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.
Tornado season just around the corner
It might be difficult for some Oklahomans to think about tornado season while dealing with below-freezing temperatures.
However, with springtime just around the corner, now is a great time to get prepared for turbulent spring weather. Whether you have lived in Oklahoma your entire life, or are new to the area, one thing is for certain – storm season must be taken seriously.
Local students help set Guinness World Record
On Friday, March 7, in conjunction with the annual National Education Association’s Read Across America Week and celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, many Oklahoma schools made this reading celebration historic by setting a Guinness World Record.
A Tahlequah elementary school was among the record-setters.
Seconds before 10 a.m., more than 203 children began a countdown as they prepared to unanimously place their red-and-white striped Cat in the Hat hats atop their heads. The students wore the hats for 15 minutes while reading the rhymes of Dr. Seuss and being entertained by the famous Cat himself.
Bird enthusiasts flock to new group
Birds of a feather, or rather bird enthusiasts, flocked together Monday night to learn how to identify native and migratory species in Cherokee County.
Wildlife enthusiasts George Fulk and Joyce Varner hosted a meeting for community members interested in learning more about the feathered friends who call Cherokee County home.
Woodpeckers and ducks were featured Monday night, with Fulk and Varner sharing facts, photos and experiences with the attendees. As a former hunter-turned-photographer and artist, Fulk sometimes surprised the group with his observations that began with, “When I used to hunt them. ...”
Wedding’s trifecta a boon for her beneficiaries
If Lou Wedding won the lottery, Cherokee County would have the best and biggest Humane Society in Oklahoma.
Humane Society of Cherokee County is one of three organizations, including her church and Relay for Life, to which Wedding donates her time and energy.
“Volunteering helps me feel like I’m doing something worthwhile,” Wedding said.
She believes volunteers create the community.
“It’s only as good as the people who give, who take time and give from their heart,” she said. “You look around at all the things people do, like clean up parks. There’s not enough workers to do the things that need to be done.”
Moulton touts importance of history
Northeastern State University’s motto is “Gather here. Go Far.” The phrase aptly applies to Dr. Gary Moulton.
Moulton, graduate of NSU and University of Nebraska Thomas C. Sorensen Emeritus Professor of American History, is perhaps the country’s leading authority on the history of Cherokee Principal John Ross, as well as being selected to review and edit the writings of Lewis and Clark.
Dr. Brad Agnew, chairman and professor of the NSU History Department, called Moulton the “world authority” on Ross.
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