August 9th, 2013
Strong storms blew through the northern portion of LeFlore County Thursday evening leaving downed trees and power lines in their wake.
At about 6 p.m., the National Weather Service warned towns north of Poteau to prepare for severe thunderstorms. Not long after, several residents in Panama and Poteau found themselves without electricity.
"The 911 center relied on backup generators all night," said Emergency Management Director Michael Davidson.
According to police, about 150 people were without electricity in Panama and an unknown number in Poteau.
Poteau High School students who will participate in extra-curricular activities this upcoming school year will have their drug testing take place this month inside the senior hall of the high school.
Drug testing will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday.
Cost is $10 cash per student.
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Registration is open for the 2013 LeFlore County Express Fall Soccer League.
Registration can be done through the Internet at www.leflorecountysoccer.com.
Late registration cost per child is $40.
Payment method details are available at the website.
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The LeFlore County Bass Club had its final open tournament of 2013 last weekend at Wards Landing on Wister Lake.
There were 16 boats that hauled in 46 fish weighing a composite 110.12 pounds. The average fish weighed 2.39 pounds, and seven limits were caught.
The duo of Jerrid Keller and Chase Guest took first place with a stringer weighing 15.78 pounds, which included Keller's big bass winner of 6.19 pounds. The duo pocketed $350, while Keller got an additional $140 for his big bass winner.
Robert Ben Sizemore, 38, of Fort Smith, Ark., died Saturday, July 27, 2013.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10., at Calhoun Baptist Church in Shady Point with the Rev. Steve Hughes officiating.
Nyla M. Shepherd, 92, of Fort Smith, Ark., formerly of Poteau, died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013, in Fort Smith.
Nyla was born Dec. 8, 1920 in Sallisaw to John and Ellie (Head) Shepherd. She was a bookkeeper. Nyla was a devout Catholic. She was a member of the Franciscan Order in New Orleans, 3rd Order. She received the honor of being Volunteer of the Year in New Orleans for her work with the homeless. She lived to serve her God and her church.
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ISSUED A:
* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
SOUTHERN SEQUOYAH COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...
EASTERN HASKELL COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST OKLAHOMA...
NORTHERN LE FLORE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST OKLAHOMA...
* UNTIL 545 PM CDT
* AT 449 PM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED 4 MILES NORTHWEST
OF MCCURTAIN...MOVING EAST AT 15 MPH.
STORM HAZARDS INCLUDE...
QUARTER SIZE HAIL...
WIND GUSTS TO 60 MPH...
MINOR FLOODING IN AREAS OF POOR DRAINAGE...
* SOME LOCATIONS IN OR NEAR THE PATH OF THIS STORM INCLUDE...KEOTA...
BOKOSHE...SPIRO AND GANS.
An arrest has been made in connection with the more than four-year-old murder of Joe Neff.
According to jail records, Raymond Larry Nichols, 60, of Cameron is being held in the LeFlore County Detention Center for murder but the District Attorney's Office has not yet confirmed his charged is in connection with the murder of Long Branch Saloon owner Joe Neff. Neff's body was found in a body of water near Pocola days after his disappearance from his business in 2009.
Former Talihina Golden TigerÂ Jordan EagleRoad, Â a 6-1 shooting guard has signed a letter of intent to play basketball for the Carl Albert State College Vikings for the 2013-14 season.
Carl Albert being close to Talihina was a huge factor in EagleRoad choosing CASC.
â€śComing to CASC will allow my family and friends to come watch me play,â€ť EagleRoad said. â€śI chose Carl Albert because it was close to home, the people were nice and they made me feel like I was at home.â€ť
Keeping talent local is important to CASC men's coach Mike St. John.
Tri-State Speedway, Pocola
Pure Stock Race
1. Marshall Penson, Van Buren, Ark.; 2. Charlie Brummett, Mountainburg, Ark.; 3. David Church, Mountainburg; 4. Jesse Garner, Alma, Ark.
Economy Modified Race
1. Ryan Williams, Fort Smith, Ark.; 2. Todd Broyles, Farmington, Ark.; 3. Billy Smith, Rogers, Ark.; 4. Lester Weese, Van Buren; 5. Wade Barnes, Uniontown, Ark.; 6. Corey Davis, Lowell, Ark.
Factory Stock Race