By Vera Nelson
On May 18th the Backoads History Tour will travel a portion of the Butterfield Stagecoach Route located in Latimer and LeFlore County.
The Butterfield Overland Mail (officially the Overland Mail Company) was a stagecoach service in the United States operating from 1858 to 1861.
It carried passengers and U.S. Mail from two eastern termini, Memphis, Tennessee, and St. Louis, Missouri, to San Francisco, California. The routes from each eastern terminus met at Fort Smith, Arkansas, and then continued through Indian Territory (Oklahoma), Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Mexico, and California ending in San Francisco.
This tour will take you to sites where the stage made stops. One stop still has an original store building, Decedents of the original store owners are renovating the building and grounds. The owner will be on hand to tell the history of the site and answer questions.
You will see old school houses, cemeteries and other sites.
For more information on this and other tours contact the Talihina Chamber of Commerce at 918-567-3434 or e-mail
Press release from Vera Nelson, Talihina Chamber of Commerce
BACK ROADS HISTORY TOURS of Talihina will be conducting two guided tours on April 26th and 27th.
If you love history and would like to go on either or both tours contact the chamber of commerce at 918-567-3434 for details.
The Friday Tour will be in the Southeastern area of Latimer County. Saturday's tour will be in Northeastern Pushmataha and Southern Latimer Counties.
Both tours begin at the Information center in Talihina. Each tour last about 6 hours and include a picnic lunch. We leave at 9:00 am and try to return by 3:00.
Friday night we are having a dinner and program for those who are registered for the tours and all business owners and managers of businesses in and around Talihina.
There will be story telling about the past, live music, and catfish dinner with cole slaw, beans, fries and dessert. this will be held at the Choctaw Community Center in Talihina and the cost will be $15.00 per person. Registeration for the dinner closes Wednesday.
Next on our Tour agenda on the 18th of May we will have a Butterfield Stage Line Tour from Red Oak to Skullyville.
It also will begin at the Talihina Visitor’s Center located at 201 First Street, Talihina. Please register at least one week in advance. It too will include a picnic lunch.
The advantage of our tours is we have guides who have prepared well and searched out all the historical information of each tour. Every tour includes cemeteries, abandoned schools, old communities and towns, and any locations on the historical registry. We travel the back roads as much as possible.
Back Roads Tours is an arm of the Talihina chamber of Commerce and all money raised is dedicated for the expansion of tourism in our area. For information call 918-567-3434
The Poteau Chamber of Commerce welcomed its newest member with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, April 9,2019.
Lloyd Land Surveying is now open for business to service the area.
If you need Boundary Surveys, Topographic Survey, Loan Surveys, Mortgage Inspections, Construction Staking, Flood Certificates & eLOMAs, Land Development Planning or Legal Descriptions contact Jason Lloyd, Registered Professional Land Surveyor at 918-413-5324.
Check out www.lloydlandsurveying.com for more information
Gail Caddell, Talihina Chamber of Commerce
It’s time to come to the Twelfth Annual Mountain Gate Poker Run; Saturday April 13th (April 20th rain date). There are $1000 in cash prizes, Registration fee is $30.00, includes evening meal. Registration starts at 8:00am at the Talihina Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center located at 201 First Street downtown Talihina; the beginning stop will be at Pam’s Hateful Hussy Diner located at 304 Dallas Street, downtown Talihina.
Come early and enjoy a breakfast buffet or one of the other delicious items offered on the menu. First bike out at 9:00am, Last bike out at 12:00pm, other stops on the route are; Subway, T-Town Vape, Black Rock Roost, Talihina Realty, Valley Super Foods, Yanush Assembly of God church, Big Cedar RV Park & Cabins, River Bird Cabins, Clayton Pharmacy, Choctaw Country Market, and the end stop will be at Chuck’s Classic Cycles located at 15632 SE Hwy 2, Tuskahoma. Last bike in by 4:00pm. Chucks has a motorcycle museum, a retail store, motorcycle repair shop, and a Beer Tiki Hut. This years end stop will feature music by the “Backroads Band”, first 50 to register will receive a goodie bag from “Law Tigers” Motorcycle Lawyers, T-Shirts will be for sale, 50/50, Silent Auction, with items from Red River Realty in Talihina, Old Fort Harley-Davidson in Fort Smith, Choctaw Nation Museum in Tuskahoma, Corgill’s Yamaha, Poteau, True Value Hardware, and O’Reilly Auto Parts in Poteau and much more. These are just a few of the things that will be going on at the end stop.
We want to thank our sponsors: Belle Point Beverage, Black Rock Roost, Bryant Dirt Work, Burkhart’s Funeral Home, Choctaw Country (Choctaw Nation Tourism), Choctaw Nation Museum, Clayton Pharmacy, Community State Bank, Donnie’s Body Shop, Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center, El Ranch Mexican Grill, Sam Wamplers Freedom Ford, Hollands Thick and Thin Lumber, Honobia Bigfoot Organization, Kiamichi Electric, Talihina American Newspaper, Talihina Branch Spiro State Bank, Talihina Family Dentistry, Talihina Public School, Talihina Stone Talimena Scenic Drive Visitors Center, TY Glaudrone insurance agent, and Valley Super Foods. We would also like to thank the following for all their help: Christian Motorcycle Group (Judges), East@KTC (Posters, Banners, Stop signs printing), Pepsi Cola Bottling Co (Pop, Water, Banners)Kiamichi Technology Center.
You can pre-register online at talihinacc.com or at the Talimena Scenic Drive Visitors Center 201 First Street, Talihina.
If you would like to be part of this event contact us at 918-567-3434 or
OKLAHOMA CITY – Since emerging from a downturn in March 2017, Gross Receipts to the Treasury have increased consistently each month, reflecting the strength of the Oklahoma economy, State Treasurer Randy McDaniel announced today.
March receipts of $1.1 billion are 10.3 percent higher than collections from the same month of last year. Receipts from the past 12 months, at $13.3 billion, are up by 12.5 percent over the prior period.
“During two years of consecutive monthly growth in Gross Receipts to the Treasury, Oklahoma’s economy has clearly shown its resiliency,” McDaniel said. “The state has weathered ups and downs in energy prices, along with other challenges, yet continues to expand.”
During March, three of the four major revenue streams showed increases over the same month of last year. Income, sales, and gross production taxes showed growth, while motor vehicle taxes were down. Tax commission officials said the reduction in motor vehicle receipts were likely due to timing issues and not indicative of an economic cause.
March gross production taxes generated $96.2 million, up by 32.2 percent from the prior year. Those payments were assessed on the production of crude oil and natural gas in January, when West Texas Intermediate Crude Oil at Cushing sold for $51.38 per barrel. It marks the lowest gross production total since the incentive tax rate increase became effective with September 2018 receipts.
Total gross collections during the past 12 months reflect growth in every major revenue stream, ranging from 76.2 percent in gross production receipts to 2.3 percent in motor vehicle taxes.
New Tax Revenue
Revenue generated by increased tax rates approved in House Bill 1010 during special session last year added $54.2 million to monthly collections, 5 percent of all March gross receipts.
The largest amount, $30.1 million, came from the increase in the incentive tax rate on oil and natural gas gross production. Higher tax rates on gasoline and diesel fuel generated $11 million, and the $1 per pack hike in cigarette taxes added $13 million to the March total.
The Oklahoma Business Conditions Index dropped in March, but continued to reflect anticipated growth for a 20th consecutive month. The March index was set at 53.9, down from 58.1 in February. Numbers above 50 indicate anticipated economic growth during the next three to six months.
Oklahoma’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.3 percent was up by one-tenth of a percentage point in February, while the U.S. jobless rate of 3.8 percent marked a two-tenths of a percentage point decrease from the prior month, according to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.
March gross collections total $1.1 billion, up $101.2 million, or 10.3 percent, from March 2018.
Gross income tax collections, a combination of individual and corporate income taxes, generated $354.8 million, an increase of $31.3 million, or 9.7 percent, from the previous March.
Individual income tax collections for the month are $327.5 million, up by $27.6 million, or 9.5 percent, from the prior year. Corporate collections are $27.3 million, an increase of $3.7 million, or 15.7 percent.
Sales tax collections, including remittances on behalf of cities and counties, total $383 million in March. That is $14.1 million, or 3.8 percent, more than March 2018.
Gross production taxes on oil and natural gas generated $96.2 million in March, an increase of $23.5 million, or 32.2 percent, from last March. Compared to February 2019 reports, gross production collections are down by $9.4 million, or 8.9 percent.
Motor vehicle taxes produced $67.3 million, down by $7 million, or 9.4 percent, from the same month of 2018.
Other collections, consisting of about 60 different sources including use taxes, along with taxes on fuel, tobacco, and alcoholic beverages, produced $182.6 million during the month. That is $39.2 million, or 27.4 percent, more than last March.
Gross revenue totals $13.3 billion from the past 12 months. That is $1.5 billion, or 12.5 percent, more than collections from the previous 12 months.
Gross income taxes generated $4.5 billion for the period, reflecting an increase of $335.2 million, or 8.1 percent, from the prior 12 months.
Individual income tax collections total $3.9 billion, up by $236.4 million, or 6.4 percent, from the prior 12 months. Corporate collections are $514.1 million for the period, an increase of $98.8 million, or 23.8 percent, over the previous period.
Sales taxes for the 12 months generated $4.9 billion, an increase of $322.7million, or 7.1 percent, from the prior period.
Oil and gas gross production tax collections brought in $1.1 billion during the 12 months, up by $471.4 million, or 76.2 percent, from the previous period.
Motor vehicle collections total $782.7 million for the period. This is an increase of $17.3 million, or 2.3 percent, from the trailing period.
Other sources generated $2.1 billion, up by $330.6 million, or 19.1 percent, from the previous year.
About Gross Receipts to the Treasury
The Office of the State Treasurer developed the monthly Gross Receipts to the Treasury report in order to provide a timely and broad view of the state’s macro economy.
It is released 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 less than half of the state’s gross receipts with the remainder paid in rebates and refunds, remitted to cities and counties, and apportioned to other state funds.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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"
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.
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.
Jon Pickel, Poteau Theaters
Poteau Theaters In Service for 80 years and a very popular attraction for movie goers.
Ollies Lumber Company
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.
Curtis Law firm - 45 years of service to Poteau and surrounding area.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.