August 16th, 2013
Leflore School celebrated its third annual Back-to-School Bash. Students, as well as adults, enjoyed free hot dogs, snow cones and cold drinks. The kids cooled off with two giant water slides and several took a surprise dip in the dunk tank. Many remained in doors under the air conditioner playing the Wheel of Fortune, winning cakes in the Cake Walk and receiving free haircuts by Brooke Dorsey and Tiffany Castillo.Â Amanda Lloyd with The Back to School Ministeries made it possible for all students to receive free school supplies with many receiving back packs.
The Choctaw Nation, as a part of its normal business practices, conducts routine audits. One of these audits, relating to the construction of the Durant Hotel and Casino, revealed discrepancies relating to the purchase of steel from Builders Steel located in Tulsa Oklahoma.
Most all of the Poteau Pirates are eagerly awaiting the new district alignments for the 2014-15 seasons. It is for sure that Tulsa Rogers is dropping down, but the status for Tulsa Cascia Hall is still in limbo. Will the Commandos stay in Class 4A or will their private school status and the multplier factor bump them up to Class 5A â€” or even 6A.
Poteau could get Ada, Tulsa Central, Oologah, Wagoner or Miami in its district. Whatever happens, the district will still be as tough as always â€” and maybe even tougher.
Tri-State Speedway, Pocola
Pure Stock Race
1. Charlie Brummett, Mountainburg, Ark.; 2. Justin Allen, Van Buren, Ark.; 3. Jesse Garner, Alma, Ark.; 4. David Church, Mountainburg; 5. Marshall Penson, Van Buren; 6. Glen Qualls, Muldrow.
Economy Modified Race
1. Ryan Williams, Fort Smith, Ark.; 2. Eric Beshoner, Fort Smith; 3. Lester Weese, Van Buren; 4. Corey Davis, Lowell, Ark.; 5. Rowdy Bonewell, Barling, Ark.; 6. Slade Campbell, Farmington, Ark.; 7. Wade Barnes, Uniontown, Ark.; 8. Bobby Hawkins, Springdale, Ark.
Factory Stock Race
Football season is here! Everybody has been practicing. With the cooler temperatures, it just feels like it's football time.
The first National Football League game is just 23 days from now. The Poteau Bandit League teams' first games will be Sept. 7 in Greenwood, Ark.
RaceDay Park MX Report
The track will have a dirt bike/all-terrain vehicle rodeo Oct. 12. There will be nine events which people can enter, and it looks like it's going to be fun. I'll have more information later on this.
There will be a two-month delay between testimony in the preliminary hearing of accused murderer Elvis Aaron Thacker.
Thacker, 25, and his brother, Johnathen Don James Edward Thacker, 24, are charged with first degree murder in the death of Briana Jane Ault, 22, whose body was found in a pond near Pocola on Sept. 13, 2010.
Jordan Westbook was named chief of police in Wister at a special meeting of the town trustees Wednesday.
Westbrook was assistant chief under. Randy Liles, who resigned to return to work for the LeFlore County Sheriff's Department. Liles had held the chief's position for about three years.
"We'll continue to do the job we've been doing for the last three years and serve the community as best we can," Westbrook said Thursday.
Clifton Edward â€śJoeâ€ť Barnes, 84, of Heavener died Friday, Aug. 8, 2013 in Fort Smith, Ark.
A longtime resident of the area, Joe was born Oct. 31, 1928, in Loving to Edward Marion and Alma (Edgman) Barnes. He was a Korea veteran and retired social worker with the Oklahoma Chiild Welfare Department.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rubye Louise Barnes.
Leonard L. Perkins, 79, of Pocola died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark. Leonard was born Sept. 15, 1933, in Pocola to Buddy A. and Millie L. (Phillips) Perkins. He worked in sales. Leonard was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Sue; sister, Linda Bly and two infant brothers.