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According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a Ft Smith man was killed in a one vehicle accident that occurred on August 15, 2019 at approximately 7:33am on State Highway 141. Three miles west and a half mile south of Ganns in Sequoyah County.


According to the report, a 2003 GMC pickup driven by Matt C. Hutchinson 38, of Fort Smith, Arkansas was eastbound on SH141 when he failed to negotiate a curve, departed the roadway to the right crossing county road 4650 and striking a ditch embankment causing the vehicle to come to rest.

Hutchinson was pinned in the vehicle for approximately forty minutes freed by Brent fire, OHP, and Pafford EMS.


He was transported by Pafford EMS to Northeast Health Systems in Sallisaw where he was pronounced dead at 8:59am from head injuries.

The accident was investigated by OHP


According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a two-vehicle accident with injuries occurred on August 15, 2019 at 11:05pm on State Highway 9 and State Highway 71 in Enterprise in Haskell County.

According to the report, 2011 Freightliner driven by Feliciano Rosas 58, of Katy, TX was eastbound on SH9 and a 2004 Ford Pickup driven by John David Thompson white male, of Stigler was northbound on SH 71. The report says that Rosas failed to stop at stop sign and struck the pick-up in the driver side door.

Thompson was pinned in the vehicle for approximately 20 minutes before being extricated by Brooken Fire Department.


He was transported by Air Evac to St Francis Hospital in Tulsa and was admitted in critical condition with head, arm, leg, trunk internal and trunk external injuries.

His passenger Steven D. Ishcomer, 54 of Oklahoma City, was transported by Pafford EMS to McAlester Hospital with arm injuries treated and released.

Another passenger, Virginia F. Hodge, 52 of Ada, was transported by Pafford EMS to McAlester Hospital with trunk internal, arm and head injuries treated and released.



According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a head-on collision occurred on August 16, 2019 at approximately 5:09 am on State Highway 9, one mile west of Stigler, in Haskell County.

According to the report, a 2020 Volvo driven by Juan Alvarez 51, of Dallas Texas was traveling westbound on SH 9 and a 2001 Jeep Cherokee driven by Dakota Dugan 26, of Pocola was traveling eastbound on SH 9 when he crossed center line and hit the Volvo head-on.

Dugan was transported by Tulsa Life Flight to St Francis Hospital in Tulsa and was admitted in critical condition with head, arm, leg, trunk internal and trunk external injuries.


The accident was investigated by OHP, Haskell County Sheriff’s Department, Stigler Fire, Pafford EMS and Tulsa Life Flight.

Saturday, 17 August 2019 10:13

Bus VS Car accident in Muskogee County


According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, several were injured in a school bus accident that occurred on August 8, 2019 at 3:44pm on 20th Street at United State Highway 64, approximately .5 miles west of Keefton, OK in Muskogee County.


According to the report, a 2008 Mazda SUV driven by Billy Williams 46, of Warner, was traveling southbound on US64 and a 2019 International School bus of Warner driven by Keith Whittle, 36, of Checotah, was stopped at the stop sign heading eastbound on 20th Street.

For unknown reason the Mazda SUV, departed the road to the right and hit the school bus on the driver side. Williams was pinned in his vehicle and was freed by Keefton Fire Department.


Williams was transported by Muskogee EMS to St. John Hospital in Tulsa and was admitted in stable condition with head, arm, trunk internal, trunk external, and leg injuries.

The bus driver was not injured.

There were 24 students on the bus. Several were injured but all were treated and released.


The accident was investigated By OHP, Muskogee County Sheriff’s Department and Muskogee County EMS.

Game Warden Jay Harvey, based in Atoka County, was honored by the National Wild Turkey Federation as the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Officer of the Year for 2018 during a regular meeting of the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission on Aug. 12 in Durant.
Presenting the award were Don Chitwood, eastern Oklahoma regional director for NWTF, and Terry Bourne, president of the Little Dixie Chapter of Durant.

Harvey, who won the same honor from NWTF in 2004, began his career as a Game Warden in 1992. He has been involved with various NWTF activities, especially with Jakes events. He has volunteered with the weeklong Wildlife Youth Camp for 20 years, serving seven years as camp director. In 2005, Harvey started a wildlife law enforcement class at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. And in 2017, his proficiency in airboat operations allowed the rescue or evacuation of more than 200 people as he volunteered for disaster relief in the wake of Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area.

This past year, Harvey coordinated the annual conference of the North American Wildlife Enforcement Officers Association held in Oklahoma City. In both 2010 and 2018, he was selected as the Wildlife Department’s Officer of the Year. And just before handing over a plaque to Harvey, Chitwood told Commissioners that Harvey came in second place for the national NWTF officer of the year award.


Department Director J.D. Strong introduced Education Section Supervisor Colin Berg, who recently won a Special Achievement Award from the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies for his efforts in making Oklahoma a Top 5 state in conservation and outdoor recreation education programs.

In 2004, Berg brought the national Archery in the Schools Program to Oklahoma, beginning with eight schools and about 500 student participants. Oklahoma NASP took off in popularity, and today more than 550 schools and 59,000 students participate. As OKNASP continued to grow, Berg was instrumental in getting the Wildlife Department’s other educational programs into schools, including Oklahoma Hunter Education, Fishing in the Schools, Explore Bowhunting, Explore Bowfishing and Oklahoma Scholastic Shooting Sports Program.

Also during Monday’s meeting, Commissioners were informed about Fisheries Division South Central Region activities. Regional Supervisor Matt Mauck presented an overview of the nine-county region and the regular tasks completed each year by the Fisheries biologists and technicians. Also, Hatchery Manager Gordon Schomer spoke about the Durant State Fish Hatchery, the largest of the Department’s four fish hatcheries that, after 102 years of operation, continues to produce millions of fish each year that are stocked across the state.
After the meeting, several Commissioners joined hatchery staff for a tour of the facility.

In other business, Commissioners:
• Recognized Assistant Director Melinda Streich for 30 years of service and her pending retirement; Law Enforcement Chief Bill Hale for his pending retirement; and Game Warden Supervisor Lt. Patrick Matlock, based in Okmulgee County, for 25 years of service.
• Accepted donations from Quail Forever chapters totaling $3,200 for habitat management equipment and the Stars and Stripes License Project.
• Heard Director J.D. Strong’s regular report on various division activities in the Department, along with updates on various federal legislative matters. Strong said a final report was expected this month on a comprehensive license study, which will be considered in future recommendations as to the number of licenses and permits sold by the Department, streamlining those offerings, and making pricing adjustments.
• Received an update on the Wildlife Department’s email communications activities from Information Supervisor Micah Holmes.
• Approved emergency rules with amendments to establish three-day special use permits for nonprofit and charity groups.
• Authorized the Director, by a 6-1 vote, to pursue the purchase of property in Woods County.
• Reappointed four directors to the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Foundation.

The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission is the eight-member governing board of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation.


The Commission establishes state hunting and fishing regulations, sets policy for the Wildlife Department and indirectly oversees all state fish and wildlife conservation activities. Commission members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Oklahoma Senate.

Friday, 16 August 2019 17:14

Faye “Christine” Harris Obituary

Faye “Christine” Harris, 93, of Poteau, OK passed away Friday, August 16, 2019 in Poteau, OK.


Christine was born September 24, 1925 in Howe, OK to Tony & Audie (Barnhill) Walker. She was a member of the Methodist Church for over 75 years.


Survivors include her sons & daughters in law, Hank & Barbara Harris, Sam & Nina Harris of Poteau, OK; grandchildren, Sondra Harris and Matt Harris; brother & sister in law, Joe & Billie Jean Walker of Waynesville, MO; other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Services will be 10 am, Monday, August 19, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church in Poteau, OK with Jim Perkin & Jim Cook officiating.


Interment will follow at Oakland Cemetery.


Pallbearers will be David Robertson, Barry Hughes, John Spencer, Ronnie Barber, Kip Klutts and Doug Walker.


Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Dean Horn, John Reed, Luke Smith and Gary Hill.


The family will be at the funeral home on Sunday afternoon from 2-4 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, OK

Press release

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Jeremiah Raye Post, age 33, of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 30 months’ imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release for Felon In Possession Of Ammunition, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2). The charges arose from an investigation by the Tahlequah Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


The Indictment alleged that on or about August 16, 2018, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, knowingly possessed in and affecting commerce ammunition which had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce.


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 Jarrod Leaman represented the United States.

WILBURTON, Okla. – The Bravado Wireless High School Invitational Tournament at Eastern Oklahoma State College is set for Aug. 22-24 at the EOSC baseball field in Wilburton.


Eleven area high school baseball teams will compete in the annual tournament.


The tournament begins at 10 a.m. Thursday with Wister taking on LeFlore. The championship game is set for Saturday at 7 p.m.

This year’s tournament will feature teams from Wister, LeFlore, Oktaha, Rattan, Preston, Crowder, Red Oak, Howe, Wright City, Kiowa and Cameron.


Bravado Wireless is the lead sponsor of this year’s tournament.


The regional cellular carrier and home internet company will live stream the tournament games. Visit to live stream the games from your computer, phone or tablet.


The games will also be streamed to Bravado Wireless’s official Facebook and YouTube pages.


Visit for tournament brackets.  



The SFA, Howe Public School, is participating in a free breakfast and/or lunch program for the current school year 2020.


All students enrolled in the district or the listed sites may participate in the breakfast and/or lunch program at no charge.


Household applications for free and reduced meals will not be collected at CEP schools or Provision 2 and 3 schools in a non-base year. Household applications will be collected at Non-Pricing schools and Provision 2 and 3 schools in a base year.


Howe Public School is a District Wide CEP school.


By providing breakfast and/or lunch to all children at no charge, we can create a better learning environment for our students. The school breakfast and lunch we serve follows U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines for healthy school meals. The program cannot succeed without your support. Please encourage your children to participate in the school meal programs.


All meals are served to all students at no charge.


In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.


Persons with disabilities, who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.


To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form.


To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.


Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or

3. email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Wednesday, 14 August 2019 22:48

Tuesday Lunch at the Museum August 20, 2019






Tuesday Lunch at the Museum August 20, 2019

11 AM—1 PM (or until food is gone)


Chicken Salad Sandwiches, Fruit Salad,

Chips tea or water,

and a dessert for $6 LeFlore County Museum 303 Dewey Ave

Poteau, OK 74953 Takeout orders available by calling 918-647-9330


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