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October 4th, 2013
ST. LOUIS â€” Cassie Bess of Heavener is one of 38 students from across the United States to be awarded a college scholarship from The National Childrenâ€™s Cancer Societyâ€™s Beyond the Cure program. Bess is a junior at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.Â
The Beyond the Cure scholarship program was created to aid young survivors as they move forward with their lives after cancer. This support helps young adults achieve their educational, professional and personal goals.
Balloons may be the main attraction, but there will plenty to do on the ground as well at this year's Poteau Balloon Fest, scheduled Oct. 18-19.
â€śWe have worked very hard to have activities and events for people of all ages," said Chris Ward, Poteau Chamber of Commerce board chairman.
This yearâ€™s event will include more than 30 teams competing in the KCBS BBQ Oklahoma State Championship Cook-Off, according to Chamber CEO Karen Wages.
The Poteau Police Department is now home to a prescription medication disposal container provided by the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics.
The drop box arrived Tuesday along with OBN Director Darrell Weaver and a large group of area prevention representatives.
The Poteau Police Department location marks the 141st container placed in the state to help with the safe disposal of medication. Since the programs inception two years ago, more than 20 tons of unwanted medications have been collected, according to Weaver.
The Vike @ Nite Black Light Run is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at Carl Albert State College in Poteau.Â
Preregistration is open until Oct. 10 for an entry fee of $20, and $30 for registration thereafter. CASC students with a current student ID will pay an entry fee of $15. Registration forms can be found at www.carlalbert.edu or by contacting Hali Repass at email@example.com. Online registration is available at http://www.eventbrite.com/event/8189634417/es2/?rank=1. On-site registration will be from 3:30-4:30 p.m. the day of the race.
Team members Whitney Kirby, Hali Repass and Beth Phillips brought home medals for their second-place finish in the the Redman Triathalon held recently at Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City. About 30 LeFlore County residents participated in the event.
Firefighter Don Goforth talks to a motorist at Broadway and Dewey on Saturday while collecting donations for the Fill the Boot campaign for Jerry's Kids. Â±Other firefighters at the intersection included Fred Hardesty, Joe Wiles and Charles Goodman. Other crews manned different locations throughout Poteau.
PDN photo by Ken Milam
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and events are scheduled to help boost public awareness of the important topic.
The month-long emphasis kicks off on Thursday with â€śWear Purple Dayâ€ť. Everyone is encouraged to wear purple to show support for victims and survivors of domestic violence. Also Thursday is a press conference and awards ceremony at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City.
The jury in the case of accused murderer Christopher Simpson returned a guilty verdict on two counts of murder. The jury announced its decision tonight (Thursday) shortly before 6. The jury recommended Simpson get life without parole.
Formal sentencing will be held Nov. 8 at 11 a.m.
Simpson was accused in the April 8, 2012, shooting death of 20-year-old Ka'Loni Flynn and her unborn child.
The jury in the case of accused murderer Christopher Simpson began deliberations about 11 a.m.
With the culmination of the state's presentation of trial evidence in the murder of 20-year-old Ka'Loni Flynn, the defense called multiple witnesses, the last being accused murder Christopher K. Simpson.
Simpson is accused in the April 8, 2012, shooting death of Flynn and her unborn child. Wednesday marked the fifth day of the trial.
Wesley McDonald, a broadband technician for Suddenlink, prepares a hamburger for Rhett Sulser of Poteau as part of Suddenlinkâ€™s annual customer appreciation event. Customers were invited to come by the companyâ€™s Poteau office for free hamburgers and hotdogs on Monday. Also on hand for the event were Suddenlink plant manager Perry Miller (behind McDonald) and customer service representative Pamela Hammerton (not pictured).