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February 9th, 2014

Poteau home destroyed by fire

February 9, 2014

Poteau firefighters still are battling a blaze that engulfed a home near Frisco Avenue in Poteau Sunday at about 3:30 p.m.
A family member of the residents, who were not home at the time of the fire, said several people lived at the home.

February 7th

LeFlore County under winter weather advisory

February 7, 2014

According to the National Weather Service: Winter weather advisory is in effect from oon today until 10 p.m. tonight for LeFlore, Latimer, Haskell, Pushmatah, Choctaw, Pittsburg and Sequoyah Counties in Oklahoma. In Arkansas counties included in the advisory are: Sebastian, Crawford and Franklin Counties.



February 5th

Talihina wreck victim dies

February 5, 2014

A 79-year-old man critically injured last week in a wreck near Talihina died Wednesday morning.
Huey Mangus of Talihina was driving a 2000 Chevrolet pickup north about 10 a.m. on Jan. 31 on U.S. Highway 271 approximately seven miles north of Talihina when the accident occurred, according to the accident report. Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Tody Perez reported the pickup went off the left side of the road and struck a guardrail. Mangus was ejected about five feet.
He was flown by a medical helicopter to a Tulsa hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

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.


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