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Monday, 15 May 2017 09:30

Voter Registration Deadline May 19th





Friday May 19th is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be vote in the June 13th Special Election for the Town of Panama,  LeFlore election  Board Secretary Sharon Steele said today.

Steele said that persons who are United States citizens, residents of Oklahoma and 18 years old may apply to become registered voters.

Persons who have never been registered to vote before or who are not currently registered in the county of their residence and persons who are registered but who need to change their registration information may apply by filling out and mailing an Oklahoma Voter Registration Application form in time for it to be postmarked no later than midnight Friday, May 19th.


Steele explained that applications postmarked after that time still will be accepted and proce sed; however, the applications will not be approved until after June 13th.

The County Election Board responds in writing to every person who submits an applicatioN for voter registration.


The response is either a voter identification card listing the new voter's precinct number and polling place location or a letter that explains the reason or reasons the application for voter registration was not approved. Steele said that any person who has submitted a voter registration application and who has not received a response within 30 days should contact the County Election Board office.

Oklahoma Voter Registration Application forms are available at the County Election oard office located at 103 N. Church St., Poteau, and at most post offices, tag agencies and public libraries in the county.


Steele said that applications also are available and voters can check their registration.




Howe, Oklahoma - Howe Public Schools is participating in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which provides nutritious meals at no charge to Children during the summer vacation.


Children aged 18 and under, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, are eligible to receive meals through SFSP. A person 19 years of age and over who has a mental or physical disability (as determined by a state or local education agency) and who participates during the school year in a public or private, non-profit school program (established for the mentally and physically disabled) is also eligible to receive meals.


Meals will be provided at the site and times as follows: Operating May 22 to Jun 29, 2017.


21444 EN RAILROAD in Howe.


Operating days of the week: Monday-Thursday.


Breakfast from 7:45-8:00.

Lunch from 11:30-12:00.


Closed: Memorial Dayand  Independence Day May 26 June 9, 16&23.


In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:,and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture , Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.




Howe High School  REUNION/BANQUET: will be held Saturday, May 20th, 2017 (the 3rd Saturday in May), at Howe Public Schools.


All graduates, former classmates, teachers, staff, and their families are cordially invited to attend.


This event will be first come first served, meal tickets are $15 each and will be collected at the door.


The doors will open at noon at the Cafeteria and will remain open throughout the day.


The meal will be served from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., and reunion attire will be casual.


The meal will consist of: • Smoked Brisket • Potato Salad • Baked Beans • Rolls • Dessert • Drinks. (Decoration at the Howe Cemetery is Sunday, May 21st) Officer elections and a town hall will be held at 6pm.

CLASS MEETINGS: Everyone is welcome to schedule individual meetings on their own, however we will host a group gathering in the cafeteria starting at noon if you would rather just visit with everyone.

SCHOOL TOURS: Our Superintendent, Mr. Scott Parks will offer tours of the entire campus for anyone interested in seeing the campus and hearing the plans for change.


We encourage you to share stories along the way of your memories in each building/area. All tours start and end in the cafeteria.

COMMUNITY EVENTS: Watch for information on the Alumni Facebook Page or contact Vickie Lockhart Jirash for information.


SEEKING ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS: We award two $500 scholarships each year so we must raise or collect a minimum of $1,000 each year (that’s $2,000 by each banquet since it’s only every two years). These donations will be accepted at any time during the event weekend and may be given to any of the following Alumni officers prior to the event: Mary Parham, Jay Neugin, Ronny Blake, Mandy Ollar or Keith Luton.





According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a drowning incident occurred at approximately 2:40 pm on May 14, 2017 at Eufaula Cove on Lake Eufaula in McIntosh County.


According to the report, Casey J Reilly 24 of Temecula, California was swimming approximately 150 feet from shore went under and never resurfaced.


His body was recovered at May 15, 2017 at 7:40 am in seven feet of water, using dragging operations and side scan.

The incident was investigated by OHP Marine Enforcement Division, Eufaula Police Department and the Corps of Engineer.

Monday, 15 May 2017 11:38

Marriage Licenses May 8-12, 2017

The following couples received their marriage licenses in LeFlore County during the week of May 8-12, 2017.


William Joseph Harris and Betty Jane Coy

Jamie Ray Armstrong and Chanease Lanaye Cranfield

Alexander Nicholas Harp and Britney Nichole Goff

Seth Christian Laster and Joni Kay Fields-Adams

Randy Eugene Armstrong, Jr. and Crystal Dawn Torres

Jacob Shane Bennett and Keely Marie Carsello

Jordan Chase Booth and Brittany Jo Cockburn

Tanner Blaze Dumont and April Lynn Janas

John Henry Howe II and Allyson Kaye Denicola

Charlie Eugene Siler and Heather Leean Duncan







Todd Minshall, Member Services Director for the Kiamichi Electric Cooperative made a $2,500 donation to San Bois CASA, with help from a matching grant by CoBank, through their Sharing Success program.

CoBank’s Sharing Success program allows CoBank to partner with their cooperative customers, like Kiamichi Electric, to help build vibrant rural communities. CoBank launched the Sharing Success program in 2012.

San Bois CASA is a non-profit organization that trains community volunteers to advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children in LeFlore, Latimer, Pittsburg and Haskell counties.

The San Bois CASA office is located at 204 Wall Street in the KiBois building.

They also have San Bois CASA offices at 309 West Main, Wilburton, and 122 East Carl Albert Parkway, Suite 202 in McAlester.

CASA is always looking for volunteers, if interested in volunteering contact Leah McLaughlin at (918) 647-3267.

Pictured are: Executive Director, Leah McLaughlin, CASC Board President, Sarah Jordan and Todd Minshall, Member Service Director at KEC.



CASA Board of Directors
Sarah Jordan, President
Neil Brannon, Vice-President
Gina Riggs, Secretary
Tyler Atkinson, Treasurer
Ranada Adams, Assistant Secretary
Karen Tobler, Member
Darenda Joseph, Member
Debbie Williams, Member
Steven Sockey, Member








On May 14, 2017 at approximately 1:29 am the Oklahoma Highway Patrol were dispatched to a one vehicle accident that occurred on a county road ½ of a mile north of Colbert in Bryan County.


According to the OHP report, a 2004 Chevy 2 door driven by Jacob Site, 19 of Durant, was southbound on a county road, when he ran off the roadway to the left. The vehicle struck an embankment, went airborne and landed back into a ditch.


Site was transported by EMS to Alliance Medical Center in Durant then later flown to Plano Medical center with head, arm, leg, trunk-internal, and trunk-external injuries. He was listed in stable condition.

A passenger with Site, Blake Garrett, 20 of Durant refused treatment at the scene.


The accident was investigated by Trooper OHP, Bryan County Sheriff’s office and Bryan County EMS.

Sunday, 14 May 2017 21:50

Jesse Wilson Gibson Obituary




Jesse Wilson Gibson, 77, of Cameron, OK passed away Friday, May 12, 2017 in his home. Jesse was born April 4, 1940 in Hackett, AR to Nita & Clifton Gibson.



He was a 1957 graduate of Cameron High School, where he served as a school board member for over 20 years. He was retired from the US Postal Service; a US Army veteran; a member of the Moshulatubbee Lodge #13; Green Country baseball and softball coach and a member of the Rock Island Free Will Baptist Church.


Jesse was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Bettie Didway; one brother, Jerrold Don Gibson and one brother in law, Robert Ray Shoup Sr.


Jesse is survived by his wife Pat (Shoup) Gibson of the home; one son, Craig Gibson & wife Misty of Greenwood, AR; one daughter, Renae Burks & husband C.J. of Shady Point, OK; one brother, Clifton Ray Gibson & wife Lavelle of Sallisaw, OK; one sister, Evelyn Ibison of Hackett, AR; six grandchildren CeGe Neissl & husband Ethan, Brooke Brashear & husband Trevor, Justin Burks, Derreck Burks, Blake Gibson & Karson Burks; one great grandson, Ealynd Neissl along with numerous nieces & nephews.


Funeral service will be 10 am, Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Rock Island Free Will Baptist Church with burial at Greenhill Cemetery.


Pallbearers are John Boggs of Greenwood, AR, Mark Gray of Greenwood, AR, Rob Hambrick of Poteau, OK, John Hambrick of Cameron, OK, Shawn Sweeten of Pocola, OK, Travis Beutelschies of Cameron, OK, James Burks of Panama, OK, Jackie Lomon of Cameron, OK.


Honorary pallbearers are the Masonic Lodge Moshulatubbee #13 and Eddie Black of Dayton, VA.


The family will be at the funeral home on Tuesday 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, Oklahoma

Saturday, 13 May 2017 22:19

Cavanal Killer Race Results

Race Results from DG Race Timing

Athlete and time finished

Sammuel Young 41:02
Tommy Griffin 41:55
Quarter Briggs 43:17
Josh Snyder 45:46
Alex Yepez 46:21
Raul Hernandez 47:18
Kandace Young 47:21
Cameron Plate 47:24
Clay Popkess 48:00
Jenny Chitwood 48:16
James Spencer 48:39
Jaime Hernandez 50:21
Martin Castillo 50:22
Brandon Plate 50:43
James Pickens 51:09
Mandy O'Reilly 51:10
Stihl Snyder 51:12
Zoe Nesbitt 51:36
Dat Duong 51:52
Susan Roets 53:27
David Drexler 54:02
Matthew Carmack 54:54
George Haney 54:54
Salvador Rodriguez 55:07
Guillermo Castillo 56:20
Roberto Castillo 56:21
Canyon Ford 56:45
Jaun Castillo 56:55
Chase McLver 57:09
Jeremy Shaffer 57:13
Daniel Eckelberry 57:21
Jeff Dover 57:30
Phillip Hall 57:31
Johnnie Jackson 58:02
Lynette Berger 58:23
See Timer Unknown 58:23
Austin Mardis 59:00
Steve Barthol 59:18
Alberto Francisco 59:19
See Timer Unknown 59:40
Bethany Spencer 59:43
Travis Foyil 1:00:37
Dakota James 1:00:39
Kristi McConnell 1:01:00
Matt Blake 1:01:44
Petra Decroo 1:02:22
Anthony Ward 1:03:29
Cole Goodwin 1:03:33
Micah Arnett 1:03:55
Lee Easley 1:04:11
Joseph Enriguez 1:04:16
Jake Hicks 1:04:43
Elaine Staines 1:06:43
Casey McCoullough 1:06:50
Randa Adams 1:07:15
Kendra Yandell 1:07:15
Emmie Burgess 1:07:26
Julio Valdez 1:07:31
Grace Browning 1:07:43
Cesar Valdez 1:08:03
Ray Petryszak 1:08:37
Kelton Wiggins 1:08:41
Chad Yandell 1:08:58
Mike Burgess 1:09:36
Katelyn Adams 1:10:24
Steven Ross 1:10:33
Jackie Sallee 1:10:39
Frank Burton 1:10:54
Dale Wiggins 1:10:57
Travis Smith 1:11:26
Alex Stevens 1:11:26
Whitney Scantling 1:12:23
Jennifer Dillard 1:12:49
Amanda Delt 1:12:52
Becky Dyer 1:12:56
Logan Russell 1:13:02
Brandon Howard 1:13:45
Dusan Stojanvic 1:13:47
Jeana Ogden 1:13:58
Shirley Edwards 1:13:58
Jeff Steinkamp 1:14:02
Randy Ahhaitty 1:14:11
Morgan Ahhaitty 1:14:57
Adrian Burton 1:15:04
Joshua Nava 1:15:34
Tim Olson 1:15:36
Joe Berry 1:15:44
Pearl Evans 1:16:20
Maura Tecla 1:16:45
Mary Wickham 1:16:46
Brian Rader 1:16:54
Mark Plate 1:17:04
Aletha Wise 1:17:13
Jose Vivar 1:17:14
Shawna Burgess 1:17:20
Elizabeth Belcher 1:17:28
Kevin Traywick 1:18:04
Amy Bunton 1:18:29
Emma Bridwell 1:18:32
Bruce Horton 1:19:17
Janette Snow 1:19:32
Trek Snyder 1:19:54
Forrest Mazey 1:20:08
Joe Sloan 1:20:21
Aaron Smith 1:20:28
Angela McKay 1:20:33
Shayna Rice 1:20:37
Jamie Rice 1:20:37
Nina Morgan 1:20:49
Kerri Kelley 1:20:50
Alex Bustillo 1:21:15
Janie Spencer 1:21:22
Bob Spencer 1:21:24
Suzan Waeltz 1:21:37
Sheldon Waeltz 1:21:38
Jenesis Davis 1:21:58
Lahoma Smith 1:22:01
Jayce Satoe 1:22:32
Amy Weldon 1:22:41
Ronelle Baker 1:23:08
Karen Olson 1:23:12
Ava Lovell 1:23:29
Cheryl Kidd 1:23:31
Richard Reif 1:23:35
Annette Sentell 1:23:43
April Kyzer 1:23:51
Jon Pickle 1:24:03
Michael Reif 1:24:03
Stacy Walker 1:24:07
Jennifer Shockley 1:24:07
Brian Herschberger 1:25:01
Marvin Prasayasith 1:25:35
Christin Hicks 1:25:59
Gracie Spencer 1:26:02
Tiffany Parnell 1:26:04
Barbie Lumpkin 1:27:22
Laura Henneha 1:27:32
Crystal Herschberger 1:27:35
Lacey Obrian 1:27:42
Debby Smith 1:27:54
Susan Martin 1:27:57
Ellie Berger 1:28:03
Mykel Evans 1:28:20
Patrick Phillips 1:28:29
Caleb Berger 1:28:38
Shantal Dunigan 1:29:16
David Vineyard 1:29:26
Julie Vineyard 1:29:26
Stephanie Adams 1:29:35
Michele Baker 1:29:35
Michelle Upton 1:30:21
Jeremy Stacy 1:30:41
Tambra Tipton 1:30:41
Shirley Bearden 1:31:06
Kris Pickle 1:32:17
Angelica Avila 1:32:18
Michelle Price 1:32:18
Daphne Powers 1:32:41
Amanda Coward 1:33:05
Lily Clegg 1:33:06
James Olsen 1:33:24
Andrea Slay 1:34:18
Francois Van Der Watt 1:34:39
Jeanie Mahar 1:34:48
Jena Branstetter 1:35:32
Katie Vise 1:35:32
Brittany Mazey 1:36:17
Tina Terry 1:37:08
Kelly Thornburg 1:37:09
Dakota Robinette 1:37:09
Shelby Urchison 1:38:21
Courtney Blake 1:38:42
Jill Ward 1:38:42
Brittany Reynolds 1:38:57
Mary Hord 1:38:59
Kacie Ralls 1:39:01
Josh Ralls 1:39:01
Lynnsey Dye 1:39:03
Lesli Lennier 1:39:12
Nancy Hurst 1:39:13
Paula McCullough 1:39:57
Jeff Gibson 1:39:58
Janna Gibson 1:39:58
Teresa Bustillo 1:40:37
Crystal McDaniel 1:40:52
Lina Ferguson 1:40:59
Raven McLver 1:40:59
Kimber Perry 1:41:30
Julie Anderson 1:41:32
Joe Graham 1:41:33
Isela Pena 1:41:58
Alexis Smith 1:42:33
Dillion Fields 1:42:33
Cody Bulter 1:42:45
Whisper Odom 1:42:46
Sumer Donathan 1:42:57
Jennifer Parker 1:42:57
Dustin Green 1:43:52
Mariah Noah 1:43:56
Sarah Smith 1:44:00
Torey Howell 1:44:08
Chris Howell 1:44:08
Dale Robertson 1:44:39
Alicia Espinoza 1:44:53
Shasta Naylor 1:45:21
Josie Wafford 1:46:55
Annette Barnett 1:46:57
Harley Looney 1:47:02
Melissa Howard 1:47:02
Tim Skinner 1:47:11
Jamie French 1:47:21
Veronica Vargas 1:47:21
Kesha Woolsey 1:47:43
Kelcee McMillian 1:47:43
Leslie Lumley 1:48:53
Sierra Karcz-Lum 1:48:54
Kristen Lumley 1:48:54
Mary Williams 1:49:31
Pam Brooks 1:49:31
Shelly Smith 1:50:17
Laura McMillian 1:50:18
Cole Gallup 1:50:44
Tamera Lacy 1:52:07
Sharmah Lake 1:52:20
Sara Johnson 1:52:34
Kylina Wilde 1:54:11
Sandy Skinner 1:55:20
Cora Spraybery 1:55:37
Pam Mullins 1:55:53
Teresa Trotter 1:56:23
Jeanie Whigham 1:56:32
Sharla Porter 1:56:32
Chris Owens 1:57:38
Brenda Shelton 1:57:38
Allena Hawthorne 1:59:06
Melinda Hawthorne 1:59:11
Jordan Hawthorne 1:59:11
Tanoka Milligan 2:01:42
Shelley Austin 2:04:57
Grant Adams 2:06:48
Jana Graham 2:08:13
Celia Hancock 2:14:59
Kelly Thornburg 2:15:01
Garrett Thornburg 2:15:02
Joel Stinson 2:20:00
Leeann Darden 2:20:21
Josh Jones 2:20:51
April Jones 2:20:51
Gwen Lynn 2:21:57
Kristina Schaap 2:24:56
David Schaao 2:25:01
Sarah Strattis 2:28:19
William Fields 2:31:43
Rebecca Fields 2:31:43
Tammara Robinette 2:33:28
Bennie Robinette 2:33:29
Veronica Sisco 2:35:52
Casey Peters 2:35:55
Tammy Cryer 2:35:56



Photos of the race can be seen at


Saturday, 13 May 2017 18:43

EOMC Celebrates National Hospital Week




Poteau, Oklahoma - According to American Hospital Association’s website, “National Hospital Week celebrates hospitals and the women and men who support the health and wellbeing of their communities through dedication and compassionate care from the heart.”

This year, Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center celebrated National Hospital Week with a BBQ lunch to thank all of the dedicated individuals – physicians, nurses, therapists, engineers, food service workers, volunteers, administrators and so many more – for their contributions.


Following lunch, the hospital presented the 2017 Years of Service Awards to employees who had served 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years.


The following employees received their awards at the celebration:

5 Years—Tanya Elder, Environmental Tech; Debbie Brewer, Administrative Assistant; Richard Sharum, RCP; Edward Wemmerus, APRN FNP-C
10 Years—Janice Chambers, Physician Coordinator; Steven Jenkins, Monitor Tech; Teresa Madron, Supervisor; Delores LeBlanc, Coordinator; Logan Hayes, Tech; Roulette Massey, MT; Graham Dunn, RN; Cathy Reeves, RN; Debra Tiffee, Medical Staff Manager
15 Years—Sheryl Brown, Supervisor; Jennifer Manifold Medical Tech (MT)
20 Years—Janet Garvin, Physician
25 Years—Charles James, Maintenance Technician; Suzette Blaylock, Monitor Tech; Debbie McDaniel, Office Coordinator; Kenneth Blaylock, Medical Lab Tech (MLT)
35 Years—Deborah Janway, RN

Latest Events

Sponsored By:
Steampunk Festival
Fri May 26 @12:00AM
Poteau High School 50th Reunion
Sat May 27 @ 6:00PM - 10:00PM
Boys and Girls Club's Chalk the Walk Event
Thu Jun 01 @ 8:00AM - 02:00PM
“Tracing the Steps of Thomas Nuttall”
Sat Jun 03 @ 9:00AM - 05:00PM
LCYS Golf Tournament
Fri Jun 16 @ 9:00AM -