McALESTER — A number of local offices planned to close for New Year’s Day on Tuesday, but several planned to remain open Monday on New Year’s Eve. Among them were the city of McAlester offices at City Hall. “We’re going to be closed Tuesday only,” said Linda Daniels, executive assistant to City Manager Pete Stasiak. Daniels said there were no plans to close early for New-Year’s Eve on Monday and City Hall will reopen for regular hours Wednesday morning. Essential city services, such as police, fire and ambulance services, were set to remain in place for New Year’s Day. One thing that’s not expected to change for the New Year’s Day holiday is trash pick-up by Allied Waste Services in Alderson, not only in McAlester, but also on other routes across the county. “We will have the pickups as usual on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day,” said Glenna Earthman at Allied’s Alderson office. “We do not take holidays off except for Christmas and Thanksgiving.” The Pittsburg County Courthouse is set to close only one day for the New Year’s holiday. “We will be open Monday, the 31st, but we will be closed Tuesday for New Year’s Day, and that’s it,” said Judy Cunningham at the Pittsburg County commissioners’ office inside the courthouse. The courthouse is set to reopen at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Also, at the U.S Postal Service offices in McAlester, a spokesperson said there will be regular delivery and the post office windows will be closed for New Year’s Day on Tuesday, but the post office will be open for regular hours and there will be regular mail delivery Monday on New Year’s Eve As usual, the post office lobby will remain open on New Year’s Day, so those with post office boxes can check them if they wish. The Post Office opens for regular hours Wednesday. At the McAlester Public Library, Head Librarian Chris Sauro said the library is set to remain open for regular hours, from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday, on New Year’s Eve, and will be closed all day Tuesday for New Year’s Day. The library will reopen for regular hours at 9 a.m. Wednesday, she said. New Year’s Day is recognized as a federal holiday, so federal offices can be expected to be closed Tuesday. Also, New Year’s Day is recognized as a state holiday, so state offices can be expected to be closed Tuesday as well. For more on this story, see the print or electronic editions of the McAlester News-Capital. Click here for print edition home delivery or click here to see the Smart Edition for your computer, tablet, e-reader or smartphone.
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The Pittsburg County Courthouse is closed today
The Pittsburg County Courthouse is closed today due to adverse weather conditons, officials say.
McAlester and Lakewood Schools closed Monday
McAlester District schools and Lakewood Christian Schools will be closed Monday due to adverse weather condtions, school officials say.
PSO still prepared; no reports of outages
Freezing rain in the winter storm that hit Oklahoma on Thursday and Friday mainly moved south of McAlester and Pittsburg County, sparing electric lines and poles in the immediate area.
When the winter storm had been forecast, there had been concerns of major power outages in the McAlester area.
Police called for stuck cars; no injuries reported
Officials say more than seven inches of snow has covered Pittsburg County since Thursday.
Crews work to clear roads
City of McAlester street crews were set to work double shifts throughout the weekend to try and clear as much snow and ice from city streets as possible.
Will the BLM lease and permit coal mining in the area?
Federal efforts could open local land for the development of natural resources such as grass lands, wind energy, salt, gas, oil and — specifically in southeast Oklahoma — coal.
Locals talk about the weather
Some area residents say they are prepared but not too concerned about the storm this week because they’ve been through bad weather before.
A McAlester city employee clears a section of Second Street Friday afternoon after a winter storm dropped several inches of snow in the area.
DPS issues advisory, phone number, for winter driving
The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety has issued the following advisory for driving in winter weather.
Choctaw Childrens Party rescheduled
Due to weather conditions the McAlester Choctaw Children’s Christmas Party has been rescheduled to 1 p.m. on Dec. 14.
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