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Sunday, 07 June 2015 17:44

Robert "Papa Keith" Darneal Obituary

Robert "Papa Keith" Darneal, 59, of Wister, OK passed away Saturday, June 6, 2015 in Little Rock, AR.


Keith was born November 13, 1955 in Poteau, OK to Robert Calvin & Shirley Nadine (Keeran) Darneal.


Keith was a Specialist 4, Project Manager for the ODOT – Heavener Residency. He was preceded in death by his parents.



Survivors include his wife, Ruth of the home; daughters & sons in law, Fanci & Jon Duvall, Cassie & Tommy Peterson all of Wister, OK; 5 grandchildren, Kenlei, Wyatt, Kaelbi, Karley, & Josey; sisters, Newana Loomis & husband Ron, Deanna Martin all of Panama, OK; other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Services will be 10 am Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at Ellis Chapel Church, Wister, OK with Sam Walden officiating. Interment will follow in Ellis Chapel Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Bud Hammons, Caleb, Clint, Ben and Brandon Baldwin, Colton Newton, Jesse Hammons, Jacob Baldwin and Walker Newton.


Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Frank Robertson, Jerry Culwell, Dennis James, Larry Goines, Freddy Nelson and Marty Wages.


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

From Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust website



OKLAHOMA CITY–  During "Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month" this June, Shape Your Future, a statewide health initiative funded by the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) and the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), is encouraging Oklahomans to visit local farmers markets to support local produce and enjoy the taste and benefits of Oklahoma grown fruits and vegetables.


The time is ripe to enjoy the season's freshest produce. From juicy peaches to tomatoes, fresh fruits and vegetables are plentiful throughout the summer.


"Shopping at a local farmers market allows you to provide your family with wholesome, healthy food while supporting your local community at the same time," said Tracey Strader, TSET executive director. "With more than 50 farmers markets across Oklahoma, kids have lots of options to talk with real farmers, learn about how their food is grown, and taste the healthy, rich flavors of locally grown fruits and veggies."


Below are the top five reasons to shop at a farmers market:


1. You can purchase produce when it is at its peak in flavor.

Farmers harvest produce when it is in season and at its freshest, making for the most delicious and nutritious fruits and vegetables. Try a fresh tomato or strawberry!

2. When you shop at a farmers market, you are supporting your local farmers, your community and your economy.

Your money will stay in your community. You will also help new and smaller farmers be successful and save farmland in your area.

3. Fresh fruits and vegetables are nutrient-rich.

Most farmers market produce is minimally processed. Local farmers grow the most nutritious produce possible by using sustainable techniques and picking produce when it is at its freshest.

4. It's a great way to get your kids involved.

Let your kids be "picky" eaters. Bring them with you to the farmers market, and let them choose something new to try. They can help prepare a meal or snack by finding healthy recipes at Your kids can also interact with farmers to understand how fruits and vegetables are grown and harvested.

5. Farmers markets are easy to find.


There are more than 50 farmers markets in Oklahoma.


To find a farmers market near you, visit



Shape Your Future encourages Oklahomans to eat better, move more and be tobacco free to improve community health. By leading healthy lifestyles, Oklahomans can decrease the number of citizens who fall victim to death and disease while increasing community health, physical activity and quality of life. For more information, go to


The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) serves as a partner and bridge builder for organizations working towards shaping a healthier future for all Oklahomans. TSET provides leadership at the intersections of health by working with local coalitions and initiatives across the state, by cultivating innovative and life-changing research, and by working across public and private sectors to develop, support, implement and evaluate creative strategies to take advantage of emerging opportunities to improve the public's health. TSET – Better Lives Through Better Health. To learn more go to:

Friday, 17 June 2016 12:51

Got Lemons make Lemonade


• 1 cup sugar
• 1 cup water
• 1 cup lemon juice
• 3 to 4 cups cold water

Heat the sugar and water in a small saucepan until the sugar is dissolved completely.
While the sugar is dissolving, use a juicer to extract the juice from 4 to 6 lemons, enough for one cup of juice.
Add the juice and the sugar water to a pitcher.
Add 3 to 4 cups of cold water, more or less to the desired strength. Refrigerate 30 to 40 minutes.

Saturday, 06 June 2015 22:48

Four rescued from overturned Kayak


On Friday June 5, 2015 the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troop E Lake Patrol Detachment received a call of 4 people that was kayaking down Mt. Fork river 1 mile south of the US 70 bridge in Broken Bow.


The kayak had capsized causing all 4 to hang onto trees.



Upon arrival in a boat two subjects were hanging onto trees, the others were on the bank.



All persons were put in the boat and taken to safety.



An OHP Trooper assisted the Broken Bow Fire Department in the recovery.

The Historic Downtown Farmers Market brought in fourteen vendors on Saturday, making it the largest vendor set up to date.

Every vendor braved the high humidity and heat to sell their wares and every vendor was selling quite a bit of merchandise.

The Farmers Market is not only offering produces but a variety of items as well.

The authors of the book "The Birth of Poteau " had copies of the book for sale.

Historic Downtown had Bonnie and Clyde T-Shirts for sale.


Knothole Farm: Pastured poultry, chicken livers and hearts, eggs (non-gmo), wild blackberries, yellow squash, zucchini, Yukon gold (new potatoes), herbs, sugar snap peas.


Poteau Valley Baptist Church Youth Group: brownies, cookies, cupcakes, whole cakes, mini cheese cakes, chocolate covered strawberries, homemade muscadine jelly and more.


Jeanne Smith is trying to raise money for a internship to Vienna  and her booth had some great items like blackberries, fresh lettuce, homemade magnets, sashay scarfs, plastic canvas items - Kleenex box covers, piggy banks, coasters, Christmas ornaments and many more items.


sugar loaf
Sugarloaf Farm had grass fed beef and nonsoy nongmo eggs.


The coffee from The Coffee Cup

Usborne Books


Hal's Beef Jerky



River Valley Design Studio

fern rock

Renee Fisher produce


Cardoza Ranch



There was also games for the kids to play while the parents shopped.



The farmers Market is open every Saturday at the Pocket Park in Historic Downtown Poteau now until September 26th from 8am until noon.



If interested in becoming a vendor contact Mark Hale at (918) 649-4997, or visit their Facebook page.

Friday, 05 June 2015 22:43

Coconut oil may fight tooth decay


If your family has a history of cavities and tooth decay, you might want to consider adding coconut oil in moderation to your diet. Researchers found that coconut oil that had been treated with enzymes in a process similar to digestion is effective in fighting against strains of Streptococcus bacteria that cause tooth decay.


Coconut oil may fight food bacteria
Many of the foods we buy at the supermarket contain ingredients that are added in order to keep microorganisms from attaching to and even rotting our food. Monolaurin, an extract from coconut oil that is known for its antimicrobial properties, could soon be commonly used as a natural preservative to protect against these microorganisms. Researchers tested it on bacterial strains and found it effective on its own against some strains of bacteria and effective when combined with other antimicrobial agents against other strains of bacteria.



Coconut oil may reduce cholesterol levels
It is thought that coconut oil can help normalize cholesterol levels in two ways. It contains a saturated fat called lauric acid, known to increase the "good cholesterol" in the body. Coconut oil may also help restore normal thyroid function, which is helpful in maintaining those good cholesterol levels.


Coconut oil may help slow Alzheimer's disease
It is estimated that 14 million Americans will have Alzheimer's disease by the middle of this century unless a cure or prevention is found, a sharp increase over the approximately 4 million Americans who currently have this degenerative disease. Researchers have speculated that boosting levels of a protein called Apo-A might delay the dementia associated with Alzheimer's disease. A similar protein known as Apolipoprotein E, has also linked with Alzheimer's and is being studied by researchers. Some foods, including coconut oil, are known to stimulate cells to make more Apo-A. So if you have a family history of Alzheimer's disease or dementia, you may want to consider adding coconut oil in moderation to your diet.

Know anyone who suffers from stomach ulcers? Ulcers can be particularly painful, especially for people who get them repeatedly. Coconut milk may help. A study done on mice found that coconut milk reduced ulcer size by 56% and was more effective than coconut water.



Coconut may deter head lice
Parents, rejoice! When combined with anise to make a spray, coconut is effective in reducing head lice. This may be a worthy remedy particularly for those seeking a natural alternative to head lice products made with harmful chemicals. It certainly will smell better! Who knows, it may even be a worthy deterrent.



Friday, 05 June 2015 22:35

Benefit to help local family

GTZ Auto Detail will be having a fundraiser for the Clark family who lost everything in the Memorial storms and tornadoes.


The event will be from 8 am - 2 pm, Sunday, June 7, 2015, all proceeds raised will go to this family.


For more information or if you would like to donate anything stop by GTZ or call 918 - 721- 6279.

Friday, 05 June 2015 22:21

Blackgum Quilt Show

Blackgum Harvestime Church Sewing Sisters will host their 7th Annual "Quilts of Past & Present" Quilt Show Friday, July 24, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 25, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Admission is $4.00.



The show features approximately 100 entries in judged and non-judged categories, a vendor mall, boutique, tea room, door prizes, and demonstrations.



National award winning quilt designer and teacher, Betty New, will be offering classes during the quilt show. Pre-registration for the classes is required.



The church is located at 451558 E 980 Rd (8 miles north of I-40 exit 297) on Hwy 82, Vian, OK or 1 mile south of McQuick's Grocery ( Junction Hwy 82 and 100)



For a quilt entry form or information on the classes, please contact 918-457-5957, 918-773-8767, 918-773-3030 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Friday, 05 June 2015 21:34

"OKIEWOOD" premiered at DWRCC

Sugarloaf Mountain Films premiered its latest production "Okiewood" at the Donald W Reynolds Center in Poteau on Friday evening.

The western comedy was filmed entirely in LeFlore County and used local area residents in the cast.


SMF was created in the fall of 2010, and calls eastern Oklahoma home, where much of the filming takes place in the shadow of Sugarloaf Mountain.


The film stars : Steven Sewell. Danny Boss, Brooke Glenn, Matt Crouch, Kimberly Gilliam, Jeremy Baker, Donna Crouch, Christina Boss, David Sims and Jeff Shockley.
The film was written by Steven Sewell and Carolyn Glover.


Cast members in attendance got to walk the "Red Carpet" at the end of the show.


SMF does short films, historical documentaries, documentaries in general, commercials, music videos, and full length feature films covering most any genre.
Of special interest are Christian videos and films, wedding photography, in studio portrait photography, aerial photography, slideshow presentations, and films pertaining to current social issues, many which are controversial.


SMF is one of the few film making organizations in the southeast Oklahoma Western Arkansas area, and one of the few independent filmmakers with the capability to produce films using green screen technology utilizing 400 square feet of green screen.


SMF produces films of various genres, some even humorous in nature.

But the serious work and ministry of the Christian film work produced by SMF can be encapsulated in this one word: Christ. SMF is not an organization, profit making venture, or any attempt by man to build something for God. It is rather an expression of a heart burden to help believers become more aware of their need for Christ in every corner of life, so that our lives may be encouraged in the grace of God, which leads to holiness, purity, security, joy, and comfort.

The spiritual mission of SMF has been and will continue to be the presentation of the Person and finished work of Jesus Christ to this generation.


Edith "Pauline" (Huddleston) Goins, 88, of Ozark, MO, passed away Monday, June 1, 2015, in Ozark, MO. She was born September 18, 1926, at Poteau, OK, to Dennis Thurman and Della (Deaton) Huddleston. She was a homemaker.


Survivors include two sons, Lloyd Keith of Ozark, MO and Dennis Lee and his wife Judy of Nixa, MO., a granddaughter, Melisa Dodd and her husband Ronnie of Ozark, MO., three grandsons, Jason, Nicholas, Eric and his wife Vanessa of Springfield, MO. and three great grandchildren, Chloe, Riley and Kelsey, as well as a host of other family members, friends and loved ones.


Preceding her in death was a sister, Vera (Altha) Butler of Roland, OK and two brothers, Hodie of Clayton, OK and Jack of Oklahoma City, OK.


Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 8, 2015, at Grace Manor Memorial Chapel in Poteau, OK, with Jeff Little officiating. Visitation with family will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 7. Interment will follow service at the Vaughn cemetery in Gilmore.


Services are under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home of Poteau, Ok.


You may leave an on-line greeting to the family at

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