Ledger/LCJ newsletter 12-18-2020

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BOE suspends school report card 

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma State Board of Education approved a one-year suspension of the Oklahoma School Report Card letter grades for the 2020-21 school year Thursday.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister said the move is necessary in light of the significant disruptions in instruction caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

States across the nation have been exploring the impact of COVID-19 on their respective school accountability systems since the spring of 2020. Hofmeister said it has become clear that the abrupt end to the 2019-20 school year and tumult of the current school year made it necessary to disentangle accountability from the administering of assessments this spring. 

“The reality of 2020 impedes our ability to provide the public with information that can be used to compare school's progress year over year. We are committed to providing schools and the public with actionable, meaningful and transparent data – and that relies on credible trend data that can be used to make valid inferences about school quality and performance,” said Hofmeister.  

“Our priority is to now provide schools with as much information as we can on how students may have been impacted when compared to grade-level expectations, with an emphasis on the impact to students most at risk of falling behind academically.”  

Students will still take federally required tests during the spring. While assessment results will not factor into the report card, they will help inform how students have been impacted academically and what supports are needed. Academic assessments are given in English language arts, mathematics and science for grades 3-8, as well as the ACT or SAT to high school juniors. 

The board voted unanimously to approve the measure. 

In other action, the Board of Education unanimously approved giving districts the opportunity to request a waiver to the qualitative evaluation portion of the Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (TLE) system. The professional learning requirement of the TLE system remains in place.  

“COVID-19 has impacted accountability on many levels. Right now, districts are finding it challenging to complete the observations and evaluations,” said Hofmeister. “This optional waiver will relieve pressure on the districts as they navigate this pandemic and keep their focus on supporting students.” 

Coronavirus update 12-17-2020

LeFlore County had 35 new coronavirus cases in Thursday’s report by the Oklahoma Department of Health.

Poteau had 12 new cases, Heavener eight, Spiro six, Cameron, Howe and Wister two each, while Arkoma, Bokoshe and Cameron all had one.

The county has 323 active cases, down 34 from Wednesday. LeFlore County has had 3,053 cases, 2,702 recoveries and 28 deaths from complications due to the virus.

Oklahoma had 2,975 new cases, 16 deaths and 3,383 recoveries in Thursday’s report. The state has now had 248,204 cases, 2,144 deaths and 214,290 recoveries. Active cases are 31,770, down 424.


Seeds announced for 2021 LCT

LeFlore County high school basketball coaches met Wednesday to determine the seeds for the 2021 LeFlore County Tournament, which will be held Jan. 18-23.

Locations and times of the game will be determined Friday.

Howe’s boys and girls got the top seed in both brackets. The top three seeds in both brackets get a bye the first day.

For the boys, Panama is second, Whitesboro third, Spiro fourth, Poteau fifth, Talihina sixth, LeFlore seventh, Wister eighth, Pocola ninth, Heavener 10th, Arkoma 11th, Cameron 12th and Bokoshe 13th.

After Howe, Panama and Whitesboro get byes, the other matchups are Spiro vs. Bokoshe, Poteau vs. Cameron, Talihina vs. Arkoma, LeFlore vs. Heavener, and Wister vs. Pocola.

For the girls, after Howe, Pocola is second, Heavener third, Whitesboro fourth, LeFlore fifth, Poteau sixth, Spiro seventh, Wister eighth, Panama ninth, Talihina 10th, Cameron 11th, Arkoma 12th and Bokoshe 13th.

First-round matchups are Whitesboro vs. Bokoshe, LeFlore vs. Arkoma, Poteau vs. Cameron, Spiro vs. Talihina, and Wister vs. Panama.

LeFlore County sports scoreboard 12-17-2020

The LeFlore County sports scoreboard from Thursday.



Howe 63, Poteau 39

Hugo 69, Pocola 37

Roland 51, Talihina 40


Howe 65, Hugo 62

Pocola 56, Poteau 40

Webbers Falls 77, LeFlore 31

To report scores or information on games involving LeFlore County teams, send an email to craig@heavenerledger.com, fax to (918) 653-7305 or text (918) 649-4712.

Howe teams, Pocola girls win in CNIT

TALIHINA – Both Howe teams and the Pocola girls won their opening games in the 2020 Choctaw Nation Invitational Tournament here Thursday.

Howe’s boys won big over Poteau, 63-39, the Lady Lions defeated Hugo, 65-62, while Pocola’s girls were too much for Poteau, 56-40.

Howe’s boys play Broken Bow in a semifinal at 5:40 p.m. Howe’s girls and Pocola will meet at 4:20 p.m., a possible preview of next month’s LeFlore County Tournament championship as Howe is seeded first and Pocola second.

Talihina’s boys were defeated by Roland, 51-40.

In loser’s bracket games Friday the Poteau girls play Hugo at 11, Poteau’s boys battle Rattan at 12:20 an Talihina and Pocola play at 3 p.m.


Howe jumped ahead by 11 points at the end of the first quarter and stretched the advantage to 37-14 at halftime before cruising in the second half.

Howe, ranked eighth in Class 2A, improves to 6-1. Poteau is 1-1.

Brayden Oglesby led Howe’s balanced scoring attack with 23 points while Eduardo Sanchez added 11.

Wyatt Gamble scored 10 to lead the Pirates.

Howe 63, Poteau 39

PHS   8   6 14 11—39

HHS 17 20  8 18--63

Poteau—Colton Williamson 0 1-2 4 1; Dax Collins 0 0-0 1 0; Daniel Bond 1 0-0 0 3; Dean Odom 3 2-4 2 8; Spencer Wells 1 1-5 3 3; Cole Hensley 1 0-0 3 2; Micah Lloyd 1 0-0 0 2; Champ Downs 2 0-0 2 6; Brady Hardin 1 0-0 1 2; Wyatt Gamble 4 0-0 1 10; Jace Hall 0 1-2 0 1. TOTALS: 14 5-13 39.

Howe—Brayden Dalton 0 0-0 1 0; Ky Lynn 3 2-6 3 9; Zayn Coggins 2 3-4 1 7; Brayden Oglesby 10 2-5 0 23; Chance Callahan 0 0-0 1 0; Eduardo Sanchez 4 3-5 0 11; Chay LaRosa 1 0-0 0 2; Jensin Coggins 4 1-3 1 9; Ricardo Sanchez 1 0-0 0 2. TOTALS: 25 11-23 7 63.

Heavener and Lexy Chick, shown in a win at Panama on Dec. 4, will host Stigler Friday at approximately 5:30 p.m. to make up last Friday’s game.

Heavener girls to host Stigler Friday

Stigler’s girls will visit Heavener Friday at approximately 5:30 p.m. to make up last Friday’s game that was postponed due to a positive coronavirus test on one of the Heavener players.

The game will start at approximately 5:30 p.m., or as soon as the junior varsity game ends.

Due to new safety guidelines issued by the governor, attendance is limited to 550 fans or four tickets per player.

For those of you who cannot attend the game, the Heavener Ledger/LCJ will live stream the game, sponsored by First National Bank and Central National Bank.

The boys played last Friday with the Panthers edging Heavener, 69-67.

The stream will be on the Ledger’s Facebook page and also on the YouTube channel. The stream is free and all we ask is you share it with anybody interested.

Poteau players recognized on 4A-4 team

POTEAU – Several Poteau players were honored on the District 4A-4 all-district team.

Jake Patterson was the defensive MVP, Colton Williamson was the special team MVP, Ryan Scott was the defensive lineman of the year, Jagger Dill was co-defensive back of the year and Greg Werner was coach of the year.

Also named to the team were offensive linemen Grant Ford and Trey Jones.

Poteau finished 9-3 in 2020, losing to Clinton in the quarterfinals after winning district for the third straight year.


Blast from the past 12-18-2020

Blast from the past is a feature we publish daily on ledgerlcj.com and our newsletter heavenerledger.substack.com.

This picture is of the Howe girls' basketball team of 1992-1993, which reached the state tournament and was coached by Bob Owens and Susan Baker.

To submit a photo for our blast from the past, send an email to craig@heavenerledger.com or bring it by the office at 507 East First Street in Heavener.

Mostly cloudy skies Friday

Mostly cloudy skies for Friday in LeFlore County with a chance of rain overnight.

The high will be 55 degrees with a low of 44 degrees.

Sunrise is at 7:21 a.m. with sunset at 5:09 p.m.

Thursday’s high was 53 with a low of 26. Records for Dec. 18 were a high of 79 in 1980 and a low of 7 in 1975.

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.


Lake Wister Christmas Lights Show 6 to 9 p.m.

High school basketball: Stigler girls at Heavener; Howe, Pocola, Poteau, Talihina at Choctaw Nation Tournament in Talihina; Buffalo Valley at Panama; Cameron at Arkoma


Funeral service for Earl Green Sr.

Lake Wister Christmas Lights Show 6 to 9 p.m.

Heavener Christmas Parade 6 p.m.

Spiro Christmas parade 6 p.m.

High school basketball: Howe, Pocola, Poteau, Talihina at Choctaw Nation Tournament in Talihina; Porum at Bokoshe


Lake Wister Christmas Lights Show 6 to 9 p.m.


LeFlore County commissioners meet 9 a.m.

Winter solstice walks at Spiro Mounds

Lake Wister Christmas Lights Show 6 to 9 p.m.


Poteau Evening Lions Club meet 6 p.m. CASC

Lake Wister Christmas Lights Show 6 to 9 p.m.


Poteau Rotary Club meets noon at EOMC

Lake Wister Christmas Lights Show 6 to 9 p.m.


Kiwanis Club meets noon at Western Sizzlin’

In this Dec. 18, 1986 file photo, Oliver North is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington prior to testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. North cited his Fifth Amendment rights and refused to answer committee question availing the Iran arms sale. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Today in history for Dec. 18

By The Associated Press

Today in History

Today is Friday, Dec. 18, the 353rd day of 2020. There are 13 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Dec. 18, 1865, the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery, was declared in effect by Secretary of State William H. Seward.

On this date:

In 1915, President Woodrow Wilson, whose first wife, Ellen, had died the year before, married Edith Bolling Galt, a widow, at her Washington home.

In 1917, Congress passed the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibiting "the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors" and sent it to the states for ratification.

In 1940, Adolf Hitler signed a secret directive ordering preparations for a Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union. (Operation Barbarossa was launched in June 1941.)

In 1944, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the government's wartime evacuation of people of Japanese descent from the West Coast while at the same time ruling that "concededly loyal" Americans of Japanese ancestry could not continue to be detained.

In 1956, Japan was admitted to the United Nations.

In 1957, the Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania, the first nuclear facility to generate electricity in the United States, went on line. (It was taken out of service in 1982.)

In 1987, Ivan F. Boesky was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in a major Wall Street insider-trading scandal. (Boesky served about two years of his sentence).

In 1998, the House debated articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton. South Carolina carried out the nation's 500th execution since capital punishment resumed in 1977.

In 2000, the Electoral College cast its ballots, with President-elect George W. Bush receiving the expected 271; Al Gore, however, received 266, one fewer than expected, because of a District of Columbia Democrat who'd left her ballot blank to protest the district's lack of representation in Congress.

In 2003, two federal appeals courts ruled the U.S. military could not indefinitely hold prisoners without access to lawyers or American courts.

In 2008, W. Mark Felt, the former FBI second-in-command who'd revealed himself as "Deep Throat" three decades after the Watergate scandal, died in Santa Rosa, Calif., at age 95.

In 2018, the Trump administration banned bump stocks, the firearm attachments that allowed semi-automatic weapons to fire like machine guns, and gave gun owners until late March to turn in or destroy the devices. The president authorized the Defense Department to create a new Space Command, an effort to better organize and advance the military's operations in space.

Ten years ago: The U.S. Senate approved repeal of the military's 17-year "don't ask, don't tell" ban on openly gay troops in a 65-31 vote. (President Barack Obama later signed it into law.) Skier Lindsey Vonn was named the 2010 Female Athlete of the Year as chosen by members of The Associated Press.

Five years ago: Congress ended a chaotic year on a surprising note of bipartisan unity and productivity as it overwhelmingly approved a massive 2016 tax and spending package and sent it to President Barack Obama, who promptly signed it. United Nations Security Council members unanimously approved a resolution endorsing a peace process for Syria.

One year ago: The U.S. House impeached President Donald Trump on two charges, sending his case to the Senate for trial; the articles of impeachment accused him of abusing the power of the presidency to investigate a political rival ahead of the 2020 election and then obstructing Congress' investigation. At a Michigan rally that took place as the House voted to impeach him, a defiant Trump declared that the vote was a "suicide march" for the Democratic Party. Trump also suggested that the late Democratic Rep. John Dingell was "looking up," rather than down, from beyond the grave; some Republicans joined Democrats in calling for an apology.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Cicely Tyson is 96. Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark is 93. Actor Roger Mosley is 82. Rock musician Keith Richards is 77. Writer-director Alan Rudolph is 77. Movie producer-director Steven Spielberg is 74. Blues artist Rod Piazza is 73. Movie director Gillian Armstrong is 70. Movie reviewer Leonard Maltin is 70. Rock musician Elliot Easton is 67. Actor Ray Liotta is 66. Comedian Ron White is 64. R&B singer Angie Stone is 59. Actor Brad Pitt is 57. Professional wrestler-turned-actor "Stone Cold" Steve Austin is 56. Actor Shawn Christian is 55. Actor Rachel Griffiths is 52. Singer Alejandro Sanz is 52. Actor Casper Van Dien is 52. Country/rap singer Cowboy Troy is 50. Rapper DMX is 50. International Tennis Hall of Famer Arantxa Sanchez Vicario is 49. DJ Lethal (Limp Bizkit) is 48. Pop singer Sia is 45. Country singer Randy Houser is 44. Actor Josh Dallas is 42. Actor Katie Holmes is 42. Actor Ravi Patel is 42. Singer Christina Aguilera is 40. Actor Ashley Benson is 31. NHL defenseman Victor Hedman is 30. Actor-singer Bridgit Mendler is 28. Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. is 23. Electro-pop singer Billie Eilish is 19. Actor Isabella Crovetti is 16.


Obituary for Velma Reichardt

Velma Jean Reichardt, 71, passed away Dec. 9, 2020 and was born Aug. 8, 1949 in Lubbock, Texas to Odis Athel Nobles and Velma Mae McLaughlin Nobles.

Graveside services were Dec. 16, 2020 at the New Mt. Pleasant Cemetery with Pastor Harvey Perdue officiating, under the direction of Davis-Smith Funeral Home of Hot Springs, Arkansas

She was a loving and hardworking mother and grandmother, who was a country girl at heart. She loved listening to country music. Velma was also a great cook. She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

Surviving family members are her mother; a son, Cory Reichardt; a daughter, Melissa Black; four grandchildren Phoenix Reichardt, Kairi Reichardt, Dustin Shelton and Eric Black, all of Hot Springs; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and a host of wonderful friends.

She was preceded in death by her father; an infant sister; her sister, Glenda Joyce Kelley; her brother, Odis Duane Nobles; and her son-in-law, Tony Black.