August 3rd, 2012
Only days after the arrival of her son, songwriter Kenny O'Dell of Nolensville, Tennessee, locally known as Kenny Gist, Jr.; Marian Gist, 86, of Santa Maria, California passed peacefully away early in the morning hours of July 24, 2012 after a two week battle with lung and heart failure. Marian was surrounded by friends and loved ones during her last few days. A graveside service with Rev. Gary Grant officiating will take place at the Santa Maria Cemetery at 10:30 am on Tuesday, July 31, 2012. Marian, was born July 19, 1926 on the family farm in Antlers, to Gordon and Lydia Westbook.
As drought conditions continue to worsen across Oklahoma, Governor Mary Fallin has announced that a ban on outdoor burning for all 77 Oklahoma counties is effective immediately and will last until a notice is given releasing the ban.
County deputies recently were involved in a child abuse case after reports were made of an eight year old girl being locked in a cabinet for over two hours while her mother was asleep in the bedroom.
Bobby Ray Merritt, of Rattan, is being charged with child abuse and possession of a controlled dangerous substance following a search of their trailer, that was located in the Rattan Mobile Park, and after two children correlated the same sequence of events to deputies while staying at their grandmotherâ€™s home.
With the few rain showers and thunderstorms that have passed through Southeast Oklahoma, wildfires havenâ€™t became an issue in our area as of yet but Governor Mary Fallin has declared a State of Emergency for all 77 Oklahoma counties due to extreme, or exceptional, drought conditions. The order was signed on Monday, July 30, 2012.
Fallin stated that extreme heat and dry conditions continue to affect the entire state and that her administration would be ready to help provide whatever aid and assistance it can as Oklahoma communities work to cope with this drought.â€ť
The District 17 Drug Task Force served a search warrant on the residence of Lonnie Griggs and came away with more than one bag of marijuana. The residence is located in Antlers.
Marlee Williams and Cara Blansett, members of Antlers High School Cheer Squad, were both awarded All-American honors while attending NCA cheer camp. They have both been invited to participate in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade with this honor. Marlee has also been invited to join the NCA staff as an instructor.
The 2012-2013 Antlers High School Cheerleaders attended a NCA camp on Oklahoma State University's campus. They received several awards including superior ratings in chants, cheers, best motions, best tumbling, and excellence in safety and stunting. The 2012-2013 H.S. Cheerleaders are Mallory Langley, Kendie Bryant, Macy Smith, Harlie Williams, Marlee Williams, Mandy Owens, Cara Blansett, Michelle Smith, Katie Pendley, and Kacee Schier. The AHS Squad was also the only squad at camp to have all of their members nominated and try out for NCA All-American Squad.
On Saturday, July 28, members of the Pushmataha County Sportsman Club held a bass tournament on Hugo Lake. Anglers had to deal with low water levels in the lake as well as extreme heat. Temperatures soared to over one hundred degrees. These conditions made catching keeper bass a challenge for some although a few anglers were able to catch a limit.
Escapes from the Arkansas Department of Correctionâ€™s Mississippi County Work Release Center in Luxora, AR., may be in the Fort Smith-Southeast Oklahoma area.
John Laxton, 42, and Danny Rankins, 46, were working at two separate job sites in Blytheville, AR., and are believed to have left with a woman driving a green Kia. When an ADC officer went to pick them up the evening of July 18, they were not at their jobs sites at approximately 8 oâ€™clock.
The three may have split up.
Pushmataha County 4-H hosted a cupcake decorating class on Tuesday, July 17th, 2012. 4-H members Kimberly Alford and Michelle Hedgecock cooked up an extra batch of cupcakes and shared them with the inmates at the Pushmataha County jail. Pictured receiving the cupcakes are Sheriff Jimmy Duncan and Deputy John Arthur.