January 19th, 2012
All last week the Pushmataha County Courthouse was host to the first 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.
Commander Howard Sumner and Adjutant Neil Kimberlin of Hugo VFW Post 8316 presented awards to 6th grade students at Rattan Elementary for their essays in the "Patriots Pen" Essay Contest.
Ms. Hawkinsâ€™ 6th grade class wrote about the importance of patriotism in America.Â The local winners of the contest were; 1st place: Nathan Carlile-$100, 2nd place: Makayla Cayton -$50 and 3rd place: Kaitlyn Jones-$25.
Makayla Cayton also won District with her essay and will compete in State competition in February.
On Monday, January 16, 2011, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking him to immediately approve the development of TransCanadaâ€™s Keystone XL Pipeline, a project which would transport tar sands from Canada to multiple points within the United States, including the Gulf of Mexico. Under current law, the president has until February 21 to declare the pipeline â€śnot in the national interestâ€ť or it is automatically approved.Â
Sports Around The County
(January 16th - 22nd)
â€˘ Basketball â€˘
Antlers Public School
January 17th: Antlers 7th Grade vs. Tushka @ Tushka starting at 5:00 p.m.
January 17th: Antlers High School vs. Clayton @ Antlers starting at 6:30 p.m.
January 17th: Antlers 8th Grade vs. Tushka @ Tushka starting at 7:00 p.m.
January 20th: Antlers High School vs. Tushka @ Tushka starting at 6:30 p.m.
January 19th: Antlers 6th Grade vs. Lane @ Lane starting at 3:30 p.m.
Moyers Public School
January 16th - 21st: Moyers High School @ Coleman Tournament in Coleman
Starting Friday, January 6, 2012 many of the local area schools traveled to Tushka to compete in their Basketball Tournament.
Local sportsmen have the opportunity to voice their thoughts online now through January 13, 2012, regarding hunting and fishing related rule change proposals currently under consideration. They are also encouraged to attend the Wildlife Departmentâ€™s town hall meeting on Thursday, January 12th. 2012 at the Wildlife Heritage Center Museum in Antlers at 7:00 p.m.
David M. Milam was born April 27, 1940 in Broken Bow to Eugene and Grace (Cotney) Milam. He passed from this life January 4, 2012 in Antlers at the age of 71. David proudly served his country in the United States Navy, retiring on November 2, 1984. He married Karen Kay Parks on February 14, 2009 in Honolulu, HI. David had been a resident of the Antlers area for the past 35 years. He was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed fishing, hunting, traveling, & spending time with his family and friends. David was preceded in death by his parents: Eugene & Grace Milam; and his wife: Judy Milam.
Donald R. â€śDonâ€ť Masters was born on September 19, 1940 to Walter B. and Eunice (McAllister) Masters of Antlers. He passed from this life on January 4, 2012 in Benton, AR., at the age of 71. Donald was a Veteran of the U.S. Army, a member of Highway Church of Christ and in construction business. He was preceded in death by his parents Walter B. and Eunice Masters; a son, David Masters, and two sisters, Jenelle Bradford and Wanda Lou Palmer.
The Moyers Tigers have been busy this past week with basketball play.Â Let's start with Bennington.Â The Lady Tigers came out strong in the first half.Â They played good zone defense and kept the score close in the first half.Â In the second half, the Bears found their groove and the lady Tigers fell 45-25.Â Shelby Geary lead the scoring with 18, Calli Winters with 4, Shelby Clark with 1, and Carrie Collins with 2.Â
January Meeting of the Pushmataha County Sportsman Club
Members of the Pushmataha County Sportsman Club will hold their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, January 12. The club normally meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Wildlife Heritage Center and Museum. However, the club has agreed to postpone its meeting time to allow the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife to host a public meeting on proposed wildlife regulation changes. Their meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Wildlife Heritage Center. The Pushmataha County Sportsman Club members will meet immediately after the public meeting.