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According to a press release from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Col. Ricky Adams, Chief of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, has announced that Lt. Heath Meyer #64 has passed away.


Meyer sustained critical injuries on July 14 when he was struck by another vehicle while outside his patrol car during a pursuit, and has been hospitalized since. He succumbed to his injuries just before midnight on July 24. Funeral arrangements are pending.


Meyer is the 36th OHP Trooper who has died in the line of duty.


“For more than 80 years the OHP has provided an unmatched commitment to duty, sacrifice and dedication to service above self,” Adams said. “Lt. Meyer led from the front and served as a superb example for his family, friends, partners and the public. His life stands as a testament to the OHP’s passionate commitment to protecting Oklahomans.”


Meyer, 43, was a graduate of the 55th OHP academy in 2005. He was promoted to Lieutenant in February of 2014 and was assigned to Troop A in Oklahoma City.


“Heath Meyer was an example for all of us of how to serve with humility and grace,” said DPS Commissioner Michael C. Thompson. “I have a tremendous amount of admiration and appreciation for his faithful service to Oklahoma. We will all miss him.”


Meyer is survived by his wife, Missy, and two daughters: Isabelle, 15, and Lily, 10.


Adams said he is very appreciative of the support and prayers offered for the Meyer family and for OHP during this time.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017 08:07

Trenton Goins receives Scholarship

Carl Albert State College is pleased to announce that Trenton Lee Goins has received the Lorene Patterson Memorial Scholarship offered at CASC.

Trenton is the son of David & Gerry Ann Goins and a graduate of Spiro High School.

His major is Dentistry.


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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 08:00

Josephine Harjo Obituary

Josephine Harjo, 77, of Poteau, OK passed away Thursday, July 20, 2017 in Talihina, OK.


Josephine was born September 18, 1939 in Red Oak, OK to Simon & Winnie Mae (Jackson) Carshall.


She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Taylor Harjo; brother, Lee Carshall & sister, Esterline Ford.


Survivors include her sister, Merida Hamilton of Poteau, OK; nieces and nephews; her dog, Chawata; other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Services will be 11 am, Thursday, July 27, 2017 at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, OK.


Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Poteau, OK.


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.

Press Release from Poteau Chamber of Commerce


Dee Milligan owner of Cakes and More celebrates her 20 year Anniversary with an Open House at 804 B North Broadway in Poteau on Thursday July 27 from 3pm until 6pm.

Anyone who has attended a Poteau Chamber of Commerce luncheon has at one time has had the opportunity to taste Dee's great food and desserts.

Dee Milligan moved to Poteau in 1974 with her husband. She has raised 10 children that includes her step children. When ask how many grandkids, she laughed and said "Oh My; that's to many to count." She is now working on the great grandkids. She worked for Poteau Food Market in the Bakery from 1980-1990.

Milligan talked about working for Hildred LaFevers and what a great Boss he was to work for. Shortly after the death of her husband in 1989, she relocated to Texas with her son and worked a short time for Homeland Grocery. It wasn't the same in Texas and Dee missed home having grown up in the Heavener area.
She returned home in 1997 and opened the current location, set up shop creating her own unique style of sweets and home cooking that could be catered for any occasion large or small.

She opened with 3 employees and today has 9 employees.

She averages 15 to 16 dozen of donuts a day. This does not include cake orders and catering events throughout each week. Dee sets a great example how your dreams can come true if you do what you love.


"Dee has been there every time we called for food, donuts, dessert or support," said Karen Wages, CEO of the Poteau Chamber of Commerce.

“Congratulations Dee ! We wish you the best on your big day and many more years of success.”

Stop by and visit with Dee on Thursday and help her celebrate 20 years of great service!

The following couples received their marriage licenses from the LeFlore County Court Clerk’s office during the week of July 17-21, 2017.

James Michael Williams and Vera Veda Mathis

Levi Sonny James Harrison and Nancy Grace Cooper

Micky Ryan Bailey and Ashleigh Dawn Moses

Justin Ray Kirt and Faith Danielle Bohanan

Wesley G. Wickware and Paloma N. Lopez-Hernandez

William Eugene Morris, III and Gabrielle Jean Good

Dakota Lee Bilyeu and Leticia Ann Owens

Richard C. Flagg and Debbie Sue Mortenson



They opened their doors in Poteau and Heavener schools in 2008, helping to make futures brighter for area kids, the BGCLC has always had a dream of having their own center – that dream is now one step closer as the BGCLC will be opening a Teen Center.

The Center is located at in the old First Presbyterian Church Building at 301 Clayton Ave in Poteau. They hope to have the doors open by the time school starts.
The 3,354 Square, the Teen Center will be open for middle school aged kids after-school from 2pm until 6pm and will offer opportunities for fun, recreation and study time. They eventually plan to be open on Saturdays.

But to properly meet the needs of your children, the BGCLC needs the support of the community.

The BGCLC is a non- profit organization that relies on community support for funding and according to Arielle Perry, Executive Director, they need donations of furniture, fuse ball tables, ping ball tables and other games as well as monetary donations. Seating, tables, desk are just a few of the items needed.

“If you feel our cause is worthy of your support, please consider a donation to help us keep this dream alive for our youth. Our website has a donation button for your convenience,” said Perry. “If you don't feel you can make a large contribution now, consider making a lower monthly contribution. Sometimes these help the most.”

“As always, thank you to all of you who continue to give and support us as we work to be what this community needs,” Every little bit helps. This cause means a lot to me, and I believe that we can make a difference together.! Please feel free to contact me at (918) 647-7136 directly if you have any questions.”


The Boys and Girls Club Mission is:
To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Monday, 24 July 2017 13:52

Daylon Tyler Blue Farmer Obituary

Daylon Tyler Blue Farmer, 17, of Wister, OK passed away Saturday, July 22, 2017 at his home.


Daylon was born January 4, 2000 in Siloam Springs, AR to Jeffrey David Farmer & Rachel L. (Jenkins).


He was a student.


Daylon was preceded in death by his grandfather, Randy Matthews and great grandmother, Audrey Turknett.


Survivors include his parents, Marcus & Rachel Pickerel of the home; father, Jeffrey Farmer of Siloam Springs, AR; sisters, Katirina Farmer & Haily Pickerel; brothers, Michael Paul & Ely Farmer; grandparents, Freddie & Diane Turner, Suzy Matthews; great grandfather, Phillip Turknett; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins; other loved ones and friends.


Services will be 10 am, Thursday, July 27, 2017 graveside at Westville Cemetery, Westville, OK.


The family will be at the funeral home on Wednesday evening 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.

Monday, 24 July 2017 18:48

Carolyn Sue Cole Obituary

Carolyn Sue Cole, 73, of Howe, OK passed away Monday, July 24, 2017 in Howe.


Carolyn was born July 21, 1944 in Hatton, AR to Louis Marion & Alice Florence (Carter) Brewer.


She was a nurse's aide at the nursing home.


Survivors include her daughters, Geneva Smith of Poteau, OK, Tina Hoxit of Hodgen, OK, Laujanna Cole of Cameron, OK, Tammy Ferris of Joplin, MO; 8 grandchildren, Dustin, Elizabeth, Michael, Scott, Ricky, Brandy, Whisper, Craig; sister, Rosetta Barnes of Poteau, OK; brothers, Louis Brewer of VA and Walter Barnes of Cameron, OK; 9 great grandchildren; other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Services will be 10 am, Wednesday, July 26, 2017 graveside at Slaytonville Cemetery, Slaytonville, OK.


Pallbearers will be Michael, Scott, Russ, Dustin, Chad & Steven.


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.

Monday, 24 July 2017 16:58

Maggard receives Scholarship

Carl Albert State College would like to announce that Trevor Lane Maggard is the recipient of the Adams Abstract Company Scholarship and the Jack and Katherine Johnson Memorial Scholarship offered at CASC.


Lane is the son of Joe Bill and Jenni Maggard and a graduate of Poteau High School.


Monday, 24 July 2017 16:51

Mary Lynn Ross Obituary

Mary Lynn Ross, 84, of Spiro, Oklahoma died Sunday, July 23, 2017 in her home surrounded by her loving family and friends.


She was born on October 21, 1932 in Gillham, Arkansas to Oscar and Ethel (McBroom) Clayborn.


She retired from Spiro Public Schools and was a member of the Spiro First United Methodist Church. She loved to cook and go on road trips with the girls but most of all she loved her family. Lynn was preceded in death by her parents, loving husband, Joe, and three brothers; Charles, Ralph, and Tom.


Lynn is survived by one daughter; Susan Bartholomew and husband, Bill of Spiro, Oklahoma, one son; Tommy Ross of Spiro, Oklahoma, four grandchildren; Megan Sullins and husband, Tyson, Joe T. Ross, Melanie Lawson and husband, Justin all of Spiro, Oklahoma. Scott Bartholomew and wife, Brittany of Fort Smith, Arkansas, five great grandchildren; Jentry Sullins, Harper and Hudson Lawson, Carson and Emma Bartholomew. Two sisters-in-law; Joyce Clayborn of Eugene, Oregon, and Lois Paschal of Beggs, Oklahoma. Numerous nieces, nephews, other family and friends who loved her and will miss her. She also had many special kids that referred to her as Grandma Lynn that she loved as if they were her own.


Funeral services will be held at 10am Thursday, July 27, 2017 at Unite Church in Spiro, Oklahoma with Chaplain Jeff Little officiating.


Interment will follow at New Hope Cemetery in Spiro.


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


Pallbearers will be; Scott Bartholomew, Justin Lawson, Joe T. Ross, Tyson Sullins, Kenny Paschal, Mike Paschal, honorary pallbearers will be; Johnny McClure, Mark Ross, Clay Ross, Brett Ross, Gary Harper, Cary Carter, Terry Bottoms, Richard Dukes and Jimmy Farmer.


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

Family will receive friends Wednesday from 5-7pm at Mallory Martin Funeral Home.


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