This Week in Sand Springs (1/14 - 1/20/18)

Monday

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday 

  • 1:30 p.m. Sand Springs/Sapulpa Joint Board Meeting
  • 6:00 p.m. Sand Springs Cultural & Historical Museum Trust Authority Meeting
  • 6:00 p.m. No. 9 Lady Sandite Basketball v. Broken Arrow (H)
    • Ed Dubie Field House
      500 North Adams Road
  • 7:00 p.m. No. 6 Sandite Wrestling v. No. 2 Broken Arrow (H)
    • Clyde Boyd Middle School
      305 West 35th Street
  • 8:00 p.m. No. 9 Sandite Basketball v. No. 1 Broken Arrow (H)
    • Ed Dubie Field House
      500 North Adams Road

Wednesday 

  • 4:00 p.m. Sand Springs Development Authority Meeting

Thursday

  • 7:00 p.m. No. 6 Sandite Wrestling v. Muskogee/Bartlesville/Enid (H)
    • District Quadrangle
    • Ed Dubie Field House
      500 North Adams Road

Friday

  • 8:00 a.m. Ram Duals Wrestling Tournament
    • Owasso High School
      12901 East 86th Street
      Owasso, OK 74055

Saturday

  • 8:00 a.m. Ram Duals Wrestling Tournament
    • Owasso High School
      12901 East 86th Street
      Owasso, OK 74055
  • 5:30 p.m. 12th Annual Sandite Baseball Karaoke Competition & Chili Cookoff
    • Charles Page High School Auditorium
      500 North Adams Road

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This Week in Sand Springs (1/7 - 1/13/18)

Monday

  • 4:00 p.m. Sand Springs Planning Commission Regular Meeting
  • 6:00 p.m. Sand Springs Parks Advisory Board Special Meeting

Tuesday 

  • 6:00 p.m. Lady Sandite Basketball v. Jenks (A)
    • Frank Herald Field House
      323 East B Street
      Jenks, OK 74037
  • 7:00 p.m. Sandite Wrestling v. Sapulpa (H)
    • Ed Dubie Field House
      500 North Adams Road
  • 8:00 p.m. Sandite Basketball v. Jenks (A)
    • Frank Herald Field House
      323 East B Street
      Jenks, OK 74037

Wednesday 

  • 11:30 a.m. Sand Springs City Council Special Meeting

Thursday

  • 6:00 p.m. Sand Springs Small Business Coalition Meeting
    • Pratt Library
      3219 South 113th West Avenue
  • 7:00 p.m. Sandite Wrestling v. Union (A)
    • Union High School
      6636 South Mingo Road
      Tulsa, Oklahoma 74133

Friday

  • 9:00 a.m. Bobby Lyons Invitational Wrestling Tournament (H)
    • Ed Dubie Field House
      500 North Adams Road
  • 6:00 p.m. Lady Sandite Basketball vs. Ponca City (A)
    • Ponca City High School
      927 North 5th Street
      Ponca City, OK 74061
  • 8:00 p.m. Sandite Basketball vs. Ponca City (A)
    • Ponca City High School
      927 North 5th Street
      Ponca City, OK 74061

Saturday

  • 6:00 a.m. 3rd Annual Ancient 5K
  • 9:00 a.m. Bobby Lyons Invitational Wrestling Tournament (H)
    • Ed Dubie Field House
      00 North Adams Road

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Top Films to Look Forward to in January 2018

January 5th - Molly's Game (R)

Based on a true story, Molly Bloom (Academy Award Nominee Jessica Chastain) is an Olympic-class skier by day and high-stakes poker player by night. After being busted by the FBI, she looks to criminal defense lawyer Charlie Jaffey (Idris Elba) for help. 

Also starring Academy Award Winner Kevin Costner, Academy Award Nominee Graham Greene, and Michael Cera. The film is the directorial debut of Aaron Sorkin, who won an Oscar as the screenwriter of The Social Network, and was nominated for Moneyball. 

The film received a limited release on Christmas and was nominated for Best Screenplay at the 75th Golden Globe Awards. Chastain was nominated for Best Actress. It holds a 80% critic approval rating and 88% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. 

January 5th - Insidious: The Last Key (PG-13)

The fourth installment of the Insidious franchise and second film in story chronology. Following the events of Insidious: Chapter 3, psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) returns to her childhood home to investigate supernatural disturbances reported by the house's current occupants. 

Also starring Academy Award nominee Bruce Davidson. Directed by Adam Robitel (The Taking of Deborah Logan) in his sophomore release. Written by Leigh Whannell (Saw, Insidious). 

January 12th - The Post (PG-13)

Based on a true story, Katherine Graham (Academy Award Winner Meryl Streep), the country's first female newspaper publisher, teams up with Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee (Academy Award Winner Tom Hanks) to back the New York Times in the publishing of the Pentagon Papers. 

Directed by Academy Award Winner Steven Spielberg, written by Academy Award Winner Josh Singer and Liz Hannah in her screenwriting debut, with music by Academy Award Winner John Williams.

The film received a limited release on December 22nd and received six nominations at the 75th Golden Globe Awards, including Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Director, Best Actress - Drama (Streep), Best Actor - Drama (Hanks), Best Screenplay, and Best Original Score. It holds a 85% critic approval rating and 66% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. 

January 12th - The Commuter (PG-13)

Insurance salesman Michael McCauley (Academy Award Nominee Liam Neeson) is contacted by a mysterious stranger and offered $100,000 to identify a hidden passenger on his train before the last stop. 

Also starring Academy Award Nominees Vera Farmiga and Elizabeth McGovern. Directed by Jaume Collet Serra (Orphan, Non-Stop, The Shallows). Written by Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi in their freshman debut.

January 12th - Paddington 2 (PG)

The followup to the critically acclaimed Paddington (2014), the titular animated bear settles in the Windsor Gardens community and begins an investigation into the theft of a unique pop-up book from a local antique shop.

Starring Academy Award Nominees Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Tom Conti, and Imelda Staunton, and Academy Award Winner Jim Broadbent. Director Paul King writes the sequel alongside Simon Farnaby. The first installment received a 98% critic approval rating and 80% audience score from Rotten Tomatoes. 

January 19th - Den of Thieves (R)

LAPD Officer Nick Flanagan (Gerard Butler) takes on a notorious crew of bank robbers led by Levi Enson (Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson). 

Written by Paul Scheuring (Zero Hour) and Christian Gudegast (London Has Fallen), directed by Gudegast in his freshman debut. 

January 19th - 12 Strong (R)

Based on Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton. A team of CIA paramilitary officers and U.S. Special Forces are sent to Afghanistan to combat the Taliban following the September 11 attacks. 

Starring Michael Pena, Chris Hemsworth, and Academy Award Nominee Michael Shannon. Nicolai Fuglsig makes his directorial debut with a screenplay by Academy Award Winner Ted Tally (Silence of the Lambs) and Peter Craig (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay). Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean, Top Gun).

January 26th - Maze Runner: The Death Cure (Not Yet Rated)

Based on The Death Cure by James Dashner. The final installment of the Maze Runner trilogy, Thomas (Dylan O'Brien) leads his group of escaped Gladers into the Last City, a WCKD-controlled labyrinth, in a final mission for answers. 

Starring Academy Award Nominee Patricia Clarkson. Directed by Wes Ball (The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials). Screenplay by T.S. Nowlin (The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials). 

The Maze Runner grossed $348 million worldwide and holds a 65% critic approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes. The Scorch Trials grossed $312 million and holds a 47% approval rating. 

January 26th - Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad (Not Yet Rated)

Swifty the Arctic Fox (Academy Award Nominee Jeremy Renner) takes on the nefarious Doc Walrus (John Cleese) and tries to save the polar ice caps with the help of PB the polar bear (Academy Award Nominee Alec Baldwin), Lemmy the albatross (Academy Award Nominee James Franco), and an assorted gang of animals.

Also starring Academy Award Winner Anjelica Huston. Directed by Aaron Woodley (Spark). Screenplay written by Woodley, Bob Barlen, Cal Brunker, and Bryan Thompson. 

A look back at Sand Springs's biggest stories in 2017

Sandites enjoy a free concert from The Rogues Five at Riverfest.

From high school athletics to a growing economy and quality of living improvements, the history books will look on 2017 as a pivotal year in Sand Springs. Here's a look back at some of the biggest stories around town. 

Jan. 19 – USDA rolls out new Rural Development loan opportunities for Sand Springs area. – Read More.

Jan. 19 - CPHS Wrestling team pins entire U.S. Grant team in fourteen minutes and two seconds, setting national record for fastest dual won entirely by pin. - Read More. 

Feb. 01 – Ray Brown Park receives $37,000 renovation. – Read More.

Feb. 11 - CPHS Wrestling team wins first-ever Dual State Championship 40-26 over Broken Arrow.  - Read More.

Feb. 25 - Riley Weir, Daton Fix, Jack Karstetter, Beau Bratcher, and Payton Scott win individual State Titles and lead Sand Springs to their first State Wrestling Championship since 1971. - Read More.

Feb. 27 - ALDI grocery store and St. Francis Warren Clinic & Urgent Care announce plans to open new locations in River West Development. ALDI is new to community, Warren Clinic is relocating from Charles Page Boulevard. - Read More.

Mar. 02 - CPHS Womens' Basketball wins Area Championship to advance to State Tournament for first time since 2011. - Read More.

Mar. 06 – Rusty Gunn elected as Board of Education President, Mike Mullins sworn into new term on Board. – Read More.

Mar. 22 – Chinowth and Cohen opens new Prattville location.

Mar. 27 - Sand Springs City Council authorizes new murals and $1.5 million Prattville Fire Station. - Read More.

Apr. 04 – Payless ShoeSource announces shuttering of Sand Springs and Sapulpa locations. – Read More.

Apr. 05 – CPHS Winter Percussion wins State Championship. – Read More.

Apr. 19 – El Maguey Mexican Restaurant relocates to new building in River West. – Read More.

Apr. 20 – Tim Wright, Larry Hurst, and Dr. Stacey Butterfield are inducted into Sand Springs Education Association Hall of Fame. – Read More.

Apr. 22 – Herbal Affair co-founder Sandi Byerly receives Hometown Hero Award. – Read More.

May 02 - Individual Career Academic Plan bill authored by Jadine Nollan is signed into law. - Read More.

May 08 - Mike Burdge elected to 12th term as Mayor, Beau Wilson elected as Vice-Mayor. - Read More.

May 12 - Morgan Ganem releases new album, Paradise. - Read More.

May 13 - Aden Baughman wins 800-meter Track State Championship, Cheyenne Walden wins eighth and ninth State Championships. - Read More.

May 13 – Sand Springs graduates 392 in Class of 2017 – Read More.

May 16 - Hannah Rose releases More Than Conquerors EP. - Read More.

May 21 - CPHS Fishing Club wins Oklahoma Bass Nation State Championship. - Read More.

May 26 – Dog and Duck Antiques opens at 21 East 2nd Street, expanding from booth space in Vintage Stables on Main. – Read More.

Jun. 01 – The Ground Floor Salon opens at Village Square.

Jun. 06 – State Senator Dan Newberry resigns seat seven months after reelection. – Read More.

Jun. 08 – OSU Medicine opens in Shops at Adams Road.

Jun. 24 – EuroMotor Extravaganza returns to Sand Springs after five-year hiatus. – Read More.

Jun. 24 – Historic Twin Cities Elementary is demolished after nearly a century. – Read More.

Jun. 26 – Sand Springs City Council evicts Round Up Club from River City Park. – Read More.

Jul. 09 - Janeway Castle Stone Estate & Venue opens in Sand Springs. - Read More.

Jul. 10 - Sand Springs's Janet Johnson named Oklahoma Teacher of the Year finalist. - Read More.

Jul. 11 - James Garrison hired as new CPHS Head Baseball Coach.- Read More.

Jul. 21 – Carter Young wins Cadet Greco-Roman National Championship. – Read More.

Jul. 29 – Aden Baughman wins National Championship in 800-meter run. – Read More.

Aug. 01 – Daton Fix wins Junior Freestyle World Championship. – Read More.

Sep. 09 – Case Community Park unveiled with all-day Riverfest celebration after $6.2 million renovation. – Read More.

Sep. 13 – Edward Jones agent Casey Loper relocates Sand Springs office to new building. – Read More.

Sep. 30 – YellowHouse Market & Boutique relocates to historic downtown Chastain’s building, buying out DejaVu Décor.

Oct. – Prattville Braums and QuikTrip are demolished, work begins on larger, newer facilities. – Read More.

Oct 11. – Colton’s Steak House and Grill breaks ground in River West development. – Read More.

Oct. 21 – CPHS Boys’ Cross Country team qualifies for State for first time in school history. – Read More.

Oct. 27 – Payton Scott sets school rushing record with 507 yards against Bartlesville. – Read More.

Nov. 02 – Stage department store relocates to former May’s Drug Warehouse building. – Read More.

Nov. 04 – It’s Just a Girl Thing Boutique opens in Prattville.

Nov. 08 - OkieSpice & Trade Co. celebrates grand opening in Sand Springs. – Read More.

Nov. 14 – Voters approve $18 million in General Obligation Bond packages. – Read More.

Nov. 14 – Democrat Allison Ikley-Freeman wins Senate District 37 seat vacated by Republican Dan Newberry. – Read More.

Nov. 28 – Downtown Sand Springs hosts inaugural Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. – Read More.

Nov. 28 – WSB Homes opens in downtown Sand Springs. – Read More.

Dec. – Philip D. Smith publishes new book, From Praha to Prague. - Read More.

Dec. 01 – Rod’s Books and Relics hosts inaugural Christmas Parade of Books. – Read More.

Dec. 12 – Sand Springs breaks ground on new Prattville Fire Station. – Read More.

Dec. 17 – The House of Hair and Boutique opens on Livi Lee’s Corner. 

Dec. 27 – YellowHouse Market & Boutique, Sarah and Kyle Baumann win inaugural Sandite Pride Christmas Light Contest. – Read More.

Dec. 29 – El Patron Cocina Mexicana opens in Shops at Adams Road. – Read More.

El Patron Mexican Restaurant opens for business in Sand Springs

El Patron Cocina Mexicana held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning in Sand Springs to commemorate its opening. The new Mexican Restaurant opened its doors for business Thursday, December 28th after an extensive renovation in The Shops at Adams Road. 

Located at 536 Plaza Court, the new restaurant is in the former location of El Maguey Mexican Restaurant, which relocated to the River West shopping center earlier this year.

After El Maguey vacated the building in July, owner Ricardo Munoz spent six months upgrading the facility with new modern decor and a more open-concept layout. The restaurant is managed by Munoz's brother, Ramon. 

El Patron carries an extensive menu of appetizers, fajitas, steak, seafood, and build-your-own nachos, quesadillas, and burritos, They offer create-your-own combos, a la carte, and a kids' menu.

Hours
Sunday - Thursday: 10:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday - Saturday: 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

El Patron Cocina Mexicana
536 Plaza Court
918-246-7474
www.elpatroncocinamexicana.com
 

Inaugural Sandite Pride Christmas Light Contest Winners Announced!

The 2017 Holiday Season is coming to a close and the first Sandite Pride Christmas Light contest drew dozens of entries! The winners of the residential contest, sponsored by SmartStyle Sand Springs's Morgan Miller, is Sarah and Kyle Baumann in Springtree Estates. 

The Baumann household is well strung in beautiful multicolored lights with a purple ambiance. In addition to dozens of lighted candy canes, their yard features an illuminated Santa and sleigh with presents and all eight traditional reindeer, plus Rudolph leading the way. The wooden cutouts are a home-made family heirloom in their third generation, the patterns of which were made in the 1940s. 

The best-dressed Sand Springs business was YellowHouse Market and Boutique at 122 North Main Street. The family-owned and operated business opened in 2016 and relocated to its current location earlier this year. The historic Chastain's building, constructed in 1931, received a major renovation from owners Lisa and Mike Miller. 

Take advantage of post-Christmas clearance sales and load up on Christmas lights for next year! Sandite Pride will continue our light contest in 2018 with more categories and more prizes!

Below are some of our favorite lights around town!

Angus Elementary spends a day in adulthood at JA Biztown

Biztown Mayor Jacob Simpson and Sand Springs Mayor Mike Burdge pose in front of the Biztown Town Hall. Burdge is a volunteer with the Biztown program. 

74 students from Angus Valley Elementary traveled to Biztown last week to experience a day in the life of an adult at the simulated city owned by Junior Achievement of Tulsa. 

The fifth-graders spent a month in preparation, filling out applications, interviewing, learning how to do their jobs, and learning how to balance a checkbook.

Business managers began the day by taking out loans for their companies. They set rates for their products, such as Reasor's groceries, Arby's snacks, newspapers, and souvenirs, and had to make enough profit to pay their employees' wages and repay their loans by the end of the day. 

Wayne Moore A+ Auto Collision co-sponsored the trip for the second year and according to JA Development Manager Brian Jackson, the Angus Valley PTO was crucial in providing the opportunity for the kids. 

According to Jackson, more than 120,000 students have gone through the Biztown program since its 2003 inception, and in that time they haven't had a single disciplinary issue. Every Sand Springs elementary school sends students through the program. 

Junior Achievement is a non-profit youth organization that aims to prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. The students work in various sponsored businesses, including Bank of Oklahoma, The Linde Group, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Cox Radio, and the Cherokee Phoenix newspaper.  

Garfield STEAM Academy will visit Biztown on January 18th, and Limestone Technology Academy will visit March 2nd. 

 

City Council moves forward with plans for improved infrastructure, new safety facility

Stormwater and Utilities Technician Jon Odle speaks at a regular City Council meeting. 

The Sand Springs City Council held a regular meeting Monday evening and granted Mayor Mike Burdge and City Manager Elizabeth Gray authority to approve various components of the building process at the new Billie A. Hall Public Safety Center. Because the project has several elements going out for bid separately, the City hopes to expedite the approval of the contracts without having to go before Council each time. 

The safety facility will feature a new police station, fire station, emergency dispatch, as well as municipal courts. It will be built in the new Sheffield Crossing development on the southwest corner of the Morrow Road-Highway 97 intersection. City officials hope to break ground on the new facility in January.

Council also authorized Mayor Burdge to sign off on all documents related to the Main Street Reconstruction Project. The City has a 50-50 fund match from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation. Main Street will be reconstructed from 1st Street to its southern terminus. An additional stretch of Main Street will be constructed to connect it to Highway 97 and new traffic lights will be installed at the intersection. An expressway frontage road will be constructed from Main Street to the existing Lincoln Avenue on-ramp.

In other news, City Stormwater Technician Jon Odle gave a presentation regarding ongoing issues with the City stormwater system. According to Odle, the City wastes countless man hours clearing out stormwater drains from illegal dumping such as leaves and grass clippings. 

The City affirmed dilapidated public nuisance findings for properties at 2807 South Maple Drive and 918 1/2 North Franklin Avenue. Hearings were held for both properties and neither was contested. A resolution was passed authorizing the demolition of structures on both properties on or after Monday, February 5th with the expenses being the responsibility of the property owners. 

The City approved $28,725.00 for the purchase of a new 2018 Dodge Durango SSV for the police department, so that an existing unit can be used by the new Community Development Director. The existing vehicle was expected to be replaced as soon as July of 2019.

The Council approved $7,000 to purchase a Toro Stand On Sprayer. The funds were generated by maintenance fees collected from the Baseball, Soccer, and Softball programs. 

Mayor Burdge nominated Judy Treat and Michael Miller for appointments to the Sand Springs Economic Development Authority. He also nominated Vicki Sisney and Grady Whitaker for reappointment to the Sand Springs Cultural and Historical Museum Trust Authority. All four candidates were unanimously confirmed. 

Plans unveiled for new mural in downtown Sand Springs

Artist rendering of a mural on the side of the Yesterday To Now Antique & Art Mall. (Courtesy photo). 

Artist renderings have been released for the second of two murals commissioned by the City of Sand Springs. Josh Butts Creative Services is expected to complete the downtown mural by the end of Spring 2018. 

The Sand Springs City Council authorized $49,500 in March for the painting of two murals. The money was taken from the Economic Development Capital Improvement Fund, which is drawn from a hotel tax, with the goal of beautifying Sand Springs to attract shoppers and investors. 

In September Butts began work on a mural on the side of the old Monarch Cement Co. silo on the grounds of the Riverview RV Park. That piece is currently on hold while the City develops a plan to work around power-lines that obstruct part of the silo. 

The new downtown mural will be located at 224 North Main Street on the side of the Yesterday to Now Antique & Art Mall owned by Susan Whitley. It will feature a historic trolley like the ones that used to run through Sand Springs. 

According to City Manager Elizabeth Gray, the City does not have any plans to fund future murals. Some local businesses and organizations hope to begin their own public art projects in the future. However, they will have to get city approval for any art that could be considered advertising. 

Sand Springs currently only has three murals, including the unfinished silo project. An Herbal Affair-themed painting was completed in 2013 by Laura Thompson at 216 North Lincoln Avenue. The Charles Page High School Senior Class of 2006 painted a mural on the alley-side of the Page Center at 200 North Main Street. 

Oklahoma named Ninth Worst-Run State in America

A recent report from 24/7 Wall Street has named Oklahoma as the ninth worst-run state in America. The report cites a 4.9% unemployment rating, Aa2 credit rating, and negative credit outlook as contributing factors.

According to the report, 16.3% of Oklahomans live on poverty-level income compared to 14% of Americans. 13.8% of Oklahomans are uninsured. Falling oil prices coupled with tax decreases have led to major budget cuts in the public health and school systems in recent years. 

The same report names Minnesota as the best-run state and Louisiana as the worst.

The report has been issued annually since 2010. Oklahoma was ranked as the 34th best state in 2016, down from 25th from 2014 to 2015. It was 33rd from 2012 to 2013, 28th in 2011, and 32nd in 2010. 

In February Oklahoma was named 35th on the 24/7 list of best and worst states for business, citing low corporate tax rates, right-to-work laws, and low unionization as pros, but pointing to a shortage of educated workforce as a major roadblock. 

In January Oklahoma was named the eighth-worst state to grow old in by another 24/7 report.

Sand Springs professor publishes new book on history of Prague, Oklahoma

Around the turn of the twentieth century, thousands of Czechs left their homelands in Bohemia and Moravia and came to the United States. While many settled in major American cities, others headed to rural areas out west where they could claim their own land for farming. In From Praha to Prague, Philip D. Smith examines how the Czechs who founded and settled in Prague, Oklahoma, embraced the economic and cultural activities of their American hometown while maintaining their ethnic identity.

Philip D. Smith is an Assistant Professor of History at Tulsa Community College and lives in Sand Springs, Oklahoma. He will be signing copies of his work at Barnes and Noble Southroads this Sunday, December 17th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The book store is located at 5231 East 41st Street, Tulsa.

Click here to read the full story at Sapulpa Times.

HillSpring Church celebrates 10 years under Senior Pastor Brent Kellogg

Mayor Mike Burdge speaks at HillSpring Church, recognizing Brent and Jeri Kellogg for ten years of service as the Senior Pastors. 

HillSpring Church recently celebrated a decade under Senior Pastor Brent Kellogg and wife Jeri. The church held a surprise banquet in the Kelloggs's honor Sunday evening with guest speakers including fellow community pastors and Sand Springs Mayor Mike Burdge. 

Kellogg came to HillSpring, then known as Cornerstone Church, in 2003 as the Youth Pastor before taking over Senior Pastor duties in December of 2007. He and Jeri have a son, Landon, and a daughter, Kalei. 

"Pastors have always been my heroes," said  Burdge. "I have had opportunity to sup with a few governors and senators and congressmen, and I'll leave all of them to come sit with the pastors in Sand Springs."

Burdge talked about his efforts to increase involvement in the Sand Springs Ministerial Alliance, and how crucial Kellogg's involvement was. "Now the Ministerial Alliance has come together. The (Thanksgiving) Community Service that we have here, I've been going to for forty years. We've had some good ones and some not so good ones, but even the best of them I saw did not hold a candle to what when on here (at HillSpring) that night." 

Kellogg, an Oklahoma State alumni, is blindfolded and dressed up in Oklahoma Sooner gear.

Kellogg, an Oklahoma State alumni, is blindfolded and dressed up in Oklahoma Sooner gear.

He also spoke on the level of cooperation that has been going on between different denominations in Sand Springs recently. "God spoke to me thirty years ago and He said His desire in these last days was to bring the body of Christ together over denominational barriers. It has been burning in my spirit ever since then to see congregations like you guys. This is a special place." 

Burdge read aloud a Mayoral Proclamation recognizing Kellogg for his success as a Christian Radio broadcaster, his service to HillSpring in various capacities since 2003, his volunteerism within the Sand Springs community including ministerial service, as well as serving on the recent Citizens' General Obligation Bond Committee, and for continuing "to share the love of Christ each and every day, in word and deed throughout the city."

Kellogg's mother told stories of his childhood, how his first word after "momma" and "daddy" was "Hallelujah." When he was about three years old, he would line up his teddy bears and stuffed animals and preach to them using a plant stand as a pulpit. 

She also spoke highly of Jeri, saying "you can't separate a man from his wife and recognize his accomplishments without recognizing her too. She has such a heart for God, a passion and love for him. I'm so proud of how she serves the Lord with her talents and how she serves her family."

Church That Matters Senior Pastor Rusty Gunn and Harvest Church Lead Pastor Steve Allen also spoke highly of Kellogg. 

"Church, you are blessed by having this pastor," said Gunn. "His leadership here is phenomenal in our city. He steps up to the plate at every opportunity to make a difference in the name of Jesus. He is a uniter. I know that he has united you as a church body, but not just that. He has united the greater body of Christ here in our city and I'm so excited to continue to follow on this journey that we're on together as the Lord continues to bless our city because of you and your leadership."

Allen diverged from the high praises and cracked jokes instead. "I understand you've been here for fourteen year. Four of those were as youth pastor, but we know we can't count those because youth pastors don't really work."

"I appreciate the great advice you've given me...things like 'it's always better to ask for forgiveness than permission,' 'what your congregation don't know don't hurt them,' and 'never let your congregation know as much as you or they'll think that they're your equal,'" joked Allen. 

HillSpring has been heavily involved in community events such as the Salvation Army "Army of Stars Banquet" and "Boo on Broadway," as well as contributing to the Ministerial Alliance's annual Christmas Bonus donation to the Sand Springs Fire and Police Departments.

HillSpring meets on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. and on the first Wednesday night of the month at 6:30 p.m. They are located at 8801 West 41st Street and can be found online at www.hillspring.tv

Word of Life Church blesses Walmart shoppers

Shoppers at the Walmart Supercenter in Sand Springs got a pleasant surprise Sunday morning as hundreds of Word of Life church members poured into the store to bless people with free money. 

Following their 10:00 a.m. service, Word of Life distributed $5.00 bills to every church-goer in attendance to take to Walmart and give to anyone they wanted. The church members could give someone $5.00, or could pool their money with others to take care of a patron's entire cart. This is the second time this year that Word of Life has held such an event.

Word of Life meets Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. at 1402 North 81st West Avenue and is pastored by Chad and Sarah Stewart. The nondenominational church has met in Sand Springs since 1981. 

 

 

This Week in Sand Springs (12/11 - 12/17/17)

Tuesday 

  • 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sand Springs Chamber of Commerce Holiday Reception
    • 1 West 1st Street
  • 6:00 p.m. Beau Powers and the Distant Thunder - free concert
    • Sand Springs Triangle
      4 East Broadway
  • 6:00 p.m. Lady Sandite Basketball v. Union (H)
    • Ed Dubie Field House
      500 North Adams Road
  • 8:00 p.m. Sandite Basketball v. Union (H)
    • Ed Dubie Field House
      500 North Adams Road

Wednesday 

  • 7:30 p.m. Operation Jessica
    • Joni's on the Triangle Hair Salon
      211 North Main Street, Suite #2

Thursday

  • 7:00 p.m. Sandite Basketball vs. Wichita Defenders
    • Memorial High School
      5840 South Hudson Avenue
      Tulsa, OK 74135

Friday

  • 9:00 a.m. Sandite Wrestling at Kansas City Invitational
    • Hale Arena
      1701 American Royal Court
      Kansas City, MO 64102
  • 5:30 p.m. Sandite Basketball vs Northwest Arkansas Hornets
    • Memorial High School
      5840 South Hudson Avenue
      Tulsa, OK 74135

Saturday

  • 9:00 a.m. Sandite Wrestling at Kansas City Invitational
    • Hale Arena
      1701 American Royal Court
      Kansas City, MO 64102
  • Sand Springs / Team Big Youth Wrestling Tournament
    • Charles Page High School
      500 North Adams Road
  • 2:00 p.m. Sandite Basketball vs Redemption Life Academy
    • Memorial High School
      5840 South Hudson Avenue
      Tulsa, OK 74135

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Sand Springs breaks ground on $1.5 million Fire Station in Prattville

Sand Springs City Officials and the Sand Springs Fire Department broke ceremonial ground on a new $1.5 million facility in Prattville Tuesday morning. Builders for the project are contractually required to take no longer than 240 days to complete the new Fire Station No. 2. 

"It's a momentous event for us in Sand Springs and me as a Fire Chief," said Mike Wood. "After 21 plus years here, this is a very exciting day."

According to Wood, the existing Fire Station No. 2 was constructed in 1967 after the Harry S. Pratt Family Trust sold the property to the City for $10. Originally the property housed a parking bay for the trucks, and the living quarters weren't added till the 1980s. 

The new fire station will be single-story, which Wood says will make it safer for firefighters. "We did suffer one (injury) several years ago on the pole, so we're keeping everything down on a single level. Even though this station has served us well, it was really not purpose-built. Not for the day we live in today and the things we try to do in our job." The new building will also have private shower rooms for the first time, opening the door to potentially hiring the department's first female firefighter in the future. 

"For the last several years, we've had pretty major issues with trying to maintain this building," said Wood. "We've had a lot of challenges. As our job changes and our tasks changed, we've added a lot of features to the fire department that just don't fit in a station that was designed in 1966. We physically have to shovel snow out from in front of these bay doors if it snows during the night before we can get a truck out. That's not a good way to operate."

The project is funded via the Vision 2025 Sales Tax Extension, with the land purchased using funds from a 2006 General Obligation Bond passage. The building will be constructed slightly south and east of the current station, allowing the older facility to remain functional until construction is complete.

"It's a tremendous day for Sand Springs," said Wood. "We've got a lot of stuff going on in Sand Springs right now. You hear in the background that QuikTrip is going at full force, Braums is going in down the road. A lot of growth in River West. Hopefully here in just a few weeks we'll be doing a ground breaking on a $10 million facility downtown that will house police and fire. This is all attributed to the citizens of Sand Springs passing those initiatives and helping us build these projects. Some of these are long overdue."

"This has been sort of a long process, but we wanted to do it right and make sure that we build a station that we can be proud of and that will serve our citizens for years to come. I think we've done that."

"Staff did an excellent job of putting this together," said Mayor Mike Burdge. "They all pitched in and helped us sell it to everybody. It's a great project. We're more than just a little bit please with our fire department. We have the best public safety organizations in the metro area, bar none."

The existing Fire Station No. 2 was originally just a truck bay, with the two-story living quarters added on later. 

The existing Fire Station No. 2 was originally just a truck bay, with the two-story living quarters added on later. 

Design plans for new Fire Station.

Design plans for new Fire Station.

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Sandite Pride News announces Inaugural Christmas Light Contest

This Holiday Season, Sandite Pride News is holding our first-ever Christmas Light Contest.

From now till Friday December 22nd we will be accepting nominations for three categories: Large Business, Storefront, and Household. Our finalists will be announced Christmas morning, Monday the 25th, and the winners will be posted on Friday the 29th. 

Nominations will be accepted via email at SanditePrideNews@gmail.com or via social media. To enter your house or business, simply send us a message on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram. Include your name, your business name (if applicable), your address, phone number, and a photograph. Your home address and phone number will NOT be made public. We need the address to visit and take our own photos of the finalists, but it will be kept completely confidential. Winners will be contacted by phone. 

The Best Household winner will win a gift card to SmartStyle Hair Salon in Sand Springs. Best Storefront and Best Large Business will both win free advertising credit with Sandite Pride. Next year we hope to have even bigger and better prizes with more participation categories.

Household entrees may include any size home, mobile home, RV, etc. You will not judged against larger homes and properties based simply on who has the most lights. Considerations will be given to themes, creativity, use of landscape features such as trees, bushes, and fencing, and whether or not you lived up to your property's potential. Small and large households will be on an equal playing field. 

Large Businesses are any businesses, churches, or other organizations who occupy a whole standalone building. The Storefront Business category will include any business, churches, or other organizations who are limited to a small section of a larger building. 

Considerations in all three categories will be given for non-light decorations such as inflatables, window frosting, signs, etc. 

By entering your home or business in this contest, you consent to having your property photographed and posted on www.sanditepride.com as well as all affiliated social media accounts. Photographs may be retained by Sandite Pride News, LLC and used for future promotion. Winners will be selected by the Sandite Pride staff with the Editor-in-Chief breaking any tie votes. Anyone inside the Sand Springs fence-line may participate. Click here to view a map of Sand Springs.

Sen. Sharp files legislation to return local control of charter school decisions to districts

OKLAHOMA CITY – In 2015, the legislature approved Senate Bill 782 amending the 1999 Oklahoma Charter School Act to allow charter schools into rural school districts instead of just those in Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Legislators were told that, under the legislation, local boards of education would be in control of whether charter schools could expand in their school districts but Sen. Ron Sharp says the bill actually took away local control and he has filed legislation to return control back to local school districts. 

“We were told in 2015 that all expanding charter schools had to go through the local board of education for its final approval but that’s not what has happened. Locally-elected school boards can and have rejected charter schools within their school districts only to have the charter organizers appeal the rejection to the non-elected State School Board to overturn,” said Sharp, R-Shawnee. “To date, all of the local school board rejections have been overturned by the State School Board violating the wishes of local taxpayers who don’t want charter schools in their districts. We must give back local control on decisions concerning charter schools.”

Senate Bill 879 would not allow appeals to the State Board of Education of local school boards’ decisions rejecting charter schools. Under the bill, any charter school that is currently sponsored by the Oklahoma State School Board would have one year to find a new sponsor.

Sharp said that local boards and taxpayers do not want charter schools because they recognize that each new charter school reduces the amount of dollars that the local public school district receives. Each new charter school also reduces the per pupil spending in traditional public schools because the state’s education budget has remained flat in recent years while several charter schools have been added.  

“One example occurred when Norman Public Schools lacked the funds to continue a foreign language immersion program and couldn’t find certified foreign language teachers, a group was able to start a charter school in that district after the local school board rejected its creation at the insistence of a majority of local citizens but the State School Board approved it,” explained Sharp. “This isn’t right but it has happened numerous times statewide. Local taxpayers should decide what schools and kind of education they want in their communities not the State Board of Education.”

Harold Neal opposes incumbent Brian Jackson for City Council election

Sand Springs City Councilman Brian Jackson speaks at "A Taste of Sand Springs."

Sand Springs City Councilman Brian Jackson speaks at "A Taste of Sand Springs."

All three Sand Springs City Councilmen up for reelection filed declarations of candidacy for their seats this week. Ward Five Councilman Beau Wilson, 34, filed unopposed, as did At-Large Councilman Jim Spoon, 65. Ward Six Councilman Brian Jackson, 34, was the lone incumbent to draw a competitor. 

Harold Neal, 65, previously represented Ward Five and was first elected in 2003, unseating incumbent Berta Holmes. He served four terms from 2003 to 2015 and did not seek reelection to a fifth, clearing the way for current Vice Mayor Wilson. Jackson was elected in 2009 after unseating incumbent Kim Lee-Tilley. Both candidates have previously served as Vice Mayor.

The election will be held in March, with the winner taking office in May. City Council elections are nonpartisan and citizens may only vote in elections for their ward. 

Church That Matters Head Pastor Rusty Gunn, 40, filed unopposed for the Sand Springs Board of Education Office No. 3. He is the incumbent Board President 

Sand Springs School District considers building new Ninth Grade Center

One of the oldest buildings in Sand Springs, Central Ninth Grade center could be replaced in the coming years.

One of the oldest buildings in Sand Springs, Central Ninth Grade center could be replaced in the coming years.

The Sand Springs Board of Education held a regular monthly meeting Monday evening at the Charles Page High School Fine Arts Building. The board discussed potential early-out days in the coming school year, an upcoming bond election, and the possibility of moving freshmen to the high school campus.

Superintendent Sherry Durkee is hoping to add several short school days to the upcoming school year to allow for professional development sessions for the staff and teachers. According to Durkee, several districts already have days with late starts or early outs to allow time for teachers to focus on development.

Sand Springs is leaning towards letting students out early as opposed to starting school late because many parents already drop their children off earlier than schools are supposed to open. 

Board member Bo Naugle expressed concern that shorter school days could cause many teachers to have "blow-off" days without real instruction or homework. "Every time we have a short school week, it's a free week. My kids come home and tell me we watched a movie, or we didn't do anything." He also raised the issue of economic hardship in Sand Springs and the difficulty it could put on parents who have to leave work early or pay for additional after-school childcare. 

Board President Rusty Gunn wants to see consistency with the early-out days, such as the first Friday of every month. 

Durkee also discussed the possibility of building a new freshman center on the grounds of the High School. Currently freshmen attend Central Ninth Grade Center in downtown. The building was previously the home of Sand Springs High School prior to the construction of CPHS in 1959. 

If approved, the new facilities would likely be built in phases, says Durkee. "We can't bond out $56 million like some of our neighbors." 

Naugle was reluctant to the idea, saying "we have them separate for a reason." Durkee responded by pointing out that the Sixth Grade Center and Clyde Boyd Middle School buildings are adjacent but have little mixing of students. Additionally, many athletic and fine arts programs combine ninth grade students with upperclassmen, so lots of time is spent busing kids back and forth between the two campuses. 

According to Durkee, the Ninth Grade Center currently needs at least a $7 million remodel to bring it up to code, and further inspections have yet to be completed. The district is tentatively planning on a bond election late next year. 

In other news, the district is almost to $80,000 in fundraising efforts for Project Lead The Way. Durkee hopes to add BioMed 2 and Engineering 2 to Charles Page, as well as a Computer Science program at CNGC. 

The Sand Springs Education Foundation delivered $70,000 in grants to teachers and schools shortly before Thanksgiving. "I had the pleasure of having Montie Box in my car," said Durkee. "He is amazing. He's passionate about children, he was in tears at one point. We need to name something after him, he's just really amazing."

High School History and Leadership teacher Frank Cooper was recently the subject of a Folgers Coffee "Share A Cup" commercial produced by Verge Videos where he was surprised by former students he has impacted over his 25 years of teaching. The video has been viewed more than 25,000 times and led to a Siloam Springs teacher contacting Cooper. The teacher, who is already trained in Project Lead The Way curriculum, reached out to Cooper after hearing about the positive things happening in Sand Springs. She recently accepted an offer from school administrators. 

The board also approved a one-time $350 stipend for all Sand Springs teachers at a cost of approximately $250,000 to the district. 

Korbyn Cowan presented with Sandite Spirit Award by Board of Education

Left to right: CBMS Assistant Principal J.J. Smith, Board of Ed President Rusty Gunn, student Korbyn Cowan. (Photo: Scott Emigh).

Korbyn Cowan was presented with the Sandite Spirit Award at Monday night's Sand Springs Board of Education meeting. The Eagle Scout recently helped supply the Clyde Boyd Middle School teachers with emergency first-aid kits. 

"Every teacher in the Sixth Grade Center and the seventh and eighth grade building all have these kits thanks to Korbyn," said CBMS Assistant Principal J.J. Smith. "We're glad to have him and we appreciate him a lot."

"If we're in it together we win it together," said Board President Rusty Gunn. "It's students, it's organizations, and the faith community, and teachers and everybody coming together to make it happen."