Archive - Sep 6, 2013
Betty Jo Gibson, 80, of Leflore died Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, in Durant. Betty was born Nov. 1, 1932, in Leflore to Oscar and Josie (French) Baxter. She was a homemaker. Betty was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Milo; daughter, Sherry Hollan; sisters, Mildred Wilson and Florene Pruitt; nephew, Sam Baxter; and niece, Pam Nichols. She loved flowers, raising kids and cooking. She always kept everyone in line.
Shawna Ward Williams, 47, of Barling, Ark., died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, in Barling.
A memorial service was held Friday, Sept. 6, at Dowden Funeral Home Chapel, Heavener.
LaFaye Fesperman, 77, of Bokoshe died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in Old Bokoshe Cemetery. Family visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Mallory-Martin Funeral Home, Spiro.
The Poteau Chamber of Commerce is expected to move into the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center in the next few months, according to chamber Executive Director Karen Wages.
The move is part of a deal with the city allowing the chamber to manage the facility.
The City Council voted this week to offer the management contract to the chamber. Chamber directors are expected to vote on the contract at noon Tuesday.
The center and chamber will remain separate entities, but wil share staff and space, Wages said.
"There will be some rebranding," she said.
In an ongoing effort to ensure the safety of students Poteau Primary School has devised a new procedure for afternoon student pickup.
Beginning Tuesday, car visor tags will be used to identify parents who are picking up students. The new procedure will be as follows:
For parents who drive through the circle drive to pick up:
Finally, opening night is here for the Poteau Pirates football team, which will begin the 2013 season at 7:30 tonight against the Durant Lions at Costner Stadium.
â€śIf you're a football player or a coach, you're always excited about game No. 1,â€ť Poteau second-year coach Greg Werner said. â€śA lot of work goes into game No. 1. It's time to start playing games. You're tired of practicing, and looking at each other. It's time to start looking at somebody else.â€ť
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Pocola football coach Rick Lang could not be happier with how his team is entering tonight's 2013 season opener against Tulsa Regent Prep at 7:30 p.m. at John Carter Field.
A pair of rich traditional football powers will meet tonight when the Vian Wolverines travel to meet the Spiro Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m. at McClain Stadium.
Last year, the Wolverines handled the â€™Dogs, but Spiro coach Chris Bunch hopes his team is better prepared tonight.
â€śThey're still good,â€ť he said. â€śHopefully, we're better. I didn't think we were ready to play them last year. We just didn't get prepared for them. I think that was the difference last year. I think if we're prepared for them, and get lined up in the right spots, things will be better for us than they were last year.â€ť
Who knew when the Pocola Lady Indians and the Poteau Lady Pirates played last week it could very well be a prelude to this month's LeFlore County Fast-Pitch Softball Tournament. If the seeding holds true, that will end up happening on Sept. 19.
The Lady Pirates were named the top seed of this fall's county tournament, with the Lady Indians being second, at Wednesday's seeding meeting at Western Sizzlin'
The Lady Pirates blanked the Lady Indians 2-0 last week.
The Talihina Golden Tigers are primed to get the 2013 season off and going when they entertain the Wilburton Diggers at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Doc Robinson Stadium.
â€śEvery week, we're getting better,â€ť Talihina coach Kelly Gravitt said. â€śI feel pretty good about where we're at. We had a real good scrimmage [last Friday night] against Vian and Roland. They were good teams, and I was very pleased with how we did against those two teams. As long as we don't regress, we should be a good football team.â€ť