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Poteau, OK - The Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center's Hospital  Auxiliary helps with fund-raising and make sure the vending machines are stocked. They run the gift shop, help visitors find patients’ rooms and other volunteer help for the hospital. According to Interim CEO Shaun Keef, the Auxiliary “does a lot for customer relations for the hospital.”


EOMC Auxiliary has elected officers for 2017-2018. Linda Holton, current President, announced that Ginger Lemly will be the new President.


Holton had awards for all auxiliary members and presented them to those who were available at the time--Lemly, Betty & Jerry Scott and Sue Plowman.

EOMC Auxiliary always lending a helping hand - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Saturday, 13 May 2017 13:26

Aylene Martindale Obituary




Aylene Martindale of Bates, Arkansas was born May 21, 1931 in Weeks, Arkansas to Fred Stafford, Sr. and Lora (Stevens) Stafford and passed away May 12, 2017 in Barling, Arkansas at the age of 85.


She is survived by:

One daughter:
Karen Orite of Mulberry, Arkansas

One son:
Steven Martindale of Wister, Oklahoma

Four sisters:
Freda Hunt of Waldron, Arkansas
Maggie Scott of Nashville, Arkansas
Modene Hall of Pocola, Oklahoma
Sandra Leonard of Jones, Oklahoma

One brother:
Gary Stafford of Bates, Arkansas

Seven grandchildren:
Keely, Angela, David, Dustin, Shanna, Jennifer, and Cindy

Twelve great-grandchildren

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


She was preceded in death by her first husband, Bill Martindale; second husband, Royce Moudy; one son, Stanley Martindale; two grandsons, Steven Martindale, Jr. and Matt Martindale; and three brothers, Bob, Fred, Jr., and Sam Stafford.


Aylene married Bill Martindale on September 28, 1947.


Though Aylene had only an 8th grade education and had never worked outside of the home; she was able to complete an Associates equivalency and become the Director of Bates Head Start/Home Start Program.


To many in Scott County she was known as “Miss Aylene”. Aylene was instrumental in gaining support to convert Bates School to a Community Building that is used for multiple purposes. She wrote a grant application that helped fund the conversion from Bates School to Bates Community Building.


Aylene was an active member of Bates Baptist Church for much of her life, where she taught Preschool Primary Sunday School for many years. In her later life, she attended Weeks Church and Bates Pentecostal Church.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at Cedar Creek Baptist Church in Weeks, Arkansas with Reverend Larry Free officiating. Burial will follow in Weeks Cemetery under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener, Oklahoma.


There will be a dinner at noon at the Weeks Community Building.


Pallbearers will be: Family


In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Weeks Community Building or Weeks Cemetery.


Viewing will be from noon until 8:30 p.m., Sunday and 8:00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m., Monday.


To sign Mrs. Martindale’s online guestbook please visit


Saturday, 13 May 2017 13:14

Ann Marie Nuzzi Obituary




Ann Marie Nuzzi of Bokoshe, Oklahoma was born on December 13, 1986 in West Plains, Missouri, to Paul Edward and Sarah Kay (Moore) Kneisley and passed away on May 11, 2017 in Fort Smith, Arkansas at the age of 29 years.

Ann is survived by, two daughters; Alyssia Nuzzi and Elizabeth Nuzzi, one son; Mark Nuzzi III, her mother; Sarah Kneisley and Paul “Sonny” of Bokoshe, Oklahoma, three brothers; Bud Lindsey, Timmothy Lindsey, and Steve Elliott, and her grandfather; Robert Moore.

Ann was preceded in death by her biological father; Steve Elliott and her grandmother; Dorothy Moore.


Ann was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Bokoshe, Oklahoma. S


he loved reading, attending her church, and spending time with her children.

Funeral services will be held at 10am Tuesday at the First Assembly of God in Bokoshe, Oklahoma with Reverend Doyle Martin officiating.


Interment will follow at the Spiro City Cemetery.


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


Viewing with family and friends will be Monday 5pm-7pm at the funeral home.


Condolences can be made online to the family on Ann’s guestbook at


Ann Marie Nuzzi Obituary - 4.5 out of 5 based on 2 votes
Friday, 12 May 2017 15:46

Charles "Mack" Essman Obituary




Charles "Mack" Essman, 74, of Wister, OK passed away Thursday, May 11, 2017 in Wister.


Mack was born November 6, 1942 in Wister, OK to Andrew & Francis Essman.


He was a veteran of the Army National Guard. He was also a Wister Volunteer Fire Fighter.


He was preceded in death by his parents & his sister, Linda Binns.


Survivors include his wife, Suzie Essman; Sons, Butch Essman of Wister, OK, Keith Essman of Spiro, OK; grandchildren, Eric & Leanne Essman of Wister, OK, Dakota & Kandace Essman, Alyssa Essman of Spiro, OK; great granddaughters, Samantha & Payson Essman of Spiro, OK; good friends, J.D. DeLap & Simon Billy of Wister; special companion, Bella - his little dog; other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Services will be 10 am, Monday, May 15, 2017 at Bethel Baptist Church, Wister with Rev. Clyde Steelman officiating. Interment will follow in Ellis Chapel Cemetery, Wister.


Pallbearers will be Dakota Essman, Lee Shipman, Ben Shipman, J.D. DeLap, & Simon Billy, Randy Duvall.


The family will be at the funeral home on Sunday from 3-5 pm to visit with relatives & friends.


You may leave an online message at


The family has chosen to entrust the care of the services to Evans & Miller Funeral Home, Poteau, Oklahoma.

Friday, 12 May 2017 15:41

Timothy Douglas Matlock Obituary





Timothy Douglas Matlock, 57, of Poteau, OK passed away Monday, May 8, 2017 in Pocola.



Timothy was born August 22, 1959 in Ft. Smith, AR to James Douglas & Melba (Wilson) Matlock.



He was a quality engineer for Franklin Electric.



He was preceded in death by his sister, Leslie Wright.



Survivors include his wife, Aleta of the home; 3 daughters, Amanda Curl of Poplar Bluff, MO, Laura Denton of Ocean Springs, MS & Cathy Sweeten of Pocola, OK; 2 sons, Daniel Matlock and Richard Sweeten of Pocola, OK; 11 grandchildren & 4 great grandchildren; brothers, Jackey Matlock of Muldrow, OK, Mike Matlock of Mooresville, NC; his parents, James Matlock of Ft. Smith, AR & Melba Matlock of Roland, OK; other relatives, loved ones and friends.



Services will be 11 am, Sunday, May 14, 2017 graveside at Roland Cemetery, Roland, OK.


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  An early morning rollover accident the Cavanal Scenic Expressway leaves chicken parts scattered over the road causing the Northbound lanes between South McKenna and Pleasant Valley to be shut down.

On May 12, 2017 at approximately 4:43 am Poteau Fire along with Poteau Police and LeFlore County EMS were dispatched to a scene of a rollover accident that occurred when a semi-truck, carrying chicken parts, left the roadway and over turned.

The driver, Guylan Morton 58, of Stilwell, had to be extricated by the Poteau Fire Department and was transported by LeFlore County EMS to Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center in Poteau.

Please use and alternate route, as the road will remain closed for until a Hazmat unit can get the roadway cleaned up.


According to the Poteau Police department the road will be closed most of the day

Portion of Bypass closed after Rollover accident in Poteau - 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote





Poteau, OK - Members of the Montana Mike’s staff in Poteau hand over a donation of more than $500 to Kodey Toney, Director of the Pervasive Parenting Center recently.



The staff took up donations and contributed to help raise funds for the non-profit in recognition of Autism Awareness Month in April.




Pictured are Tracy Lowrimore, Kodey Toney, Hillary Gatlin, Tuff Mercado, Stephen Marcaurelle, and Brenda Billings.




On May 11, 2017 at approximately 5:53pm, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol were dispatched to a one vehicle injury accident that occurred on United State Highway 70.

The accident occurred six miles west of Mead.


According to the report a 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by John K. Green 39, of Caddo, was westbound on US70 when his vehicle went left of center and exited on the South side of the road striking the guardrail. The vehicle then went back across the highway exiting the North side of the road striking another guardrail before coming to rest.

Green was transported by Air-Evac to Plano Medical Center in Plano, Texas and was admitted with head and trunk internal injuries.

According to the report the condition of the driver: Odor of Alcohol and the Cause of Collision is still under investigation.


The accident was investigated by OHP, the West Bryan County Fire Department, and Bryan County EMS.





The Poteau Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Shoe Sensation during their Grand Opening Celebration on Thursday.

Shoe Sensation is hosting a grand opening which started and Thursday and will continue throughout the weekend with super savings on many brands of shoes.

Shoe Sensation is a privately held corporation based in Jeffersonville Indiana and operates over 145 retail stores in 18 states.


The Company's strategy will increase the total store count to approximately 175 locations by the end of 2017.During the grand opening customers will can register to win a free pair of shoes for their entire immediate family during the first four days the store is open.

On Friday May 12th, Shoe Sensation will give free gifts to the first 50 customers after 5:00 p.m. and will be giving out gift cards every 15 minutes until 7:00 p.m.

Shoe Sensation will showcase over 10,000 pairs of first run shoes as well as a large assortment of fashion accessories and shoe care products.

National Brands include: Mike, Clarks, Skechers and many others will be available.

Shoe Sensation is located on the Shoppes on Broadway, next to Hibbitt’s Sporting Goods at 3100 N Broadway, Suite 108-109.

Stores Hours Monday through Thursday 9am until 8pm. Friday and Saturday from 9am until 9pm and Sunday’s from 12pm until 6pm.





If you are looking for something to do this weekend or a place to eat, well then check out Strike A Lot Lanes and do some bowling.

If food is what you crave check out Myers Drive In – in business for 45 years – Myers offers some great food items and friendly service without ever having to leave your car.

Take a short drive and eat some breakfast or lunch at the Lumberjack Café in Howe, good food, great service at affordable prices..


Here are some other great event happening in the area


May 13
Cavanal Killer – Poteau, OK
Howe FFA 5K run – Long Lake Resorts - Poteau, OK

May 14
Wister High School Graduation – 2pm – Wister, OK

May 26 & 27
Steampunk Festival – Downtown Poteau, OK

June 16
LeFlore County Youth Services Golf Tournament – Poteau, OK

July 14
Heavener Rodeo – Heavener, OK


Events at Strike A Lot Lanes in Poteau

Wacky Wednesdays:

$1.00 Bowl Games (Shoe Rental $2.50) & ½ Priced Laser Tag


9-Pin Tourney Challenge - 7pm


Cosmic Bowl 9pm-11pm 2 hr. unlimited bowling, $10 (shoe rental not included)

8pm-11pm; three-hour unlimited bowling and light show -$10 plus shoe rental


Bowlaraoke and Cosmic Bowl 8pm-11pm

BOGO Sunday’s


Events at the Lounge in Poteau

Monday's :

Guy’s Night Out – Happy Hour Prices for guys All Night



Karaoke 9pm-Close & Reverse Happy Hour 9pm-12am



Ladies Night- Happy Hour for Ladies all night




Karaoke or scheduled band or event

Sunday's Fun day

Happy Hour 2pm-7pm

Pool tourney -5 pm


Latest Events

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Steampunk Festival
Fri May 26 @12:00AM
Poteau High School 50th Reunion
Sat May 27 @ 6:00PM - 10:00PM
Boys and Girls Club's Chalk the Walk Event
Thu Jun 01 @ 8:00AM - 02:00PM
“Tracing the Steps of Thomas Nuttall”
Sat Jun 03 @ 9:00AM - 05:00PM
LCYS Golf Tournament
Fri Jun 16 @ 9:00AM -