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Monday, 21 May 2018 12:21

Jimmy Bolling White Obituary

Jimmy Bolling White of Alma, Arkansas was born July 3, 1931 in Jenny Lind, Arkansas to Bolling and Wilma (Sanders) White, and passed away May 18, 2018 in Fort Smith, Arkansas at the age of 86.


He was a lifetime member of the Church of Christ and a Veteran of the United States Army.


He is survived by three children; Jimmy D. White of Alma, Arkansas, Byron White of Alma, Arkansas, Cindy Price and husband Billy of Pocola, Oklahoma, two brothers; Charles White of Texas, Billy Bert White of Alma, Arkansas, one sister; Ann Douglas of Alma, Arkansas, six grandchildren, Kristin Qunialty, Crissy Inge, Telissa Evans, Matt Price, Jamie Hunt, Kimber Sebo, and thirteen great grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by the love of his life Freda Lucille White.


Funeral Services will be 10:00 am, Wednesday May 23, 2018 at the Alma Church of Christ.


Burial will follow at the Alma Cemetery.


Pallbearers will be; Will Evans, Kadin Quinalty, Jerry Griffin, David Goodpasture, Mile Coleman, and Billy Warren.


To sign Mr. White’s online guestbook please visit


Mallory-Martin Funeral Home
PO Box 530 / 112 North Main Street
Spiro,Oklahoma 74959
918-962-2555ph 918-962-5496fx
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Monday, 21 May 2018 12:18

Floyd Moss Obituary

Floyd Moss, 76, of Ft. Smith, AR (formerly of Poteau, OK) passed away Saturday, May 19, 2018 , in Ft. Smith. Floyd was born December 24, 1941 in Ft. Smith to Elmer & Evelyn (Armsteadt) Moss. He was retired from the City of Poteau Street Dept. Floyd was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Louise Patterson; and brothers, Raymond House, Paul, Johnny & John Moss.


Survivors include his sons & daughters in law, Floyd & Kathy Moss of Ft. Smith, AR, Terry & Shelia Moss of Spiro, OK; 7 grandchildren, Christian, Ashley, Andy, Terry Jr, Steven, Misty and Cody; sister, Marlene Tucker of Alma, AR; brothers, James Moss of Bokoshe, OK, Kenny Moss of Poteau, OK, Jerry Moss of Ft. Smith, AR; other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Services will be 10 am, Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, OK with Rev.


Jim Freeman officiating. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery, Poteau.


Pallbearers will be Jon Spessard, Billy Johnson, Chase Wheeler, Wes Tackett, Roger Harrison & David Harrison.


The family will be at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 6-8 pm to visit with relatives & friends.


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Press Release

Sigma Alpha Lambda is proud to announce that Caleb Madden of Poteau, OK, has recently become recognized as a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda, National Leadership and Honors Organization at the University of Oklahoma.


Sigma Alpha Lambda is a national leadership and honors organization dedicated to promoting and rewarding academic achievement and providing members with opportunities for community service, personal development, and lifelong professional fulfillment.


Congratulations to Caleb Madden.

Madden is a 2017 Poteau High School graduate and the son of Steve and Renee Madden.

Sunday, 20 May 2018 22:20

Gnirrow “Jackie” Gragg Obituary

Gnirrow “Jackie” Gragg of Muldrow, Oklahoma, formerly of Spiro, Oklahoma was born February 5, 1925 in Tucker, Oklahoma to Walter E. and Cassie Bell (Alexander) Stephens and passed away May 18, 2018 in Van Buren, Arkansas at the age of 93.



She is survived by:

Five daughters:
Linda Ballard and husband Travis of Charleston, Arkansas
Peggy Manus and husband Jim of Van Buren, Arkansas
Judy Watkins of Muldrow, Oklahoma
Sandra Pendergrass of Van Buren, Arkansas
Betty Ames and husband Tom of Alma, Arkansas

One son:
Justin Gragg and wife Cheryl of Huntsville, Alabama

One sister:
Florence Shettleworth of Spiro, Oklahoma

19 grandchildren

Numerous great and great-great grandchildren

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends


She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Jewel Shockley and Pearlie Nelson; one brother, Cleo Stephens and two infant brothers; and two sons-in-law; Herman Watkins and Sam Pendergrass. Jackie enjoyed sewing and quilting, working in her yard, and doing word searches.


Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Mallory-Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Spiro with Reverend John Jordan officiating.


Burial will follow in Short Mountain Cemetery under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Spiro, Oklahoma.


Pallbearers will be: Rex Blair, Ryan Blair, Roger Blair, David Pendergrass, Louis Pendergrass, George Watt, Robert Johnson, and Scott Ballard


Viewing will be from Noon until 6:00 p.m., Sunday and 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., Monday, and the family will visit with friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Monday at the funeral home.


To sign Mrs. Gragg’s online guestbook please visit



Sunday, 20 May 2018 22:17

Naomi Gail Lawson Obituary

Naomi Gail Lawson of Spiro, Oklahoma was born June 29, 1959 in Tucker Bottoms, Oklahoma, in the back seat of a car, to Sanford Leslie and Ima Fern (Terry) Dees and passed away May 19, 2018 in Fort Smith, Arkansas at the age of 58.


She is survived by:

Two sons:
Joshua Dees and wife Heather of Muldrow, Oklahoma
Justin Dees and wife Christy of Harvey, Arkansas

One daughter:
Angie Gillum of Chelsea, Oklahoma

Three brothers:
Steve Dees and wife Brenda of Flower Hill, Oklahoma
David Dees and wife Joy of McAlester, Oklahoma
Mike Dees and wife Shirley of Greenwood, Arkansas

Two sisters:
Joanna Bryant and husband Keith of Spiro, Oklahoma
Tammy Bean and husband Jeff of Greenwood, Arkansas

Six grandchildren:
Serai Dees, Austin Dees, Brooklyn Nickerson, Desi Dees, Jesse Dees, and Albany Nickerson

Numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of many friends


She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Norma Feldman and Zona Sullivan; and two brothers, Les Dees and Don Dees.


Naomi was a life-long resident of the area and a loving mother and grandmother.


Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Mallory-Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Spiro with Reverends Shirley Harrod and Gary Powell officiating.


Burial will follow in New Hope Cemetery under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Spiro, Oklahoma.


Pallbearers will be: Steve Dees, Mike Dees, Austin Dees, Jesse Dees, Brandon Dees, and Nick Bryant


Viewing will be from Noon until 7:00 p.m., with the family visiting with friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Monday at the funeral home.


To sign Mrs. Lawson’s online guestbook please visit



Press release

OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today complimented lawmakers for passing criminal justice reform legislation, appropriating a record amount of funding for public schools, and approving a budget for the upcoming fiscal year without cuts to state agencies.

The $7.6 billion budget puts significantly more money toward education, mental health services, and public safety.

“The budget includes many of the priorities I have requested lawmakers to approve the past three years,” said Fallin. “It provides for a teacher pay raise and additional funding for public schools as well as increased funding for mental health and corrections to implement criminal justice reform measures.”

“For the first time in years, no agency is receiving a cut. This budget provides a long-term solution to multi-year budget deficits and helps reduce the reliance on one-time funds.”
In all, the governor received 342 measures for consideration during this year’s session. She signed 324 and vetoed 18.

2018 Policy Highlights

“Common education receives a 19.8 percent increase in funding for the upcoming fiscal year, which is the largest appropriation for public schools in state history. The appropriation includes $353 million to fund teacher pay raises that average $6,100 per teacher, which move Oklahoma teacher from last in the seven-state region to second for average annual pay, and from 49th in the nation to 29th. When taking into account the cost of living, Oklahoma teachers will be the 12th-highest-paid in the country. It also has $52 million for support personnel pay raises, $24 million for flex health benefits; $33 million for textbooks, and $17 in new funding for the school funding formula.
“Improving the quality and outcomes in education is the single-most important thing we can do to attract and retain jobs, alleviate poverty, and help Oklahomans have fulfilling and productive lives.” – Governor Mary Fallin


• House Bill 1023XX – establishes a new teacher salary schedule, the largest teacher pay increase in state history. Teachers will receive a $6,100 pay raise on average in the upcoming school year.
• HB 1026XX – provides a $1,250 annual increase in pay for school support personnel.
• HB 3705 – appropriates $2.9 billion, a 19.7 percent increase over last year, for K-12 public education. This is the largest appropriation to education in state history. Funding contained in HB 3705 includes $353.5 million for teacher pay; $52 million for support personnel pay: $33 million for textbooks: $17 million for the state aid formula; and $24.7 million for flex health care benefits. The total increase in common education funding for the 2019 fiscal year is $480.2 million.
• Senate Bill 1171 – establishes work-based learning opportunities, such as apprenticeships and internships, as a duty of the Governor’s Council of Workforce and Economic Development (GCWED) in an effort to improve the state’s talent pipeline.
• SB 980 – creates a tiered certification program for teachers so that high-quality teachers have the ability to advance in their careers without having to leave the classroom to become administrators.
• SB 1196 – allows junior and senior high school students to participate in concurrent enrollment program, regardless of location in the state.
• SB 1370 – Allows high school students to replace one credit of math for a three-hour per school day CareerTech program that is endorsed or aligned to industries in Oklahoma.
• HB 2009 – requires schools to annually publish a report listing all increases in wages, salaries, rates of pay or fringe benefits and any changes to job class to increase transparency.
• HB 2860 – requires school districts to provide a link to the State Department of Education’s Oklahoma cost accounting system and school district financial information on their websites to increase transparency.
• HB 3311 – requires the inclusion of civics in the subject matter standards for history, social studies and U.S. government
Economic Development & Commerce
• SB 897 – codifies the Incentive Approval Committee for the Quality Jobs program to review all applications for approval and oversight. This ensures taxpayer interests are represented when Quality Jobs applications are reviewed.
• SB 923 –implements changes recommended by the Incentive Evaluation Commission for Small Employer Quality Jobs by increasing the maximum number of full-time employees from 90 to 500.
• HB 3324 – provides for the transfer of 5 percent of the quarterly incentive payments made by the Oklahoma Tax Commission to qualifying establishments related to the Oklahoma Quality Jobs Incentive Act, the Small Employer Quality Jobs Incentive Act and the 21st Century Quality Jobs Incentive Act to the Quick Action Closing Fund.
• SB 1585 – establishes automotive engineer tax credits by creating several income tax credits designed to incentivize qualified employers and employees in the automotive manufacturing industry.
• SB 1388 – creates a statewide framework for wireless providers to work with municipalities and others to deploy small cell devices.
• SB 1475 – creates the Occupational Licensing Advisory Commission, which will review each occupational or professional licensing once every four years and make recommendations to the Legislature.
• HB 2933 – a product of the Governor’s Task Force on Occupational Licensing, directs licensing boards to grant a one-year waiver of fees associated with licensure or certification to a low-income applicant.
Health & Human Services
• HB 2932 – establishes Medicaid work requirement eligibility for able-bodied adults without dependents. Directs the Oklahoma Health Care Authority to apply to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for a waiver.
• HB 2825 – directs the Department of Human Services (DHS) to explore opportunities to enhance community partnerships for the purpose of linking Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients with career and technology education and training programs. This will expand opportunities for TANF recipients to participate in and complete employment and training activities.
• HB 3104 – clarifies that DHS must report any infant who is diagnosed with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome or Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
• SB 1367 – states that a law enforcement officer may not take a person into custody if the officer was contacted by the person in question for medical assistance (either for themselves or another person).
Public Safety
• HB 2798 creates the Opioid Overdose Fatality Review Board.
• HB 2635 – protects the motor vehicle report (driving record) from being expunged after one year and keeps it at the three-year window for insurance and business owners who hire people to drive for companies.
• HB 2651 – allows for a course of study for students who are training to acquire a commercial driver’s license. This allows those training sites to include human trafficking material in their classes.
• SB 1203 – reduces the fine for speeding violations for 1-10 mph over the speed limit to $100.
• SB 1517 – creates the Task Force on Trauma-Informed Care to create a list of best practices for children and their families at risk of adverse childhood experiences.
• HB 3300 – the Breanna Bell Act, which protects people with disabilities from sexual assault.
• HB 1124 – the Justice for Danyelle Act, which prohibits sex offenders from loitering within 1,000 feet of their victims’ home.
• HB 3328 – Creates the Commission on the Prevention of Abuse of Elderly and Vulnerable Adults.
• HB 2630 – helps the Department of Corrections (DOC) expand the Global Positioning Satellite Program (GPS by loosening some of the rules that disqualify certain offenders from participating. These requirements apply to low-level non-violent offenders who are better managed in a public setting.
• SB 904 – allows DOC to fund community sentencing programs across the state.
Veterans & Military
• HB 3042 – directs Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs (ODVA) to develop a long-term care facility to replace the Talihina Veterans Center.
• SB 922 – establishes the Oklahoma Women Veterans Program to ensure that women veterans have equitable access to federal and states veterans’ benefits and services. The program will be overseen by a women veterans coordinator.
• SB 1053 – authorizes the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs to obtain certification to accept payments and reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid programs.
Government Modernization & Budget
• HB 1010XX – provides the revenue to fund a historic teacher pay raise. This is accomplished by an increase of $1 per pack of cigarettes, taxing little cigars at the same rate as cigarettes; raising the fuel tax by 3 cents a gallon on gasoline and 6 cents a gallon on diesel; and raising the gross production tax from 2 percent to 5 percent on all wells.
• HB 1011XX – puts a $17,000 cap on deductions on adjusted gross income. Charitable contributions and medical expenses are not capped.
• HB 3603 – authorizes the governor to appoint the executive director of the Department of Tourism.
• HB 3036 – makes the commissioner of health a gubernatorial appointee, with the advice and consent of the Senate.
• HB 1024XX - provides a tiered pay raise for state employees, ranging from $750 to $2,000 depending on salary.
Criminal Justice Reform
“Our state prisons are filled to well over capacity so it is crucial that we make some changes to our criminal justice system. These bills will not jeopardize public safety while addressing Oklahoma’s prison population. Too few Oklahomans are getting the treatment they need for substance abuse and mental health issues, and are instead winding up in our criminal justice system.” – Governor Mary Fallin
• SB 650 – authorizes no more than one nonviolent felony to apply for expungement if they have no new convictions or pending charges within the last seven years.
• SB 786 – eliminates the mandatory minimum and allows a judge to sentence up to the current maximum sentence of seven years in prison for burglary in the second degree, and creates a new felony offense, burglary in the third degree (defined as breaking into a vehicle), punishable by up to five years in prison.
• SB 649 – reduces enhanced sentences for certain repeat nonviolent felonies.
• SB 689 – creates risk and needs assessment as a tool for sentencing.
• SB 793 – changes the penalties for commercial drug offenses, and distinguishes conduct by possession with intent to distribute, distribution, and manufacturing.
• HB 2281 – adjusts penalties for numerous low-level property offenses, including larceny, forgery and other “paper crimes.”
• HB 2286 – creates an administrative parole process for nonviolent offenders who comply with case plans in prison so that the Pardon and Parole Board can focus on more serious offenders, and establishes a geriatric parole release process for inmates who are 60 and older and who have been determined to not be a public safety risk.
• HB 3576 – creates the Oklahoma State Safety Oversight Program to be overseen by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT). It directs ODOT to develop and enforce standards for all private and public rail-fixed guideway public transportation systems statewide that are not administered by the Federal Railroad Administration.
• HB 2650 – amends the specifications of merging traffic in and near construction work zones allowing for more flexibility within the confines of federal law. It allows for more efficient methods of traffic control, increasing safety and decreasing congestion.
• HB 2578 – creates the Aerospace Commerce Economic Services (ACES) within the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. The purpose of ACES is to create a partnership of service providers (similar to CADSQ) to more effectively respond to the needs of the aviation, aerospace and defense industries in the areas of education and training, research, and economic development.
• HB 2253 – closes a tax loophole by requiring 50 percent of an aircraft’s operations be charter to qualify for the aircraft excise tax exemption.
• SB 1576 – keeps wind farms from interfering with the flight paths of military installations, thereby protecting the work and mission of Oklahoma’s military bases.
• SB 893 - imposes a cap of $500,000 on the zero emission facilities electricity production tax credit. The cap is only applicable to credits that are earned from electricity produced by means of water, sun or geothermal energy.
• HB 1340 – gives retirees in all of the state retirement systems a one-time payment in varying amounts.
• SB 527 – gives someone who is disabled in the line of duty with less than 20 years of service the half-pay cost-of-living adjustment.
• HB 2913 - creates the Oklahoma Industrial Hemp Agriculture Pilot Program to be administered by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry (ODAFF).
• SB 1600 – increases appropriations to ODAFF, allowing an additional $400,000 in funding to rural fire departments across Oklahoma.

2019 Fiscal Year Budget Highlights
• Funds core government services.
• Uses a low percentage of one-time funds, which will be used to fund one-time costs.
• Education will have the largest funding increase.
Health and Human Services
• $22.6 million: Fully funds the Pinnacle Plan and restores provider rate cuts for the Department of Human Services, and money to go to the Developmental Disabilities Services waiting list. This fully funds the Pinnacle Plan, and funds services for Oklahoma’s most vulnerable citizens.
$17.5 million: for the FY 18 supplemental annualized for the Department of Corrections (DOC).
• Payroll-even after the $1,500 raise signed into law in March 2018, Oklahoma is 18 percent below contiguous states in pay. The vacancy rate for correctional officers is currently 30 percent, agency-wide, it is 22 percent. These vacancies require employees to work overtime to staff critical correctional officer posts which put a strain on an already overburdened payroll. This supplemental will help DOC address the pay deficit for qualified applicants.
• Contract beds- Oklahoma currently has more inmates than beds, and many inmates that are sentenced to DOC custody will wait in county jails before being received by DOC. This supplemental will go towards making a timely payment to the counties where these inmates are housed.
• Health services- costs associated with the over-50-year-old population accounts for 43 percent of DOC’s cost for specialty care, pharmaceuticals, laboratory services etc. Travel to medical appointments with outside providers has increased with an aging population.
• Critical needs and necessary purchases- aging infrastructure has suffered from decades of neglect, and money is being redirected from planned projects to emergencies. Repairs to critical infrastructure are a necessary and immediate need.
Criminal Justice Reform
$7.1 million:
• Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services will receive $4 million to fund risk/needs assessments, and $1 million will go to drug and mental health treatment courts.
• $2 million to restore provider rate cuts.
• $111,000 to the Pardon and Parole Board to hire two new field staff positions that were eliminated due to budget cuts. Funding will ensure that work activities, including the processing of pardons and paroles, will not be delayed.
• $4.8 million: The Department of Corrections Defender Management System-funding for an entirely new system will allow DOC to track and monitor offenders on probation in one system and will allow for shared data regarding offenders to be shared in one database statewide.
• $500,000: Pay for Success is a proven program to reduce the number of women sent to prison and the resulting impact incarceration has on their children. Oklahoma is using Pay for Success contracting to improve criminal justice outcomes for women, reduce incarceration, and, consequently, lower overall public sector costs. The Pay for Success contract between the Office of Management and Enterprise Services (OMES) and Family and Child Services is the 17th Pay for Success contract in the U.S. and the first-ever PFS contract focused on female incarceration.
General Government
• $53.695 million: State employee pay raise- it has been 11 years since state employees have had an across-the-board pay raise. The amount is staggered according to employee salary.
• $7.5 million: Higher Education Concurrent Enrollment- provides funding so high school seniors can take college classes for college credit while still in high school. This program saves families money on tuition costs and reduces student debt.
• $8.36 million: Provides raises to other educators outside of K-12, such as CareerTech, Oklahoma School for the Blind, Oklahoma School for the Deaf and Department of Corrections teachers.
• $4 million: State Emergency Fund- additional funding needed due to the wildfire outbreak in west and northwest Oklahoma.
• $500,000: ABLE Commission- will help fund data migration from archaic system to a new, more user-friendly web-based solution, and the number of locations where alcohol is sold is expected to double with new laws, and more agents are needed to monitor locations.
• $4 million: Closing Fund
• $2 million: Performance audits-funding will go toward independent auditing firm performing performance audits to ensure that tax dollars are maximized and are being spent on mission-critical needs. First agencies on the list for audits are the Oklahoma Tax Commission, the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, the Department of Corrections, and the Department of Public Safety.
• Commerce- $445,000 to Aerospace Commerce Economic Services (ACES)-this initiative aims to grow the aerospace industry, and will help drive further job creation, economic growth and increased tax revenue for the state.
• Agriculture - $4,000 to rural fire and $1,000 to the Made in Oklahoma program.


Tyler Pigg, Associate Director,  University of Oklahoma Athletics Communications


NORMAN – The Oklahoma baseball team will be the No. 4 seed in next week's Big 12 Championship at Oklahoma City's Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The Sooners finished fourth in the league standings with a 14-10 conference record and 34-21 mark overall.


Oklahoma faces No. 5 seed Baylor on Wednesday, May 23 at 9 a.m. CT. The Sooners swept the Bears earlier this in Norman. Baylor finished the regular season at 32-19 overall and 13-11 in the Big 12.

All-time, Oklahoma is 3-3 against Baylor in the Big 12 Championship. The two teams have not taken the field together in the postseason since 2013.


Oklahoma has twice won the Big 12 Championship. The Sooners won the inaugural tournament in 1997 and followed with a title in 2013. Oklahoma is 36-35 in 21 Big 12 Championships and is one of just two teams to qualify for all 22 in the league's history.


Wednesday, May 23
Session One
Game 1: No. 4 Oklahoma vs. No. 5 Baylor - 9 a.m.
Game 2: No. 1 Texas vs. No. 8 Kansas - 12:30 p.m.


Session Two
Game 3: No. 2 Oklahoma State vs. No. 7 West Virginia - 4 p.m.
Game 4: No. 3 Texas Tech vs. No. 6 TCU - 7:30 p.m.


Thursday, May 24
Session Three
Game 5: Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser - 9 a.m.
Game 6: Game 3 Loser vs. Game 4 Loser - 12:30 p.m.


Session Four
Game 7: Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner - 4 p.m.
Game 8: Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner - 7:30 p.m.


Friday, May 25

Session Five
Game 9: Game 7 Loser vs. Game 5 Winner - 3:15 p.m.
Game 10: Game 8 Loser vs. Game 6 Winner - 7 p.m.


Saturday, May 26

Session Six
Game 11: Game 7 Winner vs. Game 9 Winner – 9 a.m.
Game 12: Game 8 Winner vs. Game 10 Winner - 12:30 p.m.


Session Seven
*Game 13: Winner Game 11 vs. Loser Game 11, If Necessary - 4 p.m.
**Game 14: Winner Game 12 vs. Loser Game 12, If Necessary*** - 7:30 p.m.


Sunday, May 27

Session Eight

Game 15: Championship Game - 1 p.m.

Times listed in Central.

*Game 13 will be necessary if the winner of Game 9 also wins Game 11.
**Game 14 will be necessary if the winner of Game 10 also wins Game 12.
***If Game 13 is unnecessary, Game 14 will be played at 4:30 p.m. rather than 7:30 p.m.


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Press release

According to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, on May 16, 2016, Tecumseh Police Department (TPD) requested the OSBI Internet Crimes Against Children Unit open a full investigation into allegations that Philip Jan Cannon was in possession of child pornography at his personal office in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma.

With the assistance of the Pottawatomie County District Attorney’s Office investigators, TPD, the Pottawatomie County’s Sheriff’s Office, and Shawnee Police Department, the OSBI found more than 1500 images of child pornography in Cannon’s office.

Some of the children in the pictures were known to Cannon and dated back several decades.

Two days after the warrant, the OSBI arrested Cannon on one count of Possession of Child Pornography.


On May 17, 2018, Cannon was convicted by a jury of his peers on one count of Possession of Child Pornography.

He was taken into custody and will be held in county jail until formal sentencing on June 27, 2018.


Cannon faces 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine

Friday, 18 May 2018 23:01

Harmon to run for Poteau City Council

Press release


Hello citizens of Poteau, my name is Don Harmon.


I was born in Poteau and am a life-long resident here. I worked at the Poteau Food Market/ Super H Foods for 20 years for the late Hildred Lafevers.


In 1998 I began working for the City of Poteau reading water meters. I retired March 23, 2018 after 20 years of faithful service.


I would like to continue to serve the city of Poteau once again as your Councilman.


I will do my best to serve you with honesty and honor if you will elect me on June 26th, 2018.


I am married to Kim Harmon who is the director of the Poteau Nutrition Center. We have four daughters and we attend The First Freewill Baptist Church in Poteau.


I have been asked several times who can vote in this election. Everyone living in the city limits of Poteau can vote in this election.


I would love to have your vote and to serve you the People of Poteau.

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