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Bartlett Family Legacy Stands Tall in Tulsa

By Managing Editor EMILY RAMSEY and Publisher D. FORREST CAMERON

Tulsa Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett Jr. leaves the office in December 2016 after two successful terms serving the people of his city. He followed in the civics footsteps of his father, the late Dewey Follett Bartlett, who served Oklahoma as governor from 1966 – 1970 and U.S. Senator from 1973-1979.

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Ten People We Watched in 2016

GTR Newspapers annually highlights individuals predicted to be newsmakers. Here, we review the “10 People We Watched in 2016.”

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Oklahoma State Ballot Questions - Vote November 8

The general election on Nov. 8 will decide a lot more than who gets to move into the Oval Office. It’s a vote that will have a major impact on Oklahomans as they head to the polls to decide on changing our state constitution with seven state questions. An entire ballot page is taken up with the titles and descriptions of those seven proposals, with issues including separation of church and state, the death penalty and teacher raises. It’s a lot of reading, so it will help all voters to go in as prepared as possible. Even if you feel you have a good handle on your opinion of these issues, it’s important to take a close look at what each of these proposals would do before casting a vote on a question that might change the law of our land.

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New York City's Mayor de Blasio Praises Tulsa's Response to Shooting

Mayor de Blasio of New York City, invited Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett to Gracie Mansion in New York to thank him for showing the way for peaceful demonstrations in the difficult hours after the police involved shooting of Terrance Crutcher.

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Owasso City Initiative Sees Growth

By EMILY RAMSEY

Since the formation of the Owasso Strong Neighborhood Initiative (OSNI) in 2009 with only a handful of programs, the initiative has grown to include upwards of 10 community programs, all with a focus on maintaining the quality of the city of Owasso and its neighborhoods.

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Seeing Tulsa From a Bicycle Perspective

Out & About in Greater Tulsa by EMILY RAMSEY

Ever since I moved into downtown Tulsa four years ago, I have wanted to buy a bicycle. But I have held back from making a purchase, continually questioning myself and whether I would really, consistently ride it.

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Broken Arrow City Manager Michael Spurgeon Oversees City’s Advancement

By EMILY RAMSEY

Editor’s Note: Broken Arrow City Manager Michael Spurgeon is one of Greater Tulsa Reporter’s “10 People to Watch in 2016,” as announced in its January 2016 issue. GTR was the first news group in greater Tulsa to introduce People to Watch, which launched in January 2009.
This is the final article in the series that featured each of the “10 People to Watch.”
In the December issue, GTR will announce its “10 People to Watch in 2017.”

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Tulsa History Included in Smithsonian Museum

By EMILY RAMSEY

As curators collected items from across the country to include in the 400,000-square-foot Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., which opened Sept. 24, the Tulsa Historical Society and Museum received a special opportunity to share items and photographs from Tulsa’s past.

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Tulsa City-County Library Reopens

After a three-year closure to undergo a $50-million renovation, a spectacular Central Library grand opening was held Oct. 1 at Fifth Street and Denver Avenue. Remarks from distinguished guests and Tulsa City-County Library administrators were held. A celebration with a ribbon release, daytime fireworks and confetti immediately preceded the 11 a.m. library opening.

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Local Businesses Honored at Small Business Summit

The Tulsa Small Business Connection held its third annual Small Business Summit and Awards Lunch, celebrating the impact of small business in northeast Oklahoma.
The Tulsa Regional Chamber created the Tulsa Small Business Connection with the mission to educate, empower and expand small business in northeast Oklahoma.

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Tulsa’s Race Relations Draw Global Interest

Panelists recently spoke about their participation in the “Just Governance for Human Security Conference” that was held in Caux, Switzerland this past July. The event was held at the Tulsa Historical Society and Museum at 2445 S. Peoria Ave., in Tulsa on Sept. 15.

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Tulsa Press Club to Honor Headliners Oct. 26

The Tulsa Press Club will honor three 2016 Headliners: Alan Armstrong, Sharon King Davis and Julius Pegues. These individuals will be recognized at the 2016 Headliners Dinner on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at the Helmerich Center for American Research at Gilcrease Museum. A reception begins at 6 p.m. with dinner to follow at 7 p.m.

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Arkansas River Development Looms Large

Out & About in Greater Tulsa By EMILY RAMSEY

I spent a portion of my Labor Day morning walking the Arkansas River banks, basking in the breeze off the water, admiring the downtown views and enjoying the cheers of spectators and the cries of children with their families during the second annual Great Raft Race.

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KPMG Report Helps Promote Efficiencies in Tulsa

Commentary by DEWEY F. BARTLETT JR.

The internal organizational culture at the City of Tulsa isn’t the same since the consulting firm, KPMG, first published 1,100 recommendations for cost savings and efficiencies back in 2010.

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Momodou Ceesay: Businessman, Civic Leader

By EMILY RAMSEY

Editor’s Note: Glenpool Vice Mayor and restaurateur Momodou Ceesay is one of Greater Tulsa Reporter’s “10 People to Watch in 2016,” as announced in its January 2016 issue. GTR was the first news group in greater Tulsa to introduce People to Watch, which launched in January 2009.
Throughout the year, GTR has published a series of articles featuring each of its “10 People to Watch.” Next month will feature the last of its 2016 series, spotlighting Broken Arrow City Manager Michael Spurgeon.

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