Tahlequah Daily Press


April 28, 2014

Evolving magazine will serve readers better here, elsewhere

TAHLEQUAH — For the past several years, the Tahlequah Daily Press has produced a magazine in late summer, aimed at welcoming newcomers to Cherokee County. This eye-catching glossy product is full of photos showcasing life in our beautiful region, plus loads of information anyone would need to begin life in this community.

TDP is always interested in improving our products, and after talking to several actual newcomers and regular visitors to this area, we realized this guide could do even more - and could serve an even greater population than it does now. With that in mind, we’ve moved up the production to late May. After all, that’s when the greatest number of visitors begin arriving in Cherokee County.

But this magazine is still evolving. The 2015 edition will come out in January, which seemed to us a natural and useful time frame for our audience. Most changes in data occurs when the year rolls over, after all, and we want to make sure we have the most accurate and up-to-date information we can provide.

And we’re not stopping there. We know that any new resident likely starts as a visitor. And we also know that when visitors come to Cherokee County, there’s a good chance they’ll be dropping by points of interest in surrounding counties - and in Green Country as a whole. Furthermore, we’d like to encourage Cherokee County residents to spread their wings and get to know their neighbors, the scenery and the cultural and historical aspects of the rest of Green Country. That’s why we’re renaming our magazine to “Visitors’ Guide to Green Country.” In this way, we can serve not only visitors and new residents, but open new doors to the folks who live in Cherokee County year-round.

Production is already under way for the 2014 magazine, which will take us halfway to our ultimate goal. It will include, as it has in the past, details on organizations, churches, governmental bodies, utilities, cultural and historical material, schools, area leaders, and so much more. There’s still time to give us a call if you feel your information from last year may have changed, or you want your group added to the lineup. You’ll need to call Multimedia Editor Sheri Gourd at (918) 456-8833 by Tuesday, April 29, at latest, to provide an update.

We also encourage any last-minute advertisers to jump into what we can guarantee will be a widely-read magazine - and if history is any indication, an award-winning one, too. Call your ad rep, or senior ad rep Bronwyn Duncan, sometime Monday, April 28 if you want in, and we’ll try to accommodate you.

Our magazine hits the stands in late May, and we hope you’ll let us know what you think. Remember, we want to provide our readers and advertisers with products that are useful, timely and interesting. We welcome your comments.

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  • Tourism Council and chamber should cut the proverbial cord

    They are defined by two separate purposes and operate under two distinctive sets of bylaws, but years of conflicting opinions have left lingering questions and confusion over the relationship between the decades-old Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce and the younger Tahlequah Area Tourism Council.

    July 30, 2014

  • NSU needs to be more candid when its plans go awry

    Many area residents were disappointed to learn this week that the NSU Fitness Center, and its all-important indoor lap pool, won’t open next month, as originally announced.
    This latest delay is no surprise.

    July 28, 2014

  • Higher premiums a just reward for drunken drivers

    Over the past several years, Oklahoma has slipped in many of the polls that count. This week, we learned Tulsa is No. 4 on a list of cities with high rates of fatal DUI accidents. Is anyone really surprised?

    July 25, 2014

  • Maybe it’s time to think about having another BalloonFest

    The 18th annual BalloonFest was the last one held, in 2010. In summer 2011, when the Daily Press staff hadn’t heard anything about the much-anticipated event, we started asking questions.

    July 23, 2014

  • If you see a drunken driver, take the time to call in a report

    If you see something, say something. You’ve heard the warning, and seen it imprinted on placards at airports. In the wake of 9/11, it became a national mantra, mainly aimed at spotting potential terrorist activities. But it’s good advice anytime, and for any reason, even at the local level.

    July 14, 2014

  • City officials should stop squabbling and try to work together

    It’s bad enough that the Chamber of Commerce scandal has given Tahlequah a black eye. But if the bickering among city officials doesn’t stop, the community will have a complete set of shiners for its public face.

    July 11, 2014

  • Only full disclosure will restore trust in the chamber

    Despite pressure from some quarters, neither the Press nor anyone else who values full disclosure will be clamming up until all the facts are known, and those who are responsible meet with justice.

    July 10, 2014

  • Only full disclosure will restore trust in the chamber

    A few board members for the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce are saying they’ve heard nothing but positive things lately – about the chamber itself, and presumably, about themselves.

    July 9, 2014

  • Employer-sponsored insurance may now be a ‘hostage’ situation

    When the fallout settles from the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, many Americans might decide they’re better off with health insurance that doesn’t come from their boss.

    July 7, 2014

  • With confidence in Congress at 7 percent, time for a new slate

    Note to Congress: We don’t like you. Not at all.
    A Gallup poll released Monday, June 30 confirmed what most of us already know: the American public is disgusted with the House and Senate. The survey recorded the lowest level of confidence since Gallup began asking the question in 1991: a whopping 7 percent. That’s not a typographical error; it’s a single digit.

    July 2, 2014


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