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Bynum Hopes for River Progress

By EMILY RAMSEY

Activity about and around the Arkansas River looks to be the major issue in 2015.
G.T. Bynum, District 9 city councilor and chairman of the Arkansas River Infrastructure Task Force, expects to see further progress on the issue occur throughout 2015.

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Shopping With a Cop

Rotarian Paula Wood, left, and Tulsa Police Major Tracie Lewis help a Celia Clinton Elementary School youngster with his Christmas shopping during the annual Shop With A Cop event at Wal-Mart at 207 S. Memorial Ave. Dec. 6.

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TPS, Food Bank Receive Grant

In December, Sodexo Foundation and Sodexo at Tulsa Public Schools presented the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma (CFBEO) with a $1,000 grant towards CFBEO’s Food for Kids Backpack Program.

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Community Leader Recognized for Service

By EMILY RAMSEY

In September, Randy Ewing, who served as Jenks City Manager from 1981-2007, was inducted into the 2014 Oklahoma Hall of Fame for City and Town Officials.
Ewing remembers first arriving in Jenks, when it was a city of 5,000 and was looking to improve its image.

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OKMozart Building Gets Upgrade

Recently, a development financing assistance agreement was approved by Bartlesville Redevelopment Trust Authority (BRTA) with OKM Properties, Inc. in an amount not to exceed $17,362 in actual and verified expenses incurred in the renovation of the ground floor and exterior of the building which houses the OK Mozart Festival offices. This complements a previous recent grant from the Lyon Foundation for $128,120.

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Anna America Advocates Change

By EMILY RAMSEY

Anna America decided to actively address issues where she lives in the greatest way possible: by running for District 7 city councilor, a position that she won in November, defeating incumbent Arianna Moore.

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City Encourages Giving Back During the Holidays

Commentary By DEWEY F. BARTLETT JR.

Downtown Tulsa has a certain glow all year long, but I believe it shines a little brighter during the holiday season.

The Downtown Coordinating Council (DCC) holds its Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony – Ready, Set, Glow! This year’s date: Nov. 30. The progressive holiday event encompasses a tour of four lighting ceremonies at the John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park, the Guthrie Green, Arvest Winterfest and the Deco District’s “S’mores on Boston.”

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Spartan Parent Company Invests $4 Million in Expansion

Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology announced in October its acquisition of three new planes for its pilot training programs.

The new planes are the result of a $4 million investment in the pilot program by Spartan’s parent company, Sterling Partners. At the announcement, Spartan Chief Executive Officer Peter Harris and President Ryan Goertzen were joined by U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine to officially christen the planes in a ceremonial launch at Spartan’s campus at the Jones Riverside Airport.

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DAN ALLEN AWARD WINNERS:

Dan Allen award winners gathered Nov. 6 at the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma for the inaugural awards dinner by the Dan Allen Center for Social Justice.

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Hispanic American Foundation Works for Cultural Enrichment

The Hispanic American Foundation recently held its annual fundraising event, Noche De Gala, at Southern Hills Country Club. The foundation awards scholarships, provides programs for cultural enrichment, and partners with, among others, Tulsa City County Library, Tulsa Ballet and the San Miguel School of Tulsa.

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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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