Dr. John Montgomery Scholarship Banquet slated for Saturday

The third annual Dr. John Montgomery Scholarship Banquet, hosted by LeFlore County Branch NAACP, is slated for this weekend.The banquet will start at 6 p.m. Saturday [Aug. 23] at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center.Tickets are available at the Poteau Chamber of Commerce. Adults are $25 and youths 17 and younger are $15. Corporate tables also are available.This year's guest speaker is Dr. Paul Beran, chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith.. The scholarship honors Dr. John Montgomery, a former Poteau resident and veterinarian from 1952. He had a hand in the organization of the local NAACP and was instrumental in bridging racial gaps in the mid-1900s. The scholarship banquet awarded five cash scholarships last year. For more information, to donate silent auction items or to make contributions fund, contact LeFlore County Branch NAACP President Wesley Hooks at (479) 420-3721.