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May 16th, 2013

Corps announces campground closings for season

May 16, 2013

The Army Corps of Engineers announced Tuesday that area campgrounds that are maintained by the department will remain closes for the 2013 season.
Camp sites at Short Mountain Cove, Applegate Cove, Cowlington and Dam site day-area will not be open for use this year.
The Corps blames the closures on recent budget cuts that leave a financial shortfall resulting in the department not being able to hire contract employees to maintain the campgrounds. Officials are unsure how long the monetary restraints will remain in place.

May 15th

Action agencies to join against poverty

May 15, 2013

KI BOIS Community Action will join Community Action Agencies across the country in hosting events and activities throughout May aimed at highlighting poverty problems and solutions. Due to the uncertain economic climate – still reeling from the Great Recession and high unemployment rates – Community Action Agencies feel it is critical to focus local, state and national attention and efforts on helping our most vulnerable population.

Bokoshe man to be sentenced in parents' murders

May 15, 2013

Kevin Paul Statham, 51, of Bokoshe, was charged in the July 2011 shooting deaths of his parents, Paul,Statham, 70, and Helen Statham, 69. at their home on Old Bokoshe Road.
According to information released by the OSBI and LeFlore County Sheriff’s Department a family member went to the Statham's home and found Helen Statham dead in the back yard. Paul Statham, also deceased, was found inside the home. Both had died from gunshot wounds, according to court records.
In May 2012, District Attorney Jeff Smith filed notice seeking the death penalty against Statham.

May 14th

Tornado Alley Poker Run slated for June

May 14, 2013

The inaugural Tornado Alley Poker Run will be held June 15.
Proceeds will benefit LeFlore County Youth Services.
Registration for the run, hosted by The Lounge at Strike-A-Lot Lanes, will begin at 11 a.m. with last bike out at 11:30 a.m. and last in by 6 p.m.
The event will include food, music, 50/50 drawing and door prizes. Wary Pony will make its debut at The Lounge at 8 p.m.

Allen named King of the Hill

May 14, 2013

By Kim Ross
PDN Reporter

A Keota man who took on the challenge of the Cavanal Killer on Saturday touched more hearts than he knew as his determination impressed several people.
Clinton Allen, 43, of Keota began walking a few months ago in an attempt to lose weight and regain his health. Little did he know when he began, he would trek the five miles in a race up the highest hill.

May 13th

McKee wins raffle

May 13, 2013

Marvin McKee, of Blackfork, Ark., was the winner of the shotgun raffle at the May 5 fundraiser for the Haw Creek Fire Association. The association said the fundraiser was a success and expressed thanks to LeFlore County Pawn and Gun in Heavener for help in obtaining the shotgun.

Area students compete in State Music Festival

May 13, 2013

Ten local students from the district junior music festival competed at the Oklahoma Federation of Music Clubs State Junior Music Festival.
"Our district had one winner and three honorable mentions," said Natlynn Hayes, District 5 festival chairman.
Elyse Marquardt was a winner in the piano solo very difficult II division.
Ethan Heath received an honorable mention in the musical theatre junior III division.  
Raegan Thomas received an honorable mention in the vocal art song senior II division.
Trenton Underwood received an honorable mention in the hymn playing primary B division.

May 9th

Heavener High School and OBI partner for blood drive

May 9, 2013

Oklahoma Blood Institute is partnering with Heavener High School to host a blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday in the Home Economics room.
OBI provide all blood needed by patients in Choctaw Nation Health Care System and 140 others across the state.
Sign up in Ms. Wiley’s room. All students must have signed permission slips.

WIC can make positive impact

May 9, 2013

The special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), available through the LeFlore County Health Department, can make positive changes in the health of pregnant women, infants and children up to five years of age.
 
WIC is a federally funded nutrition education and supplemental food program for pregnant and breastfeeding women, or women who have delivered within the last six months, as well as infants, and children under age five (5). Participants must qualify for the program.   Applicants must qualify within income guidelines, then at nutritional risk through a health assessment. With unemployment rates high at this time, more families are qualifying for this program, not only through income variables but nutritional risk as well due to the fact with less money in the household, nutritious foods are not purchased, which ultimately means less healthy individuals. Please see recent income eligibility guidelines listed below.
 
Once certified, participants will receive food instruments from LeFlore County Health Department to obtain supplemental food items such as milk, cheese, fruit juice high in vitamin C, eggs, iron-fortified formula and cereal, dried beans, peanut butter, tuna and carrots. 
 
The WIC program provides nutrition education to all participants to learn more about nutrition and have questions answered by nutrition professional.
 
The program also introduces participants to other health care services offered within the LeFlore County Health Department such as immunizations, family planning and guidance services.
 
For more information or an appointment please call LeFlore County Health Department at 918-647-8601.
 
LeFlore County Health Department is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

May 7th

Trail of Tears Walk held in Spiro

May 7, 2013

The public is invited to join the 2013 Trail of Tears Walk is scheduled for May 18 at Skullyville Cemetery outside the city limits of Spiro, according to the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
Participants are asked to come early and park at the Choctaw Community Center and ride a shuttle bus to the starting point of the walk.
Drivers will begin taking passengers to the cemetery at 9 a.m.
The walk will begin at 10 a.m.
Lunch will be served to all who participate.
Walk T-shirts may be ordered online at www.choctawnation.com. For more information, call (800) 522-6170 Ext. 2162.

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