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Luther Wayne Strickland

October 5, 2011

Luther Wayne Strickland, 79, of Heavener died Sunday,
Oct. 2, 2011, in Poteau. He was born Sept. 4, 1932, in
DeQueen, Ark. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 5, at First Baptist Church, Heavener,
with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery. Dowden Funeral
Home, Heavener, is handling arrangements.

Jonathan H. Carden

October 5, 2011

Jonathan H. Carden, 29, of Fort Smith,
Ark., died Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, in Fort
Smith. Jonathan was born in Fort Smith on
Nov. 3, 1981 to Randall W. and Donna
(Chestine) Carden. He was preceded in death
by his half brother, Henry Joe Harrison; stepbrother,
Chris Carden; and maternal grandparents,
Margie and Leon Drake.
Survivors include his wife, Tabatha (Langston) Allison
of Fort Smith; daughter, Cassie Carden of Roland; son,
Corbin Adam Carden; mother, Donna Carden Eller of
Poteau; father, Randy Carden of Covington, Ga.; brother,

Freida Elizabeth Baird

October 5, 2011

Freida Elizabeth Baird, 92, of Poteau
died Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011 in Poteau.
Freida was born Feb. 7, 1919, in Lancaster,
Texas, to Nick Olen and Eddie C.
(Brundage) Worley. She worked in a dry
goods store as a clerk and many years at
City Shoe Market. Freida was preceded in
death by her husband, Idus Baird; great
grandson, Carson Wann; and her parents.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Nancy
and Jim Wann of Poteau; grandchildren, Roger and Dawn
Wann of Lindsey, Texas, Danny and Elizabeth Wann of
Poteau; great-grandchildren, Nathan Privett, Britney

Artie Bell Margaret Deleplank

October 5, 2011

Artie Bell Margaret Deleplank, 74,
of Poteau died Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011 in
Heavener. Artie was born in Calhoun on
Sept. 10, 1937, to Frances Dora (Chitwood)
Phillips. Artie was a loving wife, mother
and the best granny anyone could have.
She worked for 40 years as a CNA and
touched many lives in her career. She
devoted her life to taking care of others.
She never met a stranger, had an open door and a place
at the dinner table for anyone who was hungry. She loved
taking care and cooking for family and friends. Artie was

Loyce R. Hall

October 5, 2011

Loyce R. Hall, 68, of Poteau died
Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, in Poteau. Loyce
was born June 14, 1943, in Big Cedar to
the Rev. Carl and Mellie (Jones) Pugh.
Loyce worked at Country Boy Furniture
for 20 years. She was a member of the Free
Will Baptist Church in Panama, where she
served as church clerk for eight years.
Loyce loved her church. She loved to sing and going to the
Saturday Night Jamboree. She was preceded in death by
her husband, Billy Don McAtee; her only daughter, Tami
Branstetter Gottlieb; nephew, Tony Terry; and her parents.

Poteau senior softball players glad to be able to celebrate trip to state on home field

October 5, 2011

On Monday, the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association rewarded the Poteau Lady Pirates softball team a Class 4A Regional Tournament, which starts this afternoon. That means the Lady Pirates could celebrate a trip to state Thursday afternoon on their home field. That excited the four senior players.
“I was really excited because we always have to go off far away,” senior right fielder Meagan Ryburn said. “It's always harder to play somewhere else. Playing here, we'll get our real fans, and we'll have more people here to support us.”

Panama senior third baseman excited about state tournament

October 5, 2011

PANAMA — When the Panama Lady Razorbacks softball team won the Class 2A Regional Tournament Friday afternoon with a win over Calera when second baseman Lauren Smith turned an unassisted double play to end the title game, perhaps the happiest individual of them all was senior third baseman Becky Brown.

Wister seniors glad another trip to state is forthcoming

October 5, 2011

WISTER — The streak of trips to the state tournament is now at four for the Wister Wildcats baseball team. But it almost didn't happen.
In last week's Class A Regional Tournament in Wister, the Wildcats were shocked in their opener by county rival Cameron — which had lost all the previous games to Wister — to drop into the loser's bracket of the regional. Wister had to win twice on the final day, outlasting Wright City and then avenging the loss to Cameron by beating the Yellowjackets in the consolation championship game, to earn another trip to state.

For Arkoma Mustangs, then there's Maud

October 5, 2011

For those who remember actress Beatrice Arthur's “All in the Family” spin-off of the 1970s, “Maude,” remember the theme song — which its lyrics say, “Then there's Maude.”
The Arkoma Mustangs football team might be singing a similar song this week, with the lyrics saying, “Then there's Maud” — as in the Maud Tigers.
The Mustangs will pay a visit to the Tigers for a crucial District C-4 contest at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Maud.

Poteau Bandit League teams go 3-1 with Muldrow; third-graders lose in OT

October 5, 2011

The Poteau Bandit Football League teams were 3-1 in their home games with Muldrow on Saturday at Costner Stadium.
The Poteau sixth-graders posted a 42-28 victory over the Bulldogs, the Poteau fifth-grade Bandit League team won its game 36-0 over Muldrow and the Poteau fourth-graders won 38-0.
The only setback came in the third-grade game as Muldrow edged Poteau 13-12 in overtime.

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