McIntosh County Democrat from Checotah, Oklahoma on December 30, 2010 · 6
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McIntosh County Democrat from Checotah, Oklahoma · 6

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CVVi'IW ZJJVZ-Ws'jt -j i f -SrVV VVVVVyyiV WW aV' "'V;w-t V: PAGE A6. THE McINTOSlI COUNTY DEMOCRAT, ThumUy, December 30, 2010 of a crowd of approximately 2,000 In Checotah. Continued from page A3 self worldwide and became best known for Ills work. From Slavery to Freedom. first published in 1947. In 1995. he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. During his lifetime. Dr. Franklin fought to keep the Rentiesville Post Office open. His letter of protest is documented and secured by the USPO. "We are looking for growth In the future. said Burkhalter. We need our post office open to handle that growth. Dist 1 projects await funding District 1 McIntosh County Commissioner Bobby James shared several projects in the works for his district In the northern end of the county last week. Some of the specific projects he talked about accounted for millions of dollars In road maintenance costs. Not only Is funding for projects always an Issue, but It Is an extremely slow process as well. In particular, he pointed to a letter dated In 2007 that showed approval for redoing old 69 north of Checotah. i At that time, the proj- f ect allowed funding for 5.1 miles through the Muscogee Creek Nation. This Is a two to three million dollar project, James said. He explained that the overlay on old 69 south was done first because that stretch of highway got three times as much traffic. It, too, was funded through the Creeks with some of their stimulus money. 1 couldn't have done It without them, said James. He said they are also going to add another two Inches of asphalt on the top of that piece of reconstruction. Now that It's a better road, it gets even more traffic. James also clarified that the old 69 north project was totally different from the south because the funding for the north came from tribal stimulus money. He said his district has also been awarded a CDBG through EODD to overlay a stretch of the Central High Road, three miles east of the Central High Fire Dept. It Is a $150,000 matching grant. We haven't received the money yet. but we will use ln-klnd work for our match. District 1 McIntosh County Is composed of 228 miles of roads. OCTOBER Pilot merges with Flying J, Dennys coming early 2011 Pilot Travel Centers LLC and Flying J Inc. completed their merger this summer and the new company. Pilot Flying J. has now taken over he Flying J In Checotah. Cynthia Moxley. media coordinator for Pilot Flying J. said the Checotah facility Is getting new dell cabinetry and equipment, new counter pizza display, upgrades In prep areas, new lounge furniture and flat screen TV, new vanities In the restrooms and new wall finishes throughout. Denny's will be coming early In 2011," she said. The merger started In 2009 with the combination becoming effective July 1. 20 1 0 after the Federal Trade Commission terminated the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvemenets Act of 1976. Whether you are a professional driver, a trucking company, a business traveler, a family on vacation, or a nearby resident, our new company Is ready to serve your Interstate fueling. dining or other consumer needs, said Jimmy Has lam. Pilot Flying J President and CEO. The merger is a historic moment in our Industry. It will be exciting to see our more than 550 locations come together, providing a complete North American network of travel centers. said Crystal Call Maggelet, chairman of the board of Flying J. Customers will still see the Pilot and Flying J brands on signage at the Interstate facilities. Area felt the quake Sometimes you feel the quake; sometimes you don't. That was the story Wednesday, Oct. 13, when an earthquake near Norman shook up people from north to Kansas and south to Texas and east to McIntosh County as well. In talking with the man (or woman) on the street, NOVEMBER KTUL Channel 8 meteorologist Taft Price (right) Interviews Checotah Schools representatives early on Tuesday morning when KTUL brought its "Rollin Down Main Street" program to piiwntiii School representatives, pictured L-R: Gus Couch, student representative; Truman Dixon, former Checotah coach and Hail of Fame Coach, and Mark Calavan, Checotah Schools Superintendent. some said they felt and saw objects on desks and tables shake while others In the same location didn't feel a thing. "It rattled the walls In my mobile home." said Sharon Rea. who lives on Hwy. 150 Just off US69. Many responded to the earthquake on the newspaper's Face book page. The earthquake was first rated as a magnitude 4.3 by the U.S. Geological Survey and listed as a 5.1 by the Oklahoma Geological Survey. By the day after, the Oklahoma Geological Survey reduced the rating to a magnitude 4.7 earthquake, according to research seismologist Austin Holland. Holland said the depth of the quake, about eight miles, points to a natural source. He said It was likely along a strike-slip fault line unknown to scientists before the quake. There are countless faults underneath Oklahoma that scientists are not aware of until an earthquake occurs. said Holland. McIntosh County Emergency Management Director Harry Trottler said his department received numerous calls about the earthquake, most of them from the west side of Eufaula. One man asked where the explosion was, said Trottler. As with across the state, Trottler said no damages were reported in McIntosh County as a result of the earthquake. Accused baby killer sentenced to 45 years Penny Anita Lowry, 38, accepted a plea deal last week In the 19-year-old murder of her newborn, Baby Jane Doe. Judge James Pratt handed down a 45-year sentence for accessory to murder in the 1st degree after hearing from the prosecution and LowTy pleading guilty. Forty-five years is the DOCs equivalent of a life sentence, said Assist. DA Greg Stidham. He also said the Dept, of Corrections prisoners generally serve at least one-third of their sentence before they are considered for parole. Before the acceptance of Lowry's plea. Assistant DA Carol Iskl reviewed the State's case against Lowry, which led to her charge of 1st degree murder In July of 2009. In her statement, Iskl told of the witness who observed the activity of a man and a woman across Jake's Lake near Warner from where the witness was hunting on Nov. 12. 1991. According to Iskl. the witness heard the woman screaming and saw the man slamming what appeared to be a bag against the rocks on the lakeshore. After the couple left the scene, the witness discovered the body of the Infant In the plastic bag. Iskl said, according to the coroner's report, the baby had sustained mul- NOVEMBER The bright the area is an invitation Nov. 13-14. imprisoned. Whether Lowry will ever give up the name of the man Involved remains a mystery. There is still a killer out there, said Stidham. Meanwhile. Baby Jane Doe lies at rest In the Che-colah Cemetery. NOVEMBER Commissioners approve Dist 1 program resolution McIntosh County Commissioners approved a program resolution on Monday allowing for a future CIRB (County Improvement Roads & Bridges) project In Dist. 1. The project Includes 2.8 miles of overlay and 1.0 mile of roadway reconstruction through Rentiesville and to the Honey Springs Battlefield. Debbie Thaln with ODOT attended the meeting to have the resolution signed red MKT Caboose flyers to attend the 6th Annual pickup. "The owners, who are the developers of Sandy Bass Bay. followed the truck and stayed on the phone with the authorities, said Det. Tonya French. When they ran the suspect Into a field In the Shady Grove area, he set the fire, unhooked from the hauler, and escaped In the black Dodge. The pickup owners reported the suspect was a white male with dark hair. Since it was reported the suspect was driving up to 70 mph, McIntosh County Det. Dewayne Hall said the guy was apparently familiar with the area. He also said It Is very hilly and several dead end roads are In the area. DECEMBER Tragedy hits Checotah A Checotah Junior High student, Colyn Jones, and his stepfather. Jonathan Mon Searles. a farmer and rancher, lost their lives tragically over the Thanksgiving holiday. The 8th grade student and his stepfather were deer hunting Saturday on Eucha Lake, south of Jay, In Delaware County. According to the trooper's report, the 15-year-old Jones and 34-year-old Searles were passengers In a flat-bottom boat operated by Rickey Ferguson. 56. of Kansas, Ok. when the Incident took place at 5:43 a.m. on Nov. 27 near the Eucha Dam Boat Ramp. Also riding in the boat was William Ferguson, 34. of Kansas, Ok. The trooper's report noted the four hunters were attempting to cross the lake by boat and were approximately 30 yards from shore when the craft started taking on water due to being overloaded. They all entered the water to swim back to shore, when Jones began to panic and Searles swam back to assist him. Unfortunately, they were weighted down by heavy coveralls and hunting boots and unable to make It back to shore. Checotah Junior High Principal Jason Donathan said Colyn was a good student, never In any trouble and he was well liked by being displayed all over Katy Depot Quilt Show, everyone. We arc all in shock." said Donathan. Colyn, an Ag student, was described by his teacher, Jason McPeak, as a young man who was extremely mature for his age. McPeak said he was a team leader In his shop class. The other students looked up to him. He was the one 1 knew I could trust to send to the shop and he would get the Job done," said McPeak. He was trusted, polite and courteous. McPeak also said Colyn was on the skeet shooting team and he loved to hunt and fish. Funeral services for Colyn Jones and Jon Searles were held Wednesday, Dec. 1 . at the First Baptist Church In Checotah. The other two occupants of the boat, William and Ricky Ferguson, were able to swim to safety. Jones' and Searles' bodies were recovered shortly after 9 a.m. by the Eucha Fire Department and City of Tulsa Municipal Lake Patrol. Life Jackets were In the boat, but not in use. 'I Jjt , ' '' Checotah men Indicted for embezzlement Two men from Checotah were Indicted In Eastern District Court of Oklahoma In Muskogee on Dec. 8 for embezzlement. The Indictment alleges that from In or about April 2010 to October 2010, Shane Miller, 36, and Daniel Rosson. 32. embezzled and converted to their own use $1,000 or more. According to the Indictment, they came Into possession of the money by virtue of Rosson's employment as an employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) The charges arose from an Investigation by the DVA, Office of Inspector General. These charges are punishable by not more than 10 years Imprisonment andor up to a $250,000 fine. Kids Give From the Heart Mrs. Myers' sixth grade class at Checotah Junior High experienced the meaning of Christmas by giving back to those less fortunate. Mrs. Myers told her class that animals abandoned cm the streets of Checotah or wrie lost and alone needed some help at Christmas. So, the students decided to raise money for the Animal Shelter. They named their project Pennies for Puppies. Every morning, Mrs. Myers would pass a Jar around to those who wanted to give and even Mr. Donathan. the principal, gave $20. In a week and a half they were able to raise $305.32. Everyone who participated In helping a puppy did their part In giving to benefit an animal that most people wouldn't consider this time of year. The sixth grade class proved that the youth of Checotah did their small part helping a small life In need. S21E

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