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  • Holiday Inn.tif Promise Hotels to build Holiday Inn Express prototype

    Tulsa-based company Promise Hotels broke ground recently on the nation’s first new Holiday Inn Express & Suites prototype. The new 46,000 square foot, 80-room hotel will be in Tahlequah near the intersection of South Muskogee Avenue and the highway loop.
    Construction will begin immediately with an anticipated completion date of February 2015. The $7.22 million hotel will feature a new contemporary look with an indoor pool, sauna, fitness center, and larger meeting room.

    April 9, 2014 3 Photos

  • rf-Volunteer-Harris.jpg Music still in the blood of retired music teacher

    Volunteer opportunities Harris supports include Court Appointed Special Advocates of Cherokee Country, Feed My Sheep, and directing the Go Ye Village Women’s Choir. She’s also served for many years as musical director of Tahlequah Community Playhouse.

    April 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • condoms_31.jpg Most STDs easily treated if detected early

    They are easily detected, and most are treated without difficulty. But many people are reluctant to undergo testing for them.
    Sexually transmitted diseases may cause feelings of shame, but the stigma is unjustified because they are actually common.
    Just about any sexual behavior carries a risk of infection, but STDs fit into a particular category of being passed only through sexual contact.

    April 7, 2014 1 Photo

  • ts Farmers Market file.tif Farmers’ market set for Saturday opening

    Spring is in full swing, and area residents will get their first opportunity to shop the Tahlequah Farmers’ Market this Saturday, April 5.

    April 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • rf-artist-for-April.jpg Rutherford’s pottery mirrors that of ancestors

    After losing her job in late 2012, one area woman seized the opportunity to focus on art as a business.
    Lisa Rutherford specializes in 18th-century arts, saying her passion is traditional pottery and 18th and 19th century textiles, clothing and beadwork.
    “I have been making traditional pottery since 2005. I dig my own clay, clean and process it, build my pottery by hand coiling, and fire in a wood fire,” said Rutherford. “I took a photo in 2012 when I was firing pottery. That was the first time I had fired in an open fire where I could see the pottery glow. I had it printed on canvas for the Potter and the Painter exhibit – the painter being Delaware artist Jim Van Deman – at Red Earth Gallery in Oklahoma City.”

    April 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • SR-SeventhAmendment.jpg Seventh Amendment addresses civil trials

    When the Framers settled on the text of the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution, much ink was expended to protect defendants in criminal trials.
    The Seventh Amendment deals with a defendant’s rights in civil proceedings, guaranteeing the option of a jury trial, in federal cases, if conditions are met.
    It reads: “In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.”

    March 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • jn-gideon-FD-1-a.jpg New life

    Gideon is giving the fire truck new life after purchasing it for $45,000 from a private community near Dallas.

    March 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • sr-SA-bee-art-show.jpg Spelling bee art winner

    Keener's colored pencil drawing of a bee flying over a meadow was selected for use in all promotional materials for the spelling bee.

    March 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • rf-art-leaders.jpg Arts leaders pleased with Tahlequah experience

    About three dozen people from across the state were dazzled by Tahlequah last week.
    Participants in the Oklahoma Arts Council Leadership 7 Class were in town Wednesday and Thursday as part of their experience.
    Leadership Arts Class 7 includes four, two-day sessions over four months, and features networking, workshops and tours of Oklahoma towns and cities. The goal is to enhance the arts in the participants’ communities and the state.
    “The Creative Community Builder’s Handbook, How To Transform Communities Using Local Assets, Art and Culture,” is the primary written resource.

    March 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • rf-pastorMarch.jpg Pastor enjoys caring for church family

    One local pastor found his way to the ministry after spending a summer in college as a student missionary.
    Cookson Baptist Pastor Bart Skipper said his experience with the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention was one of the reasons he became a pastor.
    “The Lord used that experience to lead me into the ministry, along with the intense desire he had placed in my heart through the years to share his love and offer of forgiveness of sins and eternal life to all who would trust in Christ as savior and Lord,” said Skipper.
    Skipper has served the congregation at Cookson Baptist for 12 years, with the first four as associate pastor,

    March 25, 2014 1 Photo


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.
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