Archive - Feb 2012 - News Article
Despite tobacco companiesâ€™ efforts to portray smokeless tobacco products as a â€śsafeâ€ť alternative to smoking cigarettes, a recent study conducted by cardiologists showed â€śhard evidence that chewing tobacco harms the heart.â€ť Through With Chew Week, Feb. 19 â€“ 25, calls attention to smokeless tobacco use, highlighting the fact that there are no â€śsafeâ€ť tobacco products.
Students from Antlers that were named to the Southeastern Collegeâ€™s Presidentâ€™s 2011 Fall honor roll. To qualify a student must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of college-level courses with a 4.0 GPA. The students from Antlers were: Colton J. Ammerer, Kayle E. Bryant, Lacey J. Morgan and Neida K. Owens. A student from Clayton was also named to the Presidentâ€™s honor roll, Severt A. Dahl.
On Thursday, February 17, 2012, the Antlers Chapter of ESA donated $250 to the Antlers Public Library to help fund the E-Book service of the Oklahoma Virtual Library Consortium, which now has 15 member libraries from around the state. The Antlers Public Library has now raised the $1,500 annual fee to join this service.
Project SPIT receives the â€śSmart Start Partner of the Yearâ€ť Award from Tri-County Smart Start Director, Dennis Willeford, for their outstanding achievements in promoting healthy learning for young children in Choctaw, McCurtain and Pushmataha Counties.
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.