April 12th, 2012
On Thursday, March 29, 2012, the Oklahoma State Board of Education approved permanent administrative rules for a new A-F School Grading System that designates easy-to-understand letter grades to schools based on academic performance.
The 2012 Southeast Oklahoma Yard and Garden Expo took place in the Joe Decker building, located at the Pushmataha County Fair Grounds in Antlers, on March 30 and 31, 2012. With the increasingly warm spring weather the area has experienced, gardening and outdoor enthusiasts made their way to the Expo to see what new products and plants awaited them for spring and summer.
These fourth and fifth graders that attend Antlers Public Schools have collected a total of $1,273.00 for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital by participating in the St. Jude's Mathathon. Pictured are: Back row, Left to right: Cailin Cannon, Kaleb Schaeffer, Christian Hammons, Cason Gee, Braden Shaw,Tracer Clark Tyler Popjoy, Lauren Gibson and Michelle Hedgecock; and Front Row: Natasha Wadkins, Destiny Humphreys, Maylee Clark, Tara Messer, Harmoni Bundeson, Avery Floyd, Stormie Thompson, Noah Dikun, Samantha Saxon, Kaylee Bowman, and Shelby Joslin
Antlers High School students competed at the Southeastern Oklahoma State University curriculum contest on March 29th. Individual rankings by student: Logan Curtis placed 1st in Microsoft Excel, Brittney Kazy placed 1st in Art-Figure Drawing I, Caleb Harrington placed 1st in Physical Science, Kelsee Schier placed 1st in Plane Geometry, John Ables placed 2nd in Integrated Productivity Software, and Morgan Spurlock placed 3rd in English II. Senior students who placed first earn a $300 tuition waiver, second place $200 tuition waiver, and third $100 tuition waiver.
On Saturday, April 7, thirty members of the Pushmataha County Sportsman Club competed in bass tournament held on Sardis Lake. It was either feast or famine for most the anglers. Those that were able to locate some bass were able to put together nice stringers while others had difficulty in finding a single keeper.
On Friday, March 30, 2012 the Pushmataha County Commissioners were presented with a check for $100,000 from the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management for bridge repair and low-water crossings that were flooded in November of 2011. Pictured are: Harry Trottier of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, County Commissioners Michael Brittingham, Jimmy Long and Jerry Duncan.
A collaborative effort and collective vision among community partners has become a reality. The Antlers Walking Trail âBig Peopleâs Parkâ is close to completion. The City of Antlers, in partnership with the Pushmataha County Turning Point Coalition, has successfully created an outdoor fitness facility to be enjoyed by all.
With the economy reeking havoc on the mass majority of businesses and families across the nation, it is no wonder that nonprofit organizations are feeling the crunch as well. They rely on generous donations and gifts from the residents of their community and surrounding areas to stay afloat. With the financial restraints of higher gas prices, food costs and so forth, donations have slowed for one of our own local non-profits.
Kids from Antlers, Moyers, Clayton and Rattan Schools took center stage in the fight against tobacco as they joined together for Pushmataha Countyâs 7th Annual Kick Buttâs Day. Kick Buttâs Day took place from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 29th on the corner of Main and High Street (in front of FirstBank) in Antlers. Not only was this day represented in Pushmataha County, but more than 1,100 events were planned across the nation.