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On Saturday May 18, 2019 the Sugarloaf Christian Fellowship from Monroe will be having “Loaded Crazy Fries” fundraiser

Come out to Town & Country Realty in Poteau, from 10 am until 2pm and enjoy a shoestring/deep fried potato with pulled pork cheese and BBQ.

Proceeds from donations given will be used to help support kids go to church camp.

Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated.

Come out and support the kids!

Monday, 13 May 2019 18:03

Shelia Ann Covey Obituary



Shelia Ann Covey, 65, of Shady Point, OK passed away Saturday, May 11, 2019, in Ft. Smith, AR.


Shelia was born December 9, 1953 in Oklahoma City to Clarence & Elinor (Wiles) Mize.


She was a proud member of the Choctaw Tribe and was a food distribution manager for the Choctaw Nation. Shelia was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence Mize & Elinor Pierce & brother, William Dave Mize.



Survivors include her husband, Charley Covey; children, Toni & Mark Jones, Trinity & Sue Covey; grandchildren, Shelbi Bowden, Dylan Covey, Philip Jones, Elizabeth Jones, Misty Thompson & Mindy Hale; great grandchildren, Dax Butler, Drew Butler, Cassidy Ward, Kelcee Ward, Waylon Hale; uncles & aunts, Frank & Bert Wiles, Bud & Marilyn Mize; her special Belle Pointe Quilters Guild Family; other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Services will be 10 am, Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Calhoun Baptist Church with Steve Hughes officiating. Interment will follow in Shady Point Cemetery.


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


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

Shelia Ann Covey Obituary - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

Press release

 Kodey Toney, Director of the Pervasive Parenting Center in Poteau, was recently awarded a statewide award for his work in advocacy for people with disabilities. Toney was recently awarded the Partners in Policymaking Distinguished Advocacy Award, known as “The Diana”. The winners are nominated by their peers.

Toney was presented with the award during the Partners in Policymaking graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 5, in Oklahoma City. PiPs is a program sponsored by the Developmental Disabilities Council of Oklahoma, which helps train people to advocate better for individuals with disabilities.

Toney was recognized for his work and dedication in helping his family and many others throughout the rural part of eastern Oklahoma. Among the many programs he has helped to bring to this part of the state is training for parents and professionals, Sibshops, parent support groups, conferences, autism screening, and awareness of existing resources.

The award is named for Diana McCalment. McCalment is a parent, and a nationally recognized advocate for those with disabilities. She was the President of the Hissom Parent Guardian Association that helped fight for a better placement for residents of the assisted-living facility.

“This is an extreme honor not just to win the award, but to win something with Diana’s name attached to it,” said Toney. “She has become my mentor and my friend over the last six years. To say that she has influenced my work would be an understatement. She is truly one of the main reasons I do what I do. In 2013, when I was graduating from Partners in Policymaking, one of my last assignments was to come up with a five-year plan. The Pervasive Parenting Center was my plan. Thanks to her insight and guidance it has become a reality.”

Toney would also like to recognize his family for all of their hard work and support.

“I especially want to dedicate this to my wife Jennifer who, as I always say, is the brains, I’m just the mouth,” said Toney. “Konner is the reason that I am doing what I do, and Kruz helps me continue to strive to be a better person. My staff and board of directors are the reason I can continue to do the work I love.”

Konner’s diagnosis of autism at the age of three sparked him to do many of the things he has to help bring awareness to the rural area of eastern Oklahoma.

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, an injury accident involving two vehicles occurred at 8:49 am on May 13, on State Highway 2 in Latimer County.


According to the report, a 2004 Chevrolet Pick-up, driven by Roger Prince, 68 of Clayton was traveling northbound on State Highway 2 and went left of center and struck a 2018 Jeep driven by Wynona Cusher, 39 of Clayton head on who was traveling southbound.


Prince was transported by an OHP Trooper to the Choctaw Nation Hospital in Talihina to be checked for leg and arm injuries.

He was later released to a Latimer County Deputy on an unrelated matter.


Cusher was transported by McAlester Air Care to St. Francis hospital in Tulsa for multiple injuries.


She was listed in critical condition.


The accident is still under investigation.


Monday, 13 May 2019 17:35

Johnny Lee Newell Obituary


Johnny Lee Newell of Wister, Oklahoma was born October, 1942 in Wister, Oklahoma and passed away May 6, 2019 in Wister, Oklahoma at the age of 76.


He is survived by:

His wife:
Betty Lewis of the home

One daughter:
Lorinda Newell Badillo of Arkansas

Two step-daughters:
Teresa Brown of Rock Island, Oklahoma
Toni Adams of Cameron, Oklahoma

One son:
Johhny Newell, Jr. of Fort Smith, Arkansas

Two step-sons:
Chuck Lewis of Wister, Oklahoma
Paul Lewis of Heavener, Oklahoma

Two sisters:
Sue Sutherland of Durant, Oklahoma
Dorothy of Durant, Oklahoma

One brother:
James Newell of Hartshorne, Oklahoma

Four grandchildren:
Brandy, Madison, Erica Cooper and husband Phil, and Connor

Four great-grandchildren:
Bryley, Collin and Dawson Copper, and Parker Cooper

Numerous other family members and a host of friends


Johnny was a life-long resident of Wister, a veteran of the Army National Guard, and was a retired iron worker.


He and Betty Lewis spent approximately four years living as a couple, and then married on March 28, 2019.


Unfortunately, John passed away after only 39 days of marriage.


The impact that he made on our family was of great joy, from all the love and happiness that he gave our mother. It takes a lot to win over a family of grown children, and John did accomplish it well. The two of them would look into each other’s eyes and you couldn’t deny their loving connection.


They both beamed like lovesick teenagers, and spoke as if they were. They managed to find each other and to be loved one more time before John’s heart stopped. I have always wished for my mom to find a real love. My wish for her came true.


No services are scheduled at this time.


Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener, Oklahoma.


To sign Mr. Newell’s online guestbook please visit


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Press release

NORMAN – Attorney General Mike Hunter today released the following statement after Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman denied both the Johnson & Johnson and Teva Pharmaceuticals’ respective motions for summary judgment.

Defendants sought summary judgment to have the case thrown out, arguing the state’s public nuisance law didn’t apply to the state’s claim and that the state had no evidence that the defendants caused the opioid epidemic ravaging Oklahoma.

Arguments were made by both parties on Friday, where Judge Balkman took it under advisement. The trial remains on schedule for May 28.

“Last week, we heard more arguments and excuses by the defendants as to why this case should not be heard,” Attorney General Hunter said. “The Oklahoma Supreme Court and now, on multiple occasions, Judge Balkman, has said this case should proceed to trial. These rulings were made based on the rule of law and the merits of our case.

“The team and I appreciate Judge Balkman’s hard work in reviewing and ruling on defendants’ motions. Although we are only 16 days from beginning our trial, the parties remain bogged down in defendants’ voluminous pretrial motions. Nonetheless, the team is prepared for May 28 where we will show how these companies maliciously deceived Oklahoma doctors, patients and families, leading to the worst manmade disaster our state, and indeed, our country, has ever seen.”

By Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy CEO Joe Dorman



Last Wednesday was Child Advocacy Day at the State Capitol, and I’d like to thank everyone who came out in support of policies that benefit children. We were joined by more than 100 Oklahomans who participated in advocacy workshops before meeting with lawmakers to discuss child-focused legislation.


During the event, the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) held a luncheon at the Governor’s Mansion, where we were honored to be joined by First Lady Sarah Stitt, Secretary of Health Jerome Loughridge, and Secretary of Human Services Steven Buck. We greatly appreciate the Stitt administration and First Lady Stitt directly investing so much of their time and energy into children’s issues and, specifically, combatting child abuse. Luncheon attendees also heard from Rodney Timms, founder of All Truckers Together Against Child Abuse (ATTACA), who detailed his own abuse and how his faith has led him to a life devoted to helping at-risk children.


OICA also began our drive to distribute free trigger locks to concerned Oklahoma gun owners on Child Advocacy Day. These were donated by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and are being provided free of charge to individuals wanting to secure their firearms when not in use. I personally want to thank my good friend Miles Hall for helping set up this collaborative effort and sending OICA 500 of these trigger locks to start our drive. If you would like one of these, please stop by our office or make arrangements, email us at us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (405) 236-5437.


For those who were not able to make it to Advocacy Day, we are working with partner organizations, civic clubs and other groups to schedule advocacy trainings around the state. Our goal is to help our fellow Oklahomans effectively advocate for causes they care about with lawmakers. If you are a member of a civic group and interested in having a representative from the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) speak at one of your meetings, please contact us at the information provided above.


Meanwhile, there are roughly two weeks remaining in the legislative session. There is much work to still be done before lawmakers adjourn for the year. Legislators need to craft a budget, the criminal justice reform measures are still under review, and there is no word as of yet if a bill to create an “Oklahoma Plan” for increased access to federal health care dollars will be brought forward. The restoration of refundability of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is also a possibility and we are encouraging this as a final policy for passage this year. OICA will continue to be active at the Capitol and we will work to ensure kids are remembered as this session closes. Now, more than ever, is a great time for all Oklahomans to get involved and speak out on these important issues.


First Lady Sarah Stitt at OICA luncheon


About OICA
The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy was established in 1983 by a group of citizens, to create a strong advocacy network that would provide a voice for the needs of children and youth in Oklahoma, particularly those in the state’s care and those growing up amid poverty, violence, abuse and neglect, disparities, or other situations that put their lives and future at risk.

Our mission statement: “Creating awareness, taking action and changing policy to improve the health, safety and well-being of Oklahoma’s children.“




The Poteau Chamber of Commerce welcomed new member River Valley Manufactured Homes with a ribbon cutting on Saturday, May 11,2019 during their grand opening.

River Valley Manufactured Homes is located 22226 Arnall Road in Poteau.

Founded by Brian, Britt, Kevin and Brandan Minks, River Valley Manufactured Homes is a manufactured homes dealer. They provide beautiful, custom single-wide and double-wide manufactured homes and deliver them to customers in Poteau and most towns within a 100-mile radius, including, but not limited to, Roland, Spiro, and Sallisaw, as well as nearby towns in Arkansas, including Fort Smith, Greenwood, and Mansfield, to name a few.


River Valley Manufactured Homes draw from years of both real estate and lending experience that allows them to specialize in "land & home" package deals, whereby the customer will have an opportunity to finance a plot of land along with a manufactured home, both offered by River Valley Manufactured Homes and its affiliates.


The Minks family sees this as a distinguishing component of their business that will separate them from much of the local competition, as this service will enable River Valley Manufactured Homes to offer homes to customers who don't yet have any land of their own.


"We've already received a ton of interest and an outpouring of incredible support from the local community’ said Brandan Minks.


Stop by and see the beautiful selections of homes at River Valley Manufactured Homes.

They are located at 22226 Arnall Rd or contact them at 918-647-7120.


Chamber welcomes River Valley Manufactured Homes to Poteau - 1.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote
Saturday, 11 May 2019 06:19

PKMS Students of the Month of APRIL


POTEAU, Oklahoma - Pansy Kidd Middle School in Poteau is pleased to announce their students of the month for April 2019.





Sixth Grade:

 Shayla Johnson

Santana Robles


Seventh Grade:

 Britleigh Wood

Benjamin Smith


Eighth Grade:

 Damaris Martinez

Jace Stacy





6th Grade Shayla Johnson

Parents: Roy Johnson and Carol Johnson

Electives: Tech Ed, Art and Explore

I like school because: Its fun things are her today, have fun times and I love math and reading and science.


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6th Grade Santana Robles

Parents: Victor Robles and Mariann Enriquez

Electives: Band and Athletics

I like school because: I get to learn and that I get some new experiences and new life skills.


Britleigh Wood 7th grade 002

Seventh Grade Britleigh Wood

Parents: Melody and Johnny Wood

Electives: FACS and current events

I like school because: I get to see my friends and my favorite teachers


Benjamin Smith 7th grade 002

Seventh Grade Benjamin Smith

Parents: P.E., Art, 7th grade current events

I like school because: of Math


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Eight Grade Damaris Martinez

Parents: Jose Martinez

Electives: Athletics – FACS

I like school because: I get to go to my classes, and I get to paly basketball with my friends


 Jace Stacy 8th grade 002

Eighth Grade Jace Stacy

Parents: Jeremy and Tambra

Electives: Band, Athletics and Tech Ed

I like school because: I get to see my friends and I get to learn about stuff

Saturday, 11 May 2019 05:34

Cavanal Killer winners


Poteau, OKLAHOMA - The top four runners of the Cavanal Killer

1st place Josh Snyder
2nd Mario Herendez
3rd Jamie Herendez
4th Matt Carmack,( who was this year’s event sponsor)

The Cavanal Killer is an annual event held to support the beautification of “The worlds Highest Hill” in Poteau. The goal of the Cavanal Killer 8k Walk/Run is to promote fitness and Cavanal Hill.


Thank you to all of our Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor: Carmack's Garage
Central National Bank, Dobson Technologies, T-Wrecks LLC Towing and Recovery, Wister Dariy Hut, First National Bank, MJ Agency, Adams Abstract Company, Inc. Moquet Millwright Services LLC, Regal Car Sales and Credit LLC, Green Country Refrigeration, Ricky Belt Trucking, Arvest, Carl Albert State College, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Eastern Oklahoma Medical Clinic, Edward Jones, First National Bank, Grace Funeral Services, Hammond Family Dental, JOB Construction, McDonald's of Poteau, New Ride Tire Services LLC, OG&E, OK Foods, Inc., Oldcastle Enclosure Solutions, Preferred Office Technologies, Revital U by Paula Jeffers, Rexel, Roberta's Cafe, Ron's Lumber and Home Center, Russell Cellular, Senator Mark Allen, The Community State Bank, Watson Motors, Kinetic by Windstream, Aarons, Choctaw Casinos Poteau, Kiamichi Technology Center, Advantage Home Health and Hospice, AApest Pest Control, PJ's Country Store, Lashes by Kaley, Poteau Tag Agency, Tri-State Recycled Auto Parts, Monks Mowing and Landscaping, Holiday Inn Express and Suites Poteau, Mary Kay by Shirley Parsley, Oklahoma Welcome, Anytime Fitness Poteau, Poteau Family Fitness, Allstate Termite and Pest Solutions, Lloyd Land Surveying, State Farm Insurance - John Hamilton ,Price Cutter, Evans & Miller Funeral Home, Shoe Sensation, Colton Belt, Sidewinder Signs, Deep South Steakhouse, Majestic Marble & Granite.

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