By Cary Ammons, Antlers Public School Superintendent
May is here and with it comes exciting times for public schools across our great state. Not only does May mean the end of school is drawing close, but also that many Seniors will be graduating and taking the next step in their lives. What does this next step mean? For many students, they will be preparing for college and for others, they will enter the work force. I want to take a minute to congratulate all Seniors on a job well done and good luck on their future endeavors.
By OSU Extension Services
The Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Program is continuing to build on its success as the program celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.
Oklahomans who are engaged in the agricultural industry and are looking for a way to enhance their leadership skills should consider applying for the Oklahoma Agricultural Leadership Program Class XVI.
Since its inception in 1982, OALP has graduated 427 participants and continues to grow and offer class members new and exciting opportunities, said Edmond Bonjour, OALP director.
â€śDonâ€™t Barrel Through Work Zones â€“ Drive Smart to Arrive Aliveâ€ť
OHP and the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office urge drivers to be cautious
The week of April 23-27 has been declared Work Zone Awareness Week in the State of Oklahoma, and highway safety advocates are urging motorists to be particularly cautious.
According to statistics from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, 13 people were killed in Oklahoma highway work zones in 2011 â€“ a 63 percent increase from 2010. Also in 2011, 789 people were injured in 1,427 collisions in Oklahoma work zones, according to ODOT.
By Butch Morris
I went to the political speaking last Friday evening. Getting to know the candidates you know. Afterwords, on the way home, it hit me, â€ś I donâ€™t get to vote in the next election anyway.â€ť Iâ€™m a member of the other party.
This is fundamentally wrong. All local offices should be no-partisan. At the very least if there is no opposing party candidate, everyone should get to vote.
The way it is now, all Republicans and Independents are effectively deprived of their voting rights.
If there was ever an issue that you need to call your congressman about, this is it.
Act of Valor by Dick Couch. A novelization based on the movie inspired by true events. When the rescue of a kidnapped CIA operative leads to the discovery of a deadly terrorist plot against the U.S., a team of SEALs is dispatched on a worldwide manhunt.
By Carey Ammons
Antlers Public Schools, like most public schools, is in the middle of state testing. Many of us remember these tests as Achievement tests. However, the stakes from the results of these tests are higher than we have ever seen.
For example, twelfth graders will be the first class to have to pass 4 of 7 EOIs (End of Instruction) tests in order to graduate. Progress for each student will now be measured in order to gain a consistent grade for our schools with the new A-F grading system.
By Butch Morris
Liberals and conservatives. Two terms you hear a lot these days. What do they really mean? A lot of people donâ€™t really know.
Letâ€™s look at what the dictionary says. Liberal (1) Characterized by or inclining toward opinions of policies favoring progress or reform, as in politics or religion (2) Not intolerant or prejudiced, broad minded (3) Characterized by generosity or lavishness in giving.
Conservative (1) Inclined to preserve the existing order of things, opposed to change (2) Moderate, cautious, a conservative estimate.
By Butch Morris
Get to know your candidates for office. I know thatâ€™s kind of tough for national candidates such as presidents but for local candidates there are plenty of opportunities. Take advantage of them.
These people are asking us for a job so interview the,. At least go to a political speaking and get a feel for the man or woman as the case may be.
Betrayal by Danielle Steel. Thirty-nine-year-old film director and single mother Tallie Jones, having experienced a large amount of success in her career and recently undertaken her most ambitious project yet, finds her ordered life is chaos after an audit reveals someone close to her is embezzling large sums of money from her and she must take it upon herself to trap the person responsible.
By Southeastern Oklahoma Interlocal Cooperative
SOIC/Region 6 Regional Prevention Coordinators, Choctaw County Coalition and Pushmataha County Coalition would like to encourage community members to observe Alcohol Awareness Month to help prevent alcohol abuse in our community. This is an opportunity to help raise awareness of the dangers of alcohol dependence and encourage people to make healthy and safe choices when it comes to alcohol. Alcohol is the fourth leading cause of death among people ages 10 to 24, as reported by SAMSHA.