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David Deaton

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Our thoughts and prayers as a Nation are with the service members killed last week in Chattanooga. We honor their service. We offer our gratitude to the police officers and first responders who stopped the rampage and saved lives. We draw strength from yet another American community that has come together with an unmistakable message to those who would try and do us harm: We do not give in to fear. You cannot divide us. And you will not change our way of life.


We ask God to watch over the fallen, the families, and their communities. As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on July 16, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessionsuntil sunset, July 25, 2015.


I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-first day of July, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.



Tuesday, 21 July 2015 12:44

Haney receives CASC Scholarship

Congratulations to Kreg Ryan Haney he is the recipient of the Roy and Jeanne Reed Memorial Business Scholarship from Carl Albert State College.



He is the son of George and Misty Haney of Poteau and a graduate of Poteau High School.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 07:37

"Junior" E. G. Parker, Jr Obituary

Junior" E. G. Parker, Jr. of Spiro Oklahoma was born on April 15, 1958, to Elmer Gene and Doris (Alexander) Parker in Fort Smith, Arkansas and passed away on July 19, 2015, in Fort Smith, Arkansas at the age of 57 years.



Junior is survived by his mother, Doris Parker of Spiro, Oklahoma and two brothers; Jack Parker of St. Louis, Missouri, Chris Parker and wife, Kelly of Spiro, Oklahoma, his niece, Kera Parker of Stillwater, Oklahoma and nephew, Kory Parker of Stillwater, Oklahoma and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins and a host of friends.

Junior was preceded in death by his father, and brother; Lawrence Ed Parker.



Junior enjoyed hunting and fishing and was known by his family and friends for his witty and sarcastic personality. He took pride in his career as a CPA. He was a loving son, brother and uncle and will be missed by many. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles 3860.



Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 24, 2015, at Mallory- Martin Chapel of Spiro with Mr. Gary Sebo officiating.


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


Pallbearers will be; Larry Hines, Steve Sebo, Gary Harper, Dobber Gamble, James Shockley, Ronnie Barnes, Mike Gamble, Kelly Harper, Nick Harper, Tom Tobler, Ronnie Parent, Brent Lovell and Junie Mantooth.

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

Family will visit with friends Thursday from 6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m. at Mallory Martin Funeral Home in Spiro.

The family request in lieu of flowers donations be made to New Hope Cemetery 18853 New Hope Road Spiro, Oklahoma 74959


Tuesday, 21 July 2015 09:39

Early morning house fire in Poteau

At approximately 6 am on Tuesday the Poteau Fire department were called to a house on Monica Lane in Poteau.


Cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.


No one was home at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.


OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin applauded today's hiring of DeLynn Fudge as executive director of the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board. Fudge, who has worked the past 14 years as federal grants division director for the Oklahoma District Attorneys Council, begins her new duties Aug. 10.


Fudge previously worked 10 years coordinating a statewide training program for professionals on issues surrounding child abuse and neglect, and domestic violence for the Oklahoma Department of Health's Office of Child Abuse Prevention.



"DeLynn Fudge has a long record of successfully working with federal, state and local partners on a wide range of issues, including child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, drug enforcement, violent crime investigations and residential substance abuse treatment for incarcerated offenders," said Fallin. "She understands the criminal justice system and is a skilled manager who will provide guidance and stability to the agency."


Fudge replaces Van Guillotte, who resigned in May. Melinda Romero, who had been serving as interim executive director, will assume the duties as deputy director of the agency.


"Ms. Fudge will be an asset to the agency in its continued progress to ensure the safety of communities across Oklahoma as we strive to maintain a delicate balance between public safety, victim's rights and re-integration of the offenders," said Pardon and Parole Board Chairman Vanessa Price.


The five-member Pardon and Parole Board votes to recommend parole for violent offenders to the governor and to grant parole for non-violent offenders.


Three of the members are appointed by the governor; one appointment is filled by the chief justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court and the other is filled by the presiding judge of the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals.

At approximately 10:40 pm on Monday July 20th, the Poteau Police were called to the scene of a two vehicle accident on Broadway in front of Walmart.

The Poteau Fire Department were called to the scene as well as the LeFlore County EMS.


According to dispatch two people are reported injured in the accident.







Monday, 20 July 2015 22:41

The Lumberjack Cafe

If you are looking for a great place to eat with a friendly atmosphere and great food than look no further than the Lumberjack Café in Howe, Oklahoma.

The food was wonderful, my waitress exceptional and the service was just outstanding.

The food is a lot for the money – very reasonably priced—about what we usually spend on fast food. I had the daily special—fried chicken breast with two sides today. I chose okra and mashed potatoes and a cornbread muffin that was awesome.

My wife ordered a hamburger, while my daughters ordered off the breakfast menu. (Breakfast is served all day.) Logan had the breakfast burrito and Larissa had French toast. Larissa ate part of the meal without syrup and then added syrup later; she said it was actually better without the syrup.


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One thing I like about the Lumberjack is how comfortable they made me feel. Seeing familiar faces. I could tell that they have customers who visit them on a regular basis. I also liked that the food was served quickly.

We were even given a to-go box, because we couldn't eat all our food.

I wanted dessert, but was too full to eat any, but noticed a variety of different pies and cakes along with soft serve ice cream that was offered. We will have to go again and have dessert first.

Simply put, the Lumberjack Café is a great place to eat. If you haven't eaten there, then you should.

One a scale of 1 to 10 –I give it a 10 plus.

Monday, 20 July 2015 22:37

Road closures in Ft Smith this week

According to Sonya Elliott Administrative Coordinator at the Engineering Department for the City of Fort Smith.


A road closure of South "I" Street from South 9th Street to South 10th Street in Ft Smith will be closed starting on Wednesday.


According to the press release the South "I" Street will be closed to thru traffic between the hours of 6:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 22, 2015 to Tuesday, July 28, 2015.


This closure is associated with the construction of the Town Branch Drainage Improvements.

Detours will be marked.


Also, Old Jenny Lind Road from South 22nd Street to Knoxville Street will be closed to thru traffic between the hours of 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Saturday, July 25, 2015 and Sunday, July 26, 2015.


This closure is associated with the construction of the Neighborhood Drainage Improvements, Project No. 13-06-A. Detours will be marked.


If you have any additional questions regarding this closure, please call the Engineering Department at (479) 784-2225.


Oklahoma City—Former Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma Jari Askins has been on the job with the state Department of Human Services (DHS) for just over three months. Askins began her new role as Special Advisor to the Governor on the DHS' Pinnacle Plan in April, and says she has been very impressed with the organization of the executive team of Child Welfare Services.



The DHS Office of Communications has produced a brief, informative video detailing Askins' thoughts about her first few months on the job.



In the video, Askins said because of her background as a legislature and as a judge, she can look at solving problems through that framework.



"Because of my connections in those fields, perhaps I can interface with some of those stakeholders within the courts," Askins said. "If we have obstacles that are hindering our ability to achieve some of our Pinnacle Plan goals faster, then maybe I can help solve some of those problems; be a troubleshooter."



DHS Director Ed Lake said having Askins on the DHS team is an important part of moving the agency forward in its child welfare and Pinnacle Plan operations.

"Jari brings such a wealth of experience and knowledge in this field, but also the credibility she has," Lake said. "So many people respect and admire her; we think this is just a real win-win for the department."



The DHS settled a class action, civil rights lawsuit against its foster care system by agreeing to make improvements in targeted areas of the state's Child Welfare system. As part of this settlement agreement DHS is implementing an improvement plan, called the Oklahoma Pinnacle Plan, which will guide the agency in the years ahead as it makes improvements in the way it cares for children in foster care.



July 1, 2015 began a new chapter for the building at 305 S. McKenna. Because of the decline in the number of Senior Citizens to an increase attendance of all age groups, the building name has been returned to the Poteau Activity Center, the same as it was 20 years ago.


The name also better reflects the financial backing of the City of Poteau, the County Commissioners and now from the user groups themselves. The building still serves the seniors of the area and also provides something for all citizens of LeFlore County.


To encourage additional county wide participation, several new programs are being considered such as: How to use electronic devices, cell phones, I pads or computers; Exercise classes; Friday night dances to local music or sock hops; providing dinners to the public in order to raise funds for the continuation of the facility.


The Board of Directors has opened to the public the rental of the facility for anyone within the county. The Poteau Activity Center is a great place for baby showers, wedding showers, birthday parties, retirement parties & family reunions.


You may contact the staff at The Donald W. Reynolds Center Poteau for further information and available dates.


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