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July 8th, 2013

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.

Area blood drive set for Tuesday

July 5, 2013

The need for blood doesn’t take a vacation. Yet, fewer people typically donate during the summer, according to Oklahoma Blood Institute.
Walmart in Poteau has stepped up to help with a blood drive from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Anyone who is healthy and 16 years or older* is encouraged to give.
Each donor will receive two free tickets to the Oklahoma City Zoo, a “Feel Fierce” T-shirt, free health screenings and Donor Rewards points.

Celebrating the Fourth

July 5, 2013

Dylan and Colton Free, sons of Daniel and Krista Free of Bates, Ark., celebrate the Fourth of July.
Photo submitted by Krista Free

July 3rd

Original floor lamp from Oklahoma Senate returned

July 3, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Another long-lost light fixture is returning to its home at the Oklahoma Senate.
After hearing about ongoing Senate renovations, Coy Green of Norman learned that a large floor lamp he purchased at a swap meet more than 40 years ago was housed in the Senate in 1918.
Green delivered the lamp to Senate officials on Tuesday, telling them it needed to be home.

June revenue collections dip slightly from 2012

July 3, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Overall revenue collections to the state treasury were down last month about $19 million compared to June 2012, but collections for the entire fiscal year outpaced those from last year, Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller announced Tuesday.
Gross receipts for the month of June were about $976 million, a decrease of about 1.9 percent from June 2012, according to figures released by Miller's office.

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