July 27th, 2011
Floyd Thomas Ansley was born October 7, 1927 in Randlett to James Thomas and Ruth Bell (Smith) Ansley. He passed from this life on Monday, July 25, 2011 in Antlers at the age of 83. Floyd had lived in this area all of his life and was a member of the Church of Christ in Boswell and Hugo. He served his country in the United States Navy, on the U.S.S. Saratoga, during WWII from 1944 to 1946. He married Betty Zane Walker on September 16, 1948 in Denison, TX. Floyd worked and retired from the Kiamichi Railroad. After retiring, he owned and operated a Pulpwood business in Antlers.
Â Antlers-area residents have an opportunity to donate blood from 12-Noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday, August 2 at St. Agnes Catholic Church Parish Hall on 501 E Main Street
Each blood donation at the Pushmataha Hospital drive will save up to three lives.Â All donors will receive a voucher for two tickets to the Oklahoma City Zoo, a âfeel strong,â zoo-themed T-shirt, and health screenings.
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed an executive order on Friday, July 22, 2011 allowing haulers of hay to carry larger loads in their trucks. The order comes in light of the ongoing drought, which has left some farmers without access to hay for livestock.
Current rules restrict haulers of hay to dimensions of 11 feet in width. Governor Fallinâs executive order increases those limits to 12 feet. Because a standard hay bale is six feet in width, this change doubles the amount of hay bales capable of being hauled per truck without a permit.
Saturday, July 23, 2011 members of the OSU Extension Services hosted a âKids-A-Cookinâ class at the Extension Center. The Kids-A-Cookinâ classes show adults that kids can cook and help them identify kid-friendly recipes along with age-appropriate âjobsâ when cooking.Â Kids-A-Cookinâ also helps older kids identify recipes that appropriate for their age and they can create by themselves. During Saturdays class they made Pumpkin Pudding, Deviled Eggs, Apple Smiles, Tuna Salad Sandwiches and Yo-Fruit.
The Antlers High School Cheerleaders attended a National Cheerleading Association (NCA) cheer camp at OSU in Stillwater July 17 - 20.Â After lots of hard work and dedication, the squad earned several awards.Â Eight of the ten cheerleaders were nominated for the All-American Team. Out of those eight, three were chosen. They were: Cara Blansett, Marlee Williams, and Cheyenne Owens.Â
I read an interesting article in a golf industry magazine the other day. The article was dealing with the fact that the game of golf has not grown since 2000.
The two main reasons are (1) time to play the game and (2) frustration with the game.
Frustration centers on the fact that most people can't break 100 on a par 72 course, that the came is too tough and therefore no fun.
The other reason, time, is associated with the course. Too many people looking for golf balls. Trying to negotiate a course that is too long or the greens are too fast or too hard to read.
Claudia Ellen VanVoast Boyd passed from this life on July 14, 2011 at her home in Combine, TX. She lost a well fought battle with cancer at the age of 62. Claudia is survived by her husband of 34 years, Wallace Boyd, her mother Vivan VanVoast, daughter Amy Hurst and son Loren Boyd. The memorial service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, July 18, 2011 at Our Merciful Savior Episcopal Church in Kaufman, TX. In liew of flowers, donations should be made to the Crandall Library in memory of Claudia Boyd. She was greatly loved. A memorial service will also be held at 2:00 p.m.
Jerry Herbert LaMothe was born March 19, 1936 in Newberry, MI., to George and Fern Ann (St. John) LaMothe. He passed from this life July 17, 2011, at the age of 75. Jerry served his country in the United States Army, 82nd Airborne Division during the Korean Conflict. He married Lenora Stephens in California and together, they raised two children. Jerry worked as a foreman and supervisor on numerous construction jobs. When Jerry wasnât working, he was enjoying his favorite sport of hunting. He also loved spending time with his family & friends.
On Sunday, July 17, 2011 at approximately 10:06 p.m., a 1991 Chevy truck being driven by Luke R. Roberts, a 20 year-old white make from Albion, struck a pedestrian while attempting to yield to an emergency vehicle about 1 mile north and 1 mile east of Clayton on SH2 in Pushmataha County.
According to Trooper reports, the â91 Chevy was traveling northbound and the pedestrian was also walking northbound. The vehicle moved to the right while and hit James Guy Exon, a 61 year-old white male from Clayton, the pedestrian.
As drought conditions continue to worsen across Oklahoma, Governor Mary Fallin has issued an Executive Proclamation banning outdoor burning for much of the state. Oklahoma Forestry Services, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, recommended the ban based upon an analysis of fire activity, wildland fuel conditions and the predicted continued drought as criteria for recommending the ban.