August 16th, 2012
Three individuals were arrested after failing to stop at a stop sign on Sunday night, August 12, at the intersection of HWY 3 and HWY 93 in Rattan.
Deputies Russell Bailey, Shawn Culver and James Marzek were involved with a traffic stop after they pulled over a ford pickup which they witnessed running stop sign in the early morning hours. Officers get the vehicle pulled over at the First Baptist Church in Rattan, directly across from Rattan Public Schools.
The Pushmataha County Quilt Guild chooses many projects thought out the year. This year they chose to make a quilt that involved each member making one block and gave it to a soldier from Oklahoma who was wounded while fighting for our freedom. The family of Sandy Luginbill donated a quilt top so that they could give a quilt to a second recipient.
Sue Fuller contacted Mr. Waco Blakley, employee of the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs, and asked him to choose two worthy candidates from Oklahoma to present the quilts to.
A two month old child and her mother were taken by helicopter to hospitals in Tulsa, after the mother lost control of her vehicle 1.5 miles north of Clayton on August 12, 2012.
Courtney D. Butler, a 16 year old female of Clayton, was traveling west on a county road just north of Clayton in a 1997 Isuzu Rodeo with her daughter Payton J. Simpson, when Butler ran off the roadway to the right, over corrected and ran of the roadway to the left. After leaving the road, they traveled about 80 yards into a wooded area.
In July, twelve local 8 year old boys represented Southeast Oklahoma as they competed in the Cal Ripken Regional 8 year old Machine Pitch All Star Baseball Tournament in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The boys played in 6 games that were stretched over the 4 day competition. They finished 5th out of a total of 21 teams. Parents & grandparents in attendance were very proud of the effort & representation displayed on behalf of Southeast Oklahoma.
Twenty-one members of the Pushmataha County Sportsman Club endured two days of over one-hundred degree heat to compete in their annual noon to noon bass tournament. The tournament began at noon on Saturday, August 4 and ended twenty-four hours later at noon on Sunday, August 05. A weigh-in was held at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday night. After weigh-in, members could return to the lake and continue fishing or go home and then return at their leisure to complete the tournament. The stringer weights from both days were added together to determine the contestants final weight for the tournament.
Ground was broke Monday, August 6, 2012 as the City of Antlers began replacing water lines around the Antlers Public School and First Baptist Church area. The project began in the middle of school property in hopes of having as much pipe replaced as possible before classes begin on August 23.
The Antlers City Council called to order their monthly meeting at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 6, 2012. They quickly approved the minutes and purchase orders for July 2012 and then moved onto their first order of business.
Actions for this meeting included approving the 2012-2013 budget, approving cost adjustments to fines and cost charged by the City, and approving the contract with CPA William K. Gauer to audit the City for the FY Year of 2011-2012.
With school just around the corner for Antlers Public Schools, many exciting and some troubling things are starting to take place. A concern has been voiced about low participation numbers in regards to the Bearcat Football program this year and many are wondering if the program will proceed as normal.
In a meeting with Antlers Public Schools Superintendent Cary Ammons, he assured that the program will indeed continue this year as scheduled, but with lower than normal numbers.
Deputy Phyllis Davis of the Pushmataha County Sheriffâ€™s Department retired after 14 years of service to our community on Tuesday, July 31, 2012. She was presented a plaque to commemorate the occasion in a surprise presentation in the County Courthouse. Tears where shed as coworkers and friends wished her well during her retirement. Sheriff Duncan presented Davis with the plaque and stated that it is hard to find someone who is loyal, who does their job without question and who is truly a law enforcement officer. The entire department expressed how deeply Davis will be missed.
Only days after the arrival of her son, songwriter Kenny O'Dell of Nolensville, Tennessee, locally known as Kenny Gist, Jr.; Marian Gist, 86, of Santa Maria, California passed peacefully away early in the morning hours of July 24, 2012 after a two week battle with lung and heart failure. Marian was surrounded by friends and loved ones during her last few days. A graveside service with Rev. Gary Grant officiating will take place at the Santa Maria Cemetery at 10:30 am on Tuesday, July 31, 2012. Marian, was born July 19, 1926 on the family farm in Antlers, to Gordon and Lydia Westbook.