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According to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, on Monday, June 12, 2017,  the Grove Police Department requested OSBI assistance with a suspicious death at 1432 Ash Street in Grove.


The police department received an emergency call from that residence at approximately 9 a.m. Police found a woman’s body in the backyard of the house.


It appears she died of a gunshot wound.


Her body was transported to the medical examiner’s office in Tulsa for an autopsy.


OSBI special agents spent the day interviewing numerous people who lived at the house as well as neighbors.









Carl Albert State College is pleased to announce Aaron Ryden Lloyd is the recipient of the Jimmy and Linda Alford Scholarship offered at CASC.

Aaron is the son of Dustan and Amanda Lloyd and a graduate of Leflore High School.

Lloyd plans to major in Business Administration.


The Pervasive Parenting Center will be having a Burger Bag Lunch fundraiser on Friday, June 23.


The event will take place in the parking lot of Poteau High School from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.


For $5 you can get a hamburger with all the fixins’, a bag of chips and a drink. Let us cook your Friday lunch for you.


“We were generously given a donation of meat earlier this year, and instead of selling chances, or having a drawing like we had in years past we thought a bag lunch would be a fun fundraiser,” said Regina Smith, PPC Board Member. “This will get us out into the community interacting as well as raising money for some of our programs,”

Pervasive Parenting Center is a not-for-profit organization made up of families, local educators, community leaders, and health-care professionals. The organization works to provide a better life for the families in eastern Oklahoma who are coping with disabilities. In the past, the center has used donations to help with Sensitive Santa, Sibshops for siblings of children with disabilities, scholarships for students with disabilities, classroom grants for special education departments in eastern Oklahoma, and to bring conferences, trainings, and resources to the area.

“We will use 100 percent of the profits to help families in our area,” said Kodey Toney, PPC director. “Our goal is to help families with disabilities find the services that they need. Many of the activities that we do require funding, and this is one of the many fund raisers that we will have to help us do that.”

For more information or to pre-order call 918-647-1255.

For more information on the Pervasive Parenting Center visit


Monday, 12 June 2017 15:45

DoD Identifies Army Casualties


According to a press release from the Department of Defense, the Department of Defense announcedthe death of three soldiers who were supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.



They died June 10 in Peka Valley, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, of gunshot wounds sustained in Peka Valley, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. The incident is under investigation.


The Soldiers were assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and Company D, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY.


Killed were:
Sgt. Eric M. Houck, 25, of Baltimore, Maryland;
Sgt. William M. Bays, 29 of Barstow, California; and
Corporal Dillon C. Baldridge, 22 of Youngsville, North Carolina


Monday, 12 June 2017 15:43

PHS Alumni Meeting


The Poteau High School Alumni Association will hold their annual meeting Tuesday, June 20th at LeFlore County Museum at Hotel Lowery, 303 Dewey Avenue, Poteau, Oklahoma. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. The meeting was originally planned to meet at the Patrick Lynch Library but had to be moved because of the flooding and reconstruction underway at the Library.

The meeting will have reports from the Association’s officers, plans for the 2018 All School Reunion as well as other updates and business. The meeting is open to all alumni members as well as any PHS alumni. Only current member will be allowed to vote on any measure or item that requires a vote.

Monday, 12 June 2017 15:34

Ready or Not

Pervasive Parenting by Kodey Toney


Recently the budget cuts in Oklahoma have taken such a huge toll on those of us with family members with disabilities. In fact I recently read an article about how many parents were afraid to die because of the state of our healthcare systems and provider services. This is a re-run if you will, but I think it is relevant to the current situation.


We had several deaths in our town in the past couple weeks including one of a little girl same age as my youngest son Kruz. This brought up something that I had discussed among some friends at a conference recently, and I think it's something that every parent of a child with a disability really has in the back of your mind. I will warn anybody that's reading this today that this is going to be a bit of a grim article, but it's something I think that needs to be discussed.
Death I feel needs to be addressed because everyone thinks about it and it's one of those heavy thoughts that can consume you if you let it. For a mother of a child with a disability this is somewhat of a catch 22. The question that I had with this group of friends was, "Is it better for your child to die before you or you to die before your child?"

To many I know this seems like a simple question. However, it's probably one of the most complex questions you will ever have if you have a child with a disability.

The question in more detail is, do you want your child to die before you so that you know that they're in a better place, and there's no worry about what life is going to be like if you're not there to take care of them. That question just brings up more questions. Who will take care of them? Where will they go? What will they do?

However no one wants their child to die.

I know this seems like a horrible subject, and no one wants their child to die but I bring it up because it's something that has become very prominent in the media lately. I have read several stories about parents, especially moms, who have become so consumed by caring for their child with a disability and worrying about what will happen to them that they become extremely depressed. That depression become so serious that it turns to death. That sometimes include the parent and/or the child.

I'd like to say that I'm no expert. I'm not a counselor, psychologist, or psychiatrist. I've also never dealt personally with depression or had any of the feelings that come along with it. However, I know signs and I do know the outcome to be very serious, so I wanted to encourage anyone who may have any thoughts to seek help. Find a counselor, find a psychiatrist, call a hotline, do something to get yourself some help. Always try to give yourself some "you" time. I know how hard that is but I think it's important that ,


1. Remember that your child is the most important thing in your life, and you are the most important thing in your child's life. You have to do everything you can for them to keep them safe and give them a better life. You are doing the best you can. I know there are times when it may not seem that way, but as long as you're putting forth every effort that you have to try to get your child services, therapies, and resources then you are working to make that child's life better.

2. Take care of yourself. If you don't have the oxygen mask on first you can't help your child; it's that simple.

As for the initial question, I don't know the answer, but I know this, and it's just my opinion, I would never want to see my child die. I don't know what's going to happen after I'm gone or After Jen's gone. As much as I hate to say it the responsibility will probably fall back on Kruz. We have to work now to put in place anything that we can to help when that time comes.

Monday, 12 June 2017 15:31

Roger Eugene Howk Obituary

Roger Eugene Howk of Heavener, Oklahoma was born March 29, 1956 in Henryetta, Oklahoma to Harry TK and Pauline Jean (Moore) Howk and passed away June 5, 2017 in Heavener, Oklahoma at the age of 61.


He is survived by:

His wife:
Schon Howk of the home

One daughter:
Kayla McCall of Arkoma, Oklahoma

Five sons:
Richard Defluiter and wife Jessica of Van Buren, Arkansas
Roger Lee Howk of Henryetta, Oklahoma
Daniel Howk of Howe, Oklahoma
Michael Howk and fiancé Dakota Thompson of Heavener, Oklahoma
Anthony Howk of Heavener, Oklahoma

One sister:
Barbara Landon and husband Bob of Arlington, Texas

One brother:
Harry Howk and wife Judy of Meeker, Oklahoma

Five grandchildren

Two great-grandchildren

Several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends.


He was preceded in death by his parents. Roger was a life-long resident of the area. He worked as a Roofer in construction. Roger loved being with people, to cook, and being in the outdoors, especially fishing.


Memorial service will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Les Scroggins officiating.


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


To sign Mr. Howk’s online guestbook please visit



Monday, 12 June 2017 10:26

Earl Blaylock Obituary

Earl Blaylock of Panama, Oklahoma was born on January 31, 1947 to Dave Solomon and Lue Edith (Wynn) Blaylock in Poteau, Oklahoma and passed away on June 10, 2017 in Panama, Oklahoma at the age of 70 years.


Earl is survived by his wife Connie Blaylock of the home, one step-daughter; Tammy Jackson and husband, John of Shady Point, Oklahoma, four sons; Thomas Blaylock and wife, Sherri, of Panama, Oklahoma, Eddie “Curlee” Blaylock and wife, Karla of Shady Point, Oklahoma, Casey Blaylock and friend, Jaime Chenae of Panama, Oklahoma, Shayne Blaylock and wife Stacy, of Panama, Oklahoma, two step-sons; Tracy Tedder and wife, Tammy of Lowell, Arkansas and Michael Tedder and wife, Missy of Pottsville, Arkansas, 21 grandchildren; Hannah Doty, Sarah Dewitt, Tabitha Loos, Jaiden Tedder, Shayla Jackson, Chelcee Hutcherson, Jadee Hicks, Stevee Hicks, Kelsey Hicks, Cindy Hicks, Ashlyn Tedder, Emily Tedder, Ashlee Blaylock, Gunner Blaylock, Celeste August, Raymond August, Kieffer Blaylock, Chance Blaylock, Kameron Jackson, Jonae Jackson, and JD Jackson, six great – grandchildren; Sean and Alex Jackson, Averlea Loos, Kayden Loos, Kael Loos and Lukas Doty, one sister; Wanda Cauthon of Whitefield, Oklahoma, two brothers; Milford Blaylock and wife, Sandra of Kinta, Oklahoma and Dearl Blaylock of Quinton, Oklahoma.


Earl was preceded in death by his parents, his grandparents; Henry Blaylock, Ruth Blaylock, Mid Wynn, and Maggie Wynn, one sister; LaVada Peerson, two brothers; Kenneth Blaylock and Troy Blaylock.


Funeral services will be held at 2pm Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at the Solid Rock Church with Chaplan Scott Martin and Tracy Tedder officiating.


Interment will follow at Shady Point Cemetery.


Services have been entrusted to the care and direction of Mallory Martin Funeral Home of Spiro, Oklahoma.


Pallbearers will be; Tracy Tedder, Jason Shackleford, Kenny Blaylock, Melvin Blaylock, Larry Blaylock and Billy Don Hale, Jr., honorary pallbearers will be; Gunner, Kieffer, and Chance Blaylock, Jamee “Willie” Athey and Eddie Klump.


Condolences can be made to the family on Earl’s guestbook online at


Family will receive friends Tuesday from 5pm-7pm at the Mallory Martin Funeral Home of Spiro.


Miss CASC Scholarship Pageant Recognized as “Pageant of the Year”

According to a press release from Carl Albert State College - Miss CASC Natalie Cepeda, along with the Miss CASC Scholarship Pageant, received awards at the Miss Oklahoma Pageant held June 6 – 10, 2017 at the Mabee Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Miss CASC was named one of seven finalist for the 2017 Kiwanis Club of Tulsa Community Service Award at this year’s Miss Oklahoma Pageant.


According to Miss CASC Scholarship Pageant Co-chair Terri Hardin, the award is based on an essay written by the contestant describing the community service performed pertaining to her platform.


Miss CASC’s platform was Remembering the Forgotten: Helping Homeless Veterans.


Natalie also won a $4,750 scholarship to Southeastern State University in Durant.


Hardin stated, “Natalie was the only rookie contestant in the community service finalist group. She had an awesome week, and really enjoyed competing in Miss Oklahoma.”

Carl Albert State College also brought home a top award from the Miss Oklahoma Pageant as the “Pageant of the Year.”


This award is made by the Miss Oklahoma Executive Director, and the criteria for this award is having an organized pageant, meeting deadlines for paperwork, and sending a very prepared contestant to Miss Oklahoma. Hardin, along with Co-chair Bill Day, organize the annual Carl Albert State College pageant.


Saturday, 10 June 2017 23:11

Three U.S. Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan



According to a press release from the Department of Defense, three U.S. soldiers were killed in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, June 10, 2017.


One U.S. soldier was wounded and has been evacuated for medical treatment.


Next of kin notification is underway.


This incident is under investigation.


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