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Monday, 18 May 2015 12:34

Talihina Tag Agency to re-open


A letter from State Representative James Lockhart to Vera Nelson, Executive Director of the Talihina Chamber of Commerce



May 15, 2015


Dear Vera,

Thank you for your email regarding the Tag Office closing. Rep. Renegar has been in touch with the Oklahoma Tax Commission and they are planning to re-open the Tag Agency and are currently taking applications.


Contact Jamie Baas at 405-521-2818 or her email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. She can provide the qualifications and an application form to anyone interested in the position.


I will do my best to get the office open.

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Monday, 18 May 2015 11:30



At approximately 10:25 am on Monday May 18th the Poteau Fire department were called to the scene of a semi rollover accident which also involved another vehicle.

The accident occurred on Highway 271 going to toward Wister.

Unconfirmed reports of two deaths from the accident.

Traffic is being diverted at this time.

Please use caution when driving in the area.



WRECK AT WISTER - 4.0 out of 5 based on 2 votes
Monday, 18 May 2015 10:12



Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center recognized employees who have dedicated their years of service with the hospital.


Mike Carter CEO, made fajitas for the employees and then years of services pins were presented.



Those receiving pins are:

Back Row from Right to Left: David Hoegh 25 Years, Mike Carter CEO, Darla Ford 10 Years, Kurt Fassette 10 Years.


Front Row from Right to Left: Shannon Grovdahl 5 years, Tashanna Hinson 15 years, Nancy Frier 10 years, Linda Baker 25 years , Debbie Smith-Moore 10 years, Gary Howell 25 years, Sheila Wilson 10 years, Sheila Marts DON, Donna McAlester 10 years and Sheila Queen, COO.


Not Present: Annette Bradshaw 5 years, Amber Thompson 5 years, Kristi Knight 5 years, Shana Nelson 10 years, Gary Stacy 10 years, Kurt Smith 10 years and Alice Mattox 20 years.


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Darla Sawyer presented with her 10 years of service pin


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Nancy Frier present Shannon Grovdahl with her 5 years of service pin


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Tashanna Hinson receives her pin for 15 years of service from Nancy Frier

Sunday, 17 May 2015 23:53

EOMC Open House


On May 16th and 17th Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center held "Open House" to introduce the public to the and improved Surgery Unit at the hospital."We now have the best of technology which has never been used before," said Sheila Queen, of EOMC, and the facility now offers better services with highly qualified and trained staff to meet the needs of patients.


It was in early Spring, 2014 when surgery and obstetrics departments were shut down because they failed to meet Medicare physical environment regulations. This resulted in the closure of EOMC's surgical department. Without surgery, the hospital could not meet the regulations to OB services.



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David Whitehead CRNA , shows visitors the new surgery equipment that is available in the surgery room.

On August 26, the great people of LeFlore County went to the polls and voted Yes they wanted to save the hospital with 5,246 votes (77 percent) to 1,584 No votes (23 percent) for a 1/2 of 1% sales tax to give the hospital the funding needed to make it compliant with the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
Now the hospital wants to show the people of the county see what they have invested in.


EOMC can now boast their state of the surgical equipment.



The staff at EOMC like the look of the facility, some nurses who have worked in much larger facilities say that the EOMC Surgical unit has the room needed and advances in technology make it just as good if not better than larger hospitals.




Employees and Auxilary personel are giving a tour of the facility




Mike Carter, CEO made it through the renovations and now is in the recovery room of the new Surgery department.


The US Attorney - Eastern District of Oklahoma press release

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA - The United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced today that Matthew Eugene Triplett, 44, of Muskogee, Oklahoma, pled guilty to Conspiracy to Interfere with Commerce by Robbery.


The charge arose from an investigation by the Muskogee Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Violent Crime Task Force.


The Indictment alleged that from on or about January 15, 2014, through on or about January 22, 2014, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, Matthew Eugene Triplett conspired with others, known and unknown to the grand jury, to commit robbery, which unlawfully obstructed, delayed, and affected commerce.


The Honorable Kimberly E. West, Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the guilty plea and ordered the completion of a presentence report. Sentencing will be scheduled following its completion. The defendant will remain in the custody of the United States Marshal Service.


The statutory range of punishment is not more than 20 years imprisonment, up to a $250,000.00 fine or both.


Assistant United States Attorney Rob Wallace represented the United States.

Thursday, 13 April 2017 18:53

Food prep tips for breast cancer patients

Breast cancer treatment can be exhausting, resulting in fatigue that can make it hard for patients to tackle all of the tasks that come with a typical day. That includes preparing meals, which is often the last thing a person fighting breast cancer wants to do after a day of treatment.

But nutrition plays a vital role in beating cancer. A nutritious diet can promote strength and increase energy levels, something breast cancer patients know is not always easy to come by. The following are a few tips to help men and women undergoing breast cancer treatment maintain a nutritious diet throughout their treatments.

* Plan ahead when you're feeling strong. Breast cancer patients often have good days and not-so-good days during the course of their treatments. When the latter comes around, everyday tasks like cooking meals can seem as exhausting as climbing Mount Everest. So breast cancer patients can plan ahead for such days by going the extra mile on those days when their energy levels aren't compromised. Prepare meals in advance and freeze them so they require minimal effort on those days when energy levels are low.

* Avoid empty calories. Empty calories like those found in a bag of potato chips won't help fight fatigue on those days when your energy levels are low. When eating, opt for foods that are rich in vitamins and nutrients but not heavy in calories. A meal that is dense in nutrients but not calories will benefit your energy levels, while a calorie-dense meal will only foster feelings of fatigue.

* Opt for snacks that are high in protein. When snacking during the day, it's possible to counter any exhausting effects of breast cancer treatment by choosing high-protein snacks. Foods that are high in protein, including low-fat cottage cheese, Greek yogurt and almonds, can improve your energy levels because the body does not break protein down as easily as it does carbohydrates. So protein can be a longer-lasting energy source than snacking alternatives that are low in protein. If you aren't much of a snacker, consider a protein shake.

* Buy in bulk. When visiting the grocery store, buy items in bulk so you won't have to make as many trips there. This can help on those days when energy levels are waning. Further save energy by asking a store employee to carry your groceries to your car. On those days when the cupboard is bare and you don't feel up to a trip to the store, call your local grocer, explain your situation and ask if it's possible to have groceries delivered. Many grocers would be glad to help.

* Modify recipes. In addition to boosting your energy levels, protein helps heal and rebuild tissues, and you can modify recipes to include more protein and improve your energy levels. For example, add cheese to sandwiches, pasta dishes and casseroles, as dairy is a strong source of protein. When cooking, use milk instead of water when possible. Beans are another great source of protein, so add them to chili, pasta sauces or soups when cooking. There are many ways to modify recipes to include more protein that won't compromise taste. If you're unsure of how to do so, discuss this with a physician or dietician.

Fatigue is a common side effect of cancer treatment, but there are many ways men and women undergoing breast cancer treatment can alter their diets to make their meals more nutritious, improving their energy levels as a result.

Food prep tips for breast cancer patients - 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Saturday, 18 June 2016 03:26

Foods to help Quit Smoking


Got this information from - and thought it was interesting enough to pass on to everyone.

If you are a smoker - did you know that there are certain foods, which can make food taste bad?

According to a studey from the Duke University, such foods and drinks as meat and caffeinated beverages make cigarettes taste good.
But, dairy products and fresh vegetables make cigarettes taste bad.

The research basically says that certain food can aid in the taste of the cigarette and can be a very good tool for staying smoke free for longer time for those who desire to quit.


Here are foods that can help a smoker kick the habit.

1. Milk and Other Dairy Beverages - Milk makes cigarette taste very bitter and unpleasant. May if someone is trying to quit they should dip the cigarette in milk?

2. Orange Juice - If you want to quit smoking - it is very important to get some Vitamin C in your system. Oranges, lemons, black currants, pomegranates and other powerful natural sources of Vitamin C are the best things to eat for those trying to get rid of nicotine dependence.


3. Celery - specialists claim that eating a lot of vegetables can decrease nicotine dependence. Eating celery sticks can help to decrease cravings.

4. Broccoli helps to lower the risks of having lung diseases, including lung cancer. Broccoli contains sulforaphane, a substance which boosts the activity of NRF2 gene and protects lungs from any toxin-related damage. Unfortunately, the studies found the evidence that this therapeutic property of broccoli does not work for smokers, because nicotine kills the activity of sulforaphane.


5. Red Wine - A glass of red wine a day lowers the risks of lung cancer, both in smokers and non-smokers. The researchers from South California found out that the people who drink a glass of red wine every day have 60% lower chances to have lung cancer.

Wednesday, 08 July 2015 17:53

Trail Mix a healthy snack


Fresh, canned and dried fruit can all be counted towards the recommended daily dose of fruit.



Fresh fruit is hard to get in the dead of winter, so canned and dried fruit become a better option for some.



But dried fruit is more condensed than fresh fruit. For that reason, ½ cup of dried fruit counts as 1 cup of fruit.



Dried fruit are good to eat on the go and can also be added into other foods.



Try making some trail mix using some dried fruits - Why not add raisins and dried apricots together with almonds and whole-grain cereal for a quick and easy trail mix.

Sunday, 12 July 2015 19:00

Few men jump at the chance to diet

Few men jump at the chance to go on a diet. Eating smaller portions while saying "goodbye" to some of your favorite foods is never easy, especially for men who find it hard to resist a bucket of chicken wings or a juicy hamburger.

Though sacrifice is a part of any successful diet, there's more than one way for men to lose weight and keep the weight off once it's gone. The following are a few simple dieting tips for men who want to start eating healthier without making drastic changes to their diets.

* Don't eat after dinner. It might sound simple, but many men eat mindlessly even when they aren't hungry, and this eating frequently occurs after dinner. This can contribute to weight gain, especially if you're snacking on unhealthy fare like potato chips or cookies. When eating anything that is high in carbs late at night, your body might have a hard time breaking that down into energy before you go to bed. If it does, your body will then store it as fat. So if you must eat after dinner, avoid carbs in favor of a low-calorie snack.

* Don't mistake dehydration for hunger. The symptoms of dehydration are similar to those of hunger, so it's easy to mistake thirst for hunger. If you find yourself feeling some hunger pangs even if you just ate, pour yourself a glass of water instead of reaching for a snack. You'll avoid consuming unnecessary calories when you might just need to rehydrate.

* Don't forget a diet is not just about subtraction. Many men feel a diet is all about subtracting foods, but you can also add healthier fare. Add more fruits and vegetables, which can boost your immune system, making you less susceptible to colds and other ailments. If you aren't a fan of vegetables on their own, incorporate them into your recipes rather than serving them as a side dish. Vegetables can add flavor to a host of dishes, including pasta, stir fry and even sandwiches.

* Divide and conquer your calories. Dividing your calorie consumption into several smaller meals as opposed to three meals per day is another way to control appetite and weight. Often referred to as "grazing," this approach to eating involves eating five or six smaller, healthy meals each day in an effort to keep the body's metabolism going all day. This helps men burn more calories and get them used to eating smaller portions. Though the efficacy of grazing has been questioned, many men and women stand by it as an effective way to lose weight and keep the weight off once it's gone.

* Pack in the protein. Research has shown that, when combined with exercise, a diet that is high in protein and moderate in carbohydrates can make it easier to lose weight. Healthy protein sources like yogurt, beans and nuts make the body feel full while encouraging it to burn fat. In addition, protein helps preserve muscle mass and can aid in muscle recovery, which makes for an added benefit for men who are dieting and exercising.

* Drink water. Water can be a dieter's best friend, especially if that dieter has traditionally been fond of high-calorie beverages like soda. Such beverages can pack on the pounds and are often less effective at quenching thirst than a simple glass of water. If water is too bland for you, add a drop of lemon or lime juice.
Drinking water instead of high-calorie beverages like soda is one way men can lose weight and keep the weight off.

Thursday, 04 June 2015 23:00

Kill the Hill Bicycle Challenge

The Poteau Athletic Community in conjunction with USA Cycling, Inc. is hosting a bicycle event on June 6th


The event was rescheduled to June 6th due to the recent flooding.


"Kill the Hill Challenge" is a bike challenge created to help promote bike awareness in the community.


The challenge has three different levels of difficulty: 25 mile fun ride, the 40 mile ride and the 50 mile Kill the Hill Challenge.


The challenge will start at the Donald W Reynolds Center in Poteau then go down Broadway.


Those doing the 50 mile challenge will go up Cavanal, back down, then on to Wister, Heavener, before returning back to Reynolds Center.


The 42 milers skip the adventure on Cavanal but will travel to Wister, Heavener and return to the Reynolds Center in Poteau.


The 25 milers will travel along the Cavanal Scenic Expressway to Wister and back to the Reynolds Center.


There will be aide stations available along each route and a cookout at the end of the event.


To register for the event go to

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