March 1st, 2013
The Poteau Pirates and Lady Pirates soccer teams will open their 2013 seasons Saturday in the Sykes Invitational, which this year will be played at three different sites due to its normal site, Ben Geren Park, having its soccer field too wet on which to play.
Both teams will play back-to-back at the three sites being used this year â€” Van Buren (Ark.) High School, Fort Smith (Ark.) Northside and Greenwood (Ark.) high schools.
The Pirates will play Van Buren at 10 this morning, followed by the Lady Pirates facing Van Buren at 11 this morning. Both games will be at Van Buren.
The Mountain Gateway Sisterhood of Steel roller derby team will host Girls Rollinâ€™ In The South (GRITS) at 11 a.m. Saturday at SkateReation in Poteau. This will be the first meeting between the two leagues in Poteau since both teams were nothing but newbies, a.k.a, fresh meat.
Shelly Renee Carpenter, 44, of Spiro died Monday, Feb. 25. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Mallory-Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Spiro. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery.
Charley Potter Sr., 71, of Poteau died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, in Poteau. He was born Sept. 16, 1941, at Cameron to W.A. â€śBillâ€ť and Stellie â€śMaeâ€ť (Smith) Potter. He was a self-employed carpenter and owner of Charleyâ€™s Construction.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers and sisters.
Lloyd Hale, 81, of Panama died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark. Lloyd was born April 3, 1931, in Bokoshe to James W. and Mollie (Poteet) Hale. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Korea. Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Loretta; sister, Berniece; and brothers, Haskell and Mousey.
The fourth annual Vike Hike 5K is set for Saturday, April 6.
Registration will be from 7-8 a.m. with a 9 a.m. pistol start at Carl Albert State College Poteau campus.
Entry fee is $20 for those mailing, faxing or delivering their entry forms by Monday, March 25. Later entries will cost $30. The fee is $10 for CASC students with a student ID. The first 250 participants will get chip timing, with awards going to the top three in each age category.
Vike Hike T-shirts will go to everyone who registers by March 25, and lunch will be provided for everyone immediately following the race.
The Kiamichi Economic Development District of Oklahoma Area Agency on Aging is accepting Requests for Proposals from interested vendors to provide respite and health promotion services to persons age 60 and older in Choctaw, Haskell, Latimer, LeFlore, McCurtain, Pittsburg and Pushmataha counties.
Â The following services will be considered for funding: The National Family Caregivers Supportive Services on Respite Care for Caregivers and Respite Care for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. Also being funded are disease prevention and health promotion services for evidence-based programs.
Oklahoma Auditor Gary Jones spoke during the Chamber of Commerce's First Friday meeting held at the Kiamichi Technology Center in Poteau Friday afternoon.
Jones discussed fraud and prevention along with solutions and how audits can be requested to help increase transparency and promote accountability.
WILBURTON â€” Last year, the Talihina Lady Golden Tigers saw their basketball season end at the Class 2A Area Tournament at the Wilburton High School gym. Unfortunately for them, the same thing happened Thursday afternoon.
A 3-point basket by Silo's Mary Grider with 15 seconds left lifted the Lady Rebels to a 38-37 win over the Lady Golden Tigers in the Class 2A Area Tournament consolation quarterfinals. The loss ended Talihina's season at 18-9.
We're back! My favorite time of the year has arrived as the spring baseball and slow-pitch softball seasons will begin today for a few teams and most everyone else next week.
For those new to the area, this column runs usually every Tuesday morning with the ins and outs, ups and downs, what's upcoming, the weekly schedules in both sports and Pitchers and Hitters of the Week in each sport â€” by the way, coaches, you may nominate players for those honors is you wish.