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Special Elections to be Held June 28

Voters will go to the polls Tuesday, June 28, 2016 for the State & County Primary, State Senate District 12 Special Primary, City of Tulsa Primary, City of Jenks Special (Utility Franchise) and Liberty Public Schools Special Elections, Tulsa County Election Board Secretary Patty Bryant said today.

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League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Tulsa Providing a Voters’ Guide for June 28 Election

The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Tulsa has worked tirelessly to put together a Voters’ Guide for the June 28th primary elections. The League’s mission is to encourage informed and active participation in government works, to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influence public policy through education and advocacy. The Voters’ Guide is just one way the League recognizes this mission.

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Safety Matters in Tulsa’s Workplaces, Roadways

Commentary By DEWEY F. BARTLETT, JR.

In 2012, the City of Tulsa’s safety and injury issues were first identified in an independent report, showing that the City of Tulsa’s worker’s compensation costs totaled $27 million, and incident rates were twice as high as similar-sized cities.

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AWC Recognizes Becky Dixon, Newsmakers

On May 4, the Tulsa chapter of the Association for Women in Communications (AWC) recognized its 2016 Newsmakers Jill Donovan, Leigh Goodson, and Katie L. Plohocky and awarded Becky Dixon with the AWC Saidie Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Sherry Gamble-Smith Oversees Greenwood Chamber

By EMILY RAMSEY

Editor’s Note: Greenwood Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sherry Gamble-Smith 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 “10 People to Watch,” which launched in January 2009.

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Skipping Lunch, Giving a Meal

ONE MILLION MEALS: Arvest Bank and The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma held a “Skip Your Lunch, Give a Meal” food and fundraising drive in May to benefit Arvest’s 1 Million Meals initiative. From left at Arvest Bank, 6560 E 71st St in Tulsa, are Branch Manager Holly Fowler and Consumer Lender Deborah Heisler. Last year, the Arvest Bank locations raised more than 1.6 million meals. This year’s effort benefits 69 different organizations.

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Greater Tulsa Leaders Lament Steep Cuts to Public Education

The Tulsa Regional Chamber hosted its 15th annual State of Education May 9 at the Doubletree Downtown Hotel. This year’s luncheon featured presentations from Dr. Deborah Gist, superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools; Dr. Steve Tiger, superintendent and CEO of Tulsa Tech; and Dr. Steve Turner, president of Northeastern State University.

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Tulsa Roots Run Deep for G.T. Bynum

By EMILY RAMSEY

Editor’s Note: G.T. Bynum 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 “10 People to Watch,” which launched in January 2009.
This article is part of a yearlong series of articles featuring each of GTR’s “10 People to Watch,” with next month’s issue to feature Gilcrease Museum Executive Director James Pepper Henry.

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Passage of Vision Tulsa a Huge Positive

Commentary By DEWEY F. BARTLETT, JR.

I want to express my deepest thanks to the citizens of Tulsa for acting in a spirit of innovation and enterprise by voting for Vision Tulsa. Tulsans have shown their support for some truly remarkable projects that will help preserve the safety of our community, improve our streets and implement game-changing economic development projects.

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TCC Leader Selected for Presidential Fellowship

Tulsa Community College President and CEO Leigh B. Goodson, Ph.D. has been selected for the prestigious Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence. The Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C., announced that Goodson joins the inaugural class of the Aspen Presidential Fellows, a diverse group of 40 extraordinary leaders with the drive and capacity to transform community colleges to achieve higher levels of student success.

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A Gathering Place Attracts Millions More in Pledges

George Kaiser Family Foundation has announced commitments from 19 additional donors for A Gathering Place for Tulsa totaling over $14 million in contributions. The group of donors includes a blend of Tulsa companies, foundations, families and individuals, further showcasing the support of the entire community around this transformational park. The total contributions to A Gathering Place for Tulsa are now nearing $150 million.

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Flight Night Funds Power STEM Learning

Flight Night, the local nonprofit gala focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, has presented $501,000 in event proceeds to its 2015 beneficiaries, Fab Lab Tulsa and the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance.

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Golden Driller Stands Tall 50 Years

At one time, Tulsa was known as the “Oil Capital of the World.”

But Tulsa did not build Tulsa’s giant oilman. It was built by Mid-Continental Supply Company of Texas, which set him up in 1953 for the International Petroleum Exhibition at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds. Dubbed “The Golden Driller,” the giant roustabout resembled an oversized brass statuette, with a broad grin, a tin helmet tipped back at a rakish skew, and a gloved right hand raised in a kind of limp-wristed OK sign. The statue proved so popular that the Texas company returned six years later with a second temporary giant.

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Gathering Place Playground Takes Shape

By EMILY RAMSEY

Progress is steadily moving ahead on A Gathering Place for Tulsa, the much anticipated 100-acre park along Riverside Drive by the George Kaiser Family Foundation.

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Keep Broken Arrow Beautiful Plans Rose Garden

By EMILY RAMSEY

In April and May, Keep Broken Arrow Beautiful (KBAB) will hold three events that continue to further the organization’s goal “to clean up the city” and, in effect, keep Broken Arrow beautiful, says Board Chair Peggy Striegel, while also raising money and awareness for the organization’s next large rose project.

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