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Friday, 18 September 2015 08:55

Velia Ann Thompson Obituary

Velia Ann Thompson, 71, of Poteau, OK passed away Thursday, September 17, 2015 in Pocola, OK.


Velia was born February 10, 1944 in Cameron, OK to Jimmy & Beulah (Goins) Shepherd.


She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church, Poteau. Velia was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Doris Creech.


Survivors include her husband, Junior of the home; sons & daughters in law, Bruce & Rayeleen Thompson, Bill & Sonya Thompson of Poteau, OK; grandchildren, Kacie Dawn and Trevor Joe; sister, Wanda McBee of Tulsa, OK; brothers & wives, Dewey & Teresa Shepherd of Monroe, OK, Don & Marie Shepherd of Pocola, OK, Wendell & Jaylene Shepherd of Howe, OK; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews; other relatives loved ones and friends.


Services will be 10 am, Monday, September 21, 2015 at Trinity Baptist Church, Poteau with Rev. LeRoy Billy & Rev. Phil McGehee officiating.


Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Poteau.


Pallbearers will be Jimmy King, Mark Archey, Bob Thompson, Daron "Hoss" Harrison, Jim Daniel and Wendell Shepherd.


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

Thursday, 17 September 2015 23:03

Academic Center enhances veterinary program

Submitted by Brittney Rochell OSU Communications



New facility adds premier faculty offices


(STILLWATER)- With the addition of a new Academic Center to house faculty offices, Oklahoma State University's Center for Veterinary Health Sciences is doing even more to address the growing national shortage of veterinarians.


OSU's veterinary center is one of only 30 American colleges accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association.


During the grand opening for the Academic Center Sept. 12, OSU President Burns Hargis said the veterinary program is a "jewel on our campus." It has produced more than 3,700 graduates and accomplished "amazing things."


"The faculty and students of the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences are a constant source of pride for everyone associated with OSU," Hargis said. "With this wonderful facility, and continued support from donors, I am confident this world-class program will continue to build on its rich history."


Jean Sander, dean of CVHS, said, "When the Boren Veterinary Medical Hospital opened in the late 1970s, the only space for veterinary clinical sciences faculty was in the basement. The cubicles did not provide privacy for the counseling of students and clients.


"Those conditions made it difficult to recruit and retain the best faculty," she said. "Once this Academic Center started becoming a reality, we brought on many bright young faculty who are enhancing our teaching and research, and expanding our clinical services."


The new building connects to the Boren Hospital, better equipping OSU to support progressive clinical education, accommodate additional growth and meet the challenges and advancements in 21st-century veterinary medicine.

"The Center for Veterinary Health Sciences and the Boren Veterinary Medical Hospital epitomize our land-grand mission," Hargis said. "They train the next generation of veterinarians, conduct breakthrough research and utilize their expertise to benefit the citizens of our state."


One beneficiary of CVHS's services is Vicki Palmer, a grateful client who owns four dogs. She has become a significant supporter of the program who contributes her time, expertise and financial resources.

"I must tell you I had never before had the pleasure of working with so many dedicated and professional individuals," Palmer said. "I love to boast about CVHS every chance I get."


The celebration included the release of a juvenile barn owl that was treated by OSU veterinarians. The owlet was about 30 days old when it was found in a nest during the demolition of a building in the Stillwater area.


Veterinarians and students performed many tests on the owl, fed her by hand, and facilitated her growth and development until she was ready for release.


For more information about the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, visit

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.


MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – According to a press release from the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, Timothy Craig Boxford, 43, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, pled guilty to Possession with intent to distribute Methamphetamine.


The charge arose from an investigation by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration.



The Indictment alleges that on or June 21, 2014, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the defendant did knowingly and intentionally possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance.



The Honorable Steven P. Shreder, Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the guilty plea and ordered the completion of a presentence report. Sentencing will be scheduled following its completion.



The statutory range of punishment is up to Life imprisonment, up to a $20,000,000.00 fine or both.



Assistant United States Attorney Dean Burris represented the United States.

Submited by Leslie Langley, Wister Public Library


An anonymous donor has given the Southeastern Public Library System (SEPLSO) a grant of almost half a million dollars to be used to encourage children and teens to read and to use the library. "So exciting things are happening at Wister Public Library and all the libraries in the library system, with a lot more to come," said Wayne Hanway, SEPLSO's Chief Executive Officer.


"For starters, every child or teen who gets or renews a library card will be given a free book that they will choose from a selection of popular books at the library."
Each year for three years, the library system will add 5,040 children's and teen books. Another 2,400 important recent nonfiction books will be added, emphasizing the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.


"This is an addition to the library system's regular purchases of new books," Hanway said. Another 2,240 all-time favorite children's and teen books will be added.


Books in digital formats will also be included. The library system will buy 600 copies of e-books popular with children and teens to add to its current holdings, and will also add 500 popular downloadable audio books for children and teens.


"Between regular books and digital books, the grant will add 25,660 books for children and teens to the Southeastern Public Library System's 15 libraries," Hanway said.


"The grant is about far more than improving the library's offerings of books. To increase the understanding of concepts and reading readiness in children ages 0 - 5, each library will offer programs where parents and their young children will learn how to read aloud to each other, using experienced outside presenters. The programs, called Read and Grow, will be offered at each branch library, twice in the fall and twice in the spring, at times convenient for both parents and children.


"Young people get much more from books they read if they also share them with others. So another program starting this fall, called Read It! Share It! will see both tweens and teens being invited to read and participate in book discussions guided by trained leaders. They will also share their thoughts about the books through special online forums. Each library has multiple copies of the books to loan to interested readers."


Quite a few young readers also have aspirations to write, which further enriches their reading experiences, Hanway said. Seven of the larger libraries in the Southeastern Public Library System -- at Stigler, Wilburton, Hugo, Broken Bow, Idabel, Poteau, and McAlester -- will soon be offering creative writing and poetry programs, with the aim of forming ongoing writing support groups. Writers or writing teachers will lead these programs, and two annual events will be public poetry readings by participants and publication of an anthology of the best creative writing.


The importance of technology in developing the reading and learning skills of young people is also being addressed with funding from the grant. Each library has received a computer pre-loaded with fun-to-use educational programs for children and has also received at least 15 tablets, called Launchpads, pre-loaded with ten or more enjoyable learning apps. These will be available to use in the library and some will also be available to check out, with parental supervision strongly recommended.


To enhance the experience of very young children in the library, each library will be receiving one or two interactive panels or cubes that will be permanently located in the children's area.


"And because one of the really exciting experiences for young readers is to meet and talk with actual book authors and illustrators, the grant has provided funding for SEPLSO to hold two children and teen book festivals with multiple authors and illustrators as presenters," Hanway said.


Plans are for one festival to held in Wilburton in 2016, and the other festival to be held in Idabel in 2017.

Thursday, 17 September 2015 15:33

Caretaker charged with Abuse

OKLAHOMA CITY – According to a press release from Attorney General Scott Pruitt,  on Thursday charges were filed for abuse by caretaker against a Guthrie woman for the abuse of a special needs child.

According to the press release, Orlisha Nichelle Starks, 25, worked as a counselor at Rose Rock Academy in Oklahoma City, a facility for autistic and other special needs children.


The Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit was given information about an alleged case of abuse by caretaker at the facility. During an investigation, video showed one of the children upset laying on the floor and throwing his shoes at Starks.


The video then revealed that Starks slapped the child in the face with one of the shoes and grabbed him by the shirt, harshly lifting him up.

Starks is charged with one count of abuse by caretaker. If convicted, Starks faces up to 10 years in prison.

The AG's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is the only Oklahoma law enforcement agency dedicated to the investigation and prosecution of Medicaid fraud.


The Unit also investigates and prosecutes abuse of residents in Medicaid-funded nursing homes and state facilities.


To report suspected Medicaid fraud, contact the AG's Office at (405) 522-2963.


September 17, 2015 (KANSAS CITY, Mo.) – Brooke Evans, sales associate, recently joined the team at United Country – Mixon Realty, which is headquartered in Poteau, Okla., and serves the surrounding area. She will specialize in marketing and selling farms, ranches, land, and recreational and residential properties.



Brooke Evans was born in Ft. Smith, Ark., and grew up on a ranch near Poteau. She graduated from Carl Albert State College with an associate's degree in psychology and is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in marketing. Brooke currently works at Well Completions LLC - a family owned oilfield business. She is the daughter of Rodney and Erika Evans. She is on the Poteau Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and spends a lot of her spare time in community affairs. Brooke is a 2015 graduate of Leadership LeFlore County. She has obtained her state and national level FFA degrees.



Darali Mixon, managing broker of United Country – Mixon Realty, feels this addition to her team will allow them to better serve the real estate buyers and sellers of Poteau and the surrounding area.

"Brooke brings a lot of energy to our team," said Darali Mixon, managing broker of United Country – Mixon Realty. "She is very involved in the local community and is eager to learn.

Evans and the United Country – Mixon Realty team can be contacted by phone at 918-647-9114 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Their full listings can be viewed at


About United Country Real Estate


United Country Real Estate – a division of the United Real Estate Group – is the leading, fully integrated network of conventional and auction real estate professionals. The company has been an innovator in lifestyle and country real estate marketing since 1925. United Country supports nearly 500 offices and 5,000 real estate professionals across four continents, with a unique, comprehensive marketing program. The exclusive program includes the highest ranked and largest portfolios of specialty property marketing websites, unequaled national print advertising, the largest internal real estate advertising agency, an extensive buyer database of more than 550,000 opt-in buyers and additional proprietary programs to advertise properties more broadly.


Thursday, 17 September 2015 11:44

Calendar of Events


September 19

Walk Run or Dye 8 am – Poteau, OK

Farmers Market 8am until noon – Poteau, OK


September 28



Oct 1

Duck’s Unlimited Banquet

Oct 3

Heavener’s Lions Club Street Carnival


Oct 10 and 11

Viking Festival: Heavener Runestone


Oct 24

Trail of Treats: Lake Wister State Park


Oct 31

Downtown Poteau Trick or Treat


Nov 7

Veteran’s Day Parade: Downtown Poteau

Veterans Pancake Breakfast at the Lowrey


Nov 14 and 15

Gun and Knife Show at the Reynolds Center


Nov 28

Lights of the Island starts: Wister Lake


Dec 5

Poteau Christmas Parade

Thursday, 17 September 2015 11:29

Detainee Transfer Announced


The Department of Defense announced today the repatriation of Younis Abdurrahman Chekkouri from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the Government of Morocco.



As directed by the president's Jan. 22, 2009, executive order, the interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force conducted a comprehensive review of this case. As a result of that review, which examined a number of factors, including security issues, Chekkouri was unanimously approved for transfer by the six departments and agencies comprising the task force.



In accordance with statutory requirements, the secretary of defense informed Congress of the United States' intent to transfer this individual and of the secretary's determination that this transfer meets the statutory standard.



The United States is grateful to the Government of Morocco for its willingness to support ongoing U.S. efforts to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. The United States coordinated with the Government of Morocco to ensure this transfer took place consistent with appropriate security and humane treatment measures.



Today, 115 detainees remain at Guantanamo Bay.

Thursday, 17 September 2015 11:26

Kyle Glenn Tiffee Obituary

Kyle Glenn Tiffee, 23, of Monroe, OK passed away Saturday September 12, 2015.


Kyle was born October 30, 1991 in Talihina, OK to Steven G. & Terry J. (Ritter) Tiffee.


Kyle was preceded in death by his grandparents, Glenn & Mary Tiffee, Della Ritter; aunt, Patsy McClure; uncle, Jackie Wilson and cousin Jerod Wilson.



Survivors include his parents Steve & Terry of Monroe, OK; the love of his life, Haley Hamlin of Monroe, OK; brothers & sister in law, Matthew & Lane Tiffee of Moore, OK, Steven Lee Castillo of Warner, OK; daughters , Anistyn Jean Annette Tiffee of Shady Point, OK, Kaydence Kyle Mione Tiffee of Monroe, OK; nephew, Tucker Tiffee of Moore, OK; uncles & aunts, DeWayne & Sherry Benefield of Howe, OK, LeAnn Wilson of Monroe, OK, Jimmy & Nancy King of Poteau, OK, Tom & Maryland Ritter of Bokoshe, OK; many loving cousins that he loved dearly; other relatives, loved ones and friends.



Services will be 2 pm, Friday, September 18, 2015 at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, OK. Interment will follow in Maxey Cemetery, Wister, OK. Pallbearers will be B.J. Lewis, Drew Nixon, Colton Castillo, Dylan Castillo, John Paul Wilson, Kyle Butler. Honorary Pallbearer - Phillip Rangel.


The family will be at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 6-8 pm to visit with relatives 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, OK

Poteau, OK - Congratulations to John Ford and Larry Spradley.

These two Poteau Bankers have been added to the LeFlore County Development Coalition to replace Kenneth Corn and Doug Harper.

Mark Caldwell of First National Bank, is the chairman of the coalition.

The Leflore County Development Coalition's mission is to facilitate personal achievement and business success by connecting people to resources in education, technology and business resources, expanding regional employment opportunities, proactively planning for growth, developing community leaders, and promoting the natural resources of Leflore County and the Region



Mark Caldwell is the chairman of the LCDC.



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