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Tuesday, 02 October 2018 06:27

Taste of LeFlore County coming Oct 4th



By Bonnie Prigmore



Call today for your tickets to our annual fundraiser.


It is going to be the best one yet!


We have seven organizations preparing food plus area businesses; some of whom have not participated in the past.


It is set for this Thursday, October 4th from 6 to 7:30. This is a come and go event. If you can't stay to eat, we will let you fix a to go order. We have more seating this year and I hope we fill those seats!



Remember tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.




Poteau, OKLAHOMA - The Poteau Upper Elementary School is pleased to announce their “Students of the Week” for the Sept 24 through Sept 28



The Sept Character Trait:
RESPONSIBILITY- Taking care of one's self and others; To carry out a duty or task carefully.

Students of the week are: Jayce Cloud, Kierstn Gray, Mikkel Torres, Shaydee Breashears, Erin Davis, Avery Snipes, and Kimber Greer.




Monday, 01 October 2018 23:38

OSBI Investigate shooting in Okmulgee

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation are assisting Okmulgee County Sheriff's Office with a fatal officer involved shooting.

At approximately 9:30 pm on September 29, 2018, OSBI assistance was requested by the Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office with a fatal officer involved shooting.


The shooting came as a result of an attempted motorcycle traffic stop and a brief chase.


The decedent was identified as Beggs resident Justin Snelson, a white male, date of birth 11/8/1963.


Snelson was pronounced dead at the scene.


The case is still under investigation and more details will be released as they become available.


The name of the officer involved is not being released by OSBI at this time.

Monday, 01 October 2018 23:25

PKMS September 2018 Students of the Month


Poteau, OKLAHOMA - The Pansy Kidd Middle School in Poteau is pleased to announce their “Students of the Month” for the month of September.





Sixth Grade
Traegan Ballard
Parents: Joe and Coffee Ballard
Electives: Athletics and Tech Ed
I like school because: I get to see my friends and I get to see my VERY nice teachers.





Luke Culwell 6th grade 002
Sixth Grade
Luke Culwell
Parents: Michael and Angie Culwell
Electives: Athletics and Explore
I like school because: I like to improve my education, so I can have a good job and have a good life.




Triniti McCoy 7th grade 002

Seventh Grade
Triniti McCoy
Parents: Jeff and Amy McCoy
Electives: Athletics, Tech Ed and Art
I like school because: I like to participate in the art class



Ethan McBee 7th grade 002

Seventh Grade
Ethan McBee
Parents: Jenna McBee and Matt McBee
Electives: Atheltics, Facs and Tech Ed
I like school because: I get to play sports and see my friends.



Tommie Attee 8th grade 002

Eight Grade
Tommie Attee
Parents: Teresa Attee and Tom Attee
Electives: FCCLA, office and Yearbook
I like school because: I get to see my friends



Nicholas Garcia 8th grade 002

Eighth Grade
Nicholas Garcia
Parents: Sergio Silva and Misty Langdell
Electives: Robotics, PE and FACS
I like school because: I see my friends and it is fun in my classes

Monday, 01 October 2018 23:08

Barbara Portia Lewis Obituary

Barbara Lewis, 80, of Heavener, OK, passed away Sunday, September 30, 2018, in Poteau, OK. She was born October 18, 1937 in Bakersfield, CA to Adosha (Perry).


Barbara is preceded in death by her husband Bill Lewis, her mother, and one son Gerie Lewis.


Barbara is survived by four sons James Lewis and wife Laura of Ozark, AR, Robert Lewis of Page, OK, Matthew Lewis and wife Kim of Fort Smith, AR, and Billy Lewis of Heavener, OK, a daughter Blendia Fulks and husband Michael of Heavener, OK, a brother Sam of TX, thirty-two grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren, as well as a host of other family members, friends and loved ones.


Pallbearers will be her family.


Service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday October 3, 2018 at Grace Manor Memorial Chapel Poteau, Oklahoma.


Interment will follow service at Page Cemetery, Page Oklahoma.


The family request no viewing.


Arrangements are under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home, Poteau, OK.


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


Press release

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) has received notice of an award totaling more than $7 million from the Health Resources and Services Administration to support home visiting services to women during pregnancy, and to parents with young children through kindergarten completion. Award funds are allocated through September 2020.

The funds are awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to support Oklahoma’s Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program, which served 1,100 households during FY 2017. Serving high-risk populations, 33 percent of the households have low income, 10 percent included pregnant teens, and nearly 5 percent reported a history of substance abuse.

“These funds will help support our ongoing commitment to the health and safety of our children and families,” said Interim Commissioner of Health Tom Bates. “We have a dedicated team of professionals who are working to provide support and guidance to families during an important time in their lives, and in the lives of their children.”


Oklahoma’s home visiting programs implement evidence-based initiatives that have proven to help prevent child abuse and neglect, support positive parenting, promote child development and school readiness, and improve the health of families and their children. Services are provided on a voluntary basis, at no cost to families.

For more information about Oklahoma’s home visitation programs, call 1-877-271-7611 or visit

Press release


Congressmen Sponsoring Legislation to Advance Clean Air, Domestic Fuel & Technology


Washington, D.C. – NGVAmerica has presented U.S. Representatives Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and John Larson (D-CT) with its 2018 NGV Public Policy Champion award.


The awards were presented at a Congressional reception marking the upcoming East Coast start of its annual Sea to Shining Sea Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) Road Rally. The Capitol Hill event was co-sponsored by NGVAmerica members DTE Energy, the American Public Gas Association, the Coalition for Renewable Natural Gas, the Texas Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance, and UPS.


“Congressmen Mullin and Larson recognize that clean air starts with clean trucks, and the world’s cleanest heavy-duty engines run on natural gas,” said NGVAmerica President Dan Gage. “Their proposed legislation would bring parity to natural gas alternative fueled vehicles. For their foresight and fight for expanding natural gas use as a transportation fuel, we are pleased to honor both gentlemen as 2018 NGVAmerica Public Policy Champions.”


Mullin and Larson are lead sponsors of the Natural Gas Parity Act of 2018, H.R. 5959, which would ensure fair treatment in the tax code, federal acquisition policy, and research and development funding for vehicles and other transportation uses fueled by natural gas and related alternative sources.


“Congress has no business picking winners and losers in the energy industry,” said Rep. Mullin. “I am proud to sponsor the Natural Gas Parity Act to level the playing field for all energy producers and ensure that natural gas vehicles receive fair treatment. I want to thank NGVAmerica for recognizing me as a 2018 Public Policy Champion, and I look forward to getting this bill across the finish line alongside Congressman Larson.”


“I thank NGVAmerica for the Public Policy Champion award,” said Rep. Larson. “As a nation, it is critical that we transition our transportation sector to affordable, domestic, and clean energy. Natural gas vehicles play a vital role in that effort. I am proud to work on a bipartisan basis to promote the adoption of natural gas vehicles and support policies that will create jobs, bolster our energy independence, and reduce emissions.”


Specifically, the Mullin/Larson Bill would:
• Extend the expired Alternative Fuels Tax Credit (AFTC) of $.50 per gallon equivalent through 2022, providing greater certainty for businesses, municipalities, and fleet managers interested in investing in alternative fuel transportation options;
• Encourage investment in new natural gas technologies by providing a partial exclusion from the federal excise tax imposed on heavy-duty natural gas truck purchases, effectively exempting the technology’s incremental cost from the existing 12 percent rate;
• Bring parity to the purchase of natural gas motor vehicles on par with the Federal government’s $7,500 tax credit for the purchase of new light-duty electric vehicles and include a new tax credit for medium and heavy-duty natural gas trucks;
• Promote the continued development of natural gas refueling infrastructure through the extension and increase of the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Infrastructure Tax Credit;
• Encourage the use of more clean-fueling Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) marine and shipping applications on inland waterways;
• Support the transitioning of federal fleets to alternative fuels like natural gas; and
• Invest in new domestic natural gas R&D activities and Clean Cities program initiatives, supporting local clean air and climate change community efforts across the country.


The cleanest heavy-duty engine in the world is American-made and powered by natural gas. Pair this technology with renewable natural gas—derived from agriculture, food, and landfill waste as well as wastewater systems—and even greater CO2 and GHG emissions reductions are achieved. With renewable natural gas, fuel can be carbon neutral or even carbon negative.


NGVAmerica’s 2018 NGV Achievement Awards are set to be presented at the organization’s 30th Anniversary Annual Meeting and Industry Summit later this year.


Its 2018 Sea to Shining Sea NGV Road Rally begins in late October, traveling westward and concluding at NGVAmerica’s Industry Summit in Palm Springs, CA on November 14th. The public can follow the Road Rally’s progress across America at:



NGVAmerica is a national organization of over 200 companies, environmental groups, and government organizations dedicated to the development of a growing, profitable, and sustainable market for vehicles powered by natural gas or biomethane. NGVAmerica member companies produce, distribute, and market natural gas and biomethane across North America, manufacture and service natural gas vehicles, engines, and equipment, and operate fleets powered by clean-burning gaseous fuels. Find out more at:


Monday, 01 October 2018 17:13

Oklahoma Voter Registration Scam

Press Statement from Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax



The Oklahoma State Election Board has been notified by the National Association of Secretaries of State and the National Association of State Election Directors of a potential scam involving phone calls offering to register people to vote over the phone.


Such calls have been reported in other states and are being investigated by the FBI and U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Voters cannot be registered over the phone.


Neither election officials nor legitimate voter advocacy groups will ever offer to register you to vote or send you absentee ballots based solely on a phone conversation. Do not give out personal information over the phone.


If you receive such a call, please contact the Oklahoma State Election Board at (405) 521-2391 and report it as soon as possible.


For more information about registering to vote in Oklahoma, visit and click the “Register to Vote” link at the top of the page.

Monday, 01 October 2018 08:30

Two injured in wreck near Cowlington

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, two people were injured in an automobile accident that occurred on September 30, 2018 at approximately 2:35pm on State Highway 59 and State Highway 9, approximately three miles south and one mile east of Cowlington in LeFlore County.


According to the report, a 2011 Ford Pickup, driven by Verna Arterburn, 71, from Keota was traveling westbound on SH9, ran off the road to the right striking a culvert overturning one complete time before coming to rest on its wheels.

Arterburn was transported by LeFlore County EMS to Sparks Hospital Ft Smith AR and was treated and released with an arm injury.


A passenger, Edmond Arterburn, 81, from Keota was transported by LeFlore County EMS to Sparks Hospital Ft Smith AR and later transferred to Washington Regional Hospital in Fayetteville AR and was listed in stable condition with a trunk internal injury.

Sunday, 30 September 2018 15:07

Thomas Edward Baker Obituary

Thomas Edward Baker, 63, of Poteau, OK passed away Thursday, September 27, 2018 in Poteau. Thomas was born April 9, 1955 in Poteau to Jess Thomas & Marie (McConnell) Baker.


God blessed Thomas & Peggy with almost 40 years of marriage.


They had two daughters, Britney & Alyssa as well as six grandchildren that meant the absolute world to him.


He was a businessman who loved his job & appreciated all of his customers. He could talk to anybody – and did, ha. He loved the outdoors. He was an avid hunter – but his favorite outdoor time was with his grandkids. He was a hard worker and a wonderful provider for his family.


He was quick to recognize Jesus Christ as his “Living Lord & Savior”. He was a man of great faith and he will be truly missed.


Thomas was preceded in death by his father, Jess; grandparents, H.E. & Peg McConnell, Jack & Myrtle Baker.

Survivors include his wife of Peggy Sewell Baker; daughters & sons in law, Britney & Randal Dunn, Alyssa & Brandon Gregory of Poteau, OK; 6 grandchildren, Grace Dunn, Nate Gregory, Emily Dunn, Zoey Dunn, Drew Dunn & Jess Gregory
;mother, Marie Baker of Fort Smith, AR; sisters & brother in law, Peggy & Butch Gilstrap of Poteau, Pam Cowan of Fort Smith, AR; nephews, Justin Hickman of OH, Brandon Jones of PA & Kale Cowan of TX; niece, Shannon Baker of OH; aunts, uncles, cousins, loved ones and many friends.

Services will be 11 am, Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at Oakland Cemetery Pavilion, Poteau with Jim Cook officiating.

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

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