Area News

Wearing Her Boots To Jail

On Monday, November 23, 2020, Atoka County Sheriff Deputy Austin Golden received a call from dispatch about a burglary in progress at a residence on South Coffman Lane in Farris. Deputy Golden arrived on scene to find two individuals standing on the porch of the residence. The Deputy made contact with a female standing on…

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Poteau Driver In Critical Condition

On Sunday, November 29, 2020, a two vehicle collision required a driver to be air lifted from the scene. James Clayton, 75, of Poteau, was traveling east on Highway 43 in a red 2011 Subaru when, for reasons unknown, he left the roadway to the right for approximately 320 feet. Clayton skidded along the steep…

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Students Participate In Virtual College Day

Sixty-three freshman and sophomore GEAR UP students from Coalgate Public Schools recently participated in a virtual college tour day and life skills expo. Students began the day by discussing how to select a college that is the right choice for them. They looked at location, cost, admission requirements, academic programs, and class size. The first…

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Traded Trailers

On Thursday, November 19, 2020, Atoka County Sheriff’s Deputy Austin Golden was contacted by Caddo resident Charles Byars. Byars stated he had reported a 16 foot flatbed trailer stolen on Wednesday, November 11, 2020. He informed the Deputy that the trailer was found located at a residence on Wards Chapel Road in Atoka County. Deputy…

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Stringtown News

By Ruth Gadberry  My, oh my! Here we are in December, ready or not. December. Winter. Christmas. Cold weather. Ice or snow? Maybe. Christmas carols, Christmas cards, shopping, secrets, decorating the tree. December, a special month to end the year. Lots of sunshine, a little more rain, wind, cooler temperatures; that’s the weather we had…

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Stitt Appoints Webster New District Attorney

Governor Kevin Stitt announced on Monday, November 30, 2020, the appointment of Tim Webster as District Attorney for District 19, which includes Atoka, Bryan and Coal Counties. Webster fills the seat of Emily Redman, who retired on October 1, 2020. By statute, Webster has been serving as acting District Attorney since then. “Tim Webster has spent almost four…

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Resume Writing Class

The Atoka County Library will host a resume writing tutorial class Tuesday, December 15, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. Guests will use Cypress Resume, a database offered by the library, to create their personal resume. They will also learn what to include in a personal and work bio including important details that are geared to specific…

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Red Rose Garden Club Meets

The Atoka Red Rose Garden Club, member of the National Garden Clubs, Inc., met on Monday, October 19, 2020, at 5:30 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church. Mask wearing, social distancing, brown bag carrying members were called to order by Judy Elliott, and Sue Franks led the group in the Gardener’s Creed, Conservation Pledge…

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Out Late With A Warrant

Saturday, November 21, 2020, Atoka Police Officer Chase Franklin was patrolling the area of West Elm Street and South Clarice Street. During the patrol, the Officer observed a male subject, identified as Tyler Martese Loftin, 30, of Atoka, walking north on Clarice Street. Due to it being after 1:30 a.m. in the morning, Officer Franklin…

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Officer Nearly Struck During Pursuit

On Tuesday, November 24, 2020, Atoka County Sheriff Deputy Kody Simpson, was advised by dispatch that an individual had called in stating he observed a man and a woman having a verbal altercation in the parking lot of the Choctaw Travel Plaza in Durant. The man advised dispatch that the man pushed the woman in…

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