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Wednesday, 24 June 2015 16:32


Congratulations to Adrianna Nicole Curnutt she is the recipient of an Agri-Business Scholarship to Carl Albert State College.


She is the daughter of Bruce and Francine Curnutt and a graduate of Wister High School.


She is a General Studies/Speech Pathology Major

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 11:19

Progress has started on Costner Stadium

Crews have spent the last few days getting things ready to install the new artificial turf on the football field at Poteau High School.


The field should be ready for the Poteau Pirates by the time school begins.


The track will be closed during the construction of the new field.



football field dirt

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 11:08

Vandalism strikes Dewey Street building

On Wednesday morning Jerry and Joyce Balentine, came to work as always do, but this day was not the day they were the anticipating. They discovered that their new building that they are in the process of finishing was vandalized.


The Balentines own Alleycat , J &J Pawn and the Lunchhour which are located on Dewey Avenue in Poteau, and back in February they purchased and began to build a nice 2,000 square foot building across the street at the site of the old Dr. Pepper plant.


The old Dr. Pepper plant site, used to be an eyesore, nothing but a slab and a pile of rubbish, but after months of hard work, a new beautiful building emerged.


But vandals decided that Dewey Street doesn't need any beautification and decided break some windows and destroy property that doesn't belong to them.



A witness tells Joyce Balentine, that they heard glass breakage around 12:30 am on Wednesday morning, that is the only leads they have at this time.


The parking lot of the building is supposed to be the site for the Wheels and Deals Burnout Contest on Friday evening, and organizers of the event, say that the burn out contest will still go on as scheduled.


"We are going to put plywood across the windows and continue on as usual," said Balentine.


The front window was a custom size window and because it has to be special made it will be around July 9th before that window can be replaced.
It is disheartening, but God knows who did this and whoever did this will have to deal with Him" said Joyce.


Besides doing the burnout contest on Friday evening, the Lunch Hour, will be open from 6 pm until 8 pm selling hamburgers, to the patrons who come to the Burnout contest.


"We are not going to let this act of vandalism, slow down our progress," said Joyce.


The Ballantine's plans are to lease out the building when they get it completed, but now that may take a little bit longer.


If anyone has any information on the vandalism, please contact the Poteau Police Department at (918) 647-8620.

Vandalism strikes Dewey Street building - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Wednesday, 24 June 2015 03:56

Congratulations to the Braves

 Congratulations to the Peck CPA Braves!




Thet went undefeated this season in the Poteau city league.





Congratulations Braves!



Wednesday, 24 June 2015 07:16

Chamber Lunch This Friday June 26th


The Poteau Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Friday Lunch at the Kiamichi Technology Center on Friday 26th at 12 pm.

The topic of the luncheon will be - Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster.

Leflore County Emergency Management in conjunction with several local organizations began groundwork earlier this year to form a new local and regional concept for developing and strengthening community partners to become part of this exciting new initiative.


VOAD'S do not provide direct services. A VOAD provides a net-work based on coordination and cooperation through which each organization can more effectively address their mission and service goals.


Who makes up VOAD ?

Organizations from all sectors of the community: non-profit agencies, businesses, faith-based organizations, schools and local government.

This lunch is for everyone that wants to learn more about helping out in a disaster.

" Poteau knows firsthand how the community can change in a matter of seconds with the Memorial Day Flooding & Tornado," said Karen Wages Executive Director of the Poteau Chamber. "Poteau Chamber works with agencies to help keep the public informed about shelters, FEMA locations and contact numbers for assistance," she said.


Anyone wanting to attend the luncheon will need to RSVP by Wednesday, June 24th.

Lunch Cost $8.
Call Shannon or Patty 918-647-9178.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015 17:53

2015 Poteau Chamber Golf Winners

Submitted by the Poteau Chamber of Commerce








1st: McClain Surveying - Jeff Rogers & Perry Reed; FNB #2 - Josh Munoz & Dana Scott






2nd: Blake #1 - Matt Blake & Jeff Tadman; Allen #2 - Shawn & Chase

3rd: OG&E #1 - Jay Billingsley & Terry Robbins; Rexel #2 : David Eggleston & Beau Moore 4th Wild Card Winner: C2 Supply - Mike Fisher & Matt Brown; Arvest #1 - Sam Stacy 5th Wild Card Winner: Gloria Hall & Wanda Foresberg; Kays Krew: Tyler Shockley & Josh Bonner 6th Wild Card Winner: Minks Insurance - Brian Minks & Jose Chavez; Marc Bovos & Jeff Shockley Closest to Pin Winners: Steven Sockey, Jeff Rogers & Ladies Longest Drive: Skylynn Terry Men's Longest Drive: Rickey McConnell Fantasy Golf Card Winners: Dan Williams, David Wiggins, Doug Williams



golf at wolfridge


There were (25) 4 man teams, 100 players

Corporate Sponsors:


Adams Abstract, AES, Arvest Bank, Blake Trucking, EOMC, First National Bank, J.O.B. Construction, OG&E, The Community State Bank, Senator Mark Allen, Wells Completions, Dunn Country Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Remax Champion Land Brokers, & Watson Motors.


Master's Sponsor:

Blake Trucking, Choctaw Casino & Resort and Windstream; Eagle Sponsor: Minks Insurance; Shirt Sponsors: Ron's Discount Lumber and Jamatt RV Sales and Service; Hole Sponsors: Best Western, Bridgman's Furniture, Chitwood Insurance, Curtis & Hunter Law Office, Evans Funeral Home, Hamilton, Warren, Central National Bank, Bovos & Adams, Long Lake Resort, Mia Bella / La Huerta / Maria, Northside Liquor, Poteau Tag Agency, Scarbrough Excavation, Shockley's Auto Sales, Shore Insurance, Ted Kondos DDS, GCT Printing Solutions, Kay Sullivan Real Estate, Jensen's Express Lube, Allstate Insurance; Prize Money Sponsors: Green Country Sanitation, Mia Bella/ La Huerta/ Maria's, Mazzio's, Tote a Poke. Other sponsors: Wal-Mart, Choctaw Casino & Hotel, Poteau Chamber, LDF, Belle Point, First National Bank, Verizon Wireless and The Community State Bank



2015 Poteau Chamber Golf Winners - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

OKLAHOMA CITY — A limited amount of summer cooling assistance funds will be made available across the state through the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which is administered through the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS).



The funds are designed to help low-income households that are extremely vulnerable to summer-heat stresses. DHS will begin taking applications Tuesday July 7, and will continue until all allocated funds are depleted. The agency has approximately $18 million in federal funds for this year's Summer Cooling Program in Oklahoma.



Eligibility for LIHEAP is based on each household's income and assets. If you or someone you know may be income eligible and are at risk for heat-related health problems due to the inability to afford adequate cooling, you are encouraged to apply for the Summer Cooling Program available at your local DHS County Office.

Only one payment per household is allowed annually for LIHEAP summer cooling assistance. "Household" is defined as individuals living 'under the same roof'.



Many households that receive public assistance through DHS may be automatically authorized for summer cooling assistance and will not need to make application. Preauthorized households will be notified of their eligibility by letter prior to the beginning of the application period.



The maximum income guidelines are:


Size of Household Allowable Monthly Net Income
1  $ 1070
2  $ 1442
3  $ 1814
4  $ 2186
5  $ 2558
6  $ 2931
7  $ 3303
8  $ 3675


Persons applying should have the latest electric bill for their home and verification of income information when they make application.


For more information, contact the local DHS office in your county of residence.

Summer Cooling Assistance Available for Low-Income Households - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Tuesday, 23 June 2015 17:37

Fatality report for the month of April


According to the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety there were 43 traffic-related fatalities in April 2015 compared to 56 in the same month last year.



During the month of April there were seven motorcyclists and four pedestrians who died in crashes. The highest daily fatality numbers include 11 deaths on Saturdays dropping to eight on Fridays. There were ten days in the month of April with no reported fatalities.



Four of the fatality crashes were alcohol-related. Thirty-seven of the fatality victims were Oklahoma residents and six non- resident. There were 32 male and ten female victims with one unknown gender. Eight of the fatality victims were under the age of 20. The 31- to 40-year-old and the 41-to 50-year-old lead the age group led the fatality count with eight.



Oklahoma County led the state with a total of ten fatalities, followed by Payne County with five fatalities. The highest number of fatalities occurred on City Streets with 17. There were 10 fatalities on State Highways.



Forty-five percent of those who died in traffic collisions were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash.




The Poteau Spirit Center is proud to announce the following students as Stars of the Month for June.










Gymnastics Star - Ruth Neri, and Shooting Stars Star- Isabelle Akers.






2nd pic

level 2 Gymnastics Star is Jaida Barraw, and Cheer Star is Shaelynn Bledsoe

Tuesday, 23 June 2015 07:42

Republicans to meet

The Leflore County Republicans will hold their next meeting on Monday, June 29th, at the Patrick Lynch Public Library in Poteau.




The meeting will begin at 7 pm.




All Republicans and conservatives are invited to attend.

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