October 6th, 2011
The Poteau Lady Pirates softball team took the first step in making it to next week's Class 4A State Tournament.
The Lady Pirates handled the Stilwell Lady Indians 8-3 Wednesday afternoon to make it to Wednesday night's winner's-bracket final against the Fort Gibson Lady Tigers (25-10), who defeated the Broken Bow Lady Savages 7-0 in Game 2 Wednesday afternoon.
â€śIt was a long wait,â€ť Poteau Coach Misty Collins said.
The winner of Wednesday night's Poteau-Fort Gibson game will advance to this afternoon's title game at 2 p.m., with the if-game at 4 p.m.
It looked like last week, the Poteau Pirates were going to snatch a win away from the jaws of defeat last Friday night against Tulsa Webster. Instead, the Warriors scored in the waning moments to snatch the win away from Poteau. Needless to say, the Pirates were very disappointed.
An old adage says, â€śTo be the best, you have to beat the best.â€ť The Panama Lady Razorbacks softball team hopes to have that saying become reality today.
The Lady â€™Backs (25-9) will meet No. 1 Colbert at 5 p.m. today at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City in the Class 2A State Tournament quarterfinals.
For the fourth straight baseball season, dating back to the 2010 spring season, the Wister Wildcats baseball team has ended them at the same place â€” the state tournament.
Last spring, the â€™Cats made third time the charm as they won the Class 2A State Tournament. Now, they will look to win the Class A Fall State Tournament this weekend.
First up for the Wildcats (21-3) is the Amber-Pocasset Panthers at 5 p.m. today at Edmond Memorial High School in the state quarterfinals.
The Spiro Bulldogs not only snapped their three-game losing streak last week in a 34-19 win over the Eufaula Ironheads last Friday night at McClain Stadium, but they also may have salvaged their season.
But to keep their postseason hopes alive, the â€™Dogs (2-3 overall, 1-1 in District 3A-8 play) will need to keep the momentum going when they hit the road for a 7:30 p.m. Friday game against the Hugo Buffaloes (1-4, 0-2) â€” who lost last week's 3A-8 contest 21-0 to Atoka.
Luther Wayne Strickland, 79, of Heavener died Sunday,
Oct. 2, 2011, in Poteau. He was born Sept. 4, 1932, in
DeQueen, Ark. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 5, at First Baptist Church, Heavener,
with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery. Dowden Funeral
Home, Heavener, is handling arrangements.
Jonathan H. Carden, 29, of Fort Smith,
Ark., died Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, in Fort
Smith. Jonathan was born in Fort Smith on
Nov. 3, 1981 to Randall W. and Donna
(Chestine) Carden. He was preceded in death
by his half brother, Henry Joe Harrison; stepbrother,
Chris Carden; and maternal grandparents,
Margie and Leon Drake.
Survivors include his wife, Tabatha (Langston) Allison
of Fort Smith; daughter, Cassie Carden of Roland; son,
Corbin Adam Carden; mother, Donna Carden Eller of
Poteau; father, Randy Carden of Covington, Ga.; brother,
Freida Elizabeth Baird, 92, of Poteau
died Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011 in Poteau.
Freida was born Feb. 7, 1919, in Lancaster,
Texas, to Nick Olen and Eddie C.
(Brundage) Worley. She worked in a dry
goods store as a clerk and many years at
City Shoe Market. Freida was preceded in
death by her husband, Idus Baird; great
grandson, Carson Wann; and her parents.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Nancy
and Jim Wann of Poteau; grandchildren, Roger and Dawn
Wann of Lindsey, Texas, Danny and Elizabeth Wann of
Poteau; great-grandchildren, Nathan Privett, Britney
Artie Bell Margaret Deleplank, 74,
of Poteau died Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011 in
Heavener. Artie was born in Calhoun on
Sept. 10, 1937, to Frances Dora (Chitwood)
Phillips. Artie was a loving wife, mother
and the best granny anyone could have.
She worked for 40 years as a CNA and
touched many lives in her career. She
devoted her life to taking care of others.
She never met a stranger, had an open door and a place
at the dinner table for anyone who was hungry. She loved
taking care and cooking for family and friends. Artie was
The public is invited to the â€śNew Direction â€“
Poteau Library Kick Offâ€ť that will be held at the
Donald W. Reynolds Community Center.
The event will provide information to the public
about the progress, the direction and the goal of the
new library. Several members of the city council as
well as staff from the library will be in attendance.
The Kick Off will be held on October 6, from 5:30
p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided
For more information regarding the event contact
Marlene Dial with Regional Development Associates