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Friday, January 13, 2017, 1:52 PM

A school bus was involved in a collision eight miles east of Tahlequah on Oklahoma Highway 51, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

“No children were hurt,” said Lt. Jarrett Johnson of the OHP. “There were children on the bus at the time of the crash.”

The highway is currently closed while troopers work the scene.

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Monday, February 1, 2016, 7:45 AM

The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety has announced that an error has been found on some Oklahoma driver licenses and identification cards. The holographic security emblem that should appear on the front of each individual license or card may, in some instances, appear on the back or not at all.

License holders and ID card holders are asked to examine their documents to make sure the image appears on the front. Please see attached image for an example of the correct holographic image.

DPS officials say the licenses and ID cards with incorrect or missing images are still considered valid, but will likely cause delays when the holder attempts to use them for personal identification in places such as airports, banks or federal buildings.

Those who have licenses or ID cards with incorrect images are encouraged to return to the Motor License Agency (Tag Agency) where the document was issued. A corrected license or ID card will be issued at no charge. Individuals are urged to do so at their earliest convenience.

To confirm which tag agency issued the faulty license or ID card, the bearer may check the four-digit number printed at the top right corner of the photograph on the card. The corresponding list of tag agencies is posted on the DPS website at https://www.dps.state.ok.us/dls/motor_license_agents.php.

Public inquiries may be directed to the DPS Driver License Help Desk at 405-425-2020.

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Friday, January 29, 2016, 8:25 AM


The Cherokee language is one of North America’s healthiest native languages primarily due to its extensive documentation throughout history. The progression and adaptation of the language is being presented in a special exhibit at the Cherokee Heritage Center.

“Cherokee Syllabary: From Talking Leaves to Pixels” is on display through April 2 and showcases the development and evolution of the language into modern-day.

“Our language is a direct connection to our ancestors and a living reminder of the strength and intelligence of the Cherokee people,” said Candessa Tehee, executive director for CHC. “These 85 characters have connected us all in such a beautiful way for decades, and this exhibit honors that connection.”

Featured within the exhibit are examples of how the Cherokee syllabary has been restored throughout time by the Cherokee Immersion School and the Cherokee Phoenix newspaper as well as through clothing, d

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 8:01 AM

A new statewide index is being launched this February to measure and promote skills that better prepare students to compete in a global economy. The Oklahoma Innovation Index describes, ranks, and categorizes what teachers do in their classes that meet criteria for being creative. The Index is the first in the nation to measure these skills in K-20 schools.

During the research phase, researchers will test the usefulness of the Index, its effectiveness and impact on learning. The Index is designed to help schools to teach, foster, and promote skills that develop imagination and creativity. Twelve public schools in Oklahoma and Arkansas, including schools in the A+ Schools network, will be participating in the study.

To learn more about the Oklahoma Innovation Index: http://stateofcreativity.com/oklahoma-innovation-index/

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 9:28 AM

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Tobacco seedlings grown by a Cherokee nation citizen.
The Cherokee Nation will begin dispersing its limited supply of heirloom seeds to tribal citizens interested in growing traditional Cherokee crops and plants starting Feb. 1.

The Cherokee Nation keeps an inventory of seeds from rare breeds of corn, beans, squash, gourds, Trail of Tears beads, tobacco and several plants traditionally used for Cherokee customs. The seeds are not available in stores.

“The seed bank continues to expand and get more popular every year with our citizens. It’s also an important way the Cherokee Nation can keep our link to the land strong and preserve our history and heritage,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker. “For Cherokee people, the process of harvesting seeds and passing them down has gone on for generations. It is an essential part of who we are today, and because of the seed bank program, we have created a growing interest with a new generation of Cherokees.”

In 2015, the tribe distributed 3,463 packages of seeds to Cherokee Nation citizens.

Eugene Wilmeth, a Cherokee Nation citizen of Midwest City, Oklahoma, planted Cherokee White Eagle Corn and Native tobacco seeds.

“I am very grateful for the Cherokee Nation seed bank, which gives me the opportunity to grow traditional and sacred plants that connect us to our culture and to our Creator. The program allows each of us to play an important role in the preservation of our heritage,” Wilmeth said.

Citizens are limited to two varieties. To get the seeds, citizens can either make an appointment to pick them up or email their request to seedbank@cherokee.org to have them sent by mail. Individuals must include a copy of his or her Cherokee Nation tribal citizenship card, proof of age and address.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016, 3:09 PM

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Rachel Stevens and Kayla Jones were arrested today at the Muskogee County Courthouse for child abuse to a 5 year old boy, according to Muskogee Police officer Lincoln Anderson. The case began with a call to see a child in the hospital about inconsistent injuries on December 8. Through the investigation Muskogee Police Investigators determined that over the course of several months the child was abused by Rachel and Kayla, leading to a lengthy stay in the hospital for the child.

When investigators received the call Dec. 8, the investigation began at a Tulsa hospital after the child had been taken to a children’s clinic in Muskogee due to the severity of the child’s condition was referred to a Tulsa hopsital. The child at that time was suffering from lesions on his face, and had begun to have severe seizures, and it was determined that he had several broken bones that were in various stages of the healing process, he has had two strokes during his time in the hospital, and had developed a staph infection. He was later transferred to another hospital because of these same reasons and his health has slowly progressed for the better.

During the course of the investigation it was determined that the child had not been to the doctor in several months, and during the course of interviews of another 5 year old boy and 7 year old girl that were also in the home, more of what had taken place was revealed.

Investigators learned that he would be kicked in the genitals until he was bleeding, struck with belts head and hands, would have his eyes duct taped shut, and would be tied up with rope.

“We are extremely proud of the tireless effort that our investigators put into these cases,” Anderson said. “And without their knowledge, dedication, hard work, and constant effort things like this may never be stopped by the alleged suspects.”

UPDATE: According to the court’s affidavit, the child was beaten so severely that he had multiple broken bones in different stages of healing, but the swelling was so bad that x-rays missed several more broken bones that were revealed later. The child had been tied up, duct taped over the eyes and had been locked in a room. The child had also been hit on the hand with a hammer.

You can read the court documents here.

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