February 18th, 2015
ANTLERS â€” The Talihina High School basketball teams split their regular-season finale road games Tuesday night against Antlers. The Golden Tigers ended up clawing the Bearcats 67-25, but the Lady Bearcats did likewise to the Lady Golden Tigers in a 63-30 victory.
Editorâ€™s note: Talihina Correspondent Calvin McClain contributed to this story.
While the high school state basketball tournaments will not begin until next month for LeFlore County teams, theyâ€™re here for three other county teams.
Both Hodgen teams and the Shady Point Lady Warriors will be in the Organization of Rural Elementary Schools [ORES] State Tournament beginning Thursday in the Shawnee area.
In Division II, the â€™Dogs will get a chance at some revenge in a quarterfinal contest against Liberty at noon Thursday at North Rock Creek School. Liberty beat Hodgen to end the Bulldogsâ€™ season in 2014.
Jack O. Davis Sr. of Poteau died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in Poteau at the age of 81. He was born Feb. 19, 1933, in Heavener to Acely Owen and Deborah (Sommerville) Davis.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Barbara (Brown) Davis.
James O. Larkin, 74, of Poteau died Feb. 14, 2015, in Poteau. He was born Oct. 1, 1940, in Pueblo, Colo., to James and Novelline (Haynes) Larkin. He was a laborer.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
James is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Brian and wife Cynthia Larkin of Bokoshe; special friend, Patty; as well as a host of other family members, friends and loved ones.Â
No services are scheduled at this time. Grace Manor Funeral Home of Poteau is in charge of arrangements.Â You may leave an on-line message to the family at gracemanorfh.com.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) â€” Judges or court clerks who issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples would lose their jobs under a bill that has been approved by a House committee.
The House Judiciary and Civil Procedure Committee voted 5-3 on Tuesday for the "Preservation of Sovereignty and Marriage Act." The bill now proceeds to the full House for a vote.
The bill provides that any state or local employee who officially recognizes, grants or enforces a same-sex marriage license would no longer receive a state salary or pension.
TAHLEQUAH â€” There will be 15 Poteau wrestlers at this weekend's Oklahoma Kids Wrestling Association State Tournament at State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City.
The Poteau Youth Wrestling Club qualified 13 of its 20 members who wrestled at the OKWA Regional Tournament last weekend.
Two other Poteau wrestlers, Landon and Colby Thornburg, also qualified for state.
The LeFlore County Soccer Association will have practices starting Thursday, with games starting Feb. 28.
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The second annual Hungry Like the Wolf 5k/10k fun run/walk and two-mile walk will take place beginning at noon Saturday at Blues Park in Heavener. Race-day registration and packet pick-up will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Packets may also be picked up from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday at Heavener High School.
The entry fee is $25 per runner.
Lonnie Dean Franklin, 62, of Panama died Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, in Fort Smith, Ark. He was born June 16, 1952, in Fort Worth, Texas, to Herman Calvin and Evelyn F. (MacFall) Franklin. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a salesman for Best Buy.
He was preceded in death by his father, Herman Calvin Franklin.
Lonnie is survived by his mother, Evelyn Franklin of Spiro; sister and brother-in-law, Cindy and Tommy Downing of Spiro; niece, Jessica Ford and husband Dylan of Wister; nephew, Jeremy Downing and wife Jessica of West Virginia; other family members, friends and loved ones.Â
David Bell Williams, 82, of Pocola died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, at the Oklahoma Veterans Center in Talihina, where he was a resident. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at Willis Cemetery, Poteau, under the direction of Evans and Miller Funeral Home, Poteau.
Clyde Ellis Byous of Poteau died Friday, Feb. 13, 2015, in Fort Smith, Ark.
He was a self-made man who started in the coal mines of Oklahoma at age 14, then moved to the migrant farm camps of California in the migrations that began during the Dust Bowl and Great Depression. He married Martha Covey on April 1, 1945. He was 18 and she was 15. He became a carpenter in 1950 and went on to become a successful general contractor and cattleman. He and Martha were both private pilots who enjoyed flying their Cessna aircraft. He did very well in life.