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August 24th, 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.
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.
This monthâ€™s County Commissionersâ€™ 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 CASAÂ® 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 childâ€™s life. Little Dixie Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program is offering volunteer training for all individuals wanting to become a child advocate.
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.
During the week of July 26th â€“ 29th the Passport to the Future Mentoring Program hosted Art Camp 2011.Â 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.Â We were amazed at the gift they all had.
Governor Mary Fallin has expanded the ban on outdoor burning to all of Oklahomaâ€™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.
â€śWe have just experienced the hottest July on record,â€ť Fallin said. â€śThe predictions of unrelenting extreme heat with no relief in sight make the statewide burn ban necessary.â€ť
With the economic situation impacting our nation, most citizens have felt the financial restrains, not to mention the growing frustration with paychecks that donâ€™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.
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.
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.