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September 17th, 2013

EOMC to host health care needs meetings

September 17, 2013

Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center will hold four community meetings in October through December to assess health care needs in the area, EOMC officials announced.
The assessment is required every three years under new health care legislation, according to an EOMC press release.
Community input is needed to ensure the success of the project, which will run from October into December, the release said.
The meetings will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the dates listed below. The first meeting will provide a more in-depth overview of what will occur during the process.

September 13th

Last chance to Walk, Run or Dye

September 13, 2013

Time is running out before the start of the Walk, Run and Dye event held in Poteau Saturday morning.
The 5K walk/run begins at 10 a.m. in front of Poteau City Hall. Registration ends at 9 a.m.
Spectators are encouraged and vendors will be on site providing food, drinks and snacks.
There will be no parking at the City Hall parking lot or along Dewey Avenue, where the course will be marked. Parking will be available at the Donald W. Reynolds Center and other public parking areas around the starting point.

Cameron man arrested after alleged manhunt

September 13, 2013

A Cameron man who was arrested about 10 months ago after allegations of committing a sex crime against a 15-year-old is back behind bars after leading police on a manhunt.
Johnny Carter, 72, was reportedly a bus driver and coach at Union Christian Academy in Fort Smith when the incident allegedly occurred.
In November 2012, Carter was booked into the Sebastian County (Ark.) Detention Center on fourth-degree sexual assault charges in connection with the allegations, according to jail records. He was later released after posting $10,000 bail.

Duck Dynasty, Jimmy Houston guest speakers at Men's Retreat

September 13, 2013

Two members of TV's Duck Dynasty family and professional angler Jimmy Houston will be among speakers at the upcoming Kiamichi Men's Retreat, sponsored by the LeFlore Baptist Association.
Houston is scheduled to speak at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, and Duck Dynasty's Jeb and Al Robertson are slated at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. Brad Clayhost of Final Descent Outdoors also will be on hand Friday.
Organizers said about 200 tickets remain available for the “Living Your Life on Target” event at Kiamichi Baptist Assembly at Talihina.

September 12th

PHS to hold Bedlam blood drive

September 12, 2013

Blood donors can show their community and school spirit by donating with Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI), Wednesday, Sept. 18. Poteau High School is sponsoring a blood drive, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Civic Center. 
Blood donors can show their community and school spirit by donating with Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI), Wednesday, Sept. 18. Wister High School is sponsoring a blood drive, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  

Local group helps during disasters

September 12, 2013

By Alannis Herrington
Wister FFA Reporter

Oklahoma's disastrous spring weather brought out the volunteer spirit across the state.
Wister FFA members showed their spirit by joining cleanup efforts after two major weather events.
On May 20, a devastating EF5 tornado tore through Moore. Houses and families were destroyed.
Wister FFA teamed up with many other FFA chapters across Oklahoma to help pick up debris and rebuild people’s lives. They spent their day cleaning up large hay and wheat fields in hopes that there would still be a harvest.

September 11th

Medicare phone scam hits the area

September 11, 2013

Beware Medicare and Medicaid recipients, a new scam may be occurring and you are the target.
One Poteau resident said she received a phone call from an English speaking man who told her he was calling in regard to new Medicare cards being issued on Oct. 1.

Voters approve Cameron sales tax

September 11, 2013

Cameron business owners will see an increase in their tax liability to the town after voters approved a 2 percent sales and use tax during Tuesday's special municipal election.
The measure was previously voted on in November 2012 and was defeated 39-37. The two vote margin reoccurred during the latest election, only this time in favor of the tax. With a much smaller voting turnout, the measure passed 11-9.

September 10th

Cameron voters decide sales tax issue

September 10, 2013

Cameron voters are deciding today on a proposed 2 percent sales tax to help fund city governmental operations.
This will be the second time voters hit the polls to cast their ballot in favor or against the tax, having previously been defeated in November 2012. The earlier vote was close, the tax failing by 2 votes, creating a 2.6 percent margin.
Cameron voters are casting their ballots for the special municipal election at the Cameron School from until 7 p.m.

Walk, Run or Dye this Saturday

September 10, 2013

Put on your tennis shoes and grab your water bottle, there is a new walk in town.
The Poteau Chamber of Commerce and Fenton Motors of Poteau have announced the 2013 Walk, Run or Dye 5k to be held Saturday, starting at the Poteau City Hall parking lot.
The event welcomes participants of all ages and will not be a timed event. There will be no metals or trophies awarded, just a chance to hang out with family and friends during a healthy event.

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