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Storm damage reported in five county towns

July 23, 2014

With wind gust topping out at 70 mph, strong storms left damage in their wake Wednesday afternoon.
Just after 3 p.m. severe storms plowed their way southwest across the county. High winds, small-sized hail, lightning and rain swept the area fast and hard.
Damages were reported in Heavener, Spiro, Shady Point, Pocola and Poteau. Power lines and trees were reported down in all five towns.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning in effect from July 23, 03:01 PM CDT until July 23, 03:45 PM CDT

July 23, 2014

Severe Thunderstorm Warning in effect for LeFlore County from July 23, 03:01 PM CDT until July 23, 03:45 PM CDT

AT 259 PM CDT...SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM 15 MILES EAST OF BOSTON TO BRANCH TO KEOTA TO
RENTIESVILLE...AND MOVING SOUTH AT 40 MPH.

HAZARD...70 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT...HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT CONSIDERABLE
TREE DAMAGE. WIND DAMAGE IS ALSO LIKELY TO MOBILE HOMES...
ROOFS AND OUTBUILDINGS.

County events

July 23, 2014

• Today (July 23) — “Science in Food” children’s program, 10 a.m., Donald W. Reynolds Community Center.
— “Science and Agriculture” teen program, 11:30 a.m., Patrick Lynch Public Library community room.
— Bible School, 6-8:30 p.m., Community of Christ, Fanshawe. Info: Sally McGowen, (918) 659-2361. 
• July 24 — Blood Drive, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Choctaw Casino, Pocola.
— Bible School, 6-8:30 p.m., Community of Christ, Fanshawe. Info: Sally McGowen, (918) 659-2361. 

James Garner - Norman, Oklahoma (1928-2014)

July 23, 2014

Norman native, James Garner passed away on July 19, in his home in Los Angeles at the age of 86.  James Scott Bumgarner was born in Norman where his father owned a store, where he worked until starting school. Jim left school at fourteen and at sixteen joined the Merchant Marines. He returned to high school before joining the National Guard. During the Korean War, Jim earned two Purple Hearts. After discharge, he briefly attended the University of Oklahoma.
 

Benefit auction for Heather Russell

July 22, 2014

Heather Russell, 42, of Poteau has taken care of others as a nurse at Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith, Ark., for 17 years. About three months ago, she was in need of life-saving care after suffering a stroke. Russell is the wife of Poteau Assistant Chief of Police Greg Russell.
A benefit auction will be hosted by the Poteau Police Department on July 26 at 2 p.m. at the Bob Lee Kidd Civic Center in Poteau.
Also available during the auction is a $5 burger basket including chips and a drink.
All proceeds will help with associated medical costs.

DC Court ruling supports Oklahoma claims of ACA illegalities

July 22, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Scott Pruitt on Tuesday said the legal claims made in 2011 in Oklahoma’s lawsuit challenging the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were upheld Tuesday in a ruling by the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.

Gas prices take a dive

July 22, 2014

Oklahoma’s pump price average for regular gasoline has tumbled 18 cents since hitting $3.53 on June 27, according to FuelGaugeReport.AAA.com. The state average has declined for 14 straight days and is now $3.35 per gallon. Nationally, the average price of gas has fallen for 24 consecutive days. Today’s price, $3.565 per gallon, is the lowest since April 2.

Little Theater to perform '9 to 5'

July 21, 2014

The Fort Smith Little Theater will perform "9 to 5: The Musical," beginning Thursday [July 31] at the Fort Smith Little Theater on North 6th Street in Fort Smith, Ark.
Thursday's performance is the Gala opening; tickets $30.
All other shows tickets are $15. Ticket sales for the public begin July 24.
Evening shows will be held Aug. 1,2,6,7,8 and 9. Show time 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. will be held on Aug. 3, 10.
For ticket information call (479) 783-2966.

Five injured in weekend boating accident

July 21, 2014

Five people were injured Saturday after the boat they were on struck a bouy causing the driver to lose control.
According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lake Patrol Mark Jennings, 38, of Shawnee, Okla. was driving the 2000 31-foot Warlock on the Arkansas River in Sequoyah County when the accident happened.
After striking the bouy, the boat then struck the shore line, according to police.

10th Circuit Court affirms right to marry in Oklahoma

July 18, 2014

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled today [July 18] in favor of same-sex couples’ freedom to marry in Oklahoma. This is the second consecutive same ruling by thesame three-judge panel who found Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

Debris From Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (AP) VIDEO

July 18, 2014

Debris From Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (AP) VIDEO

Abducted 5 month old found

July 18, 2014

CHILD HAS BEEN LOCATED

ACCORDING TO KINGFISHER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE, 5-MONTH-OLD OLIVIA SMITH HAS BEEN LOCATED. SHE WAS ABDUCTED FROM HER GUARDIAN ON THURSDAY, JULY 17, FROM CASHION, OKLA.

Emergency crews respond to multiple injury accident

July 17, 2014

Police, fire and emergency medical services are enroute [4:10 p.m. July 17] to a two-car accident on Oklahoma Highway 63 at the Frazier Lane intersection southeast of Talihina.
According to responders, one vehicle is on its top, four people are seriously injured and some are trapped inside a wrecked vehicle.
One of the vehicles was a pickup towing a horse trailer, according to dispatch information.
No further information is available at this time.

Amber Alert issued for Oklahoma child

July 17, 2014

An Amber Alert has been issued by Kingfisher County officials regarding the abduction of 5-month-old Olivia Smith.
Smith was taken at 12:15 p.m. from a home a 30773 N. 2976 Road, Cashion, Okla. Smith is a white female last seen wearing a long sleeve pink floral shirt.
Police say Smith was taken by 47-year-old Cindy Finley who has mental health conditions and has reportedly said she was having visions of the child dying in two days.
Finley, accompanied by Jennifer Skousen, white female approximately 43 years old, is driving a grey Nissan Murano SUV with Texas license plate.

UPDATE: Malaysian Flight 17 crashes

July 17, 2014

According to current news reports [1:50 p.m. July 17], a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet crashed in eastern Ukraine today, prompting a Ukrainian official to say that the flight carrying 295 people had been shot down.
CNN reported a Facebook post from Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said the Boeing 777 was "shot down" by "terrorists" operating a Buk surface-to-air missile system.
According to initial media reports the plane went down near the town on Torez in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine.

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