City of Sand Springs Budget Fair Set for January 28th

Sand Springs, OK - The City of Sand Springs announces an opportunity for citizens to provide input into annual budget priorities for the community. This year's Budget Fair will take place on Monday, January 28, 2019, from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the Sand Springs Municipal Building, 100 E. Broadway, in downtown Sand Springs. This come and go event will take place on the second floor.

Department leaders including police, fire, parks, public works and more will be on-hand to listen to citizen input and help answer questions about annual operations and explain typical annual budget priorities. The Sand Springs City Council and City staff extend this important public opportunity to residents living within the corporate limits of Sand Springs to participate in the creation of the upcoming Fiscal Year 2020 Budget. The City's annual budget year begins on July 1, 2019, and runs through June 30, the following year.

This Week in Sand Springs (1/20 - 1/27/19)

Monday

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Tuesday

  • 6:30 p.m. No. 5 Lady Sandite Basketball vs. No. 19 Jenks.
    8:00 p.m. No. 7 Sandite Basketball vs. No. 6 Jenks.

    • Frank Herald Fieldhouse
      323 East B Street
      Jenks, OK 74037

Thursday

  • 6:00 p.m. Sand Springs Chamber Annual Banquet and Awards.

    • Bright Morning Farm
      5802 South 145th West Avenue

  • 6:00 p.m. BINGO

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

  • 7:00 p.m. No. 5 Lady Sandite Basketball vs. Southmoore.

    • Moore High School
      300 North Eastern Avenue
      Moore, OK 73160

  • 7:00 p.m. No. 5 Sandite Wrestling vs. No. 7 Jenks (Homecoming).

    • Ed Dubie Field House
      500 North Adams Road

Friday

  • No. 5 Lady Sandite Basketball at John Nobles Tournament.

    • 1:00 p.m. with Thursday loss, 4:00 p.m. with Thursday win.

    • Moore High School
      300 North Eastern Avenue
      Moore, OK 73160

Saturday

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

    • Keystone Ancient Forest
      160 Ancient Forest Drive

  • No. 5 Lady Sandite Basketball at John Nobles Tournament.

    • Time depends on Thursday/Friday results.
      10:00 a.m. Seventh Place Match
      1:00 p.m. Consolation Finals
      4:00 p.m. Third Place Match
      7:00 p.m. Championship Finals

    • Moore High School
      300 North Eastern Avenue
      Moore, OK 73160

  • 10:00 a.m. Walnut Ridge Homeowners Association Meeting.

    • Pratt Library
      3219 South 113th West Avenue

Ongoing

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

On The Horizon

  • 1/28 City of Sand Springs Budget Fair.

  • 1/30 - Storm Spotter Workshop.

  • 2/9- 4th Annual Ancient Trail Trek (5K, 10K, 8 Mile).

  • 2/22 - Sand Springs Rotary Chili Cook Off.

  • 2/23 - Hike With Your Dog Day - Keystone Ancient Forest

  • 4/13 - 30th Annual Herbal Affair & Festival


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Sand Springs Progress Report

Construction continues on various City projects around Sand Springs. Here are some recent photos of the progress.

Pratt Civitan Park is receiving a restroom building at 213 West 44th Street. Pratt Civitan is home to the only splash pad on the south side of Sand Springs, as well as swings, tennis and basketball courts. A speed hump is also planned for 44th Street in front of the park.

The biggest work site lies in the area of Sheffield Crossing. The City is rebuilding Morrow Road and adding a center turn lane to accommodate the increased traffic expected from the new Billie A. Hall Public Safety Center. Both the road and the facilities will be completed this spring. The center will house municipal jail and courts, a police station, and a fire department.

A new parking lot has been recently completed in Case Community Park at the Rotary Super Splash Pad. The parking lot is located on the other side of the creek from the previous unpaved parking area. A paved parking lot is also in progress at the Jerry Adair Baseball Complex, and new concrete sidewalks have also been constructed.

Other projects on the horizon in Sand Springs include:

  • An observation platform above the tree canopy at the Keystone Ancient Forest.

  • A paved parking lot and visitor’s center at Keystone Ancient Forest.

  • Beautification efforts across the city.

  • A new playground at Angus Valley Park.

  • Main Street will be rebuilt from First Street south to its current terminus at 404 South Main Street. The road will also be extended west to a new intersection at Highway 97.

  • A new frontage road connecting Main Street to the Highway 412 on-ramp at Lincoln Avenue.

  • A new roadway along the Arkansas River levee from Highway 97 west into Case Community Park.

  • The City also has eighteen acres of prime real estate in the Sheffield Crossing Development preserved to incentivize a hardware and lumber store.

This Week in Sand Springs (1/13 - 1/20/19)

Monday

Tuesday

  • 10:30 a.m. Build a Reader: Family Storytime/Stay and Play.

    • Charles Page Library
      551 East 4th Street

  • 1:30 p.m. Sand Springs/Sapulpa Joint Board Meeting.

  • 6:00 p.m. No. 7 Lady Sandite Basketball vs. No. 5 Union.
    7:30 p.m. No. 4 Sandite Basketball vs. No. 12 Union.

    • Union Multipurpose Activity Center
      6836 South Mingo Road
      Tulsa, OK 74133

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

  • 7:00 p.m. No. 5 Sandite Wrestling vs. No. 1 Broken Arrow.

    • Broken Arrow High Tiger Field House
      2200 North 23rd Street
      Broken Arrow, OK 74012

Wednesday

Thursday

  • 10:30 a.m. Bendable, Foldable, Movable Books.

    • Pratt Library
      3219 South 113th West Avenue

  • 3:30 p.m. PAWS for Reading

    • Elementary-school kids are invited to read their favorite books to registered therapy dogs. Click here to register.

    • Charles Page Library
      551 East 4th Street

  • 4:00 p.m. Popcorn and a Movie: “Ms. Connie”

    • Pratt Library
      3219 South 113th West Avenue

  • 4:00 p.m. No. 5 Sandite Wrestling vs. Muskogee.
    5:00 p.m. No. 5 Sandite Wrestling vs. Enid.
    6:00 p.m. No. 5 Sandite Wrestling vs. No. 14 Bartlesville.

    • Ed Dubie Field House
      500 North Adams Road

  • 6:00 p.m. BINGO

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

Friday

  • 10:00 a.m. Sandite Wrestling at Owasso Ram Duals.

    • Owasso High School
      12901 East 86th Street North
      Owasso, OK 74055

  • 6:00 p.m. No. 7 Lady Sandite Basketball vs. Owasso.
    7:30 p.m. No. 4 Sandite Basketball vs. No. 17 Owasso.

    • Ed Dubie Field House
      600 North Adams Road

Saturday

  • 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Community Pancake Breakfast.

    • Fundraiser for Green Country Volunteer Fire Department. $6 Adults, $3 Children 5-12 y/o, $1 Children 5&U.

    • Sand Springs Elks Lodge
      546 West Imperial Boulevard

  • 10:00 a.m. Sandite Wrestling at Owasso Ram Duals.

    • Owasso High School
      12901 East 86th Street North
      Owasso, OK 74055

  • 5:00 p.m. Sandite Baseball Karaoke and Chili Dinner.

    • Charles Page High School
      500 North Adams Road

Ongoing

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

On The Horizon

  • 1/24 - Sand Springs Chamber Annual Banquet and Awards.

  • 1/30 - Storm Spotter Workshop.

  • 2/9- 4th Annual Ancient Trail Trek (5K, 10K, 8 Mile).

  • 2/23 - Hike With Your Dog Day - Keystone Ancient Forest

  • 4/13 - 30th Annual Herbal Affair & Festival


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Sen. Boren files legislation to increase funding for textbooks and other instructional materials

State Sen. Mary Boren has filed legislation aimed at putting more resources directly in the classroom for textbooks and other teaching materials.  Her legislation also requires funding allocated for instructional materials is used for that purpose. 

Boren, a former educator who has previously worked for both the State Department of Education the State Regents for Higher Education, said Senate Bill 206 would increase the per pupil amount for textbook and other instructional materials, which includes things like e-books, software and other related materials.  The measure would increase that amount from $55 to $200.

“When I worked for the Department of Education in 2001, the state was providing $55 per student.  Even though costs have risen dramatically since then, that amount is still just $55—plus, during the economic downturn, districts were given the ability to redirect those funds to other areas,” said Boren, D-Norman.  

“The combined result is school after school with tattered, outdated and insufficient textbooks and instructional materials and teachers and supporters being forced to plead for donations.  If we want our children to be able to compete, they need current textbooks and materials.  Forcing teachers and supporters to turn to outside fundraising may help in wealthier districts, but in many communities throughout the state, the resources simply aren’t there and our children are not getting the instructional materials they need to succeed. After looking at other states and visiting with Oklahoma teachers and administrators, it’s clear that $200 is a much more accurate reflection of the actual cost of instructional materials.”

Boren pointed out that since statehood, Oklahoma’s Constitution has required the state to provide textbooks.

“The vision for our public schools was that all children would have an equitable educational opportunity but without adequate state support it cannot happen,” Boren said.  

Boren’s legislation would also expand textbook selection committees at the local level to make sure teachers from each school within a district are included in that process.

“Those committees are evaluating material for every grade level, but under the current structure, you may or may not have teachers from all grade levels included,” Boren said.  “My language will include teachers from each district’s elementary, middle and high schools on those textbook committees.”

Boren said the investment made in teacher salaries last year was a critical starting point for education in Oklahoma and hopes her legislation will represent the next step.

“As we consider turnaround strategies for our state, it must include an examination of the level of investment our students deserve.  Senate Bill 206 gives us that opportunity,” Boren said.

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4th Annual Ancient Trail Trek to benefit Keystone Ancient Forest Visitors Center

Ancient Trail Trek Registration Open! Natural Trail Races Benefit the Keystone Ancient Forest Preserve! Sand Springs, OK - The City of Sand Springs Parks and Recreation Department and TATUR (Tulsa Area Trails and Ultra Runners) invite runners of all ages to the magnificent Keystone Ancient Forest for the 4th Annual Ancient Trail Trek! This year's event is Saturday, February 9, 2019 with gates opening at 7:00 a.m. and the first race at 8:00 a.m.

Event registration and information can be found at the City’s website at www.sandspringsok.org. Use the Explore/ Keystone Ancient Forest/ Ancient Trail Trek drop down menus to access the registration site. Registration is online only, and runners must register before the midnight deadline on February 7, 2019.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the beautiful 1,400-acre crosstimbers nature preserve, including the planned visitor center, which is currently in design.

This year's Ancient Fun Run offers a 5K, 10K and even an 8-mile run for both adults and children. The varied courses will meander over grassy trail portions, bare soil and rock. Routes will challenge runners with some downhill glides and moderate uphill challenges! Runners can glimpse wintertime views of Keystone Lake below, and might even spot area wildlife along the course!

"We’ve partnered with the TATUR group again and so we’ll have the standard electronic timing devices for accuracy and convenience for runners,” stated Jeff Edwards, Parks Director for the City of Sand Springs. "We’ve got several great courses this year and feel we have one of the best trail running venues in Oklahoma."

The race fee (including registration) is $28.00 per runner without an event T-shirt, or $40.50 per runner with an event T-shirt. Gates will open at 7:00 a.m. on the day of the race, with the first race beginning at 8:00 a.m.

Park staff and members of the Keystone Ancient Forest Trail Guide (volunteer) group will be on site to help with water and hospitality after the race. Parking is on gravel and grassy areas with porta potty service. No pets allowed.

With proceeds from this year’s race, again going towards the Keystone Ancient Forest- this year’s event can help with the planned visitor center also! The concept for the forest’s new state of the art facility will be unveiled just weeks before the race event!

Storm Spotter Training Class coming soon to Sand Springs

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Sand Springs, OK - Weather changes constantly in Oklahoma – and sometimes not for the better. Understanding what is going on in the skies above can be a life or death proposition.

Sand Springs’ location on the western edge of the Tulsa metropolitan area places it on the front lines for severe weather events, which can potentially impact thousands of Oklahomans. Trained citizen storm spotters play a critical role in providing life-saving information to local emergency managers and meteorologists at the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Tulsa.

Area residents can receive storm spotter training from NWS meteorologists on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. at the Case Community Center, 1050 W. Wekiwa Rd. There is no charge to attend, and pre-registration is not necessary. The training lasts about two hours.

The training benefits all citizens – from those affiliated with storm spotting organizations to those just wanting a better understanding of what is happening around them when skies turn dark. It includes videos of severe storms and information on how severe storms form and what they look like. The training will include statistics on severe storms and the damages they cause each time severe weather happens.

The training will help citizens better understand the different severe weather watches and warnings issued by NWS and help storm spotters analyze the differences between storms with real severe weather potential from those that only have menacing-looking clouds.

Although recent technology has greatly enhanced meteorologists’ abilities to provide critical and accurate storm information, trained storm spotters are irreplaceable for providing on-the-ground accounts of what is actually happening at specific locations. Many citizens have taken the class over the years to enhance their own piece of mind, as well as possibly save the lives of others during a weather emergency.

City Invites Local Businesses to Join at Tulsa Home and Garden Show

Sand Springs, OK - The City of Sand Springs is announcing its plans for the 2019 Tulsa Home and Garden show. This year the City is extending an invitation to Sand Springs retail businesses to join them during the show to promote the Sand Springs community- and their business! The annual home improvement event takes place March 7-10, at the Riverspirit Expo at the Expo Square Tulsa County Fairgrounds.

For more than a decade municipalities have reached out to area citizens during the Tulsa Home and Garden Show as a means to promote their community to area citizens by providing information about quality of life, new projects, services and more. This year, the City of Sand Springs wishes to expand on that approach by including a handful of local retailers.

“We’re excited to invite our partners in the retail business sector to invest a little time with us and work alongside city staff as we promote Sand Springs,” stated Grant Gerondale, Community Development Director for the City. “Sand Springs has so many unique retail outlets, each with their own great history of successful business service and great products.”

Interested businesses can apply at no cost; however, each business will be asked to provide one or more door prizes to be given away during a raffle drawing. Door prize winners will then be asked to visit each Sand Springs retailer later to redeem their prize.

Businesses will also be asked to help staff their display portion of the booth during an assigned segment of the Tulsa Home and Garden Show. Most volunteer opportunities for each business will last approximately 4-6 hours. To apply, simply email Grant Gerondale at grant@sandspringsok.org with your request for an application! Deadline to apply is January 31, 2019.

Senate votes Greg Treat as president pro tempore

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Members of the Oklahoma Senate on Tuesday voted Senator Greg Treat as president pro tempore, the chamber’s top leadership post.

Treat previously served as the majority floor leader, the Senate’s second-highest leadership office, and was selected by Senate Republicans last year as their choice to lead the Senate. On Tuesday during organizational day, the entire Senate made it official and voted to name Treat as the Senate leader.

“I am humbled and honored to serve as the leader of the Oklahoma Senate. I very much appreciate my colleagues for their trust in my leadership and look forward to the challenge ahead. I also want to thank my wife and children. Without their love and support, I would not be able to serve in the Senate,” said Treat, R-Oklahoma City.

“As leader of the Senate I promise our chamber will work hard, we’ll work together across political parties, and we’ll work toward policies that are good for all Oklahomans. There are certainly challenges facing our state, but there is nothing standing in our way that we can’t overcome together. I am optimistic about the future of our state and feel very blessed to be in a position to help lead Oklahoma to an even better and brighter future.”

Treat lives in Oklahoma City with his wife Maressa and their three children: Mason, Cooper, and Olivia. The Treat family attends Frontline Church. He was elected in a 2011 special election to represent District 47, which encompasses northwest Oklahoma City and portions of Edmond, Deer Creek, and Bethany. Treat serves on the executive committees of both the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Southern Legislative Conference.

The Oklahoma Constitution calls upon the Legislature to meet before the start of each two-year session to formally elect its leaders and certify the previous year’s election results. On Tuesday, the Senate certified the 2018 election results and officially elected Treat and other senators to Senate leadership positions. The Senate GOP leadership includes:

  • Senator Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, President Pro Tempore

  • Senator Kim David, R-Porter, Majority Floor Leader

  • Senator Roger Thompson, R-Okemah, Appropriations chair

  • Senator Jason Smalley, R-Stroud, Majority Caucus chair

  • Senator Rob Standridge, R-Norman, Majority Whip

  • Senator Stephanie Bice, R-Oklahoma City, Assistant Floor Leader

  • Senator Frank Simpson, R-Springer, Assistant Floor Leader

  • Senator Dave Rader, R-Tulsa, Majority Caucus vice chair

  • Senator Julie Daniels, R-Bartlesville, Assistant Majority Whip

  • Senator Casey Murdock, R-Felt, Assistant Majority Whip

  • Senator Marty Quinn, R-Claremore, Assistant Majority Whip

  • Senator Darcy Jech, R-Kingfisher, Rural Caucus chair

This Week in Sand Springs (12/30 - 1/6/18)

Monday

  • 8:00 p.m. New Year’s Eve Prayer Service.

    • Osage Forest of Peace
      141 Monastery Road

  • 9:00 p.m. New Year’s Eve Party.

    • The Office on Main
      109 North Main Street

Thursday

  • 6:00 p.m. BINGO

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

  • 7:00 p.m. Board of Education Special Meeting.

Friday

  • 10:00 a.m. No. 5 Sandites at 18th Annual Cushing Invitational Wrestling Tournament.

    • Cushing High School
      1700 East Walnut Street
      Cushing, OK 74023

  • 6:00 p.m. No. 8 Lady Sandite Basketball vs. Bixby (H).

    • Ed Dubie Field House
      600 North Adams Road

  • 7:30 p.m. No. 7 Sand Springs Basketball vs. Bixby (H).

    • Ed Dubie Field House
      600 North Adams Road

Saturday

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

    • Sand Springs Street Department
      8620 West 21st Street

  • 11:00 a.m. No. 5 Sandites at 18th Annual Cushing Invitational Wrestling Tournament.

    • Cushing High School
      1700 East Walnut Street
      Cushing, OK 74023

  • 4:30 p.m. No. 8 Lady Sandite Basketball vs. No. 11 Ponca City (H).

    • Ed Dubie Field House
      600 North Adams Road

  • 5:30 p.m. No. 7 Sandite Basketball vs. Ponca City (H).

    • Ed Dubie Field House
      600 North Adams Road

Ongoing

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

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

On The Horizon

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

  • 2/23 - Hike With Your Dog Day - Keystone Ancient Forest

  • 4/13 - 30th Annual Herbal Affair & Festival


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Senator Allison Ikley-Freeman appointed to serve on five Senate committees

OKLAHOMA CITY –   State Senator Allison Ikley-Freeman was selected this week to serve on five Senate committees for the 57th legislature by Senate Democratic Leader Designate Kay Floyd. Ikley-Freeman represents District 37 which includes Sand Springs.

The Tulsa Democrat was appointed to serve on the Education, Appropriations and Budget and Rules Committees. She will also continue to serve on both the Senate Committee for Health and Human Services and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services.

“I am honored to have been chosen by Senator Floyd to serve on these committees,” Ikley-Freeman said. “Ensuring access to health care and mental health care services are just two of my passions and my professional experience as a mental health therapist brings a unique perspective and skillset to my role as a legislator.” 

Ikley-Freeman holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in clinical mental health. She continues to work in her community providing mental health services and fighting for increased access at the Capitol.

Members will return to the Capitol for an organizational day on January 8, 2019, and the 2019 session will formally begin on February 4.

Sand Springs schools take steps to prevent future carbon monoxide scares

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In other news:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Governor Mary Fallin Declares State of Emergency Due to Approaching Storms

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

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

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

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

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

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

The executive order will be in effect for 30 days.

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

Tuesday

  • 6:00 p.m. PTO Meeting.

    • Limestone Technology Academy
      4201 South Walnut Creek Drive

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

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

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

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

Thursday

  • 6:00 p.m. BINGO

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

Friday

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

    • Ed Dubie Field House
      600 North Adams Road

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

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

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

    • Downtown Sand Springs Triangle District

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

    • Ed Dubie Field House
      600 North Adams Road

Saturday

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

    • Sand Springs Street Department
      8620 West 21st Street

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

    • Limestone Technology Academy
      4201 South Walnut Creek Drive

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

    • Downtown Sand Springs Triangle District

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

    • Central Ninth Grade Center Auditorium
      4th and Garfield

Sunday

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

    • Downtown Sand Springs Triangle District.

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

    • Central Ninth Grade Center Auditorium
      4th and Garfield

Ongoing

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

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

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

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

On The Horizon

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


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Sand Springs Parks Dept. receives State honors for Riverfest celebration

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In Other News:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday

  • 2:00 p.m. Pull The Flag on Cancer

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

    • Roger Bush Soccer Complex
      2500 South River City Park Road

    • See attached poster for more information.

Monday

Tuesday

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

    • Sand Springs Museum
      9 East Broadway

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

    • Charles Page High School
      500 North Adams Road

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

Wednesday

Thursday

  • Thanksgiving

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

Friday

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

    • YellowHouse Market & Boutique
      122 North Main Street

Saturday

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

    • YellowHouse Market & Boutique
      122 North Main Street

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

    • Keystone Ancient Forest
      160 Ancient Forest Drive

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

    • Downtown Triangle District

Ongoing

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

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

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

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

On The Horizon

  • 11/30 Festival of Lights Christmas Parade.

  • 12/1 Limestone Technology Academy Holiday Market.

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

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


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Morrow Road widening project to begin November 26th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday

  • Veterans’ Day.

Tuesday

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

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

    • The Parlour Hair & Ink
      100 North Garfield Avenue

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

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

    • Must tell cashier you are there for fundraiser.

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

    • Charles Page High School
      500 North Adams Road

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

    • Charles Page High School
      500 North Adams Road

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

    • Ed Dubie Field House
      600 North Adams Road

Thursday

  • 6:00 p.m. BINGO

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

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

    • Charles Page High School
      500 North Adams Road

Friday

  • 6:00 p.m. Powder Puff Football

    • Memorial Stadium
      600 North Adams Road

Saturday

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

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

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

    • Keystone Ancient Forest
      160 Ancient Forest Drive

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

    • YellowHouse Market & Boutique
      122 North Main Street

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

    • Sand Springs Cultural and Historical Museum
      9 East Broadway Street

Sunday

  • 2:00 p.m. Pull The Flag on Cancer

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

    • Roger Bush Soccer Complex
      2500 South River City Park Road

    • See attached poster for more information.

On The Horizon

  • 11/22 Thanksgiving.

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

  • 11/30 Festival of Lights Christmas Parade.

  • 12/1 Limestone Technology Academy Holiday Market.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other results:

  • Lieutenant Governor

    • Matt Pinnell (Republican) 61.9%

    • Anastasia A. Pittman (Democrat) 34.52%

    • Ivan Holmes (Independent) 3.58%

  • State Auditor

    • Cindy Byrd (Republican) 75.18%

    • John Yeutter (Libertarian) 24.82%

  • Attorney General

    • Mike Hunter (Republican) 64.04%

    • Mark Myles (Democrat) 35.96%

  • State Treasurer

    • Randy McDaniel (Republican) 71.59%

    • Charles de Coune (Independent) 28.41%

  • State Superintendent

    • Joy Hofmeister (Republican) 58.52%

    • John Cox (Democrat) 33.78%

    • Larry Huff (Independent) 7.7%

  • Labor Commissioner

    • Leslie Osborn (Republican) 61.73%

    • Fred Dorrell (Democrat) 33.47%

    • Brandt Dismukes (Independent) 4.8%

  • Insurance Commissioner

    • Glen Mulready (Republican) 61.97%

    • Kimberly Fobbs (Democrat) 38.03%

  • Corporation Commissioner

    • Bob Anthony (Republican) 60.04%

    • Ashley Nicole McCrary (Democrat) 34.29%

    • Jackie Short (Independent) 5.67%

  • U.S. Representative - District 01

    • Kevin Hern (Republican) 59.31%

    • Tim Gilpin (Democrat) 40.69%

  • U.S. Representative - District 02

    • Markwayne Mullin (Republican) 65.02%

    • Jason Nichols (Democrat) 30.1%

    • John Foreman (Independent) 2.96%

    • Richard Castaldo (Libertarian) 1.92%

  • U.S. Representative - District 03

    • Frank D. Lucas (Republican) 73.87%

    • Frankie Robbins (Democrat) 26.13%

  • U.S. Representative - District 04

    • Tom Cole (Republican) 63.07%

    • Mary Brannon (Democrat) 33%

    • Ruby Peters (Independent) 3.94%

  • U.S. Representative - District 05

    • Kendra Horn (Democrat) 50.69%

    • Steve Russell (Republican) 49.31%

  • Tulsa County Associate District Judge

    • Cliff Smith 55%

    • Brian Crain 45%

  • Supreme Court District 2 - Patrick Wyrick

    • YES 61.55%

    • NO 38.35%

  • Supreme Court District 3 - Noma D. Gurich

    • YES 61.57%

    • NO 38.43%

  • Supreme Court District 4 - Yvonne Kauger

    • YES 62.19%

    • NO 37.81%

  • Supreme Court District 7 - James E. Edmondson

    • YES 59.4%

    • NO 40.6%