Ponca City Information
Ponca City History
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1989 — According to Jerald Stone, General Manager of Post-Newsweek Cable, construction of a new cable television plant had been completed throughout Ponca City, and a new channel line-up would become effective January 8. There were three new channels added to the 50- station line-up.
Barry Sanders helped OSU win the Holiday Bowl and native Oklahoman, Troy Aikman, assisted his team, UCLA, in defeating Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl.
On January 6, Conoco and the OCAW Local 5-857 settled a ten-month dispute. Also in January, Conoco announced that state-of-the-art operations control equipment was in place at the refinery here as the first phase of computer-enhanced instrumentation. The company also dedicated a new 32,000 square foot corporate aviation terminal at the Ponca City Municipal Airport.
A proposal on the Jan. 31 city election ballot was to change the city charter so that the city commission would be responsible for not rehiring department heads, instead of just the mayor having that prerogative. City voters rejected the change.
At the annual Chamber banquet, C. Richard “Dick” Pitts received the Outstanding Citizen award, and Smith International was honored as the Industry of the Year.
Captain Vernon Dolby became the new commander of the Salvation Army in Ponca City.
Conoco refinery manager Dennis Parker announced that process design and engineering had been completed for pumping and treatment equipment, a key step in the program to lower the groundwater table in a south Ponca City neighborhood.
Bill Clifford of Edmond became the first economic development executive for Ponca City.
Po-Hi wrestlers crowned two champions, three runners-up, and three third places, winning the regional title in February.
Kay County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a county-wide “Adopt-A-Road” program, the first county in the state to do so.
City Commissioners unanimously approved the purchase of the old Dollar Saver store at 319 W. Grand for a Senior Citizens Center.
More than 70 high school juniors from four states were in Ponca City for the 3rd annual Rotary Youth Leadership Awards at the Marland Mansion Conference Center.
The 45th annual Conoco Invitational AAU Basketball Tournament opened and three former stars, Leonard Kelley, Major Wilson and Darwin Phillips were added to the AAU Hall of Fame.
Robyn Monn of Ponca City was crowned 1989 Junior Miss of Oklahoma.
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