Tahlequah Daily Press


April 19, 2013

Progress set to print Sunday

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Sporadic readers will want to pick up a copy of the Sunday, April 21 Daily Press. It will contain the first “wave” of our annual Progress edition.

“Progress” is the biggest supplement the Press publishes annually, and we’ve been producing it in its current form since the late 1980s. Because of its bulk, a few years ago, we decided that, rather than publishing it the last Sunday of April, we would divide it in half. The first two or three sections published the next-to-last Sunday of the month, with the remaining sections going out the next week.

This weekend, readers will be able to peruse the first two sections, Education and Lifestyles. The latter contains a special Health insert. The Business and Green Country sections will publish the following weekend. The final section, devoted to the Cherokee Nation, is slated to appear on the stands the second weekend in May.

The impetus behind the Progress edition is to update readers on what’s been happening with our area businesses, schools and organizations. Parents, clients, customers and group members get a rundown on services, products and programs, and updates on how these entities have worked to improve and enhance what they offer – what makes them such a vital part of this community.

Each year’s edition always has a theme, which we use for staff-written stories on our section covers. Although advertisers in the Progress edition don’t necessary have to adhere to the theme, we encourage them to do so.

The 2013 theme is “Getting Connected,” and it focuses on the seemingly overnight technological revolution that has opened vistas we never would have imagined even a decade ago. More and more businesses, schools, and organizations are plugging into the Internet, using web-based computer applications to support their efforts.

Business customers and clients, club members, and parents of school children are being reached through social media like Facebook and Twitter. Even in a community as small as Cherokee County, it’s a rare business, indeed, that doesn’t have its own website, or at least access to one through a cooperative project. Smartphones are the order of the day, and tablets like iPads are becoming indispensable to give customers on-the-spot visuals to help them make informed decisions.

For each section, we’ve talked to a variety of local leaders, officials, educators and entrepreneurs about some of the ways they’ve taken advantage of new technology to enhance their missions. When you read these stories, you may be surprised at how savvy the folks in our little burg have become.

We invite our loyal readers to take time this weekend to read some of the success stories, and to share them with others. We think you’ll want to get the second installment next weekend, as well.

And by the way, if you’re a business owner or manager, there’s still time to participate in Progress 2013, if you hurry. Call one of our ad reps today, and we’ll see what we can do for you!

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  • Community cleanups a good way to ensure our collective success

    This is our community – and it’s no better than what we make it. Let’s make it look great.

    April 16, 2014

  • Attack at school in Pennsylvania: Mental illness root of problem

    Washington’s crusade against guns was dealt a severe blow on Wednesday. No, it wasn’t the Supreme Court curtailment of the Second Amendment right of all Americans to own firearms. It wasn’t an executive order handed down by the administration. It was the brutal assault by a high school student in Pennsylvania against his fellow students – with a knife.

    April 14, 2014

  • People with faulty zippers should be booted from office

    We may forgive, but we shouldn’t forget, because there’s serious work to do in Washington. That work will never be accomplished as long as flawed zippers - literally or figurately – are a pervasive problem.

    April 11, 2014

  • Do your part to fight animal and child abuse

    It’s hard to change the habits of an abuser, especially when mitigating factors – such as alcohol or drugs – are involved. And these patterns tend to repeat themselves in successive generations. But all of us can take one small step to help eradicate this epidemic, and that is to report it when we see it.

    April 9, 2014

  • NSA head lies to Congress, and seems to get away with it

    Is there an obvious pattern of criminality within these governmental agencies? If so, why isn’t the Judicial Department investigating?

    April 7, 2014

  • Pass for rich kiddie rapist proves that justice isn’t blind

    Someone in Wilmington, Del., needs to keep an eye on Superior Court Judge Jan Jurden for the next few months, because she might improve her standard of living due to a sudden influx of cash.
    There’s no other way to explain why Jurden would have sentenced an ultra-wealthy heir to the du Pont fortune to probation for raping his 3-year-old daughter. It’s an outrageous miscarriage of justice that once again proves when it comes to the U.S. justice system, the elite get a pass almost every time.

    April 4, 2014

  • Maybe it’s not $3.2B, but state should still account for tribal cash

    In an editorial published last week, the Daily Press said that through tribal compacts, the state of Oklahoma received about $3.2 billion in annual revenue, partly attributable to the 117 casinos (or 118, in some reports) run by 33 tribes in the state. The information we accessed for that piece was confusing, and had a typo or two, which may have led us to overstate – to a considerable degree – how much money the tribes actually give the state.

    April 2, 2014

  • Tribal compacts should mean state has money to perform its functions

    Oklahoma should be rolling in the dough. The statistics bear that out. Thirty-three American Indian tribes operate 117 casinos in this state. Thanks to “compacts,” these tribes have been sharing the wealth with the state of Oklahoma. And thanks to the casinos, that wealth is substantial.

    March 28, 2014

  • It’s time to turn in your candidate announcements

    If you are running for a political office for which Cherokee County voters can cast ballots, it’s time to turn in your announcement. We’ve already run a few, and expect several more. The primary elections are Tuesday, June 24, with the registration period to vote in this election closing Thursday, May 30.

    March 24, 2014

  • Mom responsible for watching kid; restaurant’s not

    If you allowed your child to drink a bottle of drain cleaner, would you feign surprise when he fell to the floor, twitching and foaming at the mouth? If you left your curling iron within reach of your baby and she pulled it off the vanity and burned her hand, would you plan revenge on the store that sold you the appliance?
    You just might, if you’re among the litigious Americans who have abdicated parental responsibility to either sloth or the hope of a better tomorrow through a cash settlement.

    March 19, 2014


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