April 6th, 2012
A collaborative effort and collective vision among community partners has become a reality. The Antlers Walking Trail âBig Peopleâs Parkâ is close to completion. The City of Antlers, in partnership with the Pushmataha County Turning Point Coalition, has successfully created an outdoor fitness facility to be enjoyed by all.
With the economy reeking havoc on the mass majority of businesses and families across the nation, it is no wonder that nonprofit organizations are feeling the crunch as well. They rely on generous donations and gifts from the residents of their community and surrounding areas to stay afloat. With the financial restraints of higher gas prices, food costs and so forth, donations have slowed for one of our own local non-profits.
Kids from Antlers, Moyers, Clayton and Rattan Schools took center stage in the fight against tobacco as they joined together for Pushmataha Countyâs 7th Annual Kick Buttâs Day. Kick Buttâs Day took place from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 29th on the corner of Main and High Street (in front of FirstBank) in Antlers. Not only was this day represented in Pushmataha County, but more than 1,100 events were planned across the nation.
The Rattan Junior High Baseball team has won their second 1st place trophy of the year at the Hugo Jr. High baseball tournament. In the tournament, the team defeated Atoka, Hugo and Broken Bow. Pictured (L to R) are: Front Row: James England, Will Lewis, Dakota Cogburn, Roho Chandler, Alex Clay, Gavin Birchfield, Max Pruitt, Easton Winship, Jarrett Scott, Gage Haddox; Back Row: Coach Michael Clay, Jimmy Harvey, Jacob Parson, Reed Shaw, Conner Copeland, Hayden Farmer, Jordon Haddox, Cameron Carter, Tanner Woodruff, Braden Dennison, Logan Tomlinson and Coach Ryan Cordell.
On Saturday, March 17, 2012, the Pushmataha County Junior Bassmasters and Conservation Club held its first fishing tournament of the 2012 season. The tournament was sponsored by the Mills & Coffey Funeral Home in Antlers. The local business donated money that was used to purchase prizes for each youth contestant in the tournament. It was an adult/youth team tournament and was held at McGee Creek Lake. Launch time was at 8:00 a.m. with the weigh-in being held at 2:00 p.m. at the Buster Hight Ramp.
The Antlers Bearcats traveled to Atoka March 29th â 31st to compete in the Atoka Wooden Bat Classic. In the first game, the Bearcats faced the Atoka J.V. team with senior Michael Lampton on the mound. He started the game hot, with three strike outs but the Bearcats didnât do any better and failed to gain any runners. The second inning found the Wampus Cats unable to score, yet again but Antlers got fired up scoring 10 runs. Chandon Draper, Bryce Carter, Michael Lampton, Timmy Kuykandall, and Caleb Smith all made well placed hits and moved runners.
On March 22, 2012, former President of the United States George Bush Sr. stopped in and ate at the Hill Country BBQ in Hempstead, TX. Hill Country BBQ is owned and operated by Jo Ellen Hedgecock Hill, a 1993 graduate of Antlers High School. She is the daughter of Raymond Jr. and Audrey Hedgecock of Antlers. Mr. Bush gave Jo Ellen a U.S. President Brooch and her husband Dan a set of U.S. President cuff links.
Oklahomans for Responsible Water Policy (ORWP) today applauded a U.S. Department of Justice decision to remove a water rights lawsuit from the Oklahoma Supreme Court and place it in federal court. DOJ documents filed Mar. 12 state that the stream adjudication suit filed by the Oklahoma Water Resources Board last month should be handled on a federal level, and that the OWRB sued the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations, along with a host of Oklahomans, simply in an attempt to stop those tribes' federal suit against the state over the transfer of water out of Southeast Oklahoma.