October 17th, 2012
While the 2012 high school football playoffs do not begin until Nov. 9, they might as well begin tonight for the Heavener Wolves football team.
The Wolves are in a must-win situation Thursday night when they travel to meet the Stigler Panthers at 7:30 p.m. for a crucial District 3A-8 contest.
The Wolves (3-4 overall, 1-3 in district play) are on a three-game losing streak after losing 45-28 to the Spiro Bulldogs on Friday night at McClain Stadium. Heavener pretty much needs to win out to make sure the Wolves are in the playoff hunt.
Youth season starts on Friday, and I have several area youths that will go with my family as I to try get a shot at a whitetail deer. We will camp for several days. Hopefully, we will have some pictures and stories to share with everyone in my column next week.
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Iva D. Salsman, 84, of Panama died Monday, Oct. 15, 2012, in Panama.Â Iva was born Feb. 11, 1928, in Birdstown, Tenn., to Dennis Rudolph and Nora (Sells) Bradley.Â Iva and her husband, James, owned and operated a service station for years in New Mexico.
Iva is survived by her son, Jim Salsman, and wife Jolene of Panama; daughter, Linda Golleher, and husband Danny of Panama; sister, Margaret Goen; andÂ brother, Eugene Bradley of Albuquerque, N.M.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
No services are scheduled at this time.
A man who was charged in the murder of a Carl Albert State College student 29 years ago will not go to trial after charges were dismissed.
Suhail Mohammad Shanti, 48, of Jordan, was arrested 16 months ago as the suspect in a 29 year old murder case. He was accused of killing Mohamed Ayman Al-Zein, an international student at CASC.
According to LeFlore County District Attorney Jeff Smith, the case was dismissed on request of the state. Smith listed the death of witnesses, the degradation of blood evidence and witnesses who could not be located as reasons for the dismissal.
Students from the Poteau Primary School took a tour of the Poteau Police Department Wednesday morning learning about the officers and the jobs they do.
The students toured the police department, city hall and other downtown businesses during their field trip.
It's hard to come to the realization that things are about to end. Take a football career, for instance. Players such as Troy Aikman, Phil Simms and Chris Collinsworth, who are now National Football League analysts, probably hated to have to hang up their uniforms after their NFL careers ended.
One Poteau Pirate senior player probably knows that feeling. Senior defensive lineman Zack Hall is ready to end his prep career on a high note, which would be making the playoffs.
VAN BUREN, Ark. â€” The Poteau Bandit Football League teams went 3-1 against Van Buren Black last Saturday.
The sixth-grade (30-22), fifth-grade (24-14) and fourth-grade teams (26-14) all posted wins over Van Buren Black, but the third-graders lost 26-12.
The Poteau teams will return to action next Saturday with road games against Greenwood (Ark.) White, with games beginning at 10 a.m. with the third-grade game first followed by the fourth-grade contest, the fifth-grade game and the sixth-grade contest.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. â€” The Poteau High School cross-country runners participated in their regular-season finale meet Saturday as they ran in the Chile Pepper/University of Arkansas Invitational.
The Lady Pirates had seven of the 410 total runners in the field in the varsity girls' race. Deven Bond had led the way as she was 175th with a time of 21:53. Colleen Peterson was 271st (23:21), Sheridan Hoyer was 275th (23:25), Tabitha Waldrop was 353rd (25:35), Shandee Staton was 362nd (26:06), Sonja Guerrero was 383rd (27:20) and Haley Clark was 395th (28:26).
The Arkoma Mustangs will get a shot at District C-4's top football team when they entertain the Thackerville Wildcats at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Mustang Field.
The Mustangs (3-4 overall, 2-3 in district play) are on a two-game winning streak. Two weeks ago, they celebrated homecoming with a 44-36 dramatic win over Midway, then routed Eagle Point Academy 46-16 Friday night in Tulsa.