By Governor Mary Fallin
The month of August started like the month of July ended: hot, dry and windy. In other words, the conditions were perfect for wildfires.
Difficult summers, however, are something weâ€™re used to. In response to the weather and in anticipation of wildfires, I placed all 77 counties under a State of Emergency due to drought. When dozens of fires broke out across the state, Oklahomans were prepared.
By Butch Morris
I have a question for you. Should a candidate for office blow the whistle on his opponent on the premise of keeping the voters informed?
We see this all the time during political campaigns. It has become standard operating procedure.
Most of the time thereâ€™s just enough truth so that it is not a complete lie. Of course, itâ€™s a political campaign so no one gives it that much thought. This sort of thing is expected.
By Cary Ammons, Antlers Public Schools Superintendent
With the first full week of August here, many public schools will be starting school. Antlers Public School will resume classes on August 23, 2012. We are starting later due to the extreme temperatures, extracurricular programs such as football, softball and band are already underway.
By Tracy Steffenson
In the aftermath of the horrifying movie theater shooting that recently took place in Aurora, CO. that left 12 dead and 59 wounded; it is easy to see why certain groups of people would be yelling that we need stricter gun control laws or a complete ban on firearms all together. The thing those people donâ€™t seem to understand is if you take away our 2nd Amendment rights, you take away our right to protect ourselves and our families.
Tips from a Trooper: Accepting applications for the 61st Academy
By OHP Trooper Tommy Allen
The Oklahoma highway Patrol is accepting applications for the 61st Academy. Applications will b taken until August 7th, 2012.
For those of you who have been considering applying for a position with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, here is a little information on the requirements.
By Butch Morris
The Tea Party meetings is this Friday at Molinaâ€™s Restaurant in the banquet room. Our guest speaker is Markwayne Mullin, candidate for the District 2 house seat. If you havenâ€™t heard Mullin speak come our and hear what he has to say. Ask so questions while your at it.
George Faught, the other candidate in the run-off, couldnâ€™t make it this Friday. however, he did come down last Saturday evening and spoke with a group of us at Ablesâ€™ Restaurant. George is an Oklahoma State Representative presently.
15 Seconds by Andrew Gross.
Close Your Eyes by Iris Johansen.
Courageous by Diana Palmer. Special Forces Officer Winslow Grange, having been sent to the jungles of South America to help a general gain control of his nation, is distracted when the daughter of his foreman arrives unannounced and sets out to prove to him he needs her in his life.
Creole Belle by James Lee Burke.
Criminal by Karin Slaughter.
Courtesy of Bearcat Video
The week of July 24th many new titles were transferred from the big screen to DVD for our personal enjoyment. Some of those titles included: On the Inside (R): A troubled young man is sent to a psychiatric institution for the criminally insane and soon finds himself in a fight for his life battling ghosts inside his head and very real enemies all around him.
Age of the Dragons (PG13): An adaptation of the classic novel Moby Dick set in a medieval realm where Captain Ahab and crew hunt dragons for the vitriol that powers their world.
Ruling has major implications for Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA- The Supreme Court Thursday in a landmark 5-4 vote upheld provisions of the Affordable Care Act, including the individual mandate. The decision means that the bulk of the act will go into effect in 2014 unless Congress acts to repeal all or portions of the act before then.
By Butch Morris
I have a little advice for candidates in this yearâ€™s elections. Watch your language. Or more specifically donâ€™t use negative campaign ads.
I know. I know. Some say if they didnâ€™t work politicians wouldnâ€™t use them. However as a precinct official I heard more people comment that they wouldnâ€™t vote for either of the two biggest offenders in the primary election because of their mud slinging. In other words, the guy no one had every heard of got some votes.