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 According to a press release from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation,  after years of uncertain federal funding for transportation, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation is hailing the successful passage of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act by Congress and signed into law by President Obama. The FAST Act provides five years of federal funding and important policy reforms.


     • While the measure includes increased federal funding, the critical component for ODOT is five years of sustained funding for transportation

     • More than $643 million in federal funding for Oklahoma’s state and local roads and bridges in the first year, with incremental increases each subsequent year. This is an increase from about $612 million in annual funding received previously.

     • Nearly $50 million for public transit programs in the first year, with annual incremental increases in funding

     • Reforms to the environmental review process to help projects move faster and more efficiently

     • Provisions allowing existing, legally-placed church and service organization signs that meet certain standards to remain near highways

     • Highway funding allocated for improvements to freight corridors

     • States can compete for grant funding for major projects that are too large to complete with traditional funding sources


     Transportation officials including Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation Gary Ridley and Executive Director Mike Patterson praised U.S. Senator James Inhofe’s vision and continued leadership on a national level to see this bipartisan bill through the process and U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin’s role as a member of the conference committee.


     “We are delighted and relieved because the funding and policy reforms included in the FAST Act will help ODOT continue delivering on its commitment to make transportation safer and more efficient for Oklahoma’s people and businesses,” Patterson said.


     Since the previous long-term transportation bill expired in 2009, Congress has passed numerous short-term funding reauthorizations, which each provided only a few months of flat funding at a time. Even with some additional state funding for ODOT in recent years, uncertainty in both federal and state funding categories can always impact long-term transportation planning, since projects can take a decade to plan, design and construct.


     “This is a historic piece of legislation that will continue the progress made on highways and bridges in Oklahoma,” Ridley said. “We are very grateful to Oklahoma’s congressional delegation and especially Senator Inhofe for his steadfast support for transportation over the years and his hard work in shepherding this bill through Congress.”


     The certainty provided by the FAST Act will help ensure that ODOT will have funding necessary for projects already under construction and those scheduled in the Eight-year Construction Work Plan.


The current plan for Federal Fiscal Years 2016 through 2023 contains more than 1,800 highway and bridge projects in all 77 counties totaling nearly $6.5 billion. It is funded equally with federal and state funds. The projects in the Eight-year Construction Work Plan are only possible with reliable federal and state funding.

Monday, 07 December 2015 00:11


The Howe local Churches and Fire Department would like to invite everyone to come out to the Howe community Christmas Parade and service.


The parade is scheduled for Dec 12 starting at 4:30 pm with finger foods after the parade and a Christmas service starting at 6 pm at the Howe School cafeteria.


Line up for the parade will be at 3:30pm at the Howe Ball fields.


The parade will honor Howe Teacher Rachel Brown.


The churches and Fire Department will be taking up donations to help Rachel Brown.


Come out and support the community.

HOWE CHRISTMAS PARADE SET FOR DEC 12TH - 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Sunday, 06 December 2015 17:50


The Heavener Pentecostal Church of God, will be having a Christmas Community Outreach at the Deer Pen in Heavener from 12pm-2pm on December 20th.

The church we will be giving away free hot dogs, hot chocolate and they will be handing out warm hats and gloves, to the less fortunate.

Because nobody should have to do without a way to keep warm.

If anyone would like to donate hats, or gloves, all donations will be greatly appreciated.

The church is located at 101 Division street in Heavener.

Sunday, 06 December 2015 10:55

Rollover accident in Rogers Mills County


Personal injury collision occurred at approximately 4:55 am on December 6, on State Highway 47, approximately 15 miles east of Roll, OK in Roger Mills County.



According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol a 2010 Ford driven by Wade Hunter Albright 22, of Leedey, was westbound on State Highway 47 when he departed roadway to the right and over turned 3 times. Albright was ejected during the roll.


Albright, was transported by Leedey EMS to Elk City hospital.


He was later transported by AirEvac to OU Medical where he was admitted with trunk internal and external, and head injuries.


According to the report

Condition of Driver - Drinking- Ability Impaired

Cause of Collision - Alcohol-DUI/DWI

The accident was investigated by Trooper Brandon Bussey of the Roger Mills/ Beckham County Detachment of Troop H. Assisted by Roger Mills County Sheriff’s Department and Leedey EMS.

Sunday, 06 December 2015 22:38

Everett Carl Plummer Obituary

Everett Carl Plummer, 72, of Poteau, OK passed away Saturday, December 5, 2015 in Poteau.


Everett was born July 1, 1943 in San Francisco, CA to E.C. "Buster" & Florence Mozelle (Wise) Plummer. Everett was retired from the oil field and also as a truck driver. He was preceded in death by his parents; and great grandson, Brant Lee Cassell.



Survivors include his wife, Illene of the home; son, Everett Carl Jr. & wife Richelle of Poteau; 4 grandchildren, Shawn Austin & Allison Plummer of Ft. Smith, AR, Joshua & Summer Cassell of Talihina, OK, Siehara & Kevin Wong of Spiro, OK, Justin Travis Plummer & Gunnar Pirpich of Poteau, OK; brother, Paul & Gloria Plummer of Poteau; great grandchildren, Jonah Lee "The Boss" Plummer, Zeke Reeves, Mya Wong, Bryar Cassell, Kiedis Wong, Brooklyn Cassell, Emileigh Plummer; other relatives, loved ones and many friends.



Services will be 10 am, Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at Southside Baptist Church, Poteau, OK with Rev. Dale Rogers officiating.


Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Poteau.


Pallbearers will be Andy Anderson, Billy Wilson, Olen Hollan, Jack Colwell, Rocky Sumpter, Hardy Fowler. Honorary pallbearers will be Gary Gray, Terry Rust & Eddie McCroskey Jr..


The family will be at the funeral home on Monday evening from 6-8 pm to visit with relatives & friends. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Fund.


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

Everett Carl Plummer Obituary - 2.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

WASHINGTON – Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) tonight issued the following statement after President Barack Obama addressed the nation to provide an update on the investigation following the attack in San Bernardino, California, and the threat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) poses to the United States and the world:


“From the beginning, President Obama has consistently underestimated the threat that ISIS poses to the United States. Our commander in chief did not outline an effective strategy for defeating ISIS and ensuring safety within our borders. Instead he politicized the recent terrorist attack in California, by pushing for policies that target the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans.


“Known terrorists should not be walking our streets, period. The president needs to take action to identify radical extremists in the United States, give our law enforcement the resources and freedom to prevent terror attacks, and close our borders to individuals who wish to destroy our freedoms. The danger of Islamic extremism continues to grow and evolve, but the president’s rhetoric continues to stay the same.”


Sunday, 06 December 2015 12:49

Bette Marie Hampton Obituary

Bette Marie Hampton, 58, of Poteau, OK passed away Friday, December 4, 2015 in Fort Smith, AR.


Bette was born December 21, 1956 in Poteau, OK to Clyde Melvin & Mary A. (Waselues) Thompson. She was a secretary at Kiamichi Vo-Tech. Her grandparents, parents and brother, Jimmy Dale Thompson precede her in death.



Survivors include her husband, Troy of the home; sister, Julie Ann Pickle of Poteau, OK; nephews, David Duane & Shandee Thompson, Mark Hampton; aunt, Isabel Marie Kirk; brother in law - Jerry & Debbie Hampton, sister in law, Trisha & Jerry Rogers; nieces, Beverly & Clinton Tedford, Olivia Tedford, Julia Tedford, Taryn Hampton; great niece, Tara & Steven Morris, great nephew, Chase Thompson; great great nephews, Kyler & Kaiden Morris; other relatives, loved ones and friends.



Services will be 2 pm, Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, OK with Jim Cook officiating.


Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Poteau.


Pallbearers will be Kevin Heflin, Ira Vinson, Donnie Killion, Matthew Killion, David Davis, Ricky Ford, Curtis Paul Faulkenberry, and Jerry McDonald.


The family will be at the funeral home on Monday 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

Saturday, 05 December 2015 17:33

Accident in Choctaw County

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a one vehicle accident occurred on State Highway 109 West, 6.5 miles south and 3 miles west of Soper, in Choctaw County.

The accident happened on Friday December 4th at 6:55pm.

According to the report, a 1996 Chevy Pickup driven by Bradley A. Fennell 37, of Antlers, was traveling eastbound on SH109 when he failed to negotiate a curve, departed roadway to the left and impacted a gate archway support.

Fennell refused treatment at the scene.

Two juvenile passengers were injured.

One was transported by private vehicle to Choctaw County Hospital with leg injuries and was treated and released.

The other was transported by Choctaw County EMS to Choctaw County Hospital with head injuries and later transported to Children Hospital in Oklahoma City. Listed in stable condition.

According to the report the Condition of Driver was DUI and the cause of the Collision – DUI.


The accident was Investigated by Trooper Darrell Wofford of the Choctaw/Push County Detachment of Troop E. Assisted by Trooper Nathan Mullins and Trooper Collins Fitzgerald of the Choctaw/Push County Detachment, Choctaw County Sheriff's Department, Choctaw County EMS and Soper Fire Department.

Friday, 04 December 2015 23:21

Banana Bread Dip

Here is what you will need

1 cup of Banana Bread mix
¼ cup of butter
2 Tablespoons of Milk
1½ teaspoons vanilla
3 tablespoons chopped walnuts


Here is what you will do

Place all the ingredients in a large bowl.
Using an electric mixer, beat until creamy.
Sprinkle on the walnuts on top
Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Serve with Vanilla Wafers

Enjoy at your next party

Friday, 04 December 2015 17:01

OSBI Agents Make Arrest in Cordell Homicide

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation special agents have made an arrest in the homicide of 59-year-old Michael Beach of Cordell.


Friday evening, agents arrested Kathryn Lynn Hicks, 44, at 1627 N. Klein in Oklahoma City.


Agents tracked Hicks to that location with the help of a photograph released to the public earlier oN Friday


Beach's stolen Chevrolet Tahoe was found a block from Hicks' location.


Agents booked Hicks into the Washita County jail on a complaint of first degree murder.


Beach was found Monday morning dead inside his Cordell home.


He had been shot several times.


The Cordell Police Department requested OSBI's assistance with the case.

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