For Baughman, food security is a priority
It is a challenge for many in the community to have enough to eat, especially children and elderly.
For 23 years, the CARE Food Pantry has offered assistance.
CARE Food Pantry Manager Becky Baughman, also a volunteer, is retired from Northeastern State University in sociology and criminology, and from the U.S. Army Reserves where she was a criminal investigator.
Voting rights extended by 15th Amendment
With passage of the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the right to vote was supposed to be extended to all citizens of voting age - as long they were male.
A constitutional protection for women to vote was still decades away, but the 15th Amendment was an important extension of voting rights, even if federal application was desultory for much of the next century.
Young artist stretching her wings in oils
Art is part of everyday life, even for people who don’t think of themselves as artists. For her part, Erin Owen started as a dabbler.
“There are a lot of artists in my family, so I’ve always been encouraged to make art, but it took a while before I took a personal interest in it,” said Owen.
Eventually she realized art can be whatever you want it to be: “therapy, communication, expression, a story, a career, a lifestyle, a conviction. So, of course, I got hooked.”
Court battles fought over 14th Amendment - It’s about more than race
Of the three Reconstruction Amendments to the U.S. Constitution - or any amendment, for that matter - the 14th is the most litigated.
Passage of the amendment was traumatic. States of the defeated southern confederation realized the 14th Amendment was a federal encroachment on state powers, and except for Tennessee, they refused to sanction it. Southern states were placed under martial law until the 14th Amendment was ratified.
The Reconstruction Amendments were meant to end slavery and address issues for former slaves, and the 14th deals with equal protection and citizenship.
CN ‘Removal’ riders embark on journey
Wednesday morning, the clouds broke over Tahlequah just long enough for a dozen Cherokee Nation youth to embark on a 1,000-mile journey, retracing the paths of their ancestors on the Trail of Tears.
Taylor’s congregation hungry for the word
When Joe Taylor took the post as pastor at Barber Baptist Church a little over five years ago, he was most impressed with the congregation’s hunger for the word, their love for one another, their outreach and their respect for the office of pastor.
Slavery abolished with 13th Amendment
During the decades preceding the Civil War, the U.S. Constitution was not tweaked through amendment by Congress and the states.
America’s document of supreme law went more than 60 years between passage of the 12th and 13th amendments, but the nation’s war between North and South brought a quick flurry of three adjustments known as the Reconstruction Amendments.
Survivors ready for Relay For Life
Relay For Life is a celebration for cancer survivors and for the lives of family and friends lost to the disease.
Cherokee County’s event is open to the community, and organizers invite everyone to come and show support of the survivors by cheering them on, walking with them or participating in other activities, like the silent and live auctions.
Proceeds of the fundraiser stay in Cherokee County and are used to help area patients with needs such as gasoline cards to go to and from treatment, wigs and prosthetics.
‘Pickle ban’ may hurt fundraisers
When school begins again in August, one thing will be missing from snacks sold at school sites and athletic events: pickles.
Rhonda Kerns, Tahlequah Public Schools Child Nutrition director, told members of the TPS School Board recently that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has modified what snacks can be sold in schools.
Bicyclists burgeoning, with eyes on safety
As the weather gets warmer, area residents are venturing outdoors more often, talking walks or riding bicycles.
May is National Bicycle Safety Month, and AAA wants to remind those who take to the roads on two wheels to exercise caution. The organization stresses that risks can be minimized through understanding the importance of wearing proper safety gear, providing regular bicycle maintenance, and operating a bike safely by obeying traffic rules.
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