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January 20th, 2014

Grass fire threatens gas wells

January 20, 2014

A large grass fire that endangered gas wells along Oklahoma Highway 83 burned several acres Monday afternoon. Members of the Monroe, Howe and Heavener fire departments responded to the blaze south of Bonnie's Plant Farm.
PDN photo by Kim Ross

Forestry conducts controlled burn in Cedar Lake area Monday

January 20, 2014

The Forestry Department will be conducting a controlled burn beginning at 11 a.m. Monday morning in the Cedar Lake area of LeFlore County.
Outdoor burning is still discouraged due to high fire risks.

January 17th

Okla. picks Arizona prison official to lead agency

January 17, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Board of Corrections has picked an official from Arizona as the Oklahoma prison system's new director.
The board voted Friday to hire Robert Patton, who runs the operations division in the Arizona prison system. Patton's salary was set at $160,000 annually.
The longtime head of the Oklahoma agency, Justin Jones, announced his resignation last summer amid highly publicized clashes with the governor's office and legislative leaders over the agency's finances and the growing use of private prisons to house state inmates.

Mullin announces new meeting method

January 17, 2014

U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin will hold a "telephone town hall" for contituents from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27.
The 2nd District Republican also announced monthly mobile office hours in LeFlore County beginning in February.
Mullin said anyone interested in participating in the telephone town hall meeting can call into the meeting using the following information: Phone Number: (887) 229-8493, Participant Code: 111439.

January 16th

Area eagles become stars of tourism documentary

January 16, 2014

A Discover Oklahoma filming crew program flocked to Wister Lake State Park Thursday to film footage of an eagle habitat as part of an upcoming show.
The documentary will be televised Feb. 15 on about eight stations spanning from Witchita, Kan., to Denision, Texas, and includes KWTV channel 9 in Oklahoma City, KOTV channel 6 in Tulsa and KSWO channel 7 in Lawton.

Fire departments battle multiple grass fires

January 16, 2014

Stong winds and warmer temperatures were nothing but kindling for wildfires across LeFlore County Thursday.
Grass fires burst out in several areas across the county, sending Arkoma, Pocola and Murry Spur other fire departments in the southern part of the county into the brush to contain flames pushed by winds gusting up to 40 mph.
According to the National Weather Service, which issued a very high fire danger alert for several counties in southeast Oklahoma, including LeFlore, and northwest Arkansas, conditions are highly favorable to spur wildfires.

January 15th

Talley walks; jury says not guilty

January 15, 2014

A LeFlore County jury returned a verdict of not guilty on both counts in the Heath Wayne Talley child abuse trial Wednesday afternoon.
A little after 4 p.m., a jury of seven women and five men who had been in deliberation for about two hours returned to the court room to announce their verdict.
Talley was arrested July 10, 2012, after a 22-month-old child in his care was treated for electrical burns and an injury to her genital area. Talley was charged with child abuse by injury and child sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12.

Pocola man dies in afternoon accident

January 15, 2014

A Pocola man lost his life Wednesday afternoon in a single vehicle accident.
According to Pocola Chief of Police Steve Howard, at about 1:30 p.m., police received a report of a wreck on South Gray Street. When officers arrived, Howard said they found a Ford minivan on it's side, with the driver, Brent A. Graham, 25, pinned underneath.
Howard said Graham was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
Officers reported Graham was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.
LeFlore County Emergency Medical Services, Pocola police, Pocola Fire and Rescue responded to the crash.

Shady Point elects new trustee

January 15, 2014

The voters decided Tuesday who among four candidates will fill the vacant seat on the Shady Point Board of Trustees.
The newest member to the board is Shady Point resident Becky Smith.
Smith, along with Henry Wells, Bud Killion and LeRoy Smith filed for the at-large position.
During Tuesday's special election, 63 of the town's residents cast their vote, 23 in favor of Becky Smith.
LeRoy Smith and Killion tied for second in the race each receiving 19 votes, trailed by Wells with two.

January 13th

Shady Point voters to cast their ballot Tuesday

January 13, 2014

Shady Point voters will be asked to fill an at-large seat on the town Board of Trustees today.
The polling place at the Mike Mass Civic Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Four candidates will be on the special election ballot: LeRoy Smith, Henry Wells, Becky Smith and Derrall Bud Killion.
The special election was called after town trustee were unable to agree between two candidates for the position.
Both candidates were interviewed in a public session by the board, but neither was elected.

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