March 23rd, 2012
As feared, Mother Nature is wreaking havoc on the local sports scene this Spring Break week.
For the second straight day, the Poteau Wood Bat Festival's beginning was rained out. Games were to have begun on Wednesday, but were postponed due to rain.
The games were then pushed back a day at all sites, so there would be games at Poteau's Town Creek Park and Cameron Thursday, then games at both sites along with Howe's Lions Field on Friday and Saturday.
OKLAHOMA CITY â€” With Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers in town against the Oklahoma City Thunder Wednesday night, a packed Chesapeake Energy Arena was expected â€” and thatâ€™s exactly what Oklahoma City delivered.
Griffin, a native Oklahoman and a former Oklahoma Sooner, struggled against the Thunder in the game, and scored a career-low seven points.
A man accused of murdering his mother and father in July 2011, appeared in court Thursday morning for preliminary hearing proceedings.
Kevin Paul Statham, 50, was arrested after family discovered Paul Statham, 70, and Helen Statham, 69, murdered at their home located on Old Bokoshe Rd. from apparent gun shot wounds.
The criminal proceedings involving a man charged with aggravated possession of child porn have resumed after he appeared in court Wednesday afternoon and was declared competent to stand trial.
Marty Hester, 52, of Hodgen, has been incarcerated since his arrest in October after law enforcement received a report he attempted to sexually assault two children at his business, The Computer Helper, located on S. Witte in Poteau . During the investigation officers discovered multiple pieces of child pornography.
The Cameron Lady Yellowjackets and the Howe Lady Lions will have to wait just a little bit longer to get some softball games in this Spring Break week.
Due to this week's heavy rains, the 2012 Red Oak Festival was moved back from starting today until Friday, with the same order of games.
The two local teams will meet each other in the 3:50 p.m. game Friday. The Lady Lions will also play McCurtain at 12:20 p.m., then Keota at 1:30 p.m. and host Red Oak at 5 p.m.
Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2012 Poteau High School Sports Hall of Fame.
Categories include: football, boys and girls basketball, baseball, fast-pitch and slow-pitch softball, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls track, boys and girls golf, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls all-around athlete, wrestling, coaching and support and service.
The deadline to submit nominations is March 30.
For additional information or to submit a nomination, call (918) 839-0394.
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Jean Anne Ford Perry, 80, of Spiro died Sunday, March 18, 2012, in Fort Smith, Ark. A funeral mass will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seaton Catholic Church in Spiro, under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home.
Billie Joe Basinger Sr., 83,Â of Mountain Home, Ark., died Sunday, March 18, at his home.
Funeral services will be private.
He was born Aug. 28, 1928, in Monroe, the son of Thomas and Flora May Loyd Basinger.Â He married Barbara Robertson on March 16, 1988, at Texarkana, Ark., and worked as a millwrite for The Pine Bluff Arsenal.Â Billie was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.Â Billie lived in Mountain Home since 1989, moving from Pine Bluff.Â He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and enjoyed fishing and working with his hands.