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March 11th, 2013
Friends of the Buckley Library held their first St. Paddy's Day 5K run/walk Saturday morning.
More than 150 people participated in the event.
All proceeds will go toward the completion of the Patrick Lynch Library scheduled to open in May.
Winners were announced in 15 event categories. Over male finisher was Matt Aguero and Hali Repass took the finish line as top female finishers.
The monthly Jumpstart family literacy program will be held in the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center for the next three months, according to Dorene Doyle, director of the LeFlore County Literacy Council.
The family reading and activity event is held at 5:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month. The next Jumpstart will be March 26.
The event includes a story reading for younger children, craft activity and free books for children up to age 11 and their parents or guardians.
Free refreshments also are provided.
For more information, contact Doyle at (918) 647-3833.
STILLWATER, Okla. â€“ About this time every year, Oklahomans watch thousands upon thousands of acres of land burn up in wildfires. However, this fire season has been better than usual due to the low grassy fuel loads caused by drought during last yearâ€™s growing season.
While we have seen some recent moisture across much of the state, how big of an effect does it have on wildfire this time of year?
LeFlore County Demcrats and Republicans will hold grass roots organizationsl meetings next week
The LeFlore County Democratic Party will hold precinct meetings at 7 p.m. Thursday. Precinct meetings will be held at voting places in which each person votes.
For more information, contact Reba Amend at (918) 647-3250 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
County Republicans will hold their annual precinct meeting and county convention at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at Western Sizzlin in Poteau.
Business will include election of precinct officials, convention delegates and officers.
Laura Burleigh of Poteau is among performers in "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," a musical comedy to be presented March 28-30 at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford. Cast and crew are, front from left: Steven Doughty, Yukon; Monica Sallaway, Omaha NE; Sheri Flowers, Edmond; Emma Leffler, Arlington TX; Laura Burleigh, Poteau; Rhiannon Jensen, Woodward; Kierston Rodriquez, Arlington TX; and Winnie Chang, Taiwan.
The Oklahoma Child Support Services office in Poteau donated 160 books to the Kibois Head Start Program as part of Read Across America Day.
The office collected the books during a week-long community book drive ending on March 1, Read Across America Day.
Read Across America Day is the nationâ€™s largest celebration of reading, with more than 45 million participating to highlight the importance of developing a love of reading from an early age. Held each year on March 1, the day coincides with the birthday of beloved childrenâ€™s author, Dr. Seuss.
A house fire at 2407 Central St. in Poteau has been put out after a two hour battle by the Poteau Fire Department.
The home, owned by Mike Bynum, was destroyed in the blaze.
According to Poteau Fire Chief Jon Pickel, no one was home when the fire started and the cause is undetermined.
Pickel said the fire department received assistance from the Wister Fire Department in putting out the fire.
The Poteau Fire Department is battling a house fire in the 2800 block of Central Street.
The home was fully engulfed when crews arrived.
The homeowner was not at the home when the fire started but arrived as fire crews attempted to extinguish the blaze.
A man accused of robbing a Heavener store has been sentenced to life in prison by District Judge Jon Sullivan.
John Thomas Akin, 38, of Poteau, was convicted of conjoint robbery by a jury in January. He was accused of robbing the El Soliceto store in Heavener in April. He was charged in the crime after a forensic report from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation matched a palm print taken from the cash register to Akin.
On Friday he appeared before Sullivan who sentenced him to life in prison, confirming the suggested sentence given by the jury.
The town of Leflore will hold a regular biannual meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in the community center.
The agenda includes approving minutes of the Aug. 6, 2012, meeting, reading and approving financial reports, and any new business that may be presented.
The next meeting will be held Sept. 3.