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City Proposes Fee Hikes at Golf Course

BY CHARLES BETZLER, HERALD WRITER SAPULPA ­­– Project Manager Mike Russell presented a plan to raise fees at Rock Creek Golf Course to Sapulpa City Council members at the February 5 Study Session. “It’s been quite a while since we looked at golf course fees,” said City Manager Joan Riley. “We’ve done a lot of work […]

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CHARLES BETZLER PHOTO RENDERING SHOWING the proposed New Edge District

City Council Study Session Covers Several Topics

BY CHARLES BETZLER, HERALD WRITER SAPULPA ­­–  The Sapulpa City Council’s Monday night Study Session began with a discussion about the 2023 Christmas Chute. City Manager Joan Riley began the presentation by stating that tax revenue for the City of Sapulpa in December was approximately $225,000 higher than the previous year, which translated into “ a

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CHARLES BETZLER PHOTO SAMANTHA GIVINGS, Requisitioning Officer for the Creek County Health Dept., speaks at the recent Board of County Commissioners meeting

Health Department Obtains Reimbursement Grant

BY CHARLES BETZLER, HERALD WRITER The Creek County Health Department was awarded a $160,000 reimbursement grant to purchase generators at the Sapulpa and Bristow locations. The grant is part of the ELC (Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases) funding program. According to the Centers for Disease  Control and Prevention website: 

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BOCC Awards Bid for Phase1 Sheriff/EOC building

BY CHARLES BETZLER, HERALD WRITER SAPULPA ­­–  At their weekly meeting on Monday, the Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to award Bid #24-10, Creek County Sheriff EOC Phase I, per recommendations of BKL Engineering, to Magnum Construction Inc., for $1,535,000 and to authorize the Creek County Public Facilities Trust to pay for the stated cost

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CHARLES BETZLER PHOTO Applicant BART C. JAMES addresses the BOCC, standing beside him left to right, are property buyer Fransico Castaneda and builder Roger Ortiz.

Applicant Withdraws Hotly Contested Rezoning Request

BY CHARLES BETZLER, HERALD WRITER SAPULPA ­­–  Bart C. James went before the Board of County Commissioners at their last meeting to plead his case for a rezoning request to develop a residential subdivision “Hilltop Estates,” consisting of 13 tracts on 40 acres, located at 39266 W. 141st St. S. in Bristow. This item was tabled

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CHARLES BETZLER PHOTO REX WHITETREE joins Brenda Smith at Green Hill.

Longtime Sapulpa Mortician Joins Greenhill Staff

BY CHARLES BETZLER, HERALD PUBLISHER SAPULPA –– Brenda Smith, Operations Manager for Green Hills Funeral Home announced Monday that Rex Whitetree has left Smith Funeral Home and is now part of the team at Green Hill. Speaking about the addition of Whitetree to the staff, Brenda Smith said, “He left the corporate-owned Smith Funeral Home and came to

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CHARLES BETZLER PHOTO Bond attorney NATHAN ELLIS, at the podium, appears perturbed by Dr. Elaine Geerdes’ interruption.

BOCC Approves Issuance of School Bonds

BY CHARLES BETZLER, HERALD WRITER SAPULPA ­­– At their weekly meeting on Monday, the Board of County Commissioners unanimously  voted to sign Resolution #2024-17, “Board of County Commissioners of Creek County, Oklahoma (the “County”) approving the incurrence of indebtedness by the Creek County Educational Facilities Authority (the “Authority”) issuing its Educational Facilities Lease Revenue Bonds, Series 2024

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CHARLES BETZLER PHOTO WENDY MURRAY, Creek County Planning Director, speaking at Wednesday’s BOCC meeting

BOCC Approves Several Rezoning Requests, Tables Controversial Rezoning

BY CHARLES BETZLER, HERALD WRITER SAPULPA ­­– At their weekly meeting that was rescheduled for Wednesday, the Board of County Commissioners voted to sign Resolution #2024-10, approving the rezoning requested by James Barnett.  The Creek County Planning Commission unanimously recommended approval on January 6.  The property, located at 16606 West King Street, Sapulpa, is being rezoned

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CHARLES BETZLER PHOTO HERALD SQUARE in DOWNTOWN SAPULPA

From Herald Building to Herald Square

BY CHARLES BETZLER, HERALD WRITER SAPULPA –– The building that housed the Sapulpa Herald for over a century was razed in 2022, as part of the Downtown Master Plan. Now, 16 South Park is part of the Phase 2 Alleyway Project. According to Chamber President Janet Birnie, apparently, the open area was named Herald Square by

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CHARLES BETZLER PHOTO SAPULPA MAYOR CRAIG HENDERSON speaking about The State of the City on Thursday.

Mayor Speaks at Joint Civic

BY CHARLES BETZLER, HERALD WRITER SAPULPA ­­– Sapulpa’s distinguished mayor, The Honorable Craig Henderson spoke to a packed house comprised of members of the city’s leading civic organizations, and community leaders at First United Bank, on Thursday, January 16. Mayor Henderson began his State of the City address by speaking about the Christmas Chute: “One thing

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