August 27th, 2013
A.M. â€śJokerâ€ť Sinclair, 90, of Poteau died Monday, August 26, 2013 in Tulsa. Joker was born April 2, 1923 in Poteau to Earnest Austin and Anna Belle (Aydelott) Sinclair. He worked in construction. Joker was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corp. He served in seven World War II Pacific campaigns, fighting on every island where he was injured. He also served as an MP. He married his wife, Wanda, in Fort Smith, Ark., on Aug 9, 1947. Joker was proud of his military service and of being an American. He loved to garden, growing various things, including watermelon and flowers.
The Poteau Fire Department responded to a fire Tuesday afternoon at the previously fire-destroyed Arena Steakhouse. For the second time, the restaurant caught fire, sending smoke and flames into the sky. The building was being torn down after it was destroyed by fire in April 2011. No one was injured in the blaze.
Organizers of the 2013 Eastern Oklahoma Emergency Expo are challenging children grades 1-12 one of three emergency themed contests.
Children grades 1-4 are encouraged to enter the "How to be Prepared" poster contest. The poster should display preparedness in the event of an emergency.
The top three posters in each grade will be awarded Walmart gift cards.
Students grades 5-8 can participate in an exhibit contest. The topic of the contest must be centered around the "You can be the Hero" 2013 National Preparedness Month.
A Poteau man was seriously injured Tuesday morning after he was attacked by a deer during his daily walk.
According to LeFlore County Sheriff Rob Seale, 75-year-old Larry Lontz was walking on Monks Drive in the ABM addition north of Poteau at about 6:30 a.m. when the attack occurred.
Seale said an 8-point buck with an orange collar charged Lontz, goring him in the neck, abdomen and arm. A passerby stopped to help Lontz who was still being attacked by the deer. Seale said the person was able to scare the deer away and call for help.
I made it through the first of two enormously busy weeks for me as the 2013 Fall Diamond Tab was in Saturday's edition, and I hope you all enjoyed it.
However, that's just one of two back-to-back special sections I have to work on. I'll spend this week preparing the 2013 LeFlore County Gridiron Preview for this Saturday's paper. Thus, just like last week, you all may not see me a whole lot around the diamond as normal.
Once this week and the Labor Day weekend pass, I should be able to be my â€śnormalâ€ť self and be at a game a day somewhere at the diamond.
OKTAHA â€” The Heavener Lady Wolves finished third at the Oktaha Tournament on Saturday after beating the Warner Lady Eagles 6-2 after suffering their first loss of the season 4-0 to host Oktaha.
The Panama Lady Razorbacks also split their two games on Saturday at the tournament, losing 2-0 to Muldrow then routing Hulbert 18-4.
CALVIN â€” The Leflore Savages baseball team brought home some hardware from western Hughes County on Saturday as they blanked the host Calvin Bulldogs 12-0 to win the third-place game of the Calvin Tournament.
The Savages lost a heart-breaking 3-2 semifinal on Friday to the Stuart Hornets.
In the third-place game, David Morris Jr. got his first win of the season as he threw a no-hitter with two strikeouts in three innings of work.
It has been a while since it happened, but Heavener and Poteau met Friday night on the turf at Costner Stadium. This rivalry used to be a staple in LeFlore County, and was just about as even its all-time record will testify. Poteau held a two-win margin over Heavener. The Wolves held the early series edge, but the Pirates ran off 10 wins as the series wained.
The format of the scrimmage was each teams would run a dozen plays. On defense, blitzes were not allowed.
POCOLA â€” The Pocola Indians had their first football scrimmage of the young 2013 season Friday night at John Carter Field, hosting the Gore Pirates.
The junior varsity started the scrimmage with each team running 10 plays each, alternating offense and defense three times. Later, the varsity added some down-and-distance situations which led to some big plays for the Indians.
The Indian defense held the Pirates to 17 yards in the firstÂ seven plays of varsity. Senior linebacker Garrett HowardÂ recorded a sack on the next play for a 2-yard loss.
ARKOMA â€” Arkoma coach Mark Weatherton figured his Mustangs' defensive unit would have a good game, and it did in Friday night's scrimmage against Porum at Mustang Field. However, the offensive unit did not perform as well as he thought it would.
The Panthers scored only once on the Mustangs.
â€śDefensively, I thought we were pretty good,â€ť Weatherton said. â€śWe were a little inconsistent at linebacker. Our defense really had a better game than our offense did.â€ť