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December 3rd

Tuesday’s High School Boys Basketball Roundup

December 3, 2014

POCOLA — The Stigler Panthers spoiled the debut of new Pocola boys coach, and Pocola alum, Scott Nelke as they beat the Indians 51-42 on Tuesday night at the Pocola Gym.
Leading 24-22 at halftime, a 6-0 run to begin the third quarter helped the Panthers outscore the Indians 16-6 in the period to take a 40-28 lead into the final quarter.
However, Pocola did not go down without a fight. Kaleb Verschage’s basket with about three minutes left to play cut the Stigler lead to 44-42, but the Indians got no closer.

Leflore teams, Arkoma girls win Gold Bracket openers at EOSC Classic, but Mustangs lose

December 3, 2014

WILBURTON — Both Leflore teams and the Arkoma Lady Mustangs posted opening-day victories in Gold Bracket play at the Eastern Oklahoma State College Classic, which took place Tuesday at both EOSC's Claud C. Dunlap Fieldhouse and the Wilburton High School Gym.
The Savages beat Panola 75-32, while the Lady Savages handled Battiest 58-20. Both Leflore teams will play Buffalo Valley in the championship semifinals Thursday night at the Wilburton Gym, with the girls playing at 7:10 p.m. and the boys at 8:30 p.m.

Kay Frances Franklin Truitt

December 3, 2014

Kay Frances Franklin Truitt, 73, of Heavener died Nov. 23, 2014, in Heavener.A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel in Heavener.

Dorothy Marie Buckmaster

December 3, 2014

Dorothy Marie Buckmaster, 89, of Suffolk, Va., formerly of Arkoma and Oxnard, Calif., died Nov. 25, 2014, in Suffolk.

She was born April 30, 1925, in Panama to Robert E. and Emma Wells Steele. Dorothy was a homemaker, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary 2036 and a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Suffolk.

She is survived by her son, Robert Buckmaster of Suffolk; daughter, Sue Stiles of Ventura, Calif.; a brother, Everett Steele of Arkoma, as well as four grandchildren.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Blair Buckmaster and a brother, Nelson Steele.

Virginia Lea Ward

December 3, 2014

Virginia Lea Ward, 87, of Cameron died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 in Cameron.

Virginia was born September 5, 1927, in Hughes to Martin E. and Ethel E. (Lewis) Duncan. She was a seamstress and a rancher’s wife. Virginia was a loving mother and grandmother. She loved to sew and bake. She took care of everybody and loved her family.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ernest; grandson, Justin Ward; great-grandchildren, Emily Cox, William “Liam” Lyon; brothers, Joe Barrick, Earl Duncan; sisters-in-law, Shirley Duncan and Mary Barrick.

"The Swan" takes centerstage tonight in Poteau [Dec.3]

December 3, 2014

Christian comedian Dennis Swanberg will be live in Poteau tonight [Dec.3] for "A Night with the Swan."

Doors open at the Donald W. Reynolds Center at 5:30 p.m. The event will feature a gospel concert from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. with Swanberg following with words of inspiration, one liners and story telling. The "Southern Gospel Holiday Homecoming" will feature local Southern Gospel groups and soloists such as the Gloryland Singers, In One Accord, Simply Blessed and the Southside Praise Team.

Holiday desserts, coffee and cider will be served complimentary during the event.

Fire crews battling house fire

December 3, 2014

Several area fire departments are responding to a house fire on Gatlin Lane between Monroe and Howe. The fire was reported at about 1:40 p.m. [Dec. 3].
Poteau, Monroe and Howe Fire Departments are on scene.
PDN has a reporter on the scene.

Oral arguments held for Capitol repair challenge

December 3, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A planned $120 million bond issue to repair the nearly 100-year-old state Capitol is not an unconstitutional special law and should be allowed to go forward, attorneys for the state argued Tuesday.

Oklahoma Supreme Court Referee Greg Albert also heard arguments from Oklahoma City attorney Jerry Fent, who claims the bill authorizing the bond issue is unconstitutional because it addressed only one state building.

Who got arrested?

December 3, 2014

The following people were booked into the LeFlore County Detention Center overnight. The information was gathered from the jail's daily roster and only shows booking information. Only those with a case number listed have been charged. Stay tuned each morning to see who was arrested overnight.
CF — criminal felony
CM— criminal misdemeanor
FD — family docket such as child support
For more information about an arrestee, you can search by name or case number on or

Dec. 1

Brandon Kelley Pate

Dec. 2

Christie Hetherington

Jeffrey D. Armstrong Jr.

December 2nd

Howe teams, Bokoshe girls, Whitesboro teams get wins in EOSC Classic; Bokoshe boys fall

December 3, 2014

WILBURTON — Several LeFlore County teams posted wins to begin the 2014 Eastern Oklahoma State College Classic on Monday at two sites — EOSC's Claud C. Dunlap Fieldhouse and the Wilburton High School Gym — in Blue Bracket play.
Both Howe teams won big as the Lady Lions won 63-24 over Clayton, while the Lions clawed Indianola 61-13.
Bokoshe will be the Howe girls' next opponent as the Lady Tigers handled Indianola 59-42 and will face the Lady Lions at 7:10 tonight at the Wilburton Gym in the championship semifinals.


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