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Wednesday, 21 March 2018 23:52

Ruby Peterman Obituary

Ruby Peterman, 88, of Shady Point, OK passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at her home. Ruby was born April13, 1929, in Stigler, OK to Albert & Cora Mae (Cook) Mackey.


She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Norman; sons, Johnny Lee Mackey & Billy Dale Rhinehart; and daughter, Norma Jean Self.


Survivors include her son, Roy Rhinehart of Missouri; grandson, William Self; granddaughter, Miranda Self; great grandchildren, Madison Self, Kyleigh & Payton Palmer all of Shady Point; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Services will be 2pm, Friday, March 23, 2018, at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, OK with Jim Cook officiating. Interment will follow in New Hope Cemetery, Spiro, OK.


You may leave an online message at


The family has chosen to entrust the ca re of the services toEvans & Miller Funeral Home, Poteau, Oklahoma.

Press release


Join the Chaffee Crossing Historic District on Saturday, March 24, 2018 for Elvis Haircut Day.

Come visit the Chaffee Barbershop Museum from 9 am until 4pm.

Free Buzz cuts from 11am until 1pm.

Come watch vintage video footage and a 1950’ Army jeep reveal.

Hear some great stories from the son of the barber who gave Elvis his army buzz.

Free admission and refreshment will be provided.



Press release


As Oklahomans prepare for international travel for business, leisure, or volunteer activities, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is encouraging travelers to do their research to make their trip a healthy one.

“It’s important to be proactive by learning about travel advisories for your destination, planning ahead to obtain any recommended vaccines or preventive medications, or deciding if travel should be rescheduled for persons at high-risk of illness,” State Epidemiologist Dr. Kristy Bradley said.

Examples of current travel advisories include an outbreak of listeriosis associated with processed meat products in South Africa; and an outbreak of yellow fever in multiple states of Brazil, where a vaccination to protect against yellow fever is recommended at least 10 days before travel.

Yellow fever is a mosquito-borne illness, and is just one of a number of illnesses that are a common threat while traveling internationally. Malaria is another prominent mosquito-transmitted disease that should be avoided. Malaria is present in large areas of Africa, Latin America, southeast Asia, and the South Pacific. Travelers should do their research and obtain anti-malarial drugs from their healthcare provider if their travel destination is an area at high risk for malaria. Mosquitoes are common in countries or islands with warm climates. Travelers are urged to take mosquito precautions such as wearing appropriate clothing, using insect repellent with DEET or picaridin, and using bed nets if sleeping in open rooms, lodges or tents.

The OSDH recommends the following tips for staying healthy during international travel:

Preparation Tips Before Travel
• Be aware of the current health risks at the travel destination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travelers’ health website ( provides current information about common diseases, emerging health threats, recommended vaccinations, preventive medications, and food and water safety by country.
• Get all recommended travel vaccines. Since some vaccines require multiple shots and take time to become fully effective, visit a healthcare provider at least four to six weeks before travel.
• Talk with a healthcare provider about any needed travel medications such as preventative medicine for malaria or an antibiotic for traveler’s diarrhea.
• Women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant should talk to a healthcare provider about the risk of traveling and precautions.
• Prepare a travel kit which includes:
• Enough prescription medications and any other medications your physician may recommend to last through the duration of the trip.
• Sunscreen
• Insect repellent, ideally containing DEET or picaridin.
• Alcohol-based hand gels containing 60 - 95 percent alcohol.
• Prepare a list of contacts in the event an illness or injury occurs while traveling. Include the local health jurisdiction and local U.S. Embassy or Consulate in case you need assistance.

General Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling
• Wash hands with hot, soapy water before touching food, after using the bathroom, after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing, and after touching animals.
• Carry alcohol-based hand sanitizers to clean hands when they are not visibly dirty or when hand-washing facilities are not available.
• Use caution around all wild and domestic animals. If you are bitten, clean the wound with soap and water and consult a local healthcare provider for further evaluation. Follow up with a healthcare provider after returning home.
• Avoid drinking or using untreated water for brushing teeth, particularly in areas where hygiene and sanitation are poor. Use only bottled or boiled water in these regions.
• Select food with care, especially in areas where hygiene and sanitation are poor, or in areas with untreated water. Raw foods may be contaminated, so avoid fresh vegetable or fruit salads, uncooked vegetables, and unpasteurized milk and milk products such as cheese. Eat food that has been cooked and is still hot.
• If you become ill after returning home, inform the healthcare provider of the countries visited.

For more information about international travel safety, visit the CDC travelers’ health website at or the OSDH travelers’ health web site at

Wednesday, 21 March 2018 23:34

OPEA host luncheon in Poteau

Press release


All state employees are invited to attend a lunch meeting on Monday, March 26, 2018, hosted by the Oklahoma Public Employees Association. Membership in OPEA not required.

The meeting will begin at 11:30 am at the Community State Bank Community Event Center.


OPEA will be providing lunch.


Pre-registration/notification is not necessary; however, as a courtesy to OPEA, please contact Robert Shearon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so OPEA can plan handouts as well as lunch counts.

An OPEA representative will be there to discuss the planned events set for April 2 in concert with the planned walkout by public school teachers that day. State employees have not had a raise in over a decade.

If you are a state worker please plan to attend so OPEA can coordinate LOCAL EVENTS in conjunction with events in Oklahoma City on April 2.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018 16:55

Randy Jack Akins Obituary


Late afternoon on Monday, March 19th, 2018, Randy Jack Akins departed this life to be with our Heavenly Father.

Randy spent many years of his life devoted to serving the youth of his community through 4-H, FFA, and as a CASA advocate.


Randy was a member of the Community of Christ Church for more than half of his life and influenced numerous lives with his generous spirit and kind heart.

Randy is lovingly remembered by his wife and best friend of almost 41 years, Lisa and his son and daughter-in-law, Justin and Courtney Akins, as well as his daughter and son-in-law, Meagan and Aaron Prock. Randy will also be forever remembered by his precious grandchildren Kelsey Akins, Jaxon Akins, Jace Means, Kinley Akins, Emery Prock, and Ellyson Prock, and his great-grandson Camdyn Akins. Randy is survived by his brother and sister-in-law Donald and Cindy Akins, his sister and brother-in-law Reba and Rick Burgess, and his sister and brother-in-law Cindy and Timothy Hardee. Randy will also always be remembered by his father-in-law and mother-in-law Charles and Judy Magness, as well as sister-in-law and brother-in-law Lory and Steve Dahlhauser and sister-in-law and brother-in-law Joni and Bobby Parker. Randy and his family also wanted to make honorable mention of his right-hand man, Scott Garrett.


Randy was preceded in death by his father Jack Akins, mother Barbara Akins, sister Vickie, and brothers Leslie Akins, Bobby Akins, and David Akins.


Randy will also be forever remembered by his numerous friends and extended family.

A celebration of Randy’s life will be held at 10:00am on Tuesday, March 27th, at the Community of Christ Church, located at 200 N. Grand, Poteau, OK, with long-time friend Wayne Hoffman officiating.

Randy believed in honesty, kindness, and generosity and he lived his life to reflect these values.


He also believed in having fun and going on adventures.


We can all honor his life by treating others with kindness and generosity while remembering to have a few adventures along the way.


The funeral is under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Homes.


You may leave an online message at


Wednesday, 21 March 2018 06:49

Timothy Wayne Kroth Obituary

Timothy Wayne Kroth, 59, of Bokoshe, OK passed away Monday, March 19, 2018, in Bokoshe.


Timothy was born November 9, 1958, in Oklahoma City, OK to Wayne Everett & Wrennetta Morene (Lovell) Kroth.


He was a veteran of the US Marines. He was an iron worker and a truck driver. He was a member of Solid Rock Church in Panama, OK. He loved watching the Sooners play football and was a life-long fan of the LA Dodgers. He loved his family and especially loved all of his grandkids.


He loved to watch to his grandsons play baseball and was hands down their biggest fan.


He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Garrett Ware; sister, Pamela Jean Wilson; and great niece, Desiree Bragg.

He is survived by his daughters, Sarina Jean Kroth of the home, Brittney Yates & Jyme Kaitlynn Colwell of Bokoshe; son, Logan Colwell & Chelsey Ft. Smith, AR; Granddaughters, Kylee Ware of Keota, OK, Mesa Ballard of Bokoshe, OK; grandsons, Lane Ballard, Rody Ballard of Bokoshe, Camden Ware of Keota, Randell Colwell of Ft. Smith; sisters, Glenda Tackett of Bokoshe & Donna Zimmerman of Poteau; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Services will be 11 am, Saturday, March 24, 2018, at Solid Rock Church in Panama, OK with Rev. Tim Painter & Rev. Anthony Jiminez officiating. Interment will follow in Old Bokoshe Cemetery.


Pallbearers will be Nick Zimmerman, Mickey Haslip, Logan Colwell, Terry Stroud, Jamie Lovell, Wes Tackett, Ryan Petty and Kenny Yates.


Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Tackett, great nephews and grandsons.

The family will be at the funeral home on Friday evening from 6-8 pm to visit with relatives & friends.


You may leave an online message at


The family has chosen to entrust the ca re of the services toEvans & Miller Funeral Home, Poteau, Oklahoma.

Press release


Two local non-profit organizations are joining forces to create A Night To Remember for people with special needs in the eastern Oklahoma area. Special Olympics Oklahoma – Area 10 and Pervasive Parenting Center will host a formal dance on Saturday, April 7.


This is open to all individuals with special needs from ages 14 (or 8th grade) and up regardless of where they are from.


Attendees will will be able to dance, snack, take pictures, and enjoy limo rides from 5 - 8 pm.


The dance will be sensory friendly with little-to-no flashing lights and a section for attendees to visit if they become overstimulated or overwhelmed.


One partner, or buddy, will be allowed to attend per person.


“The event is being held to provide a formal social event for individuals with special needs around our area,” said Tanna Weaver, Special Olympics Oklahoma – Area 10 representative. “After individuals leave high school, the opportunities to interact with others become very limited. By holding events like this, we hope to provide opportunities for special need individuals to get out, socialize, and make new friends.”


“This is a really cool opportunity for everyone,” said Kodey Toney, director of the Pervasive Parenting Center. “We had seen many of these events taking place, and when the Special Olympics presented us a chance to help out we jumped at it. I think it will be a fun event for those who may not be so comfortable to go to other dances, and will allow them to enjoy a night just for them.”


The deadline to register is Friday March 24th, 2018.


For more information contact Tanna Weaver at 918-658-5381 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



According to a press release from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, on Friday, March 16, 2018, OSBI special agents arrested a Newcastle man for killing his father.

The victim, 40-year-old Timothy Brooks, died of a gunshot wound to his abdomen in August 2012.

James Kyle Brooks called police from his father’s Marlow home reporting the shooting as a suicide.

Marlow police detectives and investigators with the local district attorney’s task force conducted interviews and collected evidence. The medical examiner stated that although he believed it was highly unlikely Timothy Brooks shot himself with the shotgun, he did believe it was possible.

The case went cold for several years until the Marlow Police Department requested an OSBI special agent review the facts.

The OSBI agent immediately began finding discrepancies in the son’s story about how his father shot himself.

The agent discovered Kyle Brooks (6/13/1980) had taken out a $500,000 life insurance policy on his father.

The policy had a two-year suicide clause, meaning if the person killed himself within that two-year timeframe the policy would not pay out.

The shooting happened two years and six months after the policy was issued. Kyle also could not explain how the shotgun had recycled after the trigger was pulled.

He also claimed his father was cleaning the 12-gauge shotgun prior to the shooting.

Officers and detectives at the scene noted the absence of any cleaning materials or cleaning solvent odor.

Kyle Brooks now sits in the McClain County jail on one count of murder in the first degree with deliberate intent.

He will be transported to the Stephens County jail to await court proceedings.

The Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center is cooking up some good food.

Check them out for lunch today!


Wednesday, March 21 - BBQ Chicken Legs, Pizza, Baby Bakers, Catalina Veggies, Baked Beans.


Thursday, March 22 - Grilled Hamburger & Hotdogs, Sub Sandwich, Chips, Chili Potato Salad, Cheese Soup, Ice Cream Bar.


Friday, March 23 - Ham Steak, Manicotti, Baked Potato, Pepper Jack Mac & Cheese, California Veggies, Chicken Noodle Soup.


Saturday, March 24 - Grill and Salad Bar only.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018 00:19

Facts about Medical Marijuana


Poteau, Oklahoma - The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics came to Poteau on March 15, 2018 to inform citizens in Eastern Oklahoma during a public forum on the current drug trends and threats in Oklahoma.


Here are some interesting facts about Marijuana that was presented to the public during the forum by Craig Williams, with the OBN.


Medical marijuana does not exist.

■ Marijuana is not recognized in the medical commw1ity as legitimate medicine.
■ There is limited scientific evidence on the efficacy of smoked or ingested marijuana.
■ DEA still classifies marijuana as a schedule 1 drug, which means no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.
■ FDA has not approved marijuana as a safe and effective drug to treat medical conditions.
Marijuana is not safe.
■ Marijuana use is linked to negative health outcomes.
■ Research suggests 30% of users will develop some form of problem use, which may lead to dependence and addiction (DEA, 2017)

■ Marijuana use is associated with depression, suicidal thoughts, paranoia, and schizophrenia (Meier)
■ A 2017 study found marijuana users were more than twice as likely to abuse prescription opioids (Olufsen, Wall, Luis, & Blanco, 2017).
■ Marijuana is also not safe to eat. Doctors in Colorado's emergency rooms often treat patients experiencing complications related to marijuana edibles (HIDTA,2017).
■ The National Pet Poison Helpline (2017) reported a .448 % increase in the number of marijuana exposurecases to pets since 2011.

Marijuana use increased in state with medical marijuana programs

A 2017 study found a significant increase in the use and abuse of illicit marijuana in states with medical marijuana programs (Hasin, 2017)


Medical marijuana programs have also produced a new specialty of doctors: Green doctors, Just 15 doctors in Colorado accounted for over 70% of recommendations for medical marijuana cards. (Caplan 2013.) .

School officials are confiscating marijuana in schools

School resource officers in Colorado report they deal with diverted marijuana daily.

One school resource officer reported,  "Multiple students in my affluent middle school obtain marijuana and use marijuana with their families who all seem to have their own marijuana grows. Most of these parents think their medicine is fine for their kids to use." (HIDTA, 2017).

 Marijuana-related traffic fatalities and crime increased in medical marijuana states.

 Marijuana is involved in one in five deaths on the road in Colorado and Washington, and the numbers continue to increase (HIDTA, 2017).

 In Colorado, marijuana-related traffic deaths when a driver tested positive for marijuana more than doubled between 2013 and 2016 (HIDTA, 2017).

 Medical marijuana programs also created a new class of illicit sellers who resale what they purchased from a dispensary to recreational users (Caplan, 2013).


Oklahoma State Question 788, the Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, will be on the ballot in Oklahoma as an initiated state statute on June 26, 2018.

Here is how the ballot will read


Ballot Title for State Question No. 788


This measure amends the Oklahoma State Statutes. A yes vote legalizes the licensed use, sale, and growth of marijuana in Oklahoma for medicinal purposes. A license is required for use and possession of marijuana for medicinal purposes and must be approved by an Oklahoma Board Certified Physician. The State Department of Health will issue medical marijuana licenses if the applicant is eighteen years or older and an Oklahoman resident.


A special exemption will be granted to an applicant under the age of eighteen, however these applications must be signed by two physicians and a parent or legal guardian. The Department will also issue seller, growing, packaging, transportation, and research and caregiver licenses. Individual and retail businesses must meet minimal requirements to be licensed to sell marijuana to licensees. The punishment for unlicensed possession of permitted amounts of marijuana for individuals who can state a medical condition is a fine not exceeding four hundred dollars. Fees and zoning restrictions are established. A seven percent state tax is imposed on medical marijuana sales.

Shall the proposal be approved? For the Proposal - YES Against the Proposal - No

A "YES" vote is a vote in favor of this measure.


A ''NO" vote is a vote against this measure.


These provisions will not be listed on the ballot:
► SQ788 legalizes medical marijuana in Oklahoma;
► SQ788 does not restrict medical marijuana to certain conditions;
► SQ788 allows cardholders the right to:
 Carry up to 3 ounces of marijuana on their person and 8 ounces at their residence
 Possess 6 mature plants and 6 seedling plants
 Possess 1 ounce of concentrated marijuana
 Possess 72 ounces of edible marijuana

Medical marijuana cards will cost applicants $100.00 (or $20.00 for Medicaid patients) ,and licenses will be good for one year;

SQ788 does not restrict the amount of marijuana a commercial grower can grow;

SQ788 prohibits schools, landlords, and employers from refusing enrollment/lease/employment based on someone's medical marijuana license status;

SQ788 prohibits dispensaries from establishing a business within 1,000 feet of any school entrance;

SQ788 prohibits municipalities rezoning efforts to prevent the opening of a dispensary.





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