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August 2nd, 2013

Area business women learn self defense during Bizz conference

August 2, 2013

During the seventh annual Women's Business Conference held Friday at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center in Poteau about 30 women learned about safety. Poteau police Lt. Gregg Russell spoke about safety while Poteau School Resource Officer Donnie Williams demonstrated self-defense. The women practiced the tactics during the demonstration.
PDN photo by Joe Milligan

Area soldier promoted to Major

August 2, 2013

Air Force Maj. Trevor L. Williams has been promoted to the rank of major in the U.S. Air Force.
Williams is a C-17A pilot assigned to the 437th Airlift Wing at Charleston Air Force Base, S.C.  The new major has served in the military for nine years. 
He is the son of Teresa Williams of Rock Island Road, Cameron, Okla. His wife, Brianna, is the daughter of Randy and Sherree Coulson of Independence Circle, Texarkana, Texas.

Spiro man completes U.S. Naval basic training

August 2, 2013

Navy Airman Apprentice Branden X. Kinkade, son of Stephanie L. and Travis L. Kinkade of Spiro, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. 
During the eight-week program, Kinkade completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness. 

Area church hosts "Back to School" bash

August 2, 2013

The Poteau First United Methodist Church, located at 109 S. Harper, is hosting an "End of Summer / Back to School Bash" on Sunday, Aug. 11 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.  
There will be free hamburgers, games, free goody bags, and free haircuts, vision screenings, and dental screenings for school-age children.  The free services and goody bags will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
There will also be a free drawing for a boy's and girl's backpack for two of the children present, each filled with school supplies.
Please come join us in celebrating the end of summer. Everyone is welcome!

August 1st

Chorale auditions open this weekend

August 1, 2013

If you love music and are willing to work to perform with others, Cavanal Chorale is opening its doors for you this weekend.
Cavanal Chorale was organized in 2008 for the purpose of sharing choral music of high musical standards with Poteau and the surrounding areas, according to Chorale Conductor Noma Curtis.
"A variety of genres are rehearsed and presented in each themed concert series. These genres include classical, art songs, folk songs, musical theatre, sacred, humorous and patriotic," Curtis said.

Wister pavilion to be dedicated Saturday

August 1, 2013

The public is invited to the dedication of the Henry J. Heflin Pavilion on Saturday at Lake Wister State Park.
State Rep. James Lockhart and Sen. Jerry Ellis will be on hand for the ceremony along with Heflin family members and descendants.
The legislators sponsored a bill to authorize the naming of the Victor Camping Area pavilion in honor of Heflin, a LeFlore County pioneer who once owned the land where the camping area sits.

July 31st

Economic development discussed at Rotary meeting

July 31, 2013

Lundy Kiger, chairman of the Fort Smith Regional Alliance and Lea Taylor, the alliance’s executive director, talk to the Poteau Rotary Club on Wednesday about the efforts of the alliance to coordinate economic development efforts in the Fort Smith area, including Poteau.

Photo submitted by Sevilla Vance

Talihina youth injured in accident

July 31, 2013

A Talihina youth was hospitalized after her car left the roadway and struck a tree.
According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Mariah Frederick, 16, of Talihina, was driving a 2008 Mitsubishi west on Oklahoma Highway 63 when her vehicle left the right side of the road and struck a tree.
Frederick was pinned inside her vehicle until she was freed 30 minutes later by the Whitesboro Fire Department.

LeFlore County unemployment rate dips in June

July 31, 2013

LeFlore County unemployment rates dropped more than 0.5 percent, removing the county from the highest rates list for the first time in more than a year.
LeFlore County was one of two counties to report a decrease in unemployment during June, Sequoyah County the other. Over the year, LeFlore County unemployment rates have decreased 1 percent, dropping from 8.9 percent to 7.9 percent. Latimer County, McCurtain County and Hughes County were respectively named as the top three reporting highest unemployment rates for June at 9.2 percent, 8.9 percent and 8 percent.

July 30th

Power outage caused by accident

July 30, 2013

Panama city workers replace a stop sign destroyed by a pickup Tuesday afternoon. The pickup also caused a power outage when it sheered off a utility pole at the intersection of Rock Jail Road and U.S. highway 59. No one was injured in the one vehicle accident. Panama Chief of Police John Whiteaker said about 100 homes were without power. OG&E were on the scene trying restore electricity before police were completed with their accident investigation, said Whiteaker.
PDN photo by Kim Ross

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