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May 23rd, 2013

Latest deadly tornado tests Oklahoma town's mettle

May 23, 2013

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — Having lived most of her life in this Oklahoma City suburb, Barbara Bryen never feared twisters. They were just part of life in a particularly deadly stretch of Tornado Alley.

She always thought the closet just inside her front door was good enough for shelter, and on Monday it was again. But after an EF5 twister barreled through town, killing 24 people, Bryen and others in this disaster-prone community say they would never build a house without a storm cellar.

County quilt show right around the corner

May 23, 2013

The LeFlore County OHCE Annual Quilt Show is just around the corner.  The event will take place Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 at the Kiamichi Technology Center adjacent to the Carl Albert State College campus in Poteau. The Show will be open 9a.m. - 4 p.m. each day.
Remember the entry deadline is Wednesday, May 29. Entry forms and rules are available from the OSU Extension office in Poteau. Mailing address: P.O. Box 430, Poteau, 74953.
Organizers have announced the presenters and subjects of the demonstrations:
Friday, June 7
10 a.m. - “Coffee Mug Desserts” by Pat Skinner      

Owens benefit dinner set for Sunday

May 23, 2013

A fundraising dinner for Sawyer Owens, who is in need of a kidney transplant, is planned at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, June 2, at the Summerfield Community Center.
Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children 8 and younger. The menu will include chopped brisket sandwich, baked beans and cole slaw.
Owen, 5, is the grandson of Davy and Janie Owens and James and Rise McCoy.

May 22nd

Four injured in Wednesday morning wreck

May 22, 2013

Emergency crews worked to free injured people from the wreckage of a five car accident Wednesday morning. Four people were injured, one critical. Tulsa Life Flight landed their helicopter on scene to take the driver of an SUV to a Tulsa hospital to be treated for multiple injuries. Traffic was diverted from the accident scene for about an hour as crews worked to clear the wreckage.
The accident was investigated by Oklahoma Highway Patrol. LeFlore County EMS, Poteau Fire and Rescue, Poteau Police and the LeFlore County Sheriff's Department responded to the accident.

Governor Fallin Announces Memorial and Prayer Service for Tornado Victims

May 22, 2013

Governor Mary Fallin today announced that a memorial and prayer service will be held this Sunday, May 26, at the First Baptist Church in Moore, Oklahoma. The service will honor and remember the victims of the May 20 tornado that killed 24 people in Moore and the May 19 tornado that killed 2 in Shawnee. It is open to the public.

“The people of Oklahoma are resilient,” said Governor Fallin. “The grief we are experiencing right now is indescribable. But we have seen tragedy before, and we have recovered and emerged as stronger people and a stronger state.

Five-car accidents diverts traffic on 112

May 22, 2013

At 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, traffic on Oklahoma Highway 112 is being diverted as emergency workers respond to a five-vehicle accident with injuries.
The accident occurred on the Poteau River Bridge.
Both northbound and southbound vehicles are being stopped and rerouted.
Lifeflight and LeFlore County EMS crews are responding, along with local law enforcement and the Oklahoma Highway patrol.
The number of injured was not known immediately, but witnesses indicated the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

May 21st

Area businesses organize drop-off points for Moore donations

May 21, 2013

As the search continues for victims of the Moore, Okla. tornado on May 20, area businesses are reaching out to donors to help survivors.
If you would like to donate, there are several area drop-off points taking financial and material donations.
Poteau locations:
• The Community State Bank of Poteau - 1409 N. Broadway, (918) 647-8101
• Russell Cellular - 2707 N. Broadway, (918) 649-3336
• LeFlore County Extension Office - 103 N. Church St. (Annex Building) (918) 647-8231
• Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center - 105 Wall St. (918) 647-7102
• Salvation Army - 400 Dewey Ave. (918) 647-8780

Crews race to find survivors of Oklahoma twister

May 21, 2013

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — Emergency crews searched the broken remnants of an Oklahoma City suburb Tuesday for survivors of a massive tornado that flattened homes and demolished an elementary school. At least 24 people were killed, including at least nine children, and those numbers were expected to climb.

The state medical examiner's office cut the estimated death toll by more than half but warned that the number was likely to climb again. Gov. Mary Fallin said authorities did not know how many people were still missing, but they vowed to account for every resident.

Storm damages Poteau and surrounding communities

May 21, 2013

Monday evening storms rolled through LeFlore County leaving a path of damage from a southwest section of Poteau ending in the Liberty Community east of Cameron.
According to Michael Davidson, director of LeFlore County Emergency Management, it is unclear if the damage was caused by straight line winds or from a twister. The National Weather Service yet has to arrive to survey damage and declare how the damage occurred, according to Davidson.

May 20th

37 killed in Oklahoma tornado; death toll to rise

May 20, 2013

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office says 37 people have been killed by a tornado that hit suburban Oklahoma City on Monday afternoon. Spokeswoman Amy Elliott says the death toll is expected to rise. Elliott didn't know how many of those killed were children.

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