Area News

Lookout For Blister Beetles

Some Oklahoma horse owners are fighting an incursion of blister beetles that have moved into their facilities from the alfalfa fields, Oklahoma State University (OSU) Extension experts said. “Consistent periods of hot, dry weather with intermittent rainfall can lead to increased blister beetle populations, and that is just what Oklahoma experienced in June,” said Justin…

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Semi Gets Wedged

Wednesday, June 24, 2020, a single vehicle accident involving a semi occurred. Stringtown emergency crews responded to the accident that occurred near the intersection of Lake Shore Drive and Highway 69. Michael Williams, 47, of Lancaster, Texas was driving northbound on Highway 69 in a 2012 white Volvo semi when the tire blew out. Williams…

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Stringtown News

By Ruth Gadberry So, what kind of weather did you have last week? Hot, of course, but that was the way it was all over our area. Did it rain and mess up your July 4th activities? There was some rain but not enough to please most people. One morning the folks in Stringtown got…

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McGee Valley News

By Kathy Anderson This week everyone seemed to enjoy celebrating the 4th of July with good food, family, friends and fabulous fireworks displays. Robby and Wendy Isom, grand-daughter Avery, Tatum and Wendy’s sister Donna Watson of Caney enjoyed spending the weekend with daughter Keesa and her family in Duncan. They all had a good time…

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Lane Area News

By Thelma Bledsoe Lots of fireworks going on in Atoka county this past week. My grandson Scott and his two sons Kayden and Reagan and I watched the ones at Stringtown from the front porch of Zelma and Johnny Self’s home.They were awesome. Scott is stationed in Witchita, Kansas. In three more years he will…

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Southeastern Oklahoma Fishing Report

Arbuckle: June 27. Elevation normal, water 82 and clear to stained up creeks. Bass fair on worms, lizards and crankbaits. Smallmouth bass hitting topwater early morning. Crappie good on blue/chartreuse jigs at 12-24 foot around brush piles and good around docks at daybreak. White bass being caught on curly tail grubs surfacing near mountain tops. Channel…

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SOSU Re-Opens To Public

Southeastern Oklahoma State University reopened its Durant campus to the general public on Monday, July 6. From that date through July 31, the University will be open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the reopening will bring about some new safety requirements. Beginning July 6, and continuing through…

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Courthouse News

(Editor’s Note: The following list contains charges filed and does not indicate guilt or innocence.) The Atoka County Times, as well as the Court Clerk’s office and law enforcement agencies, frequently receive requests that names be omitted  from section. All information published herein is a matter of public record. Court records reflect information that is…

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County Commissioners Meeting – Runoff Election Coming Soon

The Atoka County Commissioners held their weekly meeting on Monday, July 6, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. In attendance for the meeting was Commissioner Chairman Shane Tomlinson, Vice-Chairman Gilbert Wilson, Deputy County Clerk Gayla Waller, Sheriff Tony Head, Treasurer Kim Harkey, County Emergency Management Director Derrick Mixon, and Election Board Secretary Racheal Feuerhelm. County Clerk Christie…

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Interim City Manager’s Report – By Joye Angel

It has been another interesting few weeks at the City. I just cannot express enough how blessed Atoka is to have such a wonderful workforce. Everyone works together as a cohesive unit assisting wherever needed. I have learned so much being in the field and working with them. The water meter project has begun! This…

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