Archive - Nov 2011 - News Article
By Regina Smith
One local family has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. A local baby is finally coming home from the hospital a mere nine months and four days after he was born with a rare heart defect.
Liam Lyon returned to Cameron Tuesday afternoon just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Reports of several homes that were flooded during flash flooding Tuesday night as well as damage to roads and bridges left authorities breathing a sigh of relief. When reports of flooding first began at approximately 8:30 it was feared that several people could have been washed away or injured.
That was not the case.
Crews with several fire departments and law enforcement agencies as well as LeFlore County EMS and Emergency Management worked tirelessly to assist the public and handle the situation.
LeFlore County Emergency Management, EMS, the LeFlore County Sheriff's Department and other law enforcement agencies are in the south part of the county assisting a number of people stranded by flood waters.
Reports that massive flooding between Cedar Lake and Big Cedar as well as in the Wister area have washed away camping trailers and vehicles. There have been a number of swift water rescues since approximately 8 p.m.
This following a flood warning issued earlier by the National Weather Service.
Every year for the last seven years Jim Berngen has put together a community Thanksgiving dinner. Every year the number of meals prepared during the dinner has increased dramatically. This year is no different, he is expecting a large crowd.
Berngen said donations for the dinner are still needed. He said he has plenty of corn and green beans but is still looking for things like canned sweet potatoes, cranberry sause, brown and serve rolls and deserts of all kinds including sugar free.
A Pocola man has asked to speak before the LeFlore County Commissioners on Monday regarding allegations that a former county employee was committing crimes while he was at work. Monti Richison is on the agenda to speak to the commissioners but it has not been said who the former employee is.
The agenda for the meeting is as follows:
NOTICE AND AGENDA OF REGULAR MEETING
NOVEMBER 18, 2011
THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, LEFLORE COUNTY, OKLAHOMA, HAS SCHEDULED
Visitors survey the interior of the $8.1 million Donald W. Reynolds Community Center during dedication activities Thursday in Poteau.
After more the five years in the making the dream of bringing a state-of-the-art events center to Poteau will finally become a reality on Thursday. At least officially anyway.
Construction on the $8.1 million multi-purpose facility was completed in August and the center has already hosted numerous events as officials with the city of Poteau put the finishing touches on the building.
The public is invited to attend the event which will include tours of the building and all the aminities inside.
ACTION OF THE BOARD
OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
The Board of County Commissioners, LeFlore County, State of Oklahoma, met in a Regular Business
Meeting on November 14, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. with Chairman Lance Smith presiding. Also present were Vice-Chairman Derwin Gist, Member Cebern Scott, County Clerk Kelli Ford and Assistant District Attorney Marion Fry.
The following action was taken by the board:
(1.) Chairman Lance Smith called meeting to order.
(2.) Motion was made by Lance Smith and seconded by Derwin Gist to approve the minutes of
A transformer fire at AES Shady Point earlier this afternoon did not result in any injuries or emissions. Members of the fire department were dispatched to the coal fired co-generation plant after a transformer located outside the plant had an internal fire. The fire suppression system for the transformer functioned properly and extinguished the fire very quickly, said an AES spokesperson.
James and Lucinda Haskin were back in the courtroom Monday afternoon in an attempt to maintain ownership of their livestock, which were removed from their property after they were jailed for child neglect.