March 22nd, 2012
All last week the Pushmataha County Courthouse played host to the second of four trials of individuals charged with the murder of Robert Strickland of Hugo. This crime took place in April of 2010 and crime scenes were located in Choctaw, McCurtain and Pushmataha Counties. Twelve O.S.B.I. Agents and over 30 law enforcement officers, belonging to multiple agencies in the three counties, were involved in these investigation.
Signaling a changing of the seasons, Mother Nature battered north Texas and much of eastern Oklahoma on Monday and Tuesday, creating flooding conditions in many areas. Including Dumpling Creek, near Antlers on Ethel Road, where an unfortunate motorist got swept away in the rising water.
The Bearcats split a double header Friday night picking up a win against Clayton and a loss to Atoka.
Starting out against the Bulldogs in the 1st inning with two catches by center fielder, Chandon Draper and a strike out by pitcher Dakota Turner the Bearcats were off to a good start. Offensively the Bearcats would score 3 runs with a double hit by Bryce Martin and single from Turner, Drew McKnight, and Arizona Taylor. Draper would draw a walk.
On the evening of March 17, 2012, a new Miss RHS was chosen after a magnificent night full of excitement! Mrs. Dana House, Principal at Rattan School, welcomed everyone to the 21st Annual Miss RHS Scholarship Pageant. The show opened with the contestants and reigning Miss RHS 2012, Carleigh Crowley, thrilling the audience by performing a dance to â€śRunwayâ€ť.
The new Miss RHS 2012 is Miss Stepheney Haddox, a freshman and the daughter of Mark and Becky Rosa and Steve Haddox. She was escorted by Landon Carper, a junior and the son of Bill Carper and Chrystal Carper.
The Pushmataha County 4-H held its annual Speech and Demonstrations contest on Wednesday, March 14th at the United Methodist Church in Antlers. Seventy one 4-Herâ€™s participated in the contest. New county officers were also voted in.
The new officers are: Kat Bailey, Song Leader, Trey Greer, Game Leader, Tyanna Thurman, Recreational Leader, Will Lewis, Reporter, Tiffany Noel, Treasurer, Lindsay Hedrick, Secretary, Colby Watts, Co Vice-President, Dillon Hembree, Co Vice-President and Brandon Alford, President.
The Rattan Rams Junior High Baseball Team won 1st Place in the Valliant Junior High Baseball Tournament held on March 1st - 3rd. During the tournament, the team defeated Valliant, Lukfata and Broken Bow.
The basketball court is not the only place the Lady Rams succeeded this season. Theyâ€™re also doing quite well in the classroom. Rattanâ€™s varsity girls basketball team was recognized as the academic state champions for Class 2A. The ceremony took place on championship Saturday March 10 at State Fair Arena. Rattan boasted a GPA of 3.96 for the first semester. That honor shouldnâ€™t come as much of a surprise, though. The Lady Rams were also named academic state champions for the spring 2011 slow-pitch softball season and 2011 fall fast-pitch season.
Terry Bunch, of Mills-Coffey Funeral Home in Antlers, presents a check for $500.00 to Jordan Haddox of the Pushmataha County Junior Bassmasters. The money will be used to purchase prizes for the clubs 2012 Youth Fishing Tournaments.
The Oklahoma Blood Institute and Pushmataha Hospital in Antlers are partnering in a blood drive from 12-Noon until 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, 2012. All healthy adults, and 16 and older, are encouraged to donate at the hospital in the Multipurpose room. All blood doners will receive a donor T-shirt, free health screening and donor reward points.
With the unseasonably warm weather that has taken place this winter, we have seen some strong storms that have produced tornadoes already this year in parts of Oklahoma. With spring weather arriving before the official start of Spring and the threat of tornadoes grows stronger, looming in the air with every storm, many insurance agencies have been releasing reminders with Tornado Tips for Motorist.