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August 25th

Pharmacist stops scam

August 26, 2011

A narcotics scam went
south after a local pharmacist
found out that the man the
medications were prescribed
to was being treated at a
Norman hospital and wasn’t
receiving the medications.
Shannongail Diane
Rutledge, 59, of McCurtain,
was recently charged with
three counts of obtaining a
controlled dangerous substance
by forgery or fraud
and one count of obtaining
cash or merchandise by
bogus check after she used
an allegedly forged check to
pick up a prescription for a
man she claimed was her

Festival is good family fun

August 26, 2011

This year’s Kiamichi Outdoor
Sportsman’s Festival is September 9 and
The festival begins on Friday,
September 9 at 1 p.m. with a four man
scramble golf tournament at Choctaw
Country Club. Entry fee for the tournament
is $200 per team, and Poteau Main
Street is still looking for hole sponsors.
After the tournament, from 7 p.m. until 9
p.m. there will be live music and vendors
on Dewey Avenue in downtown Poteau.
The following day, September 10,
begins at “first safe light” with a bass
fishing tournament at Quarry Island on
Wister Lake. Buy-in is $40 per head and

Wildcat pride

August 26, 2011

ALL THAT BLING — The Wister Wildcats baseball team don their Class 2A State
Tournament championship rings they won last May. The players were awarded
their state rings in a ceremony Wednesday morning at the Wister High School

Breaking news: Hodgen escapee

August 25, 2011

Officials with DOC and the LeFlore County Sheriff's Department are currently searching for an escapee. William K. Parker, 45, was discovered missing from the Jim E. Hamilton Correctional Facility in Hodge around 6 p.m. Parker is described as a whtie male with gray hair and hazel eyes. He weighs approximately 200 pounds.

August 24th

CASC's Blair; Helping people is what she does

August 24, 2011

Kerrie Blair is Title III
Counselor and ADA
(Amer icans wi t h
Di sabi l i t ies Act )
Coordinator at Carl Albert
State College, but that
may not explain what she
offers the students at
CASC. What does provide
a true sense of
Kerrie’s gift to students is
that when asked what is
most fulfilling to her she
stated, “helping people.”
In preparing for a career
of helping others, Kerrie
earned a Master’s Degree
in Marriage and Family
Therapy with an Emphasis
in Community Counseling
from John Brown
University and has served
CASC in the counseling
role for a year and a half.

August 23rd

Unemployment rates on the rise

August 23, 2011

According to a report
from the Oklahoma
Employment Security
Commission, state unemployment
rates have continued
to rise throughout
the month of July.
The OESC states in
their report that in July,
Oklahoma’s seasonally
adjusted unemployment
rate worsened, rising to
5.5 percent over the course
of the month. National
unemployment over the
same period decreased by
0.1 percent to reach 9.1
percent unemployment.
Over the year, the state's
seasonally adjusted unemployment
rate has declined
by a total of 1.5 percent.
From July 2010 to July
2011, statewide unemployment

Hanging out, having fun

August 23, 2011

More than 300 students filled the halls of the Poteau Primary Schools as participation
in the LeFlore County Boys and Girls Club and the 91st Century Program
continues to rise. Fourth grade students play sparkle (a spelling game) and put the
engineering imagination to use with Playdough.

Website has warning regarding local sex offender

August 23, 2011

Allegations have been
made that a registered sex
offender has been going
door to door within the
county introducing himself
as a member of the
Jehovah's Witnesses and
offering home Bible study
to unsuspecting families.
PDN received an email
from the Silentlambs
Organization in which
they forwarded us a chilling
story about what a
local family felt was a
close call.
According to the email
a parent of a 13 year old
daughter and 15 year old
son had been doing home
study with a another couple
who were of the
Jehovah's Witnesses faith.
The couple had to leave

August 19th

Road rage goes too far

August 19, 2011

A road rage incident led
to charges against a
Panama woman this week
after she allegedly threw
objects at another vehicle
striking a young child in
the face.
Jamie Jean Lovell, 39,
of Panama, was formally
charged in the LeFlore
County District Court with
the felony charge of throwing
a substance or object
at a moving vehicle or
The charges stem from
an incident that reportedly
began in Fort Smith, Ark.,
and continued into Pocola
on July 11.

Freeze for a cause

August 19, 2011

Joely Branscum and Cheryl McCleary collect donated school supplies at the recent
Annual OKDHS Child Support Ice Cream Freeze-off located in the lobby of the
LeFlore County courthouse. The celebrity judges were District Judge Jon Sullivan,
Poteau Police officer Jason Bandy and Oklahoma Child Support Specialist Tony
Bradshaw. The Treasurer's office took home the first place title with their homemade
“Apple Pie” ice cream. The annual ice cream freeze-off was held in honor of
Child Support Awareness Month. Thank you to all who participated in the event.

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