Archive - Sep 2013 - News Article
It's time for the fifth annual Joe Neff Memorial Poker Run in which proceeds from the benefit will go toward a the annual Neff Scholarship for welding students.
Joe Neff, who was a welder by trade and worked in Fort Smith and Tulsa and owned Neff's Welding in Poteau for years, was murdered in 2009.
This year marks the fifth successful run in memory of Neff and the third year of the memorial donation to a local welding student. This years recipient of a Ranger 225 welder was James Pollard.
The Poteau Chamber of Commerce is expected to move into the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center in the next few months, according to chamber Executive Director Karen Wages.
The move is part of a deal with the city allowing the chamber to manage the facility.
The City Council voted this week to offer the management contract to the chamber. Chamber directors are expected to vote on the contract at noon Tuesday.
The center and chamber will remain separate entities, but wil share staff and space, Wages said.
"There will be some rebranding," she said.
In an ongoing effort to ensure the safety of students Poteau Primary School has devised a new procedure for afternoon student pickup.
Beginning Tuesday, car visor tags will be used to identify parents who are picking up students. The new procedure will be as follows:
For parents who drive through the circle drive to pick up:
It's official, the Emergency 911 board has been dissolved and in its place is born a new public trust.
The LeFlore County Commissioners decided unanimously Monday to sign a proposition which, in effect, ends the current boards authority in 60 days.
District 2 County Commissioner Lance Smith made the motion to create a seven-member board and to name the respective department appointees.
Natasha Talaese, 23, of Poteau was arrested over the weekend for allegedly embezzling more than $3,000 from her former employer, Walmart.
Talaese, who signed a Miranda waiver and verbally stated she knew her rights, agreed to talk to Poteau police Detective Mark Kennady. In her statement to police, Talaese said the amount of money embezzled was correct, and told Kannady how she took the money.
Cameron residents will be able to vote Friday, Monday and Tuesday on a proposed sales tax.
"In-person absentee" ballots can be cast from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Monday at the LeFlore County Election Board, 103 N. Church in Poteau, according to LeFlore County Election Board Secretary Sharon Steele.
Sugarloaf Mountain Productions and the cast for the film "The Clyde Project" converged in downtown Poteau this weekend. The film is an re-enactment of the historic bank robbery of Poteau's Central National Bank.
The production company recently completed filming "Broken Faith" and will begin "Justine" after the completion of the robbery film.
Filming occurred along Witte Street near the Lowrey Hotel as they filmed short segments in front of the green screen.
Two people were arrested Sunday after an argument took to the roadway resulting in a crash that injured one.
According to the Poteau Police accident report, Pedro Martines-CastaĂ±eda, 27, of Poteau was jailed after he lost control of his vehicle and struck a Poteau home.
Heat didn't put much of a dent on the flocks of festival goers who attended the 66th annual Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival.
On Saturday, with heat indices in the 100s, people packed the festival grounds as they played games, rode rides, shopped and learned about Choctaw heritage.
Emergency Medical Services Director Dave Grovdahl said the majority of the 23 people EMS took to the hospital during the festival were suffering from heat related illnesses.