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January 12th, 2012

CASC dedicates new building

January 12, 2012

CASC held a dedication ceremony today for the grand opening of the Deanna J. Reed Science and Math Center. The seven million dollar facility will begin hosting classes next week.

January 11th

Correction!

January 11, 2012

We here at PDN apologize to everyone. In today's paper, Wednesday, January 11, the article with regard to the opening of the Science and Math Center at CASC, states that the new building was to open its doors today, again we are sorry for any inconveniences that may have been caused. The Deanna J. Reed Science and Math Center's dedication will be Thursday, January 12, at 1:00 p.m.

January 9th

Man trapped under vehicle

January 9, 2012

Poteau Police, Fire, Emergency Medical Services and Emergency management officials were called to a Poteau residence a short time ago in reference to a man being pinned underneath.
Rescue crews with the Fire Department used the jaws of life to lift the vehicle from the man whose leg was pinned under the vehicle.
He was transported to a local hospital by LeFlore County EMS.

January 6th

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.

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