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November 19th, 2013

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.

Choctaw Nation Thanksgiving dinner held Wednesday

November 14, 2013

Choctaw District 4 Junior Miss Jordan Carver, left, and Little Miss Amber Battice perform The Lord's Prayer in sign language at the senior citizens Thanksgiving meal Wednesday at the Choctaw Nation Community Center. Princess Callie Curnutt, not pictured, also participated in the ceremony. I
PDN photo by Ken Milam

November 12th

Chamber contract, bids discussed during meeting

November 12, 2013

Two decisions facing the Poteau Chamber Board of Directors remained in limbo after their regular monthly meeting Tuesday.
A recent offer by the City of Poteau to enter into contract with the chamber, which would take over management of the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center, was somewhat resolved but still on hold after action by the board. Questions about the legalities of the agreement — such as any impact the partnership might make upon the chamber's 501(C)6 tax status — needed to be answered after the previous meeting.

November 11th

Local business donates to new library

November 11, 2013

Chelsea Williams, manager of Strike-A-Lot Lanes in Poteau, presented a check for $250 to Nancy Hamlin, librarian at Patrick Lynch Public Library. The donated money was raised through the kid’s fair sponsored annually by Strike-A-Lot Lanes and is earmarked for the purchase of children’s books and materials.

Honor Society recipient of local organization's donation

November 11, 2013

The Pansy Kidd Middle School National Junior Honor Society is one of several organizations Poteau Women’s League donates to each year. Presenting the donation on and league President Nancy Shore and member Joyce Roberts. Allison Matos was installed as president-elect along with 38 eighth-grade members and 35 seventh-grade members at the annual installation ceremony. Callie and Lily Shore, grandaughters of Nancy, and Callie Shore, grandaughter of Joyce, were among those being installed.

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