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Some oppose minimum wage hike; others decry strong-arming by state
Cherokee, Oklahoma
President Barack Obama and the U.S. Senate recently announced a push to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 per hour, to $10.10. On the heels of the announcement, an initiative petition was introduced in Oklahoma City to raise the minimum wage to the suggested $10.10. If it gained 80,000 signatures, it would be put to a vote of the people. This legislative session, a bill passed ...
April 18 2014
Woman arrested; deputies don’t buy excuse of ‘holding’ meth for a friend
Bethany, Oklahoma
Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies arrested a local woman Tuesday after responding to help medics on a call.
April 14 2014
Man charged in stabbing attempt
Jones, Oklahoma
Prosecutors in Cherokee County have formally charged a Park Hill man who allegedly tried to stab three people in February after a dispute over $20.
April 14 2014
PLAC guest discusses A-F school assessments
Cherokee, Oklahoma
Kris King, lead organizer for Voices Organized In Civic Engagement Action, spoke to teachers, administrators and parents from throughout the county during a meeting Wednesday night to discuss Oklahoma’s A-F public school performance assessment system. The Cherokee County Parent Legislative Action Committee sponsored the forum at the Indian Capital Technology Center. VOICE is conducting ...
April 10 2014
Filing begins
Cherokee, Oklahoma
Candidates began filing their declarations to run for county and state-level offices Wednesday, setting in motion several races for the June 24 primary.
April 10 2014
Help sought in locating missing teenager
Cherokee, Oklahoma
Anyone who knows where Pritchett is located is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (918) 456-2583.
April 10 2014
Incubating business
Jones, Oklahoma
Cherokee citizen Christopher Coursey has racked up years of culinary experience, but has always worked for people other than himself. His dream, like many with artistic talent, is to strike out on his own someday. Thanks to a new program through the Cherokee Nation, Coursey is among a number of budding entrepreneurs gaining hands-on experience through a business incubator model set up by the ...
April 09 2014
Four local felons being eyed for parole
Jones, Oklahoma
Four convicted felons from Cherokee County are set to appear on this week’s meeting of the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board.
April 09 2014
State health board meets in Tahlequah
Oklahoma
Members of the Oklahoma Board of Health were in Tahlequah Tuesday to hold their “regular meeting,” which is held twice yearly in a venue outside Oklahoma City. Tahlequah was selected to host the board for its April meeting, which was hosted by the Cherokee Nation and held in the Tribal Council Chambers. An additional conference was Monday, during which the board met with tribal governments.
April 09 2014
Teacher pursues seat in House
Cherokee, Oklahoma
A Muskogee educator recognized numerous times as an “outstanding” public school teacher announced plans this week to compete for the District 14 post in the Oklahoma Legislature.
April 09 2014
Cherokee Nation touts minimum wage hike, credit rating upgrade
Delaware, Oklahoma
Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. made an appearance at Monday night’s tribal council meeting, as both Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Deputy Chief Joe Crittenden were out of town. “As you know, it’s a very busy and crucial time at the state capitol this week,” said Hoskin. “As such, Chief Baker is in Oklahoma City tending to issues that relate to the tribe. Joe Crittenden ...
April 08 2014
PLAC meeting to discuss A-F assessments
Cherokee, Oklahoma
With criticism mounting among educators about Oklahoma’s A-F grading system to assess schools, the Cherokee County Parent Legislative Action Committee will meet to discuss the impact of the grades. The meeting is March 26 at 7 p.m. at the Indian Capital Technology Center. Representatives of the Voices Organized In Civic Engagement Action Fund Inc. (VOICE) will discuss correlations between ...
April 05 2014
"Through a Window"
Oklahoma
Inside the old Cort Mall on Tuesday, people dropped in to appreciate paintings and drawings, and perhaps get a glance at an example of the early work of a celebrated artist. The 20th Cherokee County Student Art Show featured creations by students of different ages at different schools, and was attended by more than 100 young artists, their families, teachers and administrators. “In January we ...
April 04 2014
Marijuana, drug cache lands area man behind bars
Cache, Oklahoma
Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Tahlequah man Saturday after finding marijuana and drug paraphernalia during a safety checkpoint in Welling. Charles Edmond Dick, 24, was booked into jail for driving under the influence of drugs, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent, and possession of paraphernalia.
April 03 2014
Passage of film rebate bill aids Oklahoma
Commerce, Oklahoma
In the past decade, Cherokee County has been the site of tw o feature-length films, and thanks to the passage of a recent House bill, the area remains fiscally attractive to both big-budget filmmakers and independents. Last week, House members reversed an earlier decision to sunset a film tax-rebate program by voting in favor of HB 2580. A similar bill has been passed in the Senate, and extends ...
April 02 2014
Checking compliance
Cherokee, Oklahoma
Dozens of registered sex offenders received  knocks on their doors Tuesday as authorities fanned out across Cherokee County, hoping to find more than 100 offenders living in compliance with the laws and regulations set out in their sentences. A vast majority of registered sex offenders living in the area are considered high-risk and are required to check in with police every 90 days. Many were ...
April 02 2014
Donated beams used on new bridge
Cherokee, Oklahoma
County officials on Monday signed off on the use of donated steel beams for a local bridge replacement project. District 1 Commissioner Doug Hubbard said the Oklahoma Department of Transportation recently donated thousands of the beams to counties across the state. Beams were removed from Oklahoma City’s Crosstown Expressway when a $650 million relocation project on the expressway began.
April 01 2014
Calls claiming to be OG&E may be a scam
Cherokee, Oklahoma
We have received a report from Mike Doublehead of the Tahlequah Public Works Authority that two local businesses were contacted via phone calls by people claiming to be with OG&E. They threatened to turn off the businesses' electricity within a half hour if credit card payment was not made immediately
March 31 2014
Cherokee Immersion students get glimpse of ballet
Cherokee, Oklahoma
A live theater performance often is as exciting for the students watching as it is for the performers , who also happen to be students For Bretly Crawford, performing as a wolf in a live show for students at the Cherokee Immersion School on Friday morning is just one part of the dream he’s building for himself. For some of the children, it was the first time they experienced live theater ...
March 31 2014
Suspect in jail after caught taking items
Eufaula, Oklahoma
A 45-year-old Tulsa man remains jailed in Cherokee County after Tahlequah police caught him taking property last week. Officer Thomas Donnell arrested Larry Chastain last Friday night near College and Morgan. Donnell said he was patrolling the area when he saw a long piece of metal sticking out of the back of a truck’s tailgate, into the road. As Donnell turned around to find the driver of the ...
March 28 2014
'Cautiously optimistic'
Cherokee, Oklahoma
More than nine years after Northeastern State University student Stephan Adams and his truck vanished from Cherokee County, new information led investigators to search for Adams’ body in the Horseshoe Bend area of Keys on Thursday. District 27 District Attorney Brian Kuester said a nonprofit group in Colorado loaned investigators a ground-penetrating radar to help them take a look beneath the ...
March 28 2014
SB 1497 may aid transparency
Cherokee, Oklahoma
Government transparency advocates were pleased, and some were surprised, when a proposed bill designed to strengthen Oklahoma’s Open Meetings Act passed the Senate Judicial Committee recently. Senate Bill 1497, by Sen. David Holt, R-Oklahoma City, would allow citizens who are denied access to public meetings to bring civil lawsuits, and if the court rules in favor, to collect attorney’s fees. A ...
March 28 2014
Third Thursday Art Walk
Cherokee, Oklahoma
Shoppers will have a chance to visit downtown merchants in the evening during the Tahlequah Main Street Association’s first Third Thursday Art Walk and After Party on Thursday, March 20. Participating downtown businesses will keep their doors open to offer specials until 8 p.m., and artists will display their work at different locations. Art exhibitors, including the Cherokee Art Center’s Spider ...
March 28 2014
Rountrees petition for deannexation from Tahlequah
Cherokee, Oklahoma
A Tahlequah couple is asking a judge to grant their request for deannexation from the city. Kent and Kara Rountree asked city councilors this year to allow the detachment of their property on the western edge of the city. But after pleading their case before the council, board members refused to take action to either approve or deny the Rountrees’ request. The couple has now filed a civil ...
March 28 2014
Man arrested after firing gun at boys
Cherokee, Oklahoma
Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies arrested a local man Wednesday after he allegedly opened fire on two boys. Robert Reed Hackworth, 67, was jailed for reckless conduct with a firearm. Hackworth was given a $7,500 bond and was released from jail Thursday. Deputy Bryan Qualls said authorities were sent to East 810 Road to investigate shots being fired at children.
March 28 2014
Sex offender bill reaches House
Cherokee, Oklahoma
By a unanimous 44-0 vote of the Oklahoma Senate, a bill that would make it more difficult for registered sex offenders to change their names has reached the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Senate Bill 1421, authored by Kyle Loveless, Oklahoma City Republican, underwent its first reading in the House on Feb. 27. Cherokee County Undersheriff Jason Chennault said he did not know of any instances ...
March 28 2014
Vintage cars to be up for grabs
Cherokee, Oklahoma
A classic car collection an area man has assembled for 25 years goes on sale in May. Most of the 80 cars in Gale Bogle’s collection came from Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma, except for one Studebaker, which he found in Cleveland, Ohio. Bogle has enjoyed seeking out the vehicles almost as much as he has enjoyed owning them. The collection is both a hobby and an investment. His ...
March 28 2014
Cherokee Nation Health expansion takes over old building
Cherokee, Oklahoma
As the Cherokee Nation continues its multimillion-dollar health facility expansion, new life is being breathed into an old building in downtown Tahlequah. The tribe has owned the building on the northeast corner of Water and Choctaw, formerly Homeland/Safeway, for a number of years, and it was previously home to Cherokee Nation Industries. By the end of the summer, renovations will be complete ...
March 28 2014
Garvin County miscreant leads troopers on local chase
Cherokee, Oklahoma
Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers on Wednesday evening were able to stop a man who led three agencies on a high-speed pursuit across Cherokee County. Joshua Matthew Torres, 24, is jailed for possession of a stolen vehicle, attempting to elude, and feloniously running a roadblock.
March 28 2014
Cherokee County storm spotters are getting 'ready to go'
Cherokee, Oklahoma
There’s a hint of a typical Oklahoma spring on the horizon, with forecasts calling for the chance of thunderstorms over the next few days. It’s no surprise to Tahlequah-Cherokee County Emergency Management Director Gary Dotson that the chance of severe weather falls days after chilly temperatures and wintry precipitation. “It sleeted Wednesday when we were out setting up new storm sirens ...
March 28 2014
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