July 5th, 2012
Barbara Gillson, 90, of Fort Smith, Ark., formerly of Poteau died July 4, 2012, in Fort Smith.Â Barbara was born June 4, 1922, in Humiston, Iowa, to John and Pearl (Vaught) Scovel. She was a Hotel-Convention Sales Coordinator in Fort Worth, Texas, as well as being a homemaker.Â She and husband, Walter, moved to Poteau in 1977. Barbara was preceded in death by Walter.Â She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Poteau.Â
Tommy â€śTomâ€ť Wilson Jr.
Tommy â€śTomâ€ť Wilson Jr., 86, of Okmulgee died Wednesday, July 4, 2012. He died peacefully surrounded by his family at the Senior Suites Nursing Home in Broken Arrow after complications from a stroke. He was born on March 28, 1926, near McCawber to Tom and Eva Wilson both now deceased. He was preceded in death by his brother, Ret. Lt. Col. Lloyd Wilson and sisters; Hazel Willingham and Dorothy Wilson.
Dr. Robert Lee Hampton was born on Jan. 16, 1930, to Roy and Winnifred (Sory) Hampton in Dallas. He grew up in Texas with two sisters, one brother, and one half-brother. When he was 14 years old, his mother died of tetanus and the family was devastated.Â However, they pulled together, accepted more responsibility, and remained loving and caring individuals.Â
The second book from an Oklahoma author whoâ€™s from the area now has even more ties to LeFlore County.
Author Joe Harwell of Tulsa was in Poteau in February for a book signing at the Lowrey Hotel. While in the area he had dinner with Jack Holt of Jackâ€™s Jewelry. The two are old friends and graduated together. Harwell asked Holt to design a pendant to match the cover of his second book â€śUpside Down Heart.â€ť Holt accepted the opportunity and worked with his jeweler
Sawn Hinson to create the delicate
When you're the home team, sometimes that last at-bat is so important. Just ask the Poteau Pirates OK Kids Midget baseball team.
After the Wister Wildcats had broken a 2-2 tie in the top of the sixth inning, the Pirates scored twice in their last chance in their half of the inning to earn a 4-3 victory in the loser's-bracket quarterfinals of the 2012 OK Kids Midget Regional Tournament Tuesday night at the Poteau Area Recreational Complex.
HEAVENER â€” Last month, the phrase â€śThunder Upâ€ť was being used quite a bit as the Oklahoma City Thunder made it to the NBA Finals. However, that same phrase just might be used this week at Blues Park for the 2012 OK Kids Coach-Pitch Regional Tournament.
The Heavener Thunder are two wins from a state-tournament berth after routing the Muldrow Bulldogs 14-4 Tuesday night at Blues Park.
PANAMA â€” The host Panama Boomers find themselves just two wins from a state-tournament berth.
The Boomers got past the Madill Cats 12-10 Tuesday night to advance to tonight's 8 p.m. winner's-bracket final of the 2012 OK Kids Midget Regional Tournament.
The Boomers will play the Stilwell Indians at 8 p.m. tonight for the right to get to the 4:30 p.m. Saturday title game. The Indians defeated the Okemah Panthers 5-3.
There will also be loser's-bracket games today and tonight in the tournament.
STILWELL â€” The Poteau Rebels once again had to stage a rally to stay undefeated in the 2012 OK Kids PeeWee Regional Tournament.
After rallying from a 1-0 deficit Monday night to the Stilwell Cardinals, the Rebels rallied from a 2-1 deficit to end up routing the Dewar Sooners 14-2 in four innings Tuesday night.
The Rebels will play in the winner's-bracket final at 4:30 p.m. Friday, with one more win putting them into the 4:30 p.m. Saturday championship game.
At the moment, the Rebels are two wins from a state-tournament berth.
SPIRO â€” The Spiro Mud Dawgs were trying to stave off elimination Wednesday afternoon in the 2012 OK Kids PeeWee Regional Tournament.
The Mud Dawgs lost 12-2 to the Coleman BRW Tuesday night in the last game of Day 2's slate of contests.
Spiro was facing McCurtain with the winner playing at 1 p.m. this afternoon in another elimination contest, while the loser was eliminated.
The other LeFlore County team in the field, the Panama Razorbacks, also suffered a loss on Tuesday, falling 15-0 to the Texoma Diamond Dogs.
ROLAND â€” There's going to be at least one LeFlore County OK Kids PeeWee team playing for a regional title at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
The Poteau Buccaneers and the Whitesboro Bulldogs each won their winner's-bracket semifinal game Tuesday night in the 2012 OK Kids PeeWee Regional Tournament. The Buccaneers beat the Morris Warriors 6-2, while the â€™Dogs routed the Roland Cardinals 16-2.
The Buccaneers and the Bulldogs will play at 4:30 p.m. Friday in the winner's-bracket final, with the victor earning a spot in the 4:30 p.m. Saturday title game.