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May 8th, 2014

Nichols trial continues with expert witness testimony

May 8, 2014

The second day [May 8] of the Raymond Larry Nichols murder trial is underway as expert witnesses take the stand for the prosecution.
Nichols is accused of the 2009 slaying of Joe Neff, of Poteau.
Testimony was heard from an Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Forensic expert, a District Attorney's Investigator and an owner of an area pawn shop.
Testimony is expected to be heard from the Oklahoma Medical Examiners Office later today.

May 7th

Nichols murder trial begins

May 7, 2014

The trial of 61-year-old accused murderer Raymond Larry Nichols will begin at 9 a.m. today [May 7] at the LeFlore County Courthouse.
Nichols is accused of the 2009 slaying of Poteau businessman Joe Neff.

Spiro Mounds holds Archaeology Day

May 7, 2014

Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center will hold its 9th annual Archaeology Day on May 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Spiro Mounds site celebrates its 36th year of increasing awareness of Oklahoma archaeology. As a bonus Archaeology Day also will be a free day with no entrance fees collected, although donations are gratefully accepted.
Lectures will be featured during the day, including a talk on Fort Coffee and the Fort Coffee Choctaw Boys Academy at 1 p.m. Manager Dennis Peterson will lead a guided tour of the site at 2 p.m. The regular exhibits will be available throughout the day as well.

White squirrel caught on film

May 7, 2014

A white squirrel bounds across the grass near The Community State Bank on north Broadway. According to several online sources, most white squirrels are not albino, but light-colored versions of gray squirrels.
Photo submitted by Kelly Dyer

May 2nd

Benefit for Jim Craig soon to start

May 2, 2014

Don't forget the benefit pie auction and dinner to help offset medical expenses of Jim Craig, investigator with the LeFlore County District Attorney's Office.
Craig was diagnosed with cancer in November.
The event is from 5-7 p.m. today [May 2] with the pie auction beginning at 5:30 p.m. The event is being held at the Bob Lee Kidd Civic Center at Poteau High School.
Dinner includes a choice between a hamburger or hotdog, chips and drink for $5.

GTCT to perform "Our Town"

May 2, 2014

Good Times Community Theatre League presents a charming slice of life tale in Thornton Wilder’s Classic Our Town. Directed by Good Times veteran Darrell Plummer, Jr., this production is sure to please all ages.
Performances are Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 7 p.m., Sunday, May 11, at 2 p.m., and Monday, May 12, at 7 p.m., at the Donald W. Reynolds Center in Poteau.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. Advance tickets and more information may be obtained by calling Good Times Community Theatre League at (918) 647-3079.

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.

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