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Fri
18
Aug

Bristonian remembers better days for western celebration

A Western Heritage Days story by Peter Kelly 

 

For many years, Bristow and the surrounding area communities celebrated Western Heritage Days. It lasted for a week and was a really big deal, huge parade, mock gunfights, beard growing contests, pony express ride and tons of things for kids. Also, all of our bank employees and most other business folks would go all out dressing up in western wear.

Another focal point was a multi-day rodeo that was always packed with participants and spectators. It was all quite the production. Over the years Western Heritage Days faded off into the sunset, which for a lot of folks is sad and just eaves really great memories. The only thing that survives is a rodeo that has gotten smaller each year.

Fri
18
Aug

Bristow names four new high school teachers

by Shirley Todd 

Bristow High School students have been back to school for a week and have gotten adjusted to a few new faces at school. Besides three teachers who came out of retirement, the high school filled four other openings.

The high school has filled two English openings; Samantha Smart will teach freshmen and Ashley McKnight will be the junior English teacher. Smart has five years of teaching experience. This will be McKnight’s second year of teaching.

There will also be two new history teachers; Jordan Travis, comes to Bristow after teaching for a year in Oklahoma City. Chance Batey is returning to Bristow after teaching for two years at Yale. Travis will teach US History and AP US History. Batey will teach Oklahoma History and will be an assitant coach for football and wrestling.

 

Fri
18
Aug

Bristow Girl Scout rally Tuesday

by Shirley Todd 

“Curiosity, imagination and anticipation are what Girl Scouts of America fosters as it nurtures the potential in girls and those who lead them,” said Lauren Zeligson, communications specialist with Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma.

According to Beth Richardson, troop 761 leader, the Girl Scout rally for Bristow and the surrounding area will be Tuesday, Aug. 22, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Edison Elementary Cafeteria.

“There will be Girl Scout representatives there to answer questions and to give an overview of the organization,” she said. “They will also discuss the need for troop leaders and co-leaders and let parents know how to get involved.”

 

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Fri
18
Aug

Don’t miss, don’t look

Monday’s solar eclipse is a rare event, but experts warn don’t look directly at it 

 

by J. D. Meisner 

On Monday, Aug. 21, the entire nation will be treated to a rare comic event as the moon eclipses the sun in a total solar eclipse.

While the band of totality that arcs across the nation from Oregon to South Carolina does not go through Oklahoma, residents of Creek County will be treated to near totality and a mild darkening of the sky.

In Bristow, the event will begin at 11:39 a.m., Monday, as the disc of the moon begins to cross in front of the sun. The eclipse will reach its maximum coverage at 1:07 and will be completely over at 2:36 p.m.

 

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Fri
18
Aug

Tendercare now open

by Shirley Todd 

Pre-K students who are enrolled at Tendercare Learning Center, will get to begin classes on Monday, Aug. 21.

Tara Renfro with Tendercare said Department of Human Services ran their inspection of the facility on Wednesday and the facility passed.

“The classrooms are ready along with the teachers,” she said. “We are ready to see our students at 8 a.m. on Monday morning.”

 

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Fri
18
Aug

Local man hosts pool party fundraiser to send kids message

by Shirley Todd 

There is a back to school rally, tonight, Aug. 18, at 8 p.m., at the Bristow swimming pool. Jonathan Scroggs, with the Oklahoma Youth Ranch, is hosting the rally as a fundraiser for the ranch.

“I’m stepping out on faith to do events in my hometown due to all the recent vandalism, drug and theft problems plaguing our youth in Bristow,” said Scroggs. “I want the young people to know that there is a better way to live. They can still party and have a lot of fun without ruining their lives.”

He said for $5, the kids will get pizza, swimming and some great entertainment.

 

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Tue
15
Aug

County okays I1 zoning

by Shirley Todd

On Monday, Aug. 14, the Creek County Commission held its weekly meeting in Sapulpa.

The board voted unanimously to approve the rezoning of case CCZ-1961. CRM Sandblasting and Painting, is located on property at 19523 South 337th West Avenue, in Bristow. Curtis and Lindsey Mayberry own the company and said the sandblasting is mobile; it is not run on the property.

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Tue
15
Aug

Cost cuts keeping district in the black

by Shirley Todd

The Bristow Public Schools Board of Education met Monday, Aug. 14. Certified Public Accountant Ralph Osborn spoke to the board about the estimate of needs for this school year. Osborn said he based the needs for the district on state aid, which is $6.8 million.

“If the district expenditure is the same as last year, there will be plenty of funds to cover the expenses,” he said. “The general fund has $12 million and the district spent $10.8 million last year on expenses.”

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Tue
15
Aug

Back to school

Carson and Caden Ledbetter are ready to take on their first day as third graders at Collins Elementary.

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Tue
15
Aug

Bristow Middle School welcomes new teachers

by Shirley Todd

The road to success is always under construction is the theme for Bristow Middle School this year. The school has brought on five new construction workers/teachers to build the minds of the students and give them the tools they need to succeed.

Joining the middle school staff is Ashley Powell. She taught for four years at Collinsville Middle School before coming to Bristow. Powell will teach seventh grade geography at BMS.

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