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The morning blog 3-10-2021


Good morning and welcome to the Ledger/LCJ morning blog. I’m Craig Hall with the Ledger and LeFlore County Journal.

Today is March 10, the 69th day of the year. There are 296 days left in 2021.

Today’s blog is sponsored by Central National Bank, the oldest and largest bank in LeFlore County. CNB has convenient branches in Heavener, Panama, Pocola, Poteau and Stigler.

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Carl Albert State College will offer a collegiate wrestling program beginning with the fall 2021 semester.

CASC regents voted unanimously to approve the program Monday while meeting at the Sallisaw campus. Several area wrestling supporters attended the meeting in support of the move.

The Heavener School Board hired a new director for the LeFlore County Special Education Cooperative and heard from a teacher asking about the school’s extra hours for this year.

The Poteau School Board named Misti Upton as the teacher of the year at Monday’s monthly board meeting.

Friday is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the April 6 municipal general and general school elections, according to LeFlore County Election Board Secretary Sharon Steele.

Steele said that persons who are United States citizens, residents of Oklahoma and at least 17 ½ years old are eligible to apply for voter registration.

LeFlore County only had one new coronavirus case in Tuesday’s report by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

After several days without any deaths statewide, two county residents were listed as dying from complications from the virus. The two deceased individuals were from Bokoshe and Heavener. No age or sex was released.

Check out our LeFlore County sports scoreboard for scores from county games Tuesday.

In weather, mostly cloudy skies and windy Wednesday in LeFlore County.

There is a chance of showers or thunderstorms. Fire danger is high for the date with the dry conditions and strong winds.

The high will be 71 degrees with a low of 64 degrees.

In Wednesday’s events, the Poteau Rotary Club meets at noon at Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center.

Funeral service for T.C. Addison, a longtime resident of Heavener and Howe, is 10 a.m. Wednesday at Dowden-Roberts Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services for Auraha Pipkins of Cameron are 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Pocola.

Funeral services for her father, Billie Carpenter, also of Cameron will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church of Pocola.

James King, 83, of Spiro passed away March 8 in Spiro and was born Jan. 18, 1938 in Spiro. Service is 2 p.m. Friday at the Mallory-Martin Funeral Home Chapel.

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