Archive - Sep 23, 2011 - News Article
Twenty-two year-old Whitney Spangler
is not one to let Craniopharyngioma get
her down. For most of us the word alone
is scary enough. In May of 2010, Whitney
was diagnosed with a tumor in the central
part of her brain after serious headaches
and increasing vision problems.
A serious decline in her vision over a
short period of time led her to Dr. Tamatha
Holt, OD in Poteau who discovered that
something was putting pressure on the
optic nerve. A CT Scan confirmed the
tumor, and Whitney ultimately ended up at
UT Southwestern in Dallas for treatment.
Thursday morning northbound traffic on South Broadway in Poteau was temporarilyblocked as OG&E crews attempted to remove an electric pole from the roadway.
A dumptruck working at the Reynolds Center struck the pole toppling it to
the ground. Poteau Police Officers detoured traffic until the fallen fixture was
In a single moment of kindess toward a
family in grief, an idea was born that will
help Whitesboro students achieve higher
That gift came on the heals of the tragic
death of Dalton Adams, 13 of Whitesboro.
Dalton was a seventh grade student at
Whitesboro when he lost his life in a drunk
On the night the accident occurred,
Brandon E. Brown, 15, of Talihina, was
driving a 2000 Mercury car on a county
dirt road when he lost control of the vehicle.
Brown, along with Adams, and two
other minor children were in the vehicle
when the accident occurred.
Two special guests will
be in town Friday to participate
in a tailgate party for
Poteau Pirates and their
University football players
Paul Thompson and Larry
Birdine will be at Costner
Stadium Friday afternoon
during a tailgate party hosted
by Oklahoma Healthcare
Solution. The two Sooners
played together during the
2003-05 seasons with several
bowl games under their
belt. Thompson, who graduated
from High School in
Texas chose the Sooners
over the University of Texas
and relocated for the start of
his college career. Although
Students enrolled in Freshman Orientation at CASC got creative on Wednesday
with a photo of themselves with a campus police officer they needed as part of a scavenger hunt to help familiarize them with the campus. The students had to take photos of themselves with people and things from around campus to earn points in the hunt.
For most of us Wednesday was just that, Wednesday,
the 21st day of September. But for Kirk Smalley,
Wednesday was the 496th day without his child.
Smalley spent the day talking to students in our area
so that no other family has to spend their days counting
the days since the last time they saw their child smile or
heard their child laugh. Smalleyâ€™s 13-year-old son, T.J.,
killed himself in 2010 because of a bully at school.
Since his death, Smalley and his wife have spent their
life savings to try and prevent another child from doing