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Can potting soil be reused?

April 6, 2012

By OSU Extension Services

With warm temperatures on the horizon, many gardening enthusiasts are making plans for their spring and summer gardens.

With consumers facing rising costs in just about every area of their lives, some gardeners may wonder if it is OK to reuse potting soil.

Kim Toscano, host of Oklahoma Gardening, said generally there is nothing wrong with reusing potting soil.

Tea Party - Not just Republicans

April 6, 2012

By Butch Morris

I overheard a lady say that she had invited people to attend our meetings and their comment was “Those are just a bunch of Republicans.” True, there are Republicans at the Tea Party meetings. And Democrats and Libertarians and Independents.

Tea Party participants are people who are about the direction our country is headed and wish to be informed. not only about the issues, office holders and candidates but what they can do as average citizens to make a difference.

Specialty crops demonstration workshops slated for southeast Oklahoma

March 29, 2012

By OSU Extension Service

When some people think about agricultural crops in Oklahoma, wheat is the crop that comes to mind first. However, there are a number of crops that can be grown commercially and do not require hundreds of acres.

Jim Shrefler, area horticulture specialist for the Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension, said some crops are well suited to small scale commercial production, and a pair of upcoming workshops will help provide valuable information to those who are interested in this business.

Superintendent’s Corner: Prom is just around the corner

March 29, 2012

By Cary Ammons, Superintendent @ Antlers Public Schools

Hope all the students and parents enjoyed their Spring Break. We experienced some rainfall during the break but the weather the past week has been spectacular. As we come off of Spring Break, our students are preparing for tests, playing ball games, and getting ready for Prom.

Courage is a must when running for office

March 29, 2012

By Butch Morris

Fifty four people signed in at last Friday’s meeting. A good turnout. We had 5 of the 6 Sheriff candidates on our agendas. The candidates introduced themselves and took questions submitted from the floor. The candidates who participated in our forum were: Dan Breshears, Keith Mack, Terry Duncan, Calvin Smith and John Arthur.

Fred Kimball brought us up to speed on water related issues.

Extension Notes - Spring brings bugs

March 22, 2012

By Tom Smith, OSU Extension Services - Antlers
Well, warmer weather is here.  The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, the bees are buzzing… and the ticks are biting!  It is all too true that when the weather becomes pleasant, we want to be outside.  Regardless of whether you enjoy gardening, bird-watching, hiking, sports, working with livestock, or a multitude of other outdoor activities, spring and early summer are the times when ticks most frequently find a human blood donor.

Spring weather means busy schedules at Antlers Public Schools

March 15, 2012

Superintendent’s Corner
By Cary Ammons, Antlers Public School Superintendent

March Madness is definitely upon us. As the saying goes, “In like a lion, out like a lamb.” This is also the case for Antlers Public Schools. Many exciting opportunities are blowing in as we transition to our Spring schedule. For example, students are preparing for Spring testing, student-athletes are practicing for ball games, livestock are being groomed for FFA State, and Band is preparing for State competition.

Did you vote for the right man?

March 15, 2012

Tea Party News
By Butch Morris

Did you vote in the March 6th Presidential Primary? I hope so. I hope you cast your vote for the right man.

It’s very important that we get the right man in the top spot.

We need a no non-sense individual as our president. A “Mister Nice Guy” always willing to compromise on core principles wont do. We need someone who can and will make the tough decisions and stick by them.

Therefore let’s hope we voted for that man on March 6th, 2012.

Tornado tips for motorists

March 9, 2012

By Tracy Steffenson

With the unseasonably warm weather that has taken place this winter, we have seen some strong storms that have produced tornadoes. With spring weather arriving before the official start of Spring and the threat of tornadoes looming in the air with every storm AAA released a reminder of Tornado Tips for Motorist.

Each year, many Oklahoma motorists are unexpectedly caught in tornadic storms. AAA says there are important do’s and don’ts to be aware of should you be driving when a tornado warning is issued.

The flea and tick problem in mild winter weather

March 9, 2012

By OSU Extension Service

Many Oklahomans have probably been happy there has not been snow to shovel this winter. But the mild weather can cause a problem for your pets.

Typically people think cold winter weather will decrease their pet’s problems with external parasites in the spring. Cold temperatures will kill adult fleas but their immature offspring become dormant. So people think they are no longer in the environment but as temperatures warm the immature stages reappear, said Dr. Carolynn MacAllister, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension veterinarian.

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