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May 29th, 2013

Chamber welcomes newest member

May 29, 2013

The Poteau Chamber of Commerce welcomed its newest member Wednesday during a ribbon cutting ceremony. RSJ Auto Repair, located at 2604 N. Broadway in Poteau, opened its doors for business on Feb. 16. From left: Karen Wages, Poteau Chamber CEO; Brenda Darling, The Community State Bank; Fernando Gutierrez, son; Ruben Gutierrez, owner; Leticia Gutierrez, wife; Pam White, The Times Record; Bernardo Acebedo, employee, and the Gutierrez' daughter Belina in the stroller.

Methodist Men donate to free clinic

May 29, 2013

Lloyd Lee, right, presents Mary Helen Lucas with a check for $3,300 on May 23, to benefit the Christian Free Medical Clinic in Poteau. First United Methodist Pastor Kyle Clark, left, and Steve Cherry attended the presentation.
According to Lee, this is the 25th year the Methodist Men's Organization has donated to the clinic. The proceeds are raised during the annual spring pancake breakfast held at the First United Methodist Church in Poteau.

4 Grove residents killed in 2 traffic crashes

May 29, 2013

GROVE, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says four people from Grove were killed in two separate traffic crashes Tuesday night in northeastern Oklahoma.
The highway patrol says the first crash occurred at about 5:30 p.m. on State Highway 2 near Welch in Craig County. A preliminary report says 77-year-old Donald Charles Kelley and his wife, 76-year-old Nancy Kelley, died when their vehicle went off the road and overturned twice.
Authorities are investigating the cause of the crash.

May 28th

Okla. session over, but health questions remain

May 28, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin gave lawmakers an 'A' grade for approving much of her agenda during the recently concluded legislative session, but the question of how the state plans to address the more than 630,000 Oklahomans without health insurance remains unresolved.

Fallin, a Republican, rejected the opportunity under the federal health care law to expand Medicaid coverage to nearly 200,000 people without health insurance, saying last November that doing so would prove too costly to the state and the country.

Area war memorial vandalized

May 28, 2013

A memorial dedicated to prisoners of war and veterans missing in action located at Oakland Cemetery in Poteau has been vandalized.
According to co-designer of the memorial, Jim Berngen, of Poteau, he and several fellow motorcycle riders, visited the site Sunday and all was fine. They returned on Monday to find damage done to the tribute. The group found what looked like bullet holes in the soldier and the headstone.
Police were notified of the vandalism and are currently investigating the crime.

Man arrested after crashing car at Tulsa airport

May 28, 2013

TULSA (AP) — Authorities say a man has been arrested after crashing his car through a fence at Tulsa International Airport.
Police say the incident began late Monday when an officer noticed a stolen vehicle at a nearby motel. Tulsa television station KTUL reports (http://bit.ly/ZqvxOs ) a man saw the police officer in the motel parking lot, jumped in the car and sped away.
Authorities say the pursuit ended when the man crashed the car into a fence near the south end of the airport. He was arrested shortly after the crash.

Girl Scouts lend a helping hand

May 28, 2013

Girl Scout Troop 4408 from Monroe helped Mercy Fort Smith co-workers in gathering and sorting out donations for the Tornado Relief Drive for Moore last Friday, May 24th. They would like to thank Ms. Cristelyn of Mercy Hospital for giving them a chance to volunteer.

May 27th

Americans gather to honor fallen service members

May 27, 2013

Americans gathered at memorials, museums and monuments and the president laid a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery to honor fallen service members on Memorial Day, as combat in Afghanistan approaches 12 years and the ranks of World War II veterans dwindle.
"Let us not forget as we gather here today that our nation is still at war," President Barack Obama said after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

Native American vets push for recognition

May 27, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Code Talkers are legendary. Then there was Cpl. Ira Hamilton Hayes, the Pima Indian who became a symbol of courage and patriotism when he and his fellow Marines raised the flag over Iwo Jima in 1945.
Before World War II and in the decades since, tens of thousands of American Indians have enlisted in the Armed Forces to serve their country at a rate much greater than any other ethnicity.
Yet, among all the monuments and statues along the National Mall in Washington, D.C., not one stands in recognition.

Alamo transferred to federal facility in Oklahoma

May 27, 2013

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Officials say jailed evangelist Tony Alamo (uh-LAH'-moh) has been moved from a federal prison in Marion, Ill., to a Bureau of Prisons Transfer Facility in Oklahoma City.
Alamo is serving a 175-year sentence after he was convicted in Arkansas for taking minor girls across state lines for sex.
The Texarkana Gazette reports Alamo has been housed in several prisons since his 2009 sentencing. According to an affidavit filed by an FBI agent, investigators allege that Alamo is still controlling his ministry from behind bars.

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