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Press release


OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today announced his office will assume authority over and responsibility for the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Task Force going forward.

The decision comes after the attorney general obtained both Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Kevin Stitt and Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Drew Edmondson’s support to put the functions of the task force under the purview of the Attorney General’s Office.

“The members of the task force made monumental strides throughout the course of their meetings,” Attorney General Hunter said. “They have produced a solid foundation of policy recommendations. I look forward to working with the members of the task force and members of the legislature on both sides of the aisle in a deliberate way to deliver meaningful reforms and the funding necessary to assist law enforcement efforts to bring justice for victims.

“This is not a partisan issue. In order to get the state where it needs to be and further support victims, we must put political differences aside and work together to find practical solutions.”

The next meeting will be publicly announced at a later date.



Press release


RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced the league’s weekly awards for the fifth week of the cross country season. Arkansas Tech’s Aubre Gilreath won the Women’s honor and Harding’s Bartek Kwiecinski earned the Men’s award.


GAC WOMEN’S RUNNER OF THE WEEK – Aubre Gilreath, Arkansas Tech, So., Rogers, Arkansas

Gilreath scored the second individual title of her career as she posted a winning time of 19:27.2 at the Arkansas Tech Invitational. She led the Golden Suns to a team championship with a perfect score of 15 points. She has finished as the Golden Suns’ top runner at five straight meets.


GAC MEN’S RUNNER OF THE WEEK – Bartek Kwiecinski, Harding, Jr., Wschowa, Poland

Kwiecinski turned in a career-best time as he led the Bisons at the Greater Louisville Classic. He turned in a time of 25:22.4 to finish 19th in a field of 412. His time represented a personal best, more than 40 seconds faster than his previous top mark. He has finished as the top Bison performer at both races this season.


Sharon Chepseba, Harding (Broke 19-minute mark for the first time of her career); Kayla Gourley, Northwestern Oklahoma State (Paced Rangers at Red River XC Shootout);

Garrison Blanton, Northwestern Oklahoma State (Placed fourth at Red River XC Shootout)

Wednesday, 03 October 2018 22:44


Press release


RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced the league’s Golfers of the Week for the fifth week of the fall season. Southwestern Oklahoma State’s Chloe Thackeray garnered the Women’s accolade while Southeastern Oklahoma State’s Zach James scored the Men’s honor.


GAC WOMEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK – Chloe Thackeray, Southwestern Oklahoma State, Sr., Billericay, England

Thackeray earned the first GAC Golfer of the Week award in her career after she took home medalist honors at the UCO Classic. She carded rounds of 68 and 74 to post a 36-hole hole of even par 142 en route to a three-stroke victory. The Lady Bulldogs placed third at the event.


GAC MEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK – Zach James, Southeastern Oklahoma State, Sr., Whitesboro, Texas

James picked up his third-straight tournament victory as he dominated the field at the Newman Fall Invitational. He finished seven strokes clear of his closest competitor, teammate Hayden Foster. For the second time this season, he posted three rounds in the 60s as he shot 10-under par for the week. He fired the low individual score for each of the three rounds.


Pia Nunbhakdi, Arkansas Tech (Led Golden Suns to the title at the UCO Classic); Mackenzy Turner, Southern Arkansas (Tied for eighth at the at the UCO Classic)

Tyler Berryhill, Northwestern Oklahoma State (Tied for low Ranger at the Battle for the Belt); Kevin Elder, Southern Arkansas (Tied for second at the Battle for the Belt); Andre Jacobs, Arkansas Tech (Recorded tournament-leading 15 birdies at the Battle for the Belt); Nick Shapiro, Henderson State (Led Reddies to the Battle for the Belt team title); Gustavo Tineo, Southwestern Oklahoma State (Placed seventh at the Battle for the Belt)

Wednesday, 03 October 2018 17:40




Press release


Foster Care Awareness Day Proclaimed in Poteau.



Poteau – Mayor Jeff Shockley poses with personnel from the Department of Human Services as he issues a proclamation for Thursday, October 4, 2018 as “Foster Care Awareness Day” in the City of Poteau.


Foster Care Awareness Day is about raising awareness of the need of families to become foster and adoptive parents to serve Oklahoma’s children and families.


There are currently 105 children in the state’s care in LeFlore County; upon which twenty-two children are currently placed out of county.


By becoming a foster or adoptive parent, you will help to ensure every child receives a safe, loving home they deserve every day.


To inquire about becoming a foster or adoptive parent, please contact 1-800-376-9729 or visit For other ways to become involved in supporting children and families, contact Deanna Martin at 918-649-2367 or Aaron Goad 918-649-2467. You can report child abuse and neglect by calling 1-800-522-3511.



Wednesday, 03 October 2018 15:04

Fishing Report for October 3, 2018

A Service of the Oklahoma Wildlife Department



Arbuckle: September 29. Elevation 4 ft. above normal, water 74. Largemouth bass good on topwater lures, grubs and crankbaits. Smallmouth bass good on grubs and crankbaits off points. White bass are up creeks. Crappie slow off docks. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Broken Bow: September 28. Elevation below normal, water 84. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on crankbaits, flukes and plastic baits around brush structure, creek channels, points and standing timber. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait, punch bait and worms along channels, creek channels and river mouth. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: September 28. Elevation normal, water murky. Crappie excellent on minnows in coves, along dam and main lake. Striped bass and blue catfish good on cut bait, live bait, live shad and shad below the dam and along the dam. Spotted bass fair on grasshoppers, small lures and worms in the main lake, along riprap, river channel and standing timber. Report submitted by Cannon Harrison, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: September 28. Elevation above normal, water 79 and murky. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on cut bait, dough bait, live bait and shad below the dam, main lake and river channel. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs below the dam, around brush structure, creek channels, main lake, river channel and standing timber. Outflow from Hugo dam and back up of Red River into Kiamichi River have increased water levels and lowered water temperature for fishing below the dam. Report submitted by Andrew Potter, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.

Konawa: September 27. Elevation normal, water 84 and clear. Largemouth bass good on Alabama rigs, crankbaits, plastic baits and topwater lures in the main lake, around points, river channel and weed beds. Striped bass hybrids and white bass good on Alabama rigs, crankbaits and live shad in coves, main lake and river channel. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait and stinkbait in coves, creek channels, inlet and riprap. Report submitted by Garret Harley, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountain Fork: September 28. Elevation normal, water clear. Trout fair on caddis flies, PowerBait, small lures and tube jigs along creek channels and rocks. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

McGee Creek: September 28. Elevation above normal, water 80. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on buzz baits, flukes, jerk baits and spinnerbaits along creek channels, points and rocks. Channel and flathead catfish fair on chicken liver, dough bait and stinkbait along creek channels and river mouth. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Pine Creek: September 28. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on buzz baits, rogues and topwater lures along channels and points. Crappie fair on jigs around brush structure. Channel catfish good on chicken liver, punch bait and stinkbait in coves, along creek channels and main lake. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: September 28. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on Alabama rigs, bill baits, plastic baits, spinnerbaits and tube jigs around brush structure, channels, in coves, creek channels, points and riprap. Blue, channel and flathead catfish goo don chicken liver, cut bait, dough bait, live bait, live shad, shad, stinkbait and sunfish along channels, creek channels, flats, inlet, river channel and river mouth. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: September 27. Elevation above normal, water 76. Largemouth and spotted bass slow on plastic baits and spinnerbaits around brush structure, shorelines, standing timber and weed beds. Blue, flathead and channel catfish fair on cut bait, shad and sunfish along flats, main lake and shorelines. Crappie fair on minnows, jigs and tube jigs around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: September 30. Elevation above normal, water muddy. Crappie fair on jigs, live bait and minnows around brush structure and docks. Channel catfish good on punch bait along channels, creek channels and river mouth. Striped bass good on live bait and live shad along creek channels, flats and main lake. Report submitted by Cody Jones, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: September 28. Elevation above normal, water cloudy. Largemouth bass good on bill baits, buzz baits, crankbaits, plastic baits and spinnerbaits around brush structure, channels, points and shorelines. Blue catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, hot dogs, punch bait, shad and stinkbait along channels, flats and main lake. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around brush structure, channels and standing timber. Report submitted by Thomas Gillham, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

Wednesday, 03 October 2018 14:57

KTC Awards Foundation Scholarships

Press release


Kiamichi Technology Centers award Foundation Scholarships to nine outstanding students:


Jesus Benitez – Welding Technology
Hali Carr – Practical Nursing
Karli Chesner – Practical Nursing
Judy Huffman – Paramedic
Jeff Holley – Welding Technology
Haneefah Mason – Practical Nursing
Ryan Middleton – Electrical Technology
Dakota Province – Practical Nursing
Melisa Sullivan – Culinary Arts


The Kiamichi Technology Center Foundation was founded by Arch & Reidy Gothard of Poteau in 1994. Since then numerous public and private donations have been added to the foundation. If you would like to contribute to KTC’s Foundation, please contact Poteau Campus Director, Michael Culwell, at 918-647-4525. All donations are tax-exempt.

Kiamichi Technology Centers has been an integral part of the communities in southeastern Oklahoma since 1968, serving ten full counties and parts of three other counties. KTC is part of the Oklahoma CareerTech system and is one of 29 districts within the state.


KTC has more than 30 career programs, and offers a wide variety of evening and weekend short-term courses as well as certifications in many diverse career fields. KTC serves nearly 23,000 individuals each year, including many area companies who receive training through the Business and Industry Services Division that works with over 400 businesses each year.


For more information on KTC call the Poteau Campus at 918-647-4525 or visit their website at


Like their Facebook page at


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 KTC Director - Michael Culwell, Jeff Holley, Ryan Middleton, Melisa Sullivan, Judy Huffman, & Jesus Benitez




Press release


Oklahoma has experienced a shortage of teachers the past few years, and Carl Albert State College is doing what it can to help solve this problem.


The college has 89 students enrolled as Pre-Elementary majors and has recently completed the paperwork to have an active chapter of the Student Oklahoma Education Association. The student program offers members leadership, scholarship, and networking opportunities. "Our students are receiving an excellent education in the classroom; SOEA will allow us opportunities outside of the classroom to better equip them for their roles as teachers," said Susan Hill, faculty advisor for the CASC chapter.

Members recently elected officers attended a Professional Development day at Sallisaw Schools, and hosted a workshop on how to use drama in the classroom. President Raven Cheney, Secretary Cherish Palmer, member Annabell Jackson, and their advisor participated in the State SOEA Conference on Saturday, September 29, at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. They received updates on Oklahoma education from State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister and OEA Vice-President Katherine Bishop and attended workshops addressing everything from "Special Education in your Regular Classroom" to "Learning from First Year Mistakes."

The chapter is currently making plans to host a game night on the CASC main campus, read to Poteau Elementary children during Red Ribbon week, and sponsor a book drive for a local charity.


SOEA membership is open to any CASC student who is preparing for a career in education. Individuals can join online at or by contacting Susan Hill at 918-657-1472.


A $30 annual membership due allows the student to also be a member of OEA and NEA and enjoy the benefits of both.





Wednesday, 03 October 2018 00:06

Get ready for the Poteau Balloonfest


Poteau Balloonfest 2018 is scheduled for October 19th and 20th with 10 Balloons planning to attend this year’s event.


One of the Pilots returning this year is Steve Libel, who brings the Kansas University Mascot Balloon.


“We have been to all of the balloon events at Poteau except for one. I have been flying for 33 year at rallies across the US including Canada,” said Libel.


Libel stated that he’s had too many great flights to mention but his most beautiful flight would have to be Big Sky ski resort in Montana and he loves flying above the “World’s Highest Hill and in the Poteau River Valley between the beautiful mountains surrounding the Balloon Festival Area,” according to Libel It is “just breath taking.”


The Balloonfest will start Friday, October 19, 2018 - gates opens at 11:00 am to the public and will close at 11:00 pm.


Saturday, October 20, 2018 - gates opens at 9:00 am and close at 11:00 pm.


Admission is required for ages 4 & over. Gate admission is $5 per person.


Special Pre-Purchase Family Package for $20 which includes 5 armbands available. (Must be purchased before Friday, October 19th at 5pm.) To purchase armbands in advance, please call 918-647-9178.


When using Debit or Credit Card there will be an additional $1.00 service charge per transaction.


The Poteau Balloon Fest will again be held at the LeFlore County Fair Grounds, 5015 S. Broadway, Poteau, Oklahoma 74953.


Please note that all balloon events are wind and weather permitting! Any and all balloon flights are most likely to occur between the hours of 7am to 10am and 4pm to 7pm. However, they are not guaranteed during these times. The atmospheric pressure and wind speed plays a huge factor in balloon activities. THE POTEAU BALLOONFEST CANNOT GUARANTEE BALLOON ACTIVITIES and CANNOT give specific times for balloon activities. This event is non-refundable.


The Poteau Balloonfest was named #3 in the top 40 things to do in Oklahoma in 2014 by OKIESCENTRIC magazine.


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Tuesday, 02 October 2018 09:00

Zachary William Brown Obituary


Zachary William Brown, 29, of Poteau, OK passed away Thursday, September 28, 2018 in Texas.


Zachary was born February 27, 1989 in Ft. Smith, AR to Charles Joseph Jr. & Denise (Reed) Brown.


He was a flowtester in the oil field. Zach was preceded in death by his grandparents, William Haskell (Sonny) Reed Jr., Charles & Mary Brown.

Survivors include his mother, Denise Kay Reed of Monroe, OK; father, Joey Brown of Poteau, OK; sister, Lacee Brown Elmore of Mansfield, AR; brother, Joe Brown of Johnstown, CO; grandmother, Erma Lee Reed of Howe, OK; many other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Services will be 2 pm, Thursday, October 4, 2018 at Springhill Baptist Church, Monroe, OK with Joe Hayden Hall officiating.


Interment will follow in Monroe Cemetery.


Pallbearers will be Dewayne, Tyler, Wesley, Cody & Don Reed & Jimmy Crouch.


Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 6-8 pm


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


Press Release


OKLAHOMA CITY –The National Federation of Independent Business has recognized State Rep. Rick West, R-Heavener, for having a 100 percent voting record in support of small businesses.


The voting record is compiled every two years on every member of the Oklahoma Legislature by the NFIB, a national small business advocacy organization. Only votes directly affecting small businesses in Oklahoma are considered.


“Small businesses not only provide services and products to our communities but also culture,” said West. “As honored as I am that I was recognized by the NFIB, I wish all lawmakers voted to support small businesses.”


NFIB’s Oklahoma Voting Record includes votes on seven key issues, including property rights, health insurance, and lawsuit reform.


The 2017-2018 NFIB Oklahoma Voting Record includes legislation regarding:
• The sale of insurance across state lines
• Protecting businesses from website accessibility claims
• Holding trespassers liable for damages
• Agri-business exemption from federal truck log rules
• Privatization within state agencies


NFIB State Director Jerrod Shouse said West’s “voting record demonstrates a commitment to the issues critical to the success of Oklahoma’s small businesses. On behalf of NFIB members in Oklahoma, thank you for your support of small business in the Oklahoma Legislature.”

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