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January 6th, 2012

County Unemployment numbers increase

January 6, 2012

According to a report from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission local unemployment rates held steady across the state during the month of November with two out of 77 counties reporting an increase. Latimer County still holds the top seat for the highest unemployment rate in the state at 10.1 percent and for the first time in months, LeFlore County was no longer runner up, not even listed in the top three. the OESC states in their report that in November, Oklahoma's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 6.1 percent over the course of the month.

woman dies in accident

January 6, 2012

A Shady Point woman was fatally injured in an accident on Latham Road Wednesday afternoon. According to the accident report released by the Oklahoma Highway patrol, Vernon Blake,93, of Shady Point was driving a 1994 Chevy Van six miles west of Shady Point when the van ran off the right side of the road and struck an electric pole.

Afternoon Fire

January 6, 2012

A house on Whitney St. in Poteau suffered major damage after the home caught fire Wednesday afternoon. According to Poteau Fire Chief John Pickle the fire appeared to have been caused by an electrical space heater. No one was home at the time of the fire. Poteau Fire Department put out the blaze while the Poteau Police Department detoured traffic on the heavily traveled roadway.
PDN photo by Kim ross

January 3rd

Early Evening Accident

January 4, 2012

Members of the Poteau Police Department along with Poteau and Shady Point Fire Departments and LeFlore County EMS were called the the scene of a serious one vehicle accident just north of Poteau on State Highway 59 this evening shortly after 6 p.m. According to witnesses at the scene the accident occurred when a 16-year-old female was thrown from her horse near the Arena Steakhouse. The horse reportedly then ran from the Arena to Hwy. 59 and into traffic where it was struck by a vehicle driven by a Shady Point man traveling southbound towards Poteau.

Tiger Truck resolution is reached

January 3, 2012

On Friday December 30, 2011, Poteau Mayor Jeff Shockley announced that an agreement had been reached and finalized with a Chinese firm to reopen the Tiger Trucks facility (now Tiger International) in the Poteau Industrial Park.
Tiger Trucks originally opened its doors in Poteau July 31, 2008, while under the ownership of a different Chinese firm. Which offered jobs to approximately 300 workers, and was the first U.S. play to produce Chinese heritage vehicles. The Poteau plant was designed to manufacture 7,500 vehicles per year.

December 30th, 2011

Hit and Run in Heavener

December 30, 2011

A Heavener man is recovering from injuries sustained in a Monday evening hit and run accident.
According the the incident report, Heavener Police Officer Derrick Woodral was notified that a hit and run accident involving a pedestrian had occurred at 605 W. Ave. H.
When Woodral arrived at the scene, he observed Marcus Skelton 26, of Heavener, who was allegedly suffering from a broken leg due to an incident between him and Jerami Casteel,23, of Heavener.

Cameron USPS Contract

December 30, 2011

The status of a local post office is out in the open after the United States Postal Service provided the property owner with a lease agreement that seems less than acceptable.
According to property owner, Steven Katten, his family built and have owned the Cameron Post Office property for 40 years. The building, which was built to USPS specifications by his mother, has housed the Post Office since its completion. That may change soon due to what Katten cites as an "onerous proposal" by the USPS.

December 28th

Action of the Board of County Commissioners

December 28, 2011

The Board of County Commissioners, LeFlore County, State of Oklahoma, met in a Regular Business Meeting on December 27, 2011 at 9 a.m. with Chairman Lance Smith presiding. Also present were Vice-Chairman Derwin Gist, Member Cebern Scott and County Clerk First Deputy Roxane Ballew.
The following action was taken by the board:
Item 1 – Chairman Lance Smith called meeting to order.
Item 2 – Motion was made by Lance Smith and seconded by Derwin Gist to approve the minutes of December 19, 2011. Motion was approved all voting yes.

December 27th

Annual Community Christmas Dinner

December 27, 2011

The annual Community Christmas Dinner was once again a huge success in Poteau serving more than 415 dinners.

December 23rd

Soldiers Christmas Poem

December 23, 2011

Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone, in a one bedroom house made of plaster and stone. I had come down the chimney with presents to give, and to see just who in this home did live. I looked all about, a strange sight I did see, no tinsel, no presents, not even a tree. no stockings by mantle, just boots filled with sand, on the wall hung pictures of far distant lands. With medals and badges, awards of all kinds, a sober thought came through my mind. For this house was different, it was dark and dreary, I found the home a soldier, once I could see clearly.

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