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May 12th, 2014
The National Weather Service issued a flood warning Monday [May 10] lasting until Wednesday afternoon for parts of LeFlore County.
Areas under the warning are predominantly along the Poteau River.
More than 500 Carl Albert State College students received their degrees or certificates of completion during graduation ceremonies Friday night. Seventeen of the graduates received two degree or certificates and 235 students graduated with honors.
More than 400 runners and walkers are making the 5-mile trek to the top of the World's Highest Hill today [May 10, 9:40 a.m.] during the 7th annual Cavanal Killer.
The race started in the 400 block of Hughes Drive in Poteau at 9:30 a.m.
A LeFlore County jury returned a guilty verdict Friday [May 9] afternoon in the trial of Raymond Larry Nichols, 61, of Cameron.
Nichols shot Poteau business owner Joe Neff then disposed of his body in a Pocola strip pit in 2009.
The trial began Wednesday.
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