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KIM ROSS: Morning mumbles

February 28, 2014

Sorry I am running a little late today but the morning has been hectic. Reason — Chamber banquet recovery.
With more than 200 pictures of the nights festivities to cull through and several stories involved, PDN employees hit the ground running.
But on to the good stuff!
I have to hand it to Stephen Fruen and Matt Blake — they pulled it off — I felt like I was at a male version of Cheyenne's Gentlemans Club! If only I had a few dollar bills to throw on the stage I would have felt better.

KIM ROSS: Morning mumbles

February 27, 2014

To start the morning with a little fun I usually check out the weird headlines of the day. Needless to say, each and every morning something always is worth a laugh.
Apparently McGruff the crime dog was sentenced in Texas recently after police found him with 1,000 marijuana plants and about 30 weapons — including a grenade launcher. John Russell Morales, 41, who played the part of the crime-fighting bloodhound, was sentenced to more than 20 years behind bars.
The irony of it all — real police dogs were used to find the actor's stash.

DAVID SEELEY: March Madness in February

February 26, 2014

I know March Madness won't happen for about three more weeks yet, but it might as well be here if you're a high school basketball player or fan.
The 2014 Oklahoma high school basketball playoffs will resume tomorrow [Feb. 27] with 18 LeFlore County teams still alive. Two of those, Leflore's boys and Whitesboro's boys, can make the Class B State Tournament with wins Friday night.
Of course, six of our 18 teams still alive are in must-win games tomorrow [Feb. 27] through Saturday [March 1].
Although it's not March, all I can say is "Let the Madness Begin."

KIM ROSS: The morning mumble

February 26, 2014

Good morning to all and hope your day started out right. I thought I would try my hand at a new daily blog for trivia lovers. Each day is an historical marker for some event in time. Do you know what memorable occurrences happened years ago?
Here's a little "Today in History" to fill your knowledge craving.
Have a warm cup of coffee or whatever kick starts your morning and enjoy a recap of history.
Today is Wednesday, Feb. 26, the 57th day of 2014. There are 308 days left in the year.

The following is today's highlight in history as provided by The Associated Press:

KIM ROSS: Don't forget the banquet

February 25, 2014

Dress — check! Nails — check! Hair — check! It's official, I am ready for the annual Poteau Chamber of Commerce Banquet that will be held Thursday night.
Just a reminder to all, tickets are $25 each but are soon to run out. Today Karen Wages, Chamber CEO, said there are only 20 tickets left. The capacity limit of 700 is sure to be met before the event.
This years theme is "Poteauopoly" and is expected to cause a lot of laughs through the night as members of the community enact the players of the classic game.

BRIAN RENEGAR: Capitol Greetings

February 20, 2014

The handwriting is on the wall as to the direction the State of Oklahoma is going to fund education. You need go no further than to see what bills passed out of Committee this last week. HB 3291 by Osborn (R-Tuttle) would reduce the State’s top tax rate from its current level of 5.25 percent to 4.75 percent next year. The rate would then be reduced by an additional .25 percent each of the following three tax years, stopping at 4.0 percent in 2018.

KIM ROSS: Securing the future

February 10, 2014

Yes — that’s our vote on the Poteau School bond issue voters will face Tuesday but we hesitate to predict it will pass.
It is an attractive duo of propositions, addressing issues the Poteau Daily News feels are inevitable and necessary for the benefit and productivity of Poteau students. The offer to provide students with modern technology, safer schools, more reliable transportation — and all of it comes with a price tag already included in district property taxes, so no pockets will be pilfered for the proceeds — it couldn’t sound sweeter.

KIM ROSS: Updated events calendar [Feb. 10]

February 5, 2014

There are many events occurring in LeFlore County this month. I would guess there is something for everyone to enjoy. I thought I would include a list of events on our website for the convenience of our readers.

• Feb. 11 — Annual school board elections in Poteau, Bokoshe, Panama, Wister, Whitesboro, Red Oak and Smithville; special school bond election in Poteau. Polling places open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
— [CANCELED] Chocolate Decadence Party, 5-6:30 p.m., Patrick Lynch Public Library.

KODEY TONEY: Let it be

January 31, 2014

A couple weeks ago Jen and I went to the Wrightslaw Conference in Edmond. This is the second time we attended the event, and I’ve talked in the past about it, but I will briefly tell about it again for new readers. Attorney Pete Wright speaks to families, educators, and other professionals about education law. He gives advice and tips to help parents navigate the world of education and Individualized Education Plans. Something he said at that conference gave me an idea of what to discuss this week. It’s about labeling children with disabilities; especially those with autism.

BILL SAMPSON: Getting older?

January 21, 2014

I was sitting on my porch having my second cup of coffee and thinking about a conversation I had with an acquaintance of mine the other day.
My friend made the comment that she was really tired. When I asked her more about why she was tired, she said that she was getting too old to be doing the job she was doing. I asked her what was “too old,” she replied being old meant different things to different people. She went on to say she was 58 and that was just too old for the activity she was doing.

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