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July 19th, 2012
Recent unemployment numbers released by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission show employment rates hit a record high.
According OESC, even with the record high in employment, LeFlore County led the state in unemployed workers at 8.5 percent.
Out of an estimated labor force of 19,194 workers, 17,568 were employed, leaving 1,626 LeFlore County citizens without jobs. The over the year unemployment rate dropped from 10.5 percent to the current rate.
A week ago a young girl placed a sign on an old Oak tree behind her family's business pleaded for the tree to be saved during the construction of the new Patrick Lynch Public Library.
Having made her plea public and gaining the attention of the city and the construction company, she was soon rewarded with the knowledge her tree would remain.
"I encourage people to speak out, do things and feel free," said Jenny. "It what freedom means. I am really happy they are saving the tree."
Recently the Poteau
Daily News ran a letter to
the editor written by a
local business owner
accusing a Monroe woman
of scamming him out of
money. It now seems as
though another business
owner has attempted to
warn the public about this
woman and her family.
A sign posted on the
doors of the Heavener and
states, â€śAttention: Scam.
Do not give money to Kyle
- Steve- or Teri Tiffee.
They are out pandering
The notice is signed by
Mick LaFevers who owns
the Tote-A-Poke stores.
Attempts to reach LaFevers
to ask what prompted the
The site for this weeks Spring Into Business Cash Mob is Maria's Mexican Restaurant. This locally owned and operated business has been serving customers on south Broadway for over five years. Maria's offers up delicious Mexican cuisine with their signature cheese dip daily. Special to the Cash Mob, Maria's is offering two dinner combination dinners for only $9.99.
A young child injured last week in an automobile accident near Long Lake Resort has been released from the hospital.
Johnny Reed, 32, and Kristin Reed, 4, both of Waldron, were severely injured when the truck they were driving collided with the bed of a truck turning into Long Lake Resort.
According to the report from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Kristin was thrown approximately 50 feet from the vehicle. She was flown to Children's Hospital in Little Rock Ar., and listed in critical condition. Sources say she was released Monday.
A child is recovering in the custody of the Arkansas Department of Human Services after it was discovered she had been raped and assaulted.
Heath Wayne Talley, 26, of Pocola, was arrested on charges of rape by instrumentation and child abuse in connection with the child's injuries.
According to the LeFlore County District Attorney's Office, the child reportedly suffered burns from an electrical cord along with the sexual assault.
Former LeFlore County Deputies Burell Shipman and Dale Fout filed a lawsuit against the LeFlore County Board of County Commissioners in 2006. On Monday a jury was picked and the trial began.
Shipman and Fout allege in their petition against the commissioners they were owed payment for compensation wages and holiday pay. They claim Sheriff Roy Gentry approved the payments but when the payroll warrant was submitted to the commissioners, it was denied.
The two are seeking in excess of $30,000 each in back wages.
LeFlore County Emergency Medical Services and employees were honored during the annual Oklahoma Emergency Medical Technician Association banquet.
Anthony Stankowitz, 21, of Spiro, heard his name out called out during an awards ceremony last week in Tulsa as the 2012 Paramedic of the year. The award, which is peer based by nomination, recognized Stankowitz as the top outstanding Paramedic in Oklahoma.
His nomination was written by LCEMS Director, Dave Grovdahl
LeFlore County Youth Services has announced that July 15 will mark its 38th year of service to LeFlore County.
According to an LYCS press release, LCYS was founded in 1974 after a steering committee had been put together with the aim of providing an alternative to jail for teens. That same year, LCYS received its first funding and opened an emergency shelter. Since then, LCYS executive director Richard Couri reports that he has seen 6,087 children spend 39,166 days in the care of LCYS, the average stay being just over six days.
In an announcement thatâ€™s sure to please the parents of Shady Point students, Shady Point School Superintendent Bruce Gillham announced Wednesday that Shady Point Schools will be providing all school supplies for its students in the coming school year.
In a press release on Wednesday Gillham stated that Shady Point Schools would be able to provide school supplies to all its students thanks to donations from the parents of students as well as churches, former students, and the community.