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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 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

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. And yes, I’ll be here through the weekend.

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 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 them to support us, that would be greatly appreciated.

You can also call (918) 653-2425 to subscribe and you, yes you, will be one of our heroes.

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


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.


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.

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