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Monday, 12 June 2017 15:31

Roger Eugene Howk Obituary

Roger Eugene Howk of Heavener, Oklahoma was born March 29, 1956 in Henryetta, Oklahoma to Harry TK and Pauline Jean (Moore) Howk and passed away June 5, 2017 in Heavener, Oklahoma at the age of 61.


He is survived by:

His wife:
Schon Howk of the home

One daughter:
Kayla McCall of Arkoma, Oklahoma

Five sons:
Richard Defluiter and wife Jessica of Van Buren, Arkansas
Roger Lee Howk of Henryetta, Oklahoma
Daniel Howk of Howe, Oklahoma
Michael Howk and fiancé Dakota Thompson of Heavener, Oklahoma
Anthony Howk of Heavener, Oklahoma

One sister:
Barbara Landon and husband Bob of Arlington, Texas

One brother:
Harry Howk and wife Judy of Meeker, Oklahoma

Five grandchildren

Two great-grandchildren

Several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.


He was preceded in death by his parents. Roger was a life-long resident of the area. He worked as a Roofer in construction. Roger loved being with people, to cook, and being in the outdoors, especially fishing.


Memorial service will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Les Scroggins officiating.


Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener, Oklahoma.


To sign Mr. Howk’s online guestbook please visit



Monday, 12 June 2017 10:26

Earl Blaylock Obituary

Earl Blaylock of Panama, Oklahoma was born on January 31, 1947 to Dave Solomon and Lue Edith (Wynn) Blaylock in Poteau, Oklahoma and passed away on June 10, 2017 in Panama, Oklahoma at the age of 70 years.


Earl is survived by his wife Connie Blaylock of the home, one step-daughter; Tammy Jackson and husband, John of Shady Point, Oklahoma, four sons; Thomas Blaylock and wife, Sherri, of Panama, Oklahoma, Eddie “Curlee” Blaylock and wife, Karla of Shady Point, Oklahoma, Casey Blaylock and friend, Jaime Chenae of Panama, Oklahoma, Shayne Blaylock and wife Stacy, of Panama, Oklahoma, two step-sons; Tracy Tedder and wife, Tammy of Lowell, Arkansas and Michael Tedder and wife, Missy of Pottsville, Arkansas, 21 grandchildren; Hannah Doty, Sarah Dewitt, Tabitha Loos, Jaiden Tedder, Shayla Jackson, Chelcee Hutcherson, Jadee Hicks, Stevee Hicks, Kelsey Hicks, Cindy Hicks, Ashlyn Tedder, Emily Tedder, Ashlee Blaylock, Gunner Blaylock, Celeste August, Raymond August, Kieffer Blaylock, Chance Blaylock, Kameron Jackson, Jonae Jackson, and JD Jackson, six great – grandchildren; Sean and Alex Jackson, Averlea Loos, Kayden Loos, Kael Loos and Lukas Doty, one sister; Wanda Cauthon of Whitefield, Oklahoma, two brothers; Milford Blaylock and wife, Sandra of Kinta, Oklahoma and Dearl Blaylock of Quinton, Oklahoma.


Earl was preceded in death by his parents, his grandparents; Henry Blaylock, Ruth Blaylock, Mid Wynn, and Maggie Wynn, one sister; LaVada Peerson, two brothers; Kenneth Blaylock and Troy Blaylock.


Funeral services will be held at 2pm Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at the Solid Rock Church with Chaplan Scott Martin and Tracy Tedder officiating.


Interment will follow at Shady Point Cemetery.


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


Pallbearers will be; Tracy Tedder, Jason Shackleford, Kenny Blaylock, Melvin Blaylock, Larry Blaylock and Billy Don Hale, Jr., honorary pallbearers will be; Gunner, Kieffer, and Chance Blaylock, Jamee “Willie” Athey and Eddie Klump.


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


Family will receive friends Tuesday from 5pm-7pm at the Mallory Martin Funeral Home of Spiro.


Miss CASC Scholarship Pageant Recognized as “Pageant of the Year”

According to a press release from Carl Albert State College - Miss CASC Natalie Cepeda, along with the Miss CASC Scholarship Pageant, received awards at the Miss Oklahoma Pageant held June 6 – 10, 2017 at the Mabee Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Miss CASC was named one of seven finalist for the 2017 Kiwanis Club of Tulsa Community Service Award at this year’s Miss Oklahoma Pageant.


According to Miss CASC Scholarship Pageant Co-chair Terri Hardin, the award is based on an essay written by the contestant describing the community service performed pertaining to her platform.


Miss CASC’s platform was Remembering the Forgotten: Helping Homeless Veterans.


Natalie also won a $4,750 scholarship to Southeastern State University in Durant.


Hardin stated, “Natalie was the only rookie contestant in the community service finalist group. She had an awesome week, and really enjoyed competing in Miss Oklahoma.”

Carl Albert State College also brought home a top award from the Miss Oklahoma Pageant as the “Pageant of the Year.”


This award is made by the Miss Oklahoma Executive Director, and the criteria for this award is having an organized pageant, meeting deadlines for paperwork, and sending a very prepared contestant to Miss Oklahoma. Hardin, along with Co-chair Bill Day, organize the annual Carl Albert State College pageant.


Saturday, 10 June 2017 23:11

Three U.S. Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan



According to a press release from the Department of Defense, three U.S. soldiers were killed in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, June 10, 2017.


One U.S. soldier was wounded and has been evacuated for medical treatment.


Next of kin notification is underway.


This incident is under investigation.



 The Medical Examiner’s Office out of Tulsa advised Sunday morning that the juvenile male has passed.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol were called to the scene of an ATV accident that occurred on June 10, 2017 at approximately 5:49pm on private property, 1 mile east of Eufaula in McIntosh County.


According to the report, a 2007 Kawasaki brute force 750 ATV driven by a 15 year old male, of Eufaula, was on private property jumping dirt mounds and crashed the ATV.

He was flown from scene to St. John Hospital in Tulsa where he was admitted in critical condition with head injuries.


The accident was investigated by the OHP and the McIntosh County Sheriff’s Department.

Saturday, 10 June 2017 23:00

Quilts of Past and Present Quilt Show







The Blackgum Harvestime Sewing Sister are pleased to announce a “Quilts of Past and Present” Quilt Show.

The quilt show will be held Friday July 28th from 9am until 5pm and Saturday July 29th from 9am until 4pm.

Admission is $4.00

The show will be held Blackgum Harvestime Church located at 451558 E980 Rd (Highway 82), eight miles north of 1-40 Exit 297 in Vian, Oklahoma.

For more information contact 918 457-9362


First inaugural Joey Beger Memorial Benefit co-ed softball tournament has been set for June 24, 2017 at the Poteau Area Recreational Center (PARC) in Poteau.

$130 entry fee per team for 2 homeruns per game.

$10 Wrist bans available to purchase per player for unlimited homeruns.

Co-ed teams consist of 7 men and 3 women – men hit 44/375, women hit any ball.

Fifty-minute time limit or run rule.

Finals have no time limit.

No Senior or Ultra Bats.

Memorial T-Shirts available for purchase.

Concession available

All proceeds will to the family for medical and funeral expenses.

Deadline to enter is Wednesday June 21st.

Donations of any amount will be accepted and items are needed for the concession stand.

Come out to the PARC and enjoy a great day of softball.

Contact Ashlee Johnson to enter a team at 918.413.3441






A T-Shirt fund raising event has been planned to help support the Wister Canine officer, “Jack.”

The proceeds will help purchase different items needed for the Jack who will soon be joining the Town of Wister Police Department.

The orders for T-shirts will continue until August 4, 2017.

"Jack" is a Belgium Malinois who will be assisting in cutting down on Narcotics in our town as well as other nearby towns when needed.

Jack will also go to Wister School to demonstrate to the students what he does, as well as foster good relations with the Police Department.


To order a T-Shirt contact Sherry Miller at 918.208.1604 or Taylor Grigsby at 918.721.8547.




Friday, 09 June 2017 21:47

Bob Curd Obituary



Bob Curd of Spiro, Oklahoma was born November 26, 1963 to Robert Lee Roy and Nora Irene (Davis) Curd in Monahans, Texas. He passed away on June 9, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 53 years.

Bob is survived by his wife; Laurie (Berry) Curd of the home, three daughters; Tara Reeves and husband Charles of Spiro, Oklahoma, Jennifer Fortney and husband Jordan of Spiro, Oklahoma, Jessica Wilbanks and husband Matt of Spiro, Oklahoma, his mother; Nora Curd of Poteau, Oklahoma, one sister; Patty Underwood and husband Joey of Spiro, Oklahoma, two brothers; Timothy Curd and wife Mary of Van Buren, Arkansas, Fred Curd and wife Realisha of Poteau, Oklahoma, three granddaughters, and six grandsons, numerous nieces, nephew, and other relatives and other family members.

He was preceded in death by his father; Robert Lee Roy Curd, brother; Joseph Mason Curd, and one nephew Kasey Wilson-Curd.


Mr. Curd was a Veteran of the United States Air Force.


Bob was a talented musician. He started the Back Pack program for children in school, and was also active in the Meals on Wheels program, he impacted and touched many lives through these programs.


He was loved and cherished by his family and friends, all of whom his life revolved around, especially his grandchildren.

Private family services will be held at a later date. Viewing will be Monday, June 12, 2017 from 12:00-4:00 at Mallory-Martin Funeral Home in Spiro.


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

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OKLAHOMA CITY – According to a press release from  Governor Mary Fallin, she has announced she has appointed longtime Shawnee attorney Charlie Laster, who served two years as Democratic leader of the Oklahoma Senate, to the Oklahoma Ethics Commission.

Laster replaces Wanda Jo Pettigrew, whose term expires in July. She is completing her second successive five-year term. State law prohibits anyone from serving more than two times in succession.

Laster’s term is for five years, and will run until July 2022.

“Charlie Laster has both the legal knowledge and personal character necessary in making rules on the ethical conduct for state elected officials and employees as well as investigating and prosecuting violations of Ethics Commission rules,” said Fallin. “Being a former candidate and elected officeholder, he also is familiar with the financial disclosure statements and the campaign contributions and expenditure reports required and maintained by the commission.”

The Ethics Commission also maintains lobbyist registrations and reports, and has the power to issue advisory opinions when requested.

“I appreciate Governor Fallin’s trust in naming me to the Ethics Commission, which is the public watchdog of state government,” Laster said. “Good government requires elected officials and employees who follow our state ethics laws.”

The governor appoints one member to the five-member commission. The others are appointed by the chief justice of the state Supreme Court, the state Senate president pro tempore, the speaker of the state House of Representatives and the state attorney general.

Fallin had to select a Democrat and someone from the 5th Congressional District. State law requires that no more than three can be of the same political party and no more than one congressional district may be represented at a time. Three of the other members of the Ethics Commission are Republicans, and Pettigrew lives in the 5th Congressional District.

Laster has practiced law in Shawnee since 1979. He was elected to the state Senate in 2003 to fill the seat vacated when Brad Henry was elected governor, and served until 2012. During his tenure, he served as co-floor leader from 2006 until 2008, and as Democratic leader from 2008 until 2010.

Laster earned his bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University (OSU) and his juris doctorate from the University of Oklahoma (OU).

He and his wife, Kathleen, live in Shawnee. They have two children: Kara, who graduated from OSU and is studying law at OU, and Luke, who is a student at OSU.


About the Oklahoma Ethics Commission
Created in 1986, the Oklahoma Ethics Commission: serves as the official repository for financial disclosure statements, campaign contributions and expenditure reports, and lobbyist registrations and reports; accepts and files any information voluntarily supplied; distributes forms for reporting the information to the state and county election boards; makes all reports available to the public; preserves reports for at least two years from receipt or length of tenure in office; issues advisory opinions when requested; holds hearings, subpoenas witnesses, compels witness attendance and testimony, administers oaths and affirmations, takes evidence, and subpoenas records; and enforces and collects late fees provided for in the Ethics Commission Act.


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