May 17th, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY â Basketball is a team game. It is not an individual sport. Five players make up a team. I donât dare blame the OKC Thunderâs early exit from the playoffs on the fact that they lost Russell Westbrook to an injury in the first round against the Houston Rockets. But I will say that with him they stood a much better chance at advancing into the Western Conference Finals and probably even to the NBA Finals. Injuries are a part of every sport, however, and Westbrook just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.
On May 9, my mother, JoAnn Mattox, and I went to my daughter, Joni's, senior program at Union Christian Academy in Fort Smith, Ark.
Afterward, I took my mom to Lin's Garden Chinese Restaurant for her Mother's Day lunch. As we're walking in, two ladies run out of the door, saying, âWe're leaving. Don't go in there, too many kids!â
I turn and look in the parking lot, and there's a Panama Public Schools bus.
Three sports and five teams of the Poteau High School athletic program had their athletes honored Wednesday night at the Poteau High School Sports Banquet at the Bob Lee Kidd Civic Center.
For Poteau Pirates golf coach Mike Thomas, it took nine years, but his Coach of the Year recognition finally came.
Thomas was named the 2013 Region 6 Boys Golf Coach of the Year as he helped guide the Pirates to a sixth-place finish at the Class 4A State Tournament earlier this month. Sophomore Cody Shore was fourth at state individually.
School is officially out, but I am not sure my life is going to slow down much. My boys are both playing summer baseball on two teams, and Koby will play some high school baseball and basketball in the month of June.
Cash is also playing on two summer teams and will be playing in junior high baseball and basketball leagues during June, too.
With all this going on, my boat may not get to see the water much this summer.
Have a great week!
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Sentence has been handed down by District Judge Jon Sullivan for a Bokoshe murderer.
Sullivan sentenced Kevin Paul Statham, 51, to two life sentences without the possibility of parole Thursday morning. The sentences will run consecutively resulting in a 90 year prison term.
Statham was charged in the July 2011, shooting deaths of his parents, Paul Statham, 70, and Helen Statham, 69, at their home on Old Bokoshe Road. Both died from gunshot wounds, according to court records.
Poteau Pound Pups will hold a public informational meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 30, at the Coffee Cup in Poteau.
Spokeswoman Angela Meek said the organization is seeking volunteers, pet "foster parents" and donations.
Anyone interested in rescuing dogs is welcome to attend. For more information, contact Meek at (479) 883-2240.
Barbara J. Edwards, 82, of Pocola died Tuesday, May 14, 2013, in Pocola.Â There will be a private service. You may leave an online message at evansandmillerfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home.
Gage Zachery Pilkington, 20, of Wister died Tuesday, May 14, 2013, in Oklahoma City.Â Services will be held at 10 am, Saturday, May 18, in Evans Chapel of Memories, Poteau. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. The family will visit with relatives and friends at Evans and Miller Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. Friday.Â
The Army Corps of Engineers announced Tuesday that area campgrounds that are maintained by the department will remain closes for the 2013 season.
Camp sites at Short Mountain Cove, Applegate Cove, Cowlington and Dam site day-area will not be open for use this year.
The Corps blames the closures on recent budget cuts that leave a financial shortfall resulting in the department not being able to hire contract employees to maintain the campgrounds. Officials are unsure how long the monetary restraints will remain in place.