February 16th, 2012
Walter Nowell, 69, of Hugo/Antlers, passed from this life on Sunday, Februray 12, 2012. Memorial services will be conducted by the family at 4:00 p.m. on February 17, 2012 at the Westside Baptist Church. Arrangements entrusted to Mills & Coffey Funeral Home in Antlers.
Olen Dixon Durant was born August 27, 1934 in Corinne to Wilson Jones & Jincey Durant. He passed from this life February 10, 2012 in Hugo at the age of 77. Olen married Maude Billy January 19, 1961 in Dallas, TX. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War. Olen enjoyed singing, watching OU and Dallas Cowboys, western movies, fishing and spending time with his family and friends.
Perry Ben Morton was born March 8, 1922 in Pine Springs to Elijah and Ida (Palmer) Morton. He passed from this life on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 in the Veteranâ€™s Administration Center in Talihinia at the age of 89. Ben served his country in the US Army during WWII, and received a Purple Heart. Ben was married to the love of his life, Blanche (Wilson) Coats, on May 10, 1946. Ben bore no children, but treated his two stepsons as his own. Ben was preceded in death by his first wife, Blanche Coats; his second wife, Lucille (Gross), stepson, Samuel B.
Kacee Schier, an 8th grader at Antlers Obunch Middle School and the daughter of Kathy and Scott Schier, was recently named the Pushmataha County winner of the Choctaw Electric Cooperativeâ€™s Energy Camp essay contest. Schier submitted a 150 word essay on the topic: â€śWrite your school Board, addressing a change you would like to implement in your school!â€ť This essay was part of a contest to be able to attend the Choctaw Electric Cooperativeâ€™s Energy Camp.
The FCCLA Southeast District III STAR Events were held in Hugo on November 29, 2011. Payton Gentry competed in Senior Creed Speaking and Interpretation and placed first earning her the privilege to compete at the regional contest. Matthew Burch, competed in Junior Creed Speaking and Interpretation placing second; and Emily Wolfe competed in Senior Illustrated Talk.
Rattan FCCLA members traveled to Ada for the SE Regional Competitive Events. Breeâ€™Andra Palmer, 1st place in Teach and Train event; Taylor Bankston, 2nd place in Career Investigation Jr. and Morgan Bond, 3rd place in Career Investigation Sr. Breeâ€™ Andra will be going to the FCCLA State Competition at Stillwater in March. Students are advised by Kathy Boone.
After the polls were closed at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, the unofficial totals of the votes for Pushmataha County were the following.
For the City of Antlers, the Lodging Tax that was purposed passed with 90.57% of the votes approving this tax.
In Moyers, John P. Nored took Moyers Public School Board Member, office #2 with 85.51% of the votes over Annita McBride who had 14.49% of the votes.
For Rattan Public School Board Member, office #2, Valerie Clay Merida won with 359 votes over Bill Dansbyâ€™s 277 votes. Merida won with 56.45% of the votes.
On Sunday, February 12, 2012, a Pushmataha County Deputy was dispatched to a call referencing items being taken from the Bridge area that is located on Dees Road, south of Clayton approximately 8 miles and off HWY 2 on Dees Road near Kiamichi River.
Jeannie McMillin, of Little Dixie Transit (which serves Choctaw, McCurtain and Pushmataha Counties), was honored as the 2011 Oklahoma Transit Professional of the Year by the Oklahoma Transit Association. The announcement took place during the 14th Annual OTA Awards for Excellence banquet Tuesday evening at the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center.
On February 7, 2012, Mike Spradling, Oklahoma Farm Bureau President presented a recognition award to Paul Wade for his 44 years of service to the Pushmataha County Board of Directors. The Pushmataha County Board of Directors expressed their extreme thanks to Paul Wade for all his support on the board.