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Wednesday, 02 October 2019 21:36

Joan Marie Alden Obituary

Joan Marie Alden of Heavener, Oklahoma was born February 5, 1944 in Muskogee, Oklahoma to James Tidwell and Dorothy (Golding) Sink and passed away September 29, 2019 in Heavener, Oklahoma at the age of 75.


She is survived by:

One daughter:
Amie (Alden) Ritter of Fort Smith, Arkansas

One son:
Scott Lawton Alden of Fort Smith, Arkansas

One sister:
Patsy Ann Cole

One brother:
James Tidwell, Jr.

Five grandchildren

Three great-grandchildren

Several other loved ones and host of friends


She was preceded in death by her parents, James Samuel Tidwell and Dorothy Sink; two sisters, Helen Jean Dodson and Louise Maxine Tidwell; and two brothers, Raymond Tidwell and Billy James Tidwell. Joan was a life-long resident of the area and the Owner/Operator of the Wister Dairy Hut for 20 plus years. She loved spending time with family and friends.


No services are scheduled at this time.


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


To sign Joan’s online guestbook please visit


Press release


CUSHING, Okla. - The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) arrested a 22-year-old Cushing man after he injured his two-month-old son. The baby’s mom took the baby to the Cushing Hospital Monday evening because he was inconsolable. Upon examination, medical staff diagnosed internal injuries and the baby was transferred to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City for further treatment.


The Payne County District Attorney’s Office requested that the OSBI investigate.


Cody Floyd was arrested yesterday in Cushing without incident.


He is facing a charge of Child Abuse by Injury and is currently in the Payne County Jail being held without bond.

Wednesday, 02 October 2019 07:41

Cynthia Ann Shepard Obituary

Cynthia Ann Shepard was born July 28, 1952 to Roy and Madlene (Eubanks) Shepard, she was called home to be with God on Sunday September 22, 2019 at the age of 67.

She joined church and accepted Christ at an early age and was a faithful member of Macedonia Church of God. Cynthia was a hardworking woman, spending 40 years of her life working at Whirlpool until her retirement.

Cynthia was a loving Mother, Sister, Aunt, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, and a true friend to so many, this is how she got the name “Big Momma”. Cynthia adored family and especially her son's Michael, Brannon "Spanky", and Torrance. She cherished every moment she spent with her grandchildren as well. She was a loving companion to William B. Phillip's for 40 years. Cynthia was short by statue but a giant when it came to the love she had for her family. Big Momma loved unconditionally until God called her home, she will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.

Big Momma was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, two brothers, Jonace Shepard and Daniel Clayton, two sons, Michael Shepard and Brannon “Spanky” Shepard. She leaves to cherish her memory her companion William B. Phillips, 1 son Torrance Bunch, two sisters, Betty Lewis and Colene Shepard (Thell Parker Sr. ) one brother, Carl Shepard (Devola), one aunt, Aileen Reece, one step-daughter, Machelle Barton, one step-son, Aaron Jones, two sisters-in-laws, Kay Clayton and Omega Shepard, two daughters-in-law, Kashell Shepard and Amy Bunch, sixteen grandchildren, Laneise, Kylie, Denisha, Kira, Kayla, Jonace "Baby J", Terren, Tavia, Ashley, TeAirra, Aubrey, Cynthia, Rachel, Meagan, Sabrina, Joseph, twelve great-grandchildren, seven special nieces that she loved as daughters, Carla, LaWanda, Demetria Denotria, Lentice, Arlena and Lecretia, four nephews, Gary, Rodney, Juan, and Jamel, a host of great nieces, great nephews, cousins, other family and friends whom she loved dearly.

Funeral services will be 11am Saturday, October 5, 2019 at the Mt. Triumph Baptist Church in Ft. Coffee, Oklahoma with burial to follow in the Ft. Coffee Cemetery under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Spiro, Oklahoma. Viewing will be 8am-8pm Friday with a wake service being held 6pm-8pm Friday evening at the funeral home.


Please log on to www.MalloryMartinFuneralHome to view and sign the guest book.




Press release


MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced that Cameron Nathaniel Robinson, age 21, of Bella Vista, Arkansas, entered a guilty plea to Transportation Of A Minor With Intent To Engage In Criminal Sexual Activity in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2423(a), punishable by not less than 10 years and not more than life imprisonment, a fine up to $250,000.00, or both.


The Indictment alleges that from on or about April 2, 2019, to on or about April 3, 2019, in the Eastern District of Oklahoma, and elsewhere, the defendant, did knowingly transport E.F., an individual who had not attained the age of 18 years, in interstate commerce, with the intent that such individual engage in sexual activity for which any person can be charged with a criminal offense.


The charges arose from an investigation by the Westville Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


The Honorable Kimberly E. West, U.S. Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, in Muskogee, accepted the plea and ordered the completion of a presentence investigation report.


Assistant United States Attorney Sarah McAmis represented the United States.

Tuesday, 01 October 2019 21:49

Frances Tanner Obituary

Frances Tanner, 81, of Poteau, OK went to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 29, 2019 in her home of Poteau.


Frances was born on December 3, 1937 to Howard & Ruby (Stankewitz) Shelton.


She was a retired business partner/owner of Chummy’s Gift Shop.


Frances was an avid sports fan and loved to watch the St. Louis Cardinals Baseball, OU, OSU and Poteau Pirate Football.


She attended all of the children’s, grandchildren’s and great grandchildren’s activities.


She was their number one fan. Frances was a member of the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church of Poteau; and actively attended and played the piano for the past 56 years.


Frances was preceded in death by her parents; husband Donald J. Tanner; infant son; sisters Betty Daggs & Lavoun Goin & her husband Bob.


Frances is survived by two sons & daughters in law, Randy & Debbie Tanner of Loveland, CO, Russell & Karen Tanner of Dewey, OK; daughters & sons in law, Wanda & Dale Gilstrap, Joyce & Brad Hall all of Poteau, OK; sister, Freda & Bill Goins; grandchildren, Weldon Tanner, Tanner Crandell, Connor Gilstrap, Elisha Nunley, Delia Cotta, Sarah Slape, Bri Gilstrap, Brittany Grounds, Hailey Brewer, Hanna Crandell and fifteen great grandchildren.


Services will be 10 am, Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, Poteau with Bro. Don Price officiating.


Interment will be at Monroe Cemetery.


The family will at the funeral home on Thursday, October 3, 2019 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

Tuesday, 01 October 2019 21:47

Janet Harvell Obituary

Janet Harvell of Heavener, Oklahoma was born November 7, 1947 in Iuka, Mississippi to John Mack and Joan (Grissom) Woods and passed away September 30, 2019 in Heavener, Oklahoma at the age of 71.


She is survived by:

Her husband:
Doyle Harvell of the home

Her mother:
Joan Woods of Gulfport, Mississippi

Two sons:
Rusty Harvell of Tulsa, Oklahoma
Darren Harvell and wife Sarah of Wagoner, Oklahoma

One step-daughter:
Shelly Roberts and husband Bruce of Catoosa, Oklahoma

One Brother:
Johnny Woods of Gulfport, Mississippi

Nine grandchildren

Numerous other relatives and a host of friends whom loved her very much.


She was preceded in death by her father; a step-son, Chad Harvell a sister, Judy Parrish; and a granddaughter, Cheyenne Harvell.


Janet was a long time resident of Heavener, a member of the Heavener First Baptist Church.


She retired from Heavener Public School, where she taught for many years.


Janet enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, and also enjoyed to read and write.


Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 4, 2019 at the Heavener First Baptist Church with Brother Sam Dyer officiating. Burial will follow in Heavener Memorial Park under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener, Oklahoma.


Viewing will be from 8:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. until noon, Friday. The family will visit with friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home.


To sign Mrs. Harvell’s online guestbook please visit



The e-Farm Management website features resources to help producers learn about financial management topics along with production, marketing, and risk management topics. This site includes videos, tools, and publications for farmers and ranchers to strengthen their farm management skills.


One available resource is the Value Added Livestock Marketing video. In this video, viewers learn about approaches to increase value of their livestock as well as feeding systems and body condition. It provides strategies for adding value to calves through different management practices. Lastly, the video discusses research showing the value gained through these management practices.


To view this video and find additional information on value added livestock marketing, visit:


More information on this and other farm management topics may be found: 1) by contacting your nearest Extension Educator 2) on the e-farm management website ( or 3) on the OSU Ag Econ YouTube Channel (


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Monday, 30 September 2019 21:57


By Teresa Black Bradway

Bigfoot fans will gather this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4 and 5, for the Honobia Bigfoot Festival and Conference at the beautiful Kiamichi Mountains Christian Mission (Christ 40 acres), Highway 144 and Indian Highway, Honobia, Ok.

Be warned!
Bigfoot likes this remote deep-woods area because it is far from modern life.

Gas up your car. There are no gas stations—the closest is 18 miles away.

Bring cash. Many vendors’ card-readers don’t work here.

There is no Wi-Fi and most cell phones won't have service.

Serious Bigfoot hunters will gather for a two-day conference while many will seek fall fun.

“Of the five thousand or so who attend the Bigfoot Festival, only a few hundred come looking for Bigfoot,” said Artie Carnes, director of the Mission. “The rest of us come looking for funnel cakes. We have been 100% successful in finding funnel cakes.”

Carnes and others offer free family-friendly Branson-style entertainment in the Steel Tent from 11 am to 5 pm on Friday, and 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday. There will be an open mic at 2 pm and 4:45 pm on Friday and at 1 pm on Saturday for those who may wish to sing or play music.

Tickets to the conference are sold daily at the door.

The Bigfoot Conference features prominent Bigfoot researchers R. Scott Nelson, Ron Morehead, M. K. Davis, John Vanderventer and Igor Burtsev of Russia.

Guests share first-hand dramatic encounter stories around the campfires on Friday and Saturday night.

Honobia is a well-known hot-spot of Bigfoot sightings that attracts visitors from foreign countries, television crews and those who hope to catch a glimpse of the elusive beast.

The Honobia Bigfoot Organization is a non-profit group which partnered with the Chahta Foundation and the Tuskahoma Masonic Lodge No. 491 to bring scholarships to students from Smithville, Battiest, Clayton, Talihina and Buffalo Valley.

Helicopter flights will be offered. Bigfoot souvenirs from t-shirts to coffee mugs are sold. Conference speakers may sell books, recordings or even casts of Bigfoot prints.

The Bigfoot Organization has an hourly drawing from noon to 5 pm on Saturday. The Masons also have a drawing at 5 pm Saturday. The Honobia Community center will have a drawing for a $500. Walmart gift card at 5 pm Saturday.
Visitors may enjoy a Kids’ Zone, handcrafted arts and crafts, and delicious food. The Choctaw Nations Health Services will give free flu shots on Saturday to everyone, tribal or non-tribal.

The Bigfoot 5K on Saturday, Oct. 5 will start and finish at the Honobia Community Center. Contact Doris Winlock, Choctaw Nation, (800) 349-7026 or (918) 567-7000, Ext. 6958; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Accommodations nearby are listed on the website

Primitive camping includes tents and limited RV sites available by advance reservation at (580) 244-3473.

This unique Oklahoma event has educated and entertained visitors for nearly a decade. The Honobia festival was named the No. 1 Bigfoot Fest in the nation by “The Hauntist,” an Internet blog.

Vendors may email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Print casts of BF 003
 Bigfoot prints were displayed at a past Conference




The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is coordinating a statewide full-scale disaster exercise with local county health departments and the regional medical response system, Oct. 7-11 at various locations across the state. As part of the exercise, county health departments will be providing flu shots to the public at no out-of-pocket cost.

The flu vaccination component of the exercise is designed to test the state’s ability to respond and provide mass immunizations to communities in the event of a public health emergency such as an infectious disease outbreak or bio-hazardous threat. To fully test this capability in a real-world event, the participating county health departments, including the OKC-County Health Department and Tulsa Health Department, will incorporate members of the public who will elect to receive a flu shot to protect them during the current flu season.

“This is an opportunity for us to practice working with our local, state and federal partners to respond as we would in the event of an emergency or disaster,” said Scott Sproat, director of the OSDH Emergency Preparedness and Response Service. “We are testing all of our jurisdictional regions as they activate point of dispensing (POD) sites at various locations. Being able to provide flu shots to the public is an added bonus.”

Flu vaccination is recommended each year for everyone 6 months of age and older. It is especially important for young children, pregnant women, older adults and people with chronic conditions who may be severely impacted by symptoms. When more people are vaccinated against the flu, there is less opportunity for flu to spread in families, schools and communities.

During the week of Oct. 7-11, there will be 21 locations providing flu shots as part of the statewide exercise.


The locations and respective dates are listed below:

Alva Recreation Complex – Oct. 8
Beaver County Fairgrounds – Oct. 10
Bristow High School – Oct. 8
Claremore Expo Center – Oct. 9
Cleveland County Health Department (Norman) – Oct. 10
Cotton County Expo Building – Oct. 8
Craig County Fairgrounds – Oct. 10
Elk City Convention Center – Oct. 9
Hugo Agriplex (OSU Extension Office) – Oct. 8
Jackson County Expo Center – Oct. 8
Kiamichi Technology Center – Oct. 8
Laverne School (Shackelford Hall) – Oct. 8
Meridian Technology Center (Stillwater Campus) – Oct. 10
Oklahoma State Fair Park (OKC) – Oct. 8
Oral Roberts University Mabee Center (Tulsa) – Oct. 8
Pittsburg County Health Department – Oct. 11
Pontotoc Technology Center – Oct. 8
Redlands Community College (El Reno) – Oct. 10
Seminole State College – Oct. 11
Tillman County Health Department – Oct. 8
William Ray Memorial Park (Madill) – Oct. 10

Following the exercise, all county health departments will offer regular flu clinics for the public.


Contact a local county health department for clinic times and insurance information.


Monday, 30 September 2019 21:43

Talihina Plane Crash Remembrance

News Release by Vera Nelson, Talihina Chamber of Commerce



Many attended the Remembrance of the 13 Airforce Men who lost their lives in a B-29 plane crash near Talihina On September 26, 1949.


This event was held Saturday, Sept 28, 2019 in honor of the seventieth anniversary of this tragic incident. It began at 10a.m. with a parade followed by speakers and the unveiling of the memorial plaque.


The Talihina Veterans Center residents were Parade Marshalls leading the parade in their bus just behind the fire truck. Sherman Ward also had a trailer load of Veterans from the area in the parade. State Representative Jim Grego rode in the parade and also spoke at the plaque dedication. The Talihina School Band did an awesome job playing in the parade as well as at the remembrance.


Dorothy and Carol Fitzgerald Drove Dorothy’s new old car in the parade. Some of the Talihina Roundup Club Members rode their horses and each led a horse with a picture or pictures of the crash victims.


This was called presenting the empty saddles left by those who have gone on. Other vehicles were in the parade as well as Talihina Mayor, Renee Bailey, Elfie Bowling, and Sherri Boatright leading small horses and representing the Talihina Food Pantry. A delicious lunch was prepared and served by the Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief. They were such a blessing to us. The food was furnished by donations from the Poteau Wall Mart Grant Foundation and donations from folks in the area and some of the family members of the crash victims.

Families of the crash victims were present for all the activities. The men lost their lives far from their families, and they are getting the recognition they deserve at last.

When you get a chance come by the visitors’ center and see the memorial plaque. It is very beautiful.


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