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May 17th

DeRosa denied clemency

May 17, 2013

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board denied clemency for James L. DeRosa, 36, Friday morning with a 3-2 vote during a special meeting in Oklahoma City.
DeRosa was sentenced to death in the murders of Curtis and Gloria Plummer. 
The Plummers were found dead inside their home in October 2000, stabbed multiple times and with their throats cuts.
An investigation into the murders hastened along after accomplice Scotty White, now 29, informed a school counselor he knew who murdered the Plummers.
White named Derosa and John Eric Castleberry, now 39.

Poteau netter figured he might as well represent Pirates on tennis court

May 17, 2013

Since Poteau High School sophomore Skylar Abbott has been on the tennis court for several years, it only seemed natural that he try to do so as an Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association athlete.
For the last two years, Abbott has been fortunate enough to represent the Pirates on the tennis court.
“I’ve been playing since I was about 9,” Abbott said. “I figured I should be able to play for my school, and give my school a little more credit in another sport than it already has.”

SE Oklahoma Baseball Coaches Association North team tryouts rained out, rescheduled for Wednesday night

May 17, 2013

The 2013 Southeastern Oklahoma Baseball Coaches Association's North team tryouts were rained out Wednesday night at McAlester's Mike Deak Field.
The tryouts have been rescheduled for 7 p.m. next Wednesday at Mike Deak Field.
One of the teams in the tryout game is Poteau's Andy Perdue, who was named the 2013 Southeastern Oklahoma Baseball Coaches Association Coach of the Year. Poteau's Jay Werner is among the tryout players. Poteau's other individual who was selected to play, Blake Johnson, cannot due to an injury.

Grizzlies end Thunder's season with Game 5 win

May 17, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY — Basketball is a team game. It is not an individual sport. Five players make up a team. I don’t dare blame the OKC Thunder’s early exit from the playoffs on the fact that they lost Russell Westbrook to an injury in the first round against the Houston Rockets. But I will say that with him they stood a much better chance at advancing into the Western Conference Finals and probably even to the NBA Finals. Injuries are a part of every sport, however, and Westbrook just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.

My encounter with little Razorbacks

May 17, 2013

On May 9, my mother, JoAnn Mattox, and I went to my daughter, Joni's, senior program at Union Christian Academy in Fort Smith, Ark.
Afterward, I took my mom to Lin's Garden Chinese Restaurant for her Mother's Day lunch. As we're walking in, two ladies run out of the door, saying, “We're leaving. Don't go in there, too many kids!”
I turn and look in the parking lot, and there's a Panama Public Schools bus.

May 16th

Poteau basketball, softball, girls track athletes honored at sports banquet Wednesday night

May 16, 2013

Three sports and five teams of the Poteau High School athletic program had their athletes honored Wednesday night at the Poteau High School Sports Banquet at the Bob Lee Kidd Civic Center.

Poteau boys golf coach named Region 6 Coach of the Year; ‘Mud Duck’ Junior Golf Camp June 18-20

May 16, 2013

For Poteau Pirates golf coach Mike Thomas, it took nine years, but his Coach of the Year recognition finally came.
Thomas was named the 2013 Region 6 Boys Golf Coach of the Year as he helped guide the Pirates to a sixth-place finish at the Class 4A State Tournament earlier this month. Sophomore Cody Shore was fourth at state individually.

Good ol’ summertime has finally arrived

May 16, 2013

School is officially out, but I am not sure my life is going to slow down much. My boys are both playing summer baseball on two teams, and Koby will play some high school baseball and basketball in the month of June.
Cash is also playing on two summer teams and will be playing in junior high baseball and basketball leagues during June, too.
With all this going on, my boat may not get to see the water much this summer.
Have a great week!
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E-mail questions or comments to gmidgley_golf@yahoo.com.

Statham gets 90 years

May 16, 2013

Sentence has been handed down by District Judge Jon Sullivan for a Bokoshe murderer.
Sullivan sentenced Kevin Paul Statham, 51, to two life sentences without the possibility of parole Thursday morning. The sentences will run consecutively resulting in a 90 year prison term.
Statham was charged in the July 2011, shooting deaths of his parents, Paul Statham, 70, and Helen Statham, 69, at their home on Old Bokoshe Road. Both died from gunshot wounds, according to court records.

Poteau Pound Pups to hold public meeting

May 16, 2013

Poteau Pound Pups will hold a public informational meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 30, at the Coffee Cup in Poteau.
Spokeswoman Angela Meek said the organization is seeking volunteers, pet "foster parents" and donations.
Anyone interested in rescuing dogs is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Meek at (479) 883-2240.

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