Archive - Jun 2011 - News Article
Some of our local troops from Pushmataha County have recently had their deployment destinations changed. Originally these troops, members of â€śD Company 700 Supportâ€ť out of McAlester, were supposed to be heading to Afghanistan after training at Camp Shelby, MS., since March.
Recent assignment changes, however, have these troops now looking at putting boots on the ground in Kuwait (a small country surrounded by Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf of Oman) sometime in early July for a 9 month tour of duty.
After the extremely wet spring we faced no one would have ever thought that with the 4th of July just around the corner we would be in need of rain as badly as we are. Although we are not in as bad of shape as Florida or west Texas, misused and unattended fireworks could have devastating consequences.
The following steps will help to keep you and your land safe this fourth of July weekend:
1. Avoid mixing fireworks with alcohol or drugs. Itâ€™s a celebratory occasion, and its easy to forget that mixing alcohol and fireworks is never a good idea.
On Friday, June 24, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. the Push For A Better America Political Tea Party held a meeting at Molinaâ€™s Mexican Restaurant in Antlers. The meeting started out with an opening prayer and was directly followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
Oklahoma is leading the way by being the first state in the nation to offer a Pancreatic Cancer Awareness/Funding license plate. It will be available by November 1, 2011. No other state in the nation has such a license plate.
It is a fund-raising license plate for the OU Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, dedicated to the continuing research for early diagnosis and treatment and hopefully a cure of Pancreatic Cancer.
Most Oklahomanâ€™s donâ€™t know we have research in Oklahoma for, early diagnosis, treatment and cure for Pancreatic Cancer.
Two individuals where shot and killed following the robbery of the 1st Bank & Trust in Wright City, McCurtain County, at gun point on Thursday afternoon, June 16, 2011 just west of Rattan on HWY 3.
Dead are Justin Whisenhunt, a former Wright City resident whom the OSBI says was recently released from jail in Tarrant County, TX., after serving time for theft, and Jeremy Dysart of North Richland Hills, TX. The woman with them was Rachel Marie Morris Spear of Euless, TX., she was taken into custody, booked into the Pushmataha County Jail and charged with Murder in the First Degree.
In a sort of last minute surprise, the Lt. Governor of Oklahoma, Todd Lamb, stopped at the Depot in Antlers for a meeting on his way through to Valliant. A small group of residents were waiting for him when he and his bodyguard arrived at 9:30 a.m. to discuss economic development in rural Oklahoma.
On Friday, June 10, 2011 Pamela Massengale went to Pre-Paid Legal LLC., to pick up a donation they were making of a flag which needed to be retired.
The Northern Star District Cub Scouts will soon be participating in their Cub Scout Day Camp (the second weekend in July) and part of the festivities will be the yearly ceremony to put to rest all flags that needed to be retired. This will take place on July 8, 2011 at dusk at the Historic Ft. Towson Fort and is open to the public.
Keeping stuff going for the Mentoring Program this summer is a big deal with kids being out of school and the Little Dixie Community Action Agencyâ€™s Passport to the Future Mentoring Program has big plans.
The group kicked off June with Swimming at the Antlers Pool on June 8th and the 22nd.Â They all met up at the Little People Park at 12 noon for pizza, then walk over to the swimming pool.Â
On June 15th they went fishing at a private pond at the Hadley home in Grant,Â leaving Antlers office at 10:00 A.M.Â
The robbery of a bank in Wright City, OK, McCurtain County, ended badly on Thursday afternoon, June 16, 2011 just outside of Rattan.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol was on the scene of the shooting incident along State Highway 3.
OHP Troopers set up a roadblock near the location, west of Rattan. A short time after the initial alert, authorities witnessed the suspect vehicle and attempted to effect a traffic stop. Suspect vehicle
fled from Trooper(s), failed to stop for the roadblock and shots were fired.
This year's theme for the Miss Pushmataha County Homecoming Pageant was "Big City Lights." The pageant was held June 3, 2011 at the Antlers High School Auditorium. The Auditorium was filled with family and friends that came out to show these young ladies their support.
15 Contestants competed in the pageant and your 2011-2012 Miss Pushmataha County Homecoming Queen is Sadie Wheaton. The Pageant also featured drawings and giveaways for Prizes, for the contestants and for the people in the audience.