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September 2nd, 2013

Labor Day Festival brings thousands

September 2, 2013

Heat didn't put much of a dent on the flocks of festival goers who attended the 66th annual Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival.
On Saturday, with heat indices in the 100s, people packed the festival grounds as they played games, rode rides, shopped and learned about Choctaw heritage.
Emergency Medical Services Director Dave Grovdahl said the majority of the 23 people EMS took to the hospital during the festival were suffering from heat related illnesses.

August 30th

OHP warns of Labor Day crackdown on drivers

August 30, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY — Public Safety officials will be participating in a
nationwide campaign this Labor Day weekend in an effort to reduce highway
traffic deaths and injury collisions on Oklahoma highways. "Operation
C.A.R.E." (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) began at 6 p.m. Friday
and runs through midnight Monday.

Spiro lace named endangered artifact

August 30, 2013

A fragment of lace from Spiro Mounds has been placed on the list of Oklahoma's 10 most endangered artifacts.
The list of endangered items was created by a committee of the Oklahoma Cultural Heritage Trust. The Spiro lace is on of two items on the list placed in the acre of the Sam Noble Museum of natural History at the University of Oklahoma.
The other item is a collection of 1920s era organ player rolls.

Emergency Expo hosts 5K and free screenings

August 30, 2013

During the upcoming emergency preparedness expo to be held Sept. 21, runners will get a chance to take part in the first 5K run/walk held by organizers.
Participants of all ages are welcome to enter the "Race to Prepare" run that will begin at Carl Albert State College in Poteau. There will be special divisions for military personnel and first responders. Disabled American Veterans will be allowed free entry to participate in the event.
Early registration cost $20 per participant and ends on Sept 13. Registration is $25 the day of the race.

August 29th

Truck, trailer roll on U.S. 271

August 29, 2013

A truck pulling a trailer loaded with a car traveling east on U.S. highway 271 west of Pocola lost control Thursday afternoon causing it to jackknife, according to emergency responders. Fire personnel said the truck left the roadway and rolled over. No one was inured in the accident.
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Smithville student recipient of Neff Scholarship

August 29, 2013

James Pollard, 35, of Smithville was named the 2013 recipient of the Joe Neff Memorial Welding Scholarship at the Kiamichi Technology Center in Poteau on Thursday. Pollard is a second year welding student and received a 225 Lincoln Ranger welder from the scholarship committee. From left: Dennis Thomas, Scott Griffis speaking, Woody Wood, Charles Loomis, Mike Poor and Pollard.
PDN photo by Kim Ross

Cowboy concert venue changed

August 29, 2013

Due to the expected heat Saturday, organizers have decide the Cowboy Concert won't take place under the stars as planned, but inside the community building at Heavener Runestone Park.
The show will start at 7:30 p.m.
Featured acts are Gatlin and Hoffpauir and Larry Spears with John Williams and Craig Skinner.
Admission is $5, free for 14 and younger.
Limited refreshments will be available for $1, so spectators may bring their own goodies, according to organizer Mike Kennerson.

August 28th

Upcoming benefit events

August 28, 2013

POTEAU RELAY FOR LIFE

All cancer survivors are invited to take part as special guests in the opening ceremonies of the LeFlore County Relay for Life on Sept. 7 at Costner Stadium.
Survivors and their caregivers are ask to arrive around 5:30 p.m. and register in the survivors are for refreshments and fellowship, organizers said.
They also are invited to take part in the commemorative survivor lap that begins every Relay for Life.
Teams of fundraisers remain through the night, with at least one member walking the track. The top fundraisers are recognized.

Police search for driver who reportedly fled from accident

August 28, 2013

Members of the Poteau Police Department and the LeFlore County Sheriff's Department searched for the driver involved in a single car accident on Old Oklahoma highway 112 Wednesday about 4 p.m. Poteau police said a man believed to be the driver of the vehicle was seen by witnesses running into nearby woods just after the accident happened. Oklahoma Highway Patrol investigated the accident.
PDN photo by Kim Ross

Cyclist injured in Heavener accident

August 28, 2013

A man on a bicycle was injured Wednesday afternoon after he was struck by a Maroon SUV. According to Heavener Police, the man was traveling north on U.S. highway 59 and was struck by the southbound SUV at an intersection near Marvin's IGA. Police said they are still investigating the accident. The injured man was taken to the hospital with head, neck and leg injuries.
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