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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.
Cherokee County jobless rate up in December
Unemployment rates in Cherokee County were higher last December than in the previous month.
According to this month’s data from the Oklahoma Employment Securities Commission, 5.7 percent of the county was without a job in December 2013, up from 5.5 percent in November and down from 5.9 percent in October.
In December 2012, 5.2 percent of the county was unemployed.
It’s National FFA Week, and chapters in Tahlequah, Hulbert and Keys have held several events to promote the organization and invite new members.
Also known as Future Farmers of America, the FFA’s official name has been the National FFA Organization since 1988. This year’s FFA week ends Feb. 22.
“This week, we held a teacher appreciation breakfast to thank them for all they do for the students,” said Drew Jordan, FFA instructor at Tahlequah High School. “Of course, we’re getting ready for the county livestock show.”
Dialysis offers many patients longevity
When Linda Torrez first began dialysis treatment four years ago, she signed a new lease on life.
Torrez suffers from chronic kidney disease as a result of congestive heart disease stemming from diabetes. It was her son and the promise of grandchildren that prompted her to seek help.
“I was really scared,” said Torrez. “But my son caught in the middle of a drive to Tulsa and just asked me, ‘Don’t you want to see your granddaughter grow up?’ That’s what made me decide to do it.”
According to the National Kidney Foundation, dialysis is a treatment that takes over some of the functions of healthy kidneys. It is needed when a person’s kidneys can no longer take care of the body’s needs.
When kidneys fail, dialysis keeps the body in balance by removing waste, salt and extra water to prevent them from building up in the body. It also keeps a safe level of certain chemicals in the blood, such as potassium, sodium and bicarbonate, and helps control blood pressure.
Dr. James Madison, nephrologist for Tahlequah City Hospital, said the key point is recognizing dialysis is not a treatment of kidney disease, but is rather a replacement of kidney function.
Energy expert: Regulations often at the core of rising fuel prices
With spring just three weeks away, fuel prices are again climbing, and officials in the energy industry are offering different reasons for the increase.
According to AAA, Oklahoma’s gasoline price average has risen more than 11 cents per gallon over the past two weeks.
“We’re in that tricky time of year when refinery anxiety is the rule of the day,” said Chuck Mai, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma. “Less gasoline is being produced as refineries gear down, clean out and ramp back up again to produce summertime fuel blends.”
Dr. Kirk Boatright’s view shares a common thread. Boatright, a Tahlequah resident who formerly worked for the Jersey Production Research Corp. of Exxon and the Pan American Petroleum Corp. of Amoco in Tulsa, is also a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
He said federal regulation, not oil producers, is one of the main causes for the increase in prices at the pump.
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