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According to a press release from the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, during a marijuana eradication operation in southeastern Oklahoma this morning, Agents with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics (OBN) ended up saving a pot cultivator from a prescription drug overdose. OBN Spokesman Mark Woodward says Agents were flying a marijuana reconnaissance mission in Pushmataha County when they discovered a large cultivated pot crop a few miles east of the town of Rattan, Oklahoma.


“Our agents estimate about 100 plants were being cultivated on this piece of property. We dispatched a ground team to the location and when they arrived, the suspected grower, most likely tipped off from seeing our spotter aircraft, was already out in the patch trying to destroy the plants with a tractor and setting the field on fire.” ---Mark Woodward, OBN Spokesman


As agents approached the man, they witnessed him swallow what he later admitted was more than 30 Methadone pills. OBN Agents immediately administered Narcan, a drug designed to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.


“We aren’t sure at this time if he was distraught and trying to take his own life or was attempting to simply not get caught in possession of the pills. Our agents kept him awake and alert, and they arranged for an ambulance to transport him to a hospital in Antlers to be checked out.”---Mark Woodward, OBN Spokesman


With opioid overdoses on the rise, Woodward says OBN Agents are trained to carry and administer Narcan in the field. Once discharged from the hospital, Woodward says the defendant will be facing a variety of charges, including marijuana cultivation. Woodward says the man’s name isn’t being released at this time, but confirms he is a convicted felon and firearms were found today during a search of his nearby home.

OBN FILE PHOTO Aerial picture of a cultivated marijuana patch NOT FROM RATTAN TODAY 002

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 06:15

William Albert Billy Jr. Obituary

William Albert Billy Jr., 84, of Shady Point, OK passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2017 in Ft. Smith, AR.


William was born May 1, 1933 in Gilmore, OK to William Sr. & Rina L (Griffith) Billy. He worked in construction. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Mary Jo Durant and brother, James Billy.


Survivors include his wife, Nancy of the home; children, William Billy III of Wister, OK, Joel Billy of California, Tina Tucker of Broken Arrow, OK, James McGee of Panama, OK, Christopher Billy of the home; 13 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; 6 sisters, Linda Covey of Lawton, OK, Patsy Dillard of AR, Margaret Warner of Shawnee, OK, Sherry (Griffith) Thompson of Ok, Ellen Eikenberry of Tahlequah, OK, Marion Nixon of Eufaula, OK; 3 brothers, Edmond Billy of Fanshawe, OK, Herbert Billy of Farmington, TX, Tommy Billy of Shady Point, OK; numerous nieces, nephews, step grandchildren, other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Services will be 10 am Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Trinity Baptist Church, Poteau with Rev. Leroy Billy officiating.


Interment will follow in Vaughn Cemetery, Gilmore, OK


The family will be at the funeral home on Friday evening 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, OK.

William Albert Billy Jr. Obituary - 5.0 out of 5 based on 2 votes

Darlyann Wilson, local Pampered Chef Independent Consultant is currently having a Catalog Show. Several items are being discontinued and she wants to make sure that people can get these items before they are no longer available.


According to Wilson, “I'm hosting a Catalog Show. It’s so easy- you can shop for great products and place your order online. It's a simple way to get the quality Pampered Chef products that make cooking and entertaining easy and fun. Be sure to place your order before it closes. Let the shopping begin!” Click HERE to go to the discontinued items catalog show.


For the rest of the month of July, those who host a show and have sales of at least $650 will receive DOUBLE the rewards. Contact Darylann through her personal Pampered Chef website by clicking HERE or check out her Facebook Group by clicking HERE. If you prefer, you can call or text 479-739-1134 (leave a message if no answer) to find out how easy it is to host a Pampered Chef Facebook party. If you are interested in an in-home cooking show, she has several openings for those as well.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 18:45

Stop By Myers Drive-In

Myers Drive-In has been in business in Poteau since 1972. There have been changes to the façade, but business is still the same at this local hot spot for good food. Way back in 1972, the cars you’d see parked in one of the service stalls were very different from those you’ll see there today, but Myers Drive-In was then and still is a favorite with locals and those visiting the area.


Myers Drive-In still offers classic menu items like cheese burgers & fries with a chocolate shake or malt, but there are many unique menu items too. If you haven’t tried their hand-made fresh daily Pickle-Os with ranch dressing, maybe it’s time you did. Broccoli Cheddar bites are fairly new, but growing in popularity as are Cheddar Cheese bites and Texas Toothpicks.


Myers Drive-In has recently added waffle cones to their menu and offers seasonal favorites such as Pumpkin Pie shakes in the fall and Be Mine shakes in February. As with all seasonal items, if you snooze, you lose. Be watching their menu for these treats and others throughout the year.


Summertime heat waves call for cool, icy drinks and Myers Drive-In has lots of flavors to choose from. Any of their yummy Slush drinks can be added to ice cream for a Frostie and they still have chocolate or strawberry dipped cones. When was the last time you had a dipped cone? Artic Whirls let you have your choice of cookie or candy bits, such as Butterfinger or Oreo, mixed into thick ice cream.


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 Myers Drive-In Butterfinger Artic Whirl


Myers Drive-In has half-price slush and soft drink Happy Hour daily from 2-5 PM and half-priced burgers every Tuesday night. Make plans to take the family soon. Don’t forget to try something different too. Click HERE to check out the Myers Drive-In Facebook page for specials.


Tyla Myers had this to say about her family’s business, which has been serving the area for over 45 years: “There have been many changes and additions over the years ...but one thing has remained the same we are a family-owned and family-operated restaurant. We will continue to try our very best to please our customers because without all of you we wouldn't be here still. Thank you all for your business over the years.”

Riverside Autoplex of Poteau is proud to announce their "Fill a Ford' School Supply Drive!


Anyone wishing to participate can just pick up some basic school supplies stop by, and Riverside Autoplex at 2100 S Broadway St in Poteau between July 21 and August 4.


Proceeds will benefit:
Leflore County Youth Services
Poteau Primary School
Poteau Upper Elementary School


Supplies needed:
#2 Pencils-Ink Pens-Colored Pencils-Markers-Crayons-Paper-Spiral Notebooks-Composition Notebooks-Binders-Plastic Pocket Folders-Glue Bottles-Glue Sticks-Erasers-Scissors-Kleenex-GermX-Clorox Wipes

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 15:45

Lois A. Brown Obituary

Lois A. Brown, 91, of Cameron, OK passed away Monday, July 17, 2017 at her home.


Lois was born January 2, 1926 in Little Rock, AR to Leonard H. & Leara Mae (Reynolds) Miller.


She was a seamstress. Lois was preceded in death by her husband, James S. Brown Jr, Grandchildren, Terry Brown and Michael Milsav; sisters, Louise Turner, Ethel Matheny, Pat Adams & Norma Jean Rogers; brother, Richard Miller.


Survivors include her children, Barbara Milsav, James H. Brown, Ronny E. Brown, Leroy Hager; grandchildren, Shana Hodges, James Brown, Gail Snow, Carla Milsav, Tristin Brown and Nicholas Brown; 8 great grandchildren; 4 great great grandchildren; sisters, Geraldine Chamberlain & Cathy Rosewell; other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Services will be 2 pm, Friday, July 21, 2017 at Evans Memorial Chapel, Pocola, OK with Bro. Kennedy officiating.


Interment will follow in Macedonia Cemetery, Pocola, OK. Pallbearers will be Sam Hodges, Chad Scott, Buzz Hodges, Kenny Snow, Mike Odell and Rod Miller.

Visitation will be from 6-8 pm Thursday, July 20,2017 at the Pocola funeral home.


You may leave an online message at


The family has chosen to entrust the care of the services to Evans & Miller Funeral Home, Pocola Oklahoma

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 15:39

Paula Gayle Pearson Obituary

Paula Gayle Pearson, 65, of Wister, OK passed away Sunday, July 16, 2017 in Poteau, OK.


Paula was born April 1, 1952 in Wister, OK to James Polk & Lona Allie (Johnson) Donathan.


She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Norma Lee Calton; brothers, Harold and Charles; husbands, Charlie Pearson, Jesse Benson and Donnie Parks.


Survivors include her sons, Ronnie Parks of Wister, Heath Allen & Sarah Parks of Poteau, Jerry Paul Parks of Wister; granddaughter, Jesse Parks; sisters, Jeanie Chronister of Wister, Phyllis Davis of Heavener, Mary Donathan of Wister; other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Services will be 10 am, Thursday, July 20, 2017 graveside at Ellis Chapel Cemetery, Wister, OK with Rev. Keith Stewart officiating.


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 Bureau of Investigation report that three people are behind bars for the murder of Harold Jones 41, of McCurtain County.


Jones and his pickup truck were reported missing earlier this month. The truck was found in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, and traced back to Clarksville, Texas.

OSBI special agents, an anthropologist with the Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Broken Bow fire department, and deputies with the McCurtain County Sheriff Office spent Friday, July 14, recovering Jones’ body from a well 15 miles north of Idabel.

OSBI special agents worked all weekend investigating the crime and three arrests have been made.

Red River County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Baty on Monday, July 17, 2017 at his residence at 304 Star St in Clarksville after a three-hour-long standoff.
Baty was booked into the Red River County jail in Clarksville, Texas.



mugshot woman
Heather Melancon 31, of Idabel
OSBI agents had deputies arrest Melancon when they found her walking along a street in Idabel.


Bo Greenwood 25, of Idabel
An OSBI special agent arrested Greenwood at the McCurtain County Sheriff’s Office Friday evening.


All three individuals have been arrested for murder in the second degree since a death occurred during the commission of a felony.
The felony was stealing Jones’ pickup truck.

Charges can be amended once the medical examiner’s office determines a manner of death.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 04:50

Doug Hall Obituary

Doug Hall of Howe, Oklahoma was born January 26, 1955 in Heavener, Oklahoma to Gerald and Betty (Blaylock) Hall and passed away July 16, 2017 in Little Rock, Arkansas at the age of 62.


He is survived by:

Two daughters:
Kristi Lou Pitt and husband Brad of Moore, Oklahoma
Taylor Marie Hall of Alma, Arkansas

Two sons:
Doug Hall, Jr. and Efren of Dallas, Texas
Thomas Stephen Hall of Alma, Arkansas

Two sisters:
Arvetta Woods of Fort Smith, Arkansas
Sheila Wiggington of Waldron, Arkansas

Five brothers:
Archie Hall of Mountain Home, Arkansas
Larry Hall of Pocola, Oklahoma
Cletus Hall of Poteau, Oklahoma
Garry Hall of Howe, Oklahoma
Elvis Hall of Howe, Oklahoma

Five grandchildren

Several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of many friends


Doug attended Howe High School and was a Painting & Drywall Contractor. He was of the Assembly of God faith.


Doug gave the Gift of Life by being an Organ Donor. He was a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend.


Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 22, 2017 at the Howe Assembly of God in Howe, Oklahoma with Reverend Roger Myers and Reverend Joe Haydon Hall officiating. Burial will follow in Howe Cemetery under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener, Oklahoma.


Pallbearers will be: Zack Moore, Wayne Hall, Chesley Hall, Keith Woods, Jeffery Dalton, and Beau Hall.


Honorary Pallbearers: Jaron Wiggington and James Hall.


In lieu of flowers, the family request you make contribution to the Baptist Health – Arkansas Foundation at in memory of Doug Hall.


The family will visit with friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Friday at the funeral home.


To sign Doug’s online guestbook please visit


By OICA CEO Joe Dorman


At the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy, we believe in two overarching principles when it comes to funding state agencies and services; first, agencies need adequate funding to support their central missions; second, agencies should be accountable and transparent to the public about how they spend money and why.


Because we believe in accountability and transparency, OICA supports initiatives for improving state agency audits. That is not the same thing as believing that state agencies are wasteful or are receiving too many dollars. In fact, most of the time, audits of state government are likely to show the opposite: that agencies are underfunded, understaffed and are not getting the resources they need to serve their constituents (and, importantly to OICA, vulnerable children). During my time in the State Legislature, I supported agency audits for exactly that reason.


Back in 2003, the current State Auditor and Inspector, Gary Jones, and I were at a candidate-forum in Lawton where he discussed the need for more performance audits on state agencies. I took his call to heart and worked to pass legislation better defining how agencies would undertake audits and streamline the process.


While the state Legislature never provided the funding needed for a comprehensive audit of most agencies, they did pursue a few performances audits of larger agencies. The results were predictable: they demonstrated that agencies could achieve some efficiencies through modernization, but they also showed the agencies were severely underfunded and barely able to perform their core missions.


One prominent example is criminal justice. A Department of Corrections audit was performed in 2007 and again in 2014. Both audits demonstrated the department was understaffed and our prisons were overflowing after years of lawmakers rejecting, repealing or reducing efforts to promote alternative sentencing programs that decreased the prison population. The most recent audit cited the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI), enacted in 2012, as one notable reform effort (one which I was proud to support during my days as a legislator).


That program called for increased use of electronic monitoring of offenders outside prison and mandatory supervision upon release from prison. The JRI plan would have eventually diverted up to 2,100 offenders away from state prisons thanks to prevention and alternative sentencing passed by lawmakers under the efforts of Kris Steele, the Speaker of the House at the time.


Officials estimated those reforms would require $110 million in expenditures between budget years 2013 and 2021 but ultimately save $249 million that would otherwise be spent on state prisons. Yet in 2013, the audit spelled out that less than $4 million was earmarked for those efforts and no specific JRI appropriations were provided in 2014. In addition, appropriations from the Legislature continued to be far less than what was needed. The audit represented a call to action for many lawmakers: either adequately fund the Department of Corrections or send the agency into a free-fall.


Today, we may be seeing history repeat itself, this time at the Department of Health. While it received just a 3 percent cut from the previous year’s budget, total cuts have totaled approximately 30 percent in recent years. If you can imagine making just 70 cents on the dollar as you were a few years ago, you will understand how many sacrifices these cuts have required within this essential government agency.


OICA support audits, but legislators hoping to “trim the fat” from government should think twice about using audits to support that approach to governance. What they are likely to find isn’t bloated bureaucracy in need of a diet, but rather agencies that have been starved for many years at the expense of children, seniors and other groups who rely on state services. We welcome that level of scrutiny as the first step towards adequately funding state government.



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.“


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