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February 5th, 2014

Talihina holds shoe drive

February 5, 2014

You can help the environment, aid people in developing countries and boost a local tourism effort — just by kicking off your shoes.
The Talihina Chamber of Commerce hopes to collect 300 bags of new and gently used shoe drive by March 1.
"One of the benefits of doing a shoe drive is that it keeps thousands of shoes out of landfills. Instead of slowly decomposing in a landfill, the shoes the chamber collects will go to help people in developing countries," siad Chamber Manager Vera Nelson.

PUE students to compete for regional spelling title

February 5, 2014

Piper Akins and Bruce Keeling placed first and second respectively for the fifth grade in the Poteau Elementary School spelling bee. Brett Hoffman and Brooklyn Morris placed first a second respectively in the fourth-grade competition. The first-place winners will compete in the regional spelling bee March 28 in Muskogee.

Fourth-grade winners picture is attached below

February 4th

Winter weather; More to come

February 4, 2014

The chance of seeing the sun today is possible, but enjoy it now, as more snow and dreary skies are predicted Thursday and Friday.
According to the National Weather Service, freezing temperatures will remain in place for the next few days. A high of 26 is expected today, with lows in the teens with wind chill values between 2-5 degrees. The bitter temperatures are expected to persist into next week.

Crack quackers show their stuff

February 4, 2014

The Carl Albert State College Joe E. White Library staff hosted the CASC Duck Calling Contest.  Four employees and four students participated in the competition. 
A highlight of the event was that Stephen Billy, A CASC Alumnus and Flextone Pro staff member, was the judge and helped determine the winners. Billy’s expertise includes that he was the winner of the 2002 Duck Commander Duck Calling Contest.
Winners of the Carl Albert contest include:
First place — Dustin Tobey of Hartford, Business Administration major.

Propane users get emergency funding

February 4, 2014

In response to an executive order from Gov. Mary Fallin, a limited amount of additional funding giving priority to propane users will be available through the Energy Crisis Assistance Program).
ECAP is part of the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program administered by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.
Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 4, DHS will accept applications and will continue processing applications until all allocated funds are depleted. Applicants will go through the standard process for applying for this assistance.

February 3rd

Cellphone scam hits the area

February 3, 2014

Area residents beware, the simple action of returning a missed phone call could cost you a lot of money.
In what is being dubbed a "ring and run" scam, callers could be charged fees in excess of $30 just for returning the missed call.
According to the Oklahoma Bankers Association, the calls are coming from foreign countries and the scammers hang up after the first ring to your cell phone. Their goal — to get you to call back, which results in an international call fee and charges of $9 per minute or more

Make a pledge; take a plunge

February 3, 2014

Plummeting temperatures promise to perk up participants in the upcoming annual Polar Plunge.
Plungers will take the frigid dip in Poteau on Saturday, Feb. 22. at Martin-Dunn Country Auto Sales parking lot , formerly Brad Fenton's. The Arctic event helps raise money for the Special Olympics Summer and Winter games.
All plungers will be required to collect a "Bear" minimum of $75 in donations to be able to make the jump into freezing water.

February 2nd

LIVE UPDATE: All county schools closed due to weather

February 2, 2014

Many LeFlore County schools will be closed Monday as a winter weather storm continues to impact the area.
LeFLore County Public Schools reporting Monday closures by 10:00 p.m. Sunday night include:
Carl Albert State College
Kiamichi Technology Center - Poteau,Spiro and Talihina campuses.
Shady Point
PDN will update the list of closures as they are reported.

January 31st

NWS warns winter weather likely

January 31, 2014

Snow and sleet may return to the area in the coming days raising the risk of hazardous travel conditions, according to the National Weather Service in Tulsa.
Light rain or drizzle was for forecast in eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas Friday and Saturday, but the impact on roads was expected to be "light" — mainly slick spots on bridges, overpasses and untreated roadways, the NWS said Friday.

Murder trial stays on track

January 31, 2014

The trial date set for one of two brothers accused in the murder of 22-year-old Briana Ault in 2010 remains on schedule to begin in June.
Ault's body was found in a Pocola pond on Texas Road near the Oklahoma,Arkansas state border.

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