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September 21st

Commissioners sell JDC facility

September 21, 2011

Sealed bids for the
Juvenile Detention Center
in Talihina were opened
Monday morning during
the LeFlore County
Commissioners' regular
meeting and after a brief
discussion, a new owner
was named.
Sequoyah Enterprises,
Inc., offered the lone bid
for the facility but at first
glance, Commissioner
Lance Smith suggested the
item be tabled due to the
requirement that the bid
be at least 80 percent of
the appraised value.
Once it was confirmed
that the bid by SEI met all
guidelines, Smith made a
motion to accept the offer
and the company was
unanimously awarded the

Banner bandits

September 21, 2011

Banner bandits struck a
local business in Poteau
Friday night while the
Pirates were on the field
battling it out with the
Gravette Lions.
The main branch of
Central National Bank of
Poteau, located downtown,
displayed a Poteau Pirate
banner at the entrance to
the bank in support of the
local football team. But the
banner is no longer waving
in the wind after a thief in
the dark took it.

September 20th

Talihina woman injured in accident

September 21, 2011

A Talihina woman is in
serious condition in a
Tulsa hospital following a
four wheeler accident
Sunday morning.
According to the accident
report released by the
Oklahoma Highway
Patrol, Daniella Lea
Williams, 28, of Talihina,
was a passenger on a 2011
Polaris Ranger 800 driven
by Michael S. Langley,
39, of Antlers when the
accident occurred.
According to the report,
at approximately 2 a.m. on
Sunday morning, the two
were travelling at an
unsafe speed down a dirt
driveway, seven miles east
of Antlers near Dozier
Road and State Highway
3. As Langley was driving

Jury finds Oakes not guilty on Federal charges

September 21, 2011

A Poteau man who was indicted in Federal Court on
firearms charges was released from custody last
Wednesday after a jury found him not guilty.
Randall Wayne Oakes, 41, of Poteau was arrested in
May after an altercation that occurred at his home early
in the morning.
According to the affidavit, around 8 a.m. Tuesday
morning, Kasi Morgan Albert, 25, and John David
Albert II, 27, both of Poteau, arrived at a family member's
home on the corner of North Saddler and Gassaway
Drive to retrieve some of Kasi Albert’s belongings.
According to the arrest report, officers received a call

September 19th

Morning accident

September 19, 2011

A two vehicle accident in Panama Friday morning left traffic backed up temporarily
as many were trying to get to school and work. According to the accident report,
Sarah Painter, 23, of Panama was stopped at the US Highway 59 and Tecumseh
intersection waiting to turn left onto the highway. Two vehicles were traveling
northbound when the one on the inside lane signaled to turn right onto Tecumseh.
Painter, not seeing the second vehicle driven by Brian Fassette, 65, of Heavener in
the inside lane, began to cross the highway resulting in Fassette colliding with her

Local author to hold book signing

September 19, 2011

A local woman who took telling bedtime
stories to her children one step further
will be signing her recently published
book at a Poteau business on
Saturday, September 24.
Sandy Ellis, who works as a graphic
designer at GCT Printing Solutions and
has more than twenty years experience in
writing and composing with the Poteau
Daily News, will be signing her book
“The Change in Priscilla” at Price Cutter
in Poteau.
Ellis, who spent many years telling her
children stories, realized that she had a
passion to put them on paper for the
enjoyment of other families. Having

La Fiesta pronounced fun and fabulous success

September 19, 2011

Glen Holt, former St.
Louis Public Library Director
says “For every $1 spent on
the library, a community sees
an average of $4 in return.”
How often do you get a 300
percent increase on your
At the recent Library
Fiesta Fundraiser hosted by
the Friends of Buckley
Library, raising funds for the
new library’s furnishings is
as much an investment in the
future of the community, as it
is in bookshelves, computer
tables and chairs.
Thursday night’s funfilled
fiesta brought in
approximately $6,500
towards the Buckley Friends’
several thousand-dollar furnishings

September 16th

Arkoma student accused of rape at school

September 16, 2011

An Arkoma football player is behind bars Thursday
morning for second degree rape charges after a victim
came forward and filed a complaint against him.
Tyler Sweeten, 18, of Arkoma, was arrested on
Wednesday after the minor victim in the alleged crime
reported the incident to LeFlore County District
Attorney’s investigators.
According to court documents, the alleged crime
against the minor victim happened while on school
Thursday afternoon, Sweeten appeared in front of
Special Jeff Judge Singer at 1:30 p.m. for a bond hearing.

Martinez/Ducan scholarship softball tournament planned

September 16, 2011

The First Annual Officer
Danny Martinez Jr. and
Deputy Dustin Duncan
Memorial Scholarship
Fund Co-Ed Softball
Tournament will be
October 8 at the Panama
softball fields. entry fee is
$100 per team. The tournament
will consist of
teams of seven men and
three women using 44 core
balls. Senior league and
Ultra 2 bats are prohibited.
There is a three home run
limit, home runs scored
after the limit will be
counted as singles. There
will be a home run derby
at noon.
Proceeds from the tournament
will be used to
fund a memorial scholarship
in the names of

Allen speaks to Rotary

September 16, 2011

The Rotary Club of Poteau was honored to have Senator Mark Allen as the guest
speaker for their September 14th meeting. The Senator shared his passion for serving our part of the state. He stated the people of southeast Oklahoma put him in office and it is their interest he will always look out for. The Poteau Rotary Club meets Wednesdays, at noon, in the second story dining room of EOMC.

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