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July 17th, 2012

Pocola man arrested in rape of child

July 17, 2012

A child is recovering in the custody of the Arkansas Department of Human Services after it was discovered she had been raped and assaulted.
Heath Wayne Talley, 26, of Pocola, was arrested on charges of rape by instrumentation and child abuse in connection with the child's injuries.
According to the LeFlore County District Attorney's Office, the child reportedly suffered burns from an electrical cord along with the sexual assault.

July 16th

Jury trial begins in county lawsuit

July 16, 2012

Former LeFlore County Deputies Burell Shipman and Dale Fout filed a lawsuit against the LeFlore County Board of County Commissioners in 2006. On Monday a jury was picked and the trial began.
Shipman and Fout allege in their petition against the commissioners they were owed payment for compensation wages and holiday pay. They claim Sheriff Roy Gentry approved the payments but when the payroll warrant was submitted to the commissioners, it was denied.
The two are seeking in excess of $30,000 each in back wages.

Dan Harrell Pilkington

July 16, 2012

Dan Harrell Pilkington, 63, of Jay, formerly of Poteau, died Saturday, July 14, 2012, in Grove. Dan was born July 8, 1949, in Poteau to Fred Harrell and Freda (Evans) Pilkington. Dan was the former owner of APGO Drilling and Production Service. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred Pilkington and Freda Watkins; son, Shon Pilkington; and sister, Jan Pilkington Graham.

Mary Ola Bloxom Holland

July 16, 2012

Mary Ola Bloxom Holland, 68, of Panama, formerly of Mena, Ark., died Friday, July 6, 2012, in Panama.
Mary was born Feb. 25, 1944, in Virginia to Rufus and Ola (Higdon) Bloxom. She was preceded in death by her parents and one great-grandson, Ayden Blake.
She loved raising flowers, fishing and painting artwork.
She is survived by her companion, Clyde Johnson of the home; one daughter, Margaret Marshall of Fort Smith, Ark.; four grandchildren, Jennifer Ward, Joshua Peters, Ericka and Tiffany Marshall; four great-grandchildren, Anthony, Brian, Ivy and Alex.

LeFlore County EMS takes top state honors

July 16, 2012

LeFlore County Emergency Medical Services and employees were honored during the annual Oklahoma Emergency Medical Technician Association banquet.
Anthony Stankowitz, 21, of Spiro, heard his name out called out during an awards ceremony last week in Tulsa as the 2012 Paramedic of the year. The award, which is peer based by nomination, recognized Stankowitz as the top outstanding Paramedic in Oklahoma.
His nomination was written by LCEMS Director, Dave Grovdahl

July 13th

Mary Ola (Bloxom) Holland

July 13, 2012

Mary Ola (Bloxom) Holland, 68, of Panama, formerly of Mena, Ark., died Friday, July 6, 2012. No services are planned. Information submitted by Mallory-Martin Funeral Home, Spiro.

Paul Claybourne Cunningham

July 13, 2012

Paul Claybourne Cunningham, 60, of Pocola died Friday, July 13, 2012, in Pocola. Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 16, at Pocola Memorial Chapel under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home, Pocola.

Doyle Kenneth “Ken” Moore

July 13, 2012

Doyle Kenneth “Ken” Moore, 74, of Sallisaw died Thursday, July 12, 2012, in Fort Smith, Ark. Ken was born April 17, 1938, in Spiro to Andrew Cleveland and Nancy (Smith) Moore. He was an upholstery instructor at Northside High School in Fort Smith. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Hollis Leslie Gassaway Jr.

July 13, 2012

Hollis Leslie Gassaway Jr., 67, of  Fort Smith, Ark., died Thursday, July 5, 2012, in Fort Smith. Hollis was born April 12, 1945, in McAlester to Hollis Sr. and Novella (Phipps) Gassaway. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Hollis was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Shirley Besoyan.
Survivors include his daughter, Phyllis Ann Gassaway of California; sons, Douglas and Virginia Gassaway of Blum, Texas, Treavor Gassaway of Roland; uncles and aunts, Lucian and Sue Gassaway of Monroe, and Clinton and Barbara Phipps Gassaway.
Private services will be held at a later time.

Poteau basketball player going to be in U.S. International Sports Festival next week in Columbus

July 13, 2012

Poteau Lady Pirate basketball player Kaitlan Standridge went to participate in the United States Junior National Basketball Team tryouts on May 20 at Lighthouse Sports Complex in Oklahoma City. The goal was to make the cut from across the nation to be invited to play in next week's U.S. International Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio. She did just that.
“I really didn't think this would happen,” Standridge said. “I have never really foreseen myself coming this far in basketball. I've developed a love for the game of basketball like I have over the past two years.”

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