Ledger/LCJ newsletter for 10-21-2022
The Heavener Ledger/LeFlore County Journal newsletter for Friday
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Bible verse of the day 10-21-2022
The Bible verse of the day for Friday.
“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”
--1 John 4:11
Heavener School menu 10-21-2022
The Heavener School menu for Friday.
Breakfast: Biscuit and gravy
Lunch: Hot dogs.
Ledger/LCJ morning news for Friday:
Batty problem exists in city-owned properties
By CRAIG HALL
The Heavener Utilities Authority approved a new contract with Vanhook Sanitation to haul off the city’s garbage and discussed the condition of downtown later on in the Council meeting Thursday evening.
Present for the HUA meeting were Mayor Max Roberts, Council members Melinda Ballantine, Joey Clubb and Jim Roll along with HUA members Billy Adrean, Jim Carr, Jason Tiffee and David Tamplin.
The HUA had sought bids for the city’s sanitation services, but only received one bid by Vanhook Sanitation, which would increase the rate from his cost of $11.50 to $15.50. The HUA adds a fee of $1.25 on all the trash bills for handling the billing.
Vanhook said he has not had an increase in his rates for some six years and is currently hauling off the town’s refuge without a contract.
HUA member Billy Adrean wanted to wait and research having the town purchase a garbage truck and provide the service, but the Authority went ahead and approved the new contract with Vanhook in a 6-2 vote. Tamplin and Adrean voted against accepting the bid.
The council approved paying off a note for $108,640.05 with Pryority Bank on a loan taken out by the old Heavener Economic Development Authority in 20112 for park improvements and adding the splashpad and skatepark.
Funding for the loan payments are coming from three TIF band bank accounts. The note is an adjustable rate loan and the interest rate is going up from 4.25 percent to 6.25 percent. Paying off the note early, which the City has the funds to do, will save approximately $46,000.
Jennifer Yandell, who owns the Heavener Tag Office on the corner of Main and East Avenue C brought up the batty problem.
She recently had to spend $14,000 to rid her building off bats. Now the bats are overtaking the old fire department downtown and former police station.
She has offered to buy those two properties, along with most of the other properties on the north side of the street.
The bats are an endangered species and cannot be killed. The police station only holds the evidence room as it is not ready at the new police station on the highway.
City Manager Cody Smith said he has been in touch with the authorities on getting rid of the bat problem for $2,400 a year. Recognizing the bad condition of those two buildings, along with the former Green Pharmacy Building, which has trees growing inside the building and a roof caving in, along with the old Downtown Café, which is empty, reportedly has a gas leak and barrels of oil outside the building which are leaking oil.
The City has contacted the property owner Michael Green on the condition of the property and how it needs to be cleaned up and made safe.
Council members also placed an item on the next agenda to declare the old fire station and police department as surplus property so bids can be taken and the property sold.
Yandell made the comment that the City issues code violations to people for not taking care of their yard, but owns property that are an eyesore and should be a code violation.
Busy night set for Week 8 games
By CRAIG HALL
Heavener will celebrate its Homecoming against old rival Wilburton, along with a special chili cookoff by the alumni association, while Poteau will attempt to stay in the running for a district championship after suffering a rare district loss last week.
In other games, Panama goes to Gore in a battle of the only undefeated teams in district play, Pocola hosts Haskell in a key district game, Spiro makes its third straight long road trip, this one to Hugo, and Arkoma hosts Gan.
The Ledger will livestream the Heavener and Hugo game on its YouTube channel.
Hugo outscored Heavener and Broken Bow shattered Poteau’s 31-game district winning streak in Week 7 football games last Thursday involving LeFlore County teams.
Hugo scored the final 14 points to make the Buffaloes’ 62-39 win look worse than it actually was after Heavener trailed by a touchdown earlier in the quarter while Broken Bow made District 4A-4 look totally different with the 28-14 win over the Pirates that also knocked the Pirates out of first place in district play.
Jaxon Armstrong scored on a 90-yard kickoff and a long pass reception to lead a Heavener offense, which could get Jackson Clubb back next week. Clubb, one of Heavener’s top receivers, has not played since the Valliant game and adds another offensive weapon for the Wolves.
“I’m still proud of the kids,” said Heavener Coach Jeff Broyles. “I still think we are ahead of schedule. We wanted the kids to play together as a team. No bickering, no fighting, and they have done that.
Panama pulled off a huge win as the Razorbacks edged Pocola, 30-28, to stay undefeated in district play and likely clinched a home playoff game while sending Pocola on the road for the postseason.
Idabel proved too explosive for Spiro in a 54-8 win over the Bulldogs and Arkoma improved to 2-0 in district play with a 38-8 win over Foyil.
Heavener drops to 1-6 overall, 0-4 in district play heading into next week’s home game with Wilburton. Hugo, which was virtually unstoppable on offense, is 5-2 overall and 3-1 in district play with the lone loss coming to Idabel.
“Hugo’s got a good team,” Broyles said. “They got hammered by Idabel, but everybody is going to get hammered by Idabel. Idabel is fixing to go deep in the playoffs. I think Idabel will beat Eufaula, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Hugo can beat Eufaula.”
Poteau, now 5-2 and 3-1, now faces an uphill race to capture the district race and will need some help after the loss to the Savages, 6-1 and 4-0. Poteau hosts Sallisaw next week.
A rapidly improving Panama team improved to 5-2 and 3-0 while Pocola falls to 4-4 and 2-2. Panama hosts Central Sallisaw next week while Haskell visits Pocola.
Explosive Idabel had little problem running past Spiro. Idabel improved to 5-2 and 4-0. Spiro drops to 4-3 and 2-2. The Bulldogs visit Hugo next week.
Arkoma improved to 2-0 in the district and 3-3 in the district with the win over Foyi, which drops to 1-6 and 0-2.
Broyles said the Wolves are still trying to get better.
“We’re still battling,” he said. “We’re still fighting. We’re still alive in this thing.”
After a tough stretch of three games, the schedule drops off for the remainder of the season.
“If we play the way we have the last three weeks, we will be fine,” Broyles said. “We are a little beat up. Our goal is still to get into the playoffs and it is still obtainable. We need a little bit of help, but right now we just need to worrying about winning.”
Wilburton has not won a game, but Broyles knows the Diggers will be ready.
“I know Wilburton has circled this game on its schedule,” he said. “This is a game we can win, you know they are thinking that. We’re going to get their very best.”
Chili cook-off planned for Friday
The Heavener Alumni Association will hold a chili cook-off fundraiser Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. leading up to homecoming activities and the homecoming football game with Wilburton.
The event will be held in the gym or auditorium depending upon the weather. Cost is $5 for adults or $3 for children 3-12.
All proceeds go to the HHS Alumni Association Endowment Fund.
Heavener VFW honors Subway
The Heavener Veterans of Foreign War presented Heavener Subway owner Lynn Williams with a plaque of appreciation. She is pictured with VFW Commander Don Bosley and Auxiliary President Sarah Tucker, left. The group said Williams also goes and beyond providing to local veterans and they all want to thank her.
Record heat, fire danger high Friday
The LeFlore County weather forecast sponsored by Central National Bank calls for record-high temperatures and increased fire danger for Friday.
The high will be 86 degrees, breaking the previous high of 81, set in 1999. The low will be 62.
Sunrise is 7:29 a.m. Sunset is 6:36 p.m.
Thursday’s high was 77 with a low of 41.
Average temperatures for Oct. 21 are a high of 74 and low of 45. Records for the date were a high of 81, as mentioned previously, and a record low of 32 in 1987.
Last year on this date, the high was 71 with a low of 47.
LeFlore County calendar 10-21-2022
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Memorial service for Larry Grant Kinman, Jr.
Funeral service for Melba Dean Wadsworth
Heavener Alumni Association chili cook-off contest 4:30-6:30 high school gym
High school football: Wilburton at Heavener; Sallisaw at Poteau; Panama at Gore; Spiro at Hugo; Haskell at Pocola; Gans at Arkoma
Funeral service for Jonah Lee Plummer
Paris at Heavener Wolf Pups 6 p.m.
Oct. 4F skate night 6 p.m. Skate Reaction
Good Times Community Theatre will be presenting Matilda the Musical 7 p.m.
Good Times Community Theatre will be presenting Matilda the Musical 2 p.m.
LeFlore County commissioners meet 9 a.m.
Poteau Evening Lions Club meet 6 p.m. CASC
Poteau Rotary Club meets noon at EOMC
Memorial service for Linda Gee
Remember when 10-21-2022
Our remember when is a picture we try to publish most days exclusively on the Ledger’s daily newsletter.
From 1915, the State National Bank moved into its new building on the southeast corner of East First Street and East Avenue D.
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Did you know 10-21-2022
Did you know is a feature we run most days focusing on the people and places of LeFlore County, exclusively on our daily newsletter.
According to the Wister Record newspaper in 1915, the Wister Pharmacy offered drugs, medicine, hot drinks. Their motto was quality, reliability, accuracy.
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Obituary for Linda Gee
Memorial service for Linda Gee, 56, of Poteau is 2 p.m. Oct. 27, 2022 at Evans Chapel of Memories in Poteau with Reverend Jim Cook officiating. Service are under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.
She was born Jan. 11, 1966 in Fort Worth, Texas to Vera Gladene Gillispie Gee and passed away Oct. 17, 2022 in Poteau.
She is survived by special friend John " Chach" Harris; and sister Lynita Lovell and husband Ronnie,
She was proceeded in death by her mother Vera Gladene Gillispie Gee; sisters Gwendolyn Upton and husband Junior, Donna Traw and husband Terry; brothers Rickey Shadden, Don Shadden, David Shadden, Garland Gee and Paul Gee.
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