August 1st, 2012
The residents of the 700 block of Grace Street were alerted to a shed fire that quickly turned worse Wednesday afternoon.
The blaze is under investigation but neighbors claim they heard an explosion followed by flames. The fire began in a shed in the back yard of a residence, spread to the home then to a neighboring home on the north side. Two other homes were endangered by the flames and homeowners spent the afternoon watering down their roofs in hopes of saving their homes.
The bridge on the Poteau River west of Pocola on U.S. Hwy. 271 was dedicated and named after U.S. Army Sgt. Vincent L.C. Owens Wednesday afternoon.
In attendance at the ceremony were Owensâ€™ family and friends as well as state sen. Mark Allen and state rep. James Lockhart. The LeFlore County Disabled American Veteran provided color guard for the ceremony.
Owens was killed in action during his second tour of duty in Afghanistan near Forward Operating Base Sharana when his transport vehicle was attacked on March 1. He was 21 years of age at the time of his death.
Physicals for Pansy Kidd Middle School seventh-eighth grade Raider and Lady Raider athletes will be 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Dr. William Willis' office, located at 104 Wall Street.
The physicals will cost $15 cash per individual.
For additional information, call PKMS Coach Greg Wilson at (918) 839-7346.
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Carl Albert State College Assistant Softball Coach Megan Young will give softball lessons at $25 per hour to girls up through age 18.
To schedule a session or for additional information, call (580) 704-4517.
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This week's Spring Into Business Cash Mob site is Braum's. The very first Braum's store was opened in 1968 by Bill and Mary Braum. There are now more than 270 Braum's stores in five states including Poteau's which was opened April 2, 1989. Special to the Cash Mob, Braum's is offer double dip cones for $.99 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
A Pocola man was formally charged by the LeFlore County District Attorney's Office in connection with the rape and abuse of a 23-month-old child.
Heath Wayne Talley, 26, of Pocola, is accused of leaving multiple burns on the child's body and sexually assaulting her while she was in his care.
According to his statement to investigators, he laid the child on the bed to change her diaper and he heard a popping sound several times when he realized he had laid her on a homemade phone charger. He noticed more marks on the child the next morning and took her to her mother.
Alice Fay (Woolsey) Palmer, 60, of Fort Smith, died Tuesday, July 31, 2012. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3, in the Mallory-Martin Funeral Home Chapel, Spiro.