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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 11:46

BCG LeFlore County Chalk the Walk

Press Release submitted by Arielle Perry


Boys and Girls Club of Leflore County would like to invite the public to join in a fun event for all ages! Our goal is to help make a positive impact on our community and especially our youth.


Chalk the Walk is an event for all ages and artists of all calibers to come out and enjoy the day and draw in their allotted sidewalk section for a good cause. No. A GREAT cause. This year's theme will be "Be the Change" based on the quote "Be the change you wish to see in the world" by Mahatma Gandhi. We hope you'll join us as we aspire to "be the change" we hope to see in the world.

Register in your appropriate category and you will be assigned a 4ft by 4ft square on the pavement. You will be given a small amount of chalk (as available, while supplies last) to complete your artwork. You CAN bring as much chalk as you'd like. You will have from 8:30am until 1:00 pm to finish your masterpiece. Create a beautiful square that is inspired by this year's theme. Following this, our judges will go out and view all the amazing drawings and determine our winners.

There are several categories available to participants. Anyone under the age of 13 can register for $5 and create their own square. Individuals ages 13 and up can register for $10 for their own square. Teams of up to 4 people (of any age) will be in another category and can register for $15, plus pick a fun team name! Last, but not least, we will be registering company/corporate teams (unlimited number of people) for $20. These corporate teams will have their business name identifying their square AND will have the chance to win an award to exhibit in their place of business showing their support of the Boys & Girls Club of LeFlore County!

We plan on having some sweet Tshirts so be sure to mark on your registration form that you'd like to order those! Youth and adult sizes are available so just be sure to specify on your application. Registration will be due by May 27th to ensure a shirt.

We recommend bringing something comfortable to kneel on because digging your knees into pavement for several hours just isn't fun. Sunscreen/hats/sunglasses are recommended as well. We are hoping for a fun, sunny day for everyone to enjoy!

To download a registration form go to the Upcoming Events page on the Boys & Girls Club of LeFlore County website. The PDF file is there for you to print, complete, and get to our office whether by drop-off or mail. (Or just click the .pdf file at the end of this article to download and print it). Please include your payment with your registration. (If you happen to go by our office when no one is there, feel free to drop your registration in the mail slot on our door.)

We will be taking donations at the event also.

As your local Boys & Girls Club, we are striving to increase our community involvement, give the community a positive, inspiring activity to get summer started, something positive for the kids to do, and just to have a great time! We want LeFlore County to KNOW we are HERE and we are working hard to make a difference in the lives of children and families all over our community.


We appreciate the support of our community!

BCG LeFlore County Chalk the Walk - 2.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 18:23

Fatal Accident in Haskell County




On May 16, 2017 at approximately 5:35 pm the Oklahoma Highway Patrol were called to the scene of a fatality collision that occurred on State Highway 9.

The accident was 1.5 miles East of Keota, in Haskell County.


According to the report, a 2015 Chevrolet Captiva driven by Jeffrey Peevyhouse 50, of Stigler, was eastbound on SH9 and a 2005 Freightliner driven by Joseph Newhauser III, 51, of Campbellsport, Wisconsin, was traveling westbound when Peevyhouse crossed center line and struck the semi.

Peevyhouse was pronounced deceased at the scene from the injuries sustained in the accident.


The accident was investigated by Investigated OHP, Haskell County Sheriff’s Department, Keota Police Department and Keota Fire and Rescue.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 17:49

Christopher Leigh Gandee Obituary

Christopher Leigh Gandee of Red Oak, Oklahoma died Sunday, May 14, 2017 in Pittsburg, Oklahoma at the age of 26.


Chris was born July 29, 1990 in Richmond, Virginia to Alfred Gandee and Amy (Rains) Gandee.


He is survived by his parents, Fred and Jenny Gandee of Hoot Owl Hollow; siblings, Jake, Logan and Gracie; step-sister, Angel Childs; grandparents, Shirley Gandee of Red Oak and Steve and Lena Moore of Hoot Owl Hollow; step-father, Ron Childs of Ft. Smith; great grandmother, LaVern Blankenship of Red Oak; great grandfather Julian Brannon of Talihina and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other family and a host of friends.


Chris was preceded in death by his mother, Amy (Rains) Gandee Childs; grandfather, Alfred Gandee; great grandfather, Donald Blankenship; great grandmother, Roberta Pauline “Gammy” Brannon; great grandparents, Kenneth Gandee and Jean Minear and Connie and Genna Vee Elwood; and cousins, Kevin “Bub” Vaden.


A Graveside Service will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the Elwood Family Cemetery, Hoot Owl Hollow Community, Oklahoma with Rev. Johnny Montgomery officiating.


Pallbearers will be: Jake Watts, Jon Watts, Jackie Dobbs, Nick Bryce, Ben Shipman and Trevan Ward.


Honorary Pallbearers will be: Cody Selman, Cody Cripps, Ashton Cripps, Adian Christopher, Ethan Hill and Rusty Meeks.


Arrangements entrusted to Jones Harkins Funeral Home.



Christopher Leigh Gandee Obituary - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Tuesday, 16 May 2017 15:24

Alan Joseph Levine Obituary




Alan Joseph Levine, age 69, of Heavener, Oklahoma passed away Sunday, May 14, 2017 at his home. Alan was born July 2, 1947 in Helena, Arkansas to the late Irvin and May Levine.

Alan was a member of Temple Beth El in Helena. He was an entrepreneur, for many years owning and operating Bradfield Printing and Levine Office Solutions. He also worked for Wal-Mart for many years.


He served Phillips County in many ways over the years, working and volunteering his time for the following organizations and offices: Helena City Council, Main Street Helena, Temple Beth El Board, Phillips County Constable, past president of Kiwanis Club of Helena, and 18 years for the Phillips County Quorum Court. He also gave his time as a volunteer fire fighter.


Alan is survived by his wife, Teena K. Hornbeck Levine; son, Sam Levine (Stephanie) of Atoka, Tennessee; daughter, Michelle Shelton (Bradford) of Pocahontas; nine grandchildren, Teena E. Oliver, Wes Oliver, Logan Shelton, Seth Shelton, Carley Levine, Morgan Shelton, Rylee Levine, Brooke Levine and Bryer Levine; one great-grandchild, Asher Oliver; sister, Ronna Jackson (Michael) of Jacksonville, Florida; his work family at Walmart #31 in Poteau, Oklahoma; fur baby, Dixie; special friend, Becky Hettinger; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Michael Oliver.


A service for Alan Levine will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Helena, Arkansas


Visitation will be prior to the service from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. at the funeral home.


Burial will be at Beth El Cemetery in Helena, Arkansas.


Pallbearers are Todd Slaughter, Bill Haynie, Alton Yancey, Adrian Messina, Joe St. Columbia, Sr. and Dr. Charley Chu.


Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.


Services are under the direction of  Roller-Citizens Funeral Home, West Helena. Arkansas.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 15:10

Marcell Weaver Obituary




Marcell Weaver, 77, of Shady Point, OK passed away Tuesday, May 17, 2017 at his home.


Marcell was born January 19, 1940 to James Thomas & Gladys Faye (Blalock) Weaver. Marcell or Charlie to his family and friends was a 20 year veteran of the US Army.


He was dedicated and loyal to his wife and children.


His passion in his later years was going out on the boat and fishing with his buddies. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara A. Weaver.


Survivors include his children, Delores Edwards of Shady Point, Debra Clements of Poteau, Melinda Weaver of Shady Point, Sandra Broussard of Las Vegas, NV, & Duane Weaver of Shady Point; sister, Diane Whaite; 11 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Services will be noon, Friday, May 19, 2017 at Ft. Smith National Cemetery, Ft. Smith, AR.


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.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 13:47

Clarence Patrick "Pat" Searles


Clarence Patrick "Pat" Searles, 91, of Cameron, OK passed away Sunday, May 14, 2017 at his home.


Pat was born October 14, 1925 in Cameron, OK to Clarence & Louise (Gray) Searles.


Pat was a graduate of Oklahoma Tech.


He was a veteran of the US Marines. He served in the South Pacific while in the Marines during WWII. He was retired maintenance supervisor for Dow Chemical. His career took him to Venezuela, Tripoli and Singapore.


After he retired in 1983 he and his wife moved to his farm near Cameron. He was a member of the Masonic Moshulatubbee Lodge #13.


Survivors include his wife, Merle of the home; daughters, Louise Spencer of Rhode Island, Patty Bradbury & husband John of WV; granddaughters, Kelly Spencer of RI and Sirena Spencer of Tulsa; other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Funeral services will be held 10 am Thursday May 18, 2017 at First Baptist Church, Poteau.


The family will be at the funeral home on Wednesday from 5-7 pm to visit with relatives & friends.


In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the charity of choice.


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





The Oklahoma Highway Patrol where dispatched to one vehicle accident that occurred at approximately 11:10pm on May 15, 2017 on Blanco Road, four miles south of McAlester in Pittsburg County.


According to the report a 1969 Chevrolet Pickup, driven by Jared Holman 31, from McAlester was turning southbound onto Blanco Rd from Wise Rd, accelerated around the curve at a high rate, lost control of the vehicle and struck at tree.


Holman was transported by Pafford EMS to McAlester Regional Health Center and then later, he was transferred by air ambulance to St Francis Hospital in Tulsa where he was listed in serious but stable condition with head injuries.


According to the report
Condition of Driver – Odor of Alcohol Present
Cause of Collision – Unsafe speed

The accident was investigated by OHP and the Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Department.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 10:22

Irvin Estes Armstrong Obituary





Irvin Estes Armstrong, 81, of Poteau, OK passed away Sunday, May 7, 2017 in Tulsa, OK.


Irvin was born February 24, 1936 in Gilmore, OK to Estes & Forrest (Hale) Armstrong.


Irvin was a coal miner for many years. He started in the mines with his father when he was still in high school. He ran the Kerr McGee Station with his wife and children after his retirement from the mines.


He was preceded in death by his wife, Freda F. Armstrong; son, Daniel J. Armstrong; father, L.D. Bohannon; mother, Forrest Bohannon; brother, Kenneth Armstrong.


Survivors include his daughters & son in law, Jackie & Dan Brown of Oologah, OK, Vickie Oliver of Tulsa, OK; sons & daughter in law, Keith Armstrong of Poteau, OK, Leon & Barbara Armstrong of Van Buren, AR, Michael Armstrong of Poteau, OK; sister, Connie Titsworth & husband Yull; brother, Danny Bohannon & wife Marilyn of Poteau, OK; 7 grandsons, Lance, Jonathan & Mathew Ollie, Ryan, Canyon & Braden Armstrong, Seth Armstrong; 3 granddaughters, Charlie Shumate, Sarah Chanthaseny, Britney Wilson; several great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other loved ones and friends.


Memorial services will be 10 am, Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Broadway Church of Christ, Poteau, OK.


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.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 05:14

Naomi Ruth McKinney Obituary





Naomi Ruth McKinney of Flower Hill, Oklahoma was born on January 26, 1923 to David Edward and Myrtle Dellia (Davis) Bourne in Flower Hill, Oklahoma.


She passed away on May 13, 2017 in Fort Smith Arkansas at the age of 94 years.

Naomi is survived by, one daughter in law; Patricia McKinney and a son in law; Blake Dudoit, ten grandchildren; Sandra McKinney of Bokoshe, JoAnn Walden of Bokoshe, Billy McKinney of Spiro, Shearl Bell of Bokoshe, Terrie McCullar of Pocola, Mark McKinney of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Tracy Steverson of Anadarko, Oklahoma, Sherry Trimarchi of Las Vegas, Nevada and Kelly Dudoit of Las Vegas Nevada, and Zac Bell, numerous great grandchildren and great great grandchildren, one sister; Lou Bryant of Oklahoma City.

Naomi was a member of the Flower Hill Church in Bokoshe, Oklahoma.


She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; Utah Cal McKinney, one infant son; Calvin McKinney, her daughter; Kathy Dudoit, her son; Billy McKinney, four sisters; Pearl, Mabel, Bessie, and Geneva, six brothers; Ted, J.D., Duster, Clarence, Rex, and Baker.

Funeral services will be held at 11am Thursday, May 18, 2017 at the Mallory Martin Chapel of Spiro with Reverends Vernon Stone and Bo McKinney officiating.


Interment will follow at Old Cache Cemetery in Bokoshe, Oklahoma. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care and direction of Mallory Martin Funeral Home of Spiro.


Pallbearers will be; Robert Walden, Robert McCullar, Mark McKinney, Jeff Walden, Dave Hope and Billy McKinney. Honorary pallbearers will be; Dustin Bell and Jereme Lehman.


Condolence can be made to the family on Naomi’s guestbook at


Family will receive friends at Mallory Martin Funeral Home on Wednesday from 5-7pm


Tuesday, 16 May 2017 10:09

William “Bill” Moers, III Obituary






William “Bill” Moers, III of Spiro, Oklahoma was born on August 10, 1953 in Deposit, New York and passed May 13, 2017 in Fort Smith, Arkansas at the age of 63 years old.

Bill is survived by his wife Becky of the home, three sons, William Moers of Lisle, Illinois, Zachary Moers of Spiro, Oklahoma, and Jesse Moers and wife Jessica of Rowlett, Texas, two grandchildren, ZJ Moers and Levi Moers, one sister, April Sprague of Mesa, Arizona, and his biological mother, Rita Bailey of East Branch, New York.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Jr. and Anna (Pavlak) Moers.


Bill was a United States Air Force retiree and worked at the 188th Air National Guard in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He retired with the Meritorious Service Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, Air Force Achievement Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award unit with 1 oak leaf cluster, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with 8 oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal with 2 service stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Air Force Overseas Ribbon Short, Air Force Longevity Service with 5 oak leaf clusters, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 2 hourglass devices, and the Air Force Training Ribbon.

Funeral services will be held at 12:30pm Wednesday at the Victory Worship Center in Spiro, Oklahoma with Reverend Bryan Fouts officiating.


Interment will follow at 2:00pm at the National Cemetery in Fort Smith, Arkansas.


Arrangements have been entrusted to the care and direction of Mallory Martin Funeral Home of Spiro, Oklahoma.


Viewing will be Tuesday 9am-7pm at the funeral home.


Condolences can be made online at



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