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July 27th, 2012

Arkoma residents offered a cooling shelter during power outage

July 27, 2012

Storms struck LeFlore County Thursday evening at approximately 6 p.m. leaving several residents in Arkoma without electricity.
According to Emergency Management Director Michael Davidson, the severe weather caused considerable damage to the OG&E power grid in Arkoma. The residents are expected to be out of power possible until tomorrow.
To help combat the sweltering heat, a cooling center is being opened at the Arkoma First Baptist Church Gym. Doors will open at 9 a.m. and will remain open until electrical power is restored.

July 26th

Hartshorne man charged with second degree rape

July 26, 2012

Lenard Ray Bond, 18, of Hartshorne, was formally charged with second degree rape after allegations of a sexual relationship a minor girl from Talihina.
According to the affidavit, Talihina Police Officers noticed Bond's vehicle at the girls home and when they knocked on the door, Bond went out the back door. Bond was unable to go far as officer Rodney Faulkenberry was in the back yard and detained him.
Bond allegedly admitted to the allegations.
He is being held on a $15,000 bond at the LeFlore County Sheriff's Department.

Mother gives new meaning to the gift of life

July 26, 2012

Jaclynn Jones, 3, has a new lease on life after her mother donated her kidney to her.
According to Jaclynn's parents, April and Scott Goines, of Shady Point, Jaclynn was born with only one kidney which wasn't functioning properly. She was later placed on a transplant list but her mother's kidney was a suitable match and so the preparations began.
On July 18, the mother and daughter duo went into separate operating rooms to undergo the transplant surgery.
Both are recovering in Oklahoma City.

LeFlore County Historical Society burglarized

July 26, 2012

It has been reported that the Lowrey Hotel in downtown Poteau which houses the LeFlore County Historical Society has been burglarized.
Sources have verified that items, including items of historical significance, have been stolen from the building.
Additionally, it is reported that an attempt to break into the Mainstreet Mattes office was also made, but the attempt was unsuccessful.

July 25th

Poteau High School begins drug testing policy

July 25, 2012

On Wednesday morning, the Poteau High School began testing students who participate in extracurricular activities as part of it's newest policy. Students waited at the entrance to Senior Hall until they were administered a drug test by certified medical personnel. The tests are targeting performance enhancement drugs and illegal narcotics use.
different guidelines.

LeFlore County Excise Board Meeting

July 25, 2012

The Excise Board of LeFlore County, Oklahoma has scheduled a regular business meeting for July 27, 2012 at 10 a.m. in the office of the Board of County Commissioners at Poteau, Oklahoma.

Agenda:

1. Approval of minutes from previous Excise Board meetings.
2. approval of request of appropriations.
3. Approval of estimate of needs presented.
4. Old Business.

LeFlore County Budget Board Meeting

July 25, 2012

The Budget Board of LeFlore County has scheduled a regular business meeting on July 31, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. in the office of the Board of County Commissioners at Poteau, Oklahoma.

Agenda:

1. Approval of minutes from previous meetings.
2. Approval of request for appropriations.
3. approval of transfer of appropriations.
4. Meet with Phillip Zearley, Election Board Secretary, concerning pay raise.
5. Discussion and possible action on County Clerk geting a total of $2,000 per month from Fire Department sales tax.
6. Old business.

Burn ban still in effect

July 25, 2012

As heat conditions continue to worsen and drought conditions rise toward extreme, fires, such as brush piles and burning trash, are still being reported.
A burn ban has been in effect since July 3 across the county yet fire and police departments are reporting responding to calls of people burning on their property.
A person is subject to financial and criminal penalties for open burning during a burn ban.

July 23rd

Wister Board of Education Regular Board Meeting

July 23, 2012

As required by Section 311, Title 25 of the Oklahoma Statutes, notice is hereby given that the Board of Education of Independent School District No.49, LeFlore County, Oklahoma, will hold a regular meeting Monday, July 23, 2012 at 6 p.m. in the Family and Consumer Science Room of the High School Building, Wister Public Schools, 201 Logan Street, Wister, Oklahoma.

The board reserves the right to take action on or table any item on the agenda.

1. Call meeting to order and recording of members present and absent.

July 19th

LeFlore County highest in state in unemployment

July 19, 2012

Recent unemployment numbers released by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission show employment rates hit a record high.
According OESC, even with the record high in employment, LeFlore County led the state in unemployed workers at 8.5 percent.
Out of an estimated labor force of 19,194 workers, 17,568 were employed, leaving 1,626 LeFlore County citizens without jobs. The over the year unemployment rate dropped from 10.5 percent to the current rate.

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