Greater Tulsa Reporter Wins Four National Awards

The Greater Tulsa Reporter Newspapers received four coveted national awards from the Independent Free Papers of America at the IFPA annual conference, held this year in Hershey, Pa. Sept. 21-23. The GTR Newspapers also won four national awards at last year’s annual conference, held in Minneapolis.
The GTR Newspapers, established in 1993, include the Union Boundary, Jenks Gazette, Tulsa Free Press, Owasso Rambler, Broken Arrow Express and Bixby Breeze.

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B.A. Main Street Undergoing Facelift


Back a hundred years or so there was a quaint little farming community called Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

It was a nice place to bring up a family, a more-or-less self-contained little town that grew to have banks and movie theaters and a thriving downtown, but it was next to an even more thriving community called Tulsa.

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Former Mayors Hosted in Summit

Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor convened seven of the previous Tulsa Mayors Sept. 29 for a roundtable discussion on city government issues and operations. The historic event was held at the Summit Club in downtown Tulsa.

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Charles and Charlene Spears Honored by Carlson Wagonlit

The Carlson Wagonlit Travel Associate Division recently bestowed its highest honor, the Golden Legacy Award, on Charles and Charlene Spears from Bartlesville, owners of six Tulsa-based Carlson Wagonlit Travel locations in Oklahoma.

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Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Hosts Holiday Fundraiser

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary will host its 53rd annual Christmas Luncheon, Fashion Show and Silent Auction on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel. Event chair Marilyn Wheaton and co-chair Suzette Birch were inspired by the upcoming Oklahoma centennial in selecting this year’s theme, “Oh! What A Beautiful Christmas!”

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Tulsa Symphony Orchestra Marks New Musical Era


When guest conductor Jose-Luis Novo brings down his baton to begin the Festive Overture of Shostakovich Nov. 3, he will herald not only the beginning of a new era in Tulsa classical music concerts but possibly a movement that will be watched throughout the nation.

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Tulsa Student Carson Bandy Named Children’s Miracle Network Champion

Carson Bandy, a nine-year-old elementary school student at Miss Helen’s Private School in Tulsa, has been chosen as the Children’s Miracle Network Champion for Oklahoma. The announcement was made recently at the school.

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OSU-Tulsa Announces Expanded Program to Help Area Teachers

Oklahoma State University-Tulsa President Gary Trennepohl and Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Michael Zolkoski recently announced that the university is introducing a new degree and scholarship program for area education students and teachers.

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Fundraising Efforts Take Zoo to Mt. Rainier

One Wild Challenge, Tulsa Zoo’s newest fundraising effort, was a great success. This first-year event took place August 1 – 3 and yielded more than $25,000. The new fundraising event is just one of many initiatives benefiting the $6.5 million capital campaign: “Growing Wild!”

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Zing and Tuffy’s Leafy Bark Takes Place in Tulsa History

Leafy Bark, the talking tree from the KTUL Channel 8’s “Mr. Zing and Tuffy Show” recently found a new home at the Tulsa Historical Society. The show, which aired in the late 1960s and early 1970s, brought many children to the KTUL studios to participate as part of the show’s studio audience.

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Centennial Search

Students from the University of Tulsa Research Graduate Program in Geosciences survey the site of the 1957 semi-centennial time capsule, which includes a 1957 Plymouth Belvedere. Other items in the capsule range from a 10-gallon can of gasoline, to photos and maps of the Tulsa area and the contents of a lady’s purse.

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Expo Square Enhanced by Voters


Tulsa County’s Expo Square is becoming one of the leading facilities of its kind in the nation thanks in part to various taxpayer initiatives, including the “4 to Fix the County” and Vision 2025 campaigns.

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St. John Celebrates Annual Street Party

St. John Medical Center celebrated its the 16th annual Street Party and its 80th birthday with great fanfare among approximately 1,800 friends June 10. The party, which benefited St. John’s Trauma Services, was held on the grounds of the St. John Medical Center campus. Guests enjoyed samplings from more than 50 Tulsa-area restaurants and caterers, wine tasting tables and live entertainment from the Mid-Life Crisis Band.

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World Class Talent Benefits Tulsa Opera

Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor and husband Bill Lobeck recently hosted Nicole Cabell, world class opera talent, and guests at their home in a fundraising event for the Tulsa Opera.

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