Ada — The trial of a former Ada firefighter, Jason Smeltz, began Tuesday morning in Pontotoc County District Court. Jury selection was completed this morning, with enough time for both attorneys to make their opening arguments before the break at 11:30 a.m. Smeltz has been charged with using a computer to put another person in fear of physical harm or death. The charge stems from an April 2013 incident that resulted in the arrest of Smeltz's wife, Laura Elizabeth Smeltz. It was filed in June 2013. The state said that it would show a police video made on the night of the incident. The defense argued that Smeltz was upset with Ada police because he knew that his wife was not intoxicated at the time she was arrested (tests eventually showed she was not). Laura Elizabeth Smeltz was arrested and charged with public intoxication. The defense also argued that during her six-hour stay in jail, Smeltz's wife was strip-searched. The trial reconvenes at 12:30 p.m.
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ECU announces concerto competition winner; solo performance tomorrow
The music department at East Central University recently announced Krayton King as the winner of the third annual ECU Concerto Competition, which was held on March 10. King, a native of Grove and a student of Eric Hall, is currently in his freshman year at ECU and at age 17, he is the youngest winner in the competition’s history.
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ECU hires Cole as new women's basketball coach
The East Central University athletics department has announced the hiring of Matt Cole as the new head women’s basketball coach. The announcment came via e-mail Monday afternoon.
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The roll call of the misfits
The roll call of the faithful in Hebrews 11 is designed to inspire us and give us hope. Comparing our difficulties with theirs gives us some perspective when the problems of life feel overwhelming. There are some pretty terrible and overwhelming struggles described there.
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- The roll call of the misfits