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July 24th, 2014

Poteau Spirit Center Stars of the Month of July, Part II

July 24, 2014

Stephen Lanier Hensley

July 24, 2014

Stephen Lanier Hensley, 83, of Spiro died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Fort Smith, Ark.
Stephen was born on Oct. 20, 1930, in Brevard, N. C., to Floyd and Clara (Ducker) Hensley.
Stephen was a member of Victory Worship Center in Spiro and a member of the Fleet Reserve Association. He retired from the U.S. Navy, serving his country for 20 years in the Korean and Vietnam wars. Stephen retired as sheriff’s deputy and undersheriff for LeFlore County. He also was head of security at Blue Ribbon Downs.  He loved his church family and enjoyed gardening, yard work and fishing.

Choctaw firefighters home after battling out-of-state wild land fire

July 24, 2014

By STEPHENIE OCHOA

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

DURANT, Okla. – Recently, two forestry team members returned from a 16-day stent in Arizona battling an intense fire on Apache lands. Prevention tech Joshua Bates and Wallace Kitchel, dozer operator, were dispatched to the fire due to the need for special fire fighting techniques.

Oklahoma Multicounty Grand Jury issues removal application against Greer County court clerk

July 24, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Multicounty Grand Jury has issued a removal application against the Greer County court clerk, Attorney General Scott Pruitt said Thursday. The removal application issued by the multicounty grand jury accuses Sandy Hopingardner of financial mismanagement in her duties as Greer County court clerk.

Weird Al is wowed by album's success (VIDEO)

July 24, 2014

VIDEO: Weird Al Is Wowed by Album's Success

July 23rd

Hackler becomes new Poteau boys hoop coach

July 23, 2014

Last month, Poteau boys basketball coach Scott Nelke took advantage of a chance to go “home” as he took the Pocola Indians coaching job to be at his alma mater.
So, when the spot for Nelke’s spot opened up, Todd Hackler had a chance to do likewise — go “home.” And he will as he was hired this month to be Nelke’s replacement.
“I played here at Poteau,” said Hackler, who was on the 1996 LeFlore County champion Pirate team. “I played [Class] 4A basketball, and I always wanted to coach it. It’s stronger competition and tougher teams.”

Donald Gene Williams III

July 23, 2014

Donald Gene Williams III, 18 months, of Arkoma died Monday, July 21, 2014, in Little Rock, Ark. Donald was born Jan. 17, 201,3 in Tulsa to Donald Gene Jr. and Elizabeth Francis Ann (Bennett) Williams. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bill and Shirley Bennett.
Survivors include his parents, Donald Jr. and Elizabeth Williams of the home; sisters, Jessica Caldera of the home, Kristina Ray Parris of Tulsa; grandparents, Donald Sr. and Zonia Williams of Arkoma; numerous aunts and uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends; dog, LuLu.

Stephen Lanier Hensley

July 23, 2014

Stephen Lanier Hensley, 83, of Spiro died Tuesday, July 22, 2014.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 25, at Victory Worship Center in Spiro. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home.

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.

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