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Tue
24
Apr

Danyelle’s law signed

by Shirley Todd
news@bristownews.com

On April 17, Governor Mary Fallin signed House Bill 1124, which will prohibit sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet and loitering within 1,000 feet of their victim’s homes.

Named the “Justice for Danyelle Act of 2018,” HB1124 will take effect Nov. 1, 2018 and is named after Danyelle Dyer, of Bristow, whose attacker moved in next door to her last year after being released from prison.

Dyer’s half-uncle, Harold English, molested her as a child. In May of 2017, upon his release from prison, English moved in with his mother, Dyer’s grandmother, who lives next door to Dyer.

 

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Tue
24
Apr

Day camp registration underway

“Day camp is alive and well,” said Vicki] Groom, long time organizer of Bristow’s summer tradition.

The camp will be held June 11 through June 29, Monday through Friday, at the VFW Hall located in Klingesmith Park on the corner of Country Club Drive and Veterans Memorial Drive.

Campers must be between the ages of five and 12. Groom said four-year-olds can attend if he or she will be eligible for kindergarten when school begins in the fall.

 

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Tue
24
Apr

Talking turkey

by J. D. Meisner
jd.meisner@bristownews.com

In 1958, Tom Whitehouse was an eight-yearold boy in Newby, Oklahoma. He remembers the 10-mile ride on Mr. Day’s school bus where he was dropped of at the steps of Washington Elementary, in Bristow. He recalls making his way through the halls to Mrs. Holcomb’s and Mrs Lee’s classrooms, the school’s wood floors squeaky and shiny with fresh coats of wax put down over the summer.

Whitehouse said he probably did his share of daydreaming, like any other eight-year-old boy, about stuff like hunting and fishing while he was in class, but he had no way of knowing that pieces of those oak floors would play a part in calling up a big tom turkey during a spring hunt, some 60 years in the future.

Tue
24
Apr

Lebanese legacy

by Shirley Todd
news@bristownews.com

One can’t learn about the history of Bristow without also learning about its Lebanese history. Around statehood, several men from Lebanon got off the train in Bristow and decided to make it their home.

The Bristow Historical Society and Museum is hosting a traveling exhibit titled “Lebanese in America”, exploring 150 years of Arab immigration. The exhibit describes the roles of Lebanese-Americans in creating modern America and shows that these immigrants came to the United States for the same reasons as other immigrant groups.

The exhibition shares the immigrants’ journey to maintain their identity and still become Americans. It shows how these people worked to raise families and grow their communities while facing challenges.

 

Tue
17
Apr

School shelter available

By Shirley Todd

The recently-completed Alternative Education Building at Bristow High School is a FEMA approved storm shelter. Bristow Public Schools Superintendent Curtis Shelton said the building will be open for use as a safe haven for the community when severe weather threatens.

“Eli Smallwood will be in charge of opening up the shelter when needed,” he said. Smallwood will open the shelter when there is a tornado warning for the immediate area and keep it open until the threat has passed. Bristow Fire Chief David McSpadden said the sirens will sound when a tornado is near the area.

 

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Tue
17
Apr

CCSO gets Narcan

By Shirley Todd

 

Creek County Sheriff Deputies have been issued Narcan nasal spray. Sheriff Bret Bowling said this spray will reverse the effects on an opioid overdose. “One shot of the nasal spray will bring a person back from an overdose,” he said. “This is a Band-Aid solution. This product will save lives.” Bowling said the medicine in the nasal spray is Naloxone, which helps the person breathe normally and gives paramedics time to get the person to the hospital for treatment.

 

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Tue
17
Apr

He’s got somebody’s goat

Dr. Chip Cooper holds a dwarf goat, that was offered for auction during the Raise your Hand for the Band auction at Bristow High School Saturday. The auction, hosted by local auctioneer, with assistance from Cooper, raised more than $8,600 for the Bristow High School Band Boosters organization. Attendee Naomi McBroom won the grand prize Eureka Springs weekend getaway.

 

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Tue
17
Apr

Alee retiring after 37 years

By Shirley Todd

After 41 years with the Creek County Farm Bureau; four years as a field representative and 37 years as an agent, Dick Allee is ready to retire. Allee said he began working for Farm Bureau right after he graduated from college. He grew up in the Depew area and attended school at Shamrock through the eighth grade, then on to Drumright for high school. Allee and his family live on the family farm where he has cattle and land to take care of.

“I will now be able to farm anytime, not just on weekends,” he said. Allee became choked up when talking about his clients and coworkers. “I’ve met some great people while working here,” he said. “I will miss visiting with our clients.” Allee said some of his clients have become his friends

 

 

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Tue
17
Apr

The Bristow Creek Branc

The Bristow Creek Branch of the NAACP held its Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday, April 14. The keynote speaker was Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Lateka Alexander, the first African-American woman to serve with the OHP.

 

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Tue
10
Apr

Scam alert

Creek County residents have reported receiving phone calls from persons advising he is a bonded process server working in conjunction with the sheriff to collect unpaid debts. The caller informs people to pay the owed money or that the sheriff will obtain arrest warrants for them.

Creek County Sheriff ’s Chief Deputy Fred Clark said this phone call is a scam. “If you receive a call from anyone claiming to work with the sheriff ’s office you can call our dispatch center at (918) 224- 4964 to confirm the validity of the call,” he said.

 

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