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December 5th

Spiro boys begin basketball season tonight on the road

December 5, 2013

The Spiro Bulldogs will get their 2013-14 basketball season started at 8 tonight with a road game against Sequoyah-Tahlequah.
The ’Dogs were 18-9 last season, and they return three starters from that team.
Editor's note — No preseason information on the Lady Bulldogs has been received yet. As soon as that, as well as other county teams' preseason information, is received and their season openers get closer, season-preview stories on those teams will be published in later editions.

Happy birthday to my mom, sister

December 5, 2013

Last week, I typed my column in a stupor after camping for four nights while nearly freezing to death due to me being sick. Well, in my dumbfounded state, I forgot to put my mom’s, Elaine Midgley, birthday in my column.
Well, happy birthday mom. Your Thanksgiving dinner was awesome, and I hope (despite my oversight) you had a great birthday. To everyone that reads this, please tell my mom happy belated birthday so I can get out of her doghouse.
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December 4th

Nichols to face trial in Neff slaying

December 5, 2013

LeFlore County Special Judge Jeff Singer ordered Raymond Larry Nichols, 60, of Cameron to face trial for first-degree murder in the 2009 shooting death of local bar owner Joe Neff.
Of the multiple witnesses called by the state during a preliminary hearing Wednesday, most were police officers involved in the investigation or were present when Oklahoma Highway Patrol dive team recovered a gun that they believed to be the alleged murder weapon from the same strip pit near Pocola where Neff’s body had been found in 2009.

Vet assured of final resting place; fundraiser meets goal to cover funeral home expenses

December 5, 2013

Community members came together Tuesday to ensure a final resting place for an area veteran who died recently.
Bill Sanders, pastor of Greenhill Church in Cameron, took on the task of fundraising when he learned that the family of Army veteran James Webb was unable to pay a Siloam Springs funeral home and Webb’s body remained at the business.
An Indian taco sale in the Poteau Daily News parking lot Tuesday — plus numerous cash donations — raised about $1,500. Sanders said that would be enough to pay the cremation expenses and purchase a headstone for Webb.

School board races set in 5 districts

December 5, 2013

February’s school Board elections began taking shape Wednesday as candidates filed to run for offices at the LeFlore County Election Board offices. Of the 17 districts holding elections, five districts — Bokoshe, Panama, Poteau, Whitesboro and Wister — have candidates opposing each other for the same office.

NEO teams take pair from Carl Albert squads; CASC teams entertain Seminole State Thursday night

December 5, 2013

Katrell Henry's 24 points weren't enough for the Carl Albert State College Vikings as a run late in the second half sent the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Golden Norsemen past the Vikings 87-77 Tuesday night at Mick Thompson Fieldhouse.
A 25-10 run by the Lady Vikings cut their deficit to 14 points with 8:25 left in the second half. However, that was as close as they got in their 82-63 loss to the NEO Lady Norse in Tuesday night's first game.

Howe teams, Leflore Savages post Gold Bracket wins in EOSC Classic on Tuesday; Lady Savages lose; Arkoma, Whitesboro teams played Wednesday in Blue Bracket semifinals

December 5, 2013

WILBURTON — The Howe High School basketball teams and the Leflore Savages posted wins in Gold Bracket opening-round games Tuesday in the Eastern Oklahoma State College Classic.
At EOSC's Claud C. Dunlap Fieldhouse, the Lions routed the Battiest Panthers 61-21, while the Savages handled the Gans Grizzlies 66-41.

Football playoff games canceled until next week; Poteau's state title game Dec. 14 at OSU; Talihina's semifinal contest Dec. 13 at Durant

December 4, 2013

Both the Poteau Pirates and the Talihina Golden Tigers will have to wait a while longer before hitting the gridiron — at least in a game situation.
The Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association announced Wednesday afternoon that all high school football playoff games scheduled for the end of this week are going to be canceled and rescheduled for the following week due to the incoming wintry weather — expected to hit Thursday night.

Poteau girls open season against Valliant on Thursday in SE Oklahoma Shootout; Lady Pirate senior forward among Vype magazine's Top 100 girls players to watch this upcoming season

December 4, 2013

Editor's note — Due to the Poteau High School football team making it to the Class 4A state title game, and having some of its players going to play on the high school basketball team, the Pirates will wait to begin their basketball season in next week's Wilburton Tournament at this point. Their season-preview story is scheduled to appear next week.
The Poteau Lady Pirates basketball team is coming off an 18-9 season last year, including winning the 2013 LeFlore County Tournament and winning their third straight district title.

Poteau Wrestling Club members place in weekend tournaments

December 4, 2013

Several Poteau Youth Wrestling Club members placed in a pair of weekend tournaments.
At the Bixby Open, Seth Ford won his weight class title, Luke Brooks was runner-up, Natham Ulmer third and Dakota James were fourth in the afternoon session. Ulmer and Jarrett Lilley were third in Division V action in the morning session. Remington Reed participated but did not place.
Zack Broom was runner-up at 80 pounds in Division III in the Jenks Tournament, while sister, Ashley, participated at 58 pounds in Division III but did not place.

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