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September 17th, 2012
Burn Ban Remains in Effect Due to Continued Wildfire Danger
Governor Mary Fallin today announced that exemptions have been added to the statewide burn ban, although the Governorâ€™s Burn Ban continues to remain in effect. The decision was made in consultation with Oklahoma Forestry Services, a division of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, and based on existing wildfire fuel conditions and ongoing drought.
The story of Summer 2012 has been the record-breaking effects of West Nile Virus, a story that hits close to home with the news that an Antlers boy is among those who have contracted the illness.
Although symptoms range from mild to life-threatening, the boy suffered a milder case of the virus, according to his grandmother.
A Pushmataha County man is facing felony charges of possession of methamphetamine after a drug dog alerted to the presence of drugs during a traffic stop last week.
According to information filed in district court, Deputy Shawn Culver, Pushmataha County Sheriffâ€™s Department, was requested to assist Deputy James Marzek north of the Nashoba turnoff on Highway 271 at approx. 10 p.m. Tuesday.
National average gas prices increased 30.8 cents or 8.75 percent a gallon in August. This was the largest monthly price increase since April 2011 and the second highest increase for the month of August in AAAâ€™s records, which date to 2000.
â€śIt has been a really tough summer for drivers nationwide with high gas prices breaking daily records,â€ť said Chuck Mai, AAA Oklahoma spokesman. â€śEvery week there seems to be something new driving up gas prices, whether it is a major refinery fire, a pipeline closure or a Gulf Coast hurricane.â€ťÂ
Labor day weekend is upon us and for residents of Pushmataha County we all know what that means, other then a day off work on Monday; it means The Annual Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival and Pow Wow kicked-off on Thursday, August 30,2012, with the Choctaw Nation Princess Pageant in the amphitheater at 7:00 p.m. The Choctaw Village will also be filled with cultural activities.
The results are in! After a tense race between Terry Duncan and John Arthur the County has spoken and Duncan has been named the Sheriff of Pushmatha County.
Duncan received a total of 1,103 votes compared to Arthurâ€™s 816 voters. Duncan received 57.48% of the counties total votes.
For the race between Markwayne Mullin and George Faught for the Republican candidate for Representative of District 2 (in Pushmataha County), Faught won with a total of 50.23% of the votes (108). Mullin received 49.77% (107) of the votes.
A Texoma man has died of West Nile Virus, bringing the death toll in Oklahoma to four for 2012.
WNV was claimed the life of Bill Brady, a 77 year old man from Healdton, OK., who was undergoing care at Mercy Hospital in OKC.
Family members say Brady learned he had the virus just a few weeks before his death. His
family members say dealing with the West Nile Virus firsthand has been life changing, and asks everyone to protect themselves and wear bug spray with DEET.
A personal injury collision resulted in a Rattan woman being flown to St. Johnâ€™s Hospital in Tulsa with head injuries on Sunday night.
Shelly Cook, 46 year old female of Rattan, was driving a 2000 Ford northbound on HWY 93 when she rain off the right side of the roadway, over-corrected and ran off the left side of the roadway. The vehicle struck the ground and overturned 3/4 times and came to rest on the driverâ€™s side.
Felony embezzlement charges were filed against an Antlers woman accused of making unauthorized charges to a borrowed credit card.
According to information filed in district court, Anita Jane Scott, Antlers, faces a single felony count after a woman who allowed her to borrow her credit card at the HiWay Inn called the Antlers Police Department.
Senator James Inhofe met with residents of Pushmataha County last week at the Wildlife Heritage Center Museum in Antlers.
â€śInhofe's visit is a very good thing for the community and a great use of the facility,â€ť said Verne Jackson, operator of the Wildlife Heritage Center Museum. â€śWe are open for all parties and candidates to use and I am glad that they are. His visit [Inhofe] gives us and the City of Antlers more exposure.â€ť