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According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol a fatal accident occurred on Leflore Road, at approximately 8:19pm, three miles east of Leflore, Oklahoma, in LeFlore County.

According to the report, a 1991 Chevy pickup driven by Christopher Raymond 18, from Heavener went left of center and struck a 2000 Ford pickup, driven by Jack Pruitt, 41, from Omaha Texas.

Raymond was pronounced dead at the scene by LeFlore County EMS with multiple injuries.

A 16-year-old passenger, (with Raymond,) from Wister was transported by LeFlore County EMS to EOMC where he was treated and released with an arm injury.

Another 16-year-old passenger, (with Raymond,) from Heavener was transported by Tulsa Life Flight to St Francis Hospital Tulsa and is listed in stable condition with a head injury.


Pruitt, was transported by LeFlore County EMS to Mercy Hospital Ft Smith and was listed in stable condition with internal injuries.


The accident was investigated by OHP and the Leflore and Summerfield Fire departments.

Saturday, 13 January 2018 16:28

2018 LCT Jr Hi 2018 Wrap-Up

The Howe Lady Lions and Hodgen Bulldogs claimed their championship title at the 2018 Junior High LCT Saturday. The Lady Lions defeated the Pocola Lady Indians in the finals 54-32. The Hodgen Bulldogs won their championship game with a 22-point win over Panama putting up 55 points to Panama’s 33.


The Heavener Lady Wolves took 3rd place with a 29-41 win over the Hodgen Lady Bulldogs. The Pocola Indians took 3rd place with a 27-28 victory against the Spiro Bulldogs.


The Cameron Lady Yellowjackets got the win again Whitesboro 24-23 for 5th place. The Poteau Pirates defeated the Arkoma Mustangs 51-43 to claim 5th place.


Wrapping up the Consolation bracket, the Panama Lady Razorbacks beat the Fanshawe Lady Grizzlies 19-27 and the Howe Lions got the “W” over Monroe 40-33.


Thanks to Wister Schools who hosted the tournament as well as the sub-sites Panama, LeFlore and CASC. Special thanks to Wister’s Genia Harber for updating the brackets nightly.

Saturday, 13 January 2018 14:21

Wanda Louise (Hampton) Hornback Obituary

Wanda Louise (Hampton) Hornback of Howe, Oklahoma was born November 8, 1932 in Cauthron, Arkansas to Walter and Mirtie (Chronister) Hampton and went home to be with her Lord on January 12, 2018 in Poteau, Oklahoma at the age of 85.


She is survived by:

Three daughters:
Linda Hall and husband Joe Haydon of Howe, Oklahoma
Kellie Lopez and husband Mike of Van Buren, Arkansas
Cheryl Hornback of Poteau, Oklahoma

Five grandchildren:
Christie and Brian Hillebrand of Howe, Oklahoma
Russell and Lori Hall of Howe, Oklahoma
Randall and Paula Hall of Howe, Oklahoma
Brandon and Shawna Lopez of Pocola, Oklahoma
Kendall and Andrea Lopez of Memphis, Tennessee

Nine great-grandchildren:
Brianna, Morgan, Logan and Reagan Hillebrand
Courtney, Haydon, Reagan, and Reed Hall
Everett Lopez
McKenna Covey

She also leaves several nieces, nephews, cousins, and all of whom she loved dearly.


She was preceded in death by her parents; her late husband, Oral Hornback; one sister, Florence Richmond; and two brothers, Walter Hampton, Jr. and Roy Lee Hampton.


Louise was a homemaker and a member of the Trinity Baptist Church.


She was a loving mother, sister, aunt, grandma, great-grandma, and friend. Louise will be deeply missed.


Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 15, 2018 at the Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Brandon Lopez and Brother Joe Haydon Hall officiating.


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


Pallbearers will be: Grandsons

Viewing will be noon until 8:00 p.m., Saturday; noon until 8:00 p.m., Sunday; and 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., Monday at the funeral home.


To sign Mrs. Hornback’s online guestbook please visit


Saturday, 13 January 2018 14:18

David Washington Obituary

David Washington of Heavener, Oklahoma was born March 1, 1925 in Wister, Oklahoma to Levi and Minnie (Lillard) Washington and went home to be with his Lord on January 12, 2018 in Heavener, Oklahoma at the age of 92.


He is survived by:

His wife:
Jackie Lee Washington of the home

One step-son:
Alvan Black and wife Annette of Gautier, Mississippi

Three step-grandchildren

Four nieces

One nephew

Numerous great nieces, great nephews, and friends


He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, David Ray Washington; one daughter, Patsy Washington; and two sisters, Salina Heflin and Lavada Byous.


David was a retired truck driver, a member of the Heavener First Baptist Church, and a member of the Teamsters Union #150.


David loved Jackie and his family. He will be deeply missed by many.


Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, January 15, 2018 at the Heavener First Baptist Church with Pastor Marshall Faulkenberry, Jr. and Chaplain Jeff Little officiating.


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


Pallbearers will be: Jerry Miller, Josh Miller, J.C. Byous, Jeremiah Byous, Marshall Faulkenberry, Jr., and Tony Murry.


Viewing will be from noon until 8:00 p.m., Saturday and noon until 8:00 p.m., Sunday. The family will visit with friends from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., Sunday evening at the funeral home.


To sign Mr. Washington’s online guestbook please visit


Press release


Bureau of Justice Statistics reports Oklahoma second in the country in incarceration for 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Bureau of Justice Statistics has released its annual inmate census report detailing federal/state inmate populations and incarceration rates for 2016.

The report by BJS shows Oklahoma was second in the nation in overall incarceration rates for 2016 - with 673 people incarcerated per 100,000 residents. Louisiana, with 760 inmates per 100,000 residents, led the country - the national average was 397 per 100,000.

In 2016, Oklahoma continued to lead the nation in female incarceration – a dubious distinction the state has owned for more than 25 years.

“Unfortunately, none of this is a surprise,” said Joe M. Allbaugh, ODOC Director. “In fact, we expect Oklahoma’s incarceration rate to eventually be the country’s highest. This is due to the limited results of criminal justice reform in our state – and Louisiana’s successful reform efforts that will reduce how many people that state sends to prison.”

However, ODOC officials believe the BJS report may be misleading.

It claims Oklahoma had one of the largest declines in prison population of any state from 2015 to 2016, stating there were 1,700 fewer inmates in ODOC’s custody when comparing year ends (2015 = 28,114, 2016 = 26,486).
While the report accurately reflects the state’s prison population at year end, it does not account for inmates sentenced to prison and awaiting transfer to an ODOC facility.

The chart below reflects ODOC’s inmate count for the last working day of each calendar year. Using this data, prisoners decreased 545 from December 2015 to 2016 and 197 from December 2016 to 2017.

Those changes are far less dramatic than those the BJS reports – and are in fact negligible when one considers that there were 62,355 inmates and offenders in ODOC’s system and waiting to come in Friday morning

When we add in female inmates awaiting ODOC reception, the number has actually increased since year-end 2015.



How Oklahoma compares at a glance

The first table below shows how Oklahoma’s female incarceration rate compares to the national average and contiguous states. The second table shows how Oklahoma’s overall incarceration rate compares to the national average and contiguous states.


Justice Reform



If Oklahoma had been at the national average at the end of 2016, its prison population would have been 15,851, or 11,020 fewer inmates.

The legislature has not approved any of the Governor’s Task Force recent recommendations that would have significantly impacted prison population growth.

Additionally, even if all of reforms of the last session had passed as written, they would not have addressed the overcrowding within ODOC facilities.

As of Friday morning, state prisons were at 112 percent of capacity.

Population expected to grow

A recent estimate by the Crime and Justice Institute indicates ODOC’s inmate population will grow 25 percent by 2026.

To meet these needs and others, the agency has requested $1.53 in funding from the legislature for Fiscal Year 2019 – a more than $1 billion increase over its current appropriation of $485 million.

In addition to more money for medical treatment, programs and IT needs, ODOC’s request includes more than $813 million for two new medium-security prisons, $107 million in repairs to crumbling facilities, and $10 million in across-the-board raises.

The budget request, which appropriate legislative committees will begin hearing on Tuesday, is similar to the agency’s $1.6 billion request for FY 2018.

To Mardi Gras or to Valentine’s Day that is the burning question. I always hate it when they are so close together.


I am torn as to which one to decorate for. They are so polar opposite that it is not practical to combine them. Valentine’s Day is full of pink and hearts and then you have Mardi Gras that is full of craziness, beads and purple. Here’s how I choose which one.....drum roll.....whichever one comes first and then as soon as that is over I put up the next one and leave up for a couple of days. I know, I know that was quite difficult. This year, they are pretty much the exact same time—Fat Tuesday is February 13 and, of course, Valentine’s Day is February 14. I will most likely go with my first love...sorry Cupid, it’s not you....and decorate for Mardi Gras. This time of year is when I miss living down South. They really know how to do Mardi Gras. Also, once you’ve ever owned or worked in a flower shop on Valentine’s Day, it doesn’t have quite the same meaning to you as it once did.

Both of these holidays are awesome reasons to throw a party! Let’s start with Valentine’s Day, because Grayson just mentioned the other day how much she missed exchanging the little Valentine cards like she did in grade school. In my normal fashion, speaking before I think, I said, “Then why don’t you have a party and go old-school and exchange Valentines?” She, of course, was thrilled and started planning right away! Fortunately, planning a Valentine’s Day party can be very simple or very extravagant, I feel like we will be somewhere in the middle.

Decorations are a snap when you stick with reds, whites, and a hint of pink. To give it a more glammed, grown-up look use a hot pink rather than a light pink. One of my favorite wedding bouquets I’ve ever created was a mix of red and hot pink roses. The various hues were beautiful and sophisticated looking. Next, you need, what else? Flowers! Everyone thinks of red roses at Valentine’s Day, but don’t dismiss the carnation. They make fantastic “roundy-moundy” arrangements and there are beautiful hues of carnations available In addition, scatter vases filled with red hots and candles for fun. Red paper lanterns and fans are a nice addition to any style of party. Last but not least, hearts. You need hearts to decorate for Valentine’s Day.

The food is even easier than the decorations, because Valentine’s Day is all about chocolates and sweets. Do something fun like a chocolate bar. Serve chocolate fondue with things like cubed pound cake, strawberries, and graham crackers, anything you can think that would be great dipped in chocolate. I like to add fun little Valentine’s Day-themed picks to food to add a little extra detail without too much trouble.

Next week, I’ll continue with Mardi Gras!

Congratulations to the following students for their hard work and placement on the Superintendents’ Honor Roll for the first semester of the 2017-2018 school year.



Hamilton, Tessa 1st grade

Reitzel, Gunner 2nd grade

Newby, Jase 2nd grade

Beason, Paityn 2nd grade


Loggains, Alivia 2nd grade


Adams, Braxton 2nd grade


McKurter, Hunter 2nd grade


Beason, Brayli 5th grade


 McKurter, Summer 5th grade


Deiter, Mersadie 5th grade

Baker, Rider 6th grade

Johnathon 7th grade

Pierce, Jacob 7th grade


Jenkins, Alyssia 8th grade


Colwell, Satera 8th grade

Rupe, Alycen 8th grade


Thomas, William 8th grade




Congratulations to the following students for their hard work and placement on the Principal’s Honor Roll for the first semester of the 2017-2018 school year.


Student Grade Honors

First Grade
Cornett, Sophia

Olsen, Zoey
Painter, Addelyn

Barnes, Arietta


Second Grade

Miller, Logan

Harris, Kaydence


Third Grade

Covey, Kaydenz
Rogers, Aubrey
Marrow, Anistyn
McKinney, Nathan
Townley, Mya

Fourth Grade
Bryan, Kimber
Smith, Alexis
McGee, Haley
Yandell, Elizabeth

Fifth Grade
Parker, Addison
Dering, Journy
Francis, Brailey
Johnson, Kadynce
Harrison, Jazzlyn
Pierce, Ryleigh


Sixth Grade
Bryan, Will
Woodral, Colby
Covey, Abbi
Odom, Charles
Olsen, Rebekah
Bluford, Daryus
Irelan, Elana
Jones, Sarah
Jones, Annetta
Hastings, Justin
Blaylock, Gunner
Graham, Meia

Holt, Ty


Seventh Grade

Albert, Karli
Self, Madason
Enkoff, Hannah
Rangel, Eric

Eight Grade
Woodral, William
Williams, Ian
Knight, DonnyReba

Wilson, Kody

Majorczak, Olivia
Morris, Jackson
Rangel, Alisia

Friday, 12 January 2018 16:05

Lorene Bessie (Ford) Walker Obituary

Lorene Bessie (Ford) Walker, 87, of Poteau, OK passed away Wednesday, January 10, 2018, in Poteau. Lorene was born in Prairie View, AR to Emmett & Bessie (Cauldwell) Clough. She was preceded in death by her brother, J.B. Clough; sister, Pearl Britton; and son, Teddie Ford.


Survivors include her husband, Ed Walker; daughters, Betty Yarbrough & husband Jim of Poteau, Joyce Couch of Howe, Doris Morris & husband Keith of Poteau; sons, Freddie & Eddie Ford of Poteau; 15 grandchildren; 44 great grandchildren; 10 great great grandchildren; brother, E.C. Clough of AR; sisters, Barbara Belknap & husband Burt of Cove, AR, Mary James & husband Charlie of Shady Point, OK; stepchildren, Belva Joyce Walker of AR, Cheryl Walker of OK, Elaine Douthat of MO, Janie Holloway of OK, Christine Walker of FL, Bobby Walker of AR, Anthony Walker of MO, Nathan Ray Walker of OK; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Services will be 10 am, Monday, January 15, 2018 , at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, OK with Rev. Harold Thompson officiating.


Interment will follow at Mt. View/Glendale Cemetery, Wister, OK.


Pallbearers will be Chris Ford, Bud Killion, Greg Herndon, Alex Herndon, Danny Walker & Kevin Yarbrough.


The family will be at the funeral home on Sunday from 2-6 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

Press release



WILBURTON, OK (Jan. 12, 2018) – Eastern Oklahoma State College’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) honor society recently earned its eighth consecutive victory in Oklahoma Campus Compact’s statewide voter registration competition.

Members of Eastern’s Theta Pi chapter registered an additional 10.9 percent of Eastern’s student population to claim victory in the small institution category. PTK officers Sophia Bullard, Zane Johnson, Miranda Raney and Stanlee Underwood accepted the award at a ceremony during the December meeting of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

This year’s competition included 20 Oklahoma colleges and universities, and resulted in 1,994 in-state and 83 out-of-state new registered voters.

The competition is comprised of four categories based on full-time student populations. Eastern is in the DEMOCRACY category for state universities and colleges with 1-1,500 FTE (full-time-equivalent students). The runner-up for the DEMOCRACY category was Western Oklahoma State College with 4 percent of its students registered.

The LIBERTY category (1,501-3,000 FTE) winner was Langston University with 6 percent. The EQUALITY category (3,001-7,000 FTE) was declared a tie between East Central University and Southwestern Oklahoma State University with both institutions registering 6.8 percent of their student population. The INDEPENDENCE category (7,001-30,000 FTE) was won by the University of Central Oklahoma with 1.1 percent.

Two additional categories award colleges and universities for the most out-of-state students registering to vote in their states. Eastern registered the highest percentage of out-of-state students at 9.9 percent to claim the STRIPES Award. The University of Oklahoma won the STARS Award by registering 32 out-of-state students to vote, the highest number of a participating institution.

Campus Compact is a national coalition of nearly 1,200 colleges and universities committed to campus-based civic engagement. Oklahoma Campus Compact works with the national office to prepare students for a life of engaged citizenship through involvement in community service and learning.

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