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Friday, 12 October 2018 14:47

Elton Ollar Obituary

Elton Ollar of Heavener, Oklahoma was born September 3, 1947 in the Glendale Community to Cleo Melton and Emma (Milligan) Ollar and passed away in Gulfport, Mississippi on October 10, 2018 at the age of 71.


He is survived by:

One daughter:
Michelle Woods of Perry, Oklahoma

Two granddaughters:
Kiersten Woods of Perry, Oklahoma
Kayla Woods of Perry, Oklahoma

One great-grandson:
Tate Edgar

His companion:
Rhonda Ross of the home

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends


He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Juanita Ollar; a daughter, Tammy Ollar; four sisters, Pauline Blair, Imogene Bowman, Christean Bowman, and Hazel Ollar; and one brother, Melton Ollar.


Elton was a 1965 graduate of Heavener High School and a long-time resident of the area.


He worked in Construction for most of his life and was involved in many other endeavors.


Elton was also a member of the Heavener First Baptist Church.


He was an avid hunter and fisherman.


He loved spending time with his family and friends and enjoyed life to the fullest. He especially loved that fact that his great grandson has his beautiful, blue eyes. Elton will be missed deeply by all whom loved and knew him.


Funeral Services will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the Heavener First Baptist Church with Brother Sam Dyer and Brother Joe Haydon Hall officiating.


Burial will follow in Mt. View Cemetery in Glendale Community under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener, Oklahoma.


Pallbearers will be: Darrin Pitman, Terry Stites, Pat Cogburn, Rusty Haynes, Lane Titsworth, and Dusty Alexander.


Honorary Pallbearers will be: Tate Edgar, Johnny Johnston, Mike Andrews, Tommy Newcomer, Johnny Newcomer, Todd Woods, Richard Jolliff, and Donnie Killion.


To sign Mr. Ollar’s online guestbook please visit




According to a press release from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, a man shot Monday (Oct 8, 2018) by Canadian County deputies has been identified as 24 year old, Alexander Lindahl.

Lindahl was fatally shot by deputies after he crashed a stolen pickup, then produced a handgun when he exited the pickup.

Lindahl was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The incident occurred on U.S. Highway 81, just north of Okarche.

Lindahl led officers on a high-speed chase, with speeds reaching over 100 mph.

Lindahl has a lengthy criminal record.

OSBI assistance was requested with crime scene assistance after the incident.

OSBI is also investigating the shooting itself.

All reports will be turned over to the District Attorney’s office upon completion.

Press release

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Paul Dean Cantrell, age 57, of Hartshorne, Oklahoma, entered a guilty plea to Possession With Intent To Distribute Methamphetamine, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(C), punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment, up to a $1,000,000.00 fine, or both. 

The Indictment alleged that on or about January 28, 2018, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, did knowingly and intentionally possess with intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.  

The charges arose from an investigation by the District 18 Narcotics Task Force and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. 

The Honorable Kimberly E. West, U.S. 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. 

Assistant United States Attorney Christopher Wilson represented the United States.


Thursday, 11 October 2018 23:13

Fishing Report for October 10, 2018

A service of the Oklahoma Wildlife Department

Arbuckle: October 7. Elevation 2 ft. above normal and rising, water 71 and clear except upper creeks. Largemouth bass good on chigger craws, tube jigs, grubs and crankbaits. Smallmouth bass good on grubs and spinnerbaits off points. Spotted bass good on grubs and worms. Crappie fair on chartreuse jigs and minnows around brush piles. White bass being caught on minnows and grubs up on flats chasing shad. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Blue River: October 8. Elevation above normal, water 68 and murky. Channel catfish good on chicken liver, stinkbait and worms along shorelines. All other fishing slow due to heightened flow. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Broken Bow: October 5. Elevation below normal, water 82. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass fair on crankbaits, flukes and plastic baits around brush structure and points. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: October 5. Elevation normal, water turbid. White bass excellent on cut bait, jigs and small lures below the dam, along the dam and discharge. Crappie fair on minnows around docks, main lake and bridges. Spotted bass good on small lures and worms along riprap, shallows and standing timber. Report submitted by Cannon Harrison, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: October 5. Elevation above normal, water 76 and murky. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on cut bait, dough bait, live bait and shad below the dam, main lake and river channel. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs below the dam, around brush structure, channels, main lake, river channel and standing timber. Outflow from flood gates continues at Hugo Dam. Report submitted Andrew Potter, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Konawa: October 4. Elevation normal, water 80 and clear. Largemouth bass good on Alabama rigs, crankbaits, jigs, plastic baits and topwater lures in the main lake, around points, river channel and weed beds. Striped bass hybrids and white bass good on Alabama rigs, crankbaits and live shad in coves, main lake and river channel. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait and stinkbait in coves, creek channels, inlet and riprap. Report submitted by Garret Harley, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountain Fork: October 4. Stocked approximately 3,800 rainbow trout on October 3. Report submitted by April Drake, secretary at the southeast region office.

Lower Mountain Fork: October 6. Elevation normal, water clear. Trout fair caddis flies, PowerBait, tube jigs and worms along channels and rocks. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

McGee Creek: October 6. Elevation above normal, water 77. Largemouth and spotted bass good on Alabama rigs, flukes and plastic baits along channels, creek channels, points and rocks. Crappie, spotted bass and white bass fair on minnows along creek channels, river channel and standing timber. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Pine Creek: October 6. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on topwater lures in the main lake. Crappie excellent on jigs around brush structure. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver and worms along creek channels and main lake. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: October 5. Elevation normal, water murky. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on Alabama rigs, bill baits, flukes, lipless baits, plastic baits, spinnerbaits and tube jigs around brush structure, channels, in coves, creek channels, points and riprap. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on cut bait, dough bait, live shad, shad, stinkbait and sunfish along channels, creek channels, flats, inlet and river mouth. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: October 3. Elevation above normal, water 77. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on crankbaits, plastic baits, spinnerbaits and tube jigs around brush structure, creek channels, rocks, shorelines, standing timber and weed beds. Blue, channel and flathead catfish fair on cut bait, shad and sunfish along channels, flats, main lake and shorelines. Crappie fair on minnows, jigs and tube jigs around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: October 5. Elevation above normal, water 79 and muddy. Striped bass good on live shad at 20-40 ft. in the main lake; larger fish have slowed a bit. Well maintained live bait is key right now. Blue and channel catfish fair on live bait, live shad and worms below the dam and in the main lake. Blue cats and channel cats are feeding at the mouths of feeder creeks on cut shad and worms. Crappie slow on hair jigs and live bait around brush structure and in the main lake. Crappie are slow with muddy water. Report submitted by Trey Hale, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: October 5. Elevation normal, water cloudy. Largemouth bass good on bill baits, buzz baits, crankbaits, plastic baits and spinnerbaits around brush structure, channels, points and shorelines. Blue catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, hot dogs, punch bait and stinkbait along channels, main lake and points. Crappie good on minnows and jigs around brush structure, channels, points and standing timber. Report submitted by Thomas Gillham, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

Press release

OKLAHOMA CITY - The bipartisan, Oklahoma Senate and Oklahoma House working group on medical marijuana implementation on Wednesday unanimously approved priorities for medical marijuana testing in a bipartisan vote in a move that will help ensure Oklahomans have access to safe and effective medicine, the group’s co-chair said.

Senator Greg McCortney praised the hard work of the committee members, appointed in July by Senate Pro Tem-designate Greg Treat and House Speaker Charles McCall, and said the priorities were the first in a series of steps to fully implement a medical marijuana system according to the will of voters who approved State Question 788.

“From Day One, our objective has been to collect information and seek input from stakeholders from all across the industry so that the state can develop and implement a safe and effective medical marijuana industry,” said McCortney, R-Ada. “Testing has been a high priority and the recommendations the working group made today, will help ensure that Oklahomans have access to safe medicine.


This is the first of many steps the state must take to fully implement a successful, effective and safe medical marijuana industry in accordance with the will of voters. Work will continue as we sort through a variety of issues like banking and taxation, employment law, and licensing issues. This has been a bipartisan effort on behalf of the Senate and the House. I appreciate the hard work of my co-chair and all the members of the committee.”

The working group approved by a 8-0 vote a set of testing priorities (click here to view the Twelfth Medial Marijuana Working Group meeting agenda and additional documents). The recommendations will be sent to the Oklahoma State Department of Health for consideration by the Board of Health, which may issue rules based on the working group’s recommendations.

Pro Tem-designate Treat commended McCortney for undertaking a complicated issue.

“Oklahoma is trying to do in a matter of weeks and months what most states have done over the course of several years. This group was sent on a fact-finding mission to collect information that would help lawmakers and policy makers succeed in setting up a medical marijuana system as the voters intended. Senator McCortney has done a terrific job in leading this group and helping them to achieve their mission. I appreciate him and the other senators serving on the committee for their hard work and dedication,” Treat said.

Thursday, 11 October 2018 23:08

Wanda Joyce Conrad Obituary

Wanda Joyce Conrad was born November 13, 1935 in Fort Smith, Arkansas to the Harrison and Bessie (Welch) Simpson, and passed away October 10, 2018 in Spiro, Oklahoma at the age of 82.


She is survived by her husband, Bobby Conrad of the home, two sons; Richard Vigus and Steve Vigus both of Rudy, Arkansas, one step-daughter; Debbie Gregor of Spiro, Oklahoma, two step-sons; Stanley Conrad and wife Mickey of Little Rock, Arkansas, Eddie Conrad and wife Bronwyn of Plummerville, Arkansas, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and loved ones.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Harrison and Bessie Simpson, her sister, Mildred Britton, and four brothers; Bill, Alfred, Leon, and Hershel Simpson.


Wanda graduated from Keota High School in 1954, and after graduation she had a wide range of employment.


She worked for the phone company in Keota as an operator, she worked at DHS in Stigler, she then moved to California and worked at Port Mugu Naval Air Station.


After this she returned back to Spiro and began working at Riverside Furniture where she retired after 28 years.


She was a member of Murry Spur Free Will Baptist Church in Spiro, Oklahoma, member of the Order of Easter Star #184 in Stigler, Oklahoma.


She was an officer with the Fraternal Order of Eagles #3860 where she served as Local President, Regional President, and State President. Wanda helped with many charities and will be missed my many.


Funeral Services will be 11:00 am Friday, October 12, 2018 at Murry Spur Freewill Baptist Church with Revered C.L. Thomas and Mister Sherman Stahl officiating.


The family will visit with friends from 6pm-8pm Thursday at the funeral home.


Funeral services entrusted to and directed by Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Spiro, Oklahoma.


To sign Wanda’ online guest book, please visit


Thursday, 11 October 2018 23:04

Archie Lee Deere Obituary

Archie Lee Deere, 87, passed away on October 10, 2018 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Archie was born on May 12, 1931 in Reichert, Oklahoma to Oscar and Mary (Newman) Deere. He was a resident of Reichert, Oklahoma and had resided at the Talihina Veterans Center for the past eight years.


He is survived by:

His wife of 65 years:
Patsy Deere of the home

One sister:
LaVern Brown of Grandbury, Texas

Two daughters:
Kay Gardenhire of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas
Sherry and Michael Deere of Summerfield, Oklahoma

One grandson:
Tyler Gardenhire and wife LeeAnn of Heavener, Oklahoma

Two great-grandchildren:
Ramsey Lee and Addison Kate Gardenhire

Numerous loving nephews, nieces, and many friends


Archie was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Finis Deere; three sisters, Zelma Melton, Eva Stockton, and Charlotte Pierce; his son, Archie Dave Deere; his son-in-law, Phil Gardenhire; and two nephews, Tony Plumlee and Tommy Joe Wiles.


He was a Veteran in the U.S. Army, fighting in the Korean Conflict, 2nd Infantry Division. Archie began his career as a butcher, working for A.L. Davis in Fort Worth, Texas. He then moved his family back to the Reichert community and worked for the Smittles at Piggly Wiggly in Heavener. In 1964, Archie joined the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and retired as an Inspector from the State in 1986.


Archie was an accomplished horseman and trained cutting horses for clients in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, and Missouri.


Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 12, 2018 at Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church in Reichert with Mr. Tyler Gardenhire officiating.


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


Pallbearers will be: Mike Stockton, Michael Deere, Tyler Gardenhire, Glen Vaughn, Brandon Moody, and Bobby Dean Johnson.


Honorary Pallbearers will be: R.O. White, Bob Johnston, and Buck Moody.


The family would like to send a special thanks to the Talihina Veterans Center for eight years of excellent care and Peachtree Hospice for their compassionate and professional care.


Viewing will be from 4:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., Thursday and 8:30 a.m. until noon, Friday.


To sign Mr. Deere’s online guestbook please visit


Press release


On Friday, October 5, 2018, CASC’s Title III Project Director, Micky Solomon, facilitated a presentation on “Coaching for Completion” at the Oklahoma Association of Community Colleges (OACC) Annual Conference at Oklahoma City Community College.


Solomon’s presentation highlighted the importance of coaching students to success, and how coaching them to believe in themselves and their abilities will ultimately result in empowered students.


Her presentation touched on the ‘why,’ the ‘how,’ and the ‘impact,’ of CASC’s Title III Part A, NASNTI Coaching Program.


“It was an honor to represent Carl Albert State College's NASNTI program,” Solomon said, “and share how our coaching program has impacted our students and the institution.


Success coaching is delivered by Brad Davis, Technology Specialist, Regan Huff, Coaching Coordinator, and myself — but it takes collaboration with CASC's faculty to make it flourish. This collaboration is direct effect of President Falkner and Dr. Willis empowering their employees.”


“Our program truly believes in the "why" of success coaching which is to empower students,” she continued. “By empowering our students, we are helping them build a strong foundation to overcome obstacles in academics and other areas that impact their higher educational journey. A stronger community, institution, and student success will be the result of our work through this program.”


“My hope is that everyone sees the critical need to empower their students to find their own answers by developing their critical thinking skills, growth mindset, and self-appraisal skills,” she concluded.


President Jay Falkner echoed Solomon’s comments and affirmed the importance of ‘walking alongside’ our students through coaching practices to help them achieve their educational goals and ultimately find success in their future endeavors.


“I am thrilled to collaborate and work with individuals like Micky,” said President Falkner. “Her passion for her students is evident in every conversation you have with her.


She is a valued asset of our institution and I could not be more excited for her to share her passion and success with our peers at the OACC conference.”



Press release


WILBURTON, OK  – Eastern Oklahoma State College will host its annual Halloween Carnival Wednesday, Oct. 31.


Adults and children of all ages are invited to come enjoy free game booths and trunk or treat provided by many of Eastern’s student organizations, faculty divisions and staff departments. Children are encouraged to wear their costumes and participate in the Boo Parade.

Trunk or treat and the game booths will be set up in front of the E.E. Tourtellotte Student Center at the Wilburton campus from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Registration for the Boo Parade begins at 5:45 p.m., with the parade starting at 6:00 p.m.


Parade winners will be selected and announced in a variety of age brackets.

The family-friendly environment will provide a safe place for local children to celebrate the holiday.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018 22:43

Voter registration deadline approaches

Press release

(Oklahoma City) – Oklahoman’s have until Friday to register to vote or update their registration in time for the Nov. 6 General Election, State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said today.

“It’s critical that people confirm their voter registration information and make any necessary changes before the deadline,” Ziriax said. “Elections are our chance as voters to have a say in our government, and that starts by making sure you are registered to vote.”

Voters can check their party affiliation, polling place and other registration information, view a sample ballot and track absentee ballots using the Online Voter Tool on the State Election Board’s website. It can be accessed at

Voter registration forms, used to change any registration information, can be downloaded from the website, as well. They are also available at county election boards, post offices, tag agencies, libraries and some other public locations.

Voters must either deliver their voter registration forms in person or mail and have them postmarked before the deadline.

Those who are already registered to vote may update their information online. Voters can change their residential or mailing address within their current county and update their party affiliation. Address changes to a new county, name changes and new voter registrations will require a completed paper form, which can be downloaded on the website.

The General Election will allow voters to choose candidates for state and federal offices including Governor, state officers, U.S. Congressional seats, state legislative races, district attorneys and nonpartisan judicial races.

For more information, visit


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