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Saturday, 11 November 2017 14:00

Robert Euel "Bob" Osburn Obituary

Robert Euel "Bob" Osburn, 84, of Bokoshe, OK passed away Friday, November 10, 2017 at his home. Bob was born February 21, 1933 to Starling and Myrtle (Cole) Osburn.


He was a graduate of Central High School Class of 1953, a veteran of the US Army, retired from Whirlpool after 37 years of service, and a member of Bokoshe American Legion Post 75. Bob was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, K.D. Osburn; 4 sisters, Eunice Dunvant, Dicie Touzen, Edith Ellis & Ima Gene Osburn; 5 brothers, Raymond, Wade, J.V., & Donald Osburn; 2 sons in law, Larry Dean Ringgold & Dale Edward Crase.

He is survived by his wife Bonita of the home; one son, Kerry Osburn & wife Angie of Bokoshe, OK; three daughters, Karen Short & husband Troy of Keota, OK, Sonya Crase of Bokoshe, OK, and Lisa Crase of Panama, OK; two brothers, Wayne Osburn of Fort Gibson, OK, Leroy Osburn & wife Ginger of Sallisaw, OK; 11 grandchildren, Paul Osburn, Crystal Osburn, Laura Kay Penberthy, Kenny Osburn, Travis Crase, Joshua Crase, Darryl Crase, Paden Smith, Taylor Osburn, Kolton Ringgold and K'cee Osburn; 17 great grandchildren; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Services will be 3 pm, Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Bokoshe Assembly of God Church with Roy Lynn Hood, Doyle Martin & Larry Ellis officiating.


Interment will follow in Milton Cemetery. Milton, OK.


Pallbearers will be Paul David Osburn, Kenny Osburn, Travis Crase, Joshua Crase, Darryl Crase, Paden Smith, Kolton Ringgold.

The family will be at the funeral home this evening from 6-8 pm to visit with family and 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

Wister Public Schools would like to thank our veterans that came to our 2017 program.

"We cannot thank you enough for your service & sacrifice."

Press release

The 10th Annual Veterans Parade will be held on Saturday, November 11th, 2017 in downtown Poteau.

The parade participants will line up at Carl Albert State College starting at 9am and the parade will start at 10 am.


The Parade Marshal will be James R. Cheline

This year's grand marshal was born in 1925 in North Henderson, IL He was drafted into the United States Army right after graduating high school. After duty at Fort Sheridan near Chicago he was sent to Camp Wheeler in Georgia in 1944.

November of that year Cheline and 21,000 other men left New York headed for Glascow Scotland. They were unescorted, and the ship changed course every few hours to keep from being tracked by the Germans.


They were able to cross the English Channel in cattle boats and landed in Le Havre, France.


His assignment to the 8th Armored Division put him in France3 and headed to the Battle of The Bulge.


They continued with Patton until the Germans surrendered. He returned home arriving in New York on New Year's Eve 1945.


Cheline then returned home to North Henderson.


All his records were destroyed in a fire in 1973 at the National Personnel Record Center in St Louis 1973.


He married Marilyn Swanson in August 1948. After retiring from farming in 1988 Jim and Mary traveled in a motor home working at campgrounds in Bar Harbor Me and River Ranch Fla.


In 1988 they moved to Cameron.


They were married 55 years, one son, one daughter and 8 grandchildren.


Cheline resides in Cameron on his daughter’s rand his current wife Flossie Swearingen of Cameron.



Honor Help Remember


The LeFlore County Historical Society will be serving a Pancake Breakfas at the  The Hotel Lowrey, Leflore County Museum in downtown Poteau before the parade

Only $5

7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.


A free luncheon will be served at the Bob Lee Kidd Civic Center after the parade.

Friday, 10 November 2017 11:38

John Kenneth Boggs Obituary

John Kenneth Boggs, 68, of Heavener, OK passed away Wednesday, November 8, 2017 in Little Rock, AR.


Kenny was born May 3, 1949 in Mulberry, AR to Benjamin & Johnnye (White) Boggs.


He was a truck driver. Kenny was a veteran of the US Army. He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Sandra Boggs.


Survivors include his wife, Cheryl of the home; daughter, Jennifer Gates & husband Richard of Rock Island, OK; son, John Kenneth Boggs II & wife Stacy of Greenwood, AR; grandchildren, Jena Moore, Dillon Gates, Kaylee Gates, John Kenneth Boggs III, Hannah Boggs; 3 great grandchildren, Matthew Gates, Remington Gates & Axel Moore; brothers, Rockey Boggs of Hackett, AR, Benjamin Boggs III of Mansfield, AR; sisters, Jenny Lou Gattis of Charleston, AR, Susie Boggs of Fayetteville, AR, Sharon Harvey of Central City, AR, Sammye Willet of Houston, TX; other relatives, loved ones and friends.


No services will be held.


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

Press release


The OSBI is offering up to a $10,000 reward for information that could help solve the double murder of a Craig County couple nine years ago.


November 9, 2008, the Hus were found inside their home shot to death. It appears a wheelchair-bound William, 67, was at a table eating breakfast when he was shot.


His wife Leota, 66, was found nearby shot to death.


The Craig County Sheriff’s Office requested OSBI special agents help investigate.

The only item missing from the home was Leota’s purse.


Agents have interviewed numerous witnesses and collected evidence from the scene.


Unfortunately, agents have not made an arrest. “We are hopeful this large reward for information will entice someone to come forward with information to help progress the case.


Relationships and life situations change over time. Investigators believe nine years after the horrific homicides is the right time to come forward,” Jessica Brown, OSBI Public Information Officer, says.


If anyone has information, please call the OSBI hotline at 1-800-522-8017 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



The Poteau Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome T-Wrecks Towing and Recovery as new members to the chamber.


Owner Mikel Johnson brings over 20 years of experience and has operated everything from light, medium and heavy-duty wreckers to include 75-ton rotator wreckers.

He has served on the board of directors for the Oklahoma Wrecker Owners Association and has numerous certificates proving his ability to operate anything that is included in running and owning a wrecker business.

He owns the most up to date towing equipment technology on the market.

While T-Wrecks LLC is a new company in the area, Mikel is not.

This being his 2nd success in opening a wrecker business in Poteau you can count on exceptional service at the best rate!

Stop by and visit Mikel and his staff located at 114 N Witte (across from the Post Office) in Poteau.

Contact him at Call (918) 649-0091.

Press release

November is Native American Heritage month, and Carl Albert State College has planned special recognitions at the Sallisaw campus.

On Monday, November 13, 2017 a presentation by Cartographer Aaron Carapella will be at 2 p.m. in the Stites Room on the CASC Sallisaw campus. Mr. Carapella’s program is “Maps of the Past.”

Tim Grayson will be at CASC Sallisaw on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at noon. He is a Cherokee National Treasure who's expertise lies in Bow making, flint knapping, and blow guns. He has traveled all over the US and worked at the Cherokee Heritage Center in the Diligwa Cherokee Village living exhibit.

CASC students, employees and community members are encouraged to make time to attend both events.


Thursday, 09 November 2017 23:13

OHP Troopers honored with Purple Heart Awards

Press release


Five OHP Troopers from Troop A in Oklahoma City were honored today with Purple Heart Awards for exceptional acts of bravery in the line of duty.



The awards were presented by Department of Public Safety Commissioner Michael C. Thompson and OHP Chief Ricky Adams at Troop A headquarters.



“It’s an honor for us to recognize these people and the tremendous cost that goes with the responsibility of protecting and serving the public,” Adams said. “These individuals have paid a great cost and we are very grateful that they survived their ordeals and are still with us today. They will always carry the scars from these experiences and the Purple Heart Award is just a token of our appreciation for the exceptional service they have rendered to the state of Oklahoma.”



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Trooper Dennis Dickens #563
On July 26, 2013, Trooper Dickens was operating as pilot-in-command of an OHP aircraft while searching for a suspect who had fled from a nearby accident scene on foot. During the flight, he was able to spot the suspect from the air and begin guiding nearby officers to the suspect’s location. While performing flight operations, the aircraft entered an aerodynamic stall and crashed in an open field near the intersection of State Highway 9 and State Highway 102 in Pottawatomie County. Dickens suffered multiple fractures and other critical injuries, requiring multiple surgeries and almost 21 months of recovery prior to returning to duty in 2015.


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Trooper Jason Richardson #367
On January 19, 2016, Trooper Richardson was investigating a collision that had occurred on Interstate 40 near the 180 mile marker, approximately one mile west of Shawnee. Richardson was outside his unit, on foot in the center median. A vehicle approaching from the west lost control on an icy bridge and slid into the center median backwards. The vehicle vaulted over the center cable barrier and struck Richardson. He was released back to work on Oct. 3, 2016.


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Trooper Steven Johnson #808
On October 2, 2007, at approximately 11:15 a.m., Trooper Johnson was on duty and riding an OHP motorcycle southbound on Pennsylvania Avenue near Northwest 32nd Street in Oklahoma City. While riding southbound in the outside lane of the four-lane street, a Nissan Pathfinder operated by a civilian changed lanes into the path of Trooper Johnson’s motorcycle, resulting in a collision and loss of control of the motorcycle. Johnson suffered multiple injuries, resulting in an extended recovery. The driver of the other vehicle was cited for changing lanes unsafely.


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Trooper Chris Bunch #313,
Shortly after midnight on January 25, 2014, Trooper Bunch attempted to make a traffic stop on SE Grand Avenue at I-35 in Oklahoma City, on a vehicle that had failed to stop at a stop sign. The driver, Zachary Sumner, attempted to elude Bunch by entering the northbound lanes of I-35.


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Trooper Ryan Smith #629

A short time later, Trooper Ryan Smith and Trooper Brandon Seward joined the pursuit northbound on I-35, during which time the suspect fired gunshots from the driver’s window toward the Troopers and toward passing traffic.

The pursuit continued north on I-35 to I-40, where the suspect traveled eastbound at speeds of up to 100 mph while also ramming three civilian vehicles. The suspect then exited I-40 at Sunnylane Road, where Bunch attempted a tactical vehicle intervention, causing the suspect vehicle to lose control. The suspect exited the vehicle and fled into a residential area, with Bunch and Seward chasing him on foot. Smith drove his patrol unit into the path of the running suspect to cut off his escape, at which the suspect fired gunshots, striking Smith in the face. The suspect then turned his weapon toward Bunch and Seward and exchanged gunfire, wounding Bunch in the thigh. The suspect was shot and killed by the Troopers in the exchange of gunfire.


Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater stated in his clearance letter that the Troopers “continued to perform their duties without regard for their own safety.


The Troopers demonstrated exemplary tactics and behavior during this violent series of events” and that “Sumner gave the Troopers no choice but to employ deadly force to defend themselves.”


Thursday, 09 November 2017 22:07

Photo of the Day: Choctaw Career Fair

Press release


The Choctaw Nation hosted a career fair at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center in Poteau on Thursday, Nov 9, 2017.

Seniors from Wister attended the event.

There were various employers available to take applications and answer questions. Kiamichi Technology Center's Poteau Campus had a truck driving simulator that students could use.

Pictured are WHS seniors Blair Hagelberger, seated; Faith Shadwick, standing rear; and Paxton Turnipseed, holding Arizona Perry, daughter of Arielle Perry Director of the Boys & Girls Club of LeFlore County who had a booth recruiting members and volunteers.

Press release


WYNNEWOOD – Oklahoma’s Wynnewood Care Center, a skilled nursing facility that is home to 25 elderly residents, has closed its doors amid ongoing state and federal budget cuts. The home’s operator said that costs for medical care and treatment continue to rise while funding for the state’s Medicaid program continues to fall, making the facility’s finances untenable.


BK Strategies, a health care company headquartered in Ada, oversees operations of the Wynnewood home and several other skilled nursing facilities in Oklahoma. CEO Bart Reed said his staff worked to minimize the hardship to both his residents and employees.


“We were able to find all our residents homes and our employees jobs. However, this is still a major disruption for the residents, who had to leave their homes and home town. It’s a burden on family members that visit, some of whom are elderly themselves. Our employees are also going to face additional travel costs and longer commutes.”


Reed said the announcement of across-the-board cuts to the state’s Medicaid agency will likely trigger more nursing home closures, leaving many facilities with very few options.


“As nursing homes across the state close due to funding shortages, families are being forced to move their loved ones to other counties, to hospitals, or to find a way to care for them in their homes,” said Reed. “Most of our residents are sick and require around-the-clock care. We are talking about taking away their homes and uprooting their lives when they are in an extremely vulnerable state. That is no way to treat people.”

Reed said a home closure can also be a major economic blow to a community.


“It’s really sad what this causes in a lot of small towns,” he said. “A home closure means putting one of the largest local employers out-of-business.”


Skilled nursing facilities employ around 19,000 caretakers in Oklahoma. Approximately 70 to 75 percent of all residents at skilled nursing facilities rely on Medicaid as their form of payment. Oklahoma’s Medicaid reimbursement rate, at just 53 percent of the federal Medicare rate, is one of the lowest in the nation. The average facility loses $300,000 per year on Medicaid recipients. Since 2010, state and federal budget cuts to Oklahoma nursing homes have totaled $93 million, putting many homes at risk of closure.


Gay Lynne Vincent, a Wynnewood Care Center resident since 2015, has now moved to Purcell Care Center. She says the state is failing in its duty to care for elderly residents.


“You never think that at my age you are going to have to deal with a problem like this,” she said. “I worked and paid taxes all my life, and like everyone else here I expected the state to do its part. I don’t think our lawmakers realize that people like me literally just had to find a new home.”


Additional state cuts to Oklahoma nursing homes are expected to go into effect on December 1, 2017. Oklahoma Association of Health Care Providers President and CEO Nico Gomez has said the cuts could jeopardize the financial stability of over half of those homes.


“We appreciate the legislators who are taking this crisis seriously and have voted for revenue raising measures that can stabilize our nursing homes,” said Gomez. “We need action now. Budget cuts and the ongoing budget crisis have created a terrible situation for some of Oklahoma’s most vulnerable and elderly residents.”



Gay Lynne Vincent moved to the Purcell Care Center after the Wynnewood Care Center informed residents it was closing.


The Oklahoma Association of Health Care Providers represents the interest of more than 18,000 residents and 19,000 professionals that work in Oklahoma’s long-term care facilities. The mission of OAHCP is to assist its members in providing the highest quality care to the seniors, individuals with disabilities and vulnerable Oklahomans who live in our facilities. We advocate for the enhancement of that care so that Oklahoma long-term care residents may live in the comfort and dignity they deserve. For more information please visit


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