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May 27th, 2013

Native American vets push for recognition

May 27, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Navajo Code Talkers are legendary. Then there was Cpl. Ira Hamilton Hayes, the Pima Indian who became a symbol of courage and patriotism when he and his fellow Marines raised the flag over Iwo Jima in 1945.
Before World War II and in the decades since, tens of thousands of American Indians have enlisted in the Armed Forces to serve their country at a rate much greater than any other ethnicity.
Yet, among all the monuments and statues along the National Mall in Washington, D.C., not one stands in recognition.

Alamo transferred to federal facility in Oklahoma

May 27, 2013

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Officials say jailed evangelist Tony Alamo (uh-LAH'-moh) has been moved from a federal prison in Marion, Ill., to a Bureau of Prisons Transfer Facility in Oklahoma City.
Alamo is serving a 175-year sentence after he was convicted in Arkansas for taking minor girls across state lines for sex.
The Texarkana Gazette reports Alamo has been housed in several prisons since his 2009 sentencing. According to an affidavit filed by an FBI agent, investigators allege that Alamo is still controlling his ministry from behind bars.

Spiro teen dies in accidental shooting

May 27, 2013

Saylor Slone, 15, of Spiro, died Sunday afternoon in what authorities say was an accidental shooting.
The shooting occurred at her home on Tucker Road north of Spiro, according to LeFlore County Undersheriff Kendall Morgan.
Saylor suffered a gunshot wound to the head from a .380-caliber Ruger pistol, which her mother bought recently for personal protection, Morgan said.
LeFlore County sheriff's deputies, EMS, Spiro first responders and Tulsa Life Flight responded. She was flown to St. Francis Children's Hospital in Tulsa, where she was pronounced dead.

May 24th

General Store hosts free clothes give-away

May 24, 2013

The General Store on Witte will hold a clothing giveaway from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 31, at 104 N. Witte St.
Sizes range from children's to adult, according to owner Darleen Seaman.
Seaman said she started accepting donations for the giveaway last week and "we got an enormous amount — which is what we wanted." She will accept additional donations beginning Wednesday, she said.
Poteau Main Street Matters is providing tables for the event.
A similar giveaway in April "was an amazing blessing," Seaman said.

Free fishing days in Oklahoma

May 24, 2013

Oklahoma anglers can fish for free during Free Fishing Days June 1-2. During these days, a state fishing license will not be required for anglers to go fishing in Oklahoma, whereas in most other cases a license is required. Additionally, an Oklahoma City fishing permit will not be required for fishing those waters where the permit is normally mandatory.

Poteau Frontier Rodeo starts tonight

May 24, 2013

The Poteau Frontier Rodeo kicks off tonight at 7 p.m. at the Phil Gardenhire Arena at the LeFlore County Fairgrounds west of Poteau.
Saturday night events begin at 7 p.m.

May 23rd

Latest deadly tornado tests Oklahoma town's mettle

May 23, 2013

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — Having lived most of her life in this Oklahoma City suburb, Barbara Bryen never feared twisters. They were just part of life in a particularly deadly stretch of Tornado Alley.

She always thought the closet just inside her front door was good enough for shelter, and on Monday it was again. But after an EF5 twister barreled through town, killing 24 people, Bryen and others in this disaster-prone community say they would never build a house without a storm cellar.

County quilt show right around the corner

May 23, 2013

The LeFlore County OHCE Annual Quilt Show is just around the corner.  The event will take place Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 at the Kiamichi Technology Center adjacent to the Carl Albert State College campus in Poteau. The Show will be open 9a.m. - 4 p.m. each day.
Remember the entry deadline is Wednesday, May 29. Entry forms and rules are available from the OSU Extension office in Poteau. Mailing address: P.O. Box 430, Poteau, 74953.
Organizers have announced the presenters and subjects of the demonstrations:
Friday, June 7
10 a.m. - “Coffee Mug Desserts” by Pat Skinner      

Owens benefit dinner set for Sunday

May 23, 2013

A fundraising dinner for Sawyer Owens, who is in need of a kidney transplant, is planned at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, June 2, at the Summerfield Community Center.
Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children 8 and younger. The menu will include chopped brisket sandwich, baked beans and cole slaw.
Owen, 5, is the grandson of Davy and Janie Owens and James and Rise McCoy.

May 22nd

Four injured in Wednesday morning wreck

May 22, 2013

Emergency crews worked to free injured people from the wreckage of a five car accident Wednesday morning. Four people were injured, one critical. Tulsa Life Flight landed their helicopter on scene to take the driver of an SUV to a Tulsa hospital to be treated for multiple injuries. Traffic was diverted from the accident scene for about an hour as crews worked to clear the wreckage.
The accident was investigated by Oklahoma Highway Patrol. LeFlore County EMS, Poteau Fire and Rescue, Poteau Police and the LeFlore County Sheriff's Department responded to the accident.

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