July 2nd, 2014
Clarence Hamm, 74, of Beggs, formerly of Poteau died Monday, June 30, 2014.
Services will be held Monday, July 7, at First Baptist Church in Beggs. Burial will be in Beggs Cemetery under the direction of McClendon-Winters Funeral Home.
The final session of the Wolf Ridge Junior Golf Clinic will take place Wednesday afternoon at Wolf Ridge Country Club.
The clinic is open to youth ages 5 and older. The clinic for ages 5 to 17 will be from 4 to 5 p.m. for the next four weeks. Cost is $10 per golfer per session.
The clinic for ages 18 and older will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $20 per golfer per session.
For additional information, call Randall Wheat at (918) 721-1596 or the pro shop at (918) 647-2582.
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Julius Gene Dugan, 77 of Jenny Lind, Ark., died Thursday, June 26, 2014, in a Fort Smith, Ark., hospital.Â He was a retired industrial steel worker, member of Rose Garden Full Gospel Church and a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
There will be some changes on the basketball sidelines when the 2014-15 seasons get going in late November/December for Pocola High School.
For starters, Poteau boys coach and former Indian player Scott Nelke will coach the Indians, who had been coached by Eric Ladd.
However Pocola fans, have no fear. Ladd will still be around as he will now coach the Lady Indians after three-year coach Carrie Covey will step down to only coach fast- and slow-pitch softball.
Billy Leaptrot will now get his chance to live out his dream â€” coaching.
Leaptrot will be the new Panama Lady Razorbacks basketball coach, taking over for Dennis Wright who became the girls coach at Sallisaw-Central High School.
â€śI just graduated in May from UAFS [the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith], so this will be my first coaching job,â€ť Leaptrot said Tuesday night at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse on his first day to see his new team. â€śIâ€™m ready to hit the ground running.â€ť
Sidewalks along Dewey Avenue are under construction today [July 1] as the city upgrades them to be handicap accessible. Crews are pictured working at the corner of Peters and Dewey.
Children's book author Darleen Bailey Beard is scheduled to make a presentation as part of the Summer Reading Program at Patrick Lynch Public Library in Poteau.
Her children's program "Make Like a Tree and Leaf!" will start at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 2, for grades three through eight.
Beard also will speak and have a book-signing for all ages at the library from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Patsy Jean Gilstrap, 83, of Poteau died Friday, June 27, 2014, in Poteau. Patsy was born in Dow-Hartshorne on March 22, 1931 to William Franklin and Isabell I. (Blair) Clay. She was a secretary at the courthouse for years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Poteau. Patsy was an avid reader. She was the â€śBest Mom in the World.â€ť Patsy was preceded in death by her husband, Bob E. Gilstrap, on Feb. 11, 2002, and sister, Nancy Pierce.