February 20th, 2013
Several former Carl Albert State College Lady Viking and Viking basketball players are making an impact with their new collegiate teams.
Katie BenAmor, a 5-11 senior forward from Howe, is playing at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith, which is a NCAA Divison II school and a member of the Heartland Conference.
Lindsay McCown is a 6-foot senior forward from Heavener and is currently playing at East Central University in Ada, which is a NCAA Division II school and a member of the Great American Conference.
Trace Brooks and Nacona Steelman won Monday afternoon's Panama High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) Fishing Tournament. The Razorbacks duo hauled in 32 pounds of fish.
Tournament competitors could fish anywhere in LeFlore County.
Dillan Fout and Chase Hatcher caught the biggest crappie, weighing 2.4 pounds.
Justin Burks not only had the honor of catching the biggest bass (weighing 5.3 pounds), he also caught in the biggest perch (11 ounces).
Jacob Caldwell and Bradley Harris caught the biggest catfish, weighing seven pounds.
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Several area schools closed early today due to winter weather making travel hazardous.
Pocola Schools closed at 11:30 a.m.
Panama Schools are not closing early but will be closed Thursday
Wister Schools are closing at 1 p.m.
Shady Point Schools are closing at 12:15 p.m.
Other schools within the county are allowing parents to pick up children early but are not closing due to children who may not have someone at their home.
A new physician is joining the team at Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center in Poteau.
The board of trustees of the LeFlore County Hospital Authority unanimously agreed to enter into contract with Dr. Doug Duke, D.O., during its regular meeting Tuesday afternoon.
According to the National Weather Service, LeFlore County will remain under a winter weather advisory until noon Thursday.
Other counties included in the advisory are Cherokee, Adair, Creek, Wagoner, Tulsa, Rogers, Mayes, Pittsburg, Sequoyah, Latimer and Haskell. Sebastian County in Arkansas is also under advisory.
A career-high 12 points from Acorn, Ark., player Abby Ledbetter wasn't enough for the Carl Albert State College Lady Vikings in their 66-55 loss to the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Lady Norse on Monday night at Mick Thompson Fieldhouse.
Frederico Santos' double-double of 22 points and 16 rebounds proved to be the difference for the NEO Golden Norsemen in their 71-61 win over the Vikings in the second game of Monday night's doubleheader.
The Carl Albert State College baseball team suffered its first loss of the 2013 season Saturday afternoon at Ival Goodman Field in its home opener. Jefferson College of Missouri came to town and left with a 16-6 victory.
The Vikings' home doubleheader this afternoon against Paris (Texas) Junior College has been rained out, and has not been rescheduled.
Last week's road twinbill against Coffeyville (Kan.) College has been rescheduled for April 9, but the site of the games have not been determined at this time.
Of the 15 LeFlore County high school basketball teams left in postseason play, seven of them â€” Poteauâ€™s girls, Heavenerâ€™s boys, Spiroâ€™s boys, Pocolaâ€™s boys, Talihinaâ€™s boys, Howeâ€™s girls and Talihinaâ€™s girls â€” are just a win away from automatically qualifying for next weekâ€™s area tournaments.
These seven teams are in winnerâ€™s-bracket games Thursday night in their respective regional tournaments. A win will not only put them into Saturday nightâ€™s regional title games, but they will automatically qualify for going on to the area tournaments as doing no worse than being regional runners-up.
Larry Dale Goodnight, 54, of Poteau died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, in Poteau. Larry was born in Oklahoma City on Jan. 22, 1959, to Marshall and Clarice (Dorey) Goodnight. He was a licensed electrician in heat and air. He was preceded in death by his father, and daughter-in-law, Karlee Goodnight.
Survivors include his son, Brian Goodnight of Watonga; daughters and son-in-law, Mika