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Tahlequah News                     Thursday 07/13/17


A new feature has been added to the NSU Riverhawks Wellness Center pool.  The new Aqua Track may help attract new guests to the facility.  The track is a diversified obstacle course.


According to the Cherokee County sheriff’s Office a bomb threat was called in Wednesday at the Cherokee County courthouse and Tahlequah City Library. Both locations remained closed Wednesday.  The sheriff’s office reported no device was found. A man using a cell phone from the Coweta area called in the threat early Wednesday morning.


The new fleet service center is now open for business according to the Cherokee Nation.  The center is located at the Southgate Commercial Center across from Sequoyah Schools. The center will service all tribal vehicles and General Services Administration vehicles.


The Cherokee Nation is joining with Blue Star Families to provide free admission to active duty military personnel and their families at Cherokee Nation museums through Labor Day. The Blue Star Museums program began in 2010.


A new exhibit will run from Friday  through Dec 31st at the John Ross Museum. The exhibit explores the Life of Lewis Downing who served as principal chief of the Cherokee Nation for 15 years following the death of Chief John Ross in 1866. The museum hours are from 10am to 4pm Tuesday through Saturday.


A teacher at Irving Elementary School in Muskogee, 37 year old Daniel Watson was charged last week in Cherokee County with felony child abuse after spanking a four-year old boy leaving the boy with significant bruises.


CASA of Cherokee Country is a local volunteer program that recruits and trains volunteers to serve as advocates for abused and neglected children in juvenile deprived proceedings. CASA volunteer training will be offered to those age 21 or older in the month of August.  Training will take place Monday and Thursday evenings over five weeks. For more info you can phone 918-456-8788.


Today through Aug 5th the 2017 edition of the River City Players in Tahlequah. This season 60’s Retro Jukebox, 70’s Country Radio and 80’s Movie Soundtrack are the featured shows this season and tickets are now available for purchase.  Performances will take place in the NSU Playhouse.


The Cherokee Speakers Bureau will be held today  from 12:30pm to 4pm in the Community Ballroom located behind the Restaurant of the Cherokee. All Cherokee speakers are invited to attend.


28 year old David Watters a Welling man has been reported in stable condition after being take to a Tulsa hospital with leg injuries after he was struck by a vehicle July 8th . The driver of a Dodge Lavena Watters 31 of Welling struck the man. It was thought that the Dodge was in reverse but was in drive.


The Tahlequah Rock & Mineral Society will host its 2017 Rock and Mineral Show Aug 18-19 at the Cherokee community Building located at 300 W. First Street.  The show will run from 9am to 6pm on the 18th and 9am to 5pm on the 19th. A silent auction is set for 1pm to 5pm on Aug 18th.


This week a Cherokee County District Court judge said he found probable cause to move ahead with hearings for John William Johnson Jr, Stephanie Barshear and Lilah Foresman who were arrested July 10th following an altercation that resulted in the death of James Andrew Clay the Third.


The Cherokee Nation will begin accepting clothing voucher applications at different locations through the month of July.  The program helps families purchase new clothes for school aged children for the upcoming school year.  Some locations to apply Sequoyah High School and Tahlequah High School.


The Cherokee Nation has announced a new foster care paid leave policy that is the first of its kind in Indian Country.  The new policy grants Cherokee Nation full-time employees five additional days of paid leave when a Cherokee child is placed in their Cherokee Nation Indian Child Welfare-certified home.


Each year hundreds of bikers arrive in Tahlequah around Norris Park to enjoy a day with fellow riders.  On Friday Aug 11th the Tahlequah Main Street Association hosts it annual Big Jim's Bike Rally.The rally will begin at noon with music going on until around midnite. The Rally will get underway on Saturday around 8am.


This month the Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism  will be offering free, family friendly storytelling events on Wednesday's under the gazebo at the Cherokee National Capitol starting at 10am.


The Help-In-Crisis Women’s Domestic Violence Shelter is asking for donations to help create an arts and crafts center.  All types of art supplies are needed. Help In Crisis is located at 205 N College Ave


The American Indian Resource Center has a limited number of S TEM camp scholarships for Native American Students Grades 5-8. Students must be enrolled in a Cherokee county public school. Students are eligible to apply and receive assistance up to $150.00. More info phone 918-456-5581.




Sequoyah High School will host an Oklahoma City Thunder Youth Basketball Camp July 18-20 at its gym, The Place Where They Play. This camp is open for kids ages 6-14 each day of the camp.




The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will race the Overton's 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway this Sunday at 1:00pm. You can hear the race live on Billy Country 96.3 FM  & AM 1350.

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