January 17th, 2013
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.
Charges have been filed against Erica Racelle Wright, 29, of Poteau after police say she led a sheriff's deputy on short chase after crashing into a utility pole while intoxicated.
The events, which took place in December, started at the E-Z Mart in Poteau when a sheriffs deputy approached Wright on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
Wright reportedly fled from the deputy in her vehicle, crashed into a utility pole, and then continued to flee.
Wright was eventually apprehended after two tires blew out.
With the filing period drawing near for municipal candidates, several cities have passed resolutions for the upcoming April election.
As of Jan. 17, nine local municipalities have filed their election resolution with the LeFlore County Election Board.
Filing period for candidates planning to enter a local race begin Feb. 4 at 8 a.m. and end Feb. 6 at 5 p.m.
The municipal elections will be held on Tuesday, April 2.
Tuesday night at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse, fans got to witness strong fourth-quarter rallies for the winning teams. One of those rallies came from the homestanding Poteau Pirates, who came from behind to down the Muldrow Bulldogs 45-42.
The other fourth-quarter rally was produced by the visiting Muldrow Lady Bulldogs, who came back from a nine-point halftime deficit to down the Lady Pirates 48-47.
In Tuesdayâ€™s edition, two Poteau girls had their point total against Heavener listed incorrectly. Montana Roll scored 16 points and Kaitlan Standridge scored 15 points.
POCOLA â€” The Pocola Indians had not played since Dec. 20 at Hartshorne, and it may have shown in the first half of Tuesday night's game with the Heavener Wolves at the Pocola High School Gym. However, thanks to a strong second half, the Indians were able to prevail 58-56 in overtime.
The Indians trailed 30-18 at halftime, but outscored the Wolves in the second half 32-20 to tie the game at 50-all to force overtime.
In the extra four-minute period, the Indians outscored the Wolves 8-6 to cap the comeback.
HOWE â€” The Howe Lady Lions may have made an early statement for next week's LeFlore County Tournament, saying don't count the defending champions out just yet.
The Lady Lions, who are seeded seventh in next week's tournament, posted a 42-38 win over the Panama Lady Razorbacks Tuesday night at the Howe High School gym.
The Lady Lions led 10-9 after a period, 22-14 at halftime and 26-24 after three quarters.
The Poteau Pirates wrestling team will try to secure a bid to next month's Class 4A Dual State Tournament on Thursday night at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse.
The Pirates (11-4) will welcome the Sallisaw Black Diamonds and the Wagoner Bulldogs to town for three duals beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday. Sallisaw and Wagoner will go first, followed by Poteau against Sallisaw and Poteau against Wagoner.
Archery season is over for this year, so now it is time to hunt some different critters for a while. We still have a couple weeks left to do some squirrel hunting before the season closes, and predator hunting is good this time of year, also.
One type of hunting I love to do is crow hunting, and it is open for the next couple of months. It is a lot of fun for kids and grown-ups alike, and I plan on taking my boys on a few trips in the near future.
The Poteau Daily News has a new Facebook page.
â€śActually we made the switch a few months ago. Word has been slow to get out because we left the old page up,â€ť said PDN publisher Robert Shearon.
â€śThe old page has been eliminated and we are hoping everyone will find their way to our new page. We keep it posted with links to news and sports stories, and some readers have posted comments and notices,â€ť Shearon said.