Eufaula Memorial Library offers free classes to individuals who are studying to receive GED certificates. The classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 p.m. Also, tutoring in classes for English as a Second Language and basic literacy tutoring are offered free of charge. The library has issued a special thanks to the Bank of Eufaula for a generous donation to the Eufaula Memorial Library Literacy Council. The donation will help supply materials for all the above classes.

The AARP Defensive Driving class that was scheduled for Feb. 18 was postponed during to inclement weather. Doris Hays has rescheduled the class for this Saturday, March 4 at 9 a.m. at the Eufaula Memorial Library. Interested persons should call Hays, (918) 452-3384, to make a reservation, as class size is limited.

House Bill 2121, authored by State Rep. Ben Sherrer, passed out of the House Revenue and Taxation Committee and now moves to the House floor for a vote by the full body. The Bill would provide a tax credit, beginning in 2007, to owners of residential real property to help pay the costs of rebuilding homes damaged or destroyed in recent wildfires in federal disaster areas.

The credit amount would be the difference between the ad valorem property tax paid during the year prior to the damage and the ad valorem taxes owed on the property with improvements the first year after the residence is completely or fully rebuilt or repaired. If a larger home were built, the credit would be based upon the ad valorem taxes paid on the square footage of the home prior to its being damaged.

The homeowners would be eligible for the credit for five years. For each year following the first credit claimed, the amount of the credit would be 80 percent of the previous year. The residence must be the homeowner’s primary residence and remain the primary residence upon being rebuilt, and must be located in an area declared a federal disaster area. The Bill also requires the homeowner to rebuild the home within two yeas of being damaged.

Eufaula High School will hold a freshman orientation workshop for parents and guardians of incoming ninth grade students for the 2006-07 school year. The new high school curricular requirements required by the state will be discussed.

The workshop is set for Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. For more information please call Steve Butcher or Martha Asher, (918) 689-2556.

The Eufaula Fire Department has begun testing fire hydrants on Thursday of each week. The testing will probably continue for another two or three weeks. During that time, a brief water discoloration may be seen. However, the city says the water quality should remain stable.

Jesus Helping Hands is sponsoring a flea market on the grounds of the Potter House, which is the old Odd Fellows Home, 101 W. North Ave. in Checotah. The event will start on Saturday, March 11 from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m., and is scheduled to be held every second Saturday of the month through October.

Space may be reserved at Jesus Helping Hands Resale Shop, No. 1 West Gentry, Checotah. The store hours are 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The cost of a space is $20. For more information, call Adeline, (918) 473-6522 or (918) 680-2547.

Free square dancing lessons are being offered by the Belle Starr Twirlers square dancers. The lessons will be conducted today and on March 5 from 2 until 4:30 p.m. at the Highway 9 Community Center at Longtown. Ages 10 and up, and no partners are needed. For more information call (918) 425-3807.

KiBois Area Transit System plans to hold nine community meetings to garner public input on plans and applications for KiBois operation of a public transit system in Adair, Cherokee, Haskell, Latimer, Leflore, McIntosh, Okmulgee, Pittsburg and Sequoyah counties.

KiBois, a division of KiBois Community Action Foundation Inc., is in the process of developing its fiscal year 2007 transit application and wishes to ensure coordination and community participation. The McIntosh County meeting is slated for Thursday, March 16 at 6 p.m. and will be held at 64 Memorial Drive in Eufaula, (918) 689-2532.

Free transportation is available to anyone needing a ride to one of the meetings. Call KiBois transit office at least 24 hours in advance. If special accommodations are required pursuant to the Americans with Disability Act, please contact KiBois Community Action Foundation Inc. at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting you plan to attend.

For more information, call Carla Sloan, Transit director, at (918) 967-3325.

The Eufaula Round-Up Club has begun holding fund-raisers to raise money to replace aluminum bleachers that were stolen from the Eufaula Round-Up Club Fairgrounds. Last fall about $13,000 worth of the bleachers were taken from their concrete foundations.

Kicking off a series of fund-raisers is the sale of candy bars. One of the “World’s Finest Chocolate” bars can be purchased for $1 each from any Round-Up Club member, or from Denise or Pam at the Bank of Oklahoma, DennyLou at Family Security, or Burdine Farm Supply.

A brisket dinner has been planned and is tentatively set for Saturday, March 11 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the fairgrounds exhibit hall.

The menu is to include brisket, cole slaw, potato salad, baked beans, desserts and beverages. Admission is $5 per plate at the door, and carryout will be available.

Tickets went on sale on Feb. 20 and they are available at the Bank of Oklahoma, Family Security, Crystal Arts Dance Studio and Burdine Farm Supply.

The annual rodeo has been moved back to Whole Hawg Weekend. It will be on July 27, 28 and 29 and will begin at 8:30 p.m. each night. Mutton bustin’ begins at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Hopefully all the bleachers will be replaced and ready for this year’s rodeo.

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