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NORMAN – Oklahoma took the lead for good with two runs in the sixth inning and the OU bullpen pitched 4.2 shutout frames as the Sooners opened the 2019 season with a 4-1 win over Cal Poly Friday at L. Dale Mitchell Park.



Freshman Jaret Godman (1-0) earned the victory with 2.2 scoreless innings in relief. He struck out two batters and allowed a walk and one hit. Sophomore starter Cade Cavalli struck out three batters and scattered six hits and a run across 4.1 innings. Freshman Wyatt Olds and junior transfer Jason Ruffcorn closed out the game with one scoreless inning apiece as Ruffcorn earned the save.



Senior third baseman Brylie Ware went 2-for-3 with an RBI and scored a run, and junior shortstop Brandon Zaragoza singled and scored twice. The duo combined for 11 fielding assists, including a pair of diving stops and a bare-handed fielding play by Ware to nab runners at first base. Zaragoza took a grounder to second himself and turned a 6-3 double play to end the sixth inning.



“It was a tough environment to play in,” Oklahoma head coach Skip Johnson said of the weather, which was 30 degrees with a 20 mph northwest wind at first pitch. “I was really proud that they came out and executed, and I was really proud of our defense. In the middle of the order Z (Zaragoza) leads off and we start having some quality at bats. Then for the rest of the game we really had some quality at bats. With the pressure situation in a tough environment to play in with the weather the way it was, I was really proud of those guys for doing that.”



The Sooners (1-0) struck first when Ware dropped a base hit into right field in the third inning, scoring freshman center fielder Milan Walla from second. Walla lined a single into center field in his first collegiate at bat.



After the Mustangs (0-1) tied the score 1-1 on an infield single deep in the hole at short by first baseman Tate Samuelson, OU took the lead back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth. The Sooners plated the two runs without a hit, but with two walks, a hit batter, a sacrifice bunt and a sacrifice fly. Zaragoza led off with a walk and scored on a wild pitch. Ware, who was hit by a pitch, scored on the sac fly by sophomore first baseman Tyler Hardman.



Zaragoza started the eighth inning with a base hit to center and scored on a passed ball after a pair of walks loaded the bases to extend the lead to 4-1.



Cal Poly starter Jarred Zill (0-1) allowed three runs and struck out seven in 5.1 innings in the loss.



The Sooners and Mustangs continue the series at 2 p.m. Saturday at L. Dale Mitchell Park.


Press release


POTEAU — In an executive order issued by Gov. Mary Fallin on November 21, 2017, the Governor directed the Oklahoma Chancellor of Higher Education and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE) to develop a plan to be presented to the Governor and Legislature for the administrative consolidation of universities, colleges, centers and branch campuses and to execute this plan in 2019. 


In March 2017, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education tasked Chancellor Glen D. Johnson with the formation of a Task Force on the Future of Higher Education to begin a review of the current status of higher education in Oklahoma.


The System Structure Subcommittee of the Task Force issued the following recommendation on Dec. 6, 2017: Governing boards with authority for a single institution should be given a period until June 30, 2019, to enter into voluntary mergers/partnerships with the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents, the Oklahoma A&M Board of Regents or the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents.


After June 30, 2019, the State Regents will recommend that remaining institutions be governed by or merged with the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents, the Oklahoma A&M Board of Regents or the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents, with the exception of any two-year community college that is a land-grant institution (Northern Oklahoma College) or receives local ad valorem funding (Oklahoma City Community College, Rose State College, and Tulsa Community College), which would retain their own respective governing boards.


Two-year community colleges or governing boards with a single institution should be governed by or merged with the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents, the Oklahoma A&M Board of Regents or the Regional University System of Oklahoma Board of Regents. Following the merger, regents and trustees currently serving on the governing boards for single institutions will be converted to advisory board positions with gubernatorial appointments. 

The administration of CASC has issued the following statement in regard to the Task Force findings:
Carl Albert State College is supportive of the overall intent of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s Task Force on the Future of Oklahoma Higher Education. The administration of CASC believes many of the Task Force recommendations will positively impact the effectiveness and efficiency of Oklahoma’s system of Higher Education. However, CASC disputes the recommendation of the Task Force concerning the merging of local governing boards. The CASC Board of Regents has formed a subcommittee to evaluate CASC’s options and potential courses of action in this matter. It is the intention of CASC to maintain the current operating structure that has led to prosperity and historic success for the students and communities served by CASC.






Poteau, OKLAHOMA - The LeFlore County Museum will be hosting their next Tuesday Lunch at the Museum on Feb 19, 2019.

On the menu will be Homemade Chili, Taco Soup or Chicken Soup, Crackers and Dessert for $6.00.

Lunch time is between 11am until 1pm.

The LCHS is located at the Hotel Lowrey 303 Dewey Avenue in downtown Poteau.

Takeout orders available by calling 918.647.9330.

This is a fundraiser for the Historical Society.

OHP Press release


An Oklahoma father has been charged with Second Degree Murder in the 2015 death of his two year old son. Investigating troopers found Marland Tramble was legally intoxicated by alcohol and also had the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana present in his system while pushing his son, Andreis, in a stroller in Pottawatomie County when a vehicle hit and killed Andreis.



This happened On May 27, 2015, around 10:00 pm. Marland Tramble was walking westbound on Westech Road just west of Bryan Road in Pottawatomie County. Marland Tramble was pushing a baby stroller with his two-year-old son Andreis in the baby stroller when they were struck by a white passenger car that was driving westbound on Westech Road.


The white passenger vehicle did not stay at the scene and despite an exhaustive investigation, OHP has been unable to locate it. First responders arrived and pronounced Andreis dead due to massive injuries.


The investigation determined that Marland was not walking near the right side of the roadway but was walking near the center of the westbound lane in dark clothing.


OHP interviewed a witness who had met Marland walking down the road and reported that Marland was difficult to see.


It was determined that Marland was committing child abuse by failing to protect Andreis from being struck by a vehicle.


This failure to protect was caused by Marland being legally intoxicated, using illegal drugs and walking in the center of a county road at night while wearing dark colored clothing.


OHP’s Traffic Homicide Unit presented the case to Pottawatomie County DA Allan Grubb yesterday and DA Grubb has charged Marland Tramble with Second Degree Murder in the death of Andreis.


“Anyone with information regarding the white vehicle that left the scene or that has information about Marland Tramble pushing a stroller on the roadways in and around the Shawnee area after dark on previous incidents should call the OHP Tips Line at 866-OHP-TIPS or direct message to the OHP Facebook Page,” said Captain Ronnie Hampton.


Press release



Students from Carl Albert State College joined Oklahoma’s state system institutions and members of the statewide campus community at the state Capitol Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, to promote the value and importance of higher education in the state.


Speakers included: Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell; Sen. Roger Thompson; Rep. Jadine Nollan; State Regents chair Jay Helm; Chancellor Glen D. Johnson; and President Tim Faltyn, Oklahoma Panhandle State University.


“Students, faculty and staff from Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities came together today at our State Capitol to meet with the Governor and legislators in order to highlight the value of a college degree and the importance of beginning to restore successive years of budget cuts to public higher education,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “We will continue working with the Governor, his cabinet and House and Senate members during this legislative session to make the case that higher education is critical to building Oklahoma’s economy and workforce, and must be a top state priority.”


Three students also spoke at the event. Caitlin Anders, Cameron University; Aleysa Franz, Northwestern Oklahoma State University; and Palmer Tetley, Tulsa Community College, shared how higher education at Oklahoma’s public college and universities has positively impacted their lives.


For FY 2020, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education have requested $878.2 million, which reflects an increase of $101.5 million or 13.1 percent over the FY 2019 appropriation of $776.7 million.


The State Regents are requesting $38.7 million to provide a 7.5 percent increase in faculty salaries. The average faculty salary at Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities is more than 10 percent below their peers in other states. Additional funding for faculty salary increases is critical to state system efforts to competitively retain and recruit quality faculty.


Strengthening Oklahoma’s workforce pipeline through the Complete College America degree and certificate completion plan continues to be a top state system priority. The State Regents are requesting $20.4 million to increase the number of faculty and instructor positions and restore course sections. This investment will provide state colleges and universities funding to meet instruction and academic enterprise requirements.


Increased financial aid funding will also be a priority for the State Regents in the upcoming legislative session. The State Regents are seeking $12.3 million to restore significantly diminished scholarship programs, including the National Guard waiver, the Teacher Shortage Employment Incentive Program and the Regional University Baccalaureate Scholarship. The request will also fully fund the concurrent enrollment program, which provides tuition waivers to high school seniors who enroll in college coursework during their senior year. The budget need request also includes $24.3 for fixed cost increases, such as employee benefits, utilities, library acquisitions, equipment, supplies and risk management, and $5.8 million for deferred maintenance and campus infrastructure needs.


Another area of focus during the legislative session will be maintaining the current law regarding weapons on higher education campuses. Oklahoma higher education does not oppose the Second Amendment or gun ownership. Under current law, campus presidents have the discretion to permit the carrying of weapons when an exception is warranted. The State Regents and the presidents of all 25 state system institutions strongly believe that the current law with regard to weapons on campus is working.


The State Regents will also continue efforts to protect the dedicated funding source for the Oklahoma’s Promise scholarship. Recognized by many as America’s best college access program, Oklahoma’s Promise is considered a national model that combines emphases on academic preparation and financial support for college. More than 85,000 students have earned college tuition scholarships through Oklahoma’s Promise since the program’s inception in 1992.




Higher Education Day Photo: CASC student Chris Lopez, back row far left, joins CASC student Michael Walker, Senator Mark Allen, President Jay Falkner, Sallisaw Campus Director Bryan Warner, CASC Vice President of Student Affairs Randy Graves, and Garrett Hayes. Standing in the front row far left, CASC Regent Carroll Huggins joins Oklahoma State Representative Johnny Tadlock, Oklahoma State Representative Lundy Kiger, CASC Regent Dwight Spencer, and CASC student David Goggains after a lunch at The Faculty House in Oklahoma City.  *Courtesy of Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Office


Thursday, 14 February 2019 10:37

Lutricia Ann “Lucy” McMillin Obituary

Lutricia Ann “Lucy” McMillin, 63, of Poteau, OK passed away Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at her home in Poteau surrounded by family and friends.


Lucy was born January 26, 1956 in Bakersfield, CA to Howard & Nan (Green) Earven. Lucy grew up in Arvin, CA and graduated with the class of 1974.


She was a majorette in the Arvin High Bear Band. She was Student Body President of her 8th grade class at Haven Drive Elementary. She held a record in the high jump. She was 1971 RCA Rodeo Queen. Lucy worked in the potato sheds, taught nursery school and gave many a little girl baton lessons. After moving to Oklahoma in 1980, she was the director at the First Free Will Baptist Day Care and loved on many area children.


She was a member of Delta Lambda Sorority of Beta Sigma Phi. If you ever met Lucy, you loved her. She lit up a room just by walking in it. Lucy had more best friends than most have friends. Her kids, grandkids, nieces & nephews meant the world to her and they all knew it. She spread love and sunshine wherever she went.


She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Barney & Ruby Green, Samuel & Catherine Earven.

Survivors include her husband, Don; daughter, Melissa & Mike Culverson of Ft. Smith, AR; sons, Clint Bradshaw of Poteau, Cody Bradshaw of Frisco, TX, Mark & Edie McMillin of Poteau; her parents, Howard & Nan Earven; sister, Marla & Mack Hinds of Heavener, OK; brothers, Danny & Brenda Earven of Catoosa, OK, Clark Earven, Frank & Linda Earven all of Heavener; grandchildren, Hunter & Ethan Bradshaw of Poteau, Jaxon, Grayson & Jace Bradshaw of Frisco, TX, Jake & Demi McMillin, Kade McMillin, Maci & Tanner Wright all of Poteau, Calli Culverson of Ft. Smith, AR; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Come celebrate her life with her family on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 2 pm, at the Reynolds Center in Poteau with Rev. Phil McGehee officiating. Interment will follow in Vaughn Cemetery, Gilmore. Pallbearers will be Jake & Kade McMillin, Hunter, Ethan, Jaxon & Grayson Bradshaw & Tanner Hinds. Honorary pallbearers will be her special friends The PoPo’s.



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

Thursday, 14 February 2019 16:30

Kiger Votes in Favor of Constitutional Carry

Column by State Rep. Lundy Kiger


There will be many bills we take up this session for a vote that are difficult and emotional for many people. This is one of those bills and is often referred as constitutional carry. Growing up and while in school we were all taught as U.S. citizens that we have the right to protect ourselves and our families, as found in the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Now, legislation has been brought up in the Legislature for all law-abiding Oklahoma citizens to carry a firearm without requiring a purchased permit from the state.


I personally have a conceal carry permit license that I paid to obtain to have the ability to keep a gun on my person for protection. But there are many people in SE Oklahoma who may not have the money to pay for a conceal carry permit, on top of the cost of a gun and training, who should have the same right to protect their family.


Here are the facts pertaining to people who cannot possess or carrying firearms. Convicted felons, people with an adjudicated mental illness, or, a domestic violence conviction or illegal aliens. This bill also continues the restrictions of firearms where carry is already prohibited. This bill also allows private businesses and higher education facilities to decide for themselves if carry will be allowed on their premises. So nothing has changed from the current law as to where guns are allowed.


Fifteen states already have similar constitutional carry legislation that was passed by the Oklahoma House of Representatives this week, with many having less gun violence with this right in their state law. While not required if this bill is passed by the Senate and signed by the governor, the state-issued Self Defense Handgun License program currently available would remain in place for persons that still wish to obtain a license to carry in other states for reciprocity such as Arkansas.


This bill also states: "The carrying of a firearm, concealed or unconcealed, loaded or unloaded, by a person who is twenty-one (21) years of age or older or by a person who is eighteen (18) years of age but not yet twenty-one (21) years of age and the person is a member or veteran of the United States Armed Forces, Reserves or National Guard or was discharged under honorable conditions from the United States Armed Forces, Reserves or National Guard, and the person is otherwise not disqualified from the possession or purchase of a firearm under state or federal law and is not carrying the firearm in furtherance of a crime."


The measure provides that the availability of a license to carry pursuant the Oklahoma Self-Defense Act does not prohibit the lawful transport or carrying of a handgun or pistol in a vehicle or on or about a person whether concealed or unconcealed, loaded or unloaded and without a valid handgun license as permitted by law. People transporting firearms would have to report the possession of the firearm to a law enforcement officer during any arrest, detainment or during a routine traffic stop.


Constitutional carry legislation is also filed in the Senate by Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow. A similar bill passed the Legislature last year before being vetoed by then-Gov. Mary Fallin. The bill passed this week would not change federal law, such as requiring background checks for the purchase of a handgun.


Growing up I had several guns, and I was taught by my father how to handle and shoot guns. I also spent time showing my son how to shoot as many of you have done with your children.


In addition to receiving more yes calls on this legislation versus calls to vote no, you now have the reasons for my voting in favor of this measure. But the most important thing to remember as citizens of the United States, this is our right as Americans, no matter if we have money or not to protect our family.




The Poteau Upper Elementary School is pleased to announce their Students of the Week for the first week of February.


The Feb Character Trait:


TOLERANCE- Consideration for the individual differences, views, and beliefs of other people.


Students of the week are: Lopez, Cambry Dunn, Jeremiah Heavener, Jocelyn Martinez, Wyatt Grammer, and Brier Ward




Thursday, 14 February 2019 08:46

Calendar of Events for Feb 14 Through Feb 28


Feb 14

Happy Valentines Day


Feb 15

Benefit for Neva – The Community State Bank - 11am until 1pm – Poteau, OK


Feb 19

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


Feb 21

Boys & Girls Club All in 4 Kids Banquet - 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM -Reynolds Center – Poteau, OK


Feb 23

LeFlore Co Republican Precinct Meetings and County Convention Meeting -10 AM – 12 PM - KTC - Poteau, OK


Feb 28

Poteau Chamber Banquet from 5 PM – 9 PM – Reynolds Center – Poteau, OK


March 2

Poteau Polar Plunge - 11am Poteau Pool – Poteau, OK


April 10

Cooking with the C’S - Poteau, OK


May 11

Cavanal Killer - Poteau, OK


Recurring events


Strike A Lot Lanes

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

Now Open on Sunday from 4-8pm.


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


feb 19 tuesday lunch



benefit dinner

chamber banquetallfor kids







Poteau, OKLAHOMA - The LeFlore County Republicans will hold their Precinct Meetings and County Convention on Saturday, February 23, from 10 a.m. until noon at the Kiamichi Technology Center located at 1509 S. McKenna in Poteau.



Business of the meeting will include organizing precincts and electing new county, district, and state officers.



Only registered Republicans may participate and vote, but anyone may attend. Voter ID will be required. (We will have the voter registration rolls available to look up if you don't have your voter ID card.)



Also on the agenda is electing delegates to the State Convention, which will be held on Saturday, April 6, in the Oklahoma City.



Only those in attendance on February 23 will be considered as a state convention delegate.

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Poteau Chamber Banquet
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