By CRAIG HALL
Hopefully you had a nice Thanksgiving and aren’t involved in any Black Friday brawls today while shopping.
We had a nice Thanksgiving lunch at my mother’s house yesterday. My brother Brian actually left his house and came by. After that, I was dragged, kicking and muttering some choice words to a store in Poteau so Trish the Wife and Misty could check out the specials while I watched Khloe the grandchild.
She slept most of the time, so it was not too painful. Khloe did wake up and was not a happy camper so I was forced to enter the store and option her off to Trish.
It was amazing how many people felt the need to go shop on Thanksgiving, and a little sad also.
No Black Friday shopping for me today! We will be open at the Ledger until noon and then go home to watch some football and even get outside some since the temperatures are supposed to actually be nice.
A happy birthday to my mother, Barbara Hall, who turned 79 years young today.
I know you probably would argue, but I have the best mother of all time. Here’s to hoping you have many years left to quilt and enjoy life.
Here is wishing good luck to Talihina on Friday night when the Golden Tigers visit Ringling in a Class A quarterfinal contest. You can read our preview HERE. Ringling is always tough and defeated the Tigers in the semifinals last year, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Talihina won and moved on to the semifinals next week.
I have been covering Talihina for six years. Up until this year, the best Talihina team was the 2009 group, because the defense was so good that year.
This is the most explosive offense the Tigers have had, in my opinion, which is saying something. Hopefully Talihina moves on and can play a semifinal game next week a little closer to LeFlore County so more LeFlore County people can get to watch it.
Tonight’s game could be the toughest to determine if Talihina makes the finals. The winner of the game takes on Cashion or Stratford next week. The Tigers won at Cashion in the quarterfinals last year.l
The larger county schools start basketball next week. Heavener is at the Hartford tournament with a pair of games on Tuesday. Lots of tournaments coming up next week with action at Hartford, EOSC and Hartshorne.
At EOSC, in the Blue Boys bracket Howe takes on Indianola, Whitesboro plays Gans and Bokoshe meets Clayton. If Howe and Whitesboro both win, they play on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m., which should be interesting.
In the Blue Girls bracket, Howe plays Clayton, Bokoshe faces off with Indianola and Whitesboro meets Gans.
Arkoma and LeFlore are in the Gold Bracket. In the boys’ bracket, LeFlore plays Panola and Arkoma meets Cave Spring while in the girls’ bracket, Arkoma meets Panola and LeFlore plays Battiest.
The Heavener and Poteau Christmas parades are on Dec. 6 with Heavener’s starting at 2 p.m. and Poteau at 6 p.m. Howe’s parade is Dec. 13.
Don’t forget the KCS Holiday Express will visit Heavener on Dec. 14, an event you don’t want to miss.
Also, the Lights on the Island display at Wister Lake continues each night through Dec. 24. There are some new displays this year, to go along with all the others, so check it out. The display is open from 6 to 9 p.m. It is free, but donations are accepted to make it better each year.
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