David Jones was the Washington D.C. correspondent for The Tulsa Tribune from 1968 to 1975. He covered Henry Bellmon’s first term in the United States Senate from 1968 to 1974. Sen. Bellmon died Sept. 29 in Enid, Okla., from complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 88. Bellmon was a two-term governor who also served 12 years in the U.S. Senate.
Owasso has become a growing, energetic community, yet it has retained small town charm. Recent improvements on Main Street have brought a postcard setting back to the area. The Main Street Beautification Project will continue to bring a fresh appearance to the historical corridor.
A recent report from Pollstar, a leading industry publication, listed the top United States venues for ticket sales for the third quarter/year to date. The Center ranked No. 5 in the United States and No. 14 in the World climbing up from the mid-year report of No. 9 and No. 23, respectively.
As one of the greatest journeys in my life draws to a close, I want to say thank you to each citizen who helped our city, our region and our state move forward. It takes a team to make progress and despite the national economy, the team in this city, region and state has continued to have the energy to make a difference.
Hope springs eternal, but the hope that Tulsa’s mayoral race would be civil and issue focused was dashed to the ground immediately following the primary as warm, fuzzy, good-will generating television ads gave way to a plethora of negative attack ads. Only Independent candidate Mark Perkins has stayed positive.
The Bixby Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors announces they have officially voted to change the name of the Chamber to, The Bixby Metro Chamber of Commerce. The announcement coincides with the relocation of their offices and staff to the SpiritBank Event Center at 10441 Regal Boulevard in Bixby, effective immediately.
Tulsa County sees the future and is embracing it for what it hopes is for the public good and rebirth of new public involvement. Consider the status quo. Fewer people are reading newspapers. Television news lacks the resources to cover local political and government issues in depth. Hectic personal schedules often don’t leave time for public meetings.
Village on Main, the mixed-use, lifestyle development currently under construction in its first phase in Jenks, recently announced that it has come to an agreement with Sasaki Associates, Inc. of Boston, Mass. for design services.
On Sept. 8 somewhere around 35,500 Tulsa voters went to the polls to decide who would get their party’s nomination. There were few, if any surprises. Chris Medlock was able to garnish nearly 32 percent of slightly over 22,000 Republican votes. This was more than polling had predicted. Anna Falling ended in third place with almost 10 percent while Dewey Bartlett won with a convincing 54 percent. Adelson won handily with nearly 94 percent of the 13,412 mayoral votes cased by Democrats. Avoiding the primary election and appearing on the general election ballot will be independent candidates Lawrence F. Kirkpatrick and Mark Perkins.
Marlin Keranen, the general manager of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Tulsa, has been keeping busy since his arrival in the city a little over two years ago. Keranen supervised the extensive $23 million renovation of the hotel that, he says, is a part of the wonderful rejuvenation that downtown Tulsa has experienced in the past few years.
An important project for Tulsa that we can work together on, even after my term as mayor expires, is replanting the 20,000 trees lost in the December 2007 ice storm. You can help our regreen efforts by partnering with our partner, Up With Trees and sponsor a tree or a tree grove for our community or in honor of someone special.
Bixby Rotary is shipping a sea container full of medical supplies and equipment to the country of Belize. This international effort is being coordinated with The Rotary Club of Belize. Belize is located at the lower tip of Mexico between Guatemala and Honduras.
With the last pitch now closing out the great history of Drillers Stadium at Expo Square, the Tulsa County Public Facilities Authority (TCPFA) has turned its attention to looking at the highest and best use of the property where the stadium sits. With so much development and improvements at Expo Square over the past few years, it is important to the TCPFA that the 5-plus acres at 15th Street and Yale Avenue enhance and contribute to the overall vision of the Expo Square development.
More than 1,000 supporters from the greater Tulsa community helped kick off United Way’s 2009 Campaign at the 18th Annual Day of Caring Friday, Sept. 11 at the University of Tulsa’s Chapman Stadium.
T. Boone Pickens, center, cuts the ribbon to officially open the remodeled T. Boone Pickens Stadium at Sept. 5 before the Georgia game. At left is Head Coach Mike Gundy, and at right is President Burns Hargis.