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July 2nd, 2013

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July 2, 2013

James Mabry

July 2, 2013

The Rev. James Mabry, formerly of Fairview, died Monday, July 1, 2013, at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. He was 89.
James was born April 1, 1924, to Florence and Eric Emory Mabry in Hughes. He served in World War II as a merchant seaman. 
James met and married his soul mate, Yoshiko Kanashiro on March 19, 1953, in Yokohama, Japan.

Stigler man dies in diving accident

July 2, 2013

A Stigler man died last Wednesday after diving into a lake, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
An accident report completed by the OHP said Vernon Michael Reynolds, 51, dove off a courtesy dock at John Wells Lake in Haskell County at about 6:15 p.m. Family called the Stigler Police Department after Reynolds' failed to resurface.
The OHP and Stigler Fire Department were both called to help find Reynolds.
Stigler Fire Department recovered Reynolds' body, according to the report.

District 4 Choctaw royalty crowned

July 2, 2013

The District 4 Choctaw Princess Pageant was held and the following girls were crowned to represent District 4 for the 2013-2014 year. Senior Miss Callie Curnutt, Junior Miss Jordan Carver and Little Miss Amber Battice along with Mr. Delton Cox, District 4 Councilman. The girls will be competing in the Choctaw Nation Pageant during the Tuskahoma Labor Day Festival.

Oklahoma to withdraw from testing group

July 2, 2013

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma is backing out of a testing consortium to work with another company to develop its own standardized tests for the 2014-2015 school year, State Superintendent Janet Barresi said this week.

Barresi said the decision to withdraw from the multistate group — called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers — was made after teachers and parents voiced concerns about the extra hours of test taking that would be involved with it.

Okla. unemployment rate climbs in all 77 counties

July 2, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma labor officials say the state's unemployment rate rose in every one of its 77 counties in May, a trend they say is not uncommon for the month.

Figures released on Tuesday show Sequoyah County in southeast Oklahoma had the highest unemployment rate of 9 percent in May, up from 8.2 percent in April. The lowest unemployment rate was in Roger Mills County in western Oklahoma at 2.2 percent, which was an increase from 1.8 percent in April.

V. Michael ‘Mike’ Reynolds

July 2, 2013

V. Michael “Mike” Reynolds, 51, of Stigler died Wednesday, June 26. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Information provided by Cremation Society of Oklahoma, Tulsa.

Dixie Rose Linville

July 2, 2013

Dixie Rose Linville, 79, of Tyler, Texas, formerly of Heavener, died Thursday, June 27, in Tyler.
Graveside services were held Monday, July 1, at Page Cemetery under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home.

Cleo L. Bowen

July 2, 2013

Cleo L. Bowen, 91, of Poteau died Monday, July 1, 2013, in Pocola.
Cleo was born May 29, 1922, to Sam and Donnie (Tolbert) McElhaney. She was a homemaker. She was a member of First Free Will Baptist Church in Poteau. Cleo was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Omer Bowen; son, Cleave Bowen; brother, Oscar McElhaney; sisters, Norma Flippo, Zola Hendrix, and Veda McElhaney.

Wayne ‘Spider’ Webb

July 2, 2013

Wayne “Spider” Webb, 73, of Poteau died Sunday, June 30, 2013. Spider was born Jan. 27, 1940, in Tarby Community to John D. and Ruth (Sherfield) Webb. He was owner/operator of Spider Webb Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep Dealership until 2003 and Spider Webb Farm Implements in Poteau and Fort Smith, currently the John Deere dealership. Spider was a veteran of the Oklahoma National Guard. He was an avid supporter of the community and contributed to many causes throughout the area over the years, including his personal favorite, the LeFlore County Youth Services Angel Tree.


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