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March 19th

CASC represented at Leadership Academy

March 19, 2012

Carl Albert State College student Austin Christopher recently completed the George and Donna Nigh Public Service Leadership Academy. The leadership academy is in Oklahoma City and is an opportunity for outstanding students to build leadership skills and look into major issues in the state, nation, and world.

March 16th

Unemployment rates fall

March 16, 2012

According to a report from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, Oklahoma's unemployment fell in January, shedding 0.2 percentage points over the month. Over the year, the state's unemployment rate dropped by 0.1 percent.
Out of an approximate labor force of 1,784,580 Oklahoma workers, 1,675,780 are reported as employed and only 109,060 are reported as unemployed, giving the state an unemployment rate of 6.1 percent.

March 15th

Harris formally charged with murder

March 15, 2012

The LeFlore County District Attorney's office filed formal first degree murder charges on Tuesday against a Talihina man accused of setting his girlfriend on fire.
Donnie Lee Harris Jr., 29, of Talihina, has been incarcerated in the LeFlore County Detention Center since February 19 on the charge of first degree arson following an incident that left his girlfriend, Kristi Ferguson, 25, fighting for her life in an Oklahoma City burn unit.

March 14th

Group plans 5k walk and run

March 14, 2012

With the winter chill finally behind us, the time is now to strap on your running shoes and get running.
Area runners and walkers will have a chance to support youth softball.
Sponsored by parents of the ball players, the Run with the Wildcats 5K walk and run will raise money to support the Wister Wildcats this season.
The event will take place on March 17 at 9 a.m. The route starts at the LeFlore County Highway Department Building southwest of Poteau in the Poteau Industrial Complex next to Southern Star Inc.

Spiro drug raid

March 14, 2012

The LeFlore County Sheriff's Department along with Bokoshe and Spiro Police Department s served a narcotics search warrant Tuesday morning at a residence on Sebo Lane east of Spiro. Two people were arrested in the drug raid after officers recovered 97 grams of methamphetamines, 217 grams of marijuana, 16 packages of K2 and two packages of 7H (version of K2). Also taken from the residence were three sets of digital scales and other illegal drug paraphernalia. Brian Steele, 32, and Kelli Thompson, 31, are both facing drug charges stemming from the drug raid.

March 13th

Fire stats in Heavener show increase

March 13, 2012

“The Heavener Volunteer Fire Department is top notch and continues excellent service to the public,” stated City Manager Mike Kennerson, “Back in 2009 we knew that the department was performing well, we just did not know how well, so we started keeping monthly statistics on response call outs. The department recently finished compiling the third year of data and the results demonstrate increasing levels of service from 2009 through 2011.”

WorkKeys works for local Employer Partner

March 13, 2012

Bremner Food Group - Poteau joins a growing number of businesses statewide that are recognized as Oklahoma Career Readiness Employer Partners. These companies know that matching the right employee to the right job at the right time creates a healthy workplace and positive economic impact on the community and the state.
Employer Partners "recognize," "request" or "require" the WorkKeys® assessments and Career Readiness Certificate as a valued employee credential. Certification of workplace skills is of critical importance to employers as they seek to improve talent supply-chains.

March 12th

State official spends time in LeFlore County

March 12, 2012

State Superintendent Janet Barresi was in LeFlore County on Friday to tour a local school that has taken on a big project, she also spent time with Superintendent's from all over the county.
Barresi was invited to tour the Howe school district by Howe Superintendent Scott Parks. Parks wanted to show case a special 10 week project taken on by the Howe High School. This semester, the 147 students from freshmen up through seniors are undertaking “Project Lion Pride” — which is a way for students to show their feelings for their school.

Talihina man may face murder charges

March 12, 2012

A Talihina man may face murder charges after a woman he reportedly mortally wounded passed away Friday.
Kristi D. Ferguson, 24, of Pocola, suffered second and third degree burns to more than 80 percent of her body on Febraury 18, when Donnie L. Harris Jr., 29, used an ignitable substance to set her on fire. Ferguson was being treated for burns at an Oklahoma City Hospital when she succumbed to her injuries.

March 8th

First annual Oklahoma Slam

March 8, 2012

The weekend of March 16 has been announced as the date for the first annual Oklahoma Slam.
The Oklahoma Slam will be a combination skateboard camp and contest at the Skatepark Off Broadway located at 105 Reynolds and South Broadway in Poteau.
At 4 p.m. on March 16, the event begins with skate camp, providing tips and help with contest runs to everyone from beginners to advanced skaters. On hand at the skate camp will be skateboarding legend Bill Danforth and the Short Bus Crew.

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