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MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Johnny Ray Webb, age 51, of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, was sentenced to 55 months imprisonment and 3 years of supervised release for Felon In Possession Of Firearm and 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 McCurtain County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


The Indictment alleged that on or about March 14, 2018, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, did knowingly possess in and affecting commerce, a firearm and ammunition which had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce.


United States Attorney Brian J. Kuester said, “As the Department of Justice continues to make it a priority to combat violent crime, we must continue to build and strengthen the working relationships between law enforcement agencies from local, state, tribal and federal jurisdictions. As demonstrated in this case, when we are working together to combat violent crime and other criminal activity, we are making progress toward our shared goal of public safety.”


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. First Assistant United States Attorney Christopher Wilson represented the United States. The defendant will remain in custody pending transportation to the designated federal facility at which the non-paroleable sentence will be served.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019 22:45

Mary Belle Cox


Mary Belle Cox of Spiro, Oklahoma was born March 27, 1930 in Williams, Oklahoma to Frank and Pearl (Norton) Manning.


She married the love of her life, Bennie Cox on September 5, 1948, and they were married for 59 years.


Mary Bell was reunited with Bennie when she passed away February 18, 2019 in Spiro, Oklahoma at the age of 88.


She is survived by one daughter Jan Sebo and husband Don, three sons, Mark Cox and wife Vicki, Greg Cox and wife Sarah, and Sherman Cox and wife Beck, 10 grandchildren, Mark Cox, Jr. and wife Amy, Justin Sebo and wife Rachelle, Ki Upchurch and husband Danny, Carla Odom and husband Jeff, Kara Craft and husband Clint, Amanda Magruder and husband Matt, Bryant Cox and wife Jordan, Greg Cox, Jr. and wife Erica, Dustin Cox, and Logan Cox, 14 great-grandchildren, Kaylee Lockwood and husband Quint, Aubryelle Sebo, Bailey Cox, Madelyn Sebo, Hallie Harper, Jaycee Cox, Shayleigh Odom, Peyton Upchurch, Bryten Sebo, Kaylyn Upchurch, Jake Odom, Cason Craft, Lucas Magruder, and Warren Cox.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Pearl, her husband Bennie Cox, two sisters, seven brothers, and two infant sons. Mary Belle was a member of the Spiro First Baptist Church and the Ladies VFW Auxiliary.


She worked for the City of Spiro as the City Clerk for many years which she retired from.


She loved to read, do crossword puzzles, play UNO, and work in her flowerbeds.


Mary Bell loved her family dearly, especially her grandchildren, she thought Blue Bell ice cream qualified as a breakfast food for the grandkids because it had milk and eggs in it.


Funeral services will be held 1pm Friday, February 22nd at the Spiro First Baptist Church with Reverends James Smith and Bryan Fouts officiating.


Burial will follow in the Spiro City Cemetery under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home in Spiro, Oklahoma.


Pallbearers will be her grandsons and honorary pallbearers will be Tom Tobler, Acie Joe Conrad, Johnny Redwine, Tom Swafford Glen Craft, and J.R. Jones.


Viewing hours will be 9am-8pm Thursday with the family and friends visitation being held from 6pm-8pm Thursday evening at the funeral home.


Wednesday, 20 February 2019 22:41

Nancy Kay Fletcher Obituary


Nancy Kay Fletcher passed away peacefully with her two daughters by her side on February 11 at the age of 74.

Kay was born in Waco, Texas, on July 5, 1944, to DeWitt and Nancy Williams. Because her father was in the U.S. Army, Kay lived on military bases in the U.S., Japan, and France as a child. She graduated high school in France in 1962. Kay attended the University of South Carolina and the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), majoring in elementary education. She married Ric Larson in Arlington in 1969.


They had two children, Allison and Nancy.

Beginning in 1985, Kay, Allison, and Nancy lived in Arlington while Kay worked at UTA. Kay then moved to Norman in 1993, where she worked at the University of Oklahoma until she retired, first in Political Science and then in Advanced Programs as a site coordinator. While at OU, Kay earned a degree in liberal studies. She also volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in Norman for many years, serving children who needed a voice.

Kay is survived by her children: Allison Starke and daughters Eden and Ella Kate of Norman and Nancy Merritt, husband Kevin, and daughter Julianne of Poteau; sister Roxanne Gilcrease, husband Eddie, and nephew Jeremy Gilcrease with wife Ashley and daughters Dalynn and Brecklynn of Arlington, and nephew Josh Gilcrease of Dallas; brother Tim Williams and wife Anne of Seacrest Beach, Fla. and niece Kate Williams with husband Nathan and sons Quinlan and Dash of Dallas. Kay is preceded in death by her parents.

Kay was so beautiful, inside and out. She loved being a mom and later a nana. And, she was the absolute best at both. Kay referred to her daughters as ‘her girls’ and her granddaughters as her ‘little honeys.’ She loved her girls the way they needed to be loved. Kay always wanted to make sure everyone was included.


She was thoughtful. She remembered birthdays—always. Kay loved her friends and her friends loved her back. She was available and interested, real and engaged, funny and quick witted. She loved to laugh, but she never laughed at anyone’s expense.

Growing up in a military family who moved a lot, Kay appreciated having a comfortable home. You could feel her good taste, personality, and hospitality when you were in her home. A lover of animals, she ‘raised’ many a cat or dog she rescued or inherited. Kay also adored horses, and she loved traveling and the beach. Kay wanted everyone in her family to move to the beach and live in the same, large home. No one else ever embraced that idea—but they did appreciate the sentiment.

A memorial service for Kay will be held at Ariel Chapel in Norman, 904 West Main St., Norman, OK 73069,her church home--how she loved her church family.


The service will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 24.


In lieu of flowers, you may send donations in Kay’s honor to Each1Feed1 at 3517 Old Georgetown Road/Edmond, OK 73013.


Wednesday, 20 February 2019 22:37

Tina Sue Sands Obituary


Tina Sue Sands, 50, of Panama, OK passed away Friday, February 15, 2019 at her home.


Tina was born September 15, 1968 in Fort Worth, TX to Loye James & Patsy (Dunigan) Hammer. Tina was full of life and had a heart of gold.


She loved her husband and family more than anything.


She was preceded in death by her father & her sister, Betty McFatridge.

Survivors include her husband, Jimmy; mother, Patsy Lamberson; brothers, Tommy & Tony Hammer all of Panama, OK; sisters, Terri Hammer of Poteau, OK, Tammy Billy of Spiro, OK & Rose McFatridge of Hartford, AR; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Services will be 2 pm, Friday, February 22, 2019 at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau Ok with Anthony Jiminez officiating. Interment will follow in Shady Point Cemetery, Shady Point, OK.


Pallbearers will be Tony Hammer, Tommy Hammer, Jeremy Lloyd, Danny Billy, Eddie Taylor.

The family will be at the funeral home on Thursday 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, OK

Wednesday, 20 February 2019 22:33

Roger Delano Williams Obituary


Roger Delano Williams of Fanshawe, Oklahoma was born April 6, 1934 in Wagoner County, Oklahoma to David Henry and Mary Jane (Raibourn) Williams and passed away at his home surrounded by loved ones on February 19, 2019 in Fanshawe, Oklahoma at the age of 84.



He is survived by:

His wife:
Emma Jean (Dodson) Williams of the home

Three sons:
Roger Dale Williams and wife Loretha of Fanshawe, Oklahoma
Jimmy Ray Williams and wife Lorna of Bentonville, Arkansas
Tommy Gene Williams and wife Marcella of Fanshawe, Oklahoma

Two brothers:
Guymon Williams of Collinsville, Oklahoma
Rowdy Williams and wife Linda of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

One sister:
Myrna (Williams) Brown and husband Lynval of Catoosa, Oklahoma

Six grandchildren:
Jeremy and wife Amanda, David and wife Tonya, Cindy and husband Adam, James and wife Carrie, Ryan and wife Penny, Rachel and husband Cody

Eleven great-grandchildren:
Christian, Mya, Matthew, Delanie, Branson, Sarah, Connor, Ava, Kinsley, Rylan, and Aubrey

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and a host of many friends


He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Rose, Pat, and Dorothy; three brothers, Cecil, Melvin, and Ronald; and one grandchild, Melissa (Williams) Ceola.



Roger was a long-time resident of the area and was a member of the Community of Christ Church. Roger worked as a machinist for Don R Hinderliter in Tulsa, Oklahoma until he moved to Fanshawe, Oklahoma in 1974, where he worked for the Kerr Foundation and Corp of Engineers at Wister, Oklahoma. He loved his family dearly and always looked forward to visiting at all of the family reunions. Roger will be deeply missed by many whom knew and loved him.



Celebration of life will be 2 p.m., Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the Fanshawe School Auditorium in Fanshawe, Oklahoma with Elder Sally McGowen officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener, Oklahoma.



Pallbearers will be: His grandsons



Viewing will begin at noon until 8:00 p.m., Thursday; 8:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m., Friday; and 9:00 a.m. until noon, Saturday at the funeral home.



The family will have visitation with friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., Friday at the funeral home.



To sign Roger’s online guestbook, please visit


Press release



State Rep. Lundy Kiger welcomed students from the Wister and the Howe & Spiro chapters of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America to the state Capitol on Feb. 12 as part of the FCCLA State Ensemble.



Students received citations for their achievements from Rep. Kiger, R-Poteau.




Two students were part of the Ensemble and performed on the House floor: Adonis Wilson from Spiro and Natalie Farrar from Howe.


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Lundy Kiger with Adonis Wilson from Spiro

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Lundy Kiger with Natalie Farrar from Howe

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Pictured in the Wister Chapter photo, from left to right are: Rep. Lundy Kiger, Tyler Brannon, Camryn Vickers, Brynn Coy, Ashlyn Mundy, Hailey Brown, Elane Arnett, Anna Grace Stewart, Tori Stockton, Erica Blaylock and Wister Chapter Advisor Paula Midgley.



(Photos by Legislative Service Bureau)

Wednesday, 20 February 2019 21:48

MJ Agency Gives Back to the Community



Poteau’s MJ Agency, Farmers Insurance Agency makes community involvement and giving back a top priority in their business plan.


After Stacee Midgley and Tonia Johnson were given the opportunity to buy the Farmers Agency that they had helped build for over 20 years they made the decision to when given the opportunity they would do what they could to give back to the community that supports them.


The agents & staff at MJ Agency have volunteered their time and resources to help out those in our area in need. They have a special soft spot when it comes to children. MJ Agency has a strong belief that children are the foundation of the future of our community and some of them can really use some help.


In 2018 alone, MJ Agency has given away $4800 in school supplies for Hodgen, Heavener, Howe, Poteau, Cameron & Wister Schools, helped sponsor cheerleaders and ball teams, donated $2900 to the athletic departments at Howe, Poteau & Wister schools.


Going forward in 2019, MJ Agency has big plans to continue their community support and they hope when you think about insurance you will think of them.


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Tonia and Stacee presenting a check to Howe School Athletics 

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Stacee and Tonia presenting a check to Wister School Athletics

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MJ Agency presenting a check to Poteau Athletics

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Tonia and Stacee with schools supplies they gave to area schools.


The MJ Agency is located at 301 N McKenna in Poteau

Contact them about your insurance needs at (918) 647-5253

Wednesday, 20 February 2019 08:13

LeFlore County Republicans meeting Feb 23



The LeFlore County Republicans will hold their Precinct Meetings and County Convention on Saturday, February 23, from 10 a.m. until noon at the Kiamichi Technology Center located at 1509 S. McKenna in Poteau.


Business of the meeting will include organizing precincts and electing new county, district, and state officers.


Only registered Republicans may participate and vote, but anyone may attend. Voter ID will be required. (We will have the voter registration rolls available to look up if you don't have your voter ID card.)


Also on the agenda is electing delegates to the State Convention, which will be held on Saturday, April 6, in the Oklahoma City area. Only those in attendance on February 23 will be considered as a state convention delegate.


We hope you will attend and be a part of Oklahoma's turnaround!



Poteau Mainstreet Matters is investing in Poteau business by purchasing incredible prizes for the community and then giving the prizes away in a Mega Raffle on March 9, 2019.

Tickets are only $100.00 each.

You can purchase a ticket from Central National Bank of Poteau, Arvest Bank, The Community State Bank, First National Bank, Poteau Chamber, McKimmey Marketing and Productions LLC., Parham Chiropractic or the Poteau Mainstreet office on Dewey.

Advertising, social media posts, and recognition is going to our local businesses! We are using this to promote THEM!

The Poteau Mainstreet Matters board members also have tickets to sell so grab one from one of them or from one of these great locations, before they’re gone!!


Look at this bad boy!! (Pun intended.) Thanks to Premier Outdoor Equipment for partnering with Poteau Mainstreet in the MEGA Raffle! We are so excited for someone to win this Bad Boy 42 in. zero turn mower!


Corgill's Motorsports has sweetened the Mega Raffle prizes with 3, yes, THREE Yamaha Children 110s & 3 helmets!

What an amazing prize for your family to take on your Spring Break adventures!


One of the fabulous prizes in the MEGA Raffle is a year of promotional materials from Mark it Place!!

Perhaps one month you create customized t-shirts, or name badges for your company, or can coolers with your logo, or gifts for your volunteers and business patrons!


Don't miss out! The Mega Raffle is March 9th!!


Poteau Main Street Matters Inc., DBA. Historic Downtown Poteau is a 501c3 non-profit organization that focuses on the revitalization, economic development, promotion, and preservation of downtown Poteau.


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Current executive director, Mary Parham, has over 15 years’ experience in event planning and project management. Our goal is to make downtown Poteau the most desired destination in the area, bring jobs and new businesses to Poteau and create a fun, family friendly environment that also preserves our history and historical buildings.

Press release


OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) will issue all March SNAP food benefits on March 1, 2019. All eligible SNAP customers will automatically receive their benefits on March 1.


Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits are typically issued on the 1st, 5th and 10th days of each month. Due to the federal government shutdown in January, staggered issuance was interrupted and SNAP benefits for February were issued early. Due to that unique circumstance, customers had to make their SNAP benefits stretch for a longer time period than usual. To reduce the number of days SNAP families have to stretch their food dollars, all SNAP benefits will be issued on March 1. Staggered SNAP issuance is expected to resume in April.


Retail grocery outlets statewide have been notified of the March 1 SNAP issuance and have plans in place to meet the demand.


“Local supermarkets will keep products flowing and not encounter shortages for any period of time,” said Ron Edgmon, President and CEO of the Oklahoma Grocers Association. “We have association members in every county in the state and we work diligently, along with our wholesalers and the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, to make sure the consumer has fresh safe food on the counters when shopping at their local stores.”


About SNAP
SNAP benefits are 100 percent federally funded. Benefits are loaded onto Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards that can only be used at USDA-approved grocery retailers. In SFY 2018, more than 800,000 Oklahomans received SNAP benefits. Most were children, seniors and people with disabilities, including disabled veterans. More than $844 million worth of food was purchased in Oklahoma by SNAP customers at more than 3,500 retail grocery outlets statewide, including large retailers and small grocery stores in rural communities.


Quick Facts about SNAP – State Fiscal Year 2018
$4.00 - Average daily benefit per person
$1.33 - Average benefit per meal
37% - of households had an elderly or disabled member in the house
48% - of households had children younger than 18 in the home
27% - of households had one working adult in the home
$1,242 – Average monthly income for households with earnings

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