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.
Instinct guides Wells’ sculpting ability
Beauty, like art, is in the eye of the beholder – just as one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Both sayings apply to artist Jobe Van Wells.
The first time he looked around at odds and ends of metal and decided to make something, he welded a samurai sculpture when he was 16. It took fewer than 40 hours to create the sculpture from scraps he found lying around his grandfather’s garage.
Wells, a recent graduate of Tahlequah High School, said he’s always enjoyed making things, but at 16, he really just wanted to see what he was capable of.
Warming up the crowd
Bobby Zimmerman warmed up the crowd Thursday night with his fire spinning and theatrics. Zimmerman and the troupe Thy Faery Pranksters performed outside The Iguana Cafée as part of the Halloween Hootenanny event.
Chilling tales told at Murrell Home
With All Hallow’s Eve, or Halloween, just around the corner, area revelers are preparing their jack-o’-lanterns and costumes.
None best describes better the ghoulish delight in the macabre more than the real tales of ghosts, especially the ghosts who haunt the places we know and love.
Hence the 21-year-old tradition of the telling of ghost stories at the George M. Murrell Home in Park Hill, Friday and Saturday evenings.
A sporting chance
David Spears knew we would be susceptible to some sort of ailment if he overexposed himself to sun light. Sure enough, Spears' worst fear came true.
"Basically, being a red-headed white guy, I got melanoma — skin cancer, obviously," Spears said. "I guess it was back in 1999, I had a big black-looking irregular margin — ugly-looking growth — in the middle of my back."
At the time, Spears didn't think anything of it. As a 41-year old, he still figured he was invincible.
Hospice helps patients die with dignity
Todays hospice provides care and comfort to dying patients and their families on many levels.
Time, touch and truth are the three areas we address said chaplain David Webster, with Carter Hospice/Healthcare.
"There's just something in the human touch. We will hold a hand, pat their shoulder," Webster said. "And we show patients we have time for them, and they can count on us being truthful."
Spiritual counseling, prayer and support is provided to the patient and their families in homes and facilities where the patient is placed. Bereavement counseling is provided to the families after the patient passes for 13 months.
"It's a blessing to me to see the patient go from where they are to a place where they achieve a pain-free and peaceful passing in the comfort of their home surrounded by family," Webster said.
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