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Monday, 13 November 2017 16:05

November is Adoption Awareness Month

Press release

 

OKLAHOMA CITY - November is National Adoption Awareness Month. In Oklahoma, there are over 600 children and youth in foster care who are waiting for their forever families.

 

“No child should have to grow up without a family,” said Tricia Howell, Deputy Director for Foster Care and Adoptions.

 

Each November, National Adoption Month brings awareness to the needs of children and youth waiting for their permanent families. Children need and deserve to be in families. DHS needs families who are open-minded and willing to take sibling groups, teens and kids with special needs. These are the children who are hardest to place and who need special families willing to meet them where they are. By saying yes to adoption, families and individuals can create the stable family connections that will set the stage for a successful adulthood for children and youth in foster care.

 

“As Oklahomans, we know our children are our most precious resource, which is reflected through the wonderful families who step up to adopt. A loving and stable family provides the nurturing and healing that will forever change not only the child but the family as well,” said Howell.

 

Last fiscal year, DHS finalized adoptions for 2,577 children and youth, giving them a permanent home. This was the highest number of adoptions in a single fiscal year since 1998.

 

For more information about how to adopt through DHS or become a foster parent, call 800-376-9729 or visit https://okfosters.org/.

 

Monday, 13 November 2017 09:01

Daisy Belle (Cooper) Worton Obituary

Daisy Belle (Cooper) Worton was born August 9, 1935 in Lafayette, Indiana to Walter and Bessie (Jeffery) Cooper and passed away November 10, 2017 in Poteau, Oklahoma at the age of 82.

 

She is survived by two sons: Alfred Worton and wife Mamie Ann of Spiro, Oklahoma, Johnny Worton and wife Tillie Bell of Spiro, Oklahoma, one daughter-in law: Genieve Worton of Spiro, Oklahoma, one brother: Reverend Meshick Cooper of Spiro, Oklahoma, eleven grandchildren: Jackie Worton, Alfred and Mandy Worton, Kayla and Jimmy Stanley, Grace Worton, Tommy Worton, Daisy and Chris Jeffery, Matthew Worton, Rachel Worton, Rebekah Worton, Meggan and JJ Wells, Johnny Jude and Kayla Worton, thirteen great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and other loved ones.

 

Sonny and Daisy Belle moved to Spiro in 1971 where they lived a long and prosperous life as they watched their three sons grow and have families of their own.

 

In the later years of life she showed to be a true women of God as she endured the loss of her husband and her son. She displayed qualities to all of her family as a prime example of how a women of God handles trials and tribulations.

 

She introduced and led many to Christ while living at the Oaks Nursing Homes.

 

Her prayers could be heard from her room as she prayed and stood in the gap for all her friends and family.

 

With her last breath her concerns were of her sons. As she is reunited with loved ones in heaven, that have went on before her, her prayers are still being heard at the throne room of Heaven. She was "A Good Christian Woman"!

 

She was preceded in death by her husband: Alfred "Sonny Worton, her parents; Walter and Bessie Cooper, son: Meshick Billy Worton, two brothers: Jack Cooper, Levi Cooper, and one sister Millie Jeffery.


Pallbearers will be Matthew Worton, Alfred J. Worton, Johnny Jude Worton, Tommy Worton, Chris Jeffery, Walter Jack Jeffery, Anthony Cooper, and Bucko Stanley.


Funeral Services will be 11:00 am Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at the Mallory-Martin Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Howard Jeffery officiating.

 

Burial willl be at Forest Park Cemetery in Fort Smith, Arkansas arrangements are under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Spiro, Oklahoma.


To sign Daisy Belle’s online guestbook, please visit www.mallorymartinfuneralhome.com

 

 

Monday, 13 November 2017 08:57

Shannon Lynn Archey Obituary

Shannon Lynn Archey of Howe, Oklahoma was born May 16, 1956 in Poteau, Oklahoma to Jiggs and Beverly Ruth (Fullen) Archey and passed away on November 11, 2017 in Howe, Oklahoma at the age of 61.

He is survived by:

His wife:
Kayle Archey of the home

His mother:
Beverly Archey of Poteau, Oklahoma

One daughter:
Cherlyn Forehand and husband Udell of Bates, Arkansas

Three sisters:
Rhonda Barnett and husband Michael of Bristow, Oklahoma
Chire Archey of Shady Point, Oklahoma
Charlotte Perkins and husband Richie of Shady Point, Oklahoma

Two brothers:
Quint Archey of Fayetteville, Arkansas
Russell Archey and wife Darla of Reno, Nevada

Two grandchildren:
Michael Forehand and wife Lacey of Waldron, Arkansas
Shannon Roberson and husband Dusty of Howe, Oklahoma

Nine great grandchildren

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

 

Shannon was a long-time resident of the area and worked in Maintenance in the Mines. He was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend.

 

He loved spending time with his family and friends. Shannon will be missed dearly.

 

Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 13, 2017 at Fairhill Cemetery in Cameron, Oklahoma with Brother Al Raines officiating.

 

Burial will follow in Fairhill Cemetery under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home.

 

To sign Mr. Archey’s online guestbook please visit www.dowdenrobertsfuneralhome.com

 

Press release

 

Brittany Wagner, academic counselor for Netflix Original Documentary Series Last Chance U, will be on the Carl Albert State College campus in Poteau on Wednesday, November 29, 2017.

 

Wagner is a nationally respected athletic academic counselor and life coach through her company, 10 Thousand Pencils. During her visit to CASC, she will speak at the Hamilton Auditorium at 11 a.m. Wagner will also meet with the CASC athletes, with the Native American Serving Nontribal Institutional Grant (NASNTI) staff, and CASC President Jay Falkner.

 

Last Chance U is a documentary series produced by Netflix. The series focuses on the football program at East Mississippi Community College. The title of the series refers to the fact that many of the players recruited to play at EMCC have been removed from Division I rosters due to academic or disciplinary issues, and playing at the JUCO level is their "last chance" to prove themselves and return to Division I.

 

Wagner is visiting CASC at the invitation of CASC NASNTI Project Coordinator Micky Solomon. “We are excited to have Brittany Wagner at CASC. She has a great story and message, and we look forward to her being here. The 11 a.m. event at CASC is open to students, athletes, coaches, and any other community members interested in attending. Admission is free, so we hope area schools will take advantage of the opportunity to bring groups to attend Wagner’s program.” Solomon continued, “November is Native America Heritage Month and on behalf of the NASNTI staff, we are pleased to bring Brittany Wagner to the area. We feel her experiences can vastly help us expand our NASNTI coaching program.”

 

Wagner earned her undergraduate degree in sport communication from Mississippi State University, followed by her master’s degree in sport administration. Wagner is a native of Clinton, Mississippi, and a single-mom to one daughter, Kennedy.

 

 

CASC Mission Statement: To provide an affordable, accessible, and exceptional education that fosters student success.

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Press release

 

Charges Include Drug Trafficking, Casino Theft, Enticement Of A Minor, False Statements, And Bank Fraud

 

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office announced today the results of the November 2017 Federal Grand Jury.

“The following named individuals have been charged with a federal crime or crimes by the return of an indictment by the Grand Jury.  A grand jury Indictment does not constitute evidence of guilt.  A grand jury Indictment is a method of bringing formal charges against the defendant.  A defendant is presumed innocent of the charges and may not be found guilty unless evidence establishes guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  United States Sentencing Guidelines may be considered, upon conviction, by the sentencing court.  Federal prison sentences are non-parolable.”

 

RODNEY PHILLIP AIRD, age 50, of Seminole, Oklahoma

Possession With Intent To Distribute Methamphetamine

 

The Indictment alleges that on or about August 13, 2017, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, RODNEY PHILLIP AIRD, did knowingly and intentionally possess with the intent to distribute 5 grams or more of methamphetamine (actual), a Schedule II controlled substance, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(B), punishable by no more than 40 years imprisonment, a fine up to $5,000,000.00 or both.

The charge arose from an investigation by the Seminole Nation Tribal Police, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

 

Assistant United States Attorney John David Luton

 

KRISTI MICHELLE JUAREZ, age 32, of Sanger, Texas

Theft By Officers Or Employees Of An Indian Gaming Establishment

 

The Indictment alleges that on January 2, 2017, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, KRISTI MICHELLE JUAREZ, defendant herein, while an employee of the Chickasaw Nation WinStar World Casino and Resort, did embezzle, abstract, purloin, willfully misapply, and take and carry away in excess of $1,000.00 of moneys belonging to the Chickasaw Nation WinStar World Casino and Resort, an Indian gaming establishment operated by the Chickasaw Nation, pursuant to an ordinance or resolution approved by the National Indian Gaming Commission, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1168(b), punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment, a fine up to $1,000,000.00 or both.

The charge arose from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

 

Assistant United States Attorney John David Luton

 

MANUEL EMILIO PAYANO, age 42, of Hazleton, Pennsylvania

ANGEL VEGA, age 43, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Possession With Intent To Distribute Cocaine

 

The Indictment alleges that on or about October 16, 2017, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendants, MANUEL EMILIO PAYANO and ANGEL VEGA, did knowingly and intentionally possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine a Schedule II controlled substance, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(A) and Title 18, United States Code, Section 2, punishable by not less than 10 years imprisonment, a fine up to $10,000,000.00 or both.

 

The charge arose from an investigation by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

 

Assistant United States Attorney Dean Burris

 

JUSTIMIANO PEREZ DIAZ, age 42, of Stigler, Oklahoma

Enticement Of A Minor Using The Internet

 

The Indictment alleges that from in or about September 2017, the exact date being unknown to the Grand Jury, until on or about October 16, 2017, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, and elsewhere, the defendant, JUSTIMIANO PEREZ DIAZ, 42 years old, did use a facility and means of interstate commerce, the Internet, to attempt to knowingly persuade, induce, and entice an individual whom he believed was 13 years old, to engage in sexual activity for which a person can be criminally charged under Oklahoma State law, to wit: Title 21, Oklahoma Statute, Section 1123, Lewd or Indecent Proposals or Acts with a Child under 16, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2422(b), punishable by not less than 10 years imprisonment, a fine up to $250,000.00 or both.

 

The charge arose from an investigation by the Wagoner Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

 

Assistant United States Attorney Edward Snow

 

DARRELL LEE McLEMORE, age 55, of Porum, Oklahoma

Concealment Of A Material Fact
False Statement (Two Counts)

 

The Indictment alleges that from in or about October 2012 and continuing through in or about October 2017, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma and elsewhere, the ,defendant DARRELL LEE McLEMORE, in a matter within the jurisdiction of Social Security Administration, having knowledge of the occurrence of an event affecting the right to receive or continue to receive Social Security Supplemental Security Income payments, concealed and failed to disclose such event with the intent to fraudulently secure payment when no payment was authorized. 

 

Specifically, defendant DARRELL LEE McLEMORE intentionally concealed that DARRELL LEE McLEMORE secured gainful employment and owned or acquired assets, which would disqualify him from eligibility for the payments, in order to receive and continue to receive Supplemental Security Income payments made by the Social Security Administration to him.  By such action, defendant DARRELL LEE McLEMORE took approximately $48,075.00 in Social Security Supplemental Security Income payments to which he was not entitled, in violation of Title 42, United States Code, Section 1383a(a)(3), punishable by not more than 5 years imprisonment, a fine up to $250,000.00 or both.

The Indictment further alleges that on or about February 1, 2017, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, DARRELL LEE McLEMORE, did knowingly make or caused to be made any false statement or representation of a material fact to the Social Security Administration used to determine the right for any payment.  Specifically, DARRELL LEE McLEMORE participated in a redetermination conference wherein DARRELL LEE McLEMORE stated that DARRELL LEE McLEMORE had not worked since the date of DARRELL LEE McLEMORE’s last eligibility determination, when, in fact, DARRELL LEE McLEMORE knew that he had been gainfully employed during the period, in violation of Title 42, United States Code, Section 1383a(a)(2). punishable by not more than 5 years imprisonment, a fine up to $250,000.00 or both.

 

The Indictment further alleges that on or about June 14, 2016, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, DARRELL LEE McLEMORE, did knowingly and willfully, make a materially false statement or representation, in a matter within the jurisdiction of the Social Security Administration of the United States, by submitting a Form SS-5 Application for a Social Security Card and stating to a Social Security Administration Service Representative that he had never applied for or been issued a Social Security Card, when, in fact, defendant, DARRELL LEE McLEMORE, knew that he had been assigned a Social Security Number and issued a Social Security Card on or about October 14, 1975, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001, punishable by not more than 5 years imprisonment, a fine up to $250,000.00 or both.

 

The charges arose from an investigation by the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General.

 

Assistant United States Attorney Rob Wallace

 

TIFFANY RHEA SPEARS, age 30, of Thackerville, Oklahoma

Bank Theft, Embezzlement And Misapplication
False Entry In The Books Of A Federally Insured Bank (Four Counts)
Bank Fraud

 

The Indictment alleges that from on or about January 6, 2017, until on or about June 5, 2017, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, defendant TIFFANY RHEA SPEARS, being an officer, director, agent, or employee of, or connected in a capacity with, Citizens Bank and Trust of Ardmore, Oklahoma, a bank whose deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, with intent to injure and defraud the said Citizens Bank and Trust of Ardmore, Oklahoma, willfully misapplied,  embezzled, abstracted, and purloined more than $1,000.00 of the moneys, funds, assets or securities entrusted to the custody or care of Citizens Bank and Trust of Ardmore, Oklahoma, in that the defendant made advances on certain customer loans and withdrew cash from the accounts of certain bank customers and misapplied, embezzled, abstracted and purloined the funds for her own use or benefit, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 656, punishable by not more than 30 years imprisonment, a fine up to $1,000,000.00 or both.

 

The Indictment further alleges that from on or about January 6, 2017, until on or about June 5, 2017, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, defendant TIFFANY RHEA SPEARS, with the intent to deceive an officer of Citizens Bank and Trust of Ardmore, Oklahoma, a bank whose deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, knowingly made false entries in the books, reports, or statements of Citizens Bank and Trust of Ardmore, Oklahoma, as set forth in the table below, in that defendant created false transaction documents showing customers advancing monies on their loans and withdrawing cash from their accounts, when in truth and in fact, as the defendant well knew, the advances and withdrawals from customer accounts were by, and for the benefit of, the defendant, punishable by not more than 30 years imprisonment, a fine up to $1,000,000.00 or both.

 

The Indictment further alleges that from on or about January 6, 2017, until on or about June 5, 2017, within the Eastern District of Oklahoma, defendant, TIFFANY RHEA SPEARS, devised, executed, and attempted to execute a scheme and artifice to obtain moneys, funds, credits, assets, securities, or other property under the custody or control of Citizens Bank and Trust of Ardmore, Oklahoma, a bank whose deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, by means of materially false and fraudulent pretenses, representations, and promises.

The charges arose from an investigation by the Federal Reserve Office of Inspector General.

 

Assistant United States Attorney Rob Wallace

From Wister Wildcat Chronicle

 

Wister Senior Bryar Ward signed a letter of intent to play baseball next year at East Central University.

 

Pictured below are Bryar with Coach McAlester and Mrs. Pugh as well as his family.

 

Congratulations !

Sunday, 12 November 2017 22:08

Dream A Little Dream

Pervasive Parenting
By Kodey Toney

 

I feel like I need to share a story about a local girl who has overcome so much to achieve one of her dreams recently.


Patience Wilson is a girl that I have known for a couple years now, and she never ceases to amaze me with her determination and drive.


You see, a few years back she was in a horrendous car wreck that left her with a traumatic brain injury. While the healing process has been ongoing, she has already come so far from where she was supposed to be. She and her family were told that they she may never speak or walk again. There were many things they were told, but with hard work, she has recently competed in Special Olympics events, which she not only loves, but has excelled at. She made it to the State Games this summer in the 100 meter run, but was disappointed when it got rained out.


But, as with everything else, she sat her sights on the next big thing. This time it was the Miss Panama pageant.


Saturday night she walked across the stage to compete in the Little Miss division. She said she wanted to compete to show people that just because you have a disability doesn’t mean you can’t be like everyone else, and follow your dreams.


As she walked across the stage her gait was a little different from the other girls. She has a bit of a noticeable limp, and her arm draws up slightly by her side because of her injury. However, her smile and confidence seemed to lift her across the floor, and were stronger than most of the other kids. That smile grew even larger when she saw me sitting in the corner of the stage running sound and working the curtain. She forgot that she was supposed to be working the crowd long enough to give me a wave.


I wasn’t the only one that she made feel special that night though. She was the only girl to receive a standing ovation.


Oh, did I mention, she won her division?


Patience is the epitome of what I preach every week. You can’t stop anyone if they are determined to achieve their dreams. The only thing holding someone with a disability back is themselves.


Congratulations Patience.

 

 

Dream A Little Dream - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Saturday, 11 November 2017 23:49

One dead in head on collision in Haskell County


The Oklahoma Highway Patrol report that a fatality collision occurred on Nov 11, 2017 at approximately 6:30pm on State Highway 9, three miles East of Stigler in Haskell County.

 

The accident occurred when a 2010 Chevrolet Impala driven by Miranda Harper 20, of Enid, OK.

 

was westbound on SH-9 behind a vehicle. The driver of the Impala changed lanes to pass the vehicle on a hill and met a 2006 Dodge Ram driven by Justin Moore 21, of Stigler and they two vehicles hit head on.

 

Moore was transported to Mercy Hospital in Ft. Smith by Pafford EMS and was listed in stable condition with arm and leg injuries.

 

A passenger, Sierra Grant 18 of Stigler was transported to Mercy Hospital in Ft. Smith by Pafford EMS and is listed in stable condition with arm and leg injuries.


Harper was pronounced deceased at the scene by Pafford EMS.


Investigated by OHP, Haskell County Sheriff’s Department, Stigler PD, McCurtain PD, Keota First responders and Southside FD.

One dead in head on collision in Haskell County - 2.4 out of 5 based on 8 votes
Saturday, 11 November 2017 23:47

Decorating Wisely: Friendsgiving

By Glenda Wise

 

Our little Friendsgiving get together is fast approaching. We’ve got the menu all planned, timing of cooking scheduled, and so on, but what about the tables and overall tone? As much as I would love to have big beautiful centerpieces dripping with Bittersweet, that’s just not going to happen for a couple of reasons: time and money. Hmm…those two things tend to dominate a great majority of many of our decisions, don’t they? I mean just because I’m lacking those two very important factors doesn’t mean I can’t have what I want and you can too!

 

First of all, we have to get it out of our heads that time and money are the two most important aspects of any gathering. Yes, they help…a lot, but there are creative ways around that. The most important elements of any gathering are making guests feel at home and setting a gracious tone. Here are my favorite ways to set a thankful and gracious table:

 

Host Chairs: Yes or No? I say, no. I don’t like making my guests feel different from me, plus that’s just not my style. I prefer to sit back and make my guests the star for the day.

 

Matching China and Stemware or Not? Personally, I don’t have enough of anything to match. As much as the beautiful Pottery Barn holiday tablescape gets me every time I visit their store, I don’t have it in the budget to spend a couple thousand dollars on tableware. I choose to mix and match what I have. I try to use items that are in the same general color family, but if I don’t have enough I keep a few clear plates on hand. They are available at Wal-Mart for a few dollars each. They are perfect, because, well, clear goes with anything.

 

Every Gracious Table Should Have: A warm and inviting tone that serves as a gathering place for family and friends.

 

Traditional or Not? Anyone that knows me knows that I love tradition. I believe there’s something special about keeping up with old traditions, but I do like to buck the system occasionally. This is usually accomplished by adding a splash of the unexpected. For example, I like to add a touch of pink and purple to my Thanksgiving table. When done in small doses these colors actually complement the traditional red and orange color scheme quite nicely.

 

My last words of advice: Embrace what you have and make it work. There’s a certain joy and satisfaction one gets that simply can’t be bought.

Saturday, 11 November 2017 09:16

Poteau Veterans Day Parade Winners


Bands
1st Place Heavener
2nd Place Poteau
3rd Place Spiro
4th Place Panama

 

Groups
1st Cub Scouts
2nd T-Wrecks and Maidens of Mayhem
3rd Girl Scouts

 

Floats
1st DAV
2nd VFW AUX 4884
3rd MRC Medical Reserve Corps

cubscouts

Cub Scout (above) Boys Scouts (below)

 

one boyscout salute

 

 

girlscouts

Girl Scouts

poppy

poppy1

VFW AUX 4884

dav1

 

spiroband

Spiro Band

More pics on the Oklahoma Welcome Facebook page.

 

 

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