— Sequoyah County Times, Oct. 24, 1968
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—Sequoyah County Times, Oct. 18, 1973
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(From the Oct. 18, 1998, issue of the Sequoyah County Times) —Sequoyah Fuels at Gore is seeking public input on its plan to store contaminated materials on site before the plan is submitted to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
John Ellis, president of the now-closed uranium processing plant, said the NRC requires the publiccomment meeting be held, and comments from the public, along with Sequoyah Fuels responses are to be included in Sequoyah Fuels’ decommissioning plan.
Ellis said local and specialized contractors would be hired to dismantle, collect and entomb the materials, and a 100-acres surrounding the site would be deeded to a government agency permanently and would be restricted from any further use. The use of the groundwater under the site will also be restricted.
With the contaminated materials entombed in this disposal cell, Ellis said. “A trust fund will be set up for maintenance and monitoring the site, basically, forever.”
(From the Oct. 24 and Oct. 28, 1993, issues of the Sequoyah County Times) –Hunters, trappers and guides, who were part of the Indian Territory scene when Sequoyah built his home in 1828, will be presented in a living history event to celebrate Statehood Day on Nov. 16 at Sequoyah’s historic log cabin near Sallisaw.
Dillard Jordan, who supervises the historic Sequoyah Home site for the Oklahoma Historical Society, said, “We will have re-enactors with authentic clothing and equipment from the 1820s and 1830s in what is now eastern Oklahoma. They will provide a good indication of the people as they developed the frontier culture here.”
—After years of working to meet ever stricter federal mandates and ever-costlier financial guarantees, Sallisaw city officials are less than six months away from opening a new city landfill.
But, there are still pros and cons to consider before opening the landfill, Sallisaw city commissioners said Monday at a special meeting.
How city commissioners decide to use the landfill will depend in part on how they decide to handle a proposal to privatize the city’s residential and commercial collection service.
Under a proposal presented Monday by Waste Management of Arkansas Inc., based in Van Buren, Ark., Sallisaw city commissioners could contract out the city’s solid waste collection system, but still maintain ownership of the service.
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50 Years Ago
(From the Oct. 18, 1973, issue of the Sequoyah County Times) —Announcement that the Holley Carburetor Division of Colt Industries is already planning for increased productive capacity and higher employment at its new automotive air pump plant in Sallisaw highlighted Tuesday night’s local chamber of commerce annual banquet.
In a speech to the 28th annual chamber banquet, held at Eastside School cafeteria, Guy C. Shafer, group vice president of Colt Industries, said that Chrysler and American Motors commitments received since the first $75 million air pump order from Ford Motor Company was announced last spring had boosted planned air pump production over the next five years to a total value of almost $200 million.
Shafer said that local hiring of some supervisory personnel already has begun and other foremen, supervisory personnel and production and maintenance workers are being recruited.
(From the Oct. 24, 1968, issue of the Sequoyah County Times) –Herman H. West and Co. of Murphy, North Carolina, submitted the apparent low bid of $513,900 for clearing the Robert S. Kerr Lock and Dam Reservoir area in portions of Sequoyah, Muskogee, LeFlore and Haskell counties at a bid opening held by the Tulsa District, Corps of Engineers.
Robert S. Kerr Lock and Dam is being constructed on the Arkansas River about eight miles south of Sallisaw. The navigation pool will extend 32 miles upstream to Webbers Falls Lock and Dam.
The project is 75 percent complete. —Sallisaw residents will go to the polls Tuesday to vote on propositions to dedicate city sales tax revenues and bonds, for city sewer, water, and electric improvements.
Funds from the bond issue, if passed, will be used to match Federal Economic Development Administration EDA monies which the city has requested.
To avoid a tax increase to the citizens of the city, voters will also be asked to approve a proposal calling for the dedication of city sales tax revenues for payment of the bonds.
Many civic organizations and community leaders have endorsed the proposals, primarily because the city in in great need of the utility improvements and because the methods of financing proposed will not raise taxes.
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75 Years Ago
(From the Oct. 22, 1948, issue of the Sequoyah County Times) —Seymour Drake, volunteer member of the Sallisaw fire department, thrown from a speeding fire truck and injured Tuesday, was reported doing “satisfactorily” Thursday.
Drake fell from the running board of the truck as the department answered a grass fire on the west edge of the city.
Fire Chief Arch Young said Drake lost his grip as the truck turned off the highway.
—Construction work on the $90,000 Sequoyah County Memorial hospital is expected to begin within the next 20 days, members of the board have made known.
Approval of the final plans by the federal government which is sharing the cost of the hospital has been received.
Beckman and Word, Fort Smith, awarded the contract for construction, are to begin work early in November, the board said.
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(From the Oct. 29, 1943, issue of the Sequoyah County Times) –Flood restoration loans are now available in Sequoyah and 45 other Oklahoma counties, to farmers who suffered property damage in the 1943 floods and are unable to obtain adequate financing elsewhere. Application for such loans may be made immediately at the Farm Security Administration office at Sallisaw according to FSA Supervisor, Willie Scott.
—The scrap drive under the direction of Judge Com Followell is progressing nicely. Contacts are being made in each school district and plans made for the collection of scrap iron, fats and tin cans.
Teams are working under the direction of the following leaders: Joe Taylor, County Superintendent of Schools; Com Followell, County Judge; C.L. Weatherford, County Farm Agent; Byron T. Smith, Soil Conservation; Willie Scott, F.S.A. Supervisor; Warren Rainwater, A.A.A.; Jim Callahan, County Custodian; Tom Hale, County Clerk.
The Lions Club will sponsor another drive here in Sallisaw with the R. & C. Garage, near the underpass, as the concentration point, of all scrap gathered in Sallisaw.
—The United War Chest Drive got under way Wednesday with a breakfast at George’s Café, where each team was assigned the names of the people they were to contact, and the drive got under way at an early hour.
Sallisaw’s quota is $1,200.00, according to Fred Green, Chairman, and will not be stopped until the quota is reached.
(From the Oct. 19, 1923, issue of the Sequoyah County Democrat) —A petition circulated at Muldrow and signed by one hundred citizens of that progressive town and addressed to State Senator E.M. Frye, of this city, requests that he vote for the impeachment of Governor J.C. Walton, “should the Honorable House of Representatives find indictments against the said J.C. Walton, and the indictments be substantiated by the evidence.”
The petition was signed by democrats and republicans alike, and plainly shows the sentiment of the people in the eastern section of this county.
—World Bros. circus will arrive in Sallisaw early Monday morning for two exhibitions. This is one of the largest wild animal circuses in the world, more than 25 double length cars are required to carry the equipment and animals. It is the largest circus that has ever billed Sallisaw for a visit.
—A Ford coupe which was stolen in Vian in September was found in Kansas last week by the sheriff’s office. Deputy Roy Cheek made the trip to Kansas and brought back the car and the alleged thief, who gave his name as Will Morris, of Watts, Oklahoma. The stolen car was owned by Dr. Rumley of Vian.
100 years ago
(From the Oct. 28, 1918, issue of the Sequoyah County Democrat and Star-Gazette) The microfilm files for Sequoyah County Democrat and Star-Gazette for this time period are missing.