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Local residents divided on SCOTUS decision
Nearly two weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of allowing for-profit, closely-held companies to opt out of the contraceptive mandate that is part of the Affordable Care Act.
Hobby Lobby, an Oklahoma-based, family-owned company, brought the suit, saying offering certain forms of contraception to its employees through the company’s insurance plan runs counter to the owners’ religious beliefs.
HPWA board mulls bridge project issues
The Fourteen Mile Creek Bridge project has run into another set of issues which were brought to the Hulbert Public Works Board of Trustees attention Thursday night.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has said it will accept project bids for the project without consulting with the city, which is footing the bill.
TPS board approves replacement of five buses
Tahlequah I-35 School Board members voted Thursday to replace five buses, all of which are close to 20 years old, by approving a lease with Midwest Bus Sales Inc.
Oklahoma may rank low on quality of life polls, but Tahlequah shines
Tahlequah has been recognized several times as one of the best small towns in the country for a variety of reasons.
So it may surprise area residents to learn that Oklahoma, on the whole, is ranked 43rd in the nation as far as quality of life is concerned.
The Statemaster study indicated a state’s “livability rating” was based on 44 factors. Among those were the number of children living in supportive neighborhoods, percentage of households that are married couples, estimated sales at shopping malls, the number of restaurants available, etc.
Local bat population may be under threat
Cherokee County’s bat population could be under threat from a disease that is not deadly in itself, but can set up a chain reaction that can ultimately decimate whole colonies.
Many years ago, professors at Northeastern State University studied the local bat population, mainly consisting of the big-eared bat, and at the time, little brown bats. Although the bats favored caves are generally closed to the public, wildlife officials still try to keep tabs on them.
Medical marijuana petition circulating here
Two petitions are circulating that address the legalization of marijuana in Oklahoma. The petition for State Question 773 began this week and deals with legalization of marijuana for recreational, industrial, and medical use. The petition for State Question 768, or the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Amendment, was filed in April by a representative of Oklahomans for Health.
Grand jury indicts local man accused of making bomb
A federal grand jury has indicted a Tahlequah man accused of possessing a destructive device in April.
Joby Tucson Northington, 34, is charged with possession of an unregistered firearm.
Records: Chamber money spent at horse track, bars, fast-food joints
More than $150,000 was withdrawn with the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce check card between February 2006 and December 2011, taking the total ATM transactions in the past 8-1/2 years to around $420,000.
Bank records show most withdrawals were made at bank or QuikTrip ATMs in Oklahoma, though a few others were made at casinos and horse racing tracks.
Thieves shove woman into trunk, take purse
Sheriff’s investigators say a woman was pushed into the trunk of her car and locked inside Wednesday afternoon on Stick Ross Mountain Road.
Cherokee County Undersheriff Jason Chennault said the woman pulled off of Stick Ross Mountain Road, at the top of the hill south of the State Highway 51 bypass, when she had a flat.
Local florist lends his expertise to popular TV show
Fans of the television show “Mistresses” will not only discover a surprise ending for the season finale when it airs in mid-August, but they’ll be able to see the design expertise of local florist Josh Cottrell-Mannon.
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