November 26th, 2013
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
Arthaina M. Hancock Christiansen, 65, of Eufaula died Nov. 16 in an Oklahoma City hospital.
Arthaina was born Sept. 7, 1948, in Poteau to Minnie Collins Hancock and Arthur Hancock.
Arthaina was preceded in death by her mother, father, two brothers and two sisters.
She is survived by her spouse, two daughters, one son, five sisters, five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Cremation arrangements were made with Hunn, Black & Merritt Funeral Home and Crematory. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.hbmfuneralhome.com.Â
Clovis Eugene Marshall, 69, of Poteau died Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark. He was born May 6, 1944, in Battiest to the late Clyde Herman Marshall and Amanda Marie LeFlore Marshall. He was a rancher, welder and worked for a van conversion company.