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July 17th, 2013

More than $4.5 million approved in disaster recovery

July 17, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY – More than $4.5 million has already been approved in federal funding for debris clearance and emergency protective measures in Oklahoma following the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred from May 18 – June 2, 2013.
Of the total, $4.1 million covers eligible debris removal costs under a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance Alternative Procedures Pilot Program. The accelerated debris removal program was initiated in Oklahoma following the devastating spring storms.

July 16th

There's a new bull in town

July 16, 2013

Many have seen the two decorated bulls in town. One on the north end by the Cavanal Scenic Expressway ramp and the other on the south side of the Poteau Chamber of Commerce. Well the newest of many to come has found its home.
The Central National Bank bull was delivered Tuesday afternoon.
Delivery people said the next bull to be unveiled belongs to JoB Construction.

Talihina to hold special election

July 16, 2013

Candidates for two seats on the Talihina Board of Trustees will begin filing their declarations of candidacy at 8 a.m. Monday at the LeFlore County Election Board.
The filing period will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to Election Board Secretary Sharon Steele.
Candidates will file for a four-year term on the board and a two-year unexpired term.
The nonpartisan special municipal election will be held Sept. 10, Steele said.

Man critically injured in head on collision

July 16, 2013

A Pocola man was critically injured after a semi slammed head on onto his vehicle Tuesday morning.
According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Alvin Jamerson, 32, of Millerton was driving a 1995 Peterbilt tractor trailer hauling a load of cattle east on U.S. highway 270 west of Wister when he told police he fell asleep. Jamerson's semi crossed the center line striking a 1996 Chevrolet Blazer driven by Randy Don Woodard, 59, of Pocola.

CNB warns of flamingo flocks invading Poteau tonight

July 16, 2013

Don't call the cops just yet, that isn't a prowler it's the pink flamingo flockers and you have just been flocked.
If you wake up and look out your window to find you are now the proud caretaker of a flock of flamingo's who have found their way into your yard, it isn't vandalism, it's a fundraiser for a good cause.
Employees with Central National Bank's north branch are raising proceeds for the LeFlore County Relay of Life cancer event to be held Sept. 7.

July 15th

CASC scholarship recipient named

July 15, 2013

Alonso Aquirre has been awarded the Eliza Kinkhead Bulgin Memorial Scholarship.
High School: Heavener.
Activities, Honors: U.S. History Award, Perfect Attendance Award.
Hobbies and Interests: Martial arts.

Prescribed burn area east of Haw Creek

July 15, 2013

National forest fire managers began a prescribed burn Saturday in the Walker Mountain area in Scott County, Ark., in the Ouachita National Forests.
About 212 acres are affected.
A prescribed fire is one is ignited by trained fire personnel under specified fuel and weather conditions to achieve specific resource objectives.
Daily prescribed fire updates can be found at: www.fs.usda.gov/ouachita or by calling 
1 (888) 243-1042.

Home and Community Education event hosted at PCC

July 15, 2013

LeFlore County will host a four-county Oklahoma Home and Community Education international lesson on Greece.
The event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Poteau Church of Christ, Oklahoma Highway 112 North.
The menu will include hummus with pita bread, gyros, Greek salad and baklava.
Registration is $5 at the door, Chapters should notify LeFlore OHCE of expected total attendance by Aug. 13.
For more information, contact Danette Russell, OSU Extension educator, at (918) 647-8231.

Cox wins Choctaw Election

July 15, 2013

Delton Cox will remain the Choctaw Nation Councilman for District 4 for the next four years.
According to Saturday's election results, Incumbent Cox defeated his opponent, Richard Box 572 votes to 145. Cox took 79 percent of the votes.
In the District 9 race, Ted Garry Dosh beat Berdie Mae Williams, 1262-1018, winning by 11 percent.

July 12th

Virginia court upholds Oklahoma argument

July 12, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY – A decision this week by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals backs Oklahoma’s argument in the state’s health care case that it has the right to sue the federal government over the law’s large employer mandate.
The Virginia case involved whether Liberty University had “standing” to sue the federal government over the health care mandate and whether the Anti-Injunction Act applied to the case. The State of Oklahoma has argued the same issues in federal court in its lawsuit against an IRS rule that goes outside of the law.

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