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July 9th, 2013

School board presented plan for new high school

July 9, 2013

Preliminary plans for a new high school and a $21.575 million bond issue to pay for it were presented at Monday's meeting of the Poteau Board of Education.
Superintendent Don Sjoberg said the plans are "about 80 percent complete," and he plans to have a firm proposal to present for the board's approval in August.
Poteau architect Michael Riley showed drawings of the proposed structure, saying the plans would accommodate future expansion and were designed for low and easy maintenance.

Fout named assistant vice president

July 9, 2013

Arvest Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Sherry Fout to assistant vice president. Fout has been with Arvest for more than 12 years and serves as consumer loan officer at the Poteau branch. She recently received the Sales and Service Award for top consumer loan officer of the Fort Smith region for 2012. Sherry also serves on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of LeFlore County, is involved with the Fort Smith Home Show and the Fort Smith Blues Society Music Festival.

Police fatally shoot Poteau man at Pa. home

July 9, 2013

SEWICKLEY, Pa. (AP) — An Oklahoma man was fatally shot by police responding to a burglar alarm at a home in an upscale Pittsburgh suburb. The man had periodically stayed at the home before a court ordered him to stay away after he allegedly threatened the woman who lived there.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office identified the dead man as Robert Brooks, 27, of Poteau, Okla. An autopsy scheduled Tuesday was expected to confirm that he died from being shot when Sewickley police answered the alarm Monday about 9:30 p.m.

Police say driver crossed center line; caused 3-car accident

July 9, 2013

The cause of a three-car accident in Poteau on July 3, has been released by the Poteau Police Department.
According to the accident report, Corey D. Cooper, 25, of Cameron, crossed the center line on north Broadway, striking another vehicle head-on. Cooper, who was traveling south on Broadway in a 2001 Black Ford pickup near the EZ Mart crashed into a 1995 Green GMC pickup driven by Gregory G. Allison, 44, of Poteau, according to the report.

July 8th

Drug raid nets five

July 8, 2013

Five people were arrested in connection with a narcotics search warrant served Friday.
Jerry D. Ray II, 26; Donna Ray, 42; Eythel Buckner, 53; Ashlie R. Nelson, 28 and Shandee Albert 25, all of Wister, were booked into the LeFlore County Detention Center on multiple drug charges after a narcotics search warrant was served at a home on Pearl Street in Wister.

Poteau man escapes injury in rollover accident

July 8, 2013

Ryan Adams, 27, of Poteau, escaped serious injury Monday after a cliff-hanging blowout. Adams was headed north on the bypass near Polk Creek Road when a tire on the trailer he was towing deflated. The blowout caused the 2010 Chevy pickup to swerve to the right then roll over atop the guardrail, according to Poteau Police who investigated the accident. The trailer saved Adams pickup from going over the guardrail and rolling down a steep hill.

AES official confirms restructure resulted in layoffs

July 8, 2013

An area business confirmed Monday, employees were laid off at the end of June.
Lundy Kiger, vice president and director of government operations confirmed Monday that four employees have been released from their duties at the Shady Point location as a result of the restructure of the corporation.

Hodgen prison escapee caught near Summerfield

July 8, 2013

The five-day manhunt for an escaped inmate from the Jim E. Hamilton Corrections Center came to an end Friday in Summerfield.
According to LeFlore County Sheriff Rob Seale, the sheriff's department received a call that escaped inmate Curtis Edwin Gibson, 51, had been sighted at a set of dumpsters in Summerfield.
Seale said Gibson ran off into nearby woods and a search immediately began. Officers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Sheriff's Department, Wister Police and the JEHCC CERT team arrived at the location Gibson was last seen. Gibson was located 30 minutes later.

July 5th

Summer music camp starts Monday

July 5, 2013

Poteau First United Methodist Church will host the third annual Summer Music Camp the week of July 8-12.
The camp will take place daily from 9 a.m. to noon with a performance at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, July 12.
The camp is for students who have completed first grade up through high school. Students will learn and put together a musical production for the Friday night performance. They will be responsible for not only the music and drama, but also costume, stage and production design.

Nashoba Youth Foundation recipient of area donation

July 5, 2013

Volunteers and donations are helping to spruce up skateparks in Heavener and Poteau.
Two-State Sod Farm in Spiro donated sod for the Nashoba Skatepark in Heavener and Central National Bank donated bottled water to help keep the volunteers hydrated.
"Two State donated sod for the Skatepark Off Broadway in Poteau, too. We really appreciate them partnering with us to help our area youth," said Nashoba Youth Foundation Chairwoman Lisa Fabian.

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