For almost three years I have worked at the Poteau Daily News as a reporter, running here and there gathering stories. In that short time I have worked for two editors who have in their own way taught me many things about the world of news. Both had their own outlook on how things should occur and each had valuable lessons to teach. To both of them, I say thank you for the education I received under your tutelage.
Monday marked my first day as editor at PDN and a new era in my life.
First, congratulations to the Poteau Pirates for their dramatic double overtime win in the Class 4A soccer state championship match.
They showed determination and tenacity in regulation and then maintained their poise until the time was right with 6:44 left in the second overtime period and Ashby Clark emerged from the chaos in front of the Oklahoma City Santa Fe South net and popped the ball past the Saints keeper for the sudden state-title winning goal.
Finals are over, summer break has begun, and I am home from SWOSU as a sophomore in college.
There was a lot involved in the decision by the LeFlore County Commission to reverse itself Monday on its April 1 decision to allow the Ten Commandments monument, pushed by VFW Post 63 member Charlie Horsley, to be placed on the county courthouse lawn.
It was a strange sensation.
Realizing what I saw as I drove south on Oklahoma 112 the last five miles or so toward Poteau was rather stirring.
As a driver returning from a trip to the east, you’re used to the sloppy weather with a slight drizzle and dark gray, overcast skies. Suddenly you see the sunlight splashing down on Cavanal Hill, bathing it in a warm glow — it was something to see and experience. The change in your outlook was quite sudden.
Clarence “Lumpy” Rutherford forever will be an overgrown unsuccessful bully of 17.
Somehow, though, his secret identity, former actor Frank Bank, who played the friend of big brother Wally Cleaver on the late ’50s-early ’60s TV series, “Leave It To Beaver,” got away from us and turned 71 Friday. He died the next day in Southern California.
When Southwest Airlines says, “book it now,” they mean it.
Nancy and I didn’t have the money to pay for a “Wanna Get Away!” special to fly to Corpus Christi, Texas, to get us in the neighborhood of my daughter’s Gulf Coast beachfront wedding in July, so we waited a week. Wow!
I sure wish we’d figured out a way to “book it then” because by booking it today (Saturday, April 13) we’re paying almost twice what we would have.
It starts out as an apparent wistful, nostalgic story of a musician who once was a star performer and still slogs through the one-night bookings in small clubs. Sad enough, but not that uncommon.
But the deeper one gets into the Showtime Network’s “Family Band: The Cowsills Story,” narrated by the second-oldest member of the title group, it becomes clearer that the 1960s family pop act that was the original basis for “The Partridge Family” TV series was of darker stock.
Filling out a bracket for both the NCAA basketball tournament has become a way of life in the middle of March, even for those who don't follow the college game until then.
Usually, the first four days are so full of upsets that even the novice "bracketologist" can appear to be in it for a while.
It all starts Wednesday at 6 p.m. Central Daylight Time.
That's when the University of Tulsa, which drew a bid in the relatively unknown College Basketball Invitational Tournament, kicks major-college tourney action off for Oklahoma fans. The Golden Hurricane goes on the road to challenge the Wright State University Raiders of Dayton, Ohio. Wright State is a member of the Horizon Conference. Though the team nickname is the Raiders, the logo usually features a wolf.
No TV coverage has been anounced for the game.