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Monday, 06 April 2020 18:49

Janice Paulette Covey

Janice Paulette Covey of Wister, Oklahoma was born August 12, 1948 in Wilburton, Oklahoma to William Paul and Emma Lois (Harris) Marler, and passed away April 5, 2020 in Heavener, Oklahoma at the age of 71.

Janice Paulette Covey of Wister, Oklahoma was born August 12, 1948 in Wilburton, Oklahoma to William Paul and Emma Lois (Harris) Marler, and passed away April 5, 2020 in Heavener, Oklahoma at the age of 71.

She is survived by a daughter; Misty and Pete Crandell, two sons Cody and Tina Covey, and Buck and Sabrina Covey, a sister Kathy Jo and Leonard Thornburg, grandchildren Tyler and Madison Wilson, Maci Crandell, Jaelyn Covey, Tanner Crandell and Hanna Crandall, great grandchildren Blakely Wilson and Kynley Wilson, lifelong best friend Leslie Wooten as well as a host of other family, friends and loved ones.

Paulette was preceded in death by her parents, William and Emma Marler, she was a cook, bus driver and a custodian for Wister Schools. Paulette was a selfless woman, that always put other first, especially her children and grandchildren.

Graveside services will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at Ellis Chapel Cemetery Wister, Oklahoma with Pastor Ira M. Harris officiating. Viewing will be 9:00 AM – 7:00 pm Tuesday at the funeral home.

Services are under the direction of Grace Funeral Service in Poteau, Oklahoma.

To sign Ms. Covey’s online guest book, please visit www.gracemanorfh.com


Pansy Kidd Middle School in Poteau has an important message for students and parents - If you are coming to PKMS on Monday, April 6th, to get a Paper Packet or a Chromebook, please be aware that they will only allow 2 or 3 people at a time in the building and if you are around other people please stay at least 6 to 10 feet away from each other.

PKMS would request that not everyone try to show up at 9 am. Someone will be there from 9 am to 3 pm.

There is no need for everyone to be there as soon as we open.

If you are picking up a paper packet, you will need to pick up work for each teacher and be sure to pick up work for your elective classes.

Please be patient with them and each other.

Thank you for helping keep everyone safe.



Press release

In light of new data about how COVID-19 spreads, along with evidence of widespread COVID-19 illness in communities across the country, CDC recommends that people wear a cloth face covering to cover their nose and mouth in the community setting. This is to protect people around you if you are infected but do not have symptoms.”

As of Monday, April 6, EVERY PERSON that enters EOMC will be required to wear a mask. A cloth mask is acceptable for those not engaged in patient care activities.

Thank you

EOMC Administration

Press release

 MCALESTER -- State Rep Jim Grego (R-Wilburton) and State Sen. Larry Boggs (R-Wilburton) announced Thursday that a load of surplus hospital beds from the Talihina Veterans Center had been shipped to the McAlester Regional Health Center in McAlester.

“McAlester Regional officials reached out to their elected delegation expressing difficulty in obtaining some additional equipment in order to restock a previously closed wing of the hospital in anticipation of a surge of patients in the coming weeks due to COVID-19,” Grego said. Grego said he worked with State Rep. Chris Kannady (R-Oklahoma City) along with Executive Director of the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs Joel Kintsel and Deputy Director Sarah Lane.

They were able to confirm the existence of the beds, which had been taken out of service and deemed surplus. The beds then were made available to McAlester Regional Health Center. Pittsburg County Commissioner Ross Selman secured a truck along with a van trailer loaned by Big V Feeds Inc. of McAlester to provide transportation.

“This is the way government is supposed to work,” Grego said. “You have an identified need, locate a source, then connect the transportation to make it happen. We had state, county and local officials along with private entities involved. “While this equipment is now positioned where it can do the maximum good, the hopes and prayers are that it will not be necessary to use.”

Jim Grego represents District 17 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, which includes parts of Latimer, LeFlore and Pittsburg counties.


Saturday, 04 April 2020 20:24

Luther B. Lovell

Luther B. Lovell, 77, of Bokoshe, OK passed away Sunday, March 29, 2020 in Bokoshe.  Luther was born January 16, 1943 in McCurtain, OK to Robert Lee & Rosie Bell (Fout) Lovell.  He was retired from Whirlpool.  Luther was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Darrell Lovell Sr.; grandsons, Drew Lovell, Jacob Hall, Bentley Fields; brothers, Charles, Odell and Sam; sisters, Martha Fay Haslip, Wrenetta Kroth, Freda Purhman & Betty Tackett.

  Survivors include his wife, Carol Ann (Spears) Lovell; daughter & son in law, Rose & Wes Young of Pocola, OK; sons & daughters in law, James & Annie Lovell, Dennis & Melissa Lovell of Bokoshe; grandchildren, Jennifer Young Shamblin, Scott Young (Pocola), Jackie Lovell Ollie, Tyler Lovell, Clinton Lovell (Sallisaw), Darrell Lovell (Bokoshe), Kasey Lovell Smith (Spiro), Jessica Chapman, Jackson Lovell (Bokoshe), Nathosha Field (Spiro), Devin Fields (Poteau);  great grandkids, Cadyn, Makalynn, Mycah Russell & Kinslea Shamblin, Remington & Alyssa Young (Pocola), Kasen Ollie, Olivia & Carter Lovell, Kinly, Kenadee & Kyndall Lovell (Sallisaw), Katie Shamblin (Muldrow), Hannah & Dawson Shamblin, Ava & Everly Smith (Spiro), Aceon Cook, Kreidlyn Chapman(Bokoshe), Brayden & Meyah Fields, Haven Baker, Serenity Lovell (Spiro), Rachael Fields (Poteau); other relatives, loved ones and friends.

Services were Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at Bokoshe Cemetery Pavilion.      Pallbearers were Tyler Lovell, Clint Lovell, Scott Young, Jackson Lovell, Darrell Lovell, Cadyn Russell.

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


Press release

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Department of Corrections continues working to keep inmates and staff protected from COVID-19. This morning, ODOC staff picked up more than 28,000 face masks donated by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The masks will be distributed to each state and private facility across the state by day’s end.


“This development is thanks to the leadership and decisiveness of Governor Stitt, Secretary of Public Safety Chip Keating, and the Oklahoma State Department of Health,” said ODOC Director Scott Crow. “Our facility staff are on the frontlines of this pandemic. They don’t have the option to work from home because their jobs are critical to public safety. “I hope today’s shipments will give them, their families and our inmates’ families and loved ones much-needed encouragement during this uncertain time,” said Crow.

Procedural masks can be reused by the same person unless the mask becomes soiled or damaged. Inmates working through Oklahoma Correctional Industries are sewing 1,200 masks a day for inmates and staff. OCI inmates are also making hand sanitizer for use inside facilities by staff and inmates. Protective eye wear was included in Saturday’s shipment for employees working in sensitive facility areas such as screening locations. Resources and links to reliable information are available on our website, doc.ok.gov, as well as links to state agencies and more.

The public can call the DOC COVID-19 Update telephone line - 405-425-2556 - for updated pandemic-related information.

Updates are also posted on agency social media. They can also contact our Community Outreach Unit for more information at 405-425-2607.

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ODOC staff offload masks at the agency's administrative headquarters for delivery to all correctional facilities in Oklahoma on Saturday, April 4, 2020. The masks went out to all correctional facilities in Oklahoma on Saturday to help keep correctional staff and inmates safe from COVID-19.


Thursday, 02 April 2020 21:00

Judith Jane Caldwell

Judith Jane Caldwell of Gore, Oklahoma (formerly of Heavener, Oklahoma) was born May 16, 1943 in Lawton, Oklahoma to Stanley B. and Emma (Gipson) Caldwell and passed away on March 29, 2020 in Fort Smith, Arkansas at the age of 76.

She is survived by:

Two sisters:

Kaye Jones of Georgia

Martie Wisdom of Oklahoma

One brother:

Stanley Caldwell of Okinawa, Japan

Several nieces, nephews, other loved ones, and host of friends

She was preceded in death by her parents Stanley B. and Emma Caldwell. Judy was a graduate of Heavener High School and a retired Social Worker for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. Judy loved to play music on the guitar. She was a member of the St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Poteau, Oklahoma and loved spending time with family and friends.

Memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

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

To sign Judy’s online guestbook please visit www.dowdenrobertsfuneralhome.com.

From the Oklahoma State Health Department 


For 1 in 6 Oklahomans, knowing where their next meal is coming from is a challenge outside of a crisis. As COVID-19 continues to present new challenges for our community, food security is finding its way to the top. If you are struggling to meet your individual or family nutritional needs, systems have been set up to give you some relief from the worry and stress that accompanies hunger.

Here are a few resources to get you started:

• Use the Oklahoma 2-1-1 Resource Directory to see a list of COVID-19 specific food resources near you. These resources are updated with the most current information, including which locations are still open and providing food boxes.

• Check out your local school district’s website for information on meal availability. All schools participating in the National Free and Reduced School Lunch Program have been given permission to continue serving breakfast and lunch “grab and go” style. A list was also compiled and published by News 9 last week with a summary of hours, locations and information by school site.

If you are still unsure where to go for help, please reach out and ask. COVID-19 is challenging us as individuals, families and communities. Don’t let figuring out where your next meal is coming from add to that stress. Give us a call at 1-877-215-8336, and let us give you a hand.

Press release


 OKLAHOMA CITY—More than 140 members of Congress sent a letter April 1 to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue urging immediate assistance for America’s cattle producers.

The AFR/OFU Cooperative leadership is pleased to see all seven members of the Oklahoma congressional delegation had signed their support to the letter. “Oklahoma’s cattle producers are navigating unprecedented market conditions due to COVID-19,” said AFR/OFU President Scott Blubaugh.

“Without prompt emergency funding, many of our state’s producers face an uncertain future. It is reassuring to see that our congressmen recognize this issue and have joined in the push for immediate relief from USDA Secretary Perdue.” The requested assistance would be provided through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Stabilization (CARES) Act. The CARES Act provides $14 billion toward replenishment of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) and an additional $9.5 billion to support farmers and ranchers as they weather the financial storm caused by the global Coronavirus pandemic. The bipartisan letter acknowledged the market turbulence caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and calls on USDA to quickly provide “targeted, temporary, equitable relief to cattle producers in a manner that limits market distortion and negative effects on price discovery."

“We hope Secretary Perdue takes notice of the bipartisan support for our nation’s cattle producers shown in this letter,” said Blubaugh.

“Lawmakers from across the country and across the aisle want swift and effective monetary relief for those who grow America’s beef.” Some lawmakers have been specific about how they think support for cattle producers should take shape. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) introduced standalone legislation (S.3552) prior to passage of the CARES Act that, if passed, would direct USDA to use CCC funds to offset losses in the live and feeder cattle markets by using Economic Research Service 2020 projections as a baseline. AFR/OFU is supportive of Sen. Rounds’ legislation and encourages Oklahoma’s senators to sign on to the bill.

“Additional market disruption is the last thing Oklahoma’s cattlemen and cattlewomen need and they could use all the support they can get on Capitol Hill right now,” said Blubaugh. “I urge Sens. Lankford and Inhofe to support Sen. Rounds legislation that can bring much needed stability to the nation’s cattle market and our state’s producers.” AFR/OFU is also supportive of the increasing calls to investigate antitrust issues in the beef packing industry. Record packer profit margins stand in sharp contrast to producers’ losses and have continued to be a source of irritation to cattle producers nationwide.

“Our cattlemen and cattlewomen have endured incredible adversity over the past few years,” said Blubaugh. “Continual market volatility has taken a toll on our industry and producers need to see action on this issue. Whether or not wrongdoing is discovered, our producers deserve to have their concerns answered. A cattle market antitrust investigation is more than welcome and, in my opinion, it can’t come soon enough.” AFR/OFU Cooperative is a membership services organization established in 1905 as Oklahoma Farmers Union. AFR/OFU provides educational, legislative and cooperative programs across the state and serves as a watchdog for Oklahoma’s family farmers and ranchers and rural communities.

The organization is actively supportive of the state’s agricultural industry and rural population with membership consisting of farmers actively involved in production agriculture and non-farmers adding their voice in support of AFR/OFU principles. 

Press release

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat said he agrees with the governor’s health emergency declaration issued Thursday and that the Senate will convene Monday to take action on the order.

“This particular kind of order hasn’t ever been issued by the executive branch, but I agree it’s needed now during these extraordinary and unprecedented times. We must take this pandemic seriously as a state. Life, at every stage, is precious and we must do everything to protect it.

The health emergency declaration gives the governor and his team greater authority to coordinate Oklahoma’s overall coronavirus response. Oklahoma will come through this health care crisis, and with a unified and statewide response, that comeback will happen quicker and more effectively,” said Treat, R-Oklahoma City.

On Thursday, Governor Kevin Stitt issued an health emergency declaration in accordance with the provisions of 63 O.S. § 6101 - 6900 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor’s Office said: Under 63 O.S. § 6104 of the Oklahoma Statutes, the governor is granted broader powers during a health emergency, like the COVID-19 pandemic, to waive statutory or regulatory requirements as well as the ability to coordinate a cohesive statewide response among city and county health departments. This declaration also gives the governor the authority to allow health care professionals who have left the workforce to quickly rejoin the front lines against COVID-19 and protect first responders by helping them manage their personal protective equipment (PPE). By loosening some restrictions, first responders will be able to know if the home they are dispatched to has a resident who has tested positive for COVID-19. Patient names and other identifying information will still be restricted.

The issuance of the health emergency also triggers a special legislative session to approve or deny the governor’s actions. The special session is set for 8 a.m. Monday. Treat said the Senate consulted with the Attorney General’s Office and legal staff since these statutes and provisions have never been invoked.

“The legal opinion is that the governor’s executive order is effective upon its issuance. The Senate is not currently in session; however, attorneys inform us the special session can be held next week. That will help us minimize the amount of time the Legislature meets so that we can adhere to social distancing guidelines,” Treat said.

Treat said the Senate was finalizing logistical plans for session, which include utilizing a minimum amount of Senate staff and rotating senators’ time on the Senate floor so that proper social distancing practices could be observed. ###


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