November 26th, 2013
Robert â€śBobâ€ť Townley, 74, of Arlington, Texas, formerly of Poteau died Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. He was cremated and will be buried at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, in Oakland Cemetery in Poteau.
Oklahoma's overall unemployment rate is slowly creeping higher, according to an October report from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.
Due to the previous shutdown of the federal government, information about each county is unavailable at this time. State-wide, however, unemployment rates increased from 5.4 percent in September to 5.5 percent in October. The increase left 100,320 laborers of the state's estimated labor force of 1,812,690 unemployed.
A Panama teen is in critical condition at a Tulsa hospital following what police said was an accidental shooting this weekend.
According to Panama Police Chief John Whiteaker, the shooting happened on Pierce Road at about 2 p.m. Saturday.
Whiteaker said the 16-year-old teen and a 14-year-old friend were walking along the road as they returned from a hunting trip. The friend tripped, which resulted in the .243-caliber rifle he was carrying to discharge and the bullet striking the teen in the neck, according to Whiteaker.
The Poteau Upper Elementary School recently held a Thanksgiving essay contest, available for their more than 500 students to enter. Students third through fifth grade were invited to submit an essay telling what Thanksgiving means to them. The entries were judged by Pansy Kidd Middle School advanced students. The winners were announced Friday. Today Poteau Daily News, which sponsored the prizes for the winning students, will showcase the first of three winning essays. The third-grade winner's essay follows.
LeFlore County's two remaining high school football playoff teams found out their opponent, date and time for their next game.
The Poteau Pirates will face the Oklahoma City Douglass Trojans at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Hook-Eales Stadium in McAlester. The Trojans edged the Oologah Mustangs 29-25 on Saturday in Oklahoma City.
I hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving on Thursday, and be safe in journeying to your respective destinations.
As you read this, I will have already made a journey to Enid for my annual six-month medical check-up and to have Thanksgiving with my mom Monday since she can't be here this week as we had originally intended due to unforeseen circumstances.
By the time you read this column, I will have already left â€” and possibly arrived â€” in Poteau as I will be back to work today to put out Wednesday's edition.
KINGFISHER â€” Four members of the Poteau Youth Wrestling Club placed at this past weekend's Kingfisher Open.
Clifton â€śCliffâ€ť Dean Jones, 73, of Howe died Saturday,
Nov. 23, 2013, in Poteau. Services will be held at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 27, at Dowden Funeral Home Chapel in
Heavener. Burial will be in Howe Cemetery. Family visitation
will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Billy Ray â€śBillâ€ť Tacket, 77, of Bokoshe died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. Services are planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday. Nov. 27, at Solid Rock Pentecostal Church in Panama. Burial will be in Milton Cemetery. Family visitation will be from 6-8 P.m. Tuesday at Mallory-Martin Funeral Home, Spiro.
The Rev. R.M. Blackwood, 92, of Hodgen went home to Heaven Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013.
Services will be held at noon, Friday, Nov. 29, at the First Baptist Church, Heavener. Burial will be in Sehorn Cemetery, Winfield, Ark., under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home of Poteau. You may leave an online greeting to the family at www.gracemanorfh.com