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Algra B. Tackett

December 27, 2011

Algra B. Tackett, 89, of Poteau died Monday, Dec. 26, 2011, in Poteau.
Algra was born June 2, 1922, in Berlin, Okla., to Doc and Margaret (Clanton) Barfield. She was a homemaker. Algra was a restaurant owner. She was a member at Latham Assembly of God Church, a charter member of the Green Country Jamboree and a member of the Red Hat Society. Algra was preceded in death by her parents, Doc and Margaret (Clanton) Barfield; husband, Arlie H. Tackett; and sons, Richard and Stuart Tackett.

Panama Holiday Festival today, Thursday

December 27, 2011

So, you thought that you were going to have to wait until next week for basketball — both when high schools will resume their current season as well as the 2012 LeFlore County Junior High Tournament. Not so.
Today and Thursday will be the first-ever Panama Holiday Festival, which will not only feature the host Hogs and Lady ’Backs, but Howe’s teams, Spiro’s squads and teams from Acorn, Ark.
For starters, this event was created to avoid some busy weeks which would have happened otherwise for the Panama teams.

Annual Community Christmas Dinner

December 27, 2011

The annual Community Christmas Dinner was once again a huge success in Poteau serving more than 415 dinners.

December 26th

Eugene Wheeler

December 26, 2011

Eugene Wheeler, 92, died Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, in Durant. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 29 at First Presbyterian Church in Durant. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at the New Talihina Cemetery under the direction of Talihina Funeral Home.

Janice D. Tyler

December 26, 2011

Janice D. Tyler, 70, of Tuskahoma died Thursday, Dec. 22, in Fort Smith, Ark. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2 at the Albion First Baptist Church. Burial will be at Kiamichi Pioneer Cemetery under the direction Talihina Funeral Home.

Harold McBride

December 26, 2011

Harold McBride, 58, of Talihina died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, at home. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, at the New Talihina Cemetery under the direction of Talihina Funeral Home.

Robert Junior Lowery

December 26, 2011

Robert Junior Lowery of Pocola died Friday Dec. 23, 2011, in Fort Smith, Ark.

December 23rd

Soldiers Christmas Poem

December 23, 2011

Twas the night before Christmas, he lived all alone, in a one bedroom house made of plaster and stone. I had come down the chimney with presents to give, and to see just who in this home did live. I looked all about, a strange sight I did see, no tinsel, no presents, not even a tree. no stockings by mantle, just boots filled with sand, on the wall hung pictures of far distant lands. With medals and badges, awards of all kinds, a sober thought came through my mind. For this house was different, it was dark and dreary, I found the home a soldier, once I could see clearly.

December 22nd

Spiro player selected to 2012 All-State East Football Team

December 23, 2011

Last year, the Spiro Bulldogs had two players make All-State — quarterback Clayton Mitchem and Elliott Hawkins. This year, another Bulldog got the same honor.
Spiro wide receiver/cornerback K.J. Booze made the All-State East Team.
For the season, Booze caught 35 passes for 407 yards and five touchdowns. He rushed for 533 yards on 115 carries and scored five more TDs. Defensively, he had 34 tackles, two interceptions and three pass knockdowns.

Panama Holiday Festival Schedule

December 23, 2011

Tuesday's Games
Spiro girls vs. Acorn, Ark., 4 p.m.
Spiro boys vs. Acorn, Ark., 5:30 p.m.
Howe girls vs. Panama, 7 p.m.
Howe boys vs. Panama, 8:30 p.m.
Thursday's Games
Howe girls vs. Spiro, 4 p.m.
Howe boys vs. Spiro, 5:30 p.m.
Panama girls vs. Acorn, Ark., 7 p.m.
Panama boys vs. Acorn, Ark., 8:30 p.m.

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