May 20th, 2015
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) â€” Gov. Mary Fallin has requested federal disaster assistance for Cleveland, Grady and Oklahoma counties following tornadoes, severe storms and flooding in recent weeks.
Fallin sent a letter to President Barack Obama Tuesday that says Oklahoma's latest round of severe storms began May 5. Since then, the state has experienced widespread flash flooding, damaging winds, baseball-size hail and at least 25 tornadoes.
Talihina Schools is closed today due to flooding inside one of the schools buildings, according to emergency management.
Also closed is the Choctaw Nation Health Services in Talihina.
According to the National Weather Service, rainfall totals from 2-6 inches fell overnight. Davidson said Talihina received six inches in about four hours.
Overnight flooding has caused travel issues in LeFlore County.
U.S. Highway 270 is closed just south of the U.S. 270/271 intersection between Heavener and Wister. Oklahoma Highway 82 is closed between Bengal and Talihina.
According to LeFlore County Emergency Management Director Michael Davidson, the roads in the Haw Creek Community also are covered by water.
Most low water crossings in the southern end of the county will be impassable due to rising waters.
It only takes a few inches of moving water to sweep a vehicle from a bridge. "Turn around, don't drown."
SHAWNEE â€” The good news for the Pocola Lady Indians softball team was it finally got to play its Class 4A State Tournament at the Ballfields at Firelake, and even won its state quarterfinal game 14-2 over Stratford.
However, the Lady Indians' season came to an end with a 10-0 loss in the state semifinals to eventual state champion Washington. Pocola finished this spring at 23-15.
Here is a look back into the Poteau Daily News archive.
Today's look-back is for Thursday, July 19, 1951.
â€˘ New Fire Station Urged for Poteau; Firemen Praised
â€˘ Architect Coming To Draw Up Plans For Auditorium
â€˘ Divorces Lead Marriages Here Almost 4 to 1
â€˘ Repairs on Two State Highways Near Completion
â€˘ Two Men Killed on Highway 271 During Weekend
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First it was the Poteau Pirates baseball team playing the waiting game on completing their Class 4A Regional Tournament, that started May 5 and was suspended by rain and saw the Pirates wait about a week before resuming.
Now, itâ€™s the Pocola Lady Inidansâ€™ turn.
With spring drills beginning Monday, the Poteau Pirates football team has a new leader.
Forrest Mazey was hired Friday at a special meeting of the Poteau Public Schools Board to replace Greg Werner, who left to take the coaching job with the Van Buren, Ark., Pointers.
The new football season wonâ€™t begin until September, but a head start will begin Monday when the Poteau Pirates football team will begin its two-week spring practice.
Not only are the Pirates preparing for a new season, theyâ€™ll get a new coach to help them as Mangum coach Forrest Mazey was hired Friday as the new Poteau football coach to replace Greg Werner, who went to coach the Van Buren [Ark.] Pointers.
The good news for the Wister Wildcats baseball team was it grabbed the early lead in the Class 2A State Tournament quarterfinal game with the Latta Panthers, which took place Thursday afternoon at Shawneeâ€™s Ed Skelton Field. The bad news was they ended up with a heartbreaking loss.
The Panthers scored a run in the eighth inning to win 3-2 to end the Wildcatsâ€™ season at 21-6.