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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 23:26

Red & White Food Drive

Poteau, OKLAHOMA - The Pansy Kidd Middle School & Poteau High School (6th-12th) Red & White Basketball was held on Monday November 6, 2017.

Admission to the scrimmage was a canned food item and other non-perishable food items.

The can goods collected will be donated to the local food bank.


Good Job!

Wednesday, 08 November 2017 08:58

PUES Students of week for Oct. 30th-Nov. 3


The Poteau Upper Elementary School is pleased to announce their Students of the Week for Oct. 30th-Nov. 3rd.


Character Trait: CITIZENSHIP- Respectful devotion or allegiance to one's country and/or school.


Students of the week are: Caitie Malone, Colton Frazier, Brady Wahl, Brooklyn Frye, Chloe Wiles, and Zac Vaughn.




Poteau Chamber is proud to announce Liz Wilson, consultant for Young Living Essential Oils as a new member.

Liz Wilson and my husband Dow and have lived in Poteau for 22 years. They have three children; Tannah is 22 and owns a local music studio teaching violin, piano and voice. Chole is 16 and also teaches piano. Cade is 11 and is the drummer and athlete of the family.


Wilson started using Young Living Essential Oils about 3 years ago and said it was a life changing experience.

“ As our family began using YLO, we began experiencing unbelievable results with certain health issues that no other treatment was able to help. This product had our attention! As I began to research this company, I learned about their "Seed to Seal" Promise. Young Living Essential Oils are the purest oils in the world; they grow every plant themselves at their different farms all over the world! Pesticides are never used on their plants nor within a certain radius of their farms. Their distillation of the oils is bar-none which contributes to the purity of unparalleled quality of their products. No other company in the world goes through the rigorous process. The personal care products, cleanersand supplements are the least toxic and the safest on the market today; giving families peace of mind and much healthier lives and less toxic environments,” stated Wilson.
“When these products changed our lives I began to sell the products used successfully by my family.”

To find out more about Young Living Essential Oils, check her out on Facebook at Elizabeth Kincade Wilson or visit the website



OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin issued the following statement after the House of Representatives Joint Committee on Appropriations and Budget (JCAB) voted 19-6 to advance House Bill 1054X:


“I appreciate Committee Chairman Kevin Wallace and Speaker Charles McCall for bringing this measure up for another vote, and I thank committee members for their bipartisan support of House Bill 1054X. I’m imploring Republican and Democratic House members to vote for this measure when it comes to a floor vote so that we help fill our budget hole for the current fiscal year as well as put Oklahoma on a more stable budget path. This bill allows us to address the funding of core services going forward. This also provides much-needed pay raises for public school teachers and includes pay raises for our hard-working state employees as well as tax relief for low-income Oklahomans. Let’s prove to Oklahomans that we can solve our difficult budget problem and move our state forward.”

Press release

OKLAHOMA CITY – Twelve Senate Republican freshmen issued a joint statement today calling on the House of Representatives to allow a vote on the all-inclusive revenue package that passed the Oklahoma Senate in an overwhelming fashion on Monday.

“Our first year in the Oklahoma Senate has been challenging, but we are all extremely proud of our chamber for the willingness of senators from both political parties to show statesmanship and work together to fix the problems directly in front of us. We are grateful for President Pro Tempore Mike Schulz, Majority Floor Leader Greg Treat and the entire Senate leadership team for their tireless work in trying to get a budget deal done. They’ve kept us informed, sought our input and helped us navigate through the regular session and special session. We also appreciate the Senate Democrats for leadership and willingness to put the interests of Oklahoma ahead of partisan politics.

“Whether or not you agree with this revenue package, the A+ budget deal is the best way to get teachers a pay raise, prevent devastating cuts to mental health services, rural hospitals and child welfare services, and address the systemic problems within our budget and avoid shortfalls in the future. It is one way to accomplish all those goals. The bill deserves a vote on the floor of the Oklahoma House of Representatives as quickly as possible so we can deal with all these issues and finally resolve the special session.

“There are real lives at stake. There are unacceptable consequences if the Legislature fails to act. Whether as candidates or elected officials, we’ve all heard one common refrain from our constituents: fix this mess. We were sent here to cast votes, not to cast blame.

“With that in mind, we would like it noted that our caucus is proud to serve in an Oklahoma Senate that offered a bipartisan solution to the budget crisis.


We are also encouraged that the House is moving forward on our suggestions.


We are confident that the House will join us in taking the opportunity to take action and solve these problems.” – Senate Freshmen Republican Caucus: Micheal Bergstrom, Adair; Dewayne Pemberton, Muskogee; James Leewright, Bristow; Greg McCortney, Ada; Roland Pederson, Burlington; Tom Dugger, Stillwater; Lonnie Paxton, Tuttle; Julie Daniels, Bartlesville; Chris Kidd, Addington; Dave Rader, Tulsa; Adam Pugh, Edmond; and Paul Scott, Duncan.

Tuesday, 07 November 2017 22:30

Poteau Workshop: Roberts Rules of Order

Press release


Please join us this Thursday from 9am – Noon for an important workshop titled, “Robert’s Rules of Order.”

Robert’s Rules of Order were crafted to provide the most democratic process to foster discussion and ideas. Very few organizations use it correctly and become frustrated because it feels so uncomfortable. Become a Robert’s Rules of Order ninja and add value to your meetings in a new and refreshing way.


Register today:


Poteau Workshop: Roberts Rules of Order
November 9, 2017
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Poteau Chamber of Commerce
501 S. Broadway
Poteau, OK 74953



Learn the basics of Roberts Rules of Order for parliamentary procedure, and understand the relevant pieces of this procedure for governing nonprofit board meetings.


Press release



(POTEAU, OKLAHOMA) – Follow the Money! Understanding Our State Budget

Topic for upcoming Poteau Chamber of Commerce Lunch & Learn scheduled for November 30th.


As we all know the State’s budget continues to be a key element in the state of Oklahoma’s Economy. With our state facing yet another budget shortfall, Oklahomans want to know how government dollars are being spent, which agencies receive the largest shares and how the budget deficit will impact our state.


Through clear graphics and important background, State Chamber of Oklahoma executive Cordon DeKock will break down the complexities of our state’s budget into a manageable and meaningful understanding of our state’s financial situation.


Poteau Chamber set the date for November 30, 2017 Lunch & Learn located at The Donald W. Reynolds Center 501 S. Broadway – Poteau. This lunch is for everyone in the community. Lunch will be catered at a cost of $8 each. Lunch will begin at 11:45 with the presentation starting at 12:15 and after the presentation there will be time for questions.


“Poteau Chamber is very pleased to bring this very informative lunch to the members and citizens of Poteau and LeFlore County. The State Chamber ensures that those creating public policy hear the voice of their members before casting their vote. The State Chamber of Oklahoma represents small business owners, large companies, chambers of commerce, economic development organizations and not-for-profit organizations.


We here at Poteau Chamber are very pleased to have this partnership helping provide the resources needed to be a strong leader to our business members by keeping them informed with what’s happening at the State Level, states Karen Wages CEO Poteau Chamber of Commerce.”


To reserve your spot for lunch call Sara or Karen 918-647-9178 by November 27th. Lunch cost $8 Credit Card and Debit Cards are accepted.


For information about the state chamber or the topic contact:
Cordon DeKock

Press release

WILBURTON, OK (Nov. 7, 2017) – New student enrollment for the spring 2018 semester is now open at Eastern Oklahoma State College.


Students interested in attending Eastern are encouraged to meet with an academic counselor to discuss admission requirements, academic and career goals, and class schedules. Eastern offers a variety of day, evening and online classes in Wilburton, McAlester, Antlers and Idabel.


Spring classes start Jan. 8. Visit for more information and to view a class schedule.


To schedule an admissions or enrollment appointment, call Wilburton at 918-465-1771; McAlester at 918-426-5272; Antlers at 580-271-0471; or Idabel at 580-286-9431.


Tuesday, 07 November 2017 11:38

Ollie B. Jenkins Obituary

Ollie B. Jenkins, 99, of Poteau, Ollie B. JenkinsOK departed this life on Saturday, November 4, 2017 in Poteau.


Ollie was born August 31, 1918 in Ardmore, OK to Gilbert G. & Susie (Conley) Byrd. She grew up in Wewoka, OK the second eldest of 9 children. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Jenkins; her eldest daughter, Doris Forrest and her youngest son, Anthony Warren.

Her survivors are a daughter, Vivian Warren & son, Laverne Warren; brother, Andrew Byrd.


She was grandmother to 5; great grandmother to 11 and great great grandmother to10; plus a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mrs. Jenkins was the church mother at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Poteau, OK. She enjoyed attending services when she was able, going bowling, working outside in the yard, visiting with her sister and singing.

Services will be 12:30 pm, Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Poteau, OK. Interment will follow in Centerpoint Cemetery, Redland, OK.


As her daughter stated, "She was my best friend." I am sure that we can all agree to that. She was an encourager, personable and a good listener. She loved to laugh and she cared about people.

Back in the day I remember her getting a paper route for some of the youth in the community. She would drive up there in that orange Datsun to pick the papers up for them and sit there, help them get started rolling them and she went to work.


She was a motivator and gave us so many fond memories and laughs. She was a true queen who was the epitome of Love and Faith.


Services will be 12:30 pm, Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Poteau, OK. Interment will follow.


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

Tuesday, 07 November 2017 11:32

Progress for Oklahoma

By Rep. Rick West


More good news came last when the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) Board Chairman Don Millican said the board was considering helping fill our state’s current budget shortfall. Millican said he plans to ask board members to vote on proposals during their Nov. 14 meeting.


We should all consider this a win for Oklahoma. TSET has more than $1 billion, and I was encouraged to see Millican step forward and offer to help the state during this financial crunch. Specifically, Millican has identified two areas where TSET could step in.


The first is senior meal programs. TSET could pull $1.81 million to maintain senior-nutrition services across Oklahoma via the Department of Human Services. These centers provide well over 2 million meals to seniors over 60 each year, and I know this issue is important to many residents of LeFlore County.


Second, Millican wants the board to consider giving $1.27 million to the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. This money would be used for children in crisis through mobile crisis response teams. TSET says the program served more than 2,700 kids during the most recent fiscal year.


Combined, these proposals would fill $3 million of the funding gap our state currently faces. While it is not the end-all, be-all, it is a good step forward. Millican’s plan proves that TSET can help these agencies during times like these, and I look forward to seeing how the board members vote next week.


Last week, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) made headlines after the agency’s commissioner and senior deputy commissioner stepped down. The Board of Health said it was facing an immediate financial loss after “years of over-expenditures and fiscal mismanagement.” The interim commissioner has said OSDH is $31 million short. This is not because of lawmakers – it is due to monetary gimmickry and shell games.

Now let me ask you, how can lawmakers increase taxes on everyday Oklahomans when agencies are operating like OSDH? It’s not right. We know there’s mismanagement, and we ought to be fixing those issues before crying for more revenue.


Auditing agencies is a really good place to start, and I’m not just talking about a casual audit. Lawmakers need to be funding formal, third-party audits to make sure these agencies aren’t giving taxpayers the runaround. If an audit determines an agency needs more money, then lawmakers should give it to the department. But my guess is that auditors will find mismanagement just like exists at the Health Department. I don’t think those folks were outliers. People want to know where their money is going. They deserve to know where it is going, and I am doing my level-best to find out.


Please know I am still as proud to be representing you at the Capitol as I was my first day on the job. It is such a privilege to serve you.


If you need anything, I’m at 405-557-7413 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Thanks, and God bless.


Progress for Oklahoma - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

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