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Tax Proposal Highlights Owasso's Needs

By EMILY RAMSEY

After rejecting the city’s past two proposed tax increases, in January Owasso residents will once again be faced with the opportunity to increase revenue for the city through a half penny sales tax increase.

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A Gathering Place Groundbreaking a Momentous Day

Tulsans gathered together Sept. 20 to celebrate the groundbreaking held in honor of Tulsa’s future park, A Gathering Place. The picnic-style event was open to the public and featured food trucks, live music and activities for children and families, as well as a formal ceremony at noon. The ceremony was graced with remarks by Governor Mary Fallin, Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett and County Commissioner Ron Peters. The celebration marked a memorable day for the state, county and community.

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Distribution of Property Taxes Should be Studied

Commentary By STANLEY GLANZ

Because Oklahoma is the only state in the nation where municipalities have to rely so predominately upon sales tax to run city operations, it’s not uncommon to hear city leaders say they have to find new sources of revenue to run cities properly. We are hearing that again this year from the mayors in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

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Samara a Celebrity Name in Tulsa

By TERRELL LESTER

An evening at Tulsa’s Celebrity Club is a gentle and refined reminder of a bygone era, an era of mink stoles and maitre d’s, handshake oil deals and champagne dinners by candlelight.

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Writing ‘The Tulsa River’

By ANN PATTON

“The Tulsa River” is a collection of stories about community life with the Arkansas River in Tulsa, with 110 full-color pictures and a foreword by former Mayor Robert J. LaFortune.

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Groundbreaking Held for A Gathering Place

The groundbreaking celebration for A Gathering Place for Tulsa was held Sept. 20. The picnic-style event featured food trucks, live music and activities for children and families as well as a preview of the park and many of its features.

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Oklahoma Honor Flights Send Veterans to Washington, D.C.

The Oklahoma Honor Flights took 87 veterans to Washington, D.C. for a one-day trip to visit the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam Wall, the Lincoln Memorial, the Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery and other sites on Sept. 10. Oklahoma Honor Flights is a hub of the national Honor Flight Network and this was its 18th flight from Oklahoma and seventh from Tulsa.

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TAUW Announces Record Goal

The Tulsa Area United Way has announced a goal of $26,200,000 for its 2014 campaign, the largest goal in its 90-year history.

The total was revealed in Broken Arrow during halftime of the Live United Crosstown Showdown, the football rivalry between Broken Arrow and Owasso High Schools on Friday, Sept. 5.

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Proposed Arts Center On Aug. 26 Ballot

Broken Arrow residents are being urged to vote for a repurposing project on the Aug. 26 Special Election ballot. The repurposed funds would go toward bringing a creative arts center to the Rose District.

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AWC to Hold Open House, Host Susan Savage

The Association for Women in Communications (AWC) kicks off a new season of events with its annual open house, Aug. 26 at Harwelden Mansion, 2210 S. Main St.

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TCF Challenge Raises $40 Million

In August, Tulsa Community Foundation (TCF) announced that $40,760,385 was raised for nonprofit agencies through its 2012-13 Challenge Grant Program. The planned giving challenge encourages local nonprofit agencies to build permanent funds through planned gifts. George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF) donated $1 million in matching dollars for the challenge.

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American Diabetes Association Hosts Fundraiser

The American Diabetes Association’s Concours for the Cure will be held at Southern Hills Country Club Sept. 28, 4-7 p.m. Sponsored by MidFirst Bank, the event celebrates automobiles while raising money to fight diabetes.

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Tulsa Press Club Embraces History, Future

OUT & ABOUT IN GREATER TULSA By EMILY RAMSEY

I can’t help but feel like I’ve walked into a different period of time when I pass through the doors of the Tulsa Press Club in downtown Tulsa. Admittedly, that same feeling may come over a person who is walking the halls of many of downtown’s historic buildings–the Mayo Hotel, the Philcade Building, the Philtower, to name a few.

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Build a Better Broken Arrow Committee Endorses the 2014 GO Bond Package

Long-time community leader Russell Peterson and the citizen’s group that he founded to advocate for a higher quality of life in Broken Arrow have come out in favor for the city’s 2014 General Obligation (GO) Bond proposal that goes before voters on Aug. 26.

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Caution Urged When Driving in Work Zones

Commentary By DEWEY F. BARTLETT JR.

There’s nothing more heartbreaking than the needless loss of life and catastrophic injuries sustained from careless and inattentive drivers speeding through work zones.

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