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March 5th, 2013
The Oklahoma Child Support Services office in Poteau donated 160 books to the Kibois Head Start Program as part of Read Across America Day.
The office collected the books during a week-long community book drive ending on March 1, Read Across America Day.
Read Across America Day is the nationâ€™s largest celebration of reading, with more than 45 million participating to highlight the importance of developing a love of reading from an early age. Held each year on March 1, the day coincides with the birthday of beloved childrenâ€™s author, Dr. Seuss.
A house fire at 2407 Central St. in Poteau has been put out after a two hour battle by the Poteau Fire Department.
The home, owned by Mike Bynum, was destroyed in the blaze.
According to Poteau Fire Chief Jon Pickel, no one was home when the fire started and the cause is undetermined.
Pickel said the fire department received assistance from the Wister Fire Department in putting out the fire.
The Poteau Fire Department is battling a house fire in the 2800 block of Central Street.
The home was fully engulfed when crews arrived.
The homeowner was not at the home when the fire started but arrived as fire crews attempted to extinguish the blaze.
A man accused of robbing a Heavener store has been sentenced to life in prison by District Judge Jon Sullivan.
John Thomas Akin, 38, of Poteau, was convicted of conjoint robbery by a jury in January. He was accused of robbing the El Soliceto store in Heavener in April. He was charged in the crime after a forensic report from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation matched a palm print taken from the cash register to Akin.
On Friday he appeared before Sullivan who sentenced him to life in prison, confirming the suggested sentence given by the jury.
The town of Leflore will hold a regular biannual meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in the community center.
The agenda includes approving minutes of the Aug. 6, 2012, meeting, reading and approving financial reports, and any new business that may be presented.
The next meeting will be held Sept. 3.
This year Friends of Wister Library will partner with Wister Pride for the annual turkey dinner at 11 a.m. Sunday in the school cafetorium.
Proceeds will go toward improvements of the city park.
The meal will be $6 for adults $4 for children. The menu includes turkey and dressing, green beans, potatoes, cranberry sauce, hot rolls and desserts.
For more information or to donate to the project, call Garner at (918) 647-7819 or Leslie Langley at (918) 655-7654.
The fourth annual Vike Hike 5K is set for Saturday, April 6.
Registration will be from 7-8 a.m. with a 9 a.m. pistol start at Carl Albert State College Poteau campus.
Entry fee is $20 for those mailing, faxing or delivering their entry forms by Monday, March 25. Later entries will cost $30. The fee is $10 for CASC students with a student ID. The first 250 participants will get chip timing, with awards going to the top three in each age category.
Vike Hike T-shirts will go to everyone who registers by March 25, and lunch will be provided for everyone immediately following the race.
The Kiamichi Economic Development District of Oklahoma Area Agency on Aging is accepting Requests for Proposals from interested vendors to provide respite and health promotion services to persons age 60 and older in Choctaw, Haskell, Latimer, LeFlore, McCurtain, Pittsburg and Pushmataha counties.
Â The following services will be considered for funding: The National Family Caregivers Supportive Services on Respite Care for Caregivers and Respite Care for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. Also being funded are disease prevention and health promotion services for evidence-based programs.
Oklahoma Auditor Gary Jones spoke during the Chamber of Commerce's First Friday meeting held at the Kiamichi Technology Center in Poteau Friday afternoon.
Jones discussed fraud and prevention along with solutions and how audits can be requested to help increase transparency and promote accountability.
More than half a year of investigation into drug trafficking has resulted in the arrest of Octavio Gutierrez, 25, of Poteau.
Gutierrez has been charged with multiple drug charges after agents with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, District 16 Drug Task Force and Poteau Police Department served a warrant for his arrest at 112 Teakwood.
Agents report that on multiple occasions, Gutierrez facilitated the sale of large quantities of methamphetamines to undercover agents.
If convicted, Gutierrez could face life in prison.