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October 11th

Skate park nears completion in Poteau

October 11, 2011

Construction on the
Poteau skatepark is nearing
completion and plans
are in motion for the grand
opening celebration which
will include demonstrations
by professional skateboarders
and giveaways
from the Tony Hawk
Foundation and Bell
According to park officials
construction on the
Heavener skatepark is slated
to begin in about two
weeks as soon as the company
wraps up the finishing
touches on the Poteau
Nashoba Youth
Foundation Director Lisa
Fabian said that donations
are still needed however to
bring the projects to completion.
The Nashoba Youth

TCSB expands Wister branch

October 11, 2011

The Community State
Bank is expanding with a
new branch location in
Construction on the new
branch facility has begun
at 405 Highway 271. This
new facility will have a
single commercial drive
through lane and two other
drive through lanes for
private banking. Also at
the new location will be
an automated teller
machine. Construction on
the new facility is slated
for completion in April of
The Community State
Bank purchased the First
State Bank of Wister in
June of 1999 and made
improvements to the existing
facility, however, a
fundamental lack of space

Panama Lady Razorbacks, State Champs!

October 11, 2011

Panama players Taylor Eaves, center, hugs teammate Kendra Swindle after they
returned home from winning the Class 2A State Tournament
Saturday afternoon at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.

October 10th

Bring on the Bluzmen

October 10, 2011

Tickets are now on sale
for the first main headline
event at the Donald W.
Reynolds Community
Center on November 5
and Director Candace
Martin couldn’t be more
The Bluzmen, the ultimate
Blues Brothers
Tribute artists starring
Eric Martin and Carmen
Romano are bringing the
blues to Poteau.
The Blues Brothers
were an American phenomenon!
The Blues
Brothers were first introduced
to the masses by
Dan Aykroyd and John
Belushi as a satirical musical
sketch on Saturday
Night Live. The untimely
death of Belushi in 1982
left a void in everyone’s

Mud races carry big payoff at Balloonfest

October 10, 2011

Ever since there have been trucks
and mud, people have been combining
the two for sport and recreation.
This year’s Balloonfest is no exception.
On Saturday, October 22, the
Poteau Balloonfest will play host to
AMMP Motorsports’ Third Annual
Rumble on the River mud race. The
event features the top ten mud racers
in the United States tearing through
four different 300-foot-long mud pits
including “The Swamp Pit”, a six
foot deep mud pit that has never
before been bested. The Swamp Pit
at the Poteau Balloonfest is only the
third such pit constructed for professional

Pirate Royalty

October 10, 2011

The 2011 Poteau High School Homecoming football royalty, McKensey Matlock
and escort Marshall Jones, share a the traditional homecoming kiss before Poteau's
homecoming football game Friday against The Stilwell Indians.

October 7th

Two accused murderers return for trial

October 7, 2011

Two men accused of
murder have been returned
to LeFlore County to stand
Kevin Paul Statham,
50, and Suhail Mohammad
Shanti, 48, have both been
accused of separate murders
in LeFlore County.
They were both apprehended
in the northern
United States and recently
transported to the LeFlore
County Detention Center.
Statham is accused of
the murder of his mother
and father in June. As
previously reported by
PDN, Paul Statham, 70,
and Helen Statham, 69,
were found dead from
apparent gunshot wounds
at their home on Old
Bokoshe Rd. after their
other son became concerned

Pirate Pride

October 7, 2011

The staff at First National Bank posed for a picture after
they were chosen as the winners of the annual Poteau
Spirit decorating contest.

October 6th

Community Thanksgiving dinner grows every year

October 6, 2011

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching
and with it comes a time for families to
gather together and find time to enjoy
each other’s company and reflect on all
the things in life there are to be thankful
for. However, there are those in our community
who all too often find themselves
alone during the holidays. One local
man, however, has made it his mission to
provide a Thanksgiving dinner for those
who would otherwise be alone.
For the past seven years, Jim Berngen
has been serving up hot meals to his
community with The Annual Thanksgiving
Community Dinner.

Man claims to have no idea how he got in driver's seat

October 6, 2011

An Oklahoma City man who was
allegedly found passed out behind the
wheel of his vehicle while parked on a
county road near Spiro has been formally
charged by the LeFlore County District
Attorney’s Office with being in actual
physical control of a motor vehicle while
under the influence. Since this is his
second or subsequent offense, the charge
is a felony that could result in prison
time if convicted.
Timothy Scott Carter, 32, of Oklahoma
City, was arrested on September 21 after
a passerby reported a vehicle parked in
the road.
According to the affidavit filed by

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