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May 28th, 2015

Volunteers needed in clean up of Kerr Mansion

May 28, 2015

Friends of the Kerr Mansion are seeking volunteers to help Saturday [May 30] in clean up of the grounds after an EF2 tornado touched down Monday.
For more information contact Tony Riley at (918) 658-5261.

NWS confirms Poteau tornado

May 28, 2015

The National Weather Service in Tulsa has confirmed that an EF-2 tornado struck Poteau over Memorial Day.

The confirmed tornado caused widespread damage in the area, with trees down throughout the city and surrounding towns, falling into and on top of homes, debris scattered and homes destroyed.

LeFlore County isn't expected to receive a break from storms as more are projected today, May 28, and over the next several days.

There are thunderstorm potentials in the forecast every day into next Wednesday, with severe thunderstorm potential this Friday.

May 27th

Sallisaw man identified as victim in South Dakota park crash

May 27, 2015

WALL, S.D. (AP) — Authorities have identified an Oklahoma man killed in a one-vehicle crash in Badlands National Park in South Dakota.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol says 51-year-old Richard Vasquez of Sallisaw, Oklahoma, was killed in the crash Saturday afternoon.

According to the Highway Patrol, the pickup driven by Vasquez went off state Highway 240 and down a steep embankment, rolling twice.

The patrol says Vasquez was thrown from the pickup and died at the scene.

An investigation is ongoing.

Sports Photo of the Week

May 27, 2015

May 25th

Voluntary evacuations in Wister

May 25, 2015

According to LeFlore County Sheriff Rob Seale, the residents of about 50 homes near Caston Creek and in the Ward and Pocohantas areas near Wister Lake are being asked to evacuate [May 25 at 1 p.m.].
Seale said the evacuations are voluntary and are being requested before a potential of another 3 inches of rain arrive this evening. Seale said residents who don't leave could be stranded for up to four days.

Floods, storms chances continue all week

May 25, 2015

Flash floods will again be possible today, Monday, May 25 - and a few tornadoes haven't been ruled out.

The National Weather Service in Tulsa said we have an elevated risk for tornadoes this afternoon and into tonight as severe thunderstorms move back into the area.

Showers and storms have started to develop across West-Central Texas this morning and will track into southeastern Oklahoma this afternoon and spread into northwest Arkansas by late afternoon.

May 22nd

Poteau Sports Hall of Fame inducts Class of 2015 Thursday night; next induction class will be May 2018

May 22, 2015

As the Poteau Pirates of yesteryears began to assemble for the 2015 Athletic Hall of Fame, it was just amazing to hear how their yardage gained had swollen to new height, how their fastball had gained speed and how the sprinters’ time would rival Usaine Bolt in his prime. One could just set back and revel in hearing the great stories of times past.
The All-School Reunion for Poteau High occurs every three years, and the Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremonies usually precedes the reunion.
There were 11 were inducted into the 2015 Poteau High School Hall of Fame. Those inducted were:

New bleachers make Heavener gym more enjoyable site to watch hoops; new mechanics make moving new bleaches, side goals much easier

May 22, 2015

It may not look like much, but it truly was. Anyone who went to the Heavener gym to watch basketball this past season quickly noticed a new addition — new bleachers with seats, as opposed to the old wooden bleacher seats of the past.

VIDEO: Homemade Basic BBQ Sauce

May 22, 2015

Amp up your next barbecue with your own, homemade BBQ sauce. This recipe pairs perfectly with all your go to favorites from ribs to chicken.

Fort Sill soldier's body recovered from Oklahoma creek

May 22, 2015

FORT SILL, Okla. (AP) — The body of a Fort Sill soldier whose vehicle was swept into Medicine Bluff Creek has been recovered.

According to a Fort Sill news release, the body of Staff Sgt. David Hawkins was recovered Thursday afternoon by Fort Sill firefighters and an Oklahoma Highway Patrol water rescue team.

The release says the 32-year-old was apparently attempting to drive across a low water crossing on Sunday when his vehicle was swept into the flooded creek. The car was recovered on Monday.

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