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November 21st, 2013

Pirate football coach guest speaker at Rotary meeting

November 21, 2013

Poteau High School football coach Greg Werner talks to the Poteau Rotary Club and its guest on Wednesday at the Pirates winning season. Werner made his remarks at the club’s meeting Wednesday at Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center. Werner said the team has done a great job this year, winning the first round of the football championship on Friday against Cleveland. He said the team faces the Clinton Red Tornadoes this week.
PDN photo by Robert Shearon

Morris shines for Oklahoma

November 21, 2013

Katie Morris an employee of the Days Inn & Suites in Poteau has just been honored with the Days Inn-Wyndham Worldwide SHINE award.
The SHINE (Special Hospitality Initiative Notable Employee) Award is given to one employee per state based on customer service.
The Award Winning Days Inn & Suites and its team have won the SHINE Award every year since they opened in 2002, an eleven year winning streak.

Contest winner has lunch with Sheriff

November 21, 2013

LeFlore County Sheriff Rob Seale visited the Poteau Primary School Thursday to have lunch with LCSO coloring contest winner 5-year-old Marshall Dacus. Dacus also received a bag of gifts from Seale that included a Superman costume and several educational toys.

November 19th

Jones named Mr. Poteau High School

November 19, 2013

Nine Poteau High School students competed Monday night during the Mr. Poteau High School pageant. The ceremony opened with a choreographed dance by the contestants. Mason Jones, son of Fred and Sheila Jones, was named the reigning Mr. PHS and Spirit Winner.

Cameron woman injured in accident

November 19, 2013

A Cameron woman is recovering in a Tulsa hospital after suffering serious injuries in an accident Monday night.
According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol accident report, Rhonda Burden-Speaks, 47, of Cameron and a juvenile were passengers in a 2005 Ford pickup driven by 47-year-old Terry Speaks of Mansfield, Ark., when the pickup left the road and struck a pole.
Rhonda Speaks was flown by an Eagle Med medical helicopter to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa.
The juvenile, whose name was withheld, and the driver were not injured, according to the report.

Protectors drawing to raise money for children in need

November 19, 2013

The Protectors Motorcycle Association will hold a drawing for a Sony PlayStation 4 to raiser money to buy Christmas toys for area children.
Donations are $5. The drawing will be held at the Poteau Christmas parade on Dec. 7. You do not need to be present top win.
Tickets are available from any Protectors member. For more information, call Carolyn Currens at (918) 647-3832.

November 15th

Students inducted into Elementary National Honor Society

November 15, 2013

During the first induction of students from Poteau Upper Elementary into the Elementary National Honor Society, 78 students took the stage during ceremonial proceedings.
PDN photo by Aimee Duncan

Expert keynote speaker at fraud seminar

November 15, 2013

Two seminars regarding identity theft and internet security are to be held at the new Patrick Lynch Public Library.
Speaking is Elaine Dodd, a fraud specialist with the Oklahoma Bankers Association and a veteran of law enforcement. Dodd will address topics such as identity theft, debit and credit card fraud, current online scams, internet safety and much more. Protection for senior citizens, who are often the targets of such scams, also will be discussed.

November 14th

Elementary Honor Society to induct 78 students

November 14, 2013

Seventy-eight Poteau Upper Elementary School students will be inducted into the National Elementary Honor Society tonight beginning at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria.
To achieve membership, the students had to earn "high ratings, by a committee of educators, in the areas of scholarship, responsibility, service and leadership," according to Assistant Principal Mark Williams.
former state Sen. Kenneth Corn will be the guest speaker. Also in attendance will be numerous parents, teachers and administrators, including Superintendent Don Sjoberg, Williams said.
The schedule includes:

Witness tampering alleged by defense

November 14, 2013

A request by the defense lawyer of accused murder Elvis Aaron Thacker, 25, to strike his alleged confession in the 2010 death of 22-year-old Brianna Ault on the grounds of multiple constitutional rights violations was denied Wednesday.
During the continuation of Thacker’s preliminary hearing that has spanned three months, a motion to suppress evidence was heard in conjunction as testimony by witnesses for the defense took the stand.

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