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July 20th

Governor Fallin Issues Ban on Outdoor Burning

July 20, 2011

 
As drought conditions continue to worsen across Oklahoma, Governor Mary Fallin has issued an Executive Proclamation banning outdoor burning for much of the state. Oklahoma Forestry Services, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, recommended the ban based upon an analysis of fire activity, wildland fuel conditions and the predicted continued drought as criteria for recommending the ban.
 

Pipeline could create new jobs in OK; EPA tries to scuttle oil transport from Canada's tar sands

July 20, 2011

Many of us might not have heard that since 2008 a Canadian oil company, TransCanada, has been awaiting approval to start construction on an extension project called the Keystone XL Oil Pipeline. This pipeline would extend the companies existing Keystone Pipeline, which currently runs from Alberta, Canada to Cushing, OK, to supply oil to others in Oklahoma and ultimately Port Arthur, TX.

Rattan girls to compete in the Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Pageant

July 20, 2011

 
The Oklahoma Rodeo Pageants Council, Inc., host of the Miss Rodeo Oklahoma Scholarship Pageant, has recently announced their upcoming pageant in Oklahoma City.  The pageant will be held July 20 through July 23, 2011 and two girls from Rattan will take part in t he pageant representing the 2011 Hugo PRCA Rodeo.
 

July 14th

Child molestation accusations surface in child porn case

July 14, 2011

Details attached to the three counts of juvenile pornography that Ronald V. Frey, a 41 year-old man from Antlers, is being charged with have recently be released.

According to officer statements, affidavit of probable cause, on March 28, 2011 Office Jake Merck was contacted by DHS alleging that Frey had molested his 16 year-old niece who has a low IQ. Officer Merck contacted the child’s mother the following day and requested that she come to the police department so that they could discuss the report that he had received.

Truck driver gets airlifted after collision

July 14, 2011

A personal injury collision occurred at about 11:00 a.m. on July 7, 2011 on state highway 3 approximately 9.5 miles east of Oleta in Pushmataha County.

What happened was that a 2010 Kenworth semi was westbound on the highway when he struck a guardrail and rolled .5 times ending up in the ditch. The semi was being driven by John R. Goterba Jr, a 45 year-old white male from Poland, Ohio.

Kids learn about England at the Antlers Public Library

July 14, 2011

A fantastic time was had at the Antlers Public Library’s “One World, May Stories” summer reading program on June 30th as 32 children and 20 adults learned about England with Ms. Mary.

English-born Marlene presented guests with an impromptu visit where she told stories of her visit by Derek, Tino Turtle’s tour. They also enjoyed crafting a bank, receiving prizes and got to take home a special piggy bank from FirstBank.

Many attendees stayed on after to see the free movie that is shown later in the afternoons at the Antlers Public Library after the Reading Program.

DPS releases fatality collision totals from May 2011

July 14, 2011

According to the latest statistics released by the Department of Public Safety officials report an increase in traffic fatalities for the month of May 2011.

In the state of Oklahoma, fatalities were up by six deaths in May with a total of 65, compared to the 59 that were totaled in May of 2010. There were 8 motorcyclists and 6 pedestrians who died in crashes, 5 alcohol related fatalities, and the highest daily fatality numbers were linked to Sundays with 14 deaths. There were a total of 5 deathless days in May.

July 6th

Child porn alleged

July 6, 2011

According to the Oklahoma State Courts Network website an Antlers man has recently been charged with three counts of juvenile pornography (violation of 21 O.S. 1021.2-1021.3) a criminal felony against both State and Federal Law.

Ronald V. Frey, a 41 year-old man from Antlers will go in front of Judge Jana Wallace on July 27, 2011 for his preliminary hearing. Due to miscommunication and incomplete information transmissions the reason why he is being charged with this (police statements and affidavits of probable cause) is unknown at this time.

Antlers woman airlifted following Choctaw County collision

July 6, 2011

A personal injury collision occurred at approximately 6:52 a.m. on US70 about one mile west of Boswell in Choctaw County resulting the injury of Mica Nickole Griffith of Antlers.

The 19 year-old white female from Antlers was airlifted to Parkland Hospital in Dallas, TX., in fair condition with head and trunk internal injuries.

What happened was a 1995 Jeep SUV, driven by Linda Kay Woodbright of Boswell, was headed westbound when the 2007 Chevy 2 door, driven by Griffith, was headed eastbound when she traveled left of center and struck the Jeep head-on.

June 29th

Local troops sent for Kuwait deployment

June 29, 2011

Some of our local troops from Pushmataha County have recently had their deployment destinations changed. Originally these troops, members of “D Company 700 Support” 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.

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