September 4th, 2013
It's official, the Emergency 911 board has been dissolved and in its place is born a new public trust.
The LeFlore County Commissioners decided unanimously Monday to sign a proposition which, in effect, ends the current boards authority in 60 days.
District 2 County Commissioner Lance Smith made the motion to create a seven-member board and to name the respective department appointees.
Natasha Talaese, 23, of Poteau was arrested over the weekend for allegedly embezzling more than $3,000 from her former employer, Walmart.
Talaese, who signed a Miranda waiver and verbally stated she knew her rights, agreed to talk to Poteau police Detective Mark Kennady. In her statement to police, Talaese said the amount of money embezzled was correct, and told Kannady how she took the money.
Cameron residents will be able to vote Friday, Monday and Tuesday on a proposed sales tax.
"In-person absentee" ballots can be cast from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Monday at the LeFlore County Election Board, 103 N. Church in Poteau, according to LeFlore County Election Board Secretary Sharon Steele.
This week is already off to a good start for the Panama Razorbacks football team, and the Hogs haven't opened their 2013 season.
The Razorbacks were supposed to open the season at 7:30 p.m. Thursday on the road against the Gore Pirates. However, since Gore's field is not ready, the game will take place at George Ollie Stadium.
â€śIt's a big plus for us,â€ť Panama coach Brandon Ellis said. â€śIt's good for our fans, our boosters, concessions and gates. It's big to have six home games this year.â€ť
The players were really enthusiastic about the news.
Arkoma football coach Mark Weatherton could not more pleased with the shape of his team as his Mustangs begin the 2013 season at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Mustang Field against the Keota Lions.
â€śI think we're where we want to be,â€ť he said. â€śI think offensively we played better Friday night [against Gans and Watts]. Defensively, we're still solid. We had a few mistakes here and there, but it's nothing that we can't correct in practice. Our scrimmage really went well. We're ready to go at it on Friday night.â€ť
Registration is open for the 2013 LeFlore County Express Fall Soccer League. Registration can be done through the Internet at www.leflorecountysoccer.com.
Late registration cost per child is $40. Payment method details are available at the website.
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Before I get started, the want to answer that trivia question I gave you all an extra week to ponder. The question was who is the only person to win a championship in two different sports? Gene Connelly won a championship in the National Basketball Association and with the Milwaukee Braves (who are, of course, now in Atlanta).
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TULSA â€” Three Poteau Lady Pirates cross country runners medaled in the high school senior girls division of Saturday's Tulsa University Hurricane Festival.
Deven Bond was fourth (6:22), Haley Griggs seventh (6:29) and Kaitlan Standridge ninth (6:39) as they finished in the top 10.
Brittany Fox was 27th (7:45) and Haley Clark was 32nd (8:27) as the Lady Pirates were third in the team standings with 48 points to finish behind champion Jenks (37 points) and Broken Arrow (43).
Well, I got through these past two to two-and-a-half weeks of perhaps the most strenuous work I've done in my nearly quarter of a century of being a sports writer.