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Ponca City History
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1993 — The Chamber of Commerce centennial celebration banquet featured several dignitaries.
Dennis Parker, Conoco vice president and refinery manager was the incoming Chamber Chairman. Rob McKee, Conoco executive vice president and Dupont senior vice president was the featured speaker. Chuck Westerheide was the outgoing Chamber chairman.
Larry Buck was honored as Outstanding Citizen. Air Systems Components won the Large Industry Appreciation Award. Pelton Company won the Small Industry honor. J.D. Nash received the Ambassador of the Year Award.
William McCracken, chairman of Ponca City High School’s science department, received a $5000 donation from Conoco’s Burnaway filter aid research team, part of a DuPont
Environmental Excellence Award that the team had received. McCracken noted that the contribution would enable his environmental studies classes to conduct a wider variety of experiments.
When workers from Welborn Electric and Williams Automatic Sprinkler opened up the balcony floor at the Poncan Theatre to proceed with installations, they discovered three large stained glass “rose windows.” that had originally been in the overhang ceiling area at the back of the auditorium. They were three feet in diameter, with green and gold leaded glass depicting the French fleur-de-lis pattern seen in the Poncan’s plaster borders and echoing the shape of the large rotunda dome.
Bud’s Warehouse Outlet, a division of Wal-Mart, moved into the vacant Wal-Mart building on North 14th next to United Supermarket.
Six people filed to run for three Board of Education slots. Andrea Morriss and Boyd Anderson filed for seat 1. Karen Branum, Durita Daniel and Karen Shiflet were vying for seat 5, and Chris Hand was unopposed for seat 6.
On Feb. 13,
the Poncan hosted a community telethon from 10 a.m. to
10 p.m. The telethon was broadcast on Cable, and
simulcast on WBBZ. Jerry Webber, Channel 2 TV newsman
and former Ponca Citian, was emcee. WBBZ employees
commemorated the station’s first broadcast, which had
been on the theater’s stage in1927. Dave May and Joe
Anderson were emcees for the morning events. KPNC, KLOR,
and KIXR radio stations also participated.
The First Christian Church choir was first on the program, followed by the library Children’s Story, an Old Fashioned Radio Show featuring WBBZ employees, ventriloquists, woodwind ensemble, and a puppeteer. That afternoon included the Zen Okies acoustic band, St. John’s Baptist Church choir, a video of the Po-Hi Highsteppers, Ponca Tribal dancing, Les Gilliam, and PoHi speech students reenacting the Lincoln/Douglas debates. Spectators and viewers at home also heard Cynthia Crowe, country singer, followed by Lyda Rose Maze clog dancing. Po-Hi string quartet and the Civic Orchestra Brass Ensemble performed. The Sweet Adelines, Ponca Playhouse, with a tap dance number from “Nunsense, and square dancers wrapped up the afternoon. The Ponca City Humane Society brought puppies to show on the telethon. The River Rats Dixieland Jazz Band from Branson entertained that evening. Listeners in the community called in pledges on the air. Many people came to the theatre, enjoyed the acts in person, and made pledges. The telethon raised over $26,000 for the theatre.
John Shiflet III and Daamon Bintz, Po-Hi students, were selected to attend the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington D.C. in March.
Fire Chief Randy Baldridge submitted his resignation to accept a position in Casa Grande, Arizona.
Commissioner Jerald Stone presented a letter of resignation, effective May 3rd.
Andrea Morriss and Karen Shiflet were elected as new members of the Board of Education.
Federal agents raided three Indian gambling operations and confiscated electronic machines. Warrants were served at Diane’s Smoke Shop, State Line Smoke Shop, and White Eagle Badlands Casino.
The East Junior High Mathcounts team placed first at the regional competition in Enid. Students on the team included Matt Szabo, Peter Shultz, Jeff Burch, Mark Dubois with Coach Gale Mueller.
WBBZ Radio received three awards from the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters. Phil Turney, news and sports director, received the award for outstanding newscast.
Production manager Dave May and general manager Kathy Adams accepted awards for best radio station image promotion and best public service announcement.
Patti Robinson was hired as the executive director of the Marland Estate. She came from Stillwater, where she was director of the Visitors and Special Events Bureau.
Mayor Andrews unveiled the restored statue of Lydie Marland on February 21 in the front lobby of the Marland Mansion.
The Lady Wildcats won the Frontier Conference basketball championship over Tulsa Union in February.
The Fire Fighters union reached an agreement on a new contract with the city, ratifying the 1992-93 labor proposal with an overwhelming vote. The proposal included a 4% raise.
In February, the stained glass window on the front of the Poncan Theatre was removed so that the old air conditioning system could be taken out and the new one could be hoisted into the building. Sober Brothers provided the truck hoist and Stolhand Heating and Air installed the new unit. According to Jo Ann Muchmore, executive director, this installation completed Phase I, which was the mechanical part of the restoration.
Ponca City was honored with a citation for outstanding pedestrian accident record. The city had a record of no pedestrian deaths in the last nine years.
Po-Hi wrestlers Marc Hodgson, Milfay Burton, Anthony Miller, Mike Strassle, and Rick Ivie qualified for the state tournament in Stillwater. Burton was named the Outstanding Wrestler in the Frontier conference by league coaches. He and Mike Strassle were selected by league coaches for the All-Conference Team.
The cast of “Nunsense” was selected to compete in Octafest 93, the statewide theater competition sponsored by the Oklahoma Theatre Association. The cast of five actresses who portrayed the “Little Sisters of Hoboken” were T.L. Walker, Linda Cowley, Annette Hunt, Deena Owen, and Iris Ballou.
WBBZ Radio began a new program series, “Centennial Highlights.” The shows began in the 1890s and proceeded through the early years of the century. Kathy Adams, general manager, did the research for the programs, and Dave May wrote the scripts.
Express Personnel Services opened on North 14th.
The Board of Kay County commissioners approved a resolution prohibiting the landing of airplanes on county roads.
The city sold three acres of property on North Ash to Sun Manufacturing. The California company planned to build a satellite center.
Assistant Fire Chief Charles Hindes was named Interim Fire Chief.
In March, Commissioner Gary Gibson announced that he would not seek re-election.
On March 1, Conoco completed its organizational alignment process for its downstream businesses, resulting in a reduction of 296 positions, 104 of which were based in Ponca City.
Under the banner of “Cable in the Classroom,” Post-Newsweek Cable and cable programmers joined to make commercial-free educational programming available to schools, free of charge. The first installations were at Ponca City High School and West Junior High.
Dick Bird announced his intention to seek the City Commission post being vacated by Gerald Stone, who was resigning. The term was for one year. Hubert Watts filed for reelection. Bill McCann filed for the position held by Gary Gibson.
St. Joseph Regional Medical Center re-opened their “Under the Rainbow” unit, offering free day care for children who were ill or recuperating from an operation.
Jay Rolland, Po-Hi sophomore, attended the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C. An honor roll student, Rolland had served as a page in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, and was active in Po-Hi’s Afro-American Club, the Foreign Language Club and the Ponca City Cares Network.
Ristorante Bravo won the state’s top two Renovation Awards at the Main Street Awards Banquet – Best Façade Renovation over $5000 and Best Historic Rehabilitation Project.
In mid-March, the Corps of Engineers opened all eight gates at Kaw Lake Dam and 10,200 cubic feet of water per second poured into the Arkansas River. Another 5,000 cubic feet of water per second passed through the generating plant, totaling 15,200 cubic feet of water per second being released downstream into the river. Engineer Bill Powers said the inflow from the Arkansas River was approximately 11,500 cubic feet per second, caused by the rain and snow that had fallen upstream.
Kaw Lake had one of the highest counts of bald eagles in the state, with Fort Gibson Lake having the other large concentration.
Preliminary construction work began for the Centennial Plaza fountain area at City Hall.
Three Ponca City students were among the state’s top 100 public high school seniors honored by Academic All-Staters – Hal Burch, Stephanie Walker, and Jenifer Sharp. They each received a medal and a $1000 scholarship.
The Centennial Steering Committee met with representatives of various civic clubs, churches, businesses, vendors, and entertainers in early March. Larry Buck, Chuck VanCleave, Jeff Denton, and Kathy Adams, members of the committee, presented an overview of plans for the Centennial celebration in Ponca City.
The first “Taste and Tasteless” Show was presented at the Poncan Theatre in March. Several area restaurants and caterers donated their most delectable hors d’oeuvres. Members of the committee were Karen Howard, Sue Boettcher, Mark Detten, Stan Wheeler, Sandy James and Pat Evans. Janelle Smith and Sally Thomas provided festive decorations. On stage, several of the scenes featured a well-known saxophone player impersonating President Clinton. Someone thought he might have been Bob Westmoreland.
Bayard Casey portrayed Hillary Clinton.
Attorneys Joe Burns and Brian Hermanson, and Laura Streich appeared as anchorpersons on station KAPOW.
Mayor Andrews pinned a first-place ribbon on Kurt Purdue for his accomplishments in the Ponca City Special Olympics. Approximately 60 competitors took part in the event at Sullins Stadium.
Mike Lane, Traffic Engineering Director, recommended that no traffic signals be installed at the Wal-Mart entrances off Prospect Avenue.
The Poncan Theatre received a $150,000 check from the Mabee Foundation. The challenge grant was matched with money and “sweat equity” labor raised locally from November 1991 to March 1993.
Don Wood was hired as the new director of the Economic Development Foundation. He had most recently served as Executive Director of the Chadron Nebraska Economic Development Corp.
In April, two new Conoco stations and convenience stores opened at Prospect and Union and at the Quail Creek location on East Prospect. Ronny White leased both stations.
Larry Stephenson presented miniature Centennial statues to the first seven buyers. The profits from the small statues were being used to help finance the larger-than-life statue to be placed at Centennial Plaza.
Business development, educational improvements, better arts and recreation programs topped the list of items outlined by participants at the neighborhood meetings of Ponca City Tomorrow.
For the seventh time in eight years, the Ponca City Lady Wildcats advanced to the state basketball tournament, with Larry Rehl as their coach.
New security doors were installed at the Public Safety Center, part of a new security system for police dispatchers.
Marco and Mertz teamed up to manufacture ready response fire fighting equipment, and marketed the trucks across the nation. Marvin Johns, president of Marco, had been building the equipment in Newkirk, but Mertz could build it more efficiently.
Five Ponca City residents filed for the three City Commission positions. Dick Bird filed to replace Commissioner Jerald Stone, who had resigned. Bill McCann and Robert Garland filed for the No. 1 position, currently held by Gary Gibson, who had chosen not to run. Herbert Hinkle filed for position No.3, currently held by Hubert Watts, who filed for re-election.
Lincoln Elementary third graders in Judy Friess’ class took a step back in time by going on a fossil finding field trip. Van Odell, Conoco geologist, took them to the first dig site near Fairfax, where they spent the afternoon finding gastropods, pelecypods, bryozoans, and crinoids.
Willy Wildcat, Po-Hi’s mascot, found a new girlfriend named Wilette. Tryouts for Willy and Wilette were held in early April. Contestants did a thirty second dance to “Wildcat Victory” and a one minute original skit.
Five large wooden welcome signs were placed at the various entrances into the city, announcing Ponca City’s Centennial.
The annual Ponca City Fine Arts Festival in early May featured artists from many states. There also were several local artists participating, many of whom had attained wide acclaim and had works hanging in galleries and exhibits all across the United States.
Margaret Yates, Larry K. Stephenson, Jo Saylors, Mary Ann McGrew, Shirley Petersen, Mary White, Fonda Downs, John Crawford, Ruth Loucks, Elaine Armstrong, and Gene Dougherty had their fine works of art available for sale at the festival.
Incumbent Hubert Watts and Bill McCann each won election
to the commission. Dick Bird was automatically elected,
as he was unopposed.
In April, Ratliff Inc. purchased the former Central Manufacturing building at 1000 W. Hartford. The company is a pipe fabrication and industrial construction firm owned by Ralph and Joan Ratliff.
Ruth Druley’s dress shop moved from Pioneer Shopping Center to 309 E. Grand. Hilary Cooley and Francesca Garner, daughters of the late Ruth Druley, own the shop.
The “East in Action” TV show, written, directed and produced by East students, aired on Channel 22 every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. The program highlighted activities, events and special features on students and staff.
The Ponca City High School Band received the Sweepstakes Award for superior ratings in marching, concert and sight-reading at the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Assn. State Contest.
On May 1, the Marland Estate was the scene for the 7th annual Oklahoma State Championship Chili and Barbecue cook-off, sponsored by Professionals Today. Proceeds benefit Hospice of Ponca City.
In an effort to ease overcrowding at East Junior High, the Board of Education voted to house all ninth graders at East, all seventh graders at West, and maintain the split eighth grades at each school.
The school board approved hiring Woody Roof as the new Football coach at Po-Hi. He came here from Weatherford.
Royalty at the Po-Hi Junior-Senior Prom included Jason Williams and Courtney Boettcher as Prince and Princess, with attendants Hilary Shiflet and Tim Abbuhl, Michelle Meyer and Mark Blubaugh.
Cynthia Crowe, the Country Music Queen of Kay County, was a featured soloist with Les Gilliam and the Silverlake Band at the Poncan Theatre on May 1.
Roberta McClellan and Jeremy Williams helped celebrate Indian Heritage Week as the Ponca City Schools hosted activities recognizing Native Americans.
Workmen finished the pink concrete star around the DAR fountain in Centennial Plaza in time for the plaza inauguration ceremonies. Chitwood Construction and PC Concrete did the work.
The Cherokee Strip Centennial Plaza inauguration took place on May 1st, with Sen. Don Nickles as the special guest speaker. To date, 3,000 named bricks had been sold, plus several commemorative granite stones had been engraved for those organizations that sold 250 bricks. The Plaza was a project of the Ponca City Rotary Club.
In early May, over 200 people gathered at Lake Ponca to assist with a trash cleanup. The city provided 30 employees to assist the volunteers, plus four compactor trucks, two brush trucks, two roll-offs, four dump trucks and three front-end loaders.
Martin Smith, a longtime member of the Ponca City Fire department, was appointed Ponca City Fire Chief, effective May 10.
Ribbon cutting ceremonies were held at the new Play It Again Sports Store at 205 E. Grand, owned by Pat and Illene Ozment. The store carried new and used sporting goods.
The City hosted the Statewide Preservation Conference with meetings taking place at the Poncan Theatre, the Library, and Grand Central Station.
Hopkins Baking Company on North Union closed, after 50 years in business.
Linda Kennedy Rosser, actress, publisher, and author, received the 1993 Pioneer Woman Award at the Centennial Gala at the Marland Estate. John Crawford and Bill Doty, both retired Conocoans, received the Distinguished Service Award, for inventing the VIBROSEIS system.
A group of folks demonstrating “pioneer living skills” was a part of the evening’s entertainment. There was woodcarving, flint knapping, spinning, and pottery.
The Fire Department received a grant from the State Fire Marshal’s office for 500 smoke detectors. Over 400 were installed in homes through the Save-A-Life program. Firemen donated 30 to the Home Day Care Association.
Model T Ford owners from across the nation gathered in Ponca City for five days. Headquartered at the Marland Mansion, they traveled to other communities in the area.
One evening, they all parked their vintage cars on Grand Avenue for citizens to view.
On June 1st, Fourth Financial Corporation, Bank IV Oklahoma’s parent company, agreed to purchase Ponca Bancshares, Inc. and its subsidiary, Security Bank and Trust Co. of Ponca City.
Three Ponca City students were invited to join the Class of 1995 at the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics in Oklahoma City. They were Jennifer Sanford, Richard Shepard and Andrew Stoeckley.
The President’s Club of the Chamber visited two new tenants at Pioneer Area Vo-Tech School’s Business Incubator. The group visited Bare Bottom Diaper Service, owned by Tim and Susan Crank, and Herban Renewal Farms, owned by Mary Anne Potter. The business incubator helps start-up businesses by renting them space and providing services.
A new Homeland store opened in Ponca Plaza Shopping Center on June 26. The two existing stores in Ponca City closed the same day, and employees were transferred to the new store.
The Chamber of Commerce hosted a Centennial Mid-Summer Lawn Party and Auction at the Marland Mansion.
On June 10th, Joe Welch, longtime brick mason, and his crew, laid the first named bricks in the Centennial Plaza.
Groundbreaking ceremonies for Sun Manufacturing Co. were June 16. The company opened here to do custom machine work for Smith International and other clients.
“Discover Oklahoma,” the televised Oklahoma travel show, visited Ponca City and filmed two segments. The first was at Enrique’s Restaurant. The second was at the Marland Mansion, where they filmed footage of Lydie’s Statue.
As a centennial project, Chuck Bayha’s shop class students built a replica of the first school built in Ponca City in 1893.
One of the special events for the Centennial celebration was a musical show titled “The Gift of Willie Cry.” The story of the discovery of oil was told in song and story, with a local cast of 45 thespians, vocalists, musicians, and a number of just plain citizens who wanted to be a part of the show. Earl Sutton was the playwright, music was by Leslie Rardin, and Jo Ann Muchmore was the director. The show ran June 25 and 26, with a matinee on June 27.
Honey Bee Floral Designs moved from 7th and Hartford to 516 E. Hartford.
City Manager Jay Johnson resigned to accept a similar position in Franklin, Tennessee.
Dave Cashon, owner of Modern Supply, purchased sister company Modern Investment Casting Co.
Pat Mulligan was elected chairman of the Ponca City Economic Development Foundation.
Mitchco purchased the old flea market building on Ash.
Betty Marsh was recognized as Volunteer of the Year at the Marland Estate. She was responsible for enhancing the grounds at the estate.
Steve Nida was appointed new principal of Ponca City Mid High School, filling the position of Lester Freeman, who had taken a teaching job at the high school.
A new Before and After School Day Care program was initiated at four elementary schools – Union, Washington, Trout, and Lincoln. Cathy Schieber was program coordinator.
The school system created an Alternative Learning Center on West Grand, under the direction of Bernie Jackson, principal. The center served high school age students who needed ninth grade credits. There were 60 students participating in the program that offered classes in history, math and English. Students attended the center from one to three hours a day and returned to Po-Hi for their other classes.
Cityworkers added a new spillway dam to the lake at the Marland Estate.
Gary Sheffield opened a new Sears retail store in Hartford Square. He was the owner and operator of the store, part of Sears new retail dealer program. The catalog area was discontinued.
Perry Schauvliege established a new architectural firm. A Ponca City native, he had been practicing in Wichita for nine years.
The Chamber Presidents Club participated in a ribbon cutting at KLVV 88.7, a new radio station owned by Doyle Brewer.
The 101 Wild West Show of Collectibles drew large crowds to the Marland Mansion, where collectors of memorabilia from the 101 Ranch and the Wild West Show displayed items for sale or trade.
City commissioners approved Phase 1A for improvements to the wastewater treatment plant, and authorized advertising for bids.
In late August, Kay County Assessor John Heinze resigned his position, to be effective December 31. He had been assessor for ten years.
Truman Smith and Bob Westmoreland created a video of the history of Ponca City entitled “Claiming Tomorrow.” The Ponca City Historical Society sponsored the 24-minute tape.
Golden Villa Day Care for the Elderly received an 11-passenger maxi-van, complete with operating lift.
In September, the Conoco Refinery celebrated its 75th Anniversary. Conoco announced that, in 17 months, the work force at the refinery had surpassed two million safe hours without a lost-time accident. Dennis Parker noted that Conoco had been evaluated as the safest company in the petroleum industry 12 of the last 16 years, and near the top during the other four years.
Senior Class officers at Po-Hi were Steve Parker, president; Jeremy Clark, secretary; and Christy Stuckey, vice president.
The Village Chocolate Factory at the Land of Opportunity produced a number of miniature “buffalo chips” for the Cherokee Strip golf Classic. The “chips” were fresh peanut and pure chocolate delicacies.
On September 12, the Ponca City News produced the Centennial Cherokee Strip Edition of the newspaper. It contained 14 sections and 278 pages, and weighed three pounds.
The four-day Centennial celebration began on Thursday and lasted through Sunday, Sept. 16-19. The evening of the 16th featured an ecumenical worship service at Centennial Plaza, followed by the unveiling of the statue, depicting a rider ready to jump from his horse and claim some land in the strip. The statue honored those who had made the Run for land in 1893. The “Run of the Wagons ‘93” began with a gunshot at noon on Thursday, Sept. 16 from the Kansas state line southward into the Cherokee Strip Outlet. An assembly of some 300 participants headed south in covered wagons, buggies, buckboards and on horseback. They made their way to Newkirk for the first night’s stay, and headed into Ponca City on Friday. U.S. Marshals (in territorial uniform) escorted the wagon train from the city limits to the rodeo grounds for an old-fashioned hoe-down and barbecue dinner. The “Parade of the Century” on Saturday, September 18 officially started at 10:00 a.m. The route was on Grand Avenue, proceeding from Oak Street to Fifth Street, where it turned north to Highland Ave. “The Bluffdales,” fictional early settlers portrayed by Phil and Ann Bandy, were the parade marshals, followed by gunfighters, covered wagons, floats, bands, and horseback riders. The Budweiser Clydesdales were at the very end of the two hour parade.
A touch of Fall greeted the crowds at the 13th annual Oktoberfest on the Marland Mansion grounds. There were 20 food booths and 120 arts and crafts booths. Children’s activities were in the gazebo area above the boathouse. Entertainment Saturday on the new dual stage included the Po-Hi Steppers, Red Dirt Rangers, Oklahoma Kids, Cripple Crek Band, Cynthia Crowe and Nightworks, Live Bait Band, Cushing Ballet, Kem’s Gym and Mark Cruz, classical guitarist. The Good Ol’ Boys played for the dance Saturday night.
Attendance topped 12,000 for the two-day event with proceeds going to the Marland Estate Restoration Fund.
Ponca City realtor Jo Ann Lake was honored as the 1993 Oklahoma Realtor of the Year.
In early October, groundbreaking ceremonies for Head Country Food Products new building were held on North Ash, south of Precision Tool and Die.
Installations Unlimited added a new division, Unlimited Communications, a new source for two-way radio sales and service, cellular phone repair, and pager sales.
Don Wood, Ponca City’s Economic Development Foundation Executive director, was named to the prestigious Governor’s Economic Development Team.
Po-Hi Homecoming Queen for 1993 was Kristina Williams, escorted by David Magstadt.
Patti Robinson, executive director of the Marland Mansion Estate, was appointed for the second time as Chairman of the Governor’s Conference on Tourism.
Ray Neisen, plant manager, elected to retire from Air Systems Components. He had joined the company in 1951 in Waterloo, Iowa, when the company was known as Titus Manufacturing. Steve Frick, a 16-year veteran with ASC, was promoted to plant manager.
A new Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse Program was started at Edwin Fair Mental Health Center. The program was geared for employees of local businesses and industries who had a substance abuse problem.
In mid October, five years after The Nature Conservancy bought the 30,000-acre Barnard Ranch to restore the ecosystem of the land, the owners released 300 bison to graze and wallow over 5,000 acres of a preserve that is the largest of its kind in the U.S. The conservancy had burned 24,000 acres to simulate how a lightning fire could invigorate vegetation by waking roots from dormancy, and then nurtured the land to the way it was before white settlement. Located among the rolling flint hills of northern Oklahoma, the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve was named one of the conservancy’s “Last Great Places.”
The Hunan Garden Chinese Buffet Restaurant opened in Ponca Plaza in early November.
Through the Lens, a new photographic studio, opened in the remodeled Hub Men’s Clothing Store at 113 E. Grand. Partners in the business were Dr. Glenn and Barbara Cope and Randy and Kelle Casey-Ross.
Kay County Commissioners appointed Patrick Zehr as Kay County Emergency Preparedness Coordinator. In addition, Zehr also served as the county’s safety coordinator and supervisor for the yet-to-be implemented recycling program.
In October, Brooke Bandy and Micah Carroll were selected to attend the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C. The six-day conference is a leadership development program for outstanding high school students who have demonstrated leadership potential and scholastic merit. In addition to seminars, panel discussions, and policy briefings, Bandy and Carroll interacted with key leaders from the three branches of government, the media and diplomatic corps.
The Park and Recreation Board heard a request from Dee Jones concerning the establishment of a BMX racetrack for bicyclists. She said that a desirable location would be at a local park since much of the groundwork for access, parking, and restroom facilities would already be available.
Dr. Alma Graven was appointed Geriatric Coordinator for Edwin Fair Community Mental Health Center. She planned to start new classes in January to help older clients combat depression.
Brace Books & More celebrated their tenth year in business. Originally located in Ponca Plaza, the store had enlarged twice and changed locations. In 1988, they moved to the current location at 2205 N. 14th Street.
St. Mary’s School won a video tape player from HBO. Post-Newsweek Cable had a promotion where community members could donate blank videotapes to any local school and the school with the most donations would win the tape player.
The Ponca City Area Literacy Council entered two llamas, “Tuxedo” and “Stapleton,” in the Annual Pet Parade. The two llamas were dressed in red blankets and Christmas wreaths.
First Lutheran School celebrated its 40th Anniversary. Beginning in 1953 with a kindergarten program, the school became fully accredited in 1959. By 1993, the school had grown to include eleven classrooms, a library, computer lab, state licensed child-care center and gymnasium.
The “Big Blue” Band of Ponca City High School received a first division “Superior” rating at The OSSAA Class 5A Regional Marching Contest, for the 45th year in a row. Drum majors were Pat Muchmore and Christine Gans. The Po-Hi Flag Corps also received a “Superior” rating in the solo and ensemble competition.
Explorer Post 69 of the Boy Scouts celebrated their 25th year. The Post was chartered in 1968 under the leadership of Bill Williams, now retired from Conoco. Williams’ assistant was fellow Conoco employee Bill Pollard. The Post 69 advisor in 1993 was J.D. Hanks, assisted by former Post 69 member Neal Lawrence. Their service project for the prior two years had been donating labor to Habitat for Humanity. Four Conoco employees on the Ponca City complex, Julian Ford, Randy McDaniel, Bill Lundeen, and Mark Roblyer, were also members.
Among those Ponca Citians attending the 1993 Reunion of Darr School, held in York, England, were Sam and Dorothy Leonard. Sam personally delivered 50 of the Centennial Editions of the Ponca City News to the Brits. Others attending from Ponca City were Preston and Virginia Gant, Lillian Taylor, who was the U.S. president, Bill and Pat Price, Jo Ann Mead, Bess Tucker, Betty Sinclair and her daughter Cindy Stevens of California. About 100 attended the No. 6 BFTS reunion organized by Darr Alumni. York was the home of the RAF Museum, where articles from the 17 Darr classes were displayed.
McDonald’s Restaurant moved into the Wal-Mart Supercenter in November.
After months of meetings and processing data from the community, Ponca City Tomorrow unveiled the community-wide vision in November. The vision featured nine major goals covering 81 issues, representing the input of more than 500 citizens. Mutual respect and community attitudes, exemplary educational systems, diversified industrial and retail base, outstanding tourism and recreation opportunities, responsive responsible local government, quality health care, effective public transportation, quality retirement living, and environmental awareness/City beauty.
Habitat for Humanity dedicated their second house, located at 805 E. Drummond.
Contractors at the Ponca City Medical Center erected barriers, turned dirt, and cut down trees to make room for the new helipad for the hospital.
Officials of the Thorn Apple Valley Co. in Southfield, Michigan flew into Ponca City by charter plane to announce plans for locating a new state-of-the-art meat processing plant in Ponca City.
City Commissioners called for a special election in January for a one-half cent sales tax. The monies collected would go into the Ponca City Development Authority to fund repairs and upgrades at the water treatment plant.
In mid November, Gary Martin was named the new city manager. He had been public works director for 16 years and superintendent of the park department prior to that.
Jane Wilson of Heritage Realtors was honored as 1993 Realtor of the Year.
Three Po-Hi cheerleaders, Natasha Pryse, Deachi Guier, and Tamarkia Champlain, participated in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York City.
Ponca City Boy Scouts participated in the annual “National Good Turn Project” by collecting 21,000 cans of food to be distributed to local United Way agencies.
Craig Vannest and Fred Hilton were inducted into the Ponca City Wildcat Football Hall of Fame. Vannest did the color commentary for WBBZ and Hilton was Sports Editor for the Ponca City News.
John Krider joined Trout Funeral Home as a licensed coordinator of Advance Funeral Planning.
Shanna Rutz, Po-Hi graduate, appeared with the American Spirit Dance Company in “The Philharmonic Yuletide Festival” at the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City.
Hobby Lobby moved into the building formerly occupied by Wal-Mart at 14th and Prospect.
The City Commission changed their meeting schedule from meeting every Monday to meeting the second and fourth Monday of each month, with work sessions on the first and third Monday.
The City annexed the intersection of Lake Road and Pecan into the city limits, along with 80 acres of city owned property south of the intersection, which included GOOFS field and a sand pit area.
Ann Bandy was elected chairman of Ponca City Tomorrow.
Seven Po-Hi Wildcat football players were named to the All-District 6A-4 team – Ryan Newport, Casey Anderson, Steve Parker, John Gustafson, Carlton Dewberry, Mark Cagley, and Kurt Crowder.
In December, Security Bank and Trust officially merged with Bank IV, naming Jerry Corbin as president of Bank IV Ponca City. Corbin had direct responsibility for the operation of the bank’s five locations serving Ponca City, Braman, Kaw City and Shidler.
National Merit Commended Students at Ponca City High School were Brian McLaughlin, Randall Lahann, and David Magstadt.
Thorn Apple Valley donated 200 honey-seasoned turkeys to United Way. Pat Leonard, executive director of United Way, greeted the company truck. The turkeys were delivered to area missions and shelters.
The Peachtree Landing Center received new playground equipment, courtesy of a private donation. Eagle Scout candidate Chuck McCandless directed the assembly of the new equipment with assistance from several other Scouts.
Close to 7,000 people gathered on the Civic Center lawn for the drawing for a red 1964 1/2 Mustang. According to Ponca City Main Street Authority, there were about 130,000 tickets in the hopper. Jack Stalcup Jr. of Ponca City won the car.
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