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August 9th, 2013

Passenger of wrecked car jailed

August 9, 2013

Poteau police responded to the call of a car on its side in a deep ditch on Harper Street near the Page Street intersection Friday about 4 p.m. According to radio communications, the driver of the car fled the scene and police began a search of the area. The driver was not located.
According to officers, it appeared the car struck a low water bridge then landed on its side in the ditch. Police said the passenger, Travis Armstrong, 33, was arrested for public intoxication and taken to the LeFlore County Detention Center.
Officer Cody Johnson investigated the accident.

Severe storms cause damage in county

August 9, 2013

Strong storms blew through the northern portion of LeFlore County Thursday evening leaving downed trees and power lines in their wake.
At about 6 p.m., the National Weather Service warned towns north of Poteau to prepare for severe thunderstorms. Not long after, several residents in Panama and Poteau found themselves without electricity.
"The 911 center relied on backup generators all night," said Emergency Management Director Michael Davidson.
According to police, about 150 people were without electricity in Panama and an unknown number in Poteau.

August 8th

Northern LeFlore County under weather warning

August 8, 2013

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ISSUED A:

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
SOUTHERN SEQUOYAH COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...
EASTERN HASKELL COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST OKLAHOMA...
NORTHERN LE FLORE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST OKLAHOMA...

* UNTIL 545 PM CDT

* AT 449 PM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED 4 MILES NORTHWEST
OF MCCURTAIN...MOVING EAST AT 15 MPH.

STORM HAZARDS INCLUDE...
QUARTER SIZE HAIL...
WIND GUSTS TO 60 MPH...
MINOR FLOODING IN AREAS OF POOR DRAINAGE...

* SOME LOCATIONS IN OR NEAR THE PATH OF THIS STORM INCLUDE...KEOTA...
BOKOSHE...SPIRO AND GANS.

Arrest made in Neff murder

August 8, 2013

An arrest has been made in connection with the more than four-year-old murder of Joe Neff.
According to jail records, Raymond Larry Nichols, 60, of Cameron is being held in the LeFlore County Detention Center for murder but the District Attorney's Office has not yet confirmed his charged is in connection with the murder of Long Branch Saloon owner Joe Neff. Neff's body was found in a body of water near Pocola days after his disappearance from his business in 2009.

UPDATE: Missing Man found alive

August 8, 2013

Harlan McCage has been found is being treated by EMS workers on the scene. He was found a little while ago near the Panama sewer ponds.
Authorities in LeFlore County were searching for 52-year-old McCage, who is blind and has numerous health problems including diabetes. He wondered off yesterday around 1 p.m.
More information will be released shortly.

August 7th

A step back in time

August 7, 2013

1936 Glendale High School Basketball Champs
This newspaper photo was submitted by Jess Ryburn of Poteau, who said Hamilton had coached his father.
Hamilton later was Heavener school superintendent and was elected to the Oklahoma Senate in 1950, where he served until his death in 1967. His son, James E. Hamilton, followed in his footsteps, serving in both the state Senate and House of Representatives. Farmer Wann became superintendent of Pocola Public Schools.
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Miller Completes Internship

August 7, 2013

Carrie Miller, daughter of Rusty Miller and Becky Miller of Poteau, spent her summer interning as an assistant to the youth pastor of First Baptist Church of Poteau.
Miller, a junior at Oklahoma State Univeristy, helped plan the children's camp, the youth camp, vacation Bible school and several social gatherings for the youth of the church. 
Miller was a spirtual leader for the young women attending throughout the summer and was a an asset to the staff. Miller has been on three mission trips abroad in the last three years with the aid of the people of the First Baptist Church.

Blood drives slated for next week

August 7, 2013

Poteau fire department and law enforcement staffs are asking all area residents to come to the Guns ‘N Hoses blood drive with Oklahoma Blood Institute from noon to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, and 1:15-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center.
A separate blood drive will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Aug. 14 at Choctaw Nation Healthcare in Talihina. Two tickets to the Tulsa Zoo and a summer T-shirt will be presented to each donor.

August 6th

NWS issues excessive heat warning

August 6, 2013

FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE: EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM CDT
WEDNESDAY...

AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IS IN EFFECT...

FOR THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES...

* IN OKLAHOMA...TULSA...CHOCTAW...PITTSBURG...MCINTOSH...LE
FLORE...LATIMER AND HASKELL.

IN ARKANSAS...SEBASTIAN.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER...
* AFTERNOON HEAT INDICES ARE FORECAST TO CLIMB INTO THE 105 TO
110 DEGREE RANGE TODAY AND WEDNESDAY. OVERNIGHT LOWS TONIGHT ARE
NOT FORECAST TO COOL ENOUGH TO PROVIDE APPRECIABLE RELIEF FROM
THE HEAT.

IMPACTS...

Poteau police investigate two car accident

August 6, 2013

Poteau police officers investigate a two-car accident Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. along the Cavanal Scenic Expressway. According to emergency responders no one was injured.
PDN photo by David Seeley

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