Archive - Aug 2013 - News Article
The Poteau Fire Department responded to a fire Tuesday afternoon at the previously fire-destroyed Arena Steakhouse. For the second time, the restaurant caught fire, sending smoke and flames into the sky. The building was being torn down after it was destroyed by fire in April 2011. No one was injured in the blaze.
Organizers of the 2013 Eastern Oklahoma Emergency Expo are challenging children grades 1-12 one of three emergency themed contests.
Children grades 1-4 are encouraged to enter the "How to be Prepared" poster contest. The poster should display preparedness in the event of an emergency.
The top three posters in each grade will be awarded Walmart gift cards.
Students grades 5-8 can participate in an exhibit contest. The topic of the contest must be centered around the "You can be the Hero" 2013 National Preparedness Month.
A Poteau man was seriously injured Tuesday morning after he was attacked by a deer during his daily walk.
According to LeFlore County Sheriff Rob Seale, 75-year-old Larry Lontz was walking on Monks Drive in the ABM addition north of Poteau at about 6:30 a.m. when the attack occurred.
Seale said an 8-point buck with an orange collar charged Lontz, goring him in the neck, abdomen and arm. A passerby stopped to help Lontz who was still being attacked by the deer. Seale said the person was able to scare the deer away and call for help.
According to organizers of the Brave the Mud run held Saturday, about $10,000 was raised to benefit the Women's Crises Services of LeFlore County. Organizers said 422 people entered the race that led them through mud pits, hay bale climbs, rock walls and balance obstacles. Saturday's winners: Male category - first place Chris Pollard, Haworth, Okla; second place Marcus Tubbs, Wilburton; third place B.J. Johnson, Hartshorne. Female category - first place Bailey Bray, Broken Arrow; second place Barbara Johnson, Heavener; third place Vania Williams, Talihina.
The proposed ending of the LeFlore County 911 board has been postponed for another week after commissioners followed the advice of the LeFlore County District Attorney's Office.
During the commissioner's Monday meeting, they discussed passing a resolution disbanding the current 911 board for the commission of a new public trust.
As the Labor Day holiday approaches, many Oklahomans may be planning a trip to one of the stateâ€™s lakes, rivers, or streams to enjoy swimming, boating, canoeing and other water activities. While the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) encourages Oklahomans to visit the stateâ€™s many natural water bodies, the agency reminds residents to be cautious.
The body of a 46-year-old woman reported missing Monday was found Thursday near Monroe.
According to LeFlore County Undersheriff Kendall Morgan, the woman, whose name is being withheld at this time, was reported missing on Monday. Morgan said LeFlore County Sgt. Donnie Edwards and Deputy Randy Liles began investigating the missing person case and following leads into her disappearance, which led them to tracking her location by use of the global positioning system in her cell phone, Morgan said.
A LOOK AHEAD â€” Poteau Public Schools Superintendent Don Sjoberg, standing, talks to Poteau Kiwanis Club members at their weekly meeting Thursday at Western Sizzlin. Sjoberg discussed the need for a new high school building, and what it will take to make such an aspiration become reality. He did say that because of current facilities that the district is turning down transfer requests for students in pre-K and kindergarten, and is fearful that the same thing may happen at the high school level. School board members are considering a proposed $21.575 million bond issue for a new high school.
A Wister man was injured Wednesday morning after being thrown from his vehicle during an accident.
Christopher M. Copeland, 22, was driving a 2011 Chevy Silverado on U.S. Highway 283 about one mile north of Cheyenne in Roger Mills County in western Oklahoma when he fell asleep, according to the accident report.
All cancer survivors are invited to take part as special guests in the opening ceremonies of the LeFlore County Relay for Life on Sept. 7 at Costner Stadium.
Survivors and their caregivers are ask to arrive around 5:30 p.m. and register in the survivors are for refreshments and fellowship, organizers said.
They also are invited to take part in the commemorative survivor lap that begins every Relay for Life.
Teams of fundraisers remain through the night, with at least one member walking the track. The top fundraisers are recognized.