Archive - 2013
Tri-State Speedway, Pocola
Pure Stock Race
1. Randall Irvin, Uniontown, Ark.; 2. David Church, Mountainburg, Ark.; 3. Marshall Penson, Van Buren, Ark.; 4. Charlie Brummett, Mountainburg; 5. Joey Wertz, Dyer, Ark.; 6. Jesse Garner, Alma, Ark.
Economy Modified Race
1. Eric Beshoner, Fort Smith, Ark.; 2. Todd Broyles, Farmington, Ark.; 3. Wade Barnes, Uniontown; 4. Lester Weese, Van Buren; 5. Duane Kilpatrick, Farmington; 6. Adam McMellon, Rudy, Ark.
Factory Stock Race
Poteau 43, Durant 42, 2 OT
Panama 34, Gore 0
Talihina 70, Wilburton 22
Keota 62, Arkoma 38
Tulsa Regent Prep 23, Pocola 20
Vian 32, Spiro 14
Oaks 52, Bokoshe 6
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