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October 5th

Luther Wayne Strickland

October 5, 2011

Luther Wayne Strickland, 79, of Heavener died Sunday,
Oct. 2, 2011, in Poteau. He was born Sept. 4, 1932, in
DeQueen, Ark. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 5, at First Baptist Church, Heavener,
with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery. Dowden Funeral
Home, Heavener, is handling arrangements.

Jonathan H. Carden

October 5, 2011

Jonathan H. Carden, 29, of Fort Smith,
Ark., died Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, in Fort
Smith. Jonathan was born in Fort Smith on
Nov. 3, 1981 to Randall W. and Donna
(Chestine) Carden. He was preceded in death
by his half brother, Henry Joe Harrison; stepbrother,
Chris Carden; and maternal grandparents,
Margie and Leon Drake.
Survivors include his wife, Tabatha (Langston) Allison
of Fort Smith; daughter, Cassie Carden of Roland; son,
Corbin Adam Carden; mother, Donna Carden Eller of
Poteau; father, Randy Carden of Covington, Ga.; brother,

Freida Elizabeth Baird

October 5, 2011

Freida Elizabeth Baird, 92, of Poteau
died Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011 in Poteau.
Freida was born Feb. 7, 1919, in Lancaster,
Texas, to Nick Olen and Eddie C.
(Brundage) Worley. She worked in a dry
goods store as a clerk and many years at
City Shoe Market. Freida was preceded in
death by her husband, Idus Baird; great
grandson, Carson Wann; and her parents.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Nancy
and Jim Wann of Poteau; grandchildren, Roger and Dawn
Wann of Lindsey, Texas, Danny and Elizabeth Wann of
Poteau; great-grandchildren, Nathan Privett, Britney

Artie Bell Margaret Deleplank

October 5, 2011

Artie Bell Margaret Deleplank, 74,
of Poteau died Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011 in
Heavener. Artie was born in Calhoun on
Sept. 10, 1937, to Frances Dora (Chitwood)
Phillips. Artie was a loving wife, mother
and the best granny anyone could have.
She worked for 40 years as a CNA and
touched many lives in her career. She
devoted her life to taking care of others.
She never met a stranger, had an open door and a place
at the dinner table for anyone who was hungry. She loved
taking care and cooking for family and friends. Artie was

Poteau to host library fundraising kick-off

October 5, 2011

The public is invited to the “New Direction –
Poteau Library Kick Off” that will be held at the
Donald W. Reynolds Community Center.
The event will provide information to the public
about the progress, the direction and the goal of the
new library. Several members of the city council as
well as staff from the library will be in attendance.
The Kick Off will be held on October 6, from 5:30
p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided
for attendees.
For more information regarding the event contact
Marlene Dial with Regional Development Associates

August unemployment numbers show our area in highest region

October 5, 2011

According to a report from the
Oklahoma Employment Security
Commission local unemployment rates
have remained the same during the month
of August but that doesn’t help Southeast
Oklahoma who’s weighed in as the highest
region of unemployment.
The statistics released last week for
the month of August show that LeFlore
County is ranked with the second highest
unemployment rates in the state with
Sequoyah County topping the list as the
The OESC states in their report that in
August, Oklahoma’s seasonally adjusted
unemployment rate held steady at 5.6

Staying safe

October 5, 2011

Women from across campus at Carl Albert State
College attended the Safe Campus, Strong Voices
Workshop on Friday, September 30. Meg Nicholson,
from the District Attorney’s Office, was the keynote
speaker. Other speakers were Leah McLaughlin,
CASC VP of Student Affairs; Bob Hendricks, CASC
Director of Campus Police; Kerri Blair, CASC
Guidance Center Counselor; and Kim Hughes,
CASC Coordinator of Student Support Services/
Licensed Professional Counselor. Policies, procedures,
counseling services, confidentiality, precautions,
and victim’s resources were all highlighted

Loyce R. Hall

October 5, 2011

Loyce R. Hall, 68, of Poteau died
Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, in Poteau. Loyce
was born June 14, 1943, in Big Cedar to
the Rev. Carl and Mellie (Jones) Pugh.
Loyce worked at Country Boy Furniture
for 20 years. She was a member of the Free
Will Baptist Church in Panama, where she
served as church clerk for eight years.
Loyce loved her church. She loved to sing and going to the
Saturday Night Jamboree. She was preceded in death by
her husband, Billy Don McAtee; her only daughter, Tami
Branstetter Gottlieb; nephew, Tony Terry; and her parents.

Poteau senior softball players glad to be able to celebrate trip to state on home field

October 5, 2011

On Monday, the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association rewarded the Poteau Lady Pirates softball team a Class 4A Regional Tournament, which starts this afternoon. That means the Lady Pirates could celebrate a trip to state Thursday afternoon on their home field. That excited the four senior players.
“I was really excited because we always have to go off far away,” senior right fielder Meagan Ryburn said. “It's always harder to play somewhere else. Playing here, we'll get our real fans, and we'll have more people here to support us.”

Panama senior third baseman excited about state tournament

October 5, 2011

PANAMA — When the Panama Lady Razorbacks softball team won the Class 2A Regional Tournament Friday afternoon with a win over Calera when second baseman Lauren Smith turned an unassisted double play to end the title game, perhaps the happiest individual of them all was senior third baseman Becky Brown.

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