Ledger newsletter 10-15-2021

The Ledger newsletter for Friday

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Unemployment claims near pre-pandemic levels 

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) reports that continued claims and both the initial and continued claims’ four-week moving averages declined for the week ending on Oct. 2, nearing pre-pandemic levels. Also for the week, the agency reports an increase in initial claims compared to the previous week. 

“While initial claims fluctuate some weekly, we are continuing to see a decline in the continued claims’ four-week moving average, which is a positive indicator for the overall health of our state’s economy,” said Shelley Zumwalt, OESC Executive Director. “Even as we near pre-pandemic unemployment numbers, OESC recognizes there are Oklahomans looking for employment. We offer a number of re-employment programs, including training, career fairs and resources, focused on connecting those looking for employment with employers and high-quality job opportunities. Our resources and programs can be accessed through our website or by visiting our workforce offices across the state.”

Weekly Unemployment Numbers for Week Ending Oct. 2

·  For the file week ending Oct. 2, the number of initial claims totaled 2,312, an increase of 222 from the previous week's level of 2,090. 

·  For the same file week, the less volatile initial claims four-week moving average was 2,502, a decrease of 92 from the previous week's average of 2,594.

·  The number of continued claims totaled 18,527, a decrease of 867 from the previous week’s level of 19,394.

·  Continued claims’ four-week moving average was 20,330, a decrease of 1,338 from the previous week's average of 21,668.

Nationally, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims for the week ending Oct. 9 was 293,000, a decrease of 36,000 from the previous week's revised level, the U.S. Department of Labor (U.S. DOL) reports. The four-week moving average was 334,250, a decrease of 10,500 from the previous week’s revised average. For the week ending Oct. 2, the U.S. DOL reports the advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.9%, a decrease from the previous week's unrevised rate.

The national weekly seasonally adjusted initial claims report is one of 10 components in the Composite Index of Leading Economic Indicators. To smooth out the volatility in the weekly initial claims data, a four-week moving average is used to assess trends.

Claimant Resources

Individuals seeking unemployment benefits should go to


and create an account with the Get Started button to connect their social security number and pull all unemployment information into one location.

Unemployment claimants should be aware that not returning to work when recalled or when work is available could potentially lead to disqualification from receiving unemployment benefits.

Employers may report this activity by emailing returntowork@oesc.state.ok.us, calling 405-962-7524, or mailing OESC at P.O. Box 52006, Oklahoma City, OK, 73152-2006.

If a claimant returns to work full time, they should keep their unemployment claim open with OESC and not certify a weekly claim. If they return part time, a claimant may continue to certify their weekly claim and must report all gross earnings for the week to potentially receive a partial benefit. Eligibility for continued benefits is determined on the circumstances of each individual claimant.

OESC is an excellent resource for people looking to re-enter the job market by connecting Oklahomans with available employment through https://okjobmatch.com/

Claimants looking for work who need child care assistance are encouraged to use the Oklahoma Department of Human Services’ (OKDHS) 60 days of subsidized child care by visiting https://okdhslive.org/.

Governor, attorney general blast vaccine mandate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and Attorney General John O'Connor on Thursday blasted President Joe Biden's pending vaccine mandate for businesses with more than 100 employees.

"This action is not just federal overreach; it's unconstitutional," Stitt, who has been vaccinated, said in a video statement. "Getting the vaccine is a personal choice."

O'Connor urged state employers to disregard the Biden Administration's efforts to implement a mandate.

"In the event federal emergency rules are issued that place such an unlawful demand upon employers, our office will be joined by other state attorneys general across the country to quickly sue and seek an injunction against any implementation or enforcement" of a mandate, O'Connor said in a statement.

Biden has issued a federal vaccine mandate on businesses with 100 or more employees to be implemented in the coming weeks.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported Thursday the seven-day rolling average of 1,194 new cases daily, down from 2,806 per day in late August.

However, Dr. Dale Bratzler, the University of Oklahoma COVID response chief, said the state records about 31 new cases daily per 100,000 population. That is 10 times more than in early June when new daily cases fell to three per capita.


LeFlore County sports scoreboard 10-14-2021

Spiro 64, Heavener 30

Poteau 40, Stilwell 6

Cascia Hall 49, Panama 7

Vian 37, Pocola 0

Warner 55, Talihina 0

Arkoma 54, Cave Springs 6

3 county teams win Thursday

Three LeFlore County football teams came away with wins Thursday night in Week 7 games.

Poteau won at Stilwell, 40-6; Spiro outscored Heavener, 64-30; and Arkoma crushed Cave Springs, 54-6.

In other games, Cascia Hall downed Panama 49-7; Vian blanked Pocola, 37-0; and Warner won at Talihina, 55-0.

Spiro quarterback Alan McKeefry threw five touchdown passes in the first half as the Bulldogs (5-2, 2-2) opened up a 50-7 halftime lead at Heavener (0-7, 0-4). Keys visits Spiro and Heavener goes to Roland next week.

Poteau captured its 24th straight district win at Stilwell (0-6, 0-4). The Pirates improve to 6-1 and 4-0 in district play. Poteau hosts Muldrow next week.

Pocola (4-3 and 2-2) came up short against district leading Vian (6-1 and 4-0). The Indians hosr Cascia Hall next week.

Panama (2-5 and 1-3) fell to Cascia Hall (4-3 and 3-1) as the Commandoes maintained second place in the district. Panama visits Vian next week.

Talihina (3-3, 2-2) saw a two-game winning streak snapped against Warner (6-1, 3-1) The Golden Tigers travel to Colcord next week.

Arkoma (6-1 and 1-1) won its first district game against Cave Springs, 3-4 and 1-1). The Mustangs host Watts next week.

Kansas tabbed as preseason favorite

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Kansas has been picked by Big 12 head coaches as the favorite to win the conference title after Baylor won the league title last season and went on to win its first national championship.

The Jayhawks got eight of 10 first-place votes and 80 of 81 potential points from the coaches, who couldn't vote for their own teams in the poll released Thursday. Texas got the remaining two first-place votes and 70 points to rank second.

Baylor was picked third after the departures of AP Big 12 player of the year Jared Butler and fellow standout guards Davion Mitchell and MaCio Teague.

Texas Tech was picked fourth, ahead of Oklahoma State and West Virginia, who got the same number of points in balloting. Oklahoma, TCU and Kansas State were seventh through ninth, while Iowa State was listed last on every ballot.

Three Kansas seniors — guards Ochai Agbaji and Remy Martin, and 6-foot-10 forward David McCormack — were named to the preseason All-Big 12 team, as selected by the coaches. Martin was tabbed the league's preseason player of the year.


More rain possible Friday

Scattered thunderstorms are possible again Friday morning in LeFlore County.

There is also a slight chance of showers throughout the afternoon with a high of 69 degrees, and a low of 42 degrees, which is the coldest temperature the county has experienced since April 21.

Thursday’s high was 75 with a low of 63. A total of .04 inches of rain was recorded, bringing the monthly total to 3.60 inches. Average rainfall for October is 4.80 inches.

Sunrise is at 7:24 a.m. Sunset is at 6:43 p.m.

Average temperatures for Oct. 15 are a high of 75, with a low of 45.

Records for the date were a high of 84 in 1981. The record low was 31 in 1978.

On Oct. 15, 2020, the high was 69, with a low of 56.

Calendar of events

The LeFlore County calendar of events is sponsored by the Poteau BalloonFest. It lists the upcoming events in the area. This is a free service so if you or your group have an event coming up and would like it added to the calendar, email craig@heavenerledger.com.


Poteau BalloonFest begins


Poteau BalloonFest

Spiro Mounds International Archaeology Day 

Wayne and Pauline Fowler wedding anniversary

Memorial service for David J. McNair

Services for Kimberly Gross

Heavener Wolf Pups at Mena


LeFlore County commissioners meet 9 a.m.

Services planned for Jerry Carnahan


Lunch at the museum

CASC board of regents meeting 1 p.m. at Sallisaw

Poteau Evening Lions Club meet 6 p.m. CASC


Services for Margaret Ann Anderson

Poteau Rotary Club meets noon at EOMC


Poteau Valley Genealogical Society open house

Kiwanis Club meets noon at Western Sizzlin’

Heavener VFW bingo 6 p.m. Highway 59 North

HUA and Council meet 6 p.m. at Heavener City Hall

LeFlore County Republicans meet 6:30 p.m. at Patrick Reed Library.

With its 10th birthday coming up the following July, Disneyland shows no signs of aging or losing its attraction for people of all ages and stations. Kings and VIPs are numerous among the 42 million admissions chalked up since the opening of the vast, unique amusement park at Anaheim, Calif. Here a train rides the monorail which carries visitors on a dramatic ride to the park from the Disneyland Hotel, Oct. 15, 1964. In the right background is the Matterhorn, rising to 14-story height. (AP Photo/Ellis R. Bosworth)

Today in history 10-15-2021

By The Associated Press

Today is Friday, Oct. 15, the 288th day of 2021. There are 77 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Oct. 15, 1991, despite sexual harassment allegations by Anita Hill, the Senate narrowly confirmed the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the U.S. Supreme Court, 52-48.

On this date:

In 1783, the first manned balloon flight took place in Paris as Jean-Francois Pilatre de Rozier ascended in a basket attached to a tethered Montgolfier hot-air balloon, rising to about 75 feet.

In 1928, the German dirigible Graf Zeppelin landed in Lakehurst, N.J., completing its first commercial flight across the Atlantic.

In 1945, the former premier of Vichy France, Pierre Laval, was executed for treason.

In 1946, Nazi war criminal Hermann Goering (GEH'-reeng) fatally poisoned himself hours before he was to have been executed.

In 1954, Hurricane Hazel made landfall on the Carolina coast as a Category 4 storm; Hazel was blamed for some 1,000 deaths in the Caribbean, 95 in the U.S. and 81 in Canada.

In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a bill creating the U.S. Department of Transportation. The revolutionary Black Panther Party was founded by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale in Oakland, California.

In 1976, in the first debate of its kind between vice-presidential nominees, Democrat Walter F. Mondale and Republican Bob Dole faced off in Houston.

In 2001, Bethlehem Steel Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

In 2003, eleven people were killed when a Staten Island ferry slammed into a maintenance pier. (The ferry's pilot, who'd blacked out at the controls, later pleaded guilty to eleven counts of manslaughter.)

In 2009, a report of a 6-year-old Colorado boy trapped inside a runaway helium balloon engrossed the nation before the boy, Falcon Heene (HEE'-nee), was found safe at home in what turned out to be a hoax. (Falcon's parents served up to a month in jail.)

In 2015, President Barack Obama abandoned his pledge to end America's longest war, announcing plans to keep at least 5,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan at the end of his term in 2017 and hand the conflict off to his successor.

In 2017, actress and activist Alyssa Milano tweeted that women who had been sexually harassed or assaulted should write "Me too" as a status; within hours, tens of thousands had taken up the #MeToo hashtag (using a phrase that had been introduced 10 years earlier by social activist Tarana Burke.)

Ten years ago: Iran's Foreign Ministry dismissed U.S. accusations that Tehran was involved in a plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington, saying the claims had no "legal logic." The Texas Rangers finished off the Detroit Tigers to become the American League's first repeat champion in a decade with a 15-5 win in Game 6 of the ALCS.

Five years ago: Republican Donald Trump sought to undermine the legitimacy of the U.S. presidential election, pressing unsubstantiated claims that the contest was "rigged" against him. Secretary of State John Kerry announced that Yemen's Houthi (HOO'-thee) rebels had released two U.S. citizens as part of a complicated diplomatic arrangement.

One year ago: With their debate in Miami canceled following the president's coronavirus infection, President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden squared off in dueling televised town halls. Biden hedged on whether he would require all Americans to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Responding to a New York Times report citing tax returns showing he had business debts exceeding $400 million, Trump said, "$400 million is a peanut," and insisted that he didn't owe money to Russia or to any "sinister people." YouTube said it was taking more steps to limit QAnon and other baseless conspiracy theories that could lead to violence. The sobering musical "Jagged Little Pill," which plumbed Alanis Morissette's 1995 album to tell a story of an American family spiraling out of control, earned 15 Tony Award nominations as Broadway took the first steps to celebrate a pandemic-shortened season.

Today's Birthdays: Singer Barry McGuire is 86. Actor Linda Lavin is 84. Rock musician Don Stevenson (Moby Grape) is 79. Baseball Hall of Famer Jim Palmer is 76. Singer-musician Richard Carpenter is 75. Actor Victor Banerjee is 75. Former tennis player Roscoe Tanner is 70. Singer Tito Jackson is 68. Actor-comedian Larry Miller is 68. Actor Jere Burns is 67. Movie director Mira Nair is 64. Britain's Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, is 62. Chef Emeril Lagasse (EM'-ur-ul leh-GAH'-see) is 62. Rock musician Mark Reznicek (REHZ'-nih-chehk) is 59. Singer Eric Benet (beh-NAY') is 55. Actor Vanessa Marcil is 53. Singer-actor-TV host Paige Davis is 52. Country singer Kimberly Schlapman (Little Big Town) is 52. Actor Dominic West is 52. R&B singer Ginuwine (JIHN'-yoo-wyn) is 51. Actor Devon Gummersall is 43. Actor Chris Olivero is 42. Christian singer-actor Jaci (JAK'-ee) Velasquez is 42. Actor Brandon Jay McLaren is 41. R&B singer Keyshia Cole is 40. Actor Vincent Martella is 29. Actor Bailee Madison is 22.


Services planned for Jerry Carnahan

POTEAU - Funeral services for Jerry Carnahan, 30, of Poteau are 2 p.m. Monday at Mallory-Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Spiro with Pastor Junior Phillips officiating. 

Burial will follow in the Spiro City Cemetery under the direction of Mallory-Martin Funeral Home of Spiro.

He was born July 29, 1991 in Poteau to Ronald James and Angela Ruth (Smith) Carnahan and passed away Oct. 8, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Survivors include his parents Ronald and Angela Carnahan; sister Kristi Knight and husband Derrick; brother, Shawn Carnahan; and grandfather Jerry Smith and wife Ella.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Greta Ranten, Fred Carnahan, and Pansy Ruth Baxter.

Pallbearers are Michael Park, Jerry Kimble, Chase Hamby, James Tanton, Casey Robinson and Dalton Morris. Viewing hours are Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. with the family visiting with friends from 4-6 p.m. at the funeral home. 

Services set for Margaret Anderson

CAMERON - Graveside services for Margaret Ann Anderson, 71, of Cameron are 10 a.m. Wednesday at Fair Hill Cemetery in Cameron. Services are under the direction of Grace Funeral Service of Poteau.

She was born Feb. 12, 1950 in Fort Smith, Arkansas to Richard and Ola (Caldwell) Prescott, and passed away Oct. 11, 2021 in Cameron.

Surviving family members are her daughters Tammy Wright and Teresa Bollinger; six grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Steve Anderson.

Viewing is 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.