November 6th, 2012
The two Poteau Bandit League travelling teams who were still in the postseason last weekend split their games.
The fifth-grade team reached Saturday's title game with a 38-8 win over Van Buren (Ark.) Green last Saturday at Costner Stadium. The win put the locals into the title game against Union Christian, Ark., at 1 p.m. Saturday in Van Buren.
The news wasn't as good for the third-grade team, which lost 18-6 to Van Buren White last weekend in Van Buren to see its season come to an end.
If Poteau pre-K students swayed the election, President Obama would be in office another four years.
Ms. Skinner's pre-k class held a mock election Tuesday, with President Obama winning 15 votes to 4.
But ... if the second grade students at Poteau Primary School spoke for the country, Mitt Romney would become the next president of the United States.Â
All second grade students voted in their own mock election Tuesday.Â
In the past week students have been learning about the election process and what it means to vote.Â
Voter turnout in LeFlore County for the General Election appeared to be "pretty heavy," county Election Board spokesperson said Tuesday afternoon.
No problems were reported at any of the county's polling places.
Approximately 1,740 people cast in-person absentee ballots at the Election Board on Friday, Saturday and Monday.
Almost 500 absentee ballots were cast by mail, the spokesperson said.
The 2012 football season for the Poteau Pirates ended Friday night. Even though the Pirates did not make the playoffs, they made all the fans realize that something good is about to happen and the future is bright.
This year the Pirates scored 270 while giving up 205. Poteau rushed for 2,620 yards and passed the ball for 798 yards, for a total offense of 3,418 yards. The defense held other teams to 1,299 yards rushing, but gave up 1,294 yards through the air.
Due to space constraints in today's edition, I'm not going to get too wordy this week.
However, let me remind county basketball coaches that I need their preseason questionnaire along with their schedule. The preseason questionnaires provide me the information needed to write the season-preview stories of our county basketball teams â€” like the story on Whitesboro's team in Thursday's edition and Howe's in Friday's paper.
OKLAHOMA CITY â€” Not that it should come as any surprise, but newcomer Kevin Martin has been a welcome addition to the Oklahoma City Thunder team. He averaged more than 18 points a game with Houston and has already shown consistency on the court with his shooting and ball handling. After scoring 15 points, with three 3-point baskets and five assists in his first game and following that up with 19 points, three 3s, three rebounds and two assists against Portland in the Thunder's home opener Friday night, Martin really showed what he can do scoring Sunday night.
The Carl Albert State College men's basketball teams suffered their first losses of the season, both to nationally-ranked opponents, in this past weekend's Oklahoma-Texas Shootout in Weatherford.
The Vikings lost 74-48 to 14th-ranked Trinity Valley Community College on Sunday, which came on the heels of Saturday's 82-60 loss to third-ranked Howard College.
The next game for the Vikings will be at 8 p.m. Nov. 13 against Cowley County, Kan., at Mick Thompson Fieldhouse.
Ronald H. Sheetz, 75, of Spiro died Saturday Nov. 3, 2012. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in Fort Smith National Cemetery under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home, Spiro. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday.
Frances Anne Cranfield, 70, of Heavener died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in Poteau. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Forrester Baptist Church in Heavener. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home.
Melveena Louise Bates, 55, of Harrah was born Feb. 9, 1957, to Melford Wesley Weaver Sr. and Bernice Monks Weaver.
Vena grew up in Panama and graduated from high school there. She had lived in Ardmore.
She was a retired teacher. Vena liked to travel and fish.Â She was a loving wife, mother and friend to all people.Â She was preceded in death by her father.