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August 6th, 2014

New 911 system set to launch today

August 6, 2014

The new LeFlore County 911 system is set to launch today [Aug. 6] at 9 a.m.
According to Sheriff Rob Seale, there are no disruptions expected to the 911 service. Should there be any issues in the switch, the nearest 911 system, Sequoyah County, would automatically received the rerouted calls without delay.

August 5th

Oklahoma Guardsman receives Soldier’s Medal for heroism in wake of May 20 Moore tornado

August 5, 2014

By Sgt. 1st Class Darren D. Heusel
Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs

NORMAN, Okla. – A Soldier with the Oklahoma Army National Guard was honored Sunday, Aug. 3 for his remarkable courage and heroic actions in the wake of the deadly tornado that ripped through Moore, Oklahoma last year.
Sgt. E.H. Pittman, 30, of Norman, was presented with the Soldier’s Medal for using his body as a shield while trying to protect others during the May 20, 2013 tornado.

VIDEO: OU, OSU kick off fall football camp

August 5, 2014

VIDEO: OU, OSU kick off fall football camp

Fall football camp is underway at some Oklahoma schools and FOX23’s Andrew Carter set out on a media day journey Saturday to see how the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University are preparing for the upcoming season.

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.”

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