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August 17th, 2012
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.
The Poteau Chamber of Commerce and Poteau Daily New's â€śSpring Into Business Cash Mobâ€ť Business this week is Mazzioâ€™s Pizza located at 2212 N Broadway â€“ Poteau.
On Wednesday the Cash Mob Deal for Mazzios will be FREE Drinks for all Dine-In Orders from 11 a.m. until
Â Lonnie and Jolene Brooks have owned Mazzios for more than 20 years.
The first facility was built in September of 1984.Â Since that time the Brookâ€™s have re-designed the entire facility for a state of the art dining experience.Â
The Tanguay family of Poteau are lovers of dirt tracks and motor sports. So when the opportunity to open Raceday Park east of Poteau to provide a riding experience for local families, they couldn't wait to start.
"It's a passion of ours to give families a place to ride," said Jace Tanguay, owner of RDP. "It has been three years in the making but it is now open."
Jace and his sons Triston, 12, and Trace,19, are all avid riders who compete and ride for fun. His wife Sheila is responsible for coordinating races and events at RDP.
The Panama Police Department is investigating the murder of the police departments K9, Creed, who was Officer Andy Bevil's partner.
According to Bevil, on Aug. 5 he and his family returned from church and when he went to feed and water his partner he found him dead from what appeared to be a gunshot wound.
The two-year-old German Shepard was purchased by the department in August 2011 and has been Bevil's partner ever since.
A memorial service for Creed is scheduled Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Panama First Baptist Church located at 107 Jones St.
The LeFlore County District Attorney's Office filed charges against a man accused of raping his ex-wife.
Adam Gilbert Piaquadio, 37, of Fort Smith, is accused of sexually assaulting his ex-wife while she slept. According to the affidavit, he also took pictures of the incident. When his ex-wife woke up she reportedly screamed for help and called 911.
Police say the victim was standing in the front yard when they arrived and she claimed Piaquadio had tried to run over her with his vehicle as he was leaving.
The Concert under the Stars Series continues at the Donald W. Reynolds Center Saturday night with live music at the amphitheater.
The Beer and Chicken Band are scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. They play country, rock, pop and even a little disco.
The cost of admission is $5 per person. You are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
Poteau Mayor Jeff Shockley and his grillin' team will be providing some local flavor cooking during the concert.
Gates open at 7 p.m.