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The Regional Champions Panola Academic Team won the Area Tournment on January 12th to qualify for one of the two available slots in the State Tournament on February 2, 2013.  The six-member team coached by Aaron Milligan and Brenda Reading are hard at work preparing for this opportunity to win this pretigious event.

Good Luck at State, Bearcats!!

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The Higgins Fire Department officially closed down on Tuesday, Janaury 15, 2013, due to a lack of manpower.  "It's really dangerous to respond to a fire when there are only two fire fighters."  said Higgins Fire Chief Greg Baker.  After discussing with the Area Fire Coordinator for KEDDO, going to the people in the community asking for volunteers, and much soul searching, it was necessary to cease operation.  The community will be covered by the Hartshorne and the Veteran's Colony Fire Departments.
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   An historic event occured on Sunday, January 20th:  the first medical evacuation plane flew out of the Wilburton Municipal Airport for a patient who had fallen from a house in Wilburton.   EagleMed flew their FW King Air CW-90 out of McAlester, landed at the Wilburton airport, then flew the man to Tulsa where an ambulance took him to a hospital for treatment.  The man was examined and released later in the day from the hospital.

    The EagleMed twin engine propellar airplane is part of the fixed wing aircraft unit moved to the Mcalester Airport on January 15th.  It is a much needed method to transport patients quickly to larger facilities from this area when patients need treatment beyond the capabilities of the local hospital. 

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