Robert Stephen Butler, 67, of Kansas City, M., formerly of Panama, died Friday, Dec. 16, 2011 at his home. Robert was a Vietnam veteran. He retired after 31 years as a maintenance man for Georgia Pacific Box Co. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Lori Bell Butler; four brothers, Benton Butler, Reuben Butler, Charles Butler and Bobby Butler.
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OKLAHOMA CITY â€” The 76th Annual Ramada All-College Basketball Classic was Saturday night at the newly renovated Chesapeake Energy Arena. The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University teams participated in this yearâ€™s event.
OU is off to a great start under first-year Coach Lon Kruger, and they continued their winning ways with a hard-fought 79-74 victory over the Houston Cougars in the opening game.
The Sooners (8-1) are off to their best start since the 2008-09 season. Krugerâ€™s team is playing great defense and getting balanced scoring from several players this season.
McALESTER â€” The Christmas Break did not begin on a high note for the Poteau High School basketball teams Saturday at Brumley Gym.
The Lady Pirates fought valiantly, but fell short in a 57-49 loss to the McAlester Lady Buffaloes.
The Buffaloes made it a sweep for the locals as they defeated the Pirates 50-40.
ROGERS, Ark. â€” The Poteau Youth Wrestling Club had several participants and several placers at last weekend's Rumble in Rogers.
Wyatt Snapp took home first place, while Bryce Edwards was runner-up.
Several athletes came in third place in the tournament â€” Jarrett Lilley, Ross Johnson, Jarrod Vineyard, Remington Reed, Gavin Morgan, Charles Graham, Kadin Repass and Drexton Brown.
Dakota James and Dax Collins were fourth.
Parker Killion, Race Williams, Caden Warren, Ethan Carey, Dalton Edwards, Drayden Brown and Bryson Terry also competed, but did not medal.
Coach Jim Henderson was a man who loved football, and all kinds of sporting events. He knew that I love trivia, and he was always asking me some form of trivia. One question he asked me was, â€śWhat was the name of General Ulysses S. Grant's horse?â€ť Everyone said, Cincinnati.
Henderson was an expert on boxing trivia, also. But the area in which he thrived was football trivia.
He asked me the question I had in my column last week â€” Can you name the state that has at least three colleges which have won national championships besides Florida?
In Saturday's edition, Mark Goines' "Hooked on Fishin'" Column had the wrong times for his show on his new network listed.
The correct times will be 5:30 a.m. Saturdays and 6:30 a.m. Sundays on KFSM Channel 5.
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The Satchel Paige Travel Baseball Team is looking for youth baseball players between the ages of 11-12, 13-14, 15-16 and 17-19 years old that would like to be a part of our Phoenix Christmas Baseball Tournament Team Monday through Dec. 31 and/or the 2012 Summer Travel Baseball Team that will include trips to Cincinnati, Omaha, Neb., Orlando, Fla., and Puerto Rico.
Billy â€śBillâ€ť Marion Jones, 74, of Poteau died Monday, Dec., 19, 2011 in Fort Smith, Ark. Bill was born Feb. 3, 1937, in Houston to Marion E. and Ruth (Spencer) Jones. Bill was a minister, pastor, missionary to Ivory Coast for 10 years, editor of â€śHeartbeatâ€ť missions magazine in Nashville, Tenn., President of Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College in Moore for eight years, Director of Oklahoma Missions for two years, served on the Foreign Mission Board for 26 years, professor of Theology at the college and Senior Adult pastor Poteau FWB Church.
Silas Russell Bryant Jr., 79, died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. He was born May 31, 1932, to Silas Russell, Sr. and Cleo (Stanley) Bryant in Tuskegee. Russell served in the U.S Navy during the Korean War.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Vicki Bryant, Kathleen McClain and Avious Benavidez; brothers, Dorford Bryant and Hershell Z. Bryant.
STILWELL â€” The Poteau High School basketball teams had a rough start to the weekend Friday night as they suffered losses to Stilwell.
The Pirates fell 47-41 to the Indians in overtime, while a late Lady Pirates saw the Lady Indians rally from being down double digits to claim a 64-45 come-from-behind victory.