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Friday, 25 September 2015 18:23

Charles Edward Samuels Obituary

Charles Edward Samuels, 64, of Poteau, OK passed away Tuesday, September 22, 2015 in Poteau.


Charles was born October 22, 1950 in DeQueen, AR to James Edward & Selma (Deaton) Samuels. He worked in a rock yard.



Survivors include his daughters, Amanda Samuels of Gore, OK and Breana Samuels of Poteau, OK; sister, Marie Whitley of Texarkana, TX; brothers, Benny Samuels and Jimmy Samuels of DeQueen, AR; other children that he cared for, Ashley Masterson, Courtney Gibson, Steven Johnson andGary Hecht; life long friend, Darla Masterson; other relatives, loved ones and friends.



Services will be 2 pm, Monday, September 28, 2015 at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, OK with Rev. Terry Cripe officiating.



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

Friday, 25 September 2015 23:20

Local family needs our help

Allen Harper from Panama passed away back on September 12th in Mexico.

His family had to pay $11,000 just to get his body home and that's not counting the expense of his funeral. Allen was laid to rest on September 18th, he was 42 years old.

That is why a gofundme account has been set up to help this family.

They also have a benefit coed softball game tournament set for Saturday September 26th in Panama for anyone wishing to show their support come out and watch the games.

October 4th, there will be an auction with lots of food and live music from the Jay Faulkner Band out at 31 Junction Mart. 



Please donate even if it's a small amount, it would greatly help out his family.

Our thoughts and prayer go out his family.


To donate go to


According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol a water related accident occurred at approximately 1 pm on September 25th at Lake Tenkiller State Park Island in Sequoyah County.


According to the report a 1985 Cobalt Ski Boat driven by Jeffrey Shelly 32, of Edmond, OK and his passengers, Isaac Kraft, 32 and Timothy Morton, 32 were pulling Joseph Haley, 23, of Oklahoma City, on a wake board, when Haley fell off the board and into water.


Before they could go back and get him, he was struck by a 2007 Yamaha Watercraft driven by Johnny Harvey 26, of Oklahoma City.



Haley was transported by Lifeflight to St. Francis, Tulsa OK where he was treated and released with a head injury.



The accident was investigated by Trooper Gordon Chronister of the Marine Enforcement. Assisted by Joseph Couch.


According to a press release from the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, OBN and local authorities have ended a 6-month cocaine trafficking investigation in Lawton resulting in several Arrest Warrants being served on Friday September 25th. OBN Spokesman Mark Woodward says agents and officers from several departments fanned out around 6:00 this morning am armed with 8 Arrest Warrants for defendants accused of trafficking cocaine into Lawton and the surrounding area.

"In April of this year, OBN and local authorities began investigating a large cocaine trafficking network in Comanche County.


This group of defendants would routinely bring as much as a kilo of cocaine from Dallas, Texas into Lawton, Oklahoma where the drug would be converted into "crack" or rock cocaine and sold on the streets of Lawton. Many of the defendants arrested this morning have gang ties and lengthy criminal records that include previous drug and weapon charges."---Mark Woodward, OBN Spokesman


OBN Director Darrell Weaver says it is a vital for his agency to target and remove these criminal drug elements from communities.

"It takes law enforcement in a cooperative manner to dismantle these groups that will devour our communities with addictive substances. We must never grow weary in our plight against drug traffickers, and we'll continue to fight for the law abiding and good citizens of Lawton and all towns across our state." ---OBN Director Darrell Weaver


The investigation into this cocaine trafficking operation involved OBN, the Lawton Police Department, the Comanche County Sheriff's Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the U.S. Marshal's Service. Defendants arrested today were transported to the Comanche County Jail.



Main Target Lawrence Washington being transported to jail 1

Main Target Lawrence Washington being transported to jail.


They face a variety of charges, including Trafficking of Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS). As of 11:00 a.m. seven of the eight defendants were in custody.


Defendants arrested today MARK FORD still outstanding

Defendants arrested, Mark Ford still outstanding


MUSKOGEE – According to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, Kenny Ray Smith, 52 of Whitesboro, pled guilty to Possession with intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.


This crime punishable by not more than 20 years imprisonment, up to a $1,000,000.00 fine or both.


He also pled guilty to Felon in Possession of Ammunition, punishable by not more than 10 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000.00 or both.


The Indictment alleged that on or about February 13, 2015, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant did knowingly and intentionally possess with the intent to distribute a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.


It was further alleged that on or about February 13, 2015, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant, having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, did knowingly possess in and affecting commerce, ammunition which had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce.


The charges arose from an investigation by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and the District 16 District Attorney’s Drug Task Force.


The Honorable Kimberly E. West, Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the guilty pleas and ordered the completion of a presentence report. Sentencing will be scheduled following its completion.


The defendant will remain in the custody of the United States Marshal Service pending sentencing.


Assistant United States Attorney Chris Wilson represented the United States.

Sebastian County is holding a Preparedness Fair to prepare the citizens for Natural and Man-Made Hazards.



The goal of this fair is to increase the number of people who understand which disasters could happen in their community, know what to do to be safe, mitigate damage, take action to increase their preparedness, and participate in community resilience planning.



The preparedness event to increase individual and community preparedness will be held September 26th from 10am until 2pm at Darby Junior High School located at 616 N 14th Street in Fort Smith Arkansas.



According to Judi White Director of Public Relations/Marketing at  Carl Albert State College, there is still time to enroll for Online 8-week classes beginning October 8th at Carl Albert State College.

For whatever reason a student needs a class right now, Carl Albert State College is offering online 8-week classes beginning October 8, 2015.

CASC Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Jason Morrison stated, "We have a link on our website that explains all the benefits of enrolling for one or more online 8-week classes.We are excited about #exploreCA, and as stated on our website, there is a variety of students who can benefit from these upcoming classes." He continued, "Besides the fact that our classes are high quality online courses, CASC is also a great buy when it comes to the expense of taking classes." Online classes beginning in October include Art Appreciation, Care & Prevention of Athletic Injuries, and General Humanities II. Note that none of these classes require prerequisites.

Dr. Morrison Concluded, "Whether you are a first time student, a student needing one or more classes to complete a degree, or a current student wanting to pick up an extra course this fall, contact Sarah Brown as soon as possible at 918-647-1471."


Be sure to check out the 8-week information on the CASC website at

Thursday, 24 September 2015 09:58


Plenty of things to do in the area - check out Strike A Lot Lanes in Poteau. If you want more than a bowling Strike A Lot offers Cosmic Bowl every Friday and Saturday and Bowlaroake on Saturday nights.


Check out the Poteau Theaters for the latest movies.


If Football is your game then check out the area Friday Night Football games.


Here is are some area events in the area.


September 25

Golf Tournament for Relay for Life - Choctaw Country Club – Poteau, OK


September 28

CASA Golf Tournament - Wolf Ridge - Poteau, OK


September 25th through Oct 3rd

Arkansas/Oklahoma State Fair – Fort Smith, AR


Coming in October

Oct 1

Duck’s Unlimited Banquet – Poteau, OK


Oct 3

Relay for Life – Poteau, OK

Heavener’s Lions Club Street Carnival

Saloon Night at the Lounge - Poteau, OK


Oct 8

Taste of LeFlore County – Poteau, OK


Oct 10

Monroe Fire Department Pancake Breakfast - Monroe, OK

Fall Festival/Creature Crawl – downtown Poteau, OK


Oct 10 and 11

Viking Festival: Heavener Runestone – Heavener, OK


October 16 and 17

Poteau Balloon Fest – Poteau, OK


Oct 24

Paige it Forward Run 5K – Poteau, OK

Trail of Treats: Lake Wister State Park


Oct 30

Fright Night 5K run – Wister, OK


Oct 31

Downtown Poteau Trick or Treat – Poteau, OK


Coming in November


Nov 7

Veteran’s Day Parade: Downtown Poteau

Veterans Pancake Breakfast at the Lowrey – Poteau, OK


Nov 14 and 15

Gun and Knife Show at the Reynolds Center – Poteau, OK


Nov 28

Lights of the Island starts: Wister Lake


Coming in December


Dec 5

Poteau Christmas Parade

Thursday, 24 September 2015 09:07

Classical guitarist Peter Fletcher in Concert

Enjoy the great classical guitarist, Peter Fletcher.


Fletcher has performed at such prestigious venues as St. Xavier University in Chicago, as well as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

The event will be held at Donald W. Reynolds Center Black Box on Friday, October 9th at 6 p.m.

Concert is free to the public.

The event is co-sponsored by Heavener Public Library and Patrick Lynch Public Library.

Thursday, 24 September 2015 09:02

Thor's Hammer set for Saturday

Thor's Hammer 5k, 10k and half marathon is set for Saturday, Sept. 26 at Heavener Runestone.


Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. at the Park Community Building.

Cost is
• $30 for the 5k and 10k
• $40 for the half marathon.
• $20 for High School Students


Race starts at 8 a.m.


About Thor's Hammer
Thor's Hammer Trail Run Challenge is a tough course. You start in the park overlook and experience a steep climb of almost 380 feet in the first ½ mile. Then you have a gradual climb of another 100 feet before the trail turns down for about 2 miles dropping about 300 feet. The course then climbs 100 feet to a plateau where you experience approximately 3 miles of up and down hills across Middle Mountain and reach the turn around. On the way back you will take a side trail to a well head cross over to another well head through a ravine, nicknamed "The Hammer" and then return to the main trail for a return to the Park.


The name for the race, Thor's Hammer, is in keeping with the Viking theme of Heavener Runestone Park. Friends of Heavener Runestone is the organization formed to offer support for the park and help with fundraising to offset operational costs.

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