June 4th, 2015
The first cases of West Nile virus (WNV) in Oklahoma have been confirmed in Okfuskee and McIntosh counties. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) encourages residents to take precautions to reduce the risk of contracting WNV, a mosquito-borne illness. WNV is spread through the bite of the Culex mosquito, which feeds on infected birds and transmits the virus when biting humans, horses, and some other mammals. This type of mosquito increases in numbers during mid to late summer when the temperatures climb and the weather pattern is drier.
During a special meeting of of the County Commissioners, Excise Board and Sheriff of Pushmataha County, the group revisited the mounting budget issues facing the Sheriffâ€™s Office for, what was hoped to be, the final time with the goal of finding a solution to the issue while setting in place a plan to keep the County Jail from closing itsâ€™ doors.
â€śI have not hired no attorney,â€ť stated Sheriff Duncan. â€śNor do I intend to unless I have to. That could and will be the last resort.â€ť
OKLAHOMA CITY - Governor Mary Fallin today signed House Bill 1965, making it illegal to text and drive in Oklahoma. HB 1965 makes texting while driving a primary offense, meaning law officers will be able to pull over anyone who is texting while operating a vehicle. The penalty will be $100.
The governor, during her State of the State address earlier this year, called on lawmakers to pass a texting while driving ban.
Antlers Public School recently received $200,000 worth of donations to help fund the building of a new multipurpose sporting complex. Antlers Public School added an additional $100,000 to the project from their buildings fund.
FirstBank (Steve and Roberta Burrage) and the Stephenson Foundation (Charles and Peggy Stephenson) have both generously donated $100,000 each to the project.
The Rattan Rams have been named the Class A Regional Baseball Champions and are now on their way to State play.
The Rams will take the field against Sterling on Thursday, May 7, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. on Palmer Field (Dolese).
The field is located at NW 50th and Meridian in Oklahoma City.
If the Rams advance they would then take on either Roff or Ripley on Friday, May 8th at 4:00 p.m. on the same field.
Other games on Thursday, May 7, on Palmer Field include: Roff vs. Ripley at 11:00 a.m.; Pioneer-Pleasant Vale v. Navajo at 4:00 p.m.; and Crowder v. Binger-Oney at 1:30 p.m.
HUGO LAKE STATE PARK, Okla. â€“ The sixth annual Race Against Poverty, hosted by Little Dixie Community Action Agency along with numerous community sponsors, drew 80 runners and walkers on Saturday, April 25th, 2015. The event had participants with ages ranging from four to 73. The 5-kilometer Race Against Poverty aims to bring awareness to the plight of impoverished families in our area.
The Pushmataha County Sheriff's Department K9 Nitro has received a ballistic vest thanks to a nationwide GROUPON EVENT that has raised over $335,000.00.
What will happen to the County Jail if the Sheriffâ€™s Office runs out of operation funds before the fiscal year closes?
The County Jail has been grandfathered in to current jail standards and regulations, allowing it to remain operational without meeting all of the standards that are currently set by the state for jail facilities. For example: not having enough lighting, holding cells not having enough square footage or not having enough drains in the floor to provide what they feel are sanitary conditions.
Riding the toughest bucking horse no one else can ride is bad enough, but then life's challenges confront and test him just as hard as the bronc. Find out how the story plays out in Alfred Dennis' new novel, Ride the Rough String.
As a prolific storyteller of the western frontier, Alfred Dennis once again delivers another family friendly, action filled story with a splash of romance. His book begins with the life and dreams of two men, one old and one young, an unlikely friendship, but they share the same dream of having their own horse ranch.
Officer Jason Lawless has been awarded one of Tulsa Police Departments highest honors, the Medal of Valor, for his involvement and extraordinary efforts to free a woman being held hostage in her home.