Bixby Mourns Passing of Owners of Scott’s Hamburgers

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Bixby know if you want a great burger, head to Scott’s Hamburgers.

Generations of Bixby residents have enjoyed items like the Big Hoss with cheese, tator tots and tea.

However, right now the restaurant is dark.

Sadly, Kenny and Glenda Simmons, the longtime owners of Scott’s, passed away on Wednesday.

Jim Kirkpatrick owns a printing business down the street from Scott’s.

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Exclusive peek inside new Reasor’s store in Bixby

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TULSA, Okla. —

The Tulsa area’s newest, most modern grocery store will open its doors Wednesday in Bixby.

Reasor’s stores owner Jeff Reasor gave KRMG an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the new store a week before it opens near the intersection of S. Memorial and E. 111st St.

He noted the unique design elements of the store, which he says are geared to appeal to his largely female clientele.

“The ladies are going to pick up on the textures and the colors and the angles. Eighty percent of my customers are women, so we’re trying to really tailor the store for them.”

Among other amenities, the store features a place to sit and enjoy the fresh-cooked deli offerings, sushi, baked goods and other items available in the restaurant area of the store.

The market also features two “education centers,” basically cooking stations which will be manned by trained chefs seven days a week.

The chefs will teach quick, easy techniques to customers as a way to encourage them to broaden their horizons and do more home cooking and to help increase his sales.

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Bixby Police Department Renovation

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BIXBY – The city’s police officers will have room to stretch their legs when the Police Department moves to a recently renovated floor of City Hall later this year.

The second-floor renovation of the building at 116 W. Needles Ave. gives the department about 50 percent more floor space, Police Chief Ike Shirley said.

Officers are sharing the first floor with city personnel, communications personnel, the city jail and a fire station, and they often sit two or more to an office, he said.

“This will be kind of a morale boost to our officers,” Shirley said. “It’s kind of difficult to do our jobs right now with the facilities we have. We’ve got very cramped quarters.”

Funded by part of a $10 million bond proposal from 2011, the renovation reinforced the two-story building’s walls to ensure structural integrity, particularly on the top floor.

It also expanded restrooms and included cosmetic updates for the second floor as well as the downstairs City Council Chamber and municipal courtroom.

City Council meetings have been held in an alternate room during the renovation.

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Rites held for ‘Mr. Bixby,’ Bill Pittman

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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.

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New EMSA Hub Opens In Bixby

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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

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(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

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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.

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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 to Get a Sprouts Farmers Market Next Year

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Sprouts Farmers Market will open its third Oklahoma location in Bixby next spring. The Bixby store will be located on the southeast corner of East 101st Street and South Memorial.

The Arizona-based business specializes in natural and organic foods.

The other two Sprouts Farmers Markets are located in Oklahoma City and Edmond.

Sprouts Farmers Market says it is ranked number 1 as the fastest growing retailer in the U.S. according to a publication of the National Retail Federation.

The store is set to open in May, 2013.