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August 15th, 2012

Wister Lake holiday tradition in danger of being cancelled

August 15, 2012

According to Karen Wages, CEO of the Poteau Chamber of Commerce, the popular Christmas season tradition "Lights on the Island" may burn out this year at Wister Lake State Park due to the lack of manpower.
Wister Lake park officials informed organizers that the park staff would no longer help put up the Christmas lights display or help in any manner that might require manpower from any park employee. 
“This is an extremely disappointing turn of events”, said Karen Wages with the Poteau Chamber of Commerce”. 

Officers bid farewell to fallen canine partner

August 15, 2012

Panama Police Officer Andy Bevil and several others said farewell to Creed, police dog and Bevil's partner during a memorial service held Wednesday morning at the Panama First Baptist Church.
Creed was found murdered at Bevil's residence on Aug. 5. His murder is still under investigation.
Members of the Fort Smith Police Department's Honor Guard and canine unit were present to honor his memory.
There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person(s) responsible for Creed's death.

Monday's High School Softball Roundup

August 15, 2012

SPIRO — The Poteau Lady Pirates could not be in any better shape as they enter this weekend's Broken Arrow Tournament. They are undefeated.
The Lady Pirates shut out both host Spiro (5-0) and Pocola (8-0) in a three-way Monday afternoon. The Lady Bulldogs won the Highway 9 battle with the Lady Indians by a score of 8-0.
Panama 4, Talihina 0: In Panama, Panama senior pitcher Taylor Eaves threw her second no-hitter of the season as she fanned 14 Talihina batters.

Monday's High School Baseball Roundup

August 15, 2012

McCURTAIN — The Leflore Savages returned to their winning ways with an 11-2 road win Monday afternoon against the McCurtain Bulldogs.
Leflore had Tuesday's game at Cameron canceled due to a back-to-school bash. Leflore Coach Tony Marris said the game is trying to be rescheduled, but has not been done so at this time.
Red Oak 10, Whitesboro 0: In Red Oak, the Bulldogs suffered a two-hit shutout loss to the Eagles.
Singles by Colton Sisemore and Hunter Tidwell was all the ’Dogs could muster against Red Oak pitching.

Sports Briefs

August 15, 2012

Carl Albert State College Assistant Softball Coach Megan Young will give softball lessons at $25 per hour to girls up through age 18.
To schedule a session or for additional information, call (580) 704-4517.
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Friday Couple Scrambles will take place at 5:30 p.m. every Friday at Wolf Ridge Golf Course.
The entry fee is $15 per person for the nine-hole weekly event. For additional information, call (918) 647-2582.
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August 14th

Jack Gray

August 14, 2012

Jack Gray, 82, of Spiro died Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, in Fort Smith National Cemetery under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home, Spiro.

Virginia Mae Moore

August 14, 2012

Virginia Mae Moore, 81, died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2012, in Poteau.
Virginia was born April 20, 1931, to Jack and Estell (Williams) Cheney. She married Dennis C. Moore on June 2, 1949. Virginia was baptized June 2, 1966. She loved her grandchildren and her ministry. She was a homemaker. Virginia was a Jehovah's Witness. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Estell Cheney; brother, Sunny Cheney; and her husband of 50 years, Dennis C. Moore.

Recent rainfall not enough to life burn ban

August 14, 2012

Although the area saw substantial rainfall last week, it was confirmed during the Monday morning LeFlore County Commissioner meeting that the burn ban would remain in effect in conjunction with the Governor's burn ban.
According to Michael Davidson, Director of LeFlore County Emergency Management, the Governor's burn ban is scheduled to expire in two weeks if it isn't reinstated. The commissioners agreed to maintain the local ban until it is determined if the upcoming significant weather changes would affect the state ban.

Poteau Red-White Scrimmage was a teaching tool for Pirates

August 14, 2012

It became apparent right from the start of Saturday night's Poteau Pirates’ Red-White Interteam Scrimmage at Costner Stadium that the defense was well ahead of the offense. That can be said about most teams' first scrimmage of the year, yet alone a team that has a polar opposite change in offensive philosophies. Last year, the Pirates were in a wide-open spread offense, while the coaching style chosen by the new Poteau Coach Greg Werner is more on the lines of a more physical offense play across the front offensive line for the Pirates. Their line will average more than 250 pounds per man.

A busy week this week — both on, off diamond for me

August 14, 2012

When one looks at the end of today's column and sees the week's worth of games on both the fast-pitch and fall baseball diamonds, one can tell it will be a busy week.
First off, Panama's Lady ’Back Classic will be Thursday through Saturday, and Cameron, Howe, Whitesboro and Wister will be in the Red Oak Tournament the latter half of this week.
Also, Poteau will be at the Broken Arrow Tournament Friday and Saturday, while Talihina will be in the Healdton Festival — put on by former Talihina All-Stater and Healdton Softball Coach Joel Bradberry.

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