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Commissioners proclaim February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 - The Board of Sequoyah County Commissioners proclaimed February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month at their weekly meeting on Monday.

The Sequoyah County Coordinated Community Response Team (CCR), in conjunction with the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Department, attended the meeting and presented information related to teen dating violence.

"One in every eleven girls and one in every fifteen boys report teen dating violence as it occurs," stated Investigator for the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Department Cindy Smith. "Teens need to be educated so they understand the difference between a healthy and unhealthy relationship. I encourage everyone that has a teenager or a pre-teen to talk to them about what a healthy relationship looks like."

During the citizens' presentation, Sequoyah County 911 Director David Slaughter announced that Monday, February 13, was National Amber Alert Day.

The Amber Alert system began in 1996, when Dallas-Fort Worth broadcasters teamed with local police to develop an early warning system to help find abducted children. AMBER stands for "America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response."

Commissioners discussed and approved going into executive session to discuss the purchase and sale agreement for Lot 5, Block 39, in the original town of Sallisaw.

District 3 County Commissioner Jim Rogers stated, "During the executive session we approved the purchase of lot 5 on block 39, located east of the courthouse."

Commissioners plan to utilize the lot for additional parking.

Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer

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