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LeFlore County under Severe Thunderstorm Warning

May 28, 2015

According to the National Weather Service,
A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR CENTRAL LE
FLORE COUNTY UNTIL 1100 AM CDT...

AT 1022 AM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED 5 MILES SOUTHWEST
OF LAKE WISTER STATE PARK...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 40 MPH.

HAZARD...60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND PENNY SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT...EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS...SIDING AND TREES.

LOCATIONS IN OR NEAR THE PATH INCLUDE...LAKE WISTER STATE PARK...
HODGEN...WISTER...HEAVENER...HOWE...HEAVENER RUNESTONE STATE
PARK...POTEAU...SHADY POINT...PANAMA AND CAMERON

Volunteers needed in clean up of Kerr Mansion

May 28, 2015

Friends of the Kerr Mansion are seeking volunteers to help Saturday [May 30] in clean up of the grounds after an EF2 tornado touched down Monday.
For more information contact Tony Riley at (918) 658-5261.

NWS confirms Poteau tornado

May 28, 2015

The National Weather Service in Tulsa has confirmed that an EF-2 tornado struck Poteau over Memorial Day.

The confirmed tornado caused widespread damage in the area, with trees down throughout the city and surrounding towns, falling into and on top of homes, debris scattered and homes destroyed.

LeFlore County isn't expected to receive a break from storms as more are projected today, May 28, and over the next several days.

There are thunderstorm potentials in the forecast every day into next Wednesday, with severe thunderstorm potential this Friday.

Sallisaw man identified as victim in South Dakota park crash

May 27, 2015

WALL, S.D. (AP) — Authorities have identified an Oklahoma man killed in a one-vehicle crash in Badlands National Park in South Dakota.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol says 51-year-old Richard Vasquez of Sallisaw, Oklahoma, was killed in the crash Saturday afternoon.

According to the Highway Patrol, the pickup driven by Vasquez went off state Highway 240 and down a steep embankment, rolling twice.

The patrol says Vasquez was thrown from the pickup and died at the scene.

An investigation is ongoing.

Voluntary evacuations in Wister

May 25, 2015

According to LeFlore County Sheriff Rob Seale, the residents of about 50 homes near Caston Creek and in the Ward and Pocohantas areas near Wister Lake are being asked to evacuate [May 25 at 1 p.m.].
Seale said the evacuations are voluntary and are being requested before a potential of another 3 inches of rain arrive this evening. Seale said residents who don't leave could be stranded for up to four days.

Floods, storms chances continue all week

May 25, 2015

Flash floods will again be possible today, Monday, May 25 - and a few tornadoes haven't been ruled out.

The National Weather Service in Tulsa said we have an elevated risk for tornadoes this afternoon and into tonight as severe thunderstorms move back into the area.

Showers and storms have started to develop across West-Central Texas this morning and will track into southeastern Oklahoma this afternoon and spread into northwest Arkansas by late afternoon.

VIDEO: Homemade Basic BBQ Sauce

May 22, 2015

Amp up your next barbecue with your own, homemade BBQ sauce. This recipe pairs perfectly with all your go to favorites from ribs to chicken.

Fort Sill soldier's body recovered from Oklahoma creek

May 22, 2015

FORT SILL, Okla. (AP) — The body of a Fort Sill soldier whose vehicle was swept into Medicine Bluff Creek has been recovered.

According to a Fort Sill news release, the body of Staff Sgt. David Hawkins was recovered Thursday afternoon by Fort Sill firefighters and an Oklahoma Highway Patrol water rescue team.

The release says the 32-year-old was apparently attempting to drive across a low water crossing on Sunday when his vehicle was swept into the flooded creek. The car was recovered on Monday.

Choctaw Day tonight in Poteau

May 22, 2015

A free Choctaw art and culture event will be held tonight at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center in Poteau.

There will be artists, singers, dancers, vendors, informational booths and more.

The cultural program will start at 7 p.m. with Chief Gary Batton and Assistant Chief Jack Austin set to attend.

Tribal membership services will start at 5 p.m. and a beading class from 6-6:45 p.m. Also at 5 p.m. you can apply for a CBIB card. Bring original documents for verification, plus copies. Call (800) 522-6170 ext. 4030 for more information.

VIDEO: David Letterman Says Goodbye to the "Late Show"

May 21, 2015

Letterman has a star-studded finale.

Oklahoma governor requests federal disaster assistance

May 20, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has requested federal disaster assistance for Cleveland, Grady and Oklahoma counties following tornadoes, severe storms and flooding in recent weeks.

Fallin sent a letter to President Barack Obama Tuesday that says Oklahoma's latest round of severe storms began May 5. Since then, the state has experienced widespread flash flooding, damaging winds, baseball-size hail and at least 25 tornadoes.

Flooding causes business closures

May 20, 2015

Talihina Schools is closed today due to flooding inside one of the schools buildings, according to emergency management.
Also closed is the Choctaw Nation Health Services in Talihina.
According to the National Weather Service, rainfall totals from 2-6 inches fell overnight. Davidson said Talihina received six inches in about four hours.

BREAKING NEWS: Floods cause LeFlore County travel issues

May 20, 2015

Overnight flooding has caused travel issues in LeFlore County.

U.S. Highway 270 is closed just south of the U.S. 270/271 intersection between Heavener and Wister. Oklahoma Highway 82 is closed between Bengal and Talihina.

According to LeFlore County Emergency Management Director Michael Davidson, the roads in the Haw Creek Community also are covered by water.

Most low water crossings in the southern end of the county will be impassable due to rising waters.

It only takes a few inches of moving water to sweep a vehicle from a bridge. "Turn around, don't drown."

DAILY FEATURE: Remember then?

May 18, 2015

Here is a look back into the Poteau Daily News archive.

Today's look-back is for Thursday, July 19, 1951.

Headlines include:
• New Fire Station Urged for Poteau; Firemen Praised
• Architect Coming To Draw Up Plans For Auditorium
• Divorces Lead Marriages Here Almost 4 to 1
• Repairs on Two State Highways Near Completion
• Two Men Killed on Highway 271 During Weekend

Review the attachments for photos.

Cherokee language now available on Google Android devices

May 15, 2015

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The Cherokee language has gone digital.

The language of the Oklahoma-based tribe is now available for download on more than 20 Android devices, making the language more accessible to millions of Google smartphone and tablet users. The Cherokee language is also available on Apple and Microsoft products.

 

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