September 27th, 2012
James â€śBootsâ€ť Irvin Benson, 86, of Heavener died Sunday, Sept .23, 2012, in Heavener.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at First Assembly of God church in Heavener under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home.
Elizabeth â€śDeniseâ€ť Rogodzinski, 53, of Poteau died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, in Poteau. Denise was born Oct. 5, 1958 in Clarksville, AR to J.C. and Theresa (Ward) Douglas. She was a retail associate at Walmart for 35 years; and a business owner in Poteau for 13 years.
The Talihina Chamber
of Commerce has
announced that Talihinaâ€™s
Fall Foliage Festival has
been awarded a $3,500
grant from the Oklahoma
Chamber officials said
the grant money will be
used to provide artists for
the festival to be held Oct.
26 and 27 at the Talihina
The festival will include
a showcase of arts and
crafts, along with food,
inflatables and live entertainment,
including a street
dance Friday night.
will include the annual
Talihina car show, held in
tribute this year to John
McLemore who was in
Last Friday night, the Poteau Pirates football team gave it its best shot, but came up short against the Sallisaw Black Diamonds. The Pirate players were disappointed about suffering their first loss of the 2012 season.
â€śI was really upset because I thought we could win the game,â€ť said Derek Francis, senior defensive lineman. â€śIt was a close game, but they pulled it off in the second half. We threw two interceptions, and that's what turned the game around. I was pretty sad because I really wanted (the win).â€ť
The Poteau Lady Pirates softball team will enter this afternoon's Class 4A District Tournament in fine fashion after they run ruled the Westville Lady Yellowjackets 9-1 Tuesday afternoon.
The Lady Pirates (27-7) will entertain the Muldrow Lady Bulldogs beginning at 4 p.m. this afternoon in the Class 4A District Tournament. Whoever wins the best-of-3 series will be the district champion, and move on to next week's regional tournament.
The Heavener Wolves are on a two-game winning streak since losing a disappointing home opener two weeks ago to the Hartshorne Miners. Since then, the Wolves (3-1 overall and 1-0 in District 3A-8) have posted wins over Gore (31-21) and Valliant (47-17) in last week's district opener.
â€śWe feel like we've turned the corner, and we've put that loss behind us,â€ť said Carl Lee, Heavener's new coach. â€śWe're heading in the right direction â€” or at least we think we're heading in the right direction. We're not looking back at that loss. We're just trying to get a good winning streak going.â€ť
Carl Albert State College Assistant Softball Coach Megan Young will give softball lessons at $25 per hour to girls up through age 18.
To schedule a session or for additional information, call (580) 704-4517.
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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.
For additional information, call (918) 647-2582.
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Tryouts for the 2013 season for a 12-year-old Major USSSA baseball team will take place on four dates at the Spiro Little League Fields.
This time of the year gets my blood pumping. The start of hunting season is one day I look forward to every year. I am almost like a kid at Christmas when Oct. 1 rolls around.
As luck would have it, opening day is on a Monday this year, so I will have to wait until the evening hunt to climb into my stand this year.
I have different tree stands hung for whatever wind direction we have, and my cameras have captured some deer coming through. So, all I need now is for opening day to get here.
Debra Lois Franklin, 56, of Big Cedar died Sept. 22, 2012,in Wilburton.
A celebration of life service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at New Home Cemetery in Big Cedar with Pastor Ed Rogers officiating.
Arrangements are under the direction of Brumley Funeral Home in Broken Bow.
Vance E. Gildersleeve of Poteau departed this life on July 23, 2012, and transitioned into the arms of our Savior Jesus Christ.
He was born in Stewartsville, Minn., on May 22, 1919, to Leslie and Ethel (Proctor) Gildersleeve. He was baptized April 10, 1955, into the Christian faith at the First Baptist Church of Redwood City, Calif., by Pastor Rowland T. Edgeworth and later affirmed his baptismal faith in the Zion Lutheran Church of Santa Rosa, Calif., on April 30, 1967. He was an elder with Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Fort Smith, Ark.