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Tuesday, 07 November 2017 09:48

Williams receives 20-year Service Pin


Poteau, OKLAHOMA - Poteau Police chief, Stephen Fruen, presents Donnie Williams.


Williams started working for the Poteau Police Department in 1997 and became the School Resource Officer in 2008.



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Donnie Williams and Stephen Fruen


Donnie Williams and his wife Ashley


Williams receives 20-year Service Pin - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

Poteau, OKLAHOMA - The city of Poteau is pleased to honor Poteau Fire Chief Jon Pickel.

Pickel has worked for the Poteau Fire Department for 35 years.

Presenting Pickel with his service pin is Jay Sommers.

Receiving a 10 year service pin is Jeff Gibson.

The two men were presented their pins at the Poteau city council meeting on Nov 6, 2017.




Jon Pickel and Jeff Gibson


Two Poteau Fire Fighters received Years of Service Pins - 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 votes


Poteau, OKLAHOMA - The city of Poteau is pleased to award Doug Martinez his 25 years of service pin.

Martinez works at the city Sewer Plant.


Martinez was also honored by The Oklahoma Municipal League for his 25 years of service.

The OML also awarded Vernon Qualls, Renee Meisenheimer, with certificates of appreciation for their 25 years of service to the city of Poteau.

Poteau Mayor, Jeff Shockley presented the certificates to the employees at the Poteau City Council meeting held on Monday, Nov 6, 2017.



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Vernon Qualls


Mayor Jeff Shockley and Renee Meisenheimer


The Oklahoma Municipal League (OML) represents over 470 Oklahoma cities and towns working together for their mutual benefit. The OML acts as a central clearinghouse for information and services for its member municipalities.

Tuesday's Election

Voters will go to the polls Tuesday for the November 14th Town of Talihina Special Municipal Election, Leflore County Election Board Secretary Sharon Steele said today.

Please keep the following information on and tips in mind as the election approaches.


- Early voting will be available at the County Election Board office from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Thursday, November 9th and Friday, Nov 10.


- Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 pm Tuesday. Lines are possible at peak voting times. Wait times will likely be shortest at mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Anyone in line to vote at 7 p.m. will be allowed to cast a ballot.
- Anyone who needs to look up the polling place, verify their registration information, or view a sample ballot can do so online. The Online Voter Tool can be accessed on the Oklahoma State Election Board's website: www.elec ions.ok. 0 ov. Those who vote by mail can also check the status of their ballot using the Online Vote Tool. Sample ballots are also available at the County Election Board office.

- Oklahoma law requires every voter who votes in person at the precinct polling place or during early voting at the County Election board to show proof of identity before receiving a ballot. There are three ways for voters to prove their identity under the law (only one proof of identity is required): Show a valid photo ID issued by federal, state, or tribal government; or show the free voter identification card issued to every voter by the County Election Board; or sign an affidavit and vote a provisional ballot. (If the information on the affidavit matches official voter registration records, the ballot will be counted after Election Day.)

- Physically disabled voters who cannot enter the polling place, need help marking their ballots, blind or visually disabled voters and illiterate voters may be assisted by a person the voter chooses. In all cases, a person providing such assistance may not be the voter's employer or an agent of the employer or an officer or agent of the voter's union. A person providing assistance also must swear or affirm that the voter's ballots will be marked in accordance with the voter' s wishes.

Alternatively, all blind, visually impaired, and physically disabled voters in Leflore County may use the audio-tactile interface (ATI), a feature offered on all Oklahoma voting devices, to vote privately and independently, either at LeFlore County Election Board during early voting or at their assigned polling place on election day.

- Voters who have moved since the last election, but who have not transferred their voter registration to their new address, may do so on Election Day by going to vote at the polling place where their registration has been in the past. While voting, they may fill out a form instructing the County Election Board to transfer their registration to the new address before the next election.

- Those who became physically incapacitated after 5 p.m. Tuesday November 7111 still can request an emergency absentee ballot. Those who might qualify for an emergency absentee ballot should contact the County Election Board office at (918) 647-3701 as soon as possible for more information.

- Any violation of election law will be reported to the proper law enforcement authorities. Electioneering is not allowed within 300 feet of a ballot box. It is also unlawful to remove a ballot from the polling location, possess intoxicating liquors within half a mile of a polling place or to disclose how you voted while within the election enclosure.

For additional election-related information, visit: www.elections.o


Monday, 06 November 2017 23:51

BGCLC ready to open new facility in Poteau

The Boys and Girls Club held an open house and ribbon cutting of their new facility located at 305 Clayton Ave in Poteau.

The club plans to start operations at the new facility on Wednesday at 2pm and are now ready to register children and youth to join.

Youth ages 6-18 are eligible for Club membership at BGCLC.

Registration forms can be download below by clicking on the download icon below or come by the Club and pick up and registration form.

A completed registration form, membership dues, and a signed handbook form are required before attendance may begin.

For more information about the BGCLC contact Arielle Perry at 918-647-7136.

The Mission of the BGCLC is:

To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

A Boys & Girls Club Provides:
A safe place to learn and grow...
Ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals...
Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences...
Hope and opportunity.

Press release


Carl Albert State College collected books to assist Cameron School, and recently presented the books to Cameron School representatives.


CASC Director of Libraries Terri Carroll stated, “We set up collection points at both Poteau and Sallisaw campuses to collect books to donate to Cameron School following the fire there. We had a good response, and we were able to provide a variety of books for Cameron students from elementary up to high school.”


Pictured are Cameron senior Megan Gavina, Cameron sophomore Bethany Emerson, Cameron Reading and English Teacher Samantha Naylor, Cameron senior Amber Moss, Cameron Librarian Shannon Barnes, CASC Director of Libraries Terri Carroll, and CASC Reference and Circulation Librarian Tonya Sutton.



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

Monday, 06 November 2017 15:46

Betty Louise (Triplett) Stevenson Obituary

Betty Louise (Triplett) Stevenson was born October 23rd, 1946 in Fort Coffee, Oklahoma.


She was the eldest daughter of the late Elmer and Electa (Jones) Triplett. Betty Stevenson attended segregated “Douglass” school and later the “integrated” Spiro public school system, graduating high school in 1965.


Upon graduating from high school, Betty, followed the paths as her Uncles, Aunts and siblings, James and Roy Triplett, moved to Kansas City, Missouri to pursue better opportunities. She immediately secured a job with “Western Electric” where she worked for many years as a factory worker.


While living and working in Kansas City, she met the love of her life, Jack G. Stevenson and they married in 1967. They were married for nine years until she became ill and their marriage ended in divorce. Betty didn’t have any biological children, something she always regretted because she loved children.


Due to Betty’s health issues, she moved back to Fort Coffee, Oklahoma, where she lived a quiet life until the Lord called here home. She loved being home and interacting with her family. She loved her Nieces and Nephews as if they were her own. She had such a loving, caring, giving spirit that radiated throughout her life with generosity. She wouldn’t hesitate to ask you if you needed anything. We often had to tell her we were ok and didn’t need anything.


Before Betty became ill, she was an excellent cook and didn’t mind sharing her many recipes with anyone. She didn’t steer to far away from the kitchen....aiding whoever was cooking at the time. She had excellent taste buds and would do all the tasting to make sure the seasoning of the food was perfect.


Betty was extremely religious that constantly read her bible. She had numerous of bibles throughout her house so one would be within her ready reaching. She often read scriptures and would debate her late sister, Lela Brown, frequently in the interpretations.


On November 1st, 2017, the Lord called Betty home, due to her illness that was in grave dire and she couldn’t no longer in her condition. But, Betty was ready, because she truly loved the Lord and welcomed his call, because she was tired and weary of pain and suffering. She knew the Lord knew best and makes no mistakes.


Betty was preceded in death by both parents, Elmer and Electa Triplett, a Sister, Lela Faye (Triplett) Brown and a Brother, Roy Triplett of Kansas City, Missouri.


As Betty travels on from her mortal world to her spiritual life, she leaves to mourn: six brothers, Robert Triplett of Pocola, Oklahoma, James (Carolyn) Verdie and Ricky Triplett of Fort Coffee, Oklahoma, Otha O. Triplett (Barbara) and Troy Triplett (Rhoda) of Covina, California. Three Sisters: Palestine (Triplett) Black (Jacob), Ullies Marie Atchison of Edmond, Oklahoma and Winda Kaye (Triplett) Taylor of Fort Coffee, Oklahoma. Three Aunts: Lorice (Triplett) Gordon (Roy) of Pocola, Oklahoma, Versa Mae (Triplett) Nelson and Lena (Clayton) Triplett of Pasadena, California. Two Uncles: John Mathon Jones (Marilyn) of Kansas City, Missouri, Savoy Triplett (Lois) of Wichita, Kansas, twelve nieces, twelve Nephews and a host of relatives and friends.

Press release


The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Michael Leon Johnson 64, of Okmulgee pled guilty to Felon in possession of a firearm &ammunition. A potential punishment of not less than 15 years imprisonment, and up to a $250,000.00 fine or both.


The Indictment alleged that from on or about June 30, 2017, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, Johnson, having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, did knowingly possess in and affecting commerce, a firearm and ammunition which had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce.


The charges arose from an investigation by the Okmulgee Police Department, the Sallisaw Police Department, the Cherokee Marshals Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The Honorable Steven P. Shreder, U.S. Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the plea and ordered the completion of a presentence investigation report.


Assistant United States Attorney Chris Wilson represented the United States.


According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a fatality collision occurred on Nov 4, 2017 at approximately 7:00pm on State Highway 112.


The accident occurred 3 tenths of a mile west of Goodwin Lane and approximately two miles east of Poteau in LeFlore County.


According to the report, a 2000 Buick 4dr, driven by James Bias 62, from Cameron was pronounced dead at the scene by LeFlore County EMS.

Bias was traveling eastbound and went left of center and struck a 2012 Hyundai, driven by Crystal Kennedy, 25, from Poteau.

Bias was pinned in his vehicle for approximately 30 minutes before being freed by the Poteau Fire department.

Kennedy was transported LeFlore county EMS to Sparks Hospital and was listed in stable condition with trunk internal injuries.


The accident was investigated by OHP and the Poteau Police Department.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol were called to the scene of a motorcycle accident that occurred on Nov 4, 2017 at 4:49 pm on State Highway 1, approximately two miles east of United State Highway 271 in LeFlore County.


According to the report, a 2013 Harley Davidson, driven by Edward Smith, 62, from Farmersville Texas and his passenger, Sherri Smith, 55, from Farmersville Texas were traveling westbound on SH 1, when the motorcycle departed the road to the right came back onto the roadway and overturned an unknown amount of times.


Edward Smith was transported by LeFlore County EMS to Sparks Hospital and was listed in stable condition with head, leg and truck internal injuries.


Sherri Smith was transported by Tulsa Life Flight to Washington Regional Hospital In Fayetteville Arkansas and was listed in critical condition with head injury.


The accident was investigated by OHP.

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