August 5th, 2013
LeFlore County senior citizens will be honored at the Annual Senior Appreciation Day on Aug. 21.
Activities will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Strike-a-Lot Lanes, 1914 N. Broadway.
Festivities will include door prizes, free lunch and bingo.
Every senior citizen will receive one free game of bowling and shoe rental.
Sponsors and exhibitors will have information on a variety of health and informational services as part of the festivities.
A man jailed in June for burglary is facing new charges after he allegedly struck another inmate and a detention officer.
Cody Linder Riley, 19, of Howe, was charged by the LeFlore County District Attorney's Office on Friday with assault and battery on a detention officer and a second charge of assault and battery stemming from an incident on July 18.
According to the affidavit, detention officer Kevin Knight heard a noise coming from a holding cell and when he went to investigate he saw Riley kicking another inmate who was lying on his bed in his side.
Can you believe that the 2013 fast-pitch softball and fall baseball seasons are just about here â€” 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 â€” 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.
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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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, 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 Cainâ€™s Ballroom, she married her high school sweetheart, J.M. Gaskin.
Woodrow Wilson â€śWoodyâ€ť Turman Jr., formerly of Poteau, died peacefully after a short illness on Aug. 1, 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, 72, of Poteau died Wednesday, July 31, 2013, in Poteau.Â 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, 67, of Mountain Pine, Ark., formerly of Spiro, died July 21, 2013.Â No services are scheduled at this time. Online condolences may be left at www.arkansasfuneralcare.com. Arrangements made by Arkansas Funeral Care, Jacksonville, Ark.