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Thursday, 09 November 2017 09:11

Janet “Jan” Anna Carlson Obituary


Jan Carlson, 76, of Poteau, OK, passed away Wednesday, November 8, 2017 in Poteau. She was born December 16, 1940, in Denham Springs, LA, to Lee and Anna (Hrachovina) Laird. She was a homemaker, and loved to teach Sunday School, cook for the children at church camp, and Bible School and was affectionally known to most of them as “Granny.”


Janet was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Hazel Scott and Vera Telford.


Survivors include a son Cliff Nash of Wichita, KS, a daughter Pat Colbert of Hackett, AR, a brother Ed Laird of CA, numerous grandchildren, and great grandchildren, as well as many other family members, friends, and loved ones.


Graveside service will be held at 1:00 P M Friday, November 10, 2017 at Greenhill Cemetery in Cameron, OK with Rev. Rick Kester officiating.


She will be available Friday morning for viewing at the funeral home.


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


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


Thursday, 09 November 2017 09:07

Rotary donates Backpacks to DHS Foster Care


The Poteau Rotary Club started a backpack program this year.

The Rotary donated 55 backpacks, the backpacks are filled with essentials for kids of all ages to the Department of Human Services Foster Care Program.

Rotary members felt the need to support the foster care program because of the recent with budget cuts to the program.

Each backpack is designed to be gender and specific. Items included with the backpacks are such things as a toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, shampoo, underwear and pajamas.


The Rotary Organization is an organization of business and professional persons united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world.


Pictured are: From DHS Deanna Martin, Toni Caudell, Cheyenne McConnell, Annie Richard, Kay Hammonds, Sarah Ward, Marilyn Smith and from the Rotary are Lorraine Caldwell, Robert Shearon, Dave McKimmey, Laura Taylor, D’Leisa Graves and Bobby Morgan.

Rotary donates Backpacks to DHS Foster Care - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Thursday, 09 November 2017 00:02

Trucker Injured in accident in McIntosh County

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, an injury collision occurred Nov 8, 2017 at approximately 6:00 am on the Indian Nations Turnpike at mile marker 99.3, approximately 7 miles north of Hanna in McIntosh County.


According to the report, a 2007 Peterbuilt semi-truck, driven by Steven Tate 47, from Sulphur Springs, TX was northbound on the Indian Nations Turnpike, when the vehicle exited roadway to the left, and then rolled twice before coming to rest on its wheels.

Tate was pinned in vehicle for approximately one hour before being extricated by Henryetta Fire and Rescue using the Hurst Rescue Tool.


He was transported by Okmulgee County EMS to Henryetta ER where he is listed in stable condition with trunk internal injuries.

Press release


The Carl Albert State College Vikeconnect Radio station, also known as KVIK, is transmitting from an updated campus studio. Thanks to the generosity of Don Ed Self, CASC radio is a prominent part of CASC.


CASC Executive Director of the Development Foundation Mandy Roberts explained, “Don Ed Self provided a lasting impact at Carl Albert State College through a specific bequest to CASC for the benefit of operating the ‘Viking Radio Station KVIK.’ Even though he passed away on June 20, 2011, his legacy will endure at CASC into perpetuity. Mr. Self was a fan of the CASC radio station, and those who knew him say that he had two or three radios in his house tuned to the Viking Radio Station. CASC gratefully acknowledges Don Ed Self for his generous donation, and a plaque bearing his name is proudly displayed in the CASC radio station.”


CASC Chief Information Officer Michael Martin and CASC Recruiter Randy Armstrong have been working to upgrade the CASC station. According to Martin, to keep up with today’s world of streaming, CASC radio updates make it possible to access CASC radio online at To listen online, click the play button at the bottom left of the page at the link provided. Martin stated, “The station has a variety of music, live broadcast, podcast, book reviews, and also student debates. We air from 6 a.m. until midnight each day, with participation from the CASC Audio/Visual Club, faculty and staff. The streaming CASC radio website is adaptive and easy to access from any device with an internet connection, so as long as you have the link you can access from any computer, phone, or tablet.”


Martin explained, “Our original CASC radio location in the Hamilton Auditorium wasn’t large enough for everything we needed in our upgrade process, so we have converted a classroom just down the hall in Hamilton to house our station. We needed space for the webcast equipment, computers, and tables for live broadcasting so this larger space is working well.”



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

Press release

Poteau, OKLAHOMA —Northwest Arkansas Author Dusty Richards' book, The Lady and the Mustanger, has been adapted into the film Painted Woman, which was just released and is now playing at the Poteau Theater.
The book was transformed into a feature film by screenwriters James Cotten and Amber Lindley, and was shot entirely in Oklahoma.

The book's author, Dusty Richards, has won numerous honors, including three prestigious Spur Awards, as well as the Oklahoma Writer's Federation Fiction Book of the Year award for two of his western novels. He enjoys helping others learn about writing, often speaks at writing seminars, and serves on the board of the Ozark Creative Writers Conference. Although he has written more than a hundred novels, The Lady and the Mustanger is the first of his books to be turned into a movie.

Richards says he was pleased with how the movie turned out. “I love the movie, they did a great job. And that Stef—she's wonderful, she's going places.”

“Dusty is an incredible storyteller, and we were thrilled to see this book transferred into a new medium,” adds Cyndy Miller, marketing director for the book's publisher, Oghma Creative Media. “We were also excited that it could be shot nearby, in the great state of Oklahoma, so it could have the same authentic feel as the book. The film beautifully captures the Oklahoma scenery, while bringing an exciting western story to a new audience of movie fans.”
Painted Woman tells the story of Julie Richards, a woman who finds herself while escaping a life of abuse and tragedy in the old west. Richards is played by The Hunger Games' Stef Dawson. Other cast members include David Thomas Jenkins, Kiowa Gordon, and Laurel Harris.


See Poteau Theater listings for more information on show times.



Poteau Theater Shows Movie Based on Local Author's Book, Filmed in Oklahoma - 1.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Wednesday, 08 November 2017 23:38

Jessie Alice Morris Obituary

Jessie Alice Morris, 81, of Cameron, OK passed away Wednesday, November 8,2017 in Pocola, OK. Alice was born February 13, 1936 in Mansfield, AR to Riley & Janie (Newell) Grissom.


She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth (1/5/2017) granddaughter, Kayla Sweeten; great grandson, Wyatt Spearman; her parents; brothers, Bob, Floyd "Pete", & Earnest Grissom; sisters, Virgie Loft & Melzine Coker.


Survivors include her sons Frank Morris & wife Barbara of Cameron, OK, Keith Morris & wife Doris of Poteau, OK; daughters, Janie Nichols of Cameron, , Patricia Spearman of Cameron , Brenda Sweeten & husband Bill of Rock Island, Beverly Long & husband Bobby of St. Joseph, MO; 17 grandchildren; 38 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandson; brother, Jerry & wife Charlene Grissom of Rock Springs, WY; sisters, Pansy Brown of Buhl, ID and Ruth Kell of Eagle, ID; other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Services will be 10 am, Friday, November 10, 2017 at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, OK with Rev. Jim Cook officiating.


Interment will follow in Greenhill Cemetery, Cameron, OK.


Pallbearers will be Billy Spearman, Steven, Tracey and Phillip Morris, Lucas Nichols and Javan Long.

The family will be at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 6-8 pm to visit with relatives & friends.


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


The Oklahoma Senate Democratic Leader, Sen. John Sparks, D-Norman, issued a statement today, commenting on the failure of HB 1054x in the House :


“Today’s failure of the ‘A+’ revenue package is undoubtedly disappointing and frustrating. However, now is not the time for us to give up and settle on cash and cuts as a short-term fix for our long-term budget problem. Now is the time for us to redouble our efforts, push forward, and find a new path to a long-term budget solution which will protect the most basic, core government functions and services.


“Today, too many members of the House decided they did not support the ‘A+’ Plan. I believe there are only three reasons for a no vote on this plan: a preference to use cash on hand to plug the current budget shortfall; a preference to further cuts to the budgets of Oklahoma’s agencies; or a preference to pass a different revenue package.


“Today, more than ever, I am certain that cash and cuts are not a viable option for our state and the future of the core government functions and services on which our most vulnerable constituents rely.


“I am convinced that we cannot just use cash on hand to continue the budgetary shell games which have flourished at the Capitol over the last decade. Just this week, our intention to use the last of our limited cash to fill our long-term budget hole triggered Moody’s to downgrade Oklahoma’s fiscal status. They noted that using the last of our cash might help for a few months, but Oklahoma’s ‘inability to pass a comprehensive and permanent solution is credit negative.’ In addition, it was reported last month that Oklahoma’s current financial situation is so bad that we are one of the three states least prepared to handle an economic recession. Using one-time cash resources to fill our budget hole may ease the pressure to truly fix our budget problem, but it does nothing but highlight our ongoing fiscal mismanagement and inability to pass a comprehensive, long-term budget solution for our state.


“I am also convinced that there is no more room for cuts to core government services. We have cut to the point where we have four-day school weeks, a reduction in the Eight-Year Transportation Plan and we are facing the elimination of the ADvantage Waiver Program, which will force thousands of senior citizens out of in-home care and into nursing homes.


“For those who do wish to implement more cuts, I am asking you to show us where you wish to do so in your own district. Don't answer with the evasive and rhetorical 'fraud, waste and abuse.' Do you want to consolidate your schools or to turn four-day school weeks into three-day school weeks? Do you want to take roads and bridges in your district off the repair list permanently? Do you want to permanently close state parks or OSU Extension Offices or CareerTech Centers? Are you willing to cut funding for Meals on Wheels or senior nutrition centers or veterans hospitals? If you aren’t willing to support new revenue, now is the time to itemize, in your district, where you are willing to implement permanent, recurring cuts — not one-time cost savings.


“Finally, I am convinced that since neither cash nor cuts are responsible options for Oklahoma, the final alternative is to come back with another revenue plan in the coming days. This option is the most responsible, but it is also the one that requires the most work from us. I know we are all tired. I know we all have jobs and families who we are neglecting while we are here. But if you are a legislator, or a constituent, or a stakeholder in business which opposed today’s option, then we need you to help us put together another plan which will receive the necessary level of support from the citizens of Oklahoma and their legislators.


“We all owe it to our constituents to reject cash and cuts as our only options and continue to work toward a long-term budget solution which protects the most basic, core government functions and services without balancing the budget on the backs of the poor and the vulnerable. This is what our constituents demand of us and what they deserve from each and every one of us, with no exceptions and no excuses.”


Press release from Senator Mike Schulz

OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Schulz commented on the failed revenue vote in the Oklahoma House:

“Because the Oklahoma House of Representatives did not advance the bipartisan revenue deal, teachers and state employees won’t get a much-needed pay raise and cuts to mental health and other services will be much more severe. The cuts will be deep and spread out across all government. This is not where any of us wanted to be, but we are here because the revenue bill failed in the House. The financial scandal at the Health Department is an unexpected and costly expense. If we spend everything we have now, there won’t be any money left for other emergencies that could arise. And spending even more one-time money now makes next year’s budget deficit - already forecast at $560 million - even larger. The Oklahoma Senate will work to minimize the impact of cuts on core services.”

Press release


OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin this evening released this statement after House Bill 1054X, a bipartisan budget bill, failed to win the required three-fourths passage in the Oklahoma House of Representatives to advance to the Senate:


“I’m extremely disappointed by the House of Representatives failing to pass House Bill 1054X, which would have addressed a $215 million shortfall in our current fiscal year budget and provided a teacher pay raise. It is discouraging that some members have chosen politics over taking care of people by refusing to vote for this budget package and have shown they are not willing to move our state forward. As a result of their no votes, our state will not have enough funds for agencies to deliver services that work for people, especially with our state facing a $400 million shortfall next session. I appreciate Speaker Charles McCall for allowing members to vote. Representatives, both Republicans and Democrats, who stood tall and voted for this measure should be commended.

“As a result, worst-case scenarios could become reality for several agencies that are being forced to cut crucial services if the pending revote fails. It will be devastating for many who depend on these services. This budget package would have helped set us on a path to long-term sustainability and stability by making more recurring revenue available, helped us to stop balancing our budget irresponsibly with one-time funds, and provided a teacher pay raise as well as a raise for state employees, and tax relief for low-income Oklahomans.

“The House leadership captured the bill, which with 71 votes was within a razor-thin margin of passing. The speaker should put it back up for a vote, and I call upon Oklahomans to continue to contact their representative.
We can’t set Oklahoma up for failure by not facing our budget problems and kicking the can down the road. We must restore hope, and set future generations of Oklahomans up for success.”


Press release

OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 8, 2017) – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister made the following remarks today following the failure of a state revenue legislative package that would have funded a $3,000 teacher pay raise. House Bill 1054 failed to earn the required threshold of votes to advance.

“Exactly one year ago, after the defeat of State Question 779, our dedicated teachers were assured that the State of Oklahoma would not abandon its promise to provide regionally competitive pay. The longer the teacher shortage crisis goes unanswered, the more devastating its effects will be. Our kids continue to pay the price.

“I am exceedingly grateful for the 37 Senators and 71 House members who courageously stood up for our students and educators by voting for the bipartisan measure. We must not lose hope. We can’t give up. We stand with Oklahomans who demand and deserve so much better.

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