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Tue
23
May

Bristow High School senior serves as State Senate page

Bristow High School senior Austin Hope served as a Senate page for State Sen. James Leewright, R-Bristow, during the fifteenth week of the legislative session, May 15-19, 2017. Austin is the son of Bristow residents, Kevin and Joy Hope

 

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Tue
23
May

Retail gas price average in Oklahoma still at $2.10

AAA Oklahoma reports the state’s pump price average is $2.10 per gallon for regular, the same price the blend has been fetching for six consecutive days. “It’s kind of funny,” said Chuck Mai, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma. “There are a number of factors pushing and pulling gasoline prices right now, but for every one that is putting upward pressure on prices, there’s another that is keeping prices low

.” AAA projects that more than 34 million Americans are planning to take a road trip this Memorial Day weekend, which is 800,000 more drivers than last year. The rise in road travel could pressure pump prices to continue to increase into the summer months

 

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Tue
23
May

BBB advisory: Beware of “Storm Chasers” preying on victims

Strong storms with potentially flooding downpours, tornadoes, powerful winds, and hail have been making their way across the state this storm season. They leave massive damage to homes and businesses in their wake, including downed trees and power lines, damage to roofs, homes, cars and fences.

“Home and business owners who suffer damage to their property should carefully research companies before making a final decision,” said Kitt Letcher, president and CEO of BBB. “With the diverse and severe weather that Oklahoma receives, storm related damage is increasingly common. The likelihood of scammers and unethical businesses taking advantage of consumers increases when severe weather comes through our state. Comparing companies and researching the market ensures that you will not become a victim.” Letcher summarized, “BBB receives multiple reports and complaints related to weather related scams or scam attempts each year.”

 

Tue
23
May

Lions Club honors senior Leo members

By Shirley Todd

At the last Lions Club meeting until September, the club recognized its senior Leos. Each of the seniors told of their future plans and their most influential teacher.

“I plan to attend Oklahoma State University in the fall,” said Brittyn Brown. “I will either major in elementary education or special education.” She said her most influential teacher was her dad, Derek Brown. “I had him for science in middle school,” said Brittyn. “I do not like science, but he made it fun and interesting.”

 

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Tue
23
May

How low...

Sawyer Campbell takes on the limbo during the Collins Elementary end-of-school carnival last week.

 

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Tue
23
May

What’s in your cannonball? Keep germs out of the water and out of your mouth-think healthy, swim healthy and be healthy

With Memorial Day and summer right around the corner, many Oklahomans will be enjoying activities in and around the pool. However, many may not be aware there are billions of germs floating in the water of community pools, splash pads and other water venues. Pool chemicals kill most germs within minutes, but some live for days, especially in untreated water sources. The average swimmer introduces a number of dirty items into recreational water including hair, spit, feces, urine, sweat and skin products such as lotions, cosmetics and soaps.

The germs in the water can lead to illness in both adults and children. The week before Memorial Day, May 22-29, has been designated as National Healthy and Safe Swimming Week. During 2011-2012, there were 90 outbreaks across the United States linked to swimming. For these reasons, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) encourages everyone to follow healthy swimming behaviors to prevent spreading germs and illness.

 

Thu
18
May

TRRFCC Pirates for the month of May

The TRRFCC Pirates for the month of May at Bristow Middle School are, from left, sixth graders, Divinety Johnson and Alex Armer; seventh graders, Dustie Barnes and Jonas Vanarsdale and eighth graders, Nakia Bigpond and Jacob Schonfield.

 

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Thu
18
May

Extension, 4-H and agricultural research downsizing amid state cuts

By Tom Coon, Oklahoma State University Vice President for Agricultural Programs

Two agencies Oklahomans have counted on for more than a century are downsizing and reorganizing after back-to-back years of unprecedented budget cuts. As a result, agricultural research and the delivery of that knowledge to Oklahomans will be in further jeopardy if state budget reductions continue.

The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service currently serves each of our state’s 77 counties, but that could soon change. Extension provides research-based knowledge used by Oklahomans, including other government agencies. The food and agriculture industry has a $42 billion annual impact on the state’s economy.

 

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Thu
18
May

BHS Salutatorian, Valedictorians reveal future plans

Salutatorian

Shelby Laine Inman is the daughter of Brandon and Shelly Inman.

She is a member of the National Honor Society is on the principal's and superintendant's honor roll, is a member of Student Council, the pep club, First Baptist Church youth group, and is a member of the Bristow High School cross country team.

Shelby plans to attend Tulsa Community College, then finish up her bachelor's degree at OSU or UCO and follow her dreams of attending culinary school and opening a restaurant and bakery.

 

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Thu
18
May

Summer and after-school care out of reach for many families

By Jennifer Palmer

Two years ago, Erin DeVoe sent her son, Hayden, to summer camp at a private school at a cost of $250 a week, which crunched her budget.

It wasn’t even full-day, and she had to pick him up mid-afternoon. That can be tough for a working parent, particularly for a single mother like DeVoe, who is a teacher.

“I couldn’t do it again,” she said. “He’d asked about it a couple of times, but I couldn’t do it again.”

 

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