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.
Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation awards $30K
Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation recently awarded more than $30,000 to TPS teachers for education projects.
Tibbets: Art an important cultural element
The incomparable beauty of nature inspires Dennis Tibbits to paint.
“I believe my love of the Illinois River, especially the Barren Fork, has greatly influenced the type of material I prefer doing,” said Tibbits.
His love of landscapes – “riverscapes,” as he calls them – began about the same time he started floating the river in the 1970s as a student at Northeastern State University.
Tibbits, an instructor and clinical supervisor of Speech and Language Pathology at NSU, graduated from Stilwell High School in 1971. He earned a bachelor’s degree from NSU in 1975 and a master’s degree from the University of Arkansas in 1976, both in speech-language pathology. He came full-circle when he took a teaching job at NSU in 2007, after doing clinical speech pathology for more than 30 years.
In the early ‘70s, he did his first oil paintings and three of them hang in his house today.
Senior Citizens dance makes mark in history
It was nearly 14 years ago when Charles Scott and Dorothy Crawford were sitting across the table from each other having lunch at the Tahlequah Senior Citizens Center, when Charles spoke up and said, “I think I’ll go see the mayor and city council and get a senior citizens dance started.”
Bright colors in for spring fashion
The occasional snowflake may still be floating down from the sky, but bright colors and textures are making local boutiques and stores look like spring has already arrived.
Bright colors, loose-weave accessories in scarves, jackets and vests and dresses are beginning to replace winter items in display windows and on the racks.
Neon and leopard prints are always on hand at Obsession Boutique, said owner Amanda Harris.
Floral and tribal prints, corals, melon and mint green and sequins for bling are beginning to brighten the store on cute sundresses, skinny jeans, leggings, and jeggings, said Harris.
- Polar Plunge raises thousands for Special Olympics More than 110 participants from local schools and organizations took part in Saturday’s Polar Plunge for the Special Olympics at Arrowhead Resort on the Illinois River. They raised a total of $15,400 for the athletes to buy uniforms and help with travel and lodging for the Oklahoma Special Olympics in May. Participating were groups from Cherokee Nation, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah Police Department, Tahlequah Public Schools, and others.
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