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OKLAHOMA CITY – Supporting family members with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) is the topic of the September Practice and Policy Lecture Series presented by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS).


“Reframing Change at All Levels to Support Families across LifeCourse” will be held Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City.


The lecture is free and open to the public.


Oklahoma is one of 17 states participating in the National Community of Practice for Supporting Families which seeks to enhance policies and practices that impact families with members with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The work is guided by Charting the LifeCourse framework which was developed to help individuals and families at any age or stage of life think about what they need to know, identify how to find or develop integrated supports, and discover what it takes to create a “good life.” The presentation will introduce the Charting the LifeCourse framework as a foundation for working with individuals with I/DD and their families, exploring the effect of past and current policies and practices, and the significant role families play across the lifespan. Real life examples of implementation of the framework will be shared.


Crystal Bell is the mother of Peyton, a 13-year-old diagnosed with Down Syndrome; Conner, a 12-year-old diagnosed with autism; and Lilly, an energetic, “typically-developing” two-year-old. Bell was a volunteer at the Missouri Family-to-Family Information Center, housed at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Institute for Human Development before joining LifeCourse in 2013. She is a trained Sharing Our Strengths peer mentor and family leader within the Missouri Family-to-Family organization, as well as a 2016 graduate of the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking Program, a leadership and advocacy training program for parents of children with developmental disabilities as well as adult self-advocates. Bell is a lifelong learner whose education and trainings span all life stages and domains, including Wrightslaw, Tools of Choice, and Care Coordination and Advocacy.


The Practice and Policy Lecture Series has been developed to provide thought-provoking presentations on Oklahoma's emerging policy issues, trends and best practices. The series is sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Office of Planning, Research and Statistics and the University of Oklahoma Center for Public Management with the goal of providing the best educational opportunities available in a forum that offers participants an opportunity to question, share and learn from each other.


To register for the lecture, call 405-521-3552 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Practice and Policy Lecture Series topic focuses on family members with intellectual and developmental disabilities - 1.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Thursday, 14 September 2017 22:02

Stilwell Man injured in accident in Adair County


According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol a one vehicle accident occurred on September 14, 2017 at approximately 1:35pm on State Highway 51, approximately 3 miles West of Stilwell, Ok in Adair County.


The accident occurred when a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Charles Vanhorne 34, of Stilwell was traveling westbound on State Highway 51 and he lost control of his vehicle and departed the roadway to the right striking an embankment rolling an unknown amount of times coming to rest on its top.


Vanhorne was transported by EMS to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa and was listed in fair condition with leg, arm, and internal trunk injuries.


According to the Rreport :  the condition of driver - Drinking- Ability Impaired
                                          cause of collision – Alcohol DUI


The accident was investigated by OHP, Adair County Sheriff’s office and Pafford EMS.

Thursday, 14 September 2017 11:53

Girl Scouts Host Luau Dance


Poteau, Oklahoma - Has your K-12th grade daughter been wanting to join Girl Scouts, but you weren't sure how to join?

Well the LeFlore County Girl Scout Service Unit is hosting a recruitment Luau Dance on Saturday September 16. 2017 from 6pm until 7:30 pm at the Poteau Methodist Church.


Admission is FREE!


There will be troop leaders in attendance that can answer all your questions and help place your daughter in a troop, or help you start your own troop!

Thursday, 14 September 2017 21:38

Volunteers help to clean up downtown Poteau


Member of the Howe National Honor Society and BPA along with other volunteers and the Boys Scouts took time out of their day Thursday and picked up trash swept sidewalks, clean the eaves from store fronts.


They also painted trash cans, removed dead plants from planters and replace with new plants.

Interim Historic Downtown Director, Mary Parham, would like to give shout out and thanks to the students, Boys Scouts and others who volunteered to do clean-up and painting projects on Dewey street and in the park on Thursday.


Historic Downtown Poteau is getting things ready for the Wheels & Deals Car Show coming up next week-end.


Good Job!



boys scouts trash can

Jason Bandy and his Boy Scout Troope prepare trash cans to be painted.



This good Boy Scout is sweeping the concrete area of the Pocket Park



A good Boy Scout sweeping the stage at the Pocket Park


The Wheels and Deals Car Show is scheduled for September 29 & 30 in Downtown Poteau.

Thursday, 14 September 2017 10:54

What’s Up in the area – Sept 15 and beyond


September 15

Health and Safety Fair 8::30am -1:30pm – Reynolds Center – Poteau, OK

LC Historical Society New Exhibit “The Way We Worked” LeFlore County Museum – Poteau, OK

Area High School Football Games:

Valliant at Heavener

DeQueen, AR. at Poteau

Panama at Subiaco Academy

Pocola at Cedarville, AR

Midway at Arkoma

Graham at Bokoshe

Spiro at Stigler

Poteau Band Booster Tail Gate Party – 6pm on parking lot of Costner Stadium – Poteau, OK


September 17

Masonic Spaghetti Dinner for Cameron School - Mosholatubbe Lodge “13 – Cameron, OK


September 19

Tuesday Lunch at the Museum – 11am – 1pm Downtown Poteau, OK


September 21

Bootcamp for Boards – Reynolds Center – Poteau, OK


September 25

Pervasive Parenting Support Group Meeting – CASC – Sallisaw, OK


September 29

Wheels & Deals Cruise Night - Poteau, OK


September 30

Wheels & Deals Car show - Poteau, OK

Old Frisco Trail 1/2 Marathon 15K – Poteau, OK

Gun & Knife Show – Reynolds Center – Poteau, OK

Never Give Up Revival 7pm – Bob Kidd Civic Center – Poteau. OK


October 1

Gun and Knife Show – Reynolds Center – Poteau, OK


October 20 & 21

Poteau Balloon Fest


Events at Strike A Lot Lanes in Poteau


Wacky Wednesdays:

$1.00 Bowl Games (Shoe Rental $2.50) & ½ Priced Laser Tag


9-Pin Tourney Challenge - 7pm


Cosmic Bowl 9pm-11pm - 2 hr. unlimited bowling, $10 (shoe rental not included)

8pm-11pm; three-hour unlimited bowling and light show -$10 plus shoe rental


Bowlaraoke and Cosmic Bowl 8pm-11pm

BOGO Sunday’s


Events at the Lounge in Poteau



Guy’s Night Out – Happy Hour Prices for guys All Night


Karaoke 9pm-Close & Reverse Happy Hour 9pm-12am


Thirsty Thursday = $2 large soda, games and shoes




Karaoke or scheduled band or event

Sunday's Fun day

Happy Hour 2pm-7pm

Pool tourney -5 pm

Thursday, 14 September 2017 09:12

Think-Paint-Create Art Show

Anyone who has a vision can “Think-Paint-Create” that vision in art.


The “Think-Paint-Create “class allows to you to look at the world around you and record your own personal vision.


The 12 week classes are being offered at the Kiamichi Technology Center in Poteau.

Delight yourself and those around you as you explore your inner creativity and start your journey into the world of art, learning to see it like never before.

Dana Falkner is the instructor of the class

Dana Falkner is a product of KTC's business class, and proudly has the distinction of being the first winner at the national BPA contest, placing 1st in Web Site Design, and 2nd Graphic Design Promotion. She is a life-long artist, having held many individual shows, as well as competing and winning in juried art shows. She is also an accomplished photographer and sculptor.

Anyone interested in enrolling the class needs to contact Nina Morgan, Adult Coordinator, 918-647-5418, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register or for more information.

Get your paint on, grab your brushes and let's do this! You've thought about it, talked about it, and then put it on the shelf. But now is your opportunity to put your thoughts into action.

Registration for the class closes on October 4, 2017 -  Enroll Now 

Twelve-week sessions that meet every Wednesday from 1pm until 4pm.

Cost $95


Photos are from the Think Paint Create – A Journey into the World of Art Class Art Show on display in the lobby of KTC.

Think-Paint-Create Art Show - 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 votes
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 23:34

Ardmore man drowns on Lake Murray

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a drowning incident occurred on September 13, 2017 at approximately 6:48pm at the Martin's Landing boat ramp area of Lake Murray, approximately 6.5 miles south of Ardmore, OK in Carter County.


According to the report, Darnell J. Taylor 33, of Ardmore, was swimming at the boat ramp area of Martin's Landing at Lake Murray and for some unknown reason, Taylor went under and did not resurface.

His family then yelled for help and a bystander entered the water and pulled him from approximately 6 feet of water, 25 feet northwest of the water's edge of the boat ramp.

CPR was administered by bystanders until Carter County EMS arrived on scene.


Taylor was transported by Carter County EMS to Mercy Hospital in Ardmore and was. pronounced deceased by Dr. Andrew Eaton at Mercy Hospital.


The accident was investigated by Trooper Casey Hall of the Marine Enforcement Division, Lake Murray State Park Rangers, Carter County EMS, and Dickson Fire Department.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 23:25

Poteau Fire Department dispatched to grass fire


Firefighters extinguished a grass fire that occurred on Wednesday evening (September 13, 2017) at the corner of Green Top Road and Gilmore Road.

The Poteau Fire Department responded to the fire at approximately 6:00 pm.

Before fire fighters left the scene of that fire, they were dispatched to a grass fire in about the same vicinity on the Old Highway 112.

Thank you, Poteau Fire department, for your service!

Poteau Fire Department dispatched to grass fire - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 12:47

For the Children:Oklahoma's Suicide Epidemic

By OICA CEO Joe Dorman


In 2007, I authored House Resolution 1025, recognizing Suicide Prevention Week in Oklahoma. At the time, Oklahoma ranked 14th in the nation for suicides based on our population, or 12 percent higher than the national average. The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (ODMHSA) reported 13 suicides were attempted every two days in Oklahoma, with 445 Oklahomans taking their own lives annually.


Unfortunately, the figures just ten years later show things have gotten much worse. Oklahoma is now ranked 8th nationally in frequency of suicides and data shows 790 Oklahomans committed suicide in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


I am certain most Oklahomans can point to someone they know who has attempted suicide. In just one summer a few years ago, I knew three people who took their own lives.


The first, a friend from college, suffered many different traumas through his life, but the last straw was losing his job. He organized his affairs and then checked into a hotel room where he took his life without any warning to his friends.


The next was a high school student from another state who was involved in a national youth program in which I assist. I was present for this young man’s discussion on reducing school bullying. He confided to the forum that he had been bullied since grade school due mainly to his sexual orientation. Just a short time after the conference, his suicide note on twitter read: "The kids at school are right. I'm a loser, a freak ...and in no way is that acceptable for people to deal with." He claimed the kids mocked him with gay slurs and he apologized for "not being a person that would make someone proud." Soon after posting those comments, he took his own life.


The third suicide struck me closer to home, as a man from my hometown just one year older than me took his own life. He had struggled with depression for years following the death of his father and other personal issues he was going through. People around him did not take his words seriously when he wondered aloud about the value of his own life.


Please do not take lightly comments or actions from those around you who might face depression. Encourage those facing issues to visit or dial 211. This service will connect them with a professional counselor. In addition, a new service offered is 211onDemand. Simply Text “211OK” to 898-211 to try out this text service. 2-1-1 is divided into two regions in Oklahoma. If you would like to offer financial support to assist these programs, please check out information located at for the OKC/western portion of the state and for the Tulsa/eastern portion of Oklahoma.


If you would like to learn more about suicide prevention for children, you can find a long list of online resources, prevention plans and facts and figures on the ODMHSAS

Please watch for the signs and help those around you who are facing trauma. You might be the one they need to help save their life from the tragedy of suicide.


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.“

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 22:04

Fishing Report for September 13, 2017


A service of the Oklahoma Wildlife Department


McGee Creek: September 10. Elevation normal, water 83 and clear. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush structure. Largemouth and spotted bass slow on plastic baits around brush structure, points, rocks and standing timber. Channel and flathead catfish fair on sunfish along riprap and standing timber. Report submitted by Larry Luman, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Pine Creek: September 10. Elevation dropping, water clear. Largemouth bass fair on topwater lures in the main lake. Crappie slow on minnows and jigs around brush structure and channels. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and cut bait in the main lake. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: September 10. Elevation normal, water murky. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on cut bait, live shad, shad and stinkbait along channels, flats and points. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on crankbaits and plastic baits around points and riprap. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush structure and rocks. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: September 10. Elevation normal, water 81 and clear. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on buzz baits, jigs, plastic baits and spinnerbaits around brush structure, standing timber and weed beds. Blue, channel and flathead catfish fair on cut bait, live bait, shad and sunfish in the main lake and along shorelines. Crappie fair on hair jigs, jigs, minnows and tube jigs around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: September 11. Elevation normal, water clearing. Striped bass good on flukes, hair jigs and live shad below the dam, in the main lake, around points and riprap. Blue catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait and shad below the dam, in the main lake, around points, riprap and river mouth. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush structure, the main lake and standing timber. Report submitted by Cody Jones, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: September 10. Elevation above normal, water 80 and stained. Largemouth bass fair on buzz baits, jigs and plastic baits around brush structure, the main lake and river channel. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait in the main lake. Crappie fair on minnows and tube jigs around brush structure and in the main lake. Report submitted by James Williams, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

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