By CRAIG HALL
Good morning and welcome to the Ledger/LCJ morning blog. Today is March 4, the 63nd day of the year. There are 302 days left in 2021.
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After two straight days with no new cases, LeFlore County had 25 new coronavirus cases Wednesday.
Pocola had seven, Panama five, Heavener three, Arkoma, Poteau and Spiro each had two, while Bokoshe, Cameron, Howe and Shady Point each had one.
Active cases are 117, down three from Tuesday.
The Heavener City Council meets at 6 p.m. Thursday at the City Hall at 103 East Avenue B. The main topic is to consider, discuss and take action on allotting an amount per month to apply toward the outfitting of the upstairs of the new police department
New technology will be put in place at the Lake Wister water treatment plant, after Poteau Valley Improvement Authority members approved a three-month trial on Monday night.
PVIA Manager James Morrison proposed leasing a testing unit for $15,000.
In sports, The Oklahoma state basketball playoffs resume Thursday with area tournaments.
The Spiro boys are the only LeFlore County team playing Thursday as the Howe girls and boys along with Pocola girls play for area championships Friday night.
The Bulldogs (13-9) fought back through the regional tournament’s consolation round to reach the area tournament at Henryetta against Roland at 3 p.m. Thursday.
Fishing is still a little slow at Wister Lake, according to this week’s fishing report by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife.
In weather, we will have a nice day for Thursday until this evening. Clear skies along with a high of 71 degrees before clouds arrive, bringing with them a chance of rain.
In today’s events, along with the Class 3A area tournament game between Spiro and Roland, the Poteau Kiwanis Club meets at noon in Western Sizzlin’.
Graveside funeral services for Gladys Marie Hayes, 96, of Panama, are 2 p.m. Thursday at the New Hope Cemetery in Spiro with Phyllis Stimac officiating. She passed away March 1 and was born Sept. 22, 1924.
The Heavener VFW bingo is at 6 p.m. in the VFW bingo hall in Heavener. In high school baseball, games on the schedule are Pocola at Heavener, Poteau at Wister, Panama at Spiro (which will likely be postponed), Bokoshe at McCurtain and Battiest at Cameron.
Also, funeral services for James Arland Black of Poteau are 10 a.m. Friday at Evans Chapel of Memories in Poteau with Tony Roberts and Jim Cook officiating.
He was born Sept. 12, 1948 and passed away March 2, 2021 in Fort Smith
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