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According to a press release from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma Mikel Dwayne Meek, 48, of Holdenville, Oklahoma, pled guilty to Delay of Destruction of mail by Postal employee, a crime punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment, and up to a $250,000.00 fine or both.


The Indictment alleged that on or about November 22, 2016 in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the Defendant, a United States Postal Service employee, did willfully, knowingly and unlawfully secrete, destroy, detain and open a package entrusted to him and which came into his possession to be conveyed by mail, while performing his assigned duties as an employee of the United States Postal Service.


The charge arose from an investigation by the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General.


The Honorable Kimberly E. West, 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. The defendant remains on release status pending a sentencing hearing.


Assistant United States Attorney John David Luton represented the United States.

Monday, 27 March 2017 17:56

This week Specials Myers Drive-In

This week specials at Myers Drive In are:

Half price regular hamburgers #1, #2,#3

Half price small and medium shakes

Half price sodas and slushes

Half price ex-long cheese Coneys

Visit Myers Drive In doing in business in Poteau for 45 years.

Located at 305 N Broadway in Poteau.

Monday, 27 March 2017 22:39

OSU CEAT names 2017 W.W. Allen Scholars




(STILLWATER -OK) – Jennifer Litchfield, Oklahoma City, and Wade Witcher, Brown Arrow, have been selected for the prestigious W.W. Allen Scholars Program at Oklahoma State University.


The program is designed for top academic students, who also show significant promise in leadership and career ambition.


The W.W. Allen Scholars program was formed to develop some of the nation's top engineering graduates. This elite award includes more than $135,000 in scholarship, enrichment activities, professional development and national and international travel, followed by full tuition and housing for one year to pursue a Master of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.


Litchfield is a senior at Carl Albert High School in Midwest City and the daughter of Bruce and Linda Litchfield. She plans to major in biosystems engineering and minor in political science at OSU. She serves as team captain for her school’s swim team in addition to holding positions in the National Honor Society and Oklahoma Girls State organizations. She interned for U.S. Senator James Lankford and has volunteered her time with Youth in Action and Key Club.


“My goals are simply to give 100 percent of my effort, so I can maximize my educational experience,” says Litchfield. “In return, I expect that OSU will fully equip me with the tools I need to be successful post-graduation.”




Wade Witcher


Witcher will graduate from Union High School in Tulsa and is the son of Joel and Lisa Witcher. He is planning to study chemical engineering and minor in business management at OSU. He holds distinctions as a contestant in the Chemistry Science Olympiad, and serves as a member of Mu Alpha Theta and on the Union Legacy Committee. Witcher is also a member of the boy’s golf team and volunteers his time at the local vacation Bible school and on international mission trips.


“I hope my education at OSU produces more than just a degree,” says Witcher. “I hope to be involved in making an impact on the university in the same way it will make an enormous impact on me. I hope to learn from this program to develop skills that are crucial to being a well-rounded, effective engineer.”

Litchfield and Witcher will join the current W.W. Allen Scholars at OSU in fall 2017.


“I am pleased to welcome two new outstanding engineering students to our W.W. Allen Scholars Program,” says W. Wayne Allen, scholarship founder. “We hope to give them leadership opportunities while at OSU, plus provide top-level foreign education experiences. Our goal is to prepare them to be as successful personally and professionally as they are academically.”


For more information about the W.W. Allen Scholars Program, go to


For more information on the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at OSU, visit




Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant university that prepares students for success. OSU has more than 36,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 25,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and around 120 nations. Established in 1890, Oklahoma State has graduated more than 260,000 students who have been serving Oklahoma and the world for 125 years.

Monday, 27 March 2017 22:28

Johnny Wayne Chaney Obituary





Johnny Wayne Chaney of Spiro, Oklahoma was born on August 14, 1947 in Spiro, Oklahoma to Woodrow Wilson and Opal Pauline (Smith) Chaney and passed away on March 26, 2017 in Fort Smith, Arkansas at the age of 69 years.

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Johnny is survived by his wife Ruby of the home, one daughter; Robin Rust of Spiro, Oklahoma, one son; Johnny Scott Chaney and wife Dana of Spiro, Oklahoma, six grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and three sisters; Helen Duke of Muldrow, Oklahoma, Effie Patterson of Panama, Oklahoma and Dorthy Chaney of Panama, Oklahoma.

Johnny was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers; Donnie Ray Chaney and Tommy Earl Chaney and one infant brother.


Johnny was veteran of the United States Army.

Funeral services will be held at 2pm Thursday, March 30, 2017 at the Mallory Martin Chapel of Spiro, Oklahoma with Reverend Daniel Rust officiating.


Interment will follow at Old Cache Cemetery in Keota, Oklahoma.


Arrangements have been entrusted to the care and direction of Mallory Martin Funeral Home of Spiro, Oklahoma.


Condolences can be made to the family on Johnny’s online guestbook at

Family will receive friends at Mallory Martin Funeral Home Wed from 5-7pm

Monday, 27 March 2017 17:51

Marriage Licenses March 20-24, 2017

The following couples received their marriage licenses from the LeFlore County Court Clerk’s office during the week of March 20-14, 2017.


Matthew Anthony Avery and Kristina Anne Sulivant


Elmer Clifton Tankersley and Miranda Gail Sewell


Kaleb Nathaniel Guidry and Christina Renee Stevenson


Stephen Ray Robison and Samantha Jo Ann Cline


Jeffrey Dalton Walden and Kay Lee Jordan Haughn


Stacey Levi Ross and Helene La Tina Robinson


Tommy Ray Dolph and Angela Starr Taylor


Shelby Ray Sloan and Lorilee Marie Cunningham


Mark Raylon Fuller and Shannon Renee Karl

Monday, 27 March 2017 16:09

Ronald Steven Cauthen Obituary




Ronald Steven Cauthen, 57, of Heavener, OK passed away Sunday, March 26, 2017 at his home. Ron was born July 7, 1959 in Kansas City, MO to W.L. & Barbara (Patterson) Cauthen.


He was in the National Guard for 12 years and was a diesel mechanic. He was preceded in death by his parents. He loved to hunt and fish.


Survivors include his wife, Wilma; daughters, Rhonda & Jeff Montgomery of Heavener, OK, Sue Ann & Nathan Goodwin of Shady Point, OK; son, Steven Cauthen of Heavener, OK; grandsons, Tristen & Tucker Goodwin, Dakota & Jeffery John Montgomery; sisters, Dorothy & Ken Butler, Sharon & Fred VanPelt of Elmer, OK; brothers, Timothy & Jennifer Cauthen of Monroe, Jonathan & Michelle Cauthen of Howe; other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Services will be 2 pm, Wednesday, March 29, 2017 graveside at Hodgen Cemetery with Rev. Joe Hayden Hall officiating.


The family will be at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 6-8 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

Monday, 27 March 2017 16:07

Bobby Hales Obituary

Bobby Hales, 75, of Poteau, OK passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2017 in Poteau. Bobby was born January 3, 1942 in Warren, AR.


He was preceded in death by his sister, Betty & his parents, William & Audrey Hales.


Survivors include his wife, Anita (Johnson) Hales, (married June 13, 2003); 2 sons, Jason Hales of Little Rock, AR, Rocky Hales of Maine; stepdaughters, Sherri & Don of Sarcoxie, MO, Patricia Oliver of Panama, OK, Carla & Bob Hill of Poteau, Kristi & Ray Marshal of Monroe; stepson, Ben Jr. & Brandy Johnson of Guthrie, OK; brother Arthur Hales & wife Evelyn of NM, Sisters, Barbra & Wade, Linda all of Little Rock, AR.; nephew, David Hales; 16 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Memorial services were 4:30 pm, Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Evans Chapel, Poteau with Rev. Les Scroggins officiating.


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

Sunday, 26 March 2017 22:51

Wister Choir Spring Concert 2017

Wister High School and 7th grade choirs will present their spring concert April 30th at 2:00 PM in the Wister Schools Cafetorium. Admission is free, but patrons are invited to come early and eat lunch with choir members.


The pulled pork lunch is $5 per person and will be from 12:00 PM-1:30 PM. Lunch includes sides and dessert catered by parents of the choir members.


All proceeds from the lunch will be used to help defray the choir’s expenses next school year. Please make checks payable to Wister Choir. Donations will also be accepted.


This is the 2nd choir-sponsored lunch and 4th spring concert for the high school choir. During the past 4 years, the choir under the direction of Mr. Bill King, has earned a Superior rating at district contest the past 3 years, 2 Superior ratings at state contest and an OSSAA Academic Achievement Award. Several ensembles and soloists have also earned Superior ratings at both the district and state levels.


Senior choir member Seth Hill was selected for this year’s All-State Choir. Seniors, Nikita Wemmerus and Hill, and sophomores Tony Ramirez and Versile Johnson were selected as members of the OMEA Honor Choir earlier this year.


The choir will travel to Shawnee for the state contest March 30th. Four soloists and 2 ensembles earned a Superior rating at the district level and will go to the state solo and ensemble contest in April.



Sunday, 26 March 2017 14:27

Carl Archie King Obituary

Carl Archie King, 96, of Poteau, OK passed away Saturday, March 25, 2017 in Poteau.


Carl was born June 10, 1920 in Waldron , AR to Wilson James & Kelly (Parker) King.


Carl was raised in Heavener, OK where he was an outstanding athlete in football, basketball and track. WWII interrupted his first year in college. He joined the US Army and became a bridge builder for the 322nd Combat Engineer Battalion in 1942. He was at Normandy and Bastogne in France and in Germany. After the war he married Mary Louise Barnhill of Poteau, OK in 1946. They had a daughter, Carla one year later and a son Larry one year after that.


They lived in the Bay Area of California until 1991. When Carl and Louise retired and returned to the place they loved - Poteau, OK. They were both active in the Howe Senior Center.


Carl was well known for his wonderful sense of humor. Mary Louise passed away in 2011.


He was also preceded in death by his parents; sister, Ruth Stuart & daughter, Carla in 1993.


Survivors include his son, Larry King of Poteau, OK; brother, Wilson King of Poteau; sister, Betty Dean of Brentwood, CA; other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Services will be 2 pm, Thursday, March 30, 2017 at Evans Chapel of Memories.


Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Poteau.


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

Sunday, 26 March 2017 09:23

Betty Nell Smith Obituary

Betty Nell Smith, 73, of Poteau, OK passed away Thursday, March 23, 2017 in Little Rock, AR. Betty was born June 3, 1943 in Monroe, OK to John Roy & Alline (Wise) Bandy.


She was manager /coordinator at the nutrition center. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Billy Jack Smith Sr.; sons, Billy Jack Smith Jr. and John Smith.

Survivors include her daughter & son in law, Regina & Steve Peck; 5 grandchildren, Dalton, Joshua, Jacob, Kinsey and Conner; sister, Jeanette Chronister; daughter in law, Ramona Smith; brothers & sister in law, LeeRoy and Gayle Bandy, Howard Bandy; other relatives, loved ones and friends.



Services will be 10 am, Wednesday, March 29, 2017 in Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, OK .


Interment will follow in Monroe Cemetery, Monroe, OK.


The family will be at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 6-8 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

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