Ledger/LCJ newsletter 3-5-2021

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The morning blog 3-5-2021


Good morning and welcome to the Ledger/LCJ morning blog.

Today is March 5, the 64th day of the year. There are 301 days left in 2021.

Today’s blog is sponsored by Central National Bank with branches in Heavener, Panama, Pocola, Poteau and Stigler.

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LeFlore County had 30 new coronavirus cases in Thursday’s report by the Oklahoma Department of Health.

Spiro had 11, Pocola had eight, Poteau six, Bokoshe and Panama both had two and Arkoma had one.

Three LeFlore County teams are playing for area championships and berths in next week’s Class 2A state tournaments Friday night.

The Howe girls and boys are in the area tournament at Seminole while Pocola’s girls are in the area tournament at Fort Gibson. Howe’s girls play Hartshorne at 6 p.m. while the Lions take on Pawnee at 8 p.m.

Both of Howe’s games will be broadcast on KPRV 92.5 FM.

Pocola’s girls go up against Dale at 6 p.m.

Spiro’s boys were eliminated Thursday in an area tournament consolation game by Roland, 54-44.

You can see the LeFlore County scoreboard from games Thursday HERE.

Heavener’s baseball team got a game-winning hit from Gunnar McAlester in the bottom of the seventh as the Wolves defeated Pocola, 10-9.

Wister’s Matt Holzhammer threw a no-hitter in the Wildcats’ 9-0 win over Poteau.

The Lady Wolves’ slow pitch softball team also opened the season Thursday, winning big against Arkoma and Porum.

In weather, a chance of rain and storms for Friday in LeFlore County. The high will be 58 degrees with a low of 36 degrees.

Irma Briano, 68, of Heavener passed away March 3 in Fort Smith. A private memorial service is Sunday at Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home in Heavener.

Jerry Harding, 73, of Bokoshe, passed away March 3. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marines. No service is planned.

Thanks again for reading. If you like our blog, please share it with anybody you think might be interested. Any thoughts or suggestions, please send by email to craig@heavenerledger.com.


Additional 30 cases reported in county

LeFlore County had 30 new coronavirus cases in Thursday’s report by the Oklahoma Department of Health.

Spiro had 11, Pocola had eight, Poteau six, Bokoshe and Panama both had two and Arkoma had one. Spiro has moved past Heavener to have the second most cases in LeFlore County. Poteau leads with 1,551 cases, Spiro has 668 and Heavener has 664.

Active cases are 124, up seven from Wednesday.

The county has now had 5,312 cases, 5,144 recoveries and 43 deaths from complications due to the virus.

Oklahoma had 895 new cases, no deaths and 765 recoveries in Thursday’s report.

The state has 12,379 active cases, up 131 from Wednesday. Overall, the state has had 426,641 cases, 4,534 deaths and 409,728 recoveries.


County teams going for area championships

Three LeFlore County teams are playing for area championships and berths in next week’s Class 2A state tournaments Friday night.

A fourth county team, Spiro, was defeated by Roland, 54-44, in the area tournament Thursday at Henryetta and was eliminated.

Howe’s boys will be gunning for their second straight trip to the Class 2A state tournament when the Lions take on Pawnee Friday at 8 p.m. in Seminole.

Howe is 20-3 and ranked seventh while Pawnee is 20-1 and third in Class 2A. The loser of Friday’s game will play in the area consolation championship Saturday at 8 p.m. with the winner of that game advancing to the state tournament.

Howe defeated Central Sallisaw 65-44 and Pawnee overcame Okemah, 84-68, to win regional championships.

Class 2A Area IV

After cruising through the districts and regionals, Pocola’s girls will get a big test Friday at 6 p.m. in the area championship game against Dale at Fort Gibson.

Pocola is 16-5 and ranked eighth while Dale is 20-3 and the top-ranked team in 2A. The Lady Indians blasted Oklahoma Union, 63-28, in the regional championship game while Dale wound up beating Fairland, 69-37.

The winner advances to state while the loser plays again Saturday at 6 p.m. with a trip to the state tournament going to the winner.

Class 2A Area II

Howe’s girls will battle Hartshorne again Friday at 6 p.m. in the regional championship game at Seminole. The two teams have dominated 2A basketball in southeastern Oklahoma and will meet with the winner advancing to the state tournament.

Howe is 21-2 and ranked second while the Lady Miners are 17-1 and No. 6. The Lady Lions defeated Warner, 72-49, on the Lady Eagles’ home court Saturday to win the regional championship.

Hartshorne got a regional championship with a 48-39 victory over Oklahoma Christian.

The winner advances to the state tournament while the loser will play in the area consolation championship Saturday at 6 p.m.

Class 2A Area IV

Both of Howe’s games will be broadcast by KPRV 92.5 FM.

LeFlore County sports scoreboard 3-4-2021

The LeFlore County sports scoreboard for games played Thursday.


Class 3A area tournament


Roland 54, Spiro 44


Locust Grove 11, Arkoma 8

McCurtain 10, Bokoshe 0

Battiest 4, Cameron 0

Heavener 10, Pocola 9

Wister 9, Poteau 0

Slow pitch softball

Heavener 26, Arkoma 0

Heavener 22, Porum 7

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

Wolves rally in seventh to beat Pocola

Gunnar McAlester’s single in the bottom of the seventh brought in Jackson Clubb with the winning run as Heavener rallied to down Pocola, 10-9, Thursday afternoon.

Heavener is 1-0 and hosts Poteau Friday. Pocola is 2-1 and is scheduled to go to Cameron Friday.

The Wolves trailed 9-7 going into the bottom half of the inning. Heavener took advantage of several walks to tie the score and get the win on McAlester’s single with one out.

McAlester also got the win for Heavener, pitching 1.1 innings and allowing one hit and one earned run with three strikeouts. Noah Ward pitched three innings with Hunter Edmondson and Angel Alvarez each pitching an inning before Bryce Early threw two-thirds of an inning.

McAlester finished 3-4 at the plate with a RBI. Alvarez doubled and went 1-4 with a run, Trever Grubbs doubled while going 1-3 with two RBI and Ward also doubled and went 1-3 with two RBI and a run.

Eli Garrett was 2-5 with two RBI and a RBI for Pocola, Trintan Pitsco had a 2-4 game with two RBI and Kolby Masterson homered and finished 1-3 with two runs and a RBI.

Wister, Holzhammer blank Poteau

WISTER – Wister’s Matt Holzhammer threw a no-hitter as the Wildcats defeated Poteau, 9-0, Thursday afternoon.

Wister improves to 2-0 and hosts Panama Monday. Poteau is 1-2 and goes to Heavener Friday.

Holzhammer pitched all seven innings, striking out 15 and not allowing a walk.

Will Hammons doubled and tripled while going 2-3 with five RBI and two runs and Holzhammer was 2-3 with three runs.

Jagger Dill went the first 2.1 innings before being relieved by Wesley Garrett and Champ Downs.

Lady Wolves win big over Arkoma, Porum

ARKOMA – Heavener opened the 2021 slow pitch softball season with a pair of easy wins over Arkoma and Porum Thursday.

The Lady Wolves opened with a 26-0 win over Arkoma before downing Porum, 22-7. Heavener is scheduled to visit LeFlore Monday while Arkoma visits Keota Friday.

In the win over Arkoma, Heavener led 1-0 before scoring 25 runs in the fourth inning. The Lady Wolves pounded out 18 hits and were assisted by seven Arkoma errors.

Lainey Dyer doubled and was 3-4 with four RBI and three runs, Cayleigh McGee hit a grand slam while going 2-3 with four RBI and three runs, Rayannah Ward homered and doubled while going 2-3 with four RBI and three runs, Paige Crase hit a home run and was 2-4 with three runs and a RBI, Destiny McGee homered and had a 1-3 game with three runs and two RBI, Morgan Smith doubled twice and was 2-4 with three runs and three RBI, Ava Cartwright doubled and went 2-3 with two runs and Haley Dean doubled and finished 2-4 with three runs and a RBI.

Against Porum, Heavener had 25 hits and built a big lead with an 11-run second inning.

Smith homered and was 4-4 with four RBI and three runs, Destiny McGee had a 4-5 outing with a double, four RBI and two runs, Dean homered while going 3-4 with three runs and two RBI, Crase tripled and went 3-4 with two runs and two RBI, Cayleigh McGee was 3-4 with four RBI and three runs, Cartwright finished 3-4 with two RBI and two runs, Kinley Brand went 2-4 with two RBI and two runs and Marianna Garcia was 2-3 with two runs and a RBI.


Blast from the past 3-5-2021

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 youth baseball team from the mid-1970s who were selected to the Green Country all-star team. Pictured are front row Ray Freeman, Bruce Hanson and Lance Hamilton. Back row Craig Hall, Rocky Yandell and Vic Hanson.

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

Wet Friday possible for county

A chance for showers and thunderstorms Friday in LeFlore County.

There is a 60 percent chance of precipitation during the day with a high of 58 degrees and a low of 36 degrees.

Sunrise is at 6:41 a.m. with sunset at 6:17 p.m.

Thursday’s high was 73 with a low of 51.

Average temperatures for March 5 are a high of 61 and low of 33. Records for the date were a high of 78 in 1974 and a low of 12 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.


Funeral service for Carolyn Fanning

Funeral service for James Arland Black

High school basketball: Class 2A Area II at Fort Gibson Pocola girls vs. Dale 6 p.m.; Class 2A Area IV at Seminole Howe girls vs. Hartshorne 6 p.m.; Howe boys vs. Pawnee 8 p.m.

High school baseball: Poteau at Heavener; Pocola at Panama; Arkoma at Porum; Kinta at Cameron; Spiro at Muldrow

College baseball: CASC at Vernon College


Poteau Chamber presents Women’s Day Out at Donald W. Reynolds Center

Memorial service for Dale Morrison

High school baseball: Spiro vs. Deer Creek, Stillwater at Stillwater

High school basketball: Class 3A, 2A areas TBD

College softball: CASC at National Park College

College baseball: CASC at Vernon College


Benefit for Callie Youngblood


LeFlore County commissioners meet 9 a.m.

High school baseball: Hugo at Heavener; Howe at Gore; Idabel at Poteau; Panama at Wister; Coalgate at Spiro; Arkoma at Keota; Cave Springs at Bokoshe; Cameron at Haileyville/Pittsburg; Acorn, Arkansas at Talihina; Pocola at Sequoyah Tahlequah

High school softball: Heavener at LeFlore; Wister/Moyers at Clayton

School board meetings: Heavener, Howe, LeFlore, Poteau


CASC board of regents 1 p.m. at Sallisaw

High school baseball: Talihina at Heavener; Pocola at Howe; Spiro at Coalgate; Bokoshe at Clayton; McCurtain at Cameron; Panama at Muldrow

High school softball: Whitesboro at Heavener; LeFlore at Wister

Soccer: McAlester at Heavener

College softball: CASC at Rose State

College baseball: CASC at Northeast Texas Community College

Poteau Evening Lions Club meet 6 p.m. CASC


Poteau Rotary Club meets noon at EOMC


Kiwanis Club meets noon at Western Sizzlin’

High school baseball: Panama at Heavener; Wister at Hartshorne; Howe at Muldrow; Pocola at Spiro; Bokoshe, Cameron at Battiest Tournament; Talihina vs. Ft. Towson at Battiest Tournament

High school softball: Wister at Warner

Soccer: Heavener at Mena

Heavener VFW bingo 6 p.m. Highway 59 North


Obituary for Irma Briano

Irma Evangelina Briano Martin del Campo, 68, of Heavener, was born Aug. 30, 1952 in San Luis, Potosi, Mexico to Juan Briano and Maria del Socorro Martin del Campo and passed away March 3, 2021 in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

A private memorial service is 6 p.m. Sunday at the Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel in Heavener. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener.

Irma was a homemaker. She loved cooking, reading, writing, sewing, listening to music and spending time with her family and friends. Irma was a loving mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, cousin and friend. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

Surviving family members are five daughters Irma del Rocio Guzman Briano of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, Angelica Maria Guzman Briano of Heavener, Evangelina Guzman Briano of Tennessee, Mireya Guzman Briano of Heavener and Jessica Loera of Heavener; two sons Ismael Guzman Briano of Mexico and Cesar Alejandro Guzman Briano of Heavener; 10 grandchildren Maria Luisa Vargas Guzman of Mexico, Nomar Vargas Guzman of Mexico, Josep Hernandez Guzman of Mexico, Yelena Hernandez Guzman of Mexico, Brenda Macias Guzman of Heavener, Joseph De la Cruz of Tennessee, Jacob de la Cruz of Tennessee, Katherine Vasquez Guzman of Heavener, Bryan A. Hernandez Guzman of Heavener and Denise M. Guzman of Tulsa; and numerous cousins, other relatives, and a host of many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Maria del Socorra Matin del Campo and Juan Briano; and a sister, Martha Elena Briano.

Viewing is from noon to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

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

Death notice for Jerry Harding

BOKOSHE - Jerry LeRoy Harding, 73, of Bokoshe, was born in Garden City, Kansas on July 31, 1947 and passed away Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at his home. 

No services will be held. Arrangements are under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home.

He joined the Marine Corp in 1967 and served as a Lance Corporal, surviving a 13-month tour in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive.  He was honorably discharged in 1969 and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

Surviving family members are his wife of 42 years, Pamela Kay Weyhaupt Harding; his three children John Wesley Harding of Bokoshe, Seth Allen Harding and wife Michelle of Fairfax, and Elizabeth Anne Harding Daniels of Tulsa; grandchildren Taylor, Paige and Abby Harding, Corbin and Carsyn Daniels, Isabel and Sam Harding; step grandchildren Gage and Jordan; three great grandchildren brother Thomas A. Harding and wife Linda (Fernai) of Washburn, Arkansas; sisters Phyllis Jeannette Musa of Fort Smith, Francis Goff and husband Earl of Booneville, Arkansas, and Mary Ann Stillings and husband Gary of Tybee Island, Georgia.

He was preceded in death by his parents Henry Louis & Mary Ellen (Powell) Harding and one sister, Evalyn Ellen Chandler.

You may leave an online message at evansandmillerfuneralhomes.com.