July 12th, 2012
An accused murderer was informed during a court appearance Wednesday that
he is facing the death penalty if convicted. Donnie Lee Harris Jr., 29, of Talihina, is accused of the first degree murder of his girlfriend, Kristi Ferguson, who was 25 at the time of her death. Harris is accused of setting Ferguson on fire after dousing her with gasoline. The couple were inside a home in Talihina when Harris set the fire, leaving several other people endangered when the home caught fire. Ferguson succumbed to her injuries in an Oklahoma City hospital. Harris, who was originally
James Harlan Long, 83, of Spiro died Sunday, July 1, 2012. No services are planned. Information submitted by Mallory-Martin Funeral Home.
Gary W. Ford, 45, of Hartford, Ark., died Friday, July 6, 2012, in a Fort Smith hospital. He was born Sept. 17, 1966, in Fort Smith. He is preceded in death by his father, Wayne Ford. Gary was a member of a home fellowship, a member and president of the Hartford School Board, a member of the Hartford Athletic Booster Club, a lifelong volunteer in the Hartford Schoolâ€™s athletic program and an Eagle Scout.
CUSHING â€” The one sure thing which was going to come out of Tuesday night's meeting between the Poteau Buccaneers and the Poteau Rebels at the OK Kids PeeWee State Tournament was that a Poteau team was going to advance to Wednesday night's winner's-bracket semifinals. That team was the Buccaneers, who blanked the Rebels 3-0.
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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The fishing is heating up, along with the weather. I have actually had time to take my boat out to get after some big ol' bass.
This week was my best bass fishing week of my life, as far as size of fish caught is concerned â€” including my personal best of six pounds.
Saturday morning, Dan Carter and I headed to a private lake at daylight to try our luck. During the first hour, we fished with topwater poppers and caught a few small fish before heading to the deep water in the middle of the lake.
A father never expects to bury his son, but that is
exactly what Talihina resident Jesse Williams had to do
last year when his son, Brandon, died. Adding to the tragedy
of Brandonâ€™s death was the way he died. Brandon died
on March 23, 2011, at age 27 of a heroin overdose at his
home in Talihina.
Jesse says that from an early age, he and his son would
go hunting together and that his son loved hunting, fishing,
camping, and the outdoors.
â€śItâ€™s hard to deal with, even now,â€ť says Jesse. Even
now, more than a year since his sonâ€™s death, the pain of
A man charged with aggravated possession of child pornography has left
his fate in the hands of the courts after entering a blind plea of no contest. Marty Hester, 52, of Hodgen, has been incarcerated since his arrest in October after law enforcement received a report he attempted to sexually assault two children at his business, The Computer Helper, located on South Witte in Poteau. During the investigation officers discovered multiple pieces of child pornography. A report from the OSBI
Computer Crime Lab confirmed that several of the devices seized from