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July 23rd, 2014

Storm damage reported in five county towns

July 23, 2014

With wind gust topping out at 70 mph, strong storms left damage in their wake Wednesday afternoon.
Just after 3 p.m. severe storms plowed their way southwest across the county. High winds, small-sized hail, lightning and rain swept the area fast and hard.
Damages were reported in Heavener, Spiro, Shady Point, Pocola and Poteau. Power lines and trees were reported down in all five towns.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning in effect from July 23, 03:01 PM CDT until July 23, 03:45 PM CDT

July 23, 2014

Severe Thunderstorm Warning in effect for LeFlore County from July 23, 03:01 PM CDT until July 23, 03:45 PM CDT

AT 259 PM CDT...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM 15 MILES EAST OF BOSTON TO BRANCH TO KEOTA TO
RENTIESVILLE...AND MOVING SOUTH AT 40 MPH.

HAZARD...70 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT...HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT CONSIDERABLE
TREE DAMAGE. WIND DAMAGE IS ALSO LIKELY TO MOBILE HOMES...
ROOFS AND OUTBUILDINGS.

County events

July 23, 2014

• Today (July 23) — “Science in Food” children’s program, 10 a.m., Donald W. Reynolds Community Center.
— “Science and Agriculture” teen program, 11:30 a.m., Patrick Lynch Public Library community room.
— Bible School, 6-8:30 p.m., Community of Christ, Fanshawe. Info: Sally McGowen, (918) 659-2361. 
• July 24 — Blood Drive, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Choctaw Casino, Pocola.
— Bible School, 6-8:30 p.m., Community of Christ, Fanshawe. Info: Sally McGowen, (918) 659-2361. 

James Garner - Norman, Oklahoma (1928-2014)

July 23, 2014

Norman native, James Garner passed away on July 19, in his home in Los Angeles at the age of 86.  James Scott Bumgarner was born in Norman where his father owned a store, where he worked until starting school. Jim left school at fourteen and at sixteen joined the Merchant Marines. He returned to high school before joining the National Guard. During the Korean War, Jim earned two Purple Hearts. After discharge, he briefly attended the University of Oklahoma.
 

July 22nd

Enduro Series Race No. 1, Regular Races Results, Point Standings

July 22, 2014

Saturday
Tri-State Speedway
Pocola

Editor's note: In the results and point standings in each division, the top three will be listed as well as any other local racers.
Enduro Series Race No. 1
1. Greg Dobbs, Booneville, Ark.; 2. Jeremy Wilson, Humboldt, Kan.; 3. Jay Rierson, Booneville.
Pure Stock Race
1. Zane Hunter, Alma, Ark.; 2. Jalon Brewton, Alma; 3. Jim Richesin, Van Buren, Ark.
Factory Stock Race
1. Kyle McAllister, Fort Smith, Ark.; 2. Travis Vaughn, Pocola; 3. Chris Patterson, Greenwood, Ark.; 6. Wendell Vaughn, Pocola; 9. Jerrod Adams, Wister; 13. Joshua Vaughn, Pocola.

All Hail the Kings

July 22, 2014

Sports Briefs

July 22, 2014

The Pocola High School Softball Booster Club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday on the bleachers at the softball field.
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Wolf-Pup Football sign ups will be at 6 p.m. July 31 in the Heavener High School cafeteria.
Those signing up will need to bring a copy of birth certificate along with the $60 entry fee.
The league is open to those who will be in grades three through six, and those signing up can attend any school.
Forms can be found on our web site at www.heavenerballpark.com.
For additional information, call Tim Davis (918) 413-2308.
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Benefit auction for Heather Russell

July 22, 2014

Heather Russell, 42, of Poteau has taken care of others as a nurse at Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith, Ark., for 17 years. About three months ago, she was in need of life-saving care after suffering a stroke. Russell is the wife of Poteau Assistant Chief of Police Greg Russell.
A benefit auction will be hosted by the Poteau Police Department on July 26 at 2 p.m. at the Bob Lee Kidd Civic Center in Poteau.
Also available during the auction is a $5 burger basket including chips and a drink.
All proceeds will help with associated medical costs.

DC Court ruling supports Oklahoma claims of ACA illegalities

July 22, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Scott Pruitt on Tuesday said the legal claims made in 2011 in Oklahoma’s lawsuit challenging the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were upheld Tuesday in a ruling by the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.

Gas prices take a dive

July 22, 2014

Oklahoma’s pump price average for regular gasoline has tumbled 18 cents since hitting $3.53 on June 27, according to FuelGaugeReport.AAA.com. The state average has declined for 14 straight days and is now $3.35 per gallon. Nationally, the average price of gas has fallen for 24 consecutive days. Today’s price, $3.565 per gallon, is the lowest since April 2.

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