Sand Springs schools take steps to prevent future carbon monoxide scares

After a recent carbon monoxide scare at Clyde Boyd Middle School, Sand Springs schools are taking steps to make sure it never happens again anywhere in the district.

Superintendent Sherry Durkee gave updates on the district’s reaction to a half-week school cancellation at Monday night’s Board of Education meeting. CBMS and the Sixth Grade Center were closed for several days last week after students began exhibiting signs of carbon monoxide exposure.

An investigation into the school’s HVAC system revealed 8 out of 47 units at CBMS had become compromised, all of which have now been shut down, and replacements have been ordered. Workers are checking units throughout the district now and detectors are being installed in every single classroom throughout the district.

Durkee says she’s never even heard of a problem like this, that many districts do not have detectors, and some of those districts are reaching out to learn from the experience. Sand Springs will be educating all teachers on detecting signs of carbon monoxide poisoning going forward despite it not being a state requirement.

It’s common for HVAC units to develop leaks over time, and the mass failure was due to many of the units being purchased at the same time and aging simultaneously. The district already has quarterly inspections, exceeding those required by State law.

The Board also approved a resolution allowing Durkee to spend up to $75,000 following an emergency declaration without having to seek Board approval.

The middle school already has fifteen more minutes of instruction time than mandatory each day, so the lost days will not need to be made up.

In other news:

Charles Page High School Performing Arts Instructor Andrea Campfield was awarded a Sandite Spirit Award for her work with the CPHS Drama Department. She recently wrote and directed “When Merry Comes Home For Christmas,” which the Sand Springs Community Theater performed this past weekend.

CBMS students Kaitlyn Gurley and Hunter Cathey were given Sandite Spirit Awards for large donations they made to the Shop With a Cop program that helps provide Christmas presents for underprivileged youth in the area.

CBMS Life Applications for Students (LAFS) teachers Coy Caviness and Brad Ehmke were presented with Coins of Excellence.

The Board voted to rescind ballot language passed in the previous monthly meeting in favor of more specific verbiage that includes band equipment, wrestling mats, desks, and other items that will be purchased following a March bond election. None of the bond election plans have changed, Superintendent Sherry Durkee simply wanted to offer more transparency to the public on what the money will be going to specifically.

The Board voted to enter into an agreement with KKT Architects for designs for the new Central Ninth Grade STEM Academy Project.

The Board approved out of state travel for six district employees to attend the Solution Tree Response to Intervention at Work Conference in San Diego in March.

The Board accepted the resignations of Tammy Green and Dawn Jones, paraprofessionals at the Early Childhood Education Center, and Northwoods Fine Arts Academy, respectively.

The Board approved the hiring of a U.S. History teacher for CPHS, a science teacher at CBMS, and a paraprofessional at ECEC.

The Board voted to accept the resignation of Office No. 1 Board Member Krista Polankski. Because Polanski served more than half her term, the Board is able to either appoint a new member or leave the spot vacant till the next regular election.

Bright Morning Farm holds ribbon cutting in Sand Springs

Bright Morning Farm in Sand Springs held a ribbon cutting recently at their new event barn. The 3,600 square foot event center is located on a 35-acre ranch just outside of Sand Springs City limits.

Bright Morning Farm has been hosting weddings, reunions, birthday parties, and other events for years, and the event center is the newest addition to the grounds. Originally a garage, the entire facility was renovated from the inside out to offer a rustic feel with modern conveniences.

The event center officially opened this past summer, but the farm used the ribbon cutting to celebrate their joining of the Sand Springs Chamber of Commerce, as well as to offer a holiday open house.

Governor Mary Fallin Declares State of Emergency Due to Approaching Storms

The Charles Page High School campus under a blanket of snow following a 2011 blizzard.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today declared a state of emergency for all 77 Oklahoma counties due to severe winter weather predicted for the state.

Winter storms, snow, ice, and freezing rain are expected to impact different parts of the state through the weekend. Because the weather event may include dangerous road conditions and power outages, this state of emergency is being issued in advance of the storm to allow emergency management and other partners to preposition resources.

Fallin’s disaster emergency order allows state agencies to make emergency purchases related to disaster relief and preparedness. It is also a first step toward seeking federal assistance should it be necessary.

Additionally, the executive order waives licensing requirements for vehicles bringing in materials and supplies used for storm relief. Eligible materials are those that provide direct assistance for the immediate restoration of essential services, such as power, sewer, water, and telecommunications. Essential supplies include food and fuel.

In preparation for the storm, the state Emergency Operations Center will be activated. The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) is working with local emergency managers across the state as well as numerous emergency response and recovery partners.

The American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief and other agencies are standing by to assist with warming and feeding stations.

The executive order will be in effect for 30 days.

Hometown Holiday brings Christmas cheer to Sand Springs Triangle District

The inaugural Hometown Holiday Christmas Celebration is underway in the downtown Sand Springs Triangle District. The event, hosted by the Sand Springs Chamber of Commerce, will run through Saturday night at 9:00 p.m. and will resume Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The event features numerous vendors of crafts and food with nonstop entertainment on the Triangle Stage.

Elementary choirs from Garfield, Northwoods, and Limestone performed early Saturday, as did kids from Miss Tirita’s Dance Studio and the Lawnwood Freewill Baptist Church Choir. The Charles Page High School band and Sand Springs Community Band will perform from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and the Triangle will be officially illuminated at 6:00 p.m.

Santa’s Cottage is open for pictures with ole St. Nick from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday and from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, with a one-hour break from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m..

New Life Tabernacle and Broadway Baptist Church are hosting the church tent Saturday. Carriage rides will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturday.

On Sunday the Salvation Army Band will perform from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Ms. Tirita’s kids will perform from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Kiefer Elementary kids will perform from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Vendors at the event include Scentsy, the Sand Springs Women’s Chamber, Made By Rach jewelry, and OkieSpice & Trade Co.

Mr. Nice Guys’, 3 Feathers BBQ, and Mr. Whiskit’s Cheesecakes are among the dining options. Senior Celebration is selling tacos, CubScout Pack 14 has beef jerky, and dessert can be found at DJ’s Sweet Kitchen. The CPHS Dance Team has hot coco, cookies, and Sandite yard signs, while the band is selling popcorn.

Many downtown shops will have extended hours during the weekend festivities, and throughout the Holiday season. Visitors can also check out the internationally-acclaimed Shiny Happy Blue Dog art exhibit by George Rodrigue at the Sand Springs Cultural and Historical Museum.

This Week in Sand Springs (11/25 - 12/2/18)

Tuesday

  • 6:00 p.m. PTO Meeting.

    • Limestone Technology Academy
      4201 South Walnut Creek Drive

  • 6:00 p.m. No. 1 Lady Sandite Basketball vs. No. 18 Ponca City (A).

    • Ponca City High School
      927 North 5th Street
      Ponca City, OK 74601

  • 7:30 p.m. No. 12 Sandite Basketball vs. Ponca City (A).

    • Ponca City High School
      927 North 5th Street
      Ponca City, OK 74601

Thursday

  • 6:00 p.m. BINGO

    • American Legion - Billie A. Hall Post 17
      500 North Main Street

Friday

  • 6:00 p.m. No. 1 Lady Sandite Basketball vs. Muskogee (H).

    • Ed Dubie Field House
      600 North Adams Road

  • 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Hometown Holiday: A Christmas Celebration

    • 6:00 p.m. Lighting of the Triangle

    • 7:00 p.m. Festival of Lights Christmas Parade

    • Downtown Sand Springs Triangle District

  • 7:30 p.m. No. 12 Sand Springs vs. Muskogee (H).

    • Ed Dubie Field House
      600 North Adams Road

Saturday

  • 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Chipper Days.

    • Sand Springs Street Department
      8620 West 21st Street

  • 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Holiday Market.

    • Limestone Technology Academy
      4201 South Walnut Creek Drive

  • 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. HomeTown Holiday: A Christmas Celebration.

    • Downtown Sand Springs Triangle District

  • 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Sand Springs Community Theater presents “When Merry Comes Home For Christmas”

    • Central Ninth Grade Center Auditorium
      4th and Garfield

Sunday

  • 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. HomeTown Holiday: A Christmas Celebration.

    • Downtown Sand Springs Triangle District.

  • 2:30 p.m. Sand Springs Community Theater presents “When Merry Comes Home For Christmas”

    • Central Ninth Grade Center Auditorium
      4th and Garfield

Ongoing

  • 11/9-12/29 Snapped in Sand Springs. - Read More.

  • 11/17-2/17 George Rodrigue: Shiny Happy Blue Dog exhibit. - Read More.

  • 11/20-1/6 Art of Giving Christmas Tree display.

  • 11/23-12/31 Tulsa Botanical Garden of Lights. - Read More.

On The Horizon

  • 2/16- 4th Annual Ancient Trail Trek (5K, 10K, 8 Mile).


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Tulsa Botanic Garden unveils new Garden of Lights event

[Tulsa, OK] — Tulsa Botanic Garden is offering an illuminated garden escape from the holiday hustle and bustle with a new event, Garden of Lights, running from Nov. 23 to Jan. 6. Visitors will be able to stroll through whimsical displays in the Children’s Discovery Garden and enjoy elegant views and dazzling lights in the A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Floral Terraces and other areas of the Garden.

“Being in the Garden any night is wonderful, but with the light display we’ve created with our designer, it’s just magical,” says Garden CEO Todd Lasseigne. “The path through the Children’s Discovery Garden includes fun surprises along the walk and a soundscape created by a Tulsa musician especially for that area. We also have the traditional music and colors for the holidays in the Tandy Floral Terraces. With all of the activities going on, there’s really something for everyone.”

Every night of the event warm beverages and s’mores kits will be available for sale in the “Holiday Hearth” area located near the Garden’s visitor center. Fire pits will be available for roasting marshmallows. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 22, a food truck and cash bar with seasonal warm drinks will also be available.

From Dec. 7 to 14, a large scale model train exhibit by the Tulsa Garden Railroad Club will be in the Garden’s Mabee Grange building. Members of the Railroad Club will be staffing the 1,200 sq. ft. display nightly from 5 to 9 p.m.

The schedule of activities during Garden of Lights also includes:

Wednesdays with St. Nick: Every Wednesday from Nov. 28 to Dec. 19, the Garden’s “botanical” Saint Nick will be available for informal visits and photos from 6 to 9 p.m. (bring your camera).

Musical Thursdays: Each Thursday, from Nov. 29 to Dec. 20 enjoy live music from talented Tulsans including:

·         Nov. 29, 6-8 p.m.: Holiday Gypsy Jazz with David Horne and Friends

·         Dec. 6, 6-7 p.m.: Bravo School of Performing Arts; 7-9 p.m.: Cascia Hall Singers

·         Dec. 13: TBA

·         Dec. 20, 6-8 p.m.: Harpist Lorelei Barton

Holiday Express Train Rides: Every Friday and Saturday from Nov. 23 to Dec. 22, you can take a train ride to see the lights from across the Garden’s Lake. Free with admission.

Tickets are $15 for ages 13+ and $5 for ages 3-12. Children 2 and under are free. Members of the Botanic Garden receive discounted pricing of $10 for ages 13+.  Tickets are limited each night and pre-purchasing is highly advised.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.tulsabotanic.org/gardenoflights, in person in the Garden’s visitor center or by phone at 918-289-0330.

During the event, the Botanic Garden will alter its daytime hours closing at 3 p.m. (instead of 5 p.m.) Tuesday through Sunday. The Garden will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 and only open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 1.

Sponsors for 2018 Garden of Lights include Closebend, ePumps, GableGotwals, Triad Eye Institute, Osage Casino Hotel, Premier Advisors Group, Public Service Company of Oklahoma and T.D. Williamson. Drs. James & Samuel Owens Pediatric & Adolescent Dentistry, Howell & Vancuren, Proceeds from the event help support the Garden, a non-profit organization.

For more details on Garden of Lights events, visit www.TulsaBotanic.org/GardenofLights or call 918-289-0330.

ABOUT US:

Tulsa Botanic Garden is an all-season oasis blooming in the Osage Hills northwest of Tulsa.  The A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Floral Terraces feature over 8,000 plants with seasonal beds, beautiful art deco designs and water features, and a spectacular spring display of over 100,000 bulbs. The Children’s Discovery Garden is a wonderland of interactive fun for the whole family including the iconic Spring Giant, spitting animal fountains, carnivorous plants, Sensory Walk, whirligigs, and the Tree Fort where the canopy provides a natural backdrop for storytelling and imaginative play. The Lakeside Promenade gracefully encompasses a seven-acre lake, and the Cross Timbers Trail provides a 1.5 mile hike through the trees. Admission:  Free for members, $8 for ages 13 and up, $4 for ages 3-12, and free for ages 2 and under.  Memberships are available beginning at $50. Tulsa Botanic Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information, call 918-289-0330 or visit www.tulsabotanic.org.

Sand Springs Parks Dept. receives State honors for Riverfest celebration

Sand Springs, OK - The City of Sand Springs Parks staff received two statewide honors during the Oklahoma Recreation and Parks Society (ORPS) annual conference held in Norman, OK. Sand Springs Riverfest was cited an Award of Excellence by parks professionals in the state, one of only three such awards given out annually at the parks conference. Riverfest also earned an Award of Excellence for marketing from ORPS.

“We’re honored to represent the citizens of Sand Springs, not only in our traditional park work throughout the year, but also with the special events we create,” stated Jeff Edwards, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City. “We have a great staff who reach beyond their daily tasks to offer quality parks and recreation services in Northeast Oklahoma, and we’re very pleased to receive this honor.”

Riverfest was created by parks staff to celebrate the completion and dedication of the former River City Park into the new $6.2 million project known currently as Case Community Park. The park name change recognized Mike and Pat Case for their $2 million contribution toward Sand Springs’ largest Vision 2025 park project.

Sand Springs Riverfest took nearly a year of planning thanks to a large committee that included local businesses, school and city officials, church members, and more. The event was held in September of 2017 after raising nearly $30,000 for the park celebration.

A few highlights of the day included an appearance by Sand Springs racing legend Bennie “The Wizard” Osborn, who was the NHRA top fuel dragster world champion in 1967 and 1968. The OKC Thunder’s mascot, Rumble, made an entrance, and helped kick off a Thunder Cares new basketball court dedication and basketball camp for kids. There was an artistic Chalk-A-Thon sidewalk art-chalk contest. A few former cast members from the live outdoor production of Oklahoma performed a brief segment from the musical. The Charles Page High School marching band performed on stage before the Rogues Five took over, followed by local interactive DJ Morgan Ganem’s performance, which was choreographed with the grand finale fireworks display.

Sand Springs Riverfest was awarded state ORPS honors for its excellent use of private funds to create the event for citizens; the strong use of volunteers; utilizing creative marketing methods and offering a diverse number of activities for people during the event.

“Special events can be a struggle for any community and they can consume large amounts of resources,” stated Edwards. “The resources, funding, and commitments from local civic groups, businesses, churches and more launched Riverfest into an award winning quality event.”

For more information on the Sand Springs Parks and Recreation Department visit www.sandspringsok.org and follow them on Facebook.

ORPS was founded in 1956 to advance the parks and recreation profession and industry in Oklahoma. Annual conference attendees receive professional training, continuing education credits and more. For more information about ORPS visit: http://www.orps.us/

Sand Springs churches donate $4,000 for police and fire Christmas bonuses

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The Sand Springs Ministerial Alliance presented a $4,000 check to the City of Sand Springs at Monday night’s regular City Council meeting. The donation will be used for Christmas bonuses for City Firemen and Police Officers. HillSpring Associate Pastor Matt Barnett presented the check to Mayor Mike Burdge, Police Chief Mike Carter, and Fire Chief Mike Wood.

City Council unanimously approved a resolution allowing for the use of Municipal Reserve Funds for the advanced funding of various General Obligation Bond Projects. These accounts will be reimbursed following the bond sales.

Voters approved $12,165,000 in bond projects in November of 2017, but the City has only sold $3.5 million thus far in order to keep the millage rate under 13 mills.

In Other News:

Council unanimously approved a resolution endorsing the Tulsa Metro Chamber OneVoice Regional Legislative Agenda for 2019. Click here to read the agenda.

Council unanimously approved a Specific Use Permit for a medical marijuana growing facility at 1106 West Wekiwa Road.

Council unanimously approved a resolution affirming dilapidation public nuisance findings against properties at 11 West 35th Street, 418 North Grant Avenue, and 108 North Roosevelt Avenue. The buildings are slated for demolition on or after January 8.

Council unanimously approved the purchase of a 2019 Ford F-250 from Bill Knight Ford for Sand Springs Animal Welfare in the amount of $28,423.

Council unanimously approved a $34,709 payment to Aaron Fence Company for the replacement of 2,400 feet of fence at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Council unanimously approved a $45,750 payment to Garrow Construction for the replacement of 3,000 feet of deteriorated Campbell Creek Road water line.

Council unanimously approved a resolution adopting an investment policy for the City of Sand Springs and the Sand Springs Municipal Authority, providing clear guidance in regards to oversight, guidelines, and limitations of investments.

During the subsequent Municipal Authority meeting, Trustees unanimously approved the Shell Lake Dam Breach Plan, Revision 13.

This Week in Sand Springs (11/18 - 11/25/18)

Sunday

  • 2:00 p.m. Pull The Flag on Cancer

    • 8 on 8 Flag Football Tournament benefiting Dustin Kinard’s fight against Pancreatic Cancer.

    • Roger Bush Soccer Complex
      2500 South River City Park Road

    • See attached poster for more information.

Monday

Tuesday

  • 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Art of Giving Christmas Tree display.

    • Sand Springs Museum
      9 East Broadway

  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Open Wrestling Practice.

    • Charles Page High School
      500 North Adams Road

  • 6:00 p.m. Museum Trust Authority meeting.

Wednesday

Thursday

  • Thanksgiving

  • 9:00 a.m. Burdge/Campbell Families and Friends Turkey Trot

Friday

  • 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Black Friday.

    • YellowHouse Market & Boutique
      122 North Main Street

Saturday

  • 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Small Business Saturday Pop Up Shops.

    • YellowHouse Market & Boutique
      122 North Main Street

  • 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Open Hike Day.

    • Keystone Ancient Forest
      160 Ancient Forest Drive

  • 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Sand Springs Sings concert finale & 2nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

    • Downtown Triangle District

Ongoing

  • 11/9-12/29 Snapped in Sand Springs.

  • 11/17-2/17 George Rodrigue: Shiny Happy Blue Dog exhibit. - Read More.

  • 11/20-1/6 Art of Giving Christmas Tree diplay.

  • 11/23-12/31 Tulsa Botanical Garden of Lights.

On The Horizon

  • 11/30 Festival of Lights Christmas Parade.

  • 12/1 Limestone Technology Academy Holiday Market.

  • 12/1-12/2 HomeTown Holiday, a Christmas Celebration.

  • 12/1-12/2 When Merry Comes Home for Christmas.


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George Rodrigue - Shiny Happy Blue Dog art exhibit makes Oklahoma debut in Sand Springs

The internationally-acclaimed Shiny Happy Blue Dog art exhibit made its Oklahoma debut Saturday evening at the Sand Springs Cultural and Historical Museum.

The paintings are the work of the late George Rodrigue, a Louisiana cajun who died in 2013. The blue dog is inspired by the loup-garou (cajun werewolf) and modeled after Rodrigue’s dog Tiffany. The series was used in ad campaigns by Absolut Vodka and Xerox Corporation in the early 1990s and can be seen in the Central Perk coffee shop on the hit television series Friends.

Rodrigue’s career began as a child after being diagnosed with polio. According to his widow, Wendy, his mother bought him a paint set to occupy his time while bedridden. His early work focused on the things he could no longer go out and see in person.

George and Wendy made a large effort to bring his art to schools and use it as an education tool, a mission continued by Wendy and her current husband Douglas Magnus, who was a lifelong friend of Rodrigue. Rodrigue also painted a series of vibrant blue dogs for children’s hospitals, giving the kids a bright distraction from their time in hospice. Those pieces are exclusive to children’s hospitals and do not make their way into museums or other showcases.

Rodrigue-Magnus tours the country with her late husband’s work, and visited several Tulsa-area elementary schools prior to the weekend opening, including Sand Springs’s Northwoods Fine Arts Academy. She also spoke at the Sand Springs Museum’s grand opening.

The exhibit will be open through February 17, 2019 and admission is free. The museum is located at 9 East Broadway in the historic downtown Triangle District. The 1929 art deco masterpiece is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and still bears the “Page Memorial Library” designation on the outside.

Bringing the exhibit to Sand Springs was the idea of Northwoods Art Instructor Jennifer Fox Barretto, who spent the last year fundraising, advertising, and working behind the scenes to secure the event.

Museum Hours:
CLOSED MONDAY
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Tuesday
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Wednesday
1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Thursday
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Friday
12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Saturday
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sunday

Morrow Road widening project to begin November 26th

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Sections of Morrow Road in Sand Springs will be partially closed for reconstruction from Monday, November 26th through March 1st.

Morrow Road from Wilson Avenue (Highway 97) west to Broad Street will be completely rebuilt this winter to facilitate the additional traffic expected from the new Billie A. Hall Public Safety Center. Crossland Heavy Contractors was awarded a $1.4 million construction contract for the project in September.

The 0.3 mile road is currently only two lanes with no shoulder and no turn lanes. It will be widened to three lanes and 39 feet across. Most of the stretch will have a center turn lane, but will transition into a 120-foot right-turn lane onto South 97. The existing curb and gutter along the southwest side of HWY97 will be removed and rebuilt to accompany the added lane.

A five-foot-wide sidewalk will run along the south side of the road and there will be two entrances into the new public safety center parking lot. The project will also require relocating the sanitary sewer main.

The Billie A. Hall Public Safety Center, named for a Sand Springs Vietnam War hero, will house the City’s relocated municipal courts, jail, 911 operations, police, and north-side fire station, all currently located in downtown.

Construction crews broke ground on the $10.7 million, 40,000 sq. ft. facility in April of 2018, and it is expected to be completed in March, 2019.

This Week in Sand Springs (11/11 - 11/18/18)

Sunday

  • Veterans’ Day.

Tuesday

  • 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Stop the Hate in the 918.

    • Free coverups for any hate, gang, or racial tattoos.

    • The Parlour Hair & Ink
      100 North Garfield Avenue

  • 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. CPHS Dance Fundraiser.

    • Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
      8112 South Olympia Avenue
      Tulsa, OK 74132

    • Must tell cashier you are there for fundraiser.

  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Open Wrestling Practice.

    • Charles Page High School
      500 North Adams Road

  • 7:00 p.m. Sand Springs Band Booster Meeting.

    • Charles Page High School
      500 North Adams Road

  • 7:00 p.m. CPHS Basketball: Meet The Sandites.

    • Ed Dubie Field House
      600 North Adams Road

Thursday

  • 6:00 p.m. BINGO

    • American Legion - Billie A. Hall Post 17
      500 North Main Street

  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Open Wrestling Practice.

    • Charles Page High School
      500 North Adams Road

Friday

  • 6:00 p.m. Powder Puff Football

    • Memorial Stadium
      600 North Adams Road

Saturday

  • 7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. CPHS Basketball Fundraiser - Pancake Breakfast.

    • Masonic Lodge No. 475
      3201 South 113th West Avenue

  • 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Open Hike Day.

    • Keystone Ancient Forest
      160 Ancient Forest Drive

  • 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Christmas Open House Sip & Shop

    • YellowHouse Market & Boutique
      122 North Main Street

  • George Rodrigue - Shiny Happy Blue Dog Art Exhibit - Grand Opening Reception.

    • Sand Springs Cultural and Historical Museum
      9 East Broadway Street

Sunday

  • 2:00 p.m. Pull The Flag on Cancer

    • 8 on 8 Flag Football Tournament benefiting Dustin Kinard’s fight against Pancreatic Cancer.

    • Roger Bush Soccer Complex
      2500 South River City Park Road

    • See attached poster for more information.

On The Horizon

  • 11/22 Thanksgiving.

  • 11/24 Sand Springs Sings concert finale & 2nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

  • 11/30 Festival of Lights Christmas Parade.

  • 12/1 Limestone Technology Academy Holiday Market.

  • 12/1-12/2 HomeTown Holiday, a Christmas Celebration.


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Jadine Nollan wins re-election for House District 66 and other election results

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Democratic voters hoping for a blue wave were sorely disappointed with Tuesday’s general election, as were Libertarian and Independent candidates, who failed to win any statewide offices. Several State legislative seats changed party ownership, but the changes were even across the aisle.

Republican candidate Kevin Stitt will be the next Governor of Oklahoma after winning 54.34% of the vote. All State executive positions remained in Republican control, as did both legislative bodies for the Republican Party’s eighth consecutive trifecta.

Democrat Kendra Horn upset incumbent Republican Steve Russell for Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District, winning by only 1.38%. Horn will be the first Democratic representative from Oklahoma since Dan Boren in 2013 and the first from District 5 since John Jarman in 1975.

State Senate District 30 flipped from Republican to Democrat while Districts 32 and 40 switched from red to blue.

House Districts 6, 15, 17, 18, 24, 75, and 86 flipped from Democrat to Republican, while Districts 71, 79, 83, and 95 changed from Republican to Democrat. Incumbent District 66 representative Jadine Nollan won the Sand Springs area with 58.48% of the vote over Democratic challenger Angela Graham.

Incumbent Republican District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler retained control of the Tulsa County office with 58.6% of the vote. All seven D.A. elections went to Republicans.

Judges Caroline Wall, Tracy Priddy, Linda Morrissey, and Martha Rupp Carter won the District 14 offices on the Sand Springs ballot.

Continuing a longstanding tradition, Oklahomans voted to retain every Supreme Court and Appellate Justice on the ballot. Justice James Edmondson was the only judge to receive less than 60% of votes in favor.

State Question 793, regarding optometrists’ and opticians’ right to operate out of retail mercantile establishments, was narrowly defeated with 50.24% of votes in opposition.

78.01% of Oklahomans voted to approve SQ794, also known as Marcey’s Law, granting certain rights to victims of crime.

SQ798 failed to pass the ballot, garnering only 45.91% of votes. The measure would have changed the Oklahoma Constitution so that gubernatorial and lieutenant governor candidates would run on the same ticket, similar to U.S. Presidential elections.

57.22% of voters opposed SQ800 which would have created a State trust fund.

50.41% of voters rejected SQ801, which would have allowed local Board of Education to use ad valorem tax revenues for the purpose of school operations and personnel pay. Currently bond measures may only be used for district building funds.

The Oklahoma State Election Board placed Statewide Turnout at 56.09% with more than 1.18 million ballots cast.

Other results:

  • Lieutenant Governor

    • Matt Pinnell (Republican) 61.9%

    • Anastasia A. Pittman (Democrat) 34.52%

    • Ivan Holmes (Independent) 3.58%

  • State Auditor

    • Cindy Byrd (Republican) 75.18%

    • John Yeutter (Libertarian) 24.82%

  • Attorney General

    • Mike Hunter (Republican) 64.04%

    • Mark Myles (Democrat) 35.96%

  • State Treasurer

    • Randy McDaniel (Republican) 71.59%

    • Charles de Coune (Independent) 28.41%

  • State Superintendent

    • Joy Hofmeister (Republican) 58.52%

    • John Cox (Democrat) 33.78%

    • Larry Huff (Independent) 7.7%

  • Labor Commissioner

    • Leslie Osborn (Republican) 61.73%

    • Fred Dorrell (Democrat) 33.47%

    • Brandt Dismukes (Independent) 4.8%

  • Insurance Commissioner

    • Glen Mulready (Republican) 61.97%

    • Kimberly Fobbs (Democrat) 38.03%

  • Corporation Commissioner

    • Bob Anthony (Republican) 60.04%

    • Ashley Nicole McCrary (Democrat) 34.29%

    • Jackie Short (Independent) 5.67%

  • U.S. Representative - District 01

    • Kevin Hern (Republican) 59.31%

    • Tim Gilpin (Democrat) 40.69%

  • U.S. Representative - District 02

    • Markwayne Mullin (Republican) 65.02%

    • Jason Nichols (Democrat) 30.1%

    • John Foreman (Independent) 2.96%

    • Richard Castaldo (Libertarian) 1.92%

  • U.S. Representative - District 03

    • Frank D. Lucas (Republican) 73.87%

    • Frankie Robbins (Democrat) 26.13%

  • U.S. Representative - District 04

    • Tom Cole (Republican) 63.07%

    • Mary Brannon (Democrat) 33%

    • Ruby Peters (Independent) 3.94%

  • U.S. Representative - District 05

    • Kendra Horn (Democrat) 50.69%

    • Steve Russell (Republican) 49.31%

  • Tulsa County Associate District Judge

    • Cliff Smith 55%

    • Brian Crain 45%

  • Supreme Court District 2 - Patrick Wyrick

    • YES 61.55%

    • NO 38.35%

  • Supreme Court District 3 - Noma D. Gurich

    • YES 61.57%

    • NO 38.43%

  • Supreme Court District 4 - Yvonne Kauger

    • YES 62.19%

    • NO 37.81%

  • Supreme Court District 7 - James E. Edmondson

    • YES 59.4%

    • NO 40.6%

Sand Springs native Jacob Dement in final stretch of debut album, Abandoned

Sand Springs native Jacob Dement has already written and recorded his first full length album, but that’s only half the battle. He needs your help to finish it.

Dement recently launched a GoFundMe campaign hoping to raise $3,000 for mastering, duplication, distribution, and an album release event. At press time he has received $730 in donations towards his debut record, Abandoned.

A long-time musical veteran, his style has developed drastically from his early exploits with the high school screamo band AfterEIGHT. Dement’s later band, The Sellouts, performed a broad selection ranging classic rock to modern Top 40 hits at venues like Los Cabos, Riverwalk Jenks, and River Spirit Casino.

Dement spent years touring the high seas with Norwegian and Carnival cruise liners, performing alongside artists like Heart, America, and Emmy Lou Harris.

Upon settling back down in Oklahoma he took up residency at Margaritaville, performing every Tuesday night for a year before moving his act to the Wyld Hawgz bar in South Tulsa. Dement says he averages around 250 shows a year at venues across Oklahoma.

In addition to his solo work he has also performed with the Jacob Flint Band and as a duo with Flint. They recently opened shows at Cain’s Ballroom for Granger Smith and a sold-out Randy Rogers Band.

His latest work is a more acoustic folk sound and deals with his struggles over the past two years and his separation from his wife and co-performer.

He was also nominated for Best Solo Artist and Best Americana Artist, in the We Are Tulsa Music Awards, and his song “Mr. Strange” was nominated for Single of the Year. To vote for Dement, visit https://www.tulsamusicawards.com.

Dement recently launched a new website at www.jacobdementmusic.com and can be reached at jacobdement@icloud.com for booking information.

SSPS Board of Education approves Board election dates and March bond language

The Sand Springs Board of Education presented Sandite Spirit Awards to the Charles Page High School softball and volleyball teams at their Monday night meeting, recognizing the squads for their achievements this year. Both teams won the 6A Academic State Championships this year with 3.9 GPAs.

Additionally, Jacob Smith was given a Spirit award for qualifying for the Cross Country State Championship, and local philanthropist Montie Box was given a Pacesetter Award in honor of a $2,250 donation to help send Northwoods and Garfield elementary students to JA Biztown.

Superintendent Sherry Durkee announced that the Schusterman Foundation will be donating $40,000 towards the SSPS STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) initiative this year. Webco Industries will be donating $30,000 and the Sand Springs Home will be donating $10,000. The district hopes to raise $100,000 to add BioMed III, Computer Science II and other classes to the district’s Project Lead the Way curriculum.

Jeffrey Hewett of Sanders, Bledsoe, and Hewett gave the district a mostly clean audit report with no serious issues.

Superintendent Durkee gave a summary of Charles Page High School’s Spring ACT performance. The school’s average English score dropped, but the Reading and Math scores improved by 0.2 points each.

The district approved Stephen H. McDonald and Associates as the district’s financial consultants for the upcoming bond initiative. They also approved a measure setting the bond election date as March 5, 2019.

If the first bond measure passes, $31.5 million will be used to construct a new freshman academy and STEM center on the campus of the high school, replacing the current Central Ninth Grade Center in downtown Sand Springs. A gymnasium will be added on at Angus Valley Elementary and will be built as a hardened-room tornado shelter. The district will also purchase new technology, textbooks, software, library books, and instructional materials for sites throughout the district. Repairs will also be made to HVAC equipment, electrical equipment, parking lots, painting and roofing, sound systems, windows, security systems, playground equipment, athletic equipment, lockers, sidewalks, and more.

A separate $1.3 million measure will go to the ballot to provide for transportation equipment.

The Board approved the employment of a new third grade teacher for Garfield, a Special Education teacher and a Title 1 Paraprofessional for CNGC, a science teacher for Page Academy, a Title 1 teacher for Pratt Elementary, and a licensed practical nurse for Angus.

Board President Bo Naugle’s term will expire this coming April. The Board approved a filing period of December 3-5 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for Board of Ed Office No. 4. Candidates can file at the Tulsa County Election Board offices at 555 North Denver in Tulsa. If Naugle draws an opponent the election will be held on April 2.

The Sand Springs Board of Education holds public meetings on the first Monday of the month at the CPHS Fine Arts Building at 7:00 p.m.

This Week in Sand Springs (11/4 - 11/11/18)

Monday

  • 12:00 p.m. Sand Springs Chamber of Commerce - Open Forum.

    • Tulsa Tech - Sand Springs Campus
      500 North Adams Road

  • 4:00 p.m. Planning Commission meeting.

  • 6:00 p.m. Board of Adjustment meeting - CANCELED.

  • 7:00 p.m. Board of Education meeting.

Tuesday

  • 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Election Day.

  • 6:00 p.m. Museum Trust Authority meeting.

  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Open Wrestling Practice.

    • Charles Page High School
      500 North Adams Road

Wednesday

  • 12:00 p.m. Women’s Chamber of Commerce meeting.

    • Crescent Cafe
      3417 South 113th West Avenue

Thursday

  • 6:00 p.m. BINGO

    • American Legion - Billie A. Hall Post 17
      500 North Main Street

  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Open Wrestling Practice.

    • Charles Page High School
      500 North Adams Road

  • 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Tulsa Community Band Veteran’s Day Concert.

    • Charles Page High School
      500 North Adams Road

Saturday

  • 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Hike With Your Dog Day.

    • Keystone Ancient Forest
      160 Ancient Forest Drive

  • 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. All Things Crafty Arts and Craft Fair.

    • Case Community Center
      1050 West Wekiwa Road

  • 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Ninth Annual 2 Angels Toy Run.

    • Tulsa Community College - West Campus
      7505 West 41st Street

Sunday

  • Veteran’s Day.

On The Horizon

  • 11/17 Christmas Open House Sip & Shop at YellowHouse Market & Boutique.

  • 11/22 Thanksgiving.

  • 11/24 Sand Springs Sings concert finale & 2nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

  • 11/30 Festival of Lights Christmas Parade.

  • 12/1 Limestone Technology Academy Holiday Market.

  • 12/1-12/2 HomeTown Holiday, a Christmas Celebration.


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Sand Springs hosts Harlem Wizards in Rotary Club fundraiser

Basketball season started early this year in Sand Springs as the Sandite All-Stars took on the Harlem Wizards Thursday evening at the Ed Dubie Field House.

Coach Dustin Morrow led a ragtag group of local teachers, coaches, and pastors in a valiant effort against world-class talent, but the home team fell 79-73 in an exhibition fundraiser for the Sand Springs Rotary Club.

The Rotarians will keep a large portion of ticket sales and a quarter of merchandise sales, but will donate 100% of concession proceeds to Head Sandite Football Coach Dustin Kinard’s pancreatic cancer treatment fund. Together with the Sandite Basketball Association they raised $350 for Kinard.

The game was a bit of a homecoming for the Wizards, though they have never played in Sand Springs before. One of their founding members and a brief co-owner, Marques Haynes, is a graduate of Sand Springs’s former black high school, Booker T. Washington. Haynes led the Washington Ramblers to State Titles in 1940 and 1941 and a Negro National Tournament Championship in 1941, helped Langston University to four Conference Championships, and is considered to be the greatest ball handler of all time.

The current roster of Wizards includes former Globetrotter and college All-American Eric “Broadway” Jones, All-American and Globetrotter Arnold “A-Train” Bernard, Globetrotter and Nike Slam Dunk Champ Devon “Livewire” Curry, Lloyd “Lunatik” Clinton, Leon “Space Jam” Sewell, and Brandon “Werm” LaCue.

The Sandites fielded more than a dozen teachers, three pastors, Mayor Mike Burdge, and Salvation Army Athletic Director Jimmie Walker III.

Jamel Thompson, the voice of the Wizards, got laughs throughout the evening with his quick wit and clever nicknames for the Sand Springs players. While many players were compared to celebrity look-a-likes, Burdge was dubbed the “Fountain of Youth” as the oldest player on the court.

Walker won the opening tip-off and took it to the house for a layup. The Wizards rallied from an 8-2 deficit to a 20-12 lead before Ben Riggs hit a three-point buzzer beater at the end of the first quarter.

Wide Receivers Coach Darrack Harger was a strong point in the second period, snagging several rebounds for the Sandites and scoring a few layups and a dunk.

Thirty-year Berryhill music teacher Carol Hilborn scored late in the second period and the Sandites took a 38-34 lead into the half.

Offensive Coordinator Kenny Gooch brought much-needed height to the game, while HillSpring Pastor Brent Kellogg brought much-needed comic relief with his frequently missed layup attempts.

The Wizards gave Sand Springs an extra six points at halftime and helped them with rebounds and free shots throughout the night to keep things competitive, but ultimately prevailed 79-73 to continue their 2,000+ game winning streak.

The Sand Springs Rotary Club has a large charitable presence in Sand Springs, hosting events like the Downhill Derby, and making donations towards park efforts like the Rotary Super Splash Pad in Case Community Park and the Sand Springs Rotary Centennial Park. As a whole, the international Rotary community aims to eradicate polio worldwide.

This Week in Sand Springs (10/28 - 11/4/18)

Sunday

  • 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Boo on Broadway.

Tuesday

  • 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Oklahoma Advanced Manufacturing Forum.

    • Tulsa Tech - Sand Springs Campus
      500 North Adams Road

  • 6:00 p.m. Limestone PTO meeting.

    • Limestone Technology Academy
      4201 South Walnut Creek Drive

  • 6:00 p.m. 3rd Annual Monster Ball.

    • Sand Springs Softball Complex
      408 West 55th Street

  • 6:00 p.m. Museum Trust Authority meeting.

  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Open Wrestling Practice.

    • Charles Page High School
      500 North Adams Road

Wednesday

  • 12:30 p.m. Halloween Costume Contest.

    • Tulsa Community College - West Campus Student Union
      7505 West 41st Street

  • 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Angus Church Fall Carnival.

    • Angus Church
      4401 South 129th West Avenue

  • 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. DreamLand | Family Fall Festival

    • CrossPoint Church
      4600 South 129th West Avenue

  • 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Trunk or Treat.

    • Sand Springs Church of Christ
      4301 South 113th West Avenue

  • 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Broadway Fall Festival

    • Broadway Baptist Church
      1000 North Adams Road

Thursday

  • 6:00 p.m. BINGO

    • American Legion - Billie A. Hall Post 17
      500 North Main Street

  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Open Wrestling Practice.

    • Charles Page High School
      500 North Adams Road

  • 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Harlem Wizards: Tricks, Hoops & Alley Oops!

    • Ed Dubie Field House
      600 North Adams Road

Friday

  • 7:00 p.m. Sandite Football vs. Booker T. Washington (A).

    • 1514 East Zion Street
      Tulsa, OK 74106

Saturday

  • 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Chipper Days.

    • Sand Springs Street Department
      8620 West 21st Street

  • 8:00 a.m. Open Hike Day.

    • Keystone Ancient Forest
      160 Ancient Forest Drive

  • 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Fall City-Wide Cleanup Day.

    • Contact Sunnie Smith-Nowlin at 918-246-2579 to volunteer.

  • 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Time to Arise!

    • 10:00 a.m. Women’s Conference - Speaker Stephanie Schrepel, worship by Rachelle Thurber.
      2:00 p.m. Testimonies from Joanna Sanders, Angie Keith, Tamie Ortiz, Laura Weiser. Worship by Rachelle Thurber.
      6:00 p.m. Open to all - Speaker Jim Schrepel, worship with Darin Shipley.

    • The Stronghold Church
      619 East 10th Street

Sunday

  • End of Daylight Savings Time.

On The Horizon

  • 11/10 Keystone Ancient Forest Hike With Your Dog Day.

  • 11/10 All Things Crafty Arts & Craft Fair.

  • 11/10 Ninth Annual 2 Angels Toy Run.

  • 11/11 Veteran’s Day.

  • 11/17 Christmas Open House Sip & Shop at YellowHouse Market & Boutique.

  • 11/22 Thanksgiving.

  • 11/24 Sand Springs Sings concert finale & 2nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

  • 11/30 Festival of Lights Christmas Parade.

  • 12/1 Limestone Technology Academy Holiday Market.

  • 12/1-12/2 HomeTown Holiday, a Christmas Celebration.


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Boo on Broadway draws thousands to Sand Springs Triangle District

The Eighth Annual Boo on Broadway festival was a raging success Sunday afternoon in the downtown Triangle District. The event drew more than 3,000 participants for games, inflatables, costume contests, trunk-or-treats and more.

The event was hosted by the Sand Springs Ministerial Alliance for the second-straight year with involvement from several other local businesses and organizations.

State Farm agent Steve Lane and Farmer’s Insurance agents Kelly Smith and Nathan Spencer all set up booths with candy, as did American Heritage Bank, RibCrib, BancFirst, Christ Centered Lawn Care, and OSU Medical Center. Downtown businesses Blush Hair Salon, Coble’s Flowers, and Joni’s on the Triangle Hair Salon also participated.

New Life Tabernacle was the star of the show, taking over the entire Kingsley Insurance parking lot with numerous inflatables, balloons, popcorn, and a dunk tank. Reach Church set up a bounce house and several game stations. First Church of the Nazarene had a GaGa Ball arena, American Legion Post 17 and Chinowth and Cohen had corn hole toss, and Nexus Youth and HillSpring Church also had setups. The Sand Springs Police and Fire Departments also participated and let the kids check out the insides of their trucks and squad cars.

A Toy Story themed car won the best Trunk-or-Treat design and a costume contest was held with several age categories.

Age 0-2: Madilyn Gardner (Cabbage Patch Kid)
Age 3-4: Rainy Wachsmuth (Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas)
Age 5-6: Abby Taber (Cotton Candy)
Age 7-8: Israel Haley and Maddy Gaddy (Lucy and Ricky Ricardo)
Age 9-12: Ophelia Miss (Chicken)
Teen/Adult: Phillip Lamb (Uncle Fester)
Pet: Jared Robinson’s pygmy goat (vampire).

3rd Annual Monster Ball softball game rescheduled due to rain

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The Third Annual Monster Ball softball game originally scheduled for Thursday, October 25th has been postponed to Tuesday, October 30th due to substantial rainfall.

The Halloween-themed slow pitch softball game will pit the Charles Page High School baseball and softball teams against each other in a costumed slow pitch fundraiser for Sandite Special Olympics.

The Lady Sandites won the inaugural event and the baseball team tied the series with an 8-7 victory last year.

The game will be played at 6:00 p.m. at the Sand Springs Softball Complex at 408 West 55th Street. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults.