Archive - 2012 - News Article
The Poteau Special Election for the Proposition 4 hotel/motel tax has resulted in a pass vote with an in-official total of 433 votes for the tax and 389 votes against.
The name change of a local annual event has caused a stir among the residents of Poteau and the surrounding area but even though the name has changed it will not be forgotten.
The announcement that the 2012 rodeo held at the LeFlore County Fairgrounds would now be hailed the Poteau Frontier Rodeo rather than the Phil Gardenhire PRCA Rodeo. But the management behind the decision would like to assure those who attend the rodeo, while the name has returned to it's original state of decades ago, Gardenhire will continue to be memorialized nightly during the event.
A new Oklahoma state record largemouth bass was caught Friday, March 23, at Cedar Lake in southeast Oklahoma. The fish weighed 14 lbs. 12.3 oz. and was caught by Poteau angler Benny Williams, Jr. while on a camping trip at the 78-acre LeFlore Co. lake.
Williams caught the bass at 11 a.m. on a ÂĽ oz. Striker King jig. This fish measured 26 inches in length and 22 3/8 inches in girth.
Williams' fish breaks a state record held since 1999 when William Cross caught a 14-lb. 11.52-oz. bass from Broken Bow Lake.
A Talihina woman has been formally charged with first degree manslaughter charges following the results of an analysis of her blood after a fatal collision in September.
Jacqueline Renee Harjo, 44, of Talihina, is facing two charges stemming from the accident, Manslaughter first degree and driving under the influence causing great bodily injury.
According to the affidavit in the case, Harjo was driving a 1994 Ford pickup south bound on U.S. Highway 271 near Cox Lane when she crossed the center lane and struck a north bound Lincoln Town Car driven by Galen Benton.
According to a report by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, LeFlore County has been ranked 70 out of Oklahoma's 77 counties in terms of employment for January 2012. Only six other counties reported a worse unemployment rate that LeFlore County with Latimer County holding the highest rate across the state.
Out of an estimated labor force of 19,017 workers, 17,184 were employed, leaving 1,833 LeFlore County citizens without jobs, raising the unemployement rate from 8.7 percent in December to the current 9.6 percent..
A man accused of murdering his mother and father in July 2011, appeared in court Thursday morning for preliminary hearing proceedings.
Kevin Paul Statham, 50, was arrested after family discovered Paul Statham, 70, and Helen Statham, 69, murdered at their home located on Old Bokoshe Rd. from apparent gun shot wounds.
The criminal proceedings involving a man charged with aggravated possession of child porn have resumed after he appeared in court Wednesday afternoon and was declared competent to stand trial.
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 S. Witte in Poteau . During the investigation officers discovered multiple pieces of child pornography.
An author whose latest book was named to USA Today's best seller list for her novel A Seal in Wolf's Clothing not only has ties to Poteau but began her writing career during her time as a local resident.
Terry Spear, formerly of Poteau, began writing 20 years ago as a children's novelist when teaching her children to read led her on journalistic journey to her current fame.
Four-year old Tegan Stimac is just like any other preschooler in a lot of ways; she enjoys playing outside, pretending to be The Little Mermaid, and hunting with Daddy. What truly sets her apart from the crowd is her enormous passion to help people.
The Big Apple will soon be getting a healthy dose of Little Dixie.
Poteau's own community choir, the Cavanal Chorale, has been invited to perform in concert in New York City as part of the Distinguished Concerts International New York concert series.