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Tonight's the night for the 4th Annual Taste of LeFlore County Banquet at the Hotel Lowrey in Poteau.


The come and go event is from 5:30pm until 7pm.


According to Bonnie Prigmore, Executive Director of the LeFlore County Historical Society, the food is prepared by residents of LeFlore County, as well as some of the local businesses, Western Sizzlin, Cakes and More, Dave's Meat Market, EOMC and Maple Creek Berry Farms.

Some of your favorites are back including Loretta's Fried Pies, Laura Taylor's Louisiana Crawfish Casserole, Rosemary McBee's Meatballs and much more.

Come out and enjoy the many different recipes, tour the museum and enjoy the great Dulcimer Sisters music.

Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at the door.

The LeFlore County Museum is located at 303 Dewey in Poteau but use the Witte Street door.


For more information contact Prigmore at 918-647-9330.



Congratulation to the Wister Lady Wildcats they win the opening game at the Class A state fast-pitch tournament 5-0 over Cyril.



They will  now advance to the semifinals on Friday at noon.





Wednesday, 07 October 2015 19:34


Old Poteau Jail Haunted House – every Friday and Saturday night in October – Poteau, OK

Now until Dec 15th – Strike A Lot Lanes – Fall Leagues

Haunted Castle Halloween Festival – Now through Oct 31- Muskogee, OK



Oct 8
Taste of LeFlore County – Poteau, OK

Oct 9
Poteau High school Football – Homecoming – Poteau, OK

Oct 10
Monroe Fire Department Pancake Breakfast - Monroe, OK
Poteau Police VS LeFlore County Sheriff – softball tournament – Poteau, Ok
Fall Festival/Creature Crawl – Downtown Poteau, OK
Grazing Workshop at Kerr Center, 9am – 5pm – Poteau, OK

Oct 10 and 11
Viking Festival: Heavener Runestone – Heavener, OK

October 15 – 17
2015 Youth Revival in the Valley - Big Creek Baptist Church

October 16 and 17
Poteau Balloon Fest – Poteau, OK

October 23
Battle of the Banks Chili Contest - 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

Happy Halloween
Downtown Poteau Trick or Treat – Poteau, OK
The Lounge Halloween Party – Poteau, OK


Coming in November


November 14
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

November 21
Holiday Market at Reynolds Center – Poteau, OK

Nov 28
Lights of the Island starts: Wister Lake


Coming in December


Dec 5
Poteau Christmas Parade


According to the Adair County Sheriff's office Facebook page, a 34 foot travel trailer valued at $35,000 which was stolen from the JaMatt RV Sales in Poteau has been recovered.


Derek Cessna 35 and Jennifer Bowen- Cessna, 36, were both booked into the Adair County Detention Center on drug charges.

Derek Cessna is also being charged with possession of stolen property and outstanding warrants. Derek Cessna was found to be in possession of a 34 foot travel trailer that was stolen from JaMatt RV Sales around 4am on Tuesday.

Surveillance video from JaMatt's shows the suspects hooking up the trailer to their pickup truck and driving the trailer off the lot.

The Adair County Sheriff's Office was notified by the LeFlore County Sheriff that it was believed Derek Cessna was in possession of said travel trailer.

The Adair County Sheriff's Deputies and District 27 Drug Task Force were able to arrest both subjects, recover said travel trailer and drugs/paraphilia without incident.

Stolen RV from Poteau recovered, two suspects arrested in Adair County - 3.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 19:20

Dorothy May Keener

Dorothy May Keener of Spiro, Oklahoma was born on January 7, 1923 in Tuskahoma, Oklahoma to John and Bertie (Underwood) Chancellor and passed away on October 7, 2015 in Spiro, Oklahoma at the age of 92 years old.

Dorothy is survived by; her daughter; Vicki Vernon, daughter-in-law; Linda Keener, brother; Teamon Chancellor and wife Barbara, grandchildren; Tony Vernon and wife Vicki, Chris Vernon and Roger Keener, and wife Michelle, great grandchildren; Melissa Vernon, Jessica Vernon, Harrison Keener, Lucas Keener and Paul Keener, nieces and nephews; Jeanne Little, Jackie Erwin and husband Roger, James Chancellor and wife Deanna, J.A. Chancellor and wife Janet, John Chancellor and wife Cendi, and Judy Pitts.

Dorothy was a member of Hilltop Holiness Church, was an avid reader and, enjoyed quilting.


Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; Arthur Keener, a son; Ron Keener, and two sisters; Marie Swindell and Kathleen Chancellor.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00am Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Mallory~Martin Chapel of Spiro, Oklahoma I with Reverend Larry McSperitt officiating.


Interment will follow at Tuskahoma Cemetery under the direction of Mallory~Martin Funeral Home of Spiro, Oklahoma.


Condolences can be made to the family on Dorothy's online guestbook at


Wednesday, 07 October 2015 18:34

Local Teen Wins Big

Trisha Walden, a 9th grade student at Wister schools, has attended several rodeo and barrel racing events recently. She and her horse DAGO work well together. She is a member of the CRRA rodeo association, BBR barrel racing association and the INFR Indian association. Some rodeos are not sanctioned and are open rodeos; some are approved by more than one association.




Ward Rodeo Company offers a Stampede Series consisting of 19 rodeos; riders get points for placing 1st thru 6th place. Saddles are awarded in each event at the final rodeo of the season. Trisha led the points in this series and brought home the saddle from the finals October 2 & 3 in Tishomingo. She went in with a good enough lead in points to assure her of the saddle.


CRRA rodeo season ended September 27. The top 15 of each event qualify for the finals which will be in Ft Smith Arkansas, October 29-31. She will be running barrels in these finals also. Trisha is in the top 15 based on the amount of money won in the CRRA approved rodeos.



Walden has also attended numerous barrel racing events and has two other horses she hauls to some of these events. In 2013, she was the Junior World Champion Indian barrel racer in the Las Vegas Indian finals. She ran 3 times and got faster each time. She and DAGO brought home 3 buckles and a nice saddle. It was definitely a memory making trip for Trisha and her family.

Walden’s goal is to join the WPRA when she is old enough and has dreams of becoming a PRCA barrel racing champion someday. “I would really like to win the PRCA finals someday,” she said.



Wednesday, 07 October 2015 14:15

Tommy Harold Derryberry Obituary

Tommy Harold Derryberry, 67, of Poteau, OK (formerly of Red Oak, OK) passed away Monday, October 5, 2015 in Ft. Smith, AR.


Tommy was born March 21, 1948 in Walls, OK to Thomas Walter & Frances Lee (Cole) Derryberry. He was a veteran of the US Army and worked in the oil/gas industry. Tommy was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Beverly, Faye and infant; nephew, Tommy Tarver.


Survivors include his wife, Melva of the home; daughter, Michelle Whitehead of Poteau, OK; son, Rodney & April Derryberry of Poteau, OK; 8 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; sister, Kay Hopkins of Truth or Consequences, NM; brothers, Frank Derryberry of Denver, CO and Steve Derryberry of Red Oak, OK; other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Services will be 2 pm, Friday, October 9, 2015 at the First Baptist Church in Red Oak, OK with Rev. Johnny Montgomery officiating. Interment will follow in Red Oak Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Doug Martin, Delbert Derryberry, Russell Hiatt, Dalton Wilks, Seth Strader, Alarik Schlotter, Mark Rana, Gary Weeks.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Kyle Hess, Eric Wackerly, James Lemmons, Gary Lemmons, Tracy Allen and Jim Craig.


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

Wednesday, 07 October 2015 14:11

Jonace Ray Shepard Obituary

Jonace Ray Shepard was born on August 24, 1950 to Roy and Madlene (Eubanks) Shepard in Fort Coffee, Oklahoma and passed away on October 5, 2015 in Spiro, Oklahoma at the age of 65 years.


Jonace spent most of his early life in Fort Coffee and Spiro, Oklahoma. He attended Douglas School then went to Spiro High School where he graduated in 1969. He furthered his education by enrolling at Wichita State University. Jonace was drafted during the beginning of his sophomore year of college by the Armed Forces where he enlisted with the U.S. Air Force on August 3rd, 1970.


Jonace was later honorably discharged with the distinguished rank as Seargent.

Jonace, "Shep or Gennis" as some people knew him, was a loving husband, father, brother, grandpa, uncle and a good friend who will be missed and cherished by those who knew him.


He was preceded in death by his parents, his grandparents; and his brother.


He leaves to cherish his daughter; Lentice Carter (Phillip) of Roseville, California and one son; Juan Duke of Chicago, Illinois, five grandchildren; Diane, DeAngelo, Essence, Brittany, and Phillip Jr., three sisters; Betty Lewis and Cynthia Shepard both of Spiro, Oklahoma, and Colene Shepard of Fort Smith, Arkansas, his brother; Carl Shepard (Devola) of Wichita, Kansas and sister-In-law; Kay Clayton, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, friends and the love of his life, Omega Shepard.


Funeral services will be held at 12:00pm, Friday, October 9, 2015 at Mt. Triumph Baptist Church with interment to follow at 2:00pm in the Fort Smith National Cemetery.


A wake service will be held 6pm-8pm Thursday evening at the funeral home.


Arrangements have been entrusted to the care and direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Spiro, Oklahoma.


Condolences can be made to the family on Jonace's guestbook online at www.mallorymartinfuneral

Wednesday, 07 October 2015 10:34

Michael David "Mike" Skelton

Michael David "Mike" Skelton of Spiro Oklahoma was born on January 16, 1961 to Herman and Betty Jean (Coffey) Skelton in Sallisaw, Oklahoma and passed away on October 6, 2015 in Fort Smith, Arkansas at the age of 54 years.


Mike is survived by one son; John Michael Skelton of Spiro, Oklahoma, one sister; Jeanine Calloway and husband, Gary of Greenwood, Arkansas, and one brother; Mark Skelton of Spiro, Oklahoma and the mother of his son; Diane Skelton.


Mike was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister; Wanda Gail Skelton.


Private family services will be held at a later date.


Arrangements have been entrusted to the care and direction of Mallory~Martin Funeral Home of Spiro, Oklahoma.


Condolences can be made to the family on Mike's guestbook online at

Michael David "Mike" Skelton - 2.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Both lanes of US270 1.5 miles west of Wister in Leflore County were blocked due to 2 vehicle collision.

The roadway was closed at approximately 7:30 am and was a closed for a total of 55 minutes.

Another accident occurred on U.S. 271, a mile and a half west of Pocola.

The accident blocked both lanes of traffic for over an hour.

According to the OHP, the road was closed from 8:13am until 9:23 am Wednesday morning.

No information available at this time on either of the accidents.

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