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Sunday, 10 September 2017 23:24

Autism Screening In Sallisaw

Press Release


The Pervasive Parenting Center (C.P.R.C.) will provide a free autism screening day, Monday, Sept. 25 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Sallisaw. This will be provided by appointment only. The event will take place Carl Albert State College in Sallisaw, 1601 S. Opdyke St.


Thanks to training from the Oklahoma Autism Center, and a donation from the Cherokee Nation, the PPC will offer screening services in the area on a monthly basis.


“We know that early identification and intervention are key to ensure optimal outcomes for individuals with autism spectrum disorders,” said Kodey Toney, PPC director. “The initial stage in this process is awareness and screening. That is why we are doing this.”


Screening provides families who have concerns about their child's development to quickly and efficiently find out if their child is at risk for ASD and needs further assessment.


Screening is not the same thing as diagnostic evaluation and cannot identify whether a child does or does not have autism. Instead, screening is tool, or stepping stone, that can determine what the next step should be.


If you have concerns about your child's development, screening can show possible risk for Autism Spectrum disorder or other delays and what sort of further assessment may be needed.


All screenings include resources and referrals to help the family take the next steps toward providing for their child's long-term developmental health.



Autism Screening In Sallisaw - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Sunday, 10 September 2017 23:18

Sandra Lee Wilson Obituary

Sandra Lee Wilson, 66, of Pocola, OK passed away Friday, September 8, 2017 in Pocola. Sandy was born February 1, 1951 in Ft. Smith, AR to Gaylord Benjamin & Patsy Wayne (Statham) Wann.


She was a retired teacher. Sandy was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Pocola.


Survivors include her husband, J. Neal "Speedy" Wilson; daughter, Mindy Ellis; son & daughter in law, Brandon & Sarah Wilson; sister, Gaylene Wurtzbacher; grandchildren, Madison Lomon, Blaise Lomon, Taren Ellis, Gage Ellis, Olivia Wilson, Emily Wilson, Savannah Thomas; aunt, Virginia Patton; sister in law & her husband Julie & Wade Rogers; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, loved ones and many friends.


Services will be 10 am, Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at Trinity Baptist Church, Pocola, OK with Revs. Paul Walker & Jeff Beshears officiating. Interment will be at 12 noon in Ft. Smith National Cemetery, Ft. Smith, AR. Pallbearers will be Blaise Lomon, Taren Ellis, Gage Ellis, Keith Patton, Brian Patton, Brian Lee Patton. Honorary pallbearers will be Shea Ellis, Harlan Trewin, Bill Needham, Jim Janway, Bud Whaley & Perry Babbs.


There will be a family only visitation on Tuesday evening at 6 pm. Open visitation will be Monday 9 am to 8 pm & Tuesday from 9 am to 6 pm.


You may leave an online message at


The family has chosen to entrust the care of the services to Evans & Miller Funeral Home, Poteau, Oklahoma.

Sunday, 10 September 2017 23:16

Pedestrian killed in Woodward

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol a fatal accident occurred on September 9, 2017 at approximately 10:25pm on United States Highway 270, approximately 1 ½ miles south of Woodward, OK in Woodward County.


According to the report a 2008 Chevrolet pickup driven by Jody Weir 38 of Sharon Oklahoma was southbound on US270, when the he reached to retrieve something from the passenger’s seat and went across the fog line, striking a pedestrian, Jamie Podowick 42 of Woodward.

Podowick was transported by Woodward EMS to Alliance Health Woodward in critical condition with head, trunk and leg injuries. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.


The accident was investigated by the OHP, Woodward Police Department, Woodward Sheriff’s Office, Woodward Fire Department and Woodward EMS.

OKLAHOMA CITY – According to a press release from Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM), Oklahoma is sending a 12-person operations support team to Florida to assist in the Hurricane Irma response effort.


The team includes personnel from OEM, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Grand River Dam Authority, Craig County, Mayes County, the city of Broken Arrow, the city of Oklahoma City, and the city of Tulsa.


The Oklahoma delegation will help support the Florida State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee.

The team is deploying in response to an Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) request from the Florida Division of Emergency Management. OEM continues to monitor additional requests from the affected areas.


Further support may be deployed if needed.

“Oklahoma is a generous and giving state and we are happy to provide whatever support and resources we can to assist our friends in Florida as they respond to and recover from the effects of Hurricane Irma,” said Fallin.

OEM Director Albert Ashwood said, “We are committed to helping with any resources we have available as Florida deals with the effects of Hurricane Irma.”

Sunday, 10 September 2017 00:28

Maud man injured in accident

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol a one vehicle accident occurred on September 9, 2017 at approximately 5:11 pm on State Highway 59, ½ mile east and 2.8 North of Maud in Seminole County.



According to the report, a 2002 Dodge, driven by Thaddeus Alford, 27, of Maud was northbound on SH59 departed the road to the right over corrected departed the road to the left rolling the vehicle one time coming to rest on its wheels.


Alford was ejected approximately 62 feet north and 29 feet west of the resting point of the vehicle.



He was transported by Air Evac to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City listed in critical condition with trunk internal injuries.


Saturday, 09 September 2017 00:16

Myers Drive In

Myers Drive In – Good food, Friendly Service, great prices


If you are looking for a good hamburger in Poteau, well look no further than Myers Drive In.


Myers Drive In has the best burgers in town.


Get it with fries or onion rings and you have a great meal for a reasonable price.


Family owned and operated for 45 years.


Stop by on Tuesday’s after 4pm and get a regular #1, #2 or #3 for half-price.


Happy Hour half-price fountain drinks daily from 2-5 pm.


Some of their unique menu items include Pickle-Os, Spicy Corn Nuggets, Broccoli Cheese Bites, Cherry or Apple Bites, and Texas Toothpicks.

Myers is located at 305 N Broadway in Poteau, Oklahoma.


Now taking debit/credit cards for purchases of $5 or more!


Saturday, 09 September 2017 00:06

Dorris Lenora Robertson Obituary

Dorris Lenora Robertson, 92, of Poteau, OK passed away Thursday, September 7, 2017 in Poteau. Dorris was born May 16, 1925 in Poteau to Aylor J. & Anna Estelle (Baker) Boyd.


She attended school in Poteau, graduating in 1945.


She attended Poteau First Baptist Church since 1938 and currently had the longest membership at FBC. She was first and foremost a loving mother, friend, and homemaker. Her hobby was her family and especially the grandchildren. She loved to cook great meals for her family, including "garlic salad" Freddie Taylor style.


When she was younger she and Hoss bought a travel trailer and this grew into a love of fishing and camping. Mom always had a piano or an organ. She loved playing the piano and had a natural gift of "playing by ear".


If she heard it she could play it. She was a true friend to the gals that religiously drank coffee or tea and traded stories. She loved family get-togethers, class reunions, and never forgot anyone's birthday. Even though she never owned a credit card, never flew in a plane, or traveled any great distance from home - she was always happy and smiling and was the heart of the family. She taught us so many good things. She will be greatly missed.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe F. "Hoss" Robertson Sr.; her parents; sisters, Alene Boyd & husband Fay French, Margaret "Rags" Boyd-Robertson & husband Preston, Robbie Boyd-Pledger & husband Don, & Anna Boyd Dorey.


Survivors include her daughter, Joanna & Bill Hoffman of Poteau, OK; sons, Joe Frank Jr. & Leslie Robertson of Red Oak, OK, Bill Robertson of Siloam Springs, AR, Tommy & Kim Robertson of Poteau, OK: grandchildren, Eric Robertson of Rattan, OK, Kacee & Kyle Butcher of Norman, OK, Nick & Kate Ryan of Jacksonville, FL, Kellie & JohnRoss Christenberry of Poteau, OK, Lane Robertson of Poteau, OK, Krissy Jo & Joe Martin of Red Oak, OK, Brantly Wyatt of Little Rock, AR; great grandchildren, Kayleigh & Lauren Robertson, Chase Martin, Blakely & Hattie Butcher, Baby Christenberry on the way.


Services will be 3 pm, Sunday, September 10, 2017 at First Baptist Church, Poteau, OK with Phil McGehee officiating. Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Poteau, OK.


Pallbearers will be Lane Robertson, JohnRoss Christenberry, Kyle Butcher, Joe Martin, Stanley Ferguson & D.P. Robertson. The family will be at the funeral home on Saturday evening from 5-7 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, Oklahoma.

Saturday, 09 September 2017 00:03

Lucy Byrd Buttress Obituary

Lucy Byrd Buttress, 81, of Shady Point, OK entered the arms of Jesus on Sunday, September 3, 2017 in Shady Point. Lucy was born August 19, 1936 in Quincy, FL to Geroge M. & Linnie Pearl (Burke) Byrd.


Lucy gave her heart to the Lord at age 12. She was faithful to the Lord and loved telling people about Jesus and how she had been blessed. She loved her family; "her greatest blessings called her Granny".


She attended Shady Point First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bob Buttress, partner Jim Davis; brothers, Alvin, Herbert, Raymond, Floyd & George Byrd; sister, Hazel Napier.


Survivors include her daughter, Rochelle & Robert Wright of Shady Point, OK; son, Bobby & Lois Buttress of Tahlequah, OK; grandchildren, Amanda Buttress, Chelsea Taylor and husband Drew, and Kyler Wright; great grandchildren, Colby, Connor and Gracie Minson; sister, Betty Neel of Sneads, FL; in-laws Verlie Jo Byrd of Sopchoppy, FL, Delores & Nick Spanos of Lodi, CA, Carolyn Byrd of Oakland, OR, David & Betty Buttress of Owasso, OK; family by love, Mark and Shari Burton; other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Memorial Services will be Monday, September 11, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Shady Point, OK with Rev. Larry Matthiesen and Rev. Tracy (T.J.) DeWitt officiating.


Interment will be 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, Oklahoma.

Friday, 08 September 2017 22:20

Decorating Wisely: Fall

I hope you all had a fun-filled, relaxing Labor Day holiday. Ours didn’t start out that great since we hit a deer on the way to the football game, but when it was all said and done it ended up pretty good. The Sooners won and I got some of my fall decorations out. Every time I look at my pumpkins on my cabinets, it just makes me happy.


I’ve noticed a lot of fall decorations this year painted in chalky Farmhouse colors of light blue, greys and white yet they still look warm and fallish. I love the look of these colors nestled in a milk glass bowl with greenery and acorns. These colors also complement the traditional warm fall colors. This is an easy weekend painting project. All you need are a few small pumpkins, small bottles of chalk paint and a sponge paintbrush and then start painting your pumpkins.


Staying with the milk glass theme, if you have an old pitcher laying around simple fill it with wheat for an instant table centerpiece or complement to a side table. Fall to me is about simplicity and utilizing items from nature and what you have on hand. It’s about enjoying the little things like pumpkin bread, hayrides and cooler temperatures. I think your decorations should emulate that feeling. Whatever that feeling is for you, that’s how you should approach your fall decorating or, heck, decorating in general. I think that’s why the Farmhouse style has gained so much popularity. People want to feel at home in their home.


Another easy idea is to simply use old, worn terracotta pots and white pumpkins as a decorating element. If you don’t have any old terracotta pots, you can age them by wiping (very messily) white chalk paint on them. Don’t do this in a kind of orderly fashion; just try to make them look like they naturally aged that way. Stack a few pots together and then place a pumpkin on top and a few around the pots. That’s it. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

While we’re enjoying this time of, pumpkins and such, let’s not forget about all those that are suffering from natural disasters by keeping them in our thoughts and prayers.

Friday, 08 September 2017 15:23

Brea Ann Gammel Obituary

Brea Ann Gammel, 37, of Howe, OK passed away Friday, September 8, 2017 in Ft. Smith, AR.


Brea was born September 5, 1980 in Poteau, OK to Charlie & Suanna (Hemphill) Rust.


She was an RN.


Brea was preceded in death by her grandparents, Joe Paul Hemphill Sr., Margie & Halton Rust.


Survivors include her husband, Keith Gammel of the home; children, Braxon Sisco, Kaylee Gammel & Kambree Gammel; her parents; brother, Charlie Wayne Jr. & Katie Rust of Poteau, OK; grandmother, Wilma Hemphill of Poteau; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Services will be 2 pm, Monday, September 11, 2017 at the Reynolds Center, Poteau, OK with Rev. Jim Reed officiating.


Interment will be in Monroe Cemetery.


Pallbearers will be Braxton Sisco and Keith Gammel.


The family will be at the funeral home on Sunday 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, Oklahoma.

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