August 14th, 2013
A full tactical response of the on-duty Poteau police force for a possible bank robbery Wednesday afternoon was a false alarm, according to Poteau chief of police Stephen Fruen.
An alarm at the First National Bank at the Ben Klutts Drive and North Broadway intersection was activated about 3:30 p.m. Police surrounded the building, only to learn the bank had been testing the alarm system after a recent storm, said Fruen.
POCOLA â€” The Pocola Lady Indians softball team made sure its first-ever Pocola Invitational got off to the right start.
The Lady Indians doubled up the Cameron Lady Yellowjackets 4-2 in the third of four opening-round games on Monday.
In other opening-round contests, the Wister Lady Wildcats beat the Keota Lady Lions 9-4, McCurtain used a late rally to handle Spiro 10-4 in a battle of Lady Bulldogs. The Stigler Lady Panthers blanked the Talihina Lady Golden Tigers 9-0.
However, there was one winner on Tuesday â€” Mother Nature.
While the rain showers which fell on LeFlore County were welcomed, they weren't by local high school fast-pitch softball and baseball teams.
Three softball and four baseball teams saw their season-openers rained out Tuesday afternoon.
Softball games rained out were Poteau at Pryor and Heavener and Smithville at Whitesboro, and none of them have been rescheduled at this time.
On the baseball diamond, games which fell victim to Tuesday's rain were Cameron at Wister, Panola at Leflore and Howe at McCurtain, with none of the games rescheduled.
Benjamin Spencer â€śBuddyâ€ť Gossett, 59, of Heavener died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, in the Memorial Park Cemetery Pavilion under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home.
Sue Bryant, 65, of Spiro died Monday, Aug. 12, 2013. Services are set for 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 at Mallory-Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Spiro. Burial will be in Nubbin Rudge Cemetery.
An online guest book is available at www.mallorymartinfuneralhome.com.
Clifton Edward â€śJoeâ€ť Barnes, 84, of Heavener died Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark.
No services are scheduled at this time. Dowden Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
The Talihina Chamber of Commerce hosted the sixth annual Back-to-School Bash Family Fun Time on Friday.
"The fun started a little late because just about time for it to start the rain came down," said Chamber Manager Vera Nelson.
Even though it started off a little damp the kids had a great timeÂ bouncing on the inflatables, swimming in the swimming pool, receiving school supply goody bags and food and cold Drinks.
Donations from businesses helped keep the cost down making this event possible for the children to enjoy, Nelson said.
After more than two years, the LeFlore County Museum located at the Hotel Lowrey on Dewey Avenue in Poteau has opened its doors to the public.
After many months or preparing the exhibits in room on the second and third floors, as well as the revolving exhibit located downstairs in the recently dedicated Arlene LeMaster Gallery Room, museum officials announced their official business hours.
History lovers will be able to visit the museum Tuesday-Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Beginning Oct. 1, Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center will be one of 2,225 hospitals nationwide to be penalized by the Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services as part of the Affordable Care Act program targeting hospital readmission rates, according to CMS.
â€śThirty-day readmissions have been a problem identified by CMS for a hospital performance improvement,â€ť said EOMC CEO Mike Carter. â€śIt was estimated that one in five Medicare beneficiaries were readmitted within 30 days of the initial admission and discharge.â€ť