Rites held for ‘Mr. Bixby,’ Bill Pittman

Story By NATALIE O’NEAL World Staff Writer found on TulsaWorld.com

BIXBY – When Bill Pittman stuck his head in your office, you could practically hear the gears turning in his head with a newly thought-up plan or idea. He was a “soft-spoken visionary,” said Tom Outhier, president of the Friends of Irving Foundation and Pittman’s friend of 40 years.

Pittman’s active involvement in his community earned him the moniker “Mr. Bixby.”

“There really wasn’t anything going on that he wasn’t a part of or didn’t start,” Outhier said.

After retiring from Telex Computer Products, Pittman started looking for a new pastime. About that time, the city of Bixby was thinking of selling neglected park land just north of the Arkansas River Bridge on Memorial Drive.

But Pittman “felt that it was very…”

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OKC Thunder Makes Stop In Bixby For Blue-White Scrimmage

BIXBY, Oklahoma –

Oklahoma City Thunder fans lined the street at Memorial and the Creek Turnpike, Thursday, to show their support for the team.

The Thunder’s first stop is in Bixby for the Blue-White scrimmage.

The Thunder is in Green Country as a show of support for the Tulsa 66ers and all of the fans here in the northeast part of the state.

Lunchtime at Savastano’s, Thursday, brought the usual crowd.

The Chicago style eatery is just a free throw away from the SpiritBank Event Center, the place where Thunder fans will be focused Thursday night.

“Yeah, it’s going to be pretty exciting seeing Durant out there playing, it’s going to be a fun night out there,” said owner Frank Savastano.

Savastano said concerts and games at the event center always bring a crowd, but he expects Thursday night to be special.

“Well, we’re hoping for a good pre-game crowd coming in and hopefully some coming after, too,” he said.

Inside the arena…

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New EMSA Hub Opens In Bixby

Story found on Newson6.com

BIXBY, Oklahoma –

EMSA cut the ribbon on its new facility in Bixby Monday.

It’s a deployment hub, where five ambulances are housed.

Paramedics report to work at the hub, get their ambulance assignment, and then fan out across the south side.

The goal is a faster response in the South Tulsa, Bixby and Jenks areas.

“If you look at the difference in the last ten years, there’s a significant population growth in this area, so hence, with that, of course, the higher 911 call volume,” said John Peterson, with Paramedics Plus.

There’s been a dedicated ambulance service in Bixby since April.

The new hub started stocking and maintaining ambulances for the area last month.

Bridenstine Earns Support from Oklahoma Energy Leaders

Gabe Sherman Friends of Jim Bridenstine
Phone: 918-849-5082
Email Address: media@jimbridenstine.

(Tulsa, OK 10/19/12) Republican Congressional Nominee Jim Bridenstine has earned support from the political action committees (PACs) of many leading energy companies headquartered in Oklahoma or having a major presence within the State. PACs associated with Williams, Magellan Midstream Partners, L.P., WPX Energy, ConocoPhillips, Phillips 66, Samson Investment Company, Chesapeake Energy Corporation and Devon Energy Corporation have all chosen to support Bridenstine’s campaign to become the next Congressman representing Oklahoma’s 1st District.

“The regulatory agenda being advanced by President Obama and his liberal supporters in Congress is having a crippling effect on efforts to move our country toward energy independence,” said Bridenstine. “Instead of expanding domestic energy production and distribution, which would create good paying jobs both in Oklahoma and throughout our nation, this administration continues to block drilling on public lands, block the Keystone Pipeline, misallocate tax dollars to non-viable energy sources, threaten tax increases on domestic energy producers, and demonize oil, gas, and coal. It’s time for a new direction and energy independence.”

“Jim has a sincere interest in learning more about Oklahoma’s energy producers and transportation infrastructure companies,” said Magellan CEO Mike Mears. “He believes in energy independence and understands our nation needs more pipelines to accommodate the increased production of domestic energy.”

LCDR Jim Bridenstine is a veteran combat pilot who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and still flies counter-drug missions in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He is the Republican Nominee for Oklahoma’s First Congressional District. Bridenstine is the former Executive Director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and holds a triple major from Rice University and an MBA from Cornell University. He is also a graduate of Jenks High School.

Carmichael’s Produce Pumpkin Patch

Story by Patricia Santos found on KJRH.com

BIXBY, Okla. – Don Carmichael has been helping Green Country families create memories at his patch for 36-years.

But the recent drought is making it harder to keep up with the growing prices to farm the fall treasures.

“Anytime it’s dry we had several acres that we didn’t plan or water and we lost quite a bit to the drought,” said Carmichael. “You may have a shorter crop, but this year if you didn’t have water you just didn’t make anything.”

Last year it was worse he says.

He’s purchased gourds from other states but last year it was a lot more difficult to get your hands on them.

He estimates he lost about $30,000 on 40 acres that didn’t get enough water.

“A lot of the new…”
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Year of the Reader by Bixby Public Schools

Bixby Public Schools is beginning a reading initiative in our schools where we hope to encourage reading for educational, entertainment, and professional experiences.  It is part of our goal to interact with the community at large with our students in our schools to meet a goal of reading 10,000,000 pages by May 2013.  We are asking students, BPS staff, and members of the community to log their reading on our district website under the Year of the Reader link.  It’s easy to do and very fast!  In an effort to communicate our YOTR program, would you mind sending the link below to all Chamber members.  The link is to the video about the YOTR program.  Thanks!!!


Bixby Golf Tournament to Help Orphaned Children – November 3, 2012 8:30 AM

Child Cancer Survivor is Hosting a Golf Tournament to Build Orphan Homes for Children in Need

Beautiful Love Ministries will be hosting the Beautiful Love Golf Classic on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at White Hawk Golf Course in Bixby, Oklahoma to build orphan homes in Uganda.


Tiffany Smiling, a cancer survivor, founded Beautiful Love Ministries in March of 2012. Tiffany fought brain cancer for six years as a child, and underwent four brain surgeries and radiation treatment at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. Now, at the age of twenty-three, Tiffany wants to empower orphan children, and help them overcome their desperate need through the proceeds raised at the Beautiful Love Golf Classic.


All Proceeds raised through the golf tournament will be donated to build an orphan home is Uganda through Beautiful Love’s partnership with Bless The Children Ministries. Building a home on Bless The Children’s property allows for 25 new orphaned children to be taken out of poverty and into the already established program providing a home, an education, medical help, and each child is invested in spiritually.


The Beautiful Love Golf Classic is a four-person scramble that will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 am. Breakfast is provided by Chick- Fil- A, Panera, and Daylight Donuts. A brisket lunch will be served to all the golfers at the reception following the 18 holes of golf.  The grand prize winners will all receive a Callaway Big Bertha Diablo Driver and a free round of golf. There will be prizes for 2nd and 3rd place teams, and give-aways throughout the morning. Additionally, there will be many other prizes on the course including an opportunity to win a car for a hole-in-one provided by Kevin Grover GMC.


We would love to invite the Tulsa community to join us in a fun morning of golfing while transforming the lives of orphaned children. To register a team or an individual, please visit http://beautifulove.org/golf-classic


About Beautiful Love

Beautiful Love Ministries is a Tulsa based non-profit organization that is passionate about empowering the orphaned children of Uganda. Beautiful Love works with Bless The Children Ministries to build orphan homes on their sustainable village in Mabaale, Uganda. The village currently serves over 200 children and has a farm, school, church, and provides medical help for the children in their programs. Every time Beautiful Love is able to build a home through Bless The Children, 40 more orphaned children are given a home, education, medical help, and are invested in spiritually.


For more information about the Beautiful Love Golf Classic, this story, and event please contact Tiffany Smiling at 918 409-7502 or through email at tiffany.smiling@okstate.edu

BTC Broadband 12th Annual “Bettering the Community” Chili Cook-Off – November 2, 2012 11:30 AM-1:00 PM

November 2, 2012
11:30 AM-1:00 PM
BTC Broadband
11134 South Memorial Drive
Bixby, OK 74008

Friday, November 2, from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM, BTC Broadband will be hosting our 12th Annual “Bettering the Community” Chili Cook-Off, to raise much-needed funds for the United Way and the Bixby Outreach Center.

We hope you will enter! Local chili enthusiasts will be judging your entries, and we also have a People’s Choice Award, so be prepared; everyone who tastes your chili will be judging its flavor!

What you will need to enter:

• $30 entry fee (this will help cover the cost of cups, bowls, napkins, fixings)
• Tent and table ( to serve you chili). BTC will provide the chairs.
• Chili (minimum 1 pot)
• Materials to promote your business

For a $7 donation, the public is invited to come eat and judge the chili. BTC will provide beverages and a large ten with tables and chairs so they can sit while they eat. All proceeds benefit the United Way and the BOC.

Please RSVP no later than October 24, 2012 to Laurie Hendrickson: lhendricson@olp.net or 918-366-0266.
Once again, the Chili Cook-Off will be held on Friday, November 2, from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM at BTC Broadband.

Power of Purpose: Managing Career Transition Workshop – November 10, 2012 9:00 AM-11:00 AM

November 10, 2012
9:00 AM-11:00 AM
Holiday Inn & Suites, 10020 E 81st Street
Tulsa, Oklahoma OK

Nathan Mitchell, founder of Clutch Consulting and Jim Whitt, founder of Purpose Unlimited are teaming up to present Managing Career Transition in Tulsa, Okla. on Saturday, November 10th from 9:00–11:00 a.m

Those who register for the Managing Career Transition program can expect to learn how to discover their Purpose in life, how to identify their unique talents and strengths, how to find a career that fits their Purpose, talents and strengths, how to design a resume that sells them to prospective employers and how to find meaning and fulfillment in their career and life.

The registration fee for the program is $20. All participants will receive a behavioral strengths assessment, a copy of Nathan Mitchell’s book, Turn That Frown Upside Down: Discover Meaning & Fulfillment in the Workplace and a one-on-one career coaching session.

To register go to http://www.PowerOfPurposeInBusiness.com or call (918) 851-7246