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For the fifth year in a row, the Carl Albert State College softball team has been named to the NJCAA Women's Softball Academic Team of the Year, Honorable Mention. This year the team’s award was based on a GPA of 3.40.


CASC Athletic Director Randy Graves stated, “This is a great honor for the softball team and head softball coach David Holt. The softball team continues year in and year out to bring home individual and team honors for their academic success, and we are proud of their accomplishments.”




Submitted by Judi White


CASC Mission Statement:  To provide an affordable, accessible, and exceptional education that fosters student success.

Strike A Lot Lanes Kids Kamp – Thursdays and Fridays in July - 9am – 12:30pm - Poteau, OK


July 12

Don Goforth Benefit- Tower Drive In – 5pm – Poteau, OK


July 14

80’s Night at the Lounge – 9pm – Poteau, OK

Heavener Rodeo – Heavener, OK


July 15

Poteau High School Silver Steppers Car Wash – Auto Zone parking lot – Poteau, OK

Summer Concert Series: Long Story Short – Reynolds Center, Poteau, OK

Heavener Rodeo – Heavener, OK


July 21

Karaoke at JoJo’s Snow Cones- Historic Downtown Poteau, OK


July 22

Summer Concert Serious: Butch Cavendish – Reynolds Center, Poteau, OK


July 25 through 27

Bandit Football Camp 6:30pm – Poteau, OK. For any additional information contact Matt Locke 479-221-6780.


July 28

The Polished Professional – Reynolds Center – Poteau, OK

Quilts of Past & Present Quilt Show – Vian, OK


August 5

Talihina City Wide Yard Sale – Talihina, OK

Cavanal Chorale Summer Show Case – Reynolds Center - Poteau, OK


August 26

Dr.John Montgomery Banquet – Reynolds Center – Poteau, OK


Events at Strike A Lot Lanes in Poteau

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

BOGO Sunday’s


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

OKLAHOMA CITY - According to a press release from the Oklahoma Attorney General, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter today filed charges against two individuals during the National Health Care Fraud Takedown effort.

The takedown is a nationwide sweep led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Medicare Fraud Strike Force in partnership with other federal, state and local law enforcement entities to crackdown on healthcare fraud schemes.

Attorney General Hunter said his office is committed to stopping healthcare fraud and prosecuting individuals who intend to harm Oklahomans.
“We will continue our thorough and systematic approach to prosecuting individuals who commit Medicaid fraud in the state,” Attorney General Hunter said. “Additionally, we will remain committed to working with other law enforcement agencies and participating in the National Health Care Fraud Takedown to remain vigilant and to protect vulnerable Oklahomans.”

Florence Ezeala, of Edmond is accused of submitting false claims to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) for psychotherapy sessions provided to Medicaid recipients.

The OHCA paid $10,457.24 on 177 false claims to Ezeala’s employer.

According to court documents, an investigation began after her claim history raised suspicion when she documented an excessive amount of time with patients per day. Ezeala also claimed to work a disproportionate amount of days per month.
Surveillance of her during the investigation directly conflicted with submitted claims, and interviews with patients indicated counseling sessions lasted less time than was billed.

Ezeala is being charged with two counts of Medicaid fraud.

Lindsay Daniels, of McAlester, is accused of stealing 78 hydrocodone pills from a resident at Beare Manor Nursing Home in Hartshorne.
Daniels is alleged to have received and signed for the delivery of the medication. After initially denying the allegation, court documents say she later admitted to an agent that she stole the pills.

She is being charged with larceny of a controlled dangerous substance.

If convicted, the defendants face prison time and fines.

All defendants are innocent until proven guilty.


Florence Ezeala was booked into the Oklahoma County Jail today and is being charged with two counts of Medicaid fraud.


According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol a fatality accident occurred on July 12, 2017 at approximately 12:09 pm on United State Highway 271 and 401 Street, approximately two miles from Talihina in LeFlore County.


According to the OHP report, a 2005 Ford Explorer Sport Trac driven Francis Hignite 61, of Duncan was northbound on US271, when she departed the roadway to the right, overcorrected and rolled across the highway departing the roadway on the left.

Hignite died at the scene from multiple injuries.

A 15-year-old passenger from Duncan was transported by LeFlore County EMS to Sparks Medical Center in Ft. Smith and was admitted in stable condition with multiple injuries.


A 12-year-old passenger of Duncan was transported by Life Flight to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa and was admitted in critical condition with multiple injuries.


The accident was investigated by OHP.

Fatality Collision near Talihina in LeFlore County - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 15:47

KTC Paramedic Students Take Home the Gold


KTC Press Release


Students from the Paramedic Program at Kiamichi Technology Center in Poteau, Oklahoma recently competed in the International Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) competitions in Orlando, Florida. Among the contestants were Junior Aguilar and Olivia Decker who competed in the Emergency Medical Technician competition. Junior and Olivia won third place in the post-secondary category.


The competitors were judged on knowledge of EMS by their combined scores from a written test and then performing skills as a team on an emergency-based scenario. Another competition in which KTC’s students competed in was the Public Health competition. In this competition participants had to create an ‘effective, dynamic and creative public health presentation to educate the public.’ Students Jeffrey Grass, Charles Kelm, and Kyle Hess won first place. Lastly, Rebekah Shimp placed in the top ten for the Pathophysiology general knowledge test. These students, who graduate this month, have been in the Kiamichi Technology Center’s Paramedic distance education program for 15 months. They have attended their class some by teleconference from remote campuses. KTC’s Paramedic program is instructed by Lisa Dyer. Anthony Stankewitz serves as the Paramedic Program’s Clinical Coordinator.


HOSA is a national student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education Division of ACTE. HOSA's two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA's goal is to encourage all health occupations instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the HSE-HOSA Partnership. HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary, adult, and collegiate students enrolled in HSE programs. HOSA is 100% health care!


For more information on KTC’s EMT classes & HOSA call the Poteau Campus at 918-647-4525 or visit their website at

Like their Facebook page at Kiamichi Tech Centers – Poteau to receive updates on events happening at KTC. KTC is a member of the state CareerTech system.



Wednesday, 12 July 2017 08:43

Photo of the Day: Cow Appreciation Day

On July 11, 2017, it was "Chick-Fill-A Cow Appreciation Day" and to honor that day Chick-fil-A gave away free chicken to any patron who dressed like a cow.

Mallory Clay, Kendal, Stinson and Logan Deaton, all of Poteau took advantage of the day by dressing up in their cow attire and received their free chicken meal.


If anyone else participated in the event and have pics dressed as a cow, send us pics at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Good Job!




Carl Albert State College admissions specialist Jessica Lloyd recently took on a project to make a difference in the community. In front of the Baptist Collegiate Ministries on the CASC Poteau campus, Jessica has placed Blessing Boxes. According to Jessica, these boxes will help those in the community who are in need of food and/or personal hygiene products. “This will operate on a take what you need, leave what you can system.”

She explained this project was possible through support from CASC President Jay Falkner and also the Poteau Daily News. “The Poteau Daily News donated the boxes for use in this project, and I really appreciate their help.” CASC NASNTI Project Coordinator Micky Solomon has been encouraging Jessica, and stated that Jessica is very passionate about helping those in need. “Jessica hopes these first boxes are just the beginning, and she wants to expand the Blessing Boxes project in the future.”



CASC Mission Statement: To provide an affordable, accessible, and exceptional education that fosters student success.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 05:02

Michael Paul McDonald Obituary

Michael Paul McDonald, 61, of Prue, OK passed away Sunday, July 9, 2017 in Tulsa, OK.


Michael was born April 15, 1956 in El Paso, TX to Nolan & Susan (Tidwell) McDonald.


He was a machinist.


He was preceded in death by his brothers, Larry & David.


Survivors include his wife, Judy of the home; children, Bradley Michael McDonald of Tulsa, OK, Justin Paul McDonald of Sand Springs, OK; grandchildren, Samantha Grace & Taylor Michelle of Tulsa, Eleanor Marie of Sand Springs; brothers, Pat McDonald of Houston, TX, Tommy, Chris, & Robert all of Michigan; ; sister, Lisa of Florida; his mother, Susan Field of Stillwater, OK; mother in law, Dorothy Johnson of Cameron, OK.


Services will be 1 pm, Thursday, July 13, 2017 at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, OK with Rev. Gary McDevitt officiating. Interment will follow in Fairhill/Knothole Cemetery, Cameron, OK. Pallbearers will be Brad, Pat, Tommy & Justin McDonald, Wayne Holland, Jason Fisher, James Swinn, Kyle Estes.


You may leave an online message at




The family has chosen to entrust the care of the services to Evans & Miller Funeral Home, Poteau, Oklahoma.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 08:41

Long Story Short in Concert


Come out to the Poteau Summer Concert Series on Saturday July 15th at 8:00 pm for some great music by a local band Long Story Short.

Their music ranges from a wide variety of classic rock to modern rock and somewhere in between.

Admission Only $5.00

The concert will be held at Donald W. Reynolds Center Outdoor Amphitheater.

Bring Your Lawn Chairs

Shade Available

Beer and Concessions Served

On July 22nd the summer concert series will continue with Butch Cavindish.

Long Story Short in Concert - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

On July 11, 2017 at approximately 8:00 am the Oklahoma Highway Patrol were called to the scene of a one vehicle accident that occurred on United States Highway 377, half mile south of Linn Rd, 1 mile north of Madill, in Marshall County, Oklahoma.


The accident occurred when a 2012 Chevrolet Impala driven by Tosha Billy, 30 of Sulphur was northbound on US377and fell asleep. The vehicle left roadway to the right and struck a concrete culvert. The vehicle overturned one half time.


A passenger with Billy, - Traci Cates, 39 of Sulphur, was extricated by Madill Fire Department and air lifted to Plano Medical Center in Plano, Texas. She was admitted in serious condition with leg and head injury.


Passenger – Jacob Edwards, 22, of Sulphur, was air lifted by Air-Evac to Plano Medical Center in Plano, Texas and was admitted in serious condition with trunk internal injuries.


According to the OHP report, the condition of the driver was - Driving under influence.

And the cause of collision - Asleep at wheel.


The accident was investigated by OHP, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, Tishomingo Fire Department, Madill Fire Department and Marshall County EMS.

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