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Howe Girls Basketball team of 1933

No last names were with the photo but the first names from left to right are:

Wanda G, Irena A, Francine B, Cleo, K, Wilma H, Janice Hall. And Dara D.

Coach was Arrie Robertson.


Poteau, Oklahoma: KNEES to War 5K run and walk is set for September 12th, on the campus of Carl Albert College in Poteau, OK.


The run is dedicated to bringing awareness to the need for prayer for children in the nation of India, and to support the children's ministries of Touch India International.

The race features a 5K run and a 1 mile walk.


The walk begins at 9am and the registration fees are $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for children under 12. The 5K begins at 9:30am and the registration fees are $25.00 for adults and $10.00 for children under 12.


Anyone interested in participating in the event or to simply donate money to the cause are asked to go to to pre-register.


Registration will be taken through September 10th, at 11:59pm central time.

At present, Touch India International and Le Flore Baptist Association are supporting 123 children living in the Thomas Children's Home for the Needy.


Some are orphans, others are from homes that cannot afford to meet their needs, and about 40% are pastors' children from areas where they are persecuted for their faith in Jesus.


In the home, the children are supplied with food, clothing, shelter, Christian love and guidance, and an education they would otherwise not be able to receive. The monthly cost for one child to stay in the home is $120, which is obtained from supporters of the ministry.


The property for the Thomas Children's Home for the Needy is being leased, and the owner has indicated a desire to eventually sell the land. Because of this, Touch India Ministries is raising funds to build their own children's home that can house 200 children.


Proceeds from the Knees 2 War events support this building effort.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015 07:04

Ticks, mosquitoes and fleas, oh my...

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Mosquitoes, ticks, fleas and numerous other pests form a family of creatures known as arthropods. They are with us year-round, and make themselves known in the hot months of the year, mainly June, July and August, when families, and especially children, stand the risk of being bitten.


"Exposure is a factor," said Maj. Chelsea B. Payne, a physician in the United States Air Force and a chief resident of the Preventative Medicine program at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. "In the summer, people will go camping and spend more time outside, but insect-borne illnesses—including Lyme disease and bites from fleas and mosquitoes—are preventable."


"People don't necessarily take the right precautions every time they go outside," Payne explained. "Precautions include wearing protective clothing so the skin isn't exposed, using insect repellants and avoiding walking through wooded areas. If they are sleeping where there is not a screened-in area, or if they are letting a lot of habitat overrun their yards, that might bring in more insects. Finally, avoid allowing water to collect around the home, like in bird baths or on a pool cover. Standing water is a place where mosquitoes breed."


While insect-borne diseases differ depending upon the carrier, said Payne, mosquitoes, tick and fleas are among the most common pests known in the continental U.S., and are largely responsible for transmitting organisms to humans that can cause a range of mild symptoms or more severe illness.


"There are lots of interesting organisms that are transmitted around the U.S., some that we don't even necessarily think about," Payne said. "We still have cases [though few] of plague from the bacteria Yersinia Pestis, which is transmitted by the fleas of rodents.


People don't think about that—it is a very old organism."


Payne said homeowners want to avoid a flea infestation because fleas are difficult to get rid of, not to mention carriers of potentially serious infections to pets and humans. Applying topical solutions, seeing a veterinarian regularly and ensuring the cleanliness of kennels and pet boarding facilities in the event of travel are methods for keeping a home flea-free."I think people underestimate fleas, but you don't want to get them," she added.


Symptoms of an insect bite might include pain and swelling surrounding the affected area. If a person acquires Lyme disease, caused by organisms transmitted by the diminutive deer tick, he or she may develop a rash that looks like a "bull's-eye." Other symptoms of Lyme disease include headache, fever, chills, muscle aches and in severe cases, long-term illness. Confirmed cases of Lyme disease have been on the rise between 1995 and 2009, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


Payne said getting bitten by a Lyme tick is more common in the summer months. According to CDC data, Lyme tick bites are most common in children under 10 and adults in their mid-40s, especially men. Safety precautions against ticks are much the same as those for mosquitoes, which transmit a variety of organisms, some more dangerous than others. Ticks are most common in the Northeast, but can be found in nearly every region of the continental United States. It is important to do a "tick check" on children since they are especially susceptible to bites. This check includes scanning arms and legs and looking through the hair and around the neck.


"If you ever find a tick, and certainly if you think it has been there for more than 36 hours, you would want to go in and be seen [by a medical professional]," advised Payne. "Most mosquitoes bite people for a meal and they can transmit an organism in the process. There isn't necessarily a vaccine against a lot of those illnesses, so most of the time prevention is essential, like using insect repellent sprays."


Payne said products containing the chemical DEET (diethyltoluamide) work well for people who plan to be outside for long periods of time. For those who prefer natural remedies, Payne said repellents containing lemon eucalyptus oil, which can last two to five hours, are a good option for adults and recommended by the Federal Drug Administration for children 3 years of age and older.


According to a press release from the Oklahoma Department of Human Services -  Oklahoma has 11,684 parents owing past-due child support with active bench warrants for failing to appear at a court hearing.


Throughout the month of August, these noncustodial parents can work with their local Child Support Services (CSS) office and the court to have their warrants recalled, not only removing the threat of arrest but also improving the opportunity to support their children in an initiative called Amnesty in August.


"Amnesty in August is an opportunity for Oklahoma parents who have fallen behind on child support to come in and work with us to get back on track," said Meg Cannon, a spokesperson for CSS. "Parents who seek our assistance in August have an opportunity to develop a payment plan that will help them move forward with their obligations and hopefully create stronger connections with their children."


Amnesty in August is available to noncustodial parents who have cases through CSS, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.


"Children deserve the support of both parents. The last thing we want is for a parent to fall behind and stay behind, losing hope of providing the support his or her child needs and deserves," said CSS director Gary W. Dart. "As children across the state prepare to return to school, we want to make sure that as many as possible have the benefit of receiving support from both parents."


Amnesty in August is Oklahoma's first child support amnesty program in more than a decade.


"Child support is a legal and moral obligation," said Cannon. "If the threat of arrest has been a parent's main obstacle to meeting that obligation, then Amnesty in August is the perfect opportunity for that parent to re-engage in the support of his or her children."


For more information about CSS or Amnesty in August, call 800-522-2922, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.


CSS is a division of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. To promote healthy families, CSS establishes, monitors and enforces reliable support while encouraging self-sufficiency and strengthening relationships. The division is responsible for more than 206,000 active child support cases, collecting more than $369 million in the last year on behalf of children and families.

Progress is moving right along in the downtown area of Poteau

This is all part of the Paint Downtown Beautiful campaign.

With the help of Sherwin Williams, C&L Affordable Painting and Drywall and Poteau's True Value Hardware, Historic downtown Poteau is getting a much needed face lift.

"Getting these buildings painted has been one of our biggest goals for this year," said Eric Standridge, Executive Director of Historic Downtown Poteau. "Earlier, Poteau's True Value helped us get the back side of MJ'S Treasures painted, as well as a number of other things downtown.

Painting began on Tuesday to the McKenna Building. The goal is to restore the original brick color to the side of this historic building.

Plans are to paint several buildings in the downtown area, but will depend on funds.

The city has started working on new sidewalks for the downtown area as well.

If you would like to contribute to the Paint Downtown Beautiful campaign contact Standridge at (918) 647-8648.


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Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday August 1, 2015, and ending at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday August 2, 2015, the State of Arkansas will hold its sales tax holiday allowing shoppers the opportunity to purchase certain School Supplies, School Art Supplies, School Instructional Materials, and clothing free of state and local sales or use tax.


All retailers are required to participate and may not charge tax on items that are legally tax-exempt during the Sales Tax Holiday.


"Clothing" means an item of human wearing apparel suitable for general us for which the gross receipts or gross proceeds paid for the item of clothing is less than one hundred dollars ($100).

The following list contains examples of items on the tax free list for Arkansas.

Aprons for both household and shop use; Athletic supporters; Baby receiving blankets; Bathing suits and caps; Beach capes and coats; Belts and suspenders; Coats and jackets; Costumes; Diapers for children and adult, including disposable diapers; Ear muffs; Footlets; Formal wear; Garters and garter belts; Girdles; Gloves and mittens for general use; Hats and caps; Hosiery; Insoles for shoes; Lab coats; Neckties; Overshoes; Pantyhose; Rainwear; Rubber pants; Sandals; Scarves; School art supply; Textbooks; and Workbooks; School supplies; Calculators and Sport or recreational equipment.

Oklahoma Sales Tax Holiday will be from August 7th until Aug 9th.

For a full list of what is exempt and what is not - click on the download icon below.


According to a press release from the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, BYRON WAYNE LADNER,  51, of Beggs, Oklahoma, pled guilty to FELON IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM.


The charge is a result of an investigation by the Okmulgee County Sheriff's Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The defendant was indicted in December, 2013.



The Indictment alleged that between in or about December, 2012, and November 19, 2013 within 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, a firearm, which had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce.



The Honorable Kimberly E. West, Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the guilty plea and ordered a presentence report to be completed. The defendant will remain in the custody of the United States Marshal Service pending sentencing.



Assistant United States Attorney Edward Snow represented the United States.

Monday, 27 July 2015 16:06

Tyler Seth Davlin Obituary

Tyler Seth Davlin, 20, of Shady Point, OK, passed away July 26, 2015.


Tyler was born September 2, 1994, in Dallas, TX; to Gean A. Davlin Jr. and Susan L. (Brimer) Davlin.


He came into this world against all the odds. God's plan for his life superceded what most medical professionals predicted. He taught love, kindness, and compassion without ever being able to speak a word.


He blessed his family and many others with nothing more than a sweet little smile and adorable laugh. We look forward to seeing and hearing that again when we meet him in Heaven.


He was preceded in death by grandfathers Cleburne Brimer and Jack Simmons.


Tyler is survived by his parents Gean and Susan Davlin of Shady Point, OK; a brother Dylan G. Davlin of the home; a sister Rachel A. Davlin also of the home; grandmothers, Janeene A. Simmons of Van, TX, Kathy Davlin of Pocola, OK, Sandy Simpson of Panama, OK; grandfather Gean Davlin Sr. of Shady Point; and a host of other family members, friends and loved ones.


Pallbearers will be Michael Qualls, Ricky Belt Jr., Cord Lawrence, Christian Garvin, Dalton Staley and Nick Bryce.


Service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 29, at Poteau First Assembly of God Church with Pastor Keith Williams and Pastor Roger Myers officiating.



Interment will follow service at New Hope Cemetery, Spiro, OK.


Family will greet friends Tuesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.


Services under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home, Poteau, OK. You may leave an on-line greeting to the family at

Tyler Seth Davlin Obituary - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

Press Release from Neil O'Donnell, leFlore Baptist Association


Poteau, Oklahoma: BRIAN BOSWORTH will be the key-note speaker at the Kiamichi Men's Retreat on Saturday, September 26th, just outside of Talihina, Oklahoma.




The two day event will begin at noon on Friday, September 25th, with a friendly fishing tournament, skeet shooting, zip line, horseshoes, and 3-D Archery.




One of the most popular activities on Friday will be the Conceal/Carry class that begins at noon and costs $30.00 per person.




After the Friday evening bar-b-que everyone will gather to enjoy some great praise and worship music provided by Wes James and then Dr. Cyril Antony, missionary from India, will speak.


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Dr. Cyril Antony


Saturday morning will feature outdoor venues with the theme of "Living Your Life on Target". Those venues include "Focus Outdoors" with Randy Hurt from Atoka, OK "Wild Game Trapping" with Don Baker Okemah, OK, "Time with a Coon Hunter with Sam Dyer" from Heavener, OK, and the "Wildlife Ministry" of Terry Mannis from Athens, GA.


After the venues, and more music from Wes James, Brian Bosworth will take the stage to share the story of his transition from football and movie "Bad Boy" to Born Again Christian.


Brian starred in the Christian movies Revelation Road One and Two and most recently in the Christian movie "Do You Believe" released earlier this year. Brian's life was changed during the release of the original "Revelation Road" when he gave His life to Christ during the movie's 2013 release in Oklahoma.


The early-bird price on this 2 day event is only $40.00 per person and lodging, meals and all the activities except for the Conceal/Carry class are included.


After August 26th, the price goes up to $45.00 per person. All proceeds from the Kiamichi Men's Retreat are given to the Kiamichi Baptist Assembly building fund.

Monday, 27 July 2015 15:52

A fatal Plane crash in Bryan County


A fatal plane crash occurred on July 26th, at approximately 3:11pm.

The accident occurred on a County Road 2 miles east and 3.5 miles south of Colbert in Bryan County.


According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol a 1979 Beech V35B Fixed Wing airplane was traveling from Michigan to Ft Worth, Texas when the aircraft lost power for unknown reason and crashed.

Charles S. Fehr, 64 of Westover Hills, Texas died in the crash from massive injuries.


A passenger Vicki W. Fehr, 64, of Westover Hills, Texas was transported by air to Medical Center in Plano Texas. She was admitted in critical condition with head, arm, leg, trunk external and internal injuries.

Investigated by Trooper Steve Nabors of the Bryan County Detachment of Troop E. Assisted by Trooper Kyle Ince of the Bryan County Detachment.,
Bryan County Sheriff's Department, Colbert Fire Department, Achillie Fire Department and Cartwright Fire Department.

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