Ledger/LCJ newsletter 4-16-2021

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Pictured are CASC President Jay Falkner, Connors State College President Dr. Ron Ramming and Eastern Oklahoma State College President Dr. Janet Wansick.

CASC, Connors, Eastern to have partnership

WILBURTON – Carl Albert State College, Connors State College and Eastern Oklahoma State College announced Thursday an academic partnership that will expand access and provide additional educational opportunities for students in southeast Oklahoma.

The CACE Consortium, which is an acronym for Carl Albert, Connors and Eastern, includes the three rural, two-year colleges in southeast Oklahoma. The three community colleges will partner to offer a wider variety of general education and major courses to students through faculty and course sharing.

The consortium was announced at a signing ceremony during a special meeting of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education in Oklahoma City. The institutions’ presidents participated in the signing via a video feed into the Regents’ meeting.

Carl Albert State College President Dr. Jay Falkner praised the partnership as an innovative approach to help meet the needs of students in rural areas.

“This partnership is an important example of how institutions can work together to remove barriers to higher education and best serve the needs of all of our students and communities,” Falkner said. “Focusing our efforts on expanding access to additional courses will benefit all of our students. I am grateful for the cooperation and commitment shown by the academic leaders from all three institutions to make this partnership a reality.”

Per the agreement, each receiving college will provide the classroom space, technology and administrative oversight of advising and enrolling students. The sending site will provide the instruction. Each college will receive the tuition, fees and enrollment data from the students enrolled at their site.

Connors State College President Dr. Ron Ramming said the institutions will use both online courses and live courses taught with video conferencing software such as Zoom to teach students from all three institutions simultaneously.

“This collaborative effort will enable each institution to improve efficiencies by combining low enrollment courses and avoiding academic redundancies,” Ramming said. “Many institutions across the nation recognize the need to increase access and improve student learning while also reducing the costs to students and their families. This is a strategic effort to utilize the expertise of our talented faculty within each institution and continue to fulfill our mission of offering high quality, affordable degrees.”

Each institution will determine which courses will be sent or received between the colleges on a yearly basis. An equal number of courses will be taught and received for each institution.

Eastern Oklahoma State College President Dr. Janet Wansick said the agreement will begin in the fall 2021 semester and be reevaluated at the end of three years. She said the institutions are optimistic for a successful long-term partnership that will have a positive impact in southeast Oklahoma.

“We all agree that innovative collaborations are essential to economic growth. I believe this exciting partnership will use our collective strengths to better prepare our students for success and help meet the workforce needs of our state,” Wansick said. “We look forward to a long and successful partnership between Carl Albert, Connors State and Eastern.”


LeFlore County scoreboard 4-15-2021

The LeFlore County sports scoreboard for Thursday.


Hilldale 11, Spiro 8

Locust Grove 10, Arkoma 1

Cameron 9, Gans 1

Howe 9, Talihina 8

Howe 11, Talihina 1

Whitesboro 7, Smithville 2

Slow pitch softball


Whitesboro 11, Howe 10 (championship)

Whitesboro 13, Howe 5

Whitesboro 15, Pocola 4

Whitesboro 16, LeFlore 9

To report scores or information, send a text to (918) 201-6472 or email craig@heavenerledger.com.

Whitesboro rallies for championship

POTEAU – Whitesboro went 4-0 Thursday to win the slow pitch softball LeFlore County Tournament championship.

The Lady Bulldogs bounced back from a loss Tuesday to Howe to defeat LeFlore in Thursday’s opener, 16-5, then won over Pocola, 15-4, forced the “if” game by a 13-5 win over Howe before capturing the championship in an 11-10 win over Howe.

Trailing 10-9 in the finals, Whitesboro scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead and held Howe scoreless in the top of the seventh.

In the sixth inning rally, after one out, Madi Edwards singled and Kinley Barron walked. Kayleigh Walker then singled, bringing Edwards in with the tying run and Barron advanced to second.

After the second out was recorded, Linley Collins singled to right field, scoring Barron with the winning run.

Collins was 4-4 with three RBI and a run for Whitesboro. Hannah Abeyta and Kinley Barron both homered.

Peyton Stubbs homered and was 3-4 with two runs and a RBI, Janae Graves homered twice and finished 3-4 with three RBI and two runs and Caitlyn Stacy had a 3-4 outing.

Whitesboro 11, Howe 10

HHS 0 2 2 2 4 0 0—10 20 1

WHS 0 1 1 7 0 2 x—11 15 3

In the first championship game, Whitesboro jumped ahead 8-0 and cruised to the run-rule win.

Edwards homered for the Lady Bulldogs and was 3-4 with three RBI and two runs, Hannah Abeyta went 3-3 with three runs, Kayleigh Walker had a 3-4 game with three RBI and a run, Collins doubled and went 2-4 with a run and Sam Craig homered and finished 1-3 with three RBI and a run.

Abby Huie homered for Howe and was 2-3 with three RBI and a run and Karsyn Nye homered while going 1-2 with two RBI and arun.

Whitesboro 13, Howe 5

WHS 3 2 3 2 3—13 18 1

HHS 0 0 3 0 2—5 6 2

Whitesboro advanced to the championship game with a 15-4 win over Pocola in the loser’s bracket finals.

The Lady Bulldogs ended the game with six runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Barron homered twice for Whitesboro and was 3-4 with fourRBI and three runs, Walker hit a grand slam and doubled and went 3-4 with six RBI and a run, Edwards had a 3-4 game with two runs and a RBI, Abeyta finished 2-3 with two RBI and two runs, Darah Cole went 2-3 with a run, Maura Cole was 2-3 with two runs and Craig homered and went 1-3 with two RBI and a run.

Kena Chitwood homered and was 2-3 with two RBI and a run for Pocola and Kail Chitwood went 2-3 with a homer, two runs and a RBI.

Whitesboro 15, Pocola 4

PHS 1 0 0 1 0 2—4 9 0

WHS 2 4 2 1 0 6—15 16 2

In the opener, LeFlore led 6-0 before Whitesboro rallied for nine runs in the fourth and six more in the fifth.

Barron hit a grand slam and a double while going 2-3 with six RBI and three runs, Edwards went 2-4 with two RBI and two runs, Collins doubled and finished 2-4 with three runs and a RBI and Maura Cole was 2-3 with two RBI and two runs.

Lindsey Waits homered for LeFlore and was 3-4 with three RBI and three runs, Braxtyn McMillin went 3-4 with two RBI and two runs, Shadie Crase had a 2-3 game with two runs and Harley Robinson finished 2-3 with a RBI and a run

Whitesboro 16, LeFlore 9

LHS 2 3 1 0 3 0 0—9 13 3

WHS 0 0 0 9 6 1 x—16 14 1

Barron, Stacy named co-MVPs

POTEAU – Whitesboro’s Kinley Barron and Howe’s Caitlyn Stacy were co-Most Valuable Players in the 2021 slow pitch softball LeFlore County Tournament.

Barron helped the Lady Bulldogs win this year’s championship by going 4-0 Thursday. Stacy and Howe were second.

Barron was joined on the first team by teammate Hannah Abeyta.

Peyton Stubbs of Howe was also named to the first team.

Other selections for the first team were Braxtyn McMillin of LeFlore, Kate Hammons of Wister, Destiny McGee, Rayannah Ward and Cayleigh McGee of Heavener, Tori Morgan of Poteau and Kylee Smith of Pocola.

The second team consisted of Kenzie Reid, Emma Damato and Kail Chitwood of Pocola, Lindsey Waits and Shadie Crase of LeFlore, Hope Bailey and Kayleigh Walker of Whitesboro, Abby Huie of Howe, Avery Prescott of Poteau and Cassidy Ward of Panama.


Showers, storms expected Friday

While rain failed to fall in LeFlore County Thursday, rain is forecast again Friday with showers and thunderstorms are expected.

There is a 90 percent chance of storms during the day and 80 percent overnight.

The high will be 56 degrees with a low of 46 degrees.

Sunrise is at 6:45 a.m. with sunset at 7:51 p.m.

Thursday’s high was 68 with a low of 53. An additional .05 inches of rain was recorded, bringing the monthly total to 2.29. Average rainfall for April is 4.90 inches.

Average temperatures for April 16 are a high of 75 and low of 47. Records for the date were a high of 85 in 1982 and a low of 27 in 1983.

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.


Memorial service for Johnny Robertson

High school baseball: Heavener at Wister Tournament; Howe at Arkoma; Van Buren at Poteau; Whitesboro at Boswell; Panama, Pocola at Central Tiger Shootout

High school softball: Heavener, Howe at Fire Lake Festival; Wister at Clayton/Moyers; Pocola at Sallisaw.

Golf: Poteau girls at Wagoner Tournament (Sequoyah State Park)

Track: Heavener at Checotah meet

High school soccer: Westville at Heavener; Poteau at Tulsa Webster


Poteau community wide trash off day

Funeral service for Jimmy Roberts

Funeral service for Earnest Johnson

Funeral for Brian Holstead

Funeral service for Hooley Thompson Jr.

High school baseball: Heavener at Wister Tournament; Red Oak, Fort Gibson at Poteau; Panama, Pocola at Central Tiger Shootout; Spiro at Stigler

College baseball: CASC at Redlands

College softball: Northeast Texas Community College at CASC


LeFlore County commissioners meet 9 a.m.

High school baseball: Coalgate at Heavener; Howe at Silo; Poteau at Broken Bow; Spiro at Valliant; Cameron at Arkoma; Bokoshe at Keota; Whitesboro at Haworth; Talihina at Wilburton; Keys at Pocola

High school softball: Whitesboro/Pocola at Wister; Howe at Poteau

Golf: Heavener, Poteau girls at Poteau Tournament (Choctaw Country Club); Poteau boys at Cushing Tournament (Buffalo Run Golf Course)


CASC board of regents meeting 1 p.m.

High school baseball: Wister at Clayton; Broken Bow at Poteau; Central Sallisaw at Panama; Valliant at Spiro; Bokoshe at Cave Springs; Cameron at Porum; Pocola at Keys

High school softball: Heavener at Panama; Wister, Gore at Red Oak

High school soccer: Heavener girls at Inola; Poteau at Stilwell

College baseball: CASC at Connors State

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: Heavener at Hartshorne; Savanna at Howe; Oktaha at Poteau; Spiro at Salina Tournament; Talihina at Wewoka; Pocola at Wilburton

Soccer: Keys girls at Heavener

Track: Heavener at Broken Bow meet

College baseball: CASC at NOC (Tonkawa)

Poteau Kiwanis Club Little Olympics Costner Stadium in Poteau

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

Blast from the past 4-16-2021

Here is today’s blast from the past.

Today’s picture is of the cover of the football program for the Heavener and Poteau game in 1976.

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.

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


Service planned for Hooley Thompson Jr.

WISTER – Funeral services for Hooley Garner Thompson, Jr., 86, of Wister are 10 a.m. Saturday at Ellis Chapel in Wister.

Burial will follow at the Ellis Chapel Cemetery, under the direction of Grace Funeral Service of Poteau.

He was born July 11, 1934 in Nowata to Mabel (Stuck) and Hooley Thompson, Sr., and passed away April 13, 2021 in Arkoma.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Betty Thompson; sons Justin Paul and wife Bailey, and  Jonathan Thompson and wife Shyann; daughter Krystal Johnson and husband Harrison; grandchildren Braxton Johnson, Lexis Johnson, Zaylee Paul, Jastin Paul, Justin Paul, Jr. and Lyla Thompson.

Viewing is from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers are Justin Paul, Harrison Johnson, Justin Brassfield, Dalton Spencer, B.J. Henry and Cecil Williams.

To sign his online guestbook, visit www.gracemanorfh.com.