August 26th, 2014
LeFlore County residents vote today [Aug. 26] on a proposed half-cent sales to support Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center.
Also on the ballot are Democratic runoffs for county assessor, state superintendent of education and U.S. Senate. There are no Republican races on the ballot.
Also, voters in Panama and Wister will decide school bond issues.
The hospital tax and school bond issues are non-partisan proposals.
Polling places will be open form 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Red Oak Eagles won their second tournament in as many weeks to start the 2014 fall baseball season as they blanked the Crowder Demons 4-0 to win the 19th annual Carl Albert State College Invitational on Saturday afternoon at Ival Goodman Field.
The Eagles got to the finals by handling the Leflore Savages 15-1 in the championship semifinals Friday night at Howe's Lions Field.
The Demons made the finals by rallying past the Wister Wildcats 6-5 in the first championship semifinal contest Friday night at Lions Field.
WHITESBORO â€” The Whitesboro Bulldogs baseball team split its final two games in its own Whitesboro Tournament last weekend.
The â€™Dogs lost 2-0 to the Eagletown Eagles in Saturday afternoon's consolation finals after shutting out Braggs 8-0 in Friday's consolation semifinals.
WISTER â€” The Wister Lady Wildcats snapped their two-game losing streak with a 10-1 win over the Whitesboro Lady Bulldogs on Friday afternoon.
Pocola 4, Wister 2: Thursday in Wister, the Lady Indians (3-2 after the win) scored four runs in the sixth inning to take a 4-1 lead.
Editorâ€™s note: Stories on the Oktaha Tournament, Hall of Fame Shootout and Robbers Cave Shootout will be in later editions. Look for details about Lefloreâ€™s home three-way with Indianola and Kinta on Friday in Wednesdayâ€™s edition.
I know this column is about the action on the diamond, but I wanted to let you know since this week I'll be preparing the 2014 LeFlore County Gridirion Preview football special section, I may not be out at the diamond as I would normally be.
Just be patient with this humble sports writer. The coverage won't slack off, nor will it not get reported throughout the week. I'll just need a little more help than normal.
Next week, it will be more of a â€śnormalâ€ť week [assuming those actually exist], and I'll be able to get back to a normal routine of covering events.
It was hot and humid for the Poteau Pirates and the Heavener Wolves in their football scrimmage Friday night at Heavenerâ€™s Harvey Stadium.
Both teams appeared to be primed for their county rivals, even though it was listed as a scrimmage.
The Wolves are being led by a new coach Sam Hembree, a home grown Wolf.
Both teams ran 12-play series for both first and second units.
One could sense an upbeat attitude by the Wolves. Both teams played on level ground for about the first 40 plays, but at that point the depth of the Pirates began to come to the forefront.
TULSA â€” The Arkoma Mustangs football team lit up the scoreboard in its first preseason scrimmage of the 2014 season Friday night against host Wright Christian and Tulsa Regent Prep, which is dropping down to 8-man football.
The Mustangs scored seven touchdowns. Two players had a pair of TD runs, Dakota Roam scored on runs of 5 and 20 yards, while Aaron Parsons had two 5-yard scampers.
Seth Key, who caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Matthew Harmon, threw a 5-yard TD pass to Tanner Sanders.
Talon Woolsey had the other score on a 20-yard run.
The Poteau Lady Pirates softball team had a pair of tough outings in two tournaments last week.
In Thursdayâ€™s Rogers State University Festival in Claremore, the Lady Pirates beat Fort Gibson 6-5 but lost 6-4 to Glenpool.
In this past weekendâ€™s Northeastern State University Tournament in Tahlequah, the Lady Pirates went 1-3 in games on Friday â€” beating Okmulgee 14-3, but losing to 3-1 to Locust Grove, 5-1 to Sallisaw and 10-0 to host Tahlequah. On Saturday, Poteau suffered a 14-1 loss to Owasso and a 9-3 setback against Henryetta.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) â€” The Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority is scheduled to consider a $120 million bond issue to pay for repairs and renovating of the state Capitol building.
The authority meets on Monday to consider seeking proposals for bond counsel and underwriters for the bond issue that was authorized by legislation signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin in May.
The legislation authorized a 10-year, $120 million bond issue for Capitol improvements.
Here are a few pictures taken during Saturday's [Aug. 23] Brave the Mud Run at LeFlore County Fairgrounds.
Proceeds benefit Women's Crisis Services of LeFore County.
Check out Tuesday's edition of the Poteau Daily News for more pictures and information about participants, winners and money raised by the event.
More pictures are attached below.