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Tuesday, 09 October 2018 18:41

Richard Robert Thomas Jr Obituary

Richard Robert Thomas Jr, 77, of Cameron, OK passed away Tuesday, October 9, 2018 in Cameron. Richard was born July 4, 1941 in Indianola, OK to Richard Sr. & Lillie (Talburt) Thomas.


He was preceded in death by wife, Donna Raye Thomas.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Thomas of Panama, OK; daughters & sons in law, Sandra & Anthony Richards of Cedarville, AR, Shelly & Leonard Anderson of Poteau, OK, Tammy & Marvin Trout of Cameron, OK; grandchildren, David & Patricia Anderson of Dallas, TX, Amber Anderson & Cassandra Anderson of Tahlequah, OK, Troy Anderson of Poteau, OK, Brittany & Harold Adams, Caleb Richards all of Van Buren, AR, Jacob Richards of Cedarville, AR, Aryan Nichole Armstrong & Taylor Turner, Lisa Trout all of Cameron, OK; 4 Great Grandchildren; other relatives loved ones and friends.

Services will be 2 pm , Thursday, October 11, 2018 at Oakland Cemetery Pavilion with Mark Thornbrugh officiating.


Pallbearers will be Caleb & Jacob Richards, Harold Adams, Taylor Turner, Troy & David Anderson.

The family will be at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 4-6 pm to visit with relatives & friends.


You may leave an online message at





MUSKOGEE—Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) announced that his veterans caseworker will hold five mobile office stops in southeast Oklahoma specifically for veterans in need of assistance.

“In the Second District, I have offices located in Claremore, Muskogee, and McAlester,” said Mullin. “However, I understand that many constituents don’t live near one of my offices, or don’t have the time to travel to one. Our veterans deserve first-class service no matter where they live. That’s why I’m sending my veterans caseworker to you so that a member of my team can assist you in your own town.”
October Mobile Offices for Veterans

LeFlore County Mobile Office Stop
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
1:00PM – 4:00PM CT
American Legion Post 26
29959 Main St.
Bokoshe, OK 74930


McCurtain County Mobile Office Stop
Thursday, October 18, 2018
1:00PM – 4:00PM CT
American Legion Post
501 NW Veterans Dr.
Idabel, OK 74745


Choctaw County Mobile Office Stop
Thursday, October 25, 2018
1:00PM – 4:00PM CT
Hugo VFW Post 8316
413 West Jackson
Hugo, OK 74743

November Mobile Offices for Veterans

Johnston County Mobile Office Stop
Thursday, November 1, 2018
1:00PM – 4:00PM CT
Tishomingo VFW Post 4869
201 S. Capital Ave.
Tishomingo, OK 73467


Haskell County Mobile Office Stop
Monday, November 5, 2018
1:00PM – 4:00PM CT
Stigler VFW Post 4446
Highway 9 West
Stigler, OK 74462


Call the Muskogee office at 918-687-2533 for more information.

Tuesday, 09 October 2018 16:05

Marriage Licenses October 1-5, 2018

The following couples received their marriage licenses during the week of October 1-5, 2018, from the LeFlore County Court Clerk’s office:


Eddie J.R. Brown and Jessica Blair Word


Fernando Villanueva Luna and Arcelia Mar Gonzalez


Colten Chance Ybarra and Chastain Desiree Cannady


Christopher Ronshay Massey and Chrystle Yvette Stamps


Kyle Alan Holt and Jody Diane Lancaster


David Daniel Bias and Mildred Louise Ross


Jimmy Allen Woodral and Sierra Monique Howell


Christopher Nicholson and Josie Johnson


Jason Aaron Crase and Charity Tyler Bower

Monday, 08 October 2018 12:16

Denver Evans Obituary

Denver Evans of Summerfield, Oklahoma was born August 25, 1923 in Walls, Oklahoma to Chris and Amelia (Hollan) Evans and passed away on October 6, 2018 in Poteau, Oklahoma at the age of 95.


.He is survived by:

Two grandsons:
Dane Evans and wife Mykel of Wister, Oklahoma
Travis Tucker of Poteau, Oklahoma

One great-grandson:
Brodie Evans

One daughter-in-law:
Jackie Evans of Wister, Oklahoma

Several nieces, a nephew, other loved ones and a host of friends


He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dorothy; one son, Chuck Evans; four brothers, Arnold Evans, Arden Evans, JC Evans, and Waford Evans; and two sisters, Verna Woolbright and Martyne Wylie.


Denver was a life-long resident of the area and was a retired Equipment Operator for the Leflore County Highway Department District #2. He was a member of the Summerfield Baptist Church and loved rodeo and roping. Denver enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by many whom loved and knew him.


Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at the Summerfield Baptist Church in Summerfield, Oklahoma with Reverend Charles Caughern officiating.


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


Pallbearers will be: Family


Viewing will be from Noon until 8:30 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home.


To sign Mr. Evans’ online guestbook please visit




Press release



For the last 28 years, AES Shady Point has been a valued supporter and contributor to the people, communities, businesses and economy of South East Oklahoma and Western Arkansas.


Our hope is that AES Shady Point can continue to serve in that role. We have assembled a cross-functional team and plan to respond to OG&E’s RFP with potential solutions. Together, we will work to meet their needs as well as explore additional opportunities for AES Shady Point.


Although, the potential options for the plant outside the RFP are currently limited, our team is researching all possibilities within the state and the Southwest Power Pool.


In parallel to these efforts, we also will be preparing for the unfortunate possibility that we may have to close the plant on or about January 15, 2019 should there not be a successful outcome for AES Shady Point in the upcoming OG&E RFP.


AES Shady Point recognizes the extent of the impact and uncertainty this process creates for our people and the community. We plan to provide updates as OG&E’s RFP process moves forward.


Lundy Kiger
Vice President, AES Shady Point

Press release


OKLAHOMA CITY (Oct. 8, 2018) –State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister today announced that the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) has been awarded a nearly $4 million federal Native Youth Community Project (NYCP) grant aimed at improving college and career readiness for 1,400 American Indian high school students. By the end of the calendar year, the Oklahoma Future Native Leaders grant will expand the Office of American Indian Education from one staffer to a team of six. This marks the first time since the 1990s that the office has had a staff larger than one.

“Citizens of Oklahoma’s 39 tribal nations are an invaluable part of our state’s cultural tapestry and make critical investments in our public school system,” said Hofmeister. “These funds will allow us to focus more of our efforts on shaping a comprehensive statewide strategy to increase college and career readiness for American Indian students through high school graduation.”

The project will engage Native youth in activities including concurrent and Advanced Placement coursework, college visits, rigorous STEM coursework, individual career academic planning (ICAP), scholarship/FAFSA applications, tutoring and mentoring programs, college application exercises, a summer Native student institute, career exploration, professional learning opportunities for teachers and an annual state Native Student Leadership Summit.

School and tribal partners for the grant include Riverside Indian School, McAlester Public Schools, Anadarko Public Schools, Calvin Public Schools and the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes.

The six-member team will be led by OSDE’s executive director of American Indian education, Julian Guerrero Jr.

“Our goal is to develop an American Indian education office that is a model for other states to follow,” Hofmeister said. “Thanks to robust, ongoing consultations between tribal authorities and 107 districts serving American Indian students in our state, and the funding provided by the Oklahoma Future Native Leaders grant, I am confident we will enhance educational outcomes for native students and together build a stronger Oklahoma.”


According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, two people from Talihina were injured in a one vehicle accident that occurred on October 8, 2018 at 1:17am on State Highway 2 and 1/2 mile north of State Highway 63 in Latimer County.


According to the report, a 2013 Ford Explorer driven by Billie Nowabbi 72, from Talihina and her passenger Nora Johnico, 87, from Talihina were traveling southbound on SH2 when Nowabbi fell asleep at the wheel and ran off the roadway to the right and struck an embankment.


Nowabbi was transported by LeFlore County EMS to Choctaw Nation Hospital in Talihina treated and released.


Johnico was transported by LeFlore County EMS to Choctaw Nation Hospital in Talihina and was listed in critical condition with trunk internal injuries.




During the month of October Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center is offering a bag of goodies and a chance to win in a weekly drawing.

This Breast Cancer Awareness Package drawing will be held every Friday in October.

Come to EOMC during the month of October for a Mammogram, and get a bag full of goodies.

“Come and see the BEST Mammo unit in the River Valley (along with the best technicians) and experience the EOMC Difference!”


The American Cancer Society recommends these screening guidelines for the early detection of breast cancer in most adults:

Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health.
Clinical breast exam (CBE) about every 3 years for women in their 20s and 30s and every year for women 40 and over.
Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast change promptly to their health care provider. Breast self-exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s.
Some women – because of their family history, a genetic tendency, or certain other factors – should be screened with MRI in addition to mammograms. (The number of women who fall into this category is small: less than 2% of all the women in the US.) Talk with your doctor about your history and whether you should have additional tests earlier and at more frequent intervals.




Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center is a licensed 25-bed critical access hospital that serves LeFlore and the surrounding counties with a total population of approximately 48,000. EOMC has been serving the needs of this community for over 60 years by combining the personal touch of a community hospital with state of the art technology. We provide a full range of medical services to the community.


Since 1950, EOMC has worked to provide quality healthcare throughout Southeastern Oklahoma. EOMC is a public non-profit entity overseen by a Board of Trustees appointed by the LeFlore County Commissioners. Our goal is to efficiently provide comprehensive personal healthcare services by making available modern medical equipment, specialized medical services, and medical knowledge which would be limited without proper facilities.


EOMC is located at 105 S Wall St in Poteau
(918) 647-8161



According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a Texas man was injured in a motorcycle accident that occurred on State Highway 63 on October 5, 2018.

According to the report, the accident occurred at approximately 8:36pm, three miles west of Talihina, in Latimer County when a 2012 Triumph motorcycle driven by Justin P. Eagle, 47, of Georgetown, Texas, swerved to miss a cow in the roadway that had already been struck, causing the motorcycle to depart the roadway to the right.


Eagle was transported by LeFlore County EMS to McAlester Regional Health Center and later transported to St. Francis in Tulsa he was listed in critical condition with trunk internal and leg injuries.




According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a Wilburton man was injured in a one vehicle accident that occurred on October 6, 2018 at approximately 1:25 am on State Highway 63n approximately two miles west of Buffalo Valley, OK in Latimer County.


According to the OPH report, a 1998 Chevrolet truck driven by Ryan S. Looper 29, of Wilburton, was west bound on SH63 when the vehicle departed the roadway, then re-entered the roadway before rolling the vehicle an unknown number of times, ejecting Looper from the vehicle.


Looper was transported by Air Evac Life Flight to St. John Hospital in Tulsa and was admitted in critical condition with internal and head injuries.

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