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The morning blog 2-25-2021

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By CRAIG HALL

Good morning to all my excellent readers. As you can see from the picture of the jonquil above, which was taken at the dumpy house across the street, spring is coming.

I tried to make that sound dramatic like they did on Game of Thrones, but failed. Miserably.

Today is Feb. 25, 2021. This is the 56th day of 2021 and there are 309 days left in the year.

You can listen to our morning podast HERE.

The new Ledger is out today so go get one up at your favorite store, or get our e-edition and you could have already read this week’s paper.

We had a little shake up on the front page. I had a picture I really liked for the front page of the icicles at the Runestone Park, but had to swap it out with a picture of Heavener’s Firemen fighting a fire of hay in the back of the trailer. I think this will catch they eye of potential readers more than icicles.

But I am beginning to question my choices. We put out a paper which I expect will be a best seller and it does bad. Then we do one that is not quite our usual level, and it does much better than expected.

So, basically, I do not have a clue. Sorry. We do continue to try and put out a great paper every week even in a dying industry where a majority of the people don’t bother to read it except when a family member’s picture or name is in the paper.

LeFlore County had 12 new coronavirus cases in Wednesday’s report by the Oklahoma State Department of Health, breaking a string of three days with new cases in the single digits.

Poteau had six new cases, Wister three, while Bokoshe, Heavener and Spiro each had one new case.

Active cases are 118, up one from Tuesday.

Area and regional basketball games resume Thursday. Here is a list of today’s games:

Boys

Regionals

Class 4A

At Verdigris

Poteau vs. Catoosa 3 p.m.

Class 3A

Area IV

At Beggs

Heavener vs. Sperry 3 p.m.

At Spiro

Spiro (bye)

Class 2A

Area II

At Hulbert

Pocola vs. Commerce 3 p.m.

Area IV

At Howe

Howe vs. Wilburton 7:30 p.m.

At Warner

Panama vs. Warner 3 p.m.

Girls

Area

Class B

Area IV

At Byng

Whitesboro vs. Coleman 6 p.m.

Regionals

Class 4A

At Verdigris

Poteau vs. Catoosa 1 p.m.

Class 3A

At Beggs

Heavener vs. Sperry 6 p.m.

At Spiro

Spiro (Bye)

Class 2A

Area II

At Hulbert

Pocola vs. Commerce 6 p.m.

Area IV

At Howe

Wilburton vs. Howe 6 p.m.

At Warner

Panama vs. Oktaha 1 p.m.

If you attend any of the games, please send scores and information from each game so we can post it and keep people informed. Text to (918) 649-4712 please.

Maybe it has changed, but our fishing report shows fishing is slow at Wister Lake. It also says the Lake is frozen, but I doubt that is still the case.

In weather, warmer temperatures continue Thursday, although not as warm as it has been the last couple of days. There is also a good chance of rain, which will continue for the next several days.

Several events scheduled for today.

Poteau’s Kiwanis Club meets at noon in Western Sizzlin’. The Heavener VFW weekly bingo is at 6 p.m. at the VFW Hall on Highway 59 North.

There are also the basketball games mentioned previously. The LeFlore County livestock show continues at the county fairground. Heck, we even have a baseball game scheduled with Bokoshe visiting Pittsburg/Haileyville, but I would bet the game will be postponed due to weather conditions.

The LeFlore County Republicans meet Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Senior Center on South McKenna in Poteau.

The Talihina Chamber of Commerce annual meeting is 6 p.m. at Talihina’s Kiamichi Technology Center.

Graveside services for Connor Smallwood are 10 a.m. Saturday at the Monroe Cemetery.

Bobby Joe Shadwick’s funeral service is 2 p.m. Friday at the Mt. View Baptist Church in the Glendale Community.

Thanks again for reading our blog. If you like it, please share it with anybody you think might be interested. If you weren’t impressed, let’s keep that between us and let me know how to improve it.

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