Greater Tulsa Reporter
The Tulsa Press Club has named radio broadcaster John Durkee as the 2016 Media Icon during the Newsies Awards, held Sept. 28.
John Durkee is the news director for KWGS radio in Tulsa. He has over 40 years of experience in radio news and has served as news director of radio stations in Tulsa, Missouri and Kansas. He was also a reporter in Oklahoma City early in his career.
Durkee is a Tulsa native and served as the City of Tulsa communications director prior to joining the staff at KWGS.
In an effort to redevelop the Kendall Whittier neighborhood, Tulsa Habitat for Humanity and local community partners, including the Home Builders Association (HBA) Charitable Foundation and Silvercrest Homes, held “Open the Door in 24,” a 24-hour complete home build event starting the morning of Aug. 18.Read More
The first structure that individuals will see when entering A Gathering Place For Tulsa will be Williams Lodge. Construction on the lodge is not quite halfway complete. However, enough progress has been made at this point to create a beginning picture of what is to come.Read More
FORMER CHURCH DEMOLITION: On June 23, demolition work began to remove the old Assembly of God Church at 305 N. Main St. The building has been vacant since 2006.
“The demolition of the vacant church building will clear the way for an entire city block to be developed into another great addition to the Rose District,” says City Manager Michael Spurgeon.
Tuesdays in the Park 2016, hosted and supported by ArtsOK and AVB Bank and held during the month of June in downtown Broken Arrow, started and ended on a high note. The month-long weekly concert series kicked off with a $5,000 donation from AVB Bank and a $1,000 matching challenge to the attendees of the concert series.Read More
Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan visited Tulsa recently to visit the Senior Star locations at Woodland Terrace and Burgandy Place.Read More
Strong, exotic and enigmatic describe the solid and hollow ceramic figures from West Mexico. “West Mexico: Ritual and Identity” presents an innovative archaeology exhibition that also includes perspectives from contemporary art, art history, anthropology and various materials testing sciences.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
The Association for Women in Communications has announced its 2016 Newsmakers honorees: Jill Donovan, Leigh Goodson and Katie L. Plohocky. Each year, AWC selects a group of outstanding Oklahoma women who have made positive headlines while advancing opportunities for women and improving their local communities and the state.Read More
As warm weather nears, so does festival season. That includes two upcoming festivals in the Kendall Whittier neighborhood.
On April 2, Kendall Whittier will hold its fourth annual Kendall Whittier Food Truck Festival from noon-5 p.m. at Admiral Boulevard and Lewis Avenue.Read More
For many high school students, the summer months are the time to step away from the academic rigors of education; for others, it’s a time to further their efforts to receive college acceptance or gain scholarships through community activities, ACT studying, academic camps and sports.Read More
IHOP restaurants are celebrating the 11th anniversary of National Pancake Day on March 8, 2016, once again offering one free short stack of their famous buttermilk pancakes to guests to enjoy in the restaurants in the hopes that they will pay it forward by making a voluntary donation to their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Shriners Hospital for Children, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or other local charities.Read More
Work began in early 2014 on renovations to downtown Tulsa’s Central Library, with an expected reopening in summer 2016.
The updated library will feature new technology and other features to improve the customer experience and allow for greater energy efficiency.Read More
Sept. 21 was Michael Spurgeon’s first official day on the job as Broken Arrow’s city manager. Most recently, Spurgeon served as director of administration for the City of St. Charles, Missouri. He has also worked as city manager for the City of Miami, Oklahoma, township business administrator for Pemberton Township, New Jersey, and township manager for Eastampton, New Jersey.Read More