The Ledger/LCJ blog 5-8-2022


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Today is May 8, 2022, the 128th day of the year. There are 237 days left in 2022.

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In the LeFlore County scoreboard for Saturday:

4A regional at Pryor

Hilldale 16, Poteau 13

3A regional at Kingston

Spiro 5, Kansas 3

Kingston 8, Spiro 5

Class 2A at Wister

Calera 7, Wister 6

Calera 13, Panama 0

Calera extended the Class 2A baseball regional at Wister an extra day with a pair of wins Saturday.

Calera opened with a 13-0 win over Panama in an elimination game, then defeated Wister, 7-6, in the first championship game to force the if game Monday.

Poteau’s hopes of another trip to the state tournament came to an end here Saturday as the Pirates were eliminated by Hilldale, 16-13.

The Pirates finish at 15-18. Hilldale forced another game in the tournament by defeating Pryor, 1-0, in a later game.

Spiro defeated Kansas for the first time in three tries and pushed Kingston in the 3A regional championship game before coming up short Saturday.

The Bulldogs opened with a 5-3 win over Kansas before losing to Kingston, 8-5. Kingston advances to the 3A state tournament while Spiro finishes 22-14

In today’s weather forecast, partly cloudy skies and warmer for Sunday in the LeFlore County weather forecast.

The high will be 86 degrees with a low of 71 degrees.

Sunrise is 6:20 a.m. Sunset is 8:10 p.m.

Averages temperatures for May 8 are a high of 79 and a low of 56. Record temperatures for the date were a high of 90 in 1962 and a record low of 40 in 1960.

Saturday’s high was 83 with a low of 62.

On May 8, 2021, the high was 84 with a low of 71.

In national news, Rich Strike scored the second-biggest upset in Kentucky Derby Saturday. The horse was an 80-1 shot.

Country star Mickey Gilley, whose namesake Texas honky-tonk inspired the 1980 film “Urban Cowboy” and a nationwide wave of Western-themed nightspots, has died. He was 86.

Gilley died Saturday in Branson, Missouri, where he helped run the Mickey Gilley Grand Shanghai Theatre. He had been performing as recently as last month, but was in failing health over the past week.

In state news, An Oklahoma man pleaded guilty on Friday to a felony charge related to his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, according to federal authorities.

Jerry Ryals, 27, from Fort Gibson, pleaded guilty in federal court in Washington, D.C. to a charge of civil disorder, said the U.S. Attorney’s Office. for the District of Columbia.

On this date in history, in 1846, the first major battle of the Mexican-American War was fought at Palo Alto, Texas; U.S. forces led by Gen. Zachary Taylor were able to beat back Mexican forces.

In 1945, President Harry S. Truman announced on radio that Nazi Germany’s forces had surrendered, and that “the flags of freedom fly all over Europe.”

In 1984, the Soviet Union announced it would boycott the upcoming Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

In 2020, the unemployment level surged to 14.7%, a level last seen when the country was in the throes of the Great Depression; the government reported that 20 million Americans had lost their jobs in April amid the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

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