Archive - Jul 2012 - News Article
LeFlore County Youth Services has announced that July 15 will mark its 38th year of service to LeFlore County.
According to an LYCS press release, LCYS was founded in 1974 after a steering committee had been put together with the aim of providing an alternative to jail for teens. That same year, LCYS received its first funding and opened an emergency shelter. Since then, LCYS executive director Richard Couri reports that he has seen 6,087 children spend 39,166 days in the care of LCYS, the average stay being just over six days.
In an announcement thatâ€™s sure to please the parents of Shady Point students, Shady Point School Superintendent Bruce Gillham announced Wednesday that Shady Point Schools will be providing all school supplies for its students in the coming school year.
In a press release on Wednesday Gillham stated that Shady Point Schools would be able to provide school supplies to all its students thanks to donations from the parents of students as well as churches, former students, and the community.
Although the stifling temperatures have somewhat
subsided compared to the previous three weeks, the
potential for heat-related illness is still high.
Since June, when the ever-increasing record breaking
heat wave began, LeFlore County EMS has
treated more than 20 patients suffering from heat
cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. No heatrelated
fatalities have been recorded in the county
according to Dave Grovdahl, Director of LeFlore
County Emergency Medical Services.
A recent study released concluded 33 people died
from heat-related illnesses in 2011 in Oklahoma. The
An accused murderer was informed during a court appearance Wednesday that
he is facing the death penalty if convicted. Donnie Lee Harris Jr., 29, of Talihina, is accused of the first degree murder of his girlfriend, Kristi Ferguson, who was 25 at the time of her death. Harris is accused of setting Ferguson on fire after dousing her with gasoline. The couple were inside a home in Talihina when Harris set the fire, leaving several other people endangered when the home caught fire. Ferguson succumbed to her injuries in an Oklahoma City hospital. Harris, who was originally
A father never expects to bury his son, but that is
exactly what Talihina resident Jesse Williams had to do
last year when his son, Brandon, died. Adding to the tragedy
of Brandonâ€™s death was the way he died. Brandon died
on March 23, 2011, at age 27 of a heroin overdose at his
home in Talihina.
Jesse says that from an early age, he and his son would
go hunting together and that his son loved hunting, fishing,
camping, and the outdoors.
â€śItâ€™s hard to deal with, even now,â€ť says Jesse. Even
now, more than a year since his sonâ€™s death, the pain of
A man charged with aggravated possession of child pornography has left
his fate in the hands of the courts after entering a blind plea of no contest. Marty Hester, 52, of Hodgen, has been incarcerated since his arrest in October after law enforcement received a report he attempted to sexually assault two children at his business, The Computer Helper, located on South Witte in Poteau. During the investigation officers discovered multiple pieces of child pornography. A report from the OSBI
Computer Crime Lab confirmed that several of the devices seized from
Today's Poteau Chamber of Commerce Cash Mob business is Eddie's NAPA Autoparts. Eddie and Mary Whitehorn purchased the store in 1992 from Bobby and Oma Hall. Eddie passed away in 2007, leaving the operations and management of the store to his wife Mary, daughter Rhonda, son in law Bill, and granddaughter Jenny. The family hopes to continue the same sales, service and friendly atmosphere serving Poteau many more years. Special to the cash mob, Eddie's NAPA is offering 20% off all cash purchases from 11 till 2 and free cold drinks.
A woman is recovering after her boyfriend allegedly stabbed her at a Heavener motel. According to the Heavener Pol ice Department, officers were dispatched to the Crane Motel July 1 after they received reports of a stabbing. When they arrived they found the victim, Tammie Jelks and two juvenile males at the motel who claimed Jelks boyfriend, Gregory Alan Andrews, 41, of Fort Smith, had stabbed her during an argument. Statements from the victim and witnesses claim an argument between Jelks and Andrews began over money.
Pocola Board of Education
Monday, July 9, 2012
As required by Section 311, Title 25 of the Oklahoma Statutes, notice is hereby given that Independent School District No. I-007 will hold a regular board meeting on Monday. July 9, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. The place and street address of this meeting will be the Board of Education Room at 603 East Pryor Avenue, Pocola, Oklahoma, 74902.
Moment of silence (call meeting to order and record members present)
I. Regular business
A. Approve minutes for special board meeting - June 28, 2012.
The second book from an Oklahoma author whoâ€™s from the area now has even more ties to LeFlore County.
Author Joe Harwell of Tulsa was in Poteau in February for a book signing at the Lowrey Hotel. While in the area he had dinner with Jack Holt of Jackâ€™s Jewelry. The two are old friends and graduated together. Harwell asked Holt to design a pendant to match the cover of his second book â€śUpside Down Heart.â€ť Holt accepted the opportunity and worked with his jeweler
Sawn Hinson to create the delicate