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July 22nd, 2013

Area residents ask commissioners to make road private

July 22, 2013

A group of concerned citizens attended the county commissioner meeting Monday in an attempt to have their road recognized as private.
John Stephens said he and other residents are tired of people riding four-wheelers and dirt bikes on the road, as well as throwing out beer bottles and leaving trash along the way.
In an attempt to keep traffic out of the residential area, Stephens placed signs on adjoining 215th Avenue marking 206th as a private drive. After complaints, District 1 County Commissioner Derwin Gist asked the Sheriff's Department to remove and return the signs to Stephens.

July 19th

Prosecutors stress cooperation across state lines

July 19, 2013

Practicing in a community that borders another state is a cause for investigators and prosecutors to work hand-in-hand with out-of-state agencies.
In an effort to increase communication and working relationships across the invisible boundaries, the Oklahoma District Attorneys Council and the Arkansas Prosecuting Attorneys Association began joint conference meetings a few years ago. On Monday, prosecutors gathered in Fort Smith, Ark., to continue the growing trend of working hand-in-hand with cases that span both sides of the border.

Professional women's workshop Aug. 2

July 19, 2013

After attending “The Polished Professional: Secrets to Passion, Purpose and Style,” the professional woman will have more confidence to step into the boardroom, retail store, classroom or office to tackle each job with more enthusiasm.
This workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center.
Registration is $25 per person and includes lunch. To register, visit www.reiwbc.org.

Educators experience interactive training seminar

July 19, 2013

Forty-four Poteau Primary School and Poteau Upper Elementary School teachers participated in Payne Education Center Training during the last week of June.
Poteau Upper Elementary School hosted the week-long training sessions for Poteau teachers and teachers from surrounding areas.

July 18th

Health Department hosts grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony

July 18, 2013

The LeFlore County Health Department hosted several members of the community Thursday during their grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony.
Food, refreshments and cake were available for visitors. The open house was held from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The ribbon cutting ceremony was held at noon.
PDN photo by Kim Ross

LYCS to celebrate 39 years

July 18, 2013

LeFlore County Youth Services marked 39 years of service on Monday.
Board and staff members and retired director Rick Couri gathered to celebrate the occasion as well as the agency's fourth CARF accreditation. The accreditation is for three years.
LCYS Inc. was founded in 1974 after a steering committee was put together in 1973 to provide an alternative to jail for teens.
As a result of their work, the organization became reality as a not-for-profit agency and first funding started in July 1974.

Okla. Corp. Comm. to decide phone records privacy

July 18, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has decided to determine whether the records of telecommunications companies are confidential on a case-by-case basis.
The three-member commission Thursday agreed to dismiss a proposal that it determine what records will be kept confidential under the Oklahoma Open Records Act and decided instead to use the case-by-case method.

Emergency Expo to be held in September

July 18, 2013

The Eastern Oklahoma Emergency Preparedness Expo is planned for Sept. 21 on the campuses of Carl Albert State College and Kiamichi Technology Center.
The LeFlore County Local Emergency Planning Committee, LeFlore County Office of Emergency Management and LeFlore County Medical Reserve Corps are co-sponsoring the event.
The annual event offers information to the general public, plus demonstrations and displays of a wide array of emergency and disaster response assets and skills competitions for first responders.

July 17th

Chickasaw governor hopeful on water lawsuit talks

July 17, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The governor of one of Oklahoma's largest Native American tribes says he is hopeful about ongoing negotiations with the state over lawsuits involving the tribes' legal rights to water in their historic territories in southeast Oklahoma.

When asked Wednesday about ongoing negotiations with state officials over the lawsuit involving the Chickasaw and Choctaw nations, Chickasaw Gov. Bill Anoatubby said: "I have hope for the future."

Changes happening in historic downtown Poteau

July 17, 2013

Poteau Main Street Matters executive director Eric Standridge takes down the vinyl banner sign at Fuel Gospel Church on Dewey Street on Tuesday in preparation for a more permanent sign. Holding the ladder for Standridge is Lori Rutledge,LeFlore County Historical Society Director.
PDN photo by Robert Shearon

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