New Owner Takes Over Duke’s Southern Kitchen

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Jessica Salazar, a veteran of several Tulsa restaurants, has purchased Duke’s Southern Kitchen in Bixby.

Salazar bought the year-old restaurant from Tim Baker, who still operates the Brasserie and Sonoma Bistro & Wine Bar in Brookside.

Salazar, who has worked for Charleston’s and Garlic Rose, among others, said she plans no major changes for now.

“We are looking to add a little more variety to the menu, but it mostly is going to stay the same,” Salazar said “We have the same staff, the same menu and everything is going well.

“We are working on plans to…”

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Jessica Salazar, a veteran of several Tulsa restaurants, has purchased Duke’s Southern Kitchen in Bixby.

Salazar bought the year-old restaurant from Tim Baker, who still operates the Brasserie and Sonoma Bistro & Wine Bar in Brookside.

Salazar, who has worked for Charleston’s and Garlic Rose, among others, said she plans no major changes for now.

“We are looking to add a little more variety to the menu, but it mostly is going to stay the same,” Salazar said “We have the same staff, the same menu and everything is going well.

Local Business Owner Profits from SBA Program

Story by Laurie Winslow found on TulsaWorld.com
Last year, Stone Mill Inc. doubled its sales and hired more employees.

Susan Spring, co-owner of the Bixby-based business that manufactures concrete products that look and feel like natural stone, attributes a special program offered through the U.S. Small Business Administration with helping the company develop a three-year strategic growth plan that already has yielded tangible results.

“I would highly recommend the program. … Any small-business owner should jump at the chance to take that class,” she said.

Tulsa is one of 10 Native American communities that has been selected again as a site for the 2012 e200/Emerging Leaders training initiative, which helps urban small-business owners and Native American communities sustain and grow their businesses. Seventeen other urban markets also will be participating in the program

The eight-month program includes about 100 hours of classroom time per participant and provides the opportunity for small-business owners to work with experienced mentors, attend workshops and develop connections with their peers, city leaders and financial communities.

“It’s been over a year since graduating from the 2010 e200 class,” Spring said. “Since last year, we’ve doubled our sales, hired one full-time employee and three part-time employees and started an installation crew that we have been able to keep employed throughout the year.”

Last year’s sales totaled…

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Bixby Amnesty Program Results

Story by Robert Garrison found on NewsOn6.com

The City of Bixby has ended its amnesty period that began February 6, 2012, and collected more than $8,000.

During the two week program, citizens with outstanding warrants or unpaid fines were encouraged to contact the city clerk to make arraignments without penalties.

The city collected $8,631, and forgave $5,396 of the $641,316 in outstanding fines due. The city was able to clear only about 2 percent of total fines and warrants issued.

Now that the program has ended, those with outstanding warrants will be subject to arrest and if a fine is owed, they will be turned over to a collection agency.

This was the first time the city has conducted an amnesty program.

Superintendent Kyle Wood Criticizes State’s EOI Grad Standards

Story by Steven James found on BixbyBulletin.com

More than 95 percent of Bixby High School’s seniors are on track to graduate based on their scores in the Achieving Classroom Excellence End-of-Instruction tests, Superintendent Kyle Wood told school board members Monday.

A few of the rest, however, are in danger of not receiving a diploma because of circumstances that are hindering them from fitting what Wood called the “cookie-cutter” approach of the ACE EOI standards.

“The expectation that has been placed on kids today is much different than it was when we were in high school,” Wood said, when students merely had to make a passing grade in a required number of classes.

Students in the Class of 2012 are the first who will have to score advanced or proficient on four out of seven EOI tests to graduate.

Identifying at-risk students by numbers instead of names, Wood explained some of the extenuating circumstances that have hindered some students’ test performance: physical abuse, drug abuse by parents, abandonment, multiple medical issues, changing schools frequently, even homelessness.

Wood said the ACE EOI requirements…

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Town Hall Meeting Hosted by Representative John Sullivan – February 22, 2012 6:00 PM

U.S. Representative John Sullivan
Dear Friends,

I wanted to tell you about an upcoming town hall meeting that I will be hosting next week. This event is open to the public and you and your families are encouraged to attend. Here are the details:

Wednesday, February 22nd at 6:00 PM
Rivercrest Event Center
13329 South Memorial Drive
Bixby, OK 74008

Town hall meetings like this give me a great opportunity to hear directly from you, my constituents. So many of the best ideas come from you and I want to give you all a chance to have your voices heard.

I look forward to seeing you next week.

 

Sincerely,


Representative John Sullivan

Bixby Legacy Run – April 14, 2012 8:00 AM

Race Info

1/2 Marathon (13.1 miles) – Start time 8am – $50 Early Bird Entry Fee (Price goes up to $65 on April 1)

5K (3.1 miles) – Start time – 9am – $30 Entry Entry Fee  (Price goes up to $65 on April 1)

One Mile Fun Run – Start Time – 10:30am $5 Entry Fee  (Price goes up to $35 on April 1)

Course Maps

Click here to view both the Half marathon course as well as the 5K course

Click here for full information on event.


Bixby Masonic Lodge Flapjack Fund-Raiser – February 15, 2012 7:45 AM to 9:00 AM

Applebee’s
10461 South Memorial Drive
Saturday, March 24, 2012
7:00 – 10:00 AM

Story by Staff Reports from BixbyBulletin.com

Bixby Masonic Lodge #359 is sponsoring e a Flapjack breakfast fund-raiser at Applebee’s restaurant, 10461 S. Memorial Dr, on Saturday, March 24, 2012, 7-10 a.m.  The funds raised will be used for needed improvements to the lodge.  Tickets are now available for purchase. Call Randy Graham at (918) 812-4483, or Willis Harris at (918) 492-4549, or any lodge officer.  Tickets are available at the door also.  For adults, $7/person, and $3.50/under 10.

$7

Bixby City Council Meetings Relocate

Story by Staff Reports from BixbyBulletin.com

Beginning Monday, Feb. 13, 2012,  Bixby City Council meetings normally held in Council Chambers will be temporarily relocated to the Municipal Courtroom. The change is necessary to accommodate needed structural improvements and associated renovation at City Hall to meet building code requirements and better serve the citizens of Bixby.

Local broadcasting on television channel 24, including coverage of City Council meetings, will be interrupted during this renovation period and resume upon completion in approximately two months.

Bixby City Council Meetings will continue to be held at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month.

We apologize for any inconvenience during this renovation and look forward to a return to our normal quarters and broadcasts.

Chili Luncheon Hosted by Bixby Firefighters – February 17, 2012 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Bixby Fire Station 2
8300 E 121st Street
Friday, February 17th
11:00 – 1:00 PM

The Bixby Firefighters Local 2651 would like to invite all of our friends, family and business associates to Station 2 on Friday, February 17th to enjoy some Firefighter Chili and all the fixings’. Bring the whole family and enjoy a lunch with our local Firefighters. Donations will be accepted as all proceeds will go toward the MDA Muscle Walk. The luncheon will be held at Station 2 (8300 E 121st Street) from 11:00 – 1:00.

• Please RSVP by calling (918) 366-0402

City of Bixby Begins Amnesty Program

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The City of Bixby has started a Municipal Warrant Amnesty Program that runs through Friday, February 17. The amnesty program allows defendants who owe the city money a chance to clear their cases without being arrested or paying additional late fees and court costs.

The delinquent fines include unpaid tickets, citations for failing to appear, and charges upon which the defendant has been found guilty, granted time to pay fines and costs, but are now past due.

Any person with an outstanding Bixby municipal warrant may voluntarily appear before the Bixby Municipal Court Clerk during regular business hours without being subject to arrest. Payment of outstanding fines may be made at the cashier’s window at City Hall in the Bixby Municipal Building, at 116 West Needles Avenue.

Payments can be made by cash, money order, cashier check, or by credit/debit card. No personal checks will be accepted.