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August 15th, 2013

Wister names new chief, officers

August 15, 2013

Jordan Westbook was named chief of police in Wister at a special meeting of the town trustees Wednesday.
Westbrook was assistant chief under. Randy Liles, who resigned to return to work for the LeFlore County Sheriff's Department. Liles had held the chief's position for about three years.
"We'll continue to do the job we've been doing for the last three years and serve the community as best we can," Westbrook said Thursday.

Clifton Edward “Joe” Barnes

August 15, 2013

Clifton Edward “Joe” Barnes, 84, of Heavener died Friday, Aug. 8, 2013 in Fort Smith, Ark.
A longtime resident of the area, Joe was born Oct. 31, 1928, in Loving to Edward Marion and Alma (Edgman) Barnes. He was a Korea veteran and retired social worker with the Oklahoma Chiild Welfare Department.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rubye Louise Barnes.

Leonard L. Perkins

August 15, 2013

Leonard L. Perkins, 79, of Pocola died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark. Leonard was born Sept. 15, 1933, in Pocola to Buddy A. and Millie L. (Phillips) Perkins. He worked in sales. Leonard was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Sue; sister, Linda Bly and two infant brothers.

Charles Stephen “Chuck” Evans

August 15, 2013

Charles Stephen “Chuck” Evans, 62, of Wister died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Wister.
A longtime area resident, Chuck was born Jan. 20, 1951, in Poteau to Denver and Dorothy (Florence) Evans. He was a Vietnam veteran and a construction contractor and rancher.
Survivors include his wife, Jackie Evans of Wister; parents, Denver and Dorothy Evans of Summerfield; two sons, Dane Evans of Poteau and Travis Tucker of Fort Smith, Ark.

Shooting sports coming to a school near you

August 15, 2013

School is just around the corner. For the last several years, Wister Schools has participated in the Archery in the Schools Program. Last year, coach John McAlester got to expand that to include a class that included hunter education and explore bowhunting along with Fishing in the Schools.
This year, Wister has been chosen as a pilot school for the new scholastic shooting sports program. These are really neat programs that the kids love and John loves to teach.
Have a great week!
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E-mail questions or comments to gmidgley_golf@yahoo.com.

August 14th

Red Oak Eagle Baseball Classic Bracket

August 14, 2013

Sports Briefs

August 14, 2013

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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The Heavener High School football tailgate party will begin around 6 p.m. Friday at Harvey Stadium. While the story in Tuesday's edition was correct, the headline accidentally listed the wrong day. The Poteau Daily News regrets the error.
There will be many spirit items for sale at various booths.

Quick-adjusting Trout reaches new heights

August 14, 2013

Mike Trout, v. 2013, is even better than the 2012 model.
Trout, who's aunt and uncle are Sandra and Charles Busonick [Charles works for the City of Poteau Water Department], turned 22 just last week. Before that birthday (on which, naturally, he hit a home run), Trout had, according to FanGraphs.com, accumulated more weighted runs created (162) than any other player in history through his age-21 season. Trout's name topped that particular list ahead of Jimmie Foxx (161), Ted Williams (158), Rogers Hornsby (150), Ty Cobb (148), Mel Ott (146) and Mickey Mantle (143), among other luminaries.

David Lee Spurlock

August 14, 2013

David Lee Spurlock, 35, of Sallisaw died Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, in Sallisaw. David was born June 14, 1978, in Colorado Springs, Colo., to Rory and Lettie Belle (Bailey) Spurlock. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. David worked in construction. He was preceded in death by his mother and brother, Jermiah Ray Spurlock.

System test causes police response

August 14, 2013

A full tactical response of the on-duty Poteau police force for a possible bank robbery Wednesday afternoon was a false alarm, according to Poteau chief of police Stephen Fruen.
An alarm at the First National Bank at the Ben Klutts Drive and North Broadway intersection was activated about 3:30 p.m. Police surrounded the building, only to learn the bank had been testing the alarm system after a recent storm, said Fruen.

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