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April 15th, 2015

County jail in danger of closing

April 15, 2015

What will happen to the County Jail if the Sheriff’s Office runs out of operation funds before the fiscal year closes?

The County Jail has been grandfathered in to current jail standards and regulations, allowing it to remain operational without meeting all of the standards that are currently set by the state for jail facilities. For example: not having enough lighting, holding cells not having enough square footage or not having enough drains in the floor to provide what they feel are sanitary conditions.

Local Author Releases 13th Novel

April 15, 2015

Riding the toughest bucking horse no one else can ride is bad enough, but then life's challenges confront and test him just as hard as the bronc. Find out how the story plays out in Alfred Dennis' new novel, Ride the Rough String.

As a prolific storyteller of the western frontier, Alfred Dennis once again delivers another family friendly, action filled story with a splash of romance. His book begins with the life and dreams of two men, one old and one young, an unlikely friendship, but they share the same dream of having their own horse ranch.

Lawlass awarded Medal of Valor

April 15, 2015

Officer Jason Lawless has been awarded one of Tulsa Police Departments highest honors, the Medal of Valor, for his involvement and extraordinary efforts to free a woman being held hostage in her home.

Vehicle submerges in McGee Creek Lake

April 15, 2015

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Kevin Antwine and Park Ranger Steve Lumpkin responded to an incident at McGee Creek State Park Monday morning, April 13, 2015, when a fisher’s truck became completely submerged in the lake.

April 2nd

Three people dead in apparent double murder-suicide

April 2, 2015

An Atoka County man shot and killed his estranged wife and her coworker before turning the gun on himself in an apparent double murder-suicide that started in Atoka and ended in Stringtown late last Wednesday night.
The incident began at Sandford Oil Company sometime before 9 p.m. Wednesday, along Highway 69 in northern Atoka.
Kathryn "Lucille" Banks, 53, of Atoka, and Kent Houchen, 49, of Antlers/Rattan were found dead from gunshot wounds at the Sandford Oil Company by Atoka Police.

March 27th

Local business spotlighted in magazine

March 27, 2015

A local business man was spotlighted in the March/April edition of Oklahoma Today Magazine.
Tim Spann, owner and operator of Spannman’s Bar-B-Que in Antlers, was mentioned in a feature called, “The Power of 3,” by Nathan Gunter. The article is about two men, one road and more than a 600 mile drive from one of Oklahoma’s farthest reaches to another down Oklahoma’s longest state highway, 3.
The trip began in Haworth, winding its’ way thought the state, through the dips and rises of the elevation and through Main Streets and bypasses, ending six days later in Boise City.

March 19th

Circus Morning - a FREE Show for everyone

March 19, 2015

Saturday, March 21st - Hugo Agriplex Grounds
Circus Big Top Raised Followed By A Tiger Meet & Greet

The magic of the old fashioned Big Top Circus is alive and well thanks to the hard working men and women of the Kelly Miller Circus. The traditional tented circus had been delighting audiences across the United States and Canada since 1938, and this season’s all new edition provides an exhibition more exciting and extravagant than ever.

March 9th

Manhunt underway for two escaped inmates in Atoka County

March 9, 2015

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections confirms two inmates escaped from the Mack Alford Correctional Center in Stringtown early Monday morning. The two inmates were missing at the early morning head count for Monday, March 9th.

The two inmates are identified as Lance D. Colbert and Dwayne Motsenbocker.

Colbert is serving time for first degree murder out of Tulsa County. He is described as being a 40 year old; black male; 5 ft. 9 in. tall; 260 pounds; black hair; brown eyes and has no body marks on record. Colbert was serving a life sentence.

February 26th

Antlers business goes up in flames

February 26, 2015

Antlers Fire Department was called out to a structure fire Monday night in Antlers.
Local business owners notified authorities when they noticed flames coming from CarQuest, a automotive part store located across the street from Sonic, at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Pride of Antlers Bearcat Band ramping up

February 26, 2015

Concert Band Contest Season is ramping up for The “Pride of Antlers” Bearcat Band. The past several week the Bearcats have competed several Contests and participated in Honor Bands with the most important one to take place next week in Konawa as they hope to pass on to State Contest again this year.


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