December 17th, 2013
A LeFlore County jury today found Donnie L. Harris guilty of first-degree murder in the February 2012 death of 24-year-old Kristi Ferguson.
Harris was accused of splashing Ferguson with gasoline and setting her on fire. She died about a month later in a Tulsa hospital from her injuries.
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LeFlore County basketball did rather well last weekend in tournaments. The Howe Lions and the Arkoma Mustangs won the Green Valley Conference Tournament, while the Spiro Bulldogs claimed gold in the Wilburton Tournament. As of press time, it wasn't known if the Heavener Lady Wolves won the Gary Ford Invitational on Saturday afternoon in Hartford, Ark., to give the county a fourth champion.
Poteau's girls were second at Wilburton, while Panama's girls were runners-up in the GVC.
LEFLORE â€” The Leflore Savages won for the second straight night in a row as they handled the Porum Panthers 45-22 Friday night on Nadine Carpenter Court.
Leading 24-15 after three periods, the Savages outscored the Panthers 21-7 in trhe fourth quarter to win going away.
Whitesboro 60, Clayton 47: In Whitesboro, the Bulldogs led from start to finish, taking an 18-11 lead after a period which became a 32-21 halftime advantage. Whitesboro took a 49-31 lead into the final period.
Editor's note: Heavener's games at Idabel were canceled, and no make-up date has been set.
WHITESBORO â€” The Whitesboro Lady Bulldogs defeated fellow Lady Bulldogs from Clayton 49-31 Friday night.
Whitesboro only led by four points at 17-13 at halftime, but the LeFlore County Lady Bulldogs outscored the visiting Lady Bulldogs 17-5 in the third quarter to take a 34-18 lead into the final period.
Porum 58, Leflore 47: In Leflore, trailing 31-25 at halftime, the Lady Panthers outscored the Lady Savages 19-11 in the third quarter to take a 44-42 lead into the final period â€” in which Porum outscored Leflore 14-5 to seal the deal.
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. â€” Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests officials are assessing damage caused by an ice storm last week and the ongoing freezing temperatures in Arkansas and Oklahoma.
The broad band of ice caused damage stretching from northern and central parts of Arkansas and southeastern Oklahoma.Â
Forest personnel are assessing roads, timber and recreation areas for damage. Assessing the damage will take time because ice-packed roads remain hazardous for travel.
I was not even born when the Poteau Pirates lost the Class B title game to Fairview in 1946. I was 2 years old when the Pirates were defeated by Sayre in 1950 Class B title game.
My mother was also a Pirate fan, and she told me everything she remembered about both games, and I have always wanted to see the Pirates play in the game for the gold ball. I had that chance Saturday afternoon at Oklahoma State University's Boone Pickens Stadium.
The Pirates played for their first state football title in 63 years Saturday at OSU against the top-ranked Anadarko Warriors.
WILBURTON â€” The Spiro Bulldogs used their athleticism to claw the Red Oak Eagles 50-39 in the title game of the Wilburton Tournament on Friday night at the Wilburton Gym.
The Poteau Lady Pirates suffered their first defeat of the season in the game prior, losing 55-42 in the girls title game to the Red Oak Lady Eagles to come in second place.
The Spiro Lady Bulldogs claimed third place by handling the host Lady Diggers 44-30.
The Howe Lions repeated as Green Valley Conference Tournament champions, beating another group of Lions from Keota 69-39 Saturday night in the title game at the Panama High School Gym.
The Arkoma Lady Mustangs won the girls title after beating the Panama Lady Razorbacks 63-58 Saturday night on the Lady â€™Backs floor after knocking off tournament host Bokoshe 69-40 Friday night at Bokoshe Tigers Fieldhouse in one semifinal. Panama upset Howe 53-50 in the game after the Arkoma-Bokoshe game.
Tonight will be the final performance of Poteau First Assembly's "Our Family Christmas: Rooms for Rent," an original tragicomedy written especially for the holiday season.
"Our Family Christmas: Rooms for Rent," is a non-traditional church Christmas play. Although it is set during Christmas and includes a Christmas â€śmessage,â€ť the play focuses primarily on modern, â€śreal lifeâ€ť family issues, which include both moments of hilarity and sobering dysfunction.
CHRISTMAS CAROLERS â€” The preschool students who attend class at the Poteau First United Methodist Church sing â€śAway in a Mangerâ€ť for workers and customers Thursday morning at The Community State Bank in Poteau.
PDN photo by David Seeley