June 9th, 2012
FORT SMITH, Ark. â€” It took 12 innings, but the Eastern Oklahoma Riverdawgs Major American Legion baseball team won its Maurice Katzer Tournament opener.
The Riverdawgs scratched across a run in the 12th inning to down Russellville, Ark., by a score of 7-6 Thursday night at Hunts Park.
The â€™Dawgs (4-5) were to play Midwest Friday afternoon, then they will play in the championship game at 6 p.m. tonight at Hunts Park.
Spiro's Jeff Walden hit a Texas-League bloop RBI single in the 12th inning to score Spiro's Shane Thompson with the game-winning run.
I spent Memorial Day Weekend in Enid, helping my soon-to-be 86-year-old mother decorate the graves of our family and friends. We did 21 graves on a very humid Saturday morning before Memorial Day.
While I was putting flowers on the graves and sweating puddles of perspiration, I got a phone call from a local athlete's parent â€” Kim Standridge, whose son Austin, was on Cameron's baseball team.
I had put a preview story in the May 26 edition as an advance for the 40th Kiamichi All-Star Classic with the names of our local athletes who made the softball, baseball and basketball teams.
Heavener Hurricanes vs. Heavener Titans, Spiro Dirtbags vs. Panama Sooners, Poteau Bombers vs. Spiro Diamondbacks, Spiro Reds vs. Poteau Drillers, Pocola Mudcats vs. Heavener Thunder, Spiro L'il Giants vs. Wister Wildcats.
Heavener Titans vs. Spiro L'il Giants, Panama Sooners vs. Heavener Hurricanes, Spiro Diamondbacks vs. Spiro Dirtbags, Poteau Drillers vs. Poteau Bombers, Heavener Thunder vs. Spiro Reds, Wister Wildcats vs. Pocola Mudcats.
Howe vs. Cameron, 5 p.m.; Whitesboro vs. Stigler, 5:40 p.m.; Howe vs. Stigler, 6:20 p.m.; Cameron vs. Whitesboro, 7 p.m.; Cameron vs. Stigler, 7:40 p.m.; Howe vs. Whitesboro, 8:20 p.m.
Panama vs. Gans, 5 p.m.; Kinta vs. Hartford, Ark., 5:40 p.m.; Panama vs. Kinta, 6:20 p.m.; Gans vs. Hartford, Ark., 7 p.m.; Gans vs. Kinta, 7:40 p.m.; Panama vs. Hartford, Ark., 8:20 p.m.
The Poteau Spirit Center will have a dance camp from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday through next Saturday.
The entry fee is $65 per camper, and each camp will conclude with a performance on the camp's final day.
For additional information, call (918) 647-3547 or go online to www.poteauspiritcenter.webs.com.
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Any church interested in playing in the 2012 Poteau Coed Church League this summer needs to call Billy Bond at (918) 647-1939.
Entry Fee is $400 per team. Deadline for entry is June 28. There will be two divisions if enough teams enter.
Leola Nadine Butler, 87, of Spiro died Friday, June 8, 2012, in Spiro.Â Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, at First Baptist Church in Spiro.Â Burial will be in Spiro City Cemetery under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home. The family will visit with family and friends from 5-7 p.m. Monday at the church.
Christopher Wade Barnes was born to Thomas Cleve â€śBudâ€ť and Donna (Moore) Barnes on Nov. 7, 1973, in Poteau.Â He passed from this life June 6, 2012.
He was a probation and parole officer for the Arkansas Department of Corrections, graduated from Oklahoma State University and was member of First Baptist Church in Poteau. Chris had a vast knowledge of history, a fondness for the outdoors and a deep love of family.
Chris was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Elton and Opal Barnes of Gilmore, and maternal grandparents, Don and Mildred Moore of Poteau.
The Frisco Railroad line was once a vital part of the infrastructure of LeFlore County. Now, the rails are gone, but the trail remains. Stretching from Poteau to Wister, the remnants of the old rail line have become a trail frequented by walkers, runners, and bike riders. Unfortunately, however, the trail also became neglected and was soon a popular place to dump garbage. Poteau marathon runner Josh Snyder,
however, was not content to let the trail fall into disrepair and disuse.