Archive - 2011 - News Article
The Poteau Balloonfest is here, or at
least it will be as of tomorrow!
Armbands for the event will be on sale
at the chamber until 4 p.m. on Friday.
Armbands are your admission to what
promises to be the biggest Balloonfest
The LeFlore County Fairgrounds will
play host to this yearâ€™s Balloonfest, as
the size of the event has grown exponentially
since its inception. PDN is going to
attempt to give you a rundown of all the
activities taking place this weekend, so
hold on to your seats.
Included in the price of your armband
is admission to the mud pit races at 2
Poteau High School has announced its upcoming production
of the Kaufman and Hart classic "You Canâ€™t Take It With
You" under the direction of new English, Speech, and Drama
instructor Lauren Peck.
Peck, a native of Poteau, says she is pleased to return home
and to work with the youth of the Poteau community.
â€śIâ€™ve always wanted to make my way back here,â€ť said
Peck. For the past seven years, Peck attended college and
taught in western Kansas. â€śIt feels wonderful to be back with
people who know me and sharing what I love with students.â€ť
WHAT TO CHOOSE: Juan Garay prepares to trade his tickets for a prize during
the Second Annual CASC Harvest Carnival hosted by the students in the leadership
class at CASC on Tuesday.
The owner of a Poteau business is
facing several sex-related criminal
charges after investigators discovered
his collection of child pornography
when allegations of attempted
molestation of two young girls surfaced.
Marty Hester, 52, of Hodgen,
owner of Computer Helpers, a computer
repair and internet cafe business
located at 113 South Witte in
Poteau, was formally charged with
aggravated possession of child pornography
and two counts of lewd or
indecent acts to children under 16
stemming from an incident that
occurred in April.
Three separate accidents
over the weekend claimed
the lives of two people and
left several others injured.
On Friday a single vehicle
accident claimed the life of a
Shady Point woman after the
motorcycle she was riding on
hit a bridge support.
According to the accident
report released by the
Oklahoma Highway Patrol,
Timmy Sprabary, 44, of
Wister, was driving a 2008
Yamaha motorcycle with
April Gilgo, 35, of Shady
Point as his passenger.
The two were traveling
westbound on the Reichert-
Summerfield Road near
Hodgen when Sprabary
failed to negotiate a curve.
There are a host of very
serious allegations being
made by several Bokoshe
residents who filed a class
action lawsuit last week in
LeFlore County District
The lawsuit filed against
more than 23 defendants,
including AES Shady Point,
on October 6 in LeFlore
County District Court states
that the Defendantsâ€™ conduct
in the transport, storage
and disposal of waste
materials from a coal burning
power plant and oil and
gas drilling operations has
resulted in millions of tons
of waste material being
transported and deposited
in a huge pile at the disposal
GET THE POINTS â€” Poteauâ€™s Aaron McCoy, 17, poses with his 127-pound,
26-point non-typical buck he harvested Saturday morning near Holson Valley during
youth deer hunt season. He harvested the buck with a .270 rifle. PDN plans to
run a host of deer kill pictures in the weekend edition and throughout the season.
A group of concerned
citizens from Bokoshe
filed a class action lawsuit
in LeFlore County
District Court against
AES Shady Point and
more than 20 other defendants
regarding what they
claim are toxins from fly
ash. The suit is demanding
a jury trial as well as
compensatory and punitive
The suit was filed on
October 6 by Clark O.
Brewster, of Tulsa; Harlan
E. Hentges, of Edmond
and J. Randall Miller of
Tulsa on behalf of six
named plaintiffs. Those
named as plaintiffs in the
suit are William Reese,
Diane Reese, Herman
â€śDubâ€ť Tolbert, Tim
Tanksley, Susan Holmes
A movement toward the preservation and restoration of
historic downtown districts that has been ever increasing
for more than 30 years, reached a landmark moment in
Oklahoma history as Governor Mary Fallin declared
October 16-22 â€śMain Street Weekâ€ť.
Poteau Main Street Matters, which is a part of the
Oklahoma Main Street Program, is one of many communities
throughout the state that are glad to see the proclamation
by Fallin. Poteau Main Street (Dewey Avenue) will
be decorated with flowers throughout the week to help
signify the beauty and life of the downtown district.
Central National Bank was the first business to invest $100,000 in the New Direction Poteau Library Project. Pictured from left to right, are Steve Clay, Chris Fenton (President), Pam Mullins, Shantel Moore, DeAnn Dickerson (Co-Chair New Direction Poteau Library Project), Johnny Baker, Mike Hall, and Mayor Jeff Shockley (Co-Chair New Direction Poteau Library Project.)