LOST CITY —
Cherokee County’s twinning cow has done it again.
The cow, known as 018, has become a bit of a local celebrity as a frequent bearer of twins, a rare happening in the bovine world.
“Her last two births have been singles,” said Chester Bailey, a farmer and owner of 018. “But over her lifespan - she is about 12 years old - she has given birth to eight sets of twins.”
A cow with a propensity for twinning possesses an inherited trait. Bailey said he has not yet examined the calves closely to determine their genders.
“When she gave birth to the calves, I did care for the one she left,” Bailey said. “She usually will leave the scrawnier calf and keep the other that can keep up with her. I took care of it for a couple of days until it had the strength to stay with the mother. Then the mother accepted both of them. But I’m not sure if they are mixed or both heifers.”
Non-ranchers may wonder what is difficult about telling a male calf from a female. The calves are only a few days old, and making the distinction requires close inspection beneath the tail - and sometimes, it still isn’t obvious.
Bailey said it will be important to identify the sex of each calf once they are a bit older.
Twin heifers are identical and can reproduce. When the twins are a male and a female, the female is sterile and known as a freemartin, or martin heifer. They often display steer-like behavior. They are of little use to ranchers, but are sometimes used in the study of immunology.
Ten percent of heifers born with a male twin are normal and viable.
“One of [018’s] heifers also gave birth to twins,” Bailey said. “I have marked all her offspring; each has a notch in an ear. So I know which cattle on this farm are hers.”
When 018 is about to give birth, Bailey said, she is closely monitored.
“When  first gave birth, she went to the farthest end of the field where we couldn’t see her,” Bailey said. “She had a twin, but she left one and we didn’t know. I eventually discovered she had a second calf. Now I put her in this large pen anytime she is about to calve.”
Bailey, 79, was born on the family farm in a log cabin. He is running the farm after spending much of his life away from this area. He purchased 018 among five head from his son.
The cow first belonged to Bailey’s mother, Edna. It was she who first called attention to the twins of 018. She died in September 2012 at age 97.
Celebrity bovine has given birth to eight sets of twins – an unusual feat
LOST CITY —
Cherokee County’s twinning cow has done it again.
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Walk a Mile 2014
Men squeezed into feminine footwear Saturday by the hundreds to walk in solidarity with women on the issue of sexual violence – and their clop-clop-clopping echoed down Muskogee Avenue.
The fourth annual “Walk a Mile In Her Shoes” brought men to Norris Park, accompanied by their enthusiastic female supporters, to walk – and often wobble – in high heels over a mile-long course to raise funds for Help-In-Crisis.
“It hurts every year,” said John Christie, a Sequoyah High School student participating in his third Walk a Mile. “I get home, sit down, blisters come up and the calves hurt. But it is worth it. It’s for a good cause.”
Michigan man gets 13 years on plea to rape, sodomy of girl
A 28-year-old Michigan man will spend about 13 years in an Oklahoma state prison after pleading guilty to four counts of first-degree rape and one count of sodomy involving a 13-year-old girl.
Christopher Dale Adams, of Lake Orion, Mich., received a 13-year prison sentence for each of the five charges, to be followed by seven years suspended. All sentences will run concurrently.
Police take down pair on pot distribution charge
Tahlequah police officers arrested a pair Sunday night for allegedly possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute it.
Tahlequah Officer Cody Warren said police were asked to investigate when 35-year-old Amy N. Logan, of Tahlequah, allegedly took a family member’s car without permission.
While Warren was speaking with the owners of the vehicle, Logan arrived along with 26-year-old Theoplilus James Mollie, of Tulsa.
Two nailed with meth, pot hidden in bag of chips
Two people were arrested early Monday morning when Tahlequah police stopped a vehicle near Basin Avenue and found methamphetamine and marijuana hidden in a bag of chips.
Tahlequah Officer Cory Keele said he noticed a Nissan heading north on Park Hill Road, and the vehicle later stopped in an intersection.
Nylon case doesn’t fool deputy; drug charges to be filed
A Tahlequah man is jailed at the Cherokee County Detention Center after being arrested on drug possession charges.
Deputy Michael Cates stopped Johnny Lee Gawf, 25, near Stick Ross Mountain Road and U.S. Highway 62. Gawf did not have his driver’s license and had a no-bond warrant for failure to pay.
When Gawf was asked to step out of his vehicle, he allegedly reached into a pocket and pulled out a black nylon case, which he claimed to be a pocket knife. Gawf sat the case in the seat of the vehicle.
Dual citizenship still OK for tribes
It’s been almost a year since the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma was forced to close its casino, leaving about 150 members without jobs.
Right before the operations was shuttered, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker offered a plan to absorb UKB employees, scheduling three employment registration meetings in September 2013.
TPS to hold graduation at Doc Wadley, after all
A letter obtained by the Tahlequah Daily Press states that graduation exercises for the Tahlequah High School Class of 2014 will be held at Doc Wadley Stadium on May 23.
Tahlequah Public Schools received an invitation from the city and Northeastern State University to hold the graduation ceremony inside the NSU multipurpose event center, and the district was initially agreeable. But the necessity of limiting invitations to 10 or 15 per student because of seating concerns drew heavy criticism from seniors and parents.
Woman allegedly went after relative, then cop
Deputies say a 22-year-old woman assaulted a family member Saturday, then attacked an officer when he tried to arrest her.
Deputy Bryan Qualls was sent to investigate the domestic disturbance at Hilltop Circle. Donna Wilder, the alleged victim, told Qualls that the suspect, Kaylynn Sharp, was hiding in the garage, and had struck her in the face several times.
City of Tahlequah progressing on bond projects
Just more than a year after the city began collecting a sales tax funds for use on capital improvements, crews continue to work toward finishing several of the projects.
“We’re going to deliver everything we said we would,” Tahlequah Mayor Jason Nichols said Friday.
The $21-million-plus bond issue approved in 2013 includes about $10 million worth of street projects. South Muskogee Avenue will eventually be widened into a five-lane stretch; East Fourth Street’s widening project is underway; and West Fourth will become, at least in part, a three-lane road.
Projects will also focus on parts of North Grand, East Allen, Bluff, Crafton, and North Cedar.
Four men charged with burglary
Four local men are facing burglary and stolen-property charges in Cherokee County District Court.
Prosecutors have charged the four men with second-degree burglary and knowingly concealing stolen property.
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