July 27th, 2011
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.
Saturday, July 23, 2011 members of the OSU Extension Services hosted a â€śKids-A-Cookinâ€ť class at the Extension Center. The Kids-A-Cookinâ€™ classes show adults that kids can cook and help them identify kid-friendly recipes along with age-appropriate â€śjobsâ€ť when cooking.Â Kids-A-Cookinâ€™ 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.
The Antlers High School Cheerleaders attended a National Cheerleading Association (NCA) cheer camp at OSU in Stillwater July 17 - 20.Â After lots of hard work and dedication, the squad earned several awards.Â Eight of the ten cheerleaders were nominated for the All-American Team. Out of those eight, three were chosen. They were: Cara Blansett, Marlee Williams, and Cheyenne Owens.Â
I read an interesting article in a golf industry magazine the other day. The article was dealing with the fact that the game of golf has not grown since 2000.
The two main reasons are (1) time to play the game and (2) frustration with the game.
Frustration centers on the fact that most people can't break 100 on a par 72 course, that the came is too tough and therefore no fun.
The other reason, time, is associated with the course. Too many people looking for golf balls. Trying to negotiate a course that is too long or the greens are too fast or too hard to read.
Claudia Ellen VanVoast Boyd passed from this life on July 14, 2011 at her home in Combine, TX. She lost a well fought battle with cancer at the age of 62. Claudia is survived by her husband of 34 years, Wallace Boyd, her mother Vivan VanVoast, daughter Amy Hurst and son Loren Boyd. The memorial service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, July 18, 2011 at Our Merciful Savior Episcopal Church in Kaufman, TX. In liew of flowers, donations should be made to the Crandall Library in memory of Claudia Boyd. She was greatly loved. A memorial service will also be held at 2:00 p.m.