November 6th, 2012
Voter turnout in LeFlore County for the General Election appeared to be "pretty heavy," county Election Board spokesperson said Tuesday afternoon.
No problems were reported at any of the county's polling places.
Approximately 1,740 people cast in-person absentee ballots at the Election Board on Friday, Saturday and Monday.
Almost 500 absentee ballots were cast by mail, the spokesperson said.
The 2012 football season for the Poteau Pirates ended Friday night. Even though the Pirates did not make the playoffs, they made all the fans realize that something good is about to happen and the future is bright.
This year the Pirates scored 270 while giving up 205. Poteau rushed for 2,620 yards and passed the ball for 798 yards, for a total offense of 3,418 yards. The defense held other teams to 1,299 yards rushing, but gave up 1,294 yards through the air.
Due to space constraints in today's edition, I'm not going to get too wordy this week.
However, let me remind county basketball coaches that I need their preseason questionnaire along with their schedule. The preseason questionnaires provide me the information needed to write the season-preview stories of our county basketball teams â€” like the story on Whitesboro's team in Thursday's edition and Howe's in Friday's paper.
OKLAHOMA CITY â€” Not that it should come as any surprise, but newcomer Kevin Martin has been a welcome addition to the Oklahoma City Thunder team. He averaged more than 18 points a game with Houston and has already shown consistency on the court with his shooting and ball handling. After scoring 15 points, with three 3-point baskets and five assists in his first game and following that up with 19 points, three 3s, three rebounds and two assists against Portland in the Thunder's home opener Friday night, Martin really showed what he can do scoring Sunday night.
The Carl Albert State College men's basketball teams suffered their first losses of the season, both to nationally-ranked opponents, in this past weekend's Oklahoma-Texas Shootout in Weatherford.
The Vikings lost 74-48 to 14th-ranked Trinity Valley Community College on Sunday, which came on the heels of Saturday's 82-60 loss to third-ranked Howard College.
The next game for the Vikings will be at 8 p.m. Nov. 13 against Cowley County, Kan., at Mick Thompson Fieldhouse.
Ronald H. Sheetz, 75, of Spiro died Saturday Nov. 3, 2012. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in Fort Smith National Cemetery under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home, Spiro. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday.
Frances Anne Cranfield, 70, of Heavener died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in Poteau. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Forrester Baptist Church in Heavener. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home.
Melveena Louise Bates, 55, of Harrah was born Feb. 9, 1957, to Melford Wesley Weaver Sr. and Bernice Monks Weaver.
Vena grew up in Panama and graduated from high school there. She had lived in Ardmore.
She was a retired teacher. Vena liked to travel and fish.Â She was a loving wife, mother and friend to all people.Â She was preceded in death by her father.
Absent from the body is to be present with the Lord through his faith in Jesus Christ. On Nov. 3, 2012, in Fort Smith, Ark., surrounded by his loving family, Raymond Eli Tomlin went to be with his Lord and Savior. He was born June 7, 1935, in Sacramento, Calif., to Lewis and Orthel (Brown) Tomlin.
Â Raymond, 77, of Keota was a retired carpenter and rancher. He enjoyed restoring antique cars and spoiling his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Jerry Edward Thompson, 68, of Cameron died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. Jerry was born Aug. 26, 1944, in Poteau to Richard and Annie Velma (Gullick) Thompson. He worked for the local cable company for more than 42 years. After retiring he worked for Gentry Ranch. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, AJ, RC, Bud, and Wayne Thompson; sister, Amanda Thompson; and mother-in-law, Sylvia Heavener Brown.