By CRAIG HALL
It’s Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. In case you were not aware, today is Veterans Day so if you get the chance, thank a veteran for his or her service. Actually, thank as many veterans you see.
Our country is not perfect, but think how bad it would be without our veterans? They are the backbone of the United States.
A lot of programs going on today. Heavener will thank its veterans in a ceremony at the elementary school at 10 a.m. There will be a meal and a video shown.
Thanks to T.C. Addison for bringing down a bunch of old newspaper clippings from World War II. He had a picture of the five Heavener basketball players who all left school and joined the Navy at the same time. I had a story about this in last week’s Ledger and the picture will be in this week’s edition.
I attended the Heavener school board meeting last night. Heavener is fortunate to have an excellent board, superintendent, administration, teachers and staff. There will always be people who don’t agree with everything the school does, but they put the students first.
And that is all you can ask. Unlike some school board meetings, nobody got upset, screamed, cussed or threatened anybody. It was very professional.
While Heavener’s football season ended Friday night, four LeFlore County teams will be in the playoffs on Friday. Panama visits Chandler, Poteau travels to Wagoner, Spiro is at top-ranked Locust Grove and Talihina hosts Quapaw.
I’m planning on covering the Talihina game, but it depends on the weather.
As I mentioned yesterday, I do plan on going to Paris on Saturday to watch the third and fourth grade Heavener Wolf Pups play for the league championship. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. against Booneville.
If you are looking for something to do tonight, there are several basketball games involving LeFlore County teams. Howe is at McCurtain, Wister visits Cameron, Whitesboro goes to Buffalo Valley and LeFlore hosts Kinta.
Organizers are working on the Christmas parades for Dec. 6. Heavener holds its parade at 2 p.m. and Poteau’s parade is at 6 p.m.
Both parades will honor the best floats in different categories including businesses and churches. Hopefully the weather is better than it was last year.