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David Deaton

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 15:39

Calendar of Events for Dec 1 and Beyond


Lights on the Island now until Dec 25, 2019 – Wister, OK

Devon Ice Rink now until Jan 27, 2019 – Oklahoma City, OK

Castle Christmas now until Dec 31, 2018 – The Castle of Muskogee – Muskogee, OK

Atoka Craft Show Nov 30, 2018 - Dec 01, 2018 - Atoka County Fairgrounds - Atoka, OK



Nov 30

Raising of the Lights Ceremony (Weather Permitting) – Downtown Poteau – 5pm – Poteau, OK


Dec 1

Ornaments at Christmas – LCHS – 4:30 PM

Poteau Christmas Parade -6pm

Miss WHS – 6:30pm Wister High School


Dec 4

New Horizon Show Choir Christmas Concert – 7pm Hamilton Auditorium – Poteau, OK


Dec 5th and 6th

The Community State Bank Open house – Main Bank – Poteau, OK


Dec 7

The Community State Bank Open house - Wilburton, OK


Dec 8

Wister Christmas Parade – Wister, OK


Dec 11

The Community State Bank Open house – Talihina


Dec 12

The Community State Bank Open house – Spiro


Dec 13

The Community State Bank Open house - Wister

Wilson Family Music Concert – 7pm Reynolds Center – Poteau, OK


Dec 15

Monroe Wister Parade – Monroe, OK




Recurring events

Strike A Lot Lanes

Strike A Lot Lanes in Poteau group special – 3 hours of unlimited bowling and laser tag - $13.00 Pizza and soda bash included.

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

Now Open on Sunday from 4-8pm.

Events at the Lounge in Poteau


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


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


Thirsty Thursday = $2 large soda, games and shoes




Karaoke or scheduled band or event

Sunday's Fun day

Happy Hour 2pm-7pm

Pool tourney -5 pm


Candidates for the Board of Education in 17 Leflore County school districts will file their Declarations of Candidacy beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, December 3, and continuing Tuesday and Wednesday, Leflore County Election Board Secretary Sharon Steele said today.
Steele said the official filing period ends at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5.

All candidate filings will occur at the Leflore County Election Board office, 103 N. Church St., in Poteau, Steele said.

The Board of Education positions at stake will be filled at the Board of Education.

Primary Election scheduled February 12, 2019 and the Board of Education General Election on Tuesday, April 2, 2019. If only two candidates file, the position will be filled at the General Election. If more than two candidates file, a Primary Election will be held.


If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the total votes cast in the Primary Election, the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes will meet in the General Election.

Candidates may file for the following offices:


Arkoma School District-----------Office No. 4

Bokoshe School District---Office No. 4 and 2
Cameron School District---Office No. 4 and 1

Fanshawe School District---------Office No. 3

Heavener School District---------Office No. 4

Hodgen School District----------Office No. 3

Howe School District---------------Office No. 4

Leflore School District----Office No. 4 and 1

Monroe School District-----------Office No. 3
Panama School District----------Office No. 4

Pocola School District-----------OfficeNo. 4

Poteau School District-----------Office No.4

 Shady Point School District-----Office No.3

Spiro School District-------------Office No. 4
Talihina School District----------Office No. 4

Whitesboro School District-------Office No. 4

Wister School District------------Office No. 4


For more information, contact the Leflore County Election Board at 918-647-3701


Thursday, 29 November 2018 14:09

The Migrant Caravan Isn’t Above Our Laws

By Congressman Markwayne Mullin

The migrant caravan at our country’s southern border has taken a violent turn. The caravan of 8,500 individuals moving through Mexico have made several attempts to infiltrate our borders and attack law enforcement officers who are protecting law-abiding citizens. Many migrants are claiming asylum from the violence of their home countries. But some migrants are throwing rocks and bottles at law enforcement officers, rushing the border, and cutting border fences. This behavior is simply unacceptable from individuals who claim to want to be a part of the United States.

The United States is not against immigration. We, as Americans, embrace the fact that our country is a melting pot of people, culture, and ideas. Our country admits roughly one million legal immigrants each year—and has done so for the last 13 years. However, our generosity should never be taken for granted.

Protecting our southern border is more than an immigration issue—it is a matter of national security. The Department of Homeland Security has identified more than 600 convicted criminals as a part of the 8,500 member caravan. Meanwhile, the Mexican government has already arrested 100 caravan members for criminal activity. The individuals charging our borders do not possess values respected by the U.S. nor do they appear to have a willingness to acquire values like ours.

According to U.S. Asylum law, individuals legitimately fleeing their home country must apply for Affirmative Asylum or Defensive Asylum through the U.S. government. Historically, the vast majority of the migrants claiming asylum as they storm our border are not actually eligible. In the past, federal judges ruled that 90% of individuals from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador were not eligible to enter the U.S. under asylum. Many of these asylum seekers intend to find work or join family who are already in the U.S. Though both worthy aspirations, reuniting with family and job searching are not grounds for asylum.

The bottom line is that we cannot reward bad behavior. In order to be an American citizen, one must pledge to support and defend the U.S. Constitution. Individuals seeking to become citizens of our great nation should be held to the same standard. They should not be held above the rule of law that the rest of the nation’s law-abiding citizens follow.



A Service of the Oklahoma State Univeristy Vet Department 



(STILLWATER, Oklahoma, Nov. 29, 2018) — While decorating and entertaining this holiday season, remember, not everything people enjoy is safe for pets. Below are some tips to keep your pets safe this holiday season.


And of course, should you experience a pet emergency, the Boren Veterinary Medical Hospital at Oklahoma State University is always available to help. Call 405-744-7000 for more information or to make an appointment.

No “people food”

• Don’t feed pets table scraps.
• Don’t let pets sit under the table, hoping somebody will drop some food.
• Meat fat, gravy and poultry skin can cause life-threatening conditions such as pancreatitis and gastrointestinal upset. Bones can splinter and create GI obstructions.
• Chocolate contains theobromine, which is toxic to dogs and cats.
• Baked goods and sweets may be too rich for some pets, potentially resulting in pancreatitis and gastrointestinal upset.
• Also, the artificial sweetener xylitol, often found in baked goods, candy and gum, has been linked to liver failure and death in dogs.

Holiday décor and visitors
• Pets may want to eat some of the décor. For example, cats sometimes eat tinsel, which can cause an intestinal blockage that may require surgery.
• Don’t let your pets climb the Christmas tree. Consider tying the tree to the ceiling, a doorframe or a wall stud.
• Keep festive plants, table centerpieces, fireplace adornments and flowers out of reach. Amaryllis, mistletoe, balsam, pine, cedar and holly are all poisonous holiday plants. Poinsettias can be troublesome as well.
• Unplug holiday decorations when no one is around. Dogs and cats are sometimes tempted to chew electrical cords.
• Pets may not welcome your visitors. Give them a safe, quiet place away from the festivities.

Perfect pet gifts
• Time — spend quality time with your pet playing or taking a walk.
• Good health — regular veterinary visits help to keep your pet healthy.
• Microchip your pet if you have not already done so. If you have, make sure your contact information on file is up to date.
• Make or buy treats that are best for your pet’s nutritional needs. Consult your veterinarian or a veterinary nutritionist for ideas.
• Love — shower your pets with love and attention all year long.


Derinda Blakeney, APR | OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences


OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences is the only veterinary college in Oklahoma and one of 30 veterinary colleges in the United States. The center’s Boren Veterinary Medical Hospital is open to the public and provides routine and specialized care for small and large animals. The hospital offers 24-hour emergency care and is certified by the American Animal Hospital Association. For more information, visit or call (405) 744-7000.


Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant university that prepares students for success. OSU has more than 36,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 25,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and around 120 nations. Established in 1890, Oklahoma State has graduated more than 260,000 students who have been serving Oklahoma and the world for more than 125 years.

Press release

TULSA – Attorney General Mike Hunter today filed two counts of first degree murder on two alleged drug dealers after an investigation tied them to the overdose death of a Tulsa man.

The investigation by the Tulsa Police Department revealed that the victim, Eric Adams, 25, died from heroin toxicity the day after purchasing the drug from Toni Heath, who was working in collusion with Alex Schmitt to distribute heroin in Tulsa County.

In addition to first degree murder, Heath, 24, and Schmitt, 26, have also been charged with conspiracy to commit a felony, possession of a controlled dangerous drug with intent to distribute, acquiring proceeds from drug activities and the use of a telecommunications device in drug transaction.

The ability to charge drug dealers with first degree murder became law in 1989 under a bill authored by Attorney General Hunter, while he was serving in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

“We will use every means possible under Oklahoma law to hold drug dealers accountable,” Attorney General Hunter said. “Those who make the calculated, cold blooded decision to spread deadly drugs like heroin into our communities and take the lives of others can never be tolerated. I applaud the efforts of the Tulsa Police Department, led by Chief Chuck Jordan, who have put an emphasis on ridding Tulsa of drugs and those who distribute them.

“Although nothing we charge the alleged drug dealers with will bring back the life of Eric Adams, I hope these charges will bring his family some sense of relief.”

Adams was found unconscious by his brother on the evening of Aug. 28. A syringe was located next to his body. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Evidence during the investigation into his death led to Heath and Schmitt.

Authorities found heroin, methamphetamine, digital scales and evidence of drug distribution during a search of where Heath and Schmitt were staying. They were taken into custody and remain in the Tulsa County jail.

Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan said the ability to target more heroin and opioid dealers in the Tulsa area is due in part to recently receiving $397,000 from the Attorney General’s Safe Oklahoma Grant.

“Tulsa is too good of a community to allow drugs to flood our streets and harm our families, friends and loved ones,” Chief Jordan said. “We appreciate Attorney General Hunter’s continued commitment to the TPD and the city of Tulsa by selecting us for the Safe Oklahoma Grant, for prosecuting this case and aggressively going after drug dealers. With his help and the help of the rest of the law enforcement community, we will end the horrific opioid epidemic.

“On behalf of the TPD, our thoughts and condolences remain with the family of Mr. Adams.”

Thursday, 29 November 2018 13:56

New Warden hired at Oklahoma State Penitentiary

Press release

STRINGTOWN -- The Board of Corrections voted unanimously Thursday to approve Mike Carpenter's hiring as Warden at Oklahoma State Penitentiary.

Carpenter, a veteran Oklahoma Department of Corrections leader and staff member of more than 30 years, was most recently OSP's interim warden, a post which he has held since July. He was also serving as Deputy Chief of Operations.

Carpenter's previous posts include Chief of Security at Joseph Harp Correctional Center, Security and Facility Operations Manager for Division III, Director of Special Operations, Chief of Security at Lexington Assessment & Reception Center, and Director of Technology and Emergency Operations.

Among numerous career accolades with ODOC, Carpenter was instrumental in the agency's adoption of the Incident Command System.

Built by inmates in 1908 in McAlester, OSP is the state's oldest prison, and is home to its male death row unit. It houses 863 inmates.


Wednesday, 28 November 2018 06:56

Eugene L. Ross Obituary

Eugene L. Ross, 95, of LeFlore, OK passed away Monday, November 26, 2018 in LeFlore Eugene was born July 3, 1923, in LeFlore, OK to Clarence & Lula (Jones) Ross.


He was a truck driver.


Eugene was a veteran of the US Army; wounded in WWII while serving in the South Pacific & the Philippines. He liked to hunt, play pool, BBQ and was known to be the life of the party.


He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Shirley; sons, Richard Wayne Disney, Steven Eugene Ross, Roger Ross & Ronnie Dale Ross; daughter, Eva Ferchau; sister, Cleo Muse, Mildred Felind, Billie Wheeler & Dona Owens.

Survivors include his son, Michael Eugene Ross of Maricopa, CA; daughters, Sheilla Denise Ross Bly of Ft. Smith, AR, Gina Ross of Bucyrus, KS; brother, Eudell Ross of Las Vegas, NV; sister, Lavonne Semore of Ridgecrest, CA; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Services will be 2 pm, Saturday, December 1, 2018 graveside, at LeFlore Cemetery, with James Crowson officiating.


Pallbearers will be Jerry Blasingame, Dustin Mayer, Hank Ingle, Jesse Ingle, Joey Wheat, Rick Wheat.


Honorary Pallbearer will be Bob Neal.

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


In lieu of flowers please donate to the American Cancer Society.


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


There will be a Private Pesticide Applicator Training held on December 13, 2018 @ 6:00 pm. The meeting will be at the LeFlore County OSU Extension Office in Poteau.

This two-hour training will give participants the needed information to take the private applicators license test.


This license is for Agricultural producers and land owners who apply restricted use pesticides to their own property.


Must RSVP to 918-647-8231 by December 6 in order to attend.


Cost: $20.00 to cover cost of test packet.


If you have questions, feel free to call Crystal Shipman, Agriculture Educator or Donna Walls, Admin. Asst.

Wednesday, 28 November 2018 11:46

Anicea Renee Gunlock Obituary

Anicea Renee Gunlock, 41, of Fanshawe, OK, passed from this life to her eternal home in Heaven on Sunday, November 25, 2018, in Pocola, OK. She was born June 17, 1977 in Fort Smith, AR.


Anicea graduated from Poteau High School in 1995.


She went on to complete her education at Carl Albert State College where she graduated as a Physical Therapy Assistant in 2010. Anicea worked for Stein Ancillary Services LLC & Viacare Therapy Rehabilitation. Anicea was a member of Cross Community Church in Poteau, OK. Anicea was dedicated to her family and loved her children, she excelled at her job, was an amazing therapist and changed the lives of many of her patients. Anicea was a loving mother, grandmother, daughter, granddaughter, friend and family member.


She was always willing to help anytime she was needed. She always had a smile on her face that lit up the room.


Anicea was preceded in death by her brother Sheldon Sumpter, maternal grandfather Harold Smith, paternal grandfather James Sumpter, and paternal grandmother, Pearl Miller.


Anicea is survived by her parents Genice Smith of Fanshawe, OK, Joe Sumpter of Fanshawe, OK, Wes Thornburg of Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico, one son Tyler Corbit of Fanshawe, OK, Three daughters Victoria Corbit of Fanshawe, OK, Emma Gunlock of Poteau, OK, & Elizabeth Gunlock of Fanshawe, OK, one grandson Carter Taylor of Fanshawe, OK, maternal grandmother Jane Brown (Nana) of Fanshawe, OK, Father of her children Eric Gunlock of Poteau OK and his mother Paula Gunlock of TX, as well as a host of extended family, friends and loved ones.


Pallbearers will be Eric Gunlock, Tyler Corbit, Remington McGuire, Randall Smith, Draven Miller-Clark, & Clint Ary.


Services will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Cross Community Church in Poteau, OK. with Rev. Jason Waymire officiating.


Interment will follow at Fanshawe Cemetery, Fanshawe, OK. Family will greet friends Friday November 30, 2018 6pm to 8pm at the funeral home.


Arrangements are under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home, Poteau, OK. You may leave an on-line greeting to the family at


Wednesday, 28 November 2018 11:32

CV’S Family Foods 3rd Annual Toy Drive


CV’S Family Foods is pleased to announce their 3rd Annual Toy Drive for Children and they will be taking donations until December 10, 2018.

Due to the lack of funding the LeFlore County Youth Services, their Angel Tree applications have been cut down tremendously so CV’S has decided to help.

All funds donated go towards gifts, clothing, toys & items for presents for the LeFlore County Youth Services.

To donate, stop by Marvin’s at 1100 S Broadway in Poteau.

They will also accept any new items.

Latest Events

Wister Christmas Parade
Mon Dec 10 @ 6:00PM - 07:00PM
Wilson Family Music Concert
Thu Dec 13 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Heavener Christmas Parade
Sat Dec 15 @ 6:00PM - 07:00PM
A Midnight Affair
Mon Dec 31 @ 8:30PM - 12:30PM
A Midnight Affair
Tue Jan 01 @ 8:30PM - 12:30PM