Ledger/LCJ newsletter 11-6-2020

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Coronavirus update 11-5-2020

Poteau had 15 new cases and LeFlore County totaled 35 in Thursday’s report by the Oklahoma Department of Health.

Spiro and Talihina also had five new cases, Bokoshe, Howe and Shady Point all had two, while Cameron, Heavener, Pocola and Wister each had one.

The county has 197 active cases, up 13 from Wednesday. LeFlore County has had 1,860 cases, 1,638 recoveries and 25 deaths from the virus or complications due to coronavirus.

Oklahoma had 2,101 new cases, 21 deaths and 1,242 recoveries in Wednesday’s report. The totals are now 129,873 cases, 1,413 deaths and 111,695 recoveries. Active cases are 16,765, up 838 from Wednesday.

The United States had 102,831 new cases, 1,097 deaths and 38,397 recoveries. Totals are now 9,485,448 cases, 233,717 deaths and 3,743,527 recoveries. Active cases are 5,508,204, up 63,337 from Wednesday.


LeFlore County sports scoreboard 11-5-2020

LeFlore County sports scores from Thursday and Friday’s schedule.

Thursday’s scores


Vian 47, Heavener 0



Clayton 56, Wister 55

Whitesboro 59, LeFlore 53


Clayton 62, Wister 37

Whitesboro 71, LeFlore 62

Friday’s games


Poteau at Broken Bow

Panama at Roland

Pocola at Spiro (canceled)

Talihina at Gore (canceled)

Keota at Arkoma (canceled)


Howe at Wright City

Smithville at Wister

Bokoshe at Indianola

To report scores or information on games involving LeFlore County teams, email craig@heavenerledger.com, fax (918) 653-7305 or text (918) 372-3641.

Two games scheduled for Friday

Only two games are scheduled in Week 10 of the high school football season Friday involving LeFlore County teams, which closes out the regular season.

The biggest game has Poteau visiting Broken Bow while Panama travels to Roland.

The Pocola at Spiro, Gore at Talihina and Keota at Arkoma games were canceled due to coronavirus.

Heavener lost to Vian Thursday, 47-0,

Poteau will go over the mountains for the second straight year to battle the Savages with the winner claiming the 4A-4 district championship.

Poteau is 7-2 overall, 6-0 in district play. Broken Bow is 5-2 and 5-1 with the only district loss a 35-34 loss at home to Hilldale.

The Pirates have won 22 straight district games and seven straight this season after starting 0-2.

Panama 3-6 and 2-4 visits Roland (5-3 and 3-2). Roland did not play at Cascia Hall last week due to coronavirus issues. Roland is likely to enter the playoffs as the fourth seed out of 2A-5 while Panama is the sixth seed.

Wolverines whip Wolves Thursday


Early in the second quarter of Thursday night’s District 2A-5 game between Heavener and Vian, the top-ranked Wolverines had run only one offensive play.

Normally, that would be good news for Heavener. It wasn’t for the Wolves. Vian led 27-0 and the Wolverines’ offense had only one play, a 39-yard touchdown from Diego Ramos to Damien Page.

But the visitors held a 27-0 lead with a 10-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Xavin Lackey on Heavener’s third play, plus 60 and 63-yard punt returns for scores by Page.

The Wolverines barely broke a sweat in closing out the regular season with a 47-0 win at Harvey Stadium. Heavener’s chances of making a game of it were hurt as senior Ryan Moore had to miss the contest due to quarantine issues and Jonny Ardemagni was injured in the first quarter and never recovered.

Vian, ranked first in Class 2A in this week’s Associated Press poll, improves to 8-1 overall and 5-1 in district play. Heavener closes out the regular season with a 2-8 overall record, 1-6 in district play.

Both teams head into the postseason. Vian is scheduled to be at home against the seventh-place team from District 2A-6 while it looks like Heavener will travel to Idabel on Nov. 14.

Vian played reserves the entire second half to help keep the score reasonable.

AAC postpones Tulsa-Navy

The Associated Press undefined

The American Athletic Conference has postponed the Tulsa at Navy game scheduled for Saturday because of positive COVID-19 cases and contact tracing at Navy.

The schools and conference made the announcement Thursday. It's the fourth FBS game this week and the 41st since Aug. 26 to be postponed or canceled. Earlier this week, Conference USA rescheduled seven games that have been postponed for mid-December.

A makeup date has not been announced. Tulsa and Navy do not share a common open date the rest of the season, so the conference will "consider a number of options with regard to the playing of the contest."

This is the fourth time that a Tulsa game has been postponed or canceled because of COVID cases. Tulsa's game against Oklahoma State was pushed back a week to Sept. 19 because Tulsa had COVID issues. The Golden Hurricane were supposed to play Arkansas State on Sept. 26, but the Red Wolves couldn't put a two-deep lineup together. That game has not been rescheduled. Tulsa was set to play Cincinnati last month, but the Bearcats said they couldn't play, and the game was moved to Dec. 5.

"We knew that this season would be different in the face of the pandemic, and unfortunately has forced another weekend without football for our team," Tulsa athletic director Rick Dickson said. "I'm disappointed for our football student-athletes and coaches who continue to work and practice diligently, but it reinforces the challenge facing all programs."

Navy halted all football activities after positive COVID-19 cases among players and players being placed in quarantine after contact tracing determined they had high-risk contact with an infected person. Navy did not specify the number of players affected.

"Protocols and guidelines are very comprehensive both at the Naval Academy and within the American Athletic Conference," Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said. "An administrative decision has been made that clearly reflects the safety and welfare of all involved with both institutions."


Beautiful weather continues Friday

LeFlore County gets another beautiful day for Friday with clear skies, a high of 75 degrees and a low of 51 degrees.

Some patchy fog early before clouds clear away.

Sunrise is at 6:44 a.m. with sunset at 5:19 p.m.

Thursday’s high was 75 with a low of 53.

Average temperatures for Nov. 6 are a high of 66 with a low of 38.

Records for the date were a high of 85 in 1980 and a low of 25 in 1970.

LeFlore County calendar of events

The LeFlore County calendar of events 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, please send an email to craig@heavenerledger.com.


Funeral services for Billy Willard

Funeral services for Marsha Ritter

High school basketball: Howe at Wright City; Smithville at Wister; Bokoshe at Indianola;

High school football: Poteau at Broken Bow; Panama at Roland


Veterans Day parade downtown Poteau 10 a.m.

Graveside funeral services for Ulis Jones

Faithbridge United Methodist Congregation fall bazaar

Memorial service for Mike Gruss

Memorial service for Randy Davidson

Funeral service for Melissa McDade


LeFlore County commissioners meet 9 a.m.

Howe, LeFlore, Poteau school boards meet

High school basketball: Bokoshe at McCurtain


Poteau Evening Lions Club meet 6 p.m. CASC

High school basketball: Buffalo Valley at LeFlore; Cameron at Bokoshe; Clayton at Whitesboro


Heavener School Veterans Day program

Poteau Rotary Club meets noon at EOMC


Poteau Kiwanis Club meets noon at Western Sizzlin’

Heavener VFW bingo 6 p.m. Highway 59 north

Miss PHS pageant

Mega Movie Mashup student film festival

High school basketball: Howe at LeFlore; Battiest at Cameron; Whitesboro at Smithville.

Rescue workers look through debris in the area of Eastbrook Mobile Home Park in the aftermath of a tornado in Evansville, Indiana Nov. 6, 2005. The tornado ripped across southwestern Indiana and northern Kentucky, killing at least 21 people, wrecking homes and knocking out power to thousands, authorities said. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Today in history for Nov. 6

By The Associated Press

Today is Friday, Nov. 6, the 311th day of 2020. There are 55 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Nov. 6, 1860, former Illinois congressman Abraham Lincoln of the Republican Party was elected President of the United States as he defeated John Breckinridge, John Bell and Stephen Douglas.

On this date:

In 1854, America's "March King," John Philip Sousa, was born in Washington, D.C.

In 1861, James Naismith, the inventor of the sport of basketball, was born in Almonte, Ontario, Canada.

In 1893, composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky died in St. Petersburg, Russia, at age 53.

In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower won re-election, defeating Democrat Adlai E. Stevenson.

In 1977, 39 people were killed when the Kelly Barnes Dam in Georgia burst, sending a wall of water through Toccoa Falls College.

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan won re-election by a landslide over former Vice President Walter Mondale, the Democratic challenger.

In 1986, former Navy radioman John A. Walker Jr., the admitted head of a family spy ring, was sentenced in Baltimore to life imprisonment. (Walker died in prison in 2014 at age 77.)

In 1990, about one-fifth of the Universal Studios backlot in southern California was destroyed in an arson fire.

In 1997, former President George H.W. Bush opened his presidential library at Texas A&M University; among the guests of honor was President Clinton, the man who'd sent him into retirement.

In 2012, President Barack Obama was elected to a second term of office, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

In 2014, the march toward same-sex marriage across the U.S. hit a roadblock when a federal appeals court upheld laws against the practice in four states: Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee. (A divided U.S. Supreme Court overturned the laws in June 2015.)

In 2016, FBI Director James Comey abruptly announced that Democrat Hillary Clinton should not face criminal charges related to newly discovered emails from her tenure at the State Department.

Ten years ago: President Barack Obama opened his 10-day Asia trip on a somber note in Mumbai, India, where he memorialized victims of devastating terror attacks two years earlier, declaring, "We'll never forget." A Yemeni judge ordered police to find Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical U.S.-born cleric, "dead or alive" after the al-Qaida-linked preacher failed to appear at his trial for his role in the killing of foreigners. (Al-Awlaki was killed in a U.S. drone strike in the mountains of Yemen on Sept. 30, 2011.)

Five years ago: President Barack Obama rejected the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, declaring it would undercut U.S. efforts to clinch a global climate change deal at the center of his environmental legacy. (President Donald Trump would reverse the Obama decision.)

One year ago: Democrats announced that they would launch public impeachment hearings the following week; first to testify would be William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine. In its latest step away from a nuclear accord with world powers, Iran said it would start injecting uranium gas at midnight into 1,044 centrifuges at the underground Fordo facility. The Senate gave final congressional approval to a bill making some types of animal cruelty a federal felony.

Today's Birthdays: Actor June Squibb is 91. Country singer Stonewall Jackson is 88. Singer P.J. Proby is 82. Actor Sally Field is 74. Singer Rory Block is 71. Jazz musician Arturo Sandoval is 71. TV host Catherine Crier is 66. News correspondent and former California first lady Maria Shriver is 65. Actor Lori Singer is 63. Actor Lance Kerwin is 60. Rock musician Paul Brindley (The Sundays) is 57. Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan is 56. Rock singer Corey Glover is 56. Actor Brad Grunberg is 56. Actor Peter DeLuise is 54. Actor Kelly Rutherford is 52. Actor Ethan Hawke is 50. Chef/TV judge Marcus Samuelsson is 50. Actor Thandie Newton is 48. Model-actor Rebecca Romijn (roh-MAYN') is 48. Actor Zoe McLellan is 46. Actor Nicole Dubuc is 42. Actor Taryn Manning is 42. Retired NBA star Lamar Odom is 41. Actor Patina Miller is 36. Actor Katie Leclerc (LEH'-klehr) is 34. Singer-songwriter Ben Rector is 34. Singer-songwriter Robert Ellis is 32. Actor Emma Stone is 32. Actor Mercedes Kastner is 31.


Service planned for Melissa McDade

POTEAU – Funeral service for Melissa Renee (Kinsworthy) McDade, 49, of Poteau, is Saturday at 10 a.m. at Grace Memorial Chapel in Poteau with Rev. Jason Waymire officiating.

Services are under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Home.

She was born June 11, 1971 in Fort Smith, Arkansas to Clyde and Ruth (Bethell) Kinsworthy, and passed away Nov. 4, 2020 in Poteau.

Surviving family members are her parents; son, Jared White; daughter, Renee McDade; grandchildren Dawson and Lilian; boyfriend, Martin Lamberger; and brothers Brent Kinsworthy and wife Jessica, and Dustin Kinsworthy and wife Regina.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents Noel and Euel Bethell and LeRoy and Robie Kinsworthy.  

Viewing is Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with family visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Honorary pallbearers are Bryan Dodd, Keith Bethell, Glenn Thompson, Dustin Kinsworthy, Brent Kinsworthy, Martin Lamberger and Mark Baker.

To sign her online guest book, visit www. gracemanorfh.com.