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August 20th, 2013

First case of West Nile virus reported in Oklahoma

August 20, 2013

The first case of West Nile virus in Oklahoma has been reported in an Oklahoma County resident.
LeFlore County Health Department officials encourage LeFlore County residents to take precautions to reduce the risk of contracting WNV, a mosquito-borne illness.

August 19th

"Titanic" sinks at cardboard boat race

August 19, 2013

Dave Grovdahl, director of LeFlore County EMS, survived the sinking of the "Titanic", a cardboard boat built to race during the weekend at Wister Lake. The event was hosted by the LeFlore County Sheriff's Department the the LeFlore County Dive Team.

Road detour and bridge adoption on Commissioners agenda

August 19, 2013

Residents along Saw Mill Road near Wister soon may have an alternative route for traveling to and from their homes.
During Monday's county commissioner meeting, Farrell Cooper Mining representative Tom Gilbert spoke to the commissioners about plans to create a temporary detour during an upcoming mining operation.

August 16th

EOMC hosts blood drive

August 16, 2013

There’s no substitute for blood needed by patients in the hometown hospitals served by Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI). It’s only available due to those who selflessly take the time to give. EOMC’s blood drive, Thursday, Aug. 22, provides that opportunity for anyone who is healthy and at least 16 years old. It will occur at the library, 7-11:30 a.m.
 
Two tickets to the Tulsa Zoo and a summer T-shirt will be presented to each donor. Health screenings and Donor Rewards points, redeemable in OBI’s online store, are also provided to donors.
 

Leflore students have a Bash blast

August 16, 2013

Leflore School celebrated its third annual Back-to-School Bash. Students, as well as adults, enjoyed free hot dogs, snow cones and cold drinks. The kids cooled off with two giant water slides and several took a surprise dip in the dunk tank. Many remained in doors under the air conditioner playing the Wheel of Fortune, winning cakes in the Cake Walk and receiving free haircuts by Brooke Dorsey and Tiffany Castillo. Amanda Lloyd with The Back to School Ministeries made it possible for all students to receive free school supplies with many receiving back packs.

Choctaw Nation audit results in investigation

August 16, 2013

The Choctaw Nation, as a part of its normal business practices, conducts routine audits. One of these audits, relating to the construction of the Durant Hotel and Casino, revealed discrepancies relating to the purchase of steel from Builders Steel located in Tulsa Oklahoma.
 

August 15th

Preliminary hearing in murder case continued until October

August 15, 2013

There will be a two-month delay between testimony in the preliminary hearing of accused murderer Elvis Aaron Thacker.
Thacker, 25, and his brother, Johnathen Don James Edward Thacker, 24, are charged with first degree murder in the death of Briana Jane Ault, 22, whose body was found in a pond near Pocola on Sept. 13, 2010.

Wister names new chief, officers

August 15, 2013

Jordan Westbook was named chief of police in Wister at a special meeting of the town trustees Wednesday.
Westbrook was assistant chief under. Randy Liles, who resigned to return to work for the LeFlore County Sheriff's Department. Liles had held the chief's position for about three years.
"We'll continue to do the job we've been doing for the last three years and serve the community as best we can," Westbrook said Thursday.

August 14th

System test causes police response

August 14, 2013

A full tactical response of the on-duty Poteau police force for a possible bank robbery Wednesday afternoon was a false alarm, according to Poteau chief of police Stephen Fruen.
An alarm at the First National Bank at the Ben Klutts Drive and North Broadway intersection was activated about 3:30 p.m. Police surrounded the building, only to learn the bank had been testing the alarm system after a recent storm, said Fruen.

August 13th

Talihina Bash continues to be a success

August 13, 2013

The Talihina Chamber of Commerce hosted the sixth annual Back-to-School Bash Family Fun Time on Friday.
"The fun started a little late because just about time for it to start the rain came down," said Chamber Manager Vera Nelson.
Even though it started off a little damp the kids had a great time  bouncing on the inflatables, swimming in the swimming pool, receiving school supply goody bags and food and cold Drinks.
Donations from businesses helped keep the cost down making this event possible for the children to enjoy, Nelson said.

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