March 29th, 2012
Statewide election activity begins officially at 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, when the filing period opens,â€ť said Jack Matthews, Secretary of the Pushmataha County Election Board.
On Saturday, March 24, members of the Pushmataha County Sportsman Club held a bass tournament on Hugo Lake. Twenty-one members competed in the event. With the lake level some fifteen feet above normal elevation, catching a keeper bass, or any bass at all for that matter, proved to be quiet difficult. Only six anglers were able to bring a bass to the scales at weigh-in time.
Fred Gabe McCarty, of Lane, was born on Wednesday, August 26, 1959, to Coy and Betty Vondell Betty (Winters) McCarty in Oklahoma City. He passed from this life on Monday, March 12, 2012 in Maui, HI at the age of 52. Fred attended school at Farris and graduated from Atoka. He worked as a Journey Lineman. Fred enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding horses and team roping. He married Shannon Annette (Martin) on October 29, 2005 in Las Vegas, NV. Fred was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Vondell Betty McCarty.
Ruby Juanita Sams was born November 1, 1922 in Victoria, TX., to Joseph Andrew and Emma Elviria (Mills) Stephens. She passed from this life on March 15, 2012 in Durant at the age of 89. Ruby married Ervin Sams on October 2, 1970 in Altus. She enjoyed reading, word searches, and playing with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ruby was preceded in death by her parents; siblings; husband: Ervin Sams; sons: John, Joe and Samuel Wable; and a great-granddaughter: Kryslin Streitz. She is survived by her children: Phyllis and Robert Streitz of St.
Trever Thornton-Payne was born January 12, 2011 in Talihina to John Rousseau and Julie Ann Payne. He passed from this life on March 14, 2012 in Antlers at the age of 14 months. Trever was a precious little boy. He loved horses, especially Blaze, and Jax, his Blue Heeler that always kept him out of trouble. He was truly loved and will be missed by everyone who knew him. He is survived by his parents: John & Julie of the home; sisters: Jessica Payne and Rebekah R. of Moyers; brother: Payton Neal of Moyers; many cousins, friends, and other relatives.
An Oklahoma teen becomes addicted to tobacco every 95 minutes, due in large part to the tobacco industryâ€™s decades-long practice of targeting young people through crafty advertising.
More than 90 percent of surveyed tobacco users said they started as teenagers, and the state figures mirror national findings released this month in a U.S. Surgeonâ€™s General report on tobacco use among youths and young adults.
Surgeon General Regina Benjamin started her report summary with a blunt conclusion: â€śNearly all tobacco use begins during youth and young adulthood.â€ť
Antlers received $100,136 in sales tax disbursements in February, an increase over the $95,522 received in February of last year. Antlers also received a use tax disbursement of $5,352 in February, down from the $6,184 received in February of last year.
Clayton received a $40,416 sales tax disbursement in February, up from the $29,059 received in February of 2011.
Rattan received a sales tax disbursement of $1,530 in February, a decrease from the $2,116 received last February.
All last week the Pushmataha County Courthouse played host to the second of four trials of individuals charged with the murder of Robert Strickland of Hugo. This crime took place in April of 2010 and crime scenes were located in Choctaw, McCurtain and Pushmataha Counties. Twelve O.S.B.I. Agents and over 30 law enforcement officers, belonging to multiple agencies in the three counties, were involved in these investigation.
Signaling a changing of the seasons, Mother Nature battered north Texas and much of eastern Oklahoma on Monday and Tuesday, creating flooding conditions in many areas. Including Dumpling Creek, near Antlers on Ethel Road, where an unfortunate motorist got swept away in the rising water.
The Bearcats split a double header Friday night picking up a win against Clayton and a loss to Atoka.
Starting out against the Bulldogs in the 1st inning with two catches by center fielder, Chandon Draper and a strike out by pitcher Dakota Turner the Bearcats were off to a good start. Offensively the Bearcats would score 3 runs with a double hit by Bryce Martin and single from Turner, Drew McKnight, and Arizona Taylor. Draper would draw a walk.