January 9th, 2013
The trial of James Haskin, of Monroe, began Wednesday morning at the LeFlore County Courthouse.
Haskin was charged with nine counts of child neglect and three counts of child sexual abuse stemming from a 2011 investigation.
On Wednesday morning a jury of five women and seven men took their place in the jury box as testimony from witnesses called by the state was heard.
Testimony was given by three law enforcement investigators involved in the case along with an investigator with the Child Welfare Division of the Oklahoma Department of Human Service.
There will be a new girls county championship team as the Wister Lady Wildcats knocked off last year's champions, the Poteau/Pansy Kidd Middle School Lady Raiders 21-18 Tuesday afternoon in the 2013 LeFlore County Junior High Basketball Tournament at Carl Albert State College's Mick Thompson Fieldhouse.
The 2013 tournament's top-seeded girls team, the Howe Lady Lions, advanced with a 25-14 victory over Talihina, while the fifth-seeded Monroe Lady Eagles upset fourth-seeded Heavener 30-28.
MONROE â€” The Spiro Lady Bulldogs, who are seeded 10th in the 2013 LeFlore County Junior High Tournament, are quickly becoming the Cinderellas this season's annual event.
For the second straight day, the Lady Bulldogs pulled off an upset. After knocking off No. 7 Bokoshe on Monday afternoon at the Monroe gym, they returned to the same site and did likewise in posting a 33-29 victory over second-seeded Hodgen in the championship quarterfinals.
The three other games here were boys quarterfinals, and the two top-seeded teams posted wins.
The Poteau Pirates wrestling team resumed dual action Tuesday night at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse as they handled both the Talihina Golden Tigers (60-12) and Fort Smith (Ark.) Southside (57-24).
Southside won the middle dual, 42-18 over Talihina.
The Pirates will return to action with a road dual against Tahlequah beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Poteau Wrestler Places at Cushing
Poteauâ€™s Tyler Tustin was third at 138 pounds in this past weekendâ€™s Cushing Tournament.
The Poteau City Council moved a step closer Monday to establishing a regional recycling recycling center here.
They also approved a resolution calling for city elections in April.
Members agreed to present three options on a building in the industrial park to the Choctaw Nation, which announced plans last month to open a hub for several collection sites already operating in the county. The options include lease, lease-purchase or purchase of the building.
Candidate filing period for the April 2 election will be Feb. 4-6.
Mary Louise Barnes, 67, of Panama died Jan. 2, 2013, in Panama.Â No service will be held at this time. Grace Manor Funeral Home, Poteau, is handling arrangements.
Melba Robbins Clunn, 77, of Wagoner died Jan. 4, 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Ada Robbins, and husband, Jim W. Clunn.
She is survived by children, Randall and Terri Clunn of Sapulpa, Michael Clunn of Sardis, Jimmie and Vicki Clunn of Wagoner, and Ramona Buckner of Poteau; one brother, Eugene Robbins; two aunts, Christine Jordan and Jean Clunn; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at Sardis Community Center, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, and are being handled by Clayton Funeral Home.
Alice Faye Weaver, 68, of Poteau died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, in Poteau. Alice was born Nov. 12, 1944, in Monroe to James Calvin and Dovie Melvina (Faulkenberry) McKenzie. She was a homemaker. Alice was preceded in death by her parents; infant son, James; and nephew, Shawn Kersh.
Mourine (Plumlee) Gentry, 82, was born Jan. 19, 1930, at Meeker to J.E. and Callie Plumlee. Mourine began her eternal life on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. She had eight brothers and one sister. She attended first grade in a one-room schoolhouse at Union Point then attended second grade at Musson School near Shawnee. From third to eighth grade, Mourine attended Ferguson County School. She graduated from Butner High School in 1948.
James Newton Smith, 77, of Pocola died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Fort Smith, Ark.
Private family services will be held at a later date under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home.