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June 28th, 2013

Fallin's environmental secretary to resign post

June 28, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin's Secretary of Environment Gary Sherrer is resigning.
Sherrer says in a letter to Fallin dated Friday that his plans to resign by Monday, the start of the new fiscal year. Sherrer did not give a reason for his resignation, and a telephone message left at his office Friday was not immediately returned.
Fallin described Sherrer as a "strong voice for sensible, commonsense policies."
Sherrer is a former Democratic state legislator who Fallin credited for working with policymakers on both sides of the aisle.

Oklahoma DEQ cautions swimmers on dangers in water

June 28, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality is issuing cautionary advice to those planning trips to state lakes, rivers and streams during the coming Fourth of July holiday.
The department says bacteria and viruses can be present in untreated bodies of water and can cause problems ranging from swimmers itch and ear infections to some forms of meningitis.

Oklahoma DEQ cautions swimmers on dangers in water

June 28, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality is issuing cautionary advice to those planning trips to state lakes, rivers and streams during the coming Fourth of July holiday.
The department says bacteria and viruses can be present in untreated bodies of water and can cause problems ranging from swimmers itch and ear infections to some forms of meningitis.

June 26th

Court case stirs debate over Indian child welfare

June 26, 2013

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to leave the ultimate placement of a 3-year-old girl in an American Indian child welfare case to a state court extends the custody dispute and the anguish for both her biological father and the couple who raised her for the first two years of her life.

Area students attend Oklahoma Girls State

June 26, 2013

High school senior girls from LeFlore County joined 416 young women from across the state selected to attend the 72nd annual session of Oklahoma Girls State, hosted at the University of Oklahoma from May 26 through June 1.

Cusick charged with murder in the first degree

June 26, 2013

Spiro man suspected of beating and burning his girlfriend to death has been charged with first-degree murder.
Elec E. Cusick, 39, of Spiro has been incarcerated since he was arrested Jan. 24 after being released from a Tulsa hospital for injuries he received during a fire at his home. His girlfriend, Myrtle Cooper, 47, of Spiro, was injured in the incident and later died on March 14 in a Tulsa hospital.

June 25th

Three-day Red Oak Celebration set to start July 3

June 25, 2013

The Red Oak Committee for Continued Growth (ROCCG) has finalized the plans for the 14th Annual Red Oak Independence Day Celebration.
The theme for the three days of activities is Saluting our Heroes.
Activities will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, at the Red Oak Baseball Field with a community worship service. A patriotic program will follow, which will include a variety of talent.

Benefit dinner for Radley O'Neal

June 25, 2013

Radley is a six year old boy from Hartford, Ark., who has a rare form of cancer. He is being treated in Little Rock. In addition to the medical expenses, travel expenses just add to the heavy burden the family is facing at this time. Please open your hearts to them and help us make this benefit a big success. Please call if you would like to help with donations or serve on a work detail.
 
Follow the signs to the Cameron Community Center.  Serving from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday, July 21.  
 

June 24th

State unemployment edging higher in May

June 24, 2013

Unemployment was on the rise across Oklahoma during the month of May, but only by one-tenth of a percentage point, according to statistics released from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission on Friday.
According to OESC, this it the first time since July 2012, Oklahoma reported an over-the-moth unemployment rate increase.
The national unemployment rate also rose 0.1 percent over a 30-day period closing at 7.6 percent at the end of May. Oklahoma's unemployment rate during the month increased to 5 percent.

Grand opening held at Poteau Vision Source

June 24, 2013

Dr. Tamatha Holt, chamber members, staff, family and friends attended a grand opening, ribbon cutting and blessing service on Friday at the new location of Poteau Vision Source located at 102 Cole St. in Poteau.

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