January 18th, 2013
On Friday morning, Senator Jim Inhofe (Okla.) along with Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman (Ark.) arrived in Fort Smith to meet with U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III to discuss the impact of a recent defense budget cut that will affect the 188th Fighter Wing.
According to Inhofe, approximately 200-300 members of the 188th are Oklahoma residents. Of the 1000 jobs filled at the 188th, Inhofe said the cuts could affect 10 percent of employees.
The replacement of the A-10's with unmanned assault vehicles is the most likely change to expect, said Inhofe.
The latest report from the United States Drought Monitor shows that despite recent precipitation this month, all of Oklahoma remains under sever drought. The LeFlore County area is listed as under extreme drought conditions.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, most of the state has been drought conditions since last May.
Reports show that drought conditions are expected to persist or intensify until spring rains bring relief.
PANAMA â€” In 1776, people like Thomas Jefferson were among those who have always been thought of as being the founding fathers of our country because of the work he did in helping to create our nation's Declaration of Independence.
About 237 years later, Northern Oklahoma College-Enid, formerly known as Phillips University, will begin a softball program in the spring semester of 2014. So, Jamie Roberts, NOC-Enid's coach, is recruiting players to be her founding fathers, or mothers, if you will, for her new program. One of those players is from right here in LeFlore County.
OKLAHOMA CITY â€” At the end of the 2011-12 National Basketball Association season, I imagined that the Oklahoma City Thunder would come back this year and use the experience gained throughout the playoffs â€” especially in the NBA Finals â€” to make another serious run for the title. If the regular season is any indication of how this team is going to fare in the playoffs, this could be the year that OKC brings home its first-ever NBA title since the franchise moved from Seattle. As the team approaches the midpoint of the season, the Thunder currently has the best record in the NBA (31-8).
You may not know this about me, but I used to be LeFlore Countyâ€™s best stunt man in the late 1970s. I got a phone call from my old event coordinator and team manager, Jeff â€śJediâ€ť Dennis. He wanted to promote one last big jump for me.
I was all set to get out the olâ€™ 1984 Kawasaki 125, grow back those killer pork-chop sidebars and jump the bull at the Black Angus Motel with all the proceeds raised going to local charities. I loved it.
So, I got to the motel to get some measurements for the ramp builders, Ed Sockey and Dr. Rodney Ford. To my surprise, the bull is gone! Holy cow?
Jeff Lee â€śChiefâ€ť Batt, 55, of Arkoma died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark. He was born Feb. 7, 1957, at Tahlequah to Richard Lee and Josephine (Bendabout) Batt. He was a heavy equipment operator.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Laura Gooley.
Linda Sue Farwell, 60, of Spiro died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark.Â Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, in Shady Point Cemetery under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home, Poteau.
Betty Catherine Petefish, 76, of Van Buren, Ark., died Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, in Van Buren.Â Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan, 18, at Poteau Valley Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Parsley officiating.Â Burial will be at 1 p.m. in Fort Smith (Ark.) National Cemetery under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home, Poteau.
Ruby Marie Harland, 87, of Poteau died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Poteau.Â A private family memorial service will be held. Evans and Miller Funeral Home is handling arrangements. You may leave an online message at evansandmillerfuneralhomes.com.
Gen. Mark Welsh III, U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff is scheduled to tour the 188th Fighter Wing in Fort Smith Friday.
Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe, along with both Arkansas Senators, Mark Pryor and John Boozman plan to attend the meeting to discuss proposed changes to the 188th cause by cuts to defense spending.
The potential of the A-10 mission from the 188th being replaced by unmanned aircraft has been discussed since the passing of a $640 billion defense bill last month.
The meeting is scheduled to take place 11 a.m. at TAC Air FBO Fort Smith Regional Airport.