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July 30th, 2013
(Editor's note: This is the first in a series of features that will revisit the historical figures of LeFlore County who have been recognized for their contributions. Throughout LeFlore County, buildings have been dedicated to people who many may not have known or may not remember. These features are dedicated to keeping the namesake's memory alive for future generations.)
We're going to be rolling out some new features in upcoming weeks. The first one is "smile of the week." If you are proud of your smile, or have a child (or parent) with a great smile, send it along to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll feature it in our "smile of the week" feature.
One week after a county commissioner meeting in which residents along 206th Street near Spiro sought to have their road proclaimed private, the commissioners announced today [July 30] they would hold a public hearing regarding the matter.
On Monday the commissioners approved holding a public meeting for input on the pending closure of the road.
On July 22, several residents spoke during the commissioner meeting about traffic along their road, which they believed was private. Commissioner Derwin Gist requested the Sheriff's Department remove the signs.
Ebony Dugan is the 2013 LeFlore County OK Home and Community Education Scholarship recipient. Dugan is a graduate of Spiro High School and plans to attend college at the University of Central Oklahomain in Edmond, majoring in special education/ deaf education.
Paw Paw Cook's Smoke House located at 27444 Hwy 112 in Cameron was inducted as a new member of the Poteau Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting ceremony.Â Paw Paw Cook's is owned and operated by Charles Cook and Carolyn Brand.Â Those attending the ribbon cutting ceremony
were employees and chamber ambassadors. Â
As has been the trend since April, statewide unemployment rates continued to rise during June.
In the three month period, more than 6,000 Oklahoman's have lost their means of employment, according to the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.
In June, Oklahoma reported 5.2 percent of the workforce was unemployed, nationally that rate was 7.6 percent.
Oklahoma's seasonally adjusted employment also took a hit, eliminating 4,790 jobs.
The newest bull to be placed on display in Poteau was the patriotic Angus sponsored by The Community State Bank. The newest addition to the bank was placed on the north side of the main branch Tuesday morning. Crews work to install lighting for nighttime viewing of the statue.
PDN photo by Kim Ross
Vanessa Miller shares scenes from the story of Alice in Wonderland before the children play croquet, as the Queen of Hearts would expect, Wednesday at Buckley Public Library. Program activities are supported locally by Southeast Public Library System of Oklahoma, through the Oklahoma Department of the Libraries, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Sonic Corp. and others. Â
The National Weather Service warned LeFlore County residents to brace for another possible riot of storms and flash flooding Thursday evening and today.
Storms overnight Tuesday dumped almost 5 inches of rain in parts of the county, broke and uprooted trees and washed out some roads.
A flash flood watch for most of eastern Oklahoma was in effect through tonight, according to the NWA Tulsa office.
A flash flood watch means rapidly rising water or flooding is possible and people in the area should be ready to act if they see flooding or a warning is issued.
High winds and torrential rains left their mark across LeFlore County early Wednesday morning.
Residents in Poteau woke up to trees blown over, roads covered in water and mud and roads that had partially washed away. Traffic along Whitney Avenue was condensed to one lane after the a large portion of the north side of the road took a slide into a creek. Amos Street was unpassable at the South McKenna intersection after a large tree fell across the road. City workers equipped with chainsaws, front-end loaders and a dump truck were out early clearing debris.