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.”
Gideon is giving the fire truck new life after purchasing it for $45,000 from a private community near Dallas.
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.
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.
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,
Sixth Amendment tries to level scales of justice
If a person faces trial on suspicion of committing a felony, the accused is granted a laundry list of rights and protections by the Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
The Sixth Amendment reads: “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.”
VISTA volunteer gets into the diversity
Last September, a New Yorker from Manhattan came to Tahlequah to begin a year’s commitment as a Volunteers In Service To America worker.
Paula Frisch wanted to work with elders, and she was assigned to the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians. This week, she’s on duty with a spring break camp for youth.
Bird-watchers getting into their feathered friends
The 1960s the Hitchcock thriller, “The Birds,” first drew Don Hilger’s attention to the feathered creatures. Until he saw that movie, he hadn’t been aware there were so many types of birds.
“I’ve always been interested in the field or ornithology, but didn’t know how to go about it,” said Hilger, who moved to Tahlequah from Napa, Calif., 10 years ago.
Last weekend marked Hilger’s first field trip with a group to bird-watch.
“Just getting out, I probably had more exercise than I’ve had in a year,” he said.
Spotting a first-ever albino-breasted robin made for an exciting Saturday morning. The field trip followed a bird identification meeting earlier in the week.
World traveler brings multiculturalism to Tahlequah Public Schools
Travel with her parents while she was growing up gives artist and English Language Learners teacher Ellie Vega life experiences to pass on to her students.
Her father, Gerald Peterson, worked for the Central Intelligence Agency, and he and his wife, Molly, raised daughters Polly and Ellie in French- and Spanish-speaking countries.
“I come from a foreign service family, and we moved every two or three years. Our parents insisted that we learn the language and culture of wherever we were,” said Vega.
Local men to don heels for Walk a Mile event
The men and boys of Tahlequah and surrounding communities are invited to don pumps and stilettos to raise awareness and funds for the prevention of violence against women and children.
The annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes strides out on Saturday, April 19, at Norris Park, and benefits Help-In-Crisis Inc., an agency that assists survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Witnessing the men walk a mile in high heels transforms the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event into a fun and out-of-the-box approach to shed light on an important social issue. Tahlequah’s walk is the largest of its kind in the state.
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