May 27th, 2013
Ronnie Vern Bastress, 69, of Poteau died Thursday, May 23, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark. Ronnie was born Oct. 22, 1943, in Buena Park, Calif. to Robert and Dolly (Shewe) Hardman. She was a legal secretary and a psychiatric technician. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Americans gathered at memorials, museums and monuments and the president laid a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery to honor fallen service members on Memorial Day, as combat in Afghanistan approaches 12 years and the ranks of World War II veterans dwindle.
"Let us not forget as we gather here today that our nation is still at war," President Barack Obama said after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) â€” The Navajo Code Talkers are legendary. Then there was Cpl. Ira Hamilton Hayes, the Pima Indian who became a symbol of courage and patriotism when he and his fellow Marines raised the flag over Iwo Jima in 1945.
Before World War II and in the decades since, tens of thousands of American Indians have enlisted in the Armed Forces to serve their country at a rate much greater than any other ethnicity.
Yet, among all the monuments and statues along the National Mall in Washington, D.C., not one stands in recognition.
TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) â€” Officials say jailed evangelist Tony Alamo (uh-LAH'-moh) has been moved from a federal prison in Marion, Ill., to a Bureau of Prisons Transfer Facility in Oklahoma City.
Alamo is serving a 175-year sentence after he was convicted in Arkansas for taking minor girls across state lines for sex.
The Texarkana Gazette reports Alamo has been housed in several prisons since his 2009 sentencing. According to an affidavit filed by an FBI agent, investigators allege that Alamo is still controlling his ministry from behind bars.
Saylor Slone, 15, of Spiro, died Sunday afternoon in what authorities say was an accidental shooting.
The shooting occurred at her home on Tucker Road north of Spiro, according to LeFlore County Undersheriff Kendall Morgan.
Saylor suffered a gunshot wound to the head from a .380-caliber Ruger pistol, which her mother bought recently for personal protection, Morgan said.
LeFlore County sheriff's deputies, EMS, Spiro first responders and Tulsa Life Flight responded. She was flown to St. Francis Children's Hospital in Tulsa, where she was pronounced dead.
The General Store on Witte will hold a clothing giveaway from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 31, at 104 N. Witte St.
Sizes range from children's to adult, according to owner Darleen Seaman.
Seaman said she started accepting donations for the giveaway last week and "we got an enormous amount â€” which is what we wanted." She will accept additional donations beginning Wednesday, she said.
Poteau Main Street Matters is providing tables for the event.
A similar giveaway in April "was an amazing blessing," Seaman said.
Oklahoma anglers can fish for free during Free Fishing Days June 1-2. During these days, a state fishing license will not be required for anglers to go fishing in Oklahoma, whereas in most other cases a license is required. Additionally, an Oklahoma City fishing permit will not be required for fishing those waters where the permit is normally mandatory.
The Poteau Frontier Rodeo kicks off tonight at 7 p.m. at the Phil Gardenhire Arena at the LeFlore County Fairgrounds west of Poteau.
Saturday night events begin at 7 p.m.
For Poteau Pirates football fans, thereâ€™s some good news and some not-so-good news.
The not-so-good news is that the strength of last yearâ€™s team, the offensive line, only returns one starter, Stephen Smith. Gone is 1,500 pounds of people movers and lane creaters.
However, the good news is Roger Barcheers, who was the 2012 All-Arklahoma Football Teamâ€™s Freshmen of the Year, had more than 1,500 yards rushing in his freshman year, and will be back for his sophomore season in the fall, as will quarterback Jace Pitchford and wide receiver Jarrett Lowrimore to name just a few.
Spiro â€” Jermaine Jimmerson.
Kinta â€” Chase Smith (Fanshawe).
Sallisaw-Central â€” Matthew Callahan.
McCurtain â€” Blake Palmer.
Muldrow â€” Nate Hamilton.
Roland â€” Seth Youngblood.
Eufaula â€” Cody Faries.
McAlester â€” Zach Skimbo.
Moss â€” Cody Robinson.
Coach â€” Brett Thomas, Weleetka.
Talihina â€” Clark Austin.
Wister â€” Tyler Gibson.
Smithville â€” Justus Brown.
Achille â€” Austin Beene.
Antlers â€” Bryce Martin.
Boswell â€” David Markell Henderson.
Broken Bow â€” Chandler Rickey.
Haworth â€” Todd Eric Gambill.
Hugo â€” Nick Brown.
Moyers â€” Jake Dudley.