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July 2nd, 2013

Stigler man dies in diving accident

July 2, 2013

A Stigler man died last Wednesday after diving into a lake, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
An accident report completed by the OHP said Vernon Michael Reynolds, 51, dove off a courtesy dock at John Wells Lake in Haskell County at about 6:15 p.m. Family called the Stigler Police Department after Reynolds' failed to resurface.
The OHP and Stigler Fire Department were both called to help find Reynolds.
Stigler Fire Department recovered Reynolds' body, according to the report.

District 4 Choctaw royalty crowned

July 2, 2013

The District 4 Choctaw Princess Pageant was held and the following girls were crowned to represent District 4 for the 2013-2014 year. Senior Miss Callie Curnutt, Junior Miss Jordan Carver and Little Miss Amber Battice along with Mr. Delton Cox, District 4 Councilman. The girls will be competing in the Choctaw Nation Pageant during the Tuskahoma Labor Day Festival.

Oklahoma to withdraw from testing group

July 2, 2013

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma is backing out of a testing consortium to work with another company to develop its own standardized tests for the 2014-2015 school year, State Superintendent Janet Barresi said this week.

Barresi said the decision to withdraw from the multistate group — called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers — was made after teachers and parents voiced concerns about the extra hours of test taking that would be involved with it.

Okla. unemployment rate climbs in all 77 counties

July 2, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma labor officials say the state's unemployment rate rose in every one of its 77 counties in May, a trend they say is not uncommon for the month.

Figures released on Tuesday show Sequoyah County in southeast Oklahoma had the highest unemployment rate of 9 percent in May, up from 8.2 percent in April. The lowest unemployment rate was in Roger Mills County in western Oklahoma at 2.2 percent, which was an increase from 1.8 percent in April.

July 1st

Spider Webb, longtime local businessman, dies

July 1, 2013

"Spider Webb was never lost in any crowd — he was always at home wherever he was," according to lifelong friend Dr. John Chitwood.
Wayne "Spider" Webb, longtime Poteau businessman, died Sunday. He was 73.
Webb's colorful nickname, auto dealership and later his farm implements business were well-known in LeFlore County and beyond.
He had been in declining health for some time, but remained involved in his business and with local charities.
"Spide Webb was full of life, high energy. Wherever Spider was, it was a positive and uplifting crowd," said Mayor Jeff Shockley.

June 28th

Fallin's environmental secretary to resign post

June 28, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin's Secretary of Environment Gary Sherrer is resigning.
Sherrer says in a letter to Fallin dated Friday that his plans to resign by Monday, the start of the new fiscal year. Sherrer did not give a reason for his resignation, and a telephone message left at his office Friday was not immediately returned.
Fallin described Sherrer as a "strong voice for sensible, commonsense policies."
Sherrer is a former Democratic state legislator who Fallin credited for working with policymakers on both sides of the aisle.

Oklahoma DEQ cautions swimmers on dangers in water

June 28, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality is issuing cautionary advice to those planning trips to state lakes, rivers and streams during the coming Fourth of July holiday.
The department says bacteria and viruses can be present in untreated bodies of water and can cause problems ranging from swimmers itch and ear infections to some forms of meningitis.

Oklahoma DEQ cautions swimmers on dangers in water

June 28, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality is issuing cautionary advice to those planning trips to state lakes, rivers and streams during the coming Fourth of July holiday.
The department says bacteria and viruses can be present in untreated bodies of water and can cause problems ranging from swimmers itch and ear infections to some forms of meningitis.

June 26th

Court case stirs debate over Indian child welfare

June 26, 2013

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to leave the ultimate placement of a 3-year-old girl in an American Indian child welfare case to a state court extends the custody dispute and the anguish for both her biological father and the couple who raised her for the first two years of her life.

Area students attend Oklahoma Girls State

June 26, 2013

High school senior girls from LeFlore County joined 416 young women from across the state selected to attend the 72nd annual session of Oklahoma Girls State, hosted at the University of Oklahoma from May 26 through June 1.

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