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The LeFlore County Court Clerk’s Office issued marriage licenses to the following couples during the week of September 4-8, 2017:

James Ray McGinnis and Christina Nicole Dulin

Octavio Sanchez and Hayll Nicole Winters

Wesley Aaron Sevenstar and Jaden Lyn Bolin.



Poteau, Oklahoma - On September 30th & October 1st, a Gun and Knife Show is coming to the Donald W Reynolds Center.


The gun show has drawn in a huge crowd in past and this one is expected to do the same as some people come to look as some come to buy and others just come out and enjoy visiting with the vendors.


There will of course be guns, knives, and other items for sale at the venue which starts Saturday September 30, 2017 from 9am until 5pm and then again on Sunday October 1, 2017 from 9am until 4pm.


There is a $7 admission with free parking and concessions available at the Reynolds Center.


$40.00 Vendor spaces available for those wishing to set up a booth for the event.


Contact Jason Bowles at 918.647.6182 for more information.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 11:00

PUES Students of the week for Sept. 5-8

The Poteau Upper Elementary School is pleased to announce their students of the week for the first week of September.

Character Word for September is RESPONSIBILITY


Taking care of one's self and others; to carry out a duty or task carefully


Students of the week are: Jayleigh Batty, Chloe Akinde, Keira Cox, and Bryce Cantwell.


Congratulations !

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 22:49

Hugo Man dies in accident in Choctaw County

According to a report from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a Hugo man has died from a collision that occurred September 10, 2017 at approximately 9:51pm, 5.5 miles south and 6 miles west of Hugo on State Highway 109W in Choctaw County.


According to the report a 2005 Ford Pickup driven by Michael J. Burton, 36, of Hugo, was eastbound on State Highway 109W, departed roadway to the right, overcorrected, then reentered the roadway and began to roll. Burton was partially ejected from the vehicle which rolled ¾ times before coming to rest on Burton.

Burton was pinned for approximately 1 hour 9 minutes.

He was pronounced dead at the scene with head, trunk-internal, trunk-external, arm and leg injuries. He was transported to Mt Olive Funeral Home in Hugo, OK. Medical Examiner Mandy McDowell responded to the funeral home.

According to the report:

Condition of Driver: Odor of Alcohol
Cause of Collision: DUI

Seatbelt: Equipped, not in use
Weather: Clear
Roadway: Dry, 2-lane asphalt


The accident was investigated by OHP, the Choctaw County Sheriff’s office, Hugo Fire department, Choctaw County EMS, Bluff VFD and Soper VFD.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 20:57

Sept 12 Special LeFlore County Election Results



Poteau voters took to Tuesday and Voted “NO” to $22,930,000 bond issue for Poteau Public Schools.

606 (46.71%) Voters voted in favor of the bond issue, while 703 (53.29%) voters voted against the issue.


Pocola voters voted 407 (59.77%) and 264(40.23%) against for their proposition for $6,030,000 for the Pocola Public Schools for constructing, equipping, repairing and remodeling school buildings, acquiring school furniture, fixtures and equipment and acquiring and improving school sites.


The Town of Howe
Holley Ann Gerdes 24 (63.16%)
Keith Gammel. 14 (36.84%)

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 17:59

Christina D. Busby Obituary

Christina D. Busby, age 48, died Sunday, September 10, 2017 at her mother's home in Bugtussle.


Christina D. Busby was born on November 22, 1968 to W. A. and Nelda June (Nale) Busby. She has lived in McAlester most of her life and graduated from McAlester High School, then attended East Central University where she graduated with a degree in accounting/finance.


She worked as an accountant at Fenton Motors Group for a number of years.


Christina was a strong believer in Jesus Christ and was an active member of the First Baptist Church of McAlester, where she faithfully attended church. She enjoyed listening to the “Voice of One”, and also enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles and arts and crafts.


She is survived by her son, Kory Adam Busby; mother, Nelda Busby; two brothers, Monte A. Busby and Jeremy K. Busby; special friends, Sherri Briggs, April Brown and Carrie Wood.


She was preceded in death by her father, W.A. Busby; grandparents, Robert and Ruby Nale and Virgil Douglas.


Services will be held on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 1:00 pm at First Baptist Church of McAlester with Dr. Brett Selby officiating.


The family will receive friends on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at Brumley-Mills Funeral Home.


Burial will follow at Indianola Cemetery under the direction of Brumley-Mills Funeral Home of McAlester.


Pallbearers will be L.G. Hanzel, Terry Hanzel, Aaron Hanzel, Joseph Hanzel, Nate Heard and Rodney Briggs.


Memorials may be made to: The Voice of One at 1831 Wood Road, McAlester, Oklahoma 74501 or Hospice of McAlester, 801 E. Wyandotte, McAlester, Oklahoma 74501.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 14:43

Walter Gene Steele Obituary

Walter Gene Steele, 80, of Pocola, OK passed away Monday, September 11, 2017 in Pocola. Walter was born January 16, 1937 in Pocola, OK to Walter & Viola (Kilgore) Steele.


He worked for Pocola Police for 15 years; the Walter Steele Bill is a law named after him from his police duty. He retired from Weldon Williams & Lick.


Walter was a very loving and great father. He was well liked in the community. He started the Pocola Football League.


Walter was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Barbara Steele & Darlene Newman; brothers, Ernest Coleman & George Risinger.


Survivors include his wife of 60 years , Loretta Sue (Neighbors) Steele; 4 children, Mitchell Steele, Rocky & Sharon Steele of Pocola, Barbie Chronister of Fayetteville, AR, Misty & James Dunn of Van Buren, AR; grandchildren, Chad Steele, Nikki Woodrum, Dusty Steele, Patrick Steele, Cassie Sharum, Hogan Dunn, Seth Dunn, Sydney Chronister; 5 great grandchildren; other relatives, loved ones and friends.


Services will be 10 am, Thursday, September 14, 2017 graveside at Woodlawn Cemetery, Ft. Smith, AR. with Rev. Richard Maness officiating.


The family will be at the funeral home in Pocola on Wednesday evening from 5-7 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, Pocola, OK

Tuesday, 12 September 2017 14:38

Dora Nell Hall Obituary

Dora Nell Hall of Howe, Oklahoma was born October 21, 1922 in Cowlington, Oklahoma to Redman Marion Brigance and Lou Ada (Taylor) Brigance and went home to be with Jesus September 11, 2017 in Howe, Oklahoma at the age of 94.


She is survived by:

Five daughters:
Patricia Ellison of Monroe, Oklahoma
Erma Weaver of Howe, Oklahoma
Linda Watts and husband Garland of Howe, Oklahoma
Sharon Goodman of Troutdale, Oregon
Mattie Crouch and Husband Jim of Monroe, Oklahoma

Five sons:
Joe Hayden Hall and wife Linda of Howe, Oklahoma
Paul Hall and wife Inez of Howe, Oklahoma
Liniel Hall and wife Vicki of Dardanelle, Arkansas
Samuel Hall and wife Gayle of Howe, Oklahoma
Roy Hall of Zoe, Oklahoma

One sister, who is 101 years old:
Ethel Ponder of Okemah, Oklahoma

20 grandchildren:
Angela Weaver and husband Wes of Howe, Oklahoma
Joey Watts and wife Rochelle of Hontubby, Oklahoma
Lisa McKenzie and husband Sam of Monroe, Oklahoma
Timothy Watts and wife Stephanie of Howe, Oklahoma
Nancy Whitehead and husband Ken of Cameron, Oklahoma
Steven Watts and wife Ramona of Fanshawe, Oklahoma
Nathan Goodman of Lacenter, Washington
Curtis Paul Faulkenberry and wife Trina of Howe, Oklahoma
Endrea Koehlen and husband Jim of McKinney, Texas
Christie Hillebrand and husband Bryan of Howe, Oklahoma
Endrea Koehn and husband Jim of McKinney, Texas
Leigh Beams and husband Chad of Monroe, Oklahoma
April Terry and husband Bobby of Norman, Oklahoma
Russell Hall and wife Lori of Howe, Oklahoma
Roy Hall Jr. and wife Gina of Zoe, Oklahoma
Randall Hall and wife Paula of Howe, Oklahoma
Amanda Horton and husband John of Falfa, Oklahoma
Pamela Madsen and husband Robert of Monroe, Oklahoma
Keesha Hamilton and husband Josh of Dardanelle, Arkansas
Samuel Hall and wife Lacy of Howe, Oklahoma
Paula Chitwood and husband Paul of Howe, Oklahoma

51 great-grandchildren

27 great-great grandchildren


Dora was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Dillard Hall; three sons in law, John Ellison, Curtis Faulkenberry, and Bill Weaver; one grandson, Ryan Crouch; and one life-long friend of the family, Jimmy Dean Oliver.


She was a life-long resident of Howe and was a charter member of Faith Baptist Church in Howe, which she attended regularly until her recent declining health no longer allowed.


Dora was an avid reader, which included her daily Bible reading.


She enjoyed regularly handwriting letters and sending occasion cards. Dora also loved visiting with her family and friends. She loved her Strong Garrett Snuff and her family in that order. Dora was a loving mom, granny and great granny.


Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at Springhill Baptist Church in Howe, Oklahoma with Son Joe Haydon Hall and Reverend David Hardin officiating.


Burial will follow in Howe Cemetery under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener, Oklahoma.


Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers will be her grandsons.


Viewing will be from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., with the family visiting with friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home.


To sign Mrs. Hall’s online guestbook please visit


Tuesday, 12 September 2017 14:36

Teto Sabala Obituary

Teto Sabala of Edmond, Oklahoma (formerly of Heavener, Oklahoma) was born August 18, 1927 in Hartshorne, Oklahoma to John and Juanita (Farris) Sabala and passed away September 11, 2017 in Edmond, Okklahoma at the age of 90.

He is survived by:

Two daughters:
Anna Hembree and husband, Ed, of Edmond, Oklahoma
Teresa Stockton and husband, Ron, of Overland Park, Kansas

Two sons:
Michael Sabala and wife, Angelica, of Amarillo, Texas
Mark Sabala and wife, Karen, of Warr Acres, Oklahoma

Two brothers:
Ferman Sabala and wife, Willa, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Santos Sabala of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Four sisters:
Juanita Blaydes of Tulsa, Oklahoma
Mercedes Conder and husband, Fred, of Austin, Texas
Mary Ann Thornton and husband, Wayne, of Collinsville, Oklahoma
Eloise Parks of Tulsa, Oklahoma

Eight grandchildren: Krista, Ryan, Jessica, Christina, Sarah, Jacob, Samantha and Tabitha, and four great-grandchildren: Spencer Leigh, Hunter, Charleigh, and Lincoln.


Teto was preceded in death by his wife, Corrine, whom he married on September 12, 1954; one son, John; one daughter, Angela; one grandson, Spencer; two brothers, Victor and Celso; and four sisters, Secora, Isabella, Carmel, and Concepcion.


He was a graduate of Hartshorne High School, and a long time member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, where he served on the parish council.


Teto was also a volunteer for the U.S. Army, serving from September 1945 to December 1946, where he trained as a Demolition Technician. He retired from ODOT after working 39 years, the last 12 years as resident engineer. Teto loved being a gardener.


A rosary service will be at 10:30 a.m. with the funeral mass following at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, September 14, 2017 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Poteau with Father Jim Caldwell officiating.


Burial will follow in Heavener Memorial Park under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener, Oklahoma.

Pallbearers will be: Mike Sabala, Mark Sabala, Ryan Sabala, John “Butch” Sabala, Chester Dennis, Ron Stockton, Jacob Stockton, and Saxon Tallman.


Honorary Pallbearers will be: Ed Hembree, Ferman Sabala, and Santos Sabala


Viewing will be from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., with the family visiting with friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Wednesday at the funeral home.


To sign Mr. Sabala’s online guestbook please visit


Tuesday, 12 September 2017 00:29

LC Republicans to host spaghetti dinner

LeFlore County Republicans will host a spaghetti dinner Thursday, September 14, 2017 at 6 pm at the Republican headquarters at 1301 S. Broadway in Poteau.

Governor candidate Dan Fisher, a former pastor of Emmanuel Church in Poteau and former state representative from El Reno, will be in attendance.


On Saturday, September 16, the Republicans will host a free pizza and conversation event.

The public is invited to the 4-6 pm event.


State Senators Mark Allen and Joseph Silk and Representative Rick West are expected to attend.


For more information, call 918-647-7246.

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