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December 10th

Celebrate the Winter Solstice at the Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center

December 10, 2013

The pace of life today is so rushed and hectic that we forget about the natural rhythms of the Sun, Moon and Stars. Native American farmers understood these rhythms. In the rhythm of the sun, the Winter Solstice is a period of rest, preparation and celebration. Come to the Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center on December 21, 2013, and there will be three guided walks to learn more about the Winter Solstice and how Native Americans dealt with the changes in the seasons.

December 5th

Ice accumulation continues

December 5, 2013

Near Cameron sleet continues to fall as a winter storm moves through the area.
PDN photos by Kim Ross

Oklahoma Emergency Price Stabilization Act is in Effect for all 77 Oklahoma Counties

December 5, 2013

Provided by the Governor's Office

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma’s Emergency Price Stabilization Act is now in effect for 77 Oklahoma counties after Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency due to the winter weather that started Thursday morning.

All 77 counties are included in the declaration.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt said Oklahoma’s price gouging statute prohibits an increase of more than 10 percent in the price of most goods and services when a state of emergency has been declared.

Choctaw Nation offers assistance

December 5, 2013

The PDN received this press release from the Choctaw Nation rgarding the winter storm:

As the winter storms are pushing their way through Southeast Oklahoma, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is taking measures to offer assistance to the affected communities and Tribal Members. We have been working with the local County and City Emergency Managers in a joint effort to provide assistance where needed.

Ice storm weighs in

December 5, 2013

As the winter storm continues to rage across the county ice accumulations on electric lines and trees thickens. Northwest of Cameron some trees, mainly Cedar already are unable to hold the weight of the ice and limbs are touching the ground.
PDN photo by Kim Ross

December 4th

Nichols to face trial in Neff slaying

December 5, 2013

LeFlore County Special Judge Jeff Singer ordered Raymond Larry Nichols, 60, of Cameron to face trial for first-degree murder in the 2009 shooting death of local bar owner Joe Neff.
Of the multiple witnesses called by the state during a preliminary hearing Wednesday, most were police officers involved in the investigation or were present when Oklahoma Highway Patrol dive team recovered a gun that they believed to be the alleged murder weapon from the same strip pit near Pocola where Neff’s body had been found in 2009.

Vet assured of final resting place; fundraiser meets goal to cover funeral home expenses

December 5, 2013

Community members came together Tuesday to ensure a final resting place for an area veteran who died recently.
Bill Sanders, pastor of Greenhill Church in Cameron, took on the task of fundraising when he learned that the family of Army veteran James Webb was unable to pay a Siloam Springs funeral home and Webb’s body remained at the business.
An Indian taco sale in the Poteau Daily News parking lot Tuesday — plus numerous cash donations — raised about $1,500. Sanders said that would be enough to pay the cremation expenses and purchase a headstone for Webb.

School board races set in 5 districts

December 5, 2013

February’s school Board elections began taking shape Wednesday as candidates filed to run for offices at the LeFlore County Election Board offices. Of the 17 districts holding elections, five districts — Bokoshe, Panama, Poteau, Whitesboro and Wister — have candidates opposing each other for the same office.

December 3rd

Searchers find boy, 3, near school

December 3, 2013

A 3-year-old boy wandered away from Poteau Primary Elementary School, causing several tense minutes for police and school employees Tuesday morning.
The child was found after about 25 minutes on Redbud Lane, Superintendent Don Sjoberg said.
The preschool pupil apparently slipped through a fence during recess about 9 a.m., Sjoberg said.

Weather warning issued for travelers

December 3, 2013

With temperatures expected to fall as low as 13 degrees this weekend, the National Weather Service in Norman has issued a Winter Storm Watch for LeFlore, Pushmataha and Choctaw counties. Sebastian county in Arkansas is also under watch.
The storm is expected to arrive Thursday, with more than a quarter inch of ice likely and a low temperature of 28 degrees. Friday night’s low temperature is projected at 13 degrees.

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