Tahlequah Daily Press

Local News

January 9, 2014

Local Masons ready for new year

TAHLEQUAH — Tahlequah is blessed with many charitable organizations that provide food, shelter and other assistance to those in need, and the new year brings another calendar for the city’s oldest altruistic organization: the Cherokee Masonic Lodge No. 10.

Members will prepare an all-you-can-eat breakfast Jan. 18 from 7-11 a.m. at the lodge, corner of Choctaw Street and College Avenue. Tickets are $5 and the public is invited.

“They really do a great job, and their food is awfully darned good,” said Jo Prout, executive director of CASA. “They work hard, standing in that hot kitchen, and we are very pleased to be one of their beneficiaries.”

Benefit breakfasts are held every third Saturday of each month at the Cherokee Lodge. Proceeds have gone to Help-In-Crisis, Relay For Life, the Special Olympics, Save a Senior, the Salvation Army, Energy Aid, and most recently the Soroptomists Club.

“We are involved in many projects to help the community,” said Kent Rountree, a member of the lodge. “Several of our members are certified to participate in the Prevent Blindness Oklahoma project. We do eye screenings at schools throughout the county. We want to identify issues early so parents can get their kids referred quickly. Of course, poor vision can affect a child’s quality of education.”

Lodge members staff the concession stands during the annual Cher-O-Dair Shrine Club rodeo and the Shrine Circus. The Masons also organize the Student of Today and Teacher of Today awards in Cherokee County. Winners are honored at a dinner event each year.

“We are committed to assisting widows in the county,” Rountree said. “If someone has a need, like a wheelchair ramp or handrail, we will build it ourselves. If it is a larger project, we can raise the funds to allow that work to be done.”

Rountree sought membership with the Masons because of its deeds in the community.

“I was drawn by the charity,” he said. “We do everything for charity and don’t retain anything. It is a fraternal brotherhood of men who identify needs. We then develop plans to meet those needs, or at least minimize the impact for affected individuals. As a child, several gentlemen who mentored me were Masons and I always looked up to them. When I got to a point in my life where I could pursue it, I became a member myself.”

The Cherokee Lodge is the oldest in Oklahoma, dating to the 1840s. W.W. Hastings was a member, as were several of the Ross family. The lodge is home to a number of artifacts, many carried by former members. But also among the treasures are the bell from the Old Moravian Church, erected in 1835, and the sword presented to Chief Bowles by General Sam Houston after a treaty was signed between the Cherokee and Texas nations.

Rountree was also drawn to the history and moral foundation of Freemasonry.

“It is perhaps the oldest fraternity known to man,” he said. “Operative Masons go back to the times of King Solomon. So there is a great deal of history and honor associated with it. Everything is founded in biblical principles in our organization. It is also important to understand that we do not recruit. If interested in becoming a member, a person must contact a member.”

The Masonic Lodge is working on a new website at cherokee10.com.

“That will re-establish our web presence,” Rountree said. “We hope to have that up by the end of January. Once that is going, people will be able to go online and see a calendar of our events.”

For information about the lodge’s events, call Rountree at (918) 931-7192 or the lodge’s Worshipful Master for 2014, Dana Hazzard, at (918) 931-0391.

You’re Invited

The lodge’s CASA breakfast will feature eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, coffee and juice. All proceeds go to CASA. For more information about the CASA benefit breakfast, call CASA at (918) 456-8788. Tickets are available at the door, but can be purchased in advance at the CASA office at 304 W. Keetoowah St.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • ths-jazz-2.jpg THS jazz band gets up early to hone performance skills

    It means getting up an hour earlier, and it doesn’t count as a class, but the jazz band at Tahlequah High School enjoys the dedication of a group of enthusiastic students.
    The THS Jazz Band practices every day at 7 a.m., an hour before the start of classes. It numbers 17, and is led by Director Orien Landis.
    “They have to do this before school and they get no class credit, but we have a full band,” Landis said. “They are really excited about this.”

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Easter-basket-kid.jpg Easter traditions date back centuries

    Some Christians may lament a partial shift of focus, but a Christian holy day - perhaps the most holy of all – is this Sunday, and it will be marked with celebrations all around the world.
    The Christian holiday of Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus. For centuries, the observant have fasted, reflected or done penance in the weeks leading to the holiday. But today, many also associate the holiday with the Easter bunny, candy, and kites. In 2013, Americans spent $2.1 billion on Easter candy.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Some oppose minimum wage hike; others decry strong-arming by state

    President Barack Obama and the U.S. Senate recently announced a push to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 per hour, to $10.10. On the heels of the announcement, an initiative petition was introduced in Oklahoma City to raise the minimum wage to the suggested $10.10. If it gained 80,000 signatures, it would be put to a vote of the people.
    This legislative session, a bill passed prohibiting municipalities from setting a minimum was or vacation and sick-day requirements. Gov. Mary Fallin signed the bill into law earlier this week.

    April 18, 2014

  • Phone scam takes $500 from couple

    Authorities are warning Cherokee County residents to watch for a costly phone scam that recently targeted a local couple and ended in their loss of $500.
    According to sheriff’s deputies, a couple contacted authorities after losing $500 to the scam. The couple received a phone call from a man who identified himself only as “Mr. Green.” He told the couple they had won $1.5 million through Publisher’s Clearing House, but to collect the money, the couple would have to purchase a $500 money card to cover various fees.

    April 18, 2014

  • Missing local teen found dead

    The body of a missing 17-year-old boy was found in southern Cherokee County on Thursday, sheriff’s investigators said.
    Brikk Pritchett was reported missing earlier this month after disappearing on March 30, a day before his 17th birthday.

    April 18, 2014

  • ts honor flight 1.tif Flight of honor

    World War II veteran Charles Harra flew missions for the Army Air Corps, and if you ask him which flight was his most memorable, he’ll say it was his 35th mission.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Man charged after leading authorities on wild chase

    Prosecutors have formally charged a man who allegedly led authorities on a wild high-speed pursuit across Cherokee County in late March.

    April 17, 2014

  • Sex offender bonds out after failing to register

    A Cherokee County man is out on bond after being arrested last week for failing to register as a sex offender.

    April 17, 2014

  • jn radiator shop.jpg ‘Greenbelt’ progressing

    Crews this week began to demolish an abandoned radiator shop at the corner of South Street and Guinn Avenue.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • ts slut walk.tif SlutWalk shines spotlight on crime

    “Two, four, six, eight, stop the violence, stop the rape; slut, slut, ho, ho, yes means yes and no means no!”
    This was the battle cry across the campus of Northeastern State University, as the student branch of the American Association of University Women held its third annual SlutWalk Wednesday.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

Poll

What to you think of a state Legislature proposal to forbid cities from raising the minimum wage? Choose the closest to your opinion.

The federal government should set the minimum wage across the board.
States should be allowed to raise their minimum wages, but not cities.
Both states and cities should be allowed to raise their minimum wages.
Cities should be allowed to raise their mimum wages, but not states.
There should be no minimum wage at all.
Undecided.
     View Results
Tahlequah Daily Press Twitter
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
Stocks