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David Deaton

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(STILLWATER)–According to a press release - PGA Tour star Rickie Fowler proudly displays his love for Oklahoma State University by wearing orange on Sundays as he competes against the best golfers in the world. Now he is proudly putting his money where his heart is by establishing the Rickie Fowler Grand Challenge Scholars Program at OSU. An inaugural gift of $100,000 through the Rickie Fowler Foundation will establish the scholars program in the OSU College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. His plan is to continue contributing to the fund so that it grows to $1 million.


“My home away from home will always be Stillwater, Oklahoma,” Fowler said. “Although I only spent two years there, its impact on me is everlasting. It’s important to me to treat my adopted state with the same respect they’ve given to me.”


His gift to OSU has roots in the 2015 announcement that Cobra Golf, Fowler’s equipment sponsor, had designed a new equipment line in partnership with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, which facilitated research on the International Space Station. That partnership inspired Fowler to create a scholarship supporting initiatives in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.


Fowler reached out to Dr. Paul Tikalsky, dean of the college, to ask where his gift would be most effective. Tikalsky told him about OSU’s participation in the NAE Grand Challenge Scholars Program, which features more than 45 engineering schools around the world addressing some of society’s most pressing issues. The National Academy of Engineering has identified 14 goals for the Grand Challenge, such as engineering better medicines and providing worldwide access to affordable clean water.


“Rickie Fowler’s support expands OSU’s effort to engage more young women and men in the greatest challenges of the millennial generation,” Tikalsky said. “I look forward to Rickie meeting some of these extraordinary entrepreneurs.”


Fowler’s gift reflects his passion for helping OSU students, especially those with financial need, and supporting efforts to solve global challenges. That is why the endowment benefits engineering and technology students in undergraduate research and entrepreneurial projects that address the world’s most pressing needs.


Fowler has four PGA Tour victories since turning pro in 2009. He studied economics at OSU and played two seasons for the Cowboys, earning All-America honors and becoming the first freshman to win the Ben Hogan Award, which recognizes the outstanding male amateur and collegiate golfer of the year. This year, he is leading the PGA Tour with a 69.161 scoring average, and he ranks sixth in the FedExCup standings. He has represented the United States in three Ryder Cups, two Walker Cups, the Olympics, World Cup, and The Presidents Cup.


About the OSU Foundation:

The Oklahoma State University Foundation serves as the private fundraising organization for OSU, as designated by the OSU Regents. Its mission is to unite donor and university passions and priorities to achieve excellence.


Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant university that prepares students for success. OSU has more than 36,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 25,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and around 120 nations. Established in 1890, Oklahoma State has graduated more than 260,000 students who have been serving Oklahoma and the world for 125 years.

Carl Albert State College is pleased to announce the following scholarship recipients.


Recipient: Jacob Michael Law

Scholarship: Victory Cary Memorial

Parent/Guardian: Mary Grace Law

High School: Poteau

Major: English


Recipient: Jeannie Marie Smith

Scholarship: Delores Mitchell Non-Traditional

High School: Roland

Major: Nursing


Recipient: Katelyn June Foster

Scholarship: Ernest and D’Olus Coggins Memorial

Parent/Guardian: DeLona Holcomb

High School: Wister

Major: Nursing


Recipient: Kelsi Lynn Clifton

Scholarship: Buddy Spencer Academic

Parent/Guardian: William Clifton II

High School: Vian

Major: Political Science



Tuesday, 11 July 2017 16:29

Perilla Mint Toxic to Cattle

News article submitted by Amber Reece, OSU Extension Service


Perilla mint is a hot topic among cattle producers this fall as multiple Oklahoma cattle ranchers have experienced death losses to this toxic pasture invader.


Perilla mint (Perilla frutescens) also known as Beefsteak Plant, Chinese Basil, Purple Mint or Rattlesnake Weed is an annual plant in the mint family that is toxic to livestock especially cattle causing respiratory distress syndrome. Animals suffer from inflammation of the lungs, which impairs gas exchange.


This noxious plant is not new to Oklahoma pastures, however the extent to which this year’s climate has stimulated its growth creates a problematic environment. Cattle and other livestock will not typically graze on perilla due to its bitter taste during its early growth stages. However, when forages become limited late in the summer or early fall perilla plants have more growth than grasses and become more palatable as cattle graze the tops of the plant. Herein lies the problem, the tops of the plant contain the flowers and seeds which have increased levels of toxicity.


Perilla mint is easily identified due to the variable color of the leaves and stems. Leaves are opposite with long petioles and can be purple to green in early stages and green tinged with purple during latter growth stages. The leaves are somewhat wider at the base and narrow at the tip and have saw toothed serrated edges. Leaves are typically tree to seven inches in length and nearly as wide. The stems can grow to three feet in height and have variable green and purple coloration and are square in shape. The flowers bloom from late July to early October and are white to purple.


Because of the potential poisoning risk it is essential for livestock producers to control perilla mint in grazing and hay production pastures. The curing process of haying does not decrease the toxicity levels of perilla. The key is to implement control measures early in the growing season to prevent growth and flower formation. Applications of broadleaf herbicides such as 2, 4-D, glyphosate, and products that contain a combination of one of these with another herbicide such as Weedmaster, Grazon P+D, Crossbow or Remedy. These herbicides should provide effective control if used in the correct timing and according to recommended rates as listed on the product label.


Fall control is best accomplished by manual or mechanical removal of the plants. Digging up individual plants or mowing the area containing perilla to keep it at a small undesirable, unpalatable growth stage is recommended.


Perilla mint


For further information contact Amber Reece at the Leflore County or Haskell County OSU Extension Offices or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Oklahoma State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture, State and Local Governments Cooperating. The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran, and is an equal opportunity employer.

The following couples received their marriage licenses July 3-7, 2017 from the LeFlore County Clerk’s office.

Corey Edward Oliver and Lynsey Ann Turner

Gerald Ellis Woodral and Angela Michele Treat

Anthony Michael Stuart and Sharon Michelle Smith

David Wayne Burnett and Kristi Elizabeth Ross

Alejandro Marcos Hernandez and Susan Elaine Loomis

Chance Kolten Crase and Hunter Donn Traylor



According to a press release from the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, the OKDHS announced planned reductions totaling about $30 million over the course of the next fiscal year to a number of programs serving vulnerable children and adults.


“In this most difficult of budget years, we are grateful for the Governor’s and Legislature’s continuing support to the tune of an additional $18 million above our last year’s appropriation,” said DHS Director Ed Lake. “Unfortunately, the cumulative effects over the past couple of years of several state revenue failure reductions and the necessity of covering additional, unfunded obligations such as growth in adoption assistance payments, increases in the state’s share of Medicaid programs, all add up to a $30 million budget shortfall for us.”


Over the past two fiscal years, DHS has been forced to reduce more than $80 million from the agency’s operating budget and cut more than 1,200 positions statewide. The prior cuts have been made primarily to administrative expenses in an effort to protect core services.

“Closing this budget gap is much more difficult this year because we have made so many significant administrative and small program cuts each year and also have sizeable required expenditures we cannot cut. While there was no way to reduce this large of an amount from our budget without impacting direct services to clients, we have approached these reductions with extreme caution, working diligently to minimize the harm to the most vulnerable people being served,” Lake noted.


“These rate reductions and service cuts will undoubtedly be difficult for many. Because we spread the cuts across all of the populations we serve, we were able to avoid total elimination of any one program and preserve fragile home and community-based service systems for seniors and people with disabilities. I am so grateful to our many advocates and service providers for working closely with us throughout this process to find savings that have the least detrimental impacts.”


The reductions include a six-month freeze on new applications for child care subsidies, reductions to certain types of services in the ADvantage Medicaid home and community-based program for seniors, reduced service levels for Medicaid in-home supports for people with developmental disabilities, reductions to senior nutrition programs, and a five percent rate cut to foster home and adoption assistance payments.


Examples of how these cuts will affect people:

• Approximately 1,000 children and their families each month will be denied assistance by the freeze on child care subsidies. This freeze may also have a significant financial impact on some child care homes and centers around the state that predominantly serve families who receive the subsidy.

• A senior receiving 20 hours each week of personal care services through the ADvantage program may experience the loss of up to 5 hours per week of assistance with bathing, medication assistance and food preparation.

• An adult or child with a developmental disability living at home with his or her family may experience the loss of up to seven hours per week of services. The family still retains choice on what type of services they receive within their approved dollar amount.


Because most of these services are provided through contracts with private agencies, private sector jobs may also be lost as a result of these budget cuts.


Due to previous funding for the Pinnacle Plan, the improvement plan for the foster care system, DHS has been incrementally increasing reimbursement rates to foster and adoptive families which help cover some of the costs of raising children such as food, clothing, housing, transportation, education and other miscellaneous expenses.


“Oklahomans serving as foster parents do this work because they care about keeping children safe and building strong families in this state,” said Lake. “We know foster families are the backbone of our placement system and are extremely grateful to them for partnering with us to provide care for children who come into state custody. The last thing we want to do is take a step backward from progress with these payments, but our current revenue shortfall leaves us no easy choices.”


This proposed rate cut of five percent would mean a reduction of approximately $1 per day to the reimbursements to foster families and subsidy payments to families who have adopted children out of foster care. However, the rates will still be about $4 per day higher than they were previous to the beginning of the Pinnacle Plan in 2012.


DHS will also be forced to make more internal administrative cuts which will mean several county office closures and consolidations around the state, and additional reductions to personnel costs, contracts, IT services and training.


“DHS employees are among the most dedicated state employees I have ever had the privilege to lead,” said Lake. “Many have expressed to me their concerns and compassion for the vulnerable people they serve and how they would be adversely impacted by the program cuts being considered. Although the internal budget cuts will likely make fulfilling our mission even more difficult for our reduced workforce, I am confident DHS employees will continue doing their best to serve Oklahomans in need.”


(Download attached list of reductions below)


Tuesday, 11 July 2017 11:58

Patsy R. Ford Obituary

Patsy Ford,75, of Shady Point, OK, passed away Sunday, July 9, 2017, in Shady Point. She was born March 29, 1942, Poteau, Oklahoma, to Edward Lee and Maude (Pierce) Cantwell.


She was a loving mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. Pat was retired from Whirlpool Corp.


Patsy was preceded in death by her parents, and nine siblings.


Survivors include two daughters, Rhonda Gail Leonard of Poteau, and Pamela Jean Molton of Shady Point, two sisters, Barbara Ahart and husband J.C. of Kearney, MO and Juanita Costales of Jefferson City, MO, five grandchildren, Moni Butler, Jerry Butler, Daniel Butler, Jimmy Underwood and Ronnie Underwood, seven great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, as well as a host other family members, friends, and loved ones.


The family will hold a memorial service at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 13, at New Beginning Church, Poteau, OK, with Rev. Don Martin officiating.


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


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


Tuesday, 11 July 2017 00:12

Joe E. LeFlore Obituary

Joe E. LeFlore 78, of LeFlore, OK passed away Saturday July 8, 2017 in his home.

Joe was born August 11, 1938 in Wister, OK to Houston & Ina (Overbe) LeFlore. Joe moved with the family at a young age to Hiawatha, Utah. After his dad retired in Utah, he and his parents moved back to Oklahoma. Joe was a journeyman electric worker and a member of the I.B.E.W. local #584 in Tulsa.


Joe is preceded in death by his parents, 4 sisters, Deloris LeFlore, Margeret LeFlore Sullivan, Bernice LeFlore Armstrong and Betty LeFlore Reaveley; his wife, Jewel Morrow LeFlore.


Survivors include his step son and caretaker, Buddy Meredith of LeFlore, OK; grandchildren, Melissa (Gene) Pheiffer of Skiatook, OK, Jon Meredith III of Tulsa, OK; nephew, Edward Allen Armstrong and wife Debra of LeFlore, OK; daughters, Madeline Pledger of Ozark, AR, Michelle Cagle of Altus, AR.; son, Randy LeFlore of Coal Hill, AR; other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Services will be 10 am Friday, July 14, 2017 graveside at LeFlore Cemetery, LeFlore, OK


In lieu of flowers please make donations to the LeFlore County Cemetery Association, PO Box 144 LeFlore, OK 74942.


There will be no viewing at the funeral home.


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.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017 10:08

Alline Addikay McDonald Hamlin Obituary

Alline Addikay McDonald Hamlin, 77, of Poteau, OK passed away Saturday, July 8, 2017 in Poteau. Alline was born May 2, 1940 in Holsom Valley, OK to Edward G. & Willie May (Gammons) McDonald.


She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Philip Hamlin; 5 brothers, Lawrence, Junior, Hershel, Burl & Kenneth; daughter in law, Dina Hamlin.


Survivors include her daughters & son in law, Tammy & Jay Holton of Ft. Smith, AR, Dena Faye Hamlin of Ada, OK; son & daughter in law, Philip & Nikki Hamlin of Wister, OK; 4 grandchildren, Jake & Emily Holton, Kara & Kenny Burch, Justin Hamlin, Bailie Hamlin; 3 great grandchildren, Maggie & Gus Holton, Holton Burch; brother, Walter McDonald of Eufaula, OK; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Services will be 10 am, Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at Oakland Cemetery Pavilion with Rev. Jim Cook officiating. Interment will follow.


The family will be at the funeral home on Tuesday 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, Oklahoma.

Tuesday, 11 July 2017 10:01

Benefit to help Poteau Fire fighter


Poteau, OK - A benefit event to help a Poteau fire fighter has been scheduled for Thursday evening at the Tower Drive In -  Poteau.

Don Goforth, has will be undergoing his third brain surgery.

The event is hosted by local firefighters and other emergency responders.

The event will begin at 5pm at the Tower Drive In and will be kid friendly event with emergency vehicles for the kids to see, inflatable games and a movie at dark.

Admission is $4 for kids and $7 for Adults.

"Spiderman Homecoming" will be the feature Movie.

Hotdogs and Hamburgers will be available for purchase along with full concessions.

Don and his wife Cassie have a son, Kaddon and daughter Kylie.

The city of Poteau is proud to announce a retirement party for Corporal Jason Bandy of the Poteau Police Department.


The retirement party is scheduled for Thursday, July 13, 2017 from 12pm until 2pm at the Poteau City Hall.

Bandy has retired from the police department after 20 years of service.


Congratulations Corporal Bandy for you many years of service to the community.



Retirement Party for Jason Bandy will be Thursday - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

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