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May 15th, 2014

Church garden completed with new angel

May 15, 2014

Pastor Tom Lackey of the Presbyterian Church at the corner of Witte and Clayton Streets in Poteau guides a new 4-foot angel being placed by Jake French Thursday morning [May 15]. The angel is nestled in the center of the large garden on the southeast side of the church.
PDN photo by Kim Ross

May 14th

Overwhelming turnout at benefit cookout

May 14, 2014

LeFlore County Sheriff Rob Seale and Panama Police Chief John Whiteaker try to keep up with the large number of people who ordered hamburgers and hotdogs during Wednesdays [May 14] benefit for 5-year-old Emma Mortenson, who was diagnosed with cancer.

May 13th

Free genealogy workshop to be held at KTC

May 13, 2014

Al Hobaugh, chairman of the Cherokee West Genealogy Research and Development Association, will return to Poteau to conduct a free genealogy workshop May 27 at Kiamichi Technology Center.
Hobaugh said a similar workshop last drew a large attendance and led to a request for another one this year.
A free handout will be provided at the class. The three-hour workshop will start in the seminar room at 6 p.m. with the first 30 minutes being used as history class on the Western Cherokee Nation.
For more information call (918) 339-6333 or visit

Donation helps summer program

May 13, 2014

Kay Thomas, representing the Poteau Women's League, presents a $250 check to Nancy Hamlin, head librarian at Patrick Lynch Public Library. The donation is for Carole Gill, children's librarian, to use toward expenses in the upcoming Summer Reading Program. The Poteau Women's League support the Summer Reading Program annually.

May 12th

Parts of county under flood warning

May 12, 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.

Hundreds graduate from CASC

May 12, 2014

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.

May 10th

Cavanal Killer underway

May 10, 2014

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.

May 9th

Jury says guilty

May 9, 2014

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.

Jail looses more employees

May 9, 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].

May 8th

LCPBA schedules special meeting for jail funds

May 8, 2014

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.


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