With the completion of the Cavanal Scenic Expressway, traffic on Burkle Street in Poteau has become an issue for area law enforcement.
Burkle Street at one time was a dead end residential street with little or no traffic. It has since been extended to connect with the CSE causing an increase in traffic and the need to force residential speed limits.
A electric speed monitoring device has been placed on Burkle to remind commuters to keep their speed below 25.
A man accused of second-degree rape involving a victim under the age of 16 has entered a plea of guilty and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Willie Amos, 62, of Heavener, entered a plea of guilty on Wednesday in front of District Judge Jon Sullivan. Sullivan sentenced Amos to 10 years in prison.
Amos has also been issued fines in the case and will be required to register as a sex offender when released from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.
Howe Public Schools hosted the State Board of Educations regular monthly meeting Thursday afternoon.
State Superintendent of Education Janet Barresi toured the school prior to the meeting.
Topics discussed during the meeting including the advancement of technology in the school systems, academic, financial and personnel matters throughout the state.