May 15th, 2013
KI BOIS Community Action will join Community Action Agencies across the country in hosting events and activities throughout May aimed at highlighting poverty problems and solutions. Due to the uncertain economic climate â€“ still reeling from the Great Recession and high unemployment rates â€“ Community Action Agencies feel it is critical to focus local, state and national attention and efforts on helping our most vulnerable population.
Kevin Paul Statham, 51, of Bokoshe, was charged in the July 2011 shooting deaths of his parents, Paul,Statham, 70, and Helen Statham, 69. at their home on Old Bokoshe Road.
According to information released by the OSBI and LeFlore County Sheriffâ€™s Department a family member went to the Statham's home and found Helen Statham dead in the back yard. Paul Statham, also deceased, was found inside the home. Both had died from gunshot wounds, according to court records.
In May 2012, District Attorney Jeff Smith filed notice seeking the death penalty against Statham.
It is just me, or does it seem like this spring seasons of baseball and slow-pitch softball flew by faster than the Concorde.
It just seems like yesterday I was preparing the 2013 Spring Sports Guide for publication over spring break, and now all the seasons are done.
However, the end to them was rather nice. You had the Poteau Pirates soccer team winning state, along with Poteau Lady Pirate golfer Hannah Ward for her second straight season.
Kenneth Milton Shakingbush, 74, of Panama died Monday, May 13. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 17, at Cowlington Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Mallory-Martin Funeral Home, Spiro.
The Poteau Pirates baseball team had quite a season this spring under first-year coach Andy Perdue. They won 29 games to set a school record, as well as setting team records in at-bats (1,000), runs scored (280), hits (341), runs batted in (215), doubles (77), sacrifice bunts/flies (47), walks (145) and stolen bases (149). The Pirates won the 32nd LeFlore County Tournament, won the Class 4A Regional Tournament and got to within a victory of the state tournament â€” losing 10-0 to Byng in the winner-take-all regional final on May 6 at Town Creek Park.
One lucky Poteau Lady Pirate softball player, she is going to get to play in two All-State Games next month.
After being named to the Oklahoma Fast-Pitch Coaches Association All-State Teams with teammate Brenna Vise and Panama's Taylor Eaves, Poteau's Shelby Standridge also made the Oklahoma Slow-Pitch Coaches Association All-State Team that was announced Monday afternoon.
Carl Albert State College Lady Viking basketball guard Ashala Watson punched her ticket to some more hoops in her collegiate career.
Watson signed to play her junior and senior seasons at Lyon College in Batesville, Ark., in a signing ceremony Monday afternoon at CASC.
â€śWhen I went and visited there, I saw that it was a good school,â€ť Watson said. â€śThe facilities and the coaches are great, and I just thought that it would be a good fit for me.â€ť
The inaugural Tornado Alley Poker Run will be held June 15.
Proceeds will benefit LeFlore County Youth Services.
Registration for the run, hosted by The Lounge at Strike-A-Lot Lanes, will begin at 11 a.m. with last bike out at 11:30 a.m. and last in by 6 p.m.
The event will include food, music, 50/50 drawing and door prizes. Wary Pony will make its debut at The Lounge at 8 p.m.
By Kim Ross
A Keota man who took on the challenge of the Cavanal Killer on Saturday touched more hearts than he knew as his determination impressed several people.
Clinton Allen, 43, of Keota began walking a few months ago in an attempt to lose weight and regain his health. Little did he know when he began, he would trek the five miles in a race up the highest hill.