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  • rf-volunterer.jpg 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.”

    March 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • rf-Moulton.jpg 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.

    March 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • SR-Standalone2-27.jpg Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation awards $30K

    Tahlequah Public Schools Foundation recently awarded more than $30,000 to TPS teachers for education projects.

    March 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • rf-Artist.jpg 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.

    March 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • Senior-dance-band.jpg 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.”

    February 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • rf-fashion.jpg 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.

    February 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • kh-polar-3.jpg 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.

    February 25, 2014

  • rf-Pastor.jpg Ross shares gospel in variety of settings

    Pastor Sean Ross uses a variety of classes to teach the word of God to his congregation, whether at church, a nursing home or elsewhere.
    “Our church is small and precious. We enjoy singing the old hymns, as well as new praise. We are looking to grow in the Lord and in his favor,” Ross said.

    February 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • rf lightworkers.tif Light Workers heal human energy

    Light Workers are healers, but not in the traditional medical sense. They heal human energy.

    February 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • RF-TeacherTinsley.jpg Tinsley’s family an inspiration for teaching

    Lessons from life on the farm are teaching tools for Greenwood’s newest Teacher of the Year.
    Second-grade teacher Kym Tinsley’s family is important. In the summer, she works on Canyon Ridge Farm, owned by her parents.
    “I use the experiences from the farm life in my classroom on a daily basis, through writing, reading, and math,” she said.
    She has a happy, colorful and friendly classroom. She recently greeted two children at the classroom door with a smile. As she interacted with them, asking questions about a story, they searched for clues and find answers.
    Tinsley rewarded each girl with a compliment, based on their answers and asked more questions. The girls searched for answers once more.
    For Tinsley, children are definitely the best part of teaching,

    February 18, 2014 1 Photo

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