The Daily Press The Poteau Daily News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2015-08-28T19:46:37+00:00 school ordered to repay about $1M in student aid2015-08-28T19:46:37+00:002015-08-28T19:46:37+00:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily NewsThe school said Thursday that it will appeal some of findings in the U.S. Department of Education's March 2014 review of its student aid program, the McAlester News-Capital ( ) reported.The school was ordered to repay nearly $850,000 in student aid for students who were enrolled at its Antlers campus from 2008 to 2014, as well as about $40,000 in interest and $200,000 for missing transcripts and other issues."We are extremely disappointed with the outcome of the program review and the severity of this action, especially since the issue was corrected upon learning of the oversight," said Eastern President Dr. Stephen E. Smith. "To be required to repay financial aid that has already been awarded to students for non-malicious or non-illegal actions is frustrating and confusing."Smith said they will seek legal counsel to advise them through the appeals process.He said the Antlers site was never intended to be a degree granting site, and was instead designed to be a first-year experience for high school seniors and adult students in Pushmataha County who have little access to higher education opportunities.He said the department wants the school to repay the financial aid funds because the Antlers campus wasn't previously declared an official location.Smith said the college's accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission, was aware Eastern was offering courses in Antlers, and showed no concerns about the site's operation during previous visits in 2006 and 2009.The Antlers site is now considered an eligible location after Eastern obtained approval this April by the accrediting agency and the department.___Poteau, OKNo author availableOklahoma school ordered to repay about $1M in student aidThe Poteau Daily area events2015-08-27T15:41:59+00:002015-08-27T15:41:59+00:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily News• Today — Legal Aid Services community education seminar: “Transfer-on-Death Deed,” “Paid Upon Death” and “Beneficiary,” 6-7 p.m., Patrick Lynch Library.• Aug. 28 — “Country Roads” by Good Times Community Theatre League, 7 p.m., Donald W. Reynolds Community Center Black Box Theater.• Aug. 29 — Fundraiser for the families of five teenage crash victims, noon-5 p.m., Panama Elementary School, Info: Nikki Gregory, (479) 226 0091 or visit Le Flore County Five #5 on Facebook.— “Country Roads” by Good Times Community Theatre League, 7 p.m., Donald W. Reynolds Community Center Black Box Theater.— Reunion, Company 1, 180th Infantry members, family and friends of the Poteau National Guard unit called to service Sept. 1, 1950, during Korean War, 6 p.m., Western Sizzlin, Poteau. Info: Louis Dorey, (918) 647-9783.— Brush arbor raising cultural educational event, 7 a.m., In a Good Way Farm near Talihina. Info: or (918) 718-1302.• Aug. 30 — “Country Roads” by Good Times Community Theatre League, 2 p.m., Donald W. Reynolds Community Center Black Box Theater.• Aug. 31 — LeFlore County Republicans meeting with guest speaker Estela Hernandez, vice-chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party, 7 p.m., Patrick Lynch Public Library.Poteau, OKKim McConnellUpcoming area eventsThe Poteau Daily Marshals Museum to Host ‘Meet the Marshals’ Lunch & Learn2015-08-25T18:27:12+00:002015-08-25T18:27:12+00:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily News About the U.S. Marshals MuseumPoteau, OKNo author availableThe Poteau Daily of Continental Resources CEO sues over investment 2015-08-24T16:51:21+00:002015-08-24T16:51:21+00:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily NewsThe lawsuit by Sue Ann Arnall alleges the $4.5 million sale in 2005 of the parent company and sole shareholder of Jolette Oil LLC to Continental Resources was below market value. It asks for damages in excess of $10,000.Jolette Oil was one of Hamm's first successful investments in North Dakota's Bakken oil field and came through leases using Jolette Oil, which he also owned with Arnall, then Sue Ann Hamm.The lawsuit filed Friday says Hamm, the CEO of Continental Resources Inc., sold Mineral Acquisition LLC, Jolette Oil's parent company, to Continental Resources without Arnall's knowledge. The lawsuit said Hamm and Arnall jointly owned Mineral Acquisition and that she did not learn of the sale until August 2013."These leaseholds and well transferred to CRI (Continental Resources Inc.) subsequently appreciated greatly in value and by the end of 2012 represented crude oil reserves having a present value of over $900 million," according to the lawsuit.An attorney for Hamm did not return a phone call seeking comment on Sunday.Arnall and Hamm were divorced in November and Hamm was ordered to pay a nearly $1 billion settlement. Arnall appealed the settlement, saying the amount is a fraction of the couple's $18 billion worth, but the appeal was dismissed in April in a 7-2 ruling by the Oklahoma Supreme Court.Hamm and Arnall went through a protracted divorce case and appeals that ended with Hamm writing a check for $974.8 million to Arnall for her share of what a judge determined were the assets built up by the couple during their 25-year marriage.Poteau, OKNo author availableEx-wife of Continental Resources CEO sues over investment The Poteau Daily in History 2015-08-24T16:45:52+00:002015-08-24T16:45:52+00:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily NewsToday's Highlight in History:On August 24, A.D. 79, long-dormant Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in volcanic ash; an estimated 20,000 people died.On this date:In 1572, the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre of French Protestants at the hands of Catholics began in Paris.In 1814, during the War of 1812, British forces invaded Washington D.C., setting fire to the Capitol (which was still under construction) and the White House, as well as other public buildings.In 1821, the Treaty of Cordoba was signed, granting independence to Mexico from Spanish rule.In 1912, Congress passed a measure creating the Alaska Territory. Congress approved legislation establishing Parcel Post delivery by the U.S. Post Office Department, slated to begin on January 1, 1913.In 1932, Amelia Earhart embarked on a 19-hour flight from Los Angeles to Newark, New Jersey, making her the first woman to fly solo, non-stop, from coast to coast.In 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty came into force.In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Communist Control Act, outlawing the Communist Party in the United States.In 1964, the first Roman Catholic Mass celebrated in English took place at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis.In 1970, an explosives-laden van left by anti-war extremists blew up outside the University of Wisconsin's Sterling Hall in Madison, killing 33-year-old researcher Robert Fassnacht.In 1989, Baseball Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti (juh-MAH'-tee) banned Pete Rose from the game for betting on his own team, the Cincinnati Reds.In 1992, Hurricane Andrew smashed into Florida, causing $30 billion in damage; 43 U.S. deaths were blamed on the storm.In 2006, the International Astronomical Union declared that Pluto was no longer a planet, demoting it to the status of a "dwarf plane! t."Ten years ago: Tropical Depression 12 strengthened into Tropical Storm Katrina over the central Bahamas. A federal commission voted against closing the New London submarine base in Groton, Connecticut, and the Portsmouth shipyard in Kittery, Maine. Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson apologized for calling for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (OO'-goh CHAH'-vez).Five years ago: A Chinese passenger jet broke apart and burst into flames as it hit the runway, killing 42 people and injuring 54 others. A suicide bomber and gunmen attacked a hotel near Somalia's presidential palace; at least 32 people were killed, along with two militants. In Florida, political newcomer Rick Scott beat Bill McCollum for the GOP gubernatorial nomination. (Scott went on to win election in November, narrowly defeating Alex Sink.)One year ago: A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Northern California, causing extensive damage in Napa and the surrounding area. Peter Theo Curtis, an American freelance journalist kidnapped and held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria, was released less than a week after the horrific execution of American journalist James Foley by Islamic militants. South Korea won the Little League World Series championship game, defeating Chicago 8-4 in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Actor and Oscar-winning director Lord Richard Attenborough died in London five days before his 91st birthday. At the MTV Video Music Awards, Miley Cyrus won Video of the Year for "Wrecking Ball"; Beyonce accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award.Today's Birthdays: Former Education Secretary Shirley Hufstedler is 90. Actor Kenny Baker ("Star Wars") is 81. Composer-musician Mason Williams is 77. Rhythm-and-blues singer Marshall Thompson (The Chi-Lites) is 73. Rock musician Ken Hensley is 70. Actress Anne Archer is 68. Actor Joe Regalbuto is 66. Actor Kevin Dunn is 60. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is 60. Actor-writer Stephen Fry is 58. Actor St! eve Guttenberg is 57. Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. is 55. Actor Jared Harris is 54. Talk show host Craig Kilborn is 53. CBS News correspondent Major Garrett is 53. Rock singer John Bush is 52. Actress Marlee Matlin is 50. Basketball Hall of Famer Reggie Miller is 50. Broadcast journalist David Gregory is 45. Country singer Kristyn Osborn (SHeDaisy) is 45. Movie director Ava DuVernay (Film: "Selma") is 43. Actor-comedian Dave Chappelle is 42. Actor James D'Arcy is 42. Actor Carmine Giovinazzo is 42. Actor Alex O'Loughlin is 39. Actress Beth Riesgraf is 37. Actor Chad Michael Murray is 34. Christian rock musician Jeffrey Gilbert (Kutless) is 32. Singer Mika is 32. Actor Blake Berris is 31. Actor Rupert Grint ("Harry Potter" films) is 27.Poteau, OKNo author availableToday in History The Poteau Daily law bans tobacco use at public, private schools2015-08-19T14:33:10+00:002015-08-19T14:33:10+00:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily NewsAccording to the state Health Department, an estimated 85 percent of schools already have a policy banning tobacco, the Tulsa World ( ) reported. A spokesman for Gov. Mary Fallin said the law ensures that "100 percent of our schools have tobacco bans.""Tobacco products are the leading cause of preventable death in the state of Oklahoma," Fallin said. "A lot of tobacco users first form the habit by being around other tobacco users, including friends and parents, when they were young."The law, which takes effect Thursday, was passed last session and applies not only to school property, but school-sanctioned events and transportation as well as private schools. The bill doesn't apply to electronic cigarettes or vapor products, but Fallin's office urges schools to include those products in their tobacco-free policies.A Health Department spokesman said any person who knowingly violates the law is subject to a citation and fine of no more than $100.Shawn Hime, Oklahoma State School Boards Association executive director, said his organization has had very few calls on the new law because many already have a ban in policy.Poteau, OKNo author availableNew law bans tobacco use at public, private schoolsThe Poteau Daily FEATURE: Today in History2015-08-17T13:43:52+00:002015-08-17T13:43:52+00:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily NewsToday's Highlight in History:On August 17, 1915, a mob in Cobb County, Georgia, lynched Jewish businessman Leo Frank, 31, whose death sentence for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan had been commuted to life imprisonment. (Frank, who'd maintained his innocence, was pardoned by the state of Georgia in 1986.)On this date:In 1807, Robert Fulton's North River Steamboat began heading up the Hudson River on its successful round trip between New York and Albany.In 1863, Federal batteries and ships began bombarding Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor during the Civil War, but the Confederates managed to hold on despite several days of pounding.In 1943, the Allied conquest of Sicily during World War II was completed as U.S. and British forces entered Messina.In 1962, East German border guards shot and killed 18-year-old Peter Fechter, who had attempted to cross the Berlin Wall into the western sector.In 1969, Hurricane Camille slammed into the Mississippi coast as a Category 5 storm that was blamed for 256 U.S. deaths, three in Cuba.In 1978, the first successful trans-Atlantic balloon flight ended as Maxie Anderson, Ben Abruzzo and Larry Newman landed their Double Eagle II outside Paris.In 1982, the first commercially produced compact discs, a recording of ABBA's "The Visitors," were pressed at a Philips factory near Hanover, West Germany.In 1985, more than 1,400 meatpackers walked off the job at the Geo. A. Hormel and Co.'s main plant in Austin, Minnesota, in a bitter strike that lasted just over a year.In 1987, Rudolf Hess, the last member of Adolf Hitler's inner circle, died at Spandau P! rison at age 93, an apparent suicide.In 1998, President Bill Clinton gave grand jury testimony via closed-circuit television from the White House concerning his relationship with Monica Lewinsky; he then delivered a TV address in which he denied previously committing perjury, admitted his relationship with Lewinsky was "wrong," and criticized Kenneth Starr's investigation.In 1999, more than 17,000 people were killed when a magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck Turkey.Ten years ago: Israeli security forces poured into four Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip, beginning the forcible removal of protesters who'd refused orders to leave the area ahead of a deadline. Three car bombs exploded in Baghdad, killing up to 43 people. Hundreds of anti-war vigils were held nationwide, part of an effort spurred by Cindy Sheehan's protest near President George W. Bush's Texas ranch in memory of her son Casey, who was killed in Iraq.Five years ago: A mistrial was declared on 23 corruption charges against ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (blah-GOY'-uh-vich), who was accused of trying to sell President Barack Obama's old Senate seat; the jury convicted him on one charge, that of lying to the FBI. (Blagojevich was convicted of 17 counts of corruption in a retrial and sentenced to 14 years in prison, but a federal appeals court dismissed five of the counts in July 2015.) A suicide bomber in Iraq detonated nail-packed explosives strapped to his body, killing 61 people, many of them army recruits.One year ago: U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder ordered a federal medical examiner to perform another autopsy on the remains of Michael Brown, a black Missouri teenager whose fatal shooting by a white police officer spurred a week of rancorous and sometimes violent protests in suburban St. Louis. Inbee Park of South Korea successfully defended her title in the LPGA Championship, beating Brittany Lincicome with a par on the first hole of a playoff to end the United States' major streak at three.Today's Birthdays: Actress Maureen O'Hara is 95. Former Chinese president Jiang Zemin (jahng zuh-MEEN') is 89. Author V.S. Naipaul is 83. Former MLB All-Star Boog Powell is 74. Actor Robert DeNiro is 72. Movie director Martha Coolidge is 69. Rock musician Gary Talley (The Box Tops) is 68. Rock musician Sib Hashian is 66. Actor Robert Joy is 64. International Tennis Hall of Famer Guillermo Vilas is 63. Rock singer Kevin Rowland (Dexy's Midnight Runners) is 62. Rock musician Colin Moulding (XTC) is 60. Country singer-songwriter Kevin Welch is 60. Olympic gold medal figure skater Robin Cousins is 58. Singer Belinda Carlisle is 57. Author Jonathan Franzen is 56. Actor Sean Penn is 55. Jazz musician Everette Harp is 54. Rock musician Gilby Clarke is 53. Singer Maria McKee is 51. Rock musician Steve Gorman (The Black Crowes) is 50. Rock musician Jill Cunniff (kuh-NIHF') is 49. Actor David Conrad is 48. Singer Donnie Wahlberg is 46. College Basketball Hall of Famer and retired NBA All-Star Christian Laettner is 46. Rapper Posdnuos (PAHS'-deh-noos) is 46. International Tennis Hall of Famer Jim Courier is 45. Retired MLB All-Star Jorge Posada is 44. TV personality Giuliana Rancic is 41. Actor Mark Salling is 33. Actor Bryton James is 29. Actor Brady Corbet (kohr-BAY') is 27. Olympic bronze medal figure skater Gracie Gold is 20.Thought for Today: "It is not love that is blind, but jealousy." - Lawrence Durrell, British-born author (1912-1990).Poteau, OKNo author availableDAILY FEATURE: Today in HistoryThe Poteau Daily County death investigated2015-08-17T13:08:40+00:002015-08-17T13:08:40+00:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily NewsAccording to Sheriff Rob Seale, a body of a white male was found near Cameron Sunday [Aug. 17] evening. The body has been sent to the Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office to determine the cause of death. No other information is available at this time. Poteau, OKKim McConnellLeFlore County death investigatedThe Poteau Daily dead, two critically injured after wreck near Shady Point2015-08-15T17:30:06+00:002015-08-15T15:49:07+00:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily NewsPoteau, OKNo author availableThree dead, two critically injured after wreck near Shady PointThe Poteau Daily faces heavy fines over water violations in Hugo2015-08-14T20:18:41+00:002015-08-14T20:18:41+00:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily NewsA department investigation determined Severn Trent Services failed to meet minimum chlorine standards, putting potentially thousands of area residents of Hugo at risk of drinking unsafe water for 317 days over two years, The Journal Record ( ) reported.The fine is three times larger than any other levied by the agency's Water Quality Division, director Shellie Chard-McClary said. The department generally can work with violators to fix problems rather than issue fines, but officials say the company violated federal Safe Drinking Water Act laws."When we are addressing acute human-health violations, it is very important we address them through an order," Chard-McClary said. "We do take a strong action when violations could impact human health."A Severn Trent spokeswoman said it is company policy not to speculate on the outcome of regulatory procedures or actions. It can request an appeals hearing or settlement.Hugo outsourced its drinking water and wastewater operations to Severn Trent in 2007. The city provides water to an estimated 5,500 residents, as well as about 2,500 people in Grant and to Choctaw Rural Water District No. 1.The state department discovered problems with the city's water in December 2014, when monthly tests showed the water was too cloudy. Murky water can be safe to drink, but cloudiness interferes with chlorine disinfection tests.The company's water tests also showed the water was cloudy again in January, prompting a mandatory comprehensive evaluation. Department staff conducted a weeklong inspection at the end of February and discovered dozens of violations, including malfunctioning equipment.___Poteau, OKNo author availableContractor faces heavy fines over water violations in HugoThe Poteau Daily