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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.
Funding earmarked for two Tahlequah street projects had to be diverted last year to pay for work on North Cedar Avenue, a venture that apparently violated state bidding laws and ran $180,000 over budget.
According to construction records obtained by the Daily Press, city officials allocated $155,000 for the North Cedar Avenue project, which had been on the back burner for several years.
When the dust settled on the work last year, the city had spent more than $336,500 and still fell about 125 feet short of the intended mark, according to officials.
Arts Council class irons out details for Tahlequah junket
Arts are among the top tourism attractions for any community, and next month, Tahlequah arts will be in the spotlight.
The State Arts Council Leadership Class 7 will meet here in March, and those planning the meeting Tuesday found there is more to explore than time will allow for the two-day event.
Oklahoma Arts Council Cultural Development Director Molly O’Connor said she’s excited to bring the group to Tahlequah to observe community arts on the rise.
“Public arts is such a big deal, and you have such exciting and vibrant murals,” said O’Connor. “Tahlequah is a prime example of a town that’s moving forward with great partnerships and leadership. It definitely feels like a destination.”
NSU hosts Career and Graduate School Fair
Students and alumni of Northeastern State University took a few hours to check out job and education opportunities during a campus event Wednesday.
NSU’s Office of Career Services hosted its Career and Graduate School Fair from noon to 3 p.m. in the Rozell Ballroom of the University Center. The forum drew recruiters and those looking for employment and options for pursuing graduate degree.
“This is a chance for our students and others to talk with representatives from these different organizations,” said Autumn Stafford, career events specialist. “They can look for jobs, or just kind of network to get a feel for what is out there.”
Cherokee Nation and Delaware Tribe of Indians sign pact for HUD funds
The Cherokee Nation and the Delaware Tribe of Indians have signed an pact that will allow the Delaware to secure federal housing funds directly from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development.
The tooth of the matter
Despite its necessity, dental care requires a diligence some people find difficult to maintain. And whatever troubles adults may have, it can be even more daunting to get children to take care of their teeth.
February is the American Dental Association’s National Children’s Dental Health Month. The annual campaign offers resources and information to dental care professionals, teachers and parents to educate children about the importance of dental health.
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