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August 5th, 2014

Today in history

August 5, 2014

By the Associated Press

Today is Tuesday, August 5, the 217th day of 2014. There are 148 days left in the year.

Today's Highlights in History:
On August 5, 1914, what's believed to be the first electric traffic light system was installed in Cleveland, Ohio, at the intersection of East 105th Street and Euclid Avenue. Montenegro declared war on Austria-Hungary at the start of World War I.

On this date:
In 1864, during the Civil War, Union Adm. David G. Farragut led his fleet to victory in the Battle of Mobile Bay, Alabama.

Gov't closing emergency child immigrant shelters

August 5, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government said Monday it will soon close three emergency shelters it established at U.S. military bases to temporarily house children caught crossing the Mexican border alone. It said fewer children were being caught and other shelters will be adequate.

School enrollment dates

August 5, 2014

Enrollment and first day of school dates have been set across the county.
Students will start returning to school in the next couple weeks starting with Poteau Public Schools on Aug. 7. Upper elementary orientations starts today [Aug. 5] at 3:30 p.m., and high school orientations starting on the Aug. 6, incoming freshmen from 10 a.m. to noon and sophomores from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

VIDEO: Oklahoma Media Day

August 5, 2014

VIDEO: Oklahoma Media Day

August 4th

Nicholas Graves returns home from second tour of duty in Afghanistan

August 4, 2014

Total joy, love and gratitude were evident to all as Combat Medic Army Spc. Nicholas Benton Graves was welcomed home to Ft. Drum, N.Y. from his second deployment to Afghanistan, Monday, July 28. There to greet  Graves was his wife, Army veteran Tracie Copeland Graves, from Poteau, his son Ben Graves and daughter Alexis Graves. Welcoming from afar are his family, friends and grateful nation.

Photo and information submitted by Karen Benton

Poteau City Council Meeting set for 7 p.m. [Aug. 4]

August 4, 2014

The Poteau City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, August 4 at the Poteau City Hall at 111, Peters St., in Poteau, Oklahoma, for a regularly scheduled meeting.

On agenda will be the presentation of service pins to Larry Wann and Gary Billings, as well as several ordinance and annex changes, along with an update on the Kelly Lane trailers cleanup.

Child Support collects nearly $1 million a day for children and families in SFY 2014

August 4, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) Child Support Services (CSS) collected $362,470,719 on behalf of children and families between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014, a new collections record. That is an average of $993,070.46 per day in State Fiscal Year 2014.

“It is impressive, and we are very proud to have reached this new record,” said CSS Director Gary W. Dart. “But for those for whom we have been unable to collect, we know it is not enough. We will continue our efforts until every child receives the court-ordered support he or she is entitled to.”

August 3rd

BREAKING NEWS: Bomb squad called to Choctaw Travel Plaza in Poteau

August 3, 2014

Poteau Police,Choctaw Tribal and Oklahoma Highway Patrol currently are at the Choctaw Travel Plaza in Poteau after receiving information about a possible bomb.
The OHP bomb squad just arrived on location (Aug. 3 7:59 P.M.)
More information will be released when available.

August 1st

Upcoming weekend events

August 1, 2014

Aug. 2
— Concert Under the Stars, Beer and Chicken Band, 8 p.m., Donald W. Reynolds Community Center.
— Howe Fire Department garage sale to raise funds to buy equipment, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
— Clothing giveaway, all sizes, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., First Assembly of God, Shady Point.
— Skate Reation and the Maidens of Mayhem Roller Derby Team fundraising late-night skate “Back to school Bash,” 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. Admission $10 plus skate rental.
— LeFlore County Round-Up Club play day, Cecil Leachman Arena, Heavener. Info: Frank Mode, (918) 839-0330.

Pervasive Parenting Center to host IEP training

August 1, 2014

The Pervasive Parenting Center is working with the Oklahoma Parents Center to host an Individualized Education Program training Thursday, Aug. 28, at 6 p.m. at Carl Albert State College in Sallisaw.
Ginger Jaggers of the Oklahoma Parents Center will present the training. The event will last about three hours and cover issues involved with obtaining IEP and 504 goals.

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