August 13th, 2013
Mary Lou House, 69, of Heavener died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, in Heavener. Mary was born July 24, 1944, in Big Cedar to James Lewis and Allie Elizabeth (Roberts) Branscum. She was a dietary specialist at Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center. Mary was preceded in death by her parents; son, Jeffery Stewart; five sisters and two brothers.
Leon Barnes, 79, of Cameron died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark. He was born, Oct. 21, 1933, in Pocola to Cooper Minor and Ruby Kathryn (Martin) Barnes. He was a rancher and a member of the First Baptist Church of Pocola.
Leon is preceded in death by his parents; wife Linda (Cunningham) Barnes; daughter Vanessa Barnes; sister Linda Kathryn; two brothers, Travis Gene and Bobby Ray.
Betty L. Shockley, 77, of Poteau died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, in Poteau.
Betty was born Jan. 2, 1936, in Clint, Texas, to Jesse B. and Bernice (Frey) Nichols. She was a homemaker who enjoyed spending time with her Facebook friends and researching family genealogy. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin E. Shockley; her parents; and sister, Evelyn Nichols.
While summer will not end until next month, for all intents and purposes it really has â€” at least for me.
The 2013 fall high school fast-pitch softball season and baseball season will get under way this week.
So, officially my summer ended on Monday when I went up to cover the opening day of the Pocola Invitational â€” as well as photograph two high school football teams' opening day of practice.
All I can say is, â€śLet the games begin.â€ť
Questionnaires, Team Photographs Needed
Poteau High School students who will participate in extra-curricular activities this upcoming school year will have their drug testing take place this month inside the senior hall of the high school.
Drug testing will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday.
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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The Heavener High School football tailgate party that was scheduled for Monday night at Harvey Stadium was postponed due to threatening weather conditions.
The event has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Friday.
There will be many spirit items for sale at various booths.
There will be hamburgers and hotdogs as well as other concessions.
There will be a water slide and a bounce house for children (tickets required).
The HHS cheerleaders and football players will be introduced followed by a mini scrimmage around 8:30 p.m.
A Talihina man was flown by medical helicopter to a Tulsa hospital after a two-car accident Friday.
According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Daniel Holland, 63, was driving a 2003 Ford pickup south on County Road 1130 south of Talihina at about 1:30 p.m. when the accident occurred.
Trooper Ryan Williams reported Jordan Barnes, 18, of Talihina was driving a 2001 Chevrolet east on a county road when he failed to stop for a stop sign, colliding with the side of Holland's pickup.