TAHLEQUAH — Tahlequah city councilors will mull a request Monday night to have a contractor dispose of this large pile of brush behind the street department facility. According to a proposal submitted by Ward 1 Councilor Diane Weston, cost of removing the brush through a private contractor could top $20,000. Weston’s supporting material, which was provided to other councilors, suggests it is “imperative” the brush be removed as soon as possible “to reduce the possibility of imposed fines for non-compliance” of regulations from the Department of Environmental Quality.
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Hounds at center stage for more than just Red Fern Festival
Larry Blackman and Titus Blanket have always loved dogs, especially beagles. In their respective roles as president and vice president of the Cherokee County Beagle Club, they’ve turned that love into a passion.
Murder charge against mother of dead boy, 3, dismissed
A first-degree murder charge has been dropped against a 37-year-old mother accused in the death of her 3-year-old son.
Okla. superintendents paid comparatively well; teachers 46th lowest
Administrators say they work year-round, have other duties
As public education in Oklahoma continues to feel the pinch of a shrinking state budget, watchdog groups and district patrons across the state are asking whether superintendents are getting a disproportionate piece of the financial pie.
Boards keep city, county afloat
City and county officials rely on a variety of boards to oversee diverse and complex issues, and many of their members work behind the scenes to keep the wheels of government oiled and turning.
The city of Tahlequah currently has 10 boards and three trust authorities. Cherokee County has two county-specific boards.
HPWA contract raises gas to $3.99 a gallon
The Hulbert Public Works Authority renewed its natural gas contract with Constellation Energy July 29, raising fuel prices to $3.99 per gallon for the next two years.
Tourism Council OKs compensation
The Tahlequah Area Tourism Council held its annual retreat Wednesday, and approved paying former Director Kate Kelly 100 hours of annual leave.
Fundraiser was in the cards for local philanthropic group
It was perfect weather, with temperatures in the high 80s Saturday, as boaters filled their vessels with friends for a fun afternoon on Lake Tenkiller. A crowd gathered at Cookson Bend Marina, and folks lined up to support a local charity event.
As fundraisers go, the Beta Sigma Phi Mu Omega Poker Run last Saturday could be considered huge success, as nearly $9,000 was collected.
Man arrested for blackmailing woman for sex
Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies put a man behind bars Monday night after he allegedly tried to blackmail a woman by threatening to post nude photos of her on the Internet if she did not meet him for sex.
Peach crop lean, but fruit still available
Summer is all about peaches in Porter – especially at Livesay Orchard.
The Livesay Orchard is still busy a week after Porter’s annual peach festival. The orchard’s crop this year was cut in half from what had previously been expected, according to Kent Livesay, one of the owners of the orchard.
Tot’s injuries prompt abuse charges for two local residents
A Tahlequah couple was formally charged Tuesday with child neglect and child abuse after an 18-month-old girl was found with a number of injuries.
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