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Health care dominated political dialogue leading up to the coronavirus crisis this month and if voters in the nation's heartland are an accurate yardstick, the struggle over the best way to provide it will escalate on the road to November's election.

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The U.S. presidential election is starting to heat up, as former Vice President Joe Biden has taken the lead in the Democratic primary race ahead of Sen. Bernie Sanders - and incumbent President Donald Trump has already secured the GOP nomination.

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An election emergency declaration issued by the State Election Board Secretary on March 18 will impact elections scheduled for April 7 in Cherokee County, County Election Board Secretary Tiffany Rozell confirmed Friday.

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As of 7 a.m. March 27, there are 322 positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma, according to data released by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. New counties with cases include Caddo, Cherokee, Choctaw, Latimer and Pittsburg counties. These counties will now be required to come into compl…

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Local businesses are having to change the way they operate, or close down completely, as the shelter-in-place order in Oklahoma has restricted non-essential establishments from opening to the public.

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The increasing spread of COVID-19 has forced hospitals around the country to take extra precautions, and Tahlequah's medical facilities are doing the same.

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Several Tahlequah residents have reported that large groups of teenagers are still roaming the streets and gathering at the local skatepark amid Gov. Kevin Stitt's "safer at home" executive order.

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Local law enforcement officials said Thursday, March 26, that they have received no reports of scammers thus far due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Due to changes made by Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission this month in response to COVID-19, local liquor stores and restaurants have been able to make adjustments to stay open and offer products to customers.

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Law enforcement officials are urging the public to take safety measures seriously, and offered comforting words to those who are anxious during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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While area residents might be reluctant to go out in public due to the COVID-19 outbreak, they can find solitude, and nutrition, by starting vegetable gardens at their homes.

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Gasoline and diesel prices continue to plummet around Tahlequah, with the ongoing threat of COVID-19 partly to blame.

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With kids out of school indefinitely, more businesses shuttering their doors, and people fighting over toilet paper, the COVID-19 pandemic is causing some anxiety. Not only are stress levels higher, services and treatments people are used to getting may be suspended during this time.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — The State Board of Education voted Wednesday to shutter schools for the rest of the school year, ordering districts across the state to develop and release distanced-based learning lessons starting April 6.

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A man was arrested after he drove drunk and crashed his vehicle across from the Tahlequah Police Department.

A 2.2 magnitude earthquake occurred 2.9 miles south-southeast of Hulbert and 8.3 miles west of Tahlequah at approximately 5:56 p.m. on March 24, according to the United States Geological Survey.

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Officials with the city of Tahlequah and Cherokee County ordered a "shelter-in-place" partial lockdown after Northeastern Health System confirmed a positive case of COVID-19 Tuesday, March 24.

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After Gov. Kevin Stitt held a press conference announcing the closure of all non-essential businesses in the 19 counties where positive test results for COVID-19 have occurred, State Rep. Matt Meredith held a Facebook Live session to expound on how people in Cherokee County should prepare fo…

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With schools being closed indefinitely, the child care industry and parents have had to make changes, and sometimes, tough business decisions.

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The Cherokee Nation has released information that an employee of the tribe tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday afternoon, March 24, just hours after it announced that another CN citizen had tested positive for the disease.

Tahlequah Police Chief Nate King confirmed four vehicles were stolen from a local car dealership and thieves broke into a pharmacy.

Due to recent rains, the Tidy Up Tenkiller spring cleaning event will be postponed. Lake Tenkiller was about 18 feet above its normal level Monday, causing flooding at three of the four locations that were to be cleaned.

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Oklahomans have been given an extension until July 15 to file and pay their 2019 Oklahoma income tax returns, as the COVID-19 outbreak has disrupted the lives of many.

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Northeastern State University Police Department is implementing changes on how officers respond to calls. The changes will be temporary and are designed to protect the health and well-being of officers and the campus community.

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Tahlequah city officials and medical professionals addressed questions and provided more information about COVID-19 protocols during a Facebook Live video on Saturday, March 21.

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After the Oklahoma State Election Board last week declared an emergency to delay local balloting originally set for April 7, county election boards are waiting to accept resolutions adopted by governing bodies of school districts, municipalities, technology districts, and counties to postpon…

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The Cherokee County Courthouse is on partial lockdown as an extra protocol amid the COVID-19 threat.

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United Keetoowah Band officials have been monitoring the current COVID-19 health situation throughout the weekend. After careful deliberation, the tribe has determined it will be further limiting its services until further notice in order to protect the well-being of UKB employees and tribal members.

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As most businesses are being impacted by COVID-19, many of Tahlequah's medical marijuana dispensaries are making changes to their operations.

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Obituaries

TAHLEQUAH[mdash] Linda Kay Greenhaw, 76, Retired County Clerk, 1st Deputy, Died March 24, 2020, Visitation 9:00 AM Friday March 27, Tahlequah City Cemetery, Graveside Service 10:00, Tahlequah City Cemetery

TAHLEQUAH [mdash] age 39. Golf Course Attendent. Died March 23rd, Tahlequah, OK. Services Friday, March 27th, 2:00 PM Reed-Culver Chapel. Interment Agent Cemetery Moody, OK. Visitation Thursday, March 26th, 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM Reed-Culver Funeral Home.