January 15th, 2015
Recently there has been a lot of talk about budgets, finances and income throughout Pushmataha County.
Our area isnâ€™t the only ones having a deeper look into this subject. According to a report that was released from 24/7 Wall Street, they too took a look and have named the poorest county in each state of the United States of America based on the Census Bureauâ€™s American Community Survey.
On February 10, 2015, an Annual School Board Election, along with a Special Election will be held.
This will give residents, who are registered voters, the chance to select School Board members for Clayton Public School and Antlers Public School, along with voting on whether or not to renew an existing 1 cent sales tax that is distributed among county programs and offices.
The sales tax of 1 cent, that is up for renewal, has been in place since April of 1991. This tax is distributed by percentage to county operations and programs in the community.
The Pushmataha County Assessor's Office, along with 21 other counties, failed an audit of fiscal year 2013-2014 due to not using specific computer programing.
The failure was due to the officers not using the Computer Assisted Math Appraisal System as required by Oklahoma State law.
The petition filed by the members of Choctaw Electric Cooperative to oust the company's nine-member Board of Trustees has now become void following the resignation of all nine members.
The petition, which was filed on Dec. 12, with just over 2,300 validated signatures, required the Co-op to hold a special election of new trustees within 45 days. But that special election will no longer be happening.
"There are no longer any [trustees] named on the petition sitting on the board, therefor there's no reason to have a special meeting," Interim CEO and General Manager Joe Harris said.
Cold weather can bring wind, snow and ice. But cold weather also might be the culprit behind power outages.
Sudden power outages can be inconvenient and troublesome. The potential danger of a power outage only escalates when one happens during the winter. It is relatively easy to recover from a short-term loss of power, but extensive power outages can compromise human health and safety.
During the County Commissioner meeting held on Monday, January 5, 2014, agenda numbers were skipped to accommodate the overflowing crowd present to hear the plans that Sheriff Duncan had made to be able to run his department until the end of the fiscal year.
The first item the board addressed was signing off on an overlay project, planned to start after April 2015, for Cloudy Road. This overlay would cover approximately 7.8 miles, starting at the Cloudy turnoff in Rattan.
Pictured from left to right: James Horton, Master of The Lodge; Tom Nation, Senior Warden; Bruce Horton, Junior Warden; Raymond Lough, Treasure; John St. Clair, Secretary; John Dillishaw; Junior Deacon; Phillip Prince, Senior Steward; and Rick McCafferty, Tyler.
Not pictured; Mark Gardner, Chaplin and James Gardner, Senior Deacon
If you have problems with wildlife causing damage to your property or even getting in your trash, you are in luck. Kiamichi Trapping and Wildlife Control Service is now open for business.
Animal damage is becoming a problem in many cities and towns because most have a no discharging of firearms within the city limits law. Because of this, wildlife have free range to cause all kinds of damage to peopleâ€™s property. The problem animals range from raccoons, opossums, squirrels, foxes, skunks, and armadillos, just to name a few.
December 23rd, 2014
As we all come together with family and friends to celebrate the holiday season, we would like to extend our sincerest hopes that you and your loved ones have a truly memorable and happy Christmas!