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Press release

As the number of flu-related hospitalizations continues to increase, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reminds Oklahomans there is still time to get a flu shot.

OSDH reports a total of 22 deaths and more than 1,000 hospitalizations associated with the flu since the season began in September. More than half of the hospitalizations have occurred among individuals 50 years and older.

Public health influenza vaccination clinics are available at county health departments, medical providers and pharmacies throughout the state. The OSDH wants to remind Oklahomans that everyone is at risk for influenza and the flu vaccination is recommended for anyone 6 months of age and older.

Vaccination is especially important for people at high risk for serious illness from the flu including pregnant women, children younger than 5 years of age and people with asthma, diabetes, chronic heart and lung disease and other chronic conditions. Parents and family members of babies younger than 6 months of age and people who live with or care for anyone at high risk for complications from the flu, including health care workers, should also get the vaccine.

Symptoms of the flu include cough, fever, chills, headache, body aches and fatigue.

It is important for those experiencing flu-like symptoms to consult with a healthcare provider as soon as possible. A provider may prescribe antiviral drugs to treat the flu. These drugs work better for treatment when started within 48 hours of noticing symptoms. Antiviral drugs may also be indicated as a prevention measure for especially vulnerable persons who have been in close contact with someone sick with the flu, infants less than 6 months old, adults 65 years of age and older, pregnant women, or anyone with a medical condition which severely suppresses their immune system.

In addition to getting a flu shot, public health officials recommend the following prevention tips:

• Frequent hand washing using soap and water, or alcohol-based products such as hand gels when hands are not visibly soiled.
• Make respiratory hygiene a habit, using tissues to cover coughs and sneezes, then disposing of them and washing hands at once. When tissues are not readily available, cough into your sleeve, never your hands
• Stay home from work, school and other public places, except to get medical care or other necessities, until you have gone at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine.

Press release


WILBURTON, OK (Jan. 10, 2018) – Eastern Oklahoma State College’s livestock judging teams recently won top honors at the 2017 Arizona National Livestock Show.

Led by Animal Science Instructor Jade Jenkins, Eastern’s freshman and sophomore teams both collected numerous individual and team awards in the Collegiate Livestock Judging Classic. The competition consisted of swine, sheep and cattle with participants required to verbally defend their placings with reasons to officials.

“I am so proud of each and every one of these students as well as the other team members who weren't able to attend,” Jenkins said. “Many of these students work on their judging skills daily, including over breaks. I am very blessed with the opportunity to travel around the country with them and share in their success.”

The freshman team participated in the Collegiate Freshman Division and was named High Overall Team after winning First High Overall Swine Team, First High Overall Cattle Team, Second High Overall Sheep Team and Second High Overall Team in Reasons. Team members who earned individual honors include Abby Taylor of Wickes, Ark., High Overall Individual; Braydyn Willyard of Pryor, Okla., Second High Individual; Garrett Dodd of Calhoon, Ga., Third High Individual; Jessika Calhoon of Farmington, Ark., Sixth High Individual and Rhett Pursley of Locust Grove, Okla., Ninth High Individual.

The sophomore team was named Second High Overall Team after winning Second High Overall Cattle Team, Second High Overall Swine Team, Second High Overall Team in Reasons and Fifth High Overall Sheep Team. Team members Kash Allen and Jarrod Halphen also won individual honors. Allen, of Bunch, Okla., was named High Overall Individual and Halphen, of Tuttle, Okla., was named Third High Individual.

Jenkins said this feat is about more than just judging animals.

“My students are making critical decisions in a limited amount of time, then defending those reasons to a panel of judges,” Jenkins said. “The communication skills needed to effectively convey this information will benefit them for life.”
Since 1948, exhibitors and judges have traveled from across the country to Phoenix to participate in the Arizona National. In addition to preserving the state’s western heritage, organizers also prioritize supporting students’ education. The show annually awards $40,000 in scholarships to youth pursuing a degree in agriculture.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 13:24

Shelva Jean Grim Obituary

Shelva Jean Grim, 70, of Pocola, OK passed away Wednesday, January 10, 2018, in Ft Smith, AR.


Shelva was born April 17, 1947 in New Boston, TX.


She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Rhonda Fowler.


Survivors include her husband, Clarence Grim; children, Debbie & Donnie Howell of Claremore, OK, Denise Owens of Naples, TX, Buddy & Carolyn Ralston of Pocola, OK, Misty & Justin Shipman of Altus, OK; grandchildren, Jamie & Derek Cotner, Corey Anderson, Brandon Anderson, Quinton Strickland-Ralston, Hayleigh & Randall Blackburn, Katlyn Shipman, Cheyenne Ralston, Macie Shipman, Savannah Shipman, Landyn Shipman and Tristen Ralston; 7 1/2 great grandchildren; brothers, Don Fowler of NM, Dale Fowler of Ft. Smith, AR; 3 stepsisters; step son, Chris Vogt; other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Memorial services will be 2 pm, Saturday, January 13, 2018, at Evans Memorial Chapel, Pocola, OK with Dewayne Hicks officiating.


You may leave an online message at


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

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 19:21

Donald Patrick "Pat" Hutton Obituary

Donald Patrick "Pat" Hutton, 62, of Oklahoma City, OK passed away Monday, January 8, 2018 at his home. Donald was born May 9, 1955 in Muskogee, OK to Milford K. & Frieda Jo (Davis) Hutton.


He was a veteran of the US Marines.


Pat was preceded in death by his father, Milford.


Survivors include his daughters, Messica Finkenbinder, Kellye Altendorf, Shelbie Frye & Aiyana Hutton; one son, Michael Hutton; 9 grandchildren; his mother, Jo Hutton; sister, Shara Sargent and brother, Mike Hutton; other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Services will be 2 pm, Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Poteau Church of Christ with Don Cherry officiating. Interment will follow at Dog Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mike, John & Sam Hutton, Chris McDaniel, Stephand Simmons & John Manning.


The family will be at the funeral home on Friday from 6:30-8 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.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 19:18

Billy Harrison Featherston Obituary

Billy Harrison Featherston, 53, of Panama, OK passed away Monday, January 1, 2018 in Tulsa, OK. Billy was born April 22, 1966, in Poteau, OK to James M.E. & Patricia D. (Pierce) Featherston.


He was preceded grandpa, Harrison Pierce; aunt, Shirley Moore; uncles, Leland Pierce & Bobby Joe Pierce; stepdad, Robert Trout; step grandpa, Carl Trout; step grandma, Edna Trout.


Survivors include his mother, Patricia of Panama, OK; father, James of Indiana; brothers, Marty Featherston & wife Bobbie of Russellville, AR, Jimmy Hunter & wife Rachael of Coweta, OK; sisters, Kathy Trout of OKC, Lynette Athey & husband Robert of Poteau, OK; daughters, Teresa Garrett & husband Martin Velazquez, Samantha Garrett; grandson, Vincent Velazquez all of Russellville, AR; grandma, Vernie Pierce of Panama, OK; other relatives, friends and loved ones.


Services will be 10 am, Saturday, January 13, 2018, at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau with Rev. Phil McGehee officiating.


Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Panama, 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, Oklahoma.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 13:54

Goldie Juanita Hollan Obituary

Goldie Juanita Hollan, 84, of Poteau, OK went to be with God on Monday, January 8, 2018. Goldie was born November 5, 1933, in Summerfield, OK to Binjamin "BC" & Anna (Powers) Carpenter.


She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 56 years, Eudell Hollan; her birth mother, Anna; her father, B.C; mother, Mae Carpenter; brother, Richard Carpenter and sister, Iva VanHook Phillips.


Survivors include her daughters, Betty Murphy & husband Paul of Poteau, OK; Pam Steelman & husband Curtis of Reichert, OK; 3 grandchildren, Jennifer Jackson & friend Scott Kettman of Stillwater, OK, Amanda Dedmon & husband, Mark of Haw Creek, OK; Nathan Steelman of Poteau, OK; 6 great grandchildren, Weston & Raegan Ward of Haw Creek, OK, Annalee & Levi Jackson of Stillwater, Melody & Montana Dedmon of Haw Creek; brother, Alton Carpenter of Summerfield, OK; sisters, Eva Brown of TX, Retha Dehart, Janice Talburt, & Cheryl Kuhn all of Arkansas; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Services will be 2 pm, Friday, January 12, 2018 at Summerfield Church of Christ with Tracy Loyd officiating.


Interment will follow at Summerfield Cemetery.


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.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 07:50

Eric John Booher Obituary

Eric John Booher of Norman, Oklahoma was born April 3, 1974 in Huntington Beach, California to Glynn and Diane (Thomas) Booher and passed away January 3, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma at the age of 43.


He is survived by:

His parents:
Glynn and Diane Booher of Heavener, Oklahoma

One sister:
Michelle Heizer and husband Ross of Heavener, Oklahoma

His grandmother:
Betty Thomas of Heavener, Oklahoma

One niece

Three nephews

Numerous extended family and friends


Eric was a graduate of Wister High School and later settled in Norman, Oklahoma. He worked for Affinia Group in Oklahoma City, where he was well liked and respected by his fellow co-workers. Eric was a true die hard Oklahoma Sooners Fan and was deeply loved and always left lasting memories in the people he came in contact with. He will be dearly missed.


Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 12, 2018 at the Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel in Heavener, Oklahoma with Brother Sam Dyer officiating.


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


Viewing will be from noon until 8:30 p.m., Thursday and 8:00 a.m. until noon, Friday. The family will visit with friends and relatives from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home.


To sign Eric’s online guestbook please visit


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Wednesday, 10 January 2018 11:11

Broken Bow man injured in two vehicle accident

On January 7, 2018, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol were dispatched to a two-vehicle accident that occurred on United States Highway 259, one mile north of Broken Bow in McCurtain County.


According to the report, a 2018 Chevy pickup, driven by Dennis Jordan, 56 of Broken Bow was traveling northbound on US 259 and a 2007 Chevy pickup, driven by Jim Bomsberger 45, of Broken Bow, was traveling southbound on US 259, when Jordan went left of center and struck the 2007 Chevy pickup in the side.


Bomsberger was transported by McCurtain County EMS to McCurtain Memorial Hospital in Idabel and was admitted in stable condition with injuries to head and trunk.

Press release


Continued Discussion of Possible Legislation Affecting the Health of LeFlore County will be held on Friday, January 12, 2018 at the Donald W Reynolds Center in Poteau from 12pm until 1:30 pm.

Lunch will be provided free.

Attendees must RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Sara 918-647-9178 by Thursday January 11,2018.

“Purpose: A recent meeting was held to discuss the current Health of LeFlore County - what's at stake related to possible legislation that will be agreed and attempted to pass to fill the revenue shortfall for the state. Our purpose is to make as many people as possible informed on any new updates or directions state leaders might be attempting that is either positive, or especially negative to killing jobs in our county related to business, industry, education and natural resources.”


There will be up to date drafts of ideas that have been developed, by people not living in rural Oklahoma. These will be reviewed and discuss as possible options and strategies to help protect Leflore County jobs.


For more information or questions please contact Lundy Kiger at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tuesday, 09 January 2018 19:28

Marriage Licenses January 1-6, 2018

The following couples received their marriage licenses at the LeFlore County Court Clerk’s office during the week of January 1-6, 2018.



Dustin Lance Langley and Hailey Reena Henry



Gunnar James Pirpich and Justin Travis Plummer

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