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July 23rd

Early retirement granted to 911 director

July 23, 2013

LeFlore County 911 is left without a director after an emergency meeting Monday night.
The emergency meeting was called after the current director, Randy Tolbert, was found asleep on the job. On Saturday he was placed on suspension with pay pending the outcome of the meeting.
After an executive session held by the LeFlore County 911 board members with Tolbert present, the session was ended and an announcement was made.
Chairman of the Board, Michael Davidson read a prepared statement from Tolbert.

Get muddy for a good cause

July 23, 2013

Brave enough to tackle the mud for a great cause? Women’s Crisis Services is hosting Brave the Mud Run on Aug. 24 at the Leflore County Fairgrounds. 
Participants will slosh through mud pits and complete 10 obstacles along the adventurous 5k course. The race will start and end at the Leflore County Fairgrounds and go along the beautiful Frisco Trails. A few of the obstacles that mudders will encounter are The Barn Burner, a rope wall and belly crawl through the mud pits. 

July 22nd

911 director suspended; emergency meeting scheduled

July 22, 2013

The director of LeFlore County 911 has been suspended after he was reportedly found sleeping on the job.
According to Michael Davidson, chairman of the LeFlore County 911 Board, early Saturday morning, Randy Tolbert was suspended with pay pending an investigation into his conduct.
According to a person involved in the incident Tolbert was found asleep at the center by police sent to check on him after he failed to answer the phone.

Stabbing suspect still on the loose

July 22, 2013

A Sunday night stabbing left one man in the hospital and another the run from the law.
Johnny Wayne Gill, 45, of Bokoshe, is accused of stabbing his sister's boyfriend, Stephen Vigus, 51, in the chest at a home near Bokoshe.
Vigus said Gill, who lived next door, called him and said he wanted to talk to him outside. Vigus told police he and Gill had argued earlier Sunday and when he met outside Gill stabbed him. After the alleged assault, Gill ran into the woods, according to court records.

Area residents ask commissioners to make road private

July 22, 2013

A group of concerned citizens attended the county commissioner meeting Monday in an attempt to have their road recognized as private.
John Stephens said he and other residents are tired of people riding four-wheelers and dirt bikes on the road, as well as throwing out beer bottles and leaving trash along the way.
In an attempt to keep traffic out of the residential area, Stephens placed signs on adjoining 215th Avenue marking 206th as a private drive. After complaints, District 1 County Commissioner Derwin Gist asked the Sheriff's Department to remove and return the signs to Stephens.

July 19th

Prosecutors stress cooperation across state lines

July 19, 2013

Practicing in a community that borders another state is a cause for investigators and prosecutors to work hand-in-hand with out-of-state agencies.
In an effort to increase communication and working relationships across the invisible boundaries, the Oklahoma District Attorneys Council and the Arkansas Prosecuting Attorneys Association began joint conference meetings a few years ago. On Monday, prosecutors gathered in Fort Smith, Ark., to continue the growing trend of working hand-in-hand with cases that span both sides of the border.

Professional women's workshop Aug. 2

July 19, 2013

After attending “The Polished Professional: Secrets to Passion, Purpose and Style,” the professional woman will have more confidence to step into the boardroom, retail store, classroom or office to tackle each job with more enthusiasm.
This workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center.
Registration is $25 per person and includes lunch. To register, visit www.reiwbc.org.

Educators experience interactive training seminar

July 19, 2013

Forty-four Poteau Primary School and Poteau Upper Elementary School teachers participated in Payne Education Center Training during the last week of June.
Poteau Upper Elementary School hosted the week-long training sessions for Poteau teachers and teachers from surrounding areas.

July 18th

Health Department hosts grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony

July 18, 2013

The LeFlore County Health Department hosted several members of the community Thursday during their grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony.
Food, refreshments and cake were available for visitors. The open house was held from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The ribbon cutting ceremony was held at noon.
PDN photo by Kim Ross

LYCS to celebrate 39 years

July 18, 2013

LeFlore County Youth Services marked 39 years of service on Monday.
Board and staff members and retired director Rick Couri gathered to celebrate the occasion as well as the agency's fourth CARF accreditation. The accreditation is for three years.
LCYS Inc. was founded in 1974 after a steering committee was put together in 1973 to provide an alternative to jail for teens.
As a result of their work, the organization became reality as a not-for-profit agency and first funding started in July 1974.

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