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August 2nd

Softball, baseball diamonds about ready to be filled with action; Panama Scrimmage Festival set to start Thursday, ends the following Saturday

August 2, 2013

Can you believe that the 2013 fast-pitch softball and fall baseball seasons are just about here — as is the start of football practice? It all starts Aug. 13 for most, with the exception of the teams playing in the inaugural Pocola Tournament — which will start Aug. 12, and its bracket will appear in next Saturday's edition.
To get warmed up for the softball action, the annual Panama Lady Back Scrimmage Festival will begin Thursday and end next Saturday, and I'll have the schedule listed at the end of this column.

Sports Briefs

August 2, 2013

Poteau High School students who will participate in extra-curricular activities this upcoming school year will have their drug testing take place next month inside the senior hall of the high school.
Drug testing will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 14.
Cost is $10 cash per student.
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Registration is open for the 2013 LeFlore County Express Fall Soccer League.
Registration can be done through the Internet at www.leflorecountysoccer.com.
Late registration cost per child is $40.
Payment method details are available at the website.
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15th Annual Super Stock Showdown/Updated Point Standings

August 2, 2013

July 27-28
Tri-State Speedway, Pocola

Pure Stock Race
1. David Church, Mountainburg, Ark., 2. Marshall Penson, Van Buren, Ark.; 3. Justin Burt, Lockesburg, Ark.; 4. Jimmy Wiley, Watts; 5. Eric Waterbury, Van Buren.
Economy Modified Race
1. Ryan Williams, Fort Smith, Ark.; 2. Rowdy Bonewell, Barling, Ark.; 3. Todd Broyles, Farmington, Ark.; 4. Lester Weese, Van Buren; 5. Corey Davis, Lowell, Ark.; 6. Brody Young, Alma, Ark.; 7. Wade Barnes, Uniontown, Ark.; 8. Gerry Vaughn, Greenwood, Ark.; 9. Tim Adams, Fort Smith.
Factory Stock Race

Helen Gaskin

August 2, 2013

Helen Gaskin, a longtime organist at two Durant churches, died July 31, 2013, after a brief illness. She was 93.
Born Helen Isom on May 15, 1920, in McAlester, she was the daughter of Roy and Carrie Isom, who owned a grocery store in nearby Crowder.
Introduced to music by her mother, who was a church organist at First Baptist in Crowder, Helen began playing piano at church on Sundays when she was 11 years old.
In 1938, shortly after a fondly remembered senior trip to Tulsa to see Bob Wills perform at the famous Cain’s Ballroom, she married her high school sweetheart, J.M. Gaskin.

Woodrow Wilson “Woody” Turman Jr.

August 2, 2013

Woodrow Wilson “Woody” Turman Jr., formerly of Poteau, died peacefully after a short illness on Aug. 1, 2013.

Joyce Ann (McCauley) Himes

August 2, 2013

Joyce Ann McCauley-Himes, 39, of Cove Ark., died Monday, July 29, 2013, in Hot Springs, Ark.
She was born Dec. 26, 1973, in Staton, Ore, to Tommy McCauley and Joyce (McCauley) Wilson. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Allen and Perl McCauley and Arthur and Elizabeth Morrison; father, Tommy Wayne McCauley; and brother, Donnie Gene Underwood.

Virgle D. Smith

August 2, 2013

Virgle D. Smith, 72, of Poteau died Wednesday, July 31, 2013, in Poteau. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at Fuel Church in Poteau under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home. You may leave online condolences at www.gracemanorfh.com.

Freddie Nitchol

August 2, 2013

Freddie Nitchol, 67, of Mountain Pine, Ark., formerly of Spiro, died July 21, 2013. No services are scheduled at this time. Online condolences may be left at www.arkansasfuneralcare.com. Arrangements made by Arkansas Funeral Care, Jacksonville, Ark.

Area business women learn self defense during Bizz conference

August 2, 2013

During the seventh annual Women's Business Conference held Friday at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center in Poteau about 30 women learned about safety. Poteau police Lt. Gregg Russell spoke about safety while Poteau School Resource Officer Donnie Williams demonstrated self-defense. The women practiced the tactics during the demonstration.
PDN photo by Joe Milligan

Area soldier promoted to Major

August 2, 2013

Air Force Maj. Trevor L. Williams has been promoted to the rank of major in the U.S. Air Force.
Williams is a C-17A pilot assigned to the 437th Airlift Wing at Charleston Air Force Base, S.C.  The new major has served in the military for nine years. 
He is the son of Teresa Williams of Rock Island Road, Cameron, Okla. His wife, Brianna, is the daughter of Randy and Sherree Coulson of Independence Circle, Texarkana, Texas.

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