November 29th, 2011
I must say I enjoyed my little down time last week with no high school athletics happening. But as they say, â€śAll good things must end.â€ť
Now that Thanksgiving Break is over, high school basketball will get going hot and heavy from now until the Christmas Break.
Poteau, Arkoma, Pocola and Talihina will begin their seasons tonight, while Heavener, Panama and Spiro will begin their seasons later this week.
So, let the hoop-la begin.
Poteau at Citizens Bank Classic in Van Buren, Ark., girls vs. Shiloh Christian, 4 p.m.; boys vs. Van Buren, Ark., 8:30 p.m.
Jeffery Dale Bingley, who was charged with child sexual abuse and possession of child pornography in January 2010, is scheduled to appear in district court this afternoon on a motion to suppress filed by Defense Attorney Gary Buckles.
On the heals of the motion, Buckles also filed a second motion to require the state, represented by Assistant District Attorney Margaret Nicholson, to further analyze evidence in the case against his client.
Bingley is scheduled to appear in court at 1:30 for the motion to suppress.
The Pocola Board of trustees held a special meeting tonight to hire for two vancancies within the city. After more than two hours behind closed doors in executive session the trustees decided to take a recess until next Tuesday night before making any decisions regarding a new police chief and a new street department employee.
Kevin M. Snyder, 43, of Shady Point, died Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011. Services are pending with Freeman Harris Funeral Home, Tulsa.
LaRonda Dee Metzger, 50, of Shady Point, died Friday, Nov. 18, 2011. Service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at New Hope Cemetery under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home, Spiro.
Cynthia Carol Crownover, 56, of Heavener died Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011, in Fort Smith, Ark. Services were held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 28, at First Assembly of God Church, under the direction of Dowden Funeral Home, Heavener.
Bill â€śHossâ€ť Purcell of Cameron died at his home on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011.Â Bill married Carolyn Blair on June 10, 2006, in Poteau. He was a member of the James V. Callan Dalite Lodge in Irving, Texas, and a member of the McAlester Masonic Lodge.Â Bill received his 32nd degree at the McAlester Lodge.Â Bill was a self-employed truck driver with an attitude and sense of humor.
Bill was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Robin Phillips, and two sisters, Susan Counts and Louise Rose.
Three suspects are in custody following burglaries of the Panama and Howe Police Departments that occurred Thanksgiving morning.
Nikita Don Beshirs, 34, William John Real, 21, and Chelsea Rashele Hall, 23, all of Panama, were arrested for multiple burglary related charges after police discovered stolen contraband in a wrecked vehicle the trio had used to commit the thefts.
Hall, who allegedly told police she wrecked the vehicle intentionally to terminate her pregnancy, reportedly admitted to police that she broke into the police department's to prove a point.
The LeFlore County Repubicans will meet today, at noon at the Poteau Pizza Hut. Dakota Wood, candidate for U.S. Congress, 2nd District, will be the featured speaker.
More than 430 meals were served at the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday. More than 200 of those were served inside the Poteau High School Cafeteria by volunteers who were on hand for the event. The dinner was supposed to start serving at 11 a.m. but so many were lined up early that the doors were opened at 10:30 a.m. Jim Bergen says he is now focusing on the Community Christmas Dinner which is just a couple of weeks away.