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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.
First Amendment covers basic rights
It contains just 45 words, arranged simply but eloquently, and its effects and influence have spanned centuries.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is actually the first of 10 articles in the Bill of Rights, which were demanded by Anti-Federalists – those suspicious of a central government – before dropping opposition to ratifying the document.
Tahlequah couple to be tried on child abuse charges
A judge last week bound over for trial a Tahlequah couple accused of felony child abuse.
Aaron William Lingbeck, 39, is accused of child sexual abuse, and Tina Carroll Lingbeck, 36, is charged with enabling child sexual abuse and child abuse by injury.
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