjee was a general on the battlefield for civil rights. Founded in 1915, Dunjee's newspaper was titled the Black Dispatch. Dunjee also took aim at the legal system and the issues, incidents, and laws that deprived African Americans of their rights of citizenship and human dignity.

Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher was the first African American admitted to the University of Oklahoma Law School on June 18, 1949, and the first to graduate in August 1951. Through her, African Americans succeeded in challenging the separate but equal doctrine as it applied to educational opportunities.


CASC Mission Statement: To provide an affordable, accessible, and exceptional education that fosters student success.

For the Children: OICA Weekly Column
By OICA CEO Joe Dorman


On January 31, the Bricktown Rotary will honor Clayton Kershaw of the LA Dodgers with their annual Warren Spahn award, named after an Oklahoman who was one of the all-time great Major League pitchers. The upcoming award ceremony got me thinking about baseball in America and its unique relationship with race.


Last year was the 70th anniversary of desegregation in Major League Baseball, a major milestone in the civil rights movement. Baseball has always been thought of as “America’s Pastime,” and the victory won by players like Jackie Robinson resonated far beyond sports. It was a cultural and political victory for all black Americans.


Given baseball’s historic importance in the civil rights movement, it is has been strange to see the number of black ball-players declining, even as the percentage of black athletes rises in other sports. US News & World Report covered a fascinating story last July on this topic. Their analysis showed that 75 percent of NBA and 64 percent of NFL players are black, while only 8 percent of MLB players are African-American.


1981 was the high-water mark for black baseball players, when they made up 19 percent of all MLB athletes. The 1981 MLB All-Star Game had 63 total players, with 14 African-Americans on the rosters, or 22 percent. In the All-Star Game last year, of 32 players selected, only three were African-American, or around 5 percent. The question posed by US News & World Report was, “what has happened to black baseball players?”


The conclusion they reached in their article was that a trifecta of factors was pushing blacks away from the sport: job-loss, urbanization and mass incarceration.


Over the past 38 years, the United States has lost 7.2 million factory jobs. These jobs paid livable wages and benefits to workers. Workers at these jobs had enough disposable income to afford balls, bats, mitts, gloves and little league fees. A 40-hour work week meant that workers also had enough time to play with their children. Replacing manufacturing jobs with service work in other places of employment has led to less income and less free time.


Another factor is the phenomenon known as "white flight," where more affluent families flee to the suburbs leaving lower income minorities in inner-cities. With little space in urban areas, along with the aforementioned reduction in jobs, there are fewer opportunities for playing baseball. Suburbs, with higher incomes and more space, have factored in the need for places for children to play. The article cited that most black major league baseball players in modern times are from middle-class families and grew up in the suburbs.


Finally, taking fathers out of the family structure significantly hurts these numbers. In 1979, there were about 350,000 prisoners in the United States. Today, there are 2.3 million prisoners. According to, African Americans are incarcerated in state prisons across the country at more than five times the rate of Caucasian inmates. Tying this back to Oklahoma current affairs, our state has the highest overall black incarceration rate, with 1 in 15 black males ages 18 and older is in prison.


The decline in black participation in baseball, a sport I love, makes me sad. Baseball teaches teamwork, hard work and patience. It is a uniquely American activity that has been an important part of our cultural fabric for over 100 years. For black children to lack access to the sport because of social problems is a tragedy.


Economic realities and overincarceration are public policy problems that can be addressed in state capitols and city halls, but they can also be addressed by individuals. David Prater, the OK County District Attorney, often reminds people that there are 800,000 kids in Oklahoma, and what if every adult took it upon themselves to mentor one child in our state? We could change these generational issues in one generation.


So, when baseball season rolls around, consider taking a child out to see the OKC Dodgers play, as they have their Triple A affiliate located in Oklahoma City. The Dodgers’ Double A affiliate, the Tulsa Drillers, also provides an affordable day out at the ball park. Both teams offer fun programs for kids to learn and enjoy the sport. You never know, you might be encouraging the next Jackie Robinson, but you will certainly be making a difference in the life of that child.

Also, for information on the Warren Spahn Award, go to for more details



About OICA
The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy was established in 1983 by a group of citizens, to create a strong advocacy network that would provide a voice for the needs of children and youth in Oklahoma, particularly those in the state’s care and those growing up amid poverty, violence, abuse and neglect, disparities, or other situations that put their lives and future at risk.

Our mission statement: “Creating awareness, taking action and changing policy to improve the health, safety and well-being of Oklahoma’s children.“


Press release

Oklahoma City—The Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) has made “discernible progress” in its efforts to reform the state’s foster care system according to the child welfare experts, referred to as Co-Neutrals, monitoring the agency’s efforts to implement the Pinnacle Plan.

The latest commentary from the Co-Neutrals covering DHS’ performance through June 30, 2017, shows the agency is making good faith efforts to achieve substantial and sustained progress in almost every area of the system they are working to improve. In three areas--placement stability, therapeutic foster care, and the metric involving shelter use for children ages 6-12, the Co-Neutrals are reserving judgement to allow DHS more time to fully implement an enhanced set of “core strategies” which are expected to yield positive results for children and youth with the highest intellectual and emotional needs.

In their report, the Co-Neutrals make particular note of the state’s budget pressures which threaten “the pace and progress of the overall reform effort at a critical time.”

“The Co-Neutrals urge Oklahoma’s leaders to stay the course in funding DHS’ core strategies to achieve substantial and sustained progress on behalf of the state’s most vulnerable children. This includes the commitments to ensure that DHS has a sufficient number of well-trained and well supported foster homes and an adequate number of caseworkers and other key staff to achieve better outcomes for children. A material reversal in support is likely to compromise the still tenuous foundation upon which DHS has sought to build this reform, and undermine the years of public investment.”

Governor Mary Fallin said this report shows the state and DHS are making progress in strengthening child welfare services.

“My thanks go out to DHS employees for their hard work, as well as Oklahoma legislators for making the necessary financial commitment to support these important reforms,” said Fallin. “The success of the reforms to the child welfare system is critical to ensuring the state can provide adequate protection and care to vulnerable Oklahoma children. It is crucial that Oklahoma provide its full attention and adequate resources to ensure DHS can continue to meet its obligations to improve child welfare services.”
“We are gratified this report documents the progress being made in so many areas essential to the well-being of the children for whom we’re responsible,” said DHS Director Ed Lake. “The support of Governor Fallin and the Legislature of our efforts over time has been absolutely central to our progress to date, and we are extremely grateful for the investments Oklahoma has made in the child welfare system,” said Lake. “That support is definitely still needed if we are to ultimately succeed in meeting the terms of our “settlement agreement” (the Pinnacle Plan) and maintaining a quality child welfare system.”

“The guidance and urging of the Co-Neutrals in creating sound strategies and the very hard work of our employees all across DHS and of our many service partners in effectively implementing those strategies are paying dividends,” said Lake. “And thanks, too, to the Plaintiffs, with whom we meet regularly, for their input and feedback on the specifics of our efforts. We are united in our desire to better serve the children and youth in our care.”

Jami Ledoux, Child Welfare Services Director, expressed her gratitude to those who have worked with the agency to help serve children and families.

“DHS cannot do this work alone and we believe our successes are shared by all Oklahomans who have stepped up to become foster families, to those who provide support to foster families and to biological families as they are reunited,” said Ledoux. “We greatly appreciate all of the agencies who work alongside us in providing services to the children in our care.”

In their report, the co-neutrals made note of the agency’s success in the recruitment of new foster homes. During the first half of the fiscal year 2017, DHS approved 431 new foster homes, the highest number of new homes DHS has approved during the first half of any fiscal year during this reform effort. They also noted DHS has continued its commitment to reducing incidents of abuse or neglect of children in its care and, for the first time, has exceeded its starting baseline on the target measure.

Tom Bates, Special Adviser to Governor Fallin and Interim Advocate General for the Office of Client Advocacy, said the progress DHS has made in this reform effort is remarkable. “I am particularly pleased with the progress to reduce abuse and neglect of children in our care. Many of the youth in DHS custody today have unique intellectual and behavioral needs, which makes caring for them extremely challenging. DHS’ trauma-informed approach is working but we will need additional resources to ensure these youth are safe and accepted in communities around the state.”

The co-neutrals also recognized the significant change in practice regarding placing children in emergency shelters and the agency’s efforts to ensure all potential family-based placements have been exhausted before a child enters a shelter. DHS has increased the number of children whose first placement was in a kinship home, either with relatives or someone they know. Data analysis and research has shown that these placements are more stable and reduce the chances of children experiencing a move while in foster care.

About the Pinnacle Plan
Since DHS began reforming its foster care system in 2012 through the Pinnacle Plan, the experiences of children who were victims of abuse or neglect have dramatically changed.

In Oklahoma today:
• Children are more likely to be able to safely remain in their own homes while their families get the help they need.
• Children first entering foster care are more likely to be placed with a family rather than in an emergency shelter.
• Children entering foster care are more likely to be placed with their own families or with someone they know.
92 percent of children in DHS custody are placed with families.
• Children are less likely to experience multiple moves while in care.
• Children are less likely to age out of foster care without legal permanency like adoption or guardianship.
• After reunification with their families, children are less likely to reenter foster care.
• DHS has safely reduced the number of children in state care by 23 percent (8,677 as of Dec. 2017) from a peak of 11,298 children in care Oct. 2014.
(Data can be provided upon request for each of these areas)

Tuesday, 09 January 2018 03:24

Sign up now for Leadership LeFlore County

POTEAU, OKLAHOMA - It's time  to sign up for Leadership LeFlore County 2018


Leadership LeFlore County is a county wide leadership program designed to be a series of issue-oriented forums and learning experiences, which are based on the belief that knowledge is a key element and prime motivator of leadership.


Leadership LeFlore County is sponsored by the LeFlore County Economic Development Foundation, OSU Extension and the Poteau Chamber of Commerce.


This is the 11th year for Leadership Leflore County.

The course will consist of seven sessions.

Tuition Cost $60.00

Classes will be held throughout the county.

As with all worthwhile endeavors, this program requires a definite commitment of time on the part of each participant. (Spouses are not included in meetings)


Attendance is mandatory for successful competition of the program.


If interested Download the application below or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center Cafeteria Menu


Tuesday, January 9 - Crispy Ranch Chicken, Mexican Casserole, Texas Potatoes, Carrots.


Wednesday, January 10 - Chicken Fried Chicken, Ham, Baby Bakers, California Veggies.


Thursday, January 11 - Pizza (Supreme or Pepperoni), BBQ Chicken Legs, Potato Wedges, Broccoli.


Friday, January 12 - Chicken Stir Fry, Vegetable & Pork Egg Rolls, Fried Rice.


Saturday, January 13 - Grill Only.


Sunday, January 14 - Grill Only.

Latest Events

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KTC Presents Super Bowl Foods
Thu Jan 25 @ 6:00PM - 09:00PM
LeFlore County Republican Meeting
Thu Jan 25 @ 6:30PM - 08:00PM
Legislative Breakfast
Fri Jan 26 @ 8:00AM - 09:00AM