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Why is it so hard to put your spouse first, without expecting anything in return for your absolutely selfless kindness and generosity … sigh?

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Last week very much seemed like Eastern Oklahoma State College week. On May 5, I recognized the EOSC women’s basketball team on the House floor for their Region II Championship. Then, I had Jacob Johnson on the floor the following day to honor his accomplishment as being named “All American …

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I attended the Monroe Old Timers Day on May 1, and I’m proud to say I placed third in the cornhole competition. I had some pretty stiff heat up against me, so this was quite an accomplishment. This is a nice community event with music, food and great fellowship with a bunch of friendly folks…

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After 100 days in office, it has become increasingly clear that that the Biden Administration is moving us in a direction — the wrong one. Just compare that to the tireless energy and countless victories we achieved for Oklahomans and families across the country under President Trump. We nee…

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As you may recall from previous columns, the Legislature is in the process of redrawing our legislative district boundaries to reflect population changes following the census last year. This is to ensure that all lawmakers represent a fairly equal number of constituents and each citizen’s vo…

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Heart of Hospice Account Executive Julie Strickland talks to members of the Poteau Rotary Club during the local civic organization’s weekly meeting Wednesday afternoon at Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center. She told Rotarians that it’s important to start as early as possible in thinking about g…

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Farrell Duncan, right, donates blood while assisted by Oklahoma Blood Institute Technician Amanda Hyatt at Tuesday afternoon’s blood drive at Heavener First Baptist Church. There will be a blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at Kiamichi Tech-Talihina campus inside conference rooms …

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District 3 State Rep. Rick West, front row, second from left, welcomed the Class of 2021 of Leadership LeFlore County to the State Capitol last week. Sharing the moment are Reps. Randy Randleman (R-Eufaula), front row, far left, and Eddy Dempsey (R-Valliant), front row, second from right, as…

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This was one of many cars that cruised up and down Broadway Avenue as well as cruised Dewey Avenue in downtown Poteau on Friday night in the Poteau Chamber of Commerce’s first “Positively Positive Cruise Night” of 2021, which took place from 7-10 p.m. Friday.

Lions District 3 District Governor, Dollie Hainsinger Wooddel, visited with Lion Club members from Poteau, Heavener and Pocola May 3 at Western Sizzlin.  Wooddel reviewed the programs and plans for the past year and spoke of the plans for the coming year.  Awards were presented for years of …

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Wister Fire Department Firefighter Billy Cullers, right, donates blood with the help of Oklahoma Blood Institute technician Joyce Daniels during Friday afternoon’s LeFlore County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Blood Drive. There will be three more blood drives next week — 1:30-6 p.m. Tuesd…

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Historic Downtown Poteau Executive Director Mary Parham told members of the Poteau Kiwanis Club at the local civic organization’s weekly meeting Thursday afternoon at Western Sizzlin that HDP is gearing up for its spring and summer activities.

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Kassy West, left, donates blood under the watchful eye of Oklahoma Blood Institute Technician Mark Klyne during Tuesday afternoon’s blood drive at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center. There will be another blood drive from 12:15-5:15 p.m. Friday at the LeFlore County Emergency Medical Se…

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Cameron Public Schools Superintendent John Long told members of the Poteau Rotary Club at the local civic organization’s weekly meeting Wednesday afternoon at Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center that he hopes the new facilities being constructed to replace the ones damaged by fire in the fall of…

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LeFlore County Emergency Medical Services Director Keith Lickly shared with the Poteau Kiwanis Club at the local civic organization’s weekly meeting Thursday afternoon at Western Sizzlin all the technological advancements that has made LeFlore County EMS one of the best in the area for its r…

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Kim Standridge, left, donates blood with the help of Oklahoma Blood Institute Technician Victoria Slate during Wednesday’s “Go Big Red Blood Drive-Blake Standridge” blood drive at Double Branch Baptist Church. Kim is the grandmother of Blake, who currently is undergoing leukemia treatments. …

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Our family traveled a lot years ago, singing on Sunday morning in churches in another states. Back in those days, when you attended church, you were expected to dress more formally than is accepted today. Therefore, this entailed having to pack suits, ties and dresses, along with ‘non-church…

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After a long week of hearing bills on the Senate floor, we’ve officially concluded our work on House bills. Of the approximately 320 House bills that made it through the committee process, we approved approaching 280 of them. Our main focus now shifts to completing the Fiscal Year 2022 budge…

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    I’ll start with some good news this week as the Census Bureau has released the apportionment and resident population counts for the states. Oklahoma experienced 5.5 percent growth in the last 10 years. This is much better than all our immediate neighbors except Texas. I’m confident our c…

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Last week in the House of Representatives, we heard 187 Senate bills on numerous topics, but I want to focus on two which I found particularly significant. These were Senate Bill 131 regarding managed care and Senate Bill 2 dealing with transgender athletes.

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The Community State Bank’s longtime employee Pat Donathan, center, retired at the end of the work day Friday after beginning her more-than-50 years of service to the local banking institution Oct. 13, 1970. Donathan, who was one of the original seven employees when the bank was formed in 197…

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Poteau Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer Karen Wages wanted to make sure the city of Poteau kept active during the yearlong-plus COVID-19 pandemic. As she told the Poteau Kiwanis Club at its meeting Thursday at Western Sizzlin and the Poteau Rotary Club at its meeting Wednesday aft…

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The Oklahoma State Department of Health’s website reported Wednesday afternoon that LeFlore County has seen 15 new COVID-19 cases since Thursday. OSDH’s previous update April 14 showed only two deaths had occurred since the previous update April 7.

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Carl Albert State College student Brilee Neill from Canadian, right, donates blood with the help of Oklahoma Blood Institute technician Candice Thomas during the second day of the two-day CASC Blood Drive on Wednesday afternoon inside Hamilton Auditorium. The next Poteau Community Blood Driv…

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City of Poteau Attorney Marc Bovos, left, swears in, from left, Poteau City Councilman Tommy Robertson, City of Poteau Clerk Tami Spraberry, City of Poteau Treasurer Mandy Peck and Councilmen Phillip Zearley, Winford “Wimp” Webb and Jim Holstead during Monday afternoon’s swearing-in ceremony…

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A lot of people want to hold off on things like final plans for their health care wishes, but Heart of Hospice Account Executive Julie Strickland told the Poteau Kiwanis Club at the local civic organization’s meeting Thursday afternoon at Western Sizzlin that it’s never too late to do advanc…