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May 2nd, 2014

OK Foods union battle will continue

May 2, 2014

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 company’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."

Tornado recovery assistance sought from area residents

May 2, 2014

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;

May 1st

Two detained in alleged school threats

May 1, 2014

At about 8:30 a.m. May 1 the LeFlore County Sheriff's Department responded to a threat made against the Leflore Public Schools, according to dispatch information.
Sheriff's Deputies, Choctaw National Tribal Officers and Oklahoma Highway Patrol arrived at the school and at about 8:50 a.m. gave the all clear after determining staff and students were not harmed.
According to the LeFlore County Sheriff's Department website, two people have been detained for questioning in connection with the undisclosed threat.

Poteau street closed for water line replacement

May 1, 2014

Coggins Avenue between Broadway and Central Street will be closed to through traffic for four to five days, beginning May 1 while city workers replace a water line.

Spiro benefit fishing tournament sees young turnout

May 1, 2014

The Spiro Fire Department hosted a benefit fishing tournament Saturday [April 26]. Kade Christensen and Jake Odom pose with the Youngest Fishermen winner Cooper Carter who received a plaque for his participation.
The proceeds raised from the benefit assist the fire department in participating in charitable events such as the annual Angel tree.
PDN photo by Terri Fountain

April 30th

EMS holds annual trainings

April 30, 2014

LeFlore County Emergency Medical Services medic George Muns participates in physical agility testing Wednesday [April 30].

Methodist preschool students learn about pets

April 30, 2014

Daigan Davies, 4, and several of his classmates learn how to hold a hamster at Poteau Pets during a field trip Wednesday [April 30].
The students also toured Cakes and More and the Poteau Daily News.
PDN photo by Kim Ross

NWS declares F1 tornado hit LeFlore County

April 30, 2014

Damage left in Octavia after storms rocked LeFlore County Sunday night has been declared the results of a tornado.
On Monday representatives of the National Weather Service surveyed the damage reported in the Ouachita forest near Octavia. On Tuesday the NWS released information that an EF1 tornado was the culprit that left broken, twisted trees and downed a power line.

April 29th

Poteau Chamber CEO receives 4-state award

April 29, 2014

Poteau Chamber of Commerce CEO Karen Wages was honored today [April 29] by chamber executives, directors and members from a four-state area during the annual Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma Regional Convention hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce Executive and held in Branson, Mo.
She was honored by being the first recipient of the Karen Wages MAKO Leadership Scholarship Award, what will be an annual award to chamber and executive directors in the 4-state area.

April 28th

Area Republicans to hold monthly meeting

April 28, 2014

The Leflore County Republicans will hold their monthly meeting on today [April 28] at the Patrick Lynch Public Library in Poteau. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Congressman Mullin's wife, Christie, will be on hand to speak. Also State Representative candidate Traci Barnes will speak to the group. All Republicans and Conservatives are invited to attend.

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