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August 20th, 2012
The LeFlore County Public Buildings Authority met Monday morning and upon receipt of contract bonds and a certificate of insurance from Oakridge Builders gave the go-ahead to start the construction of a new health department in Poteau.
According to the job superintendent with ORB, the structural dirt work is progressing and they are waiting for geothermal results and engineering designs before the new geothermal environmental control system can by installed.
The facility is scheduled to be completed by June.
Where were you then?
How you ever had those conversations that start with I remember exactly where I was . . .
We certainly have. In a new series that will run in the Tuesday edition of Poteau Daily News we will randomly select a story that ran in the paper sometime in the last 100 years and we will do an update.
For example where were you on October 14, 1999 when the brand new Poteau Police Department was officially dedicated? We want to tell you what has changed at the department since that day.
Three people were arrested after the LeFlore County Sheriff's Department served a narcotics search warrant Tuesday.
Donna Sue Stone, 51, Blake Fuller, 23, and Samuel James Hendrix, 21, all of Spiro, were arrested on drug and weapons charges stemming from the search of a home located on State Highway 271 east of Spiro.
Deputies reportedly found prescription pills, marijuana and loaded firearms, one of which was reported stolen.
Oklahomaâ€™s state Runoff Primary Election is less than two weeks away and early voters can cast their ballot as early as Friday, August 24.
According to the LeFlore County Election Board, local voters will go to the polls to vote for three races and a special election. The runoff between democratic candidates Bruce Curnutt and Rob Seale in the race for LeFlore County Sheriff along with both republican and democratic races in the seat for U.S. Representative District 2. The voters of Pocola will vote in a special election to determine who will fill the vacant position of Trustee Ward 4.
The LeFlore County EMS Board will meet at 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, at 1215 S. Broadway in Poteau.
Call meeting to order.
Roll call of board members.
Approve consent agenda:
â€˘ minutes of July 19 special meeting.
â€˘ blanket purchase order.
â€˘ claims for payment.
â€˘ previously paid claims.
Discuss and vote to approve transfer of money to building account.
Update on Station 2 construction.
Open and award radio bid.
Discuss and vote on going to bid for purchase of new ambulance.
Discuss and vote on EMS financial plan.
The LeFlore County Hospital Authority Governing Board will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21 in Confrence Room â€śCâ€ť at Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center.
Call to Order/Approval of Minutes.
Roll Call/Establishment of a quorum.
Consideration and possible approval of minutes of previous regular meeting 07/17/12.
Summary of Clinical Operations and HCAHPS Quartrly Results.
Presentation and possible approval of monthly financial reports.
Financial report and discussion with possible action on payments of Treasurer.
By Regina Smith
On Wednesday the Poteau Chamber of Commerce issued a press release regarding the Christmas light display at Wister lake State Park. The press release stated that park officials had informed organizers that the staff would no longer help put up the display or help in any manner that might require manpower from any park employee.
On Thursday the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department responded to what tourism officials felt were allegations made towards them by the Poteau Chamber. Â
According to Karen Wages, CEO of the Poteau Chamber of Commerce, the popular Christmas season tradition "Lights on the Island" may burn out this year at Wister Lake State Park due to the lack of manpower.
Wister Lake park officials informed organizers that the park staff would no longer help put up the Christmas lights display or help in any manner that might require manpower from any park employee.Â
â€śThis is an extremely disappointing turn of eventsâ€ť, said Karen Wages with the Poteau Chamber of Commerceâ€ť.Â
Panama Police Officer Andy Bevil and several others said farewell to Creed, police dog and Bevil's partner during a memorial service held Wednesday morning at the Panama First Baptist Church.
Creed was found murdered at Bevil's residence on Aug. 5. His murder is still under investigation.
Members of the Fort Smith Police Department's Honor Guard and canine unit were present to honor his memory.
There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person(s) responsible for Creed's death.
Although the area saw substantial rainfall last week, it was confirmed during the Monday morning LeFlore County Commissioner meeting that the burn ban would remain in effect in conjunction with the Governor's burn ban.
According to Michael Davidson, Director of LeFlore County Emergency Management, the Governor's burn ban is scheduled to expire in two weeks if it isn't reinstated. The commissioners agreed to maintain the local ban until it is determined if the upcoming significant weather changes would affect the state ban.