Ledger/LCJ newsletter 5-28-2021

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The daily blog 5-28-2021

Good morning and thank you for reading our daily blog for May 28.

This is the 148th day of 2021 and there are 217 days left in the year.

Today’s picture is our dog, Molly, who has been keeping me company at Ledger/LCJ new world headquarters since we started working out of our homes to save money.

This is Trish the Wife’s official last day as a teacher. No, she didn’t get canned. Instead, after 31 years (or so) as a teacher, her retirement becomes official.

So instead of having the empty nest syndrome, I will have the crowded nest syndrome.

For those of you who can remember, a couple of years ago we added a weekend addition. People said it was “cool beans”, okay, nobody actually said that. But they did like it. I spent four or five hours every Sunday morning to put it out, but we never got an additional subscriber out of it.

That was when I switched over to our newsletter. We are looking into having a weekend e-edition, the LeFlore County Journal, which will be more county-oriented. If you think that is a good idea, let me know. If you think I have lost whatever sanity remains, tell me that also. Email craig@heavenerledger.com or leave a comment if you are reading this on our website.

After finishing the paper deliveries Thursday, I had some extra time and posted sports stories from the regional colleges. Our sports coverage has kind of stunk since the high school seasons ended, so I decided to change that.

We are looking for sponsors for our usual daily stories in weather, calendar, blast from the past, this date in history and even our blog. Just imagine the publicity your business would receive if every day for this blog, it started off welcome to the Craig Hall blog, presented today by Bill’s Septic Service. It’s a crappy job, but somebody has to do it!

Wow. Plus, a display ad for Bill’s Septic service accompanying the story. If you aren’t sure about doing this for the miniscule fee of a dollar a day, give it a try for a week on me and then you can decide. If you are interested, email craig@heavenerledger.com.

All you have to do is say “please”. Actually, you don’t have to say that. It was a joke.

Speaking of jokes, here’s one for today.

“What do you call a pig that does karate?

A pork chop!”

You are welcome.

In some odd news, a Louisiana gator has moved from the swamp to life on a Texas beach getaway. And a Massachusetts woman got back a $1 million lottery ticket that she had thrown away.

Since we care, and have more time this morning, we are going to present some more top stories at the end of today’s blog.

After serious deliberations, the Heavener Ledger/LCJ is going to celebrate customer appreciation month for June. That means 10 percent off subscriptions or renewals to our newspaper or e-edition. Sorry, we can’t do this with the newsletter.

That will show up on the subscription form on www.ledgerlcj.com at the start of the month and run through the end of the month.

We want to highlight a subscriber each week. So if you really like the Ledger/LCJ newspaper or e-edition, we want to feature you. Please send a picture of your crew and tell us what you like about the paper or e-edition.

Fishing was still good at Wister Lake, earlier in the week. After the changing weather patterns, that might change. Check out this week’s fishing report.

Vacation bible school at Big Creek Baptist Church is June 17 to June 11 from 9 a.m. to noon while the VBS at Lovings Baptist Church is June 6-9 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Cooler temperatures are forecast for Friday in the county with only a slight chance of rain. Yay!

Funeral services for Lonnie Charles McRay Sr., 64, of Panama are 10 a.m. Friday at Evans Chapel of Memories in Poteau. Internment will follow at the Fairview Cemetery in Panama.

He was a retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving for 22 years. He passed away Tuesday and was born Feb. 11, 1957 in Poteau.

Find out what has happened on this date through the years with this date in history.

And, check out today’s blast from the past. It’s a good one.

We thank all of you for taking the time to read our blog and just want to ask everybody to please help us reach our goal of getting to 1,000 subscribers to our newsletter, which only costs $5 per month, or for our e-edition, which is only $3 per month. Newspaper subscriptions are still welcome, but for our long-term survival, we need as much digital income as possible.

If you have any ideas or suggestions on how we can grow these subscribers let me know. If you would share this with friends, family members, etc., and ask for them to support us, that would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks as always for reading and comments, ideas, suggestions or links to funny or informative videos.

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News

GOP is poised to block a bipartisan 1-6 riot probe.

Social spending, business tax hike drive $6T Biden budget.

Yellen says economic recovery likely to be bumpy.

More jobless getting aid than in past even as cutoffs loom.

Sports

OSU’s game in the Big 12 baseball tournament Thursday night was postponed.

OU was eliminated from the Big 12 baseball tournament with a loss to Texas.

Arkansas advanced to the semifinals of the SEC Tournament with a win over Vandy.

ORU also advanced in its conference tournament.

OSU announced game times for its nonconference football games.

Arkansas also announced kickoff times for a few of its games and so did Tulsa.

Today’s sports briefs.

SPORTS

Cowboy baseball’s Big 12 game postponed 

OKLAHOMA CITY – Due to the threat of severe weather, Oklahoma State’s game against West Virginia in the winner’s bracket of the Big 12 Baseball Championship, scheduled for Thursday night, has been postponed.

The game will now be played Friday at 4 p.m.

If the Cowboys defeat WVU, they will advance to Saturday’s semifinals. Should OSU lose, they would face top-seeded Texas in an elimination game Friday at 7:30 p.m.

OSU opened tourney play with a 9-5 victory over Oklahoma on Wednesday as the Pokes improved to 33-16-1 on the season.

Sooners fall to Texas in Big 12 Championship 

OKLAHOMA CITY – Tyler Hardman went 2 for 4 and Conor McKenna drove in a run, but the Oklahoma baseball team fell to No. 2 Texas 4-1 Thursday afternoon in the 2021 Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

The Sooners (27-28) tied the game in the top of the third inning on McKenna’s base hit to right field. Peyton Graham, who scored on the play, led off the inning with a single. The Longhorns (41-14) scored single runs in the second, third, fourth and eighth innings.

“Wyatt Olds was outstanding throughout the game,” Oklahoma head coach Skip Johnson said. “(Texas) got big hits when we didn’t get big hits. We hit some balls hard on the ground and we hit some balls at them today, but we never really got a ball to go through. We put a lot of balls in play really hard, and I was proud of our guys for doing that.”

Wyatt Olds turned in a stellar relief performance for Oklahoma, relieving starter Braden Carmichael (6-3) after 2.2 innings. Olds registered a career-high 11 strikeouts over 5.0 frames and allowing only two hits and two walks.

Hardman drove a two-out single to right field in the top of the first inning and singled to deep short in the eighth inning. Breydon Daniel knocked a two-out base hit in the fifth inning.

Zach Zubia went 3 for 5 with an RBI single in the fourth inning and Douglas Hodo doubled in a run in the third inning and scored twice. Silas Ardoin drove in UT’s first run in the second inning with a sacrifice fly.

Hogs headed to SEC semifinals

 By OLIVER GRIGG

HOOVER, Ala. – The nation’s most dominant pitcher looked every bit of it Thursday night.

Kevin Kopps struck out five in three scoreless innings of relief to lock down No. 1 Arkansas’ 6-4 win against No. 3 Vanderbilt in the third round of the SEC Tournament at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover, Ala.

The top-seeded Razorbacks, now 44-10 overall on the year, have Friday off and will play the winner of Vanderbilt–Ole Miss in Saturday’s single-elimination semifinals. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m. on the SEC Network.

In a game that was billed as a battle of the aces, it was Kopps who stole the show. The SEC Pitcher of the Year earned his ninth save in the effort, lowering his nation-best ERA to 0.71 and eclipsing 100 strikeouts for the season.

Arkansas trailed by two after the first inning as Vanderbilt scratched out a couple early runs off starter Patrick Wicklander, who lasted 3 2/3 innings. The left-hander struck out one and allowed three runs on five hits before giving way to the Razorback bullpen.

Kumar Rocker, who started on the mound for the Commodores, was also unable to make it through four innings. Vanderbilt’s ace coughed up the lead in the bottom of the second after Ethan Bates brought home a run on a single through the right side and Matt Goodheart was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

The Commodores went back in front in the top of the fourth, but the Razorbacks got to Rocker once again with three runs in the bottom half of the frame. Goodheart’s two-RBI double to left gave Arkansas a 4-3 lead before Cullen Smith singled down the line in right to extend the advantage to two.

Ryan Costeiu, who earned his seventh win of the season, was the first Hog reliever out of the bullpen, striking out two in his 1 1/3 innings of work. He allowed a solo home run in the top of the fifth, but it would do no harm.

Bates delivered his second RBI of the night on a sacrifice fly to center in the bottom of the fifth, re-extending Arkansas’ lead to two. Caden Monke struck out a batter in an inning of work before turning the ball over to Kopps in the seventh.

The right-hander went on to record his eighth multi-inning save of the season and finish off the Razorbacks’ 6-4 win. With the victory, Arkansas advances to the semifinals of the SEC Tournament for the fifth time in its last seven appearances in Hoover.

ORU advances to semifinals

OMAHA, Neb. - On Thursday afternoon, the Oral Roberts baseball program advanced to the semifinals of the Summit League Championships with a 7-1 win over South Dakota State.

Matt Gaskins dominated on the mound from start to finish, throwing a four-hit complete game. Through nine innings of work, Gaskins did not allow a walk while striking out six Jackrabbit hitters.

Back-to-back doubles from Jake McMurray and Ryan Cash got the Golden Eagles rolling in the first inning, before Blake Hall singled through the left side to make it a 2-0 ballgame.

Anthony Martinez pushed the ORU lead to three in the second inning when he launched his third home run of the season to left field.

South Dakota State got their lone run of the ballgame in the fourth inning when an unearned run came around to score.

A pair of runs in the fifth inning pushed the ORU lead back to four runs. The Golden Eagles used some small ball to push those runs across, scoring on a sacrifice fly from McMurray and a ground out by Cash.

Alec Jones plated runs in the sixth and eighth innings to bring ORU's lead to six. In the sixth innings, Jones doubled off the third base bag and scored Hall from second. Jones plated Hall again in the eighth with a sacrifice fly to right field.

Kickoff times announced for OSU

STILLWATER – Kickoff times and television coverage details for Oklahoma State’s 2021 nonconference football schedule were released Thursday afternoon, completing the schedule for OSU’s first three games of the season.

The Cowboys open the year at Boone Pickens Stadium on Sept. 4 with a 6 p.m. CT matchup against Missouri State that will be shown live via Big 12 Now on ESPN+. It will mark OSU’s first game against the Bears since 2018, with the Cowboys owning an 8-0 advantage in the all-time series.

Next, Oklahoma State welcomes in-state foe Tulsa to Stillwater on Sept. 11, with kickoff set for 11 a.m. CT on FS1. The matchup with TU marks the third straight year the teams have faced each other.

The nonconference schedule concludes with OSU's first-ever visit to the state of Idaho to face Boise State on Sept. 18, with kickoff set for 8 p.m. CT/7 p.m. MT on FS1. It will be the second time the Cowboys and Broncos have met on the gridiron, with OSU winning the first meeting, 44-21, at Boone Pickens Stadium in 2018.

Kickoff times for OSU’s conference games will be announced as the season progresses. Tickets are available now and can purchased HERE.

Kick times announced for Arkansas games

Kyle Parkinson

Arkansasrazorbacks.com

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The game times for Arkansas’ first three games of the 2021 season are set.

The Razorbacks will kick off Sam Pittman’s second season on The Hill on Sept. 4 against Rice at 1 p.m. on ESPN+/SEC Network+. The Hogs and Owls will meet for the first time since 1991, Arkansas’ last year in the Southwest Conference. The Razorbacks are 35-29-3 all-time against Rice dating back to 1919.

Arkansas hosts Georgia Southern in the third game of the season at 3 p.m. on the SEC Network. The meeting between the Hogs and Eagles will be the first on the gridiron.

The Razorbacks’ game vs. Texas on Sept. 11 was previously announced for a 6 p.m. kickoff on ESPN.

A number of non-conference games, but no more than one per year per school, will appear on ESPN+ as part of the SEC’s recently announced media rights agreement with The Walt Disney Company. The home institution has the benefit of determining the start time in a non-exclusive broadcast window for all games carried on a digital platform. This year, those contests will also air on the SEC Network+ digital platform. Both streams are accessible in the ESPN app via connected devices. Nine such contests will air the opening three weeks of the 2021 season, with additional games to be added throughout the season via the normal in-season selection process.

Season tickets are now on sale. For more information visit arkansasrazorbacks.com or call the Razorback Ticket Center at 479.575.5151.

Times, TV announced for Tulsa games

TULSA - The game times and television selections for five Tulsa football games in 2021 were announced today by the American Athletic Conference.

Tulsa opens the season with a home game on Thursday, Sept. 2 against non-conference opponent UC Davis. The game has a start time of 6:30 p.m. (CT) and will be aired on ESPN+.

The Golden Hurricane will take to the road the next two weeks as both non-conference contests will be aired on FOX Sports 1 (FS1). Tulsa travels the Cimarron Turnpike for the Bank of Oklahoma (BOK) Turnpike Classic against the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Sept. 11 and a week later travels north to take on the 2020 FBS National Runner-up Ohio State Buckeyes on Sept. 18.

The Oklahoma State game has a start time of 11 a.m. (CT) and the Ohio State contest will kick-off at 2:30 p.m. (CT).

Two American Athletic Conference weeknight games on the Tulsa schedule will both be played at 6:30 p.m. (CT) at H.A. Chapman Stadium. Tulsa opens the league season on Friday, Oct. 1, as the Houston Cougars come to town for an ESPN telecast. A visit from the U.S. Naval Academy on Friday night (Oct. 29) closes out the month for the Hurricane.

Season ticket packages ranging from $75 to $330 are available for Tulsa’s six home games online at TulsaHurricane.com or by calling 918.631.GoTU (4688). 

The Mazzio’s Family Fun Zone Ticket Plan returns in 2021 and includes two tickets (one adult and one child) and is priced at $100. Additional youth tickets (12 & under) are $25, and additional adult tickets are priced at $75.

End Zone and Sectional Seating (Sections 102, 103) are priced at $75 and breaks down to only $12.50 per game for the 2021 campaign.

Blue Zone season tickets (bench seats on east and west sides) are priced at $150, and Gold Zone season packages on the east and west sides (Sections 104, 105, 116, 119) are priced at $210. A limited number of Platinum level season tickets, located on the west side and priced at $270, and Loge Seats, priced at $330, are still available.

The remaining game times will be announced by ESPN and the American Athletic Conference 12 days out from the game date.

Hogs to tangle with Arizona in Super Regional

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – For the second time in program history and first time at Bogle Park, the No. 6 Arkansas softball team will be participating in a super regional.

The Razorbacks host No. 11 Arizona with a berth to the Women’s College World Series on the line in a best two of three NCAA Super Regional beginning on Friday. All three games will air on the ESPN family of networks with Pam Ward (play-by-play) and Jenny Dalton-Hill (analyst) on the call.

Fayetteville Regional Schedule

Game 1: Arizona at Arkansas – Friday, May 28 – 6 p.m. – ESPNUStats
Game 2: Arizona at Arkansas – Saturday, May 29 – 4 p.m. – ESPN2 - Stats
Game 3: Arizona at Arkansas *If necessary – Sunday, May 30 – 8 p.m. – ESPN2 - Stats

Cowgirl golfer earns All-America honors 

STILLWATER – While leading the Cowgirl golf team to a national runner-up finish, Oklahoma State sophomore Maja Stark was named a first-team All-American by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association.

Stark becomes the 11th Cowgirl to earn first-team All-American honors from the WGCA, and the first since Caroline Hedwall in 2010. This is the 15th first-team All-America selection by an OSU golfer.

The Abbekas, Sweden native rewrote the Oklahoma State record books in 2020-21. The two-time event winner recorded a stroke average of 70.48 (-1.42 to par), which destroyed the previous school record set by Hedwall in 2010 at 71.14 (-0.71 to par).

She finished the year ranked No. 4 nationally by GolfStat, and was 49-2 in head-to-head competition against top-100 players in the country. Stark earned a T12 finish at the NCAA Championships in Scottsdale, Arizona.

No player in program history ever recorded more birdies (139) or rounds of par or better (22) than Stark, and her par-3 (2.99) and par-4 (3.99) scoring averages set new school records. Her par-5 scoring average of 4.68 is second only to her teammate Rina Tatematsu (4.66) for the lowest by a Cowgirl.

Area fishing report 5-27-2021

This week’s area fishing report.

Blue River: May 24. Elevation above normal, water 67 and muddy. For current elevation conditions go to the U.S. Geological Survey website at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ok/nwis/uv?site_no=07332390. Rainbow trout slow on in-line spinnerbaits and PowerBait along creek channels and rocks. Channel catfish fair on chicken liver and dough bait around brush structure, creek channels and rocks. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass slow on crankbaits, spinnerbaits and topwater lures around points, rocks and shorelines. Report submitted by Ethan Lovelace, technician at the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area. 

Broken Bow: May 21. Elevation rising, water 75. For current elevation conditions go to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/BROK.lakepage.html. Largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass good on bill baits, flukes, plastic baits and spinnerbaits around brush structure, points and shorelines. Crappie fair on jigs and minnows around brush structure, points and standing timber. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County. 

Eufaula: May 21. Elevation rising, water 64 and murky. For current elevation conditions go to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/EUFA.lakepage.html. Striped bass hybrids, white, largemouth, smallmouth, spotted, striped bass good on crankbaits, hair jigs, jerk baits, jigs, minnows, small lures, spinnerbaits and tube jigs around brush structure, coves, docks and shallows. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, hotdogs, live bait, live shad, minnows, PowerBait and stinkbait below the dam, along channels, dam, discharge and main lake. Report submitted by David deMontigny, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

Lower Mountain Fork: May 21. Elevation normal, water clear. For current elevation conditions go to the U.S. Geological Survey website at https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ok/nwis/uv?site_no=07339000. Rainbow trout good on PowerBait and small lures along the dam, rocks and spillway. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County. 

McGee Creek: May 21. Elevation above normal, water 70 and stained. For current elevation conditions go to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/MCGE.lakepage.html. Largemouth and spotted bass good on crankbaits, jigs, plastic baits and topwater lures; look for spawning shad in coves, flats, rocks and shorelines. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Atoka County.

Pine Creek: May 21. Elevation above normal, water murky. For current elevation conditions go to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/PINE.lakepage.html. Largemouth bass fair on topwater lures in coves. Crappie fair on jigs along shallows. Channel catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait and dough bait below the dam. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County. 

Robert S. Kerr: May 21. Elevation normal, water murky. For current elevation conditions go to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/webdata/gagedata/KERO2.current.html. Largemouth and spotted bass good on buzz baits, crankbaits, minnows and slabs around brush structure, coves, docks, points, rocks, standing timber and weed beds. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, dough bait, grubs, hotdogs, minnows, shrimp, sunfish and worms below the dam, along channels, creek channels, main lake, river mouth and tailwater. Crappie good on grubs, hair jigs, jigs and small lures below the dam, around brush structure, coves, docks, points, rocks, shallows, tailwater and weed beds. Report submitted by Logan Shimp, game warden stationed in Haskell County.

Sardis: May 21. Elevation above normal, water 74. For current elevation conditions go to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/SARD.lakepage.html. Largemouth and spotted bass fair on bill baits, buzz baits, jerk baits, jigs, plastic baits, spinnerbaits and topwater lures around brush structure, points, rocks, shorelines and standing timber. Blue, channel and flathead catfish fair on cut bait, live shad, shad and sunfish along flats, main lake and shorelines. Crappie fair on hair jigs, jerk baits, minnows and tube jigs around brush structure, points and standing timber. Report submitted by Dane Polk, game warden stationed in Pushmataha County.

Tenkiller: May 23. Elevation rising, water 71 and murky. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/TENK.lakepage.html. Largemouth and spotted bass good on jerk baits, jigs, plastic baits and spinnerbaits around brush structure, docks, points and shorelines. White bass good on Alabama rigs, jigs, small lures and spinnerbaits in coves and creek channels. Crappie good on jigs, minnows and tube jigs around brush structure, docks and shorelines. Report submitted by Cody Youngblood, game warden stationed in Cherokee County.

Wister: May 21 elevation above normal, water cloudy. For current elevation conditions go to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/WIST.lakepage.html. Largemouth and spotted bass good on bill baits, crankbaits, plastic baits, spinnerbaits and topwater lures around brush structure, channels, points, shallows and shorelines. Blue, channel and flathead catfish good on chicken liver, crawfish, cut bait, shad, stinkbait, sunfish and worms below the dam, around brush structure, channels, main lake, points, standing timber and tailwater. Crappie good on jigs, minnows and small lures below the dam, around brush structure, channels, points, shorelines, standing timber and cedar brush. Report submitted by Thomas Gillham, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.

OTHER STORIES

VBS planned at Big Creek Baptist Church

Big Creek Baptist Church will be hosting vacation bible school June 7-11 from 9 a.m. to noon.

This year’s theme is Rocky Railway and the kids will see how Jesus’ power pulls us through. 

Classes are available for students coming out of PK through sixth grades. 

The van will run before and after bible school each day. It will be at the Heavener caboose at 8:15 and the Hontubby Store at 8:30.

The commencement is June 13 at 6 p.m.

Senate review 5-27-2021

By Sen. GEORGE BURNS

We’ve officially concluded the 2021 legislative session, and along with it, there have been some big ‘wins’ for the citizens of Oklahoma.

Just over 3,000 bills were filed head of the session, and at the end, more than 550 ended up being signed by the governor into law. Of these measures, some were related to the Fiscal Year 2022 budget, others extended sunset terms on boards and commissions, others renamed roads and bridges and some created specialty license plates. However, quite a few of the measures that were signed into law directly deal with public policy that will positively impact every Oklahoman for years to come.

Numerous pro-life measures were signed into law, making it even more difficult to have an abortion in our state. The right to life begins at conception, and I’m proud that Senate Republicans stuck to our conservative values and fought for the rights of the unborn.

We made Oklahoma a Second Amendment Sanctuary State, reinforcing that the right to keep and bear arms in our state shall not be infringed. All Oklahomans are now able to buy and keep guns and ammunition that are currently legal, regardless of any future legislation imposed by the federal government.

We protected the freedom of religion and ensured that churches cannot be closed by any form of government, even during a health emergency. America was born on the principle that her citizens should be able to worship as they please without persecution, and this cornerstone of democracy will continue in Oklahoma.

While inflation continues to rise and the price of goods skyrockets due to federal policies, we believed it was a priority to protect your pocketbooks. That’s why we approved a measure cutting the personal income tax rate from 5 percent to 4.75 percent, as well as the corporate income tax from 6 percent to 4 percent. These cuts make Oklahoma a Top 10 state in terms of the lowest tax rates compared to other states that levy these taxes. We want to signal to others across the nation that Oklahoma is the place to go if you want your family and business to prosper.

When tragedy struck in the form of a horrific cold storm in February, we took quick action. The artic temperatures would’ve left crippling utility bills behind, but we swiftly worked to bond the skyrocketing costs of electricity and natural gas, ensuring that Oklahomans will only see small increases in their utility bills. This is a stark contrast to what many of our neighbors in Texas faced in the aftermath of the storm.

Finally, we put our money where our mouth is by historically funding public education, expanding broadband access through tax incentives for providers, and investing in rural infrastructure projects. We know small-town America is the heartbeat of our state, and I’m glad we were able to appropriate funds to ensure the stability of our rural towns.

Overall, I believe it was a very successful session resulting in a solid budget for the state of Oklahoma.

Thank you for allowing me serve as your state Senator. If you have any questions about legislation, or need assistance with an issue, please contact me by email at George.Burns@oksenate.gov or by phone at 405-521-5614.

Every 10 years, the Oklahoma Legislature is constitutionally required to redraw legislative and congressional district boundaries using the latest U.S. Census data. For more information about the Oklahoma Senate's redistricting process, visit www.oksenate.gov, or submit your redistricting questions at redistricting@oksenate.gov.

Tomatoes contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant with many health benefits, including lowering the risk of certain types of cancer. Photo courtesy of MelindaMyers.com.

Garden-fresh vegetables help fight cancer

By MELINDA MYERS

Cancer prevention starts on your dinner plate; actually, it starts in the garden. Growing your own nutrient-rich cancer fighting vegetables allows you to grow pesticide-free vegetables, harvest them at their peak, and use them right away, ensuring the highest nutrient value and best flavor.

Be sure to include some broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, and turnip greens. These cruciferous vegetables release cancer fighting substances that help fend off lung, breast, liver, colon, and prostate cancer. Three weekly servings of these vegetables can greatly reduce your cancer risk. Include these vegetables in your stir fries, as a side dish, as an appetizer or eat them fresh as a snack.

If your space is limited, these plants can easily blend into your current garden space. The bold texture and form of red cabbage makes an eye-catching focal point. Turnips can easily be mixed with flowers or planted between longer season vegetables like tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant. Or mix some kale in with your flowers; the color and upright growth habit creates a nice vertical accent in the garden or containers.

Another popular vegetable that is a cancer-fighter, the tomato, can easily be grown on any size balcony or landscape. And nothing beats the flavor of fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes. Whether eaten fresh, juiced, sauced, or added to your favorite dish, this lycopene vegetable (a powerful antioxidant) will help in the fight against cancer.

To grow tomatoes, all you need is a container of potting mix or a sunny spot in your landscape. Save space and reduce pest problems by growing these vines on a stake, in a tomato cage or supported by any decorative structure. Compact varieties like Patio Choice Yellow Cherry, Early Girl Bush, Window Box Roma, and Red Robin are just a few you may want to try.

Always select a tomato variety suited to your growing conditions. Check the plant tag to make sure you have enough warm frost-free days for the plant to grow and produce in your area. 

Include fiber rich beans in your garden and meals. Regular consumption of this natural source of antioxidants and phytochemicals can help reduce the risk of certain cancers.  Go vertical, growing pole beans on a support if space is limited and for making harvesting much easier.

Save a bit of room for red onions. Research at the University of Guelph found red onions had high levels of quercetin and anthocyanins that help fight cancer. Start onions from sets or plants and harvest when the bulbs are full-size, and the tops begin to yellow and topple.

Not only will you improve your health by growing your own nutrient-rich vegetables you will also improve your well-being. Tending a garden can help improve your mood and reduce stress.

Melinda Myers has written more than 20 gardening books, including The Midwest Gardener’s Handbook and Small Space Gardening. She hosts The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything” and the nationally-syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment TV & radio program. Myers is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine. Her web site is www.melindamyers.com.

Temperatures take a slight dip Friday

Slightly cooler temperatures for Friday in LeFlore County with a reduced chance of rain.

The high will be 78 degrees with a low of 55 degrees.

Sunrise is at 6:07 a.m. with sunset at 8:24 p.m.

Thursday’s high was 88, the warmest day for 2021 so far, with a low of 64. An additional .45 inches of rain was recorded, bringing the monthly total to 10.17 inches. Average rainfall for May is 6.20 inches.

Average temperatures for May 28 are a high of 84 and low of 58. Records for the date were a high of 94 in 1972 and a low of 54 in 1986.

A year ago, the high was 78 with a low of 61.

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 tocraig@heavenerledger.com.

Friday

Funeral service for Lonnie McRay Sr.

Saturday

Memorial service for Velbert Williams

Monday

Memorial Day

Tuesday

LeFlore County commissioners meet 9 a.m.

Poteau Evening Lions Club meet 6 p.m. CASC

Poteau Valley Improvement Authority monthly meeting 6 p.m. at Poteau City Hall

Wednesday

Poteau Rotary Club meets noon at EOMC

Thursday

Kiwanis Club meets noon at Western Sizzlin’

Heavener VFW bingo 6 p.m. Highway 59 North

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

This date in history 5-28-2021

This date in history for May 28.

1754: First blood in French and Indian War.

1918: U.S. troops score victory at Cantigny.

1935: John Steinbeck publishes “Tortilla Flats”.

1937: Volkswagen is founded.

1957: Baseball owners allow Dodgers, Giants to move.

1961: Appeal for Amnesty is launched

1964: Palestine Liberation Organization founded.

1969: U.S. forces abandon Hamburger Hill.

1991: Ethiopian capital falls to rebels.

1998: Comedian Phil Hartman killed by wife.

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Blast from the past 5-28-2021

Here is today’s blast from the past.

Today’s picture is of the Heavener police force, circa 1969. Pictured are standing Jess Hurlocker, Otis Rhodes and Bob Crouch. Seated are Donald West and Martin Kunkel.

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.

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