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August 5th, 2013

Earnestine King

August 5, 2013

Earnestine King, 87, of Wister died Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013, in Poteau. Services will be held at a later date in Jolley Cemetery, Union County, Ark.
Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener is handling arrangements.

Shirley Jane Green

August 5, 2013

Shirley Jane Green, 67, of Fort Smith, formerly of Poteau, died July 29, in Fort Smith.
Services are pending with Eastgate Funeral Home. Full obituary may be viewed online at

Poteau Fire Department responds to house fire

August 5, 2013

Poteau Fire Department responded to a house fire Saturday at about 5 p.m. on Parker Street. The fire appeared to have started on the outside of the building and according to fire personnel, the cause is undetermined.
Photo by Rick Couri

Area business hosts Senior Appreciation Day

August 5, 2013

LeFlore County senior citizens will be honored at the Annual Senior Appreciation Day on Aug. 21.
Activities will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Strike-a-Lot Lanes, 1914 N. Broadway.
Festivities will include door prizes, free lunch and bingo.
Every senior citizen will receive one free game of bowling and shoe rental.
Sponsors and exhibitors will have information on a variety of health and informational services as part of the festivities.

Howe man charged in alleged assault on officer

August 5, 2013

A man jailed in June for burglary is facing new charges after he allegedly struck another inmate and a detention officer.
Cody Linder Riley, 19, of Howe, was charged by the LeFlore County District Attorney's Office on Friday with assault and battery on a detention officer and a second charge of assault and battery stemming from an incident on July 18.
According to the affidavit, detention officer Kevin Knight heard a noise coming from a holding cell and when he went to investigate he saw Riley kicking another inmate who was lying on his bed in his side.

August 2nd

Softball, baseball diamonds about ready to be filled with action; Panama Scrimmage Festival set to start Thursday, ends the following Saturday

August 2, 2013

Can you believe that the 2013 fast-pitch softball and fall baseball seasons are just about here — as is the start of football practice? It all starts Aug. 13 for most, with the exception of the teams playing in the inaugural Pocola Tournament — which will start Aug. 12, and its bracket will appear in next Saturday's edition.
To get warmed up for the softball action, the annual Panama Lady Back Scrimmage Festival will begin Thursday and end next Saturday, and I'll have the schedule listed at the end of this column.

Sports Briefs

August 2, 2013

Poteau High School students who will participate in extra-curricular activities this upcoming school year will have their drug testing take place next month inside the senior hall of the high school.
Drug testing will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Aug. 14.
Cost is $10 cash per student.
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Registration is open for the 2013 LeFlore County Express Fall Soccer League.
Registration can be done through the Internet at
Late registration cost per child is $40.
Payment method details are available at the website.
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15th Annual Super Stock Showdown/Updated Point Standings

August 2, 2013

July 27-28
Tri-State Speedway, Pocola

Pure Stock Race
1. David Church, Mountainburg, Ark., 2. Marshall Penson, Van Buren, Ark.; 3. Justin Burt, Lockesburg, Ark.; 4. Jimmy Wiley, Watts; 5. Eric Waterbury, Van Buren.
Economy Modified Race
1. Ryan Williams, Fort Smith, Ark.; 2. Rowdy Bonewell, Barling, Ark.; 3. Todd Broyles, Farmington, Ark.; 4. Lester Weese, Van Buren; 5. Corey Davis, Lowell, Ark.; 6. Brody Young, Alma, Ark.; 7. Wade Barnes, Uniontown, Ark.; 8. Gerry Vaughn, Greenwood, Ark.; 9. Tim Adams, Fort Smith.
Factory Stock Race

Helen Gaskin

August 2, 2013

Helen Gaskin, a longtime organist at two Durant churches, died July 31, 2013, after a brief illness. She was 93.
Born Helen Isom on May 15, 1920, in McAlester, she was the daughter of Roy and Carrie Isom, who owned a grocery store in nearby Crowder.
Introduced to music by her mother, who was a church organist at First Baptist in Crowder, Helen began playing piano at church on Sundays when she was 11 years old.
In 1938, shortly after a fondly remembered senior trip to Tulsa to see Bob Wills perform at the famous Cain’s Ballroom, she married her high school sweetheart, J.M. Gaskin.

Woodrow Wilson “Woody” Turman Jr.

August 2, 2013

Woodrow Wilson “Woody” Turman Jr., formerly of Poteau, died peacefully after a short illness on Aug. 1, 2013.



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