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June 16th, 2011
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.
The weather is heating up, kids are out of school and running amuck, the street sweeper has been out and about in Antlers. That can only mean one thing. It is time for the 2011 Pushmataha County Homecoming Celebration! The community has been busy and buzzing with anticipation as last minute projects get completed. This yearâ€™s theme is â€śPushmataha County: Past ~ Present ~ Future.â€ť
So much has been written about the Greatest Generation of Americans, and very few would argue the fact that the American citizens of the World War II era saved this great nation and have made the lifestyles we are accustom to possible.
U.S. Rep. Dan Boren recently announced that he will not be seeking re-election for a fifth term in Congress next year. Boren said he is through with politics and has no specific plans for his next career move.
"I don't have a job lined up," he said in an interview following his stunning announcement. "I am very open. I haven't had much time to think about it."
Boren expressed hope that whatever he ends up doing next he will be able to remain in Oklahoma, but he left the door open to taking a job outside the state.
On Saturday, June 4th, 2011, three girls from Rattan took top spots in the 50th Annual James Hodge Dodge Hugo PRCA Rodeo in Hugo. The crowning took place at 7:30 p.m.
Hannah Courtwright (LEFT) took home the title of the 2011 Miss Hugo PRCA Rodeo Princess and her sister Cassidy Courtwright (RIGHT) was crowned the 2011 Miss Hugo PRCA Rodeo Queen.
Also from Rattan, Hannah Davidson, was the 2011 Miss Hugo PRCA Rodeo Queen Runner-up.
By Tracy Steffenson
On June 3, 2011 the District 17 Drug Task Force served a search warrant on the home of Dustin Hunter in Rattan. Upon entering the dwelling Deputy Wilkerson found Hunter in the back yard and Dana Mitchell standing on a trail behind the residence. Deputy Wilkerson removed two loaded hand guns off of Hunterâ€™s person and then Hunter was served with a search warrant.
Jordan Billy, a member of the Choctaw Nation and a student at Rattan Jr. High School, recently received an award from The Oklahoma Federation of Indian Woman (OFIW).
Billy was named the American Indian female student of 2011-2012. Her academic and leadership achievement was recognized by the organization for students 14 -17 years of age and that meet the requirements for the nomination.Â Â
On April 9, 2011 Jordan and her family attended a banquet in McAlester where she received the award and gave a thank you speech to the OFIW board.Â
Dr. Robert â€śHeavyâ€ť Everett was recently named the Oklahoma Superintendent of the Year. Everett is currently the Superintendent at Newcastle Public Schools.
Everett is the son of the late Bill and Tina Everett, brother to Linda & husband , Bob, Van Meter, and uncle to Shannon Van Meter of Antlers. He was raised in Antlers, where he attended and graduated from Antlers High School in 1970. He then went on to get his BS of Education from S.E. in Durant, his Masters at Central State College, and his Educational Administration Doctorate at Oklahoma University.
Miss Whitney Noel, recent graduate of Rattan High School was recently named the third recipient of the Jim B. Collum Memorial Scholarship. It was presented by Mrs. Collum at the Rattan Awards Assembly on Thursday, May 19, 2011.