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First National Bank was awarded the Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award on behalf of Carl Albert State College on Tuesday, March 12, at the annual luncheon hosted by the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Okla.
FNB joined twenty-six other businesses and higher education partnerships throughout the state as they were recognized as innovative collaborations that further the education of Oklahoma’s workforce.


“FNB has served as a financial institution in CASC’s residential housing expansions,” said President Jay Falkner, “and has continually contributed gifts to the foundation. FNB is committed to community service and actively supports CASC scholarships and our alumni network. We are proud to recognize the leadership of FNB for their steadfast support of CASC and look forward to continuing this partnership for years to come.”

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education’s Regents Business Partnership Excellence Award is designed to highlight successful partnerships between higher education institutions and businesses and to further cultivate the higher learning environment through State Regents’ Economic Development Grants.


Institutions involved in these partnerships provide $500 for tuition waivers to employees of the partnering businesses; internships that enable current students to work at the partnering businesses; faculty externships with the partnering businesses; and/or enhancement of the partnerships with additional equipment, materials or supplies. The State Regents provide a $500 match to the waivers.


“To solve the workforce development challenges facing Oklahoma, our colleges and universities continue to work collaboratively with leaders in the private, public and nonprofit sectors,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “These partnerships between business and industry and our state system institutions ensure that we continue building the skilled workforce needed for Oklahoma to be globally competitive.”



Wednesday, 06 March 2019 02:09

Second Chances Coffee and Pastry Bar



Second Chances Recovery and Retail Store in Poteau is now offering a great service to the community with their new Coffee and Pastry Bar.

The store and the coffee bar are located at 2312 N Broadway in Poteau.

The Poteau Chamber of Commerce welcomed them with a ribbon cutting during their Grand Opening Celebration on Tuesday, March 5, 2019.

Second Chances Resale Store & Coffee/Pastry Bar exist to support Second Chances Recovery Program.

Their mission is to help people reach their full potential in all areas of their lives.

Their goal is to provide recovery resources and services to rehabilitate people who are struggling with life controlling issues to a healthy, functional and productive lifestyle. This may include educational courses, counseling, transitional housing, job training, and other various means of support and assistance.

Second Chances will train people completing community service and those leaving our prison and detention centers to re-enter society as healthy, dependable, hardworking individuals.



Poteau, OKLAHOMA - The Poteau Chamber of Commerce presented four Civic Improvement Awards to area businesses that have remodeled or built new facilities in Poteau in 2018.



These business and community partners where presented their award at the 100th Poteau Chamber of Commerce Banquet held on Thursday, Feb 28, 2019 at the Donald W Reynolds Center in Poteau.




Poteau Familly Fitness

Owned by Lance Sconyers moved from its previous location on Broadway to an all new more spacious facilty located just off McKenna on Witte in Poteau.

The new location was completely remodeled after being vacant for several years.

The old location in the past years was Hamlin Manafacturing.

The new location provides a clean, well lighted, safe, family atmosphere with more amenties such as student passess, a child area, basketball courts, lounge area and 24 hour access.




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PJ & Jarel Brown accepting their award from Mark Caldwell.



Pinnancle Health Care


Pinnancle Health Care is owned by PJ & Jarel Brown.


Located 210 West Robert St. Just behind Marvins IGA.

Pinnnacle Health is a full service primary care facility for your entire family providing pediatric care and well check-ups for children, women, men's health, chronic disease management and sesthetics.


Pinnacle Health features three full time providers, nine exam rooms and a full lab with in house testing, drug screens and D.O.T. physicals.

They are currently accepting new patients and walk-ins are welcomed.


The Choctaw Food Distribution Center

The Choctaw Food Distribution Center was built as a part of The Choctaw Nation continuing commitment to better serve our tribal members, it is a state of the art facility and strategically located so that we can not only serve tribal members in the immediate area, but those in the newly expanded service area in the counties in Arkansas that border the Choctaw Nation as well.


The Store will serve approximately 675 families per month and will provide one million dollars’ worth of food annually.


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Accepting the Award -  Choctaw Nation Tribal Councilman Delton Cox staff members.


Choctaw Health Wellness

The Original Poteau Wellness Center opened in July of 2015 with a 6,100 square foot facility complete with a half-court basketball gym and a basic fitness area with cardio and cable machines and one employee.

Within the first year the facility received over 1,500 visits per month. Once fully staffed with 7 employees the monthly visits grew to over 2,500 visits per month.

After out growing the facility a new 13,500 sq foot facility was constructed and opened in May of 2018.

The current Faciltiy has a 1/2 court basketball court, 2 fitness class rooms, a large cross-fit area and a multiple top of the line exercise machine and free weight area.


In August 2018 the Poteau located host the first Tushka Warrior Games.

The facility has many classes for all ages with cross-fit, zumba, spin class and Sr. chair volleybally teams.

The faciilty is also used by local sports school teams from Poteau, Howe and Wister.

Law Enforcement, EMT's, Fire Fighters and Military also receive access.

The Choctaw Nation is excited to be playing a huge role in creating a healthier and stronger community.


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Accepting The Award  - Chief Gary Batton and Choctaw Tribal Councilman, Delton Cox



Poteau OKLAHOMA -  With the 100th Poteau Chamber of Commerce Banquet being held on Thursday, Feb 28, 2019. The Chamber would like to honor and pay tribute to the longevity and support these businesses have given the community.



The following businesses and people have been working for 45 years or more to make Poteau 'Above the Ordinary"



JL Ford
Ford Investments is located at 111 Dewey Ave in Poteau, OK – JL Ford has been meeting the real-estate needs for the community for 50 years.



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Bill and Jody Hoffman with JOB


JOB Construction Company privately held company in Poteau established in 1976.




Mick LaFevers owner of Tote A Pokes Stores

Tote-A-Poke Convenience stores are offering a wide selection of convenience items, including: NON-ETHONOL Gasoline, Diesel, Deli-food Items, and Money Orders. There are Nine (9) stores located in LeFlore County and one (1) in Haskell County.

Poteau is host to two Tote-A-Poke locations with the Southern location hosting a car wash.



Winford Webb from Wimps Barbershop

Wimps Barber Shop is located in Poteau at 2212 ½ Broadway in Poteau.
In Business for 50 years.


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Jon Pickel, Poteau Theaters

Poteau Theaters In Service for 80 years and a very popular attraction for movie goers.


Ollies Lumber Company

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The crew at Ollies Lumber Company

Since 1929 Ollie Lumber Company in Poteau & Pocola, Oklahoma, takes great pride in providing high quality customer service. They strive to carry the most comprehensive selection of building supplies and hardware in the area. Located at 300 N Broadway St in Poteau and 203 S Pocola Blvd in Pocola.


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Ben Curtis

Curtis Law firm - 45 years of service to Poteau and surrounding area.


United Country

Jeff Shockley, Darali Mixon and Jim Mixon with United Country Realty


United Country Real Estate Located at 2507 N Broadway in Poteau, in business for 62 years!


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The crew at D&D 

D&D Pharmacy - Serving the Community for 45 years.

D&D Pharmacy is located at 1940 N Broadway St in Poteau



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Staff from KTC


Kiamichi Technology Centers has been established in Poteau for 50 years and now they are conveniently located in southeastern Oklahoma with 10 campuses spread over 12 counties to provide the greatest educational opportunities for every person, no matter what stage in their education process.



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Mandy Roberts and CASC President Dr. Jay Falkner

Carl Albert State College 85 years of service to the Community
Originally named Poteau Junior College, it was changed in the 1950’s to Poteau Community College, and in 1971 to Carl Albert Junior College in honor of the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives who represented the congressional district in which the school is located. On October 25, 1973, the college became a part of the state system of higher education as a state-owned and state-operated institution. In May 1990, the Oklahoma Legislature approved a bill which changed the school’s name to Carl Albert State College.



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Administration from Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center

Since 1950, EOMC has worked to provide quality healthcare throughout Southeastern Oklahoma. EOMC is a public non-profit entity overseen by a Board of Trustees appointed by the LeFlore County Commissioners. Our goal is to efficiently provide comprehensive personal healthcare services by making available modern medical equipment, specialized medical services, and medical knowledge which would be limited without proper facilities.


Some of the biggest supporters to Poteau and the entire community have been businesses who have been serving the community and providing top quality customer service for 100 years or more.



Bridgman’s Furniture

Bridgman’s Furniture has been serving downtown Poteau since 1896. They carry new and used furniture as well as carpet and custom window coverings. This family owned business is located at 102 Dewey Ave.



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Employees of CNB 


Central National Bank

The Bank of Poteau was chartered March 7, 1901 in 1902, the name was changed to The National Bank of Poteau and the first building was constructed at the corner of McKenna and Dewey.

In 1919, the Bank's name was changed to Central State Bank and finally in 1922 the institution became Central National Bank.

Central National, LeFlore County's oldest and largest bank, has over $200,000,000 in total assets and serves its customers from six convenient locations in Poteau, Pocola, Panama, Stigler and Heavener.



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Jim Cook with Evans and Miller Funeral Homes


Evans and Miller Funeral Home

For over 100 years, Evans and Miller Funeral Home has served LeFlore County and the surrounding areas with the best funeral care - a care based on understanding, dignity, and thoughtfulness.

Evans and Miller Funeral Home is locally owned and operated. With two locations to help the serve the needs of the people they are located at 411 Dewey Ave. in Poteau and 301 S. Pocola Blvd, Pocola, OK.


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Gloria Cherry and Michael Cooper with Shanahan Finance 


Shanahan Finance

Located at 500 South Broadway in the Cloverleaf Plaza is Shanahan Finance. This family owned business has been serving the community for 100 years.


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Employees from the Poteau Daily News 


The Poteau Daily News


According to their Facebook page - In 1895, The Poteau Ledger became the pioneering paper to this part of Indian Territory owned by H. J. Duke with Ed Hooker as the editor. 


The Poteau Ledger eventually became the Poteau News. The first issue on file with the Oklahoma Historical Society is one of Sept. 5, 1907.


In October of 1908 Robert L. Kidd assumed ownership. Kidd sold the Poteau News to Bert McCausey in 1940. Bob Lee Kidd Jr. and James Park Kidd became owners of the LeFlore County Sun and acquired the Poteau News.


There were other owners through the years, but Horizon Publication Company purchased the Poteau Daily News in 2003.


Photos provided by Sara Powell, Poteau Chamber of Commerce.

Poteau Mainstreet Matters is investing in Poteau business by purchasing incredible prizes for the community and then giving the prizes away in a Mega Raffle on March 9, 2019.

Tickets are only $100.00 each.

You can purchase a ticket from Central National Bank of Poteau, Arvest Bank, The Community State Bank, First National Bank, Poteau Chamber, McKimmey Marketing and Productions LLC., Parham Chiropractic or the Poteau Mainstreet office on Dewey.

Advertising, social media posts, and recognition is going to our local businesses! We are using this to promote THEM!

The Poteau Mainstreet Matters board members also have tickets to sell so grab one from one of them or from one of these great locations, before they’re gone!!


Look at this bad boy!! (Pun intended.) Thanks to Premier Outdoor Equipment for partnering with Poteau Mainstreet in the MEGA Raffle! We are so excited for someone to win this Bad Boy 42 in. zero turn mower!


Corgill's Motorsports has sweetened the Mega Raffle prizes with 3, yes, THREE Yamaha Children 110s & 3 helmets!

What an amazing prize for your family to take on your Spring Break adventures!


One of the fabulous prizes in the MEGA Raffle is a year of promotional materials from Mark it Place!!

Perhaps one month you create customized t-shirts, or name badges for your company, or can coolers with your logo, or gifts for your volunteers and business patrons!


Don't miss out! The Mega Raffle is March 9th!!


Poteau Main Street Matters Inc., DBA. Historic Downtown Poteau is a 501c3 non-profit organization that focuses on the revitalization, economic development, promotion, and preservation of downtown Poteau.


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Current executive director, Mary Parham, has over 15 years’ experience in event planning and project management. Our goal is to make downtown Poteau the most desired destination in the area, bring jobs and new businesses to Poteau and create a fun, family friendly environment that also preserves our history and historical buildings.

Press release

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate Retirement and Insurance Committee unanimously approved a bill by President Pro Tempore Greg Treat that would help more small business owners gain access to quality, affordable health plans.


Senate Bill 943 increases access to association health plans (AHP) by making state law more closely reflect federal rule changes that allow more employer groups and associations to form AHPs based on common geography or industry.



An AHP allows small business owners to group together as if a much larger, single employer to obtain health insurance oftentimes at lower rates.


“Association health plans could have a huge impact for small business owners and sole proprietors across Oklahoma – who drive much of the job creation that keeps our economy growing,” said Treat, R-Oklahoma City. “Senate Bill 943 lets small employers and sole proprietors in Oklahoma take advantage of AHPs to gain access to quality, affordable health care plans. This could save small businesses hundreds, if not thousands of dollars each year, resources that can be reinvested back into their companies and employees.”

Senate Bill 943 now heads to the Senate floor for consideration.

By Vera Nelson


The Talihina Chamber of Commerce sponsored a wonderful Valentine’s Day Dinner at Pistols and Pearls beautiful White Barn.


The food was prepared by the Talihina Chamber of Commerce Members and staff; it was served by Mrs. Bradbury’s very helpful Talihina School FCCLA students.


Brian McClain provided the music; there was dancing, door prizes and a drawing for some wonderful prizes.


There were a lot of winners; everyone had a really good time.


It was a night to remember. We would like to thank all our sponsors, this event would not have been possible without them; Walmart (Poteau & McAlester), Marvin’s (Poteau), Choctaw Nation Market & Cedar Hill Auto Supply (Clayton), Red River Realty, Valley Super Foods, Dollar General, Horse Heaven Ranch, Lawson Pharmacy, Redeemed Furniture & More, Bumper to Bumper, Gina Gregson, Spike’s Corner Garage, Rockin H, Jessica Watts, Allelujah Therapeutic Massage, Back Roads Guided History Tours Committee and Susan DuBose (Talihina), Creekside Soaps(Leflore), Holiday Inn Express, Element Day Spa, and Main Street Barbeque(Durant). Proceeds from the event went to the Talihina Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center.


We promote tourism and support our local businesses and strive to bring new businesses to the area.


For more information contact the Talihina Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center located at 201 First Street Talihina. 918-567-3434.


Poteau, OKLAHOMA - Arthur Greeno is the owner/operator of two Chick-fil-A restaurants in Tulsa OK., an Amazon bestselling author, a mentor and a coach was the guest speaker at the Poteau Chamber of Commerce Annual meeting on Jan 29, 2019.

Greeno motivated the audience with antidotes about his business plan.

Greeno’s Chick-fil-A store in Tulsa holds the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Soft Drink, a 834-gallon cup of freshly-squeezed Chick-fil-A lemonade.

He is also in the Guinness Book of World Records for the Largest Sweet Tea. Greeno created a nine-foot tall cup holding more than 1,140 gallons of freshly brewed sweet tea and ice.

Greeno has been involved with Chick-fil-A for a total of 30 years, with 26 of those years as an owner.



Larry Spradley, Arthur Greeno and Bob Reed 


The staff from Kiamichi Technology Center with Greeno

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Karen Wages, Poteau Chamber, Greeno and Michael Culwell

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Greeno with Sara Powell with the Poteau Chamber

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