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Sunday, 30 April 2017 23:39

Monroe Kindergarten Class of 2017





Monroe Public School is pleased to announce their Kindergarten Graduating Class of 2017.


Congratulations to these young graduates!!









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Britlynn Thornburg


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Kambree Trapp


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Stretten Barnes


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Gauge Jones


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Katie Stacy


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Wyatt Holland


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Isabella Moralas


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Marshall Moore


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Wyatt Swarts


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Justin Boss


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Sasha Loggins

Sunday, 30 April 2017 20:04

Wister Choir 2017 Spring Concert

The Wister High School Choir and 7th grade vocal music class presented their 2017 Spring Concert Sunday afternoon, April 30th. The musical pieces ranged from traditional hymns Amazing Grace to Michael Jackson’s pop hit Man in the Mirror to today’s country You’re Gonna Miss This to Beauty and the Beast’s Evermore and several classics in between. Senior Seth Hill was presented with the Outstanding Choir Member award for participating in everything choir has to offer and even earning a place in the OSSAA All-State Choir.


In his 4th year at Wister Schools, Mr. Bill King has led the WHS Choir to 3 consecutive appearances at OSSAA’s state music contest. In all three of those years, the choir has received a Superior rating—the highest rating possible. Two members of this year’s choir received a Superior rating as soloists at state and both ensembles received a Superior rating as well. This is also the 2nd year the WHS choir has received a Distinguished Academic Achievement Award for the high grade-point average of the members. This year also produced the first-ever All-State Choir member from WHS.


Speaking to Mr. King as she presented him one of several gifts from choir members and their parents, Senior Nikita Wemmerus said, “When you first came to Wister 4 years ago, we had a lot of talent we didn’t know we had.” It takes someone like Mr. King to help students realize that they do have talent. He has helped them realize just that: several of the senior choir members plan to pursue their vocal talents in college next year.


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Pictured above are this year's senior choir members and Mr. King with the awards the choir received this year.

Saturday, 29 April 2017 23:19

Greg Allen May Obituary

Greg Allen May of Heavener, Oklahoma was born July 2, 1973 in Poteau, Oklahoma to Don Edward May and Kathy (Wheat) Shadwick and passed away April 27, 2017 in Poteau, Oklahoma at the age of 43.


He is survived by:

His parents:
Kathy (Wheat) Shadwick of Poteau, Oklahoma
Don Edward May and wife Angie of Atoka, Oklahoma

Two sons:
Tyler Austin May of Spiro, Oklahoma
Dillion Wade May of Ft. Smith, Arkansas

One daughter:
Laney Makila May of Heavener, Oklahoma

His loving companion:
Darla Chronister of the home

Two step-sons:
Isaiah and Lane Washington of Poteau, Oklahoma

Two brothers:
Jason Don May of Poteau, Oklahoma
Ethan James May of Heavener, Oklahoma

Three sisters:
Kayla Jae Hill of Poteau, Oklahoma
Michelle Lynn May of Ardmore, Oklahoma
Jorie LaDon May-Bandy of Poteau, Oklahoma

Two grandchildren:
Hayden Allen May
Rylan Austin May

Many beloved nieces, nephews, and friends.


He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Rubie Naylor-Tucker and Woody Naylor; grandparents, Dickie Wheat, Margie Minks, E.J. May, and Maureen May.


Greg was a 1991 graduate of Heavener High School.


He was most known for being an amazing pool player, a Cubs & Lakers fan, card collector, and helping coach the Heavener Heat baseball team to a 29-0 record.


Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in the Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Bob Cherry officiating.


Burial will follow in Conser Cemetery under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener, Oklahoma.


Pall Bearers will be: Matt Wolfe, Clay Metzker, Aaron Queen, Wayne Hall, Tim Frady, Brandon Moody, Charlie McDaniel, and Kenneth Renick.


He will be in-state from 8:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m., Monday at the funeral home.


The family will have a private visitation on Monday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.


To sign Mr. May's online guestbook please visit






Greg Allen May Obituary - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote






According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the Body of William Farhat, 26, of Dora Oklahoma was recovered at 8pm on April 27, 2017 some 60 yard east of the US64 bridge on the Arkansas River. In approximately 4 feet of water 10 feet from shore.

The body of Kristy Farhat 22, of Dora was recovered at 10:20 am on April 29, 2017, 50 yards west of the US64 bridge on the Arkansas River. In approximately 6 feet of water 2 feet from shore.

The couple along with 2 juvenile passengers were on a boat, put the boat in upstream of the dam at Locke 14 boat ramp. While in the water the motor of the vessel went out.


Due to the currents in the water the vessel was pulled down stream and pushed into the flood gates of the dam and over turned from the swift currents.

All occupants and vessel were pulled through the dam and swept downstream.


Six year Physher Wyatt Farhat, 6 was transported by LeFlore County EMS to Sparks Hospital in Ft Smith and later flown to Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, Ark where he later died.

Another passenger, age 4, was transported by LeFore County EMS to Sparks Hospital in Ft Smith, Ark he was treated and released.


Our thoughts and prayers are with this family.

LeFlore County Drowning Victims Bodies Recovered - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Saturday, 29 April 2017 22:02

Tornado Clean Up in Cameron Oklahoma


According to Michael Davidson, Director of the LeFlore County Emergency Management, a tornado that hit the Cameron Oklahoma area on Friday evening has been rated an EF2 with maximum wind speeds of 120mph.

The storm caused a lot of debris damage and with a Flash flood warning issued in the area, has caused many home owners affected by the storm to hurry and get their homes protected before the massive rain shower hits the area again.

With the help from the LBA (LeFlore Baptist Association)’s Disaster Relief, a crew of volunteers arrived in an area north of Cameron to help those families in tarping and repairing some roofs.

The quick response is a credit to those who give so generously of their time.

According to LBA Director of Missions Neil O’Donnell, “These volunteers will cover the imperfections that are in the roofs of these houses while they lovingly share how Christ's blood covers the imperfections of our lives and protects us for eternity.


A big thank you to the Le Flore Baptist Disaster Recovery Unit volunteers today.


Nick Wann - Springhill Baptist Church
Don Alexander - Springhill Baptist Church
Mike Pritchett - Poteau First Baptist Church
Bently Hill - Southside Baptist Church
Jim Smith - Southside Baptist Church



Hebrews 13:16 “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”

Friday, 28 April 2017 18:09

Campaign Kick-Off Party






Jennifer Roberts of Poteau has recently announced her candidacy for District No. 4 Choctaw Tribal Council. Roberts’ friends and family met at the Days Inn in Poteau the evening of April 28th for a Jennifer Roberts for Choctaw Tribal Council District 4 Kick-Off Party.


The forecast of wet, stormy weather in Poteau was no match for the atmosphere inside the Days Inn Grand Room. Those attending enjoyed meeting new friends and visiting with old ones. Roberts welcomed attendees and invited them to enjoy the music provided by Michael Martin.


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The grilled burgers and hot dogs were provided by Roberts and her supporters, who were passing out t-shirts, yard signs and other campaign materials.


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Speaking about the Kick-Off Party, Roberts said, “What an evening! I can't thank everyone enough for coming out to the kick-off party! The turnout was amazing! I couldn't imagine a better way of spending a Friday evening than being surrounded by so many people--both Choctaw and non-Choctaw--who are so supportive of my campaign! I am so grateful for all the help last night. I am truly blessed! But what I am most excited about, is seeing everyone of all ages also wanting a change for District 4 and putting faith and trust in me to get the job done. Thank you all so much again. Yakoke!”


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Choctaw Nation Tribal Elections are held every 4 years to elect tribal officials. This year’s Tribal Elections will be July 8th from 7 am to 7 pm. All Choctaw Nation tribal members are eligible to vote, but must register for the election. Click the .pdf file below to download the voter registration form.

Saturday, 29 April 2017 09:28

Judy Ann Medina Obituary



Judy Ann Medina of Spiro, Oklahoma was born on July 3, 1944 to Joe Cephus and Mona (Barrick) Whitecotton, in Bokoshe Oklahoma.


She passed away on April 27, 2017 in Spiro, Oklahoma at the age of 72 years.

Judy is survived by two daughters; Latona White of Spiro, Oklahoma and Shana Trantham and husband Tommy Joe of Durant, Oklahoma, two sons; Dean Collins and wife Donna of Bokoshe, Oklahoma and Bobby Joe Medina of Durant, Oklahoma, 19 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; three sisters; Pat Shimp and husband Tommy Joe of Del City, Oklahoma, Violet Cessna of Spiro, Oklahoma, Caroletta Cooper and husband Eddie of McCurtain, Oklahoma, one brother Dale Whitecotton and wife Peggy of Bokoshe, Oklahoma, Daughter-in-Law, Mary Collins of Bokoshe, OK, numerous other nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Frank Carver, two sons; Charlie Collins and Randy Collins, two sisters’ Dica Blair and Inell Person, and three brothers; Joe Whitecotton, Beacher Whitecotton, and Jake Whitecotton. She was a retired Correctional Officer, from Texas Department of Correction at Choice Moore Prison, in Bonham, Texas. Her family loved her homemade biscuits.

Funeral services will be held at 11am Monday, May 1, 2017 at the Mallory Martin Chapel of Spiro. Interment will follow at Milton Cemetery in Milton, Oklahoma.


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


Pallbearers will be; Junior Collins, Johnathan Whitecotton, Buddy Collins, Tyler Whitecotton, Steven Foster and Paul Collins. Condolences can be made to the family on Judy’s online guestbook at

Family will receive friends Sunday from 4pm-6pm at Mallory Martin Funeral Home

Friday, 28 April 2017 21:57

2017 Cooking with the C's Chili Cook Off




Poteau, Oklahoma - The Poteau Chamber of Commerce, along with Carl Albert State College and Classic Country 107.3 sponsored their Augural Cooking with C’s Chili Cook-Off at the Donald W Reynold Center in Poteau on Friday, April 28, 2017.

Vikes Albert, Miss CASC, Natalie Cepeda were on hand as well as JP, Tracy McMillen and Dean Clow from Big Country Radio doing a live remote.



Thirty-two pots of Chili were entered the contest and local judges, Jody Ray Adams, Eli French, Rep Rick West, Jennifer Hall and Jo Ellison, from Channel 5 News in Fort Smith were the Judges of the event.


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Judges tasted all the Chili entries to pick the best tasting Chili

Each Team enter 5 pots of chili and cash award were presented to the 1st and 2nd Place winners as well as for the People’s Choice.

Winners were:
1st Place:

first place

Carl Albert State College – Chili made by Thomas Vongnarath. CASC was also the People Choice winner.


2nd Place:

2nd place
District 16 Drug Task Force – Chili made by Meg Nicholson.



The Judges



Thank you everyone that came out.


Congratulations to Todd Peters of Poteau, he is to receive an Honorary State FFA Degree from the Oklahoma FFA Association.

The award will be presented during a banquet at the State FFA Convention in Oklahoma City.

This award is presented to members who have achieved exceptional success in their respective supervised agricultural experience program.
“I am honored to receive such praise – I learned a lot through the FFA program and apply those principles today.”

Peters, who daughters were FFA, raised show pigs, he is now raising cattle, but with grandsons – he plans to get back into show hogs again.











 Rep. Rick West (center) stands with Rodney Derryberry, Jeff Smith, Gail Hudson and Cody Johnson from the LeFlore County District Attorney’s Office on April 4.



The group visited Rep. West, R-Heavener, as part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week at the state Capitol.




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Fri May 26 @12:00AM
Poteau High School 50th Reunion
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Boys and Girls Club's Chalk the Walk Event
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