Ledger/LCJ newsletter 12-4-2020

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Council tables action on grow facility


The Heavener City Council tabled action on an ordinance concerning medical marijuana establishments at Thursday’s meeting.

Both the Council and Heavener Utilities Authority met. Present were Mayor Max Roberts along with Council members Joey Clubb, Melinda Ballantine, Gail Nichols and Jim Roll, HUA members present were Jim Carr, David Grubbs Sr. and Marvin Meredith. Absent was Billy Adrean.

A group came to the meeting to propose their plans to purchase the old IGA building and convert it in a growing facility for medical marijuana. They said their plans are to completely remodel the building, which has set empty for several years, and add equipment that would prevent any smells from reaching the outside.

No sales will take place at the facility. They will take the medical marijuana to dispensaries. The project is expected to add six jobs and several more during their busy time. Strict records will be kept and the product will not be marketed or sold to individuals. The doors will be secured so only employees may enter.

Nichols and Heavener Superintendent voiced some concerns about the use of chemicals, smell and traffic since the facility is only around 400 feet from the Westside School and the First Baptist Church.

The group said they will install equipment that will prevent any odors from exiting the facilty. Council members tabled the issue while they study it.

The Council approved a new ordinance concerning keeping fowl inside city limits, lowering the restrictions to allow more fowl into the city. Each house will be limited to the number of chickens depending on the size of the lot, the fowl must be kept in a caged area in the back yard, only one rooster is allowed and anybody must get a free permit for each year.

No fowl above 40 pounds will be allowed.

Council members also approved purchasing a new fire pumper/rescue truck for the fire department. The city purchases a new truck every 10 years and will replace a 30-year old vehicle.

The truck will be financed at a fixed rate through a Welch bank for five years before it will be adjusted at that time.

After an executive session, Samantha Eubanks was rehired as the deputy city clerk at $16 per hour.

The HUA held a lengthy executive session to start the meetings off. No information about the meeting was discussed in open session or in the agenda.

Coronavirus update 12-3-2020

LeFlore County had 34 new coronavirus cases in Thursday’s report by the Oklahoma Department of Health.

Pocola had 10 new cases, Poteau eight, Spiro six, Heavener three, Wister two, while Arkoma, Bokoshe, Cameron, Howe, Panama and Shady Point each had one.

The county has 230 active cases, up eight from Wednesday. Overall, LeFlore County has had 2,538 cases, 2,282 recoveries and 26 deaths from coronavirus, or complications due to the virus.

The death to cases percentage in LeFlore County is 0.01.

Oklahoma had 1,707 new cases, 24 deaths and 3,264 recoveries in Thursday’s report. The state has now had 204,048 cases, 1,836 deaths and 174,169 recoveries. Active cases are 28,043, down 1,581 from Wednesday.

The United States had 200,070 new cases, 2,804 deaths and 95,547 recoveries. Overall, the nation has had 13,921,374 cases, 273,446 deaths and 5,322,128 recoveries. Active cases are 8,325,800, up 101,719 from Wednesday.


Sports scoreboard 12-3-2020

The LeFlore County sports scoreboard for 12-3-2020.


Talihina 48, Crowder 46

Kinta at Cameron*

LeFlore at Pittsburg (postponed)


Kinta 37, Cameron 29

Crowder at Talihina*

LeFlore at Pittsburg (postponed)

*No scores have been reported for these games. To report scores or information on games involving LeFlore County teams email craig@heavenerledger.com, fax to (918) 653-7305 or text (918) 649-4712.

Schedule of games for Friday: Heavener at Panama; Wister at Talihina; Whitesboro at Howe; LeFlore at Moyers; Pocola at Wilburton; Spiro at Stilwell; Arkoma at Porum.

Oklahoma forward Jalen Hill (1) goes to the basket in front of UTSA forward Luka Barisic (44) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Manek leads Oklahoma over UTSA 105-66

NORMAN (AP) — Brady Manek made a career-high eight 3-pointers and finished with 29 points as Oklahoma won its season opener with an 105-66 rout of UTSA on Thursday night.

Manek, a 6-foot-9 senior forward who averaged 14.4 points last season, was 9 of 15 from the floor and missed only three 3s. His eighth 3-pointer of the game stretched the Sooners' lead to 74-44 with 10:35 remaining.

De'Vion Harmon had 22 points for Oklahoma (1-0), which was originally scheduled to open with UTSA (1-2) on Nov. 25. The Sooners, who had games against Central Florida and Florida canceled, returned over 70% of their scoring from the 2019-20 team that claimed third in the Big 12.

Trey Phipps added 12 points and Kur Kuath had 10 for the Sooners, who have won 18 consecutive season openers dating to the 2003-04 season. Oklahoma shot 50% percent from the floor (34 of 68) and beyond the arc (17 of 34).

Jhivvan Jackson led UTSA with 28 points, on 10-of-21 shooting, including four 3-pointers.

The Sooners' highest point total last season was 91. They did it twice, the last against Texas-Rio Grande Valley on Dec. 30. Oklahoma's 54 second-half points against UTSA also matches its highest from last season in a win against Maryland-Eastern Shore.


Winter Solstice walks coming to Spiro Mounds

SPIRO - The Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center will hold guided walks Dec. 21 to learn about the winter solstice and how prehistoric American Indians dealt with the changes in the seasons.

Archaeologist and manager Dennis Peterson will lead guided tours at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Each walk will take about two hours and require a mile of easy walking.

In the rhythm of the sun, the winter solstice is a period of rest, preparation and celebration. Peterson will tell about this unique, prehistoric American Indian mound site, the types of mounds, why they were created and why some of the mounds are lined up for the sunsets of the solstices and equinoxes.

He will discuss the history of the excavations, American Indian ceremonies and stories and tales of the unusual happenings associated with the mounds. For those wishing to see the sunset, the 2 p.m. walk will end just before sunset, which is when the alignment will take place.

There is a small fee for this series of tours of $5 for adults and $3 for children, in addition to the daily admission fee. No reservations are required except for large groups. Cash or check only, no credit cards.  Be certain to dress for the weather.

The Spiro Mounds Archaeological Center is the only prehistoric American Indian site open to the public in Oklahoma and is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society. The center is open Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. and is closed for state holidays. Daily admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for children older than six and $18 for a family. The center is located three miles east of Spiro on Highway 9/271 and four miles north on Lock and Dam Road.

For more information or to schedule a group or school tour during the Solstice Walks or another time, call 918-962-2062 or email spiro@okhistory.org.

Nice weather returning for Friday

The nice weather is returning to LeFlore County Friday with mostly clear skies and warmer temperatures.

The high will be 53 degrees with a low of 33 degrees.

Sunrise is at 7:10 a.m. with sunset at 5:06 p.m.

Thursday’s high was 44 with a low of 40. An additional .03 inches of rain was recorded, bringing the monthly total to 1.31 inches. Average rainfall for December is 3.10 inches.

Average temperatures for Dec. 4 are a high of 57 and low of 30.

Records for the date were a high of 70 in 1970 and a low of 17 in 1974.

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 service for Ronnie Oliver

Funeral service for Della Bledsoe

Funeral service for Martin Guizar

Funeral service for Sharon Coleman

Funeral service for Paul Spangler

Graveside funeral services for Timothy Clements

Christmas tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m.

High school basketball: Heavener at Panama; Wister at Talihina; Whitesboro at Howe; LeFlore at Moyers; Pocola at Wilburton; Spiro at Stilwell; Arkoma at Porum


Fundraiser for Heavener Lamplight Theater

Funeral service for Angela May

Poteau Christmas parade


LeFlore County commissioners meet 9 a.m.

Funeral service for Clyde Steelman Jr.

Heavener Lions Club meets 5 p.m. at Western Sizzlin’

High school basketball: LeFlore, Wister at LeFlore Tournament; Panama at Porum Tournament; Booneville, Ark. at Cameron; Pocola, Whitesboro at Pick & Shovel Classic at Hartshorne.

City of Poteau meetings 7 p.m.


Poteau Evening Lions Club meet 6 p.m. CASC

City of Pocola meetings

High school basketball: Idabel at Howe; Panama at Porum Tournament; Gans at Bokoshe; Spiro at Sallisaw; Talihina at Wright City.


Poteau Rotary Club meets noon at EOMC


Kiwanis Club meets noon at Western Sizzlin’

Heavener VFW bingo 6 p.m.

High school basketball: Howe, Bokoshe at Indianola Tournament; Mulberry, Ark. at Cameron.

Three men described by police as members of the Weathermen radical group are escorted from a police station in lower Manhattan by a detective, right, Dec. 4, 1970. They were arrested outside an East Side bank which detectives said they were getting ready to firebomb. From left to right: Richard Palmer, Martin Lewis, and Christopher Trenkel. Detective is unidentified. (AP Photo/Harry Harris)

Today in history for Dec. 4

By The Associated Press

Today is Friday, Dec. 4, the 339th day of 2020. There are 27 days left in the year.

Today's Highlights in History:

On Dec. 4, 1783, Gen. George Washington bade farewell to his Continental Army officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York.

On this date:

In 1875, William Marcy Tweed, the "Boss" of New York City's Tammany Hall political organization, escaped from jail and fled the country.

In 1918, President Woodrow Wilson left Washington on a trip to France to attend the Versailles (vehr-SY') Peace Conference.

In 1942, during World War II, U.S. bombers struck the Italian mainland for the first time with a raid on Naples. President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the dismantling of the Works Progress Administration, which had been created to provide jobs during the Depression.

In 1956, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins gathered for the first and only time for a jam session at Sun Records in Memphis.

In 1965, the United States launched Gemini 7 with Air Force Lt. Col. Frank Borman and Navy Cmdr. James A. Lovell aboard on a two-week mission. (While Gemini 7 was in orbit, its sister ship, Gemini 6A, was launched on Dec. 15 on a one-day mission; the two spacecraft were able to rendezvous within a foot of each other.)

In 1978, San Francisco got its first female mayor as City Supervisor Dianne Feinstein (FYN'-styn) was named to replace the assassinated George Moscone (mahs-KOH'-nee).

In 1980, the bodies of four American churchwomen slain in El Salvador two days earlier were unearthed. (Five Salvadoran national guardsmen were later convicted of murdering nuns Ita Ford, Maura Clarke and Dorothy Kazel, and lay worker Jean Donovan.)

In 1986, both houses of Congress moved to establish special committees to conduct their own investigations of the Iran-Contra affair.

In 1991, Associated Press correspondent Terry Anderson, the longest held of the Western hostages in Lebanon, was released after nearly seven years in captivity.

In 1992, President George H.W. Bush ordered American troops to lead a mercy mission to Somalia, threatening military action against warlords and gangs who were blocking food for starving millions.

In 2000, in a pair of legal setbacks for Al Gore, a Florida state judge refused to overturn George W. Bush's certified victory in Florida and the U.S. Supreme Court set aside a ruling that had allowed manual recounts.

In 2018, long lines of people wound through the Capitol Rotunda to view the casket of former President George H.W. Bush; former Sen. Bob Dole steadied himself out of his wheelchair to salute his old friend and one-time rival.

Ten years ago: President Barack Obama praised a newly sealed trade deal with South Korea as a landmark agreement that promised to boost the domestic auto industry and support tens of thousands of American jobs.

Five years ago: Germany stepped up its contribution to the fight against the Islamic State group, with lawmakers voting in favor of sending reconnaissance jets, a tanker plane and a frigate to provide broad noncombat support to the U.S.-led coalition. President Barack Obama signed legislation reviving the federal Export-Import Bank five months after Congress allowed it to expire. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that an outbreak of E. coli linked to the Mexican food chain Chipotle had expanded to nine states, with a total of 52 reported illnesses. Actor Robert Loggia, 85, died in Los Angeles.

One year ago: The House Judiciary Committee held its first hearing in the impeachment inquiry, with three leading legal scholars testifying that President Donald Trump's attempts to have Ukraine investigate Democratic rivals were grounds for impeachment; a fourth expert called by Republicans warned against rushing the process. Trump wrapped up a 52-hour trip to the NATO summit in London, where his personal and policy differences with alliance members were on stark display. A U.S. Navy sailor whose submarine was docked at Pearl Harbor shot three civilian shipyard workers, killing two of them, at the military base in Hawaii before taking his own life.

Today's Birthdays: Game show host Wink Martindale is 87. Pop singer Freddy Cannon is 84. Actor-producer Max Baer Jr. is 83. Actor Gemma Jones is 78. Rock musician Bob Mosley (Moby Grape) is 78. Singer-musician Chris Hillman is 76. Musician Terry Woods (The Pogues) is 73. Rock singer Southside Johnny Lyon is 72. Actor Jeff Bridges is 71. Rock musician Gary Rossington (Lynyrd Skynyrd; the Rossington Collins Band) is 69. Actor Patricia Wettig is 69. Actor Tony Todd is 66. Jazz singer Cassandra Wilson is 65. Country musician Brian Prout (Diamond Rio) is 65. Rock musician Bob Griffin (formerly with The BoDeans) is 61. Rock singer Vinnie Dombroski (Sponge) is 58. Actor Marisa Tomei is 56. Actor Chelsea Noble is 56. Actor-comedian Fred Armisen is 54. Rapper Jay-Z is 51. Actor Kevin Sussman is 50. Actor-model Tyra Banks is 47. Country singer Lila McCann is 39. Actor Lindsay Felton is 36. Actor Orlando Brown is 33. Actor Scarlett Estevez (TV: "Lucifer") is 13.


Obituary for Clyde Steelman Jr.

WISTER - Clyde Steelman Jr., 77, of Wister, passed away Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020 at his home and was born in Haw Creek to Clyde Sr. and Marie (Davis) Steelman.

Services are 2 p.m. Monday at Bethel Baptist Church Youth Building with Phil McGehee and Joshua Effinger officiating. Interment will follow at Reichert Cemetery, under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home. 

He started logging right after high school for about 15 years. Clyde graduated from OBU with a Bachelor of Arts. He began pastoring at Holson Valley Baptist Church in 1976 and pastored at Bethel Baptist Church in Wister for 41½ years. Clyde was clerk for LeFlore Baptist Association, was on the Board of Directors for the Southern Baptist Convention and Oklahoma Baptist University.    

Survivors include his wife, Virgie (Williams); daughters Teresa and Dennis Shoup of Poteau, and Carolyn and Buddy Bullard of Wister; grandchildren Ryan and JoAnna Shoup of Wister, Tyler and Ashleigh Shoup of Cameron, Jacob and Randa Watts, Jon Watts, Cody Bullard and Corey Bullard, all of Wister; great grandchildren Piper Shoup, Zakree, Gracie Mae, Ben and Annie Watts of Wister, Jaxon Hill, Wyatt, Lilly and Journey Shoup, all of Cameron; sisters and brothers-in-law Naomi Cundiff of Clute, Texas, and Regina and Dean Rowland of Ozark, Arkansas; brother and sister-in-law, Butch and Emma Steelman of Haw Creek; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother Keith Steelman.

Pallbearers are his grandsons.

Visitation is Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the funeral home.

You may leave an online message at evansandmillerfuneralhomes.com.

Obituary for Ronnie Joe Oliver

Ronnie Joe Oliver, 66, of Heavener, was born Feb. 2, 1954 in Poteau to Virgil and Loeda (Baker) Oliver and passed away Dec. 1, 2020 in Heavener.

Funeral services are 10 a.m. Friday at the Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel in Heavener with Frank Mode and Dylan Roberts officiating. Burial will follow in Howe Cemetery, under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener.

Ronnie Joe was a life-long resident of the area and a graduate of Howe High School. He enjoyed life to the fullest and loved spending time with his family and friends. Ronnie Joe loved everyone.

Surviving family members are one sister, Olean Tiffee, of Heavener; caregivers Frank and Carol Mode of Heavener, Nikki Mode, Taylor Frizzell, and Kenny Dowling; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and a host of many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Martha Tolbert; and one brother, Leon Oliver.

Viewing is from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

To sign Ronnie Joe’s online guestbook please visit www.dowdenrobertsfuneralhome.com.

Obituary for Angela May

CAMERON - Angela Ann May, 51, of Cameron was born Nov. 13, 1969 in Fort Smith, Arkansas to Frank Delano and Shirley Ann (Piltcher) Gill and passed away Dec. 2, 2020 in Fort Smith.

Graveside service is 2 p.m. Saturday at Two-Mile Cemetery in Big Cedar with Dylan Roberts officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener.

Angela was a life-long resident of the area. She enjoyed arts and crafts, attending flea markets, camping, fishing and spending time with her family. Angela will be missed by all who knew her.

Surviving family members are two daughters Amber Nicole Hughlett of Poteau and Brittney Walls of Fort Smith, Arkansas; two brothers John Gill and wife Julie of Cameron, and Mark Gill and wife Lisa of Wister; five grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Jerry Gill.

Viewing is from noon to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the funeral home.

To sign Angela’s online guestbook please visit www.dowdenrobertsfuneralhome.com.

Death notice for Janice Sherrill

Janice Louise Sherrill was born Aug. 19, 1946 in Corpus Christi, Texas to J.C. Kelley and Myrtle Juanita (Jordan) Kelley, and passed away Nov. 29, 2020 in Spiro.

The family will hold a service at a later date, under the direction of Grace Manor Funeral Services.

Surviving family members are her daughter Joyce Morrow and husband Steven; son, Christopher Landrum; brother James Kelley and wife Joyce; and her dog Rusty.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jim Sherrill; and son, Virgil Landrum.

To sign her online guestbook, please visit www.gracemanorfh.com.

Death notice for Sonny Yates

BOKOSHE - Ronald “Sonny” Yates, 62, of Bokoshe, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020 at his home and was born Oct. 6, 1958 in Tahlequah to Nyle Sr. and Helen (Israel) Yates. 

Services will be held at a later date, under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home.

Survivors include his sisters Billie Wilson, Teresa West, Pam Svendsen, Ramona Kichler, Susie Rhoades and Sarah Kroth; and brothers Kenneth Yates and James Barnes.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Nyle Yates Jr. and George Walkup.

You may leave an online message at evansandmillerfuneralhomes.com.