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May 9th, 2014
The LeFlore County Detention Center Trust approved laying off 10 employees due to financial issues caused by the loss of state-reimbursed inmates costs.
The jail lost about two-thirds of its annual budget after the Department of Corrections removed county-housed state inmates back to state prisons.
The layoffs reportedly began Thursday [May 8].
The LeFlore County Public Building Authority announced Thursday [May 8] they would hold a special meeting Monday, May 12, at 8:45 at the courthouse.
The board is set to discuss reimbursing the LeFlore County Detention Center for building related expenses.
The second day [May 8] of the Raymond Larry Nichols murder trial is underway as expert witnesses take the stand for the prosecution.
Nichols is accused of the 2009 slaying of Joe Neff, of Poteau.
Testimony was heard from an Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Forensic expert, a District Attorney's Investigator and an owner of an area pawn shop.
Testimony is expected to be heard from the Oklahoma Medical Examiners Office later today.
The trial of 61-year-old accused murderer Raymond Larry Nichols will begin at 9 a.m. today [May 7] at the LeFlore County Courthouse.
Nichols is accused of the 2009 slaying of Poteau businessman Joe Neff.
Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center will hold its 9th annual Archaeology Day on May 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Spiro Mounds site celebrates its 36th year of increasing awareness of Oklahoma archaeology. As a bonus Archaeology Day also will be a free day with no entrance fees collected, although donations are gratefully accepted.
Lectures will be featured during the day, including a talk on Fort Coffee and the Fort Coffee Choctaw Boys Academy at 1 p.m. Manager Dennis Peterson will lead a guided tour of the site at 2 p.m. The regular exhibits will be available throughout the day as well.
A white squirrel bounds across the grass near The Community State Bank on north Broadway. According to several online sources, most white squirrels are not albino, but light-colored versions of gray squirrels.
Photo submitted by Kelly Dyer
Don't forget the benefit pie auction and dinner to help offset medical expenses of Jim Craig, investigator with the LeFlore County District Attorney's Office.
Craig was diagnosed with cancer in November.
The event is from 5-7 p.m. today [May 2] with the pie auction beginning at 5:30 p.m. The event is being held at the Bob Lee Kidd Civic Center at Poteau High School.
Dinner includes a choice between a hamburger or hotdog, chips and drink for $5.
Good Times Community Theatre League presents a charming slice of life tale in Thornton Wilderâ€™s Classic Our Town. Directed by Good Times veteran Darrell Plummer, Jr., this production is sure to please all ages.
Performances are Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 7 p.m., Sunday, May 11, at 2 p.m., and Monday, May 12, at 7 p.m., at the Donald W. Reynolds Center in Poteau.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Advance tickets and more information may be obtained by calling Good Times Community Theatre League at (918) 647-3079.
OK Foods defeated workers' attempt to hold an election to decide whether or not to unionize.
On Friday [May 2] United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1000 said they will file objections immediately against OK Foods over the companyâ€™s conduct during and leading up to a union election held May 1 for maintenance and refrigeration workers, according to a union spokesman.
UFCW alleges OK Foods used unfair labor practices "including coercion, intimidation and lies to interfere with workers exercising their federal right to freely choose a union to represent them."
LeFlore County Emergency Management Director Michael Davidson said county assistance has been requested to help the Center Hill, Ark., residents in recovery.
Plastic storage totes with lids for those who have no home left to store what salvageable items they find. The second donation requested is retail store gift cards or prepaid debit cards that displaced or impacted residents can use for immediate needs.
If you would like to help you can leave your donation at one of four locations in LeFlore County.
LeFlore County Emergency Management located at 1215 S. Broadway, Poteau;