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Poteau OK - As part of the Patrick Lynch Public Library's summer activity series for area children, the Green Country Ruff Riters will present a "Write Your Heroes" workshop for seventh grade through high school students from Noon to 2:00 p.m. July 24 at the Library in Poteau.

Advance registration is not required, and there is no cost for the workshop, according to Ruff Riters president Pat Kelley. Participants are encouraged to bring a notebook and pen or pencil, although some supplies will be provided.

"This is part of our ongoing effort to help people become better writers," Kelley said. "Our experiences have told us there are many young people who dream about becoming authors, or just want to write a short story. The goal of this workshop is to help them get started."

Authors Tabitha Shay, Vinita Eggers, Debra Martinez, Kasey Riley and Kelley will introduce basic story principles.


Participants will be encouraged to write a brief "fan fiction" story, and will be given encouragement and feedback from GCRR members.

"This will be a fun two hours for young people who need help getting started," Eggers said. "Writing is a great way for teens to express themselves. Sometimes all they need is a boost, and we want to do that."

Writing experience is not required, just a desire to get started, according to Martinez. "Once you put those first few words on paper, the rest will often follow naturally. We hope the room will be filled with teens who are eager to get started!"

Green Country Ruff Riters is an affiliate of the Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. and meets at the Library the second Thursday of each month.


Visitors are always welcome at the meetings.


For more information about GCRR or the Write Your Heroes workshop call Pat Kelley at 918-649-1287.

Congratulations to Aryan Nicole Armstrong.


She is the recipient of the Karen Kellogg-Shaw Memorial Scholarship offered at Carl Albert State College.


She is the daughter of Tammy Trout and a graduate of Cameron High School.

She has declared Restaurant and Hotel Management as her major.

Thursday, 09 July 2015 22:40

Bowlaraoke at Strike A Lot Lanes

Looking for something to do with the whole family this weekend?

Come out to Strike A Lot Lanes and enjoy Bowlaraoke.

What is Bowlaraoke? Karaoke and bowling enjoyed by the whole family.

This is all possible thanks to funding provided by Ben and Judy Curtis of Poteau with some assistance from Owner Michelle Gott.

DJ Kenneth Putman will be heading premiere with assistance from DJ Amanda Patterson of The Lounge.

Bowlaraoke will launch at 8pm Saturday June 11th.


"This is the first time in Poteau history that Karaoke has been made available for families and children."

So bring the family and enjoy a night at Strike A Lots Lanes.

Strike A Lot is located at 1914 N Broadway in Poteau.


Cosmic Bowl and Family Specials will be available.

"If you would like you can call to reserve lanes at (918) 649-0143," said Amanda Patterson.

Karaoke & Bowlaraoke birthday/private party packages will soon be available.

Exciting things are happening here @ Strike-A-Lot Lanes!

Still time to register for Kids Bowl Free Summer.

Upcoming games to Strike-A-Lot
Deal or No Deal Bowling and Color Pin.
Leagues to launch in the fall.

Thursday, 09 July 2015 22:25


Residents and businesses who had property damage during the recent storms can get help through FEMA.

The FEMA Disaster Recovery Team have arrived at the Bob Lee Kidd Civic Center in Poteau.

FEMA has representatives will be in town starting on Thursday and will be in Poteau until Monday.

Representatives will be available from 7am until 7 pm.

You can also apply online at

and by phone at 1-800-621-3362

Thursday, 09 July 2015 22:05

Blithe Spirit opens Friday

The Good Times Community Theatre League (GTCTL) presents Blithe Spirit, a play by Noel Howard.

Three performances are scheduled for July 10th, 11th, and 12th at 7:30pm in the Lowry Hotel in Historic downtown Poteau.

The third performance will benefit Dylan Hackler- a Poteau native who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three.

The Hackler family is raising money so Dylan can receive experimental stem cell treatment in Panama City this July.

On July 12th, 50% of all ticket sales will go toward Dylan and the Hackler family.
Tickets are $10 for Adults and $8 for Senior Adults and Students.

They can be purchased at Peck CPA located at 207 S. McKenna Poteau.

Tickets can also be purchased at the door the night of each performance.


karna and steve blithe spirit

 Karna Clark and Steve Clay during a dress rehearsal performance of Blithe Spirit.


Below- Some of the cast of Blithe Spirit


According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol a juvenile male from Hennessey, Oklahoma was injured when the 2001 Honda dirt bike he was riding hit a rough part of the roadway. He lost control causing the bike to fall over on its side.


The accident occurred at approximately 5:19 pm on County road 680 in Kingfisher County.


The juvenile was transported to Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City by private owned vehicle with an injury to his arm. He is listed in stable condition.


The accident was investigated by Trooper John Weimer of the Kingfisher County detachment.


MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA - The United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced today that Carol Anne Dye, 55, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 5 years' probation with 8 months of house arrest for Bank Theft, Embezzlement and Misapplication.


The charge arose from an investigation by the Broken Arrow Police Department and the United States Secret Service. The defendant was indicted in January, 2015 and pled guilty in February, 2015.


The Indictment alleged that from in or about 2011, until on or about August 22, 2014, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, defendant, Carol Anne Dye, being an officer, director, agent, or employee of, or connected in a capacity with, The First National Bank of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, a bank whose deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, with intent to injure and defraud the said The First National Bank of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, willfully misapplied, embezzled, abstracted, and purloined more than $1,000.00 of the moneys, funds, assets or securities entrusted to the custody or care of The First National Bank of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, in that the defendant withdrew cash from the vault and teller drawers of the said bank and misapplied, embezzled, abstracted and purloined the funds for her own use or benefit.



The Honorable Ronald A. White, District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the hearing.



Assistant United States Attorney Rob Wallace represented the United States.

LeFlore County Youth Services awarded five-year grant program to help local residents
'eat better, move more and be tobacco free'


Poteau (July 1, 2015) – The TSET Healthy Living grant program in LeFlore County is underway. This is according to a press release from Marcey Ford Tobacco- free LeFlore County Coordinator.


The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) Board of Directors recently awarded $248,000 to LCYS for the first year of a new five-year TSET Healthy Living grant program that took effect July 1.


The five-year community grant program aims to prevent and reduce tobacco use and obesity by working with key public and private sectors within local communities. TSET awarded a Healthy Living grant to LeFlore County Youth Services to work in partnership with businesses, cities and governments, schools, and community institutions and organizations in LeFlore County.


"This is an exciting time because with the TSET Healthy Living grant, we can create opportunities in LeFlore County that make the healthy choice the easy choice where we live, work, learn and play," said Marcey Ford, Healthy Living Program Coordinator. "We look forward to working with local business owners and managers, city officials, nonprofits, and school and community leaders to make that happen."


The TSET Healthy Living program takes an integrated approach to addressing Oklahoma's leading causes of death – cancer and cardiovascular disease – by preventing and reducing tobacco use and obesity. In May, the TSET Board of Directors approved the award of $14 million for 50 community-based Healthy Living grants that will cover 63 counties.


LeFlore County has had a CX grant from TSET in tobacco control since 2010.

The Healthy Living program builds on lessons learned from more than a decade of TSET community-based grants. The new program was designed with the best research available, previous evaluation results, input from existing grantees, partner organizations, and nationally recognized experts.


"Over the past decade, we have seen measureable results from the work of community grantees, as coalitions of passionate individuals and organizations have worked together to make a difference for today's youth and future generations of Oklahomans," said TSET Executive Director Tracey Strader. "Thanks to these and other efforts at the local and state levels, youth smoking has been cut in half, adult smoking is at an all-time low and obesity in our state has leveled off."


TSET is launching the Healthy Living community grant program as it celebrates the 15th anniversary of a voter-approved state question in 2000 that created the endowment trust. Funded by a portion of the tobacco industry's payment to the state as part of the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement, the endowment trust is a long-term strategy to improve health. Only the earnings from the endowment are used to fund grants and programs.


Each year, the tobacco industry makes a settlement payment to Oklahoma and 45 other states as part of the national Master Settlement Agreement. Settlement payments will continue as long as cigarettes are sold nationally. Court documents obtained during state lawsuits against the industry showed that tobacco companies specifically marketed their product to youth under 18, in hopes of getting "replacement smokers."


The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) serves as a partner and bridge builder for organizations working towards shaping a healthier future for all Oklahomans.


TSET provides leadership at the intersections of health by working with local partners and initiatives across the state, by cultivating innovative and life-changing research, and by working across public and private sectors to develop, support, implement and evaluate creative strategies to take advantage of emerging opportunities to improve the public's health.


TSET. Better Lives Through Better Health.

Thursday, 09 July 2015 15:49

Kathryn M. Carroll


Kathryn Mary Carroll, 67, of Ardmore, OK, passed away Wednesday, July 8, 2015, in Oklahoma City, OK. She was born July 31, 1947, at Liberal, KS, to William Wendell "Pete" and Mary Alice Craig.


Kathy was a cosmetologist and owner of the beauty college in Liberal for over 10 years. She and her family were active supporters of the Jayhawk Collegiate Baseball League team, the Liberal Bee Jays.


For over 20 years she and her husband, Bill, hosted Bee Jay baseball players in their home. Kathy and her husband moved to Ardmore in 2002 to be closer to their sons. Kathy had a spirit of volunteerism and became active as a CASA volunteer. She took a personal interest in all the families she worked with and received a commendation for 10 years as a CASA volunteer. She enjoyed attending church as a member of Ardmore First Baptist Church.


Kathy enjoyed playing bingo, reading, crocheting, ceramics, online games and keeping up with her family and friends on Facebook. Kathryn Mary Carroll will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, Nana and friend to all those who knew her.


She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Jo Ellen; her brother Wendell Roger;and her brother Edward Lee.


Left to cherish her memory are her husband William Dee "Bill" Carroll of the home; sons William Lee "Bill" Carroll and his wife, Terri, of Poteau; Timothy Edward Carroll and his wife, Jenifer, of Duncan; affectionately known as Nana, she has 6 grandchildren: Kristopher, Zachary, Craig, Gracen, Isaac and Kiser, and a great grandson, Kamden.



Graveside service will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 11, 2015, at Hon Cemetery Pavilion, Waldron, AR.


Interment will follow service at Hon Cemetery.


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

Thursday, 09 July 2015 08:35

Event Calendar

Looking for something to do with the whole family this weekend? Come out to Strike A Lot Lanes and enjoy Bowlaraoke. What is Bowlaraoke? Karaoke and bowling.

Sounds pretty fun! Bring your family or Church groups! Galactic Bowl Specials. NO COVER CHARGE.

Movies are always fun – check out the Poteau Theaters and the Tower Drive In.
Here are some events in the area.


July 10
Good Times Theater production: Blithe Spirit at Hotel Lowrey – Poteau, OK

July 11
Bowlaroake – Strike A Lot Lanes – Poteau, OK
Good Times Theatre production: Blithe Spirit at Hotel Lowrey – Poteau, OK
Hillbilly Vegas in Concert –Reynolds Center amphitheater – Poteau, OK

July 12
Spaghetti Lunch and Pie Auction –Bob Lee Kidd Civic Center – Poteau, OK
Good Times Theatre production: Blithe Spirit at Hotel Lowrey – Poteau, OK

July 25
Back to school - Backpack give away – Reynolds Center – Poteau, OK

strike alot

summer concert series

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