The annual Community Christmas Dinner was once again a huge success in Poteau serving more than 415 dinners.
Eugene Wheeler, 92, died Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, in Durant. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 29 at First Presbyterian Church in Durant. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at the New Talihina Cemetery under the direction of Talihina Funeral Home.
Janice D. Tyler, 70, of Tuskahoma died Thursday, Dec. 22, in Fort Smith, Ark. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2 at the Albion First Baptist Church. Burial will be at Kiamichi Pioneer Cemetery under the direction Talihina Funeral Home.
Harold McBride, 58, of Talihina died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, at home. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, at the New Talihina Cemetery under the direction of Talihina Funeral Home.
Robert Junior Lowery of Pocola died Friday Dec. 23, 2011, in Fort Smith, Ark.
Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone, in a one bedroom house made of plaster and stone. I had come down the chimney with presents to give, and to see just who in this home did live. I looked all about, a strange sight I did see, no tinsel, no presents, not even a tree. no stockings by mantle, just boots filled with sand, on the wall hung pictures of far distant lands. With medals and badges, awards of all kinds, a sober thought came through my mind. For this house was different, it was dark and dreary, I found the home a soldier, once I could see clearly.
Last year, the Spiro Bulldogs had two players make All-State â€” quarterback Clayton Mitchem and Elliott Hawkins. This year, another Bulldog got the same honor.
Spiro wide receiver/cornerback K.J. Booze made the All-State East Team.
For the season, Booze caught 35 passes for 407 yards and five touchdowns. He rushed for 533 yards on 115 carries and scored five more TDs. Defensively, he had 34 tackles, two interceptions and three pass knockdowns.
Spiro girls vs. Acorn, Ark., 4 p.m.
Spiro boys vs. Acorn, Ark., 5:30 p.m.
Howe girls vs. Panama, 7 p.m.
Howe boys vs. Panama, 8:30 p.m.
Howe girls vs. Spiro, 4 p.m.
Howe boys vs. Spiro, 5:30 p.m.
Panama girls vs. Acorn, Ark., 7 p.m.
Panama boys vs. Acorn, Ark., 8:30 p.m.
The Satchel Paige Travel Baseball Team is looking for youth baseball players between the ages of 11-12, 13-14, 15-16 and 17-19 years old that would like to be a part of our Phoenix Christmas Baseball Tournament Team Monday through next Saturday and/or the 2012 Summer Travel Baseball Team that will include trips to Cincinnati, Omaha, Neb., Orlando, Fla., and Puerto Rico.
All interested players can call (773) 744-1040 or go online to www.whsn.org.
With this being my last column for 2011, I thought we'd take a look back at the season that was on the lakes.
The first LeFlore County Bass Club tournament took place March 5 at Broken Bow Lake. Steve â€śHardâ€ť Core and â€śGood Luckâ€ť Chuck Restine won first place with a haul of 18.81 pounds of bass â€” which included Steve big bass winner of 7.33 pounds which was good for $230 â€” which earned them $575 for the win. Jason â€śWickâ€ť Wickware and Russ â€śPopâ€ť Warner were second (14.12 pounds, $345), while Robbie â€śThe Bruiserâ€ť Brassfield and Keith â€śStoneâ€ť Jones were third (9.22 pounds, $230).