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19
Jun

Wind Catcher could mean $$ for schools

by Shirley Todd

Representatives with Public Service of Oklahoma met with Bristow Schools Superintendent Curtis Shelton and Transportation Director Mike Hallman on Friday about the Wind Catcher Energy Connection Project.

Tracy Harper, customer service and marketing coordinator with PSO, shared the financial benefits of the project. She said an estimated ad valorem tax benefit for some communities and school districts in Creek County in the area of the transmission lines will bring an estimated 300 million dollars in property taxes which will be remitted annually.

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Tue
19
Jun

Water rates to increase by 3%

by J. D. Meisner

Residents in Bristow will see a small change in their water bills starting in July when a three-percent rate increase, approved by the council this week goes into effect.

In a split vote at the Monday, June 18 meeting of the Bristow City Council, the council approved adopting a resolution to continue the three-percent annual rate increase adopted last year by resolution number R99- 050117.

Bristow Mayor Leonard Washington explained that the annual rate increase was put in place based on recommendations from city auditor Ralph Osborn who, in 2013, and every year since, has recommended that the City of Bristow put in place a small annual rate increase.

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Tue
19
Jun

Primary election scheduled next Tuesday

by Shirley Todd

Primary election is Tuesday, June 26. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., for voters to make a choice on who will represent their party in the November General Election; two bond issues and a state question.

Voters who live in Olive School District will vote on two propositions for bonds totaling $635,000. Superintendent Jim Reynolds said the funds from the bonds will be used to purchase textbooks; Chrome books for elementary students; upgrade to a wireless computer delivery system; LED lighting; three water fill stations; roof replacement and repair; water well repair and upgrade; middle school and high school girl’s restroom repair and upgrade; water line overhaul outside of buildings; HVAC for upper elementary; high school, middle school and agriculture classrooms; 50 classroom chairs; freezer for cafeteria; repairs and updates to the agriculture classroom, new laminator; one new bus and one newer van to transport small groups.

Tue
19
Jun

Runway groundbreaking Friday

by J. D. Meisner

After years of planning, the $3.3 million renovation project at the Jones Memorial Airport will officially get off the ground Friday with a ground breaking ceremony.

The center piece of the project will be the replacement of the field’s aging, uneven, 3,300- foot runway with a modern 4,000-foot runway.

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Tue
19
Jun

County approves new inmate phone service

By Shirley Todd

On Monday, June 11, the Creek County Commission voted to accept Creek County Sheriff Brett Bowling’s recommendation to award National Crime Information Center as the inmate phone service for the Creek County Justice Center. Bowling said NCIC provides free services to inmates such as access to the law library and a local service technician, which are services the sheriff ’s office normally has to pay for.

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Tue
19
Jun

Oil and Gas Industry flexes its financial muscle in governor’s race

By Trevor Brown

The oil and gas industry is playing an early major role financially in trying to influence the outcome of the Oklahoma governor’s race.

As the debate persists over how much the state should tax oil and gas production, an Oklahoma Watch review of campaign finance reports found oil and gas interest groups and executives have spent heavily in the early months of this year’s gubernatorial campaign. Fifteen candidates are running for the office.

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Tue
12
Jun

Bristow board okays support staff raises

by Shirley Todd

At the Monday, June 11 meeting of the Bristow Public Schools Board of Education, the board voted to appoint Russell Brown to fill seat two of the school board, which was vacated last month by Greg Mahaney.

The board recognized members of the state champion track team and the girls’ tennis state champion academic team.

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Tue
12
Jun

Olive bond issue

by Shirley Todd

On the June 26 ballot, Olive School District has two separate school bond issues totaling $635,000.

Proposition One for $520,000, which will be used to acquire new textbooks and computers; install LED lighting throughout the district: renovate, repair and remodel the gym, library and elementary school roofs; replace the HVAC units at the middle and high schools and repair the water well and install new water lines.

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Tue
12
Jun

Depew appoints Kent to school board

by Shirley Todd

The Depew Public Schools Board of Education met Monday, June 11. The board voted to appoint LaJuan Kent to serve on the school board in seat five. Kent will replace Tony Smith, who stepped down so the district could hire his wife Rhonda Smith, who will teach high school science.

The board received a report from Will Berry with DC Bass on the bond work at Depew Elementary School. He said work is on schedule to be completed by Aug. 14.

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Tue
12
Jun

Oklahoma Primary Elections scheduled for Tuesday June 26

Creek County voters will head to the polls on Tuesday, June 26, to decide who will represent their party in the Nov. 6 primaries.

State Representative District – 29

On the Republican side of the ticket, Kyle Hilbert is the only republican who filed.

Hoping to run against him in the November general election are Democrats Jeremiah Ross and Jesse Goodwin, who will appear on the will be on the June democratic ballot.

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