Archive - 2013 - News Article
Residents along Saw Mill Road near Wister soon may have an alternative route for traveling to and from their homes.
During Monday's county commissioner meeting, Farrell Cooper Mining representative Tom Gilbert spoke to the commissioners about plans to create a temporary detour during an upcoming mining operation.
Thereâ€™s no substitute for blood needed by patients in the hometown hospitals served by Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI).Â Itâ€™s only available due to those who selflessly take the time to give. EOMCâ€™s blood drive, Thursday, Aug. 22, provides that opportunity for anyone who is healthy and at least 16 years old. It will occur at the library, 7-11:30 a.m.
Two tickets to the Tulsa Zoo and a summer T-shirt will be presented to each donor.Â Health screenings and Donor Rewards points, redeemable in OBIâ€™s online store, are also provided to donors.
Leflore School celebrated its third annual Back-to-School Bash. Students, as well as adults, enjoyed free hot dogs, snow cones and cold drinks. The kids cooled off with two giant water slides and several took a surprise dip in the dunk tank. Many remained in doors under the air conditioner playing the Wheel of Fortune, winning cakes in the Cake Walk and receiving free haircuts by Brooke Dorsey and Tiffany Castillo.Â Amanda Lloyd with The Back to School Ministeries made it possible for all students to receive free school supplies with many receiving back packs.
The Choctaw Nation, as a part of its normal business practices, conducts routine audits. One of these audits, relating to the construction of the Durant Hotel and Casino, revealed discrepancies relating to the purchase of steel from Builders Steel located in Tulsa Oklahoma.
There will be a two-month delay between testimony in the preliminary hearing of accused murderer Elvis Aaron Thacker.
Thacker, 25, and his brother, Johnathen Don James Edward Thacker, 24, are charged with first degree murder in the death of Briana Jane Ault, 22, whose body was found in a pond near Pocola on Sept. 13, 2010.
Jordan Westbook was named chief of police in Wister at a special meeting of the town trustees Wednesday.
Westbrook was assistant chief under. Randy Liles, who resigned to return to work for the LeFlore County Sheriff's Department. Liles had held the chief's position for about three years.
"We'll continue to do the job we've been doing for the last three years and serve the community as best we can," Westbrook said Thursday.
A full tactical response of the on-duty Poteau police force for a possible bank robbery Wednesday afternoon was a false alarm, according to Poteau chief of police Stephen Fruen.
An alarm at the First National Bank at the Ben Klutts Drive and North Broadway intersection was activated about 3:30 p.m. Police surrounded the building, only to learn the bank had been testing the alarm system after a recent storm, said Fruen.
The Talihina Chamber of Commerce hosted the sixth annual Back-to-School Bash Family Fun Time on Friday.
"The fun started a little late because just about time for it to start the rain came down," said Chamber Manager Vera Nelson.
Even though it started off a little damp the kids had a great timeÂ bouncing on the inflatables, swimming in the swimming pool, receiving school supply goody bags and food and cold Drinks.
Donations from businesses helped keep the cost down making this event possible for the children to enjoy, Nelson said.
After more than two years, the LeFlore County Museum located at the Hotel Lowrey on Dewey Avenue in Poteau has opened its doors to the public.
After many months or preparing the exhibits in room on the second and third floors, as well as the revolving exhibit located downstairs in the recently dedicated Arlene LeMaster Gallery Room, museum officials announced their official business hours.
History lovers will be able to visit the museum Tuesday-Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Beginning Oct. 1, Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center will be one of 2,225 hospitals nationwide to be penalized by the Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services as part of the Affordable Care Act program targeting hospital readmission rates, according to CMS.
â€śThirty-day readmissions have been a problem identified by CMS for a hospital performance improvement,â€ť said EOMC CEO Mike Carter. â€śIt was estimated that one in five Medicare beneficiaries were readmitted within 30 days of the initial admission and discharge.â€ť