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According to the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, Four Eufaula and Checotah individuals Plead Guilty to drug conspiracy.


According to the report Kerensa Kaelene Mara, 38, James Westley Radford 28, Marquis Wayne Brandt, a/k/a Mark Brandt, 40, all of Eufaula and Rebell Lynn Crabtree 47, of Checotah, Oklahoma, pled guilty to Drug Conspiracy, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846.



Charges arose from an investigation by the Navarro County Sheriff's Department in Texas, the District 18 District Attorney's Drug Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General. The defendants were indicted in July 2015.



The Indictment alleged that beginning in or about October 2014 and continuing to in or about January 2015, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma and elsewhere, the defendants knowingly and intentionally agreed together, with each other, and with other persons known and unknown to the Grand Jury, to illegally obtain Schedule II and IV controlled substances by means of presenting fraudulent prescriptions to pharmacies and conspired to possess with intent to distribute and distribute Schedule II and IV controlled substances.



As part of the conspiracy the defendants would obtain stolen prescription pads, legitimate DEA numbers and copies of doctor's signatures from the Jack C. Montgomery Veterans Affairs Medical Center, for the purpose of forging prescriptions of controlled substances. The defendants would recruit people to present those forged prescriptions on their behalf in return for pay and then distribute the fraudulently obtained illegal drugs or trade illegal drugs for other drugs.


Mara and Crabtree both are former employees at the Jack C. Montgomery Veterans Affairs Medical Center, in Muskogee.



The Honorable Steven P. Shreder, 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 presentence reports. Sentencing hearings will be scheduled following their completions.



The statutory range of punishment is up to 20 years imprisonment, up to a $1,000,000 fine or both.



First Assistant United States Attorney Doug Horn represented the United States.

Thursday, 19 January 2017 02:23

Hummingbird Cake

Found this recipe at



3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained
3 (about 2 cups) ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup roasted pecans, finely chopped
Cream Cheese Frosting




Preheat oven to 350º F. Prepare three 9-inch cake pans by spraying with baking spray or buttering and lightly flouring.
Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and ground cinnamon in a large bowl. Set aside.
Cream together the eggs, oil, vanilla extract, pineapple, mashed bananas, and finely chopped pecans in another large bowl. Stir the egg mixture into the flour mixture until just combined. Evenly divide the batter between the three prepared pans and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick or skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes. Turn cakes onto a wire rack and allow to cool completely before frosting with cream cheese frosting.

Thursday, 27 August 2015 22:16

Nadine Carpenter Death Notice

Nadine Carpenter, 82, of Wister, OK passed away Thursday, August 27, 2015 in Wister.


Nadine was born August 10, 1933 in Hughes, OK to Emmett & Lula May (Harris) Warren.


She was a retired teacher and basketball coach. Nadine was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Wister, OK.


She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Jessie Thomas; brother, Johnny Warren.



Survivors include her husband, Frank of the home; daughter, Teresa DuPree of Clinton, OK; son, Jerry Carpenter of Wister, OK; 10 Grandchildren; 3 sisters, Betty Jo McAlester of LeFlore, OK, Mary Ross of Fanshawe (Hughes), OK, Lola Davidson of Stanton, OR; other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Services will be 2 pm, Monday, August 31, 2015 at LeFlore High School Gym, LeFlore, OK with Revs. Clyde Steelman, Bryan Fields & Jim Cook officiating.


Interment will follow in Ellis Chapel Cemetery, Wister, OK.


The family will be at the funeral home on Saturday evening from 6-8 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, OK

Nadine Carpenter Death Notice - 3.0 out of 5 based on 2 votes
Thursday, 27 August 2015 05:48

Curnutt honored at Banquet


LeFlore County 4H held their annual banquet at Days Inn in Poteau Thursday evening. County 4H leader Amber Reece along with OSU Extension Educator Danette Russell presented awards to 4H members, leaders, volunteers and chapters from across the county.



Longtime 4H leader, Francine Curnutt, who has led the Wister chapter for the past 10 years, received a plaque recognizing her for her service. Amber Reece presented Curnutt with the 4H Lifetime Volunteer Award. Following the announcement of the award, Curnutt's daughters Callie and Adrianna, who were 4H members, spoke about the impact their mother had on not only their lives but on other members lives too.



Francine has recently retired from Wister Public Schools where she had been the Family and Consumer Sciences teacher as well as the FCCLA Chapter advisor and 4H leader. She spoke of how much the Wister chapter has grown in the past 10 years and how much she enjoyed working with the members, parents and volunteers.



For more information about LeFlore County 4H, contact Reece at (918) 647-8231 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the 4H website or Facebook page.

Thursday, 27 August 2015 18:27

Scam Alert


The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has recently received numerous telephone calls from multiple Oklahoma citizens stating they received a call from a number identified as the OSBI’s main telephone number -- 405-848-6724.


On three occasions, victims reported the caller solicited money.



At least one victim stated the caller had a foreign accent advised a warrant for tax fraud had been filed against them.



The caller asked to settle the warrant by accepting payment over the phone.



Another person received a “system” type message popup on their iPhone which said the federal government had knowledge they had child pornography and they must pay a $600 fine.



The OSBI does not collect money via telephone or email, nor does the Bureau settle warrants over the phone by accepting payment.



If you receive a similar or suspicious call, please call the OSBI at 405-848-6724 or your local law enforcement.

Scam Alert - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

Julie Barnard | College of Human Sciences



(STILLWATER, Okla., August 27, 2015) - Little red and orange wolfberries have been used in China for centuries to ensure longevity and treat age-related conditions of the liver and the eye.



But those qualities and many more have only recently been confirmed due to researchers using modern high performance analytic methods.



College of Human Sciences assistant professor in nutritional sciences Daniel Lin and colleagues are among those researchers who are providing evidence of the little red berry's effectiveness on delaying or preventing retinal degeneration.



Wolfberries, or Goji berries, are the fruits of two closely related perennial plants, Lycium barbarum and Lycium Chinense, which are native to Asia and southeast Europe. Commercial production mainly comes from plantations in Ningxia Hui and Xinjiang Uyghur regions in China.



The bioactive components in wolfberries include but are not limited to polysaccharides and carotenoids. The fruits contain large amounts of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin which are believed to have significant importance in eye health. Lin and his colleagues sought to determine the nature of the preventative effects of dietary wolfberry on diabetic retinopathy.



During the study, mice were fed a diet that included 1% wolfberries. The control group's diet did not include wolfberries. High-performance liquid chromatography indicated mice fed the wolfberry diet for eight weeks had increases of ~13.7% in overall zeaxanthin and lutein concentrations in the liver and retinal tissues.



Retinal damage caused by complications of diabetes is the leading cause of vision impairment and blindness in working age adults. Hyperglycemia is a major cause of the progression of the disease.



No permanent cure is available at this time. In the early stages of diabetes the retina's small blood vessels are still intact with no damage. As the hyperglycemia-induced oxidative stress progresses it alters cellular stability and mitochondrial health.



Mitochondria are often referred to as the powerhouse of the cell because they generate most of the cell's supply of adenosine triphosphate which is the source of the cell's energy. Mitochondrial dysfunction is the primary indicator of retinal degeneration in diabetes. Mitochondria damage in mice fed wolfberries for eight weeks was completely reversed.



The study showed wolfberry improved dispersion of mitochondria and increased pigment granules in the retina's epithelium cells.



The vascular system in the retina provides nutrients and oxygen to the inner retina, new blood vessels supply the outer retina. In diabetes, elevated blood glucose, hyperglycemia and blood flow decline result in hypoxia or oxygen shortages in the retina. Dietary wolfberries ameliorated hypoxia and slowed down vascular dysfunction in the retina of the mice.



"In the study, dietary wolfberry restored the thickness of the whole retina, in particular the inner nuclear layer and photoreceptor layer," Lin said.


"To our knowledge, this is the first report that wolfberry bioactive constituents prevented or delayed the onset of the disease of diabetic retinopathy in an animal mode," Lin said.



"We believe the inhibition of hypoxia may be beneficial to maintaining healthy vision for diabetic patients," Lin said. "The bioactive components in wolfberry may very well delay the progression of retinal degeneration for people suffering from diabetes."


osu professor

College of Human Sciences assistant professor in nutritional sciences Daniel Lin



Not satisfied with one aspect of wolfberries' impact on health, Lin is also studying its effects on obese mice.



"High fat diets cause mitochondrial dysfunction and a study of obese mice indicates wolfberry dietary intervention can lead to the prevention of excessive amounts of triglycerides and other fats in liver cells," Lin said.



With the burgeoning costs associated with pharmaceutical treatments, research-based evidence of the lasting effects of nutraceuticals such as wolfberries will have tremendous impact on the health and well-being of the world's population.



Lin said the western world is taking notice of the tiny fruit's potential as wolfberry production is being found in Arizona, California and Nevada.


"Shipping the fresh fruit is difficult so most of the fruit from China is dried," he said. "The dried fruit is still highly effective, but as with all fruits, fresh wolfberry is best."



It appears the ancient remedy will soon be the next new functional food to enhance and improve health.






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 125 years.

McALESTER – Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) announced the hiring of Southeast Oklahoma Native Brenda Peel to help with constituent casework in the southern portion of the Second Congressional District.


"We are excited to have Brenda join our district team," Mullin said. "She will work from our McAlester district office and will handle constituent casework for 15 counties in the southern portion of our district. She is definitely a valuable addition and our constituents will benefit from her extensive knowledge of federal agencies."


The Second District encompasses 26 counties in eastern Oklahoma and stretches from north to south from the Kansas to Texas borders.


Previously, Peel worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency and prior to that was a caseworker in the office of former Congressman Wes Watkins (OK-03).


"As a former staffer for Congressman Watkins, I am well versed in helping constituents in Southeastern Oklahoma," Peel said. "My 17 years with Farm Service Agency processing farm loans has also given me an excellent understanding of the problems and needs of the farmers and ranchers in our state."


Born and raised in Atoka County, Peel and her husband, Danny, have been married for 43 years. They have two children and five grandchildren. She enjoys gardening, crafting and sewing in her free time.

As a congressional caseworker, Peel helps constituents experiencing problems with federal agencies or other federal entities.


"I truly enjoy helping people and as a caseworker, I have the opportunity to help people navigate the bureaucracies of federal agencies every day," Peel added. "It is very rewarding."


Peel can be reached at Mullin's McAlester district office, located at 1 E. Choctaw, Suite 175, McAlester, OK. The phone number is (918) 423-5951. For additional information about any of Mullin's district office locations, hours of operation or to download a privacy release form, visit the website:


Thursday, 27 August 2015 12:42

Helen Lucille Scyrkels Obituary

Helen Lucille Scyrkels, 89, of Sylacauga, AL (formerly of Panama, OK) passed away Saturday, August 22, 2015 in Arab, AL.


Helen was born October 22, 1925 in Panama, OK to William & Sarah (Cantwell) Hawkins. She was retired from KiBois Headstart. Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Scyrkels March 10, 2003; son, Joe Whitehead and also all her siblings precede her.



Survivors include her sons & daughters in law, Mike & Monika Whitehead of Rockford, AL, Phillip & Janice Whitehead of Blair, NE, daughter & son in law, Teresa & Lynn Ervin of Ardmore, OK; grandson, Jud & wife Becky Whitehead of Cameron, OK; many grand and great grandchildren; other relatives, loved ones and friends.



There will be visitation from 9:30 -10:30 am Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, OK followed by the service at 10:30. with Pastor Chance Ruhnke officiating. Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Poteau, OK. Pallbearers will be Chad Jameson, Dan Cina, Dewayne Whitehead, Justice Ruhnke & Jud Whitehead.



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


According to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday August 26th, agents with the Oklahoma Internet Crimes against Children Task Force arrested a Tulsa man on a felony warrant out of Mesquite, Texas.

Recently, a juvenile walked into the Mesquite Police Department and reported repeated sexual abuse and manufacturing child pornography at the hands of 52 year old David Earl Myers III.

OSBI ICAC agents determined Myers works in Tulsa.

OSBI agents, an agent with the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office, officers with the Tulsa Police Department and Tulsa Sheriff's Office with the help of U.S. Marshals from the U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force arrested Myers at his workplace.

He was transported to the Tulsa County jail where he awaits extradition to Texas.

A search of Myers' Mannford home uncovered several items of evidence including implements of abuse described by the child victim.

Thursday, 27 August 2015 04:08



Strike A Lot Lanes in Poteau has some great things going on. Check out Cosmic Bowl every Friday and Saturday night. If you like to sing then come to bowlaroake on Saturday nights.

Check out the Poteau Theaters for the latest movies.


August 27

Kerr Center Workshop – Feral Hog Management –Poteau, OK

Night of Worship: Cross Community Church – 6:30 pm - Poteau, OK

August 31

LeFlore County Republican Meeting: Patrick Lynch Library – Poteau, OK

Coming up in September

September 4 through 7th

2015 Choctaw Labor Day Festival – Tuskahoma, OK

September 7


September 10 – 12

Oklahoma State HOG Rally- Poteau, OK

September 19

Walk, Run or Dye 5K Color Run – Poteau, OK

September 23

See you at the Pole Rally – Reynold Center – Poteau, OK

Coming in October

Oct 1

Duck’s Unlimited Banquet – Poteau, OK

Oct 3

Relay for Life – Poteau, OK

Heavener’s Lions Club Street Carnival

Oct 8

Taste of LeFlore County –Poteau, OK

Oct 10 and 11

Viking Festival: Heavener Runestone

October 16 and 17

Poteau Balloon Fest – Poteau, OK

Oct 24

Trail of Treats: Lake Wister State Park

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


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Bolaraoke Official

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