January 15th, 2013
American author Horace Greeley coined the phrase, â€śGo west, young man!â€ť as westward expansion was taking place in the 1860s in the United States. A Poteau senior softball right fielder will head west to play at the next level.
Poteauâ€™s Gabba Wilson signed a letter of intent to play at Western Oklahoma State College in Altus in a ceremony Tuesday morning at the high school.
WISTER â€” Wister Wildcats baseball pitcher Tyler Gibson has been part of one of the best high school baseball programs in the state. Now, heâ€™s hoping to be part of another one at the college level.
The Wister senior signed a letter of intent with Seminole State College on Tuesday afternoon at the high school gym.
I watched the LeFlore County Junior High Basketball Tournament last week. Sometimes it was boring, and sometimes it was exciting.
Looking at those puppies, one can see that within a couple of years they will mature both physically and athletically.
Overall, I think the biggest story of the tournament would be the rebirth of basketball at Monroe. I believe the key has to be that the Eagles and the Lady Eagles have bought into the Casey Hemphill way of doing things, and they are learning to fly all over again. The Lady Eagles played for third place, while the Eagles played for fifth place.
BROKEN BOW â€” The Poteau Lady Pirates made it a 2-0 weekend as they posted a come-from-behind 51-48 win over the Broken Bow Lady Savages on Saturday.
Trailing 27-16 at halftime, the Lady Pirates outscored the Lady Savages 25-5 in the third quarter to take a 41-32 lead into the final period.
Bokoshe 57, Wister 35: Friday night in Bokoshe, the Lady Tigers jumped out to a 12-4 lead after a period to take control of the game.
A two day trial ended Tuesday afternoon when the jury returned a guilty verdict against John Thomas Akin for robbery.
Akin was found guilty of entering the El Soliceto store in Heavener in April 2012 and robbing the clerk at gun point.
The jury deliberated for less than 30 minutes before returning it's verdict. The jury suggested a life sentence.
Assistant District Attorney Margaret Nicholson prosecuted the case. Akin was defended by Poteau attorney Doug Schmuck.
Akin will be sentenced at a later date.
BROKEN BOW â€” Just after getting a thrilling road win against the Heavener Wolves on Friday night, the road was unkind to the Poteau Pirates on Saturday as they lost 62-58 to the Broken Bow Savages.
The Pirates fell behind 17-16 after one period, and trailed 32-27 at halftime.
Trailing 44-34 after three periods, the Pirated did outscore the Savages 24-18 in the final quarter, but the rally fell short.
Panama 81, Cameron 75, 2 OT: Friday night in Panama, the Razorbacks got homecoming off on the right foot, and did so in dramatic fashion.
The Poteau Board of Education tackled several current social issues at Monday night's meeting.
Members agreed to develop a written policy that clearly acceptable social media behavior for district employees, especially concerning online contact with students.
They also agreed to become part of a research project with the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center to identify young pupils with autistic tendencies and develop ways to serve those children better.
A brief blast of winter weather caused slick bridges and overpasses Tuesday morning.
A winter storm that was traveling to the east dropped snow and sleet across LeFlore County creating potentially dangerous conditions for drivers.
According to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Oklahoma Highway Patrol officers reported slick and hazardous conditions, especially to the south end of the county.
Temperatures are forecast to remain below freezing for morning lows and highs around 40 degrees until Friday.
Brenda Lee Reece, 64, of Poteau, passed away with her family by her side Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, in Poteau. Brenda was born Aug. 10, 1948, in Modesto, Calif. to Bill â€śJ.D.â€ť and Lorene (Williams) Gibson. She was a homemaker. Brenda was preceded in death by her parents, and sons Michael Wade and Olen James Reece. Brenda was loved by all who knew her, loved her family more than anything and loved spending time with her husband on the back of his Harley. Ride on Brenda ... Ride on ....
Benjamin Daniel Adams, 56, of Arkoma passed away Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark. Ben was born Feb. 3, 1956, in Poteau to Woodrow and Leontena (Minor) Adams. He worked in the oilfields. Ben was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, William Lee Adams and James Merl Adams; sisters, Karen Adams and Mary Hurlocker; niece Crystal Dance; and great-niece, Tajia Adams.