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A body found in a Talihina pond on Monday has been identified.
According to the LeFlore County Sheriff's Department, 19-year-old Joshua Teves was reported missing days before being found dead Monday by the Talihina Police Department.
The cause of death still has not been released, said Sheriff Rob Seale.
Investigators are treating the death as a possible homicide until the Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office determines the cause of death.
According to LeFlore County Sheriff Rob Seale, the body of a young man was found in Southern LeFlore County Monday afternoon and an investigation into the cause of death is ongoing.
The body was found in a pond west of Talihina, according to Seale.
"The body is believed to be that of a 19-year-old male that was reported missing from Talihina last week," said Seale. "The body has been sent to the State Medical Examiner's Officer for positive indentification and to determine the cause of death."
The 18th Annual Carl Albert State College/Walmart Chili Cooking Contest is set for Friday, Feb. 21.
Organizers encourage everyone to get involved. The competition will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the second floor of the Costner-Balentine Student Center at CASC.Â Â
To enter a pot of chili in the contest, download the official entry form at www.carlalbert.edu, submit your entry form and plan to have your famous chili tested along with countless others.
According to Kiamichi Technology Center spokesperson Laura Harrison, "at approximately 2:50 p.m. on Monday, Kiamichi Technology Center evacuated students and staff due to a fire in the welding shop. Poteau Fire Department was called for assistance. An exhaust filter outside the building was smoldering and pushing smoke into the welding shop. Not knowing where the smoke originated, welding instructor, Dennis Thomas, activated the smoke alarm and students and staff were evacuated."
LeFlore County under burn ban for the next seven days, according to to Kelli Ford.
No outdoor burning.
Controlled burns on state and federal forestry department lands are exempt.
Charcoal and gas grills are also allowed.
The cost of correspondence is again on the rise after the United States Postal Service announced a 3-cent hike on the price of stamps.
According to the Postal Service, on Monday the price of first-class mail stamps will increase from 46 cents to 49 cents.
Forever stamps will remain a viable postage at their original purchase price and will be accepted as the only necessary form of postage for first-class mail weighing 3 ounces or less, according to the service's website.
Devon Midgley is one of many Carl Albert State College students who gave blood during an Oklahoma Blood Institute drive held on the Poteau campus Wednesday.
PDN photo by Haley Spears
Candidates for municipal offices in Talihina and Howe may file declarations of candidacy beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 27.
The filing period ends at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, said Sharon Steele, County Election Board secretary.
Offices open for candidates include:
â€˘ Talihina, clerk-treasurer, unexpired term.
â€˘ Howe, Board of trustees seat, unexpired term, and clerk-treasurer, unexpired term.
The offices at stake will be filled in a nonpartisan special municipal election on April 1.
In a response to the growing need of the district to continue to provide quality services to students, the Poteau School District will propose a $1.615 million bond issue for a vote on Tuesday, Feb. 11.
The bond issue will replace an expiring bond and will create no additional taxes, according to Superintendent Don Sjoberg.
The voters will decide whether to support two propositions â€” $640,000 for transportation and $975,000 for building improvements.Â
A Poteau is asking area residents to help him locate his pet parrot, "Lucy," which vanished just days before Christmas.
Getz said he believes the bird may have been stolen from his residence. The day before Lucy disappeared, three men in a white pickup truck pulled up in front of Getz's home where his wife Carla was out in the front yard. The men asked her several questions about Lucy. The following day Getz and his wife left th residence for about 45 minutes and when they returned Lucy was no where to be found.