August 3rd, 2012
With the few rain showers and thunderstorms that have passed through Southeast Oklahoma, wildfires havenâ€™t became an issue in our area as of yet but Governor Mary Fallin has declared a State of Emergency for all 77 Oklahoma counties due to extreme, or exceptional, drought conditions. The order was signed on Monday, July 30, 2012.
Fallin stated that extreme heat and dry conditions continue to affect the entire state and that her administration would be ready to help provide whatever aid and assistance it can as Oklahoma communities work to cope with this drought.â€ť
The District 17 Drug Task Force served a search warrant on the residence of Lonnie Griggs and came away with more than one bag of marijuana. The residence is located in Antlers.
Marlee Williams and Cara Blansett, members of Antlers High School Cheer Squad, were both awarded All-American honors while attending NCA cheer camp. They have both been invited to participate in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade with this honor. Marlee has also been invited to join the NCA staff as an instructor.
The 2012-2013 Antlers High School Cheerleaders attended a NCA camp on Oklahoma State University's campus. They received several awards including superior ratings in chants, cheers, best motions, best tumbling, and excellence in safety and stunting. The 2012-2013 H.S. Cheerleaders are Mallory Langley, Kendie Bryant, Macy Smith, Harlie Williams, Marlee Williams, Mandy Owens, Cara Blansett, Michelle Smith, Katie Pendley, and Kacee Schier. The AHS Squad was also the only squad at camp to have all of their members nominated and try out for NCA All-American Squad.
On Saturday, July 28, members of the Pushmataha County Sportsman Club held a bass tournament on Hugo Lake. Anglers had to deal with low water levels in the lake as well as extreme heat. Temperatures soared to over one hundred degrees. These conditions made catching keeper bass a challenge for some although a few anglers were able to catch a limit.
Escapes from the Arkansas Department of Correctionâ€™s Mississippi County Work Release Center in Luxora, AR., may be in the Fort Smith-Southeast Oklahoma area.
John Laxton, 42, and Danny Rankins, 46, were working at two separate job sites in Blytheville, AR., and are believed to have left with a woman driving a green Kia. When an ADC officer went to pick them up the evening of July 18, they were not at their jobs sites at approximately 8 oâ€™clock.
The three may have split up.
Pushmataha County 4-H hosted a cupcake decorating class on Tuesday, July 17th, 2012. 4-H members Kimberly Alford and Michelle Hedgecock cooked up an extra batch of cupcakes and shared them with the inmates at the Pushmataha County jail. Pictured receiving the cupcakes are Sheriff Jimmy Duncan and Deputy John Arthur.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Tommy Allen was patrolling near EZ Mart in Antlers when he noticed two females in a hurry leaving the store on foot. When he made contact with the females, Rebecca V. Farley told the officer that she let some guy drive her vehicle to take a cat down the road. Allen stated that it seemed odd to him that someone would let another person drive their vehicle and leave them at a store in a town that they didnâ€™t live in.
The dog days have arrived.
As the month of June closed with a surge in temperatures, the trend continued into July, with Pushmataha County checking in above 100 degrees for the first time on Friday, after several days of near 100-degree highs.
Fridayâ€™s temperature of 103 degrees was the hottest day of the year, so far, according to the Oklahoma Mesonet. Saturday, Antlers reported a high temperature of 101 degrees, with a high on Sunday of Sunday of 97 degrees.
Antlers received a sales tax disbursement of $93,568 in June, an increase over the $90,017 received in June of last year.
Clayton received a sales tax disbursement of $23,463 last month, an increase over the $22,313 received in June of last year.
Rattan received $3,660 in sales tax last month, an increase over the $2,054 received in June of 2011.
Pushmataha County received $100,817 in county sales tax last month, down from the $111,305 received in June of last year.