Tahlequah Daily Press

Editorials

December 21, 2012

Time to send us your facts!

TAHLEQUAH — Although most area residents are still busy planning for their Christmas holidays, the Daily Press is – out of necessity – looking ahead to one of our three biggest yearly projects. It’s our annual Fact Book, and it will be coming out the last Sunday in January.

The Fact Book includes comprehensive lists about our elected officials, emergency response information, demographic data, public boards and their meeting dates and times, area educational institutions, and American Indian tribes. Most of this information can be collected by our news staff, but churches and organizations are more complicated. But it’s virtually impossible to get in touch with a representative from every one of these two groups – especially since we have more than 130 organizations, and about the same number of churches, in Cherokee County.

That’s where you, our readers, come in. Many of you are members of churches or clubs, or are involved with charitable organizations. And since some of you may be off work for the holidays, we thought this might be a good time to issue a call for help. We want to get this right because, after all, if we have the wrong pastor listed, or the wrong club president, or even the wrong meeting times for a club, people tend to get irritated, and the Fact Book has less value for readers. In the past, many people have kept it around as a handy reference throughout the year, and we’d like to see that trend continue.

If your club president or pastor or their contact information has changed since January 2012, or if you have changed meeting dates, times and places, we’d like to hear from you. Even if you think it might be the same as what we listed last year, you can still send us your information.

In the case of churches, we’re looking for the name, address and phone number of the church, and email and website if applicable; the pastor’s name and phone; and the service/worship times. In the case of clubs and organizations, we’d like the name of the president or other contact person, and a phone number and email address; website, if applicable; and the location, dates and times of meetings (for instance: “meets first Thursday of the month, 10 a.m., at the NSU UC”).

Please email your information to Managing Editor Kim Poindexter at kpoindexter@cnhi.com. We’ll need it by close of business Wednesday, Jan. 16, so we may begin designing this extensive supplement in time to make our print deadline. If you simply want to check on your entry from last year before you email us, call (918) 456-8833 and as for Associate Digital Editor Kolby Paxton at ext. 20. If you leave a message and haven’t heard back from Kolby in a day or two, call back, because he’s doing double-duty in composing right now.

And by the way, if you’re involved with one of our local public boards or fire departments and feel we may have overlooked something, give Josh Newton a call.

Thanks for helping us make our Fact Book a success. It only takes a few minutes of your time to help us get it right!

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Poll

What to you think of a state Legislature proposal to forbid cities from raising the minimum wage? Choose the closest to your opinion.

The federal government should set the minimum wage across the board.
States should be allowed to raise their minimum wages, but not cities.
Both states and cities should be allowed to raise their minimum wages.
Cities should be allowed to raise their mimum wages, but not states.
There should be no minimum wage at all.
Undecided.
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