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October 26th

Frighteningly Fun

October 26, 2011

AROUND WE GO: Children and adults enjoyed the carnival rides this past weekend at the Poteau Balloonfest. See more photos on pages 6 and 7 of the October 26 edition of the Poteau Daily News.

Celebrating the scary

October 26, 2011

Every year, Carl Albert
State College film students
release the horrors of their
dark imaginations at the
annual Cinemortis Student
Film Festival. This year,
CASC film students are
inviting the public to take
a trip into their own twisted
and sleep-deprived subconscious.
The theme for
this year’s Cinemortis
Film Festival is
Nightmares.
On Thursday, October
27 at 7 p.m. in the Hamilton
Auditorium on CASC’s
Poteau campus, CASC
Film Studies instructor
Marcus Blair and students
invite you to witness a
slate of films that will
scare, disgust, and delight
you.

October 24th

A balloon with a view

October 24, 2011

An aerial shot of Poteau football field as the skies above Poteau were filled with Balloons Friday morning. The
2011 Poteau Balloonfest continues through today at the LeFlore County Fairgrounds.

Medication take back

October 24, 2011

The “Wreck-less” Drug
Free Coalition and the
Poteau Police Department
are hosting a prescription
medication collection day
for the safe and appropriate
disposal of unused or
unwanted prescription
medications.
Organizers say that citizens
may bring their medication
for proper and safe
disposal to the Bob Lee
Kidd Center in Poteau on
October 29 from 10 a.m.
until 2 p.m.

A Poteau tradition from one family to the next

October 24, 2011

A local family whose name is synonymous
to downtown Poteau recently sold
their last business that has forever been
known by the name of the man who
opened its doors 65 years ago.
Holton’s True Value Hardware has a
new owner and it’s one that intends to
continue the long-time practice of appreciating
hometown business and valued
customers.
F.L. Holton, Sr., the founder of Holton’s
Hardware, was, according to his family, a
naturally gifted horse and mule trader. In
1915, at the age of 26, he opened the
doors to his first business – a general merchandise

October 21st

Bokoshe PTA student art show a success

October 21, 2011

The Bokoshe Parent Teacher Association hosted a student art show Wednesday
afternoon. Pieces of art from students in grades kindergarten through 12 were on
display at Bokoshe schools. The Bokoshe PTA is focusing on the arts this school year
and has planned monthly events to showcase the art of the student body. Participating
students were given no direction for the art work, but were encouraged to create as
they saw fit.
During the introduction to the show, PTA officials cited reports that showed a direct
correlation between art classes offered in school and a drop in disciplinary and

DA Investigator escapes close call Thursday

October 21, 2011

An attempted arrest
turned chaotic Thursday
afternoon after the man an
investigator attempted to
arrest in the Burger King
parking lot fled the scene
almost striking him with
his vehicle.
According to a witness
that watched the ordeal
unfold, a District Attorney's
Investigator with the
LeFlore County DA's
Office ordered a man out of
a Lexus at gun point shortly
after 1 p.m. The man
reportedly got out of his car
but then got back inside
and nearly ran over the officer
as he attempted to elude
arrest.
The driver of the white
Lexus, James Phillips, 28,

4-H Leadership Conference held in Poteau

October 21, 2011

Poteau is playing host to
the 4-H South East District
Leadership Conference. For
the duration of the conference,
4-H delegates from
17 counties are experiencing
excellent workshops
and are hearing from speakers
invited by the South
East District Officers to
speak on the importance of
leadership.
This year's theme is
“4-H.... The Game of
Life”.
On Wednesday, delegates
attended the opening assembly
led by Callie Curnutt,
South East District
President. They then attended
a campaign rally where
they heard speeches from
district officer candidates

October 20th

FUMC preschoolers learn fire safety and awareness

October 20, 2011

Members of the Poteau Fire Department visited with the preschool class at the First United Methodist Church
on Wednesday. They spoke with the young group about the proper things to do if they are ever in danger from
fire. The children learned the stop drop and roll rule along with the special reminder to never hide inside a home
that is on fire. Once they were done learning inside the classroom the children got to inspect a ladder truck and
learned the many functions the truck can offer to help put out fires.

City of Pocola responds to EEOC claim by police chief

October 20, 2011

The City of Pocola filed a formal
answer in response to a lawsuit filed by
Chief of Police Dale Fout, 52, with the
Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission that claims he has been the
subject of discrimination by Gaylon
Freeman, a member of the Board of
Trustees.
According to Fout, he was harassed
because of his age and his disability.
Freeman allegedly obtained and distributed
information throughout Pocola concerning
Fout’s ailment to reflect negatively
on his performance of his duties.
The complaint states that Freeman has
told local residents of Pocola that he

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