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Sunday, 17 February 2019 21:40

Albert Makes ORES All - Tournament Team




Congratulations to Karli Albert from Shady Point.


Karli made the ORES Division III All-Tournament Team on Saturday February 16 at the State Championship at Shawnee High School.


Good Job!

Sunday, 17 February 2019 21:27

Hazmat Training

By Kreg Haney

The Hogeye & Poteau Fire Departments partnered as hosting agencies for a Hazmat Operations Class.

Approximately 20 Firefighters from LeFlore County (and surrounding areas) spent two weekends in a row (40+) hours working to learn new skills to better protect our communities that we serve.

We would like to thank Fire Service Training and Homeland Security for conducting the instruction and testing.

Thank you to the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and Delton Cox D4 for allowing us to host the training at your community center.

Thank you to MJ Agency, First National Bank, Tote-A-Poke, Tony Riley, George Misty Haney, & The Dorey’s for your donations to assist in providing Firefighter meals, drinks, and snacks each day.

Thank you to Julia Haney, Misty Haney, and Vicki Dorey for your help in cooking, serving, and cleaning!


Fire Departments involved include: Hogeye, Poteau, Monroe, Howe, Hodgen, Spiro, Arkoma, Idabel, and Broken Bow.


Thank you to our local Firefighters that attended.


This was a huge commitment of time and effort!!



Congratulations to the Fanshawe Grizzlies!



This team of 7th and 8th boys defeated Kenwood 48-35 in the State Finals on Saturday, February 16, 2019 in Shawnee.


The Most Valuable Player was Wyatt Peterson and Lake Wooten and Luke Herell made the All-Tournament Team.




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 Coach Brian Warren, Most Valuable player District 4 Wyatt Peterson, All Tournament Team Lake Wooten and Luke Herell.



fanshawe trophy


The Team with their Golden Ball




The Lady Grizzlies were defeated in the state semi-finals 33-52 by Stidham.




fanshawe girls

All Tournament District 4: From left--Fanshawe Lady Grizzlies Kinley Belle Branscum and Catherine Baldwin 


Press release

OSBI Arrests James Reed and Rachel Frost for the Production of Child Pornography

On February 14, 2018, the Crescent Police Department requested the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for investigative assistance on a child sexual exploitation case.

An OSBI Agent responded and investigated the allegation.


James Reed, 53 and Rachel Frost 48, were arrested by the OSBI Agent and Crescent Police Department on that same day.



Rachel Frost


Saturday, 16 February 2019 22:36

Betty Lou John Obituary


Betty Lou John, 72, of Wister, OK passed away Saturday, February 16, 2019, in Ft. Smith, AR.


Betty was born September 11, 1946 in Wister to Cecil & Georgia (Curtis) Jernigan.


Betty taught school in Soper from 1971-1973 then moved to Bennington and retired from there.


She went to work for the Choctaw Nation as a caseworker in the child care department. She left that job to babysit with her grandchildren. Betty loved to work with her flowers outside and working with wood crafts. She was preceded in death by her father; grandparents, George & Ollie Curtis & Clyde & Ida (LeFlore) Jernigan.

Survivors include her mother, Georgia Jernigan of Wister, OK; son, Robert Ray John; sister & her husband, Nita Jernigan Caudell & Stanley; grandsons, Hunter Ray John & Holten John of Austin, TX; nephews, Clay Caudell of Wister, Mark & wife Joanie Caudell of Wister, OK; great nieces, Alia Caudell of Wister, Halli Caudell of Poteau; great nephews, Lane Caudell of Wister, Evan Caudell of Poteau; uncle , J.C. Curtis of Durant, OK; aunts, Mary Gibson of Wister, Carolyn Curtis of Selmar, CA; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Memorial services will be 1 pm, Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at Faith Community Church (formerly Methodist Church) in Wister, 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

Saturday, 16 February 2019 22:29

Peggy Jo Terry Obituary

Peggy Jo Terry of Heavener, Oklahoma was born May 13, 1925 in Vernon, Texas to James Hobart and Myrtle Lena (Woolever) Parks and passed away February 16, 2019 in Texarkana, Arkansas at the age of 93.

She is survived by:


Three sons:
Jimmy Terry of Chandler, Arizona
Danny Terry and wife Diana of Kingwood, Texas
Billy Terry and wife Margaret of Nashville, Tennessee

One daughter:
Gayla Lacefield and husband Jack of Nashville, Arkansas

10 grandchildren:
Cody Terry and wife Kristen
Jeffrey Terry and wife Christy
Jamie Terry
Charlie Terry and wife Kaitlin
Lance Lacefield and wife Imara
Tracy Earls and husband B.J.
Michelle Terry
Stacy Dunigan and husband Jimmy
Billi Jo Terry
Lauren Wilson and husband Brandon

22 great-grandchildren:
Patrick Shane Clinton, Teasha Dunigan, Libby Nepivoda, Emilie Nepivoda, T.J. Nepivoda, Caillin Terry, Dallas Terry, Christopher Terry, Jordan Terry, Bryson Terry, Bryan Terry, Colby Terry, Anthony Terry, Shelby Terry, Kason Terry, William Blake Terry, Cael Mason Terry, Emma Grace Wilson, Harper Lane Lacefield, Hudson Lewis Lacefield, Chloe Ryan Terry, Addy Mae Wilson

Three great-great-grandchildren:
Rylon Rhett Terry, Zoie Harper Terry, and Brooks Thomas Nepivoda

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


She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Donald Leo Parks and wife, Missie.


Peggy Jo graduated from Wewoka High School and worked at Tinker Field Air Force Base as a Key Punch Operator. She married Charles Leo Terry on April 24, 1948. She retired from Alltel Telephone Company after 25 years where she worked in the Heavener and Poteau area. Peggy Jo was a member of the Heavener Church of Christ. She loved spending time with her family and friends. Peggy Jo will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.


Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, February 18, 2019 at Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Ken Breeding officiating.


Burial will follow in Heavener Memorial Park under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener, Oklahoma.


Pallbearers will be: Her grandsons


Viewing will be from noon until 8:00 p.m., Sunday at the funeral home.


To sign Peggy Jo’s online guestbook please visit


Friday, 15 February 2019 23:17

DPS Response To Grand Jury Indictment

Press release


The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety and Oklahoma Highway Patrol are thankful for the hard work of the citizens serving on the multi-county grand jury that handed down the felony indictment for blackmail against Troy German on Thursday evening.


The indictment of Mr. German is the culmination of a thorough internal investigation by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol into not only the blackmail allegation by Commissioner Rusty Rhoades, but also a rigorous and comprehensive inquiry into all statements and evidence provided by Mr. German regarding alleged improprieties in the promotional process within the agency.


OHP cooperated fully with Attorney General Mike Hunter and his staff in their independent review of the internal investigation, and fully supported the decision to escalate the matter to the grand jury.


Ultimately, the process resulted in the sole indictment for Mr. German. Commissioner Rhoades, Colonel Michael S. Harrell, and Captain Brian Orr are not facing criminal prosecution or administrative action.


The conduct of Mr. German and the actions of other members of the Patrol who condoned or colluded with him are wholly inconsistent with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s core values of honesty, loyalty, integrity, respect, self-discipline and professionalism.


The Patrol holds all employees, whether sworn law enforcement or professional staff, to the highest personal and professional standards, and can assure the public that all those who have violated our standards of conduct will be held accountable without delay.

Friday, 15 February 2019 23:12

Decorating Wisely: Color Trends

By Glenda Wise


For those of us that were late to the all-white party, the 2019 interior color trends are good news. Now don’t get me wrong, I truly love the all-white interiors, but dang, unless you are building a new home or doing a complete remodel it’s quite expensive to repaint the interior and then, you know one thing leads to another and before you know it you’re replacing everything from the couch to picture frames. That “quick” little change in colors suddenly turns into a few thousand dollars!

The 2019 colors are trending towards warm beiges, taupes and greys. You will also find accents of navy blue and hunter green to add an element of depth and sophistication. Now, hold on, before you start thinking that there is no way you are bringing back the jewel tones of the 90s, never fear! Although these colors have the same names of navy blue and hunter green, they are deeper and richer than those of the past. They somehow add an element of boldness, color, calmness and sophistication all at the same time.

Layering hues is also increasingly gaining popular. The layering of various hues of grey helps a modern home find its soft side. This will also work beautifully with hues of beiges.

The new color trends boil down to embracing warmer tones. I mean, even taupe and tan are making a comeback. After all, everything makes a comeback. Growing up I can remember a brown couch with flowers in a basket on it (I think every household in the 70s had this same couch), when my mom finally got rid of it all I can remember her saying is that she never wanted another piece of brown furniture in her life. Well, a couple of decades later, what did she end up with? Another brown couch. All things come back around in some form or fashion.


That is why it is best to stick with colors that you love and not get too caught up on the current interior color craze. Granted the color schemes get a bit softer and a bit more copacetic, but in all they are the same colors, just different uses. Let your accessories do the talking for you by adding a great rug or a sofa table painted in an unexpected color.


The point is, unless you are just dying to do a whole gut and remodel, find ways to make the color aesthetics work for you without breaking the bank and as I mentioned, go with what you love and what makes you happy!

Press release



WASHINGTON—Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-2) released the following statement after President Trump declared a state of emergency at our southern border and directed funds to construct or repair as many as 234 miles of a border barrier:


“I support the president and his right to do whatever he deems necessary to keep the American people safe,” said Mullin. “We can no longer ignore the influx of deadly drugs, human trafficking, and criminal activity at the U.S.-Mexico border. The president is our commander-in-chief. If he deems the crisis at our southern border an emergency, I am confident it is. I am proud to stand behind President Trump as he builds the wall to protect the law abiding citizens inside the United States.”


Press release from the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife

Youth turkey hunters have a special opportunity to apply for one turkey hunt that will take place on private land:

Love and Carter Counties: Sunday, March 31, 2019 (mandatory orientation Saturday, March 30, 2019).

This year, 20 hunters will be selected to participate in this private lands youth turkey hunt. To be eligible, youths must have completed their hunter education requirements prior to applying and must be 12-17 years old at the time of the scheduled hunt. Food and lodging accommodations will be provided by the Noble Research Institute for the 20 participants and their accompanying adult. Co-sponsors of the youth hunt include the Oklahoma Wildlife Management Association and Walnut Bayou and Eastman Deer Management Associations.

"This hunt is on private property and should provide young hunters a great opportunity to see and hear turkeys as well as a chance to harvest a tom," said Bill Dinkines, Assistant Chief of Wildlife for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. "The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission has endorsed the youth hunt program, and we are thankful for the landowner's willingness to allow these kids the opportunity to hunt on their property."
Applications can be found at and require the following information:

• Hunter’s first and last name.
• Date of birth.
• Mailing address.
• Telephone number.
• Hunter education certification number.
• Lifetime License number, if applicable.
• Accompanying adult* first and last name.
• Accompanying adult’s email address.

*Each child participating in this hunt must have one adult (licensed or unlicensed) who is at least 21 years of age accompany them on the hunt.

Wild turkey taken by selected applicants will count toward the hunter’s statewide season limit.

Applicants who are successfully drawn will receive an email notification that includes specific information about their hunt. Youth participants will be required to purchase appropriate license(s) prior to the hunt as listed below:

• Resident Options (Ages 12-15): Exempt from a hunting license, but must possess a $10 Turkey License or proof of exemption.

• Resident Options (Age 16-17): Must possess a hunting license (Resident Lifetime Hunting OR Resident Lifetime Combination License OR Resident Youth Annual Hunting OR Resident Youth Combination License OR Resident Youth Fiscal-Year Hunting OR Resident Youth Fiscal-Year Combination License OR Resident 5-Year Hunting License OR Resident 5-Year Combination License) and a $10 Turkey License or proof of exemption.
• Nonresident Options (Ages 12-13): Exempt from a hunting license, but must possess a $10 Turkey License unless otherwise exempt.
• Nonresident Options (Ages 14-17): Must possess a $142 Nonresident Annual Hunting License OR a $176 Nonresident Fiscal-Year Hunting License and a $10 Turkey License unless otherwise exempt.

Apprentice-designated licenses are not valid for this private lands youth turkey hunt because of the requirement for hunter education certification prior to applying.

All Lifetime License holders and Annual License holders are urged to check their Go Oklahoma Online account information or create a new account online. Go to then click "Purchase a License" in the Quick Links box.

For more information, call Kyle Johnson at (405) 590-2584.

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