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Saturday, 23 March 2019 14:53

Drowning at Tom Steed Lake in Kiowa County

 


According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a drowning incident occurred on March 23, 2019 at approximately 12:40 am on Rocky Shores, Site 13 at Tom Steed Lake in Kiowa County.

 

According to the report, Kyle Robert Burkitt, 36, of Macomb, was camping at Rocky Shores, Site 13 at Tom Steed Lake. A witness stated that Burkitt never came into the tent and reported victim missing at 9am on March 23, 2019 to the Oklahoma Park Rangers.


At approximately 10:41 am on March 23, 2019 OHP was advised by Kiowa County Sheriff’s Department that campers at site 17 found victim in the water.


Recovery was made by Trooper George Hoyle and Trooper Lane Gossen.

 

Burkitt was pronounced deceased at the scene by Medical Examiner Ron Jackson and transported to the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office in Oklahoma City.

 


Poteau, OKLAHOMA - On April 5, 2019 Poteau Mainstreet Matters Inc aka “Historic Downtown Poteau” will be hosting their First Friday Event in the Pocket Park downtown.


Come out and enjoy an evening of live music, featuring Aaron Emberton, adult beverages, & delicious desserts starting at 7pm.

 

 

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.

 

Current executive director, Mary Parham, has over 15 years’ experience in event planning and project management.

 

Their 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

 


MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Darrell Dewayne Roberts Jr., age 31, of Alma, Arkansas, entered a guilty plea to Possession With Intent To Distribute Methamphetamine, punishable by not less than 10 years and not more than life imprisonment, a fine up to $10,000,000.00, or both.

 

The Superseding Indictment alleges that on or about December 31, 2018, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, did knowingly and intentionally possess with intent to distribute 50 grams of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.

 

The charges arose from an investigation by the Roland Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

 

The Honorable Kimberly E. West, U.S. Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the plea and ordered the completion of a presentence investigation report.

 

Assistant United States Attorney Edward Snow represented the United States.

Saturday, 23 March 2019 12:31

Vote Don Harmon Poteau City Council

 

Submitted by Don Harmon for Poteau City Council

 

 

Hello citizens of Poteau, my name is Don Harmon.

 

I was born in Poteau and am a life-long resident here. I worked at the Poteau Food Market/ Super H Foods for 20 years for the late Hildred Lafevers.

 

In 1998 I began working for the City of Poteau reading water meters. I retired March 23, 2018 after 20 years of faithful service.

 

I would like to continue to serve the city of Poteau once again as your Councilman.

 

I will do my best to serve you with honesty and honor.

 

I am married to Kim Harmon who is the director of the Poteau Nutrition Center.

 

We have four daughters and we attend The First Freewill Baptist Church in Poteau.

 

I have been asked several times who can vote in this election.

 

Everyone living in the city limits of Poteau can vote in this election on April 2.

 

I would love to have your vote and to serve you the People of Poteau.

 

Paid for by Don Harmon for Poteau City Council

Saturday, 23 March 2019 12:25

Louise Ollie Wood

 

Louise Ollie Wood of Poteau, Oklahoma was born September 8, 1940 in Fort Smith, Arkansas to Theodore Kingsborough and Leona (Wells) Restine and passed away March 22, 2019 in Fort Smith at the age of 78.

 

Louise is survived by three sons, Jack Wood and wife Lisa of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Mike Maxwell and wife Dana of Clayton, Oklahoma and Johnny Wood and wife Melody of Poteau, Oklahoma, two daughters, Jessie Yandell and husband Larry of Hontubby, Oklahoma and Kellie McCoy of Fort Smith, Arkansas, 11 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, 2 great, great grandchildren, three sisters Anna Lovell, Donna Cluck and Terry Restine, one brother, Ronnie Kingsborough, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other family, friends, and loved ones.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore Kingsborough and Leona (Wells) Restine, her husband, Melvin Wood, and sister Linda Reed.

 

A woman we admire for her love of life and strength no matter what life threw her way. A woman who loved her family beyond what any other person known on this earth. A woman who taught us that no matter what a family has each other's back. A woman who may not have given us everything we wanted but a woman who ensured we always had what we needed. A woman who taught us to always stand for justice and righteousness. A woman who welcomed everyone into her home and made them feel like part of the family. Momma though your life is over here on earth you live on through us.

 

Pallbearers will be Camdon Green, Cody Cox, Lyndal Ritter, Jeremy Quarry, Eric Ellis and Jim Cluck.

 

Funeral services will be 2:00 pm March 26 at the Grace Memorial Chapel with Brother Rick Snyder officiating, burial will follow in the Old Bokoshe Cemetery.

 

Services are under the direction of Grace Funeral Services in Poteau, Oklahoma.

 

Viewing and visitation with the family will be held 4pm-6pm Monday at the funeral home.

 

Please log on to www.gracemanorfh.com to sign her guest book. 

Saturday, 23 March 2019 12:25

Louise Ollie Wood

 

Louise Ollie Wood of Poteau, Oklahoma was born September 8, 1940 in Fort Smith, Arkansas to Theodore Kingsborough and Leona (Wells) Restine and passed away March 22, 2019 in Fort Smith at the age of 78.

 

Louise is survived by three sons, Jack Wood and wife Lisa of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Mike Maxwell and wife Dana of Clayton, Oklahoma and Johnny Wood and wife Melody of Poteau, Oklahoma, two daughters, Jessie Yandell and husband Larry of Hontubby, Oklahoma and Kellie McCoy of Fort Smith, Arkansas, 11 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, 2 great, great grandchildren, three sisters Anna Lovell, Donna Cluck and Terry Restine, one brother, Ronnie Kingsborough, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other family, friends, and loved ones.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Theodore Kingsborough and Leona (Wells) Restine, her husband, Melvin Wood, and sister Linda Reed.

 

A woman we admire for her love of life and strength no matter what life threw her way. A woman who loved her family beyond what any other person known on this earth. A woman who taught us that no matter what a family has each other's back. A woman who may not have given us everything we wanted but a woman who ensured we always had what we needed. A woman who taught us to always stand for justice and righteousness. A woman who welcomed everyone into her home and made them feel like part of the family. Momma though your life is over here on earth you live on through us.

 

Pallbearers will be Camdon Green, Cody Cox, Lyndal Ritter, Jeremy Quarry, Eric Ellis and Jim Cluck.

 

Funeral services will be 2:00 pm March 26 at the Grace Memorial Chapel with Brother Rick Snyder officiating, burial will follow in the Old Bokoshe Cemetery.

 

Services are under the direction of Grace Funeral Services in Poteau, Oklahoma.

 

Viewing and visitation with the family will be held 4pm-6pm Monday at the funeral home.

 

Please log on to www.gracemanorfh.com to sign her guest book. 


Poteau, OKLAHOMA - The Poteau Chamber of Commerce’s March Lunch and Learn was held at The Donald W. Reynold’s Community Center in Poteau. The topic of this month’s meeting was a Meet the Candidates for the City of Poteau Municipal Election, which will be April 2, 2019.


Karen Wages, CEO of the Poteau Chamber welcomed everyone to lunch and invited them to get in line for the BBQ sandwiches catered by Brenda Blake owner of The Lumber Jack Café located inside Ron’s Discount Lumber in Howe. Poteau City Councilman Clay Bennett, who is running for re-election, sponsored the lunch.


After everyone had gone through the lunch line, Wages gave the invocation then introduced the candidates for each office. Jack Scott who is a mayoral candidate and city council candidates Don Harmon and Matt Lamb were not able to attend the luncheon.


Each candidate in attendance had 5 minutes to introduce himself and tell the audience what he would like to accomplish if elected to his respective position. All the candidates have good ideas about how to improve Poteau. “Change” seemed to be the common theme of all their plans.


Mayoral candidate Chris Ford said, “No matter who is elected mayor, we will see change.” Former mayor Jeff Shockley has been in office since 1999 decided no to seek re-election. Ford continued with “I want to be a part of the future of Poteau.”


Candidate for mayor, Jarrod Ridenour spoke about being a public servant. “Seeking and holding public office is a noble cause.” He said that elected officials should be accessible, and that the City need to be efficient. He believes that developing partnerships with other entities “will be a key component for the next mayor’s strategic plan.”


Mayoral candidate Scotty White said that as mayor he would “brings hearts and minds together...When tragedy strikes, we come together strong. We should do that on a daily basis.” His plans include cleaning up dilapidated buildings and trash. He said that the street department employees were “highly skilled in the specialized jobs they do whose skills shouldn’t be wasted on roadside maintenance, especially during the summer.”


City council candidate Ron Lamar said that he “likes challenges.” He said that he doesn’t quit. His plans include working on the south side trash and animal situations. He said, “We need to pitch in to make Poteau the cleanest city in LeFlore County...I’m working on it now but can’t do it by myself.”


Candidate for city council Rodney Darnell said that it would take money for Poteau to grow and adapt the economy. He said, “We need to be transparent. I will be fiscally responsible. The city’s website needs updated to include events and what the city is doing as well as what’s going on with city government.”


City council candidate Clay Bennett has 20 years’ experience in city government. He listed several improvements the city has made during his time as a city council member. “I was part of bringing the bypass to town and getting the PARC.

Over 1000 kids use the fields out there every year. We are building 2 new fields out there. We are working with KIBOIS on the purchase of property in Industrial Park to house 50 employees. We’ve signed a 100-year lease with the Boys and Girls Club for a new building. We closed the pool to decide what we needed to do. We found a business in the area that could make the liner DHS approved. That liner has been installed and we are planning to open the pool this summer. We also plan to do some improvements at the PARC and the WPA structure at the pool to make them ADA compliant.” Bennett also said that the “over 120 city employees are now self-insured” which means that only the city will decide when or if the premiums increase.” He also said that the two new fire stations and the addition of more fire-fighters has increased the ISO rating which helps anyone living within a 5-mile radius of a fire station with their home owner insurance rates.

 

Mick LeFevers, candidate for city council is no stranger to city goverment having served on the council and feels he can help the new mayor, having worked with three former mayors and he will be fiscally responsible. 

 

Candidate for street commissioner, Bob Woodson said that Poteau needs three more employees in the street department and that the department’s employees need to be help accountable. He said, “they shouldn’t just drive a pick up around town and not stop to pick up trash.” He said, “Let’s all work together. Let’s get everybody working together. I’m ready to give y’all some service."


Street Commissioner candidate Jim Seale said, “Poteau is already great. I want to make it greater. My crew works hard every day even with the challenges we face...100 miles of streets and 400 man holes.” According to Seale, “the trash problem is a lack of pride in our town.”


If you are interested in learning more about Poteau’s city candidates, plan to attend a Candidate Forum at the LeFlore County Museum (within Historic Hotel Lowrey) on March 26th to hear each candidate's ideas for the future of Historic Downtown Poteau and the city of Poteau. The Forum begins at 7pm.


If you live in the Poteau city limits and are registered to vote, research each candidate and make an informed decision about which one you want to vote for on April 2nd. Polls will be open from 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM.

 

 


According to a press release from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, on March 22, 2019 at approximately 4 p.m., the Sequoyah County Sheriff's Office received information about a shooting that occurred outside of Sallisaw.

 

 Sheriff Larry Lane requested the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation with assistance with the crime scene and the investigation into the incident.

 

As a result of the shooting, one male is deceased and a female has been detained.

 

The investigation is currently open and ongoing.

 

 


According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, several people were injured in an automobile and cow accident that occurred at 4:55 am on March 22, 2019, on State Highway 112, just north of Cameron in LeFlore County.


According to the report, a 2007 Chevrolet Pickup driven by Billy Self, 58 of Cameron was traveling northbound and a 2013 Chrysler driven by Vanita Bowling 44, of Muldrow was traveling southbound.


Self struck a cow causing the cow to cross into the southbound lane and was struck Bowling, which caused Bowling’s vehicle to become disabled in the northbound lane and then was struck by 2016 Ford driven by Martha Self, 57 of Cameron.
Billy Self was transported by LeFlore County EMS to Sparks Hospital in Ft. Smith AR and was treated and released for back, leg, neck, and head injuries.
Bowling was treated at the scene for minor injuries.


A 7-year-old passenger with Boling was transported by Air Evac from the scene to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, then transferred to Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City. He was listed in serious but stable condition with multiple injuries. A 17-year-old passenger in Boling’s vehicle was not injured.


Another passenger in Boling’s Chrysler, Samantha Bowling, 18 of Muldrow, was treated at the scene for minor injuries.


Martha Self, the driver of the 2016 Ford was transported by LeFlore County EMS to Sparks Hospital in Ft. Smith, AR and was treated and released for multiple injuries.

Friday, 22 March 2019 22:48

Decorating Wisely: Grayson Wise

By Grayson Wise

 

Good day to everyone! For those of you that don’t know, my name is Grayson Wise. I am the daughter of Glenda, and that’s pretty cool to me (she’s pretty awesome, just saying).

 

Anyways, I am majoring in Art History and French at the University of Oklahoma, and I absolutely love it. I am almost finished with my first year of school, do you know what that means? It means... No. More. Dorms. It isn’t that the dorms are super awful, but I am ready to have my own space, especially a space that is not unworldly humid inside 24/7.

 

So, as I was saying, I am about to move out and into a new place for next year. I am going to get to start looking for new decorations and other things that you put into a home.

 

Things like: plates, rugs, other adult things, you know, the essentials.

 

Speaking of plates, I went to Second Chances in Poteau yesterday just to look around, but I ended up finding the most beautiful and perfect set of Metlox Poppytrail Provincial Blue dinnerware. I was pumped to see such a great set of 1960s dinnerware at such a good price. I bought the entire set for fifteen dollars. That is insane! If you try and buy this exact same set online somewhere, it’d run for over one hundred dollars, easily.

 

There are so many gems in a thrift store. Even if you don’t find what you are looking for, you’ll at least see some really interesting and cool things. Looking in these stores gives you a glimpse into the life of the people that owned it before you. It is like a way to keep a legacy alive. So, my advice to you: Go check out Second Chances or other local thrift stores, you never know what you may find! My next big hunt will be an area rug, so wish me luck!

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