Public meetings slated to discuss hospital tax

Several town hall meetings are planned to discuss the Aug. 26 special sales tax election.Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center officials will speak and answers about the need for the proposed half-penny sales tax to support the hospital and allow it to reopen its surgery and obstetrics departments.Meetings are scheduled at the following times and locations:• Aug. 12, Talihina Public Schools (teachers only), 10 a.m.• Aug. 12, Stapp-Zoe Community Center, 6 p.m.• Aug. 12, Heavener Library, 7 p.m.• Aug. 14, Southside Baptist Church, Poteau, 7 p.m.• Aug. 18, Whitesboro Public Schools (teachers only), 9 a.m.• Aug. 19, Panama Community Center, time pending.• Aug. 20, Wister School cafetorium, 7 p.m.