Friday and Saturday I found myself on familiar territory when I visited the flood ravaged communities of Stapp Zoe, Haw Creek and Hontubby. I grew up in Zoe (as most people call it) and the area damaged from raging waters is my old stomping grounds. While I was there, I began to remember how different life down south is compared to living in Poteau.
May was a difficult, heart wrenching month for the state of Oklahoma.Â The lives of at least 40 men, women and children were cut short by tornadoes that ripped through towns and cities. Hundreds were injured, some severely. Almost 4,000 homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed.
In the wake of these terrible storms, we saw suffering and loss.Â But we also saw something else: an Oklahoma Spirit that would not be broken and would not be defeated.
In the wake of the Moore tragedy, it shames me to say that the lowest form of human in our society has reared its ugly head. Immediately after the tornado devastated Moore, alerts for scam artist were being pummeled through the media. They were full of safety precautions, warnings and ways to ensure you are dealing with a legitimate donation site. And if that isnâ€™t bad enough, people are being arrested for looting through the devastated homes in hopes of financial or material gain.
Weâ€™ve received some constituent calls with questions about Senate Bill 71. The legislation was authored by myself and coauthored by Rep. John Bennett and would have allowed storage building manufacturers to move products to sales sites or customers for the price of one annual permit, rather than individual permits for individual loads.
Out of 1,369 Senate bill requests, Senate Bill 71 was first known as bill request number 7, so you can see that we filed very early. The bill was introduced on Jan. 3, 2013 when it was given the number of Senate Bill 71.
An iconic keyboardist who made a large impact during the music movement of the â€˜60s has passed away. Co-founder of The Doors, Ray Manzarek, died Monday at age 74, after a long battle with cancer.
Granted, the dark philosophical music by the quartet of Manzarek, lead singer Jim Morrison, guitarist Robbie Kreiger and drummer John Densmore may not be on the top 10 list of many of my readers, they are one of my favorite bands, topped only by Janis Joplin.
For almost three years I have worked at the Poteau Daily News as a reporter, running here and there gathering stories. In that short time I have worked for two editors who have in their own way taught me many things about the world of news. Both had their own outlook on how things should occur and each had valuable lessons to teach. To both of them, I say thank you for the education I received under your tutelage.
Monday marked my first day as editor at PDN and a new era in my life.
First, congratulations to the Poteau Pirates for their dramatic double overtime win in the Class 4A soccer state championship match.
They showed determination and tenacity in regulation and then maintained their poise until the time was right with 6:44 left in the second overtime period and Ashby Clark emerged from the chaos in front of the Oklahoma City Santa Fe South net and popped the ball past the Saints keeper for the sudden state-title winning goal.
Finals are over, summer break has begun, and I am home from SWOSU as a sophomore in college.
There was a lot involved in the decision by the LeFlore County Commission to reverse itself Monday on its April 1 decision to allow the Ten Commandments monument, pushed by VFW Post 63 member Charlie Horsley, to be placed on the county courthouse lawn.
It was a strange sensation.
Realizing what I saw as I drove south on Oklahoma 112 the last five miles or so toward Poteau was rather stirring.
As a driver returning from a trip to the east, you’re used to the sloppy weather with a slight drizzle and dark gray, overcast skies. Suddenly you see the sunlight splashing down on Cavanal Hill, bathing it in a warm glow — it was something to see and experience. The change in your outlook was quite sudden.