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February 20th, 2014

DAV to host 'Forget-Me-Not' drive

February 20, 2014

The Disabled American Veterans Forget-Me-Not drive will be held Feb. 28 and March 1.
The drive raises funds to support DAV services and assistance.
DAV LeFlore County Poteau Chapter and Unit 63 will be at Walmart both days taking donations and selling Red Shirt Friday "Until the Troops Come Home" T-shirts and hoodies, military hats and pocket knifes.

Fire crews extinguish AES fire

February 20, 2014

Several fire departments responded to a fire at AES Shady Point Thursday [Feb. 20].
According to AES Director of Government Operations and Public Relations Lundy Kiger, an off-line boiler caught fire.
No injuries were reported.
Kiger said the cause of the fire will be investigated.

February 18th

Hospital moves forward with repairs

February 18, 2014

The LeFlore County Hospital Authority met Tuesday [Feb. 18] and approved the creation of plans to meet state standards for the remodel of the hospitals surgical department.
The surgical and obstetrical departments were closed Friday morning after the Oklahoma Department of Health found mechanical, structural and operational deficiencies.
The formulation of plans are expected to take no more than four weeks.
More details about the meeting and the engineering and architectural plans will be published in the Wednesday edition of the Poteau Daily News.

Burn ban issued for LeFlore County

February 18, 2014

On Tuesday [Feb. 18] morning the LeFlore County County Commissioners issued a burn ban for the county.
State and U.S. Forestry are exempt from the ban.

LeFlore County Hospital Authority to meet regarding shutdown

February 18, 2014

The LeFlore County Hospital Authority will meet today [Tuesday, Feb. 18] at 1 p.m. in the second floor conference room of Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center.
Discussion will include the recent survey results by the Oklahoma State Department of Health and the hospital's plan of action in correcting the listed deficiencies.

February 14th

EOMC faced with surgical, obstetrical department shutdowns

February 14, 2014

Child birth and surgeries are on hold at Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center after a state-mandated shut down.
According to EOMC Medical Director B. Don Schumpert, the shutdown was the result of an Oklahoma State Health Department visit.

One injured, one cited in head-on crash

February 14, 2014

A head-on collision sent one man to the hospital and resulted in another man being ticketed.
According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a Dodge Durango driven by a Bokoshe man was headed north on U.S. Highway 59 and crossed the center line striking a Fiat driven by an Antlers man.
The Antlers man was taken by LeFlore County Emergency Medical Services to Sparks Hospital in Fort Smith, Ark.
According to the OHP, the driver of the Durango was not injured but received a ticket for driving left of center.

Democrats support teacher rally

February 14, 2014

Three area legislators — all former educators — joined other House Democrats Thursday to blast Republican lawmakers who Tuesday condemned public school teachers who plan to rally at the State Capitol next month.
“We hear a lot of talk at the state Capitol about local control,” Rep. Curtis McDaniel said, “but when it comes time to actually let our communities and school districts make choices for themselves, suddenly some members of the majority party condemn them.”

February 12th

Harris gets formal death sentence

February 12, 2014

Donnie Lee Harris Jr., 29, of Talihina, was formally sentenced to death by a LeFlore County District Court judge Tuesday for the first degree murder of his girlfriend, Kristi Ferguson, who was 25 at the time of her death.
Harris is accused of setting Ferguson on fire after dousing her with gasoline on Feb. 18, 2012. The couple were inside a home in Talihina when Harris set the fire, leaving several other people endangered when the home caught fire. Ferguson succumbed to her injuries in an Oklahoma City Hospital.

February 10th

Police v. deputies in basketball benefit

February 10, 2014

The Poteau Police Department squared off against the LeFlore County Sheriff's Department Saturday afternoon in a first-of-its-kind basketball tournament.
The event raised funds to assist with the county canine unit. More than $1,400 was raised Saturday.
During the event, a narcotics police dog demonstrated his ability to find hidden drugs.
The County Heat came away with the win.
Members of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, LeFlore County Emergency Management and other area law enforcement agencies also played on the two teams.

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