August 3rd, 2011
Alford Dotson Bruce was born November 11, 1954 in Hugo to Grover A. and Mamie Lee (Ray) Bruce. He passed from this life July 30, 2011 in Antlers at the age of 56. Alford had lived in Antlers most of his life. Growing up he worked at local area ranches. He married Barbara Collins, raised one stepson and daughter then moved to the Longview, TX., area where he worked for T. A. W. Construction as a mechanic, truck driver, and dozer operator. After their divorce he moved back to Antlers and married Judy Cathy of Coalgate and together they raised one son.
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.
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.