Archive - Nov 26, 2013
I think Friday night's Class 4A state quarterfinal game the Poteau Pirates played against the defending state champion Clinton Red Tornadoes had to be among the best defensive games the Pirates have ever played. The Pirates held the Red Tornadoes to only three first downs in the game, and two of those came on long hail Mary passes. The defending state champs, who are considered to be an outstanding rushing offense, made only 60 yards rushing.
Five double-figure scorers and good defensive pressure proved to be the difference for the Carl Albert State College Lady Vikings in their 85-78 win over the Redlands Community College Lady Cougars on Monday night at Mick Thompson Fieldhouse.
Behind constant defensive pressure, the Cougars rolled past the Vikings for a 95-72 win in the second game of Monday night's Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader.
Luther Ray Parker, 87, of Blackfork, Ark., community died Monday, Nov. 25, at his home.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at Big Creek Baptist Church. Burial will be in Blackfork under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home, Heavener.
Robert â€śBobâ€ť Townley, 74, of Arlington, Texas, formerly of Poteau died Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. He was cremated and will be buried at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, in Oakland Cemetery in Poteau.
Oklahoma's overall unemployment rate is slowly creeping higher, according to an October report from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.
Due to the previous shutdown of the federal government, information about each county is unavailable at this time. State-wide, however, unemployment rates increased from 5.4 percent in September to 5.5 percent in October. The increase left 100,320 laborers of the state's estimated labor force of 1,812,690 unemployed.
A Panama teen is in critical condition at a Tulsa hospital following what police said was an accidental shooting this weekend.
According to Panama Police Chief John Whiteaker, the shooting happened on Pierce Road at about 2 p.m. Saturday.
Whiteaker said the 16-year-old teen and a 14-year-old friend were walking along the road as they returned from a hunting trip. The friend tripped, which resulted in the .243-caliber rifle he was carrying to discharge and the bullet striking the teen in the neck, according to Whiteaker.
The Poteau Upper Elementary School recently held a Thanksgiving essay contest, available for their more than 500 students to enter. Students third through fifth grade were invited to submit an essay telling what Thanksgiving means to them. The entries were judged by Pansy Kidd Middle School advanced students. The winners were announced Friday. Today Poteau Daily News, which sponsored the prizes for the winning students, will showcase the first of three winning essays. The third-grade winner's essay follows.
LeFlore County's two remaining high school football playoff teams found out their opponent, date and time for their next game.
The Poteau Pirates will face the Oklahoma City Douglass Trojans at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Hook-Eales Stadium in McAlester. The Trojans edged the Oologah Mustangs 29-25 on Saturday in Oklahoma City.
I hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving on Thursday, and be safe in journeying to your respective destinations.
As you read this, I will have already made a journey to Enid for my annual six-month medical check-up and to have Thanksgiving with my mom Monday since she can't be here this week as we had originally intended due to unforeseen circumstances.
By the time you read this column, I will have already left â€” and possibly arrived â€” in Poteau as I will be back to work today to put out Wednesday's edition.
KINGFISHER â€” Four members of the Poteau Youth Wrestling Club placed at this past weekend's Kingfisher Open.