August 19th, 2013
POCOLA â€” The Pocola Lady Indians softball team won its own tournament, but had to do it the hard way Saturday night.
The Lady Indians, who lost the winner's-bracket final 5-0 to the Wister Lady Wildcats earlier in the day, beat the Lady â€™Cats twice by scores of 6-1 and 5-2 to win the inaugural Pocola Invitational.
The Lady Indians rebounded from the loss to Wister by outlasting the Stigler Lady Panthers 2-1 in a nine-inning game which went to the international tie-breaker to get to the championship round.
Stigler eliminated Cameron 6-0 to get the day started on Saturday.
Dave Grovdahl, director of LeFlore County EMS, survived the sinking of the "Titanic", a cardboard boat built to race during the weekend at Wister Lake. The event was hosted by the LeFlore County Sheriff's Department the the LeFlore County Dive Team.
Residents along Saw Mill Road near Wister soon may have an alternative route for traveling to and from their homes.
During Monday's county commissioner meeting, Farrell Cooper Mining representative Tom Gilbert spoke to the commissioners about plans to create a temporary detour during an upcoming mining operation.
James â€śJimâ€ť Hancock, 88, of Woodward died Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in the Clinton Veterans Center.
A memorial service was held Thursday, Aug. 15, in the Billings Funeral Home Chapel with Ed Laird officiating. A private family burial was planned.
Joseph Haberland, 73, of McCurtain died Aug. 18, 2013, in Poteau. Joseph was born May 29, 1940, in Newark, N.J. to Stanley and Gertrude (Dudkiewicz) Haberland. Joseph, or â€śHammer Down,â€ť was a heavy equipment operator and a rancher. Joseph was preceded in death by his parents. Joe was known as a hard worker and a joker by many but most important to him was family. There was not always much time between work and ranching but he always found a way to show his children he thought about them all the time.
Leslie Adkins, 58, of Poteau died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, in Poteau. Leslie was born Feb. 6, 1955 in Talihina. He was a painter. Leslie was preceded in death by his wife, Lavina Corrine Adkins. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Survivors include his son, Leslie Adkins Jr. of Poteau; daughter, Evelyn Marie Adkins of Poteau, Rose Marie Adkins of Poteau, Trudy Walkup of Cameron; brothers, Leonard and Harold; sisters, Alice, Bertha, Leona, Beulah and Cathy; numerous grandchildren; other relatives and loved ones; many beloved friends.
Anna Mae Phillips, 91, of Howe died Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, in Pocola.
Services are planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at United Methodist Church in Howe. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Poteau, under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home, Heavener. An online guest book is available at dowdenfh.com.
Two LeFlore County football teams will get their first game-like situation under their belts today as the Poteau Pirates and the Panama Razorbacks will each have their red-white interteam scrimmages today.
The Pirates will go at 7 tonight at Costner Stadium. The Poteau Quarterback Club will have burger baskets available at 6:30 p.m. for $4.50 and will also be selling its new T-shirts.
RED OAK â€” The Cameron Yellowjackets could be bringing home a championship at day's end.
The â€™Jackets handled the Howe Lions 13-0 in three innings in the opening round of the Red Oak Eagle Classic on Thursday afternoon.
The â€™Jackets (1-0) faced the Stuart Hornets Friday afternoon for the right to get to this afternoon's 3 p.m. title game to face the winner of Friday night's Red Oak-Crowder game. The losers will play for third place at 12:30 this afternoon.
The Demons edged the Wister Wildcats 5-4, while the host Eagles soared over the Whitesboro Bulldogs 16-0.
POCOLA â€” There will be at least one LeFlore County softball team playing for the title of the inaugural Pocola Invitational Saturday afternoon.
The host Pocola Lady Indians and the Wister Lady Widcats reached Saturday afternoon's winner's-bracket finals at 12:30 p.m. for the right to reach Saturday afternoon's 3:30 p.m. championship game.
The Lady Indians blanked the McCurtain Lady Bulldogs 10-0 Thursday night right before the Lady â€™Cats edged the Stigler Lady Panthers 2-1.