August 3rd, 2011
Antlers Springs Golf Course is closing.
I hate it but there is no other course of action. We barely make enough to mow, much less make improvements. Without local support we cannot continue.
There are few people coming into the game and many people giving it up for various reasons. I talk to people regularly who say that they havenâ€™t played in a couple of years or more. These people used to play avidly.
Push County lost Nashoba Valley Golf Course a few years ago due to the same reasons. I know how Lee Helmke felt and it is not a good feeling.
On July 30, members of the Pushmataha County Sportsman Club competed in a bass tournament on Hugo Lake. Once again, temperatures reached above one hundred degrees. The extended heat wave we have been experiencing has caused the surface temperature of the lake water to reach the mid-nineties. This excessive warm water has apparently caused the bass to become sluggish and slowed the bite down considerably.
Lt. Col. (Retired) Norman Earl Lawless was born January 5, 1922 in Sobol to Charles Carroll and Emma Jane (Morphew) Lawless. He passed from this life July 22, 2011 in Antlers at the age of 89. Norman served his country during World War II, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War. He flew a B-29 as a bombadier and a B-52 as a radar navigator. Norman retired from the United States Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel. He married Coletta Jo Floyd May 23, 1951 in Denison, TX., and together they raised two children.
Delores â€śDeeâ€ť Jean Rember was born May 2, 1942 in Atoka to Elgin Elmore and Flossie Mae (Pool) King. She passed from this life July 20, 2011 in Sherman, TX., at the age of 69. Dee married Frank Rember June 17, 1961 in Antlers. She lived in this area her entire life except from 1961 to 1976 when she was Frankâ€™s navy wife. She enjoyed socializing on Facebook, playing bingo and, in her earlier years, playing basketball. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, friends and family.
Michael Jeffery Hamill was born October 27, 1975 in Moore to Shelby Hamill and Fara Lynn (Fuller) Wheeler. He passed from this life July 22, 2011 in Grant at the age of 35. Jeff had lived in the Rattan area for the past 25 years. He was a member of the Victory Assembly of God Church in Rattan. Jeff enjoyed spending time with his kids, cleaning his car, playing drums & OU football. Jeff was preceded in death by his grandparents: Sid & Ellen Hamill.
Sammie Ray Cochran was born February 27, 1929 in Cloudy to Joe Lewis Simon and Ethel (Pierce) Cochran. He passed from this life July 19, 2011 in Rattan at the age of 82. Sammie enjoyed fishing and hunting. He also enjoyed spending time with family and friends, his dogs, cats, and deer.
James Charles Hancock was born March 4, 1951 in Miller to Leslie P. Hancock and Floy Holder. He passed from this life on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 in Oklahoma City at the age of 60. James had lived in the Antlers area all of his life. He married Margery McCort (Pearson) in 1994.
Floyd Thomas Ansley was born October 7, 1927 in Randlett to James Thomas and Ruth Bell (Smith) Ansley. He passed from this life on Monday, July 25, 2011 in Antlers at the age of 83. Floyd had lived in this area all of his life and was a member of the Church of Christ in Boswell and Hugo. He served his country in the United States Navy, on the U.S.S. Saratoga, during WWII from 1944 to 1946. He married Betty Zane Walker on September 16, 1948 in Denison, TX. Floyd worked and retired from the Kiamichi Railroad. After retiring, he owned and operated a Pulpwood business in Antlers.
Â 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.Â All donors will receive a voucher for two tickets to the Oklahoma City Zoo, a â€śfeel strong,â€ť zoo-themed T-shirt, and health screenings.
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 Fallinâ€™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.