August 10th, 2015
Today is Monday, August 10, the 222nd day of 2015. There are 143 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On August 10, 1945, a day after the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Imperial Japan conveyed its willingness to surrender provided the status of Emperor Hirohito remained unchanged. (The Allies responded the next day, saying they would determine the Emperor's future status.)
On this date:
It's here â the 2015 high school fast-pitch softball and fall baseball seasons, which begin Monday for just about all LeFlore County teams. The schedules for next week as well as for Aug. 17 are listed below:
[Editor's note: Talihina's softball schedule was not received by the Poteau Daily News by press time]
Pocola at Poteau, 4 p.m.
Arkoma and Webbers Falls at Leflore, 4 p.m. (Webbers Falls vs. Leflore, 4 p.m.; Arkoma vs. Webbers Falls, 5:15 p.m.; Arkoma vs. Leflore, 6:30 p.m.)
Crowder at Cameron, DH, 4 p.m.
Hartshorne at Wister, 4 p.m.
This past spring, the area was trying to handle flooding issues and torrential rain. However, as football practice begins Monday, the same olâ culprit is back â heat.
Handling heat and the problems it causes is always on the minds of football coaches.
Just like Christmas morning, the anticipation of a big day at times is so great it cannot be put into words. For football players, Aug. 10 is that day â the first day of football practice.
âAnytime you come upon football season, itâs good,â first-year Poteau coach Forrest Mazey said. âIf you have passion for the game, like coaches do, you really donât work a day in your life. Itâs engrained in us.â
Along with Mazey, two other coaches, Panamaâs Jeff Broyles [a former Pirate coach] and Bokosheâs C.J. Burk, begin this season with new teams. That, too, makes for a lot of anticipation.
Since this week will be the first time since May football players will go through ordinary drills, most of our local coaches are just trying to make sure the players know the basics.
âWeâre tired of the weight room. Weâre ready to get out on the field and start learning,â Heavener coach Sam Hembree said. âWeâre going to work really hard and getting really good at a few things. Until we get good at a few things, weâre not going to elaborate [into more difficult stuff]. Weâre going to try to get better running it than they [the opposition] are at stopping it.â
A combative Donald Trump, the billionaire businessman-turned-presidential candidate, jolted the first Republican debate of the 2016 campaign, leaving his onstage rivals to compete for attention.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) â Oklahoma U.S. Sen. James Lankford has introduced legislation that's intended to help reduce illegal drug use on tribal lands.
The bill known as the KIDS Act would prohibit Indian tribes and tribal organizations that cultivate, manufacture or distribute marijuana on Indian land from receiving federal funds. Lankford says some tribes have experimented with various forms of marijuana cultivation.
The National Weather Service in Tulsa has declared an excessive heat warning for LeFlore County from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, August 7.
The NWS said very dangerous afternoon heat indexes will range between 110 and 115 degrees. The combination of heat and humidity can cause heat related illnesses if you are not cautious.
Precautionary methods suggested by the NWS include the following:
âą Drink plenty of fluids
âą Stay in air-conditioned rooms
âą Stay out of the sun
âą Check on relatives and neighbors
Field No. 1
Heavener vs. Hartshorne, 3 p.m.; Heavener vs. Healdton, 4:10 p.m.; Red Oak vs. Healdton, 5:20 p.m.; Wister vs. Quinton, 6:30 p.m.; Poteau vs. Panama JV, 7:40 p.m.; McAlester vs. Stonewall, 8:50 p.m.
Field No. 2
Panama JV vs. Oklahoma Union, 3 p.m.; Panama JV vs. Keota, 4:10 p.m.; Smithville vs. Quinton, 5:20 p.m.; Healdton vs. Stigler, 6:30 p.m.; Quinton vs. Stonewall, 7:40 p.m.
Field No. 3
Red Oak vs. Stonewall, 3 p.m.; Poteau vs. Oklahoma Union, 4:10 p.m.; Wister vs. Stigler, 5:20 p.m.; Poteau vs. Smithville, 6:30 p.m.; McAlester vs. Smithville, 7:40 p.m.