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Let it rain, Let it rain, Let it rain...

Let it rain, Let it rain, Let it rain...

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Dec

Commissioner says Eighth Street bridge still a priority

By Caleb Brabham
 
For two and a half years the Eighth Street Bridge just east of Bristow has been closed, wearing the familiar “Bridge Closed” sign on either entrance. “I know people are not happy about Eighth Street Bridge being closed down,” said District 3 Creek County Commissioner Danny Gann who estimates the bridge will be finished by the spring. “It's well on it's way to being done as soon as the contractor gets started.”

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Classic country swing coming to Freeland Center Saturday

By Caleb Brabham
 
Saturday, Dec. 20 at 7:30 a “Hot Rod Lincoln” carrying western swing talents, Asleep at the Wheel will roll into the Freeland Center for the Performing Arts. “Don Baker has great connections,”said Dr. Chip Cooper of the Freeland Arts Council, of the growing number of big name artists lining up to play at the Freeland. “I think this will be something where people will look and say, 'this is the real deal. Whenever we go to book an artist and talk to their management, they look us over a little bit. I think they've been impressed. What I am most impressed with is the support we've received locally. It seems like public support is building, each time it just gets better with each group.”

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Fri
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Dec

Mystery Marker

By Caleb Brabham
 
Steve Mixon, of Marlow, is trying to solve a mystery. While cleaning out the garage of his mother-in-law's Bristow home, Mixon discovered a bronze plaque attached to a marble slab. The plaque reads: Myrtle A. Wall 1886-1936. “It's about two feet long, 10 to 12 inches wide and about eight inches deep,” describes Mixon. “It's too heavy for anybody to just pick up and carry off. I have no idea how it got there.”

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Olive RFD shares the wealth

By Caleb Brabham
 
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 17 firefighters from Bristow, Olive, Drumright, Silver City, Yale, and Pawnee graduated from the Olive Volunteer Fire Department/Oklahoma State University-Fire Service Training/Central Technology Center first ever joint fire training academy. William DeShazo was the only graduate from the Bristow Fire Department.

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Tue
16
Dec

A place for the Arts

By Caleb Brabham
 
For Eva Barnes, of Route 66 Artisans on Main, art began first as a talent spurred on early in her youth. “I had painted since I was old enough to hold a paintbrush,” said Barnes. “I painted anything that didn't move starting with rocks and even turtles. I had the same art teacher, Kathryn Thompson in Bristow, from third grade until I graduated. She really brought art to life for me. So I never quit. I've always given her all the credit and she always says, 'no, your talent is natural.' But she fine tuned it for sure and gave me the basics.”

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Tue
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Dec

Tulsa advocate group honors local nurse

By Caleb Brabham
 
Edison Elementary School Nurse, Katy Herman, of Bristow, was recently awarded as Parent Advocate of the Year by Tulsa Advocates for the Rights of Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (TARC). The honor was chosen from parents all over the state who had children with developmental disorders who had spoken out for people with disabilities. The nominees were narrowed to three. According to TARC Administrative Assistant Andee Cooper, TARC is an advocacy group that supports the rights of individuals with developmental disabilities including autism, epilepsy and intellectual disabilities.

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Tue
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Dec

Tire shop owners preserve Bristow’s rich history

By Caleb Brabham
 
Current owner of Bristow Tire and Auto Service, Melissa Smith and her son, store manager Elliott, don't need the aged, yellowing paper from the National Register of Historic Places to confirm that their building is part of Bristow's history. They receive reminders every day. “I had a guy in here the other day,” continued Melissa, who says that stories from her customers have given her a glimpse at what the area surrounding her business at Fourth and Main oncelooked like with gas stations, bus stop and bustling car dealership. “We were sitting here talking about it and he says, 'When I was a teenager, I worked pumping gas over there.' They employed a lot of the kids to pump gas, clean your windshield, check your oil. Some of those people are still here. It's interesting to hear the stories.”
Tue
16
Dec

Chief encourages fire safety during the holidays

By Caleb Brabham
 
Though Christmas time is an exciting time, Bristow Fire Chief David McSpadden warns residents that it can be a dangerous one for those who are not careful. “Those who are using a real tree this Christmas should keep it well watered,” said McSpadden. “Trees are likely to dry out if they stay out too long and are not frequently watered. Lights on dry trees have caused many a fire.”

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Symphony coming to Bristow

By J. D. Meisner
 
For more than 50 years, the Tulsa Youth Symphony Orchestra has brought together the finest budding musical talents in eastern Oklahoma and molded them into a cohesive and brilliant symphony orchestra. During normal years, TYSO plays four to five shows including its Holiday Concert, which was performed on Nov. 24 as the first in its 2014-15 schedule.

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