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February 14th, 2014
Three area legislators â€” all former educators â€” joined other House Democrats Thursday to blast Republican lawmakers who Tuesday condemned public school teachers who plan to rally at the State Capitol next month.
â€śWe hear a lot of talk at the state Capitol about local control,â€ť Rep. Curtis McDaniel said, â€śbut when it comes time to actually let our communities and school districts make choices for themselves, suddenly some members of the majority party condemn them.â€ť
Donnie Lee Harris Jr., 29, of Talihina, was formally sentenced to death by a LeFlore County District Court judge Tuesday for the first degree murder of his girlfriend, Kristi Ferguson, who was 25 at the time of her death.
Harris is accused of setting Ferguson on fire after dousing her with gasoline on Feb. 18, 2012. The couple were inside a home in Talihina when Harris set the fire, leaving several other people endangered when the home caught fire. Ferguson succumbed to her injuries in an Oklahoma City Hospital.
The Poteau Police Department squared off against the LeFlore County Sheriff's Department Saturday afternoon in a first-of-its-kind basketball tournament.
The event raised funds to assist with the county canine unit. More than $1,400 was raised Saturday.
During the event, a narcotics police dog demonstrated his ability to find hidden drugs.
The County Heat came away with the win.
Members of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, LeFlore County Emergency Management and other area law enforcement agencies also played on the two teams.
Voters will be flocking to the pollsTuesday as the annual School Board Elections take full swing.
Polling places will open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Five area school districts have races slated today for the Office 4 seat, also the Office 3 seat in Wister.
â€˘ Wister â€” Office 3 â€” Kerry Ford and Leon Mitchell
â€˘ Wister â€” Office 4 â€”Billy DeWade Shatswell and Lamar Ford.
Candidates for the other four races are:
â€˘ Bokoshe â€” Vickie Sales and Ronnie Kingsboro.
â€˘ Leflore â€” Samuel Ingle and Tommy Wheat
â€˘ Poteau â€” William C. Pickle and Sally Ann Hutchinson.
A winter weather advisory continues for LeFlore County as more snow is expected to hit the area.
The advisory was issued Monday [Feb. 10] and is expected to expire at 10 a.m. Tuesday after about two inches of snow cover the county.
The National Weather Service said Monday the heaviest accumulations of wintry precipitation is expected to take place along and south of Interstate 40 in southeastern Oklahoma and west central Arkansas
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.
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.
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ADVISORY
* LIGHT SNOW WILL DEVELOP ACROSS SOUTHEAST OKLAHOMA THIS AFTERNOON
AND MOVE INTO WEST-CENTRAL ARKANSAS LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND
* 1 TO 2 INCHES OF SNOW ACCUMULATION IS EXPECTED THROUGH 10 PM CST
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.
You can help the environment, aid people in developing countries and boost a local tourism effort â€” 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.
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