July 19th, 2012
Recent unemployment numbers released by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission show employment rates hit a record high.
According OESC, even with the record high in employment, LeFlore County led the state in unemployed workers at 8.5 percent.
Out of an estimated labor force of 19,194 workers, 17,568 were employed, leaving 1,626 LeFlore County citizens without jobs. The over the year unemployment rate dropped from 10.5 percent to the current rate.
A week ago a young girl placed a sign on an old Oak tree behind her family's business pleaded for the tree to be saved during the construction of the new Patrick Lynch Public Library.
Having made her plea public and gaining the attention of the city and the construction company, she was soon rewarded with the knowledge her tree would remain.
"I encourage people to speak out, do things and feel free," said Jenny. "It what freedom means. I am really happy they are saving the tree."
Recently the Poteau
Daily News ran a letter to
the editor written by a
local business owner
accusing a Monroe woman
of scamming him out of
money. It now seems as
though another business
owner has attempted to
warn the public about this
woman and her family.
A sign posted on the
doors of the Heavener and
states, â€śAttention: Scam.
Do not give money to Kyle
- Steve- or Teri Tiffee.
They are out pandering
The notice is signed by
Mick LaFevers who owns
the Tote-A-Poke stores.
Attempts to reach LaFevers
to ask what prompted the
The 2012 Choctaw Country Club Ladies Bi-State Tournament took place Wednesday at Choctaw Country Club.
In first flight, Linda Black from Van Buren, Ark., won the low gross title, followed by Prissy Buchanan of Fort Smith, Ark., and Brandi Calhoun.
Poteau's own Kay Chitwood won the low net title in first flight over Freda Patterson.
Dixie Reed won the low gross honors in second flight, followed by Linda Martin and Regina Peck. Wanda Forsberg won the low net title in second flight, with Elaine Clawson coming in runner-up.
For all you avid anglers out there, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife has released the GPS coordinates to the fish attractor locations, such as brush piles and tire reefs, that are submerged. If you use a system that accepts waypoints, this might be something that you would be interested in checking out. Wister Lake, as well as all the other major lakes in the state, are included on the download from the website.
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The site for this weeks Spring Into Business Cash Mob is Maria's Mexican Restaurant. This locally owned and operated business has been serving customers on south Broadway for over five years. Maria's offers up delicious Mexican cuisine with their signature cheese dip daily. Special to the Cash Mob, Maria's is offering two dinner combination dinners for only $9.99.
Karenann Smith, 52, of Spiro died Sunday, July 15, 2012. Services will take place at 3 p.m. Friday, July 20, in the Mallory-Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Spiro.
Donnita Maria Neeley, 66, of Howe died Sunday, July 14, 2012, in Fort Smith, Ark. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at Dowden Funeral Home Chapel in Heavener. Burial will be in Springhill Cemetery, Monroe.
A young child injured last week in an automobile accident near Long Lake Resort has been released from the hospital.
Johnny Reed, 32, and Kristin Reed, 4, both of Waldron, were severely injured when the truck they were driving collided with the bed of a truck turning into Long Lake Resort.
According to the report from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Kristin was thrown approximately 50 feet from the vehicle. She was flown to Children's Hospital in Little Rock Ar., and listed in critical condition. Sources say she was released Monday.
A child is recovering in the custody of the Arkansas Department of Human Services after it was discovered she had been raped and assaulted.
Heath Wayne Talley, 26, of Pocola, was arrested on charges of rape by instrumentation and child abuse in connection with the child's injuries.
According to the LeFlore County District Attorney's Office, the child reportedly suffered burns from an electrical cord along with the sexual assault.