November 14th, 2014
TULSA, Okla. (AP) â€” Thousands of Oklahomans are expected to participate in the open enrollment period under the federal Affordable Care Act beginning this weekend.
Open enrollment starts Saturday and runs until Feb. 15. Residents can enroll in the health marketplace, renew or change their plan options during this period. People interested in enrolling can go to HealthCare.gov to view premiums for 2015 without creating an account or logging in.
Oklahoma says more than 69,000 residents enrolled in the health care marketplace for 2014 plans.
Owen D. Harrison, 84, of Navada, Mo., formerly of Poteau died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, in Navada.Â Â Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, 2014, at the Assembly of God in Panama.Â Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. Family visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday evening at Grace Manor Funeral Home in Poteau. Full obituary will appear in Saturdayâ€™s newspaper.
Hoy D. Mooneyham, 73, of Pocola died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at Mallory-Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Spiro. Family visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday.
James (Jim) Wiley â€śBuddyâ€ť Brown died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, at home after an 18-month battle with cancer.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, graveside at Macedonia Cemetery, Pocola. Family visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Evans and Miller Funeral Home, Pocola.
At this time last season, the Poteau Pirates were celebrating being the top seed of District 4A-4 and having what ended up being two home playoff games en route to the state championship game against the Anadarko Warriors.
While thereâ€™s no top seed for the Pirates or a home playoff game this season, they can still get to the Class 4A state title contest. The march to that game begins at 7:30 tonight on the road against the Oologah Mustangs.
There are some great football players who have not tasted the top prize, like Hall of Fame quarterbacks Dan Marino or Dan Fouts to have ever won a Super Bowl. Spiro senior quarterback McKinley Whitfield would like to at least say in his high school career that he got past the opening round of the Class 3A playoffs.
â€śI havenâ€™t gotten past the first round of the playoffs,â€ť Whitfield said. â€śTo just get past the first round, and get to the second and third rounds would be a big honor for me. It would mean everything for me.â€ť
Most everyone has dreams that they hope will become reality. Spiro Lady Bulldog softball player Megan Shaw is no different. The senior infielder made her dream become reality when she signed a letter of intent to play at the University of Lousiana-Monroe in a signing ceremony Thursday afternoon at the Spiro Multipurpose Gym.
â€śIt's hard to describe,â€ť Shaw said. â€śI'm really excited. This is one of my biggest dreams since I've been little.â€ť
Howard Cagle of Gilmore likes to sit out on his back deck in the early morning, have a cup of coffee and sit by the fire in the evenings.
A couple of months ago, he was sitting on his back deck one morning when a skunk slid out from the bottom of the fence of his chicken coop with a chicken egg. He couldnâ€™t believe it because heâ€™s got his coop locked up as tight as Fort Knox. He loves fresh eggs and canâ€™t â€” and wonâ€™t â€” put up with â€śPepe LePewâ€ť stealing them.
Save the world, recycle.
God bless our troops and our veterans.
Go Pirates, beat Oologah in Friday nightâ€™s playoff game.
Behind 17 points from Bria Caldwell and three other double-figure scorers, the Carl Albert State College Lady Vikings came away with a hard fought 87-79 win over the Coffeyville [Kan.] Community College Lady Ravens on Tuesday night at the Mick Thompson Fieldhouse.
A 45-28 second half by the Ravens proved to be the difference for them in their 80-68 win over the Vikings.
The Vikings will return to action tonight with a 7 p.m. contest against Collin County, Texas, at Southeastern Oklahoma State University's Bloomer Sullivan Fieldhouse.