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After investing significant hours into reviewing policies and practices to ensure that executions are handled humanely, efficiently, and in accordance with state statute and court rulings, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections (ODOC) is prepared to resume executions in the state of Oklahoma.

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It’s coming around again. The holiday that one person can dread like the pit of hell itself, but another family member anticipates and salivates for the previous 364 days before it arrives. “Food, man! Lots and lots of good stuff!”

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Kiamichi Tech-Poteau Campus Director Michael Culwell told members of the Poteau Rotary Club for the local civic organization’s weekly meeting  Oct. 13 at Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center that things are going well at his education institution.

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The Poteau Chamber of Commerce and the Choctaw Nation put on Friday’s Legislative Meet-and-Greet Luncheon, which took place at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center. Along with Poteau Mayor Scotty White, left, legislators who were present were, from left, Choctaw Tribal Council Seat No. 4 …

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Patrons enjoy the meal during the Poteau Band Boosters tailgate party in the east parking lot of Costner Stadium prior to Friday night’s homecoming game vs. Muldrow.

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The 2021 Poteau High School band homecoming ceremony took place prior to the District 4A-4 game against Muldrow on Friday night at Costner Stadium. Senior Triston Barber, center left, crowned Emily Teague band homecoming queen. The crown bearer was Brett Tyrell Smittle, left, and the flower …

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The 2021 Poteau High School football homecoming ceremony took place prior to the District 4A-4 game against Muldrow on Friday night at Costner Stadium. Reagan Bullard, middle left, was crowned football homecoming queen by senior Jeffrey Martin. The flower girl was Mackenzie Jade Christenberr…

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Makenna Wofford, left, was crowned football homecoming queen by senior Trinity Bright prior to Friday night’s District 2A-6 game against Tulsa Cascia Hall at John Carter Field.                                                                           

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As patrons drive along Williams Road between Panama and Old Highway 112, they will see many residences’ driveway entrances off the road decorated like this one. There’s around five such driveway decorations along Williams Road.

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Health and Wellness/The Pines at Poteau Marketing Director Connie Olcott speaks to members of the Poteau Rotary Club during the local civic organization’s weekly meeting at Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center. She told members about both the new Poteau rehabilatory and substance abuse recovery c…

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For the first time in about three years, Good Times Community Theater Group will put on one of its largest productions this week when it does “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” at 7 p.m. Thursday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center.

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The Pines of Poteau, a substance abuse and recovery facility, which opened Sept. 1, is already quite busy, according to Health and Wellness Center/The Pines at Poteau Marketing Director Connie Olcott.

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Arvest Bank honored Poteau Public Schools’ Seventh-Eighth Grade Academic Center technical education, robotics and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teacher Tarah Lamb, center, with a $500 check in honor of the bank’s “We Love Teachers” campaign. Presenting Lamb the chec…

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The Poteau High School Academic Team celebrated Columbus Day by winning its district tournament, which took place Monday at Poteau High School. The team qualified for the regional tournament, which will take place Nov. 13 at Stigler.

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One of the many balloons in town for the 2021 Poteau Balloonfest is all aglow during Thursday night’s Balloonfest Balloon Glow. The event actually started Friday and will end Saturday night.

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The 2021 Arkoma football homecoming ceremony took place Thursday night prior to the Mustangs’ District B-6 game against Cave Springs at Mustang Field. Whitley Gray, back left, was crowned homecoming queen by senior football player Easton Smith, back right. The flower girl is Ganessa Tumminel…

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Friday is the last day to apply for voter registration to be eligible to vote in the Nov. 9 Pocola School Bond and Town of Wister Special Election, according to LeFlore County Election Board Secretary Sharon Steele.

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The Poteau Chamber of Commerce welcomed Taming the Jungle Lawn Care Services to the membership with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday afternoon outside the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center.

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This replica of Edwards Store will be on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday in a building adjacent to the Oklahoma Forestry Services office, located at 1379 NW Oklahoma State Highway 2.

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The Poteau Chamber of Commerce uses this balloon display in front of the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center to remind patrons that the 2021 Poteau Balloonfest will be Friday and Saturday. There will be 12 balloons, with about 11 of them making an appearance Thursday night in Poteau.

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The Poteau Fire Department made a visit to the Poteau First United Methodist preschool children on Thursday to help share a lesson on fire prevention.

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The Poteau Kiwanis Club had its Installation of Officers Banquet on Thursday night at Warehouse Willy’s From left, Hadlee Robinson was installed as a new board member, Lyle Whitworth as vice-president, Troy George as a new member, Jeff Dodd as secretary, Lt. Gov. Gary Jackson, David Seeley a…

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Patrons enjoy their meal Saturday afternoon during the inaugural Oktoberfest, which took place in downtown Poteau.

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Jonathan Marshall, left, and Ben Costiloe "duel it out" in a medieval re-enactment Saturday morning during the first day of the two-day Heavener Runestone Festival. The festival will conclude Sunday.

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Savannah Glasco of Savy's Chic Jewelry, right, shows customers, clockwise from left, Rena Brown, Alene Hall and Debra Moore, some of her inventory at her booth Saturday morning as part of the October Talimena Trade Days in downtown Talihina. Glasco is the Heavener High School athletic traine…

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Spiro football senior Braxton Peterson, second from left, crowns Sadie Bridges, second from right,  homecoming queen prior to Friday night’s District 2A-5 game against Roland at McClain Stadium. Tripp Riggs, left, was the crown bearer and Mabry Anne Harrison was the flower girl.

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Motorcycles lined the whole block of Dewey Avenue between McKenna and Witte avenues to begin the three-day Friends of Oklahoma Motorcycle Rally, which will conclude Saturday. Also Saturday, from 1-9 p.m., will be the first-ever Oktoberfest, which will also take place in downtown Poteau.