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March 15th, 2013

Okla. House member apologizes to colleagues

March 15, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Democratic House member who shouted at a Republican colleague following a late-night floor session has apologized on the House floor.

Heavener Democrat James Lockhart delivered a brief but emotional apology Wednesday from the well at the front of the House. He then received a standing ovation.

Following a floor session on Tuesday that lasted until midnight, Lockhart could be heard shouting at Faxon Republican Rep. Don Armes, who was presiding over the chamber. Several Democrats were frustrated Armes wouldn't recognize members of their party for various motions.

March 14th

Fire victim dies; boyfriend may face murder charges

March 14, 2013

LeFlore County Undersheriff Kendall Morgan confirmed Myrtly Cooper, 47, of Spiro, passed away Thursday morning at a Tulsa hospital. Cooper was the alleged victim of an assault and a house fire on Jan. 14 and has been listed in critical condition since the incident.
Elec E. Cusick, 39, of Spiro, was charged with kidnapping and assault and battery by means likely to produce death in connection with Cooper's injuries.

March 13th

DA files papers to seek death penalty in Johnathen Thacker case

March 13, 2013

LeFlore County District Attorney Jeff Smith filed a bill of particulars Wednesday morning stating that he will seek the death penalty in the case of Johnathen Don James Edward Thacker, 24, of Cedarville, Ark., who was scheduled to appear for his district court arraignment Wednesday afternoon on charges of first-degree murder and forcible sodomy in the September 2010 death of 22-year-old Brianna Ault of Pocola.
Thacker is being represented by Oklahoma Indigent Defense System attorneys Bobby Lewis and Gary Henry, both of Norman.

March 11th

Spiro Mounds hosts 24th Family Kite Flite Day to celebrate Spring

March 11, 2013

Come celebrate the end of Winter and beginning of Spring at the 24th Annual Family Kite Flite Day at the Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center. The Kite Flite Day will be held from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, 2011. Normally there is an entry fee to the site but this will be a Free Day although donations are appreciated. It will be a great day for families and folks of all ages.

Inaugural St. Paddy's 5K run/walk has large turnout

March 11, 2013

Friends of the Buckley Library held their first St. Paddy's Day 5K run/walk Saturday morning.
More than 150 people participated in the event.
All proceeds will go toward the completion of the Patrick Lynch Library scheduled to open in May.
Winners were announced in 15 event categories. Over male finisher was Matt Aguero and Hali Repass took the finish line as top female finishers.

Jumpstart family literacy program held at Reynolds Center

March 11, 2013

The monthly Jumpstart family literacy program will be held in the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center for the next three months, according to Dorene Doyle, director of the LeFlore County Literacy Council.
The family reading and activity event is held at 5:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month. The next Jumpstart will be March 26.
The event includes a story reading for younger children, craft activity and free books for children up to age 11 and their parents or guardians.
Free refreshments also are provided.
For more information, contact Doyle at (918) 647-3833.

Recent moisture effects on wildfires

March 11, 2013

STILLWATER, Okla. – About this time every year, Oklahomans watch thousands upon thousands of acres of land burn up in wildfires. However, this fire season has been better than usual due to the low grassy fuel loads caused by drought during last year’s growing season.
While we have seen some recent moisture across much of the state, how big of an effect does it have on wildfire this time of year?

March 8th

Democrats, Republicans set meetings

March 8, 2013

LeFlore County Demcrats and Republicans will hold grass roots organizationsl meetings next week
The LeFlore County Democratic Party will hold precinct meetings at 7 p.m. Thursday. Precinct meetings will be held at voting places in which each person votes.
For more information, contact Reba Amend at (918) 647-3250 or rebajoeamend@yahoo.com.
County Republicans will hold their annual precinct meeting and county convention at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at Western Sizzlin in Poteau.
Business will include election of precinct officials, convention delegates and officers.

March 5th

Poteau graduate performs at SWOSU

March 5, 2013

Laura Burleigh of Poteau is among performers in "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," a musical comedy to be presented March 28-30 at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford. Cast and crew are, front from left: Steven Doughty, Yukon; Monica Sallaway, Omaha NE; Sheri Flowers, Edmond; Emma Leffler, Arlington TX; Laura Burleigh, Poteau; Rhiannon Jensen, Woodward; Kierston Rodriquez, Arlington TX; and Winnie Chang, Taiwan.

Child Support Services donates books to head start program

March 5, 2013

The Oklahoma Child Support Services office in Poteau donated 160 books to the Kibois Head Start Program as part of Read Across America Day.
The office collected the books during a week-long community book drive ending on March 1, Read Across America Day.
Read Across America Day is the nation’s largest celebration of reading, with more than 45 million participating to highlight the importance of developing a love of reading from an early age. Held each year on March 1, the day coincides with the birthday of beloved children’s author, Dr. Seuss.

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