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Jury doles death to Talihina man

December 19, 2013

Twelve jurors recommended death Wednesday evening for Donnie Lee Harris Jr. for the murder by fire of 24-year-old Kristi Ferguson.
Harris was convicted Tuesday of Ferguson's murder after a two-hour deliberation period and the death penalty phase of the trial began immediately. After a day and a half of testimony from Ferguson's and Harris' family in regard to the impact of the murder on them, the jury deliberated for a few hours before returning a recommendation of death for Harris.

LeFlore County soldier killed in military helicopter crash

December 19, 2013

The Blackhawk helicopter that crashed in Afghanistan killing six U.S. soldiers Tuesday was piloted by a LeFlore County native.
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Randy L. Billings, 34, and five other soldiers died when their Sikorsky UH-60 Blackhawk crashed Tuesday in Now Bahar in southern Afghanistan while serving with NATO forces. The Pentagon said the crash remained under investigation.
Billings' Facebook page listed his hometown as Poteau and said he had attended high school in Heavener.
Billings was married and has family living in Heavener.

Local horse owner wins fourth straight Ran Ricks Jr. Memorial Award

December 19, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY — Poteau resident Danny Caldwell won his fourth consecutive title as leading owner at Remington Park and his fifth Ran Ricks, Jr. Memorial Award overall.
Caldwell runners are trained at Remington Park by Federico Villafranco, together they posted 29 wins to win the owner title by 15 victories. Poindexter Thoroughbreds of Springfield, Mo. and Black Hawk Stable of Elk City finished in a tie for second with 14 wins each.

Late season deer hunting time is here

December 19, 2013

Christmas vacation is here for me and I am ready for some time off from work. I am even more excited to be able to pull out my Mathews and get back in a tree stand. Dan Carter and I are joining Butch Parks at our lease in Clayton.
We are planning on staying for several days and enjoy the peace and quiet of late season bow hunting. Wister baseball coach John McAlester, Brad McMillin and Kolton Lynn are going to join us for a day or two during the hunt.

Poteau wrestlers get road dual victory over Quinton; Pirates hit the road Thursday night to McAlester, then have own two-day tournament Friday, Saturday

December 19, 2013

The Poteau Pirates wrestling team made it 2-for-2 in dual victories on the young season Tuesday night, picking up a 42-34 road win over the Quinton Savages.
The Pirates (2-0) won seven matches, all by pin.
So, the Pirates will take some momentum into the rest of a busy week. Poteau will be in another road dual at 7 p.m. Thursday against the McAlester Buffaloes at Brumley Gym. The junior high dual will take place at 6 p.m.
Then, Friday and Saturday will be the Poteau Tournament at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse. Action will begin at 3 p.m. Friday and resume at approximately 10 a.m. Saturday.

Tuesday's High School Boys Basketball Roundup

December 19, 2013

HEAVENER — The Heavener Wolves won for the second straight game as they knocked off county rival Wister 54-35 in the latest battle for U.S. Highway 270 supremacy.
The Wolves jumped out to a 14-9 lead after one period and slowly increased their lead from there. Heavener led 28-17 at halftime and took a 43-27 lead into the final quarter.
Arkoma 64, Panama 47: In Arkoma, the Mustangs, who led 18-12 after a quarter, put the game away with a 16-4 second period to take a 34-16 lead at halftime.

Tuesday's High School Girls Basketball Roundup

December 19, 2013

ARKOMA — On Saturday night at Panama, the Arkoma Lady Mustangs beat the homestanding Lady Razorbacks 63-58 to win the 2013 Green Valley Conference Tournament.
The same two teams met Tuesday night at the Arkoma Gym. Again, it was the Lady Mustangs prevailing as they downed the Lady ’Backs 68-50 in a title-game rematch.
The Lady Mustangs jumped out to a 19-14 lead after a quarter, but used a 17-6 second period to take control of the game to take a 36-20 lead into the locker room at halftime.

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