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February 18th, 2015

Jack O. Davis

February 18, 2015

Jack O. Davis Sr. of Poteau died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in Poteau at the age of 81. He was born Feb. 19, 1933, in Heavener to Acely Owen and Deborah (Sommerville) Davis.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Barbara (Brown) Davis.

James O. Larkin

February 18, 2015

James O. Larkin, 74, of Poteau died Feb. 14, 2015, in Poteau. He was born Oct. 1, 1940, in Pueblo, Colo., to James and Novelline (Haynes) Larkin. He was a laborer.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

James is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Brian and wife Cynthia Larkin of Bokoshe; special friend, Patty; as well as a host of other family members, friends and loved ones. 

No services are scheduled at this time. Grace Manor Funeral Home of Poteau is in charge of arrangements. You may leave an on-line message to the family at

Anti-gay marriage bill targets court clerks with job loss

February 18, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Judges or court clerks who issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples would lose their jobs under a bill that has been approved by a House committee.

The House Judiciary and Civil Procedure Committee voted 5-3 on Tuesday for the "Preservation of Sovereignty and Marriage Act." The bill now proceeds to the full House for a vote.

The bill provides that any state or local employee who officially recognizes, grants or enforces a same-sex marriage license would no longer receive a state salary or pension.

Several PYWC members qualify for state; Thornburg duo do likewise

February 18, 2015

TAHLEQUAH — There will be 15 Poteau wrestlers at this weekend's Oklahoma Kids Wrestling Association State Tournament at State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City.
The Poteau Youth Wrestling Club qualified 13 of its 20 members who wrestled at the OKWA Regional Tournament last weekend.
Two other Poteau wrestlers, Landon and Colby Thornburg, also qualified for state.

Sports Briefs

February 18, 2015

The LeFlore County Soccer Association will have practices starting Thursday, with games starting Feb. 28.
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The second annual Hungry Like the Wolf 5k/10k fun run/walk and two-mile walk will take place beginning at noon Saturday at Blues Park in Heavener. Race-day registration and packet pick-up will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Packets may also be picked up from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday at Heavener High School.
The entry fee is $25 per runner.

Lonnie Dean Franklin

February 18, 2015

Lonnie Dean Franklin, 62, of Panama died Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, in Fort Smith, Ark. He was born June 16, 1952, in Fort Worth, Texas, to Herman Calvin and Evelyn F. (MacFall) Franklin. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a salesman for Best Buy.

He was preceded in death by his father, Herman Calvin Franklin.

Lonnie is survived by his mother, Evelyn Franklin of Spiro; sister and brother-in-law, Cindy and Tommy Downing of Spiro; niece, Jessica Ford and husband Dylan of Wister; nephew, Jeremy Downing and wife Jessica of West Virginia; other family members, friends and loved ones. 

David Bell Williams

February 18, 2015

David Bell Williams, 82, of Pocola died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, at the Oklahoma Veterans Center in Talihina, where he was a resident. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at Willis Cemetery, Poteau, under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home, Poteau.

Clyde Ellis Byous

February 18, 2015

Clyde Ellis Byous of Poteau died Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, in Fort Smith, Ark.

He was a self-made man who started in the coal mines of Oklahoma at age 14, then moved to the migrant farm camps of California in the migrations that began during the Dust Bowl and Great Depression. He married Martha Covey on April 1, 1945. He was 18 and she was 15. He became a carpenter in 1950 and went on to become a successful general contractor and cattleman. He and Martha were both private pilots who enjoyed flying their Cessna aircraft. He did very well in life.

Who got arrested?

February 18, 2015

The following people were booked into the LeFlore County Detention Center overnight. The information was gathered from the jail's daily roster and only shows booking information. Only those with a case number listed have been charged. Stay tuned each morning to see who was arrested overnight.
CF — criminal felony
CM— criminal misdemeanor
FD — family docket such as child support
For more information about an arrestee, you can search by name or case number on or

February 13, 2015

February 17th

Carl Albert baseball team sweeps weekend series from Highland; Vikings’ road twinbill Wednesday against Bacone JV canceled, will return to action Tuesday at home against Paris

February 18, 2015

It was a banner weekend for Carl Albert State College’s baseball team as it won all four games in a home weekend series against Highland, Kan., at Ival Goodman Field.
The Vikings rallied to down the Scotties 9-6 in Saturday’s first game, then took Game 2 14-8.
On Friday, the Vikings swept both games, winning 11-7 in the opener and 7-6 in the nightcap.

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