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July 5th, 2013

Summer music camp starts Monday

July 5, 2013

Poteau First United Methodist Church will host the third annual Summer Music Camp the week of July 8-12.
The camp will take place daily from 9 a.m. to noon with a performance at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, July 12.
The camp is for students who have completed first grade up through high school. Students will learn and put together a musical production for the Friday night performance. They will be responsible for not only the music and drama, but also costume, stage and production design.

Nashoba Youth Foundation recipient of area donation

July 5, 2013

Volunteers and donations are helping to spruce up skateparks in Heavener and Poteau.
Two-State Sod Farm in Spiro donated sod for the Nashoba Skatepark in Heavener and Central National Bank donated bottled water to help keep the volunteers hydrated.
"Two State donated sod for the Skatepark Off Broadway in Poteau, too. We really appreciate them partnering with us to help our area youth," said Nashoba Youth Foundation Chairwoman Lisa Fabian.

Area blood drive set for Tuesday

July 5, 2013

The need for blood doesn’t take a vacation. Yet, fewer people typically donate during the summer, according to Oklahoma Blood Institute.
Walmart in Poteau has stepped up to help with a blood drive from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Anyone who is healthy and 16 years or older* is encouraged to give.
Each donor will receive two free tickets to the Oklahoma City Zoo, a “Feel Fierce” T-shirt, free health screenings and Donor Rewards points.

Celebrating the Fourth

July 5, 2013

Dylan and Colton Free, sons of Daniel and Krista Free of Bates, Ark., celebrate the Fourth of July.
Photo submitted by Krista Free

July 3rd

Original floor lamp from Oklahoma Senate returned

July 3, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Another long-lost light fixture is returning to its home at the Oklahoma Senate.
After hearing about ongoing Senate renovations, Coy Green of Norman learned that a large floor lamp he purchased at a swap meet more than 40 years ago was housed in the Senate in 1918.
Green delivered the lamp to Senate officials on Tuesday, telling them it needed to be home.

June revenue collections dip slightly from 2012

July 3, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Overall revenue collections to the state treasury were down last month about $19 million compared to June 2012, but collections for the entire fiscal year outpaced those from last year, Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller announced Tuesday.
Gross receipts for the month of June were about $976 million, a decrease of about 1.9 percent from June 2012, according to figures released by Miller's office.

Fund set for OSU students affected by tornadoes

July 3, 2013

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State University says it's created a scholarship fund to help students affected by the deadly tornadoes that raked parts of the state in May.
School officials say the fund was created to provide an opportunity for donors to support students dealing with loss of life or significant property damage.
Current or incoming students affected by the tornadoes should contact the school's Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

July 2nd

Stigler man dies in diving accident

July 2, 2013

A Stigler man died last Wednesday after diving into a lake, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
An accident report completed by the OHP said Vernon Michael Reynolds, 51, dove off a courtesy dock at John Wells Lake in Haskell County at about 6:15 p.m. Family called the Stigler Police Department after Reynolds' failed to resurface.
The OHP and Stigler Fire Department were both called to help find Reynolds.
Stigler Fire Department recovered Reynolds' body, according to the report.

District 4 Choctaw royalty crowned

July 2, 2013

The District 4 Choctaw Princess Pageant was held and the following girls were crowned to represent District 4 for the 2013-2014 year. Senior Miss Callie Curnutt, Junior Miss Jordan Carver and Little Miss Amber Battice along with Mr. Delton Cox, District 4 Councilman. The girls will be competing in the Choctaw Nation Pageant during the Tuskahoma Labor Day Festival.

Oklahoma to withdraw from testing group

July 2, 2013

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma is backing out of a testing consortium to work with another company to develop its own standardized tests for the 2014-2015 school year, State Superintendent Janet Barresi said this week.

Barresi said the decision to withdraw from the multistate group — called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers — was made after teachers and parents voiced concerns about the extra hours of test taking that would be involved with it.

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