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July 22nd, 2014

Benefit auction for Heather Russell

July 22, 2014

Heather Russell, 42, of Poteau has taken care of others as a nurse at Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith, Ark., for 17 years. About three months ago, she was in need of life-saving care after suffering a stroke. Russell is the wife of Poteau Assistant Chief of Police Greg Russell.
A benefit auction will be hosted by the Poteau Police Department on July 26 at 2 p.m. at the Bob Lee Kidd Civic Center in Poteau.
Also available during the auction is a $5 burger basket including chips and a drink.
All proceeds will help with associated medical costs.

DC Court ruling supports Oklahoma claims of ACA illegalities

July 22, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Scott Pruitt on Tuesday said the legal claims made in 2011 in Oklahoma’s lawsuit challenging the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were upheld Tuesday in a ruling by the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.

Gas prices take a dive

July 22, 2014

Oklahoma’s pump price average for regular gasoline has tumbled 18 cents since hitting $3.53 on June 27, according to The state average has declined for 14 straight days and is now $3.35 per gallon. Nationally, the average price of gas has fallen for 24 consecutive days. Today’s price, $3.565 per gallon, is the lowest since April 2.

July 21st

Wildcats softball team defeats Starz twice to win national title; two players earn individual honors for tournament

July 21, 2014

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — There are times when nothing comes easy, just ask the Wildcats softball team.
The Wildcats, based out of Pocola, had to beat the Ohio Starz from Newark, Ohio, twice on Friday to win the Age 10-and-Younger Class C USSSA World Series at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
After the ’Cats lost 8-6 to the Starz in the winner's-bracket final, the Wildcats beat the Starz back to back, winning the first title game 4-0, then the second title contest 4-2.

Wister Wildcats win OK Kids coach-pitch state championship

July 21, 2014

There is one OK Kids state baseball title coming to LeFlore County for 2014.
The Wister Wildcats went through undefeated to win the OK Kids Coach-Pitch State Tournament in Weatherford on Saturday, beating Mooreland 14-1 in the title game.
The other two county teams trying to win a state title this past weekend, the Panama Boomers and the Heavener Thunder, fell short in their bids for championships.

Amanda Dawn Potter

July 21, 2014

Amanda Dawn Potter, 39, of Panama died Saturday, July 19, 2014, in Fort Smith, Ark. Amanda was born Dec. 31, 1974, in Fort Smith to Scott and Tommie Kay (Robison) Courtney. She was a homemaker. 
Survivors include her daughters, McKalah Potter and Amberlea Potter of Clay, Ky.; mother and stepdad, Tommie Kay and David Carson of Panama; father and stepmother, Scott and Paula Courtney of Van Buren, Ark.; sisters, Saundra and Rikk Cardenas of Elk City, Misty and Stephen Beasley of Fort Smith; numerous other family members, loved ones and friends.

Frances (Ellis) Gibson

July 21, 2014

Frances (Ellis) Gibson
Frances (Ellis) Gibson, 98, of Wister died Friday, July 18, 2014, in Poteau. She was born Dec. 6, 1915, in Abbott, Ark. to Claud and Leafer Ellis. The family moved to Wister when Frances was a small child. She married Athel “Slim” Gibson on March 17, 1934. They were blessed with two sons. She was a homemaker until her boys started school, then became a licensed practical nurse. She retired as a surgical scrub and office nurse. Frances was a member of the Wister Nazarene Church. She was a Sunday school teacher, missionary president and taught Bible school.

Little Theater to perform '9 to 5'

July 21, 2014

The Fort Smith Little Theater will perform "9 to 5: The Musical," beginning Thursday [July 31] at the Fort Smith Little Theater on North 6th Street in Fort Smith, Ark.
Thursday's performance is the Gala opening; tickets $30.
All other shows tickets are $15. Ticket sales for the public begin July 24.
Evening shows will be held Aug. 1,2,6,7,8 and 9. Show time 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. will be held on Aug. 3, 10.
For ticket information call (479) 783-2966.

Five injured in weekend boating accident

July 21, 2014

Five people were injured Saturday after the boat they were on struck a bouy causing the driver to lose control.
According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lake Patrol Mark Jennings, 38, of Shawnee, Okla. was driving the 2000 31-foot Warlock on the Arkansas River in Sequoyah County when the accident happened.
After striking the bouy, the boat then struck the shore line, according to police.

July 20th

Sports Briefs

July 20, 2014

The final session of the 2014 Choctaw Country Club Junior Golf Clinic will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday.
The entry fee is $10 per child per week, which includes drinks each week. All ages are welcome.
At the end of the eight-week clinic, there will be a tournament, a cookout and a pool party.
For additional information, call (918) 647-3488.
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The Pocola High School Softball Booster Club will meet at 6 p.m. July 28 on the bleachers at the softball field.
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