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The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council approved a $332 million budget modification during a meeting Thursday, May 28, after receiving a portion of the $8 billion set aside for tribal governments in Congress's CARES Act.

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Tahlequah's mayor said an increase in revenue for fiscal year 2020-2021 wasn't budgeted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Because of one family's meeting weeks ago, thousands of vegetable and herb plants were given away to community members Thursday evening.

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Branches of the Eastern Oklahoma Library System - including those in Cherokee County - are getting ready to reopen their doors to the public.

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Tahlequah native and blues drummer Tammy Ridgeway goes by many names. In Tulsa, she's known as the Funky Drummer, and in Oklahoma City, she answers to Bam Bam. But now, all throughout Oklahoma, she'll be known as the first female drummer to be inducted into the Oklahoma Blues Hall of Fame.

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Mayor Sue Catron stopped by the Tahlequah Recycle drop-off center to observe its operations firsthand on Wednesday, May 27.

Data released by the Oklahoma Tax Commission indicate Cherokee County sales tax collections for May increased by more than $58,000 from the same time period last year, and Hulbert’s figures increased from last May.

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While the past few months on the job have been hectic, Kirsten Carpitcher said the mentality of her co-workers and customers made working at Save A Lot more than bearable.

Albert McCutchan, a maintenance worker at Arrowhead Resort, was cleaning equipment Wednesday afternoon. 

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Local residents appear enthusiastic about a potential new travel option, after the state House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution supporting the extension of passenger rail service from Oklahoma City to Newton, Kansas, a couple of weeks ago.

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The bamboo family remains a mystery to many, as some varieties are sure to stay once they are put in the ground. And the location of others - like river cane - are still being mapped out by area residents.

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After organizing her home, one Tahlequah resident has organized the Tahlequah Community Wide Yard Sale, which is set for Friday-Saturday, June 5-6, 7 am.-2 p.m.

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Along with the school year being cut short, many after-school activities were canceled or altered due to the current pandemic. Girl Scouts is one of those groups that hasn't met in person for months.

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The Grand River Dam Authority Police and Cherokee County area fire department rescue teams stayed busy over the Memorial Day weekend, with several minor mishaps on the Illinois River.

The Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors agreed to partner with the Tahlequah Regional Development Authority to find a new chamber president during a May 26 meeting.

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While most businesses do not allow smoking, some bars and casinos do, thereby exposing employees and customers to secondhand smoke.

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It might look a little different, but the Tahlequah Farmers’ Market is set to return Saturday, May 30.

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Tahlequah's bars and taverns have been allowed to reopen after a couple of months, and customers are lifting their glasses to what they hope will be a pandemic on the downswing.

Although the bars are only open at 50 percent capacity for now, Ned’s saw a decent turnout its first night back in action Friday.

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The Tahlequah Public Schools CareerTech teachers have joined a team with the city of Tahlequah, Cherokee County Commissioners, and representatives from both local hospitals to determine gaps in the supply of personal protection equipment in local medical facilities.

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Hulbert officials say businesses have reopened, and residents there are still following protocols.

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TENKILLER - After being rescheduled a couple of times, Tidy Up Tenkiller is being organized for Saturday, May 30, and volunteers are being sought.

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Over the course of a few months, the country as residents knew it looks very different due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but there may be too many variables to predict what the U.S. will look like a year from now.

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The Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce has delivered hundreds of protective face masks to area and local businesses and nonprofit organizations.

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A local father called police when he noticed a convicted sex offender was waiting outside the restrooms at a state park.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has hit musicians and the venues they play in pretty hard. Full-time musicians found themselves with no gigs and no pay, so many are eager for bars to open and music festivals to be on the calendar.

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Local residents are voicing concerns and frustration over what they say is a lack of COVID-19 information that was promised by officials.

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The COVID-19 outbreak forced area resale shops to close, putting a dent in funding charitable organizations use to maintain operations. Now, some are beginning to reopen.

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Obituaries

PARK HILL [mdash] Funeral services for Henry Newton Sadler will be held at Green Country Funeral Home on Thursday, May 28th, 2020 at 10:00 AM with Tommy Tucker officiating. His family will have a visitation on Wednesday, May 27th, 2020 beginning at 9:00 AM until 8:00 PM at Green Country Fune…

TAHLEQUAH [mdash] Elizabeth A. Ostenson, 84 of Tahlequah, Go-Ye-Village, died May 23, 2020. Services are pending at this time, On-line condolences may be expressed at tahlequahfuneral.com

TAHLEQUAH [mdash] Othel Peace, 80 of Tahlequah, Pumpkin Hollow area, died Sunday May, 24, 2020, Services Pending with Green Country Funeral Home, On-line condolences may be expressed at tahlequahfuneral.com

TAHLEQUAH [mdash] Walter "Walt" Dale Choate of Tahlequah, Oklahoma passed away May 21, 2020 at the age of 79. Walter was born March 23, 1941 in Wagoner, Oklahoma to William "Bill" Frank Choate and Dorothy Marie "Neel" Choate. He graduated from Wagoner High School in 1959 and later became a C…

BUNCH [mdash] age 47. Construction Worker. Died Tuesday, May 19th, 2020 in Oklahoma City, OK. Services were held Friday, May 22nd, 2020 at Dry Creek Community Center. Burial at Barber Cemetery in Welling, OK.