Bixby is Growing Fast

Story by Richard Dowdell of KRMG.com

The recently released 2010 Census counts contain some very interesting information, confirming the city of Bixby’s reputation as a very high growth community with a very positive demographic, says Trish Richey, the City of Bixby’s Economic Development Director. “These facts, along with our high quality of schools, status as a very safe community with a stable, progressive government, a strong chamber of commerce, and very attractive quality of life, continue to make Bixby a top choice for people and businesses looking to relocate to the Tulsa metro area, “  Richey said.

Citing data produced through last year’s decennial census process, combined with result of other research and analysis, Richey has assembled an impressive listing of facts and figures which help her and other City officials communicate to people who may not be familiar with our community why they should consider relocating their home or business to Bixby:

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Bixby Choir Earns Coveted Award

Story by Bixby Bulletin www.BixbyBulletin.com

Twenty-five students of the Bixby High School Choir attended a competition in San Antonio over spring break.  They performed against other choirs from Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas,  Their performance of the upcoming OSSAA State Choir Contest pieces earned them a superior rating from each judge.  The judges then elected the BHS Choir to receive the Adjudicator’s Award for the Outstanding Choral Group.  These awards are indicative of the amount of work and talent the students put into this competition.

The choir received these awards at an Awards Ceremony attended by bands, choirs, orchestras, jazz bands, show choirs and drill teams.  While the BHS Choir took first place in their division, the most coveted award of the evening was also presented to the BHS Choir.  The Spirit of San Antonio Award was presented to the school who best represents its community and School at the 2011 San Antonio Heritage Music Festival.  This award represents the character and fine sportsmanship of the BHS Choir students.  They were cordial to students and directors from other schools, openly accepted praise and critique from the festival judges and directors.  This is a testament to the students and their parents.

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Bixby Kids for Christ Give to Community

Story by Bixby Bulletin http://www.bixbybulletin.com

Bixby Kids & Teens for Christ will be giving away Bibles to every child that comes to club during the week of March 29 and 30.  Bixby Kids for Christ clubs meet at all of the Bixby schools except for Bixby High School.  The Bibles that will be given away are complete full size Bibles in the NIV translation.

The clubs meet at the following times:  Bixby North – Tuesday mornings at 7:35 a.m. in the gym.  North 4/5/6 meets at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesdays in their gym.  Bixby Middle School meets at 2:40 p.m. on Tuesdays in the BMS cafeteria.  Central and Brassfield meet in their gyms on Wednesdays at 8 a.m.

Bixby Kids for Christ raised the money for the Bibles through donations.  They received so many generous donations that they will be providing Bibles to go with the Easter baskets that the Bixby Community Outreach Center gives away this Easter.

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Bixby Basketball Coach’s Amazing Story

Story by  Bill Haisten of Tulsa World www.tulsaworld.com

Jay Bittle is like any other coach. He’s competitive. He wants his team to play smart, flawless basketball and he wants to win every game.

But when mistakes and defeats occur, Bittle isn’t as stressed as he might have been five years ago – when he dealt with and overcame a life-threatening condition.

“When you face death and then somehow get lucky, it makes you appreciate the sunrise and the sunset, and everything in between,” said Bittle, an assistant with the Bixby High School boys’ basketball team.

The sun set on Bixby’s season with Thursday’s 52-41, Class 6A state quarterfinal loss to top-ranked Edmond Memorial.

Nothing is better than watching your children play ball, and Bittle watched his son Jacob, a 6-foot-4 Spartan guard, play well during a 15-point performance.

“Jacob has been a joy to coach,” Jay Bittle said. “He’s a good boy.”

Bittle also has savored the athletic endeavors of two daughters – 19-year-old Breeann and 10-year-old Maddie – and more years with his wife Sherry, a Glenpool native.

“When I first laid my eyes on her, I thought, ‘That’s her, man,’ ” Bittle said. “It only took me six years to convince her that I was the one for her.”

Bittle is coaching basketball in 2011 because he survived
a dangerous surgery in 2006. He’s a big guy at 6-5. When he lost 40 pounds, had persistent headaches and became lethargic over a period of several months, a benign tumor was discovered.

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Bixby Rotary Update

Story by Bixby Bulletin http://www.bixbybulletin.com

Don Thornton, guest speaker March 8 at the weekly meeting of the Bixby Rotary Club says everyone has squandered opportunity when not having told family and loved ones how much they are cared about. Thornton is well known as a leader in car sales and is deeply involved in the community by serving on the boards of both Hillcrest Medical Center and the Thornton Family YMCA. He also served on the Oklahoma Motor Vehicle Commission in Oklahoma City and is past chairman of the Oklahoma Automobile Dealers Association. In 1998 he was honored by Time Magazine as one of the Top 10 automobile dealers in US. Thornton is an example of the speakers the Bixby Rotary hosts each Tuesday at Michael V’s at 11:30 a.m.

Volunteers Needed for BBQ Duties

This years BBQ N Music Festival needs volunteers for Friday, May 6, 5-11 p.m. and Saturday, May 7,10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. for ticket sales, information booth, beer sales (must be at least 21-years old) and the sign-in booth.

To volunteer please e-mail Lavele Frantz at: nbchfan@aol.com with volunteer’s name, e-mail address, time(s) available to volunteer, preferred location, and any limitations.

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REI Workshop: Entrepreneurship 101

This free workshop takes you through many steps of business ownership.  You will learn types of business structures and advantages of each; what permits and licenses are required and how to obtain them; and reporting procedures for taxes.

Writing a business plan can seem a monumental task.  Participants will learn what goes in a plan, how to present the plan and how this plan can help get a business off the ground and growing.

Every business must market its products or services.  This workshop will give ideas on how to market without overextending the marketing budget.  Websites, social media, personal networking, and relationship building will be presented to help market your business.

Wednesday, March 30th

Charles Page Library
551 East 4th
Sand Springs, OK

8:30 AM to 12:00 PM

 

Register Online at www.ruralenterprises.com or call 1-800-658-2823

Bixby YMCA Shows Intent to Join YMCA of Greater Tulsa

Story by Bixby Bulletin www.bixbybulletin.com

The YMCA of Greater Tulsa (www.ymcatulsa.org) and Daily Family YMCA in Bixby announce they have signed a letter of intent for the Daily Family Y to become part of the YMCA of Greater Tulsa. This positive change brings added privileges and benefits to Bixby YMCA members.  As part of a larger YMCA association, you will be able to take advantage of the YMCA of Greater Tulsa’s numerous programs at 9 additional YMCAs. This includes 7 membership facilities, and a resident camp on Lake Fort Gibson.

The Tulsa Y has been serving the Tulsa area since 1909; the Daily Family Y has been in operation since 1984. Both organizations look forward to strengthening the Y’s offerings throughout the region.

“A needs assessment and survey of Bixby-area residents told the Daily Family Y and the Greater Tulsa Y that the community of Bixby wanted more access to programs and services; with this move, we are giving that to them,” says Mark Messer,  member of the Bixby Board of Directors. “We looked at different partnership options to strengthen both Ys moving forward, and joining together made the most sense for everyone.”

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