February 8th, 2013
By Ken Milam
The Poteau City Council placed a moratorium on small business buildings Monday night, pending possible changes to zoning laws.
Mayor Jeff Shockley said no specific businesses are being targeted and the move is meant to protect and maintain attractive business districts.
The moratorium affects commercial buildings less than 20 feet wide.
Shockley said the city Planning Commission will be asked to look at zoning requirements and decide if they should be amended.
By Kim Ross
A Super Bowl party turned violent Sunday night after a man was shot three times at his home.
According to LeFlore County Undersheriff, Kendall Morgan, Robert G. Hamner, 35, was shot three times in the abdomen after a domestic altercation erupted. Hamner and four other people were inside the home on Pleasant Valley Road in Poteau when the shooting occurred.
Employees of AES Shady Point donated money they raised for two area organizations by hosting a silent auction during their annual employee Christmas Party. The employees raised more than $3,600 at the event. The Christian Free Medical Clinic and LeFlore County Youth Services each received checks in the amount of $1,834, after being chosen by AES employees as the beneficiaries of their fundraising efforts.
Wister residents are asked to call 911 to report fires instead of the old Fire Department number.
The old number was disconnected Wednesday, according to City Manager Linston Chronister.
Under the new system, firefighters will be dispatched by radio from the LeFlore County 911 center in Poteau. The center dispatches fire and ambulance calls and routes other emergency calls to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
Wister officials posted news of the change on the city marquee at the park.
Non-emergency calls still can be made to City Hall at (918) 655-7421.
It was a rough start to the 2013 season for the Carl Albert State College Lady Vikings softball team Thursday afternoon at home.
The Lady Vikings lost 11-3 and 10-1 â€” the latter game in a five-inning, run-rule contest â€” to Paris, Texas.
The Lady Vikings will return to action when they have a doubleheader rematch with Paris, beginning at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Paris, Texas.
CLARKSVILLE, Ark. â€” The 2013 season got off on the right foot for the Carl Albert State College Vikings baseball team on Wednesday afternoon. The Vikings swept the University of the Ozarks junior varsity by scores of 15-0 and 5-0 to open the season 2-0.
The Vikings will return to action with back-to-back road doubleheaders on Monday and Tuesday. Mondayâ€™s twinbill against the Bacone College JV will begin at noon in Muskogee, while Tuesdayâ€™s doubleheader against Coffeyville, Kan., will start at 1 p.m. in Coffeyville.
Seven local wrestlers participated in the 2013 All-State Junior High Tournament, which took place last weekend at State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City.
Jarrett Lilley, a sixth-grader, Bryson Terry, a seventh-grader, and Poteau High School freshman Sam Shore all placed sixth.
Seventh-graders Race Williams and Ross Johnson, along with Poteau freshmen Roderick Hornbuckle and Landon Daily, also participated in the event.
Welcome to a special playoff edition of Cage Notes. I decided to add an extra column in Friday's edition so I could share some of my thoughts about some of our Class A and B basketball teams that will begin their postseason parades Friday night in district tournaments. I have the complete postseason schedule for this weekend listed below.
Class A and B District Tournaments Schedule
Class A District Tournaments
Panola vs. Cameron, 6:30 and 8 p.m.
Arkoma girls vs. Keota, 6:30 p.m.
Arkoma boys vs. Gans, 8 p.m.
Class B District Tournaments
Last weekend was He-Man Punt, Pass and Kick Competition Weekend at the Jody Ray Sports Complex.
The seventh annual Junior He-Man PPK took place Saturday, with six lucky individuals placing. In the L'il He-Man Division for ages 6 to 8, Zayden â€śDowntownâ€ť Dennis won with 57 points and earned $100. Brett â€śThe Hitmanâ€ť Hoffman was second with 38 points and earned $75. Dallas â€śRomoâ€ť Roberts â€” this year's Most Improved Athlete winner â€” came in third with 24 points and pocketed $50. Caston â€śThe Dog Whispererâ€ť Qualls won the Got-a-Man Down Award.