May 23rd, 2013
MOORE, Okla. (AP) â€” Having lived most of her life in this Oklahoma City suburb, Barbara Bryen never feared twisters. They were just part of life in a particularly deadly stretch of Tornado Alley.
She always thought the closet just inside her front door was good enough for shelter, and on Monday it was again. But after an EF5 twister barreled through town, killing 24 people, Bryen and others in this disaster-prone community say they would never build a house without a storm cellar.
The LeFlore County OHCE Annual Quilt Show is just around the corner.Â The event will take place Friday, June 7Â and Saturday, June 8 at the Kiamichi Technology Center adjacent to theÂ Carl Albert State College campusÂ in Poteau.Â The Show will be open 9a.m. - 4 p.m. each day.
Remember the entry deadline is Wednesday, May 29. Entry forms and rules are available from the OSU Extension office in Poteau. Mailing address: P.O. Box 430, Poteau, 74953.
Organizers have announced the presenters and subjects of the demonstrations:
Friday, June 7
10 a.m. - â€śCoffee Mug Dessertsâ€ť by Pat SkinnerÂ Â Â Â Â Â
A fundraising dinner for Sawyer Owens, who is in need of a kidney transplant, is planned at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, June 2, at the Summerfield Community Center.
Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children 8 and younger. The menu will include chopped brisket sandwich, baked beans and cole slaw.
Owen, 5, is the grandson of Davy and Janie Owens and James and Rise McCoy.
In the Civil War, the North prevailed over the South. However, in Tuesday night's LeFlore County All-Star Basketball Games at Carl Albert State College's Mick Thompson Fieldhouse, it was the South that rose over the North â€” rather convincingly.
The South boys routed the North 83-44, while the South girls defeated the North 67-40.
For 10 days, the Poteau Pirates football team has gone through spring drills. The Pirates will cap off the 10-day period with Thursday night's Red-White Spring Game at 6:30 p.m. at Costner Stadium.
â€śThings have gone well,â€ť said first-year Poteau coach Greg Werner. â€śWe scrimmaged Monday, and we kind of saw where we're at. [Tuesday] we didn't get to get outside because of the weather, but we were inside watching film. We got outside [Wednesday]. As with any year, we're behind where I thought we'd be behind, but we're ahead in other areas. So, it's all about getting things on the same page.â€ť
I have seen here lately on Facebook the Throw Back Thursday, where someone will post an old picture from the past. Well, I am doing it Wister style this week.
While picking up something to drink at Wister Food Market, I bumped into my high school history teacher, Richard Baldwin. We had a nice visit, and it brought back several memories, which gave me the idea for my column this week.
Emergency crews worked to free injured people from the wreckage of a five car accident Wednesday morning. Four people were injured, one critical. Tulsa Life Flight landed their helicopter on scene to take the driver of an SUV to a Tulsa hospital to be treated for multiple injuries. Traffic was diverted from the accident scene for about an hour as crews worked to clear the wreckage.
The accident was investigated by Oklahoma Highway Patrol. LeFlore County EMS, Poteau Fire and Rescue, Poteau Police and the LeFlore County Sheriff's Department responded to the accident.
Governor Mary Fallin today announced that a memorial and prayer service will be held this Sunday, May 26, at the First Baptist Church in Moore, Oklahoma. The service will honor and remember the victims of the May 20 tornado that killed 24 people in Moore and the May 19 tornado that killed 2 in Shawnee. It is open to the public.
â€śThe people of Oklahoma are resilient,â€ť said Governor Fallin. â€śThe grief we are experiencing right now is indescribable. But we have seen tragedy before, and we have recovered and emerged as stronger people and a stronger state.
At 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, traffic on Oklahoma Highway 112 is being diverted as emergency workers respond to a five-vehicle accident with injuries.
The accident occurred on the Poteau River Bridge.
Both northbound and southbound vehicles are being stopped and rerouted.
Lifeflight and LeFlore County EMS crews are responding, along with local law enforcement and the Oklahoma Highway patrol.
The number of injured was not known immediately, but witnesses indicated the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.
Mother Nature's wrath is being felt once more this spring.
Besides the devastating tornado which hit Moore on Monday, all the rain which came through Monday and Tuesday has totally washed out the 2013 Southeastern Oklahoma Baseball Coaches Association North All-Star tryouts and subsequent all-star game slated for tonight at McAlester's Mike Deak Field.