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July 18th

Okla. Corp. Comm. to decide phone records privacy

July 18, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has decided to determine whether the records of telecommunications companies are confidential on a case-by-case basis.
The three-member commission Thursday agreed to dismiss a proposal that it determine what records will be kept confidential under the Oklahoma Open Records Act and decided instead to use the case-by-case method.

Emergency Expo to be held in September

July 18, 2013

The Eastern Oklahoma Emergency Preparedness Expo is planned for Sept. 21 on the campuses of Carl Albert State College and Kiamichi Technology Center.
The LeFlore County Local Emergency Planning Committee, LeFlore County Office of Emergency Management and LeFlore County Medical Reserve Corps are co-sponsoring the event.
The annual event offers information to the general public, plus demonstrations and displays of a wide array of emergency and disaster response assets and skills competitions for first responders.

July 17th

Chickasaw governor hopeful on water lawsuit talks

July 17, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The governor of one of Oklahoma's largest Native American tribes says he is hopeful about ongoing negotiations with the state over lawsuits involving the tribes' legal rights to water in their historic territories in southeast Oklahoma.

When asked Wednesday about ongoing negotiations with state officials over the lawsuit involving the Chickasaw and Choctaw nations, Chickasaw Gov. Bill Anoatubby said: "I have hope for the future."

Changes happening in historic downtown Poteau

July 17, 2013

Poteau Main Street Matters executive director Eric Standridge takes down the vinyl banner sign at Fuel Gospel Church on Dewey Street on Tuesday in preparation for a more permanent sign. Holding the ladder for Standridge is Lori Rutledge,LeFlore County Historical Society Director.
PDN photo by Robert Shearon

Jailbirds seeking bail for MDA

July 17, 2013

Some members of the Poteau area business community have been arrested today for having big hearts.
They are volunteering to be “arrested and serve time” in a mock jail at Holiday Inn Express to raise money for the local chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

CASC names scholarship recipients

July 17, 2013

Jack C. Austin III has been awarded the Bill McKinney Scholarship.
Parent or Guardian: Jack and Philisha Austin.
High School: Talihina.
College Major: Pre-Med.

More than $4.5 million approved in disaster recovery

July 17, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY – More than $4.5 million has already been approved in federal funding for debris clearance and emergency protective measures in Oklahoma following the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred from May 18 – June 2, 2013.
Of the total, $4.1 million covers eligible debris removal costs under a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance Alternative Procedures Pilot Program. The accelerated debris removal program was initiated in Oklahoma following the devastating spring storms.

July 16th

There's a new bull in town

July 16, 2013

Many have seen the two decorated bulls in town. One on the north end by the Cavanal Scenic Expressway ramp and the other on the south side of the Poteau Chamber of Commerce. Well the newest of many to come has found its home.
The Central National Bank bull was delivered Tuesday afternoon.
Delivery people said the next bull to be unveiled belongs to JoB Construction.

Talihina to hold special election

July 16, 2013

Candidates for two seats on the Talihina Board of Trustees will begin filing their declarations of candidacy at 8 a.m. Monday at the LeFlore County Election Board.
The filing period will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to Election Board Secretary Sharon Steele.
Candidates will file for a four-year term on the board and a two-year unexpired term.
The nonpartisan special municipal election will be held Sept. 10, Steele said.

Man critically injured in head on collision

July 16, 2013

A Pocola man was critically injured after a semi slammed head on onto his vehicle Tuesday morning.
According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Alvin Jamerson, 32, of Millerton was driving a 1995 Peterbilt tractor trailer hauling a load of cattle east on U.S. highway 270 west of Wister when he told police he fell asleep. Jamerson's semi crossed the center line striking a 1996 Chevrolet Blazer driven by Randy Don Woodard, 59, of Pocola.

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