August 22nd, 2013
J.D. Johnson, 62, of Sand Springs, died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, in Tulsa.
J.D. was born in Poteau to Orville Roscoe Johnson and Alma Beatrice (McCullough) Johnson on May 28, 1951. After high school he earned a bachelorâ€™s degree from Oklahoma State University. During the Vietnam War, J.D. served as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He worked for QuikTrip more than 35 years, retiring as personnel director for the Oklahoma operation.
He married Elizabeth Ann â€śBethâ€ť Powers on Sept. 20, 1975, in Steele, Mo.
An adage goes, â€śClose only counts in horseshoes.â€ť However, close is the exact word to use in describing Tuesday's Poteau Lady Pirates home game against Class 5A's top-ranked Tahlequah Lady Tigers.
The Lady Pirates were one out away from not only back-to-back home wins, but knocking off the No. 1 team in Class 5A. Then, the blast.
Tahlequah's Kirsten Chase hit the first pitch she saw from Poteau's RaeLynn Caldwell in the seventh inning over the left-field fence for a two-run home run which ended up being the game winning hit in a 2-1 victory.
The Spiro Bulldogs football team will get a taste of game-night situations when they have a three-way home scrimmage against Okmulgee and Tulsa Webster at 6 tonight at McClain Stadium.
The biggest thing veteran Spiro coach Chris Bunch is looking for is finding No. 2s to spell his No. 1s.
â€śWe're mainly trying to find some depth,â€ť he said. â€śWe don't have many kids out there to begin with, and we're going to have to find some players who can give our starters some rest.â€ť
The Talihina Golden Tigers football team will get its first taste of competitive action tonight when they travel to meet the Valliant Bulldogs at 6 p.m.
Tonight's scrimmage will give Talihina coach Kelly Gravitt a chance to see how his new offensive style will look.
â€śWe've put in a no-huddle offense,â€ť he said. â€śI know the scrimmage will be a slower pace, but I want to see how we respond. We started putting it in last spring, and we've had eight practices so I'm ready to see how we adapt to it.â€ť
Growing up in eastern Oklahoma, and especially in LeFlore County, I was blessed to see great high school football teams. Spiro, Heavener, Poteau and Panama were all great, and I would see them all yearly. However, since Talihina is on the other side of the county, I had a hard time fully understanding and apperciating just how good the Golden Tigers were, also.
Over the years, the Razorbacks continued to be in the upper echelon in their classification, and they made numerous deep runs into the playoffs.
Rose Eva Bowen, 78, of Quinton, died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013 at the Oaks Healthcare Center in Poteau. Rose was born on Nov. 13, 1934, in Poteau to Jabes Eugene and Bertha Dove (Waddle) Goodman. She attended Poteau High School and Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. In 1948, Rose married Bobby Wesley Bowen, who preceded her in death on June 18, 2011. She was a member of the Jesus Name Church in Quinton.
All cancer survivors are invited to take part as special guests in the opening ceremonies of the LeFlore County Relay for Life on Sept. 7 at Costner Stadium.
Survivors and their caregivers are ask to arrive around 5:30 p.m. and register in the survivors are for refreshments and fellowship, organizers said.
They also are invited to take part in the commemorative survivor lap that begins every Relay for Life.
Teams of fundraisers remain through the night, with at least one member walking the track. The top fundraisers are recognized.
Christian rockers Mercy Me, a multi-platinum award winning band, will perform in concert at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19.
"We have offered several shows at the DWRCC and this is the biggest one for the multi venue facility," said Mayor Jeff Shockley.
Tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. today at the Poteau Chamber of Commerce, 201 S. Broadway, phone (918) 647-9178.