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BRYAN COUNTY, Okla. – The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) is investigating a suspicious death after being requested by the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office. This morning, a local resident discovered a deceased individual in a vehicle on a rural county road in Bryan County.


The Medical Examiner has the victim and will determine identity and cause of death.



If anyone has any information or saw anything unusual on Matoy Road just east of Caddo, Okla., please contact the OSBI at (800) 522-8017 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 15, 2019) – Child and adult care institutions across the state are announcing their participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), which provides meals to hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans each year. Click here to see the list of providers.

During the last program year – October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019 – over 910,000 children and adults were served in Oklahoma through CACFP.

During that time frame, approximately 8.6 million breakfasts, 8.8 million lunches, 10.5 million snacks and 3 million suppers were served through this program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and coordinated in Oklahoma by the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE).

In accordance with federal law and USDA civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape and American Sign Language) should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (Form AD-3027), call (866) 632-9992 or write a letter. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. Submit the completed AD-3027 form or letter to the USDA via:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
Fax: (202) 690-7442
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Press release

OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 15, 2019) — Four residents of the Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center (COJC) had the opportunity to enhance their appreciation and competency in musical performance by seeing the group Black Violin perform in Oklahoma City.

The teen-aged boys participate in music therapy sessions in which they have the opportunity to choose and learn to play an instrument at COJC as part of their treatment program and as part of their studies at the Oklahoma Youth Academy Charter School (OYACS), which is operated by the Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA). COJC, in Tecumseh, is one of two secure-care treatment facilities operated by OJA.

“This trip gives the boys a chance to see first-hand, people who are working to break down stereotypes using music,” said Joy Yocum, a licensed music therapist on COJC’s staff and an adjunct OYACS teacher. “I hope it will help them understand that the old music (classical) and the contemporary music that they listen to can serve the same purpose if used in similar ways, that the two styles can work together. Perhaps this will carry over into helping to bridge the generation gap as well.”

Black Violin is made up of two classically trained string players, Wil Baptiste, who plays the viola, and Kev Marcus, who plays the violin. Their unique blend of classical and hip-hop music is designed to overcome stereotypes while encouraging people of all ages, races and economic backgrounds to join together to break down cultural barriers. Black Violin performed Thursday evening at the Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) Visual and Performing Arts Center.

Yocum was among COJC staff who accompanied the boys to the concert. They also watched a sound check before the performance and had the opportunity to talk with the artists.

“It is my hope that, after the concert, I can point the boys more in the direction of theory,” Yocum said. “I hope that they will begin to understand that learning the fundamentals in addition to the songs and improvisation that they already play, can be beneficial. Specifically, when studying and playing music, the whole brain is stimulated rather than certain parts as in other disciplines. Chemicals are released during this process, such as dopamine, which improve mood.


Neuroplasticity, from the repeated actions of playing an instrument or singing, helps the brain re-route and build new pathways. Music is a great outlet and coping mechanism for youth who are working to overcome past traumatic experiences.”

One of the COJC residents, Thomas Johnson, 17, said, “It was a good experience and motivation for me to do something bigger in my life than what I’ve been doing.”

Lemuel Bardeguez, vice president for community development at OCCC, said the college was happy to provide concert tickets for the teens and COJC staff and allow them to attend Black Violin’s sound check.

“Without this partnership, these kids may not have had the opportunity to have this experience,” Bardeguez said. “Art has the power to change lives and inspire people. These kids are in the type of situation that they have a need or a hunger for role models. Black Violin is so great at inspiring musicians. It’s all around a great opportunity for us to serve the community and for these students to have an opportunity to meet some of their favorite idols.”

The Black Violin performance was supported in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council, which receives support from the state of Oklahoma and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Oklahoma Arts Council is the official state agency for the support and development of the arts.

“When young people served through the Office of Juvenile Affairs get to experience a performance by Black Violin, it is a reminder of the importance of connecting the mission of the Oklahoma Arts Council to the work of other state agencies,” said Amber Sharples, executive director of the Oklahoma Arts Council. “We are grateful to our friends at the Office of Juvenile Affairs and Oklahoma City Community College for organizing this opportunity for young Oklahomans to be inspired through the arts. We are proud that Oklahoma Arts Council grant funding for the Black Violin performance makes inspiration like this possible.”

“This is an excellent activity for these young people to listen and experience the power of music and how classical music is still very relevant in today’s society,” said OJA Executive Director Steven Buck. “I appreciate OCCC and the Oklahoma Arts Council for making it possible for our students to attend this performance, and certainly the willingness of Joy Yocum and our COJC staff to help with this educational opportunity.”

The Florida natives who make up Black Violin began playing together in their high school orchestra, and parted ways to attend separate colleges. Years later, they reunited to forge a new path through music. In addition, they place heavy emphasis on educational outreach, performing for more than 100,000 students annually. They were recently recognized for their efforts to introduce the arts to struggling schools by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

“Music does many things for all who experience it,” Yocum said. “It is especially helpful to adolescents in that it helps with emotion expression and regulation. Teens who study music may have more refined language skills on the concrete side of things, but also often demonstrate a greater ability to express their feelings/tell their story, with or without lyrics. This ability supports emotion regulation as well. It is these last two goals, emotion expression and regulation, which music therapy at COJC aims for the most.”



Two residents of the Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center listen to Kev Marcus with Black Violin answer a question during a sound check before the group's performance Thursday night at Oklahoma City Community College.


Saturday, 16 November 2019 23:13

PFC Logan Reece Carver Obituary


PFC Logan Reece Carver, of Bokoshe, Oklahoma was born February 6, 1999 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas to Max and Dawn (McClellan) Carver and passed away November 15, 2019 in Van Buren, Arkansas at the age of 20.


Logan is survived by his parents, Dr. Max and Dawn Carver, two sisters, Chloe and Emily Carver, grandparents, Marilyn McClellan, Toby McClellan, Lary and Deann Carver, uncle and aunt, Jeff and Sara McClellan, cousins, Mattie and Zoey McClellan, numerous other family, friends, and loved ones.


He was a 2017 graduate of Bokoshe High School where he was diligently involved in FFA, he currently attended Carl Albert State College pursuing a degree in criminal justice and was an active member of the Army Reserve, Engineer Platoon 469 of Bentonville, Arkansas. Logan had many hobbies including hunting but most of all he loved being a soldier.


Funeral services will be 2pm Monday, November 18, 2019, at the Victory Worship Center in Spiro, Oklahoma with Reverends Bryan Fouts and Michael Monroe officiating. 


Burial will follow at the Old Panther Cemetery in McCurtain, Oklahoma under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Spiro, Oklahoma.


Viewing will be 12pm-8pm Sunday with the family visiting with friends from 6pm-8pm at the funeral home.


Pallbearers will be Dalton Langdell, Ross Pipkins, Conner Crow, Jackson Ritter, Chad Ritter, and Smokey Waller.


Please log on to to sign Logan’s guest book.


Saturday, 16 November 2019 23:10

Molly Ann Wood Obituary

Molly Ann Wood, 84, of Heavener, OK passed away Friday, November 15, 2019 in Fort Smith, AR. Molly was born September 1, 1935 in Maud, OK to Walter & Munnah (Wilson) Wood. She was preceded in death by her parents; 3 sisters & 1 brother.


Survivors include her daughters, Myrna Dorsey of Heavener, OK, Linda & husband Herman McGowen of Summerfield, OK, Candace Frizzell of Ada, OK; son, Jeremy Jones of Talihina, OK; 9 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren; brother, Dick Wood of Tyler, TX; other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Services will be 2 pm, Monday, November 18, 2019 at Heart of the Hills Baptist Church, Summerfield, OK with Revs Charles Caughern & Oscar Aguero officiating. Interment will follow in Summerfield Cemetery.

The family will be at the funeral home on Sunday from 4-6 pm to visit with relatives & friends.


You may leave an online message at


The family has chosen to entrust the care of the services to Evans & Miller Funeral Home, POTEAU, OK

Saturday, 16 November 2019 23:08

Mildred Maude (Midgley) Reed Obituary

Mildred Maude (Midgley) Reed, 80, of Poteau, OK passed away Friday, November 15, 2019 in Heavener, OK.


Mildred was born August 23, 1939, in Poteau, OK to Ted Leon “Gabe” & Billie Mae (Hanley) Midgley. She was a telephone operator for Alltel; and a house mother at LeFlore County Youth Services. Mildred’s children and grandchildren were the pride and joy of her life. The legacy of her kind spirit, passionate faith, love for her family, church family & friends, and her zest for life will live on through everyone who knew her. Mildred believed everyone had some good in them. She was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Tyler Reed; granddaughter, Ashley Reed and nephew, Jason Hammers.


Survivors include her daughters, Sherry Garner of Haskell, OK, Carol Felder & husband Mike of Howe, OK; son, Jeff Reed of Poteau, OK; 8 grandchildren, Krista Webb, Lauren Thornburg, Lindsey Ray, Justin Reed, Carrie Replogle, Lexi Sullivan, Mark Garner & Baylee Garner; 12 great grandchildren; sister, Carolyn Hammers & husband Billy of Poteau, OK; brothers, Billy Leon Midgley & wife Margit of Carlsbad, NM, Mike Midgley & wife Leslie of Austin, TX; other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Services will be 2 pm, Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at Pleasant Valley Free Will Baptist Church, Poteau with Rev. Jimmy Waldrop officiating. Interment will follow at Oakland Cemetery, Poteau. Pallbearers will be Justin Thornburg, Brice Sullivan, Jason Ray, Mark Garner, Todd Webb and Justin Reed.


The family will be at the funeral home on Monday evening from 6-8 pm to visit with relatives & friends.


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The family has chosen to entrust the care of the services to Evans & Miller Funeral Home, POTEAU, OK

Friday, 15 November 2019 12:59

Marriage Licenses November 4-8, 2019





The LeFlore County Court Clerk’s office issued marriage licenses to the following couples during the week of November 4-8, 2019:


Joseph Nathaniel Haag and Samantha Adriana Espinel


Richard Alan Patterson and Carolyn Sue Williams


Samuel Matthew McGee and Melinda Lee Manley

Press release


State Rep. Lundy Kiger (R-Poteau) hosted a meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, with Gary Cox, Commissioner of Health for the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), and a team of health professionals. The purpose was to begin reviewing health complaints directly from residents of Heavener who have complained of illnesses ranging from body rashes from bathing or showering, hair falling out on the backs of heads, vomiting, diarrhea, severe stomach cramps and organs – such as colons – rupturing.


"OSDH officials requested meeting with a small sample group of residents who have complained in writing of their health issues to try and gauge the severity of complaints,” Kiger said. “OSDH officials asked those attending to tell them where people in this area go for treatment, if their doctors are taking cultures and what are the results of any cultures."


OSDH officials also met with a small number of Heavener business people to hear the hardships they are experiencing from the dirty water and the difficulty it's causing them financially to stay in business, Kiger said.


The group of approximately 12 people confirmed there have been at least 10 or more water line breaks or outages year-to-date affecting water color and ruining home and business appliances.


At the conclusion of the meeting, the OSDH officials announced they would meet internally and look at different options on how to approach more residents to gain the needed information for proper evaluation of all the possible effects the water has on the health of the people in Heavener.


Kiger asked Commissioner Cox if he could provide any details of the next steps that the OSDH will take. Commissioner Cox responded that all options are still on the table for gaining additional information from the larger population. This could include a private survey available to all Heavener residents to fill out confidentially and send back in, or even providing residents with a physical evaluation at the LeFlore County Health Department in Poteau.


Commissioner Cox said he would contact with Rep. Kiger after his team convenes and they make their final decision on how best to proceed and the next possible steps.


Kiger thanked the residents for taking time out of their day to attend this meeting and for telling their stories to the OSHD team and sharing how important this first step was in the process.


Kiger reiterated to OSDH, “The only thing we are trying to accomplish is to determine if the dirty water has or is causing health issues to anyone who lived in Heavener over the past 25 years.”


“If it has, the people deserve to know. If it hasn’t, the people also deserve to know to give them peace of mind,” Kiger added.


Kiger said he has received many emails from local residents, but he has also received over a dozen written complaints or calls from people who grew up in Heavener and are now on medications with stomach illnesses as experienced by many who live in Heavener today.


One of the residents also stated this week is the first time they have smelled chlorine in the water coming out of their tap. Some attending Wednesday’s meeting also said they are starting to see the water clearing up some, but it still has a sour or sewer odor. They have hopes the water treatment plant repairs, mandated by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) inspection, will be completed soon, clearing up the water, and the city can begin the work on repairing deficient or broken water lines. The DEQ report issued Sept. 23, 2019, stated the Heavener water distribution system loses more produced water per person than any other town in Oklahoma.


Kiger warned the people attending Wednesday they may start seeing the color of the water improve but not to get their hopes up too quickly, because there’s still a lot that needs to be done for the people of Heavener.


“Let’s wait until the water treatment plant has functioning water filters with the capabilities of properly back flushing, the second lagoon is cleaned of vegetation and is functional, the turbidity meters are set in the proper locations and getting the correct readings, the technicians are able to properly identify the alarms and make the needed corrections, the correct chemicals and amounts are being applied per regulations, the pH levels constantly reach over 7%, and the chlorine and proper water pressure are reaching all of the homes in town.


“When all of this occurs, I believe we can get excited. I believe this day will arrive soon for everyone”, Kiger Said.


Wednesday, 13 November 2019 16:29

Norma “ Tootie” Brooks Obituary

Norma “ Tootie” Brooks, 81, of Cameron, OK passed away Monday, November 11, 2019 in Ft. Smith, AR. Norma was born May 26, 1938 in Cameron to Loyd & Oma (Seaton) Farrar. She was a member of Eastern Star.


Tootie and J.T. Brooks were married for 30 years. Together they had 3 children, 6 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren and are survived by many loved ones and friends.


Services will be 2 pm, Friday, November 15, 2019 at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, OK with Jim Cook officiating.


Pallbearers will be Tommy Ray Farrar, Dale Seaton, Dwayne Seaton, Dan Ridenour, Benny Farrar, Johnnie Farrar, Paul DuBois, Gary Stroud and Rev Leonard Presley.


Tootie always said: If life deals you scraps – make quilts


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The family has chosen to entrust the care of the services to Evans & Miller Funeral Home, POTEAU, OK

Wednesday, 13 November 2019 10:19

Lady Warriors win Tournament






Congratulations to the Shady Point Schools Fifth and Sixth grade Lady Warriors as took first place in the Shady Point Tournament last week.




The Lady Warriors are:


Front L to R: Alivia Loggins, Paityn Beason, Sky Bluford, Alexis Smith, Stevie Hastings


Back L to R: Mya Townley, Sophie Pulice, Ariana Loggins, Anistyn Marrow, Coach Grant Glenn



Good Job 

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