January 7th, 2013
Jury selection in the trial of a man accused of abusing his children began Monday morning at the LeFlore County Courthouse.
James Haskin, 61, of Monroe, was arrested in November 2011 after investigators alleged nine children were being neglected and some of them sexually abused by Haskin. Haskin's wife Lucinda was also arrested in connection with the allegations.
Jury selection is expected to continue until Tuesday and trial to begin on Wednesday.
My dad, Jack Langdell, and I have never been to a college football game, much less two bowl games in a 24-hour period. Amazing, exciting, overwhelming, just WOW! That's the only way I know to describe our adventure.
We left Poteau around 8:30 a.m. Saturday, excited and ready to enjoy our four days on the road.
The trip to West Memphis, Ark., where we were staying, seemed to fly by. We arrived at the hotel around 2:30 p.m, got checked in, freshened up some and headed across the Mississippi River bridge to Memphis, Tenn.
The deadline to sign up for the 2013 Upward Sports cheerleading and basketball leagues is Tuesday.
Cost is $55. For additional information, call Sharina Martindale at (918) 635-0554. Registrations can be dropped off at the Poteau Church of the Nazarene, located on the corner of Clayton and Walter.
More information can be obtained by going to www.facebook.com/upward-sports-poteau.com or www.poteaunazarene.com
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Sunday Couple Scrambles at Wolf Ridge Golf Course will take place at 2 p.m. Sundays.
The entry fee is $15 per person for the nine-hole weekly event.
ARKOMA â€” The 2013 portion of the basketball season got off on the right foot for the Arkoma Mustangs Thursday night as they picked up a home victory over the Wister Wildcats by the score of 46-37.
The Mustangs jumped out to a 4-1 lead and never trailed. They enjoyed a 12-6 lead after one period.
However, the Wildcats stayed close as Adrian Gonzalesâ€™ steal and lay-up with 26 seconds left before halftime cut Wisterâ€™s deficit to 20-13 at halftime. However, that was as close as the â€™Cats got.
ARKOMA â€” A tough night shooting doomed the Wister Lady Wildcats as they suffered a 62-44 loss to the Arkoma Lady Mustangs on Thursday night at the Arkoma Gym.
The Lady â€™Cats missed 19 shots in the first half, which led to them being down 19-7 after one period and being shutout 15-0 in the second quarter to trail the Lady Mustangs by 27 points, 34-7, at the break.
Wister did open the second half with a 9-4 run to cut the deficit to 38-16, but Arkomaâ€™s lead was never seriously in jeopardy.
MONROE â€” Although the 2013 LeFlore County Junior High Tournament does not begin officially until Monday, the two play-in games for the main draw took place Friday afternoon at the Monroe Public Schools gym.
The Cameron Lady Yellowjackets defeated the Shady Point Lady Warriors 35-24, while the Bokoshe Tigers were too much for Shady Point's boys in a 43-19 victory.
The Lady Yellowjackets will play top-seeded Howe at 7:15 p.m. Monday at the Howe gym, while the Tigers willo face No. 1-seeded Wister at 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Wister gym.
LeFlore County Sheriff Rob Seale has announced his intentions to open two unsolved murder cases from 2009.
Jody Wilson, 23, of Wister, was found dead May 8, 2009 by a paraglider flying above the Runestone State Park. She was reported missing the following day by her husband Donald â€śBoâ€ť Wilson.
The cause and manner of Wilson's death has not been determined due to decomposition.