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July 25th, 2012

Burn ban still in effect

July 25, 2012

As heat conditions continue to worsen and drought conditions rise toward extreme, fires, such as brush piles and burning trash, are still being reported.
A burn ban has been in effect since July 3 across the county yet fire and police departments are reporting responding to calls of people burning on their property.
A person is subject to financial and criminal penalties for open burning during a burn ban.

July 23rd

Wister Board of Education Regular Board Meeting

July 23, 2012

As required by Section 311, Title 25 of the Oklahoma Statutes, notice is hereby given that the Board of Education of Independent School District No.49, LeFlore County, Oklahoma, will hold a regular meeting Monday, July 23, 2012 at 6 p.m. in the Family and Consumer Science Room of the High School Building, Wister Public Schools, 201 Logan Street, Wister, Oklahoma.

The board reserves the right to take action on or table any item on the agenda.

1. Call meeting to order and recording of members present and absent.

July 19th

LeFlore County highest in state in unemployment

July 19, 2012

Recent unemployment numbers released by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission show employment rates hit a record high.
According OESC, even with the record high in employment, LeFlore County led the state in unemployed workers at 8.5 percent.
Out of an estimated labor force of 19,194 workers, 17,568 were employed, leaving 1,626 LeFlore County citizens without jobs. The over the year unemployment rate dropped from 10.5 percent to the current rate.

Young reader's tree to be saved

July 19, 2012

A week ago a young girl placed a sign on an old Oak tree behind her family's business pleaded for the tree to be saved during the construction of the new Patrick Lynch Public Library.
Having made her plea public and gaining the attention of the city and the construction company, she was soon rewarded with the knowledge her tree would remain.
"I encourage people to speak out, do things and feel free," said Jenny. "It what freedom means. I am really happy they are saving the tree."

Citizens and business owners take a stand

July 19, 2012

Recently the Poteau
Daily News ran a letter to
the editor written by a
local business owner
accusing a Monroe woman
of scamming him out of
money. It now seems as
though another business
owner has attempted to
warn the public about this
woman and her family.
A sign posted on the
doors of the Heavener and
Hodgen Tote-A-Poke
states, “Attention: Scam.
Do not give money to Kyle
- Steve- or Teri Tiffee.
They are out pandering
money.”
The notice is signed by
Mick LaFevers who owns
the Tote-A-Poke stores.
Attempts to reach LaFevers
to ask what prompted the

July 17th

This week's Spring Into Business Cash Mob site

July 17, 2012

The site for this weeks Spring Into Business Cash Mob is Maria's Mexican Restaurant. This locally owned and operated business has been serving customers on south Broadway for over five years. Maria's offers up delicious Mexican cuisine with their signature cheese dip daily. Special to the Cash Mob, Maria's is offering two dinner combination dinners for only $9.99.

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Family recovering after wreck

July 17, 2012

A young child injured last week in an automobile accident near Long Lake Resort has been released from the hospital.
Johnny Reed, 32, and Kristin Reed, 4, both of Waldron, were severely injured when the truck they were driving collided with the bed of a truck turning into Long Lake Resort.
According to the report from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Kristin was thrown approximately 50 feet from the vehicle. She was flown to Children's Hospital in Little Rock Ar., and listed in critical condition. Sources say she was released Monday.

Pocola man arrested in rape of child

July 17, 2012

A child is recovering in the custody of the Arkansas Department of Human Services after it was discovered she had been raped and assaulted.
Heath Wayne Talley, 26, of Pocola, was arrested on charges of rape by instrumentation and child abuse in connection with the child's injuries.
According to the LeFlore County District Attorney's Office, the child reportedly suffered burns from an electrical cord along with the sexual assault.

July 16th

Jury trial begins in county lawsuit

July 16, 2012

Former LeFlore County Deputies Burell Shipman and Dale Fout filed a lawsuit against the LeFlore County Board of County Commissioners in 2006. On Monday a jury was picked and the trial began.
Shipman and Fout allege in their petition against the commissioners they were owed payment for compensation wages and holiday pay. They claim Sheriff Roy Gentry approved the payments but when the payroll warrant was submitted to the commissioners, it was denied.
The two are seeking in excess of $30,000 each in back wages.

LeFlore County EMS takes top state honors

July 16, 2012

LeFlore County Emergency Medical Services and employees were honored during the annual Oklahoma Emergency Medical Technician Association banquet.
Anthony Stankowitz, 21, of Spiro, heard his name out called out during an awards ceremony last week in Tulsa as the 2012 Paramedic of the year. The award, which is peer based by nomination, recognized Stankowitz as the top outstanding Paramedic in Oklahoma.
His nomination was written by LCEMS Director, Dave Grovdahl

 

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