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August 10th, 2011

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.

One Family’s Wish to Raise Drug Awareness

August 3, 2011

On Friday, July 22, 2011, Jeff Hamill, a young, attractive, and highly intelligent young man left this world at his own hands after years of battling drug addiction. Jeff was born on October 27th , 1975. He was the son of Shelby Hamill of Rattan Oklahoma and the father of Jagger Hamill, age 9, Talyn Hamill, age 5 and Cash Hamill, age 3, all of Hugo, Oklahoma. He was an accomplished drummer, very charismatic, a wonderful son and an attentive father.

July 27th

Summer Blood Drive to be Held in Antlers

July 27, 2011

 Antlers-area residents have an opportunity to donate blood from 12-Noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday, August 2 at St. Agnes Catholic Church Parish Hall on 501 E Main Street
 
Each blood donation at the Pushmataha Hospital drive will save up to three lives.  All donors will receive a voucher for two tickets to the Oklahoma City Zoo, a “feel strong,” zoo-themed T-shirt, and health screenings.
 

Governor Fallin Eases Truck Rules to Save Livestock  

July 27, 2011

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed an executive order on Friday, July 22, 2011 allowing haulers of hay to carry larger loads in their trucks. The order comes in light of the ongoing drought, which has left some farmers without access to hay for livestock.
 
Current rules restrict haulers of hay to dimensions of 11 feet in width. Governor Fallin’s executive order increases those limits to 12 feet. Because a standard hay bale is six feet in width, this change doubles the amount of hay bales capable of being hauled per truck without a permit.
 

Kids-A-Cookin Class a Success for OSU Extension

July 27, 2011

Saturday, July 23, 2011 members of the OSU Extension Services hosted a “Kids-A-Cookin” class at the Extension Center. The Kids-A-Cookin’ classes show adults that kids can cook and help them identify kid-friendly recipes along with age-appropriate “jobs” when cooking.  Kids-A-Cookin’ also helps older kids identify recipes that appropriate for their age and they can create by themselves. During Saturdays class they made Pumpkin Pudding, Deviled Eggs, Apple Smiles, Tuna Salad Sandwiches and Yo-Fruit.

July 20th

Pedestrian lands in critical condition after being hit by a truck

July 20, 2011

On Sunday, July 17, 2011 at approximately 10:06 p.m., a 1991 Chevy truck being driven by Luke R. Roberts, a 20 year-old white make from Albion, struck a pedestrian while attempting to yield to an emergency vehicle about 1 mile north and 1 mile east of Clayton on SH2 in Pushmataha County.

According to Trooper reports, the ‘91 Chevy was traveling northbound and the pedestrian was also walking northbound. The vehicle moved to the right while and hit James Guy Exon, a 61 year-old white male from Clayton, the pedestrian.

Governor Fallin Issues Ban on Outdoor Burning

July 20, 2011

 
As drought conditions continue to worsen across Oklahoma, Governor Mary Fallin has issued an Executive Proclamation banning outdoor burning for much of the state. Oklahoma Forestry Services, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, recommended the ban based upon an analysis of fire activity, wildland fuel conditions and the predicted continued drought as criteria for recommending the ban.
 

Pipeline could create new jobs in OK; EPA tries to scuttle oil transport from Canada's tar sands

July 20, 2011

Many of us might not have heard that since 2008 a Canadian oil company, TransCanada, has been awaiting approval to start construction on an extension project called the Keystone XL Oil Pipeline. This pipeline would extend the companies existing Keystone Pipeline, which currently runs from Alberta, Canada to Cushing, OK, to supply oil to others in Oklahoma and ultimately Port Arthur, TX.

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