February 13th, 2014
Your 2013/2014 Homecoming Queen is Emma Branton, who is the daughter of Ronnie & Dona Branton. Emma plays forward for the LadyCats and plans to attend ECU then OU for a degree in Engineering. Emma says her favorite memory of her senior year so far is â€śbecoming friends with so many new peopleâ€ť. Congratulations Emma!
Lately it has been questioned as to the need for drug dogs in our county. Are they worth it? I will lay out some facts and figures and let you be the judge.
Pushmataha County has had certified drug dogs available since June 23, 2012. These dogs are owned and handled by individual deputies (they are not owned by the Sheriffâ€™s Department). The Push Co Sheriff didn't pay for these animals. These dogs have bullet and stab proof vests. Again, the Sheriffâ€™s office didnâ€™t pay for this equipment. It was donated by larger departments.
Weâ€™re into the heart of show season in Oklahoma. In the fall we were trying to make everyone aware of the influenza issue and to ask them to take measures to not spread that disease. We all worked together to prepare for and prevent problems with that virus.
We have many great volunteers here in Pushmataha County. One of them we would like to acknowledge is Madge (Franks) Gentry.
Madge is not only a native of Antlers but a graduate of Antlers High School. Madge has three sons who also graduated from Antlers High School.
While working for the school district she also coached KYI softball teams for a number of years. Since retirement Madge has generously served on the Antlers City Council as Council Member, Vice-Mayor and Mayor.
County Commissioner of District #3, Jimmy Long, has stated that he will not seek reelection when his team expires at the end of this year. Health issues and the stress of the job are contributing factors in his decision.
â€śAfter walking in their shoes,â€ť stated Long, â€śI have a lot of respect for all the past commissioners.
Long is in the seventy year of his two year service and has accomplished quite a lot during this time. He sought and obtained new source of revenue to fund the many projects that the north end of the county has needed, including replacing over 40 bridges.
In an one-on-one interview with Pushmataha County Sheriff Terry Duncan, issues that were brought to the publicâ€™s awareness in last weekâ€™s edition were discussed. Some of the topics covered include: the budget, drug dogs, expenditures and inquires about removal of a county official.
The Pushmataha County Sheriffâ€™s Department is running dangerously low on funding.
According to the budget that was set for the Sheriff Departmentâ€™s physical year, July 1, 2013 until June 30, 2014, their is roughly only $28,000 left in the account to last the department until the end of June. This amount, however, does not include monthly income collected from the penny sales tax which was instated in April of 1991 and readopted in 2010, of which 1/2 goes to the Sheriffâ€™s Department.