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November 3rd

Man charged with possessing child pornography scheduled for court

November 3, 2011

Marty Ray Hester, 52, of Hodgen, is scheduled to appear in District Court November 8, at 9 a.m. for sounding docket.
Hester was formally charged on October 18, with aggravated possession of child pornography and two counts of lewd and indecent acts to a child under the age of 16 stemming from an incident that allegedly occurred at his business, Computer Helper, in Poteau.
The discovery of the child pornography occurred after computers, software and surveillance equipment were seized from his business after two juvenile females made accusations of sexual assault.

Let the convention begin!

November 3, 2011

More than 700 students from around the state converge in Poteau this morning for the State Junior High School Student Council convention. This is the second time that Poteau was chosen to be the host site for the convention. (2008 it was held here as well). The students will spend today attending break out learning sessions and fun events designed to make them better leaders for tomorrow. They will cap off the convention with a dinner and awards banquet tonight at the new Donald W. Reynolds Community Center.

November 2nd

Excise and Budget Board meeting minutes

November 2, 2011

Members of the LeFlore County Budget and Excise Boards meet on Oct. 28 to discuss general business. An item had been placed on the agenda to consider reimbursing the county election board for election expenses. The item was tabled for to time being until an election is actually held. The group will re-address the issue at that time.
See below for the official, but un-approved minutes from those meetings.

COUNTY COURTHOUSE
100 SOUTH BROADWAY
KELLI FORD
LEFLORE COUNTY CLERK
POST OFFICE BOX 218
POTEAU, OKLAHOMA 74953
FACSIMILE 918-647-8930
TELEPHONE 918-647-5738

Update! Former County Commissioner under investigation

November 2, 2011

As PDN first reported several months ago the LeFlore County District Attorney's Office requested an investigation into former LeFlore County Commissioner Carroll Wayne Rogers. PDN has learned today that OSBI does have an active investigation open into Rogers' actions at the end of his term. If criminal actions are found the charges will be filed in LeFlore County District Court.

November 1st

Deanna J. Reed Science and Math Center nearing completion

November 1, 2011

The Deanna J. Reed Science and Math Center nears completion of the external construction phase Tuesday morning as employees with Oak Ridge Builders place the name above the main entry.
The Carl Albert State College expansion project began earlier in the year and through a record snowfall winter and extreme summer heat wave progress continued as scheduled.

Line up's for annual Peter Conser Quilt show to be announced today

November 1, 2011

This Saturday November 5th at the Peter Conser Home. A fun day has been planned for all ages, Quilts displayed in the house, Tractors on display what a site to see. A 1946 Hay Press will be on display and working, the hay press used 8-10 people to run the machine which was a time saver compared to the number of hands required to stack hay in the fields and then bring in wagons to the barn. There will also be entertainment throughout the day at the annual event that brings travelers from all over to LeFlore County. The line-up's for that entertainment will be announced later today.

October 28th

Local post office affected by cuts

October 28, 2011

Rumors that Postal
employees at the Poteau
location could face the loss
of their jobs have been
labeled as false by the U.S.
Postal Service Corporate
Communications Specialist
for Oklahoma, Dionne
Montague.
It had recently been
rumored that the Poteau Post
Office was facing the loss of
up to three employees due
the postal downsize and budget
cuts that have been affecting
post office’s across the
nation. But according to
Montague, that is not so.
“Employees at the Poteau
location will not lose jobs.
They won’t face lay-off’s or
firing,” said Montague. “If

Commissioners continue to take flak for Rogers

October 28, 2011

A local political party appeared before
the LeFlore County Commissioners to ask
for an investigative audit of the county.
Dewey Harrison, a representative of the
LeFlore County Tea Party was given five
minutes to speak to the commissioners
regarding the ongoing issue. The exchange
was heated from the start.
“The Tea Party has now decided we
would like to ask for an investigative
audit.” Harrison said. “We have examined
the audits closely, and if there is any disagreement
here we would like for you to
tell us we’re wrong, but the audits clearly

County Commissioners agenda for Monday

October 28, 2011

Commissioners to discuss a county-wide speed limit.

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NOTICE AND AGENDA OF REGULAR MEETING

OCTOBER 28, 2011
THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, LEFLORE COUNTY, OKLAHOMA, HAS SCHEDULED
A REGULAR BUSINESS MEETING FOR OCTOBER 31, 2011 AT 9:00 A.M. IN THE OFFICE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS.

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October 26th

Balloonfest brings in visitors and dollars

October 26, 2011

Another Balloonfest has
come and gone and the
Poteau Chamber of
Commerce is still reeling
from the more than 20,000
attendees of this year's festival.
According to Poteau
Chamber President, Karen
Wages, the first year the
Chamber has organized the
event was a huge success.
They set goals for sponsorship
that were met and the
arm band sales were above
and beyond all they had
imagined.
On Friday, the Chamber
was hectic with pre-sales
causing them to open a virtual
drive through to meet the
demand of the more than
3,000 armbands they sold
and over $7,000 in concert

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