August 9th, 2012
Ground was broke Monday, August 6, 2012 as the City of Antlers began replacing water lines around the Antlers Public School and First Baptist Church area. The project began in the middle of school property in hopes of having as much pipe replaced as possible before classes begin on August 23.
The Antlers City Council called to order their monthly meeting at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 6, 2012. They quickly approved the minutes and purchase orders for July 2012 and then moved onto their first order of business.
Actions for this meeting included approving the 2012-2013 budget, approving cost adjustments to fines and cost charged by the City, and approving the contract with CPA William K. Gauer to audit the City for the FY Year of 2011-2012.
With school just around the corner for Antlers Public Schools, many exciting and some troubling things are starting to take place. A concern has been voiced about low participation numbers in regards to the Bearcat Football program this year and many are wondering if the program will proceed as normal.
In a meeting with Antlers Public Schools Superintendent Cary Ammons, he assured that the program will indeed continue this year as scheduled, but with lower than normal numbers.
Deputy Phyllis Davis of the Pushmataha County Sheriffâ€™s Department retired after 14 years of service to our community on Tuesday, July 31, 2012. She was presented a plaque to commemorate the occasion in a surprise presentation in the County Courthouse. Tears where shed as coworkers and friends wished her well during her retirement. Sheriff Duncan presented Davis with the plaque and stated that it is hard to find someone who is loyal, who does their job without question and who is truly a law enforcement officer. The entire department expressed how deeply Davis will be missed.
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.