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September 6th, 2013

Chamber announces move

September 6, 2013

The Poteau Chamber of Commerce is expected to move into the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center in the next few months, according to chamber Executive Director Karen Wages.
The move is part of a deal with the city allowing the chamber to manage the facility.
The City Council voted this week to offer the management contract to the chamber. Chamber directors are expected to vote on the contract at noon Tuesday.
The center and chamber will remain separate entities, but wil share staff and space, Wages said.
"There will be some rebranding," she said.

Poteau School implements new policy

September 6, 2013

In an ongoing effort to ensure the safety of students Poteau Primary School has devised a new procedure for afternoon student pickup.
Beginning Tuesday, car visor tags will be used to identify parents who are picking up students. The new procedure will be as follows:
For parents who drive through the circle drive to pick up:

September 4th

Commissioners approve new 911 public trust

September 4, 2013

It's official, the Emergency 911 board has been dissolved and in its place is born a new public trust.
The LeFlore County Commissioners decided unanimously Monday to sign a proposition which, in effect, ends the current boards authority in 60 days.
District 2 County Commissioner Lance Smith made the motion to create a seven-member board and to name the respective department appointees.

Former Walmart worker charged with embezzlement

September 4, 2013

Natasha Talaese, 23, of Poteau was arrested over the weekend for allegedly embezzling more than $3,000 from her former employer, Walmart.
Talaese, who signed a Miranda waiver and verbally stated she knew her rights, agreed to talk to Poteau police Detective Mark Kennady. In her statement to police, Talaese said the amount of money embezzled was correct, and told Kannady how she took the money.

Early voting for Cameron sales tax begins Friday

September 4, 2013

Cameron residents will be able to vote Friday, Monday and Tuesday on a proposed sales tax.
"In-person absentee" ballots can be cast from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Monday at the LeFlore County Election Board, 103 N. Church in Poteau, according to LeFlore County Election Board Secretary Sharon Steele.

September 2nd

That's a rap; film day done

September 2, 2013

Sugarloaf Mountain Productions and the cast for the film "The Clyde Project" converged in downtown Poteau this weekend. The film is an re-enactment of the historic bank robbery of Poteau's Central National Bank.
The production company recently completed filming "Broken Faith" and will begin "Justine" after the completion of the robbery film.
Filming occurred along Witte Street near the Lowrey Hotel as they filmed short segments in front of the green screen.

Two arrested after truck crashes into home

September 2, 2013

Two people were arrested Sunday after an argument took to the roadway resulting in a crash that injured one.
According to the Poteau Police accident report, Pedro Martines-Castañeda, 27, of Poteau was jailed after he lost control of his vehicle and struck a Poteau home.

Labor Day Festival brings thousands

September 2, 2013

Heat didn't put much of a dent on the flocks of festival goers who attended the 66th annual Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival.
On Saturday, with heat indices in the 100s, people packed the festival grounds as they played games, rode rides, shopped and learned about Choctaw heritage.
Emergency Medical Services Director Dave Grovdahl said the majority of the 23 people EMS took to the hospital during the festival were suffering from heat related illnesses.

August 30th

OHP warns of Labor Day crackdown on drivers

August 30, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY — Public Safety officials will be participating in a
nationwide campaign this Labor Day weekend in an effort to reduce highway
traffic deaths and injury collisions on Oklahoma highways. "Operation
C.A.R.E." (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) began at 6 p.m. Friday
and runs through midnight Monday.

Spiro lace named endangered artifact

August 30, 2013

A fragment of lace from Spiro Mounds has been placed on the list of Oklahoma's 10 most endangered artifacts.
The list of endangered items was created by a committee of the Oklahoma Cultural Heritage Trust. The Spiro lace is on of two items on the list placed in the acre of the Sam Noble Museum of natural History at the University of Oklahoma.
The other item is a collection of 1920s era organ player rolls.

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