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March 19th, 2014

Hospital back on track

March 19, 2014

What a difference a couple of weeks cam make. The hospital had some money come in and can make payroll. The operating room has been brought up to spec and all deficiencies corrected. As soon as the state gives the word, the OR will be back in business.
How important is the operating room to the overall financial well being of the hospital? According to the CFO, the operating room brings in an average of $250,000.00 per month. The OR has been closed for 4 months. It was stated that this was the main reason for the $800,000.00 shortfall last year.

Families with Native American children needed

March 19, 2014

Halito! If you are expecting or just had a Native American baby, we need you! The Choctaw Outreach Services Better Beginnings Department are participating in a study to learn what services best meet the needs of our Native American families with young children.
You only have to do three things to participate and earn $100 in fuel: 1. Enroll, You will receive a $20 fuel voucher for enrolling; 2. Complete two short parent surveys when your baby is two months old that asks how your child is doing and what you've learned as a parent, You will get $40 in fuel vouchers; and 3

Inmates back in custody

March 19, 2014

After around the clock searching, and countless man hours the two inmates that escaped from the Pushmataha County Jail are now back in custody and facing new criminal charges for escaping from a penal institution.
On Sunday night, February 16, two DOC inmates being housed in Pushmataha County Jail escaped after overpowering jail staff while the inmates were being served. The inmates were spotted by Antlers Police Department’s dispatchers and the hunt began.

March 17th

Inmates returned to custody

March 17, 2014

After around the clock searching, and countless man hours the two inmates that escaped from the Pushmataha County Jail are now back in custody and facing new criminal charges for escaping from a penal institution.
On Sunday night, February 16, two DOC inmates being housed in Pushmataha County Jail escaped after overpowering jail staff while the inmates were being served. The inmates were spotted by Antlers Police Department’s dispatchers and the hunt began.

February 18th

One inmate still at large

February 18, 2014

Monday night, around 10 p.m., one of the escaped inmates was recovered in Choctaw County. Sheriff Duncan says Avery is now back behind bars.
Michael Avery was apprehended on HWY 271, just a mile north of HWY 70, but Clayton Scraper is still on the run.
U.S. Marshals, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Choctaw County Sheriff's Office and Bryan County Sheriff's office have been assisting in the search.

February 17th

Two inmates escape from Push Jail - still at large

February 17, 2014

On Sunday night two inmates being housed at Pushmataha County Jail in Antlers escaped after overpowering the jailer on duty.

Deputies are looking for Michael Avery and Clayton Scraper. Authorities say they were last seen running west away from the jail and were wearing white boxers and white t-shirts.

Both men are considered dangerous.

February 13th

K9’s - Do we need them?

February 13, 2014

Lately it has been questioned as to the need for drug dogs in our county. Are they worth it? I will lay out some facts and figures and let you be the judge.
Pushmataha County has had certified drug dogs available since June 23, 2012. These dogs are owned and handled by individual deputies (they are not owned by the Sheriff’s Department). The Push Co Sheriff didn't pay for these animals. These dogs have bullet and stab proof vests. Again, the Sheriff’s office didn’t pay for this equipment. It was donated by larger departments.

PED virus in show swine

February 13, 2014

We’re into the heart of show season in Oklahoma. In the fall we were trying to make everyone aware of the influenza issue and to ask them to take measures to not spread that disease. We all worked together to prepare for and prevent problems with that virus.

February 12th

Gentry honored as volunteer of the month

February 12, 2014

We have many great volunteers here in Pushmataha County. One of them we would like to acknowledge is Madge (Franks) Gentry.
Madge is not only a native of Antlers but a graduate of Antlers High School. Madge has three sons who also graduated from Antlers High School.
While working for the school district she also coached KYI softball teams for a number of years. Since retirement Madge has generously served on the Antlers City Council as Council Member, Vice-Mayor and Mayor.

Long will not seek reelection

February 12, 2014

County Commissioner of District #3, Jimmy Long, has stated that he will not seek reelection when his team expires at the end of this year. Health issues and the stress of the job are contributing factors in his decision.
“After walking in their shoes,” stated Long, “I have a lot of respect for all the past commissioners.
Long is in the seventy year of his two year service and has accomplished quite a lot during this time. He sought and obtained new source of revenue to fund the many projects that the north end of the county has needed, including replacing over 40 bridges.

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