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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.

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