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The seminar will be held on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at the Kiamichi Technology Center from 11am until 1pm.


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Partners: Poteau Chamber of Commerce, OSU Extension, Kiamichi Technology Center, Leflore County Historical Society, Carl Albert State College & REI Women's Business Center.

 

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Gross Receipts to the Treasury during the 2016 calendar year are less than receipts from 2015, marking a second consecutive calendar year of contraction, State Treasurer Ken Miller announced.

 

Annual Gross Receipts to the Treasury shrank by 7.4 percent compared to calendar year 2015, and – at $10.78 billion – is the lowest 12-month total since January 2012. During the 2015 calendar year, gross receipts fell by 3 percent.

 

“Gross Receipts to the Treasury show the ongoing impact of the prolonged downturn in the energy industry on all four major revenue streams,” Miller said. “However, the overall rate of decline has slowed during each of the past three months as oil and gas gross production collections have shown moderate increases.”

 

Gross Receipts to the Treasury for December are $901.8 million, down by more than $47 million, or 5 percent, from December 2015. It is the smallest December bottom line since 2010.

 

Following almost two years of steady decline, collections from oil and natural gas gross production taxes are higher than the same month of the prior year for a third consecutive month. December gross production receipts total $39.4 million, up by $1.7 million, or 4.4 percent, from December 2015. Monthly receipts are based on production activity from October when the average price of benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude oil was $49.78 per barrel.

 

In December, the three other major revenue streams – income, sales, and motor vehicle taxes – show collections less than the same month of the prior year.

 

Other indicators

 

 For a fifth consecutive month, Oklahoma’s unemployment rate in November was higher than the national jobless number. The state’s rate was reported at 5.1 percent, while the U.S. rate was set at 4.6 percent.

 

The Oklahoma Business Conditions Index, predicting economic activity for the next three to six months, was set at 48.8 in December. It is the seventh consecutive month the state has had numbers below 50, which indicate continued economic slowing.

 

December collections

 

The report for December lists gross receipts at $901.8 million, down $47.1 million, or 5 percent, from December 2015.

 

Gross income tax collections, a combination of individual and corporate income taxes, generated $319 million, a reduction of $34.4 million, or 9.7 percent, from the previous December.

 

Individual income tax collections for the month are $268.7 million, down by $28.6 million, or 9.6 percent, from the prior year. Corporate collections are $50.3 million, down by $5.8 million, or 10.3 percent.

 

Sales tax collections, including remittances on behalf of cities and counties, total $363.4 million in December. That is $3.7 million, or 1 percent, below December of last year.

 

Gross production taxes on oil and natural gas generated $39.4 million during the month, an increase of $1.7 million, or 4.4 percent, from last December. Compared to November reports, gross production collections are up by $5.3 million, or 15.6 percent, over the month.

 

Motor vehicle taxes produced $57 million, down by $5.4 million, or 8.7 percent, from the prior year.

 

Other collections, consisting of about 60 different sources including taxes on fuel, tobacco, horse race gambling and alcoholic beverages, produced $123.1 million during the month. That is $5.3 million, or 4.1 percent, less than last December.

 

Calendar year collections

 

During the 2016 calendar year, gross revenue totals $10.8 billion. That is $865.7 million, or 7.4 percent, below collections from the 2015 calendar year.

Gross income taxes generated $3.9 billion for the period, reflecting a drop of $494.6 million, or 11.2 percent, from the preceding year.

 

Individual income tax collections total $3.5 billion, down by $313.7 million, or 8.3 percent, from the prior calendar year. Corporate collections are $446.4 million for the year, a decrease of $181 million, or 28.8 percent, from the previous year.

 

During 2016, sales taxes generated $4.2 billion, a decrease of $182 million, or 4.2 percent, from 2015.

 

Oil and gas gross production tax collections brought in $350.2 million during the 12 months, down by $124 million, or 26.1 percent, from the trailing year.

 

Motor vehicle collections total $741.9 million for the period. This is a decrease of $22 million, or 2.9 percent, from the prior 12 months.

 

Other sources generated $1.6 billion, down $43 million, or 2.7 percent, from the previous 12 months.

 

About Gross Receipts to the Treasury

Since March 2011, the Treasurer’s Office has issued the monthly Gross Receipts to the Treasury report, which provides a timely and broad view of the state’s macro economy.

It is provided in conjunction with the General Revenue Fund allocation report from the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, which provides important information to state agencies for budgetary planning purposes.

The General Revenue Fund receives slightly less than half of the state’s gross receipts with the remainder paid in rebates and refunds, remitted to cities and counties, and placed into off-the-top earmarks to other state funds.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Gross Receipts to the Treasury continued their downward trajectory for an 18th consecutive month in August as unemployment figures released late in the month show Oklahoma’s jobless numbers exceed the national rate for the first time in 13 years.

Reports released today by State Treasurer Ken Miller show gross receipts – which provide a broad view of state economic activity – were down by 4 percent in August compared to the same month of last year. Total collections during the past 12 months were off by more than 7 percent compared to the prior period, according to the reports.

 

The revenue news comes as the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reports the state’s unemployment rate at 5 percent, one-tenth of one percentage point higher than the national rate of 4.9 percent in July. The last time Oklahoma’s jobless rate topped that of the nation was in August 2003.

 

Miller, an economist, said he’s on the lookout for indications the contraction is ending.

 

“We keep scouring through the data to find signs of an impending turnaround, but it’s just not there,” Miller said. “Some aspects of the August report aren’t as negative as in prior months – a few revenue streams have ticked up slightly – but we can’t yet point to a positive trend.”

Unlike the past few months, August gross receipts show two revenue sources with slight improvements. Monthly collections from individual income and motor vehicle taxes were each around 5 percent higher than in August 2015. However, measured over the past 12 months, every major revenue stream remains lower than the prior one-year period.

 

Collections from gross production taxes on oil and natural gas increased from the prior month for the fourth consecutive time, reflecting a slight rebound in wellhead prices. However, compared to the prior year, receipts remain suppressed.

 

August collections

The report for August lists gross receipts at $832.2 million, down $34.3 million, or 4 percent, from August 2015.

 

Gross income tax collections, a combination of individual and corporate income taxes, generated $254.2 million, a reduction of $4 million, or 1.53 percent, from the previous August.

 

Individual income tax collections for the month are $242.7 million, up by $12.3 million, or 5.3 percent, from the prior year. Corporate collections are $11.5 million, down by $16.3 million, or 58.5 percent.

 

Sales tax collections, including remittances on behalf of cities and counties, total $351.2 million in August. That is $21.5 million, or 5.8 percent, below August of last year.

 

Gross production taxes on oil and natural gas generated $31.8 million during the month, a decrease of $9 million, or 5.8 percent, from last August. Compared to July reports, gross production collections are up by $1.3 million, or 4.2 percent.

 

Motor vehicle taxes produced $68.7 million, up by $3 million, or 4.5 percent, from the prior year.

 

Other collections, consisting of about 60 different sources including taxes on fuel, tobacco, horse race gambling and alcoholic beverages, produced $126.3 million during the month. That is $2.7million, or 2.1 percent, less than last August.

 

Twelve-month collections

During the past 12 months, September 2015 through August 2016, gross revenue totals $1 million less than $11 billion. That is $903.8 million, or 7.6 percent, below collections for the previous 12-month period.

 

Gross income taxes generated $4.1 billion for the period, reflecting a drop of $317.9 million, or 7.2 percent, from the preceding 12 months, September 2014 to August 2015.

 

Individual income tax collections total $3.6 billion, down by $212.3 million, or 5.6 percent, from the prior 12 months. Corporate collections are $507.8 million for the period, a decrease of $105.6 million, or 17.2 percent, from the previous period.

 

Sales taxes for the 12 months generated $4.2 billion, a decrease of $217.4 million, or 4.9 percent, from the preceding period.

 

Oil and gas gross production tax collections brought in $347 million during the 12 months, down by $280.2 million, or 44.7 percent, from the trailing period.

 

Motor vehicle collections total $753.1 million for the period. This is a decrease of $15.3 million, or 2 percent, from the trailing 12 months.

Other sources generated $1.6 billion, down $73 million, or 4.4 percent, from the previous 12 months.

 

About Gross Receipts to the Treasury

Since March 2011, the Treasurer’s Office has issued the monthly Gross Receipts to the Treasury report, which provides a timely and broad view of the state’s macro economy.

 

It is provided in conjunction with the General Revenue Fund allocation report from the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, which provides important information to state agencies for budgetary planning purposes.

 

The General Revenue Fund receives slightly less than half of the state’s gross receipts with the remainder paid in rebates and refunds, remitted to cities and counties, and placed into off-the-top earmarks to other state funds.




After attending “The Polished Professional: Secrets to Passion, Purpose and Style,” the professional woman will have more confidence to step into the boardroom, retail store, classroom or office to tackle each job with more enthusiasm. This informative workshop will be held Wednesday, August 17, from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center, 105 Reynolds Avenue, Poteau. Registration is $25 per person, which includes lunch, and participants may register online at www.reiwbc.org

 

Join us for this fun event and learn the elements of developing a personal brand of excellence to help build positive relationships, influence people, and achieve desired outcomes.

 

In a world where businesses want to do more than just sell products, they must build relationships. Customer service is a key part of the promise your brand makes to a customer.

 

It’s more than just providing answers, it is helping customers even when they don’t know they need help and taking time to teach them more about the products they purchase or the service you supply them.

 

It starts with a smile and a friendly word, and ends with you sharing your expertise and experience. Come prepared to learn how to put your best foot forward and market your business or organization to other business professionals through fun networking activities. The secret to leading a team is not management or organization. To build a team that is diverse in strengths, talents, and experience is key.

 

Rather than having one leader who tries to do everything and is surrounded by individuals who have similar strengths or values, creating a culture where unique talents and varying capabilities are encouraged, will lead to a strong and cohesive Customer Service team.

 

Meegan Mackay, the founder of Artes pro Vita Academy (AVA), translated in Latin, Skills for L.I.F.E., grew up in the Rockies and moved to Altus, as a military spouse and mom. She received a Master’s in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University SAIS in Washington, D.C., studied six languages, and has a PhD in “The School of Hard Knocks“.

 

She has over 25 years of education and experience in the financial and government sectors. From working as a Collector for GMAC to managing finances as a stock broker, contracting for the Department of Homeland Security and becoming a certified Interrogator with the Department of Defense, she has learned the secret weapon of success.

“We are very excited about learning from such an expert,” said Dr. Barbara Rackley, REI Women’s Business Center Program Manager. “There will be ample time for attendees to visit with the presenter and market their businesses through networking activities, so be sure to bring your business cards!”

 

 

Event partners are the Poteau Chamber of Commerce, Historical Downtown Poteau, OSU Cooperative Extension, Kiamichi Technology Center, LeFlore County Historical Society, Carl Albert State College, and REI Women’s Business Center, funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

 

For more information about REI Women’s Business Center or for a calendar of events, call Dr. Barbara Rackley at 800-658-2823, or visit www.reiwbc.org

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Thursday, 10 December 2015 16:32

It's Christmas time in downtown Poteau

Downtown merchants and patrons were treated with some Christmas caroling on Thursday afternoon.

 

The Victorian Singers of the Poteau High School Choir came to downtown Poteau and did some Christmas caroling

 

Good Job guys and Merry Christmas to all.

 

If you haven't finished your Christmas shopping, Historic Downtown Poteau has many unique shops with plenty of gift ideas.

 

Remember to shop local.

 

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The Workforce Recruitment Program marks its 20th year of hiring college students and recent graduates with disabilities into the federal workforce, it highlights the Defense Department’s achievement of a more diverse workforce, DoD officials said.


DoD and the Labor Department formed the WRP through a presidential executive order to increase federal employment opportunities for those with disabilities, and in doing so, the agencies added a diversity of thought, ability, background, language, culture and skill, officials said. This year is also the Americans with Disabilities Act’s 25th anniversary.


The WRP helps to break down stereotypes and barriers for disabled students, and their skill sets add to DoD’s military readiness mission, said Donald Minner, supervisor of a WRP intern at the Defense Threat Reduction Program. “WRP participants bring a freshness, excitement and enthusiasm,” he said.


Dispelling Disability Myths
DTRA’s director of equal employment opportunity and diversity programs, Willisa Donald, echoed Minner’s sentiments.


“WRP added to our diversity in many facets [by] bringing individuals with disabilities into the workplace,” she said. “WRP has taken away some of the myths some managers and supervisors may have had about working with people with disabilities.”


Minner supervises Flynn Rosko, 23, who is deaf. He is in his second year of WRP’s intern program as an information technology specialist and works alongside hearing co-workers as part of DTRA’s quality analysis and synchronization team.


“Flynn fits in perfectly,” Minner said, “We have been very impressed with this young man, his experience and the unique perspective he brings to DTRA.”
Rosko also works with DoD to try to “break down the barriers for others with disabilities to ensure they have what they need to perform their jobs,” he told DoD News, through an interpreter.
Flynn Rosko


“I’m very enthusiastic about my work,” Rosko said, noting that he has overcome numerous hurdles since he was born deaf and adding that his empathy for other disabled DoD employees is why he helps them.
“I grew up deaf. That’s my normal,” he said. “Sometimes I have to work harder to show people I can do [the job] just as they can. I just can’t hear -- that’s all.”


Working for a DoD agency in support of warfighters makes him feel good about what he does, Rosko said. He wants to continue to give back to his community and hopes to work long-term for the federal government, he added.


“WRP helps people with disabilities who might not ever be able to realize what their capabilities are, and that they are able to do an equal job [compared to] people without disabilities,” he said.


Bryan Richardson
Bryan Richardson is a program analyst in basic and applied research for DTRA’s research and development. At first, few people knew the 28-year-old had a disability, but once it was known, everyone understood and was supportive, he said.


Like Rosko, Richardson said he “takes pride” in working for DoD. “It’s [about] having a job where your purpose is more than making money for yourself. ... You are doing something that helps people,” he said.
How those with disabilities contribute to diversity is hard to define, because disabled people are different from each other and from “more normal” people, he said.


“But one thing [disabled people] have in common is some sort of limitation they have to figure out how to overcome,” Richardson said. “They have to be creative problem-solvers to find ways to function with their limitations. And they can apply that same creative problem-solving in their jobs and their lives.”


Madison DeGruy
Madison DeGruy was fresh out of college and pursuing her broadcasting dream job in Los Angeles when she was diagnosed with cancer, she said in a joint DoD News interview this summer.


After realizing she would need a more stable career and health care benefits, she returned to college and found WRP, she said. She applied to the program and was chosen for a human resources internship in Germany. Following her internship, she came back stateside and shifted her career focus with WRP’s guidance to become a third-generation federal acquisition professional, she said.


DeGruy, now 26, is a contracting specialist for the 633rd Contracting Squadron at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia, and has become a WRP representative who speaks to disabled college students and recent graduates to share her success story and encourage them to look into the program.


Something WRP does best is help break down preconceived notions that “disabled people are weak ... and always need assistance,” she said.


But sometimes, nondisabled people don’t know how to interact with disabled coworkers, and often "have one image of disability,” DeGruy said.


When DeGruy speaks to students and graduates, she promotes WRP’s many resources for training and employment. “I tell them they can get a lot out of it,” she said, “And not just professional development. They also learn to work with people who have those preconceived notions.


“WRP helped me tremendously,” she said. “It’s a phenomenal program.”



Friday, 04 September 2015 18:38

Williams speaks at First Friday Lunch

Poteau, OK - Jimmy Williams of the Compass Capital Management group of McAlester gave a presentation at the Poteau Chamber of Commerce First Friday lunch.

 


He spoke about new rules with IRS and information for the small business owner.

 

 

Compass Capital Management provides objective, customized solutions to assist individuals, professionals and business owners in reaching their financial goals
He provided information on insurance needs, college funding, retirement, estate, or business planning.

 


To learn more about Compass check out their website at http://compasscapitalmgt.com/

 

Friday, 07 August 2015 20:40

Our Laser is Five Years Old!

Submitted by Karen Mills

 

 

We will be celebrating Five years of business during the state sales tax holiday as well as introducing our new retail space for souvenirs and Spirit Items for all Leflore County Schools—both K-8 and K-12.

 

Join us at our Poteau Location Saturday 10 am - 4pm. We will be offering in store sales, Dye your Own TIE DYE t-shirt ($8.00 blank and $10.00 with a school mascot name.) There will be lots of School Spirit Items to choose from. Custom items may be ordered and paid for during the tax-free holiday and picked up at a later date.

 

Karen Mills started Mark it Place in a barn on her family property in June of 2010. Hard work and great customers along with providing excellent, friendly customer service has ensured that Mark it Place is growing steadily.

 

By taking opportunities such as working out of her home, establishing a temporary Christmas Shop in the Wall center in 2011 and opening a dedicated workshop in Wister from January 2012 until May of 2014 Karen eventually moved the business to the current work and retail location in Poteau.

 

Mark it Place Laser Engraving & Gifts
1301 Broadway, Suite 3 Poteau, Oklahoma
918-564-2036 • Cell 918-658-8192
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Are you retired?

Do you feel like you want to get out and help your community?

Do you enjoy talking to people?

 

The LeFlore County Museum at Hotel Lowrey is looking for volunteers to serve as docents.

 

Volunteers are needed on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00 am -11:30am and 11:30am – 2:00pm. As well as, two volunteers to work Friday and Saturdays from noon until 3:00pm.

 

Volunteer duties would be to greet visitors with a friendly smile, give them information on the museum and surrounding areas, and to make them feel welcome. Training will be provided. Call 918-647-9330.


Do you have a group that would like to tour the museum? Or maybe your group would like a speaker at the next meeting. If so, we can bring a piece of history to you!

 

Call 918-647-9330 for more information.


The LeFlore County Museum at Hotel Lowrey is located in historic downtown Poteau on the corner of Dewey Street and Witte Ave in the old Hotel Lowrey.

LeFlore County Museum is a 501 ©3 non profit organization.

 

Lorie Rutledge, director, will be happy to get you involved.

 

OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin signed a bill reaffirming the Corporation Commission as the sole regulator of Oklahoma's oil and natural gas industry. The bill aims to preserve a unified regulatory framework for the industry and prevent a confusing patchwork of inconsistent municipal regulations across the state.

 

 

Fallin said today that Oklahoma has led the nation in developing rigorous standards for oil and gas production. A patchwork of regulations that vary across the state would be inconsistent with the goal of reasonable, easily understood regulations and could damage the state's economy and environment, she said.

 

 

Senate Bill 809 reaffirms that the Oklahoma Corporation Commission is the primary entity charged with establishing a unified regulatory framework for the energy industry, emphasizing environmentally responsible policies. SB 809 prohibits municipalities from issuing moratoriums or bans on drilling while preserving their ability to adopt reasonable ordinances, rules and regulations concerning traffic issues, noise, fencing requirements and placing of drilling rigs.

 

 

"The Corporation Commission is aggressively but fairly regulating Oklahoma's energy industry," said Fallin. "The Commission has nationally recognized experts along with direct access to multiple agencies and multi-state organizations that municipalities would not have. For example, the Commission is using scientific analysis from the Oklahoma Geological Survey and providing additional oversight on hundreds of underground injection wells linked to increased seismic activity.

 

As more information and science become available, the Commission will use it to responsibly regulate or even put a stop to some drilling activity that could cause earthquakes or damage to the environment.

 

 

"Corporation Commissioners are elected by the people of Oklahoma to regulate the oil and gas industry. They are best equipped to make decisions about drilling and its affect on seismic activity, the environment and other sensitive issues. We need to let these experts do their jobs. The alternative is to pursue a patchwork of regulations that, in some cases, could arbitrarily ban energy exploration and damage the state's largest industry, largest employers and largest taxpayers," said Fallin.

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