January 21st, 2013
A house fire Saturday morning took the lives of three people - Paul and Levunia Helton, both 73, and their 2 year-old great grandson Riley Metzker.
According to the State Fire Marshal's Investigator, Tony Rust, the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
LeFlore County Sheriff Rob Seale said the fire began around 9:30 a.m. When firefighters from Shady Point, Latham / Dog Creek, Panama and Poteau arrived, the home was fully engulfed.
The bodies of the three victims have been sent to the Oklahoma Medical Examiners Office to determine the exact cause of death.
A call about a possible drunk driver resulted in a K2 arrest in Poteau Saturday night.
Sean William Frier, 21, of Poteau, was arrested by Poteau officer Jerimy Emmert following a traffic stop at approximately 11:20 p.m. Saturday night.
According to the police department, a call was received about a possible drunk driver and Emmert stopped a vehicle matching the description. The driver, identified as Frier, was arrested for city warrants and possession of a controlled dangerous substance-K2.
Frier is being held in the LeFlore County Detention Center in lieu of $1,700 bail.
Nova Armstrong, 93, of Poteau died Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, in Poteau. Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at Evans Chapel of Memories. Burial was in Spring-hill Cemetery, Monroe, under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home.
Mary Elizabeth Brookfelt, 78, of Wister died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, in Poteau. Mary was born Feb. 4, 1934, in Wister to Elmer E. and Selma D. (Shelton) Beason. She was a homemaker. Mary was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ronald Lee Brookfelt; sister, Geneva Armstrong and Jeanie Williams; brothers, Joe and Jack Beason.
Mountain Gateway Sisterhood of Steel, Poteau's roller derby team, released its 2013 schedule. The SOS will play five home games this year starting on Jan. 26 against Red River Roller Derby out of Wichita Falls, Texas.
SOS is entering its third season of play at SkateReation in Poteau.
A new quirk to the schedule will see SOS play three games at the Fort Smith (Ark.) Convention Center in a series of doubleheaders with the River Valley Roller Girls.
Date Opponent Place
Jan. 26 Red River Roller Derby Poteau
Feb. 16 I Heart Derby Mini Boot Camp Fort Smith, Ark.
When the 81st LeFlore County Tournament bracket was drawn up, the Leflore Lady Savages and the Panama Lady Razorbacks were to have met in an opening-round game at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Poteau High School's Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse.
However, due to a Lady Savage suffering an injury earlier this month in the Rock Island Conference Shootout, the Leflore girls have ended up forfeiting all their games in the county tournament, thus denying two seniors, Allison Todd and Taylor Lloyd, one last county tournament. Needless to say, the Lady Savages are disappointed.
For two local schools, their basketball teams received good news when the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association announced the Class A and B District Tournament assignments on Thursday.
In Class A, the Cameron teams will be host sqauds, with Panola and Kiowa coming to town. The Kiowa Cowgirls feature former Panama player Lauren Smith.
Sunday Couple Scrambles at Wolf Ridge Golf Course will take place at 2 p.m. Sundays.
The entry fee is $15 per person for the nine-hole weekly event.
For additional information, call (918) 647-2582.
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Choctaw Country Club is having a membership drive until April 1. Anyone signing up to become a member from now until March 30 will be able to use the country club for free, and play a round of golf for free.
Beginning on April 1, those individuals will then be required to pay their dues covering a calendar year. There is a $25 application fee.
Yet again, a Poteau softball player will stay at home to play her college ball. Third baseman/pitcher Brenna Vise signed a letter of intent to play for Carl Albert State College in a ceremony Friday afternoon at the high school.
Vise, who is one of two Poteau players to make the Middle East All-State softball team, joining Shelby Standridge in that honor, said getting to stay here as well as playing with former teammates made CASC the choice.
Despite Adrion Webber scoring 22 of his game high 25 points in the second half, it still wasnâ€™t enough for the Carl Albert State Vikings in their 63-61 loss to the Seminole State College Trojans on Thursday night at Mick Thompson Fieldhouse.
Ericka Edwardsâ€™ 16 points werenâ€™t enough for the Lady Vikings as they lost 57-44 to the Lady Belles.
The CASC teams will return to the court Monday night for a pair of road games against Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa. The womenâ€™s game will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the menâ€™s contest at 8 p.m.