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Thursday, 19 November 2015 11:27

Congratulations Miss CASC Chelsea Railey

Chelsea Railey from Fort Smith was crowned Miss CASC 2016 on Thursday evening at the annual pageant at Carl Albert State College. As the new Miss CASC, she will represent Carl Albert at the Miss Oklahoma Pageant in June 2016. She will receive a $1000 cash award for the state competition
wardrobe and travel, plus a 16 hour tuition waiver at CASC.



Contestants finishing in other top categories include First Runner Up Lily Friedl from Heavener, Second Runner Up Emiley Montgomery from Rattan, and
Third Runner Up Ashley Moore from Poteau.



The Crowd Pleaser Award as well as the Talent Award went to Taryn Shelton from Poteau.




Taryn Shelton performing her juggling routine.



The Miss Congeniality Award was presented to Destiny Morse from Heavener, and the Swimsuit Competition Award went to Chelsea Railey.


Congratulations Miss CASC Chelsea Railey - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Friday, 20 November 2015 11:16

Melinda Sue Thompson

Melinda Sue "Minnie" Thompson, 47, of  Bokoshe, OK passed away Friday, November 20, 2015 in Bokoshe, OK. 



Melinda  was born December 9, 1967 in Poteau, OK to Lewis & Brenda (Isaac) Lawson.   She was preceded in death by her daughter, Christy Lynn; her father; grandparents, Presley Jr. Isaac, Wanda (Ritter) Harrison, Sonny Lawson.



Survivors include her husband, Sherman Thompson of the home;  her mother, Brenda Graywolf of Spiro, OK; sister, Melissa Harris of Gans, OK; brother, Presley Lawson of Spiro, OK; grandmother, Pat Isaac of Poteau, OK; nieces & nephews, Melanie, Zachery, Alex, Ashlynne, Konna; other relatives, loved ones and friends.



Services will be 2pm, November 23, 2015 at New Hope Cemetery in Spiro, OK with Brother Stuart officiating. Interment will follow. 




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

Melinda Sue Thompson - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Friday, 20 November 2015 00:33

Above the Ordinary: Brandon McDaniel

Poteau Police officers are heroes that take an Oath of Honor to protect, serve and lead, not just in ethical standards but being role models in the community as well.

These officers are constantly striving to make the community safer whether it be through rigorous training or lending a helping hand, they take on a great amount of responsibility.

One such officer making a difference in the community is Corporal Brandon McDaniel.

With 8 years of law enforcement with the Poteau Police Department, McDaniel has been chosen as the Poteau Daily News “Favorite Law Enforcement Officer,” he has also received the LeFlore County EMS Award for Life Saving CPR.

Besides being a cop, McDaniel is also married and enjoys playing X BOX and working around the house.

Thanks, Brandon McDaniel for being “Above the Ordinary."

Above the Ordinary: Brandon McDaniel - 3.0 out of 5 based on 2 votes
Friday, 20 November 2015 00:16

Manley Eugene Self Obituary

Manley Eugene Self of Poteau, Oklahoma was born on October 18, 1956 in Colgate, Oklahoma to Aubrey and Dorthy (Kirkendoll) Self and passed away on November 12, 2015 in Fort Smith, Arkansas at the age of 59 years.

Manley is survived by his companion; Karen Nobles of Poteau, one daughter; Alisha Rayburn, one son; Manuel Dwayne Self, three grandchildren, one sister; Malinda Elam of Poteau, one brother; Bill Self and his mother; Dorthy Self of Poteau.

Manley was preceded in death by his father, and one sister; Peggy Plummer.


He attended Cross Community Church in Poteau, he was an army veteran and he enjoyed riding his Harley.


He loved his family and friends dearly and liked his dog "Buddy".


Family will hold services at a later date.


Arrangements have been entrusted to the care and direction of Mallory Martin Funeral Home of Spiro.


Condolences can be made to the family on Manley's online guestbook at

Thursday, 19 November 2015 12:10

Breaking News - Head on collision

A head on collision has occurred on Highway 112 in Poteau, in front of Smart Mart.


At approximatley 12:05 pm on Thursday - Police, Fire and EMS have been dispatched to the scene.

No details available at this time.

Thursday, 19 November 2015 11:48

Winfred Burden Obituary

Winfred Burden, 75, of Poteau, OK passed away Wednesday, November 18, 2015 in Poteau. Winfred was born January 24, 1940 in Poteau, OK to Hans & Ella (Nation) Burden, who preceded him in death. He was retired from Johnson Control.


Survivors include his son & daughter in law, Todd & Michele Peters of Poteau, OK; daughters, Donna Kellogg & Paul Rees of Bokoshe, OK, Denna Carpenter & husband Bucky of Greenbrier, AR; grandchildren, Lisa Minor, Leah Montgomery, Tara Johnson, Tori Camp, Taya Kellogg, Hollie Meeks, Hallie Thompson, and Kylie Carpenter; 7 great grandchildren; brother, Ronnie Burden of Mustang, OK; sister, Carolyn Baetz of Poteau; other relatives, loved ones and many friends.


Services will be 10 am, Saturday, November 21, 2015 graveside at Vaughn Cemetery, Gilmore, OK.


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


According to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, on November 18, 2015, Nathan Leon Stanley Benally-Sam, 21 of Tahlequah was sentenced to 3 years of probation for Providing Contraband in Prison.


The charge is a result of an investigation by the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Department and the United States Marshal Service.

The defendant was indicted in June, 2015 and pled guilty in July, 2015.


The Indictment alleged that on or about February 5, 2015, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the Defendant, Nathan Leon Stanley Benally-Sam did knowingly and intentionally attempt to provide marijuana, to an inmate in a prison.


The Honorable Ronald A. White, District Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, presided over the hearing.


First Assistant United States Attorney Doug Horn represented the United States.

Thursday, 19 November 2015 10:11

Francene Joy Blaylock

Francene Joy Blaylock of Muldrow, Oklahoma was born on December 14, 1937 to Francis and Stella (Dodson) Gormley in Houston, Texas and passed away on November 17, 2015 in Fort Smith, Arkansas at the age of 77 years.


Francene is survived by five grandchildren, Ronald Lee Blaylock, II of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Aaron Lee Faucher of Van Buren, Arkansas, Steven Faucher of Van Buren, Arkansas, Michelle Faucher of Van Buren, Arkansas and Autumn Melvin of Fort Smith, Arkansas. One sister; Willie Mae Hill and husband, Eddy of Muldrow, Oklahoma and one brother; David Gormley and wife Vicki of Sapulpa, Oklahoma.


Francene worked at Arvest Bank in Sallisaw, Oklahoma as a Senior Financial Services Representative for 25 years, she was a member of Rock Ford Free Will Baptist Church in Keota, Oklahoma, Cornerstone Free Will Baptist Church in Roland, Oklahoma, and she was a Charter Member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter 184 in Keota, Oklahoma. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; Mitchell Blaylock, two sons; Michael Blaylock and Ronald Blaylock and one brother Jimmy Gormley.


Funeral services will be held at 2pm Friday, November 20, 2015 at Corner Stone Free Will Baptist Church in Roland, Oklahoma with Reverend Carl Cheshier officiating.


Interment will follow at Sallisaw City Cemetery.


Pallbearers will be; Harold Maxwell, Gale Maxwell, Tracey Maxwell, Dobber Gamble, Billy Joe Long, Mike Faucher, Rick Williams and Robbie Cowan, Honorary Pallbearers will be; Bud Alexander, Eddie Cowan, Bill Westbrook, Ron Briscoe John Elder and John Hayes. Viewing will be held 8am-8pm Thursday at Mallory-Martin Funeral Home in Spiro, Oklahoma.


Memorial contributions may be made the Cornerstone FWB/Building Fund, PO Box 355, Muldrow, OK 74948.


Please sign Francene's online guestbook at

Thursday, 19 November 2015 09:45

Calendar of Events

Nov 19
Hard Times in Oklahoma - Hotel Lowrey 10:00AM – Poteau, OK
The 37th Annual Miss Carl Albert State College Scholarship Pageant – Poteau, OK

Nov 20
Fund raising help seminar
Lights on the Island starts

Nov 21
SDA Concealed Carry Course – Poteau
Holiday Market Reynolds Center – Poteau

Nov 26
Community Thanksgiving dinner Bob Lee Kidd Center 11:30AM - Poteau

Nov 28
Small Business Saturday
Southern Gospel Holiday Homecoming, Reynolds Center – Poteau
Downtown Poteau Tree Lighting Ceremony – Poteau

Coming in December

Dec 2
A State of the Southern Region Presentation

Dec 5
Poteau Christmas Parade

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 10:39

Above the Ordinary: Brad Cook

When Poteau Police officer Brad Cook became a police officer he signed on to protect, serve and lead, not just in ethical standards but being a role model in the community.

“The most interesting and powerful stories are those that end in the helping the public. These stories are kept close to the heart which fuels our commitment to keep pushing forward,” said Cook. “In light of everything that has transpired in our country over the past couple of years, I’m thankful to be able to serve a community that continues to believe in and support our law enforcement, emergency services and our troops.”


Cook has a total of 5 years with the Poteau Police department. I year as a reserve officer and 2 years in dispatch, while working as a reserve officer. He has been a patrolman for the past three years.

Attended CLEET Basic Academy in Ada. Cook has already received his 5 year service pin for the city of Poteau. He has also received the Expert Pistol Award, Instructor Certification, 5- Top Gun Awards, and the OSBI Red Feather Award.

Besides being a patrolman Cook is a father of a 5 year old daughter.

When not patrolling the streets, Cook is a “shade tree mechanic" and does auto paint/body work.

Thank you Brad Cook for service!

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