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May 25th, 2015

Floods, storms chances continue all week

May 25, 2015

Flash floods will again be possible today, Monday, May 25 - and a few tornadoes haven't been ruled out.

The National Weather Service in Tulsa said we have an elevated risk for tornadoes this afternoon and into tonight as severe thunderstorms move back into the area.

Showers and storms have started to develop across West-Central Texas this morning and will track into southeastern Oklahoma this afternoon and spread into northwest Arkansas by late afternoon.

May 22nd

VIDEO: Homemade Basic BBQ Sauce

May 22, 2015

Amp up your next barbecue with your own, homemade BBQ sauce. This recipe pairs perfectly with all your go to favorites from ribs to chicken.

Fort Sill soldier's body recovered from Oklahoma creek

May 22, 2015

FORT SILL, Okla. (AP) — The body of a Fort Sill soldier whose vehicle was swept into Medicine Bluff Creek has been recovered.

According to a Fort Sill news release, the body of Staff Sgt. David Hawkins was recovered Thursday afternoon by Fort Sill firefighters and an Oklahoma Highway Patrol water rescue team.

The release says the 32-year-old was apparently attempting to drive across a low water crossing on Sunday when his vehicle was swept into the flooded creek. The car was recovered on Monday.

Choctaw Day tonight in Poteau

May 22, 2015

A free Choctaw art and culture event will be held tonight at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center in Poteau.

There will be artists, singers, dancers, vendors, informational booths and more.

The cultural program will start at 7 p.m. with Chief Gary Batton and Assistant Chief Jack Austin set to attend.

Tribal membership services will start at 5 p.m. and a beading class from 6-6:45 p.m. Also at 5 p.m. you can apply for a CBIB card. Bring original documents for verification, plus copies. Call (800) 522-6170 ext. 4030 for more information.

May 21st

VIDEO: David Letterman Says Goodbye to the "Late Show"

May 21, 2015

Letterman has a star-studded finale.

May 20th

Oklahoma governor requests federal disaster assistance

May 20, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has requested federal disaster assistance for Cleveland, Grady and Oklahoma counties following tornadoes, severe storms and flooding in recent weeks.

Fallin sent a letter to President Barack Obama Tuesday that says Oklahoma's latest round of severe storms began May 5. Since then, the state has experienced widespread flash flooding, damaging winds, baseball-size hail and at least 25 tornadoes.

Flooding causes business closures

May 20, 2015

Talihina Schools is closed today due to flooding inside one of the schools buildings, according to emergency management.
Also closed is the Choctaw Nation Health Services in Talihina.
According to the National Weather Service, rainfall totals from 2-6 inches fell overnight. Davidson said Talihina received six inches in about four hours.

BREAKING NEWS: Floods cause LeFlore County travel issues

May 20, 2015

Overnight flooding has caused travel issues in LeFlore County.

U.S. Highway 270 is closed just south of the U.S. 270/271 intersection between Heavener and Wister. Oklahoma Highway 82 is closed between Bengal and Talihina.

According to LeFlore County Emergency Management Director Michael Davidson, the roads in the Haw Creek Community also are covered by water.

Most low water crossings in the southern end of the county will be impassable due to rising waters.

It only takes a few inches of moving water to sweep a vehicle from a bridge. "Turn around, don't drown."

May 18th

DAILY FEATURE: Remember then?

May 18, 2015

Here is a look back into the Poteau Daily News archive.

Today's look-back is for Thursday, July 19, 1951.

Headlines include:
• New Fire Station Urged for Poteau; Firemen Praised
• Architect Coming To Draw Up Plans For Auditorium
• Divorces Lead Marriages Here Almost 4 to 1
• Repairs on Two State Highways Near Completion
• Two Men Killed on Highway 271 During Weekend

Review the attachments for photos.

May 15th

Cherokee language now available on Google Android devices

May 15, 2015

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The Cherokee language has gone digital.

The language of the Oklahoma-based tribe is now available for download on more than 20 Android devices, making the language more accessible to millions of Google smartphone and tablet users. The Cherokee language is also available on Apple and Microsoft products.

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