July 31st, 2013
LeFlore County unemployment rates dropped more than 0.5 percent, removing the county from the highest rates list for the first time in more than a year.
LeFlore County was one of two counties to report a decrease in unemployment during June, Sequoyah County the other. Over the year, LeFlore County unemployment rates have decreased 1 percent, dropping from 8.9 percent to 7.9 percent. Latimer County, McCurtain County and Hughes County were respectively named as the top three reporting highest unemployment rates for June at 9.2 percent, 8.9 percent and 8 percent.
CATOOSA â€” A coaching role at the All-State Golf Tournament was a once in a lifetime deal for Poteau boys golf coach Mike Thomas.
Coaches are only allowed to coach one sport one time at the annual event.
So Thomas, who coached both the East boys and the girls, made the best of memories Monday checking up on golfers throughout Monday's All-State Golf Tournament at Cherokee Hills Golf Course.
There will be a Poteau softball parents meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the high school softball field.
Right afterward, the Poteau Softball Dugout Club will meet.
The Lady Pirates' first practice will be at 8 p.m. Thursday, and players will need to bring their physicals forms and other necessary paperwork at that time.
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Poteau High School students who will participate in extra-curricular activities this upcoming school year will have their drug testing take place next month inside the senior hall of the high school.
Panama city workers replace a stop sign destroyed by a pickup Tuesday afternoon. The pickup also caused a power outage when it sheered off a utility pole at the intersection of Rock Jail Road and U.S. highway 59. No one was injured in the one vehicle accident. Panama Chief of Police John Whiteaker said about 100 homes were without power. OG&E were on the scene trying restore electricity before police were completed with their accident investigation, said Whiteaker.
PDN photo by Kim Ross
Ella Mae Northcutt, 76, of Spiro died Saturday, July 27, 2013, in Tecumseh.
Viewing will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Grace Manor Funeral Home, Spiro. No services are planned at this time.Â You may leave on-line condolence to the family at www.gracemanorfh.com.
Billy Charles Manley, 77, of Hodgen died Monday, July 29, 2013, in Poteau. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, in Stapp-Zoe Baptist Church. Burial will be in Zoe Cemetery under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home, Heavener. An online guestbook is available at dowdenfh.com.
Larry Byrd, 65, of Panama died Friday, July 26, 2013, in Heavener.Â
He was born Nov. 18, 1947 at Williams to Lenza William and Elsie (Pendergrass) Byrd. He was a cook.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Rose Byrd; daughter, Sherri Leeann Byrd; two brothers, Bobby and Hayden Byrd; and sister, Norma Wilkinson.
V. Faye Byrd peacefully left Shawnee, Kan., to meet her friend, Jesus, face to face on Saturday, July 27, 2013.
Faye was born on April 27, 1926, in Bokoshe â€” the ninth of 13 children.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years (minus one day), Ray E. Byrd; two children, Jerry Byrd and Connie Perrigo; and two grandchildren, Cynthia French and Jamison Byrd.
She is survived by her daughters, P. Elaine Saner (Jim) of Shawnee; Rosemary Bengtson (Paul) of Lawrenceville, Ga.; Karen Byrd of Butler, Mo.; and C. Dian French of Poteau.
REI Womenâ€™s Business Center & The Poteau Chamber presents theÂ 7thÂ Annual Womenâ€™s Bizz Conference in Poteau - "The Polished Professional â€“ Secrets to Passion, Purpose, and Style."
This year there will be a Conference Schedule with three great ladies and special guest Poteau Police Department.
Connie Visitacion is the owner of Believe It! Achieve It!
She offers areas of self-development strategies to empower a person with success. She is also a powerful communicator, team builder and time manager.
Kay Byrd, Personal Development Coach