January 21st, 2013
I hope you all are as pumped for this week as I am. I think fans will see some very entertaining games, and will see some shockers.
I for one am glad that the entire county is getting in on the action this week. Most of the action will be here in the central part of the county â€” Wister, Carl Albert State College and Poteau High School. The semifinals will be Thursday and Friday nights at Talihina, while the finals will be in Spiro.
Todd Mattox, 9, of Poteau spent Monday afternoon at the Poteau Skate Park. Area schools were closed Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Day. With a free day from school, several children spent the day perfecting tricks on skateboards, skates and bicycles.
Special Olympics supporters will hold their 15th annual trivia night fundraiser March 2.
This year's theme will be M*A*S*H.
The event will start at 7 p.m., with registration beginning at 6 p.m. in the Bob Lee Kidd Civic Center.
Entry fee is $125 per team of six to 10 members.
Checks should be made payable to Special Olympics Oklahoma Area 10 and mailed to 801 South Blvd., Poteau OK 74953 before Feb. 25. Entries will also be accepted at the door on March 2.
For more information, contact Randy Weaver at (918) 647-9231 or (918) 983-0611.
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.