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Thursday, 14 February 2019 08:09

Samuel Lee Green Obituary

 

Samuel Lee Green of Spiro, Oklahoma was born November 24, 1950 in Spiro to Frank Rice and Beulah Green.

 

Sam attended Douglas Elementary School and later on joined the United States Navy where he served on the U.S.S. Intrepid. After his discharge from the Navy, Sam enrolled in the Rhode Island State Police Academy. After graduating from the academy he worked for Lincoln Woods State Park in Lincoln, Rhode Island as a park police. He later joined the Warren Police Department in Warren, Rhode Island.

 

In 1998 Sam retired as a Police Sargent from the department. He received numerous letter of praise from people whom he had helped as an officer.

 

Sam loved his family a friends and would help anyone in need, never asking anything in return. He also loved cars, trucks, motorcycles, and music.

 

He has had and still has numerous show cars and trucks and tons of record and tape collections.


Samuel Lee Green departed this life on February 9, 2019 at the age of 68. He is survived his daughters, Vanessa Nerone (Ben Doyon), Morgan Chatman, his sons, Malcolm Green, Oscar Smith, Simon Thomas, Gerald Kinnard, and Marcus Green, his sisters, Doris Johnson(Ervin), Marie Kursh, Jan Hurd, and Ocie Conner, his brothers, Raymond Green, James Melvin Green, Morris Alexander, and Gerald Rice, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other family and an endless list of friends.


A celebration of life will be held 11:00am Tuesday, February 19th at the First Baptist Church in Spiro, Oklahoma with burial to follow in the Fort Smith National Cemetery under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Spiro, Oklahoma.

 

View hours will be 9am-7pm Monday with a family and friends wake service being held from 5pm-7pm Monday at the funeral home.

 

Please log on to www.mallorymartinfuneralhome.com to sign Sam’s online guest book.

 

Wednesday, 13 February 2019 22:08

Jean Sharon Brown Obituary

 

Jean Sharon Brown, 69, of Poteau, OK passed away Tuesday, February 12, 2019, in Poteau. Jean was born January 26, 1950 in Lubec, ME to Robert & Leverne (Moores) Olson.

 

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. Family was of the utmost importance in Jean’s life.

 

She loved spending time with her family, especially her grand and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Olson & Leverne Mahoney; son, Stacey Brown & brother, Harold Olson.


Survivors include her husband, Robert Brown; daughters, Priscilla Brown of ME, Pattie & SimiTalaese of Poteau; son, Todd Brown of Poteau, OK; grandchildren, Nickelas Talaese, Natasha Chavez, Helen Westbrook, Hilary Talaese, Ethan Talaese, Claire Talases, Tyler Williams, Ember Brown, Eariona Brown, Daylin Brown, Darion Brooks; great grandchildren, Kaydence Aguilar, Brynlee Westbrook & Kambrie Chavez; brother, Robert Olson of ME; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.


Memorial services will be 2 pm, Friday, February 15, 2019 at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, OK.

 

You may leave an online message at www.evansandmillerfuneralhomes.com

 

The family has chosen to entrust the care of the services to Evans & Miller Funeral Home, POTEAU, OK

Wednesday, 13 February 2019 22:04

J.B. Skelton, Sr. Obituary

 

J.B. Skelton, Sr. of Spiro, Oklahoma was born January 7, 1942 in Spiro, Oklahoma to Hurl and Pauline (Sykes) Skelton, and passed away February 10, 2019 in Spiro, Oklahoma at the age of 77.

 

He is survived by his daughters; Annette Skelton Blevins and husband Chris, Lisa Dawn Skelton Tucker and husband Jason, brother; Herman Skelton, sister, JoAnn Knox, 12 grandchildren, and 29 great grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; Hurl and Pauline Skelton, son, JB Skelton, Jr., and brother Hurl Warren Skelton.

 

JB was a member of the NRA, and a member of the Kusa Nunahi Cherokee Tribe.

 

He enjoyed welding, woodworking, and piddling with anything and everything.

 

Funeral Service will be 11:00 am Friday at Mallory-Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Spiro, Oklahoma with Reverend Eddie Blankenship officiating, Eulogy will be said by his granddaughters; Amber Stites and Bobbie Osburn.

 

Burial will follow at New Hope Cemetery in Spiro, Oklahoma under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home in Spiro, Oklahoma.

 

To sign Mr. Skelton's online guest book please visit www.mallorymartinfuneralhome.com

 

 

Wednesday, 13 February 2019 22:00

Fishing Report for February 13, 2019

A service of the Oklahoma Wildlife Department 

 

Southeast

Arbuckle: February 9. Elevation above normal, water 47 and stained. Largemouth and smallmouth bass slow on jerk baits and Alabama rigs. Crappie being caught on white spoons and crappie jigs at 44-50 ft. in mid-lake along drop-offs. White bass have left the deep water headed for the creeks. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Jack Melton.

Broken Bow: February 8. Elevation above normal, water 51. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on crankbaits, flukes, jigs and spoons around brush structure, points, river mouth and standing timber. Walleye fair on crankbaits and rogues along channels, points, river channel and river mouth. Blue catfish good on cut bait and live bait in the main lake and around points. Blue catfish being caught on juglines in 50-60 ft. of water along shelf. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Eufaula: February 8. Elevation above normal, water murky. Blue and channel catfish good on shad along channels and flats. Crappie fair on tube jigs around brush structure and standing timber. Report submitted by Jake Bersche, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Hugo: February 8. Elevation below normal, water 48 and murky. Blue and channel catfish fair on cut bait, dough bait, live bait and shad below the dam, in the main lake and river channel. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs below the dam, around brush structure, main lake, river channel and standing timber. Report submitted by Andrew Potter, game warden stationed in Choctaw County.

Konawa: February 7. Elevation normal, water 42 and murky. Largemouth bass fair on Alabama rigs, crankbaits, jigs and plastic baits in the main lake, around points, river channel and weed beds. Striped bass hybrids and white bass slow on Alabama rigs, crankbaits and live shad in coves and river channel. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver, cut bait and stinkbait in coves, along riprap and weed beds. Report submitted by Garret Harley, game warden stationed in Seminole County.

Lower Mountain Fork: February 8. Elevation normal, water clear. Trout excellent on nymphs, PowerBait, tube jigs and salmon eggs along channels, creek channels and spillway. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Lower Mountain Fork: February 7. Stocked approximately 1,600 rainbow trout on February 7. Report submitted by April Drake, secretary at the southeast region office.

McGee Creek: February 8. Elevation normal, water 49. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on crankbaits, jigs and plastic baits along flats, main lake, points and standing timber. Crappie, white bass and spotted bass slow on minnows and jigs along creek channels and standing timber. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Pine Creek: February 8. Elevation normal, water clear. Largemouth bass good on crankbaits, plastic baits and spoons in coves and creek channels. Crappie excellent on minnows and spoons around brush structure and channels. Channel catfish fair on cut bait in the main lake. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.

Robber’s Cave: February 7. Stocked approximately 300 rainbow trout on February 7. Report submitted by April Drake, secretary at the southeast region office.

Robert S. Kerr: February 8. Elevation normal, water murky. Crappie excellent on minnows and jigs along creek channels and mouth of Big Sanbios. Blue catfish fair on cut bait, shad and stinkbait along river channel and river mouth. Report submitted by Allen Couch, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Texoma: February 7. Elevation below normal, water 48 and murky. Gates are closed at Denison Dam so the lake should be clearing up depending on rainfall. Blue catfish good on cut bait and shad in the main lake and river mouth. For blue cat, fishing anglers should focus on the river mouths in 15-25 ft. of water drifting cut or whole shad. When rigging drifting setups use a float to hold bait slightly off the bottom for cats. Also, use drift socks to control drift speed. Striped bass good on Alabama rigs, flukes and live shad below the dam, along the dam, main lake and river mouth. Striper have been spotty dead-sticking due to the warmer temps, but with cooler weather coming back dead-sticking should pick back up. Live bait has been producing fish when dead-sticking is slow, bait has been holding in Catfish Bay. Large schools of striper have been in the West end of the lake. Crappie fair on hair jigs, jigs and tube jigs around brush structure and points. Crappie are holding tight to bottom in deeper water under docks and on points with bottom structure, drop jigs to bottom and reel up 1 ft. for good results. Report submitted by Trey Hale, game warden stationed in Bryan County.

Wister: February 8. Elevation above normal, water cloudy. Largemouth and spotted bass slow on bill baits, crankbaits, plastic baits and spinnerbaits around brush structure, channels and points. Blue and channel catfish slow on chicken liver, cut bait, hotdogs, punch bait and stinkbait below the dam, along channels, main lake, points and standing timber. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs below the dam, around brush structure, channels and standing timber. Report submitted by Thomas Gillham, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

Pro Tem Greg Treat comments on the findings of the medical marijuana working group

 

 

OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City,  commented on the work done by the medical marijuana working group.

 


“I would like to thank all the members, both in the Senate and House, of the medical marijuana working group who have so diligently worked these past few months.

 

The original purpose of this working group was to ensure that State Question 788 would be implemented in the most efficient and responsible way possible. After the conclusion of today’s meeting, I believe it is clear that the original intent and goal of this working group has been accomplished.

 

State Question 788 will be implemented as intended by the people of Oklahoma.”

Wednesday, 13 February 2019 21:53

Bea Webster Obituary

Bea Webster, of Bokoshe, Oklahoma formerly of Santa Maria, California, was born December 21, 1925 to Eddie and Minnie Belle (Hammer) Smith and passed away February 12, 2019 at the age of 93.

 

 

She is survived by two daughters, Bethelene Kuney of Bokoshe, Oklahoma, Cherry White and husband Cecil of Santa Maria, California, son, David Webster and wife Barbara of Sperry, Oklahoma, sister, Lillie Siglar of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, brother, Jerry Smith of McAlester, Oklahoma, 5 grandchildren; Roberta, Brian, Roy, Lindsey, Scott, 7 great grandchildren, and 6 great-great grandchildren.

 

 

Bea was preceded in death by her parents, Eddie and Minnie Belle Smith, husband Cecil Webster, four brothers; Raymond Smith, Jack Smith, Leon Smith, Bobby Smith, and two grandsons, Jacob Webster and Zach Kuney.

 

 

Graveside services will be 2:00 pm Friday, February 15, 2019 at Oak Hill Cemetery in McAlester, Oklahoma under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home in Spiro, Oklahoma.

 

 

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Skiatook Paws and Claws Animal Rescue, 4605 W C Rogers Blvd., Skiatook, Oklahoma 74070.

 

 

To sign Bea’s online guest book please visit www.mallorymartinfuneralhome.com

 

Wednesday, 13 February 2019 21:02

Marriage Licenses February 4-8, 2019

 

The Leflore County Court Clerk’s office issued marriage licenses to the following couples during the week of February 4-8, 2019:

 

 

Jeffery Todd Creel, Jr. and Leah Grace Chance

 

 

Rondo William Rawlings, Jr. and Haley Cheyenne Rawlings

 

 

Hunter Wayne Martin and Madison Ann Hensley

Wednesday, 13 February 2019 19:20

The Green Pipe Dream


By Congressman Markwayne Mullin


The so-called Green New Deal is here and its policy is the definition of socialism. In the resolution, Washington Democrats rolled out more of the same radical, socialist policies they have been pushing since day 1 of the 116th Congress. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez leads the charge on this humorously unrealistic plan that demands net-zero carbon emissions in the next 10 years.


The key parts of the plan are worth laying out because they are completely far-fetched and unreasonable. The news may not be reporting on the dangers of this deal, but it is important that Oklahomans see the progressive, liberal agenda Washington Democrats are pursuing. In the next 10 years, the Green New Deal aims to:


• Upgrade or replace every single building in the United States for state-of-the-art energy efficiency
• Eliminate air travel by replacing it with high-speed rail
• Remove greenhouse gas emissions from farming
• “Plant lots of trees”
• Put charging stations “everywhere”
• Provide “training, and high-quality education, including higher education” to all
• Guarantee “a job with a family sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations, and retirement security” for all
• Provide handouts for those “unwilling to work”


Should we build a new White House, Supreme Court, and U.S. Capitol? Get rid of cattle as they produce methane—a greenhouse gas? Eliminate water vapor, the most abundant greenhouse gas, despite it being harmless? Force every American to drive an electric vehicle? Send all of our manufacturing jobs overseas to countries like China, who do not care about their carbon emissions? Provide higher education to individuals who don’t want it—or don’t plan to use it to positively contribute to our society?


Of course not.


Meanwhile, in California, the Democrat Governor called a high-speed train from San Francisco to Los Angeles “unrealistic,” saying the plan “would cost too much and, respectfully, take too long.” Senator Mazie Hirono, a Democrat from Hawaii responded, “That would be pretty hard for Hawaii,” when asked recently about the implications of cutting down on air travel as a part of the Green New Deal. Even members of her own party are speaking out about the ridiculous proposals in Ocasio-Cortez’s plan to save the world.


Democrats’ response on how the U.S. ought to pay for it is as priceless as the idea to get rid of cows because they fart: “The question isn't how we'll pay for it, but what we will do with our new shared prosperity.” In reality, the Green New Deal’s is set to cost taxpayers trillions of dollars. Initial estimates range from $3 trillion to $50 trillion. Turns out, their socialist plan that promises a lot of ‘free’ things is actually pretty pricey.

 

 

Article submitted 


Wister Public Schools held its annual Elementary School Spelling Bee Wednesday, February 13, 2019.

 

One participant was chosen from each of the classes grades four through eight for a total of 8 students.


Seventh grader Natileigh Rodgers won the spelling bee and sixth grader Darcee Meeks was the runner up.

 

Both students will represent Wister Elementary School at the Eastern Oklahoma Spelling Bee later this spring in Muskogee.


Mrs. Cartwright, Wister Elementary Principal and announcer for the spelling bee, said, “We’re really proud of all the students who competed today. They all worked really hard to get here today.
Congratulations Natileigh and Darcee. We are proud of you.”



Wednesday, 13 February 2019 09:33

Apply Early for Absentee Ballots


Voters in LeFlore County who want to have absentee ballots mailed to them for the March 5 Special School Bond Election for Pocola and Spiro school districts should apply now, County Election Board Secretary Sharon Steele said today.

Although the County Election Board can accept applications for absentee ballots until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27, Steele urged voters who want to vote by absentee ballot to apply early.


Absentee ballot application forms are available at the County Election Board office located at 103 N. Church St., Poteau. An online version of the form can be filled out and submitted electronically at: www.elections.ok.gov. A print form can also be downloaded at that address.

 

Ballots must be in the hands of County Election Board officials by 7 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.

 

Steele said any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot in any election in which he/she is eligible to vote. However, a voter must be registered and reside at an address within the geographical boundaries of a school district or a municipality to be eligible to vote in school district or municipal elections. It is not necessary to give a reason for voting absentee.

 

"While anyone can vote absentee without giving a reason, the law still provides several advantages to absentee voters in some categories," Steele said.


By stating one of the following reasons on their applications, absentee voters can activate special conditions that make it easier for them to use absentee ballots.

 

The reasons are:
• Voters who are physically incapacitated and voters who care for physically incapacitated persons who cannot be left unattended may vote absentee. They may apply only by mail, by fax, by email, online or via an

agent who is at least 16 years of age and who is not employed by or related within the third degree of consanguinity or affinity to any person whose name appears on the ballot.
• Voters who are confined to nursing homes in the county may vote absentee. An Absentee Voting Board actually goes to the nursing home a few days before the election, sets up a small polling place and allows these persons to vote under circumstances similar to those at a regular precinct polling place. They may apply only by mail, by fax, by email, online or via an agent who is at least 16 years of age and who is not employed by or related within the third degree of consanguinity or affinity to any person whose name appears on the ballot.
• Military personnel and residents of the county living overseas, and the spouses and dependents of each group are eligible receive absentee ballots. These voters may apply only by mail, fax, or by email. Military personnel should contact the Voting Service Officers in their units for application forms and additional information or visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program website (www.fvap.gov/oklahoma) for more information and instructions. Residents of Oklahoma living overseas can obtain the same materials from any United States military installation and from United States Embassies and Consulates as well as on the FVAP website.

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