Discover Bixby – November 15, 2011 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Free Partner Event

Leaving from SpiritBank Event Center
10441 South Regal Boulevard

Join the Mayor of Bixby, Ray Bowen, the Economic Development Director, Trish Richey, along with Bixby Historian, Linda Boles as you discover one of Oklahoma’s fastest growing cities.

Learn about upcoming developments as well as the current location of our school systems, Kimberly Clark and some of our larger employers. You will also visit the new residential community, River’s Edge by Magnolia Homes.

The Bixby Historical Society will share the history of Bixby as well as point out historical landmarks and upcoming

Discover Bixby is a Free Chamber Partner Benefit – Space is Limited

Tuesday, November 15th
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Leaving from the SpiritBank Event Center
10441 South Regal Blvd

Premier Sponsor
Bixby Metro Chamber of Commerce Sponsor

Lunch Sponsor
Food Sponsor

For information or to reserve attendance, contact the Chamber by emailing or by calling

RSU Public TV Features Bixby Students

RSU Public Television will broadcast the premier of the brand new, locally produced game show series “I Want Answers!” beginning Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 8:00 p.m.

“The show highlights Green Country schools and communities, and enhances relationships between RSU, area high schools and surrounding communities,” said Dan Schiedel, general manager of RSU Public Television.

In an effort to create an innovative, fun and challenging competition for Northeast Oklahoma high school students, “I Want Answers!” is a weekly half-hour game show that showcases the academic prowess of Green Country high school students.  But this isn’t your typical game show. “I Want Answers!” brings odd challenges that highlight everything from a student’s singing and dancing skills, to ability to do complex math equations, spell words backwards, and other tricky physical and mental tasks.

“With the creation of ‘I Want Answers!’ we hope to not only broaden our viewership, but also bring education in Green Country to the forefront,” said John Pruner, producer for RSU Public TV. “It seems that in these tough economic times, education has taken the backseat. We can’t allow that to happen.”

Sixteen schools were chosen from the submission pool via a random lottery to ensure every school had an equal opportunity to participate. Those chosen include high schools from Bartlesville, Bixby…

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New Transit Plan Includes Bixby

Story by Josh Burton found on

The future development of public transportation in the greater Tulsa metro area has been approved by a local agency, with the idea of implementing a plan within the next few years.

When all is completed, cities such as Owasso and Bixby will be linked so a person could travel from one to the other without driving.

The Foundation Plan calls for 70 total miles of public transportation, including 14 miles of circular routes, 42 miles of urban routes and 14 miles of commuter routes.

The cities of Owasso, Catoosa, Broken Arrow, Bixby, Jenks, Sapulpa and Sand Springs would all be linked together once the system is fully operational.

The Indian Nations Council of Governments revealed the plan to the general public Friday, Oct. 14, and plans to have the new system operational in stages.

Viplav Putta, transportation manager for INCOG, said this updated plan would take about 25 years to fully implement.

“The plan talks about several corridors that have been identified,” he said.

Of those, 16 of the 25 corridors would be high-capacity, which would include Owasso and Broken Arrow to Tulsa, Sapulpa and San Springs to Tulsa, along with Bixby and Jenks to Tulsa, Putta said. All these would be considered commuter routes.

Most of that would…

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State Sales Tax Debate

Story by Randy Krehbiel found on

Eliminating the state’s personal income tax will not guarantee greater economic activity and could be detrimental, three business development officials – including former Oklahoma House Speaker Chris Benge and former state Treasurer Scott Meacham – told a legislative task force Thursday.

Meeting in a conference room at the SpiritBank Event Center, the Task Force on Comprehensive Tax Reform was told that any effort to eliminate or drastically reduce the state personal income tax should be revenue neutral and should not involve shifting the tax burden elsewhere, such as to business and property taxes.

“I can’t sit here and say having no income tax, having low property tax, whatever, is going to make a big difference,” said Ardmore Chamber of Commerce President Wes Stucky. “We have to have a state that’s known for excellence.”

Benge and Meacham were similarly cautious about eliminating the personal income tax, which accounts for roughly half the state’s operating revenue.

Benge, now the Tulsa Metro Chamber’s senior vice president for government affairs, said the argument for lower tax rates “could have some merit,” but he urged state leaders to “consider the effect on core government services.”

“If our ability to educate and train employees for a 21st century economy is damaged through lack of funding, if we can’t maintain our roads and bridges, strong health care system, robust research and technology infrastructure, safe streets, etc., then the benefits of a reduction in the income tax rates may be limited.”

Meacham, now a lawyer in Oklahoma City and a director of the State Chamber, said the notion that states without personal income taxes – such as Texas – have a big advantage in attracting new business is largely illusory.

Texas, Meacham said…

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Bixby Education Foundation Reaches Out

Story by Kelsy Lorin Taylor found on

The Bixby Education Endowment Foundation has reached out to teachers and students for more than 26 years. With the dedication of volunteers and board members, Classroom Teacher Grants and college scholarships have made a difference in the high school and college classroom.

Since 2001, $475,000 in Classroom Teacher Grants has been awarded to teachers throughout the Bixby School District. The purpose of the grants is to fund creative and innovative projects that support the approach that teachers take in introducing curriculum.

Through the grants, students have been provided with Smart Boards and Net Books for the classroom, a grand piano in the auditorium, synthesizers in the band room and a kiln for art classes. “Among many other items for students, the grants have also funded anatomy models and DNA equipment for the science labs,” notes Foundation President Jayne Bowen.

These grants are very important for the teachers and students since they supplement what the schools cannot provide. “Most of the projects are individualized by the teachers and the schools support but do not fund them.”

This November, the Classroom Teacher Grants will be awarded. “It is so nice to give the checks to teachers in their classrooms. Students are always very excited and the teachers immediately begin to plan their projects,” says Bowen.

The foundation has…

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Autumn Leaves Grand Opening – November 10, 2011 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Autumn Leaves of Tulsa
7807 South Mingo Road
Tulsa, OK 74133
Thursday, November 10, 2011
4:00 to 7:00 PM

Grand Opening Celebration
Autumn Leaves
Alzheimer’s & Memory Care
Assisted Living • Respite • Day Stay

Please RSVP to Community Relations Director, April Bradford at (918) 249-1300 or

October 2011 Ribbon Cuttings

Bixby Metro Chamber of Commerce Event
….. Ribbon CuttingRebecca Manzer
PO Box  682
Skiatook, OK 74070
(918) 396-4747
October 6, 2011  

Certified Carpet Cleaning & Restoration is a fully insured, certified firm specializing in both residential and commercial properties such as schools, churches, hotels, resorts, health care facilities, business and manufacturing companies, and transportation providers.


Bixby Metro Chamber of Commerce Event ….. Ribbon CuttingRyan McAdams
10114 South Sheridan
Tulsa, OK 74133
(918) 299-7623
October 13, 2011  

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory provides South Tulsa & Bixby with a variety of chocolates and confections such as caramel apples, fudge, and truffles. They also offer customized corporate gifts & treats for all occasions.








Bixby High School Cappella Choir Needs Your Vote

Story by Connie Coleman Choir Director found on

The BHS Cappella Choir has been working hard for the past three weeks on a project sponsored by the television show, “Glee”, Fox Network and NAfME: National Association for Music Educators (formerly MENC).  The project is to award $1 million dollars to several schools across the country in an online voting contest.  To observe the Cappella Choir and other choirs from the state of Oklahoma and around the country, log on to; there you can find Bixby HS.  You are allowed to vote each day, but only one vote per IP address.  Therefore, we are asking that you please spread the word to vote for BHS Choir daily, but from some IP address other than  This is so…

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Bixby Fire Department Goes Pink

Story by Jo-Ann Jennings found on

Bixby Chief of Police Ike Shirley said that police officers need to be in uniform and therefore will not be wearing pink T-shirts while on duty, but they are wearing pink bracelets to support efforts to raise money for cancer research during October, Cancer Awareness Month.

Anyone passing the dispatch office in City Hall will also see that the police department is proudly displaying their support with a huge pink ribbon and a string of pink lights.

Ryan King of the Bixby Fire Department showed the Bixby Bulletin the pink T-shirts the firemen/woman will be not only wearing but selling for $10 each, beginning October 17. It has not been decided yet to which cancer foundation the proceeds will be donated.