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Friday, 17 August 2018 23:27

Helen Collas Bethell Obituary


Helen Collas Bethell, 91 passed away Tuesday August 14, 2018; She was born July 4, 1927 to Olivier Collas and Marie Pairault Collas in Cisse’, France.


She worked in France at the Departmental Archives in Grenoble and in La Rochelle, France.


She graduated from the University of California, Irvine, taught French in the Sacramento School District and sold real estate with Century 21.


She enjoyed gardening, painting and reading.


She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 58 years Arthur Benjamin Bethell, one brother Pierre Collas and his wife.


She leaves one brother, Gerrard Collas and his family from Joue-les-Tours, France, several nieces, nephews and grand nephews and nieces, relatives and friends in her native France and in the USA.


Graveside Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday August 17, 2018 at National Cemetery in Fort Smith, Arkansas with Don Cherry officiating.


Helen requested that there be no viewing or visitation.


Arrangements are under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home, Poteau, OK.


You may leave an on-line greeting to the family at


Friday, 17 August 2018 14:55

Clearing Up Confusion!


The passage of the bond issue has no impact on whether there will be a closed campus at the high school. It WILL give the school district more tools to provide better security, which includes more traffic control. Things all parents should be aware of:

1. As student enrollment increases, so will the number of vehicles.

2. There are inherent concerns about the safety of students and the public when vehicles come and go from the campus at lunchtime.

3. The culture has changed dramatically over the past decade! The availability of drugs, alcohol, and guns represents serious safety issues. School staff members have encountered disruptive issues emanating from students returning to campus after leaving for lunch.

4. We try to accommodate the personal interests of individual students and parents but we can’t ignore the ultimate responsibility of school officials to create and maintain a climate that is safe and orderly for all students.

5. The overwhelming safety concern is with vehicles and NOT with students walking to and from the campus at lunch. The Facilities Improvement Team shares concern about vehicles but has not endorsed any plan to have a “closed campus”.

6. The use of fences will direct foot traffic to areas of the campus that can be monitored appropriately, just like the fencing at the primary, elementary, and middle school. Since the fencing was put up at those sites, there have been no reports of strangers walking on school grounds. It has been effective at those sites and we hope to see the same at the high school in the future.

7. The school board is the ONLY entity that makes policies and the board has not discussed any option that would change current practices.

8. While the personal opinion of the Superintendent is that it will be necessary at some time in the future to have a campus that is “closed” to unnecessary traffic coming to and from the campus during school, it is the school board that will make policy decisions regarding a closed campus and only after careful review of the need.

To summarize, some of the security improvements that are part of the bond issue are meant to provide more control of the traffic on the high school campus.


Traffic control is necessary for the safety of our students. When it becomes necessary in the future to regulate the traffic by developing a “closed” campus, a recommendation will be made but there has been no action taken by the school board to have a “closed” campus.



Bond project rendering of the High School 


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Bond project rendering of the 7th & 8th grade center

Friday, 17 August 2018 14:45

Winifred (Billie) Ivey Obituary

Winifred (Billie) Ivey, 90, of Whitesboro, OK went home to be with the Lord Thursday, August 16, 2018 in Poteau, OK. Winifred was born May 19, 1928 in Bokoshe, OK to Riley and Alice Mize.


She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Mason K. Ivey; son, Ronnie Ivey; brothers Lee Mize, J.D. Mize, Jack Mize, Jerry Mize, Flint Mize; sisters Beatrice Long, Josephine Ray.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, Garry and Pamela Ivey of Poteau, Mark and Connie Ivey of Shawnee, OK, and daughter-in-law Karen Ivey of Wister; brother Ted Mize; sister Rosalee Guinn; grandchildren, Lauri and Leon Lowrimore, Natalie and Mark Allen , Leslie and Nathan Bain, Steven and Larissa Ivey, Kristy and Ryan VanMeter, and Kevin and Michelle Ivey, Dustin Lawless, Matthew Ivey, and Jason and Stefanie Ivey and numerous great grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 pm, Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Hosanna Christian Fellowship, Poteau, OK with Nathan Bain officiating. Burial will be at County Line Cemetery in Whitesboro, OK.


You may leave an online message at


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The family has chosen to entrust the care of the services to Evans & Miller Funeral Home, POTEAU, OK

Friday, 17 August 2018 14:41

Jack Hollan Obituary

Jack Hollan of the Holsom Valley Community was born on September 3, 1927 in Blanchard, Oklahoma to Taylor and Opal (Clement) Hollan and passed away on Thursday, August 16, 2018 in Hartford, Arkansas at the age of 90.


He is survived by:

One son:
Jimmy Hollan of the Holsom Valley Community

Two daughters:
Opal Payne of Hartford, Arkansas
Kathleen Morris of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

One brother:
Edgar Hollan of Sapulpa, Oklahoma

Five grandchildren:
Robert Taylor Senter, Karie Joe Smith, Jimmy Jean Bias, Justin Morris, and Jarred Morris

Three great-grandchildren:
Allie, Zane, and Kamber

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends


He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Floyd Tackett and Charlie Hollan; and a sister, Johnnie Smelser.


Jack was self-employed as a Farmer/Rancher and a member of the Holsom Valley Baptist Church.


He was a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. Jack was a veteran of the World War II era.


Graveside service will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 18, 2018 at the Summerfield Cemetery Pavilion in Summerfield, Oklahoma with Brother Dan Lynch officiating.


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


Viewing will be from 1:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Friday at the funeral home.


To sign Jack’s online guestbook please visit


Friday, 17 August 2018 14:32

Garland Roy Carlile Obituary



Garland Roy Carlile of Spiro, Oklahoma was born November 2, 1938 in Spiro, Oklahoma to Garland and Vida (Defore) Carlile and passed away August 16, 2018 in Fort Smith, Arkansas at the age of 79.


He is survived by his brother; Troy Carlile and wife Vicki of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, sister; Mary Worth of Spiro, Oklahoma, brother; Carl Scarberry of Spiro, Oklahoma, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and loved ones.


Roy was preceded in death by his wife; Linda, daughter; Shelley, parents, and five brothers. He loved to watch the PBR, gardening, and was an excellent wood worker.


Funeral Services will be 10:00 am Monday, August 20, 2018 at Mallory-Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Spiro, Oklahoma with Reverend Vernon Stone officiating. Burial will follow at New Hope Cemetery in Spiro, Oklahoma under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home.


Pallbearers will be Kenneth Duncan, Preston Duncan, Hugh Duncan, Farrell Duncan, Jackie Don Carlile, and James Carlile. Honorary Pallbearer will be David Christy.


To sign Roy's online guestbook please visit


Press release


On August 28th, Poteau school district voters will have another opportunity to invest in two new classroom buildings to deal with the increasing enrollment. This time however, there will be an emphasis on improving security at all district locations.

Enrollment is up at the Primary, Upper Elementary, and Middle School. In fact, numbers are at record levels in the Pansy Kidd Middle School where every classroom is in use. In two years, the High School will also have record numbers.

Superintendent Don Sjoberg continues to express concern that “our buildings continue to deteriorate with age, enrollment increases will mean more students in hallways and classrooms which will make teaching harder on teachers and staff, and that the only way to meet the demand for more room is by constructing additional classroom buildings which will require a bond issue vote that increases property taxes.

The proposed new buildings will be a new 2 story high school classroom building and a new 7th and 8th grade center. Both building proposals have been modified since the last bond vote on April 3rd to include saferooms and a band room has been added to the 7th and 8th grade center.

The major difference between the last bond proposal and this one, according to Sjoberg, is the emphasis on improving security at each site. “We will firm up the main entrances at each of the sites by removing windows or covering them so that access to the building is limited, we will add door alarms at exits that are not controlled, fencing at the high school and new 7th/8th grade center along with a security booth and access gates, and additional cameras to monitor parking lots and buses, as well as individual classroom security bars that deter intruders from entering a specific classroom.” “In addition, the corridors to the new high school classroom building will be built to help make the new building one of the most secure of any facility in LeFlore County.”

The $14.6 million bond proposal will require a 5.5% property tax increase, which for anyone who paid $ 1,000 in property tax last year, would mean an additional $55 (or less than the cost of a fast food meal per month)!


“I think that the security improvements alone are worth THAT”, said Sjoberg.


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On Tuesday, August 28, 2018 Voters in the Poteau Independent School District No. 29, LeFlore County, Oklahoma will go to the polls to vote on a $14,600,00 School Bond Issue.

The proposed amount will be used to construct, furnish, equip, and/or acquire a new 7th and 8th Grade Center with a Cafeteria and Safe Room - $8,665,000.00. To construct, furnish, equip, and/or acquire a new High School Classroom Building with Safe Room - $5,735,000.00 and used to perform security improvements district-wide, as needed - $200,000.00.



The planned Security improvements will include fencing at the 7th & 8th Grade Center.

Separating Buses from car traffic.

Security booth and gates at the High School and the new 7th & 8th grade Center.

Cameras to monitor parking lots and traffic at all sites.

Corridor/ Hallway from current High School to new High School Building.

Securing side entrance doors at all sites.

Cameras on buses.

Individual Door Alarms at all site and knob security.

If you have any question there will be a community forum hosted by the Facilities Improvement Team on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at 6:00 pm in the Bob Lee Kidd Center.

Written questions from attendees will be submitted at the beginning of the forum.


Click the link below to see a detailed description of the use of previous Bonds




Press release


MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Nathan Bryce Moton, age 44, of Stilwell, Oklahoma, pled guilty to Possession With Intent To Distribute Methamphetamine, a crime punishable by not less than 5 nor more than 40 years imprisonment, up to a $5,000,000.00 fine, or both.


The Indictment alleged that on or about February 18, 2018, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, defendant, did knowingly and intentionally possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable quantity of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.


The charges arose from an investigation by the McAlester Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.


The Honorable Steven P. Shreder, 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 Rob Wallace represented the United States.

By Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy CEO Joe Dorman


As we at the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) work to help reform and improve public policy, one of the most frustrating things we hear is the mistaken assumption that children cannot or should not try to change the world. Young people, some say, should “wait their turn” to speak out on social issues or take on a community leadership role.


While I agree that life experience is important, I would contend that passion, a willingness to learn, the and the ability to think with an open mind are equally as important. Often, these qualities are easier to find in children than adults, who can be closed-minded or unwilling to consider new information. I would also argue that some young people, even in their few years on this Earth, have had tremendous experiences that make them the most effective champions we need for positive change.


An example of such champions would be Clara Luper and the young Oklahomans she helped inspire to change the world. In 1958, segregation in Oklahoma was either custom or law at schools, parks, rest rooms, water fountains and restaurants. Sixty years ago this week, Clara and 13 young Oklahomans – ranging from 6 to 17 years old – began the Katz Drug Store sit-in in Oklahoma City, one of the first high-profile civil rights protests in the nation.


Luper and the thirteen children went into Katz Drug Store, took seats at a nearly empty lunch counter, and ordered hamburgers and Cokes. The waitress told them they would not be served. Instead of leaving, they stayed for hours in their seats, refusing to give them up to other customers.


They returned the next day. Finally, after three days, they were served at Katz.


From this event, protests grew to nearly every restaurant in downtown Oklahoma City and continued over the next four years. This effort, began by these children, helped to end segregation at every eating establishment in the city. This also helped spark the movement around the nation to tear down racial barriers.


As the Oklahoman reported 10 years ago, that sit-in began with a child asking a question: "I asked Momma why? Why didn't I just go in and ask for a Coca-Cola and a hamburger?” said Marilyn Luper Hildreth, now 70.


Her mother, Clara Luper, worked with the children in the spirit of nonviolent disobedience. As the Oklahoman wrote, “She taught them not to react when they were spat upon. She coached them how to lie down and protect themselves when they were hit. She instructed them to be polite, but forceful.”


We can certainly argue as a society that we are nowhere close to being where most would want us to be in terms of equality, but thankfully Clara Luper and thirteen children were brave enough to be the inspiration for the change which was long overdue. I hope this also encourages other young Oklahomans to stand for their principles and fight for what is right, while never letting someone discourage them simply because of their age.


About OICA
The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy was established in 1983 by a group of citizens, to create a strong advocacy network that would provide a voice for the needs of children and youth in Oklahoma, particularly those in the state’s care and those growing up amid poverty, violence, abuse and neglect, disparities, or other situations that put their lives and future at risk.

Our mission statement: “Creating awareness, taking action and changing policy to improve the health, safety and well-being of Oklahoma’s children.“


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