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August 24th, 2011

Tribes file lawsuit to protect water rights

August 24, 2011

After several years of unsuccessful attempts to establish government-to-government negotiations with the state to resolve water issues, the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations filed legal action today in US District Court in Oklahoma City to protect the tribes' water resources.

Driver fleeing leaves passenger trapped for 45 minutes

August 24, 2011

On Wednesday, August 17, 2011 on SH93 about 6 miles north of Hugo in Choctaw County a collision occurred at about 10:30 p.m. involving a 34 year-old male from Rattan.

A 2005 Chevy Pickup being drove by Daniel R. Martin, of Rattan, was southbound on SH93 when it stopped behind another vehicle at a construction traffic light which controlled the open lane of SH93. When the light changed to green the Chevy passed another vehicle in a no passing zone, drove through the cones marking the construction area and struck an unmarked construction trailer loaded with I-beams.

August 19th

Family altercation leads to gun play

August 19, 2011

A family altercation over tools turned to gun play and an Antlers man now faces charges of reckless conduct with a firearm.

Charges filed last week in district court stem from an August 6 incident involving an argument between Cy Ditzler, who was charged, and his son-in-law, Lee DeWitt.

August 18th

County Faces Redistricting

August 18, 2011

This month’s County Commissioners’ meeting was far from normal as many citizens attended to hear the discussion of the Redistricting of Pushmataha County. Due to the high volume of individuals attending (60 plus citizens) the meeting was moved to the Community room in order to accommodate the large turnout.

Little Dixie CASA® schedules volunteer oriantation

August 18, 2011

Little Dixie CASA® schedules volunteer orientation

If the tragic stories of abused and neglected children have broken your heart repeatedly, it may be time to take a positive step and make a real difference in a child’s life. Little Dixie Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program is offering volunteer training for all individuals wanting to become a child advocate.

August 10th

New superintendent ready for school year

August 10, 2011

Many were saddened when we lost our long time superintendent of schools Mark Virden last year but now it is time to look forward to a new school year and new leader. Cary Ammons was named the new Antlers Public Schools Superintendent.

Passport to the Future holds 2011 Art Camp

August 10, 2011

During the week of July 26th – 29th the Passport to the Future Mentoring Program hosted Art Camp 2011.  The mentoring staff of Pushmataha & Choctaw County choses 5 mentees from each county and invited them to come and learn about drawing, sculpting, painting, photography & scrapbooking.  We were amazed at the gift they all had.

Burn ban expanded to encompass all 77 Counties

August 10, 2011

Governor Mary Fallin has expanded the ban on outdoor burning to all of Oklahoma’s 77 counties. The Executive Proclamation expands the 45-county burn ban that was put in place on July 14, as the extreme to excessive drought conditions continue to worsen.

“We have just experienced the hottest July on record,” Fallin said. “The predictions of unrelenting extreme heat with no relief in sight make the statewide burn ban necessary.”

August 3rd

Horse rescue group saves two in six months

August 3, 2011

With the economic situation impacting our nation, most citizens have felt the financial restrains, not to mention the growing frustration with paychecks that don’t seem to stretch as far as they used to.

A local resident, LeAnn Rees, owner and operator or TLR Youth Ranch and Horse Rescue, has seen the impact up close and personal with horrifying realty that she can not turn a blind eye to. In the past six months she has rescued two horses that were in critical condition, or would have been shortly.

Post offices face possible closure

August 3, 2011

Two county post offices are in the cross-hairs of a study involving the closure of 3,700 post offices across the country.

Post offices in Finley and Snow are among 100 in Oklahoma, which are included in this study. According to a press release by the United States Postal Service, the trend towards using online postal services led to a decision to "right size" its retail network. The study will be used to "determine the customer needs," and a retail-replacement option would be offered to those communities affected by office closures.

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