February 17th, 2012
By David Seeley
PDN Sports Editor
The basketball postseason has arrived for the large high schools in LeFlore County as district tournaments will begin tonight and Saturday night.
The Poteau Lady Pirates and Pirates will be in the Class 4A District Tournament against Hilldale Saturday night at Sherman Floyd Fieldhouse. The girls' game will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the boys' contest at 8 p.m. All four teams will advance to Thursday's Class 4A Regional Tournament at Roland.
All the hard work the Poteau Pirates and Talihina Golden Tigers wrestlers have done this season has led to this weekend. The season has boiled down to today and Saturday as they will try to send as many wrestlers as possible to next week's state tournaments.
Anglers are concerned about the population status of crappie in Lake Wister.
Fisheries biologists sample crappie to monitor abundance trends as well as age vs. growth.
There is no data to suggest a problem exists or is looming.
Crappie growth is excellent with most individuals reaching 10 inches by age two and abundance trends are onthe rise.
However, management staff will hold a public meeting to provide anglers with current sampling data, answer questions,and address concerns regarding the fishery.
James Daniel â€śDanâ€ť Falkner, 62, of Panama, died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, in Fort Smith, Ark.
He was born Dec. 31, 1949, in Panama to Elmer and Dym (Brown) Falkner.Â He was a college instructor.Â Dan worked 20 years at Panama High School, 10 years at Roland High School and four years at Carl Albert State College.Â
He is preceded in death by his father and two sisters, Joyce Fife and Ann Howard.
Geraldine Flanagan Hebert, 89, of Poteau went to be with the Lord on Feb. 15, 2012. She has been a faithful Christian since her youth.
Geraldine was born May 11, 1922, at Tarby, near Poteau.Â She was the daughter of the late Jim and Vera Flanagan, the wife of the late Harold S. Hebert, and a sister to the late James (Bubba) Flanagan.Â She is also preceded in death by son, Kenny Hebert.
Kent Alan Doyle, 24, of Poteau died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, in Fort Smith, Ark.
Kent was born March 25, 1987, in Fort Smith to Steve and Rebekah (Grose) Doyle.Â Kent was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Poteau. He enjoyed being with his family and taking road trips.Â He loved the outdoors, especially fishing.Â He loved watching movies and cartoons and listening to music.Â Kent was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Sherman Grose and Cindy Orqco, and paternal grandfather, Rayford Doyle.Â
James â€śJockâ€ť Faulkenberry, 81, of Howe died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, in Fort Smith, Ark.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Garland Cemetery, Stigler, under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home, Heavener.
Wanda Ritchey, 94, of Talihina died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, at OSU Medical Center in Tulsa.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, at Faith Pentecostal Church, Talihina. Burial will be at the Old Talihina Cemetery under the direction of Talihina Funeral Home.
Jimmie Maxine Morris, 74, of Wister died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012, in Fort Smith, Ark. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Summerfield Church of Christ. Burial will be in Summerfield Cemetery under the direction of Evans and Miler Funeral Home, Poteau.
Last week a local educator beloved by many lost his three-year battle with cancer. His family, students, friends and colleagues are now preparing for a memorial service this weekend to bid farewell to this beloved man.
James Daniel "Danny" Falkner was born on the last day of the year in 1949 and was raised in the community of Poker Bend near Panama. Although as a youngster he moved with his family to California several times, LeFlore County was most definitely home. It was also where he met his future wife, Janice Sue Gollihare.