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Tuesday, 12 February 2019 08:33

PUES Students of the week for Jan. 28-Feb. 1


Poteau, OKLAHOMA -The Poteau Upper Elementary School is pleased to announce their "Students of the Week" for the fourth week of January.


The January Character Word is:


RESILIENCE- The capacity to successfully manage high levels of change.


Students of the week are: Kacin Pfaff, Kayden Kemper, Zaden Faulkner, Jazmyne Maynor, Ava Hasley, Kaylea Miller, and Destiny Armstrong

Press release

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that John Tyler Bible, age 27, of Lamar, Oklahoma, was sentenced to one year probation for Conversion Of Mortgaged Property, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 658.


The charges arose from an investigation by the Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General.


The Information alleged that on or about June 6, 2012, and continuing through December 16, 2013, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, knowingly and with intent to defraud, willfully concealed, removed, disposed of, or converted to his own use certain property – cattle having a value in excess of $1,000.00 – and which was at the time of said disposition, mortgaged, pledged to and held by, United States Department of Agriculture-Farm Service Agency.


The Honorable Ronald A. White, U.S. District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the hearing.


Assistant United States Attorney Christopher Wilson represented the United States.

Press release


WASHINGTON— As co-chairs of the Congressional Men’s Health Caucus, Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) and Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) introduced a bipartisan House resolution expressing support for health and wellness coaches.

“Over 80 million Americans over the age of six are physically inactive,” said Rep. Markwayne Mullin (OK-2). “Health and wellness coaches play a vital role in helping Americans go the distance when it comes to eating healthy, incorporating physical activity into their lives, and living an overall healthy lifestyle. It is great to work alongside Congressman Payne, Jr. to recognize our health and wellness coaches across the country and celebrate National Health and Wellness Coach Recognition Week.”

“It is estimated that nearly 70 percent of health care dollars are spent on lifestyle-related diseases,” said Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10). “Health coaches can decrease the cost of lifestyle-related diseases by helping people achieve their personal health and wellness goals. Healthy habits are not always easily achievable when a patient is working alone, but health coaches are there to ensure people succeed in taking control of their health. I am proud to work with Congressman Mullin to improve health care outcomes and honor health coaches.”

Reps. Mullin and Payne, Jr. are co-chairs of the Congressional Men’s Health Caucus.


Monday, 11 February 2019 22:17

John S. Culberson Obituary

John S. Culberson of Heavener, Oklahoma was born July 29, 1969 in Poteau, Oklahoma to Robert and Connie (Williams) Culberson and passed away February 8, 2019 in Heavener, Oklahoma at the age of 49.

He is survived by:


One son:
Shannon Ryder of Spiro, Oklahoma

One sister:
Dawn Culberson of Wister, Oklahoma

One aunt:
Donna Barnard of Wilburton, Oklahoma

One uncle:
Chuck Williams of Wister, Oklahoma

Two nieces and two nephews

Several other loved ones and host of friends


He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Norma Culberson.


John was a 1987 graduate of Heavener High School and a Seismographer in the Survey field. He attended Heavener First Baptist Church and loved spending time with family and friends.


Memorial service will be 10 a.m., Thursday, February 14, 2019 at Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel in Heavener, Oklahoma with Brother Sam Dyer officiating.


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


To sign John’s online guestbook please visit


Monday, 11 February 2019 22:15

Back Roads History Tour # 2

Press Release


The second Guided Back Roads History Tour is scheduled for February 16, 2019 with a bad weather date set for the following Saturday, February 23rd.

This tour includes: cemeteries (one with cone graves and several dating from the 1800s), three forgotten towns, rural school buildings or locations, remains of a Choctaw Girls’ Academy, original site of the Choctaw Nation Council House, famous poet’s home and grave.


Also a Historic Bridge and area history are included in this tour. Transportation, a Guide and Lunch will be provided.


We know time is short so get your entry in as soon as possible.


We need at least 5 people to make this tour.

For more information contact the Talihina Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center located at 201 First Street Talihina. 918-567-3434, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



By Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy CEO Joe Dorman


The legislative session is moving quickly, and lawmakers are now busy working in their assigned committees to sort through relevant bills and resolutions. I am pleased to say that our legislators have filed many bills that seek to directly impact and improve child well-being. In fact, two of those bills have been the result of a collaboration between elected officials and one of our OICA advocates, a young man who is an alumnus of the foster care system in Oklahoma.


The first of those is House Bill 2331, which proposes the creation of the Families Actively Made for Independent-Living-Aged Youth (FAMILY) Act. The FAMILY Act would help keep siblings in foster care together by assisting with the additional pay for those with therapeutic needs and providing the same payment for those without the need for additional support.


The bill would also create the Children Belong with Families Act, which creates a division under the Department of Human Services (DHS) to aid in decreasing the amount of homeless youth in the state. This has become a growing problem in recent years and the hope is that early intervention will help reduce the percentages with homelessness.


The second bill, House Bill 2332, creates the Model Successful Future Alumni Act, which provides the opportunity for current foster children to work as advocates within the child welfare system under the guidance of DHS. In addition, DHS would coordinate with the Commissioner of Labor to provide opportunities for gainful employment of program participants, giving preference to program participants with disabilities.


Both bills were authored by Rep. Chelsey Branham, D-Oklahoma City. We appreciate her willingness to listen to the ideas and experiences of our advocates and to use those to help guide her policy-making.


We would also like to highlight the work of Rep. Carol Bush, R-Tulsa with House Bill 1022, which improves upon the Trauma-informed Care Task Force created last year. HB 1022 codifies the effort in making recommendations on the development of a statewide approach to preventing adverse childhood experiences and to identify interventions and supports for children who have, or are at risk of, experiencing trauma.


The measure adds six lawmakers to the current 17-member task force, and also includes two appointments by Governor Stitt. One of the governor’s appointments must be an officer or director of an association located in a rural area that identifies and promotes the development of a qualified workforce to support the emotional development of infants, toddlers and families. The second must be a representative of a private foundation that provides funding for early childhood initiatives. This bill passed out of committee last week and we are excited that it will strengthen efforts to reduce Adverse Childhood Experiences in Oklahoma.


I am also pleased with initial ideas brought forth by Governor Kevin Stitt and First Lady Sarah Stitt in this area. Proposals have been presented for children’s initiatives such as a cabinet-level position working directly with Human Services and Early Childhood Initiatives. These are the kinds of things that give me hope we will improve our state for the next generation. The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy is looking forward to working with all of our policymakers for presenting better opportunities for Oklahoma’s youth!


Monday, 11 February 2019 22:04

Benefit for Neva Fitzpatrick



A Benefit Hamburger or Hot-dog chips and drink benefit dinner has been planned for Neva Fitzpatrick for Feb 15, 2019 at the Community State Bank.

Come enjoy lunch from 11am until 1pm.

Neva has worked at The Community State Bank for 10 years and has recently been diagnosed with Breast Cancer.

Proceeds from the benefit will help with medical expenses.

Advance or to go orders should be placed in advance by calling 918-647-1893.


Monday, 11 February 2019 03:53

PKMS Academic Team win Regionals





Poteau, OKLAHOMA - Pansy Kidd Middle School is pleased to announce that their 7th and 8th Grade academic team won their regional contest is now headed to state.


 7th/ 8th State will be in Norman on Saturday, April 13

PKMS is also pleased to announce the 6th and 7th grade Academic team won their regional and will be headed to state.


6th/ 7th State will be in Norman on Saturday, April 6


Good Job !


6th and 7th

6th & 7th Grade Academic Team 

Asher Dunn, Ethan McBee, Killion Barnes, Cooper Gillham, Nate Jordan, Eli Solomon, Beau Flanagan, Bethany Warren, Daniel Zheng

Sunday, 10 February 2019 17:14

John Allen Evans Obituary

John Allen Evans of the Hontubby Community was born March 17, 1954 in Bakersfield, California to Brandon and Della (Davis) Evans and passed away February 8, 2019 in the Dog Creek Community at the age of 64.

He is survived by:


His wife of 48 years:

Carolyn Evans of the home

One daughter:

Erika Evans and husband Rodney of Cameron, Oklahoma

One son:

Brandon Evans of Hodgen, Oklahoma

One brother:

Jim Evans and wife Audra of Somerset, Kentucky

Two grandchildren:

Brooke Burgess and husband Jonathon of Cameron, Oklahoma

Ashton Evans of Stillwater, Oklahoma

Numerous other loved ones and host of friends


He was preceded in death by his parents.


John was a long-time resident of the area, a Truck Driver, and a member of the Hontubby Baptist Church where he taught Sunday School class. He also served on the Disaster Team and was a member of the Heavener Masonic Lodge #154.


John was a veteran of the United States Army, where he served his country in the Vietnam Era. While serving in the United States Army, he worked as a Detective for the military police working with drug dogs. John loved spending time with his family and friends. He also enjoyed riding motorcycles. John will be greatly missed by many.


Funeral services will be 9 a.m., Friday, February 15, 2019 at the Hontubby Baptist Church with Brother David Hardin and Brother Joey Bottoms officiating.


Burial will follow in the U. S. National Cemetery in Ft. Smith, Arkansas with military honors by the U. S. Honor Guard.


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


Pallbearers will be: Jack Scott, Ray Freeman, Gary Alexander, Charles Liles, Denny Kelly, and Kelly Burns.


Honorary Pallbearers will be: David Janway.


Viewing will begin at 2 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., Monday; 8:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.


The family will visit with friends on Thursday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.


john evans


Sunday, 10 February 2019 17:08

Jeri Lynn Marler Obituary

Jeri Lynn Marler, 48, of Poteau, OK passed away Saturday, February 09, 2019 in Ft. Smith, AR.


Jeri was born August 24, 1970 in Poteau. She was a loving mother, wife, sister, and friend. Jeri worked as a Child Welfare Specialist for 23 years.


She enjoyed music, movies, shopping, playing cards, and spending time with her loved ones.


She was quick-witted and loved to laugh. Most people were drawn to Jeri’s infectious laughter and smile. She also had a huge heart loving all of her friends and family dearly.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse & Anna Ward & Sharon Henderson.


Survivors include her husband, Carl Marler of Poteau; daughter, Jennifer Marler of Madill, OK; son, Bryce Marler of Poteau; brothers & sisters, Crystal Fout & Alan of Poteau, Diane, Shauna, Gary, Tobey & Derrick Henderson of Poteau; grandchildren, Kayden Armstrong, Brantley and Braxton Bridgman of Madill, OK; aunts & uncles, Sue & Gerald Oliver of Heavener, OK, Tommy & Carolyn Ward of Wister, OK, Larry & Kathy Ward of Tyler, TX; nieces & nephews, Ariel Cardenas, Jessica Oldaker, Nichole Oliver, Colton Jones, Jessica & Jasmine Henderson, Anali, Amoriana & Anai Sanchez, Aiden, Alex, Andrez Damian, Kira, Kaitlyn & Violet Henderson; other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Services will be 2 pm, Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at Faith Community Church of the Nazarene, Poteau, OK with Rev. Jim Cook officiating.


Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Poteau.


Pallbearers will be Eric Bridgman, Christopher Dorosh, Aaron Good, Jess Callahan, Cody Wann, Jarod Ridenour.


Honorary pallbearers will be Donnie Fout and Ramon Espinosa.


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