Broadway Barber Shop hosts "Vets That Matter"

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Veterans matter in Sand Springs, Oklahoma.

On the first Saturday of each month, The Broadway Barber Shop in downtown Sand Springs hosts veterans and active duty members of the United States armed forces, as well as police, fire, and paramedics whose unique experiences have left them in need of camaraderie or guidance.

Wayne Pait and Warren Hood started the Vets That Matter organization four months ago at Church That Matters in Prattville. Hood is an active duty reserves Sergeant Major and Pait is a retired Navy veteran, eleven years removed from service.

"I've had this on my heart for a few years and didn't know how to kick it off," says Pait. "When I first got out I was really bitter about being a civilian, about my career. I didn't want to be involved in anything to do with the military. The longer I've been out, the more nostalgic I've been."

"It's been a struggle watching the news, seeing some of the guys coming back, and some of the problems their families are dealing with." Pait says the military spends years teaching them to be soldiers, but doesn't spend nearly enough time teaching them how to be civilians again.

Pait met Hood in October of 2017 and the two hit it off instantly due to their military connection. Church That Matters provided a launching point for their meetings, but the church location created a barrier for some vets who didn't feel comfortable meeting in a religious setting. 

Mitch, the mononymous barber, has offered to let the vets use his facility at 29 East Broadway Street for as long as they need it. Eventually they hope to have their own facility in the downtown area where individuals can come by any time for help or fellowship.

"What we do is supply active duty reservists, veterans, and first responders an opportunity to come in, talk with us if they want about what they're dealing with," says Pait. "I don't even care if you got kicked out of the military, there's still things we can do to help you."

"On the outside we don't really like talking about it with our spouses so we kind of hold things in a lot. Some don't want to talk about it to their supervisors either because some of them believe it could affect their ability to get a promotion."

"This is just a platform for them to come in and kind of hang out, meet some guys that are in their field, that have done what they've done, seen what they've seen. We have a connection."

Pait says they have a police officer from their church involved with helping first responders. They are also working with the Disabled American Veterans location in Sapulpa and the American Legion post in Sand Springs. 

Since their meetings began, they have had the opportunity to provide guidance to individuals struggling with drugs, alcohol, and transitioning back into the civilian world.

While Vets That Matter is focused on Sand Springs, they welcome anyone from the surrounding communities. They also hope to meet with local homeless veterans.

Pait says reservists in particular are encouraged to come get involved. 

"Reservists have it the hardest because they do military part time and they're civilians part time. The problem is they deploy for a year at a time and go over to Afghanistan. They fight in the wars over there and when they come back they're expected to transition back into civilian world right away."

"Us full time military guys didn't have to worry about that. We go do what we do, we come back and we're still doing military things every day. So the reservists are having a harder time transitioning. They have more problems with alcohol and domestic violence, and that's where police officers and first responders get involved. They have to deal with us in town."

The meetings last from 9:00 a.m. to noon and donuts and coffee are provided. The meeting opens and closes with prayer, but the rest of the session is informal.

"I'm new in my faith," says Pait. "But without God, I would not have been able to do what I do now."

"We're not trying to thump them in the head with a Bible, but just make them understand that we had the same problems until we decided to make a change. Most of us decided to make that change by getting involved with Christ and following Him. It's made it better for a lot of us."

"But mostly what we're trying to do is have a place for them to come in and hang out. With military people, we can know each other five minutes and it's like we've known each other all our lives. A lot of guys are just missing the camaraderie of talking with people that know what we do."

Additionally, Pait wants to help bring attention to the 20.6 veterans on average who kill themselves every day in the United States. "Our job is to try and stop that. We've already stopped one in our group. It's a beginning."

Vets That Matter have a new t-shirt available at the Broadway Barbershop. Additionally, they plan to host a car show in September and will be having a free food for homeless vets outreach. 

Find Vets That Matter on Facebook, or at www.vetsthatmatter.org

Attorney General Hunter Advises Health Board to Amend Rules on Medical Marijuana

OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today advised the State Board of Health to convene a special meeting to amend the rules it passed regulating medical marijuana.

Attorney General Hunter said his advice is faithful to and in accordance with the new law created when Oklahomans voted in favor of State Question 788.

“The current rules contain provisions that are inconsistent with the plain language of State Question 788 and the State Board of Health acted outside of its authority when it voted to implement them,” Attorney General Hunter said. “Although I didn’t support State Question 788, the people of the state have spoken and I have a legal duty to honor the decision made by the electorate. My advice today is made pursuant to that responsibility as attorney general.

“Moving forward, I encourage all stakeholders to engage with the legislative working group looking at medical marijuana to ensure they have their concerns and recommendations heard and addressed by the legislature.”

In a letter sent today to Health Department Interim Director Tom Bates, the attorney general writes, the board’s role in limiting the forms of marijuana products is confined to food and safety standards that are in line with food preparation guidelines, not prohibiting the sale of smokable, vapable, edible or other forms of marijuana.  

Attorney General Hunter also took issue with the board’s action to require dispensaries to hire a pharmacist, writing, “the board has not been given any express or implied statutory authority to impose additional requirements on licensees. Thus, the board rules improperly require every licensed dispensary to have “a current licensed pharmacist” present “on-site at least 40 hours per week.” Nothing in the text of State Question 788 expressly or impliedly authorizes this rule.”  

Other concerns outlined in the letter include:

  • Restricting dispensaries to limited locations;
  • Prohibiting dispensaries from co-locating with other businesses;
  • Requiring medical marijuana be grown, processed and dispensed in enclosed structures;
  • Requiring a surety bond for licensing;
  • Setting hours of operation;
  • Limiting the amount of THC in flower, leaf or concentrate for sale or distribution.

“I have no doubt that the board in good faith sought to regulate marijuana in a manner it believed would best promote the health and safety of Oklahomans,” the letter concludes. “However, in so doing, the board made policy judgments not authorized by statute. Such policy decisions are the exclusive prerogative of the legislature and the people.”

Read the full letter, here: https://bit.ly/2LvVQMO.

Astronomy Night at Keystone Ancient Forest set for Friday July 20

Sand Springs, OK - The City of Sand Springs Parks Department along with the Broken Arrow Sidewalk Astronomers and the Keystone Ancient Forest Trail Guides invite the general public to a rare astronomy night on Friday, July 20. The gates open late at 9:30 p.m. and guests will be allowed to stay until after midnight. There will be NO hiking during this event. Trails will be closed.

An evening of star and planet gazing (weather permitting) is planned for this free event thanks to the help of the Broken Arrow Sidewalk Astronomers. This group will share as many as six high-performance telescopes (transportable) which range in size from 4-18 inch glass diameter to view the planets and stars. A brief introduction on astronomy will begin at 9:30 p.m., with viewing happening until the event concludes after midnight.

"This is a great opportunity for people to enjoy the Keystone Ancient Forest in a unique way," stated Jeff Edwards, Parks Director for the City of Sand Springs. "Even though it will be a late night to see the heavens, this is a great summer event for kids and families."

Astronomy activities will require a night free of cloudy overcast. For the latest updates on this and other hiking events, please follow the Keystone Ancient Forest FaceBook page. Pets are not allowed for this event. Porta potty service is available.

For more information about the City of Sand Springs Parks Department, contact their offices Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at (918) 246-2561 or visit www.sandspringsok.org.

Harper's Hut loses thousands to burglary at Sand Springs stand

Harper's Hut Shaved Ice & Java was the victim of a brutal break-in Sunday night at their 1124 East Charles Page Boulevard location.

The perpetrator appears to have attempted jimmying open a window before giving up and kicking in the door.

CEO William Nozak estimates losses of more than $2,500 due to theft and damages. The culprit made off with more than $800 cash and an iPad, trashed the interior, and caused extensive damage to the doorjamb and window. The stand will remain closed on Monday for repairs.

The oldest of Harper's five locations, the Charles Page Boulevard stand is at the entrance to the Harris Center development.

Master Lube & Car Wash, also in the Harris Center, recently shut down their car wash services due to theft. The car wash reportedly had coin boxes and the change machine broken into repeatedly, and brushes and sprayers were stolen multiple times. 

Last season the Harper's location inside of Case Community Park was burglarized and thieves made off with candy, soda, coin change, and a portable speaker system. The new Berryhill location suffered about $400 in vandalism damages just a week after opening last month. 

Nozak says repeated theft in the Harris Center is making the area feel unsafe, but this case in particular appears personal.

Both the cash register and safe appear to have been opened with a keycode and were not forced. Nozak suspects it could have been an ex employee or friend of an employee. 

A police report has been filed and the department has assigned a detective to the case. Anyone with information can contact the department online at this link or may call 918-245-8777. 

This Week in Sand Springs (7/15 - 7/22/18)

Sunday

  • 6:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. "Roaring River Rampage" Vacation Bible School.
    • Sand Springs United Methodist Church
      319 North Main Street

Monday

  • 2:00 p.m. Secrets of a Professional Street Magician.
    • Pratt Library
      3219 South 113th West Avenue
  • 2:00 p.m. Free Concert - Sugar Free Allstars.
    • Charles Page Library
      551 East 4th Street
  • 4:00 p.m. Sand Springs Planning Commission Meeting - CANCELED.
  • 6:00 p.m. Sand Springs Board of Adjustment Meeting - CANCELED.
  • 6:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. "Roaring River Rampage" Vacation Bible School.
    • Sand Springs United Methodist Church
      319 North Main Street

Tuesday

  • 6:00 p.m. Sand Springs Cultural & Historical Museum Trust Authority Meeting. 
  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Open Wrestling Practice.
    • Charles Page High School
      500 North Adams Road
  • 6:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. "Roaring River Rampage" Vacation Bible School.
    • Sand Springs United Methodist Church
      319 North Main Street

Wednesday

  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Summer Throwing Program.
    • Charles Page High School Track
      600 North Adams Road
  • 6:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. "Roaring River Rampage" Vacation Bible School.
    • Sand Springs United Methodist Church
      319 North Main Street

Thursday

  • 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. PAWS for Reading.
    • Charles Page Library
      551 East 4th Street
    • Kids age 5-12 are invited to read their favorite books to Boo, a registered therapy dog.
  • 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
  • 6:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. "Roaring River Rampage" Vacation Bible School.
    • Sand Springs United Methodist Church
      319 North Main Street
  • 6:30 p.m. Sandites in Stride Booster Club Meeting.
    • 815 North Lincoln Avenue

Friday

  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Summer Throwing Program.
    • Charles Page High School Track
      600 North Adams Road
  • 10:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. Astronomy Night.
    • Keystone Ancient Forest

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  • Free for nonprofit/free/charitable events.
  • Free for Sandite Pride Partners.

HillSpring Church holds community Serve Day across Sand Springs

HillSpring Church invaded Sand Springs Saturday morning, undertaking dozens of projects to show the love of Christ for the community.

On their annual summer “Serve Day” more than a hundred volunteers in Sand Springs joined with hundreds of churches across the nation to make an impact both physically and spiritually.

“We’re doing this so we can make a difference,” said Lead Pastor Brent Kellogg. “To show the love of Christ and show the power impact of the church.”

At the Sand Springs Care Closet volunteers helped Katie Acuna sort clothing in preparation for an upcoming outreach. On August 6 & 7 the Care Closet will partner with Clary Sage College to provide children with free haircuts and a free outfit to start the school year. The organization opened last July and offers free diapers, formula, toys, clothes, and more at 3417 South 113th West Avenue.

Helping schools was a big part of the day. Volunteers painted at Lake Country Christian, Angus Valley, and Limestone Elementary schools. At Lake Country they also repaired appliances like sinks. At Pratt Elementary they mowed the lawn and worked in the flower beds.

Kellogg led a team at American Legion Post 17 painting the exterior, replacing old caulking, and serving the community’s veterans. HillSpring volunteers have plans for additional work at the Legion in the near future. 

Workers cleaned up and organized storage rooms at the Sand Springs Cultural and Historical Museum and Sand Springs Community Services. At SSCS they cleaned out the basement and sorted through food and clothing donations. 

"Folks from the Sand Springs area are connecting with the agency in a way that allows for us to better utilize the donations and the items that we have," said SSCS Director Nathan Woodmansee. "It really is meaningful to us. We really appreciate the work they're doing, it's going to help us serve our clients better."

Just down the road from the those two teams was a group including Vice Mayor Phil Nollan and State Representative Jadine Nollan. The crew completely moved the Sand Springs Chamber of Commerce from their old location to a new facility around the corner. 

At the Salvation Army campus workers cleared hundreds of yards of brush along their back fenceline. They also picked up trash in downtown, cleaned up overgrown areas obstructing City traffic signs, did home and lawn improvement for the elderly, and painted the front gate at the Keystone Ancient Forest.

One group constructed a raised wooden walking path at Hamalot Pot Bellied Pig Rescue to keep the organization volunteers from having to walk in the mud and risk getting knocked down by the pigs at feeding time.

Another team spent the day making blankets for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. 

Associate Pastor Matt Barnett said that they had around 130 volunteers, up from 100 the year before. He hopes to see HillSpring team up with other churches for a city-wide service day in the future. 

HillSpring meets at 8801 West 41st Street on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. They can be found online at http://www.hillspring.tv/

Tulsa Bone & Joint opens new Sand Springs clinic

Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates celebrated the grand opening of their new Sand Springs clinic Thursday afternoon at the Springs Village shopping center.

The clinic will provide orthopedic urgent care services and scheduled orthopedic care, including follow-up care and physical therapy. The clinic is located at 3917 S. Highway 97.

Chief Executive Officer Linda Gunter, Chief Operations Officer CJ Daley were both on hand for the ribbon cutting, as were numerous City, County, and State representatives. 

"(Tulsa Bone & Joint) is a welcome addition to the service life of Sand Springs," said Mayor Mike Burdge, who also coaches Charles Page High School Track and Cross Country. 

"I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to have Tulsa Bone & Joint coming here to House District 66," said State Representative Jadine Nollan. "I actually was a patient last summer. When I was at the Capital, I had a shoe malfunction and had to go make sure my back was okay. They took very good care of me so it's wonderful to have you here."

DiAnne Adams, DO, will serve as provider for the clinic. Dr. Adams joined Tulsa Bone & Joint in 2017 as a member of the Urgent Care team. Dr. Adams is board certified in Family Medicine and received her Fellowship in Sports Medicine from St. Elizabeth in Edgewood, Kentucky. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine. 

Dan Skierski, DPT, will oversee physical therapy at Tulsa Bone & Joint Sand Springs. Skierski has a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Saint Augustine and has been a physical therapist at the main campus of Tulsa Bone & Joint since 2014.

The 4400 sq. foot clinic and physical therapy space will also house an X-ray machine to allow for fast diagnoses and on-site evaluation and treatment. The clinic will welcome walk-in patients as well as scheduled appointments. The clinic phone number is 918-236-4504.

"Since I've been here there's been so much growth in Sand Springs," said Chamber of Commerce President Kristen Cepak. "We've seen so much growth, development, improvements of different things. I come from Austin, Texas and I am proud to live in Sand Springs. I am absolutely proud to live here and wouldn't think of leaving. It's absolutely an adorable town and I love it. I'm so excited to have Tulsa Bone & Joint here."

OPINION: Gubernatorial candidate Chris Powell calls for Terri White's resignation

After learning that Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Terri White may have been the individual who wrote the proposals to ban smokable cannabis from dispensaries and to require dispensaries to employ pharmacists, Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Chris Powell said a resignation is in order. 

"If media reports are correct and Commissioner White did instigate these obstructionist measures designed to thwart the will of the people as expressed in the landslide vote in favor of SQ 788 then she ought to resign. No one with such contempt for the voters should be heading a state agency."  

SQ 788 was approved on June 26th with nearly 57% of the vote in an election with exceptionally high turnout, causing Governor Fallin to change her mind about calling a special session and putting responsibility for making rules regarding medical cannabis in the hands of the Board of Health, who added each of the last-minute amendments against the advice of the Health Department's general counsel, Julie Ezell. These were similar to several obstructionist proposals offered by the Oklahoma State Medical Association on Monday.  Lana Ivey, executive director of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association, was quoted as saying "Terri (White) pretty much generated the recommendations..."

Powell, who finished first in the Libertarian gubernatorial primary with 49% of the vote but still faces a runoff, believes that voters are fed up with state government officials that forget they work for the people. "The political establishment routinely makes it clear that they don't care what voters think," said Powell. "If Commissioner White was behind these measures to gut SQ 788 then she is part of the problem along with Gov. Fallin who eagerly signed the rules in yet another display of blatant disregard for the wants and needs of the people of Oklahoma."    

Discount Kitties: Sand Springs Shelter offering $40 adoptions to save lives

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Sand Springs Animal Welfare is currently offering a discounted rate of $40 to adopt cats and kittens at the shelter.

Shelters across the state are over capacity due to an influx of Spring kittens. Rescues are full, foster parents are overwhelmed, and many animals are facing a do-or-die situation. Sand Springs is currently completely full of both cats and dogs. 

The City of Sand Springs adopted an ordinance mandating the spaying and neutering of all cats and dogs inside of City limits, but it could take years for rescue workers to see an impact. 

Shelter pets come spayed/neutered, dewormed, microchipped, registered with the City, and up to date on all age-appropriate shots. 

Adults 18 and older can adopt animals by presenting a valid driver's license or government-issued ID. Adoption usually comes with a $65 fee to cover the animals' medical needs, but at present time the City is hoping to simply avoid euthanizing. 

Sand Springs Animal Welfare is located at 8620 West 21st Street and is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. seven days a week. 

 

 

Sandite Michael Wilson publishes first book, "Hello, My Name Is..."

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Sand Springs evangelist Michael Wilson published his first book this week. Hello, My Name Is... is a Christian nonfiction guide to finding your identity in a world of labels.

Wilson and his wife Baylee recently returned to the United States after spending eighteen months in Haiti as full time missionaries. 

In March the couple attended a conference at Port-Au-Prince and Michael was given a "hello, my name is..." sticker to wear. 

"I was sitting in that conference, and I couldn't even pay attention to what they were talking about," says Wilson. "I was thinking about who I was and about all the labels I use to have and that I still carry. The labels that have been put on me by the world and the ones I put on myself."

"There's a lot of people that are being held back from achieving what God is calling them to do because they're telling themselves 'I'm always going to be an alcoholic, or I'm never going to get married,'" says Wilson.

"You're training your mind every time you tell yourself that. If you do what the Bible says and renew your mind with scripture, telling yourself what God says you are, you're able to walk in that identity."

Wilson also says that the book isn't only beneficial to Christians. "It is a Christian book, but if you apply what is in the book, no matter what you believe, I think you can be successful in whatever you're wanting. Whether you're Christian or not, you're going to get labeled something. So being able to overcome that, you can learn that from the book."

Right now the book is only available in e-book format on Amazon and can be downloaded for $2.99 through the Kindle app, which is available for free on most smart phones. After a 90 day period on Kindle Unlimited, Wilson will be able to begin selling physical copies. 

Wilson graduated Charles Page High School in 2009, attended Tulsa Community College, Northeastern State University and Victory Bible College School of Missions before marrying Baylee Slankard and moving to Haiti.

While living in the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, the Wilsons would serve both the physical and spiritual needs of the communities they visited. Michael feels a calling specifically to help the elderly, a demographic often neglected in the poverty-ridden nation. They also preached the Gospel to a country that is 40% illiterate and often unable to read the Bible on their own. 

Now that they are back in the U.S. they plan to form a nonprofit organization that focuses on global and local missions. In addition to the local work they do with Word of Life Church in Sand Springs, they will also be leading teams into foreign nations like Haiti for both short and long-term missions. They will continue to work with the elderly here in Oklahoma.

Sandite Isiah Smith plans to preach the Gospel in 11 countries in 11 months

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Isiah Smith has never left the country before, but from 2018-2019 he plans to visit eleven foreign nations in eleven months. It won’t be a vacation, it’ll be hard work, but he counts himself blessed for the opportunity.

The World Race organization will be sending a team of 42 Americans to Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Vietnam, Albania, Serbia, Cambodia, Romania, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Rwanda in October of this year. Only three of Smith’s crew will be from Oklahoma.

On the trip, the travelers will do things like preaching, praying, and sharing their testimony, as well as providing for the physical needs of the communities they visit. They will prepare food for the hungry, paint schools, build churches, harvest firewood, teach English lessons, and whatever else is needed of them.

Every race is different, but one thing every racer has in common is the opportunity to experience true poverty and oppression in ways not often seen in the western world. They will stay in villages for weeks at a time with no electricity or plumbing, and will visit regions where preaching Christianity is illegal.

To get there Smith will need to raise $18,200 to pay for his airfare, lodging, food, and other cost of living expenses. Donations can be made towards his fees at this link. Additionally, you can keep up with his journey with daily blog postings. He is working full time and mowing lawns on the side to come up with the money. You can find his lawn care service at this link.

Smith is also selling raffle tickets for an August 3rd Friday night limousine ride with a 30% discount at Texas Roadhouse. For information on the raffle, or on the mission trip in general, you can reach Smith at 918-850-1820.

Smith graduated Charles Page High School 2012 and RHEMA Bible College in 2017. He attends Harvest Church in Sand Springs and works with the youth ministry at their West Campus.

Sand Springs Spirit Grant Workshop Set for July 30

Sand Springs, OK - The City of Sand Springs recently announced a Spirit Grant workshop on July 30, at 7 p.m. at the Case Community Center (1050 W. Wekiwa Rd.) in Sand Springs. The workshop is free and open to the public. Following a brief overview of the City's new Spirit Grant program guests are invited to ask questions and learn more about for this new local economic development grant program.

Earlier this week, the City announced the Spirit Grant- a competitive grant program intended to boost economic development in Sand Springs. The program is looking for new events or projects and expansions of existing events or projects to primarily generate sales tax and tourism in the community. Community beautification and quality of life projects in Sand Springs are also eligible.

Spirit Grant projects can range from as little as $500 to projects costing $5,000 or more. With that range in mind, the grant amount will range from $400 to a maximum of $4,000 for any single grant award. Once the project has been completed, the applicant may submit original invoices for reimbursement from the City.

Examples of types of Spirit Grant awards include:

  • advertising and marketing expenses designed to attract and draw tourism to Sand Springs
  • group advertising campaign to support local merchants that results in more local sales
  • community cleanup efforts
  • special event designed to increase tourism to Sand Springs
  • exterior building facade upgrade (awning/painting/landscaping/lighting of business workplace to improve outward appearance)
  • group project to provide new community facilities or improvements to existing
  • public art (murals, statuary, etc.)
  • historical interpretation or other displays relating to Sand Springs

Grant applications will be reviewed by the City. Successful grant applications will be graded on many factors, with a focus on each grant's potential to add value to the community.

For additional information, please visit our website at www.sandspringsok.org or contact the Spirit Grant Team at (918) 246-2504 or spiritgrant@sandspringsok.org

This Week in Sand Springs (7/8 - 7/15/18)

Tuesday

  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Open Wrestling Practice.
    • Charles Page High School
      500 North Adams Road

Wednesday

  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Summer Throwing Program.
    • Charles Page High School Track
      600 North Adams Road
  • 11:30 a.m. City Council Meeting.

Thursday

  • 6:00 p.m. BINGO
    • American Legion - Billie A. Hall Post 17
      500 North Main Street
  • 6:00 p.m. Sand Springs Small Business Coalition Meeting.
    • Pratt Library
      3219 South 113th West Avenue
  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Open Wrestling Practice.
    • Charles Page High School
      500 North Adams Road

Friday

  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Summer Throwing Program.
    • Charles Page High School Track
      600 North Adams Road
  • 7:00 p.m. Friday Flicks - "Paddington 2."
    • Case Community Park
      2500 South River City Park Road

Saturday

  • 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Open Hike Day
    • Keystone Ancient Forest
      160 Ancient Forest Drive

Sunday

  • 6:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. "Roaring River Rampage" Vacation Bible School.
    • Sand Springs United Methodist Church
      319 North Main Street

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  • Free for Sandite Pride Partners.

Small Business Coalition brings singing competition to downtown Sand Springs

Think you could be the best vocalist in the Sand Springs area? 

The Sand Springs Small Business Coalition resuscitated the popular First Tuesday on the Triangle concert series in June, and in August they're continuing the festivities with the first ever "Sand Springs Sings" competition.

Preliminary contests will be held on August 7th, September 4th, and October 2nd, and the finalists from each month will go head to head in the championship round on Saturday, November 24th. 

Contestants will perform outdoors in the heart of the historic downtown Triangle District. The competition is $10.00 to enter and free to watch. The winner will take home a trophy and a $500 cash prize. The contest is open to individuals, duos, and groups of any age or genre. 

The SSSBC hopes the series will attract both locals and visitors who don't typically spend much time in downtown. In addition to coalition businesses such as Yesterday To Now Antiques and Art Mall, The Harvest World Market, and Joni's on the Triangle Hair Salon, there will also be multiple food trucks and local vendors on hand. Those three businesses will have physical entry forms available at their shops.

Sand Springs has a long history of producing talented musicians. The Rogues Five saw regional acclaim in the 1960's and played alongside bands like Jim Morrison and The Doors. Sam Harris won Star Search in 1983 and has since recorded several albums and appeared on Broadway. Jake Tankersley appeared on American Idol and is currently producing his second album. Christian rock band Capitol Lights recorded two albums. 

Morgan Ganem recorded two albums with the band Sownds, had a song adopted as an unofficial anthem of the Kansas City Chiefs, has released two solo albums, and has a residency at Safari Joe's H2O water park in Tulsa. Darin Shipley, Jennifer Marriott, Shelby Eicher, Janet Rutland, and Hannah Rose have all released albums in recent years, and Jacob Dement has a residency at Margaritaville in Tulsa. 

City of Sand Springs announces Spirit Grant program

Sand Springs, OK - The City of Sand Springs announces the creation of the Spirit Grant program, a competitive grant program intended to boost economic development in Sand Springs. Spirit Grants are designed to enhance local retail sales, tourism and strengthen community development and beautification in Sand Springs. There will be a Spirit Grant workshop later this month, with grant applications becoming available on the City of Sand Springs website (www.sandpspringsok.org) August 1.

"We're not giving money away, however this program comes close as long as we have strong projects to consider. These grants will be a strong incentive for local citizens, clubs and business to make a positive impact on our community in a short amount of time,"  stated Grant Gerondale, Community Development Director for the City of Sand Springs.

Grant applications may be submitted by individuals, businesses or groups to partially fund programs or projects designed to attract people to Sand Springs to shop, dine or recreate in the City of Sand Springs. Applications can also be submitted to enhance the outward appearance of buildings, businesses or other places in the greater Sand Springs community.

Applicants will need to commit to a 20% cash contribution in order to potentially receive an 80% Spirit Grant award from the City, which combined, will create the total grant award amount. Once the project has been completed, the applicant may submit original invoices for reimbursement from the City. Grant applications will be accepted on a quarterly basis and reviewed by city staff.

The program is looking for new events or projects and expansions of existing events or projects to primarily generate sales tax and tourism in our community. Community beautification and quality of life projects in Sand Springs are also eligible.  Projects should have a positive financial impact on the City. Ideally, projects should add value to the community in light of the cost of the grant.

"We're looking forward to seeing some great concepts and ideas from our citizens," stated Gerondale, who invites the public to attend a Spirit Grant workshop happening at 7 p.m. on July 30, at the Case Community Center. 

Successful grant applicants (upon written notice by the city) will have one year to complete the grant project and submit for reimbursement. Projects can be completed before the one year deadline, however projects not completed within the deadline risk reimbursement of funds.

Spirit Grant projects can range from as little as $500 to projects costing $5,000 or more. With that range in mind, the grant amount (80% of the total project which is reimbursable to applicants by the city) will range from $400 to a maximum of $4,000 for any single grant award. 

An applicant may receive more than one award per fiscal year, and may submit an application over multiple years.

Examples of types of Spirit Grant awards include:

  • advertising and marketing expenses designed to attract and draw tourism to Sand Springs
  • group advertising campaign to support local merchants that results in more local sales
  • community cleanup efforts
  • special event designed to increase tourism to Sand Springs
  • exterior building facade upgrade (awning/painting/landscaping/lighting of business workplace to improve outward appearance)
  • group project to provide new community facilities or improvements to existing
  • public art (murals, statuary, etc.)
  • historical interpretation or other displays relating to Sand Springs

Grant applications will be reviewed by the City. Successful grant applications will be graded on many factors, with a focus on each grant's potential to add value to the community.

For additional information, please visit our website at www.sandspringsok.org or contact the Spirit Grant Team at (918) 246-2504 or spiritgrant@sandspringsok.org

This Week in Sand Springs (7/1 - 7/8/18)

Monday

  • 5:30 p.m. Sand Springs Public Schools District Dialogue meeting.
    • CPHS Performing Arts Building
      600 North Adams Road
  • 7:00 p.m. Sand Springs Board of Education meeting.

Tuesday

  • 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sand Springs Kidz Kamp
    • Case Community Park
      2500 South River City Park Road
  • 6:00 p.m. 2nd Annual Sand Springs Riverfest
    • Case Community Park
      2500 South River City Park Road

Thursday

  • 6:00 p.m. BINGO
    • American Legion - Billie A. Hall Post 17
      500 North Main Street

Friday

  • 9:30 p.m. Pier 51 Fireworks Show
    • Pier 51 Marina
      1926 South Highway 151

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Graham wins Democratic nomination, Nollan and Jackson head to runoff

Oklahoma held its statewide primary election Tuesday and while many party nominees won't be decided till the August runoffs, the State did decide to legalize medical marijuana with the passage of State Question 788.

Governor Mary Fallin issued the following statement after a 56.84% majority of voters passed SQ788, which legalizes the licensed use, sale, and growth of marijuana for medicinal purposes: 

“I respect the will of the voters in any question placed before them to determine the direction of our state. It is our responsibility as state leaders to look out for the health and safety of Oklahoma citizens. As I mentioned in previous public comments, I believe, as well as many Oklahomans, this new law is written so loosely that it opens the door for basically recreational marijuana. I will be discussing with legislative leaders and state agencies our options going forward on how best to proceed with adding a medical and proper regulatory framework to make sure marijuana use is truly for valid medical illnesses.

Incumbent House District 66 Representative Jadine Nollan failed to secure the Republican nomination outright, but was the top vote earner with 45.71%. She will advance to the August runoff against Sand Springs City Councilman Brian Jackson who won 36.63%. Angela Graham won the Democratic nomination with 59.02%. 

To learn more about the HD66 candidates, visit the following links:
Sand Springs teacher Angela Graham running for House District 66
Representative Jadine Nollan endorsed by James Lankford for fifth term
Sand Springs City Councilman Brian Jackson running for House District 66

Elections where no candidate garnered 50% will advance the top two candidates to the August runoff. 

Mick Cornett (29.35%), Todd Lamb (23.87%), and Kevin Stitt (24.41%) each drew about a quarter of the votes in the Republican Gubernatorial Primary. Chris Powell (48.92%) and Rex Lawhorn (32.4%) advanced to the runoff for the Libertarian nomination. Drew Edmondson won the Democratic nomination with 61.39%. 

Dana Murphy (45.85%) and Matt Pinnell (35.7%) advanced to the runoff for the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor. Anastasia Pittman (50.42%) won the Democratic nomination. 

Cindy Byrd (49.45%) and Charlie Prater (42.08%) advanced to the runoff for the Republican nomination for State Auditor and Inspector.

Mike Hunter (44.46%) and Gentner Drummond (38.46%) advanced to the runoff for the Republican Attorney General nomination.

Incumbent Joy Hofmeister (46.84%) and Linda Murphy (31.05%) advanced to the runoff for the Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction nomination.

Cathy Costello (43.26%) and Leslie Osborn (35.92%) advanced to the runoff for the Republican Commissioner of Labor nomination. Fred Dorrell won the Democratic nomination with 73.43%. 

Glen Mulready (54.75%) defeated Donald Chasteen (45.25%) for the Republican nomination for Insurance Commissioner. He will take on Democrat Kimberly Fobbs in November.

Bob Anthony (47.17%) and Brian Bingman (38.42%) advanced to the runoff for the Republican nomination for Corporation Commissioner. Ashley McCray (48.79%) and Blake Cummings (22.17%) advanced to the runoff for the Democratic nomination. 

Tim Harris (27.48%) and Kevin Hern (22.67%) advanced to the runoff for the Republican nomination for U.S. Representative for District 1. Tim Gilpin (34.5%) and Amanda Douglas (32.41%) will face off in the Democratic runoff.

Markwayne Mullin (54.15%) won the Republican nomination for U.S. Representative for District 2. Jason Nichols (37.9%) and Clay Padgett (24.21%) will go to a runoff for the Democratic nomination. 

Frankie Robbins (64.85%) won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Representative for District 3 with 65%. He will take on Republican Frank Lucas in November. 

Tom Cole (64.74%) won the Republican nomination for U.S. Representative for District 4. Mary Brannon (34.36%) and Fred Gipson (30.37%) will face off in a Democratic runoff. 

Steve Russell (83.62%) won the Republican nomination for U.S. Representative for District 5. Kendra Horn (43.84%) and Tom Guild (17.91%) advanced to the Democratic runoff. 

Incumbent District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler won 42.73% in the Republican primary for District 14 and will take on Ben Fu (29.04%) in August. 

Sand Springs City and Chamber of Commerce partner to create small business incubator in downtown

The Sand Springs Municipal Authority unanimously voted Monday evening to move forward with plans for a partnership with the Sand Springs Area Chamber of Commerce. 

The City of Sand Springs will lease the old Public Works facility at 109 North Garfield to the Chamber of Commerce at an amount of $1.00 per year, giving the Chamber room to develop a business incubator in the heart of downtown.

The Chamber will sublet office space to upstart businesses at a rate lower than most downtown office space. They will also provide resources to help young businesses get to a point of profitability that they can eventually move into the large amount of vacant downtown storefronts.

The terms of the agreement allow for either party to cancel the lease with a 90-day written notice for any reason. The City will receive 25% of the sublease revenue, while the Chamber will keep 75% to help with their economic development projects. The City will also receive a quarterly financial report and monthly update on the occupant businesses. 

The Chamber will take possession of the building in "as-is" condition and will be doing a self-funded remodel to convert the building for their purposes. 

Chamber President Kristin Cepak says it will take the Chamber about nine to twelve months to get the incubator program off the ground. The Chamber is working with The Forge, a curriculum-based certified business incubator in Tulsa, and 36 Degrees North, to create a fully certified program through the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.

In Other News:

Council authorized City staff to apply for Programming of Tulsa Urbanized Area Transportation Alternative Funds. The City is working to construct a sidewalk along the western side of 81st West Avenue from Tenth Street to Park Road. 

Council unanimously passed Ordinance 1321 amending City zoning codes for the potential passage of State Question 788. Should medical or recreational marijuana ever be legalized in the State of Oklahoma, growers, processors, and retailers would have to apply for Specific Use Permits. 

Council unanimously passed Ordinance 1322, aligning the City with State statutes regarding underage access to tobacco. The ordinance prohibits possession or sale of vapor products to youth under age 18.

City Council approved a $165,096.00 contract renewal with Superion LLC for financial software. 

Council approved a $31,636.80 purchase order to upgrade all City employees to Microsoft Office 2016.

Council approved the purchase of 49 Dell PCs for Police, Fire, and Municipal Court departments in the amount of $37,240.

Council approved supplemental appropriations totaling $1,047,000.00 from the Municipal Authority Water Utility Fund to prefund building, golf course, museum, and park improvements. The water fund will be reimbursed when certain voter-approved bond packages are sold. 

Council approved a $29,662.27 service agreement with Motorola Solutions to upgrade Police Department communications systems.

Council approved $107,397.00 for the purchase of three 2018 Ford Police Interceptor SUV units and one 2019 Ford Taurus unmarked detective units.

Council approved a Memorandum of Understanding and $3,214.75 payment to the Indian Nations Council on Government for 9-1-1 mapping and MSAG services. 

Council approved $261,708.00 to subsidize EMSA services for the city. 

Council approved $47,485.00 to furnish the Billie A. Hall Public Safety Center and Fire Station No. 2. 

Council accepted a $29,635 bid from Candle Electric for electrical work in Case Community Park. Candle will work to replace buried electrical wiring feeding the roadway lights. They returned the lowest bid out of three companies.

Council approved a final payment of $6,860.00 to Lambert Construction for their work in building a hardened storm shelter at Case Community Center.

Council approved an agreement renewal with the Metropolitan Environmental Trust (M.e.t.) in the amount of $33,132.00 for operating the Sand Springs Recycling Program. 

Council unanimously appointed Merle Parsons to the Board of Adjustment.

Council unanimously appointed Sharon Weaver to the Sand Springs Development Authority.

Council unanimously appointed Thomas Askew and Paul Shindel to the Planning Commission. 

Council declared three residential lots as surplus, authorizing sale for residential development. The lots, located at 301 N Franklin Ave, 307 N Franklin Ave, and 505 W Broadway St, were donated in lieu of payment of liens.

Council approved $394,908.00 for the purpose of replacing Precision Approach Path Indicators and constructing a new Electrical Vault at Pogue Airport. 

Sandlot Sno-Balls opens new Prattville shaved ice stand with drive-through

Sandlot Sno-Balls is bringing shaved ice back to south Sand Springs. 

Owned by Sand Springs native Brad Crain, the New Orleans-style snowball business unveiled their new location Tuesday morning in the Prattville Center on 41st Street. 

Sandlot first opened for business in the summer of 2015 at 250 South Highway 97 in the parking lot of Warehouse Market (now Cox Cash Saver). JwY's Tropical Ice had a stand in that location for more than a decade before Crain purchased the business and opened Sandlot. 

The new Prattville location is Sandlot's first expansion since incorporating three years ago, and will create six new part-time jobs. It is the only snow cone stand on the south side of Sand Springs.

The Sweet Pink Shack sold snow cones and pineapple whips in the parking lot of Cheezie's Pizza just across the street from the Prattville Center from 2014 to 2017, but decided not to reopen this summer. 

Snow cone connoisseurs will no longer have to cross the river to get their shaved ice fix. Nor will they need to exit their vehicle. Sandlot Prattville is the only Sand Springs snow cone stand with a drive-through. 

The stand has safety barricades to separate the drive-through from pedestrians, and there will be outdoor seating for customers to hang out. Crain asks customers to please be patient for the first week as they've never had to man both a drive-through and walk-up before. 

The Prattville Center is jamming in recent years with Lee's Charburgers joining Minuteman Pizza and Terry's Classic Coneys to provide plenty of dining options for local Sandites. There are also multiple shopping locations and a live music venue. Now patrons of those establishments will have a dessert option in the same shopping center. 

The stand offers all the same flavors as their original location, with the exception of sugar free flavors and pineapple whip. It also features the "latest and greatest block-shaver on the market," says Crain. 

Sandlot is open from noon to 10:00 p.m. and can be reached at 918.813.1233.

This Week in Sand Springs (6/24 - 7/1/18)

Sunday

  • 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Tulsa Parade of Homes
    • The Glens at Shenandoah - WSB Homes.
      424 East 48th Street
    • Stone Creek Estates III - Concept Builders.
      5326 Skylane Drive
    • Teal Ridge - Concept Builders. 
      1813 East 43rd Street
    • Teal Ridge - Gibson Homes.
      4314 Teal Ridge Road
      4308 South Woodland Avenue

Monday

Tuesday

  • 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Election Day.
  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Open Wrestling Practice - All Ages. 
    • Charles Page High School
      500 North Adams Road

Wednesday

  • 11:00 a.m. Sand Springs Summer Throwing Program. 
    • Charles Page High School Track
      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. - 7:30 p.m. Sandite Wrestling Alumni Cookout.
    • Charles Page High School
      500 North Adams Road

Friday

  • 11:00 a.m. Sand Springs Summer Throwing Program. 
    • Charles Page High School Track
      600 North Adams Road
  • 7:30 p.m. Free Concert - Halo Jordan, Jim Barritt, Roger Rister, Bruce & Betsy Mullen.
    • 5 West Outpost
      5 West 41st Street

Saturday

  • 12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Sandite Dance Fundraiser. 
    • Sandlot Sno-Balls
      250 South Highway 97
  • 7:30 p.m. Free Concert - Halo Jordan, Marty Robbins.
    • 5 West Outpost
      5 West 41st Street

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