Ledger newsletter 8-5-2022
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Council approves roof bill
By CRAIG HALL
The Heavener City Council approved a bid from Rockin’R Roofing to repair the roof on the public library during Thursday’s regular business meeting.
Present were Joey Clubb, Marvin Meredith and Jim Roll. Mayor Max Roberts and Melinda Ballantine were absent.
The Council approved a bid of $46,140 to repair the library roof, which occasionally leaks when there is heavy rain and high winds. The bid was actually the highest, but was believed to be the best materials.
The Council also received bids from Country Homes for $40,750 and McCoy Roofing for $40,150. The roof is 12,900 square feet and dates back to when the new section of the library was built in 2007.
The City has received insurance money to help with the costs of the new roof.
Changing the code of a residential district from R-1 to R-3 at 302 Olive Street to put in a new 1,200-foot mobile/modular home was also improved. It is a new home and all of the neighbors agreed on the project.
Under new business, the Council approved a grant for the old city hall/lamplight theater of over $100,000 from the USDA.
The combined Council and Heavener Utilities Authority will meet Aug. 18 in regular meetings, also at Heavener’s City Hall.
Wister Trustees approve not terminating police chief
By DAVID SEELEY
The Poteau Daily News
WISTER - After a 26-minute executive session at Thursday night's special meeting of the Town of Wister Board of Trustees at Wister Municipal Building, the board unanimously approved to not terminate Wister Police Department Chief Brandon Cooper.
At the board's special July 15 meeting, the Wister Trustees unanimously approved to terminate both Cooper and Wister Police Department Sgt. Shawn Booth.
However, at Monday night's emergency meeting after August's regular meeting, it was explained by Town of Wister Board of Trustees Attorney Robert Stockton to the board that the Wister Trustees did not follow public notice statute when it went into executive session, then subsequently terminated Cooper and Booth at the July 15 meeting.
Stockton was notified about this in a message received from the Oklahoma attorney general's inspector.
"They started an investigation, and they looked at our notice provisions and, without making judgment, the inspector said, 'We have concerns,'" Stockton said at Monday night's emergency meeting. "I'm not sure if it was clear to the public. It's gray. The public needs to know that you're going to take an action. If it isn't clear, then you shouldn't do that. I don't feel that you had jurisdiction to do what you did that night under the Open Meetings Act."
Also, regarding the investigation, Stockton advised the trustees to exercise "conservative judgment" in their actions during meetings.
The agenda for the July 15 special meeting stated in Item 16a, "Proposed executive session pursuant to Section 307 B.1 of the Title 25 of Oklahoma Statutes regarding Police Department," and Item 18, "Discuss and/or take action on Police Department."
The trustees voted unanimously during Monday night's emergency special meeting to rescind the terminations of Cooper and Booth.
However, Trustee Traci Bethell made a two-part motion regarding Cooper's status at Thursday night's special meeting. Her motion was not only to not terminate Cooper, but that two trustees would be selected to meet with Cooper on his "potential termination," with those trustees being Max Harris and Stephen Morris.
As for Booth, it was recognized that at 2:15 p.m. Thursday that he turned in his resignation effective immediately. The Wister Trustees unanimously approved Booth's resignation.
Rodeo slated for Friday and Saturday
The annual Heavener Roundup Club Rodeo will be held Friday and Saturday at the Cecil Leachman Arena.
Events are at 8 p.m. both days. A parade is planned for 4 p.m. Saturday with entrants lining up at the high school.
Admission is $8 for 13 and up; $5 for 5-12; and 4 and under are free.
Planned events include saddle bronc, ranch bronc, bareback riding, tie-down toping, breakaway team roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and bull riding. The slack is Friday night after the performance.
Mutton bustin is each night at 7 with anybody taking part needing to enter by 6:30. Junior barrell is $25 and for riders 16 and under, and pee wee barrels 9 and under is $20.
For more information call (918) 775-1443 or (918) 839-9005.
Most LeFlore County schools show growth
Most of the LeFlore County schools showed some small growth in the latest average daily membership numbers, published earlier in the week by the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Athletic Association.
Poteau, the 74th largest school in the state, grew 35.75 students, while Heavener and Spiro flipped places. Heavener, ranked 158, moved up 6.72 students since last year, while Spiro saw the largest loss of students, dropping 33.36 students to now rank 182nd.
Howe dropped 4.82 students while Cameron saw the most growth in the smaller schools with an increase of 14.05 students.
The full report can be seen HERE.
CSB donates to Kiamichi Tech’s police academy
POTEAU - The Workforce and Economic Development Center at Kiamichi Tech - Poteau is meeting training needs for local law enforcement through its Police Officer Training Academy. Kiamichi Tech is set to welcome 10 commissioned officers from seven law enforcement agencies in the region Monday.
In support of this program, The Community State Bank (TCSB) has donated scholarship funding to Kiamichi Tech that will be used to fund the tuition of local cadets, which will save their sending agencies significant financial resources.
“We appreciate The Community State Bank’s continued support of our programs,” said Michael Culwell, Kiamichi Tech – Poteau Campus Director. “Their generous, and repeated financial contribution to the Police Academy will allow local law enforcement agencies to send their officers to our Academy for top-notch education and training, while conserving their department’s resources.”
Bob Reed, Chairman of the Board of Directors at TCSB, and Larry Spradley, President and CEO at TCSB, have been champion supporters of law enforcement education and training in eastern Oklahoma. “Kiamichi Tech has always strived to provide state-of-the-art training programs and we are pleased with our continued partnership,” said Spradley. “We trust this donation reinforces our commitment to education in the communities we serve.”
The Police Academy has gained significant community, business and law enforcement support as well as statewide attention. Kiamichi Tech’s Police Academy was named the 2021 Outstanding Training Program of the year in a statewide competition of the Oklahoma CareerTech Post-Secondary Adult Career Education division.
“We have poured countless hours into developing this training program,’ said Shannen Hamby, Workforce & Economic Development Coordinator, “and working to ensure the highest standard in every aspect of this training program. We are so proud of the program we have built, the officers we have hired as instructors, and the cadets set to begin training in August. We are confident the training these officers will receive will prepare them for their careers of service to our communities and state, and will ultimately make eastern Oklahoma a better place to live.”
The Academy is a 16-week program covering all facets of law enforcement education from law enforcement driver training and firearms safety to defensive tactics and criminal investigations.
For more information about the Basic Peace Officer Certification Academy, visit www.ktc.edu/bpoc, or contact the Workforce and Economic Development Center at 918-647-4525 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health Departments offer back-to-school shots
POTEAU - Children in southeast Oklahoma go back to school soon and county health departments are encouraging parents and guardians to make immunization appointments for their children as soon as possible to ensure they are ready for the first day of school.
“We want the parents to avoid the back-to-school rush since the health department can be very busy as we approach the first day of school,” said District 9 County Health Department Regional Administrator Director Juli Montgomery. District 9 covers Atoka, Bryan, Choctaw, Coal, Latimer, Leflore, McCurtain, Pittsburg and Pushmataha counties.
Montgomery said immunizations are one of the best ways to protect the health of your child against vaccine-preventable diseases.
“Staying up-to-date with childhood immunizations is the best defense against diseases such as whooping cough and measles. We encourage families to immunize their children now while there is little wait time at the health department,” said Montgomery.
Parents or legal guardians must accompany all children under 18 years of age, bring a valid ID, and insurance, if applicable. Back-to-school immunizations are offered at a low cost and no one is turned away due to an inability to pay. Children through the age of 18 years old are eligible to receive vaccines at no charge through the Vaccine for Children program if any of the following apply: they are Medicaid-eligible, uninsured, Native American Indian or their insurance policy does not cover vaccines.
Some health departments are partnering with local schools and organizations for back-to-school events in July and August. Even in counties having these special events, you may still visit your local health department during regular business hours for routine immunizations and health screens. To schedule an appointment or for more information, contact your local county health department.
The current childhood immunization schedule can be found at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules.
LeFlore County Health Dept. - 104 Dewey Ave, Poteau (918) 647-8601
Latimer County Health Dept. - 201 W Main St, Wilburton (918) 465-5673
McCurtain County Health Dept. - 1400 S Lynn Lane, Idabel (580) 286-6628
Pittsburg County Health Dept. - 1400 E College Ave, McAlester (918) 423-1267
Pushmataha County. Health Dept. - 318 W Main St, Antlers (580) 298-6624
LeFlore County weather forecast 8-5-2022
Mostly clear skies and hot Friday in LeFlore County.
The high is forecast to be 96 degrees with a low of 74. A heat advisory is in effect from noon through 8 p.m.
Sunrise is 6:31 a.m. Sunset is 8:17 p.m.
Average temperatures for Aug. 5 are a high of 95 and a low of 70.
Records for the date were a high of 100 in 2001. The record low was 63 in 1990.
Last year on Aug. 5, the high was 87 with a low of 77.
Thurssday’s high was 90 with a low of 74. A total of .02 inches of rain was recorded, bringing the monthly total to .12 inches. The average total for August is 2.48 inches.
LeFlore County calendar 8-5-2022
The LeFlore County calendar of events. It lists the upcoming events in the area. This is a free service, so if you or your group have an event coming up and would like it added to the calendar, please email email@example.com.
Poteau Cruise Night 7 p.m.
Annual Heavener rodeo 8 p.m. Cecil Leachman arena
Heavener rodeo parade 4 p.m. downtown Heavener
Annual Heavener rodeo 8 p.m. Cecil Leachman arena
Spaghetti fundraiser for Heavener football team 12 -2 p.m. FBC
LeFlore County commissioners meet 9 a.m.
High school softball: Howe at Chouteau; Panama at Poteau; Webbers Falls at Cameron; Hulbert, Talihina at Porter; Quinton at Arkoma; LeFlore at Roland
Heavener Lions Club meets 5 p.m. at Simple Simon’s
School board meetings
Poteau Evening Lions Club meet 6 p.m. CASC
High school softball: Heavener, Soper at Valliant; Howe at Panama; Cameron at Arkoma; LeFlore a Talihina; Colcord at Pocola
High school baseball: Cameron, Smithville at Howe
LeFlore County Republican meeting 2:30 Patrick Lynch Library
Lunch and learn at Reynolds Center at noon with Kenneth Corn
Poteau Rotary Club meets noon at EOMC
First day of school at Heavener
Poteau Kiwanis Club meets noon
High school softball: Howe at Big 8 Conference Tournament; Muldrow at Panama; Cameron at Gore Tournament; Porter at Talihina; Hulbert at Pocola
High school baseball: Howe at CASC Tournament; Bokoshe at Kiowa
Heavener VFW bingo 6 p.m. Highway 59 North
LeFlore County Republican monthly meeting 6:30 p.m.