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January 18th, 2013

Poteau wrestlers lose to Sallisaw, Wagoner in Class 4A District Duals

January 18, 2013

Jack Hornbuckle, Poteau's wrestling coach, knew his team was going to have its hands full facing the Sallisaw Black Diamonds and the Wagoner Bulldogs in the Class 4A District Duals, which took place Thursday night at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse. Unfortunately for the Pirates, Hornbuckle's concern came to pass.
The Pirates lost 42-36 to the Black Diamonds and 54-23 to the Bulldogs to end up 0-3 in this year's district duals, after losing to Fort Gibson 44-33 last month.

Thursday's High School Girls Basketball Roundup

January 18, 2013

BOKOSHE — In a battle of girls teams with 10-plus wins, the Bokoshe Lady Tigers got past the Panama Lady Razorbacks 59-49 Thursday night at Bokoshe Tigers Fieldhouse.
Other than trailing 7-6 in the opening period, the Lady Tigers led the rest of the game.
Pocola 59, Cameron 40: In Pocola, the Lady Indians jumped out to a 10-3 lead after the first quarter.
However, after the Lady Yellowjackets cut the deficit to 22-16 at halftime, the Lady Indians snatched control of the game with a 25-14 third quarter to take a 47-30 lead into the final period.

Thursday's High School Boys Basketball Roundup

January 18, 2013

POCOLA — After a sluggish start in their first game back from break against Heavener on Tuesday night, things got started a lot more favorably in the Pocola Indians' home game Thursday night against the Cameron Yellowjackets.
The Indians jumped out to a 19-8 lead on the ’Jackets en route to an 81-40 victory.
Leading 43-24 at halftime, the Indians put the game away with a 21-7 third quarter to take a 64-31 lead into the final period.

Sen. Inhofe meets with U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff

January 18, 2013

On Friday morning, Senator Jim Inhofe (Okla.) along with Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman (Ark.) arrived in Fort Smith to meet with U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III to discuss the impact of a recent defense budget cut that will affect the 188th Fighter Wing.
According to Inhofe, approximately 200-300 members of the 188th are Oklahoma residents. Of the 1000 jobs filled at the 188th, Inhofe said the cuts could affect 10 percent of employees.
The replacement of the A-10's with unmanned assault vehicles is the most likely change to expect, said Inhofe.

Drought conditions continue

January 18, 2013

The latest report from the United States Drought Monitor shows that despite recent precipitation this month, all of Oklahoma remains under sever drought. The LeFlore County area is listed as under extreme drought conditions.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, most of the state has been drought conditions since last May.
Reports show that drought conditions are expected to persist or intensify until spring rains bring relief.

Panama softball pitcher signs letter to play for NOC-Enid

January 18, 2013

PANAMA — In 1776, people like Thomas Jefferson were among those who have always been thought of as being the founding fathers of our country because of the work he did in helping to create our nation's Declaration of Independence.
About 237 years later, Northern Oklahoma College-Enid, formerly known as Phillips University, will begin a softball program in the spring semester of 2014. So, Jamie Roberts, NOC-Enid's coach, is recruiting players to be her founding fathers, or mothers, if you will, for her new program. One of those players is from right here in LeFlore County.

Thunder looking poised to make another NBA Finals run; OKC knocks off Denver on Wednesday night

January 18, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY — At the end of the 2011-12 National Basketball Association season, I imagined that the Oklahoma City Thunder would come back this year and use the experience gained throughout the playoffs — especially in the NBA Finals — to make another serious run for the title. If the regular season is any indication of how this team is going to fare in the playoffs, this could be the year that OKC brings home its first-ever NBA title since the franchise moved from Seattle. As the team approaches the midpoint of the season, the Thunder currently has the best record in the NBA (31-8).

The Great Black Angus Bull Jump

January 18, 2013

You may not know this about me, but I used to be LeFlore County’s best stunt man in the late 1970s. I got a phone call from my old event coordinator and team manager, Jeff “Jedi” Dennis. He wanted to promote one last big jump for me.
I was all set to get out the ol’ 1984 Kawasaki 125, grow back those killer pork-chop sidebars and jump the bull at the Black Angus Motel with all the proceeds raised going to local charities. I loved it.
So, I got to the motel to get some measurements for the ramp builders, Ed Sockey and Dr. Rodney Ford. To my surprise, the bull is gone! Holy cow?

January 17th

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.

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