With the completion of the Cavanal Scenic Expressway, traffic on Burkle Street in Poteau has become an issue for area law enforcement.
Burkle Street at one time was a dead end residential street with little or no traffic. It has since been extended to connect with the CSE causing an increase in traffic and the need to force residential speed limits.
A electric speed monitoring device has been placed on Burkle to remind commuters to keep their speed below 25.
A man accused of second-degree rape involving a victim under the age of 16 has entered a plea of guilty and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Willie Amos, 62, of Heavener, entered a plea of guilty on Wednesday in front of District Judge Jon Sullivan. Sullivan sentenced Amos to 10 years in prison.
Amos has also been issued fines in the case and will be required to register as a sex offender when released from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.
Howe Public Schools hosted the State Board of Educations regular monthly meeting Thursday afternoon.
State Superintendent of Education Janet Barresi toured the school prior to the meeting.
Topics discussed during the meeting including the advancement of technology in the school systems, academic, financial and personnel matters throughout the state.
When the Poteau Lady Pirates faced the Stilwell Lady Indians just before Christmas, one of Stilwell's leading players, Sara Fountain did not play â€” and the Lady Pirates won by 20 points, 49-29.
When the two teams had their rematch Tuesday night at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse, Fountain was back â€” and she made a difference. The good thing was the Lady Pirates still found a way to prevail, winning 54-50.
The Indians handled the Pirates 64-39 in the boys contest.
HEAVENER â€” Just before the 81st LeFlore County Tournament, the Pocola Indians rallied to down the Heavener Wolves in overtime. Tuesday night at the Heavener High School gym, the roles ended up reversed.
The Wolves rallied from a first-quarter deficit to down the Indians 48-40.
Trailing 15-4 after one period, the Wolves outscored the Indians 44-25 over the final three periods to get the come-from-behind win.
Arkoma 53, Bokoshe 30: In Arkoma, the Mustangs made it a happy homecoming with the victory.
ARKOMA â€” When the Arkoma Lady Mustangs and the Bokoshe Lady Tigers met Jan. 18 at Bokoshe Tigers Fieldhouse, the Lady Tigers prevailed by two points. The Lady Mustangs not only avenged that loss, but made it a happy homecoming with a 59-56 victory Tuesday night at the Arkoma High School gym.
With the game tied at 16 after a period, the Lady Mustangs edged the Lady Tigers by a point in the second quarter, 15-14, to take a 31-30 halftime lead.
Spring is just around the corner, and the weather is giving us brief glimpses of what is in store. I am getting excited about doing some fishing and turkey hunting.
Chuck Restine sent me a picture of a good stringer of bass he caught at Broken Bow last weekend. It is about time to try and catch some bass.
Kaye Carter has informed me that Dan and I are going to catch her some crappie this spring, and you can bet that we are going to do our best to make her very happy.
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