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September 16th

Memorial Bug Run

September 16, 2011

The Second Annual
Ricky D. Hill Memorial
Bug Run will be this
Saturday, September 17 at
Corgill’s Yamaha at 2010
North Broadway in Poteau.
Sign in starts at 8 p.m. and
departures begin at 9 p.m.
All motorcycles, cars, and
trucks are welcome, so
long as they can maintain
highway speeds. The entry
fee is $20 per driver plus
$5 for every passenger.
The route for this year’s
Bug Run will start at
Corgill’s Yamaha in Poteau
and continue on to
Heavener before going
through Wister and returning
to Corgill’s Yamaha.
Alcohol, drugs, and bad
attitudes are not permitted

September 12th

Two bond elections Tuesday

September 12, 2011

Tuesday, September 13
from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
there will be a Special
School Bond Election for
Monroe, Shady Point, and
Red Oak Schools.
Secretary of the LeFlore
County Election Board,
Phillip Zearley, offered
tips to voters on how to
make their voice heard.
Zearley stated that following
the marking
instructions posted at the
polling place and inside
the voting booths is essential.
If a mistake is made
in marking a ballot, voters
should not try and correct
the error, but should
instead return the ballot to
poll workers for destruction.
A new ballot will be

September 9th

Police find drugs during traffic stop in Howe

September 9, 2011

Formal charges were
filed against a Heavener
man Wednesday afternoon
stemming from his arrest
in July for allegedly possessing
Jason Lee Ellis, 28, of
Heavener, was charged
with possession of a controlled
dangerous substance
– methamphetamines
and marijuana
after Howe police officers
discovered narcotics hidden
under a seat during a
traffic stop.
According to the affidavit
filed by Howe Police
Officer Michael Oliver, on
July 26, he witnessed Ellis
driving a red Chevy
Cavalier that turned onto
Old State Highway 59
northbound. Oliver followed

Pocola woman files suit after fall

September 9, 2011

A Pocola woman who
claimed to have been
injured while on school
property levied a lawsuit
against the Pocola School
District asking for
$125,000 in damages.
According to the petition
filed in the civil case,
Gena Hayes alleged that
on April 14, 2010 she was
at the Pocola Elementary
School to enroll her granddaughter
in Pre-
Kindergarten. While at
the school she was walking
on black mats that
Pocola School personnel
had used to form a sidewalk
between buildings
when she stepped in ice
cream and fell. The petition
alleges that in the fall
Hayes suffered serious

Donating their art

September 9, 2011

Poteau High School Art Teacher Ms. Hopper and PHS Art Club members paint
storefront windows to decorate for this weekend's Sportsman Festival on Dewey
Avenue in downtown Poteau.

September 7th

Quinton man dies in accident

September 7, 2011

A single vehicle accident
that sent one man to
the hospital last week for
critical injuries turned
tragic after the injured
man succumbed to his
injuries on Wednesday.
According to the accident
report released by the
Oklahoma Highway
Patrol, Leon Wright, 58,
of Quinton was driving a
2004 Yamaha V-Star on
State Highway 31 approximately
two miles east of
Quinton when he attempted
to turn onto State
Highway 2.
According to the report,
Trooper Easton concluded
that Wright was traveling
too fast on a curve and as
he attempted to turn onto
SH2 he lost control and

Inmate attempts suicide

September 7, 2011

A Sebastian County
inmate set to stand trial in
Oklahoma for murder was
transported to a Fort Smith
hospital after Sebastian
County Detention Officers
discovered he was wounded.
Elvis Thacker, 23, of
Cedarville, Ark., was treated
and released at Sparks
Regional Medical Center
this weekend for a superficial
wound to his neck that
is believed to have been a
suicide attempt.
Sunday afternoon, detention
officers issued razors
to inmates who are given an
allotted amount of time to
shave, then the razors are
retrieved and disposed of.
When the detention officers

Wister woman is assaulted outside of store

September 7, 2011

A Wister woman was
taken to Eastern Oklahoma
Medical Center Sunday
night after she was robbed
outside a Wister convenience
According to Wister
Chief of Police Randy Liles,
between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Sunday night, Ethel Buckner
was at the Short Stop convenience
store in Wister
when she was assaulted in
the parking lot and her purse
Buckner, who was the
only customer, walked out
of the store and toward her
vehicle that was parked on
the side of the building in a
dark area. When she got to
her vehicle her attacker
came from some nearby

September 6th

Two schools go smoke free

September 6, 2011

Two local schools have
chosen to begin 2011-2012
school year 24/7 tobaccofree
Tobacco kills more
Oklahomans than alcohol,
auto accidents, AIDS, suicides,
murders and illegal
drugs COMBINED. To
combat the dangers of
tobacco use and protect
their students many schools
have chosen to adopt a 24/7
Tobacco Free School
In order to recognize the
importance of adult role
modeling for students during
formative years and to
provide a healthy environment
for students, staff,
patrons and visitors, the
Spiro and Howe School
Boards recently voted to

Tailgate party!

September 6, 2011

Jeremy Crites, left, of Reed Williams Insurance Agency and Jason Graves with The
Community State Bank prepare to serve up some burgers at the annual Tailgate
Party sponsered by Poteau Quarter Back Club before the first Poteau home football

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