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Monday, 19 March 2018 23:23

Larry "Leo" Davis Obituary


Larry "Leo" Davis, 80, of Dog Creek, OK passed away Sunday, March 18, 2018 in Dog Creek. Leo was born March 15, 1938 in Shady Point, OK to Elvin & Juanita (Sides) Davis.


Leo was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He loved country music & was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Shelby Ross.


Survivors include his wife Mary, of the home; daughters, Nita Beebe & husband Randy,Pamela Bower & husband David; son, Loren Davis & wife Trudy; grandchildren, Justin Beebe, Larrisa Beebe, Brandon Bower, Alexandria Eaton, Ruthe Bryce, Laney Davis, Lezlie Davis, Shance Davis; great grandchildren, Jolee Williams, Candon Bower, Colt Williams, Breonna Bryce, Corbin Eaton, Jaston Bower, Jaxon Bryce; brother, Dale  Davis of Okemah; sister, Jo Hutton of OKC; other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Services will be 10 am, Thursday, March 22, 2018 at Dog Creek Cemetery Pavilion with Jim Cook officiating.


Burial will follow.


Pallbearers will be Justin Beebe, Tracy Lovell, Andy Ayliffe, Jamin Eaton, Daniel Davis, Kris Davis, Brandon Bower, Dexter Ross. Honorary pallbearers will be Ray, Jerry, Jack & Burl Lovell.


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


You may leave an online message at


The family has chosen to entrust the ca re of the services toEvans & Miller Funeral Home, Poteau, Oklahoma.


By OICA CEO Joe Dorman


Last week was the deadline week for bills to be heard in the house of origin in the Oklahoma Legislature. In all, about 850 pieces of legislation are left alive in the House and Senate for consideration, down from an original total of 4100 in early February.


OICA has been working on several different pieces of legislation, and I am pleased to say that we have made progress in several of our priority areas. For instance, I recently wrote about my concerns regarding Senate Bill 1435, which allowed public schools to suspend students – even very young students – indefinitely. Since I voiced those concerns, we have worked with legislators to modify and moderate the language in that bill. While the newest version still lowers the age for which schools can suspend students for assault, it also reduces the length of time they can be suspended for and increases opportunities for counseling. We feel this language is far better than both existing law and the original bill. Thank you to Senators Ron Sharp and Allison Ikely-Freeman for their work with us in the Senate. We hope some of the minor changes we would like to see moving forward will be considered in the House of Representatives, including further strengthening the provisions dealing with counseling and treatment for suspended students.


Criminal Justice Reform also continues to make major headway this legislative session, with six separate bills gaining traction in both legislative chambers and receiving early support from the governor. OICA strongly supports reform measures that would help families stay united rather than seeing more parents imprisoned. It is my hope these bills will receive a thorough review and a fair opportunity to be considered. Rep. Chris Kannady, R-Oklahoma City, was selected to be the new chair of the House committee which will oversee these reforms and I am confident he will be much more willing to see compromise and allow fair hearings than previous committee chairs.


As has been well-documented in the press, negotiations are ongoing and thus far fruitless regarding potential revenue enhancements. I am personally very worried that our Legislature is not only incapable of passing a revenue raising measure with a three-quarters majority, but also incapable of mustering the simple majority required to place such a measure on the November ballot. While allowing the people to vote on new revenue may feel like a no-brainer, some legislators are hyper-sensitive to any vote that can be labelled as supportive of tax increases during an election year, even with the obvious and critical funding needs we now face. OICA will continue to work with legislators and advocates to champion needed funding for child-related issues. To that end, please join us on May 9 for Child Advocacy Day at the State Capitol as we call upon lawmakers to pass kid-friendly bills and a responsible budget. You can find details at for what will be scheduled.


Finally, congratulations are in order to Senator Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City and Representative Charles McCall, R-Atoka for their recent elections as the top leaders in their respective legislative bodies. We hope to continue our work with them to see better things for our state and hope for bipartisan solutions for the problems we face in Oklahoma. Both gentlemen have been personal friends of mine since before their elections to office, so I have a long track record of working with them and hope to continue that productive relationship in their leadership roles.


Press release


NORMAN – The No. 6 Oklahoma men’s golf team leads after two rounds at the Lone Star Invitational. The two-day, 54-hole tournament is being played at the par-72, 7,247-yard Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas.


The Sooners posted a 279 (-9) in the first round of action and a 286 (-2) in the second to grab a 13-shot lead with a 36-hole total of 565 (-11).


“The opportunities were out there for us today and we didn’t capitalize on them in the afternoon,” OU head coach Ryan Hybl said. “The guys feel good though and we will be ready for tomorrow.”


UTEP and Arkansas State are tied for second place with an overall 578 (+2), while Little Rock, New Mexico State and UTSA share fourth place at 581 (+5).


Senior Grant Hirschman is tied for first place on the individual leaderboard through 36 holes with a two-round score of 140 (-4). The senior opened the day with a 68 (-4) and followed up with a 72 (E) in the second round to share the lead with Arkansas State’s Jakub Bares. Hirschman pocketed seven birdies during Monday’s two rounds.


Junior Brad Dalke and redshirt sophomore Quade Cummins hold a share of third place, one shot back of the lead at the end of day one. Dalke totaled a 141 (-3) on Monday with a 70 (-2) and a 71 (-1) over two rounds. Cummins led after the first 18 holes, matching his career low with a 68 (-4) before closing out the day with a 73 (+1) to finish the first two rounds.


Redshirt sophomore Thomas Johnson is tied for 20th place with a 36-hole 145 (+1). Johnson carded a 73 (+1) and a 72 (E) in the first and second rounds, respectively.


Rounding out OU’s lineup, sophomore Garett Reband is tied for 26th place heading into Tuesday’s final round at 146 (+2). Reband posted a 75 (+3) in the first round before closing the day with a 71 (-1). The sophomore picked up a pair of eagles during Monday’s 36 holes.


Competing as an individual and unattached from team scoring, junior Blaine Hale is tied for 20th at 145 (+1) after two rounds. After posting a 74 (+2) in the first round, Hale carded a 71 (-1) in the second to close the day.


The final round of the Lone Star Invitational is scheduled for Tuesday. Playing as a group, the Sooners will tee off at 8:30 a.m. CT from hole No. 1. Live scoring will be available on


Written by Tyler Pigg | Associate Director- University of Oklahoma Athletics Communications



According to the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation, on Friday, March 16, 2018 just before 8am, a man checking his cattle in Pontotoc County discovered a dead body.

He called the sheriff’s office who, in turn, called the medical examiner’s office and the OSBI for assistance.

The medical examiner’s office has transported the body to its Oklahoma City office for an autopsy and identification.

OSBI special agents documented the scene and collected evidence.

OSBI forensic analysts will process the evidence at the OSBI Forensic Science Center.

Saturday, 17 March 2018 20:18

Two injured in accident near Red Oak

According to a report from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, two people were injured in an one vehicle accident that occurred on March 17, 2018 at approximately 3:30 pm on State Highway 82, 5.6 mile south of Red Oak in Latimer County.


According to the report, a 2017 Ford truck, driven by Jonita Neboyia 27, from Wilburton and her passenger Jonathan Sam 31, also from Wilburton, were traveling northbound on SH82, when the vehicle departed the road to the left.


Neboyia overcorrected the to the right, then the truck departed the road to the right and rolled an unknown amount of time coming to rest on the wheels.

Neboyia was ejected from the vehicle approximately 13 feet.


She was transported by Tulsa Life Flight to St John Hospital in Tulsa. She was listed in stable condition with arm, head and back injuries.


Sam was transported by LeFlore County EMS to Latimer County General Hospital in Wilburton where he was treated and released.


According to the report, the condition of driver - Odor of alcohol and the cause of the collision- Unsafe speed on a curve or turn.

The accident was investigated by the OHP.

Two injured in accident near Red Oak - 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote


WILBURTON, OK  – Eastern Oklahoma State College will honor Women’s History Month with a presentation by retired Lieutenant Colonel Carol O’Daniel on Wednesday, March 28. O’Daniel’s presentation is titled “A Few Good Women” and will cover the history of women serving in the military.


Her address will take place at 1 p.m. in the Tourtellotte Student Center Ballroom.


O’Daniel was commissioned in 1977 and her 28 years of service in the military has enabled her to speak with authority on the subject. Her service includes serving three years of active duty in the U.S. Army and also as a platoon leader for the 445th Military Police Company after graduating from the U.S. Army Military Police School based in McClellan, Ala.


O’Daniel found her calling serving in the line of duty and went on to become Operations Officer for the 45th Military Police Battalion in McAlester. Later in her career, she was named Commandant of the Oklahoma State Area Command in Oklahoma City.


Prior to retiring in 2005, she was serving as a media liaison officer at Joint Forces Headquarters, also in Oklahoma City. She is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and earned her degree from William Woods College.


The event is free and open to the public.

Press release


Governor Mary Fallin Takes Part in Groundbreaking Ceremony for Sofidel Group’s $360 Million New Inola Facility

Modern, integrated plant will support 300 jobs

INOLA – Governor Mary Fallin today participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for Sofidel Group, an Italian manufacturer of tissue paper that announced a $360 million capital investment here. The project will include the construction of a new facility that will support 300 jobs in the Rogers County community.

“Sofidel will build here a new, modern integrated plant to serve the south-central and central-western areas of this great country, where we have been operating since 2012,” said Luigi Lazzareschi, chief executive officer (CEO) of Sofidel Group. “I am glad to announce this new greenfield investment – the second one, after the first made in Ohio. This new investment will support our growth in the U.S. significantly.”

Sofidel’s Inola facility, expected to be operational by 2020, will have production capacity of 120,000 tons of tissue paper each year. The 1.8-million-square-feet plant is almost 40 percent larger than the Macy’s Fulfillment Center in north Tulsa County.

“We are excited that Sofidel has continued confidence to make this tremendous investment in Oklahoma,” said Fallin. “This global company has seen the advantages Oklahoma provides in its current operation, and now will double down with a state-of-the-art production facility in Inola. This is another example that our economic pro-business policies are diversifying Oklahoma’s economy.”

Coordinated by Tulsa’s Future, a a Tulsa Regional Chamber-led regional economic development plan supported by public and private investors, the project involves more partner entities than any in the plan’s 12-year history. Tulsa’s Future has now facilitated more than $675 million of capital investment in northeast Oklahoma since 2016, with a goal of $1.1 billion by 2020.

“We have been growing year after year at a very fast pace,” said Lazzareschi. “I would like to thank all the partners who have supported us in making this new project. They have played an integral role in helping us achieve this goal.”

Partners involved in the project include utility companies, tribal nations, and state and federal agencies.

“We welcome the arrival of Sofidel to northeast Oklahoma for its latest United States expansion,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “An international company like Sofidel locating here is a tribute to Oklahoma’s talented manufacturing workforce. Cherokee Nation has established a vital role in attracting new businesses to rural communities like Inola, where 300 permanent jobs and 500 construction jobs are a blessing to the local economy and schools. We’re excited to continue partnering with state and municipal partners to create opportunities like this that benefit the Cherokee Nation and all of northeast Oklahoma.”

“PSO is very pleased to work with state and local partners to bring this game-changing project to northeast Oklahoma,” said Stuart Solomon, president and chief operating officer for Public Service Company of Oklahoma. “Sofidel’s investment will bring much-needed jobs and an economic boost to Inola and the entire region. We are especially proud to be able to provide the site that helps make this project happen. This is exactly the type of high-impact project we hoped and expected to attract when we made the Inola River/Rail Site available for economic development. With easy access by highway, rail and the Verdigris River Navigation Channel, this site is primed to bring even more jobs and investment to the Inola area.”

“We are proud to partner with our state, local and business leaders to attract new growth opportunities to the great state of Oklahoma through a highly collaborative economic development strategy,” said Pierce Norton, president and CEO of ONE Gas. “We all benefit from our state’s abundant natural gas supplies being in close proximity to where the resource is consumed, which allows our company to deliver reliable, affordable energy to businesses like Sofidel, which also recognizes that energy costs are critical to their company’s competitive advantage.”

Public Service Company of Oklahoma, along with Rogers County and Inola leadership, recently invested in site preparation for the 1,100-acre Inola River/Rail Site to make it available for industrial development. The site was previously the location of a planned but cancelled nuclear power plant.

“Sofidel is going to have a huge impact on Inola and Rogers County, the Inola school system and Northeast Tech, and will eventually create significant benefit through new tax revenues,” said Inola Mayor Larry Grigg. “This comes about with groups such as the Tulsa Regional Chamber, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, Rogers County and the Rogers County Industrial Development Authority working together, along with the Town of Inola, to make this opportunity a reality. We are excited about the positive impact this will bring to the area.”

“The Sofidel Group thoroughly researched a number of sites across the country before choosing Rogers County and the Inola community,” said Rogers County Commissioner Ron Burrows. “They chose Rogers County because we make good partners and good neighbors. This investment will benefit the entire county for decades to come. I look forward to continuing our close relationship and making Rogers County a great place for great businesses just like Sofidel.”

“Sofidel’s investment is a great achievement for both the company and northeast Oklahoma, and a laurel for the Chamber’s economic development efforts,” said Mike Neal, president and CEO of the Tulsa Regional Chamber. “I commend all the partners involved for their hard work and diligence to secure this project. The direct result is the largest capital investment in our region in decades.”

About Sofidel Group
The Sofidel Group is one of the leading manufacturers of tissue paper for hygienic and domestic use worldwide. Established in 1966, Sofidel has subsidiaries in 13 countries – Italy, Spain, the UK, France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Greece, Romania, Turkey and the USA – and more than 6,000 employees, a consolidated turnover of 1,842 million Euros (2016) and a production capacity of over one million tons per year (1,098,000 tons in 2017). A member of UN Global Compact and the international WWF Climate Savers program, the Sofidel Group considers sustainability a strategic factor with regards to growth and is committed to promoting socially and environmentally responsible development.


About the Tulsa Regional Chamber
Established in 1903, the Tulsa Regional Chamber’s mission is to serve as the principal business-driven leadership organization improving the quality of community life through the development of regional economic prosperity. The Chamber represents nearly 2,000 member organizations and approximately 176,000 area employees, utilizing nearly 4,100 volunteers to accomplish its programs and services.
The American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) named the Tulsa Regional Chamber the nation’s best chamber in 2006, 2008 and 2010. In 2013, the Chamber received the Oklahoma Quality Foundation's Quality Award for Commitment, and the Quality Award for Excellence in 2015. Additionally, the Chamber holds three prestigious accreditations: five-star accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; accredited economic development organization through the International Economic Development Council (IEDC); and accredited destination marketing organization through the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI).



Governor Mary Fallin poses Friday with state, local and tribal officials and executives from Sofidel Group on a hill overlooking the future site of the Italian manufacturer's new, modern integrated plant that will support 300 jobs.

Saturday, 17 March 2018 15:16

Joyce Beverly Korsgaden Lackie Obituary

Joyce Beverly Korsgaden Lackie was born November 15, 1941, and left this world to be with the Lord on March 16, 2018.


She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.


She worked as a housekeeper for Holiday Inn up until her retirement.


She made the most of her time raising and having fun with her children. She cherished having a hand in spoiling her grandchildren and great grandchildren; having fun with all and helping babysit when needed and sometimes when she just felt like having them to spoil them rotten. Joyce was fun loving and made many special memories with all of those she came in contact with. She left behind quite a family in her 55 years and 8 months of marriage to Bill.


Joyce is preceded in death by her parents; Betsy & Alfred Korsgaden of Minnesota and sister, Gail Korsgaden Wagenast of North Dakota.


Joyce is survived by her brother, Jerome Korsgaden of Artesia, CA; husband, Bill Lackie of Pocola, OK; sons, Brian Lackie, Anthony Lackie, Christopher Lackie of the home, son & daughter in love, Jerome & Maryann Lackie of Tulsa, OK; daughter & son in love, Susan & Zachary Robison of Pocola, OK; 16 grandchildren (2 of whom preceded her in death) , 18 great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.


Services will be 2 pm, Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at Fort Smith National Cemetery with Rev. Jim Stem officiating.


Pallbearers will be Johnathon Decker, Justin Lackie, George Curtis, Nathan Kirby, Stephen Robison & Nickolas Robison. Honorary pallbearers will be Noah Lackie, Ethan Stockett, Richard McGehee.


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


"Rest in peace and keep watch over us until we meet again.


You may leave an online message at


The family has chosen to entrust the ca re of the services toEvans & Miller Funeral Home, Pocola, Oklahoma.

Saturday, 17 March 2018 15:13

Homer Albert Walls Obituary

Homer Albert Walls, 90, of Poteau, OK passed away Friday, March 16, 2018, in Poteau.


Homer was born March 22, 1927, in Keota, OK to Jim & Easter (Thompson) Walls. He worked at Ft. Smith Table & Furniture. Homer was a veteran of the US Army.


He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lois Potter Walls; sons, Homer Ray & Jimmy Lee; great granddaughter, Brittany Gatt; brothers, J.C. & Sidney Walls; sisters, Mattie Walls White and Betty Jean Walls McDonald.

Survivors include his daughter, Angela Walls & Bruce Blaylock of Poteau; sisters, Wanda Mae Walls Weaver of Broken Arrow, OK & Aline Cody of Cameron, OK; grandchildren, Jimmy & Jean Walls Jr. of Dalton, GA, Nina & David Gatt of Cartersville, GA & Kelly Burrough of Poteau; great grandchildren, Brandon Walls, Jimmy Walls III, Jessica Goodman, Bailey & Cody Burrough; great great grandchildren, Leland, Jonathan, Jack & Tristan; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Services will be 2 pm, Thursday, March 22, 2018 at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, OK with Rev. Jim Cook officiating.


Interment will follow in Greenhill Cemetery, Cameron. Pallbearers will be Troy Halpain, Charlie Potter, Billy Perkins, Eugene Tucker, Perry Babb, Brandon Pass, Leon McDonald & Greg Allison.

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


You may leave an online message at


The family has chosen to entrust the ca re of the services toEvans & Miller Funeral Home, Poteau, Oklahoma.

Saturday, 17 March 2018 15:11

Karina Kay Rutledge Obituary


Karina Kay Rutledge, 56, of Poteau, OK passed away Friday, March 16, 2018 in Ft. Smith, AR. Karina was born September 24, 1961, in Tulsa, OK to Leo & Marida (Carshall) Kron.


She was a cook at the hospital. Karina was preceded in death by her father, Leo and brother, Jimmy Dale Carshall.

Survivors include her son, Anthony Rutledge; daughter, Ashlee Richardson; 2 grandsons; her mother, Marida Carshall; brother, Willie Carshall & wife Lynnell; and sister, Laroyce Richardson; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Services will be 10 am, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau with Jim Cook officiating.


Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Poteau.


Pallbearers will be Jake McAllister Jr, Charles Turner & Jimmy Ford.

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


You may leave an online message at



The family has chosen to entrust the ca re of the services toEvans & Miller Funeral Home, Poteau, Oklahoma.

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