This coming Monday, Sallisaw sixth, seventh and eighth grade students will attend their first day of classes at the new middle school.
With every new job I’ve taken over the years, the first day I walk in I can see the look of apprehension on the faces of the employees, that initial look of uncertainty, or mistrust.
What a blessing it is to me that someone would want to read what I write. I think I share that appreciation with many gifted people because I believe the desire and ability to write is a gift from God. It is a gift that must be developed through hard work, but ideas and inspiration are indispensable and mostly unexplainable.
Even though construction of a new animal shelter in Sallisaw has started, it is clear that controversy over the project has not stopped. Last Friday’s issue of Your Times carried an article about the way money is being committed to the project, and we continue to get letters to the editor critical of it.
If the Eppler Street site is not used for a new animal shelter, the city’s purchase of it should not be looked at as a loss. Building a dog pound on this site is not its highest and best use. An animal shelter at this address will be the source of complaints for as long as dogs bark.
The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reported this week that Sequoyah County’s unemployment rate dropped the most of any county in the state. It was down 1.2 percent — going from 7.8 to 6.6 percent. Our 12-month average, from July 2013 to June 2014, was even higher, 7.9 percent. What a drop!
This week as I was proofreading the back-to-school section, I thought about the difference between school supply lists when I was in elementary school and the school supply lists for children of today.
Notes from the 54th
Allan Houser was named the first Oklahoma Cultural Ambassador in 1984, one of only six people to receive this honor. Houser was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in l985 and dedicated “As Long as the Waters Flow,” a monumental bronze sculpture, at the Oklahoma State Capitol Building in Oklahoma City in 1989.