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WILBURTON, OK – The Bravado Wireless High School Invitational Tournament at Eastern Oklahoma State College is set for Dec. 3-7 in the C.C. Dunlap Fieldhouse in Wilburton. A number of local high school basketball teams will compete in the annual tournament.

This year’s tournament will feature boys and girls teams from Battiest, Braggs, Haileyville, McCurtain, Wister and Wright City. Five players from each bracket will earn All-Tournament Honors.


Bravado Wireless is the lead sponsor of this year’s tournament. The regional cellular carrier and home internet company will livestream the final tournament games on Friday. Visit to livestream the games from your computer, phone or tablet. The games will also be streamed to Bravado Wireless’s official Facebook and YouTube pages.


The tournament begins on Monday at 4 p.m. with Braggs taking on Wister in the girls’ bracket. The championship games are set for Friday at 6:30 p.m. for the girls, followed by the boys at 8 p.m.


Visit for tournament brackets and a complete schedule of games. 

Wednesday, 28 November 2018 10:02

Students Benefit from New Partnership

Press release

Three local students are the first participants in a new partnership between the Poteau Adult Learning Center and Kiamichi Technology Center. Gabby Martinez, Leonarda Gonzalez, and Rocia Perez are currently enrolled in the Long-Term Care Nurse Aide FLEX class at the Spiro Campus through the federal Integrated English Literacy and Civics Education Program (IELCE) grant.

This grant includes instruction in literacy and English language acquisition in order to prepare adults who are English language learners to be placed in unsubsidized employment, industries, and occupations which lead to economic self-sufficiency. The Poteau Adult Learning Center is partnering with Kiamichi Technology Center, Poteau Campus, to combine adult education skills, content knowledge, and learning strategies that adult students need to enter and succeed in career pathways and employment.

For more information, contact Myrna Davis, Director of Poteau Adult Learning Center at (918) 647-0754 or Nina Morgan, KTC Adult Coordinator, at (918) 647-5418.

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.



Press release


Senator Kevin Matthews will hold a press conference on Thursday, November 29 at 10:00 a.m. at the Greenwood Cultural Center (322 North Greenwood) in Tulsa to announce the official name change of the 1921 Race Riot Commission to the 1921 Race Massacre Commission.

“We had already planned to formally change the name of the 1921 Race Riot Commission to the 1921 Race Massacre Commission this week”, said Sen. Matthews, Chair of the Commission. “It was ironic that just last week, we lost and acknowledged the life and legacy of the last known survivor of this tragedy, Dr. Olivia Hooker who was the first African American woman to join the U.S. Coast Guard and lived to be 103.”

One of Dr. Hooker’s lifelong goals as she testified on Capitol Hill in 2005 was to fight for reparations and for the tragedy she survived as a 6 year old to be called a massacre instead of a riot.

“The fact that it was called a riot was one of the reasons given for turning down insurance claims, and has been offensive to many in the affected area for 97 years. After being made aware of the significance of the term, the Commission has decided to officially change its name to the 1921 Race Massacre Commission,” said Matthews. “Although the dialogue about the reasons and effects of the terms riot vs. massacre are very important and encouraged, the feelings and interpretation of those who experienced this devastation as well as current area residents and historical scholars have led us to more appropriately change the name to the 1921 Race Massacre Commission.”

Wednesday, 28 November 2018 09:54

William Rudolph McKinney Death Notice

William Rudolph McKinney, 69, of Poteau, OK passed away Friday, November 23, 2018 in Ft. Smith, AR.


William was born May 16, 1949 in Heavener, OK to Edgar & Mannie (Coburn) McKinney.


He was a veteran of the US Army and worked in the oil field.

Private services will be held at a later date.


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


WILBURTON, OK (Nov. 28, 2018) – Twenty-seven academically high-achieving students were recently inducted into the national honor society Phi Theta Kappa during a campus ceremony in Wilburton.

The society was founded in 1918 and is recognized as the official honor society of associate-level institutions and programs. According to their website, Phi Theta Kappa’s mission is two-fold: recognizing and encouraging academic achievement and providing opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership service and fellowship programming.

Eastern’s Theta Pi chapter upholds this mission by sponsoring a number of events and initiatives to serve their campus and community. These efforts include an annual Toys for Tots campaign and voter-registration drive. The chapter recently claimed their ninth consecutive victory in a contest among 21 Oklahoma colleges and universities by registering 16.1 percent of Eastern’s in-state student population to vote. The chapter also registered the highest proportion of out-of-state students at eight percent.
“We are proud to welcome these new members and honor their success,” said Brenda Kennedy, chapter advisor and dead of the business division. “These students have proven themselves to be competent young adults who embody the values of our college and organization.”

Membership is granted by invitation once certain academic qualifications are met. To qualify, students must have completed 12 to 29 hours of coursework towards an associate degree with a cumulative 3.75 grade point average or more than 30 credit hours with a cumulative 3.5 grade point average.

Induction into Phi Theta Kappa empowers these students with a competitive edge. In addition to becoming eligible for over $37 million in scholarship opportunities, they become part of a network of nearly 3 million fellow scholars. Members also enjoy special benefits and discount offers from the organization’s corporate partners such as GEICO and Bank of America.

Members graduating from Eastern are recognized during commencement ceremonies and have their membership noted on their college transcript.

Those inducted this fall include: Sheetal Rijal Bastola, Wilburton; Monte Busby Jr., McAlester; Madeline Camp, McAlester; Victoria Davison, Porum; Jude Ebingha, Kinta; Tayze Ellington, Wilburton; Bethanie Gray, McAlester; Elisabeth Higdon, Wilburton; Jonathon Impson, Savanna; Ellen Jeffrey, Wilburton; Lainey Jestis, Bokchito; Blake Lindley, Hartshorne; Caitlin Matthews, Quinton; Triphornia Mubaiwa, Wilburton; Joshua Palaroan, El Reno; James Phillips, Hartshorne; Hannah Siren, McAlester; Shelly Stansbury, Idabel; Ridge Stephens, Atoka; Abbygale Tighe, McAlester; Jennifer Tighe, McAlester; Edgar Torres, Carrollton, Texas; Aubrie Trammell, McAlester; James Underwood, Savanna; Roma Walters, Justin, Texas; Nikita Wemmerus, Wister; and Hannah Wingo, McAlester.

2018 PTK Fall Induction – Eastern students granted membership into Phi Theta Kappa posed together following their induction ceremony. Those inducted include (front row, left to right): Bethanie Gray, Abbygale Tighe, Jennifer Tighe, Madeline Camp, Roma Walters, Triphornia Mubaiwa, Caitlin Matthews, Elisabeth Higdon, Sheetal Rijal Bastola, Hannah Siren, (second row) Lainey Jestis, Shelly Stansbury, Ellen Jeffrey, Victoria Davison, Aubrie Trammell, Nikita Wemmerus, Hannah Wingo, (back row) James Underwood, Jonathon Impson, Edgar Torres, James Phillips, Ridge Stephens, Blake Lindley, Tayze Ellington, Jude Ebingha and Monte Busby, Jr.

Tuesday, 27 November 2018 23:48

Kiger Sworn In As House Member


Members of the 57th Oklahoma House of Representatives took the Oath of Office on November 15, 2018.


Lundy Kiger (R) from Poteau representing House District 3 was one of the newly elected 46 members of the House to be sworn in. These new members elected helps to create a majority caucus with 76 members.


Kiger, who has worked in government relations for the past 23 years and education prior is well acquainted with the process of how the legislative process works but made the following comments.


" No matter how long I've been associated with government relations I was not prepared for the incredible feeling of pride and excitement that I felt walking onto the floor of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, knowing that I'm now representing the people of Leflore County's District 3. It was an overwhelming feeling knowing you have a responsibility of serving, and knowing the people of your District made it all possible. Knowing that the people of my District are entrusting me to this seat is the only motivation I need to propel me through the time I serve our area and state in the House."


As each legislator was allowed time to make comments Kiger thanked his wife Samantha, his family and all of his supporters for their outstanding work in both elections, and especially to the voters of District 3. Kiger went on to tell members of the House that he is very transparent and will work to communicate and building relationships in becoming a contributing member of this great team.


Kiger will report next on December 3rd and 4th for new member orientation and then again for a caucus retreat on December 10, 11 and 12.


He will report for the regular 2019 legislative session on the first Monday of February 2019.


Technology company to presented the Boys and Girls Club of LeFlore County with 10 laptops and a check for $1,000


In recognition of #GivingTuesday, Windstream kicks off the holidays with a Kinetic Kindness check presentation and donation to the Boys and Girls Club of LeFlore County. In today’s technology-driven world, Windstream wants to ensure future generations have the tools necessary to stay competitive in school and entering the workforce. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. Through Kinetic Kindness events, Windstream is committed to playing an active role in the communities in which it lives and serves.

“We are so grateful for Windstream for the donation that will help to serve over 400 children that are registered club members,” said Arielle Perry, CEO of the BGCLC. “We hope that other businesses will follow suit and give a donation to organizations that are doing positive things.”


About Kinetic by Windstream
Kinetic by Windstream is the company’s premium suite of services including high-speed Internet, entertainment and security products for homes and businesses in 18 states. All services are delivered over multiple network platforms including a nationwide IP network, our proprietary cloud core architecture and on a local and long-haul fiber network spanning approximately 150,000 miles. To learn more about Kinetic by Windstream, please visit


About Windstream
Windstream Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: WIN), a FORTUNE 500 company, is a leading provider of advanced network communications and technology solutions. Windstream provides data networking, core transport, security, unified communications and managed services to mid-market, enterprise and wholesale customers across the U.S. The company also offers broadband, entertainment and security services for consumers and small and medium-sized businesses primarily in rural areas in 18 states. Services are delivered over multiple network platforms including a nationwide IP network, our proprietary cloud core architecture and on a local and long-haul fiber network spanning approximately 150,000 miles. Additional information is available at or Please visit our newsroom at or follow us on Twitter at @Windstream or @WindstreamBiz



Press release

MCALESTER – Twenty-eight correctional security officer cadets graduated Tuesday from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections satellite training academy.

A ceremony, attended by agency leadership, as well as the cadets’ friends and family, honored the men and women at The Kings House church.

The cadets will go on to work posts at Eddie Warrior Correctional Center and Jess Dunn Correctional Center in Taft, John Lilley Correctional Center in Boley, Mack Alford Correctional Center in Stringtown, and Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.

Another graduation is scheduled for Jan. 7 in Healdton.

ODOC is hiring a number of positions, including correctional officers. For more information, go to


Tuesday, 27 November 2018 10:34

Old Fashioned Goulash


2 lbs ground beef or turkey

3 tsp minced garlic

1 large Yellow onion, diced

2 1/2 cups water

1/2 cup beef broth

1/3 cup olive oil

2 (15-ounce) cans tomato sauce

2 (15-ounce) cans diced tomatoes

1 Tablespoon of Italian Seasoning

1 Tablespoon of Adobo Seasoning

3 bay leaves

1 Tablespoon of seasoned salt

1/2 Tablespoon of black pepper

2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked

1 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese

1/2 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese


In a large pan, saute your ground meat in skillet over medium-high heat until HALF cooked, remove from heat.

Add garlic, onions, olive oil & until meat is fully cooked.

Add water and broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, italian seasoning, bay leaves, and seasoned salt, pepper and adobo seasoning. Mix well.

Lower heat and cover - allow to cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add in the uncooked elbow macaroni to the skillet, stir well until everything is combined

Cover once again and allow to simmer for about 30 minutes

Once cooked, remove the bay leaves

Add only the cheddar cheese and mix until combined

Add mozzarella right before serving


Press release


OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 26, 2018) — The Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) announced more than $3.1 million in new 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) grants over a five-year period in Oklahoma. The 13 new recipients join four other cohorts of returning grantees for a total federally funded allocation of $11.8 million.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister praised grant recipients for their dedication to serving students beyond the school day.

“Congratulations to these schools and community partners working together to offer activities that keep students engaged beyond the school day,” Hofmeister said. “These programs build children’s academic confidence and help them develop skill sets that match their interests and could even lead to future careers.”

The 21st CCLC initiative provides learning opportunities and enrichment activities to complement school-day learning for students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. The grant funding helps students meet state and local academic performance standards, particularly in high-poverty areas and low-performing schools. Activities take place before and after school, on summer breaks and during school holidays.

Shawnee Public Schools, a new and returning grantee, is taking advantage of 21st CCLC grants to offer STEM and art programs after school to more than 500 students at its four elementary schools.

“We are incredibly grateful for the 21st Century Community Learning Center grants,” said Shawnee Superintendent April Grace. “Because of these grants, we and our community partners are able to provide extended learning opportunities and unique experiences that are not always possible during the school day. As a result of exposure to these opportunities, we have seen a tremendous impact on the social-emotional well-being of students. These programs are impacting students far beyond the academic benefits.”
In addition to reading, math and tutoring assistance, 21st CCLC programs offer enrichment activities including robotics, chess, debate, art, music, drama, science, college and career exploration, health and physical fitness. Literacy and other educational supports are also available to the families of students served.

Oklahoma received 35 grant applications for 21st CCLC this year.


The 13 new grants give Oklahoma a total of 59 statewide grantees.


The new grantees include:
• Beggs Public Schools

• Cleveland Public Schools
• Fort Cobb - Broxton Public Schools
• Idabel Public Schools
• Lane Public Schools
• Maryetta Public Schools
• Newkirk Public Schools
• Peavine Public Schools
• Porter Consolidated Schools
• Shawnee Public Schools
• Tahlequah Public Schools
• Tenkiller Public Schools
• Tulsa Dream Center

Authorized under Title IV, Part B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act, 21st CCLC provides annual awards through a competitive application process to both school districts and community-based organizations.

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