January 9th, 2015
The Talihina High School wrestling team, all four members strong, will begin its season in this weekendâ€™s McAlester Tournament at Brumley Gym. Action today will begin at 5 p.m., with the final day of matches commencing at approximately 11 a.m. Saturday. They will be joined locally at the two-day event by the Poteau Pirates, who wrestled in Thursday nightâ€™s dual at Vian.
The Golden Tigers return their lone state qualifier of a season ago, Domnick Shedd, who will be at 195 pounds.
The Poteau Pirates Quarterback Club will have a fundraising Frito chili pie dinner from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Sunday at the Bob Lee Kidd Civic Center. The dinner is $5 per person.
There will also be a pie auction as well as tickets being sold for a drawing for a Colt rifle.
All proceeds will help fund future expenses for the Poteau Pirates Quarterback Club.
For additional information, call Paul Wilson at (918) 839-7228 or Jerry Pitchford at (918) 721-9878.
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At least one of the 2015 LeFlore County Junior High Tournament host teams still has a shot at some hardware.
The Shady Point Lady Warriors, the host team, made it to Thursdayâ€™s consolation semifinals with a 28-26 victory over the Panama Lady Razorbacks in Wednesdayâ€™s consolation quarterfinals at the Shady Point Gym.
The Wister Lady Wildcats were the other girls team at this site to win their consolation quarterfinal, rallying to down Arkoma 37-29.
Four local teams kept their stay at the 2015 LeFlore County Junior High Tournament going for at least one more day during Wednesdayâ€™s action at the Spiro Multipurpose Gym.
The Howe Lions got past the Fanshawe Grizzlies 38-22, while the Monroe Eagles, last yearâ€™s champions, stayed alive as they held off the Leflore Savages 24-21.
On the girlsâ€™ side, the Fanshawe Lady Grizzlies defeated the Monroe Lady Eagles 25-16, while the Cameron Lady Yellowjackets beat the Pocola Lady Indians 31-25.
McALESTER, Okla. (AP) â€” Pittsburg County prosecutors have dismissed two first-degree murder charges against a man in the 2010 shooting deaths of two men near Hartshorne.
District Attorney Farley Ward told the McAlester News-Capital (http://bit.ly/140LJJd ) Tuesday that he had no choice but to dismiss the charges against 34-year-old Scott Bornheim because witnesses had recanted their original statements to investigators.
John Robert Townley, 49, of Howe died Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in Howe.
Beverly Wray â€śEllenâ€ť Thompson, 75, of Poteau died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 in Fort Smith, Ark.
Ellen was born Oct. 17, 1939, in Winston-Salem, N.C. to Leigh and Ruby (Harrold) Newell. She was a healthcare provider but her most cherished occupation was that of being a mother and homemaker. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Gary Thompson; and daughter, Lisa Thompson. Ellen was a member of First Assembly of God in Poteau.
Barbara Traw Silva, 68, of Mountainburg, Ark., died Monday, Jan. 5, 2015. She was born July 29, 1946, in Whitesboro to the late Joe and Cleo Traw. She was a beautician and caregiver.
She is survived by her husband, James Silva of Vincennes, Ind.; daughter, Deanna Meadors of Mountainburg; son, Jeff Caldwell of Poteau; sister, Betty Fairchild of Odessa, Mo.; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Ronnie L. Smith, 55, of Pocola died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, at Mallory-Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Spiro. Burial will be in Macedonia Cemetery, Family visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
TALIHINA â€” The Howe Lions opened the second half of the basketball season in fine fashion as they nipped the Talihina Golden Tigers 41-40 Tuesday night on Chris Gillespie Court at Ray Henson Gymnasium.
The Lions trailed 14-10 after a period, but outscored the Golden Tigers 15-8 in the second quarter to take a 25-22 halftime lead.
Leading 35-29 entering the final period, the Lions had to withstand a fourth-quarter rally by the Golden Tigers, who outscored them 11-6 in the final eight minutes but the comeback rally fell short.