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OSBI Press Release


On May 19, 2015, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office requested OSBI crime scene and investigative assistance in the deaths of two infants.


The children’s parents took the 10-month-old twin girls to the Integris Seminole Medical Center at 4:44 p.m. Monday.


Doctors at the hospital pronounced the girls dead.


OSBI agents interviewed numerous family members and others living inside the home where the family lives.


The girls' bodies were transported to the medical examiner’s office for autopsy.


The medical examiner will determine how and why the infants died.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015 16:15

Mark Anthony Oglesby Obituary

Mark Anthony Oglesby of Poteau, Oklahoma (formerly of Heavener, Oklahoma) was born March 10, 1958 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas to Stanley, Sr. and Leortha (Staley) Oglesby and passed away May 18, 2015 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas at the age of 57.


He is survived by:
His wife: Lori McElroy,

Two step-daughters:
Natasha and Jackie

Four step-sons:
Thomas, Jimmy, Jamie and Anthony

Five sisters:
Deloyce Thurman and husband Joe of Heavener, Oklahoma
Norma Hudlow and husband Wayne of Heavener, Oklahoma
Marilyn Rodebush and fiancé Jack Grantham of Poteau, Oklahoma
Iona McGee and husband Mike of Heavener, Oklahoma
Becky Simpson and husband Sam of Heavener, Oklahoma

Two brothers:
Stan "Buddy" Oglesby and wife Glenda of Stonewall, Oklahoma
Stevie Oglesby of Poteau, Oklahoma

Two step-grandchildren:
Kaydence and Gayson

Numerous, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.



He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, P.F.C. Ronald C. Oglesby. Mark attended Heavener Public School, was a veteran of the United States Army, and was of the Baptist faith.


Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Charley Scott officiating.


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


Pallbearers will be family members.


Viewing will be from Noon until 8:00 p.m. today at the funeral home.


To sign Mr. Oglesby's online guestbook please visit

From the LeFlore County Sheriff's office



UPDATE: On Wednesday May 20th - Bobby Jay ( B.J. ) Blankenship is in custody in Salpalpa, Ok by the Salpalpa Police Dept for theft from Wal-Mart.


Bobby Jay ( B.J. ) Blankenship is wanted for questioning by The LeFlore County Sheriff's Office on burglary, vehicle theft, home invasions and robbery.



BJ is also wanted in Haskell, McIntosh, Sequoyah, Sebastion, and Polk counties as well as Fort Smith Police, Drumright and Bristow Police Departments for the same type of crimes.



If contact is made please do not attempt to approach or apprehend, contact your local Law Enforcement immediately.


If you have any information or location of the subject please contact the LeFlore County Sheriff's Office at Dispatch ( 24/7 ) 918-647-2317 or Admin office 918-647-3426.


Poteau – The summer is hot and will get even hotter with the line-up for the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center 2015 Summer Concert Series.

Woodshed will started off the series in  outdoor venue. Followed by Bandit.


Coming  July 11 – Hillbilly Vegas, July 18 – Jay Falkner Band and Earl Heron, July 25 – Heavens 2 Betsy.

All outdoor series will start at 8:00 p.m. with $5 admission per person.

The outdoor venue provides seating and concessions; guest can also bring lawn chairs for a more comfortable laid back experience. Beer & Food will be available each night by Donald W. Reynolds Center Concessions. This is the third year for the series that attracts visitors to the area each Saturday night. The music has grown with top notch entertainment from all around the area.


The summer will get hotter and so will the music with the "Dark & Dirty Mile Concert featuring Jason Boland and The Stragglers this venue will be so hot we're moving inside where it's cool.


Opening for JB is The Jay Falkner Band. Oklahoma Native Jason Boland doesn't have to get back to his roots because he never lost touch in the first place. Jason Boland falls squarely into the category, having spent the better part of the last 15 years entrenching himself in the so-called "red dirt" of his native state of Oklahoma and adopted home in Texas, while spreading his musical branches around the territory.


"I've always thought it was important to keep one foot in tradition and the other pointed in the direction you want to go," says Boland. "I didn't invent the G chord, so I'm standing on the shoulders of the giants that did, and on the shoulders of some great songwriters that have come before me. I'm using an old stencil, but adding my own colors" states Boland.


The concert will feature their new album Dark and Dirty Mile, Boland and his compatriots use a wide array of hues to illustrate 11 songs of rejection and redemption, dark clouds and silver linings, all assembled in the rough-hewn manner that's earned him an ever-growing fan base- a following that's snapped up more than a half-million records over the past decade. "This performance will definitely be one to remember", states Karen Wages, Donald W. Reynolds Center Director. "With Jay Falkner Opening for Jason; fans will definitely be entertained. "Jason and Jay have played together before and we are excited they have chosen Poteau for this reunion."


Concert starts at 8:00 p.m. doors will open at 7:30. Tickets are on sale now for this concert. General Admission Tickets $35. VIP Standing Tables (in secure area) of 6 $300 are available but limited.

VIP Tables can only be purchase at the Donald W Reynolds Center Business Office.

The concert venue will be dance style /standing setting with limited round tables in the back of venue first come, first serve.


Tickets can be purchased at the Donald W. Reynolds Center/Poteau Chamber Office 501 S. Broadway-Poteau or on-line


Tuesday, 19 May 2015 15:33


Pansy Kidd Middle School announces Students of the Week










6th grade - Payton Bernard
Parents: Dannette and David Bernard
Electives: Family & Consumer Science and Athletics
I like school because: I get to learn.



7th grade - Christian Duncan
Parents: Chris & Kristi Duncan
Electives: Athletics, Technology Education, Gifted & Talented, National Jr. Honor Society and FCCLA.
I like school because: I get to see my friends.




8th - Natalia Medina
Parents: Jorge and Amelia Martinez
Electives: Family & Consumer Science, Athletics and National Jr. Honor Society
I like school because: I get to see my friends, and I learn at the same time.




Monday, 18 May 2015 07:46

Double Fatality wreck at Wister

Two people were killed in a rollover accident involving a semi-truck and two other vehicles on Highway 271 in Wister on Monday morning.


Traffic was diverted to Picturerock Rd for approximately two hours, while that portion of the highway was shut down for Oklahoma Highway Patrol to investigate the accident.


According to the OHP report a red pickup-truck, white Chevy Impala and a semi-truck were involved in the accident.

The pickup and car were traveling west bound on State Highway 271, the semi was eastbound. Joe and Debbie Waddle were in a red pickup truck were preparing to make a left hand turn and was struck from the rear by a white Chevy Impala which caused the pickup to cross the center lane in front of the semi.

The Waddle's died at the scene.

The driver of the Impala and the semi were both transported by LeFlore County EMS to the hospital with non life threatening injuries.

The LeFlore County Sheriff's Department, OHP, Wister and Poteau Fire Department and  LeFlore County EMS were on all scene.


Our hearts and prayers go out to the family.

Double Fatality wreck at Wister - 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 vote

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Law enforcement agencies across the state will be taking part in the annual "Click It or Ticket" mobilization May 18 - 31, cracking down on drivers and passengers who are not buckled up according to state law.



"Those who choose not to wear a seat belt will feel the heat during this campaign," said OHP Lt. Troy German, statewide occupant protection coordinator. "Motorists should buckle up every time they go out, both day and night – no warnings and no excuses."



Oklahoma law requires drivers and front seat passengers age 13 and over to have a safety belt properly fastened at all times the vehicle is being operated. Children age 12 and younger are required to be properly restrained in the appropriate car seat, booster seat or seat belt, according to the child's age and weight.



"We can't make the decision to buckle up for you, and we hope it won't take getting a ticket to help you remember to fasten that seat belt or buckle your child correctly," German said. "Unless you want to risk a ticket – or, even worse, your life – you must buckle up."



According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, seat belts save about 13,000 lives each year.


The nationwide campaign runs through the Memorial Day holiday weekend, when many motorists will be traveling on U.S. highways.

In 2013 in Oklahoma:

678 people died on Oklahoma roadways. Restraint use was known on 439 of these.
Of those 439 deaths, 55.1 percent were not restrained.
More than 40 percent of unrestrained fatalities were ejected from the vehicle.


For more information about Oklahoma's occupant protection laws, visit


WILBURTON, OK (May 18, 2015) – Eastern Oklahoma State College will host the 43rdannual Kiamichi All-Star Classic sports competition May 22-23 in Wilburton. Area high school players will compete for either the North or South teams in basketball, softball and baseball.


The Kiamichi All-Star Classic will begin on Friday, May 22 with girls’ basketball at 6:30 p.m., followed by boys’ basketball at 8 p.m. in the C.C. Dunlap Field House. The softball game is set for Saturday, May 23 at Noon, followed by baseball at 2 p.m.


The North girls’ basketball team will be coached by Connie Ray of Arkoma, while the South girls’ basketball team will be coached by Wade Daniel of Kiowa. The North boys’ basketball team will be coached by Daniel Lokey of Canadian, while Brett Frank of Silo will coach the South boys’ basketball team.


Jerren Ellis of Moss will coach the North softball team while Bobb Johnston of Panola will coach the South softball team. Chris Golihaire of Panama will coach the North baseball team, while Jordan Booth of Heavener will coach the South baseball team.


Athletes selected to play in the 2015 Kiamichi All-Star Classic include:


North Girls Basketball:

Carly Anderson, Porum

Emilee Beck, Stuart

Shelby Brennan, Quinton

Bailey Cox. Spiro

Nina Echelle, Stigler

Hannah Goines, Panama

Abby Gragg, Arkoma

Kelsi Johnson, Arkoma

Tori Johnson, Howe

Special Lovelace, Kinta

Chassity McClary, Quinton

Jarrah Reynolds, Muldrow

Courtney Taylor, Quinton

Kaycee Turner, Quinton

Nese Walters, Vian

Shaylea Whisenhunt, Arkoma


South Girls Basketball:

Rachel Burchfield, Rattan

Jordan Campagna, Red Oak

Addy Clift, Kiowa

Amber Collins , Buffalo Valley

Jayden Eaves, Tushka

Kaylee Ervin, Calera

Dessiree Hangen, Caddo

Kacyn Morris, Leflore

Alexa Richards, Durant

Brooke Saxon, Wilburton

Emily Shaw, Buffalo Valley

Hope Sizemore, Whitesboro

Rayshionne Smith, Hugo

Torrii Tarkington, Hugo

Baylee Wooten, Valliant


North Boys Basketball:

Dylan Bryant, Stigler

Chase Conley, Roland

Clay Conley, Roland

Colton Harris, Canadian

Sam Humphries, Cameron

LaFayette Hutchinson, Spiro

Josh Langley, Stuart

Josh Marlon, Arkoma

Chase Shearwood, Canadian

Beau Shepherd, Hanna

Sam Simco, Quinton

Micheal Stricklin, Keota

Jerry Vega, Spiro

Ty Weiher, Canadian

McKinely Whitfield, Spiro

DeAundre Wilkins, Pocola


South Boys Basketball:

Blake Blagg, Whitesboro

Zach Brown, Rattan

Bronson Burns, Rock Creek

Brandon Calicutt, Atoka

Tanner Clark, Silo

Daekown Cubit, Broken Bow

Wyatt Daniel, Tushka

Noah Davis, Heavener

Brandon Fogarty, Buffalo Valley

Bobby Johnson, Atoka

Alan Lockhart, Talihina

Tristan McMath, Kiowa

Brycen Overton, Kiowa

Oscar Rivera, Haworth

Ryan Scales, Idabel

Dorian Threadgill, Haworth

Boochie Threatt, Idabel


North Softball:

Emilee Beck, Stuart

Erin Bruner, Quinton

Kristin Busby, Stigler

Bailey Cox, Spiro

Amber Cunningham, Arkoma

Chasity Garvin, Stuart

Emily Geer, Keota

Hannah Goines, Panama

Traci Lee, Keota

Whitney Lindsay, Mason

Jaycee McKee, Quinton

Lexi Moody, Heavener

Samantha Moppin, Holdenville

Brooklyn Morton, Pocola

Kayla Phillips, Moss

Megan Shaw, Spiro

Shelby Smith, Porum

Kendra Swindle, Panama

Bailey Williams, Kiowa


South Softball:

Rachel Baker, Hartshorne

Brooklyn Bain, Valliant

Taylor Bankston, Rattan

Lexi Branscum, Whitesboro

Brenna Coffey, Red Oak

Courtney Cook, Tushka

Ciara Covey, Wister

Desirea Duggan, Panola

Jayden Eaves, Tushka

Abbie Gibson, Wright City

Stepheney Haddox, Buffalo Valley

Ricki Harper, Calera

Kira Head, Caney

Emily Jackson, Hartshorne

Emilee Jamerson, Valliant

Michaela Mathis, Wilburton

Carissa Moore, Tushka


North Baseball:

Jasten Alzale, Sallisaw

Chase Blake, Howe

Denver Coffee, Vian

Joshua Cowart, Vian

Tyler Edgar, Oktaha

Easton Elliott, Moss

Justin Fitzferald, Moss

Gabe Harp, Panama

Nick Hatfield, Spiro

TJ Hayes, Spiro

Jason Hickman, Spiro

Sam Humphries, Cameron

Justin Lawrence, Stuart

Cade McMillan, Poteau

Brit Ozeroglu, Pocola

Ryan Ragan, Panama

A.J. Rodriquez, Vian

Hayden Walsh, Eufaula


South Baseball:

Andrew Bolin, Silo

Zachary Brown, Rattan

Spencer Cole, Buffalo Valley

James Cordell, Valliant

Colby Crosby, Wright City

Brandon Fogarty, Kiowa

Colton Hobgood, Soper

John Jones, Hugo

Alan Lockert, Talihina

Trenton Long, Silo

Tanner Lyday, Colbert

Jo Jo Peters, Fort Towson

Cameron Roberts, Boswell

Justin Rose, Smithville

Brice Smith, Kiowa

Dillon Stallings, Heavener

Nate Thompson, Hugo

Blake Watts, Rattan


Monday, 18 May 2015 16:58

Poteau Pool to Open May 23

Summer is finally approaching and schools soon to be out so enjoy your summer break at the Twyman Poteau Municipal Pool located at Twyman Park in Poteau.


Monday - Saturday 10 am -6pm
Sunday 1pm -6pm

Daily Admission is $2.00 for all ages

Book your Pool party now by calling 918 -647- 4491.

Parties time available are from 6:30pm -8:30pm and 8:30pm -10:30pm

100$ per party

The city also had pool passes available for children 12 and under $20.00 and '$30.00 for ages thirteen and over.


kiddy pool

Monday, 18 May 2015 10:31

Lunch at the Museum

The LeFlore County Historical Society will hold their monthly luncheon at the museum on May 19, 2015.


Randy Bridgman smoked the pork for our pulled pork sandwiches.


So come out and enjoy some barbeque at the museum.


$6.00 sandwich, side, drink, and dessert.


Baked Beans
Potato Salad
Ramen Cabbage Salad

Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Key Lime Pound Cake
Strawberry Short Cake
Strawberry/Custard Cake
Peanut Butter Cake


Takeout orders available by calling Lorie Rutledge,  Director, LeFlore County Historical Society at 918-647-9330

The luncheon is located at LeFlore County Museum at Hotel Lowrey in Historic Downtown Poteau.


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