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October 10th

Mud races carry big payoff at Balloonfest

October 10, 2011

Ever since there have been trucks
and mud, people have been combining
the two for sport and recreation.
This year’s Balloonfest is no exception.
On Saturday, October 22, the
Poteau Balloonfest will play host to
AMMP Motorsports’ Third Annual
Rumble on the River mud race. The
event features the top ten mud racers
in the United States tearing through
four different 300-foot-long mud pits
including “The Swamp Pit”, a six
foot deep mud pit that has never
before been bested. The Swamp Pit
at the Poteau Balloonfest is only the
third such pit constructed for professional

Pirate Royalty

October 10, 2011

The 2011 Poteau High School Homecoming football royalty, McKensey Matlock
and escort Marshall Jones, share a the traditional homecoming kiss before Poteau's
homecoming football game Friday against The Stilwell Indians.

October 7th

Two accused murderers return for trial

October 7, 2011

Two men accused of
murder have been returned
to LeFlore County to stand
Kevin Paul Statham,
50, and Suhail Mohammad
Shanti, 48, have both been
accused of separate murders
in LeFlore County.
They were both apprehended
in the northern
United States and recently
transported to the LeFlore
County Detention Center.
Statham is accused of
the murder of his mother
and father in June. As
previously reported by
PDN, Paul Statham, 70,
and Helen Statham, 69,
were found dead from
apparent gunshot wounds
at their home on Old
Bokoshe Rd. after their
other son became concerned

Pirate Pride

October 7, 2011

The staff at First National Bank posed for a picture after
they were chosen as the winners of the annual Poteau
Spirit decorating contest.

October 6th

Community Thanksgiving dinner grows every year

October 6, 2011

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching
and with it comes a time for families to
gather together and find time to enjoy
each other’s company and reflect on all
the things in life there are to be thankful
for. However, there are those in our community
who all too often find themselves
alone during the holidays. One local
man, however, has made it his mission to
provide a Thanksgiving dinner for those
who would otherwise be alone.
For the past seven years, Jim Berngen
has been serving up hot meals to his
community with The Annual Thanksgiving
Community Dinner.

Man claims to have no idea how he got in driver's seat

October 6, 2011

An Oklahoma City man who was
allegedly found passed out behind the
wheel of his vehicle while parked on a
county road near Spiro has been formally
charged by the LeFlore County District
Attorney’s Office with being in actual
physical control of a motor vehicle while
under the influence. Since this is his
second or subsequent offense, the charge
is a felony that could result in prison
time if convicted.
Timothy Scott Carter, 32, of Oklahoma
City, was arrested on September 21 after
a passerby reported a vehicle parked in
the road.
According to the affidavit filed by

The Silent Witnesses

October 6, 2011

LeFlore County Women's Crisis Services
Director Sissy Carden speaks to the crowd
gathered Wednesday at the Leflore County
Courthouse to see the Silent Witnesses
exhibit in honor of Domestic Violence
Awareness Month. Each red silhouette in
the back ground represents a person in
Oklahoma killed by domestic violence.
Several area elected officials spoke during
the event. To the left is one of the children
that was represented in the exhibit.

October 5th

Poteau to host library fundraising kick-off

October 5, 2011

The public is invited to the “New Direction –
Poteau Library Kick Off” that will be held at the
Donald W. Reynolds Community Center.
The event will provide information to the public
about the progress, the direction and the goal of the
new library. Several members of the city council as
well as staff from the library will be in attendance.
The Kick Off will be held on October 6, from 5:30
p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided
for attendees.
For more information regarding the event contact
Marlene Dial with Regional Development Associates

August unemployment numbers show our area in highest region

October 5, 2011

According to a report from the
Oklahoma Employment Security
Commission local unemployment rates
have remained the same during the month
of August but that doesn’t help Southeast
Oklahoma who’s weighed in as the highest
region of unemployment.
The statistics released last week for
the month of August show that LeFlore
County is ranked with the second highest
unemployment rates in the state with
Sequoyah County topping the list as the
The OESC states in their report that in
August, Oklahoma’s seasonally adjusted
unemployment rate held steady at 5.6

Staying safe

October 5, 2011

Women from across campus at Carl Albert State
College attended the Safe Campus, Strong Voices
Workshop on Friday, September 30. Meg Nicholson,
from the District Attorney’s Office, was the keynote
speaker. Other speakers were Leah McLaughlin,
CASC VP of Student Affairs; Bob Hendricks, CASC
Director of Campus Police; Kerri Blair, CASC
Guidance Center Counselor; and Kim Hughes,
CASC Coordinator of Student Support Services/
Licensed Professional Counselor. Policies, procedures,
counseling services, confidentiality, precautions,
and victim’s resources were all highlighted

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