Ledger/LCJ newsletter 2-5-2021
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List of municipal filings
The LeFlore County Election Board has released the names of individuals filing for municipal seats.
The elections, where needed, are April 6.
In Heavener, incumbent mayor Max Roberts drew a challenger in Steven Cauthen. Two council positions only had one person file In Ward 1, incumbent Jim Roll filed while in Ward 3, Marvin Meredith filed for the seat previously held by Gail Nichols.
Current city treasurer Eddie Freeman did not draw an opponent.
In Poteau, in Ward 1, Seat 1 Tommy G. Robertson was the only person to file. Jim Holstead was the only person to file for Ward No. 2 Seat 1.
There are two candidates for council member Ward No. 3 Seat 1 as William Brown or Phillip Zearley.
For Ward 4, Seat 1 Winfred Wimp did not have an opponent.
Tami Sprabery was the only person to file for city clerk and Amanda Peck was the only person to file for city treasurer.
In Arkoma, Ricky Harvey and Jessica Walden filed for board of trustees.
Individuals filing for board of trustee in Bokoshe are Carl Eugene Cobb, Ronald Ward, Dean Collins, Gerald Conway Jr. and Paul Jones. Sonya Crase was the only filer for town clerk-treasurer.
Filing for board of trustees in Howe were Amanda Pau and Kimberly Ritter. Peggy Wright was the only person who filed for town clerk/treasurer.
In Panama, people filing for the board of trustees were Mike Blevins, Tim Crase and Lloyd Mickey Hale.
In Pocola board of trustees office No. 2 Bobby Cox and Donald Didier filed. For office No. 4, those filing were Tabitha Cox, Robyn S. Croop and Phil Smith.
For Shady Point, board of trustees candidates are Eugene H. Elmore and Kenneth D. Morgan.
Spiro has two seats to fill. For office No. 2, candidates are Doug Harper and Paul Matthews. Phillip Evans, Anthony Gray and Tyson Sullins are running for office No. 4.
In Talihina, candidates for board of trustees are Anita Duncan, Casey England, Roger England, David L. Estep, Nikki Hibdon and Louisa Luke Lawrence.
Candidates for board of trustees in Wister are Thad Martin and Billy S. Terry. Steve Walden ran unopposed for town treasurer.
Coronavirus update 2-4-2021
The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 16 new cases in LeFlore County along with the death by complications from the virus to a Talihina woman in the 36-49 age group.
The deceased was the 39th county resident to die from complications due to the virus.
Poteau had six new cases, Wister five, Heavener and Spiro two each, while Arkoma had one.
Active cases are 262, down from 268 Wednesday. The county has now had 4,936 cases and 4,636 recoveries.
Oklahoma had 2,782 new cases, 27 deaths and 2,641 recoveries in Thursday’s report by the Oklahoma Department of Health.
Active cases are 26,935, up 114 from Wednesday. Overall, the state has had 397,065 cases, 3,681 deaths and 366,449 recoveries.
Bokoshe woman, Stigler couple hurt in accident
A Bokoshe woman was injured in an auto accident Thursday at 11:57 a.m. on Highway 271, 2.25 miles north of Panama.
Christen Langdell, 20, of Bokoshe was driving a 2001 Ford Explorer east when she failed to stop at a stop sign and struck the 2016 Ford Edge driven by Donald McAlvin, 81, of Stigler.
Langdell was transported by Mercy Life Flight to St. John’s Hospital in Tulsa with multiple injuries.
McAlvain was transported to Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith, Arkansas, with head and nick injuries. A passenger in his vehicle, 81-year-old Sharon McAlvain, was also transported to Mery Hospital with head injuries.
Seatbelts were equipped in both vehicles, but were not in use in either vehicle. Airbags were equipped and deployed in both vehicles.
The accident was investigated by Trooper David Vasquez, assisted by the LeFlore County Sheriff’s Department, the Panama Police Department, Bokoshe Fire Department and LeFlore County EMS.
Oklahomans vaccinated exceeds infections
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of people vaccinated against the coronavirus in Oklahoma has surpassed the state's cumulative number of COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, health officials reported Thursday.
More than 500,000 Oklahomans have received at least one dose of the vaccine, compared to just under 400,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in March, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health.
"We're proud to report this milestone of continued progress our state has made toward administering the COVID-19 vaccine, which has resulted in Oklahoma being among those leading the nation in COVID-19 vaccine distribution," State Commissioner of Health Dr. Lance Frye said in a statement.
According to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Oklahoma ranks sixth in the nation in percentage of its population that has received at least one dose of the vaccine, at 9.4%. That compares to a national average of 8.2%.
Meanwhile, Oklahoma reported 2,782 new confirmed cases and 27 new deaths on Thursday, bringing the total number of confirmed infections to 397,065 and the state's death toll to 3,681.
Oklahoma ranked fourth among states with the most new cases per capita in the last two weeks, with more than 860 new cases per 100,000 population, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
While Oklahoma's seven-day rolling average of positivity rate and daily new cases has continued to decline over the last two weeks, the state's average daily deaths continues to rise. The seven-day rolling average of daily deaths increased over the past two weeks from 33.86 deaths per day on Jan. 20 to 38 deaths per day on Feb. 3, according to Johns Hopkins.
Unemployment claims continue declining
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) continues to report a continued decline in continued and initial unemployment claims, with the continued claims four-week moving average declining for the 32nd consecutive week.
“As we continue to recover from the pandemic, we are pleased to see the decline in initial and continued claims,” said Shelley Zumwalt, OESC Executive Director. “Our staff is continuing to work hard to get federal and state unemployment benefits out the door. So far, we have paid out more than $300 million in Continued Assistance Act benefits in late January, with more than 100,000 Oklahomans receiving payments.”
OESC mailed out IRS tax form 1099-G to all claimants who received unemployment benefits in 2020, and claimants should receive their form in early February. To address any questions or concerns with the 1099-G form, OESC set up a hotline number for claimants to call to receive assistance at 405-521-6099.
By Monday, Feb. 8, claimants can view and print their 1099-G online at https://unemployment.state.ok.us. Claimants should use the information provided on the 1099-G while filing their 2020 taxes. If someone receives a 1099-G but did not receive unemployment benefits in 2020, they should call OESC’s dedicated hotline to discuss the issue with OESC’s team.
Claimants are required to report all unemployment benefits received since it is considered taxable income. This includes all federal programs and payments from Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), Lost Wages Assistance (LWA), and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC).
Weekly Unemployment Numbers for Week Ending Jan. 30
For the week ending Jan. 30, the advance number of initial claims, unadjusted, totaled 5,698, a decrease of 556 from the previous week's revised level of 6,254.
Initial claims’ four-week moving average was 6,528, a decrease of 91 from the previous week's revised average of 6,619.
The advance unadjusted number of continued claims totaled 31,252, a decrease of 7,022 from the previous week’s revised level of 38,274.
Continued claims’ four-week moving average was 37,765, a decrease of 2,726 from the previous week's revised average of 40,491.
Nationally, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims during the same period was 779,000, a decrease of 33,000 from the previous week's revised level, the U.S. Department of Labor reports. The four-week moving average was 848,250, a decrease of 1,250 from the previous week. For the week ending Jan. 23, DOL reports the advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.2%, a decrease of 0.2 percentage point 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.
Individuals seeking unemployment benefits should go to https://ui.ok.gov 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 email@example.com, 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/.
If a PUA-eligible claimant reopens their business, they will still receive backdated unemployment benefits to when their COVID-19-related job loss or business closure occurred.
LeFlore County sports scoreboard 2-4-2021
LeFlore County sports scoreboard for Thursday.
Heavener 56, Wilburton 23
Kinta at Panama*
Kinta 65, Panama 64 (OT)
Wilburton at Heavener (postponed, coronavirus)
*No score reported.
To report scores or information on games involving LeFlore County teams, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or text (918) 649-4712.
Lady Wolves overload Wilburton
By CRAIG HALL
Heavener’s girls put together one of their best showings of the season Thursday night with a 56-23 win over Wilburton in Black Diamond Conference play.
The boys’ game was postponed as Wilburton is quarantined.
Heavener improves to 9-4 and plays at Stigler Friday. Wilburton is 3-10 and hosts Talihina Friday.
After slowly building a 10-point lead (26-16) on Heavener’s homecoming night, the Lady Wolves went on a 16-2 run to start the third quarter to put the game away. By the time Heavener emptied its bench, the Lady Wolves led 51-19.
Heavener held the Lady Diggers to only 11 points over the final three quarters, one less than Wilburton scored in the first period.
Milaya Riddley led a balanced Heavener attack with 10 points as nine Lady Wolves scored.
Heavener 56, Wilburton 23
WHS 12 4 3 4—23
HHS 13 13 16 14—56
Wilburton – Tegan Tilley 1 0-0 0 2; Haylee Anderson 2 2-2 0 7; Hannah Giger 2 0-0 0 5; Hailey Stanford 2 0-0 0 4; Miranda Cheek 1 0-0 0 2; Jacy Browne 0 0-0 1 0; Jalen Spears 1 1-2 1 3; Rylie Mote 0 0-0 2 0; Maddie Walls 0 0-0 2 0. TOTALS: 9 3-4 6 23.
Heavener – Morgan Smith 4 0-0 2 8; Lexy Chick 3 1-2 2 8; Kinlee Free 2 0-0 0 4; McKinley Alexander 4 0-0 0 8; Ava Cartwright 3 0-0 0 7; Carly Watkins 4 0-0 1 9; Milaya Ridley 5 0-0 1 10; Kinley Brand 1 0-0 0 2; Brooklyn May 0 1-2 0 1. TOTALS: 26 2-4 6 56.
Thunder win rematch with Rockets 104-87
By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kenrich Williams scored 19 points Wednesday night, and the Oklahoma City Thunder bounced back from a 30-point loss to Houston two days earlier and beat the Rockets 104-87.
Darius Bazley had 18 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, Al Horford scored 17 points and Hamidou Diallo added 16 for the Thunder. Oklahoma City had allowed 147 and 136 points in its previous two games — both losses. On Wednesday, the Thunder allowed a season-low point total.
Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said his team had the right approach heading into the rematch.
"I give our guys credit not getting too emotional after that last game," he said. "No one likes losing by 30 and giving up 130. But I don't think we got too low after that one, just like we won't get too high after this one. But they really came in with a clean slate and wanted to learn."
The Rockets scored a season high for points on Monday and a season low on Wednesday. Houston made a franchise record 28 3-pointers on 52 attempts on Monday, but connected on just 12 of 46 in the rematch.
Eric Gordon scored 22 points and Victor Oladipo added 19 for the Rockets, whose win streak ended at six games. Christian Wood, who entered the night averaging 23.3 points and 10.7 rebounds, finished with eight points and six rebounds in 22 minutes,
"When you're not making shots, you've got to play a little bit harder on defense and figure out ways to create a little bit easier opportunities on offense," Gordon said. "The energy just wasn't there. We missed a ton of shots to where we just couldn't really get in a groove."
Rockets guard John Wall and Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander missed Wednesday's rematch. Wall, who averages 17.8 points and 5.8 assists, rested on the first half of a back-to-back with the Memphis Grizzlies on tap on Thursday. Gilgeous-Alexander, who leads the Thunder with 21.8 points and 6.3 assists, sat out with a left knee sprain. Thunder coach Mark Daigneault said it wasn't too serious and the team was being cautious.
The Rockets made 11 3-pointers in the first quarter on Monday, tying the NBA record for a quarter. On Wednesday, they trailed 54-43 at halftime, scoring a season low for points in a first half and making just 6 of 25 3s.
Houston made a brief surge early in the third quarter, but the Thunder fought it off. Diallo's breakaway two-handed dunk gave Oklahoma City a 68-52 lead, and the Thunder extended their advantage to 81-58 at the end of the third quarter.
Rockets: Gordon was called for a technical in the second quarter. ... Coach Stephen Silas was called for a technical in the third quarter. ... F P.J. Tucker did not score in 25 minutes.
Thunder: Oklahoma City announced Tuesday that starting point guard George Hill would miss at least four weeks with a thumb injury. ... Thunder G Lu Dort left the game in the first quarter with left knee soreness and did not return. Daigneault did not have an update after the game. ... Held the Rockets to 38.4% shooting. ... F Isaiah Roby scored 13 points and made 6 of 9 shots.
Daigneault on playing without three regular starters for most of the game: "This is a pretty normal occurrence. Everybody's going to go through it at some point and we're going through it right now. But I give the guys who stayed ready credit, the guys who stepped into different roles -- I give them credit."
Oladipo, a former Thunder player, made just 8 of 24 shots, including 1 of 8 3-pointers. ... Thunder reserves scored 47 points to Houston's 32. ... Oklahoma City had 21 turnovers and Houston had 20.
The Rockets visit the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday.
The Thunder host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday.
TCU slips past Oklahoma State 81-78
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — RJ Nembhard had 20 points, Jaedon LeDee converted a three-point play with 2.2 seconds left, and TCU beat Oklahoma State 81-78 on Wednesday night.
Mike Miles scored 18 points, Charles O'Bannon added 15 and Kevin Samuel 14 for TCU (10-7, 3-5 Big 12).
Miles made a layup to make it 78-all with 17 seconds to play. Oklahoma State's Cade Cunningham, rather than playing for the last shot, raced down court and missed a contested layup five seconds later. LeDee leaked out, took an outlet pass from Taryn Todd and was fouled as he made a driving layup. His free throw capped the scoring.
Cunningham's potential tying half-court shot as time expired rimmed out.
Cunningham, a 6-foot-8 freshman guard who is the likely No. 1 pick in the 2021 NBA draft, scored 15 of his 19 points in the final 10 minutes for Oklahoma State (11-5, 4-5). Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe added 17 points and 10 rebounds. The 6-foot-7 freshman has three double-doubles in the last four games.
Cunningham, the conference's leading scorer (18.1) going into the game, picked up two early fouls and played just eight scoreless minutes in the first half and faced chants of "Overrated!" from the limited crowd.
After LeDee made a layup to give TCU a nine-point lead with 11 minutes to play, OSU scored 15 of the next 21 points, including eight by Cunningham, to make it 64-64 about six minutes later.
There were five more ties and four lead changes from there, the last of which came on LeDee's winner.
SMU narrowly tops Tulsa
TULSA (AP) — Kendric Davis had 22 points and 10 assists and SMU held off Tulsa for a 65-63 win on Wednesday night.
SMU led 64-52 with 3:25 remaining. A 10-1 run, capped by Austin Richie's jumper, pulled Tulsa to 65-62 with 30 seconds to go. SMU's Yor Anei blocked Curtis Haywood II's layup, and following timeouts from both teams, Brandon Rachal missed a potential game-tying 3 with four seconds left.
But Tyson Jolly fouled Richie on a 3-point attempt. Richie missed the first free throw, made the second shot, and then Feron Hunt grabbed the rebound from the third shot to seal it for the Mustangs.
Hunt finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds for SMU (10-4, 6-4 American Athletic Conference). Jolly added seven rebounds.
Haywood matched a career high with 18 points and Rachal had 15 points. Elijah Joiner added 10 points for the Golden Hurricane (9-7, 6-5).
Blast from the past 2-5-2021
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 baseball team in either the late 1950s or early 1960s. The only person I recognize is my father, Gene Hall, in the back row, upper right.
If you have a picture you would like to post on the blast from the past, send an email to email@example.com or bring it by the Ledger’s office at 507 East First Street.
Another nice day expected Friday
Mostly clear skies and nice again Friday in LeFlore County.
The High will be 57 degrees with a low of 36 degrees.
Sunrise is at 7:13 a.m. with sunset at 5:51 p.m.
Thursday’s high was 62 with a low of 28.
Average temperatures for Feb. 5 are a high of 53 and low of 24. Records for the date were a high of 71 in 1986 and a low of 15 in 1971.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
College baseball: CASC at Paris
High school basketball: Heavener at Stigler; Howe at Broken Bow; Panama at LeFlore; Bokoshe at Cameron; Hartshorne at Pocola; Spiro at Checotah; Talihina at Wilburton; Whitesboro at Hugo; Haileyville at Arkoma.
High school basketball: Stilwell at Poteau; Bokoshe at Porum.
LeFlore County commissioners meet 9 a.m.
Heavener, Howe, LeFlore, Poteau school board meetings
High school basketball: Cameron at Cave Springs; Hartshorne at Talihina; Arkoma at Whitesboro; Bokoshe at Keota
Poteau Evening Lions Club meet 6 p.m. CASC
Pocola city meetings
High school basketball: Pocola at Heavener; Panama at Wister; Keota at Bokoshe; Wright City at Whitesboro; Cave Springs at Arkoma.
Wrestling: Wilburton at Poteau
Poteau Rotary Club meets noon at EOMC
High school basketball: Pocola at Spiro; Class B district tournaments (girls) at Red Oak; Bokoshe vs. Red Oak; Cameron vs. Schulter. At McCurtain, LeFlore vs. Paden.
Kiwanis Club meets noon at Western Sizzlin’
Heavener VFW bingo 6 p.m.
Wrestling: Poteau at Greenwood.
Today in history for 2-5-2021
By The Associated Press
Today in History
Today is Friday, Feb. 5, the 36th day of 2021. There are 329 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 5, 2020, the Senate voted to acquit President Donald Trump, bringing to a close the third presidential trial in American history, though a majority of senators expressed unease with Trump's pressure campaign on Ukraine that resulted in the two articles of impeachment. Just one Republican, Mitt Romney of Utah, broke with the GOP and voted to convict.
On this date:
In 1631, the founder of Rhode Island, Roger Williams, and his wife, Mary, arrived in Boston from England.
In 1811, George, the Prince of Wales, was named Prince Regent due to the mental illness of his father, Britain's King George III.
In 1917, Mexico's present constitution was adopted by the Constitutional Convention in Santiago de Queretaro. The U.S. Congress passed, over President Woodrow Wilson's veto, an act severely curtailing Asian immigration.
In 1918, during World War I, the Cunard liner SS Tuscania, which was transporting about 2,000 American troops to Europe, was torpedoed by a German U-boat in the Irish Sea with the loss of more than 200 people.
In 1922, the first edition of Reader's Digest was published.
In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed increasing the number of U.S. Supreme Court justices; the proposal, which failed in Congress, drew accusations that Roosevelt was attempting to "pack" the nation's highest court.
In 1971, Apollo 14 astronauts Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell stepped onto the surface of the moon in the first of two lunar excursions.
In 1983, former Nazi Gestapo official Klaus Barbie, expelled from Bolivia, was brought to Lyon (lee-OHN'), France, to stand trial. (He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison -- he died in 1991.)
In 1993, President Bill Clinton signed the Family and Medical Leave Act, granting workers up to 12 weeks unpaid leave for family emergencies.
In 1994, white separatist Byron De La Beckwith was convicted in Jackson, Mississippi, of murdering civil rights leader Medgar Evers in 1963, and was immediately sentenced to life in prison. (Beckwith died Jan. 21, 2001 at age 80.)
In 2001, four disciples of Osama bin Laden went on trial in New York in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa. (The four were convicted and sentenced to life in prison without parole.)
In 2008, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a guru to the Beatles who introduced the West to transcendental meditation, died at his home in the Dutch town of Vlodrop; he was believed to be about 90.
Ten years ago: The leadership of Egypt's ruling party stepped down as the military figures spearheading the transition tried to placate protesters without giving them the one resignation they were demanding, that of President Hosni Mubarak. Marshall Faulk and Deion Sanders led a class of seven voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame; joining them were Shannon Sharpe, Richard Dent, Ed Sabol, Les Richter and Chris Hanburger.
Five years ago: President Barack Obama used a new jobs report to continue his victory lap on the economy, declaring the U.S. had "the strongest, most durable economy in the world." (The president spoke shortly after the Labor Department announced that U.S. employers added 151,000 jobs in January, pushing the unemployment rate to 4.9 percent from 5 percent.)
One year ago: With white sheets covering them, people infected with the new coronavirus were led off of a Japanese cruise ship in the port city of Yokohama, while the rest of the 3,700 people on board faced a two-week quarantine in their cabins. Actor Kirk Douglas, star of "Spartacus" and dozens of other films, died at the age of 103.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Stuart Damon is 84. Tony-winning playwright John Guare (gwayr) is 83. Financial writer Jane Bryant Quinn is 82. Actor David Selby is 80. Singer-songwriter Barrett Strong is 80. Football Hall of Famer Roger Staubach is 79. Movie director Michael Mann is 78. Rock singer Al Kooper is 77. Actor Charlotte Rampling is 75. Racing Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip is 74. Actor Barbara Hershey is 73. Actor Christopher Guest is 73. Actor Tom Wilkinson is 73. Actor-comedian Tim Meadows is 60. Actor Jennifer Jason Leigh is 59. Actor Laura Linney is 57. Rock musician Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver) is 57. World Golf Hall of Famer Jose Maria Olazabal is 55. Actor-comedian Chris Parnell is 54. Rock singer Chris Barron (Spin Doctors) is 53. Singer Bobby Brown is 52. Actor Michael Sheen is 52. Actor David Chisum is 51. Country singer Sara Evans is 50. Country singer Tyler Farr is 37. Neo-soul musician Mark Shusterman (Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats) is 36. Actor-singer Darren Criss is 34. Actor Alex Brightman is 34. Actor Henry Golding is 34. Rock musician Kyle Simmons (Bastille) is 33. Actor Jeremy Sumpter is 32. Drummer Graham Sierota (Echosmith) is 22.