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Archive - Sep 2011


September 2nd

Poteau girls awarded top seed for LeFlore County Fast-Pitch Tournament

September 2, 2011

The Poteau Lady Pirates won last year's LeFlore County Fast-Pitch Tournament, and they have only lost once so far this fall season.
Based upon those facts, the Lady Pirates were named the top seed for this season's LeFlore County Tournament, which will be Sept. 12-15 at the Poteau Area Recreational Complex.
Four teams received byes into the winner's-bracket quarterfinals. Along with Poteau, getting byes were second-seed Spiro, third-seed Panama and fourth-seed Panama.
As last year, there will only be 12 teams in the field, instead of the usual 13 — but there is a change.

Are you all ready for some football?

September 2, 2011

Football season is finally here! High schools and colleges across the country will be butting helmets tonight and Saturday. The Poteau Pirates will open their season at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Costner Stadium agains the Checotah Wildcats.
The Poteau Bandits (the third-fourth grade and fifth-sixth grade teams) will travel to play Sallisaw beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday. For a lot of these players, this will be their first football game, which is both exciting and frustrating.

September 1st

Larry Miller

September 1, 2011

Larry Miller, 67, of
Bokoshe died Tuesday,
Aug. 30, 2011. Services
will be held Saturday, Sept.
3, at 10 a.m. at the Bokoshe
Assembly of God.
Arrangements are under the
direction of Mallory-Martin
Funeral Home, Spiro.

Olen “Poss” David Earls

September 1, 2011

Olen “Poss” David Earls,
73, of Heavener died
Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011 in
Fort Smith, Ark. He was
born July 5, 1938, in
Independence. Services will
be held Friday, Sept. 2, at
10 a.m. at the First Baptist
Church in Heavener.
Arrangements are under the
direction of Dowden
Funeral Home Heavener.

Mildred Pauline Kilgore

September 1, 2011

Mildred Pauline Kilgore, 94, of Poteau
died Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011 in Monroe.
Mildred was born July 6, 1917, in Hon,
Ark., to John D. and Winnie (Black)
Chester. She was a nurse. Mildred was a
member of the Pleasant Valley Free Will
Baptist Church in Poteau. She was preceded
in death by her parents; granddaughter,
Michelle Gassaway; son, Thomas M;
sister, Dovie Ruyle.
Survivors include five daughters and sons-in-law,
Jeanette and Ralph LaRosa of Monroe, Sonja and Wilburn
Clark of Protem, Mo., Anna and Donnie Weaver of
Monroe, Winnie and Ron Plate of Soldontna, Alaska,

Thief allegedly wrecks stolen truck and flees

September 1, 2011

A Spiro man is facing felony
charges in the LeFlore
District Court after he allegedly
stole then wrecked a
truck then fled the scene.
Nicholas Guinn, 19, has
been formally charged with
larceny of an automobile and
leaving the scene of an accident
involving damage stemming
from an incident on
July 7.
According to the affidavit,
Guinn was walking on North
Ash St. in Spiro when he
spotted a black Chevy pickup
owned by Trudy McKinney
parked on Park Lane. Guinn
reportedly got into the truck,
started it and drove away as
McKinney’s grandson came
from the home. The grandson

Choctaw trail relocates

September 1, 2011

A portion of the Choctaw
Nation Trail near Billy
Creek has been ordered to
be relocated after treacherous
conditions make it
unsafe for outdoor enthusiasts.
According to a decision
filed by District U.S.
Forestry Ranger John
Baldwin, a portion of the
CNT near the Billy Creek
area has a very steep and
eroded portion that has
become dangerous to those
walking the trail. In order
to make the trail safer and
more enjoyable for hikers,
the relocation of a quarter
mile of the trail will eliminate
the dangerously steep
climb along with an intermittent
stream crossing

Teen faces charges in death of 13-year-old

September 1, 2011

A Talihina teen is facing first degree
manslaughter charges and two counts of
person involved in a personal injury
accident while under the influence of
alcohol after the LeFlore County District
Attorney’s Office filed charges
Wednesday morning.
Brandon Ervin Brown, 15, of Talihina,
is accused of causing the death of 13 year
old Dalton Adams in an automobile accident
that occurred on May 20, 2011.
According to the accident report submitted
by State Trooper Orlando Perez,
Brown was driving a 2000 Mercury
Cougar approximately four miles west

Senior QB has waited whole life for this season's opening night

September 1, 2011

A famous song lyric says, “To dream the impossible dream.” While Poteau High School senior quarterback Wilson Klutts may have thought one of his dreams — starting to begin his final season of high school football — seemed like it was never going to come true, he knew it would eventually. That dream will become a reality at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Costner Stadium when the Pirates begin the 2011 season entertaining the Checotah Wildcats.

Panama visits Spiro to get football season under way

September 1, 2011

The Panama Razorbacks and the Spiro Bulldogs will get the 2011 LeFlore County high school football season off and running when they meet at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Spiro's McClain Stadium.
The ’Dogs won last year's match-up 27-14 at Panama's George Ollie Stadium. But Spiro Coach Chris Bunch believes his team will see a different-looking Razorback team tonight.
“They have a new coach (Brandon Ellis) who's doing things different than last year,” Bunch said”. We're expecting to see some different stuff from them on defense, and a little bit of some different stuff on offense.”

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