Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Grand Opening for Sequoyah’s Cabin Set for Thursday

The Cherokee Nation is planning a grand opening for Sequoyah’s Cabin, the historic property northeast of Sallisaw the tribe purchased from the state last year.

The grand opening will be held from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thursday.

The historic site has undergone a complete renovation, a spokesman said, including a renovated gift shop with new walls around both the gift shop and cabin, which is enclosed for protection.

A new collection of historic items and photos has been added and a new children’s area is under construction. The grounds are also undergoing more maintenance.

The spokesman said the site has remained open while renovations were underway, and tours are available.

According to the website, Sequoyah’s Cabin is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was designated as a National Literary Landmark in 2006.

Sequoyah built this one-room log cabin in 1829, shortly after moving to Oklahoma. The actual cabin is located inside a stone memorial building built by the Works Progress Administration in 1936 and is surrounded by a 10-acre park. The cabin is made of hewn logs with a stone chimney and fireplace and is maintained as a historic house museum, furnished to appear as it might have when Sequoyah lived there. There are relics and documents associated with his life on display. 

Sequoyah, also known as George Guess or George Gist, was born in Tennessee around 1778. He was among the “Old Settlers” of Cherokee Nation, who migrated to present-day Oklahoma and western Arkansas around 1818, prior to the Trail of Tears. Though lame in one leg, Sequoyah became known as a skilled blacksmith and silversmith as well as an artist. 

In 1809, he began experimenting with an alphabet for the Cherokee language. After many years of experimentation, Sequoyah realized the Cherokee language is composed of a set number of recurring sounds. With this insight he identified the sounds and created a symbol for each sound, producing a syllabary. By the 1820s, his work was complete. When Sequoyah demonstrated that he and his daughter, Ahyokah (Ah-yo-ka), could communicate by reading written messages, the teaching of the syllabary spread and literacy rates among Cherokees soared within just a few years.

Sequoyah left his eastern home in 1818 to operate a salt production and blacksmith works near present-day Russellville, Ark. In 1828, Sequoyah joined a delegation sent to Washington by the Arkansas Cherokees to make a treaty to exchange their lands for lands in Indian Territory. Following this trip, Sequoyah traded his land and salt works for land located on Big Skin Bayou Creek in Indian Territory.

Sequoyah's Cabin is located on Oklahoma 101, seven miles east of U.S. Highway 59 in Sallisaw.

The site is open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

The phone number is (918) 775-2413​.

Cherokee Nation took ownership from the Oklahoma Historical Society in November 2016 when the Oklahoma Historical Society was no longer able to operate and maintain the site due to budget cuts.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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Jan Sebo: A Significant Woman in Oklahoma Agriculture

Jan and Don Sebo of Spiro operate 
one of the largest sod farms in the region.

Near the Oklahoma-Arkansas border is the small town of Spiro, population of 2,167.

Twenty two years ago, even Jan Sebo could not have imagined that it would become home to one of the largest sod farms in the region, and she would be a part of that operation.

Jan was raised on her family farm in Spiro where her father ran a small operation of Angus cattle. There was not a 4-H program in the area, and FFA was not an option for young women at that time.

It wasn’t until marrying her high school sweetheart, Don Sebo, that Jan really had the opportunity to get involved with farming.

“We went to high school together,” Jan said, “and now we will have been married 45 years next month.”

The two were married in 1972, just a few months after high school graduation. Jan and Don began farming soybean and wheat on Don’s family farm that he ran with his father and older brother. In 1985, Don’s father retired and they bought his family farm. The early years of building their farm were full of long, hard hours.

Jan recalled early years of a severe drought where they had to irrigate 24 hours a day, moving the lines every four hours for a few weeks while their three children stayed with family.

But even through those difficult times, it was the life they both wanted to live.

“I enjoy it,” Jan said. “The Lord has blessed us with a good business, but it wasn’t without some stress.”

Their three children grew up in rodeo, and in the early 90s they met a couple at a rodeo that planted a seed for their future business.

“We met some people that had a sod farm near Durant,” Jan recalled. “They told us to look into it; we said ‘that’s not our kind of thing.’”

Five years later when their son Justin returned from college and decided to help with the family farm, the Sebos began a sod farm of 40 acres. After about a year, the sod farm had already begun to take off.

Twenty two years later, that 40-acre sod farm has grown to nearly 1,200 acres and has become one of the largest sod farms in the region with a tremendous market in Northwest Arkansas.

Some of their largest customers have been sports complexes, golf courses, Walmarts and commercial landscaping. In addition to their sod farm, they still run 1,500 head of Red Angus and Brangus, and raise 6,000 acres of soybeans, 1,500 acres of corn, 2,000 acres of wheat, 500 acres of alfalfa and a few hundred acres of oats.

Now that they can hire help on the farm, Jan’s role in the operation has changed over the years from running hay rake or plows to managing the finances of the farm. A job that cannot be praised enough according to Don.

“She has the hardest role of us all,” Don said. “She’s as good a money manager as there is.”

Jan and Don have also opened their farm to the Ag in the Classroom tour for the past two years, bringing over numerous teachers onto the farm, feeding them and giving them a tour of their sod and cattle operation.

“The Sebo Family graciously hosted the Ag in the Classroom summer road trip in 2015 and 2016,” said Audrey Harmon, Market Development Coordinator. “They provided an amazing lunch, as well as a tour of their cattle ranch and sod farm. They took time out of their busy schedule to educate the teachers about agriculture and answer all of their questions. Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom appreciates the Sebo family and their contributions to Oklahoma agriculture and increasing agricultural literacy.”

While a lot of hard work and years have gone in to building their successful farm together, the Sebos say they are blessed.

“God has been good to our family,” Don said. “We lean on the good Lord every day.”

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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Make July 4 a Safe Day, Not a Sick Day

It’s time for Fourth of July celebrations – a time with family, friends, fireworks, a backyard barbecue, and maybe a trip to the lake. However, this American holiday is also one of the most dangerous.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) offers the following safety tips for preventing injuries and illness during this year’s Fourth of July activities:

Firework Safety

Obey all state and local laws regarding the sale, possession and use of fireworks.

A responsible adult should supervise all firework activities. Never give fireworks to children.

Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks.

Make sure you, your kids and others watch fireworks from a safe distance.

Use fireworks outdoors in a clear area, away from buildings and vehicles.

Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.

Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures or flammable materials.

Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and placing in a metal trash can away from any buildings or combustible materials until the next day.

Safe Food Preparation

Clean: Wash hands for 20 seconds with soap and running water before, during, and after handling food. Hold friends and family accountable by asking them if they washed their hands. Wash all surfaces and utensils with hot, soapy water before and after preparing each food item.

Separate: Avoid cross-contamination. Use separate cutting boards, plates and utensils for fresh fruits/veggies and for raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs. Also make sure to keep these items separate when shopping at the grocery store, storing in the refrigerator and during preparation.

Cook: Grill and cook all meat products to the correct temperature. Use a food thermometer to correctly measure temperatures. Hamburgers should be brown throughout, with no pink in the center and reaching at least 160 degrees. Whole poultry should reach at least 165 degrees; and leftovers should also reach 165 degrees when reheated.

Chill: Leaving food sitting out all day to snack on can cause abdominal discomfort and diarrhea. To prevent illness, refrigerate easily spoiled foods within two hours. If the temperature is 90 degrees or higher, refrigerate within one hour.

Illness: Do not cook food for others when you are ill. If you have had vomiting or diarrhea, wait at least 72 hours after symptoms have stopped before preparing food for others.

Grilling Safety

Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.

Never grill indoors – not in your house, camper, tent or any enclosed area.

Grill out in the open, away from the house, tree branches or anything flammable.

Use long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill.

Never add charcoal starter fluid or any other flammable liquids when coals have already been ignited.

Lake Safety

Always wear a life jacket when in the water or on a motorized water vehicle such as a boat or personal watercraft.

Stay alert for local weather conditions.

Check for warning signs or flags.

Protect the neck – don’t dive headfirst into the water. Walk carefully into open waters.

Never let your children swim alone. An adult should always be present and paying attention.

Always have a phone handy should an emergency arise.

Follow safe boating practices: use an observer if towing a person, stay a safe distance from the shore and use good judgment operating around other watercraft.

Chart a safe course. The Fourth of July is sometimes the first and only time people venture out on the water after dark. Visual navigation markers you rely on during the day may not be visible.

Designate a sober driver. The side effects of alcohol are impaired judgment, reduced balance and poor coordination, which are magnified by the boating environment. It is illegal to operate a boat or water ski with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or more.

Sun Exposure

Try to limit sun exposure between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when UV levels are the highest.

Always wear a sun protective factor (SPF) of at least 15 with UVA and UVB protection and reapply every two hours, even on cloudy days.

Stay hydrated and watch for signs of heat stroke – high body temperature, hot, red, dry or damp skin, headache, nausea, and/or passing out. A heat stroke is a medical emergency; call 911 is someone is showing these warning signs.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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Fireworks Extravaganzas Planned

It’s time to celebrate the U.S. of A. on July 4, and Sequoyah County towns are planning explosive celebrations.

Fireworks shows will be held in Roland, Sallisaw, Vian, at Lake Tenkiller, and hopefully at Webbers Falls.

Travis Cox, Webbers Falls fire chief, said the town will definitely have a Fourth of July celebration, but he isn’t sure where it will be held. Town officials said the Webbers Falls Park, where the celebration is usually held, was badly damaged in a recent storm and cannot be used for the celebration.

Cox said it is hoped the fireworks show, which is managed by the fire department, can be moved to the sports complex but, as of June 26, the details had not yet been worked out. Information will be published when plans are complete.

Roland plans a Fourth of July celebration on July 1 (Saturday). The celebration begins at 5 p.m. and continues with the annual fireworks show at dusk.

The Roland Chamber of Commerce reports the festival includes free swimming at the Roland Pool, water slide inflatables, crafts, face painting, live music by War Pony from 7 to 9 p.m., foods and desserts, and door prize drawings.

Vian’s celebration will be held Monday, July 3. The fireworks show will be at dusk at the St. John Stadium. The Favorite Sons and Daughters Awards will begin around 8:30 p.m. There is no admission for the show, but donations will be taken at the gate. To enjoy the show to the fullest, it is recommend visitors come into the stadium to hear the music and support the Favorite Sons and Daughters program.

At Lake Tenkiller, the Greater Tenkiller Area Association (GTAA) will present the Lake Tenkiller Fireworks Extravaganza at dusk (9:30 p.m.) on Tuesday, July 4. They recommend the best viewing is towards the dam.

George Harris, GTAA board member, said this show has the possibility to be the biggest ever. Harris said the fireworks show at Lake Tenkiller is always a sight to behold and is a great way for people and families to enjoy a quality display.

Harris said, “The show will once again be shot from the Tenkiller State Park Sanitary Lagoon Area, which is just north of the campgrounds on the right as you enter the park. The area between the two big islands should afford excellent viewing. In addition, the shoot site is somewhat higher in elevation than the site on the dam that we have used on past years, so there should be excellent viewing in the central part of the lake, perhaps as far north as Cookson Bend and Sixshooter. Most of the shots should also be visible from Gore and Webbers Falls.” 

Sallisaw’s Fourth of July celebration will begin at 6:30 p.m. July 4 on the grounds at Sallisaw High School. The fireworks will blast off at dusk, and Marley Abell, who heads up the show for the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce, said this year’s show includes about 2,200 shots. The largest will be the more than 125 shots of 5 and 6 inch shells. Along with these, there will be over 400 shots of 3 and 4 inch shells as well. 

The celebration includes traditional Fourth of July foods such as free hot dogs, chips and bottled water, as long as the supply lasts, and activities aimed mostly at children will include face painting, the chunk-it game, volleyball, bounce-a-rounds and more.

The celebration is free of charge and sponsors include the chamber and Sallisaw churches.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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Sallisaw Police Seek Suspect Shoplifters

Sallisaw police are looking for two male suspect shoplifters.

The two men are believed to have shoplifted merchandise in Van Buren and Sallisaw.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sallisaw Police Department at 918-775-4141.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Refrigerator Causes Fire

A home at 221 S. Cedar in Sallisaw has smoke, water and fire damage after a refrigerator caught on fire at about 10 a.m. Thursday, Sallisaw Fire Chief Anthony Armstrong reported.

Home owner Mary England was not injured but was concerned about her dog which rushed back into the home after the fire began. Armstrong said firemen found the dog uninjured after they extinguished the fire and set up exhaust fans to remove smoke from the home.

Armstrong said about 15 firemen responded to the dispatch at 10:07 a.m. and had the fire out in about 10 minutes.

The Red Cross was contacted to assist England until the damage to the home, mostly behind the refrigerator, could be repaired, Armstrong said.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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Cherokee Bike Ride Concludes in Tahlequah

Original 1984 Remember the Removal Bike Ride participant and 2017 Remember the Removal Bike Ride Mentor Rider Will Chavez leads the 19 other cyclists to the Cherokee Nation Courthouse Square in Tahlequah.

The 2017 Remember the Removal Bike Ride cyclists rolled into Tahlequah Thursday, completing their three-week journey retracing the northern route of the Trail of Tears.

The ride started on June 4 in New Echota, Ga., the former capital of the Cherokee Nation prior to removal. The 14 Cherokee Nation cyclists and six Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian cyclists rode nearly 1,000 miles across seven states.

The Cherokee Nation held a return ceremony at the Cherokee Nation courthouse square on Thursday, where tribal leaders, friends and family gathered to greet them.

“When I look out at these fine young adults today, I see a perseverance that carried our people from the old homelands to the new homelands. It is a perseverance that allowed our ancestors to not just survive, but prosper in their new home. I see that same Cherokee perseverance in these young men and women today,” said Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “Many times they have been asked, ‘Why are you doing this?’ with the answer always being, ‘To remember our ancestors and what they overcame.’ I commend each and every one of these riders for honoring them and showcasing the strength of the Cherokee people.”

The original Remember the Removal Bike Ride was in 1984, with the leadership program resuming as an annual ride in 2009. Cyclists learn about Cherokee Nation history, language and culture and get a glimpse of the hardships their ancestors faced while making the journey on foot.

This year, 33 years after the original ride, Will Chavez, a member of the 1984 group and assistant editor for the Cherokee Phoenix, joined the 2017 participants to serve as the inaugural mentor rider. 

“I really took being a mentor to heart. I wanted to encourage them and lead them the best I could,” said Chavez, 50. “I knew what it would take to come out here. You run through a lot of emotions. It’s tough.”

Throughout their journey, the Remember the Removal Bike Ride participants visited historical landmarks that were important to Cherokee people, including Blythe Ferry in Tennessee, which was the last part of the Cherokee homeland walked by the ancestors before beginning their journey into Indian Territory, and Mantle Rock in Kentucky, which provided shelter to many ancestors as they waited for safe passage across the frozen Ohio River.

Of the estimated 16,000 Cherokees forced to make the Trail of Tears journey to Indian Territory, about 4,000 died due to exposure, starvation and disease.

The 2017 Remember the Removal Bike Ride cyclists included the following:

Cherokee Nation 
Breanna Anderson, 21, Sand Springs
Brian Barlow, 22, Tahlequah
Ellic Miller, 23, Tahlequah
Gaya Pickup, 21, Salina
Hunter Scott, 16, Bunch

Hunter Scott, 16, Bunch
Macie Sullateskee, 19, Tahlequah
Raven Girty, 20, Gore
Shelby Deal, 19, Porum
Skylar Vann, 23, Locust Grove
Susie Q. Means-Worley, 24, Stilwell
Trey Pritchett, 19, Stilwell
KenLea Henson, 23, Proctor
Will Chavez, 50, Marble City, mentor rider
Sarah Holcomb, 28, Vian, trainer

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians 
Chavella Taylor, 26, Painttown, North Carolina
Israel Rodriguez, 26, Yellowhill, North Carolina
Renissa McLaughlin, 48, Birdtown/Big Cove, North Carolina
Sheyahshe Littledave, 32, Painttown, North Carolina
Zane Wachacha, 20, Snowbird, North Carolina 
Taylor Wilnoty, 20, Painttown, North Carolina

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Getting Healthy for Free

A free health-care program, Heartland OK, is available at the Sequoyah County Health Department in Sallisaw.

The program monitors and helps control blood pressure, helps patients quit smoking and maintain a healthy weight by eating a healthy diet and exercising.

It’s called Heartland OK and was designed to help reduce the number of deaths by heart attack and stroke. According to the Oklahoma Department of Health over 9,000 Oklahomans die from heart disease each year, which is about five deaths per day. 

Heartland OK works to reduce patients’ risk for heart disease and stroke through care coordination. The project promotes the ABCS of Heart Health:

-Aspirin as directed by your healthcare professional

-Blood pressure control

-Cholesterol management

-Smoking cessation

-Coordination of Care

With the coordination of care between medical providers and Sequoyah County Health Department, this program enhances the reduction in heart disease by monitoring the blood pressure of patients during initiation of treatment or continued treatment of uncontrolled chronic high blood pressure, facilitate adherence to medication recommendations and connect patients to lifestyle management and preventive care services located within the community.

To participate the patient –

-must be between 18 and 85 years old;

-must be newly diagnosed and placed on diuretic and/or antihypertensive medications or

-previously diagnosed, on/or prescribed medication, but not controlled.

The plan includes free blood pressure checks every Friday at the Sequoyah County Health Department in Sallisaw, the Quit-Smoking program, healthy-diet recommendations, and exercise which includes the free exercise program at the health department.

The Sequoyah County Health Department shares all information with the patient’s doctor. 

Coordinating the program at the health department are Kristye Adams, RN, and Michelle Campbell, Community Health Worker.

For more information contact Campbell at 918-775-6201.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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Now Is the Time for Vaccinations for School, Day Care

Getting all of the recommended vaccines is one of the most important things a parent can do to protect their child’s health, especially when they are in school or a day care center where disease outbreaks can occur. Whether it’s a baby starting at a new day care facility, a toddler heading to preschool, a student going back to elementary, middle or high school – or even a college freshman – parents should check their child’s vaccine records.

The Sequoyah County Health Department in Sallisaw offers all required vaccines for school children and teens 18 years of age and younger at regular immunization clinics to be held Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays by appointment and Fridays 8-12 for walk-ins. The Sequoyah County Health Department is located at 612 North Oak Street, Sallisaw. Parents of children with private health insurance or SoonerCare health insurance are encouraged to take their children to their regular health care provider or clinic to receive these vaccines.

“When parents are preparing to send their child off to day care, school or college, it’s the perfect time to ensure he or she is up to date on all recommended and required vaccines,” said Jill Larcade, Sequoyah County Administrative Director.

Child care facilities, schools and colleges are highly susceptible to outbreaks of infectious diseases. Children can easily transmit illnesses to one another due to poor hand washing, uncovered coughs, and close contact with many people. When children aren’t vaccinated, they are at increased risk for disease and can spread disease to others in their classrooms and communities. This includes babies too young to be fully vaccinated and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer or other health conditions.

Children attending day care facilities in Oklahoma must be up-to-date for their age with childhood vaccines. A schedule showing the required vaccines is available on the Oklahoma State Department of Health web site at: https://go.usa.gov/xNvzc.

Kindergarten Students
Children entering kindergarten are due for boosters or second doses of four vaccines:

• MMR (measles, mumps and rubella vaccine) 
• Polio
• DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccines)
• Varicella (Chicken Pox)
The second dose of chickenpox vaccine is recommended, but not required by Oklahoma’s school law.

Children who recently moved to Oklahoma may also need hepatitis A vaccination, which is required for students in all grades in Oklahoma. Students need at least one dose of hepatitis A vaccine to start school. A second dose is due six to 18 months later.

Grades 7-10
Students in grades seven through 10 are required to have one dose of Tdap vaccine, which protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough). Older students are strongly encouraged to receive a dose of Tdap vaccine if they missed it. This is necessary for adolescents and adults so they won’t contract whooping cough and infect babies and toddlers.

Parents and teens, both boys and girls, are strongly urged to ask their health care provider for HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine, which prevents several types of cancer. The immune response to the HPV vaccine is better in pre-teens and can mean better protection for teens. New guidelines for completion of the HPV vaccine series is now only two doses separated by 6 – 12 months if the first dose is given before the child’s 15th birthday.

The meningococcal vaccine (MCV4) is also important for adolescent and teen health. The MCV4 vaccine protects against the devastating effects of bacteria that cause meningitis or a life-threatening bloodstream infection. Meningococcal disease is relatively rare, but if contracted, can cause death in less than 48 hours and leave those who survive with life-long problems such as brain damage or limb amputation.

HPV and MCV4 are recommended for all kids at 11-12 years of age with a booster of MCV4 at age 16. The meningococcal vaccine is required for first-time college students who will live in on-campus student housing. College students are also required to have MMR and hepatitis B vaccines.

For more information about immunizations, call the Sequoyah County Health Department at 918-775-6201 or contact your health care provider.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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Sallisaw’s 4th of July Celebration Adds Activities

The Sallisaw Fourth of July celebration is expanding this year.

Sponsored by the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce, several Sallisaw churches are joining in and adding events. Participants include Immanuel Baptist, 1st Assembly of God, Elim Full Gospel, Journey Church, Dwight Mission, Christian Motorcycle Association, Trinity Lutheran, Blue Ribbon Chapel, and 1st Presbyterian.

The celebration will begin at 6:30 p.m. on July 4 on the grounds at Sallisaw High School.

Traditional Fourth of July foods will be served including hot dogs, chips and bottled water, and activities aimed mostly at children will include face painting, the chunk-it game, volleyball, bounce-a-rounds and more.

The amazing fireworks display, sponsored by chamber members and the City of Sallisaw, will blast off at dark.

For more information contact the chamber of commerce at 918-775-2558.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Medical Center to Expand

The Sallisaw Health and Wellness Center Board of Directors held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for the center’s expansion.

The center, on South Kerr Boulevard, is doubling in size to 16,000 square feet. The expansion will include adding more space for the center’s Behavioral Health Department. 

Brooke Lattimore, chief operating officer, said a new pharmacy will also be housed in the expanded building.

The Sallisaw Health and Wellness Center serves, on average, 120 patients a day, Lattimore said. Most of the patients have no or little insurance or are on Medicaid, she said.

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Marble City Mayhem Set for Saturday

Marble City is getting a head start on the Fourth of July, and will be celebrating with activities and fireworks on Saturday, June 24.

That’s when Marble City Mayhem will be held in conjunction with the annual fireworks show

The celebration includes foods, games and activities for children, live entertainment and the Marble City Speed Challenge, when vehicles of all kinds race up Marble City hill.

Car enthusiasts come from far and wide to experience the one-of-a-kind "Speed Challenge" that will be held uphill along the main drag in town. Registration for the car show starts at 8 a.m., and registration for the Speed Challenge start at 10 a.m. Special unique custom trophies, t-shirts, and cash prizes will be awarded to the winners. 

The foods to be available include Mexican and Italian meat pies, fruit pies, hamburgers, Boss Dogs, Mama Tigs wood fired pizza, Indian Tacos, cobbler and ice cream, snow cones, frappes, and for the early risers, there will be warm, delicious cinnamon rolls.

The day’s schedule includes the following:

-8 to 9 a.m. – Car Show Registration
-9 to 11 a.m. – Car Show
-10 a.m. - Speed Challenge Registration
-10:45 a.m. – Opening Ceremony 
-11 a.m. – Military/Veteran Ceremony 
-11:15 a.m. – Car Show Awards
-11:30 a.m. – Horseshoe Tournament begins
-11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Speed Challenge Runs [pre-registered only]
-Noon to 6 p.m. - Kids Games, Inflatables
-12:30 to 6 p.m. – Speed Challenge Runs [everyone]
-6:30 p.m. – Mayhem Awards Presentation
-7 to 9 p.m. –Matt Garland and the Shotgun Reunion band
-Dark/Sunset – Free Fireworks Show Sponsored by U.S. Lime

Tamara Cooksey, mayor, invited everyone to join in the fun.

“Head to the charming town of Marble City for this fun festival that will feature lots of tasty food, live music and, of course, the amazing fireworks show. There will also be a special ceremony to honor veterans and the military. Kids games, inflatables and face painting will also be available for kids. Various other games and contests will be running all day, so bring the whole family (and your lawn chairs) and make a fun day of it,” Cooksey said. 

Call Cooksey at (918) 315-2583 or email marblecityfestival@gmail.com to pre-register or for more information.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Missouri Man Dies Following Crash

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) reported an 18-year-old from Puxico, Mo., has died after being injured in a crash that occurred June 12 about five miles east of Roland on Interstate 40.

Austin Varvell died Saturday. He was admitted in critical condition to Sparks Regional Medical Center in Fort Smith, where he later died, after the crash.

Varvell was a passenger in a 2002 Chevrolet Suburban driven by Robbie Varvell, 45, also of Puxico, Mo. Robbie Varvell and another passenger, Tammy Varvell, 45, of Puxico, were both treated and released at Sparks Regional Medical Center following the crash, the OHP reported.

The OHP reported that Robbie Varvell was driving east on I40 when the vehicle ran off the road to the right and overcorrected, causing the vehicle to roll to the right. The crash occurred at about 12:25 a.m. near the 330 mile marker, the OHP reported.

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Sallisaw Teachers Get STEM Grant

More than 150 educators recently traveled to Northeastern State University in Tahlequah for training in the latest Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) teaching and learning techniques at the Cherokee Nation’s Teachers of Successful Students conference.

For a fifth straight year, the Cherokee Nation funded the June 7-8 conference at no cost to teachers.

To culminate the conference, the Cherokee Nation also awarded a Creative Teaching Grant of $1,000 to 10 teachers to start STEM projects in their classrooms next fall.

In Sallisaw Schools, Christina Magie and Tara Mendiola received a grant for “Building Brains with a Maker’s Space”

Chuck Hoskin Jr., Cherokee Nation Secretary of State, said, “Access to quality training and resources has never been more important for teachers in the state of Oklahoma. We are committed to expanding educational opportunities in northeast Oklahoma. The tribe has assumed an essential role in giving public school teachers better tools to teach our youth, especially in the STEM universe. We greatly appreciate the work of our educators, and the Cherokee Nation will strive to provide the support they deserve.”

Hoskin gave the keynote address at the closing ceremony of the conference.

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Main Street’s Thursdays Have Food, Movies, Shopping

Third Thursdays are going to be fun nights in Sallisaw this summer…with food, entertainment and shopping. The fun begins Thursday, June 22 which is actually the fourth Thursday. But moving forward the event will be held the third Thursday of each month.

Sallisaw Main Street is taking over the lawn at Stanley Tubbs Memorial Library in downtown Sallisaw, on every third Thursday of the month, and will begin selling Indian tacos at 11 a.m. Main Street members have invited all sellers of anything and everything to set up booths on the library lawn.

Then, at dark, Main Street will be showing a family movie for free. “Sing” will be the first movie shown on this Thursday.

They are calling the third Thursdays event, “Thursday Night Local.”

Carol Brown, Main Street secretary and treasurer, said, “We’ve have 50 or more calls about the booths.”

Brown said no fees will be charged to anyone wishing to set up a booth to sell, and all booths will be on the lawn at the library.

Brown said, “We will make more room,” if the library lawn fills up. She said shoppers may expect sellers to be offering arts and crafts, jewelry, clothing, garden vegetables, flea market items, etc.

“Anyone who wants to sell anything,” Brown said. “We’ve had a lot of response.”

For more information about Thursday Night Local, call Brown at 918-776-7920 or Margaret Perry at 918-441-5626.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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Student Athletes Honored

Two Sequoyah County student athletes are among the nine from Carl Albert State College (CASC) honored by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Academic Student Athletes Awards Program for 2016-2017.

Representing CASC baseball on the NJCAA All Academic Second Team are Dylan Thurber from Sallisaw and Joshua Cowart from Vian. Brandon Giribaldie from Willemstad, Curacao, Netherlands, was also honored.

The program highlights individual athletes across the country for their academic success based on grade point averages (GPA).

Others honored were, on the CASC softball team, Lexey Branscum from Whitesboro, who earned a GPA of 4.0 and was selected to the NJCAA All Academic First Team.

Also on the softball team, Ainsley Flewellen from Drumright, Erin Bruner from Quinton, and Samantha Wolf from Idabel were named to the NJCAA All Academic Second Team with a GPA between 3.80 and 3.99.

CASC softball player Nikki Harrison from Waldron, Ark., made the NJCAA All Academic Third Team with a GPA between 3.6 and 3.79.

CASC baseball player Preston Whitten from Wagoner made the NJCAA All Academic Third Team.

CASC Athletic Director Randy Graves stated, “We are proud of these student athletes and appreciate their persistence. The example they are setting for other Viking athletes and for that matter all Carl Albert State College students is outstanding. The commitment it takes to be successful in the classroom and as athletes is very tough, so we congratulate these individuals.”

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Sallisaw Officials State Water is Safe to Drink

Many Sallisaw residents may have recently noticed that their water has a strange color. Sallisaw city officials are assuring customers that the water is safe to drink.

"Over the weekend, we experienced software issues that affected the operations of the water treatment plant. During this period, we had to bypass certain pumps that feed the distribution system, thus stirring up residual residue in the water distribution lines. This has led to our water having a yellowish tint to it. These issues have been resolved and our treatment plant is operating normally. We will be flushing our distribution lines on Monday June 19 to see if we can clear up the water," stated Keith Skelton, assistant city manager.

Skelton also stated that recent rains are causing the mineral Manganese to return to the water system. Manganese is a mineral that can affect the color of water. Issues with Manganese typically occur in spring or fall. Water temperature and lack of rain can be contributing factors causing this issue.

On Sunday many Sallisaw restaurants were warning customers who ordered water that they might want to order something else due to the unappealing look of the water. Sallisaw officials state that the water is safe for consumption and they are working on adjusting the treatment process to rid the minerals and tint from the system.

Residents with questions are encouraged to contact the City of Sallisaw at (918) 775-6241.

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