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Aldridge sings the blues
The gray is beginning to cover his once-black hair, and it shows when the tall, lanky musician adjusts his black felt cowboy hat.
He’s admits to being a little nervous. To keep his hands busy and mind occupied before the show begins, he tunes his guitar, glancing around the room, waving or nodding to friends.
“An Evening of Blues Music,” presented at Webb Tower by Dr. Harold Aldridge, professor emeritus of psychology at Northeastern State University, was in observance of Black History month.
Key tax deductions phased out for ‘14
The federal government may have shut down briefly last year, extending the opening of tax filing season to Dec. 31. But filing deadlines remain the same: April 15, or Oct. 15 for an extension.
Denise Deason-Toyne, certified financial planner and local attorney, pointed out several items taxpayers need to remember when filing their 2013 returns.
“First off, several deductions expired at the end of 2013, meaning as long as you took advantage of the deduction before the end of December, they can be claimed.”
Expired deductions include teacher’s classroom expenses, mortgage insurance premiums, IRA distributions to charity, state and local sales taxes, and certain home renovations made for energy efficiency.
Second Amendment among the most contentious
Americans may cherish the freedoms enumerated in the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution, but they often disagree on interpretation. And one article, more than any other, has been the subject of debate in recent decades.
It’s the Second Amendment, short and seemingly to the point: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
Due to recent rulings by the Supreme Court, the view that the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution allows private citizens to own firearms carries more weight these days. But disagreements arise as to what kinds of firearms can and should be owned, and for what purpose they may be used.
Hulbert special sales tax election is Tuesday
Last December, the Hulbert Town Council voted to adjust city ordinance to allow collection of sales tax at an additional 1 percent, and voted for a notice of election.
Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, for that special election.
Tweet about HIV cases doesn’t match the facts
A message on social media that reported escalating HIV cases in Cherokee County went viral last week before local health officials confirmed it was fabricated.
On Wednesday, Feb. 26, the @NSU_confess Twitter account tweeted “ALERT: Since December 2013, 87 people have tested positive for HIV in the city of Tahlequah! 43 of them were NSU students! Get tested!” As of Friday evening, the tweet had received 11 favorites and been retweeted 33 times.
“This seems like an inaccurate rumor. Based upon the historical data of Cherokee County over the past 30 years, it appears fabricated,” said Karen Sherwood, community health programs coordinator with the Cherokee County Health Department.
Tahlequah Mayor Jason Nichols believes a community can only be successful by avoiding complacency, a pitfall he plans to negate in the coming years.
Nichols, along with Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Northeastern State University President Steve Turner, spoke to an audience of about 200 Thursday at the second annual State of the Community luncheon.
Attendees represented a healthy cross-section of area residents, including city personnel, tribal officials, NSU faculty, staff and administration, as well as business owners, retirees and educators. The luncheon was hosted by the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce, and held in Richardson Hall of Go Ye Village.
Vendor: Street crews ‘abused’ $37K chipper
Years of debate over the city’s brush removal system seemed to reach a temporary conclusion 18 months ago when councilors opted by buy a wood chipper. But a blunt letter from the vendor who sold the machine claims it was subsequently “abused” by street department employees, costing the city thousands of dollars in repairs.
In a letter obtained by the Daily Press last week, Brian Miner, owner of Miner’s Equipment & Truck Repair LLC in Oklahoma City, wrote city officials Sept. 26, 2013, to detail repeated repairs to the $37,000 wood chipper.
“Miner’s Equipment & Truck Repair strongly feels that if the chipper was maintained properly and used [for] what it was designed for, most if not all of the problems the chipper has had could have been avoided,” Miner wrote.
AARP offering free tax preparation for elderly, others
Sometimes, a relatively simple task can seem daunting – especially when it comes to filing state and federal tax returns.
That’s why the AARP offers free tax preparation each year, targeting services for the elderly and low- to moderate-income taxpayers.
Tahlequah has its own team of AARP-certified tax preparers. The team began offering services the first Wednesday in February and will continue to do so each week through the filing deadline of April 15. Help is available from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Wednesday at the Armory Municipal Center.
Planning continues for Save a Senior
For the 30th year, preparations are underway to create a safe celebratory environment for Tahlequah High School seniors the night after they receive their diplomas.
Save a Senior is May 23 after the THS graduation ceremonies. The event is in the University Center at Northeastern State University from 10:30 p.m. to 5 a.m., and includes food, activities, dancing, a hypnotist and an oxygen bar.
Tahlequah man injured in two-car crash
A Tahlequah man was transported to Tahlequah City Hospital after sustaining injuries in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Stick Ross Mountain and Clyde Maher roads.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol suspects alcohol was a factor.
The accident occurred at 7:59 a.m. Thursday when a 2002 Hyundai Santa Fe driven by Robbie Ashmore, 56, was eastbound on Clyde Maher Road. The vehicle was struck by a 2004 Ford Expedition driven by Shanna Dry, 43, of Tahlequah. Dry was southbound on Stick Ross Mountain Road.
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