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Street stencil project may have violated law
Street Commissioner Mike Corn believes the $9,000-plus price tag for more than 220 shared-lane arrows seemed fair, compared to the expected cost of other street markings.
The new markings – called “sharrows” – were placed on city roads in recent weeks as a reminder to drivers that bicyclists frequently use certain routes to navigate through Tahlequah. Controversy has since erupted around the sharrows, with many citizens saying they’re too small for drivers to see, and thus were a waste of taxpayer money.
Local opinion divided on new abortion bills
Last week, two pieces of legislation that would further restrict abortions passed an Oklahoma House committee, and citizens on both sides of the issue are talking about its possible effects.
Rep. Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow, is also an osteopathic physician, and he wrote one of the two bills. Ritze’s measure, House Bill 2418, if approved by a full vote of the House, would require doctors who perform abortions to have “clinical privileges at a hospital which offers obstetrical or gynecological care that is located within 30 miles of the location at which the abortion is performed.”
Ritze told the Associate Press the measure is necessary, as “a person can hemorrhage to death very quickly,” and a backup plan needs to be in place for those situations.
This measure closely mirrors similar legislation recently passed in Texas. That law is currently in litigation, pending a ruling from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Tahlequah High School band members qualify for state contest
This year, when the Tahlequah High School Orange Express heads off to the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association state solo and ensemble contest, it’ll need two charter buses instead of one.
According to THS Band Director Josh Allen, about 70 of the 92 students have qualified to compete at the state level, many in multiple areas. All total, the band received 107 superior ratings at the regional contest, with 84 of those performances qualifying for the state competition. Allen said this is the largest number of students to qualify for the event in his recent memory.
Help available for spring projects
With spring approaching, many property owners are looking around their homes and yards for opportunities to make improvements or repairs to enhance the value of their investments.
Numerous area businesses have staff well-versed in DIY projects and can provide materials, services or consultation for home improvement projects, including Tahlequah Lumber, Lake Region Electric Cooperative, Patton and Associates Construction Company, Jerry’s Excavation Inc., Hulbert Heat and Air LLC, Moore Brothers Floor Covering, Ted’s Building Supply, Hearth and Pool Service LLC, Cape’s Custom Welding and Fabrication, Graham’s Plumbing and Zenith Construction.
Girl Scout Cookies now on sale
Cookie season is underway again and there is no shortage of customers for Girl Scout Troop 1961 as they sell boxes of Thin Mints and Samoas to raise funds for scouting activities.
The troop set up its concession at the Walmart Superstore at 2020 S. Muskogee Ave. on Monday and will sell Girl Scout Cookies through March 22 at locations around Tahlequah.
“We often use cookie sales to fund trips,” said Amber Conway, troop leader. “Some of the older girls have gone to Europe and Mexico. But right now our troop wants to go to a bowling alley, a skating rink, the Tulsa Zoo - stuff like that.”
Hulbert man facing felony arson charges
A Hulbert man is facing felony arson charges for allegedly setting fire to an RV camper last month.
Robbie Jay Henson, 36, is accused of third-degree arson.
According to reports filed by Hulbert officers Aaron Torix and Tom Pryor, Henson was involved in an argument with Sharon Gregory on Jan. 31, and threatened to burn Gregory’s house down.
Drugs found on Tahlequah man when jailed for warrants
Authorities arrested a Tahlequah man on outstanding warrants last weekend and discovered methamphetamine.
Tahlequah Officer Brandon Vick said he noticed 20-year-old Nathan Quinn Harrington riding as a passenger in a truck Friday morning. Vick learned Harrington was being sought on an outstanding warrant, and followed the truck until it stopped at E-Z Mart on West Choctaw.
TPD officer injured in apparent ambush
Tahlequah police, along with the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service and Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, are investigating after an off-duty officer was apparently ambushed on Bliss Avenue.
Briggs School fourth-grader Jackson Tarrance got to have one of his favorite meals Friday at lunch. Better yet, he got to make the pizza himself.
Ten students, grades 1-5, were selected to participate in Briggs’ “Junior Chef” program. Officials from Gourmet Solutions were on hand to teach the children about proper nutrition and how to prepare their own food from scratch.
Gourmet Solutions provides food services for Briggs, and Chef Justin Mills, vice president of operations, enjoys getting out in the field and working one-on-one with the kids.
Cherokee National Prison Museum commemorates escape
Commemorating a daring escape from its walls, the Cherokee National Prison Museum invited visitors Friday to have their pictures taken in period garb behind its venerable bars.
“Escape to the Cherokee National Prison Museum” recalled the bold escape of Tom Ross and Cornelia Hendricks. The two were never recaptured, though it is reported they both returned to live in Tahlequah.
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