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David Deaton

David Deaton

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All good things must come to an end, they say. I guess I have realized that more in the past few years than ever before.


It started with my kids growing up and moving forward with their lives, my mom passed away, we sold our home that held so many awesome family members and now it is time to say goodbye to you. I can’t tell you how much I have enjoyed writing for you and sharing my life with you.


You all have become like family to me and I know I will miss writing this column, but as we are all well aware, life happens and changes must follow.

Gosh, I was thinking just the other day about how much you guys had been through with me. The highs, the lows and everything in between.


My kids grew up during the time I have been writing this column, now I’m about to be a grandmommy!


We bought that beloved home in Poteau and renovated it together.


You read about every party we ever had there. You grieved with me when friends and family members passed. I finished my degree and started a new career. Wow! Some of those things feel like forever ago. It’s crazy how much life passes us by and we don’t even realize it at the time.

Again, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate you reading my column every week. I truly will miss telling you all about everything.


Thanks again for being a part of the memories!

Wednesday, 09 October 2019 20:45

Applying for a Nomination to a Service Academy

By Congressman Markwayne Mullin


As a Member of Congress, I have the honor of nominating students to our country’s service academies. Attending a U.S. service academy is an invaluable experience that shapes young men and women into our next generation of leaders. Nominations are available for the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.


The service academies prepare young people to serve as commissioned officers in the branches of our armed forces. Students at the academies undergo intense academic work, physical training, and character development that prepare them for military service. Deciding to apply for a nomination to a service academy should not be taken lightly. When they graduate, individuals receive a bachelor’s degree and are commissioned as military officers. The honor of attending a service academy comes with an obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation.


Service academies recruit the best and brightest. They look for individuals who not only answer the call of duty but are willing to go above and beyond. It’s recommended that you excel academically and are involved in school, church, or community activities. Each applicant for a nomination must meet the following eligibility requirements for admission to an academy:

• At least 17 years old, but not have passed the 23rd birthday
• U.S. citizen
• Unmarried, not pregnant, and without legal obligation to support children or other dependents
• Meet the medical, physical, and academic requirements of the academy
• Reside within the boundaries of the 2nd Congressional District of Oklahoma


To request a nomination for a service academy from my office, please visit www.Mullin.House.Gov/ServiceAcademy and fill out the Academy Application and the Online Form. There are two ways to apply: send the application via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mail a printed application to my Muskogee Office at 811-A N. York St, Muskogee, OK 74403.


All applications must be filled out and returned to my Muskogee office by Friday, November 15, 2019. After applications are submitted, all nomination applicants will have a personal interview and when interviews are complete, we will begin the notification process for applicants.


Receiving a nomination from a congressional office is just the first step in the process of attending a service academy and a nomination does not guarantee admission. If an individual receives a nomination from my office to a service academy, the next step is to receive an appointment from that service academy. After receiving a nomination, the individual will be put into a pool of nominees. From there, the service academies will reach out to offer an appointment, or an offer of admission.


Applying for a nomination and to the academies can be a daunting process, but my team and I are here to help in any way we can. If you have any questions about the application, nomination, or appointment process, please call my Muskogee office at (918) 687-2533 for more information.



Wednesday, 09 October 2019 20:43

Kathy Jo Sanders Obituary

Kathy Jo Sanders of Ft Smith, Arkansas was born December 6, 1954 in Rantoul, Illinois to William and Deletha (Cockburn) West and passed away October 2, 2019 in Ft Smith, Arkansas at the age of 64.

Kathy is survived by her mother, Deletha Beavers, her sister, Belinda Nelson, her brother, Darren Beavers, two nieces, Alicia Frye and Ashlee Jones, one nephew, Jeremy Jones, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, other family, and friends.


She is preceded in death by her father, William West. Kathy worked as a supervisor at Whirlpool for over 30 years and will be missed by all that knew her.


Memorial services will be held 11:00am Friday, October 11, 2019 at the Mallory-Martin funeral home Chapel in Spiro, Oklahoma with Sister Debbie Wegert officiating.


Please log on to to sign Kathy’s guestbook.

Wednesday, 09 October 2019 20:41

Fishing Report for October 9, 2019

A service of the Oklahoma Wildlife Department


Arbuckle: October 7. Elevation 1/2 ft. above normal, water 81. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good on topwater lures early morning and crankbaits in the main lake the rest of the day. Crappie good off docks early morning and on Milk Money jigs around brush piles. White bass fair on topwater lures and grubs with some surfacing mid-morning. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Broken Bow: October 6. Elevation below normal, water 85. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on Alabama rigs, flukes and plastic baits around brush structure and points. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: October 4. Elevation above normal, water 84 and murky. Striped bass hybrids and white bass fair on flukes, small lures and spoons in the main lake and along sandbars. Crappie fair on minnows and tube jigs around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Jake Bersche, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Konawa: October 3. Elevation normal, water 88 and clear. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, jigs and plastic baits in the main lake, around points and river channel. Striped bass hybrids and white bass fair on Alabama rigs, crankbaits and live shad in coves, main lake and river channel. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and stinkbait in coves, inlet and weed beds. Report submitted by Garret Harley, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountain Fork: October 3. Stocked 3,834 rainbow trout on September 25. Report submitted by Don Groom, southeast region supervisor.

Lower Mountain Fork: October 4. Elevation normal, water clear. Trout good on crickets, PowerBait, small lures, tube jigs and worms below the dam, creek channels, river channel and rocks. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Pine Creek: October 4. Elevation above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass fair on jerk baits and topwater lures along channels and in coves. Crappie good on jigs around brush structure. Channel catfish good on chicken liver and cut bait along creek channels. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robert S. Kerr: October 4. Elevation normal, water murky. Crappie good on hair jigs, jigs and minnows around brush structure, points and standing timber. Blue catfish fair on cut bait, shad and stinkbait along flats, main lake, river channel and river mouth. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: October 2. Elevation normal, water 76. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on crankbaits, jigs, lipless baits, plastic baits, spinnerbaits and tube jigs around brush structure, points, rocks, shorelines, standing timber and weed beds. Blue, channel and flathead catfish fair on cut bait, shad and sunfish along flats, main lake and shorelines. Crappie jigs, minnows and tube jigs around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Texoma: October 4. Elevation normal, water 80. Striped bass good on Alabama rigs, live bait and topwater lures below the dam, along flats and main lake. Blue catfish fair on cut bait below the dam and main lake. Live bait and topwater are the best methods to catch striped bass on the main lake. Below Denison Dam, cut bait and live bait have been producing small striper and small catfish. Report submitted by Trey Hale, game warden stationed in Marshall County.

Wednesday, 09 October 2019 20:39

Robert “Bob” Lester Copeland Obituary



Robert “Bob” Lester Copeland of Bokoshe, Oklahoma was born on February17, 1932 in Nubbin Ridge, Oklahoma to Lester and Katherine (Martin) Copeland and passed away October 9, 2019 in Muskogee, Oklahoma at the age of 87.


He is survived by two brothers; John Copeland and wife Denise and Jim Copeland, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and loved ones.


Robert was preceded in death by his parents; Lester and Katherine Copeland, and two brothers; Donald Copeland and Gene Copeland.


He served in the United States Army and retired from the United States Air Force.


Funeral Service will be 2:00 pm Friday at Mallory-Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Spiro, Oklahoma with Reverend Vernon Stone officiating.


To sign Mr. Copelands online guest book, please visit


Wednesday, 09 October 2019 18:32

Pedestrian VS Train


Poteau, OKLAHOMA - According to Assistant Chief Greg Russell, of the Poteau Police Department, on Oct 9,-2019 at 1050 am the Poteau Police and LeFlore County EMS were dispatched to the railroad tracks north of the Highway 112 overpass on a call of a collision involving a train and a pedestrian.


On arrival, patrol officers located an unidentified Caucasian male deceased on the tracks.



Initial information gathered is that a Kansas City Southern train was southbound and struck the male, who was curled up, laying on the tracks between the rails.


Poteau Police Department Investigators are examining the scene and an Investigator from the Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has been dispatched from Tulsa.



PPD Investigators will work with the ME’s Investigator, KCS Police, and other resources going forward to identify the male subject and try to find out the circumstances leading up to this incident.


Tuesday, 08 October 2019 22:22

TCSB Host Cancer Awareness Day

Poteau, OKLAHOMA - The Community State Bank held a Cancer awareness day to celebrate their employees who are  survivors and fighters of all types of cancer.


There are four survivors and one still fighting here at TCSB and are so very thankful for each one of them!"




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Pictured from left are: Neva Fitzpatrick, Pat Donathan, Janna Owens and Linda Fox (Not pictured Sherry Garner)


Neva Fitzpatrick - Her story 


In October 2018, I decided to switch my PCP to someone in town. Marc had recently started working at the hospital and had started seeing a new doctor and really liked her and thought we should just move the whole family to her. I set up my first appointment and immediately loved her. She was smart, easy to talk to, and VERY thorough.


After reading through my family history she decided to do some bloodwork and also wanted to set me up for a mammogram.


She said we just want to get an idea so we have a starting point as you get older. I had my mammogram after January 1, 2019 because, insurance! The ladies were wonderful.


They made me feel so comfortable (as comfortable as you can be in that situation!) and it went quick. She showed me a couple of spots that she said could be questionable to the radiologist reading it so don’t be surprised if I get a call back. I did. They wanted to do a compression mammogram on one side and an ultrasound on the other.


They told me I should hear something within the next week. My doctor called me back and said they weren’t liking something they saw and would like me to have a needle biopsy on my right side. That took me to the Women’s Center at Baptist Health in Fort Smith. They were also wonderful and the whole procedure was pretty quick. While I was there Marc’s grandmother had been admitted to Baptist for some health issues so we visited her after my appointment.


Unfortunately she was a lot sicker than we thought and she passed away on January 28, 2019. The next day was my birthday! I was at work enjoying my day when my doctor gave me a call. She told me they had sent her my biopsy results and she wondered if I could ask Marc to meet me and she would go over them with us in her office. I said so I need to leave work? She said yes. I said I didn’t want to! She said well I don’t like to give results over the phone but since you are being have breast cancer. How soon can you be in my office? I told her I would leave work right now. I came in the office and told the girls, as much as I tried I could not keep from breaking down.


They cried with me and told me everything would be ok God has this. I called Marc and asked him to come get me and take me to Dr. Jones’ office. We met with her and everything from that time was just a whirlwind. Cancer Treatment Center of America was recommended to me and it has been amazing! I had my double mastectomy on February 20, 2019 and was declared cancer free on February 22, 2019! Which is also our daughter Lexi’s birthday! At this time I have had 2 of the 3 surgeries to complete my reconstruction. I hope to have my final surgery before the end of the year so I can start 2020 in a whole different way.

Even though it is not anything I ever imagined going through, God was with me the entire journey. It is so amazing how He guides your steps. I felt an amazing peace through the whole thing and never really felt alone. I truly appreciate everything my family, friends, and bank family did for me during that tough time. I will be grateful always.


Pat Donathan - Her Story


In the year 2000 Larry insisted that officers of TCSB get a physical.


I was really busy and thought I didn’t have time for that, but after several times of him asking if I had had my physical, I reluctantly made an appointment.


I went for my physical and my Dr requested I have a mammogram (even though she had done a breast exam and didn’t find anything suspicious) because I had skipped a year. My mammogram came back with suspicious spots that were not on my previous one. The next step was an ultra sound and a visit with the surgeon who suggested a needle biopsy. On April 27, 2000 I got the results that I had breast cancer. On May 5, 2000 I had a lumpectomy where they removed a small lump and also took several lymph nodes to determine if my cancer was metastatic or contained.


My results were that 1 lymph node contained cancer cells and my surgeon sent me to an oncologist who recommended chemotherapy and radiation. I had 6 months of chemo treatments and 30 radiation treatments. My chemo treatments were split between the radiation, so I lost every hair on my head 2 different times.


Losing my hair was one of the most difficult things I’ve gone through. I can’t explain why that is when you’re are fighting for your life, but every cancer person I’ve talked with that has lost their hair has said it was the worst part of chemo. I was very blessed during chemo because I was treated with nausea medication to keep it at a minimum, so I was able to work throughout my treatment plan. I was cancer free.


Fast forward 19 years. A couple of years ago I had a lump on my chest and I had my oncologist look at it and he ordered an ultrasound that showed it was fluid filled and it went away. Earlier this year I noticed it again but didn’t think much about it. It began to grow and in May I showed it to my sister (she is an oncology nurse) & my 2 cousins who are nurses also.


All three of them said I needed to make an appointment with my oncologist. I did and he ordered another ultrasound. The radiologist told me there was something there and called my oncologist to setup an ultrasound guided needle biopsy. I received the dreaded news that my cancer had returned.


The tumor is small and again was caught early. I’m taking a chemo pill daily that I will take indefinitely, I’ve finished my radiation treatment, and I will have bloodwork every 3 months and scans at least yearly. My oncologist says my prognosis is very good. Praise The Lord!


My family, friends, and my bank family have been so supportive throughout this journey. I’m very grateful to all of you.


Janna Owens - Her Story


My cancer story started April 12, 2018. I had a doctor’s appointment that led to an ultra sound on April 16, 2018 then a CT scan on May 1, 2018 then a PET scan on May 17, 2018.


I received a call later that day and was told that I had a spot in my left lung, 2 spots on my liver and something in my colon. On May 4, 2018 I had an ultra sound with unclear results and an MRI. July 25, 2018 I had a colonoscopy that I was told was cancer and that I was almost 100% blocked in my colon.


On July 27, 2018 I had an ultra sound done on my liver then on July 31, 2018 I had a biopsy done on my liver. August 1, 2018 I had colon surgery where they took out 8 inches of my colon. Fort Smith told me my liver was inoperable so we decided to go to MD Anderson in Houston TX. My first visit with MD Anderson was September 12, 2018.


Their CT scan showed 2 spots in my left lung and 4 in liver. I was told that my liver was operable and they put together a plan for me. I got my port put in in Fort Smith on September 28, 2018. MD Anderson came up with a chemo treatment plan and sent that to Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith where I was able to do my chemo.


I had 4 chemo treatments then my liver surgery was on January 22, 2019.


I had 4 more chemo treatments and had lung surgery on June 5, 2019 and followed that up with 4 more chemo treatments.


I have been cancer free since June 5, 2019!


Praise God!


I would like to thank everyone that prayed for me and my family. We could not have gotten through this without those prayers and support. For me I could feel the strength from those prayers. Just knowing that people were praying for me and my family had and still has a huge impact on dealing with this awful disease.


Sherry Garner - Her story 


I was diagnosed in August of 2014.


I had my last chemo treatment in January of 2015 and my last radiation treatment in March of 2015.


This will be 4 years since my last treatments. And I am doing well.



Linda Fox is also a survivor 



Tuesday, 08 October 2019 22:16

Back Roads History Tour Vacation Package

Submitted by Judy Korten, Talihina Chamber of Commerce


The Back Roads History Tour has a vacation package available to add to your Fall enjoyment.


October 30th through November 3rd.


Thursday, Friday and Saturday enjoy a six hour tour that includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner and evening entertainment.


Thursday’s tour includes the Beautiful Talimena Scenic Drive and side roads history tours. Friday the tour includes the Kiamichi Mountain area. Saturday the tour destination is the San Bois Mountain area and the intriguing Robbers Cave State Park.


These tours will consist of beautiful fall color, and historic sites.


Fall splendor should be in full swing at this time and this is an easy carefree way to enjoy the colors our area is so famous for. Lodging will be at the Kiamichi Baptist Assembly Camp, dorm style.


Packages are for singles and couples we also offer day packages if you live close enough to spend the nights at home.


Come and join the fun. Call 918-567-3434 to get prices and details.


Registration deadline is October 18, 2019.

For more information and to reserve your reservation, contact the Talihina Chamber of Commerce at 918-567-3434 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Tuesday, 08 October 2019 22:12

JoNell (Sumpter) Crandell Obituary

JoNell (Sumpter) Crandell, 62, of Poteau, OK passed away Monday, October 7, 2019 in Poteau. JoNell was born March 15, 1957 in Fanshawe, OK to Jay & Loeta (Wilson) Sumpter. She worked as a waitress, truck driver and homemaker. She was a devoted wife of 45 years, a loving sister & aunt.


She loved writing poetry and many of her poems published.


 She loved taking care of her flowers. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Jackie Sumpter-Lucas, Shirley Sumpter-Adams; brother, Bobby Sumpter; mother & father in law, Charles & Clara Crandell.


Survivors include her husband, Larry; brothers, Steve & Amy Sumpter of Poteau, OK, Art & Sharon Sumpter of Mulberry, AR, Rocky & Amy Sumpter of Poteau, OK, Don & Alta Crandell of Moore, OK; sisters, Judy & Johnny Newby of Van Buren, AR, Oradell & Robert Newby of Red Oak, OK, Betty Harris of Sallisaw, OK, Elanor & James Rollison of Cameron, OK, Claudette Sumpter-Mann of Poteau, OK, Bonnie & Gene Ryburn of Wister, OK; nephew, Chris & Crystal Sumpter and many more.


Services will be 2 pm, Thursday, October 10, 2019 at Oakland Cemetery Pavilion, Poteau, OK with Jim Cook officiating.


Pallbearers will be Rocky, Steve, Brad, Art & Chris Sumpter, Gene Ryburn and James Rollison.


There will be no visitation.


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


The Carl Albert State College – Sallisaw nursing program has been named No. 9 in the state of Oklahoma for 2019, according to

Nursing programs were assessed on several factors which represent how well a program supports students towards licensure and beyond. We analyzed past and present first time NCLEX-RN “pass-rates” - weighted by year.

The NCLEX-RN exam is used by all state boards of nursing across the United States to help assess a student's competency and is required for licensure.


To determine the ranking of each qualifying program, used the following ranking process:

1. NCLEX-RN pass rates were analyzed going back to the most recent years of data available up to 5 years, each state may have varying years, see the data table below for each state's year range analysis

2. Schools pass rates were averaged together and weighted by the recency of the exam, for example, exam pass rates in 2018 count more towards overall rankings than scores from 2014
The CASC – Sallisaw nursing program has an average NCLEX-RN score of 91.96.


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CASC’s main Poteau campus made the list at No. 16 with an average NCLEX-RN score of 88.38.


“We are thrilled to be named a Top 10 program in Oklahoma,” said Marcia Cullum, CASC Director of Nursing Education. “Our faculty members are passionate about educating and preparing nursing students for the NCLEX, but more than that — we are devoted to developing our student nurses into compassionate, and competent nurses who will thrive in their professional careers. Our students truly invest themselves into our programs, and I am so happy to see their hard work being recognized.”


For more information about CASC’s Health Science and Nursing programs, visit or call the CASC Nursing Department at 918-647-1355.


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