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According to a report from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a McAlester man was injured in a motorcycle accident that occurred on September 29, 2018 at 10:29 am on Cravens road, approximately 3 miles
south Red Oak, in Latimer County.



According to the report, 1999 Harley Davidson motorcycle driven by Jared Holbird 2, of McAlester, was eastbound on Cravens road when his motorcycle departed the roadway to the left and struck
a fence.


Holbird was transported by Pafford EMS to Choctaw Hospital in Talihina and later transferred to McAlester Regional in McAlester and was admitted in stable condition with leg injury. 

The accident was investigated by OHP, Latimer County Sheriff’s Office, Wilburton Fire Dept. and Bengal Fire Dept.

Saturday, 29 September 2018 23:48

Decorating Wisely: Let’s Get Spooky

By Glenda Wise


Donnie has a cycling race in Little Rock and Ashton and Amy are going to the football game, sooo....that leaves me to stay home all weekend and get a hard start on Halloween decorating and, of course, getting caught up on cleaning since we’ve been gone so much for football games. Speaking of football games, that OU – Army games last weekend was one of the best football games I have ever been to. From pregame to the very last second it was fantastic.


I know people say, “Oh, OU barely beat Army.” Yes, that is true, but you truly had to be there. The magnetic energy had nothing to do with winning or losing. The patriotism and excitement were like nothing I have ever experienced. Sometimes the fans can get a little embarrassing when it comes to the opposing team, not this game. All fans were respectful and cheered for the Army team. We even got to see a soldier surprise her family after being deployed in Afghanistan. It was truly a magical night.

Now, let’s get spooky! Well, my idea of spooky is more cute than scary. I love all the fun Jack-O-Lanterns and the vintage-looking Halloween décor. One of the best places to start any seasonal decorating is the mantel, but if you are like me, you have a TV above your mantel. I have a love-hate relationship with that. I like the TV being out of the way, but I really miss having a mantel to decorate as a focal point. So, I do the next best thing and decorate the sofa table.

First things first, start with a blank canvas by clearing the space. Start with a focal point, if decorating the mantel, a mirror or shutter or something like it work great. For a sofa table leaning a mirror against the couch doesn’t really work out well, especially the first time the dog jumps onto the couch. The main thing is add items with varying height, textures and shapes. Speaking of different textures, Target has the cutest fabric pumpkins in their $1 section.


Items that give great height are candlesticks, branches, vases, and a tall Halloween-themed piece like a skeleton. Now add your pumpkins and other things for varying textures. Finish off your table or mantel with a black crow for a little fun surprise.

Now that you have a main focal point, just work out from there by placing a little pumpkin here and there or any other kind of fun Halloween/fall item. Have fun with it and get spooky!

Saturday, 29 September 2018 18:20

Honobia Bigfoot Festival 2018 Oct. 5 and 6

By Teresa Black Bradway



The gates open at 9 am Friday on the 2018 Honobia Bigfoot Festival and Conference.

The event is Oct. 5 and 6 in the beautiful Kiamichi Mountains Christian Mission (Christ 40 acres), Highway 144 and Indian Highway, Honobia, Ok.

They’ll be celebrating everything Bigfoot: the fun, the folklore and the search for Bigfoot.

Saturday begins with a 5K race/1 mile walk at 8 am.

Festival, conference, camping and race information is at The event raises funds for scholarships to graduating high school seniors.

There is no fee to get into the festival, though visitors may make voluntary donations to the Mission.

Visitors can view Bigfoot country in helicopter rides or enjoy 9-hole miniature golf, an archery booth, kids’ zone, and the mining company.

Bigfoot stories will be shared around the campfire each night, including Oklahoma sightings. Some brave campers stay all night in the woods.

If you’ve seen Bigfoot prints, you can learn to preserve these at 3:30 pm Friday in the Track Casting Class.

For those simply seeking Sasquatch fun, the Bigfoot Outpost has official event t-shirts, caps and window decals. There are hourly drawings.

A music show in the “Steel Tent” will feature regional and local talent.

There will be a church service Sunday and everyone is welcome.

Honobia is a well-known hot-spot of Bigfoot sightings that attracts visitors from foreign countries, television crews and those who hope to catch a glimpse of the elusive beast.

The Conference offers leading Bigfoot researchers. The Southern Bigfoot is of special interest, including local sightings. Jerry Hestand, author of “Hunting Apes in America: My Life as a Bigfoot Hunter,” will tell of his encounters, including an up-close sighting in the woods near Octavia, OK. Lyle Blackburn, M.K. Davis and Ken Gerhard are speakers who are well-known to Bigfoot searchers.

You might even see a festival Bigfoot lumber through the event. He is tame enough to pose for photos.


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Bigfoot greets fans at the 2017 Honobia Festival.

The Honobia Bigfoot Organization is a non-profit group dedicated to bringing scholarships to deserving students in towns in the Honobia area. They partnered with the Chahta Foundation and the local Masons. They currently provide scholarships to Smithville, Battiest, Clayton, Talihina and Buffalo Valley.


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Jerry Hestand, author of "Hunting Apes in America," will speak at the Bigfoot Conference.

Press release


WILBURTON, OK  – Eastern Oklahoma State College recently held a reception in honor of a select group of students attending classes in Wilburton, McAlester, Idabel and Antlers. These 184 students are those who were awarded scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year.

Eastern awarded academic-based institutional scholarships and tuition waivers totaling $193,000 to 93 students, while the Eastern Development Foundation provided $208,750 in funding to 132 students. The financial assistance will be split across both semesters, assuming minimum requirements are met.

Program Administrator for the Eastern Development Foundation Jayna Santine, and Eastern’s Scholarship Coordinator Gail Wilson reveled in providing this critical financial assistance and lamented the necessity of the rising cost of education across Oklahoma.

“The cost of pursuing a higher education in Oklahoma is only increasing as state funding dwindles. While Eastern decided to not raise its tuition this year, we are proud to ease the overall burden by providing this assistance to some of our most-deserving students,” said Santine. “These students’ financial futures are now even more secure—and we hope they are empowered to complete their post-secondary degrees. Thank you again to the many individuals, businesses and organizations who have made this possible.”

Santine explained that the Development Foundation is primarily funded by endowments. Endowments permanently supply funding, as the principle remains wholly intact and scholarships come from the accrued interest. Scholarships are typically awarded based on academic excellence, major or financial need.

For more information on how to establish an endowment or donate to student scholarships, contact the Eastern Development Foundation at 918-465-1761.

Eastern’s 2018-19 scholarship recipients are listed in alphabetical order by hometown.


Tanner Jarrett, Ada – Academic Scholarship, Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship
Tanner Wofford, Allen – Academic Scholarship
Tyler Frank, Atoka – Academic Scholarship
Andrew Hardin, Atoka – Academic Scholarship, Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship
Ridge Stephens, Atoka – Academic Scholarship, Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship
Jacob Spradlin, Atoka – Academic Scholarship
Ryan Walker, Atoka – Academic Scholarship
Kendrie Escoe, Bethany – William E. “Bill” White Scholarship
Jeremiah Goodwin, Bixby – Edward G. Stokes & Claudia W. Stokes STEM Scholarship Endowment
Kaitlyn Smith, Blanchard – Dr. J.N. & Helen Baker Foundation Scholarship
Lainey Jestis, Bokchito – Academic Scholarship, Roger & Bettye Sinner Foundation Scholarship
Sierra Stamp, Broken Arrow – Academic Scholarship, Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship
Tessa Foshee, Broken Bow – Patricia Thomas Foundation Scholarship
Synthia Gauldin, Broken Bow – Sapphire Ball Foundation Scholarship
Carrie Huff, Broken Bow – Karolyn and John Hendrix Foundation Scholarship
James Johnson, Broken Bow – Academic Scholarship, Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship
Mitchell Magar, Broken Bow – Academic Scholarship, Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship
John Boggs III, Cameron – Sapphire Ball Foundation Scholarship, Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship
Cameron Woods, Chattanooga – Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship
Jeni Butler, Clayton – Academic Scholarship
Mattie Erwin, Clayton – Academic Scholarship
Shelby Heflin, Clayton – Academic Scholarship
Christian Scarberry, Clayton – Academic Scholarship, Clayton High School Scholarship
Peyton Sisk, Clayton – Academic Scholarship
Kaytlen Sennett, Crowder – Clark & Wanda Bass Foundation Scholarship
Dante' Miller, Durant – Public Service Company of Oklahoma Endowed Scholarship
Payden Cloud, Eagletown – Roger & Bettye Sinner Foundation Scholarship
Joshua Robertson, El Reno – Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship
Caynon Bailey-Morgan, Haileyville – Academic Scholarship
Raeanne Zozula, Haileyville – Faculty Choice Scholarship
Morgan Arledge, Hartshorne – Academic Scholarship
Jena Braun, Hartshorne – Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship
Katie Carlton, Hartshorne – Willie Hogan Foundation Scholarship
Taylor Hackler, Hartshorne – Academic Scholarship, Milton & Joann Smith Foundation Scholarship
Summer John, Hartshorne – Academic Scholarship, Helen Albright Foundation Scholarship
Quinten Laub, Hartshorne – Tri-County Administrators’ Foundation Scholarship
Blake Lindley, Hartshorne – Academic Scholarship
Sam Little, Hartshorne – Academic Scholarship, Seldon Taylor Foundation Scholarship
Bianca Medina, Hartshorne – Academic Scholarship, Clara Gaustad Foundation Scholarship
James Morgan, Hartshorne – Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship
Tessia Purvis, Hartshorne – BP America Scholarship
Jackson Ray, Holdenville – Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship
Brooklyn Allen, Idabel – Academic Scholarship, Dr. Janet and Gary Wansick Endowed Scholarship
Gregory Ishcomer, Idabel – Ross & Margaret Harlan Scholarship
Noah Turner, Keota – Academic Scholarship
Jude Ebingha, Kinta – Dr. Stephen Smith Endowment
Tyler Kniess, Kinta – Kerr Center Foundation Scholarship
Ashley Thomas, Kinta – Sapphire Ball Foundation Scholarship
Robert Hatridge, Kiowa – Mary Beth Guard Scholarship Award
Lynnsey Davis, Krebs – Academic Scholarship, Clark & Wanda Bass Foundation Scholarship
Tregg Goodson, Lane – Academic Scholarship
Shade Sheffield, Lane – Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship
Haylee Boatright, McAlester – Clark & Wanda Bass Foundation Scholarship
Caleb Brannon, McAlester – Academic Scholarship
Elizabeth Breslin, McAlester – Puterbaugh Foundation Nursing Scholarship
Monte Busby Jr., McAlester – Clark & Wanda Bass Foundation Scholarship
Madeline Camp, McAlester – Academic Scholarship, Clark & Wanda Bass Foundation Scholarship
Evan Canant, McAlester – Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship
Kolby Cato, McAlester – Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship
Taylor Compton, McAlester – Sapphire Ball Foundation Scholarship
Jessalynn Conterez, McAlester – Clark & Wanda Bass Foundation Scholarship
Noah Cook, McAlester – Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship
Bethanie Gray, McAlester – George Tolbert Foundation Scholarship
Cameron Green, McAlester – Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship
Keaton Hackler, McAlester – Academic Scholarship, K. Lance & Jane Woodliff Endowment Scholarship
Brayden Hoffman, McAlester – Academic Scholarship, Dr. Lloyd E. Church Foundation Scholarship
Emily Hoffman, McAlester – Academic Scholarship
Madeline Jarrett, McAlester – Clark & Wanda Bass Foundation Scholarship
Britton Kelley, McAlester – W.H. & Joan Sutton Foundation Scholarship
Kristen Lane, McAlester – Academic Scholarship
Madison Lyles, McAlester – Academic Scholarship, Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship
Emerald Lynn, McAlester – Academic Scholarship
Lillith Martin McAlester – Academic Scholarship, Ross & Margaret Harlan Scholarship
Liam Morris, McAlester – Academic Scholarship
Nicole Mossberg, McAlester – Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship
Lindsey Old, McAlester – Academic Scholarship
Hannah Posey, McAlester – Dr. James M. & Nancy Miller Foundation Scholarship
Ethan Prince, McAlester – Academic Scholarship, Sapphire Ball Foundation Scholarship
Rhett Pursley, McAlester – Academic Scholarship
Jake Rattan, McAlester – Academic Scholarship
Sydney Shelton, McAlester – Academic Scholarship
Ashley Todd, McAlester – Academic Scholarship
Anita Vaughan, McAlester – Clark & Wanda Bass Foundation Scholarship
Paige White, McAlester – Academic Scholarship, Mildred Enis Foundation Scholarship
Hannah Wingo, McAlester – Academic Scholarship
Emily Worstell, McAlester – Academic Scholarship
Trace Murdock, McCurtain – Academic Scholarship
Alexis Fessler, Moore – Sapphire Ball Foundation Scholarship
Christopher Herb, Moore – Academic Scholarship, Sapphire Ball Foundation Scholarship
Jayden Freeman, Nashoba – Academic Scholarship
Dale Shackleford, Noble – Academic Scholarship, Sapphire Ball Foundation Scholarship
Avery Roberts, Norman – Academic Scholarship
Jordan Compton, Oklahoma City – Academic Scholarship, Wilbur & Laverne Smith Foundation Scholarship
Brady Smith, Oklahoma City – Jack Gladden Memorial Endowed Scholarship
Austin Warfel, Oklahoma City – Academic Scholarship
Noah Rogers, Perkins – Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship
Hunter Black, Perry – Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship
Tyler Sullivan, Pittsburg – Academic Scholarship
Summer Perkins, Pocola – Academic Scholarship, Kerr Foundation Scholarship
Victoria Davison, Porum – I.C. Gunning Foundation Scholarship
Victoria Howell, Poteau – Puterbaugh Foundation Nursing Scholarship
Jaycee McKee, Quinton – Clark & Wanda Bass Foundation Scholarship
Hannah Brown, Rattan – Academic Scholarship
Deyton Ashby, Red Oak – Less & Agnes Mitchell Foundation Scholarship, Exxon Mobil Endowed Scholarship
Marra Juarez, Red Oak – Clara Gaustad Foundation Scholarship
William Martin, Red Oak – Academic Scholarship
Travis Moody, Red Oak – Academic Scholarship
Shaylee Noah, Red Oak – Academic Scholarship, Charles Collins Foundation Scholarship
Brendan Patten, Red Oak – Dolly Hughes Harrison Foundation Scholarship
Shay Stacey, Red Oak – Edgar & Jessie Wood Endowed Scholarship
Cassidy Floyd, Roland – Academic Scholarship
Joshua Bolin, Sallisaw – Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship
Jonathon Impson, Savanna – Clark & Wanda Bass Foundation Scholarship
James Underwood, Savanna – Academic Scholarship, Dr. James M. & Nancy Miller Foundation Scholarship
Nicole Ryan, Shady Point – Academic Scholarship, Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship
Katelyn Hoover, Shawnee – Academic Scholarship
Jace Pratt, Sperry – Academic Scholarship
Josh Cole, Spiro – Jim D. Sullivan Endowed Scholarship
Chloe Rogers, Spiro – Academic Scholarship, Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship
Matthew Blaylock, Stigler – Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship
Kaylee Franklin, Stigler – Academic Scholarship
Ashlie Lovell, Stigler – Academic Scholarship
William Fry, Talihina – Dr. Lloyd E. Church Foundation Scholarship
Mackenzie Green, Talihina – Bill Lambert Endowed Scholarship
Nick Knowles, Talihina – Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship
Paige McCulley, Talihina – Academic Scholarship, Dr. Del & Ramona Allen Endowed Scholarship, Dolly Hughes Harrison Foundation Scholarship
Morgan Wilcox, Talihina – Academic Scholarship, Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship
Kristen Scott, Tuskahoma – Puterbaugh Foundation Nursing Scholarship
Caden Phillips, Tuskahoma – Academic Scholarship
Zach Simpson, Tuskahoma – Academic Scholarship
Kimber Watkins, Tuskahoma – Academic Scholarship
Zack Prewitt, Valiant – Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship
Bailey Dorr, Wagoner – Academic Scholarship
Keylon Stogsdill, Welch – Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship
Leila Aaron, Wilburton – Cherie Potter Memorial Scholarship
Lexi Allen, Wilburton – Dr. Lloyd E. Church Foundation Scholarship
Triston Boling, Wilburton – Clara Gaustad Foundation Scholarship
Tucker Capps, Wilburton – Milton & Joann Smith Foundation Scholarship
Ty Coffey, Wilburton – Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship
Journey Dees-West, Wilburton – Academic Scholarship
Tayze Ellington, Wilburton – Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. Foundation Scholarship
Hannah Gockel, Wilburton – Academic Scholarship, Tri-County Administrators’ Foundation Scholarship
Skyler Hammons, Wilburton – Academic Scholarship, Deno & Gwen Maggi Foundation Scholarship
Ellen Jeffrey, Wilburton – Franklin Electric Corp. Foundation Scholarship
Dylan Johnson, Wilburton – Academic Scholarship
Christine Johnson-Watson, Wilburton – Don C. Phelps Foundation Scholarship
John Kitchell, Wilburton – Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship
Levi Knight, Wilburton – Academic Scholarship, Clara Gaustad Foundation Scholarship
Paige Meaders, Wilburton – Academic Scholarship
Triphornia Mubaiwa, Wilburton – Ray Fuertsch Foundation Scholarship
Bradley Rader, Wilburton – Clara Gaustad Foundation Scholarship
Lauryn Rader, Wilburton – Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship
Madison Rutledge, Wilburton – Academic Scholarship
Jager Sokolosky, Wilburton – Academic Scholarship
Charles Sorrell, Wilburton – Sen. Billy Mickle Endowed Scholarship
Jaleah Taylor, Wilburton – Fred & Florence Stovall Foundation Scholarship
Ashlynn Vinson, Wilburton – Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship
Elizabeth Wilson, Wilburton – Sapphire Ball Foundation Scholarship

Elijah Davis, Conway – Academic Scholarship, Deno & Gwen Maggi Foundation Scholarship
Kolby Reck, Conway – Academic Scholarship, Jess & June Bailey Foundation Scholarship
Jessika Calhoon, Farmington – Academic Scholarship, Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship, Pam Shoemake Memorial Scholarship
Austin Cook, Greenbrier – Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship
Kameron Whitmore, Jacksonville – W.E. "Bill" Allford Foundation Scholarship
Haven Hunter, Lonoke – Academic Scholarship, Don & Dot Adkins Foundation Scholarship
Nicholas Shepherd, North Little Rock – Dallas Herzer Foundation Scholarship
Ryan Lumpkin, Sherwood – Academic Scholarship
Zackry Stamps, Springdale – Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship
Leah Wallace, Springdale – Academic Scholarship, Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship
Devin Mosley, West Memphis – Faculty Choice Scholarship
Tevin Mosley, West Memphis – Faculty Choice Scholarship
Garrett Dodd, Resaca – Academic Scholarship, Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship
Emmalee Richardson, Covington – Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship
Cheyenne Ross, Athol – Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship
Brandi Henderson, Goshen – Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship
Rhett Newby, Coffeyville – Academic Scholarship, Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship
Rosemary Cortez, Arlington – Academic Scholarship
Edgar Torres, Carrollton – Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. Foundation Scholarship
Salma Lamic, Cleburne – Academic Scholarship
Roma Walters, Justin – Seldon Taylor Foundation Scholarship
Cailee Hendrick, Lufkin – George Tolbert Foundation Scholarship
Codi Lamb, Marion – Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship
Tyler Seboldt, New Braunfels – Academic Scholarship
Erik Coomer, Spring – Academic Scholarship
Christian Fresquez, Eagle Mountain – W.H. & Joan Sutton Foundation Scholarship
Please download full-res photos from:
2018 Academic Scholars – Students who received academic scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year posed together following the Academic & Foundation Scholars Reception.
2018 Foundation Scholars – Students who received scholarships from Eastern's Development Foundation for the 2017-18 academic year were photographed following the reception.
2018 Otha Grimes Scholars – Recipients of the Otha Grimes Foundation Scholarship were photographed together following the Reception. To qualify for this scholarship, students must be pursuing a degree in the animal science department. Sophomores must maintain certain academic standards to be eligible for renewal.

Saturday, 29 September 2018 18:09

Free Fishing Derby at Fort Gibson

A free youth fishing derby that will be coming to the area on October 6, 2018.


The event is hosted in conjunction with the FLW fishing tournament that will be taking place on Ft. Gibson.


For further information contact Jimmy Green at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Saturday, 29 September 2018 22:45

Food Sponsors needed for upcoming training

The Hogeye Fire Department in partnership with OSU FST is hosting and facilitating a Hazardous Materials Operations Class in Poteau in the month of February.


The class is the final class required to complete a FF1 Certification and many firefighters miss out on the opportunity to complete the certification.

The 40 hours of total class time will be held over two weekends.

The Hogeye Fire Department would like to serve meals to the students and staff members attending the class.

The class is open to 36 students and 6 staff members.

Anyone interested in sponsoring a meal or drinks for the training should contact Kreg Haney at 918-647-6867.






Wrecks Towing and Recovery LLC, along with State Representative Candidate, Lundy Kiger have teamed up to help the LeFlore County EMS to help buy Bleed Kits for all area schools.

1st place winner gets the custom hydro dipped cooler.

2nd and 3rd place winners will each get a custom hydro dipped tumbler.

Stop by T-Wrecks Towing, the LeFlore County EMS, Poteau Chamber of Commerce, or Anytime Fitness and buy a ticket for the drawing.


The cooler and the tumblers will be given away at the Poteau Balloonfest which is held at the LeFlore County Fair Grounds on October 19 & 20, 2018.

Tickets are $5.00 each or buy 5 tickets for $20.00







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Saturday, 29 September 2018 22:21

Haunting Good Time at Strike A Lot Lanes

If you are looking for something “Haunting do this Halloween Season, then check out Strike A Lot Lanes in Poteau. They have a Haunting good deal.

Haunted Laser Tag open for the month October on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Actors and Special Effects from 8pm until 11pm Weds, Thursday and Friday.

$8.00 Standard entry fee with special effects.
$10.00 when actors are present.

Costumes encouraged!

If you want to book a Haunted Party how about $200 for ten Guest and one hour of bowling and two sessions of Laser tag.

The Best Haunting deal:

$250 gets you - One hour of bowling two session of Laser Tag, two Pizzas and two pitchers of soda for 10 people.

Strike A Lot Lanes is located at 1914 N Broadway in Poteau.

Saturday, 29 September 2018 22:02

Poteau Educator Supports Eddie Martin


Poteau Educator, Chris Ford and former candidate for State Senate, District 4, recently announced his support for Eddie Martin, who received the Democratic nomination for State Senate District 4.


Eddie Martin lives in Sallisaw and have been raised a Democrat in District #4 his whole life.


Eddie has worked as a social worker in child welfare with the State of Oklahoma.


He was appointed Sequoyah County Election Board Secretary by Senator Larry Dickerson. “I was fortunate to spend a lot of time in this district working with and learning from him and I hope to continue on with many of his and Senator Kenneth Corn’s initiatives and priorities,” said Martin.

According to Eddie Martins Platform

“Education is one of the most important keys to success we can give them. We must work, support and fight for our schools and teachers and not just the big schools – our small schools, which are the backbone of so many communities, are just as important.”


“We have to support and invest in our Rural Fire Departments. Our firefighters are our first line of defense in our rural areas – whether it’s a structure or grass fire, automobile accidents, medical call or search and rescue during a flood or tornado... our dedicated volunteers are there for us! The men and women who give of themselves to volunteer for the protection of our communities are heroes. I will always do everything in my power to see that they have the means that they need in order to protect our communities and our families.”


“I am an advocate for the developmentally disabled. There are so many individuals, children and adults that need help - over 7,500 are currently on a waiting list for services – some for over 10 years. I will always stand up and fight for those that are unable to do so for themselves.”


“Infrastructure – District #4 has a lot of nice roads and bridges but unfortunately there are even more that need repairs or replacement. It is time that our district had someone like Senator Dickerson and Senator Corn to stand up and fight for and make sure we aren’t forgotten or overlooked anymore.”


“I am a proud supporter of our active military and veterans. I respect them and vow to always work for the Heroes across District #4 and I support the Second Amendment.”


“I support Oklahoma State Employees....they have been forgotten or ignored by so many legislators for too long.”


The general election will be held on November 6, 2018.


Polls open from 7am until 7pm on that day. 






Poteau OKLAHOMA – A Patriot Day Celebration was held in Poteau on Thursday, September 27, 2018 with Eric Maddox an Expert Interrogator, Security Consultant, Author, Motivational Speaker.

Maddox led the interrogation in the capture of Saddam Hussein.


atriot Day is a military event as each military branches and people were recognized.

Maddox then went to both Poteau and Spiro Schools on Friday to speak with students.

About Eric Maddox
In 2003, Eric Maddox orchestrated the capture of America’s number one enemy, Saddam Hussein. Thrust, unprepared into the War in Iraq, Eric was forced to rely on innovation, teamwork and the power of network-driven intelligence collection to accomplish the mission. His message on leadership, effective listening and breaking through the status quo is one that will resonate with everyone.

Hear Eric’s story of working with the Delta Force Special Operations and interrogating over 300 prisoners that provided details of the location of Saddam Hussein on his last day in Iraq.

For his service Eric was awarded the Legion of Merit, the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement, the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Director’s Award and the Bronze Star.


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Poteau High School Principal, Joe Ballard and Eric Maddox 

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