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January 17th, 2013

Jeff Lee “Chief” Batt

January 17, 2013

Jeff Lee “Chief” Batt, 55, of Arkoma died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark. He was born Feb. 7, 1957, at Tahlequah to Richard Lee and Josephine (Bendabout) Batt. He was a heavy equipment operator.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Laura Gooley.

Linda Sue Farwell

January 17, 2013

Linda Sue Farwell, 60, of Spiro died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, in Shady Point Cemetery under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home, Poteau.

Betty Catherine Petefish

January 17, 2013

Betty Catherine Petefish, 76, of Van Buren, Ark., died Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, in Van Buren. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan, 18, at Poteau Valley Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Parsley officiating.  Burial will be at 1 p.m. in Fort Smith (Ark.) National Cemetery under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home, Poteau.

Ruby Marie Harland

January 17, 2013

Ruby Marie Harland, 87, of Poteau died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Poteau. A private family memorial service will be held. Evans and Miller Funeral Home is handling arrangements. You may leave an online message at evansandmillerfuneralhomes.com.

188th Fighter Wing to greet U.S. Airforce Chief of Staff

January 17, 2013

Gen. Mark Welsh III, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff is scheduled to tour the 188th Fighter Wing in Fort Smith Friday.
Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe, along with both Arkansas Senators, Mark Pryor and John Boozman plan to attend the meeting to discuss proposed changes to the 188th cause by cuts to defense spending.
The potential of the A-10 mission from the 188th being replaced by unmanned aircraft has been discussed since the passing of a $640 billion defense bill last month.
The meeting is scheduled to take place 11 a.m. at TAC Air FBO Fort Smith Regional Airport.

Charges filed in LeFlore County Courthouse stemming from December police chase

January 17, 2013

Charges have been filed against Erica Racelle Wright, 29, of Poteau after police say she led a sheriff's deputy on short chase after crashing into a utility pole while intoxicated.
The events, which took place in December, started at the E-Z Mart in Poteau when a sheriffs deputy approached Wright on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
Wright reportedly fled from the deputy in her vehicle, crashed into a utility pole, and then continued to flee.
Wright was eventually apprehended after two tires blew out.

Local cities pass resolutions for April elections

January 17, 2013

With the filing period drawing near for municipal candidates, several cities have passed resolutions for the upcoming April election.
As of Jan. 17, nine local municipalities have filed their election resolution with the LeFlore County Election Board.
Filing period for candidates planning to enter a local race begin Feb. 4 at 8 a.m. and end Feb. 6 at 5 p.m.
The municipal elections will be held on Tuesday, April 2.

Poteau teams split home games with Muldrow

January 17, 2013

Tuesday night at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse, fans got to witness strong fourth-quarter rallies for the winning teams. One of those rallies came from the homestanding Poteau Pirates, who came from behind to down the Muldrow Bulldogs 45-42.
The other fourth-quarter rally was produced by the visiting Muldrow Lady Bulldogs, who came back from a nine-point halftime deficit to down the Lady Pirates 48-47.
Correction
In Tuesday’s edition, two Poteau girls had their point total against Heavener listed incorrectly. Montana Roll scored 16 points and Kaitlan Standridge scored 15 points.

Tuesday's High School Boys Basketball Roundup

January 17, 2013

POCOLA — The Pocola Indians had not played since Dec. 20 at Hartshorne, and it may have shown in the first half of Tuesday night's game with the Heavener Wolves at the Pocola High School Gym. However, thanks to a strong second half, the Indians were able to prevail 58-56 in overtime.
The Indians trailed 30-18 at halftime, but outscored the Wolves in the second half 32-20 to tie the game at 50-all to force overtime.
In the extra four-minute period, the Indians outscored the Wolves 8-6 to cap the comeback.

Tuesday's High School Girls Basketball Roundup

January 17, 2013

HOWE — The Howe Lady Lions may have made an early statement for next week's LeFlore County Tournament, saying don't count the defending champions out just yet.
The Lady Lions, who are seeded seventh in next week's tournament, posted a 42-38 win over the Panama Lady Razorbacks Tuesday night at the Howe High School gym.
The Lady Lions led 10-9 after a period, 22-14 at halftime and 26-24 after three quarters.

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