Archive - 2013
How about this snake story? Eleven-year-old Gavin Garrett of Poteau was hanging out with his grandfather, Don Garrett, this week when they came across a five-foot, six-inch long rattlesnake in Donâ€™s barn. The snake was nine inches around at its largest point, and had 13 rattles and a button.
When Gavin and Don found the big dude inside the door of his barn, Gavin shot it with a .22 pistol that he had with him only to realize that the pistol had rat shot in it.
Lundy Kiger, chairman of the Fort Smith Regional Alliance and Lea Taylor, the allianceâ€™s executive director, talk to the Poteau Rotary Club on Wednesday about the efforts of the alliance to coordinate economic development efforts in the Fort Smith area, including Poteau.
Photo submitted by Sevilla Vance
John Robert "Bob" Gee of McCurtain, 66, died away Monday, July 29, 2013 at his home, where he loved the view and astonishing variety of wildlife.
He was born Aug. 15, 1946, in Shreveport, La., to Arthur Johnson Gee and Josephine (Shaw) Gee. He graduated from Poteau High School in 1963. He attended Oklahoma Central University in Oklahoma City and worked for Tinker Air Force Base before moving to McCurtain in 1978 and starting Bob Gee Sales.
A Talihina youth was hospitalized after her car left the roadway and struck a tree.
According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Mariah Frederick, 16, of Talihina, was driving a 2008 Mitsubishi west on Oklahoma Highway 63 when her vehicle left the right side of the road and struck a tree.
Frederick was pinned inside her vehicle until she was freed 30 minutes later by the Whitesboro Fire Department.
LeFlore County unemployment rates dropped more than 0.5 percent, removing the county from the highest rates list for the first time in more than a year.
LeFlore County was one of two counties to report a decrease in unemployment during June, Sequoyah County the other. Over the year, LeFlore County unemployment rates have decreased 1 percent, dropping from 8.9 percent to 7.9 percent. Latimer County, McCurtain County and Hughes County were respectively named as the top three reporting highest unemployment rates for June at 9.2 percent, 8.9 percent and 8 percent.
CATOOSA â€” A coaching role at the All-State Golf Tournament was a once in a lifetime deal for Poteau boys golf coach Mike Thomas.
Coaches are only allowed to coach one sport one time at the annual event.
So Thomas, who coached both the East boys and the girls, made the best of memories Monday checking up on golfers throughout Monday's All-State Golf Tournament at Cherokee Hills Golf Course.
There will be a Poteau softball parents meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the high school softball field.
Right afterward, the Poteau Softball Dugout Club will meet.
The Lady Pirates' first practice will be at 8 p.m. Thursday, and players will need to bring their physicals forms and other necessary paperwork at that time.
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Poteau High School students who will participate in extra-curricular activities this upcoming school year will have their drug testing take place next month inside the senior hall of the high school.
Panama city workers replace a stop sign destroyed by a pickup Tuesday afternoon. The pickup also caused a power outage when it sheered off a utility pole at the intersection of Rock Jail Road and U.S. highway 59. No one was injured in the one vehicle accident. Panama Chief of Police John Whiteaker said about 100 homes were without power. OG&E were on the scene trying restore electricity before police were completed with their accident investigation, said Whiteaker.
PDN photo by Kim Ross