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March 4th, 2013

Poteau boys soccer team takes second in Sykes Invitational; Lady Pirates, Pirates travel Tuesday to Hilldale

March 4, 2013

The Poteau Pirates soccer team came in second at the Sykes Invitational, which took place Saturday in three different locations in Arkansas — Van Buren, Fort Smith Northside High School and Greenwood.
The Pirates beat Van Buren 4-0, lost 2-0 to Northside and routed Mena, Ark., 10-0.
The news was not as good for the Lady Pirates, who lost all three of their games on the day. Poteau lost 3-0 to Van Buren, 2-1 to Northside and 3-0 to Mena.

Benjamin Lawrence Montoya

March 4, 2013

Benjamin Lawrence Montoya, 92, of Poteau died Sunday, March 3, 2013 in Poteau. Ben was born Feb. 6, 1921 in Colorado Springs, Colo., the seventh son of Thomas Daniel and Mary Louisa (Gutierrez) Montoya. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers. As an infant Ben moved to Ventura, Calif., where he attended grade school, high school and college. During WWII he worked in the CCC and in an airplane factory in Los Angeles. There he met and married Wilma Gardenia Sparks in 1945. To this marriage was born two children, Mary Amelia and Benjamin Lawrence Jr.

Bonnie Sparks

March 4, 2013

Bonnie Sparks, 82, of Talihina died Saturday, March 2, 2013, in McAlester.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at Damon Cemetery under the direction of Talihina Funeral Home.

Ida Marie Reed

March 4, 2013

Ida Marie Reed, 76, of Poteau died Friday, March 1, 2013, in Spiro.  Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 5, at Evans Chapel of Memories in Poteau. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Poteau, under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home.

Carl Leroy Murry

March 4, 2013

Carl Leroy Murry, 57, of Spiro died Saturday, March 2, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Tuskahoma Cemetery under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home, Poteau.

Virgil E. ‘Bill’ Cody

March 4, 2013

Virgil E. “Bill” Cody, 71, of Bokoshe passed away Saturday, March 2, 2013, in Bokoshe.

Shirley Anderson Autry

March 4, 2013

Shirley Anderson Autry, 74, of Spiro died Friday, March 1, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark.
Shirley was born March 22, 1938, in Poker Bend to Harve and Rose (Shoup) Anderson. She was a homemaker. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Emma Lawrence.

Convicted robber gets life in prison

March 4, 2013

A man accused of robbing a Heavener store has been sentenced to life in prison by District Judge Jon Sullivan.
John Thomas Akin, 38, of Poteau, was convicted of conjoint robbery by a jury in January. He was accused of robbing the El Soliceto store in Heavener in April. He was charged in the crime after a forensic report from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation matched a palm print taken from the cash register to Akin.
On Friday he appeared before Sullivan who sentenced him to life in prison, confirming the suggested sentence given by the jury.

Town of Leflore to hold biannual meeting

March 4, 2013

The town of Leflore will hold a regular biannual meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, in the community center.
The agenda includes approving minutes of the Aug. 6, 2012, meeting, reading and approving financial reports, and any new business that may be presented.
The next meeting will be held Sept. 3.

Wister holds annual turkey dinner

March 4, 2013

This year Friends of Wister Library will partner with Wister Pride for the annual turkey dinner at 11 a.m. Sunday in the school cafetorium.
Proceeds will go toward improvements of the city park.
The meal will be $6 for adults $4 for children. The menu includes turkey and dressing, green beans, potatoes, cranberry sauce, hot rolls and desserts.
For more information or to donate to the project, call Garner at (918) 647-7819 or Leslie Langley at (918) 655-7654.

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