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December 5th

Choctaw Nation offers assistance

December 5, 2013

The PDN received this press release from the Choctaw Nation rgarding the winter storm:

As the winter storms are pushing their way through Southeast Oklahoma, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is taking measures to offer assistance to the affected communities and Tribal Members. We have been working with the local County and City Emergency Managers in a joint effort to provide assistance where needed.

Ice storm weighs in

December 5, 2013

As the winter storm continues to rage across the county ice accumulations on electric lines and trees thickens. Northwest of Cameron some trees, mainly Cedar already are unable to hold the weight of the ice and limbs are touching the ground.
PDN photo by Kim Ross

December 4th

Nichols to face trial in Neff slaying

December 5, 2013

LeFlore County Special Judge Jeff Singer ordered Raymond Larry Nichols, 60, of Cameron to face trial for first-degree murder in the 2009 shooting death of local bar owner Joe Neff.
Of the multiple witnesses called by the state during a preliminary hearing Wednesday, most were police officers involved in the investigation or were present when Oklahoma Highway Patrol dive team recovered a gun that they believed to be the alleged murder weapon from the same strip pit near Pocola where Neff’s body had been found in 2009.

Vet assured of final resting place; fundraiser meets goal to cover funeral home expenses

December 5, 2013

Community members came together Tuesday to ensure a final resting place for an area veteran who died recently.
Bill Sanders, pastor of Greenhill Church in Cameron, took on the task of fundraising when he learned that the family of Army veteran James Webb was unable to pay a Siloam Springs funeral home and Webb’s body remained at the business.
An Indian taco sale in the Poteau Daily News parking lot Tuesday — plus numerous cash donations — raised about $1,500. Sanders said that would be enough to pay the cremation expenses and purchase a headstone for Webb.

School board races set in 5 districts

December 5, 2013

February’s school Board elections began taking shape Wednesday as candidates filed to run for offices at the LeFlore County Election Board offices. Of the 17 districts holding elections, five districts — Bokoshe, Panama, Poteau, Whitesboro and Wister — have candidates opposing each other for the same office.

December 3rd

Searchers find boy, 3, near school

December 3, 2013

A 3-year-old boy wandered away from Poteau Primary Elementary School, causing several tense minutes for police and school employees Tuesday morning.
The child was found after about 25 minutes on Redbud Lane, Superintendent Don Sjoberg said.
The preschool pupil apparently slipped through a fence during recess about 9 a.m., Sjoberg said.

Weather warning issued for travelers

December 3, 2013

With temperatures expected to fall as low as 13 degrees this weekend, the National Weather Service in Norman has issued a Winter Storm Watch for LeFlore, Pushmataha and Choctaw counties. Sebastian county in Arkansas is also under watch.
The storm is expected to arrive Thursday, with more than a quarter inch of ice likely and a low temperature of 28 degrees. Friday night’s low temperature is projected at 13 degrees.

December 2nd

Panama teen succumbs to rifle wound

December 3, 2013

A Panama high school teen died late Sunday from injuries suffered when he was shot accidentally by a 14-year-old friend while returning from a hunting trip.
According to Panama Police Chief John Whiteaker, Ryan Self, 16, of Panama was walking along the road with his friend when the accidental shooting occurred about 2 p.m. Nov. 23.
According to police reports, Ryan’s friend tripped and fell causing the .243-caliber rifle to discharge, striking Ryan in the neck.

Former Poteau resident killed in head-on crash

December 3, 2013

A former Poteau woman died Sunday in a head-on collision near Alma, Ark., according to Arkansas State Police.
Joyce Mirus, 51, of Mulberry, Ark., died at the scene of the accident on U.S. 71 in Crawford County, according to the ASP report.

November 26th

State unemployment numbers edging higher

November 26, 2013

Oklahoma's overall unemployment rate is slowly creeping higher, according to an October report from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.
Due to the previous shutdown of the federal government, information about each county is unavailable at this time. State-wide, however, unemployment rates increased from 5.4 percent in September to 5.5 percent in October. The increase left 100,320 laborers of the state's estimated labor force of 1,812,690 unemployed.

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