June 8th, 2011
Lucy Bell LeClair was born November 6, 1928 in North Liberty, IA to Charles Warren and Alice Tobitha (Jett) Bascom. She passed from this life May 28, 2011 in Tulsa at the age of 82. Lucy married Everrett Derby in 1948 in Illinois, and he passed away in 1966. She then married Alex LeClair in 1993 in Clayton. He passed from this life in 2002. Lucy was a member of the Jehovahâ€™s witnesses for the majority of her life. She enjoyed cooking, completing puzzles, playing board games with her grandkids and quilting. She especially loved spending time with her family and friends.
Wiley Eugene â€śDubâ€ť Napier Jr. was born on June 25, 1921 in the Miller Community to Wyly E. and Joyce (Anderson) Napier. He passed from this life on Friday, May 29, 2011 in Antlers at the age of 89. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII after high school from 1942-1945. Dub attended the technical college in Okmulgee after his military service and earned his mechanic certificates. He was a really good mechanic. Dub worked in McAlester before moving back to Antlers, where he worked 10 years with the Roy Jackson dealership. Wiley married Betty Jean Byard on October 16, 1981 in Atoka.
Ruby Viola Thurston was born November 2, 1914 in Checota, TX. to James Benjamin Franklin and Linnie Ann (Acres) Earnest. She passed from this life May 28, 2011 in Idabel at the age of 96. Ruby married Claud H. Thurston February 13, 1935 in Antlers. She was a lifelong member of the community. Ruby was of the Baptist faith and ejoyed spending time with her family and friends. Ruby was preceded in death by her husband: Claud H.
On Saturday, June 4th, 2011, three girls from Rattan took top spots in the 50th Annual James Hodge Dodge Hugo PRCA Rodeo in Hugo. The crowning took place at 7:30 p.m.
Hannah Courtwright (LEFT) took home the title of the 2011 Miss Hugo PRCA Rodeo Princess and her sister Cassidy Courtwright (RIGHT) was crowned the 2011 Miss Hugo PRCA Rodeo Queen.
Also from Rattan, Hannah Davidson, was the 2011 Miss Hugo PRCA Rodeo Queen Runner-up.
By Tracy Steffenson
On June 3, 2011 the District 17 Drug Task Force served a search warrant on the home of Dustin Hunter in Rattan. Upon entering the dwelling Deputy Wilkerson found Hunter in the back yard and Dana Mitchell standing on a trail behind the residence. Deputy Wilkerson removed two loaded hand guns off of Hunterâ€™s person and then Hunter was served with a search warrant.
We had some old friends drop by the golf course last Friday. Bob Homerding, his daughter Jan Pyle, son Tom and granddaughter Matty came out and played a round. Itâ€™s been a while since I had seem them and it was quite a surprise. Bob moved to Las Vegas a few years ago. Jan lives in Georgetown, TX., and when Bob comes to visit they always make it up to see me. I appreciate that. It would be nice if everyoneâ€™s customers were as loyal as the Homerding family.
Members of the Pushmataha County Sportsman Club held their annual Husband-Wife Bass Tournament and Fish Fry on Saturday, June 4. The tournament was held on McGee Creek Lake. Anglers fished from 7:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. with clear skies and temperatures reaching into the mid 90â€™s. The bright, hot conditions may have contributed to the "slow bite" that most of the contestants experienced during the tournament. However, one team did manage to put together a nice stringer.
Shane Winters, Athletic Director of Moyers High School, wishes to inform the surrounding business community that he has authorized All-American Sports Posters to produce Moyers High Schoolâ€™s athletic posters. All-American Sports Posters will provide terrific looking sports posters and will help the athletic departments raise much needed additional funding. All-American Sports Posters will be contacting local businesses to line up community sponsorship for this program and Shane Winters urges all businesses to consider putting their support behind this worthy effort.
Jordan Billy, a member of the Choctaw Nation and a student at Rattan Jr. High School, recently received an award from The Oklahoma Federation of Indian Woman (OFIW).
Billy was named the American Indian female student of 2011-2012. Her academic and leadership achievement was recognized by the organization for students 14 -17 years of age and that meet the requirements for the nomination.Â Â
On April 9, 2011 Jordan and her family attended a banquet in McAlester where she received the award and gave a thank you speech to the OFIW board.Â
Dr. Robert â€śHeavyâ€ť Everett was recently named the Oklahoma Superintendent of the Year. Everett is currently the Superintendent at Newcastle Public Schools.
Everett is the son of the late Bill and Tina Everett, brother to Linda & husband , Bob, Van Meter, and uncle to Shannon Van Meter of Antlers. He was raised in Antlers, where he attended and graduated from Antlers High School in 1970. He then went on to get his BS of Education from S.E. in Durant, his Masters at Central State College, and his Educational Administration Doctorate at Oklahoma University.