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April 1 Antlers School Board
Robert Bowman John F Wood 
640001 Antlers Church of Christ  59 31
640002 Community Building 91 93
640003 Ant City Library 37 20
640004 Catholic Church 70 70
640005 Miller  0 0
640005 Moyers 0 0
640006 Finley 30 15
640009 Nashoba 0 0
640010 Snow 26 8
Absentees 2 9
17 45
 County TOTAL 332 291
Total  623 53% 47%



Declares Disaster for Oklahoma

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Oklahoma to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by a severe winter storm during the period of December 5-6, 2013.

The President's action makes federal funding available to state and eligible tribal and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by a severe winter storm in Choctaw, Le Flore, McCurtain, and Pushmataha counties.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Sandy Coachman has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area. Coachman said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.


1-14-14 ELECTIONS Results
Controlled Drinking
101 Boswell 36 64
104 Soper 68 43
105 So Central Comm 14 12
106 Nazarene Church 37 31
207 Bluff 10 11
208 Goodland 41 40
209 Grant 24 16
210 VFW 75 45
211 Frogville 11 5
214 Washington Comm 30 40
320 Sawyer 11 11
316 KTC 70 58
318 Messer 24 34
319 Spencerville 25 15
322 Swink 7 4
321 Ft Towson 47 26
Courthouse 19 25
Early 135 32
Absentee 12 5
 County TOTAL 696 517
Total Vote 1213 57% 43%

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Hunziker Named Oklahoma Sportscaster Of The Year

SALISBURY, N.C. – The voice of the Oklahoma State Cowboys, Dave Hunziker, has been named the 2013 Oklahoma Sportscaster of the Year, it was announced today by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. As part of the OSU Cowboys Sports Network/Learfield, Hunziker serves as the radio play-by-play voice for the OSU football and men’s basketball teams and also hosts television shows for head coaches of both sports. This marks the first Oklahoma Sportscaster of the Year award for Hunziker, who is in his 13th season at OSU. Hunziker came to Stillwater from Western Kentucky and has also served as the voice of Radford athletics and the Big South Conference.


Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma designated a ‘Promise Zone

President Barrack Obama announced the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma as one of five locations designated by his administration for its “Promise Zone” initiative, a new anti-poverty program meant to provide resources such as grants and tax incentives to help improve conditions in persistently high poverty communities.

12_District_Map_webChoctaw Chief Gregory E. Pyle said, “I am very thankful that the Choctaw Nation and partners have been awarded the Promise Zone designation. We are blessed to work with many state, regional, county, municipal, school, and university partners who, along with the Choctaw Nation, believe that great things can occur to lift everyone in Southeastern Oklahoma when we work together.

“This designation will assist ongoing efforts to emphasize small business development and bring economic opportunity to the high-need communities. I am confident that access to the technical assistance and resources offered by the Promise Zone designation will result in better lifestyles for people living and working within the Choctaw Nation.”


The Paris FFA receives grant from National FFA Organization to support an environmental service-learning project

INDIANAPOLIS (National FFA Organization) – The Paris FFA chapter in Paris, Texas, has been awarded a $2000 grant from the National FFA Organization's Living to Serve: Environmental Grant program. The chapter has developed a year-long service-learning project to meet local environmental needs. The Living to Serve: Environmental Grants are provided through funding from corporate sponsors CSX and the Donaldson Foundation as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. The Paris FFA project includes plans to increase the availability of information about medications and plastics polluting the environment, so that citizens can make educated decisions concerning the possible dangers to the environment and their health.  Project CLEANSE shall highlight a safe and proper method of pharmaceutical disposal that may effectively decrease environmental pollution, and may reduce the misuse and abuse of pharmaceuticals. This is a permanent medication disposal unit located at the Paris Police Station. Furthermore, the project shall promote green awareness in the community, by encouraging citizens to rely less on the single use plastic water bottle and opt for reusable bottles. Used plastic water bottles and plastic bags will be collected and links with local businesses will be utilized to ensure proper recycling. The project illustrates the final line of the FFA motto, which is Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve, by encouraging FFA members to unite in service within their communities. The Living to Serve: Environmental Grants take community service one step further to service-learning, which provides a meaningful way to apply leadership and education skills learned in school and FFA.More information about the program can be found at  More

Use Caution When Dealing With Winter Storm-Damaged Trees

COLLEGE STATION, Texas—Winter storms this month left parts of northeast Texas with downed limbs and split trees. Power has been restored and attention has now turned to the devastating effects the weather had on their trees.

Texas A&M Forest Service reminds homeowners to be careful with damaged trees. Trunks and branches are heavy and should be considered dangerous until they can be brought to the ground. Even limbs as small as two inches can cause injury if they fall on someone. The only deaths from Hurricane Claudette that hit South Texas in July, 2003 were from falling tree limbs.

“It is a common occurrence to have people survive storms and natural disasters only to be injured while cleaning up afterwards,” said Pete Smith, state urban forestry program manager. “We want people to be as safe as possible while dealing with damaged and fallen trees.”

Take caution when pruning small branches and leave the heavy chainsaw work to professionals. Look up for broken limbs that may fall, and look down to avoid fallen power lines. Any damage to limbs within 10 ft. of power lines needs the work of a professional arborist. They have the equipment and knowledge needed, and are usually listed in the telephone book under “Tree Service.” Ask for certification through the International Society of Arboriculture.

Be cautious of tree services soliciting door to door. A qualified arborist should have Workers’ Compensation insurance, liability insurance and experience in the tree care industry. If their services include tree topping, beware. Tree topping is the worst treatment for trees because it reduces the amount of leaves the tree needs to recover from the storm on its own.

Check with your city or county officials to see if they are providing assistance with disposal of tree debris from private property.

For further assistance, contact your local Texas A&M Forest Service office or your county extension agent.

Governor Mary Fallin Declares State of Emergency Due to Winter Storms

OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today declared a State of Emergency for all 77 Oklahoma counties due to the winter storm impacting the state.

Because the weather event is expected to include prolonged sub-freezing temperatures, dangerous road conditions and power outages, emergency management authorities recommended issuing this declaration before the full brunt of the storm arrives.

 Governor Fallin warned Oklahomans to stay off the roads if at all possible.

 “The weather is bad and getting worse,” said Fallin. “Emergency personnel are coordinating with state and local officials to ensure we are prepared and ready for whatever comes our way.” Fallin’s Executive Order allows state agencies to make emergency purchases related to disaster relief and preparedness. It is also a first step toward seeking federal assistance should it be necessary.

 In preparation for the storm, the State Emergency Operations Center is activated and the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) is working with local emergency managers across the state as well as numerous emergency response, recovery partners. OEM, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma National Guard and Oklahoma Department of Transportation have developed a stranded motorist plan with teams positioned across the state in the areas with greatest risk for dangerous road conditions.

 Additionally, OEM has worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to preposition industrial size generators in the state. The generators will be used in the event shelters are needed due to stranded motorists or power outages. The generators will also be used to provide power to water treatment plants in the event of electric service disruptions. The FEMA generators will augment the industrial size generators OEM already has positioned around the state. The American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Baptist Disaster Relief and other agencies are standing by to assist with warming and feeding stations. Under the Executive Order, the state of emergency lasts for 30 days.


Choctaw Nation preparing to help Tribal Members during winter storm

As the winter storms are pushing their way through Southeast Oklahoma, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is taking measures to offer assistance to the affected communities and Tribal Members.  We have been working with the local County and City Emergency Managers in a joint effort to provide assistance where needed.

Significant freezing rain and dropping temperatures over several days may cause major power outages in some areas.  At this point we have placed emergency generators at four Choctaw Community Centers and are preparing to help the community and our Tribal Members with emergency shelter if needed.  These centers are located in Hugo, Antlers, Poteau, and McAlester.  In addition, the new community center in Atoka has a generator as well.  Volunteers are preparing to be on-site to offer assistance.
If schools in your areas are closed, Choctaw administrative offices and clinics are also closed.
For Choctaw Nation Tribal Members in need of a assistance, please call the Tribal Headquarters at 800-522-6170 for the Emergency Services Division.  You may also check to see if your local center is available as well.  Travel may be very difficult for a couple days but we will do our best to provide emergency services to the Tribal Members and the community as a whole in a timely manner.
Antlers – 402 SW “O”, 580-298-5501
Atoka – 1203 W. Liberty Rd., 580-889-6147
Bethel – Choctaw Road 144, 580-241-5637
Broken Bow – 210 S. Chahta Rd, 580-584-6372
Coalgate – 105 E. California, 580-927-3641
Crowder – 707 Bond St., 918-334-5344
Durant – 2750 Big Lots Parkway, 580-924-7810
Hugo – 408 N. Main St., 580-326-3528
Idabel – 2301 E. Lincoln Road, 580-286-6116
McAlester – 1636 S. George Nigh Expy., 918-423-1016
Poteau – 208 B. St., 918-647-9324
Smithville – 39618 N. US Hwy. 259, 580-244-3289
Spiro – 19400 AES Road, 918-962-3832
Stigler – 2208 E. Main St., 918-967-2398
Talihina – 201 Dallas St., 918-567-2106
Wilburton – 515 Center Point Rd., 918-465-2389
Wright City – 5718 Rodeo Grounds Rd. 580-981-7011

Rural Fire Grants Awarded

Oklahoma City - Oklahoma Forestry Services, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, announced $200,000 in competitive grants have been awarded to rural fire departments across Oklahoma.

“The Rural Fire 80/20 Grant program provides assistance to departments to fund improvements to their infrastructure and equipment which improves the community’s ISO rating reducing insurance rates,” said Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese. “Funds can be used to purchase firefighting or communications equipment or to build or improve a fire station.”

This annual program was funded by the Oklahoma legislature and authorized by Governor Fallin. Following official notification, fire departments can make eligible purchases and submit receipts for 80 percent reimbursement.

“This program is one of the many ways we work to build the capacity of Oklahoma’s rural fire departments,” said State Forester George Geissler. “Providing equipment through our Federal Excess Property program, funding opportunities, and specialized wildland fire training all strengthen our partnerships and make sure the state’s citizens are protected.”

For a complete list of departments receiving the grants, visit For more information, contact OFS Communications Specialist Michelle Finch-Walker at 580-236-1021




Nashville, Tenn. (September 16, 2013) – With the SOLD OUT tribute concert already hosting top names in all genres of music, Nancy Jones is excited to announce the addition of George Strait, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Reba McEntire, and Alabama to the all-star lineup. 
“I am thrilled and honored that so many of George’s friends are coming to what would have been his last concert, but is not a fitting tribute,” says Nancy Jones.  “George loved these artists and before passing had actually wrote letters to almost all of them.”
The newly added list of performers will join previously announced artists Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker, Josh Turner, The Oak Ridge Boys, Charlie Daniels, Jamey Johnson, Montgomery Gentry, Sam Moore, and others.  All previously announced artists are currently being reconfirmed. 


Hugo School Bond 9-10-13 Unofficial

104 Soper 0 1
105 So Central Comm 80 18
106 Nazarene Church 92 17
208 Goodland 75 40
210 VFW 112 44
214 Washington Comm 134 26
215 Courhouse today 92 17
316 kiamichi tech 187 41
318 Messer 81 58
322 244 43
Absentee 16 4
 County TOTAL 0 0
Total Vote 1422 78% 22%
1113 309



Oklahoma State Cowboys in the NFL, Week One

STILLWATER – Here’s a look at how former Oklahoma State Cowboys did in the opening week of the 2013 NFL season:

Dan Bailey, Kicker, Dallas Cowboys
Team Result: Beat the New York Giants, 36-31
Team Record: 1-0
Bailey Stats: 3-for-3 field goals (long of 45), 3-for-3 PATs
Season Stats: 3-for-3 field goals (long of 45), 3-for-3 PATs

Billy Bajema, Tight End, Baltimore Ravens
Team Result: Lost to the Denver Broncos, 49-27
Team Record: 0-1
Bajema Stats: No stats
Season Stats: No stats

Justin Blackmon, Wide Receiver, Jacksonville Jaguars
Team Result: Lost to the Kansas City Chiefs, 28-2
Team Record: 0-1
Blackmon Stats: No stats
Season Stats: No stats

Dez Bryant, Wide Receiver, Dallas Cowboys
Team Result: Beat the New York Giants, 36-31
Team Record: 1-0
Bryant Stats: Four catches for 22 yards
Season Stats: Four catches for 22 yards

Josh Cooper, Wide Receiver, Cleveland Browns
Team Result: Lost to Miami Dolphins, 23-10
Team Record: 0-1
Cooper Stats: No stats
Season Stats: No stats

Perrish Cox, Cornerback, San Francisco 49ers
Team Result: Beat the Green Bay Packers, 34-28
Team Record: 1-0
Cox Stats: No stats
Season Stats: No stats

Corey Hilliard, Offensive Tackle, Detroit Lions
Team Result: Beat the Minnesota Vikings, 34-24
Team Record: 1-0
Hilliard Stats: No stats
Season Stats:  No stats

Kendall Hunter, Running Back, San Francisco 49ers
Team Result: Beat the Green Bay Packers, 34-28
Team Record: 1-0
Hunter Stats: Six carries for 24 yards
Season Stats: Six carries for 24 yards

Charlie Johnson, Offensive Tackle, Minnesota Vikings
Team Result: Lost to the Detroit Lions, 34-24
Team Record: 0-1
Johnson Stats: No stats
Season Stats: No stats

Markelle Martin, Safety, Tennessee Titans
Team Result: Beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 16-9
Team Record: 1-0
Martin Stats: No stats
Season Stats: No stats

Russell Okung, Offensive Tackle, Seattle Seahawks
Team Result: Beat the Carolina Panthers, 12-7
Team Record: 1-0
Okung Stats: No stats
Season Stats: No stats

Brandon Pettigrew, Tight End, Detroit Lions
Team Result: Beat the Minnesota Vikings, 34-24
Team Record: 1-0
Pettigrew Stats: Two catches for six yards
Season Stats: Two catches for six yards

Joseph Randle, Running Back, Dallas Cowboys
Team Result: Beat the New York Giants, 36-31
Team Record: 1-0
Randle Stats: No stats
Season Stats: No stats

Zac Robinson, Quarterback, Cincinnati Bengals
Team Result: Lost to the Chicago Bears, 24-21
Team Record: 0-1
Robinson Stats: No stats
Season Stats: No stats

Ryan Robinson, Defensive End, Oakland Raiders
Team Result: Lost to the Indianapolis Colts, 21-17
Team Record: 0-1
Robinson Stats: No stats
Season Stats: No stats

Antonio Smith, Defensive End, Houston Texans
Team Result: Plays the San Diego Chargers tonight
Team Record: N/A
Smith Stats: Plays tonight
Season Stats:  No stats

Lane Taylor, Guard, Green Bay Packers
Team Result: Lost to the San Francisco 49ers, 34-28
Team Record: 0-1
Taylor Stats: No stats
Season Stats: No stats

Brandon Weeden, Quarterback, Cleveland Browns
Team Result: Lost to the Miami Dolphins, 23-10
Team Record: 0-1
Weeden Stats: 26-for-53 for 289 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions
Season Stats: 26-for-53 for 289 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions

Kevin Williams, Defensive Tackle, Minnesota Vikings
Team Result: Lost to the Detroit Lions, 34-24
Team Record: 0-1
Williams Stats: No stats
Season Stats: No stats


Celebrating Like It’s 1988 OSU fans can relive 1988 march to the Heisman Trophy

STILLWATER -- In honor of the 25th anniversary of Barry Sanders’ 1988 Heisman season, the Oklahoma State Athletic Department is turning back time.Beginning today, the Learfield Sports radio broadcasts of that historic 1988 Cowboy football season are available at 1988, as a junior, Sanders embarked on what would become the greatest season of any running back in college football history, putting together a year that would help rewrite Oklahoma State, Big Eight Conference and NCAA record books as the Cowboys marched to a 10-2 record.Along with the OSU web site, the broadcasts are also available at ’88 season opener against Miami (Ohio) is currently available online with remaining games added throughout the fall.

2013 Hugo PRCA Rodeo entry list

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North and South teams split basketball games during Eastern’s 41st annual Kiamichi All-Star Classic 

WILBURTON, OK (May 26, 2013) – The North and South team split the basketball games during Eastern Oklahoma State College’s 41st annual Kiamichi All-Star Classic on May26 in Wilburton. The South girls’ basketball team pulled off a close 69-67 victory over the North team in the first game of the night. Miranda Schaefer of Wright City was named the South MVP for her 16 points and Katie Smith of Checotah was named the North MVP for her 15 points. Top scorers for the South team included Kelbie Moon of Wilburton with 11 points, Darian Bradford of Colbert with 9 points and Chelsi Thomas of Antlers with 8 points. Other top scorers for the North team included Alyssa Banks of Eufaula with 14 points, and LaNaessa Grayson of Oktaha and Colleen Peterson of Poteau with 9 points each. The South girls’ team was coached by Chris Gibbs and Dana House of Rattan and the North team was coached by Scott Gregory of Poteau. The boys’ basketball game was also close with an 87-83 North victory. Cody Robinson of Moss scored 21 points was named the North MVP. Nick Brown of Hugo led the South team with 23 points was named the South MVP. Other top scorers for the North team included Seth Youngblood and Brooks Robinson of Roland with 16 points each and Nate Hamilton of Muldrow with 14 points. Top scorers for the South team included Chandler Rickey of Broken Bow with 13 points and Clark Austin of Talihina, Austin Beene of Achille and Tyler Gibson of Wister with seven points each. The North boys’ team was coached by Ed Lewis of Roland and the South boys’ team was coached by Chris Brown of Rattan.The softball and baseball games for the Kiamichi All-Star Classic had to be postponed because of heavy rain in the area. A make-up date for the softball and baseball games has been set for Saturday, June 1. The softball game will start at 2 p.m., followed by the baseball game at 4 p.m.

Update on Tornado fatalities, injuries, missing persons

Updated fatalities/deaths/missing persons

The May 20 tornado has lead to:

377 injuries

24 deaths

All people thought missing have been accounted for at this time

Joseph Randle Drafted By Dallas Cowboys

Oklahoma State running back was the 18th pick of the fifth round.

STILLWATER – Oklahoma State running back Joseph Randle was selected by the Dallas Cowboys with the 18th pick of the fifth round in the 2013 NFL Draft. He was the 151 overall pick in the draft and joins fellow OSU products Dez Bryant and Dan Bailey with the Dallas Cowboys.

Randle was a two-time first-team All-Big 12 performer, earning the honor in both 2011 and 2012, and was a key figure in the Cowboys having one of the most feared offenses in America both seasons. With Randle starting at running back, the Cowboys were the only team in the nation to average more than seven yards per play in each of the past two seasons.

A semifinalist for the 2012 Doak Walker Award presented to the nation's top running back, Randle finished his career eighth in OSU history in career rushing yards with 3,085, fourth in career rushing touchdowns (40) and 10th in career scoring with 258 points. That point total is fourth all-time among OSU running backs.

“We’re happy that Joseph is getting the chance to live his dream by playing in the NFL and we’re excited about what the future holds for him,” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said. “He was a very productive player on our team and now he has the opportunity to continue the NFL running back tradition that we have established here at Oklahoma State over a number of years.”

Randle is the latest running back to come from the same Oklahoma State program that produced NFL Hall of Famers Barry Sanders and Thurman Thomas and current San Francisco 49ers back Kendall Hunter, among numerous others.

“I love Oklahoma State and the three years I spent here were the best time of my life,” Randle said. “I thank my teammates, my coaches, the fans and really everyone involved who make it a great place. I’m excited for my new opportunity and I’m ready to go after it, but I’ll always be an Oklahoma State Cowboy at heart.”


Country Super Star Ronnie Dunn reflects on the passing of George Jones Click here to Listen


Nashville, Tenn. (April 26, 2013) – Country Music Hall of Famer, Grand Ole Opry member, and Kennedy Center Honoree George Glenn Jones died Friday, April 26, 2013 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. He was hospitalized April 18 with fever and irregular blood pressure.
Born September 12, 1931, Jones is regarded among the most important and influential singers in American popular music history. He was the singer of enduring country music hits including “She Thinks I Still Care,” “The Grand Tour,” “Walk Through This World With Me,” “Tender Years” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” the latter of which is often at the top of industry lists of the greatest country music singles of all time.
“A singer who can soar from a deep growl to dizzying heights, he is the undisputed successor of earlier natural geniuses such as Hank Williams and Lefty Frizzell,” wrote Bob Allen in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s “Encyclopedia of Country Music.”
Jones was born in Saratoga, Texas, and he played on the streets of Beaumont for tips as a teenager. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps before returning to Texas and recording for the Starday label in Houston, Texas. In 1955, his “Why Baby Why” became his first Top 10 country single, peaking at number four and beginning a remarkable commercial string: Jones would ultimately record more than 160 charting singles, more than any other artist in any format in the history of popular music.
Jones’ first number one hit came in 1959 with “White Lightning,” a Mercury Records single that topped Billboard country charts for five weeks. He moved on to United Artists and then to Musicor, notching hits including “She Thinks I Still Care,” “The Race Is On,” “A Good Year for the Roses” and “Walk Through This World With Me.”
Jones signed with Epic Records in 1971 and worked with producer Billy Sherrill to craft a sound at once elegant and rooted, scoring with “The Grand Tour,” “Bartenders Blues” and many more. Sherrill also produced duets between Jones and his then-wife Tammy Wynette, and in the 1970s they scored top-charting hits including “We’re Gonna Hold On,” “Golden Ring” and “Near You.”
By the time “Golden Ring” and “Near You” hit in 1976, Jones and Wynette were divorced, and Jones was battling personal demons. His solo career cooled until 1980, when he recorded “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” a ballad penned by Curly Putman and Bobby Braddock that helped Jones win Country Music Association prizes for best male vocal and top single. “He Stopped Loving Her Today” revived a flagging career, and Jones won the CMA’s top male vocalist award in 1980 and 1981. He also earned a Grammy for best male country vocal performance.
In 1983, Jones married the former Nancy Ford Sepulvado. The union, he repeatedly said, began his rehabilitation from drugs and alcohol and prolonged his life. He signed with MCA Records in 1990 and began a successful run, and he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992. His guest vocal on Patty Loveless’ “You Don’t Seem To Miss Me” won a CMA award for top vocal event in 1998, and it became his final Top 20 country hit.
In 1999, Jones nearly died in a car wreck, but he recovered and resumed touring and recording. He remained a force in music until his death, playing hundreds of shows in the new century and collecting the nation’s highest arts award, the Kennedy Center Honor for lifetime achievement, in 2008. In late 2012, Jones announced his farewell tour, which was to conclude with a sold-out, star-packed show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on November 22, 2013. Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, Randy Travis, Charlie Daniels, Kenny Rogers, Sam Moore, The Oak Ridge Boys and many others were set to perform at Jones’ Bridgestone show.
Jones is survived by his loving wife of 30 years Nancy Jones, his sister Helen Scroggins, and by his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.



Trio of Cowboys Returning to Oklahoma State

STILLWATER, Okla. — Markel Brown, Le'Bryan Nash and Marcus Smart all announced their intentions to return to Oklahoma State for the 2013-14 basketball season today at the Student Union Atrium on the OSU campus. All three had been considering the opportunity to enter the National Basketball Association draft in June.

"This is an exciting time for Cowboy Basketball," said head coach Travis Ford. "All three of these guys will have an opportunity to compete at the next level. They realize and understand that the individual awards they received come from great team chemistry, playing well together as a team and winning basketball games. Staying in school also provides them with an opportunity to continue their education, which is very important to them and their families."

Nash, a two-time All-Big 12 selection, averaged 14 points and 4.1 rebounds per game as a sophomore last season. He was named All-Big 12 Third Team by the league coaches and honorable mention All-Big 12 by the Associated Press. A prolific scorer, he has 44 double-figure scoring games in his two-year career.

Brown, a unanimous second-team All-Big 12 honoree and an All-District VI selection as a junior in 2012-13, averaged 15.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game this season. He improved his shooting averages during the offseason, shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the three-point arc. He became the second player in school history to record 200 assists, 100 steals and 75 blocked shots in a career, joining Byron Houston.

Smart, a consensus second-team All-American, led the Cowboys, averaging 15.4 points and 4.2 assists per game as a freshman. He was named both the Big 12 Conference's Player and Freshman of the Year. He received the Integris Wayman Tisdale Award as the national freshman of the year from the United States Basketball Writers Association and was a first-team All-American according to Sporting News.


"I'm very excited about next season," Ford said. "With all the players we have returning, and the addition of some extremely talented new guys, next year should be very entertaining. We're looking forward to many sold-out games inside Gallagher-Iba Arena."

With all three players coming back, Oklahoma State has the top-three returning scorers in the Big 12 Conference for the 2013-14 season. The Cowboys also return their top-seven scorers from a team that went 24-9 a year ago and was one-win shy of sharing a league title.



AT&T Official Response regarding service in Choctaw and Pushmataha Counties

Thank you for your inquiry.

As you may know, AT&T recently launched Project Velocity IP (VIP), a three-year investment initiative to expand and enhance its wireless and wireline IP broadband networks. As part of Project VIP, AT&T plans to increase the density of its wireless network by deploying more than 10,000 macro sites, more than 1,000 distributed antenna systems, and more than 40,000 small cells. Through this initiative, we also plan to:

Expand 4G LTE to cover more than 300 million people by year-end 2014

  Expand the AT&T wired IP network to 57 million customer locations, covering 75 percent of customer locations in its wired service area by year-end 2015

Expand the AT&T fiber network to reach 1 million additional business locations by year-end 2015

For more information about AT&T’s coverage in Oklahoma or anywhere in the U.S., consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. Using the online tool, AT&T customers can measure coverage quality of coverage from a street address, intersection, ZIP code or even a landmark. For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.

Thank you for your interest.

Emily Lang

Price Lang Consulting for AT&T Oklahoma

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(Tulsa, OK) January 17, 2013 – CMA Entertainer of the Year and Grammy nominee, Blake Shelton will embark on a headlining tour of the U.S. beginning July 19 in Virginia Beach, VA. The Ten Times Crazier Tour, which features special guest Mercury Recording artist, Easton Corbin, and ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year nominee, Jana Kramer, will criss-cross the country this summer.  Pre-sale information, contesting, and meet & greet opportunities will be available soon to Blake’s BS’er Fan Club members via  BS’ers is free to join. For all the up-to-date tour information, stay tuned to

Confirmed tour dates, including the stop October 4, 2013 at the BOK Center in Tulsa, are listed below.

This is Blake’s second headlining tour following last year’s sold out Well Lit & Amplified Tour. The CMA's Entertainer of the Year and three-peat Male Vocalist of the Year is coming off seven consecutive No.1 singles, 12 overall, back-to-back wins on NBC's hit show The Voice and is already celebrating his Top 20 new single, “Sure Be Cool If You Did,” which Entertainment Weekly calls “ludicrously catchy” with an A- rating. “Sure Be Cool If You Did” is Blake’s fastest rising single to date and is the first new single off his yet to be announced new album being released this spring. His recent Christmas album, Cheers, It’s Christmas received 4 ½ of 5 stars in People Magazine and The New York Times has said “…he’s becoming the most important and visible ambassador from Nashville to the American mainstream.”

“My fans, country radio, friends, family, you name it - they know I love to perform. With The Voice schedule, I was not able to go out and perform as much as I wanted last year but I plan to make up for it this year,” Blake said with a devilish smirk. “This summer is going to be a blast. I want everyone at my shows to leave feeling like they got every penny’s worth of their ticket. I am going to give them every ounce of me on that stage because they deserve it. My fans are die hard country fans, they love to laugh and have a good time and I’m going to join them in what truly will be the Ten Times Crazier Tour.”

GRAMMY nominated Blake Shelton is CMA Awards’ Entertainer of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year for his third consecutive year. Blake is one of the "most versatile of contemporary country singers" (The New York Times). He has been nominated for five GRAMMY® Awards, including a nod for Red River Blue, the Associated Press calling the album “the best album of his career” as Country Album of the Year, won ACM’s Male Vocalist of the Year for a second time, celebrated his seventh consecutive No. 1 single (his twelfth overall), and then made history by winning three consecutive CMA Male Vocalist of the Year awards and Song of the Year with his wife and Grammy winner, Miranda Lambert. Blake’s current album, Cheers It’s Christmas, features several duet performances with multiple GRAMMY Award winning artists such as Michael Bublé, long-time friend, Reba, Miranda Lambert, Kelly Clarkson and a very special duet with his mother, Dorothy Shackleford, which they wrote together. Blake’s infectious multi-week No.1 hit, “Honey Bee" holds the record for the fastest-selling digital Platinum single for a male country solo artist.

Governor Fallin, Verizon Officials Announce Company Bringing 500 New Jobs to Tulsa Facility

OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin joined with officials from Verizon in Tulsa today to announce that the company is adding up to 500 new jobs at its North Lakewood facility in Tulsa.  The jobs will be finance and accounting positions.  The company currently employs more than 900 at the Tulsa facility. “Today’s announcement is great news for Tulsa and northeastern Oklahoma. These positions represent the kind of high-quality, good paying jobs we are working to bring to the state,” Fallin said.  “We appreciate Verizon’s investment in Oklahoma and are excited about the 500 new jobs coming to Tulsa.  Today’s announcement is another great example that our pro-growth, pro-business policies are working and are making Oklahoma an even better place to do business.”Verizon serves local, long distance, wireless and data customers in Oklahoma and has 50 retail stores and authorized agents throughout the state.  The company has nearly 1,200 employees statewide and has an annual payroll of approximately $85.3 million in Oklahoma. Verizon officials said the decision to create a financial services hub by adding up to 500 new positions in Tulsa comes after an extensive review of numerous locations across the nation.  Many factors were considered as part of the company’s search, including the quality and availability of financial services talent, quality of life considerations, the cost of living and more.  At the end of the evaluation process, Tulsa emerged as an ideal location. “Verizon has a long-standing relationship with the city of Tulsa and the state of Oklahoma. With a significant presence in Tulsa, we know from first-hand experience that Oklahoma has a business-friendly environment that encourages investment,’’ said Michelle Robinson, Verizon vice president of state government affairs. “Selecting Tulsa as a new financial services hub for Verizon allows us to take advantage of the financial services talent throughout Oklahoma. We look forward to extending our commitment to the Tulsa metropolitan area and the great of state of Oklahoma for future growth.”


OSU Announces Football Change

STILLWATER – Oklahoma State head football coach Mike Gundy has announced that defensive coordinator Bill Young will not return next season. OSU linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer will be elevated to defensive coordinator. “We are appreciative of everything Coach Young has done for us over the past four years,” Gundy said, “but we are also excited about heading in a new direction with our defense.” Spencer just completed his fifth season at OSU. He is a 1987 Georgia Tech graduate and came to OSU after spending the 2004-2006 seasons at Duke, where he served as assistant head coach, recruiting coordinator and secondary coach.

Governor Fallin Statement on Selection of Nico Gomez to Lead Oklahoma Health Care Authority

 OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today released the following statement on the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) board’s selection of Nico Gomez as the new OHCA chief executive officer: “Having worked at different levels of the agency, Nico Gomez will bring valuable experience and knowledge as the new chief executive officer of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority,” Fallin said.  “I look forward to working with Nico and the OHCA on Oklahoma-based solutions to expand and improve access to quality health care for low-income Oklahomans, children, the elderly and the disabled.”



Fishing Report 

Arbuckle: July 7. Elevation 2 ft below normal, water 81 and stained to clear. Crappie good off docks using minnows and chartreuse jigs 4-12 ft and off lake brush piles on jigs in 10-25 ft. White bass are chasing the shad off windblown points and banks. White grubs seem to be good, also small crank baits. Channel catfish good off baited hole up Guy Sandy using cut baits and grasshoppers. Sunfish good around docks using worms, also fly rod bugs good in shaded areas. Bass are biting shaky head worms, crank baits, top water and weighted flukes. Report submitted by Jack Melton.


Blue River: July 8. Elevation normal, water 82 and clear. Smallmouth and spotted bass fair on topwater bait early and late and soft plastics around structure off of riffles. Channel catfish fair on chicken livers and stinkbait in deeper holes around current. Flathead catfish fair on live sunfish at night in larger pools. Sunfish excellent on meal worms, crickets. And small grubs in slack water areas. Report Submitted by Matt Gamble, fisheries biologist, Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area.


Broken Bow: July 7. Elevation rising, water upper 70s. Bass good on spook lures, Carolina-rigged soft plastic baits in watermelon seed and pumpkin around deep points and rock walls and on big white crankbaits around ridges in the upper end of the river and around main lake points. Catfish good on juglines and trotlines baited with cut bait and sunfish. Crappie good on small grubs in white, chartreuse and orange at 15-25 ft around brush piles. Report submitted by Dru Polk, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.


Eufaula: July 7. Elevation 1.5 ft above normal and murky. Black bass fair on plastic and spinners baits around rocky points. White bass fair on jigs near bridges. Blue catfish fair on shad and catfish bait along rocky areas of the shore. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs around boat docks, riprap, and standing timber. Report submitted by Ed Rodebush, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.


Hugo: July 7. Elevation normal, flood gates closed. Crappie fair on minnows along river channels. Catfish good on trotlines baited with sunfish and/or goldfish in the main lake. Blue catfish fair to good on stink bait below dam in shallow water. Black bass fair on spinner and topwater baits early and late around the button brush. Report submitted by Jay Harvey, game warden stationed in Choctaw and Bryan counties.


Konawa: July 8. Elevation normal, water 87 and clear. Largemouth Bass good on plastic worm and top water lure around moss beds and at 5-10 ft. Channel Catfish are good on chicken liver and cut shad around points and south cove at 10-12 ft. White and hybrid striped bass fair on spoons and jigs, schooling early and late in south cove. All other fishing slow. Report submitted by Daryl Howser, game warden stationed in Seminole County.


Lower Mountain Fork:July 8.Crayfish and minnow patterns (size 10-12) and Light Cahills (size 16) have been working well in Zone I. Zones II and III have experienced high water from generation periodically during the day. But when the water isn't too high to fish in Zone II, try streamers and midges. In Zone III fish were also caught on the Light Cahills. Report submitted by Three Rivers Fly Shop.

 McGee Creek: July 8. Elevation is normal, water is 81 and clear. Black bass fair on soft plastic lures and rattling crank baits at 2-10 ft. Crappie fair on minnows over cedar trees. White bass fair to good on crank bait at 28-35 ft. Report submitted by Arthur Young, game warden stationed in Atoka County.


Murray: July 8. Elevation 4-5 ft below normal, water 82 and clear. Largemouth and smallmouth bass schooling just before dark, good on plastic baits, worms, Texas rigs and Carolina rigs early and late. Channel catfish good at 3-4 ft around rocky structure. Crappie fair on minnows and jigs at 10-15 ft around brush structure. Report submitted by Jeremy Brothers, game warden stationed in Carter County.


Pine Creek: July 8. Elevation above normal, water clear. Bass fair on watermelon brush hogs. Crappie good on white, blue and pink jigs. Catfish good on night crawlers. Report submitted by Mark Hannah, game warden stationed in McCurtain County.


Texoma: July 7. Elevation 1.5 ft below normal, water 79 and murky far north and clear south. Largemouth and smallmouth bass good 5-15 ft in creek channels on surface lures, crankbaits and plastic baits. Striped and white bass good 10-30 ft from Burns Run to Caney Creek on live bait, surface lures and sassy shad. Channel and blue catfish good 10- 20 ft from the Washita river to Catfishbay and Sanders Island View on Red River on Live bait, worms and stink baits. Crappie good 5-15 ft in underwater brush and around the fish attractors on minnows and jigs. Sunfish good 5-10 ft around the fishing docks and fish attractors on shrimp, worms and small tube jigs. Report submitted by Danny Clubb, game warden stationed in Bryan County.


Wister: July 7. Elevation 1 ft above normal, water murky. Largemouth bass excellent on 12-inch worms, spinner baits, crankbaits, white tips and grubs. Crappie good on minnows and fair on white/pink jigs at 10-12 ft around brushy cover. Catfish excellent on rod-and-reel with live sunfish and on juglines and trot lines baited with cut bait and dead minnows. Report submitted by Randy Fennell, game warden stationed in LeFlore County.





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