Dawn Staley, Chris Paul, Joey Cheek Honored at 14th Annual Iba Awards

Almost 1,000 people including over 35 coaches, former NBA and NFL players, Olympians and sports celebrities gathered at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel to honor three outstanding, professional athletes.

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Tulsans and Tulsa Celebrate

(left)TULSA SUPERLATIVES: From left, Superlatives creators Fred Ebrahimi, Tim Colwell and Tulsa Historical Society President Sharon King Davis celebrated the launch of “Tulsa Superlatives,” a book recognizing local entrepreneurs and visionaries. The $10 book is available at the Tulsa Historical Society, Steve’s Sundry Books, Petty’s Fine Foods and other local book and specialty stores.

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National Indian Monument and Institute Continues Campaign

The National Indian Monument and Institute, Inc. (NIMI) continues to seek funding to meet a $3 million benchmark ser for June 30 to proceed with their plans to construct an American Indian Cultural Center on the west side of the Arkansas River at 71st Street and Elwood Avenue. NIMI has secured a 99-year lease from the Tulsa River Parks Authority for the 39-acre plat of land and has already received a pledge from Tulsa’s Vision 2025 initiative for $2 million for utilities infrastructure and roadways.

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RSU TV Manager Addresses Press Club

Dan Schiedel, general manager of Rogers State University Public Television, discussed the growth of the university’s public television station, the future of public television and the impending death of analog television as we know it at the Tulsa Press Club May 22.

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McBirney Mansion Controversy: Preservation vs. Progress


The McBirney Mansion, overlooking the Arkansas River at 14th and Galveston, is reminiscent of those wonderful days when grand homes, lots of oil and big money defined our city. Changing times, economics and commercial development have taken a toll on the historic structures of the neighborhood around the Mansion. The area once hosted Tulsa’s wealthy elite. The Gothic Tudor style residence was built in 1928 and was the home of Tulsa banker James H. McBirney for many years. It was once one of many fine homes built during an era when oil and wealth were flowing and plush neighborhoods sprung up in the shadows of the city’s emerging skyline. Even the land on which the home was built is legendary.

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Williams Unveils Two Murals for Oklahoma’s Centennial

Williams announced the unveiling of two mosaic murals by Tulsa artist Linda Allen in celebration of the Oklahoma Centennial. The murals are placed on the Williams Center Green at Third Street and Boston Avenue and are the first two of seven being created by Allen.

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Lance Armstrong’s Mother Visits Tulsa

Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) will honor its five-year cancer survivors at its annual “Celebrate Life” ceremony June 1. CTCA is located at 10109 E. 79 St., just off of 81st Street and Highway 169.

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OU Purchases Mobile Clinic

The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents approved the purchase of a mobile clinic unit, Sooner Schooner II, for use by the OU College of Medicine in Tulsa on May 10.

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From left, Karen Morgan, Brownie Megan Friederich, Junior Kristen Davis, Junior Aubrey Humphrey, Brownie Megan Mosinski and Board Member Cris Cox took part in the 95 year celebration of Girl Scouting May 5 at the Tulsa Fairgrounds.

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Lake Hills Celebrates Earth Day

The earthy odor of newly turned soil. The sight of colorful flowersand foliage. The smells and textures of mint, lavender and other herbs. The new children’s garden at Lake Hills Montessori school offers all of those experiences for students, ages 2-6. The garden was dedicated April 20 as part of the school’s Earth Day celebration.

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WINUP Discusses Programs

Fifty women, all members of Women’s International Network of Utility Professionals (WINUP), met April 12 to discuss programs that raise money to help customers in need pay their utility bills. From left is Salvation Army Divisional Director of Social Services Ashley Jones, Salvation Army Assistant Divisional Director of Social Services Torri Norwood, Oklahoma Gas and Energy Company (OGE) Advertising Coordinator Susan Harkness, OGE Customer Relations Representative Lorraine Scott and Public Service of Oklahoma (PSO) Regulatory Consultant Shirley Hutchinson.

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Mayor Taylor Saves Trees, Stays Busy

Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor has been staying busy this spring with various decision-making issues.

On May 8, Mayor Taylor announced she will issue an executive order placing a permanent moratorium on the removal and trimming of trees without prior recommendations or approval from the Tree Advisory Committee.

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Summit Bank Celebrates 5th Year

Summit Bank commemorated its five-year anniversary recently with a reception for clients and friends at the bank’s Park Towers Office Building location, 5314 S. Yale Ave.

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Donna (left) and Bill Burch of Riverside Wine and Spirits joined Karin Loudermilk, chair of ‘Uncorked Love’ recently to promote the event which benefits the Ronald McDonald House of Tulsa.

Uncorked Love is an annual event where international and national vintners and distributors present their award winning wine collections. This year’s event will feature local restaurateurs Mahogany and Brasserie as well as music by jazz group Soundz Good. Uncorked Love will be held at the Greenwood Cultural Center April 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Reunion Season is Underway; Edison Class of 1962 Getting Ready

If you live near Ruth Sanger Johnson or Jack Hogan and start hearing “’62 Rules!” being shouted around the beginning of June, don’t be alarmed. It’s just the Edison class of 1962 having their 45th year reunion.

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