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January 24th, 2013

PHS Drama Dept. to produce student one act plays

January 24, 2013

Friday at 7 p.m. at the Bob Lee Kidd Civic Center in Poteau the Poteau High School Drama Department and Thespian Troupe #3283 will present three one act plays written and directed by PHS students. Admission for the show is $3.

Names released of Spiro burn victims

January 24, 2013

LeFlore County Sheriff's Department released the name of two burn victims involved in a Monday night house fire near Spiro.
According to LeFlore County Undersheriff Kendall Morgan, Myrtle Cooper, 47, and Elec Cusick, 39, were the two victims found unconscious outside a home on Stewart Loop.
The fire still is under investigation, according to Morgan, which is why the release of the names was delayed.

Area State Parks to offer hikes

January 24, 2013

Lake Wister State Park and Talimena State Park have joined together to promote a "heart healthy hiking" program for 2013.
A hike will be held each month alternating between the two parks. On February 9 a hike will be held at Talimena State Park and will be two to four miles in length. The hike will return to Lake Wister for a four mile hike March 9 starting at Wards Landing Campground. These hikes will begin at 1 p.m. Bottled water will be provided for all participants.

January 23rd

Absentee voters encouraged to get ballots early

January 23, 2013

Voters in LeFlore County who want to have absentee ballots mailed to them for the annual school election should apply now, according to County Election Board Secretary Sharon Steele.
Steele said the County Election Board can accept applications for absentee ballots until 5 p.m. on Wednesday Feb. 6, voters who want to vote by absentee ballot are urged to apply early.
Absentee ballot applications forms are available at the County Election Board office located at 103 N. Church St. in Poteau or they can be obtained online at www.elections.ok.gov.

Community support brings new light on events at Shady Point School

January 23, 2013

Shady Point Schools have recently installed a new LED sign for public notification of school events.
The 16 foot LED sign is located at the intersection of Wheelus Street and U.S. Highway 59/271.
Shady Point Superintendent Bruce Gillham said the sign was purchased and installed at no cost to the district due to corporate sponsors and community donations.
The sign will be used for notifications of school event and activities along with any closings.

January 22nd

Two people injured in Spiro house fire

January 22, 2013

Two people were flown by medical helicopter to a Tulsa hospital after a house fire Monday night.
According to the LeFlore County Sheriff's Department, the fire happened on Stewart Loop near Spiro at approximately 8:30 p.m. Two people were injured, a woman and a man who were found lying on the ground outside the home unconscious.
According to emergency crews on the scene, the woman was seriously burned and is in critical condition. The man suffered minor burns and smoke inhalation.

Several blood drives scheduled in county

January 22, 2013

Blood drives are scheduled at three locations in the coming weeks, according to the Oklahoma Blood Institute.
Carl Albert State College are inviting Poteau-area residents 16 years or older* to donate blood from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, or 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 1507 S. McKenna.
Arkoma High School will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at 100 Blocker.
Blood donors will receive a free T-shirt, health screenings and Donor Rewards points, redeemable for merchandise in OBI’s online store.

January 21st

No school means more hang time for area skaters

January 21, 2013

Todd Mattox, 9, of Poteau spent Monday afternoon at the Poteau Skate Park. Area schools were closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Day. With a free day from school, several children spent the day perfecting tricks on skateboards, skates and bicycles.

Special Olympics hosts annual trivia night

January 21, 2013

Special Olympics supporters will hold their 15th annual trivia night fundraiser March 2.
This year's theme will be M*A*S*H.
The event will start at 7 p.m., with registration beginning at 6 p.m. in the Bob Lee Kidd Civic Center.
Entry fee is $125 per team of six to 10 members.
Checks should be made payable to Special Olympics Oklahoma Area 10 and mailed to 801 South Blvd., Poteau OK 74953 before Feb. 25. Entries will also be accepted at the door on March 2.
For more information, contact Randy Weaver at (918) 647-9231 or (918) 983-0611.

House fire claims three lives; still under investigation

January 21, 2013

A house fire Saturday morning took the lives of three people - Paul and Levunia Helton, both 73, and their 2 year-old great grandson Riley Metzker.
According to the State Fire Marshal's Investigator, Tony Rust, the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
LeFlore County Sheriff Rob Seale said the fire began around 9:30 a.m. When firefighters from Shady Point, Latham / Dog Creek, Panama and Poteau arrived, the home was fully engulfed.
The bodies of the three victims have been sent to the Oklahoma Medical Examiners Office to determine the exact cause of death.

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