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August 19th

Words ARe important

August 19, 2011

School has started and students at the
Poteau Primary School are diving into
reading. Starting in kindergarten through
second grade, students engage in the
Accelerated Reader Program.
In the program, students read or are
read books and then take a computerized
test over the book at school. Based
on the scores from those tests, students
are awarded AR points. These points are
totaled throughout the year and factor
into contests held by the school.
Poteau Schools and the Parent-
Teacher Association also sponsor two
book fairs a year, one in Fall and one in

August 18th

Story of local WWII veteran shared

August 18, 2011

“It’s your turn to stay in
Hawaii for a few days with
the captain’s gig while
your less lucky fellow
sailors have to go to sea.
You, like everyone else
there, believe you are safe.
You no more fear attack
than we do here. You get
up and put on your Sunday
morning white uniform.
Your ship is due in that
day, so about 7:50 you get
in the captain’s gig to go
to the fueling doc for gasoline.
Another boat on the
same mission is less than
half a mile ahead of you.
About five minutes from
shore, you see a low-flying
plane, but you have no
cause for alarm. You are

Talihina Farmers' Market continues to grow

August 18, 2011

The Talihina Farmers' Market has
moved to a new home at 400 Second St.
on the corner of Foster and Second Streets
in Talihina.
The property has a house on it at the
present time but the market members are
working to tear it down.
There is an ongoing garage sale at the
location on Fridays and Saturdays.
Members of the market are busy pulling
treasures out of the buildings.
The large home structure and the small
craft building in the back yard, which is
Foster Street, are full of interesting
The sales will continue until the buildings
are gone with a big sale on Labor

KTC fires long time employee

August 18, 2011

The Ki ami chi
Technology Center Board
of Education met Tuesday
evening in Wilburton to
decide the fate of their
District Coordinator of
Marketing and Public
Relations after he was
charged with three crimes
in LeFlore County.
Chad Allen Hull, 46, of
Poteau, was charged with
assault and battery with a
dangerous weapon, domestic
abuse – assault and
battery and stalking stemming
from incidents that
occurred in May involving
him, his ex-wife Barbette
Hull, and a friend of hers.
On the heels of the
charges, along with two
outstanding misdemeanor
warrants in Fort Smith for

August 17th

CASC welcomes students back to dorms

August 17, 2011

Today is the first day of classes at Carl
Albert State College and yesterday students
received their dorm assignments.
The housing facilities at CASC are able
to provide approximately 300 students
with on-site dormitory housing. This provides
students with a unique academic and
social environment of on-campus living
through the Scholars Center, Residential
Program Housing, and Athletic Housing.
CASC also currently has a waiting list for
students wishing to reside in the dorms.
CASC seeks to provide a comfortable and
friendly environment, to enable students

August 15th

Fire Association gets grant

August 16, 2011

The LeFlore County Fire
Fighters Association
(LCFA) has received a grant
from Homeland Securities
Assistance to Firefighters
Grant program (AFG). In a
Regional grant submitted
by host Post Mountain Fire
Department, the LCFA was
granted $159,000 to purchase
414 handheld and 116
mobile radios. Each department
will receive 15 handhelds
and 4 mobiles with
the host receiving 9 handhelds
. All 28 fire departments
in LeFlore county
agreed to be a part of the
grant which was submitted
in May of 2010. Each fire
department had to submit
run reports, number of firefighters,

D&D counseling wins rodeo decorating contest

August 16, 2011

D & D Counseling of Poteau won the business rodeo decorating contest sponsored by Poteau Daily News and the
Chamber of Commerce. This year it was a very tight race between D & D and First National Bank followed
closely by Arvest Bank. See additional photo's on page 6A.

Local cowboy doesn't let anything get him down

August 16, 2011

A hometown cowboy
who overcame adversity
to follow his dream will
participate tonight in the
Phil Gardenhire Rodeo.
Riding with him will be
his life long friends, determination,
dedication, heart
and soul.
Cody Christian, 30, of
Spiro, has spent his life
achieving things that some
take for granted, but never
once did it slow him down.
Cody was born with a cancerous
tumor called
Neuroblastoma. At the
age of nine months, Cody
was admitted to St. Judes
Research Hospital in
Memphis, TN., and soon
underwent surgery to
remove the tumor.
Following the surgery, he

August 12th

Oklahoma Star Competition

August 12, 2011

As the final night of the OK Star Competition Preliminaries got underway, Jerry
Olsen opened the evening by dazzling the crowd with his lively lasso. He will be
performing during the Phil Gardenhire Rodeo tonight and tomorrow night.
Pictured below: Psalm Yandell, who will have her third birthday next Tuesday
danced to the music as the singers gave it their best, hoping to make it to the final

Police search for property owner after good deed

August 12, 2011

A Poteau man recently
proved to local law
enforcement that honesty
still survives in this day
and age after he turned in
valuable property he had
found to the Poteau Police
Ted D. Kilgore, 73, of
Poteau, pulled up to a
Poteau business a few
weeks ago and to his
amazement found a container
lying in the parking
lot. When he went to
investigate, he discovered
it held a large amount of
While some people
would have placed it in
their vehicle and driven
away, Kilgore, realizing
that someone had lost their
treasure, put it in his vehicle
and headed for the

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