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Tuesday, 22 May 2018 17:26

Carl Edward Beavers Obituary


Carl Edward Beavers, (M/SGT. RET.), age 89, passed away at home in Poteau on May 20, 2018; his family was by his bedside. Carl had suffered for several years with a variety of health problems: open heart surgery, three angioplasties, six heart stents, one kidney tube, two congestive heart failures, the first heart attack, a pacemaker, high blood pressure, diabetes, and diabetic coma.

Carl was born at Mt. Pleasant, near Heavener, he was predeceased by his parents Coleman and Mana Beavers and two brothers Leroy and Cloyd Don. His sister Wilma Bujack, the lone family survivor, resides in CA. Carl attended school at Howe, and his wife Myrtle Bell Morton graduated from Heavener High School in 1952. They were married on January 6, 1953.
Sgt. Beavers enlisted in the Army on March 3, 1948, and was stationed at Perrin Field, TX; later serving on Guam for one year and subsequently one year on Johnson Island before being transferred to Shaw AFB, SC. Upon his return to the states, it was then that he married his sweetheart in Ft. Smith on Jan 6, 1953, and the couple moved to Sumter, SC. On April 28, 1954, a daughter, Stephanie, was born.

Two years later in February, he was sent to Shepherd’s Grove AFB, England, for three years; his family followed in May. While in England, the young couple toured nine different countries in Europe for almost a month in 1957. In 1958, they were transferred to Otis AFB, MA, for three years. However, before long, he was assigned duty as a crane operator on the Texas Towers (DEW Line) located 130 miles off the coast of Cape Cod.

On Sep 15, 1959, a daughter Cary Jo was born at the Otis AFB hospital, followed by a son on Dec 29, 1960. Three years later, Sgt. Beavers was transferred to Tyndall AFB, FL, for three years. In Jan 1966, he was assigned to the Red Horse division and soon left for Phan Rang, Vietnam, for a 13-month stay, returning to Hurlburt Field, FL, 1967. He remained there until his retirement from the Air Force in May, 1969.

In 1976, Kerr-McGee hired him as a crane operator, sending him first to Singapore to work as they finished building Rig 63 for service. Once built, the rig was moved by water to Burma where he joined the rig when drilling for oil started. From there, the rig was moved to Bangladesh for more drilling; stops were made in Sri Lanka for supplies before heading to Bombay and stopping there for repairs. Carl stayed on Rig 63 from Burma to the Persian Gulf where they drilled near Sharja, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi. He lived in Sharja and Dubai for nine months before he began working 28 days on the rig and 28 days at home. This routine lasted until 1986 when he retired because of severe back problems. Upon returning home, Carl had circumnavigated the globe.

Sgt. Beavers is survived by his wife of 64 years and was of the Christian faith. They had three children: Stephanie (Middle East), Cary Jo Knight (Destin, FL), & Chris Beavers (Sandy Springs, GA); then six grandchildren followed: Stacey, Katheryn, Cameron, Christopher, Coleman, Cary Anne, & Caleb. Lastly, five great-grandchildren enriched the couple’s lives: Callie, Jaxson, Gabriel, Miguel, & Selena.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 24, 2018 at the Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel in Heavener, Oklahoma with Reverend Billy Watkins officiating.


Burial will follow in Heavener Memorial Park under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener, Oklahoma with military honors.

Pallbearers will be: Alan Taylor and Dylan McSweeney

Honorary Pallbearers will be: Christopher Beavers, Sr., Christopher Beavers, Jr., Coleman Beavers, Caleb Beavers, and Barry George.

Viewing will be from 8:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., Thursday.

The family will visit with friends from 10:00 a.m. until noon, Thursday at the funeral home.

To sign Mr. Beavers’ online guestbook please visit


Press release


WILBURTON, OK (May 22, 2018) – Eastern Oklahoma State College’s Athletic Department is hosting multiple basketball camps designed to assist area youth develop and refine their skills.
The first camp of the summer will take place June 4-5 and is being held by Head Women’s Basketball Coach Brandon Taylor. From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Taylor’s camp will see participants ages 6 through 9 focus on the fundamentals of basketball; and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. participants ages 10 to 15 will work on improving their athletic abilities. The cost to attend Taylor’s camp is $45.

In addition, Head Men’s Basketball Scott Edgar is hosting two camps. Edgar’s first camp is scheduled for June 27-28 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and the second camp for July 18-19 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Both of Edgar’s camps are open to participants ages 6 to 13 and will cost $20 each.

All camps mentioned are open to both boys and girls and will take place in Wilburton at the C.C. Dunlap Fieldhouse. Participants are advised to bring good running shoes and wear athletic clothing. Concessions will be available for purchase.

To ensure safety, campers are not allowed to leave the premises early without direct correspondence between the parent and the camp director.

Registration for all events will begin 30 minutes prior to the beginning of each camp. Please make all checks payable to EOSC Foundation.


Visit the event calendar at for more information or to download camp enrollment forms.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018 10:51

Marriage Licenses May 14-18, 2018

The following couples received their marriage licenses during the week of May 14-18 from the LeFlore County Court Clerk’s Office.


Ryan Bryson Livingston and Summer Don Lasley

Austin Tyrel Thomas and Sierra Brianne Sanders

Douglas Donald Geurin and Skyla Shyanne Henning

Zachary Kristopher Montyarris and Jessica Diane Montgomery

Nick Jay Smallwood and Abbigail Denae Gass

Lloyd Paul Lee and Joan Ann Rodgers

William Dow Lindenau and Michelle Rose Wilson

Tuesday, 22 May 2018 10:21

3 Ingredient Cookies

Old Fashioned 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Servings: 14 -18 cookies, depending on size


1 cup sugar

1 cup peanut butter

1 egg


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Stir the ingredients together until smooth. Scoop onto a parchment or Silpat lined baking sheet. (Roll into 1" balls with your hands, if you do not have a scoop.) Press down with the back of a fork and then press again from the opposite direction, to form the criss-cross pattern on top.

These cookies will not spread at all. You can bake the full recipe on a single tray if you would like. Bake for 12 minutes and then let cool on the tray for 1-2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to finish cooling. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!


The Poteau Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the Cruise Planners Travel Agency has new members of the Poteau Chamber.

Cruise Planners Travel Agency is owned and operated by Suni Daun Veerkamp.


Just a little about Suni.
Suni was born and raised in Poteau (PHS Class of 2009 & CASC of 2015) Suni has always been fascinated by different cultures and travel destinations all over the world. The world to Suni is a big place, and experiencing it is an amazing thing. She became a travel agent through a host agency who she loved in 2016. Now she plans trips for friends and family and love the memories she creates for them. Last year she decided to go out on a limp and purchase a Cruise Planners Franchise. Don't let the name fool you. It's much more than "just cruises". Cruise Planners is an American Express Affiliate and Full-Service Worldwide Travel Agency for all of your travel needs. From All-inclusive Resorts, Girl Friend Getaways, Honeymoons & Destination Weddings, River Cruise Lines, Independent & Group Tours, Concerts & Event Tickets and so much more. Cruise Planners has something for everyone at no extra cost to you. Suni lookes forward to meeting everyone and would love the chance to plan your dream trip in the future. Suni wants to thank those that have supported her on this journey and wants to help you travel to yours.


Contact her for your travel needs at 918-330-0180.

EOMC is pleased to announce Crystal Ollie as APRN/Nurse Practitioner for new walk in clinic.


Ollie graduated from Maryville University out of St. Louis MO with a Master of Science in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner and a member of Sigma Theta Tau.

She currently resides in Heavener with my husband Bryan and our four kids, Dillion, Tayler, Laney and Alex.

“I began my health career as a CNA and became a Nurse in 2006 as an LPN. I received my RN in 2008 and my BSN in 2015,” said Ollie.

“I have worked my way up the ladder and in a variety of healthcare settings. Leflore County is my home and there is a huge need to provide preventative teaching to a rural area. This county needs providers that understand the complexity of our community and are able to understand the disparities of this area, as well as relate to the patient. The medical field has always been my interest and I love to learn new things regarding the medical field. You truly learn something new every day which allows me to expand my knowledge and pass it on to my patients.”

The new Walk in clinic is Office in the Family Medical Clinic located on the 2nd floor.

The hours are Mondays- 12:30-5:00, and Tuesday- Friday 8:00-5:00.

Closed for lunch from 12:30 to 1:30pm on Tuesday – Friday.

Press release 

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Tiffany Rhea Spears, age 30, of Thackerville, Oklahoma, was sentenced to five years of probation for False Entry In The Books of a Federally Insured Bank, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1005. The charge arose from an investigation by the Federal Reserve Office of Inspector General. Spears has been ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $88,700.


The Indictment alleged that from on or about January 6, 2017, until on or about June 5, 2017, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, defendant, with the intent to deceive an officer of Citizens Bank and Trust of Ardmore, Oklahoma, a bank whose deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, knowingly made false entries in the books, reports, or statements of Citizens Bank and Trust of Ardmore, Oklahoma. The defendant created false transaction documents showing customers advancing monies on their loans and withdrawing cash from their accounts, when in truth and in fact, as the defendant well knew, the advances and withdrawals from customer accounts were by, and for the benefit of, the defendant.


United States Attorney Brian J. Kuester said. “The defendant is being held accountable for her crimes because of an alert co-worker, a thorough and professional investigation, and the dedicated members of the U. S. Attorney’s Office. During her probationary term, the United States Probation Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma will monitor her to ensure that she abides by the conditions of her probation.”


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. Assistant United States Attorney Rob Wallace represented the United States.

By OICA CEO Joe Dorman


With the close of the 2018 legislative session, state senators and representatives have returned to their home districts. People often forget that, although our local lawmakers serve in a part-time legislature, their work with constituent services and within their home area will continue throughout the year. As a legislator, I often had the pleasure of attending chamber functions, school functions and charitable events that supported various local programs. After two regular sessions and two extraordinary sessions, I know that lawmakers are ready to be back with their families. In addition, it is campaign season for most, so they want to be around their voters to make their case and explain why they should be reelected.


Even with the break, there is still some work to be done at the Oklahoma State Capitol. During the summer and fall months, lawmakers will return for special meetings requested by individual members to look into issues through committee-based interim studies. These requests will require legislative staffers to work with members to delve into topics which are of special interest to constituents. They can be on any issue, whether it be a previously-passed law or a potential idea for a future bill.


The deadline for members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives to file interim study requests is Friday, June 8. In the opposite chamber, the deadline to request a Senate study is July 13.


Oklahoma House Speaker Charles McCall and Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Schulz will consider each request based on its merits as well as on committee and staff workloads. In most cases, similar requests regarding topics may be combined by either the presiding officer or the committee chair over the study.


Approved studies and related committee assignments will be announced no later than Friday, July 13 in the House of Representatives. Studies are typically held from August through October for both bodies.


The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) requested a House study last year regarding a review of Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma-informed Care. This led to the passage of Senate Bill 1517 this year which will create a task force of experts to suggest new policies and potential laws to help reduce the horrible conditions and statistics facing the youngest of Oklahomans. We have requested a follow-up study in the State Senate this year to hit the ground running on ideas for the upcoming task force.


If you have suggestions for studies, please contact your local state senator or representative for them to consider your ideas. If you have some topic regarding youth policies, feel free to send your idea to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will approach lawmakers with proposals also. I can speak from experience that some of the best ideas come from the folks back home and we want to see some creative solutions for the problems facing our state!



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.“


Press release


On May 1, 2018, the Carl Albert State College Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society inducted forty-eight new members into its Alpha Delta Lambda chapter.

The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students, nationwide.


To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa provides opportunities for the development and advancement of leadership and service. This allows for fellowship between scholars and a continually stimulated interest in continuing their academic excellence.

New inductees are as follows: Paiden Arnwine, Muniru Bah, Ashley Brandy, Michael Burns, Misty Canizalez, Kyndel Cannon, Hadley Carpenter, Karna Clark, Cassidy Craghead, Rory Crittenden, Darby Duncan, Haley Dunlap, Cassie Ennis, Staci Evans, Connie Fines, Braxton Furer, Deyra Trejo Gonzalez, Kymber-Leigh Hall, Stacey Hardbarger, Kelseigh Hopson, Toby Huff, Benny Jones, Jarred Jones, Kelby Koonce, Samantha Lininger, Krey Long, Ashley Lotchleas, Jessica Magie, Michael Malone, Reece Mitchell, Thomas Oare, Caleb Owen, Curtsie Pace, Luz Ramirez, Mary Reed, Allie Robbins, Kerstein Rothermal, Tyler Seaton, Kyla Sisney, Ronnie Smith, Deidra Solis, Dylan Thurber, Samantha Valenzuela, Lakota Vickers, Jami West, Macee Williams, Tiffani Wood, and Brandy York.

The OK Freedom Girls basketball team won the Greg Swaim Big Time Challenge in Stillwater on Saturday May 19, 2018.

The team went 2-0 in pool play beating the Southside Shock (Tulsa) and Solid Rock Basketball (Edmond) and then beat Solid Rock again in overtime of the championship game.



Good Job!



Front Row L-R: Brayli Beason, Ryleigh Pierce, Sky Bluford, Brailey Francis, Jazzlyn Harrison; Back Row L-R: Kara Albert, Alexis Smith, Gracie Jones, Sadie Deiter, Sophie Pulice, Ariana Loggins


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