September 1st, 2011
Thomas Olden Wade was born November 24, 1930 in Sardis to Lawrence Olden and Effie Lena (Carollton) Wade. He passed from this life August 24, 2011, in Durant at the age of 80. Thomas served his country in the United States Marine Corps, working his way up to Sergeant. He married Neta Fay Labor in Wilburton in 1951. Together, they had two daughters before parting ways. Thomas retired from the Dallas Police Department where he worked for many years as an investigator. He later married Guinda Homer in Arkansas.
Joyce Marie Mullin was born April 8, 1934 in Moyers and spent most of her life in the Neosho area.Â Joyce passed from this life on August 25, 2011 at Freeman West Hospital, following a lengthy illness at the age of 77. She was a homemaker, loved to cook and can and was a member of the DAV Auxiliary and Silvermoon Full Gospel Church.Â She married Wallace D. Thrasher, who preceded her in death and then married Arthur J. Mullin on Nov. 12, 1966 in Neosho, MO., and he preceded her in death on September 29, 1988.Â She was also preceded in death by a son, Bill L.
Veneda Beatrice Latham was born November 6, 1923 in Bokchito to Jesse James and Jewel (Hamlin) McCarty. She passed from this life August 30, 2011 in Antlers at the age of 87. Veneda had been a member of Darwin Baptist Church for many years. She married William David Latham in 1955. Veneda enjoyed caring for her family & cooking, especially for large holiday gatherings. She loved to sew and made most of her own clothes and several items for her friends. In her younger years, she enjoyed taking a drive and doing some local traveling with her family.
It is once again time for the Choctaw Nationâ€™s Annual Labor Day Festival and Pow Wow at Tushka Homma, September 1st through September 5th. Â The festival offers many activities that will appeal to all age groups and personalities.
The festival begins on Thursday, September 1st, with the Choctaw Nation Princess Pageant at 7:00 p.m. in the amphitheater.Â The winners of this pageant will go on to compete for the title of Little Miss, Junior Miss, or Miss Choctaw Nation.Â Â
The Eastern Oklahoma Region of the American Red Cross recently held their first Regional Volunteer Recognition Cerimony. This ceremony was to honor the volunteers through the entire Eastern Oklahoma Region, which included over 30 counties.
Local volunteer Donna Willison Head, was honored with receiving the â€śSoutheastern Oklahoma Chapter Administrative Volunteer of the Year Award 2011â€ť for her contribution at the chapter level in McAlester.
The Antlers Fire Department hosted a multi-agency training event at the Pushmataha County Fair Grounds on Monday, August 29. The training began at 7:00 p.m. at the Antlers Fire Department Training Center.
This training was scheduled to provide basic knowledge and instructions on how to successfully draft water from a static water source and move it to a different location.
On Friday night, August 26, 2011 the lights were once again shinning bright at the Antlers Bearcat Stadium as they took on the Haileyville Warriors in a scrimmage game.
For the first portion of the scrimmage the teams alternated possession of the ball in 5/5 sets. Meaning that a teams offense would have possession of the ball for 5 plays and then would move to defense for 5 plays. The Bearcats showed aggression, determination and passion as they went head to head against the Warriors, not to mention some new tricks.
Once again, anglers from the Pushmataha County Sportsman Club had to contend with temperatures above one hundred degrees during their bass tournament held on McGee Creek Lake. The tournament took place on August 27. Despite the hot weather and the slot length limit on the lake that requires bass from sixteen to twenty-two inches to be released, a few anglers were able to put together a nice stringer.
Edna Mae Blackwell was born October 28, 1939 in Miller, to Lloyd and Dora Mae (Cochran) Orm. She passed from this life August 20, 2011 in Owasso, at the age of 71. Edna married Bill McGuire on July 31, 1955. They were married until his passing on November 20, 1982. Edna married again, to Druce Blackwell, on May 5, 1984 in Antlers. They remained married until he too passed away in Waldron, Arkansas in 1995. Edna graduated from Professional Seamstress School, and she was a member of the Gospel Light Baptist Church of Charleston, South Carolina.
Stephen Todd Higby was born October 19, 1963 in Benton, AR., to Robert and Sharon (Henningsen) Higby. He passed from this life August 14, 2011 in Antlers at the age of 47. Todd and Joyce Martinez had been married for over 24 years, and they had lived in the Antlers area for the past 17 years. Todd enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was an active participant of the local Boy Scouts. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.