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May 19th, 2014

Local choir makes state grade

May 19, 2014

The Treble Choir of the Cavanal Chorale received an honorable mention April 26 at the State Junior Music Festival held at Southern Nazarene University. They performed “Ubuntu” in the upper elementary ensemble competition. The choir is under the direction of Matthew Houston of Heavener.
The Poteau Musical Arts Society paid the entry fees for the students attending the state competition. The Poteau Musical Arts Society is a member of the Oklahoma and National Federation of Music Clubs.

May 16th

Historical lecture draws large crowd

May 16, 2014

A large number of people attended a lecture by Oklahoma Historical Society Director Bob Blackburn Friday afternoon at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center.
Blackburn was the guest speaker during the monthly First Friday luncheon hosted by the Poteau Chamber of Commerce.
Robert S. Kerr's impact on the county, state and nation as well as sustaining Kerr history were the main topics of Blackburn's speech.

State Historical Society director to speak at First Friday lunch

May 16, 2014

Oklahoma Historical Society Director Bob Blackburn will discuss the impact of Robert S. Kerr today [May 16] at noon during the Poteau Chamber of Commerce First Friday Lunch.
The event will be held at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center Salon B.
For more information call (918) 647-9178.

Centennial celebration underway

May 16, 2014

The LeFlore County Extension of OSU Extension Services office is celebrating its 100th anniversary today [May 16] from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Join the Extension for their special day at the annex building located behind the LeFlore County Courthouse in Poteau.

May 15th

Area students make SWOSU honor roll

May 15, 2014

A total of 1,187 students has been named to honor rolls at Southwestern Oklahoma State University for academic work during the 2014 spring semester on the Weatherford campus.
There were 486 students named to the President’s Honor Roll. An undergraduate student who earns all A’s in 12 or more hours during a semester qualifies for the President’s Honor Roll.
There were 701 students on the Dean’s Honor Roll. An undergraduate student who completes 12 semester hours with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher with no grade lower than “C” qualifies for the Dean’s Honor Roll.

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.

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