Ledger/LCJ newsletter 2-19-2021

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The morning blog 2-19-2021

By CRAIG HALL

Good morning, here is today’s morning blog.

The temperature was supposed to get above freezing Thursday for the first time since Feb. 8.

It didn’t. According to weather.com, our high was 32. Hopefully, that streak will be snapped Friday as the high is expected to hit 36. Temperatures are the rise with highs getting into the 40s Saturday.

New coronavirus cases are still down with only 15 new cases in Thursday’s report. I heard somebody speculate the reason the cases are down is because pretty much everybody is staying home due to the weather, which would reduce the spread of the virus.

Sounds good to me.

It is time to get back to normal. There are baseball and softball games scheduled within a week or so.

While I am looking forward to outdoor sports, it isn’t fun going to watch outdoor sports when the temperatures are in the 40s.

The Ledger staff did put out our weekly newspaper this week. It was far from a normal week. But still, we got the paper together, printed and distributed Thursday thanks to our staff of Karen Toney, Keith Foster and Bryleigh Schiffner.

I did the Heavener route and was good, except for one home delivery on West G. That is a sloping hill and I got stuck after stopping. I had to back up a little way into a clean driveway, then turned around. I also couldn’t get to another house, so I parked and walked about a block to make the delivery.

We’re kind of like the Postal Service. Neither rain, snow, heat, etc. keeps us from delivering newspapers.

If you see a school teacher or administrator, thank them for what they have done to educate the children this year. You see all the teachers in other places refusing to go back to school while our teachers, administrators and staff have been back in school since August.

There have been some virtual days, but our educators are doing the right thing. Remember that.

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NEWS

HUA approves bid from Mimic

By CRAIG HALL

The Heavener Utilities Authority and City Council met despite the wicked weather conditions Thursday night at Heavener City Hall.

Present for the HUA meeting were Mayor Max Roberts, Council member Jim Roll, along with HUA members Jim Carr, Billy Adrean, Marvin Meredith and David Grubbs Sr.

The HUA agreed to sell three trucks (2009 Ford F-150, 2007 Dodge Ram and 2007 Dodge Ram 2500) to US Water for $11,575. There was some discussion about the price, but it was approved after it was disclosed the bad condition of the trucks.

They chose Mimic Manufacturing to do work at the DAF #3 at the industrial wastewater facility. Mimic bid $51,000 and also gave a six-month warranty. Eastern Oklahoma Fabrication bid $44,000 with no warranty and Clayton bid $62,000, also without a warrant.

Mimic is located in Heavener and has always responded quickly whenever needed.

Work will be done when OK Foods is shut down over the next few weeks. If it was not fixed, it could shut down OK Foods for up to a month.

City Manager Cody Smith said there had been several water breaks due to the cold temperatures, including one that had cut off water during the meeting.

For the Council meeting, present were Roberts, Roll and Joey Clubb.

Police Chief Ty Armstrong said he would like to memorialize the new police station in honor of former Officer Lester English, who recently passed away. The Council approved the action.

He also said the department had been busy due to the weather conditions with several vehicles getting stuck in ditches.

Coronavirus update 2-18-2021

LeFlore County had 15 new coronavirus cases in Thursday’s report by the Oklahoma Department of Health.

Heavener and Howe had three cases each, Cameron, Pocola and Spiro all had two cases, while Bokoshe, Poteau and Shady Point each had one.

The county has 153 active cases, down from 169 Wednesday.

LeFlore County has now had 5,149 cases, 4,954 recoveries and 42 deaths from complications due to the virus.

Oklahoma had 618 new cases, 23 deaths and 1,799 recoveries in Thursday’s report by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

Active cases are 17,396, down 1,204 from Wednesday. The state has now had 416,476 cases, 4,112 deaths and 394,968 recoveries.

Biden approves disaster declaration

WASHINGTON -- FEMA announced federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Oklahoma to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts in areas affected by a severe winter storm beginning Feb. 8, 2021 and continuing.

The president’s action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts, which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in all 77 Oklahoma counties.

Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency.  Emergency protective measures for mass care and sheltering and direct federal assistance will be provided at 75% federal funding. 

Adam D. Burpee has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal response operations for the affected area. Additional designations may be made later if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further assessments.

Michael Reynolds with the West Virginia Department of Highways works to clear tree limbs from utility lines along McCullough Road after an overnight snow piled on already ice-damaged areas on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in Huntington, W.Va. (Sholten Singer/The Herald-Dispatch via AP)

Lights come back on in Texas

By PAUL J. WEBER and JILL BLEED Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Many of the millions of Texans who lost power for days after a deadly winter blast overwhelmed the electric grid now have it back, but the crisis was far from over in parts of the South with many people lacking safe drinking water.

About 325,000 homes and businesses remained without power in Texas on Thursday, down from about 3 million a day earlier, though utility officials said limited rolling blackouts were still possible.

The storms also left more than 450,000 from West Virginia to Louisiana without power and 100,000 in Oregon were still enduring a weeklong outage following a massive ice and snow storm.

The snow and ice moved into the Appalachians, northern Maryland and southern Pennsylvania, and later the Northeast as the extreme weather was blamed for the deaths of at least 56 people, with a growing toll of those who perished trying to keep warm.

In the Houston area, a family died from carbon monoxide as their car idled in their garage. A woman and her three grandchildren were killed in a fire that authorities said might have been caused by a fireplace they were using.

Utilities from Minnesota to Texas used rolling blackouts to ease strained power grids. But the remaining Texas outages were mostly weather-related, according to the state's grid manager, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.

Rotating outages for Texas could return if electricity demand rises as people get power and heating back, said Dan Woodfin, the council's senior director of system operations.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott warned that state residents "are not out of the woods," with temperatures still well below freezing statewide, south central Texas threatened by a winter storm and disruptions in food supply chains.

Adding to the state's misery, the weather jeopardized drinking water systems. Authorities ordered 7 million people — a quarter of the population of the nation's second-largest state — to boil tap water before drinking it, following the record low temperatures that damaged infrastructure and pipes.

Water pressure dropped after lines froze and because many people left faucets dripping to prevent pipes from icing, said Toby Baker, executive director of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Abbott urged residents to shut off water to prevent more busted pipes and preserve municipal system pressure.

President Joe Biden said he called Abbott on Thursday evening and offered additional support from the federal government to state and local agencies.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said residents will probably have to boil tap water in the fourth-largest U.S. city until Sunday or Monday.

Federal emergency officials sent generators to support water treatment plants, hospitals and nursing homes in Texas, along with thousands of blankets and ready-to-eat meals, officials said. The Texas Restaurant Association was coordinating food donations to hospitals.

Two of Houston Methodist's community hospitals had no running water and still treated patients but canceled most non-emergency surgeries and procedures for Thursday and possibly Friday, said spokeswoman Gale Smith.

As of Thursday afternoon, more than 1,000 Texas public water systems and 177 of the state's 254 counties had reported weather-related operational disruptions, affecting more than 14 million people, according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

About 260,000 homes and businesses in Tennessee's largest county, which includes Memphis, were told to boil water after cold temperatures led to water main ruptures and problems at pumping stations. Memphis International Airport was forced to cancel all incoming and outgoing passenger flights Friday due to water pressure issues.

And in Jackson, Mississippi, Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said most of the city of about 150,000 was without water Thursday night. Crews were pumping water to refill city tanks but faced a shortage of chemicals to treat the water, she said.

"We are dealing with an extreme challenge with getting more water through our distribution system," Lumumba said.

About 85 seniors in a Jackson apartment building lost water service Monday and were relying on deliveries from a building manager, said resident Linda Weathersby.

Weathersby went outside collecting buckets of ice to melt it so she could flush her toilet and said "my back's hurting now."

As the storms headed east, 12 people were rescued Wednesday night from boats after a dock weighed down by snow and ice collapsed on Tennessee's Cumberland River, the Nashville Fire Department said. And a 9-year-old Tennessee boy was killed when the tube his father was pulling behind an ATV slammed into a mailbox.

In and around the western Texas city of Abilene, authorities said six people died of the cold — including a 60-year-old man found dead in his bed in his frigid home and a man who died at a health care facility when a lack of water pressure made medical treatment impossible.

A 69-year-old Arkansas man was found dead after falling into a frozen pond while trying to rescue a calf. In Kentucky, a 77-year-old woman was found dead of likely hypothermia after two days without power and heat.

Before the wintry weather moved from Texas, the city of Del Rio along the U.S.-Mexico border, got nearly 10 inches (25.4 cm) of snow on Thursday, surpassing the city's one-day record for snowfall.

SPORTS

Tulsa announces 2021 football schedule

TULSA –– Home games against conference foes Houston, Memphis, Navy and Temple along with non-league road games at Oklahoma State and Ohio State highlight Tulsa’s 2021 football schedule, it was announced today.

The Golden Hurricane schedule includes a total of seven teams that were invited to bowl games after the 2020 regular season. Three of those opponents ended the season ranked among the nation’s top-20, including No. 2 Ohio State, No. 8 Cincinnati and No. 20 Oklahoma State.

The Hurricane is coming off a 6-3 record, a 6-0 league mark, an appearance in the American Athletic Conference Championship and wins over two top-20 ranked teams –– No. 11 UCF and No. 19 SMU.

Season ticket renewals and new season ticket plans will go on sale on March 29 at 8:30 a.m. Tulsa looks forward to a more “normal” fan experience at H.A. Chapman Stadium during the 2021 season. Fans interested in purchasing season tickets for the upcoming year, Click Here or call 918-631-3348.

Tulsa opens the 2021 season with a Thursday night game (Sept. 2) against UC Davis. The Aggies did not play during the fall but plays a 6-game FCS spring schedule in the Big Sky Conference beginning Feb. 27. 

Tulsa will then play back-to-back road games against FBS powerhouses, Oklahoma State and Ohio State.

The Bank of Oklahoma Turnpike Classic features Tulsa and OSU on Sept. 11, as the Hurricane travels to Stillwater for the second consecutive season. The 11th-ranked Cowboys pulled out a 16-7 win a year ago and ended the season with an overall 8-3 record, a third-place finish in the Big 12 Conference and a win over Miami (Fla.) in the Cheez-It Bowl.

Tulsa will play the CFP national runner-up when the Hurricane travels to Columbus, Ohio, to face the Ohio State Buckeyes on Sept. 18. Tulsa played the No. 4-ranked Buckeyes in Tulsa’s 10-3 season of 2016.

Last year, Ohio State finished the season with an overall 7-1 record with their only loss coming in the national championship game against Alabama.

After the two-game road swing, the Hurricane returns to H.A. Chapman Stadium a week later to host Arkansas State (Sept. 25) the final weekend of September. The Hurricane and Red Wolves matchup last season in Jonesboro was canceled.

“Obviously, our preseason schedule is very difficult. I love that we’re able to open the 2021 season at home in what we hope will be a packed H.A. Chapman Stadium on a Thursday night against UC Davis,” said Tulsa Head Coach Philip Montgomery. “We know the challenges that lie ahead of us during the first month with road games at Oklahoma State and Ohio State.”

The American Athletic Conference schedule has the Hurricane playing three of four games in the month of October at H.A. Chapman Stadium, while three of Tulsa’s final four games are on the road.

“The American had one of its strongest years on a national level and this season the league  will be even stronger. Nearly every one of our games came down to the final quarter last season, and we know this year it will be just as tough,” added Montgomery.

Tulsa opens its 8-game AAC schedule with a Friday night home game against the Houston Cougars on Oct. 1. Last year’s game between the two teams, scheduled for Houston, was canceled.

A week later, Tulsa stays at home to play host to the Memphis Tigers (Oct. 8). The last visit Memphis made to Chapman Stadium was a classic game that saw the 25th-ranked Tigers pulled out a late 42-41 victory.

Memphis finished the 2020 campaign with an 8-3 mark, including a 25-10 win over Florida Atlantic in the Montgomery Bowl.

For the second straight year, Tulsa travels to south Florida to face the USF Bulls in Tampa on Oct. 16. The Hurricane claimed a 42-13 win last year against the Bulls at Raymond James Stadium.

After a bye week, Tulsa closes the month of October at Chapman Stadium against Navy on Friday, Oct. 29. Tulsa won its sixth straight game of the 2020 campaign with a 19-6 win over the Midshipmen in Annapolis, Md.

The month of November will be a rematch of the 2020 AAC Championship Game as Tulsa travels to play the Cincinnati Bearcats on Nov. 6. The regular season contest from 2020 between the two teams was canceled twice, but the schools finally met for the league title.

The No. 9-ranked Bearcats scored a 27-24 victory on a 34-yard field goal as time expired. The win put Cincinnati, who finished the year with a 9-1 record, in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl against the SEC’s Georgia Bulldogs.

A week later, Tulsa travels to New Orleans to face the Tulane Green Wave on Nov. 13. Tulsa has a 12-5 series record, including a 30-24 overtime win last season at Chapman Stadium. The Green Wave ended the season in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

Tulsa closes out the home season on Nov. 20 against Temple. The Hurricane and Owls last played in the 2018 season.

“Our fans should be excited with Houston, Memphis, Navy and Temple all coming to town. It’s good that we start off with three of our first four games at home and obviously we’ll need the support of our fans to create a tremendous a home field advantage,” said Montgomery. “With three of our final four conference games away from Chapman Stadium, we’ll need to duplicate our road play from last year.”

The final regular season game for the Hurricane will be played in Dallas, Texas, at SMU on the finalweekend of November. The game will be played on either Friday or Saturday, Nov. 26/27. The exact game date will be announced at a later time. SMU finished the 2020 season with a 7-3 record and had its appearance in the Tropical Smoothie Cade Frisco Bowl canceled.

Fans interested in purchasing season tickets for the upcoming year, Click Here or call 918-631-3348.

2021 Tulsa Football Schedule

Date                       Opponent

SEPTEMBER

2 (Thurs.)               UC DAVIS                             

11                            at Oklahoma State              

18                            at Ohio State                       

25                            ARKANSAS STATE              

OCTOBER

1 (Fri.)                    HOUSTON*          

9                              MEMPHIS*          

16                            at USF* 

23                            BYE WEEK             

29 (Fri.)                  NAVY*                  

NOVEMBER         

6                              at Cincinnati*      

13                            at Tulane              

20                            TEMPLE*              

27                            at SMU*     

OTHER STORIES

Blast from the past 2-19-2021

Here is today’s blast from the past.

Blast from the past is a feature we run daily on ledgerlcj.com along with our newsletter heavenerledger.substack.com.

Each day we feature an old picture of the people, places and events in LeFlore County from days gone by.

Today’s picture is of a Heavener midget baseball team from the 1970s. Pictured on the front row are Kevin McMillin, Kenny Renick, Tony May, Dwayne Davis and Cody Huie. Back row coach Estelle Hairrell, Joe Westfall, Mark Huie, Scott Hairrell, Lance Yandell, Phillip Jones and Charles Yandell.   

If you have a picture you would like to post on the blast from the past, send an email to craig@heavenerledger.com.       

LeFlore County weather 2-19-2021

Mostly clear skies and warmer Friday in LeFlore County.

The high will be 36 degrees with a low of 16 degrees.

Sunrise is at 6:59 a.m. with sunset at 6:05 p.m.

Thursday’s high was 32 with a low of 7.

Average temperatures for Feb. 19 are a high of 56 and low of 28. Records for the date were a high of 81 in 1986 and a low of -2 in 1978.  

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.

Saturday

High school basketball: Class A regionals: Boys at North Rock Creek Talihina vs. Hydro-Eakley 8 p.m.; Arkoma vs. Wayne 3 p.m.; Girls at North Rock Creek Wister vs. Hydro-Eakley 6 p.m.; Arkoma vs. Wayne 1 p.m. Class B regionals: Area II at McCurtain Cameron girls vs. LeFlore 1 p.m. and Cameron boys vs. LeFlore 3 p.m. Area IV at Stringtown Whitesboro girls vs. Stringtown 6 p.m.; Whitesboro boys vs. Buffalo Valley 8 p.m.

College softball: Connors State at CASC

College baseball: CASC at Rose State

Monday

LeFlore County commissioners meet 9 a.m.

High school basketball: Class 4A Poteau at Broken Bow, 3A Idabel at Heavener; Spiro at Vian; Class A and B regionals.

Tuesday

College softball: CASC at Coffeyville

Poteau Evening Lions Club meet 6 p.m. CASC

High school basketball: Class 2A districts Gore at Howe; Central Sallisaw at Panama; Hulbert at Pocola; Class A and B regionals

Wednesday

Poteau Rotary Club meets noon at EOMC

Thursday

Kiwanis Club meets noon at Western Sizzlin’

Heavener VFW bingo 6 p.m.

High school basketball: Class A and B areas; Class 4A, 3A and 2A regionals

High school baseball: Bokoshe, Pittsburg at Haileyville

Young professionals social 7 p.m. 

U.S. Marines of the Fourth Division shield themselves in abandoned Japanese trench and bomb craters formed during U.S. invasion and amphibious landing at Iwo Jima, Japanese Volcano Island stronghold, on Feb. 19, 1945 in World War II. A battered Japanese ship is at right in the background at right. (AP Photo/Joe Rosenthal)

Today in history 2-19-2021

By The Associated Press undefined

Today in History

Today is Friday, Feb. 19, the 50th day of 2021. There are 315 days left in the year.

Today's Highlights in History:

On Feb. 19, 1942, during World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which paved the way for the relocation and internment of people of Japanese ancestry, including U.S.-born citizens. Imperial Japanese warplanes raided the Australian city of Darwin; at least 243 people were killed.

On this date:

In 1807, former Vice President Aaron Burr, accused of treason, was arrested in the Mississippi Territory, in present-day Alabama. (Burr was acquitted at trial.)

In 1846, the Texas state government was formally installed in Austin, with J. Pinckney Henderson taking the oath of office as governor.

In 1878, Thomas Edison received a U.S. patent for "an improvement in phonograph or speaking machines."

In 1945, Operation Detachment began during World War II as some 30,000 U.S. Marines began landing on Iwo Jima, where they commenced a successful month-long battle to seize control of the island from Japanese forces.

In 1968, the children's program "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood," created by and starring Fred Rogers, made its network debut on National Educational Television, a forerunner of PBS, beginning a 31-season run.

In 1976, President Gerald R. Ford, calling the issuing of the internment order for people of Japanese ancestry in 1942 "a sad day in American history," signed a proclamation formally confirming its termination.

In 1986, the U.S. Senate approved, 83-11, the Genocide Convention, an international treaty outlawing "acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group," nearly 37 years after the pact was first submitted for ratification.

In 1992, Irish Republican Army member Joseph Doherty (DAWK'-ur-tee) was deported from the United States to Northern Ireland following a nine-year battle for political asylum. (Doherty was imprisoned for the killing of a British army commando in 1980; he was freed in 1998 under the Good Friday Agreement.)

In 1997, Deng Xiaoping (dung shah-oh-ping), the last of China's major Communist revolutionaries, died at age 92.

In 2003, an Iranian military plane carrying 275 members of the elite Revolutionary Guards crashed in southeastern Iran, killing all on board.

In 2008, an ailing Fidel Castro resigned the Cuban presidency after nearly a half-century in power; his brother Raul was later named to succeed him.

In 2019, President Donald Trump directed the Pentagon to develop plans for a new Space Force within the Air Force, accepting less than the full-fledged department he had wanted.

Ten years ago: Security forces in Libya and Yemen fired on pro-democracy demonstrators as the two hard-line regimes struck back against the wave of protests that had already toppled autocrats in Egypt and Tunisia. The world's dominant economies, meeting in Paris, struck a watered-down deal on how to smooth out trade and currency imbalances blamed for a global financial crisis.

Five years ago: Harper Lee, author of "To Kill a Mockingbird," died in Monroeville, Alabama, at age 89.

One year ago: About 500 passengers left the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan at the end of a two-week quarantine that failed to stop the spread of the coronavirus among passengers and crew; the number of confirmed cases aboard the ship topped 600. The number of deaths in China from the virus rose past 2,000. Iran's state-run IRNA news agency said the virus had killed two Iranian citizens. President Donald Trump announced that Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, would become acting director of national intelligence. A man who had posted an online rant calling for the "complete extermination" of various races and cultures shot and killed nine people, most of them Turkish, in an attack on a hookah bar and other sites near Frankfurt, Germany; he was later found dead at his home along with his mother.

Today's Birthdays: Singer Smokey Robinson is 81. Actor Carlin Glynn is 81. Former Sony Corp. Chairman Howard Stringer is 79. Singer Lou Christie is 78. Actor Michael Nader is 76. Rock musician Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell) is 73. Actor Stephen Nichols is 70. Author Amy Tan is 69. Actor Jeff Daniels is 66. Rock singer-musician Dave Wakeling is 65. Talk show host Lorianne Crook is 64. Actor Ray Winstone is 64. Actor Leslie David Baker is 63. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is 62. Britain's Prince Andrew is 61. Tennis Hall of Famer Hana Mandlikova is 59. Singer Seal is 58. Actor Jessica Tuck is 58. Country musician Ralph McCauley (Wild Horses) is 57. Rock musician Jon Fishman (Phish) is 56. Actor Justine Bateman is 55. Actor Benicio Del Toro is 54. Actor Bellamy Young is 51. Rock musician Daniel Adair is 46. Pop singer-actor Haylie Duff is 36. Actor Arielle Kebbel is 36. Christian rock musician Seth Morrison (Skillet) is 33. Actor Luke Pasqualino is 31. Actor Victoria Justice is 28. Actor David (dah-VEED') Mazouz (TV: "Gotham") is 20. Actor Millie Bobby Brown is 17.