Archive - Sep 23, 2011
James William Ward, 86, of Leflore died
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, in Fort Smith,
Ark. Ward was born Jan. 3, 1925, in
Vantress to Hollie James William and Julia
Ann (French) Ward. He was a U.S. Army
veteran, serving in Third Battalion Co. K
115th Inf. Regiment, Fifth Army, 29th
Infantry Division. He was a WWII veteran
involved in the D-Day landings in Normandy. His military
honors include a Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation,
Combat Infantry Badge, Victory Ribbon, Good Conduct
Ribbon, Theater Ribbon and three Bronze Service Stars.
Twenty-two year-old Whitney Spangler
is not one to let Craniopharyngioma get
her down. For most of us the word alone
is scary enough. In May of 2010, Whitney
was diagnosed with a tumor in the central
part of her brain after serious headaches
and increasing vision problems.
A serious decline in her vision over a
short period of time led her to Dr. Tamatha
Holt, OD in Poteau who discovered that
something was putting pressure on the
optic nerve. A CT Scan confirmed the
tumor, and Whitney ultimately ended up at
UT Southwestern in Dallas for treatment.
Thursday morning northbound traffic on South Broadway in Poteau was temporarilyblocked as OG&E crews attempted to remove an electric pole from the roadway.
A dumptruck working at the Reynolds Center struck the pole toppling it to
the ground. Poteau Police Officers detoured traffic until the fallen fixture was
In a single moment of kindess toward a
family in grief, an idea was born that will
help Whitesboro students achieve higher
That gift came on the heals of the tragic
death of Dalton Adams, 13 of Whitesboro.
Dalton was a seventh grade student at
Whitesboro when he lost his life in a drunk
On the night the accident occurred,
Brandon E. Brown, 15, of Talihina, was
driving a 2000 Mercury car on a county
dirt road when he lost control of the vehicle.
Brown, along with Adams, and two
other minor children were in the vehicle
when the accident occurred.
WISTER â€” The Wister Lady Wildcats softball team punched its ticket to next week's Class 2A Regional Tournament.
The Lady Wildcats swept the Talihina Lady Golden Tigers by scores of 13-9 and 3-0 in the Class 2A District Tournament on Wednesday.
The Lady â€™Cats (20-12) will find out early next week who, where and when they will play in the regional tournament.
The Lady Golden Tigers (13-12) saw their season come to an end.
Mother Nature was the winner at several high school softball district tournaments on Thursday.
Rain washed out several high school playoff games, making them rescheduled for today.
The Class 2A District Tournament with Pocola at Panama was rained out Thursday, and will be rescheduled for a doubleheader at 10 a.m. this morning. Panama Coach and Athletic Director Grant Ralls said that if a third game is needed it would be played on Saturday.
McCURTAIN â€” The Bokoshe Lady Tigers saw their softball season come to an end Wednesday afternoon at the Class B District Tournament.
Host McCurtain defeated Bokoshe 13-1 after the Lady Tigers lost to Panola.
No additional information was reported. The Lady Tigers end the season at 3-11.
SALLISAW â€” The Pocola Lady Indians ended the regular season in fine fashion with an 11-5 victory over the Sallisaw Lady Black Diamonds Tuesday afternoon.
The Poteau Pirates are trying to forget about last week's 31-16 loss to the Gravette (Ark.) Lions. In fact, Poteau Coach Jeff Broyles believes the defeat has acted as a wake-up call.
Yes, the Arkoma Mustangs are undefeated at 3-0, and ranked seventh in the Class C Poll. Yes, they won 26-18 over Southwest Christian Academy last week in Norman. But they may not have played their best football game in that win.
Thus, last week's game may have been a wake-up call of sorts for the Mustangs.
â€śI really think it was frustation at the way they played,â€ť Arkoma Coach Mark Weatherton said. â€śThey were disappointed with their effort and their execution on offense and defense.â€ť