October 11th, 2012
Belinda M. Wilsie, 58, of Spiro died Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, in Fort Smith, Ark.Â Belinda was born Feb. 10, 1954, in Poteau to Jess James and Joella Irene (Pierce) Wilsie. She was a case worker for the Oklahoma Child Welfare System. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Teddy Wayne Solomon; brothers, Robert Tucker and Jullius Ray Wilsie; sisters, Lillie Ford, Marna Dean Ham, Darlene Bearden, twin sisters at birth, Ollie Cordelia Wilsie and Cordelia Ollie Wilsie.
James Walter Atkinson, 57, of Howe died Aug. 31, 2012, in Howe.Â He was born July 1, 1956, at Brea, Calif., to Johnie and Opal (Shepherd) Atkinson.Â He was a rig runner in the oilfield.
James was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Diane Atkinson of Howe; two sons, Jason Atkinson of Howe and Todd Atkinson of College Station, Texas; five grandchildren, Crystal Atkinson, James Atkinson, Shania Atkinson, Leif Atkinson, Seanna Atkinson; and many friends, family and loved ones.
Barbara Louise Nichols, 67, of Heavener died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in Heavener. Barbara was born March 29, 1945, in Wister to John and Pearl House. She was a homemaker. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; two great-grandchildren, Ethan Meek and Elizabeth Self; sister, Faye Stump; brothers, J.T. House, Nobe House, L.D. House; son-in-law, Doug Spears. Barbara loved life, family shopping and holiday get-togethers. She was very stylish. She was a great cook and many restaurants called her often wanting her to work for them.
Kelly Gravitt, Talihina's football coach, could not be happier with his Golden Tigers' 6-0 start to the season, or with how they played in last week's 51-20 victory over Sallisaw-Central at Doc Robinson Stadium.
Poteau police called off a manhunt for a would-be kidnapper Thursday after the alleged victim admitted lying about the incident.
Poteau Chief of Police Stephen Fruen said he wanted the public to be aware of the hoax and feel safe on city streets.
The Poteau Pirates football team put a lot into last week's homecoming game with the Fort Gibson Tigers. After going toe to toe with them, the Pirates ended up falling 49-21. Poteau senior running back Michael Reynolds said it was a somber mood in the locker room after the game.
â€śIt was sad,â€ť Reynolds said. â€śWe know we can't let it get the better of us. We have to get ready to go this week.â€ť
BROKEN BOW â€” The Pansy Kidd Middle School football teams split their final road games of the season Tuesday at Memorial Stadium against the homestanding Broken Bow Savages.
The seventh-grade Raiders posted a 42-28 win over the Savages, who took the eighth-grade contest by a score of 28-13.
The PKMS teams will return to action in their season finales at 5 p.m. Tuesday against McAlester at Costner Stadium. The seventh-grade game will lead things off, followed by the eighth-grade game and the freshmen game at approximately 7 p.m.
The young hunter that takes the cake this hunting season is Lani Monks, an 11-year-old young lady from Panama. Lani is the daughter of Jeff and Kim Monks. She was hunting with her dad, who has taken her hunting since she was age 4.
Lani took her first deer two years ago, and took two deer last year, from the ground without a ground blind. Anyone who has bow hunted knows how tough that is.
Actors will take the stage this week and bring alive Disney's "The Jungle Book."
The presentation will be put on by actors with the Good Times Community Theatre at the Poteau High School Choir Room. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday. For tickets contact Melanie Thomas at (918) 649-7160 of message "CommunityTheatreGood" on facebook.
If ever there was a team which was needing a win, one such team was the Arkoma Mustangs.
After the Mustangs had lost three straight District C-4 games to be in dire straits of making the playoffs, along came a thrilling 44-36 win over the Midway Chargers last Friday night at Mustang Field on homecoming.
â€śThe kids were really excited,â€ť said Mark Weatherton, Arkoma's coach. â€śIt was a great football game. The crowd was into it. It had been three tough weeks for us. To get a win in the fashion we did, scoring with 36 seconds left, it felt good.â€ť