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Thursday, 22 March 2018 15:27

Artie Bernice Stivers Obituary

Artie Bernice Stivers, 91, of Howe, OK passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2018 in Howe. Artie was born January 13, 1927, in Poteau, OK to Charles & Hazel (Thayer) Hester.


She was a graduate of Oklahoma State University.


Artie was a retired elementary school teacher for 30 years. Artie had such a generous spirit, volunteering for many years for Project Compassion and at the Oaks Nursing Home.


She also spent many years volunteering in many projects at the First Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Ross B. Stivers (5/14/2004) & her parents.

Survivors include her aunt, Rhoda Thayer of Ft. Smith, AR; nephews, Jack Pebworth of OKC, David Esserman; niece, Linda Strang; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Services will be 10 am, Monday, March 26, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church in Poteau, with Jim Cook officiating.


Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery.


Pallbearers will be Bob Stacy, Gene Moore, Ronnie Blake, Carl Maxwell, Jeff Jensen and Don Britton.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Howe Public Schools in Artie's memory.


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.

Thursday, 22 March 2018 15:22

Curtis Kelly, Sr. Obituary

Curtis Kelly, Sr. of Hodgen, Oklahoma was born April 7, 1929 in Hodgen, Oklahoma to Theo, Sr. and Lena (Welton) Kelly and passed away March 21, 2018 in Poteau, Oklahoma at the age of 88.


He is survived by:

One daughter:
Vicki Eaton and H-Ray of Hodgen, Oklahoma

One son:
Charles Curtis “Buddy” Kelly, Jr. and wife Cindy of Hodgen, Oklahoma

Three grandsons:
Cody Eaton of Hodgen, Oklahoma
Kip Allen and Cheyann Kelly of Hodgen, Oklahoma
Denny and Laura Jo Kelly of Hodgen, Oklahoma

Three great-grandchildren:
Layton, Betsy, and Kendall Kelly all of Hodgen, Oklahoma

Several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of many friends

Special friend:
Corky Cranfield

His dog:


He was preceded in death by his parents, Theo, Sr. and Lena Kelly; his beloved wife, Dean Kelly; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Welton and Betty Kelly and Theo, Jr. and Wilma Kelly; and one daughter-in-law, Betsy Kelly.


Curtis was a Master Sergeant in the United States Army and served in the Korean War. He was also a Golden Glove boxer while in the military. Curtis is the owner of Hodgen Butane and CC Kelly Trucking since 1951. He was a family man and loved his family dearly.


Curtis employed many over the years and he treated his employees like family. He was a life-long member of the Hodgen Methodist Church. Curtis never passed up an opportunity to help someone in need; he was a friend to all and is loved by many.


Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church in Hodgen, Oklahoma with Reverend Charles Caughern and Reverend Lisa Leigh Miller officiating.


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


Pallbearers will be: Kip Kelly, Denny Kelly, Cody Eaton, Steve Slusser, Justin Hedrick, and Bob Stewart.


Honorary Pallbearers will be: Mike Frizzell, Mike Mabry, Darrell Roberts, John Allen Titsworth, Danny Pettigrew, and Larry Faulkenberry.


In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the First United Methodist Church in Hodgen, Oklahoma.


Viewing will be from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Thursday and 8:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., Friday.

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


To sign Curtis’ online guestbook please visit


Curtis Kelly, Sr. Obituary - 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

Press release


(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) – United Country Real Estate, headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., recently announced that Bob Bowman, real estate agent with United Country-Mixon Realty in Poteau, OK., ranked number eight in the nation out of the company’s 4,000 UCRE agents for sales in 2017.


Bob joined the United Country Team just over three years ago. His sister, Darali Mixon/Managing Broker, is delighted to have him on board. “He is dedicated and does a great job with clients. People love him!” said Mixon. Jim Mixon is impressed with his standing since he is also a full time Chemical Engineer with BP.


Bowman’s achievements were recognized during United Country Real Estate’s National Training & Awards Convention in Nashville, Tenn., March 7-9.


“I’m proud to be able to continue my success and be recognized by the best real estate company in the country,” said Bowman. “I just want to thank the great team I work with both in Poteau and at the corporate level as well as all of my wonderful and loyal customers and clients for allowing me to continue to do what I love each day.”


Bowman and the team at United Country Real Estate-Mixon Realty can be contacted by phone at (918)647-9114. View the team’s listings online at

Thursday, 22 March 2018 11:44

Easter Egg Hunt at Twyman Park


Poteau, Oklahoma - Axis Church in Poteau, is pleased to announce they will having their 2nd annual Easter Egg Hunt.


The hunt of over 8,000 eggs will held at 2pm on March 31, 2018 at Twyman Park in Poteau.

Thursday, 22 March 2018 11:35

Genealogical Society publishes another book

Poteau, Oklahoma - According to Arlene LeMaster, with the LeFlore County Genealogical Society the Poteau Valley Genealogical Society has published another book on LeFlore County.

This book is the 1930 census of Octavia, Panama, Pocola and Poteau.

This book contains the name of everyone in the household, their age, sex, relationship to the head of household, place born and birthplace of the Mother and Father.

These books cost $25.00 and may be picked up in the genealogy library located inside the Patrick Lynch Library in Poteau.


March 24

Elvis Haircut Day at Chaffee Barbershop Museum 9am- 1pm – Fort Smith, AR

4th Annual Pervasive Parenting Center Trivia Night 6PM – CASC – Poteau, OK


March 25

Pastor’s Easter egg hunt at Springhill Baptist Church 10am -1pm – Monroe, OK

Sugarloaf Christian Fellowship - Easter Dinner Sunday Following Service – Monroe, OK


March 27 through March 29

Town of Wister Spring Clean-up – Wister, OK


March 27

Grand Reopening of the Patrick Lynch Library 6pm – Poteau, OK


March 31

Poteau Rotary Winefest- Reynolds Center 4pm-8pm - Poteau, OK

Easter Egg Hunt at Twyman Park – Poteau, OK


April 1

April Fool’s Day


Easter at the Panama Elementary Gym – 11am – 2pm – Panama, OK


April 2

Teacher Walkout for education – Statewide

April 3

Poteau School Bond Election

Cameron Annual School Board Run-Off Election


April 6

First Friday – Downtown Poteau


April 7

Night to Remember Dance for Special Olympics – Poteau, OK


April 9

Poteau Band Banquet – Reynolds Center – Poteau, OK


April 20

Cooking with the C’s chili contest – Reynolds Center – Poteau, OK


April 21

Community Wide Trash Off – Poteau, OK

Prom Gone Wrong – 4:30pm – Skatereation – Poteau, OK


May 5

Second Chances 5k & Fun Run - Poteau, OK

May 12

Cavanal Killer - Poteau, OK


June 25

Chamber Classic Golf Tournament - Poteau, OK


July 4

Celebrate America - Poteau, OK


September 29

Old Frisco Trail ½ Marathon/ 15K - Poteau, OK


October 19 & 20

Balloon Fest - Poteau, OK


Historic Downtown Poteau First Friday events:


First Friday’s will run from April through September on Friday evenings of the first Friday of each month and will include a beer and wine garden in the Pocket Park as well as other events.


Recurring events at Strike A Lot Lanes


Strike A Lot Lanes in Poteau group special – 3 hours of unlimited bowling and laser tag - $13.00 Pizza and soda bash included.


Wacky Wednesdays:

$1.00 Bowl Games (Shoe Rental $2.50) & ½ Priced Laser Tag


9-Pin Tourney Challenge - 7pm


Cosmic Bowl 9pm-11pm - 2 hr. unlimited bowling, $10 (shoe rental not included)

8pm-11pm; three-hour unlimited bowling and light show -$10 plus shoe rental


Bowlaraoke and Cosmic Bowl 8pm-11pm

Now Open on Sunday from 4-8pm.


Events at the Lounge in Poteau


Guy’s Night Out – Happy Hour Prices for guys All Night


Karaoke 9pm-Close & Reverse Happy Hour 9pm-12am


Thirsty Thursday = $2 large soda, games and shoes




Karaoke or scheduled band or event

Sunday's Fun day

Happy Hour 2pm-7pm

Pool tourney -5 pm

Press release


RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced its fourth Golfer of the Week awards for the spring season. Oklahoma Baptist’s Michelle Carr claimed the Women’s Golfer award and Southeastern Oklahoma State’s Zach James earned the Men’s Golfer honor.


GAC WOMEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK – Michelle Carr, Oklahoma Baptist, So., Alvin, Texas

Carr finished in a tie for fifth place at the Holiday Inn Express MWSU Women's Spring Invitational to match the best performance by a Lady Bison this season. Carr shot rounds of 79 and 81 for a 160 two-round total. She registered her third top-five finish of the season and led Oklahoma Baptist to a tie for second place in the 14-team event.


GAC MEN’S GOLFER OF THE WEEK – Zach James, Southeastern Oklahoma State, Jr., Whitesboro, Texas

James picked up his second tournament title of the season and sixth top-five finish of the season after he posted rounds of 2-under par 70 and 4-under 68 at the Lion Invite at Tanglewood Resort for a one-shot victory. The Savage Storm won the event by 12 shots, their second team title of the season.



- Luke Cornett, Sr., Arkansas Tech (Tied for fourth at the UCO Broncho Invitational; his second-straight top-five finish)
- Cooper Dunn, So., Harding (Led the Bisons to a second-place result at the UCO Broncho Invitational by finishing ninth)

Thursday, 22 March 2018 10:20


Press release



RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. – The Great American Conference announced the league’s seventh weekly awards for the tennis season. Harding’s Alejandro Sendra captured the Men’s award and Arkansas Tech’s Julia Schoch earned the Women’s honor.


GAC MEN’S TENNIS PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Alejandro Sendra, Harding, So., Valencia, Spain

Sendra helped Harding earn a victory against No. 16 Northwest Missouri State by picking up wins at No. 1 doubles and at No. 2 singles. In his singles match, he beat Rahul Manoah, the Central Region’s seventh-ranked player. The win represented the first victory against the Bearcats since 1987 and the highest-ranked opponent Harding men's tennis has ever defeated.


GAC WOMEN’S TENNIS PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Julia Schoch, Arkansas Tech, Fr., Montreal, Canada

Schoch posted a 3-0 doubles record and added two singles wins. In a 7-2 GAC win vs Southern Nazarene, Schoch and Katie Harris scored a 9-7 victory and she added a straight-sets singles win. The tandem won 8-5 and she notched a straight-set singles win vs Northwest Missouri State. Against West Alabama, Schoch and Harris earned their fourth-straight doubles win.

Thursday, 22 March 2018 00:01

Southeast Area Lake report for March 22

A Service of the Oklahoma Wildlife Department

Arbuckle: March 19. Elevation normal, water 54-58 and stained. Largemouth bass being caught on crankbaits, worms, tube jigs and jigs. Smallmouth bass being caught on jerk baits, crankbaits and spinnerbaits at 12 ft. out from the bank. Crappie slow off docks. White bass are chasing shad in coves; follow the seagulls. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Blue River: March 19. Elevation normal, water 60 and clear. Trout excellent on caddis flies, in-line spinnerbaits, PowerBait, spoons and woolly buggers along sand bar and below riffles and obstructions in current in deeper water. Smallmouth, largemouth and spotted bass fair on crankbaits, flukes and jerk baits along rocks and standing timber. Channel catfish fair on live bait and stinkbait along rocks and deeper pools just off of current. Report submitted by Matt Gamble, biologist at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.

Broken Bow: March 16. Elevation above normal, water 56. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on bill baits, crankbaits, flukes and plastic baits around brush structure, inlet, points and standing timber. White bass fair on grubs, hair jigs, in-line spinnerbaits and jigs along channels, creek channels, river channel and river mouth. Blue, channel and flathead catfish fair on cut bait and live shad along creek channels, points and river channel. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: March 16. Elevation normal, water 54 and murky. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at 8-12 ft. in coves, main lake, sandbar, shallows and shorelines. Striped bass fair on cut bait, jigs, plastic baits and topwater lures below the dam and along the dam. White bass fair on jigs, plastic baits and sassy shad below the dam and along the dam. Report submitted by Cannon Harrison, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: March 16. Elevation above normal, water 48 and murky. The lake is still high, some ramps still closed due to high water levels. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait, hot dogs, live shad and minnows below the dam, in the main lake and river channel. Crappie fair on hair jigs, jigs and minnows below the dam, around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Jim Gillham, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.

Konawa: March 15. Elevation normal, water 54 and clear. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits, jigs, lipless baits and plastic baits in the main lake, around points, river channel and weed beds. Striped bass hybrids and white bass slow on chicken liver, hair jigs, live shad and spoons in coves, discharge, main lake and river channel. Channel catfish slow on chicken liver, cut bait, dough bait and stinkbait in coves, creek channels, discharge, riprap and tailwater. Report submitted by Garret Harley, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountain Fork: March 16. Elevation above normal, water murky. Trout fair on caddis flies, plastic baits and PowerBait along channels and shallows. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

McGee Creek: March 16. Elevation above normal, water 48. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on Alabama rigs, jerk baits, plastic baits and spinnerbaits along channels, points, rocks and shorelines. White bass good on crankbaits and spinnerbaits along the river mouth. Crappie good on minnows around brush structure, river channel and standing timber. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Pine Creek: March 16. Elevation above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on crankbaits along creek channels. Crappie fair on minnows along channels. Channel catfish good on worms along creek channels. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: March 16. Elevation normal, water murky. Spotted and largemouth bass good on Alabama rigs, lipless baits, tube jigs and worms along channels, river channel, river mouth, shallows and shorelines. Crappie fair on hair jigs, jigs and minnows along creek channels, points, river channel, river mouth, rocks and standing timber. Blue and channel catfish good on cut bait, shad and stinkbait in the main lake, around points, river channel and river mouth. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: March 16. Elevation above normal, water 58. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on jigs, plastic baits and spinnerbaits around brush structure, points, shallows and shorelines. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait, shad and worms along flats, main lake and shorelines. Crappie fair on hair jigs, jigs and minnows around brush structure, shorelines and standing timber. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: March 16. Elevation above normal, water stained. Striped bass good on Alabama rigs, flukes, live bait, live shad and shad below the dam, along channels, main lake, points, river channel and river mouth. White bass good on Alabama rigs, jigs, minnows, sassy shad and spoons below the dam, along channels and creek channels. Crappie fair on hair jigs, jigs, minnows, plastic baits and tube jigs around brush structure, creek channels, docks and standing timber. Fishing is heating up as well as temperatures, Crappie are biting under the docks on minnows and jigs (black and pink Bobby Garland soft baits seem to produce bites). White bass are beginning their spring runs into small creeks, sassy shads and small spinner baits are good for small creek fishing. Striper are biting steadily on live shad and artificial baits (dead sticking). Report submitted by Trey Hale, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: March 16. Elevation above normal, water cloudy. Largemouth fair on bill baits and plastic baits around points and river channel. Blue catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait and shad in the main lake and around points. Crappie good on minnows and jigs below the dam, around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Thomas Gillham, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

Press release


State Senator A J Griffin announced this week she will not seek re-election after the completion of the 2018 legislative session. The Guthrie Republican has served in the Senate since 2012.

“I struggled for months before arriving at the decision not to seek another term, but I’ve continued to hear God’s call in another direction and believe I’m being led to return to the front lines of service,” Griffin said. “It’s been an honor and privilege to be a voice for my constituents in Senate District 20. I have always been a servant of my community and the decision to seek office was an extension of that service.”

Griffin currently serves as Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Human Services. She represents Senate District 20, which includes Kingfisher, Logan, Noble and Pawnee counties.
“The men and women of the Oklahoma legislature are outstanding servants to our state and my colleagues in the Senate are some of the finest people I have ever known,” Griffin said. “They work tirelessly to continue to seek ways to move Oklahoma forward and experience the growth and improvement for our state. It is my hope we can all continue to support and help one another as we reach for excellence for all Oklahomans.”

During her time in the Senate, Griffin worked to author and pass legislation addressing Oklahoma’s fastest growing substance abuse issue, prescription drug addiction. She is also recognized as a state expert on child abuse and juvenile justice and says she will continue to serve as an advocate to improve policies to benefit Oklahoma’s children and youth.


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