January 6th, 2012
According to a report from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission local unemployment rates held steady across the state during the month of November with two out of 77 counties reporting an increase. Latimer County still holds the top seat for the highest unemployment rate in the state at 10.1 percent and for the first time in months, LeFlore County was no longer runner up, not even listed in the top three. the OESC states in their report that in November, Oklahoma's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 6.1 percent over the course of the month.
A Shady Point woman was fatally injured in an accident on Latham Road Wednesday afternoon. According to the accident report released by the Oklahoma Highway patrol, Vernon Blake,93, of Shady Point was driving a 1994 Chevy Van six miles west of Shady Point when the van ran off the right side of the road and struck an electric pole.
Consolation quarterfinals were in the spotlight on Day 3 of the 2012 LeFlore County Junior High Tournament, which is taking place at both Poteau High School's Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse and Pansy Kidd Middle School.
In boys consolation quarterfinal action Wednesday at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse, Arkoma got past Fanshawe 50-31, Pocola handled Whitesboro 43-27, Leflore beat Bokoshe 48-40 and Hodgen defeated Monroe 42-9.
LONE GROVE â€” The Talihina High School basketball teams got the new year off on the right foot at the Longhorn Invitational Tournament at the Gary Scott Center.
The Golden Tigers got their first win of the season, and in the process got their new coach, Darrick Farriell, his first win with his new team, as they handled the Marlow Outlaws 51-40 in the opening round Thursday afternoon.
A house on Whitney St. in Poteau suffered major damage after the home caught fire Wednesday afternoon. According to Poteau Fire Chief John Pickle the fire appeared to have been caused by an electrical space heater. No one was home at the time of the fire. Poteau Fire Department put out the blaze while the Poteau Police Department detoured traffic on the heavily traveled roadway.
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Freddy A. Goines, 55, of Pocola died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, in an area hospital. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, in the Lewis Funeral Chapel, Fort Smith.
Lawrence E. Clayton was born in Fort Coffee in 1927. He served in World War II and was a scout leader with Boy Scouts of America; he received the highest award for a scout leader to receive.Â Clayton was a Presbyterian Elder who loved the church and was also a Sunday School Teacher.Â He loved to sing and some of his favorite songs were â€śGod is Able,â€ť â€śOne Day at a Timeâ€ť and â€śLiving Testimony.â€ť
Â He was preceded in death by his parents, Will and Emma (McClish) Clayton; son Billy Wayne Clayton; three brothers and three sisters.
Bill Buttress, 82, Spiro, died Jan. 3, 2012, in Fort Smith, Ark.Â He was born July 15, 1929, at Shady Point to Luther James and Mary (Mulkey) Buttress.Â Bill was a cattleman and also retired from Riverside Furniture where he worked 33 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, â€śJocielâ€ť; one son, Pete Buttress; one daughter ,Sandra Jean Buttress; and two brothers.Â
It took two days, but the first upset of the 2012 LeFlore County Junior High Tournament took place Tuesday afternoon at Poteau High School's Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse.
The Cameron Yellowjackets, seeded sixth, upset the third-seeded Spiro Bulldogs 37-34.
However, the other top boys seeds and three of the top four girls seeds advanced to Friday's championship semifinals.
HOWE â€” The Howe boys were able to outlast Keota's 58-56 Tuesday night at the Howe Gym in a battle of Lions.
Heavener 63, Hartshorne 28: In Hartshorne, the Wolves (4-4) reached the .500 mark with the win. Trailing 10-9 at the end of the first quarter, Heavener outscored Hartshorne 54-18 the rest of the way.