Archive - Sep 7, 2012
By Regina Smith
A local family has come home to the arms of the community who continues to rally behind them after the loss of their son on Sept. 3.
Several events are in the works in honor of William Elijah Lyon, affectionately named Liam, who was born Feb. 18, 2011 with a fatal heart condition. Liamâ€™s journey was followed by people all over the world on the two Facebook pages dedicated to him. The support of his extended Facebook family has helped the family a great deal during his struggles and it continues today.
Stanford Lee Stephens, 82, died Tuesday, Sept. 4, in Del City. Stanford was born in Panama on July 4, 1930, to Melvin Lee and Florence (Mosco) Stephens.
Stan grew up in eastern Oklahoma where he loved to fish, hunt and play cards. Later in life he moved to California and spent many years there with relatives and friends. He returned to Oklahoma in 1999 and had lived in Choctaw with his sister, Betty, since then.
Stan is preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Mildred Kaczyk; one niece, Merry Ogletree; and one nephew, Stephen L. Coyle.
Gail Morrison, 76, of Poteau died Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, in Poteau.Â Gail was born Aug. 4, 1936, in Red Oak to Alvin and Ila B. (McAlester) Ramer.Â She was an LPN. Gail was a member of Summerfield Baptist Church and attended Trinity Baptist Church in Poteau.Â She was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Alfred McGowen; husband, Elva L. Morrison; and three brothers, Norval Ramer, Billy Ramer and Johnny McGowen.Â She liked to cook, shop, travel and take care of people.Â Gail loved her family.
One big road test down, one more coming tonight for the Poteau Pirates.
The Pirates (1-0), who opened the season last Friday night with a 28-21 road win over the Durant Lions, will have an even bigger test when they travel to meet the Van Buren (Ark.) Pointers at 7:30 p.m. tonight.
â€śEverything about them concerns us,â€ť said Greg Werner, Poteau's new football coach.
BOKOSHE â€” The Arkoma Mustangs and the Bokoshe Tigers will renew not only their LeFlore County 8-man rivalry at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Bokoshe, they will begin the 2012 District C-4 season.
Both teams enter tonight's game from different situations. The homestanding Tigers (0-1) lost 48-34 to the Oaks Warriors last Friday night in their home opener, in what was their truly first game-like situation of the season. Tyler Massey, Bokoshe's second-year coach, said he can tell his team is further along than at this point a season ago.
One thing is for sure, the Bulldogs will win tonight's game at McClain Stadium. The Spiro Bulldogs will entertain the Muldrow Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Spiro's home opener.
While being home will hopefully give Spiro (0-1) an edge, it still comes down to executing plays on the field.
â€śNo matter where you play, you have to go play ball,â€ť said Chris Bunch, Spiro's coach. â€śYou can have the home-field advantage, but you still have to go play. You still have to go block and tackle.â€ť
Last week, the Pocola Indians saw a plethora of passes against Tulsa Regent Prep, but this week they will likely see just the opposite when they travel to meet the Haileyville Warriors at 7:30 p.m. tonight.
CAMERON â€” The Arkoma Lady Mustangs and the Cameron Lady Yellowjackets split Tuesday afternoon's Green Valley Conference softball doubleheader. The Lady Mustangs beat the Lady â€™Jackets 5-4 in eight innings in the opener, but Cameron doubled up Arkoma 6-3 in the nightcap.
We took our boys up to Tower Drive-In Wednesday night for the first National Football League game of the year, the Dallas Cowboys against the New York Giants. When the game came on the big screen, the 1989 version of â€śAre You Ready for Some Football?â€ť by Hank Williams, Jr. was played Boy, that brought back a lot of memories, and it was good to hear ol' Hank again. The picture was so clear, and we had Poteau's fantasy guru, Cody â€śAceâ€ť Repass giving us the play-by-play with updates.