Options still available for holiday travel
While destinations to see family are the top request for the holidays, many people use the time off to go on vacation.
Self-publishing: More work, but more control
These days, just about anyone can publish a book, but getting people to buy it is another matter.
“Everybody wants to write a book, but it’s just not that easy,” said author Bill Wetterman. “You have to have passion in order to really be a novelist. But you can self-publish on a shoestring budget.”
Wetterman discussed the ins and outs of self-publishing, as well as writing advice, with the Tahlequah Writers group Saturday afternoon at the Cherokee Arts Center.
Jordan looks to be inspiration for students
Keys High School’s current Teacher of the Year, Mandi Jordan, always wanted to be an educator. Her fifth-grade teacher, Mrs. Flud, was her inspiration.
“She was always very loving and patient and made me enjoy school,” said Jordan.
A Checotah High School graduate, Jordan has a Bachelor of Science in Special Education and a Master of Science in Library Media and Information Technology.
Leadership Tahlequah collects shoes to give to needy students
For the past 16 years, groups of Tahlequah citizens have participated in Leadership Tahlequah.
The Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce program is designed to encourage people to take an active role in the future of their town, discovering its history and beauty, how government works, and what makes it a desirable place to raise a family and retire.
Winter fashion points to holidays
Holiday parties and gift-giving are two of the best reasons to shop Tahlequah.
Merchants have everything from gowns to stocking stuffers, jeans and leggings, and gloves and boot cuffs.
“Scarves, scarves and scarves” are big for winter, said Junie Ludwig of Junie’s downtown. “Lots of layers with tribal print cardigans.”
Holiday dresses are trending toward short. One eye-catching dress of lace and ombre is available in gold or blackberry colors. Leather-look jackets in brown and black, faux fur vests, and skirted leggings are hot this season, and Infinity scarves and lightweight, gauzy scarves are flying off the shelves. Gloves and handbags also entice customers.
Massacre descendants relive tragedy
Descendants of the 1872 Goingsnake Massacre and other visitors gathered Friday morning at the Cherokee Nation complex for a presentation in conjunction with the tribe’s partnering with the U.S. Marshal museum in Van Buren.
A story from 1872 could well have been from 2013.
Angry family members glared at one another in the packed one-room Whitmore School, considered more secure than the Goingsnake Courtroom because it had fewer windows and doors. They were awaiting for the trial of Zeke Proctor to begin.
Scott uses special gifts to volunteer
When a need is identified in a community, it may go unmet without the willingness of a volunteer or group of volunteers.
Nicki Scott, a stay-at-home mom, had family needs that prompted the creation of a number of volunteer groups she supports. Scott volunteers for Cherokee Nation Head Start and Missionary Baptist Student Fellowship; she also hosts a local cloth diapering Facebook group, runs a cloth diaper lending program, and is the creator of the Wild West Fall Festival.
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Growing own, canning make it natural
In this fast-paced, 24/7 world, many adults who have spent their careers rushing from pillar to post, constantly plugged in to electronic devices, are looking for ways to simplify their lives and reduce stress.
Local group working to reduce teen pregnancy
Sex is a topic many people don’t want to talk about.
Parents may not feel qualified or comfortable discussing sex with their children. Or they may be concerned their efforts at preventing teen pregnancy will be viewed as approving the behavior.
One local group that wants to help empower teens to enjoy their education, and to discover and achieve life goals before becoming parents, is looking for support.
By helping youth learn to set boundaries and encouraging abstinence, the group puts the impetus on the students themselves to learn about healthy relationships, improve parent-child communication skills, and set personal limits.
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