Ledger/LCJ newsletter 3-12-2021

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First Bank Corp buys Central National Bank

FORT SMITH, Ark. - First Bank Corp has expanded its reach in eastern Oklahoma through a partnership with Central National Bank of Poteau.

Since opening its doors in 1901 in Poteau, CNB has been a banking pioneer, providing the latest in services, products and technology. The bank has six locations along with ATMs.

First Bank Corp, is comprised of First National Bank of Fort Smith, First National Bank of NWA, Citizens Bank and Trust, National Bank of Sallisaw, and BHC Insurance.

“Central National Bank has an excellent reputation in communities across eastern Oklahoma due to their outstanding staff and their commitment to service excellence,” said Sam Sicard, CEO, First Bank Corp. “We are excited to have the opportunity to expand First Bank Corp. through this partnership with another community bank who shares our values. We are committed to assisting Central National Bank and its excellent banking team in continuing its legacy of leadership in serving families, businesses, and communities throughout eastern Oklahoma,”

Under the umbrella of First Bank Corp, Central National Bank, will continue to thrive as a community bank and expand their offerings to their customers.

“The merger with First Bank Corp. creates a unique opportunity for Central National Bank,”. said Steve Holton, Chairman and CEO of Central Nation Bank. “By joining forces with First Bank Corp, we move forward with the resources to invest in advanced technologies, and expand lending capacity and product offerings for our customers,

“Most importantly, this partnership allows us to continue to operate as Central National Bank, with the same professional staff providing the personal service that our customers value. We are very excited to join the First Bank Corp. family and contribute to their legacy of superior banking and community service.”

First Bank Corp. is a holding company comprised of First National Bank of Fort Smith, First National Bank of NWA, National Bank of Sallisaw, Citizens Bank and Trust, and BHC Insurance. First Bank Corp has 28 bank locations and 33 ATMs in the river valley, northwest Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma,

Coronavirus update 3-11-2021

LeFlore County had 12 new coronavirus cases in Friday’s report by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

Heavener had five, Poteau three, Panama two, while Pocola and Spiro each had one. Active cases are 115, up eight from Thursday.

The county has now had 5,374 cases, 5,216 recoveries and 45 deaths from complications due to the virus.

Oklahoma had 694 new cases, zero deaths and 646 recoveries in Friday’s report. Active cases are 11,677, up 48 from Thursday.

The state has now had 430,944 cases, 4,701 deaths and 414,566 recoveries.


Howe teams advance to semifinals

Howe’s boys and girls won their opening games in the Class 2A state tournaments Thursday to advance to Friday’s semifinals.

The Lions knocked off Cashion, 47-37, while Howe’s girls defeated LeFlore County foe Pocola, 56-47, to advance.

Howe’s boys play Dale at 8 p.m. in Yukon. Dale advanced with a 61-60 win over Morrison. The winner of Howe and Dale plays the Oklahoma Union/Wewoka winner Saturday for the championship at 4 p.m. in the Fairground Arena.

The Lady Lions face Latta Friday at 4 p.m. at the Fairground Arena. Latta won its opener over Amber-Pocassett, 56-34. The Howe/Latta winner will play the Dale/Silo winner for the championship Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Fairground Arena.

Howe and Cashion were tied at 37 before the Lions scored the final 10 points to clinch the win. Brayden Oglesby led the Lion with 16 points and Eduardo Sanchez added 14.

Howe’s girls made 9-10 free throws down the stretch to seal the win. Makayla Twyman led the Lady Lions with 18 points and Maddie Ramsey came off the bench to score 16.

Mika Scott paced Pocola with 14 points while Kail and Kena Chitwood both had 13.

LeFlore County sports scoreboard 3-11-2021

The LeFlore County sports scoreboard for Thursday.


Class 2A state tournament


Howe 47, Cashion 37


Howe 56, Pocola 47


Battiest 12, Bokoshe 0

Cameron 3, Vanoss 2

Caney 4, LeFlore 3

Central Sallisaw 4, Heavener 0

Panama 8, Heavener 2

Poteau 17, McAlester 13

Spiro 15, Roland 0

Fort Towson 11, Talihina 3

Whitesboro 12, Fort Towson 0

Slow pitch softball

Wister 24, Warner 20

Wister 13, Warner 2

LeFlore 14, McCurtain 2

LeFlore 13, Arkoma 1

McCurtain 15, Arkoma 1



Heavener 4, Mena 1

Sequoyah-Claremore 2, Poteau 0

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

Wolves drop pair at home

Heavener lost both baseball games in a three-way with Panama and Central Sallisaw Thursday.

The Wolves lost the opener to Panama, 8-2, before coming up short against Central, 4-0.

Heavener, 2-5, goes to Wilburton Friday.

In the opener against Panama, Heavener had more hits but the Razorbacks used two big innings to get the win, scoring three runs in the first and five in the fourth.

Hunter Hopkins got the win for Panama, pitching four innings before getting relief help from Kolby Ludlow. Hopkins gave up seven hits and two runs with four strikeouts and three walks. Ludlow gave up one hits with a strikeout and walk.

Hunter Edmondson went the distance for Heavener. He gave up six hits and three earned runs with five strikeouts and four walks.

Hopkins was 2-3 with a RBI and run while Jesse Linne doubled and finished 1-1 with a RBI and a run.

Gunnar McAlester was 2-3 with a run and Eli Dewbre finished 2-3.

In the second game, a trio of Heavener pitchers only allowed one hit, but the Wolves committed four errors to help the Tigers get the win.

Zane Dewitt pitched three innings and allowed a hit with one unearned run, a strikeout and three walks. Bryce Morrison went one inning, striking out one and walking two before McAlester threw the final inning, giving up the one hit with three runs, one earned, with a pair of strikeouts and one walk.

McAlester had both of Heavener’s hits and was 2-2.

Poteau outscores McAlester

POTEAU – Poteau jumped out to a big lead early and had to hold on to defeat McAlester, 17-13, in high school baseball Thursday.

Poteau is 5-2 and visits Vian Friday. McAlester drops to 1-4.

Poteau led 7-1 after the first inning before McAlester answered with eight runs in the top of the second. The two teams were tied at 12 after the top of the first before the Pirates took the lead for good in the bottom half of the inning.

Todd Mattox started for Poteau and went an inning, giving up eight hits and nine runs with two strikeouts and three walks. Tucker Garrett pitched five innings and got the win, allowing five hits and four runs with a pair of strikeouts and four walks.

Colton Williamson faced four batters before Ben Brooks finished up, going one inning and allowing one hit and a strikeout.

Jagger Dill homered and doubled while going 3-5 with six RBI and a run, Jake Patterson also homered and doubled while going 3-5 with three RBI and three runs, Caden Fox doubled twice and went 2-5 with two runs, Dax Collins doubled in a 2-5 outing with a RBI, Mattox was 2-3 with two runs, Williamson doubled and went 1-3 with two RBI and two runs and Champ Downs doubled in a 1-2 game with four RBI and two runs.

Wister gets sweep at Warner

WARNER – Wister improved to 5-1 by sweeping a slow pitch softball doubleheader against Warner Thursday.

The Lady Wildcats took the opener, 13-2, before winning a wild one in the second game, 24-20.

Wister is scheduled to visit Arkoma Friday.

In the opener, Wister had a 1-0 lead before scoring five runs in the third inning and seven in the fourth to get the run-rule win.

Kate Hammons homered and was 2-3 with three RBI and three runs, Hope Gotes went 2-3 with two runs, Kourtney Donaho had a 2-3 game with two runs and a RBI, Jaelyn Covey finished 2-3 with two RBI and a run and Jordan Makovy was 2-3 with two RBI and two runs.

In the late game, the game was tied before Wister scored four runs in the top of the eighth inning to get the win.

Covey’s single scored Gotes with the winning run and Donaho for a 22-20 lead.

Donaho tripled and was 4-6 with four runs and two RBI, Makovy doubled while going 4-5 with three runs, Gotes had a 4-5 game with four runs and a RBI, Hattie Pate doubled in a 2-6 game with two runs and a RBI, Covey went 2-3 with four runs and three RBI, Kinley Branscum was 2-3 with two RBI, Reagan Roath went 2-5 with three RBI and two runs and Hammons homered while going 1-6 with three RBI and two runs.


LeFlore County weather 3-12-2021

Mostly cloudy skies for Friday in LeFlore County with showers and thunderstorms likely.

There is a 60 percent chance of precipitation with a high of 74 degrees and a low of 62 degrees.

Sunrise is at 6:32 a.m. with sunset at 6:23 p.m.

Thursday’s high was 73 with a low of 63. A total of .05 inches of rain was recorded, brining the monthly total to .23 inches. Average rainfall for March is 5.40 inches.

Average temperatures for March 12 are a high of 64 and low of 35. Records for the date were a high of 81 in 1973 and a low of 21 in 1983.

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 Robby Von Zuck

Funeral service for James King

High school basketball: Class 2A state tournament. Howe girls vs. Latta 4 p.m. at Fairgrounds; Howe boys vs. Dale 8 p.m. at Yukon

High school baseball: Heavener at Wilburton; Poteau at Vian; Central at Spiro; Arkoma at Pocola; Bokoshe, Cameron at Battiest Tournament; Varnum at Whitesboro

High school softball: Wister at Arkoma

College softball: SAU Tech at CASC


LeFlore County Republican annual convention

Graveside services for Arvilla Stewart

Green Country Ruff Riters to meet at the Coffee Cup in Poteau from 2 to 4 p.m.

High school baseball: Red Oak at Heavener; Poteau at McAlester; Wister, Asher at Spiro; Bokoshe, Cameron at Battiest Tournament

College softball: CASC at Crowder Bash


LeFlore County commissioners meet 9 a.m.

High school baseball: Spiro at Heavener; Arkoma at Central Sallisaw; Keota, Porter at Cameron; Talihina, Weleetka at Clayton; Salina vs. Pocola

High school softball: Heavener at Spring Break Bash at Broken Bow


High school baseball: Heavener at Spiro; Savanna at Panama; Bokoshe at Cameron; Whitesboro at Gore

High school softball: Heavener at Spring Break Bash at Broken Bow

College baseball: CASC at NEO

Poteau Evening Lions Club meet 6 p.m. CASC


High school baseball: Howe at Pocola; Cameron at Whitesboro

Poteau Rotary Club meets noon at EOMC


Kiwanis Club meets noon at Western Sizzlin’

High school baseball: Heavener vs. Southwest Covenant at Union City Festival; Pocola at Perry Tournament

Heavener Utilities Authority, City Council meet 6 p.m.

Heavener VFW bingo 6 p.m. Highway 59 North.

The morning blog 3-12-2021


Good morning and welcome to the Ledger/LCJ morning blog. As you can plainly see above and probably doesn’t need repeated, but I will anyway, I’m Craig Hall with the Ledger and LeFlore County Journal.

Today is March 12, the 71st day of the year. There are 294 days left in 2021.

Today’s highly anticipated blog is sponsored by Central National Bank, the oldest and largest bank in LeFlore County. CNB has convenient branches in Heavener, Panama, Pocola, Poteau and Stigler. More about CNB to follow, after we plead for your help.

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As mentioned earlier, we have additional news about Central National Bank. It was announced yesterday CNB has been purchased by First Bank Corp out of Fort Smith.

LeFlore County had 12 new coronavirus cases in Thursday’s report by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Heavener had five.to lead the county.

In sports, it was a busy day Thursday. Both Howe teams won their opening games in the Class 2A state tournament and play in the semifinals Friday.

To meet your sports fix, we have our scoreboard with all the scores we could find from LeFlore County teams yesterday.

It doesn’t look like it’s going to be a Chamber of Commerce weather day. Mostly cloudy skies and rain is likely. The high will be 74 with a low of 62. I can see the grass growing higher as I sit

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Arvilla Stewart, 90, of Howe was born Dec. 14, 1930 in Claremore and passed away March 10 in Howe.

Graveside service is 1 p.m. Saturday at the Blanco Cemetery.

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Obituary for Arvilla Stewart

HOWE - Arvilla (Cagle) Stewart, 90, of Howe, was born Dec. 14, 1930 in Claremore to John and Hazel (Mayo) Cinyard and passed away March 10, 2021 in Howe.

Graveside service is 1 p.m. Saturday at the Blanco Cemetery with Sister Sara Cagle officiating.  Burial will follow in the Blanco Cemetery, under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener.

Avilla was a long-time resident of the area and a homemaker. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Avilla will be missed by all who loved and knew her.

Surviving family members are one daughter Sandy Hammons and husband Jim of Chickasaw; three sons Lawrence Cagle and wife Pamela of Poteau, Bobby Cagle and wife Carolyn of Howe, and Galen Cagle and wife Denan of Mountainburg, Arkansas; one sister, Von Horsey, of Stockton, California; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, L.J. Cagle; her second husband, Bill Stewart; two sisters Billie and Ruby; and one brother, Z.A.

Viewing is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

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