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Friday, 03 August 2018 05:38

Robin Frank Callahan Obituary

Robin Frank Callahan, 56, of Howe, OK, passed away Thursday, August 2, 2018, in Ft. Smith, AR.


Robin was born September 12, 1961, in Poteau, OK to William Frank & Betty Faye (Morton) Callahan. Robin loved to hunt; he enjoyed being outdoors. He loved his grandkids and having them around.


Robin was an OU Sooner Fan! Robin was preceded in death by his father; sister, Billie Jane Callahan; maternal grandparents, Jess & Lear Morton; paternal grandparents, Jess & Jeannie Callahan.

Survivors include his wife, Kelly of the home; sons, Zac & Alisa Easley of Wister, OK, Kyle Callahan of Howe, OK; Dakota & Jazzmynn Callahan of Poteau, OK; grandchildren, Kennedy, Brenlee, Parker & Ryklynn Easley, Haven Callahan; mother, Betty Ryburn of Howe; brother, Alan Callahan & Crystal of Poteau, OK; sisters, Teresa & Bill Martin of Howe, OK, Sheila & Johnny Smith of Baytown, TX, Missy & Charles Drake of Howe, JoAnna Goad of Wister, Casandra White of Howe, Angie & Rodney Johnson of Monroe, OK; former daughter in law, Tasha Callahan; special friend, Randy Martindale; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Memorial services will be 2 pm, Monday, August 6, 2018, at Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau, OK.


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

Friday, 03 August 2018 15:33

ODOC #FugitiveFriday - Earl A. Julien

Press release

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Earl A. Julien walked away from Tulsa Transitional Center. He has been missing since July 9 and is considered armed and dangerous.

Julien is black, about 5-feet 11-inch tall, and weighs approximately 169 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

He was serving time for grand larceny and second degree burglary of Tulsa County.

Anyone with information can call our escapee hotline at 405-425-2698 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All calls and emails are confidential.

Friday, 03 August 2018 00:44

EOMC opens Walk-in Clinic


Poteau, OKLAHOMA - Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center in Poteau is pleased to announce the opening of their new Walk in Clinic.

The new clinic officially opened on August 1, 2018 with a ribbon cutting from the Poteau Chamber of Commerce.

The clinic hours are: Monday- Friday from 7:30am-5:30pm and Saturday & Sunday 9:00am - 5:00pm.

No appointments necessary, open 7 days a week. (Extended hours during sick seasons). All payer sources accepted. Got Kids?? No problem; They can see them as well. 

Clinic is staffed by certified nurse practitioners committed to providing safe, high quality care and conveniently located at 104 Wall Street inside the Family Medical Clinic across from EOMC.

Their phone number 918-635-3576



Walk In Clinic Staff 




No particular order - Crystal Ollie, Heather Loyd, Amanda Degiusti, Emily Carshall and Melanie Ward.

By Congressman Markwayne Mullin

Farmers, ranchers, and small businesses are the backbone of Oklahoma’s economy. Unfortunately, they are all too familiar with the negative effects of the federal government’s heavy handed regulations and complicated red tape. For many of them, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is one of many sets of federal regulations causing more harm than good. Make no mistake, Oklahomans understand the value of nature, but we are certainly better stewards of our own backyard than a bureaucrat in Washington, D.C.

The Endangered Species Act of 1973 was passed due to concerns about preserving and maintaining endangered animal populations. However, the concerns from 45 years ago that drove the legislation are not the same concerns that exist today. Today, the ESA looks a lot less like a preservation plan and a lot more like blatant government overreach. While the ESA has helped keep certain species from complete extinction, it has not allowed those species to recover to sustainable population levels. When it does recover, states are not notified of the change—ignoring all conservation efforts that they have made.

I am a cosponsor of several bills to modernize the Endangered Species Act, including the Endangered Species Transparency and Reasonableness Act. It mandates that data used by federal agencies for ESA listing decisions is made publicly available and accessible online. States should be able to weigh in on decisions about in-state conservation efforts and transparency should be encouraged especially in the listing and delisting process. Another, the Ensuring Meaningful Petition Outreach While Enhancing Rights of States Act of 2018 (EMPOWERS) Act ensures that federal agencies consult with states before making a final decision about conservation regulations.

In Oklahoma, the American burying beetle and the lesser prairie-chicken continue to be on the endangered species list, despite a substantial increase in conservation efforts that should have removed them from the list. I am proud of Oklahoma’s track record in the expansion of land for endangered species conservation. In our state, 13 million acres have been protected for endangered species. Oklahoma’s persistence led to the development of an effective conservation plan. Every time a firearm, fishing pole, hook, bullet, motor boat, or boat fuel is sold, a portion of that sale funds wildlife conservation. This model allows us to reinvest in preserving Oklahoma’s native wildlife.

The Endangered Species Act of 1973 says that the states and federal government “should cooperate wherever practicable.” The federal government should be working with states, not against them. Modernizing the ESA will let states to have more input and allow farmers, ranchers, and small business owners the opportunity thrive. I will continue working in Washington to ensure Oklahomans no longer suffer the negative effects of this outdated legislation.


Press release

OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today issued an election proclamation that places on the November ballot a state question approved by legislators that would allow school districts to use property tax revenue, now used primarily for building funds, for operational costs such as teacher pay.

State Question 801 would give local school board the flexibility and options to use existing property tax funds for use in the classroom, such as teacher pay and textbooks, without raising taxes. Like all state questions, it requires a simple majority by voters to be approved.

Lawmakers this year approved Senate Joint Resolution 70, which sends to a vote of the people an amendment to the state constitution that would allow ad valorem taxes collected for a school building fund to be used for expenses associated with the general operations of a school district. Currently, a school district can levy up to five mills for a building fund.

The deadline for the governor to sign election proclamations for state questions to be placed on the Nov. 6 general election ballot is Aug. 27.


Press release


OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahomans will have more flexibility and choices in health insurance after the Trump administration delivered on a promise. The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury issued a final rule allowing the sale and renewal of short-term, limited-duration plans.


“President Trump is delivering on his promise to bring down the cost of health insurance for Americans,” Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak said. “We believe building a strong insurance market requires giving people as many affordable options as possible, not just Washington-dictated plans. Short-term, limited-duration insurance is another step in the right direction.”


Short-term, limited-duration insurance could be 50 to 80 percent cheaper than Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans, and the coverage is not controlled by expensive ACA regulations. It can provide coverage for people transitioning between different insurance options, such as an individual who is between jobs, or a student taking time off from school, as well as for middle-class families without access to subsidized ACA plans. Insurers will be able to let consumers renew these plans for up to 36 months, and consumers can buy separate renewability protection to lock in low rates.


The short-term, limited duration plans can also be a good option for those who have been priced out of the ACA market, where rates have more than doubled since the law was implemented, or those who don’t have an offer of employer-sponsored coverage. Experts expect 2 million Americans or more may buy them, many of whom were previously uninsured.


About the Oklahoma Insurance Department

The Oklahoma Insurance Department, an agency of the State of Oklahoma, is responsible for the education and protection of the insurance-buying public and for oversight of the insurance industry in the state.

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a McAlester man was injured in a motorcycle accident that occurred on August 2, 2018 at approximately 8:48pm on 4 Corners road just east of Blanco Road, approximately 8 miles south of McAlester in Pittsburg County.


According to the report, a 2014 Harley Davidson, driven by Gerardo Cuevas 36, from McAlester was eastbound on 4 corners road swerved to miss an animal in the roadway and overturned.


Cuevas was transported by Tulsa life flight to St Francis Hospital and was listed in critical condition with head and trunk external injuries.


Investigated by Trooper OHP and the Pittsburg County Sheriff’s office.

Wednesday, 01 August 2018 00:14

Tax Free Week-end August 3 through August 5

Get ready for a Tax-Free weekend for clothing items because the Oklahoma Tax Free Weekend will start on Friday August 3 and end on Sunday August 5.


According to the e Oklahoma Tax Commission the following clothing items will be exempt from taxes during the tax free weekend.

Articles of clothing “designed to be worn on or about the human body” with a sales price of less than $100 are tax exempt; Excludes accessories, rentals, athletic clothing and protective clothing.


Aprons, household and shop
Athletic supporters
Baby receiving blankets
Bathing suits and caps
Beach capes and coats
Belts and suspenders
Coats and jackets
Diapers, children and adult, including disposable diapers
Ear muffs
Formal wear
Garters and garter belts
Gloves and mittens for general use
Hats and caps
Insoles for shoes
Lab coats
Rubber pants
Shoes and shoe laces
Socks and stockings
Steel toed shoes
Uniforms, athletic and non-athletic
Wedding apparel

Wednesday, 01 August 2018 00:09




The LeFlore County Republic announce some upcoming Events.


MONDAY, AUGUST 13 - 5 - 7 PM

DANA MURPHY, Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor, at the Days Inn, Poteau



BRIAN BINGMAN, Republican candidate for Corporation Commission

Tuesday, 31 July 2018 23:59

Wanda C. Whitt Obituary

Wanda C. Whitt of Red Oak, Oklahoma was born August 13, 1925 in Heavener, Oklahoma to Omer and Maude (Kelly) Chitwood passed away on July 30, 2018 in Fort Smith, Arkansas at the age of 92.


She is survived by:

Two daughters:
Jacquelyn Evans of Wister, Oklahoma
Barbara Osterberg of Oxnard, California

One son:
David Whitt and wife Carolyn of Fort Smith, Arkansas

One sister:
Glenda Chitwood of Black Hawk, California

One sister-in-law:
Iva Lee Chitwood of Summerfield, Oklahoma

Seven grandchildren

Six great-grandchildren

Numerous other loved ones and dear friends


She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Malcolm Whitt; one son, Michael Whitt; one sister, Ileen Camp; and two brothers, Joe and Kelly Chilwood.


Wanda was a long-time resident of the area and retired as the Owner of Whitt Plumbing and Equipment.


She loved spending time with her family and friends. Wanda was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.


Graveside service will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 4, 2018 at the Heavener Memorial Park in Heavener, Oklahoma with Pastor Lamar Ford officiating.


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


Viewing will be from noon until 7:00 p.m., Thursday and 8:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., Friday at the funeral home.


To sign Wanda’s online guestbook please visit


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