March 16th, 2012
According to a report from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, Oklahoma's unemployment fell in January, shedding 0.2 percentage points over the month. Over the year, the state's unemployment rate dropped by 0.1 percent.
Out of an approximate labor force of 1,784,580 Oklahoma workers, 1,675,780 are reported as employed and only 109,060 are reported as unemployed, giving the state an unemployment rate of 6.1 percent.
While Wister High School, and most of LeFlore County's schools for that matter, will be on Spring Break next week, Preston High School is on Spring Break this week.
Thus, the two-day Preston Festival is taking place this week, and the today's final day involves the Lady Wildcats.
Wister, which was scheduled to play in a three-way Thursday at Pocola along with Sallisaw, will meet Henryetta at 12:30 p.m. this afternoon, then meet host Preston at 5 p.m. and Tecumseh at 6:30 p.m.
The Wister junior varsity will play Tecumseh's JV at 2 p.m.
Talihina Boys' Game Moved to Noon
TAHLEQUAH â€” The Poteau Pirates golf team started the season very strong as they were third among Class 5A and 6A golf teams Wednesday afternoon at the Tahlequah Invitational.
The Pirates were third with a score of 343, finishing behind champion Tulsa Bishop Kelley (326) and Tahlequah (340).
But the good news was the two teams ahead of the Pirates were Class 5A teams.
â€śIt was a great start for us,â€ť Poteau Boys Coach Mike Thomas said. â€śWe beat all the Class 4A golf teams in the field.â€ť
One Pirate was among the Top 10 medalists as freshman Cody Shore was ninth with an 83.
A few years ago, Jeff â€śJediâ€ť Dennis and Ed Sockey were working somewhere in Tennessee. They would call me every other day just to check in, and see how I was and what was happening back in good ol' Poteau. I could tell they were homesick â€” I knew they were going to be. I get all beside myself when I get out of LeFlore County!
Sondra Louise Robison, 40, of Spiro died Sunday, March 11, 2012. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 19, at Mallory-Martin Chapel in Spiro. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home.
James Bradberry, 92, of Spiro died Wednesday, March 14, 2012. Funeral services are planned at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 17, in Mallory-Martin Chapel in Spiro. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home.
Lucille Patrice Brown, 42, of Wister died Sunday, March 11, 2012, at her home.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, March 16, at The House of Hope Church in Poteau. Arrangements are under the direction of Addâ€™Vantage Funeral Service of Tulsa.
James Hardy Windham, 73, of Temple, Texas, died Tuesday, March 13, in Temple.
Hardy was born on July 15, 1936, in Muskogee to Hardy Orban and Mildred Ruth Windham. He graduated from Muskogee High School and earned a bachelorâ€™s degree in accounting from the University of Oklahoma. After becoming a CPA, he joined the accounting firm of Ernst and Young in Houston, then spent many years as vice president and chief financial officer of Houston Corp., a private investment firm.
Bertha Jewel â€śB.J.â€ť Henry, 85, Poteau went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 13, 2012. Bertha was born March 5, 1927, in Stillwell, to Noah and Evia Moss.Â BJ enjoyed gardening, reading, sewing, hunting, fishing, brush hogging, and her cat, Taâ€™sha and dog, Oscar Meyer.Â Most of all she loved her kids and grandkids.
She was preceded in death by her parents, nine brothers and one sister.
Farmer James Wann, 95, ofÂ Pocola died Monday, March 12, 2012, in a Fort Smith hospital.Â He was retired Superintendent of Pocola Public Schools, member of Pocola First Baptist Church, 32nd Degree Mason and on the Kibois Board of Directors.Â He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilka Wann.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Allison Wann of the home; one son, Ronnie James Wann of Siloam Springs; one sister, Mental Balentine of Poteau; and two grandchildren.