Morning update 11-8-19

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HUA, Council approve audit


The Heavener Utilities Authority and City Council approved the audits for 2017-18 Thursday night.

Present were Mayor Max Roberts, along with Council members Joey Clubb, Melinda Ballantine, Gail Nichols and Jim Roll. HUA members in attendance were Jim Carr and Billy Adrean.

Eric Dehart was absent.

The HUA meeting was a special one while it was a regular meeting for the Council. Both the HUA and Council will meet again Nov. 21.

David Wyatt with Przybysz & Associated gave the audit report for both the HUA and City Council. He said the audit report for 2018-19 should be finished soon as the City has hired David Hedges to help prepare the audit.

Adrean said the HUA continues to look at different options on what to do with the water and sewer operations. Veolia has managed the water and sewer for the last year, but has come under criticism with the DEQ levelling a $3 million fine to the company for operations at the waste water plant.

Rep. Lundy Kiger has said the HUA should get rid of Veolia, but Adrean said that isn’t that easy due to legal concerns along with the fact there isn’t anybody available to run the water treatment plant.

The Poteau Valley Improvement Authority is an option, but is not able to supply enough water for the city residents and OK Foods at this time.

Adrean said several companies have reached out to have about operating the water treatment plant and engineers are going to visit the plant to look over the infrastructure.

The Council named Marvin Meredith as a new member of the HUA to replace Jimmy Hight, who retired due to his work schedule.

Also, the Council approved the annual low point alcohol sales for consumption off the premises for Family Dollar and issued a code violation for rank weeds and grass for a house owned by Ellen Morrison at 1002 West Second Street.

Early voting starts Thursday

Early voting begins today for elections in 34 counties, including LeFlore County.

County election boards will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday. 

In LeFlore County, elections will be held for Bokoshe Public Schools and the Town of Shady Point.

In Shady Point, voters will choose a Board of Trustees (unexpired term) seat. Candidates include Jessica Castillo, Kenneth Gaukel or Justin Cruse.

In Bokoshe, voters are deciding on a bond election for the school.

According to the school district, there is no projected tax increase for the $270,000 school bond issue. 

The bond is to renovate, repair and remodel the gymnasium. Renovations include restrooms, locker rooms, the concession stand and fire alarm system.

The bond would also go toward security improvements district-wide, including replacing doors and door hardware.

The bond would also be used for an HVAC district-wide as needed.

Regular voting is 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12. 

To find your polling place or view a sample ballot, visit the Oklahoma State Election Board online at


Area sports scoreboard 11-7-19

Area sports scoreboard 11-7-19.


Keota 54, Cave Springs 0



Howe 77, Cameron 52

Kinta 70, Bokoshe 21


Howe 77, Cameron 37

Kinta 63, Bokoshe 9

Clayton 60, Boswell 35

To report scores or information on area games, send an email to

Regular season ends Friday

The 2019 regular season football schedule wraps up Thursday for seven area football teams.

Keota finished off the regular season with a 54-0 win at Cave Springs Thursday.

Four area teams will be in the playoffs next week. Poteau is the district champion of 4A-4 and will play at home, Spiro hosts Sequoyah-Tahlequah to decide third and fourth place in 2A-5, while Arkoma is also in the playoffs in Class B.

There are two games that will decide district standings. Spiro hosts Sequoyah Tahlequah and Arkoma visits Gans.

Both games will decide the third and fourth place finishers in their districts.

Spiro is 7-2 and 5-2 while Sequoyah Tahlequah is 6-3 and 5-2. The winner likely visits Hugo next week while the loser travels to Eufaula.

Arkoma and Gans are both 4-5 overall and 2-2 in district play. The loser visits Canadian while the winner goes to Weleetka next week.

Poteau (8-1, 6-0) clinched the district championship with a win over Muldrow last week. The Pirates will try to finish off the district schedule undefeated when they visit Hilldale (4-5, 2-4), which has been eliminated from the playoffs.

In 2A-5 games, Panama and Pocola have both been eliminated from the playoffs and will be playing solely for pride. The Razorbacks (3-6, 1-5) host Holland Hall (7-2, 5-1), the second place finisher in the district while Pocola (1-8, 1-5) hosts Westville (0-9, 0-6).

Heavener’s hopes of making a trip the playoffs ended with last week’s 14-6 loss to Wilburton in overtime. The Wolves (1-8, 1-5) finish out the regular season at home against Hartshorne (4-5, 3-3). Hartshorne will likely finish fourth in the district and visit Vian in the opening game of the playoffs next week.

In the final game, Talihina hopes to end with its first win when the Golden Tigers entertain Warner. Talihina is 0-8 and 0-5 while Warner is 3-6 and 2-3. The Eagles could clinch the final playoff spot with a win.

Howe opens with wins over Cameron

POTEAU—Howe opened the 2019-20 basketball season by sweeping Cameron Thursday night at Carl Albert State College.

The Lady Lions, playing in their first game since winning the state championship, took a 77-37 win while Howe’s boys completed the sweep with a 77-52 victory in the late game.

Howe hosts Wright City Friday. McCurtain plays Cameron at CASC Monday.


Howe scored at least 20 points in each of the first three quarters and Cameron struggled to stay with the Lions.

Brayden Oglesby led Howe with 23 points, Dustin Stimac added 14 and Kaleb Brown finished with 13.

Cameron (0-2) was led by Kole Hadley’s 21 points and L.T. Booth scored 12.

Howe 77, Cameron 52

HHS 21 21 24 11-77

CHS 15 15 10 12--52

Howe—Ky Lynn 1 0-0 2 4; Zayn Coggins 0 0-0 1 0; Dustin Stimac 5 4-4 4 14; Brayden Oglesby 10 0-0 1 23; Eduardo Sanchez 2 4-6 0 8; Ricardo Bellotti 2 0-0 1 5; George Martinez 0 0-0 1 0; Kaleb Brown 5 0-0 2 13; Rene Arbas 3 0-0 4 7; Chay LaRosa 0 2-2 0 0; Jenson Coggins 0 1-4 0 1; Jeff Buffington 0 1-2 0 1. TOTALS: 28 12-18 16 77.

Cameron—Cody Fitzer 1 2-3 0 4; Kolby McGee 2 1-2 5 5; Ethan Shopteese 0 0-0 1 0; Michael Battice 0 0-0 4 0; Parker Cooper 1 0-0 0 3; A.J. Palma 2 0-0 0 5; L.T. Booth 3 5-8 2 12; Kole Hadley 8 4-5 3 21; TysonEllis 0 2-2 1 2. TOTALS:  17 14-20 16 63.


Howe’s girls had little trouble in winning their opener, building a 40-20 lead at the half.

Sydnie Womack scored 20 points to lead Howe, despite not scoring in the fourth quarter.

Cameron (0-2) got 17 points from Hannah McCormack and 11 from Brooke McCormack.

Howe 77, Cameron 37

HHS 20 19 15 23--77

CHS   9 11  8  9—37

Howe—Sydnie Womack 7 0-0 0 20; Makayla Twyman 1 0-0 1 2; Caitlyn Stacy 2 0-0 1 5; Raelyn Delt 4 1-2 2 9; Zoe Nation 1 2-2 3 4; Shiloh Fletcher 3 0-1 3 8; Jayce Blake 1 0-0 0 2; Nadja Coloria 2 0-0 3 5; Kalan Nye 2 2-4 2 6; Jazmyn Johnson 2 0-0 1 4; Janae Graves 0 0-0 2 0; Kenlei Duvall 2 0-0 0 4; Gracie Lute 1 0-0 0 2; Kayley Turner 2 2-2 1 6. TOTALS: 30 7-11 18 77.

Cameron—Reilli Whitehead 2 1-2 2 5; Hannah McCormack 7 3-9 4 17; Montana Patterson 1 0-3 1 2; Brooke McCormack 3 4-8 3 11; Mattie Beautelschies 1 0-1 1 2. TOTALS: 14 8-23 11 37.

Keota crushes Cave Springs

CAVE SPRINGS—Keota bounced back from last week’s loss to Dewar by crushing Cave Springs, 54-0, Thursday night in the final regular season game for both teams.

The Lions improve to 8-2 overall, 4-1 in district play. Keota will be home for the opening round of the Class B playoffs next Friday. Cave Springs closes with a 1-8 record and 0-5 in district play.

Aldridge leads Spur past Thunder

By RAUL DOMINGUEZ Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Dejounte Murray had been making himself miserable in the film room. Watching turnover after turnover, he promised Spurs teammate LaMarcus Aldridge things were going to change against Oklahoma City on Thursday night.

Aldridge was the benefactor of Murray's improved play at point guard, scoring a season-high 39 points to help San Antonio roll over the Thunder 121-112.

"I tell him every day, you're too great of a player to just go missing in action," Murray said. "It's on me being a point guard and the rest of the team. We've got to make sure a guy like that is well-involved early from the jump."

Murray had with a career-high 10 assists along with 17 points and eight rebounds. The 22-year-old played 26 minutes as San Antonio continues to restrict his play after he missed last season following right knee surgery.

Murray, who was averaging 3.0 turnovers per game, had seven turnovers in back-to-back losses entering Thursday's game.

"I've got to stop being sloppy," Murray said.

The Spurs had a season-high 32 assists in snapping their two-game skid. DeMar DeRozan added 16 points and nine assists for the Spurs.

Danilo Gallinari scored 27 points and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 21 for the Thunder, who entered the game on a two-game winning streak.

"We were hanging around there, we just couldn't get enough stops," Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan said.

Aldridge finished 19 for 23 from the field and made 10 straight bridging the first and second half.

"LaMarcus was a beast, his rhythm was really good," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. "He shot quickly, he made quick decisions and he also passed it out of there when he got doubled or there was a crowd. He did a great job of finding other people. He played a really smart game offensively."

Aldridge had a combined 22 points and shot 8 for 23 during the Spurs' two-game skid but made a 21-foot jumper against the Thunder to open the game.

"I definitely put the work in," Aldridge said. "Just waiting for my shot to come back. The first one felt good, after that I just tried to stay with it."

Chris Paul had 19 points and five assists in 31 minutes.


Thunder: Oklahoma City's last win in San Antonio was Dec. 25, 2014. Russell Westbrook had 34 points and 11 assists in the 114-106 victory. ... Mike Muscala played one minute. Muscala has played just 22 minutes in five games after signing with the Thunder in the offseason.

Spurs: Derrick White rode a stationary bike when he wasn't in the game to keep his back loose. White injured his back after falling to the court Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers following a foul by Dwight Howard on a layup attempt. ... San Antonio set a season high with 33 points in the opening quarter.


Spurs assistant coach Tim Duncan is mentoring Murray just as he once did for another Spurs point guard, Tony Parker.

"That's a big bro for me for sure," Murray said. "As far as right now, he's coach, coach Tim. Man, the knowledge he has, just everything around. He's always there trying to help me in everything, whether it's in the gym or (watching) film. Having a great dude like that around really helps."


Thunder: Host Golden State on Saturday night.

Spurs: Host Boston on Saturday night.

Other stories

Mostly clear skies and cool Friday

Mostly clear skies and cool for Friday with a high of 51 degrees and a low of 35 degrees.

A river flood warning remains in effect until Friday at 11:39 p.m.

Sunrise is at 6:45 a.m. with sunset at 5:18 p.m.

Average temperatures for Nov. 8 are a high of 66 and low of 37. Records for the date were a high of 82 in 1980 and a low of 17 in 1976.

Thursday’s high was 62 with a low of 38. A total of 1.03 inches was recorded, bringing the monthly total to 1.58 inches. Average rainfall for November is 3.00 inches.

Area calendar of events

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Funeral services for George Blankenship

Funeral services for Harold Jeffery

DAV Jamboree 6 p.m. at Disabled American Veterans Chapter 63 building 6503 N. Broadway in Poteau

Football: Hartshorne at Heavener; Poteau at Hilldale; Sequoyah Tahlequah at Spiro; Holland Hall at Panama; Westville at Pocola; Warner at Talihina; Arkoma at Gans

Basketball: Wister at Smithville; Wright City at Howe; LeFlore at Buffalo Valley; Bokoshe at McCurtain; Red Oak at Kiowa


LeFlore County Historical Society pancake breakfast

Covenant Church of Poteau breakfast and supply giveaway

LeFlore County veterans’ parade

Heavener Runestone Bazaar

Poteau Women’s League Holiday Market

Back roads history tour 9 a.m.

Funeral service for Raymond Benson

Fundraiser for Britain Wilson noon to 4 p.m. at Cameron Civic Center

Leaf sensory painting noon at Heavener Library

Green Country Ruff Riters meet 2 p.m. at Patrick Lynch Library in Poteau

Heavener Wolf Pup playoff games 3rd and 4th grade at Waldron, Arkansas 2 p.m. and 5th and 6th grade at Paris, Arkansas 6 p.m.

Funeral service for John Beasley

Heavener Wolf Pups in playoffs


LeFlore County junior bassmasters citcuit at Wards Landing

Pocola alumni and maroon/white basketball games


Heavener Schools Veterans Day program 10 a.m.

Heavener, Howe, LeFlore, Poteau school boards meet

Basketball: McCurtain at Cameron (CASC)


County commissioners meet 9 a.m.

Story time with Robin 4 p.m. at Heavener Library

Grace Cottage’s Night Before Christmas banquet

Poteau Evening Lions Club meets 6 p.m. at Carl Albert

Basketball: Bokoshe at Cameron (CASC); Kinta at Whitesboro; Panola at McCurtain; Haworth at Clayton; LeFlore vs. Lakewood Christian Academy; Smithville at Rattan


Poteau Rotary Club meets at noon at EOMC

Create and conversation 4 p.m. Heavener Library


Poteau Kiwanis Club meets at noon

Maker space craft cart 4 p.m. at Heavener Library

Bingo at Heavener VFW

Cameron town hall meeting on poultry houses

Basketball: Howe at LeFlore; Whitesboro at Smithville


Obituary for Raymond Benson

Raymond Dean Benson, 67, of Heavener, was born Aug. 24, 1952 in Heavener, to Orville and Vernice (Oglesby) Benson and passed away Nov. 6, 2019 in Poteau.

Funeral service is Saturday at 2 p.m. at Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel in Heavener. Burial will follow at Oakdale Cemetery in Heavener, under the direction of Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home of Heavener.

Raymond was a life-long resident of the area, loved to walk, work on vehicles and lawn mowers, doing yard work, fish and just being outside.  He will be missed by many.

Surviving family members are his brother-in-law, Jimmie Lemmons, of Poteau; his niece Tracie Harrison and husband Ralph of Cameron; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Martha Lemmons; and his cousin, Kathy Edwards.

Pallbearers are Charlie Shadwick, Delfino Royos, Jimmy Harrison, Ralph Harrison, Kristi Harrison and Wesley Taylor.

Viewing is Friday from noon until 8 p.m., and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until service time.

The family will visit with friends and family Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

To sign Raymond’s online guestbook please visit