January 1st, 2013
Let me first off, wish you all a Happy New Year, and I hope God will bless you all in 2013.
After the Christmas break, high school basketball will resume Thursday night. Check out the complete schedule at the end of this column.
JH County Tournament Play-In Games Friday Afternoon in Monroe
Kendrick Hardaway, 6-1 point guard for the Poteau Pirates, and his brother, Kanaan, also 6-1 and a combo guard for the Pirates, recently competed in the Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Association annual District 6 Free Throw Shooting Competition, which took place Dec. 22 at the Stuart High School gym.
December 31st, 2012
PANAMA â€” The weather had a little effect on the 2012 Panama Holiday Festival as the basketball teams from Acorn, Ark., could not make it up on Friday due to threatening weather conditions.
So, the two LeFlore County teams in the event, host Panama and Spiro, ended up playing each other on Friday.
The Bulldogs handled the Razorbacks 84-58, while the Lady Bulldogs defeated the Lady â€™Backs 51-28.
On Saturday, Spiro's teams each beat Acorn, with the boys winning 85-40 and the girls posting a 56-41 victory.
MANSFIELD, Ark. â€” The Heavener High School basketball teams saw 2012 end on a sour note on Saturday.
The Wolves lost 56-46 to host Mansfield in the title game of the Bill Frye Invitational to end the three-day event.
The final day got started on the wrong foot for Heavener as an outmanned Lady Wolves team suffered a 44-39 loss to Booneville, Ark., in the consolation championship game.
Jay P. Shelton, 89, of Shady Point died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Pocola.Â
Â Services are pending Evans and Miller Funeral Home, Poteau. You may leave an online message at evansandmillerfuneralhomes.com.
Ileen M. Newby, 93, of Fanshawe died Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, in Poteau.Â
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, at the Free Will Baptist Church in Fanshawe. Burial will be in Fanshawe Cemetery. The family will be at the Evans and Miller Funeral Home from 5-7Â Tuesday to visit with relatives and friends.
Poteau Chamber of Commerce, Poteau Courthouse, Walmart and Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) are starting off the new year by saving lives and inviting Poteau-area residents 16 years or older to join by donating blood at these upcoming drives on Friday, Jan. 4:
â€˘ 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Poteau Chamber of Commerce, 201 South Broadway
â€˘ 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Walmart, 3108 North Broadway
Appointments are not required but can be made by calling Chamber of Commerce at 918-647-9178, Oklahoma Blood Institute at 877-340-8777 or visiting obi.org.
Candace Martin has resigned as executive director of the Donald W. Reynolds Center in Poteau.
Poteau Mayor Jeff Shockley says that at this time, the city has no plans to replace Martin.
Shockley stated that because of the current financial climate, the city will absorb Martinâ€™s position.
During her time as executive director, Martin oversaw many events at the Reynolds Center including the popular summer concert series.