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.
Community members gather for season’s first ‘Movies in the Park’
The early evening sky Saturday was cloudy as volunteers began to get Norris Park ready for the first film of the 2014 Movies in the Park season, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.” The movie can’t be shown until after dark, but people began claiming their spots as early as 6 p.m.
Since 2011, Tahlequah Main Street Association has provided free showings of new and classic movies on a giant inflatable screen in downtown Tahlequah. The season runs from May to September, and nine films are scheduled this year.
Williams says teaching takes real conviction
Heritage Elementary School Teacher of the Year Sarah Williams firmly believes that, no matter what your profession, at some point or another, a teacher has helped inspire or encourage you.
“There is no way around us,” said Williams, a media science teacher.
Kids get original with duct tape art
How can you recycle old plastic VHS movie and music cassette cases?
A table filled with a variety of colors and designs of duct tape inspired youth to cover these obsolete cases as decorative boxes, while others created flowers and jewelry from their own imaginations.
Duct tape can be used for easy and affordable crafts, as it was Wednesday at the Hulbert Community Library.
Summer activities for area youth abound
Summer fun is just around the corner as schools close their doors for vacation.
Parents looking for activities to enrich their children’s summer experience or in need of opportunities for their children while they’re at work have several options.
The libraries in Tahlequah and Hulbert have many free fun plans, including the Summer Reading Program, which encourages kids to enjoy reading. Northeastern State University and the Cherokee Nation have week-long day camps.
For Fritts, volunteering is second nature
The 30th annual Save-A-Senior after-graduation party plans are almost complete, but the volunteer coordinator said they could still use donations.
Shelia Ann Unger-Fritts became passionate about volunteering in her junior college days at Westark College, now the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, by donating her time in the Make-A-Wish foundation’s gift wrap store. Since then she’s been affiliated with Toys for Tots, the United Way of Adair County, Relay for Life, Stilwell Youth Wrestling, Stilwell Youth Football, numerous little league teams, several benefit runs and walks, the Shriners, Cornerstone Fellowship, Beta Sigma Phi, Delta Kappa Chapter, and her Family, Career and Community Leaders of America students.
Tai chi class offers increased mobility
Calm music played in a sunlit room, as a class of first-time tai chi students gently reached their arms open to the side, then back to the front.
“Let’s welcome the morning and circle our arms,” the instructor said, demonstrating, “up and now back down.”
At any age, a lack of physical movement for an adult can soon lead to a diminished mobility.
A new class at the Tahlequah Senior Citizens Center, Tai Chi for Arthritis, is designed to give participants better balance, improve muscle tone and flexibility, increase circulation, reduce stress and even enhance their mood.
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