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Tuesday, 07 August 2018 03:33

Driver license computer system down

Press release



UPDATE: The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety announces that the computer system serving statewide driver license and tag agent offices has been repaired and all agencies appear to be fully functional. All driver license offices and tag agencies will resume normal operations. DPS and vendor technicians will be monitoring the system in case of any additional problems.


The Department of Public Safety has announced that a computer hardware problem has once again caused the driver license system to be down at all DL sites across the state.


DPS and all tag agencies are unable to process driver licenses or ID requests at this time.


We apologize for the inconvenience and we are working with OMES and the vendor who supplies the hardware to fix the problem as soon as possible.


It is currently unknown how long this process will take


Again, all driver license stations and all tag agencies are affected by this issue.



On Monday, August 6, 2018 a two-vehicle accident occurred at Pleasant Valley Road and the Cavanal Scenic Expressway.

A Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper was one of the vehicles involved in the wreck.

One injury was reported.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today issued this statement after signing revised emergency rules adopted by the Oklahoma State Board of Health, which establish a framework for patients, physicians, caretakers, and business owners interested in medical marijuana:


“These rules are very basic, and represent the best option in developing a proper regulatory framework for medical marijuana, with the highest priority given to the health and safety of Oklahomans. These rules do not include the two last-minute amendments to the initial rules that I asked the Board of Health to rescind because the public didn’t have sufficient time to review and comment on them. I appreciate the board’s decision to concur with my request. They also follow the guidelines from the attorney general on staying within the jurisdiction of statute language of State Question 788."

“My approval of these rules moves medical marijuana to the realm of our Legislature. I’m glad the Legislature has a bipartisan group meeting weekly to move the state forward in developing the intent of what the public voted for with the passage of State Question 788 – making marijuana available to Oklahomans who need it solely for medical reasons. There are many opinions on how medical marijuana should be implemented in our state. I encourage vivid discussion to develop policy proposals to make sure we have a medical marijuana regulatory framework in place that improves the health of Oklahomans who are sick and makes the business side work while protecting the safety of Oklahomans.”


Monday, 06 August 2018 12:52

Rose Ella Brewer Obituary

Rose Ella Brewer of Heavener, Oklahoma was born January 18, 1960 in Yuma, Arizona to Johnny and Nola (Graham) Brewer passed away on August 4, 2018 in Poteau, Oklahoma at the age of 58.

She is survived by:


One daughter:
Treasure Wright and husband Ricky of Heavener, Oklahoma

One son:
Jason Janway and wife Darlene of Heavener, Oklahoma

Two sisters:
Lynn Luman of Heavener, Oklahoma
Pam Brewer of Sulphur, Oklahoma

Numerous other loved ones and dear friends


She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Jackie (Jake) Robert Hall.


Rose was a long-time resident of the area and a homemaker.


She loved spending time with her family and friends.


Rose will be missed by many whom loved and knew her.


A memorial service will be at a later date.


Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener, Oklahoma.


To sign Rose’s online guestbook please visit


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Press release

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A fight injured seven inmates Sunday at a men's medium-security prison located in Sayre.

The incident took place around 5:10 p.m. on a North Fork Correctional Center housing unit.

Four inmates were transported to hospitals in Sayre and Elk City for treatment.

None of their injuries was life-threatening. No staff were injured.

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections, which operates the 2,225-inmate prison, has placed the facility on lock down until further notice and canceled visitation while it investigates.

ODOC will assess later this week whether to cancel Thursday visitation at NFCC.

Sunday, 05 August 2018 23:53

Decorating Wisely : Movin on Up

By Grayson Wise

Hello, my dear readers, it’s Grayson! We are talking about my dorm again since I have less than a week to move in. Needless to say, it has been the only thing on my mind. Just imagine me doing a little happy dance while I’m writing this because oh my goody goodness this is a thrilling feeling! Now, it’s still shocking to me that I am at this point in my life where I’m actually going tobe fully responsible for, well, basically everything, but I think I can handle it (high-fives selawkwardly).

Anyhow... the dorm! I want to talk about my final dorm shopping trip that happened this weekend! It was the highly anticipated Ikea trip of the summer. That store is literally Heaven on Earth. If you are currently thinking that you wouldn’t find anything in that store that you wouldlike, let me tell you, buddy, you are dead wrong. Ikea is this alternate universe where you see something completely unnecessary and obsolete to your life, and you immediately have this overwhelming desire to buy it. Maybe even more than one of said object. The store is a blessing and a curse.

The really, really good part about Ikea though, are the prices. Deals are everywhere! It’s so incredibly affordable, and that, my friends, is a very good thing for a college student. In case you have yet to hear, college is expensive and so is dorm shopping. So, fair warning when you or your kid goes off to the grand ‘ol university, and things get a little pricey.

Anyways, these prices. They make it so easy (along with the wide selection of products Ikea offers) to curate some really good pieces for your dorm, storage and decorating wise. I bought the prettiest white linen duvet cover for way under $100! That’s cheaper than any dorm bedding at Target, and way cheaper than any linen bedding I’ve priced. They also offer the handiest storage solutions. Example, I needed somewhere to store my blender, mini rice cooker, and plates... BAM. Ikea gives me a three-tiered rolling cart that is super space saving for a dorm!

Hellooo mini kitchen!! I’ll be whipping up the greatest dorm room meals anyone has ever seen! That’s all for today, so if you aren’t just totally convinced you need to go to Ikea... go ask another person how they feel about it. I’m willing to bet money they’ll rave about it to! I’m sure my mom will post pictures of my dorm when everything is set up, so next week, keep your eyes open!

Saturday, 04 August 2018 11:12

Dorthy Lowrimore Obituary

Dorthy Lowrimore, 95, of Panama, OK went to her heavenly home Friday, August 3, 2018, from Ft. Smith, AR.


Dorthy was born June 9, 1923, in Eufaula, OK to J.B. & Nancy Jane (Buie) Salters.


She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Hill; son, J.R. & 2 daughters in law, Shirley Key Lowrimore & Lucrecia Lowrimore.

Survivors include her sons, Bill & Ann Lowrimore, Jack Lowrimore Sr. all of Panama, OK; 7 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren, 6 great great grandchildren; other relatives, many loved ones and friends.

Graveside services will be 10 am, Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at New Hope Cemetery, Spiro, OK with Jim Cook officiating.

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, 04 August 2018 09:35

Russell Cellular Holds Grand Opening

Poteau, OKLAHOMA - The Poteau Chamber of Commerce welcomes Russell Cellular with a ribbon cutting during the Grand Opening of their newest store in Poteau.

Russell Cellular has been in business since 1993 and is an exclusive Verizon Authorized Retailer specializing in wireless communication services. Russell Cellular is one of the nation's largest Verizon Wireless Retailers.
The new store is located at 2217 N Broadway (In front of Price Cutter).

Store Hours are Mon through Saturday from 9:00AM-8:00PM and Sunday from 12:00PM-5:00PM.

They will still have their smaller location at 2707-B N. Broadway as well.


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Russell Cellular employees, patrons and members of the Poteau Chamber in attendance for the ribbon cutting

The new Corporate store is staffed with 12 employees: Store Manager Misty Cannon, Marcus Chestnut, Cara Holt, Marsha Kindle, Serena Stimac, Tony Antonio, Dannon Fox, Henry Fout, Greg Meeh, Angela Higgins and Charlea McDaniel. District Manager Misty Gibson was also on hand for the ribbon cutting.

Stop by and see all the great folks at the new Russell Cellular Corporate store.

Russell Cellular operates over 400 stores in 30 states. The company’s future includes continued growth of same store sales, as well as new locations that strengthen the company’s nationwide partnership with Verizon. Regardless of the changes the company may experience, Russell Cellular will always strive to maintain its core values and founding principles that helped drive their success for nearly 25 years.

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Fort Smith, Ark. – The Fort Smith Children’s Emergency Shelter is gearing up for back to school. From school supplies to our back-to-school trip, there are several ways to support the CES and its children in crisis!


In addition to serving the emergency needs of our children in crisis, we also focus on making sure each child returns to school with confidence by providing new clothes, shoes and appropriate school supplies.


Here are the different ways to help support our children in crisis as they start the new school year!

1. ROAD TRIP: The back-to-school trip will cost about $3,000, so we are looking for an organization to help create first and happy memories for our kiddos – any financial support helps! Individuals can support our back-to-school trip here:


2. NEEDS LIST:  Donations can be dropped off anytime at 3015 South 14th Street, Fort Smith, AR 72901. Please be mindful that majority of our children are teenagers!


3. TAX FREE WEEKEND: Tax free weekend is August 3-5, so regardless of what you’re buying, individuals can shop online at and Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the CES (everything helps)!

Shop to beat the crowds:


The Fort Smith Children’s Emergency Shelter serves area children age 6 to 17 who have been removed from their home by the Department of Human Services due to neglect and/or abuse. The CES provides shelter and care, in a safe and structured home-like environment and allows our kids in crisis the opportunity to “just be kids.”


Leilana McKindra, Communications Specialist, Agricultural Communications Services - Oklahoma State University


STILLWATER, Okla. – While a new school year is bound to create lots of anticipation for Oklahoma students and their parents, it also is likely everyone is a little nervous, too.


The good news is it is normal for both parents and students to experience some anxiety.


“It doesn’t matter if your children are returning to the same school, setting foot in a new one or moving to a new grade level, a few jitters are natural,” said Laura Hubbs-Tait, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension parenting specialist. “Starting a new school year can be exciting as well as stressful for students and their parents.”


There are lots of positive ways to deal with any potential new-school-year jitters.


For starters, establishing the right attitude goes a long way. More specifically, parents who try to project the right attitude help set the tone for the upcoming year.


“There’s a good chance parents are just as anxious as their children about the start of a new school year, but if children pick up on that nervousness it can add to their hesitation and reluctance,” Hubbs-Tait said.

For reassurance, parents can reach out to friends, other family members or even a professional counselor to talk through any concerns.


“The goal for parents is to be in the right frame of mind to support their children and give them the best possible start to a new school year,” Hubbs-Tait said. “Some ways parents can show a good attitude include offering general encouragement, speaking positively about classes and teachers and encouraging children to get involved with extracurricular activities.”


Establishing routines such as starting the day with a healthy breakfast and setting aside a regular time for homework also can help counter children’s anxiety.


“School-aged children should be well used to bedtime routines such as bathing, brushing teeth and reading a story. It is also important for parents to become accustomed to talking with children about assignments, grades and what’s happening in the classroom,” Hubbs-Tait said. “If these routines haven’t been established yet or they’ve been interrupted by summer activities, the start of the school year is an opportune time to create or resume these positive habits.”


Finally, it is important that families regularly take the time to share the day’s events and activities with each other.


“This gives children a chance to talk about what they’re learning, their friends and classmates, any problems they’re facing and how they’re feeling about school,” Hubbs-Tait said. “For example, if it fits in your family’s schedule, dinner is a great time talk. Best of all, research shows that families who eat meals together have children who are both mentally and physically healthier.”


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