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1994 — The Ponca City High School and Mid-High cheerleaders made the finals in National Cheerleader Association competition in Dallas.
The high school squad was named 18th in the nation while the mid-high squad was named 9th in the nation.

The Planning Commission agreed to the plan for First Lutheran School to build a mid-high at 1000 N. 5th Street, and also endorsed the concept of the overall future school expansion plan.

The Department of Human Services presented awards to the Opportunity Center for achieving a compliance level of 89 % in meeting the standards of the Accreditation Council. The Center provides workshop and community integrated employment as well as group home services.

National Cheerleader Association’s national championship in Dallas. The Po-Hi cheerleaders placed 18th in their competition. More than 500 squads from 39 states were competing.

A new facility was built on North Ash to house Head Country Bar-B-Q Manufacturing.
Rocky Nichols purchased Kinder’s Campers and Trailers from George Kinder, and relocated the business to 2201 N. Ash.

On January 11, close to 80% of the voters approved a half-cent sales tax for economic development in what city officials called the heaviest turnout ever for similar referendums. Passage of the tax would initiate bringing Thorn Apple Valley, a meat processing plant, to Ponca City. Mayor Andrews commended co-chairpersons Carol Bouldin and Pat Mulligan for their hard work on the campaign.

On January 11, 1894, the Post Office opened in Ponca City. So, on January 11, 1994, they celebrated 100 years by distributing special centennial cachet envelopes with a pictorial cancellation marking the event.

Sherri McGuire and Ben Duggan were crowned as Queen and King of courts at the basketball games at Robson Fieldhouse. Junior attendants were Whitney Sims and Jonathan Hopkins, and Sophomore attendants were April Roland and Cameron Anderson.

Po-Hi Steppers Leslie Murphy and Christina Williams were named to the All-American Dance/Drill Team. At the American Drill Team School and Camp, Murphy received the Outstanding Dance Technique Award and Williams was named All-American High Kicker.

Ponca City Tomorrow Board of Directors began implementing the community vision and goals that had been established in 1993.

Sun Manufacturing Co. officials, Marsha Zembower, co-owner, and Dan Pflock, plant manager, helped cut the ribbon for their new facility at 2401 N. Ash. Members of the Presidents Club of the Chamber and Economic Development chairman, Pat Mulligan, welcomed the new company to Ponca City.

The High School Instrumental Music Department had 23 students selected for the Oklahoma Music Education Association’s All State Band and Orchestra. Over 1800 Oklahoma instrumental music students auditioned for the 200 places in the band and orchestra. Po-Hi led the state in the most students from one school being chosen.

In late January, Wynona Winn, superintendent of schools, submitted her resignation to the Board of Education effective at the end of the contract year. She had been with the district for two years. She had accepted a superintendent position of the Turner Unified School District in Kansas City, Kansas.

On January 22 at 6:00 a.m., the Conoco refinery surpassed 2.5 million hours without a lost workday injury. This safety milestone had been reached only twice before in the facility’s 75-year history.

In February, the Child Development Center celebrated 26 years of quality child care to low income and special needs families in Ponca City.

On February 4, four-way stop signs were placed at the intersection of Lake Road and Pecan Road. Rumble strips were also placed on the pavement to call attention to the new signs.

Former mayor John Raley played the role of a Union Private in the re-enactment of “The Battle of Middle Boggy” at Fort Gibson. The Oklahoma and Atoka County historical societies cosponsored the re-enactment. Raley was issued an authentic Civil War firearm and uniform for the part.

Owners David and Shirley Zimmerman opened the new Rose Stone Inn at 120 S. Third Street. The 25-room lodging facility also had a restaurant, Derricks, on the lower level.
Voters in the Ponca City School District elected two new Board of Education members, John Young and Pat Smith. A runoff election was for the third seat between David Kinkaid and Stephen Stalcup. Stalcup won the runoff.

The Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters presented WBBZ Radio with a special recognition award, honoring the station’s efforts to promote the Centennial of the Cherokee Strip land run. WBBZ General Manager Kathy Adams and Production Manager Dave May accepted the award.

Atmosphere for the 1994 Chamber banquet at Hutchins Memorial was provided by live tableaus, arranged by Sandy Bishop, depicting various times from the past. Appearing in authentic dress of the 1890s, Cary and Kate Emig made sand plum jelly in a 1890s kitchen. The 1920s scene featured Laura Streich dressed in a riding habit, ready for the fox hunt. A 1950s Po-Hi Sock Hop, complete with juke box and Wildcat pennant, featured Alechia Mudgett, Kaylan Silky, Jake Hess, and Mike Hampton. Pat Mulligan was named Outstanding Citizen. Gene Heagy was Ambassador of the Year. St. Joseph Regional Medical Center was presented the Large Industry Appreciation Award and Greenwood Aviation received the Small Industry Award. Dennis Parker, outgoing chairman, passed the gavel to Velta Reed-Johnston, incoming chairman.

According to Blake Wade, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, the Pioneer Woman Museum generated an economic impact in 1993 that exceeded $2.2 million in benefits for Ponca City and the surrounding area. There had been 23,117 visitors at the museum.

Po-Hi Student Council Officers were elected. Lyndsey Merrifield was named president, Kristin Maddox, vice president, Trent Lutz, secretary, and Bryan Magstadt, treasurer.
Library Director Steve Skidmore submitted his resignation to accept a position in the Chicago area. He had been Library Director for 13 years.

In March, Dr. Jane Thomason and Dr. Ahmad Agha announced plans to construct a 23,000 square foot medical office building at 415 Fairview, known as The Northern Oklahoma Regional Clinics. Construction was to be completed by December.
The Fire Department purchased a new 1994 Ford rescue truck, built by Marco, a division of Mertz. The pumper had a 250-gallon capacity and also housed the “Jaws of Life” and other rescue equipment.

Jimmy’s Western Wear opened on North 14th.

The City annexed 40 acres at the Highland Avenue extension and Highway 156 for future development.

In mid-March, incumbents Dick Bird and Greg Gregson won re-election to the Commission. No opponents had filed against them.

Po-Hi student David Tang was named the Outstanding Math Student at a State Math competition in Sand Springs.

Committee members officially announced plans to create a city-wide display of lights at Christmas. “Festival of Angels” was scheduled to begin Thanksgiving Friday and continue to New Year’s Day. Areas to be lighted included the Marland Estate, Cultural Center, Cann Gardens, Pioneer Woman, and Centennial Plaza. Angels were chosen for the theme of the festival because they are universal to all religions.

Po-Hi Steppers were named State Champions at the National Cheerleader Association’s Oklahoma State Drill Team competition at OU.

Jean Ladner, stepdaughter of John Duncan Forsyth, donated the architect’s drafting and design instruments to the Mansion. Paul Prather framed the tools for display.

Julie Berman, longtime Ponca City pharmacist, was presented the “Special Business Award for Excellence in Public Health,” a statewide award by the Oklahoma Public Health Assn.

Dugan’s Bar-B-Q opened at 14th Street and Oklahoma Ave. Dugan had been a part owner and manager of Head Country Bar-B-Q for eight years.

E.W. Marland’s statue was removed from the Civic Center corner for renovation. Pryse Monument Company contracted to do the work at a cost of $4000. Bank IV funded the renovation. The statue had been dedicated on the 77th anniversary of Marland’s birth in 1951. Mrs. Lydie Marland presented the statue to then Mayor Herman Smith.

In March, the “Bag Ladies” were prepared for the second annual “Taste and Tasteless” event at the Poncan Theatre. They handed out a bag, fork, plate, cup, and napkin to each patron. They also acted as ushers and directed traffic flow. Several area restaurants and caterers donated delightful hors d’oeuvres.

Former Newkirk wrestler and OSU freshman Mark Branch was the NCAA wrestling champion, helping OSU capture another national crown.

Ponca City Federated Music Club scholarship winners were Jamie Peterson, Julianna Stokke and Kari Bell.

Carl Renfro, Chairman of the Native American Memorial complex committee, announced plans to erect a large memorial to Chief Standing Bear.

The Cotton Patch Café opened on North 14th.

The Drug Warehouse, Oklahoma’s largest discount drug store chain, opened on North 14th, next to Brace Books and More. The building had formerly housed Hobby Lobby.

“Who Fixed Fast Phil?” a Dave May production starring Phil Bandy as “Fast Phil,” was presented in a dinner-mystery theatre at Greenwood Aviation Hangar in April as a fundraiser for Peachtree Landing.

Ponca City won two top honors at the Oklahoma Main Street awards in Oklahoma City. The best public improvement award was Centennial Plaza, a joint project of Ponca City Rotary Club, the Cherokee Strip Centennial and the City of Ponca City. Best Retail Event was the “Classic Mustang Giveaway.”

The full length film, “The Trial of Standing Bear,” a classic docudrama movie depicting the life of Native American hero, Chief Standing Bear, was presented for a second viewing in Ponca City at the Poncan Theatre in April. The film was shot in part on Chilocco Indian School grounds in the late 1980s.

Ponca City Auto Electric, 118 W. Grand, celebrated its 70th anniversary in business. Leonard Fawcett founded the company in 1924.

Conoco donated money to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center to help them continue the “Under the Rainbow” sick child care program. The program cares for children ages six weeks to 16 years who are unable to attend school or day care due to illness or injury.

The Ponca City High School Symphonic Band and the Symphony Orchestra both earned superior “Gold” ratings at the San Antonio Heritage Music Festival. Approximately 180 Po-Hi students competed against 17 other schools.

A significant improvement in early monitoring of severe storm warnings for Kay county became a reality in midsummer, thanks to the combined efforts of the Kay County Amateur Radio Club, Ponca City’s Department of Public Safety, and a donation from Conoco.

Tabitha Lee Hardy, daughter of Rocky and Joan Hardy, was named Miss Ponca City.
A new and unique delivery service opened here, known as The Running Chef. The service picked up and delivered meals from Dixie Dog, Head Country, KFC, and Mazzio’s.

Head Country Restaurant moved to a new location at 1217 E. Prospect.
Thorn Apple Valley officials were in Ponca City to tour the training facilities at Pioneer Area Vo-Tech. They also came to “fine tune” arrangements for building the pork processing plant in west Ponca City.

Officials with Festival of Angels created a fund raising campaign known as “April is for Angels.” Canisters were placed in businesses all over town for citizens to donate to the new holiday event. Committee members made presentations to civic clubs to explain how they could become sponsors.

Smith Home Furnishings moved into the historic Paris and Sons furniture store.
Former President Richard M. Nixon died on April 22, 1994 from a stroke he had four days earlier.

Greg Holt opened MicroTech Computer Services, a new business at 313 N. 4th Street.

Downing Johnson, owner of Quality Water Services, announced they had purchased the Pioneer IGA building at 115 E. Highland as new headquarters for the expanding business.

In April, Iris Festival brochures, Cherokee Strip Cook-Off posters, and Marland Mansion information were posted at the Oklahoma Tourism Information Center on I-35 near Braman. The staff each received an Iris Festival T-shirt to help advertise the event.

On April 28, Marland’s refurbished statue was returned to Centennial Plaza at Fifth and Grand.

An “ice cream popper” was one of the major attractions at the Cherokee Strip Cook-off in May. Roy Sullivan fired up his 1936 John Deere “poppin johnnie” to freeze 50-gallons of the tasty delicacy. Farm Fresh provided the 20 gallons of milk, and Buy For Less donated the rest of the ingredients.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis died on May 19, 1994.

Three Po-Hi students, Julianne Stokke, Andrew Stoeckley, and Jeb Wallace, were chosen to attend the world famous summer camp, Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan.

Thirteen school teachers received a special year-end surprise when members of the allocations committee of the Ponca City Public School Foundation and its trustees paid surprise classroom visits to deliver grants totaling $5,905.

The old Airline Drive-In at Highland and Waverly was expected to open within a few weeks, according to partners Bill and Kate Guzenski and Bernie and Sherri Schwartz. The drive-in had closed in 1982, so concessions and restroom areas had to be renovated and landscaping cleaned up.

Thorn Apple Valley chose a different site for their plant. Property at Waverly and Industrial road was more acreage than the original site, so they could expand the plant to 160,000 square feet and employ 700 people.

Ponca Auto Mall received the Buick “World Class Customer Satisfaction Achievement Award.” Richard Adkins, Service Manager and Joe DeNoya, new car sales manager displayed the award for the media.

A red fox and her litter of offspring set up housekeeping in the Conoco tank farm south of the refinery’s South Plant. Refinery personnel noticed the new furry-tailed residents after the mother established a den on the external wall of a refinery tank berm. The presence of red foxes in Ponca City has been common for decades, dating back to the foxhunting days of E.W. Marland. Red foxes are not indigenous to this area, but they are here because Marland had them brought here from Pennsylvania.

Longtime jeweler Carter Buller purchased Spray’s Jewelry and Gifts at 210 E. Grand from Robert L. Spray. Buller had been with the store for nearly 30 years, and had managed it since 1985. D.C. Spray founded the store in 1916.

The Special Olympics were held in May at OSU, and several local athletes participated with 4,000 other entrants. The 3-day event on the OSU campus is the largest amateur-sporting event held in Oklahoma. Oklahoma Special Olympics provides year-round training and athletic competition in 12 sports for almost 9,000 individuals in Oklahoma with mental retardation.

A team of eight students from Ponca City Mid-High scored first in the state in the Knowledge Master Open. The academic contest uses knowledge derived from all areas of school curriculum. Scores are based on accuracy and speed. For scoring first in the state, the students each received a $100 gift certificate to purchase any Knowledge Master Software. Winning students were Peter Shultz, Geoff Forbes, Jeff Burch, Glen Simpson, Matt Szabo, Renu Sahai, Molly Baugh, and Mark Dubois.

Ponca City Athletic Director Jerry Runyan was voted Region II Athletic Director of the Year, one of eight region winners who would be considered for Oklahoma Athletic Director of the Year.

The Board of Education for Pioneer Area Vocational-Technical School voted in May to change the name of the school to Pioneer Technology Center.

In a memo to commissioners at budget time, City Manager Gary Martin noted, “We are moving into the most complicated and challenging budget year this city has ever seen. At no time in the past has a commission experienced major renovation and expansion of so many facilities at the same time.”

Trustees and employees of St. Joseph Regional Medical Center joined with interested citizens to dedicate the new helicopter landing facility at the corner of Hartford and 14th.
U.S. Senator Don Nickles of Ponca City and five other well-known Oklahomans were inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame.

On June 1, Conoco announced the relocation for three of their company executives, all of whom began their careers in Ponca City in the 1970s. Richard Severance was named to a newly created position of general manager, Mid-Continent Business Unit. He also assumed responsibility for Coordination Management operations at the 2,923 employee Ponca City site. George Paczkowski relocated to Ponca City from Conoco’s Humber refinery in England where he was production manager. He became manager of the Ponca City refinery. Dennis Parker transferred from Ponca City to Conoco’s worldwide petroleum headquarters in Houston as general manager, Materials and Services.

More than 125 riders entered the Jet Ski Races at Sandy Beach on Kaw Lake. The event was part of Kaw Fest. Other activities included a fishing tournament, a classic car show, volleyball contest, sand castle building contest, fish fry and a dance.

Groundbreaking for the $42 million repowering project at the Steam Plant on North Union was in early June. The project was a cooperative effort between the City of Ponca City and the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority.

Ken Parr was named the City’s new Director of Public Works. He was currently a partner of Chapman, Parr and Gill, a local engineering firm.
Sounds Incredible moved into a new 3,000 square foot building on Union, north of Hartford. The store, owned by Mark and Barbara Nowlin, had been in business for 15 years.

Drug Warehouse opened in mid June at 1211 N. 14th St, next to Brace Books and More.
The Planning Commission approved the proposed three-story Fairfield Inn, to be located at the corner of 14th Street and Queens.

Joe Wideman, Kay/Noble County district attorney, announced he would seek his seventh term in office. John Maddox announced his intention to run for the same office. He had been assistant city attorney and municipal court prosecutor for Ponca City since 1991.
Jim Holt planned to seek an 11th two-year term in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

Former State Senator Bill O’Connor announced he would run for the District 20 State Senate seat.

“The Gift of Willie Cry” returned to the stage of the Poncan Theatre. The original show was a part of the 1993 Centennial. Many people had requested an “encore” performance, so the original cast and the original director, Jo Ann Muchmore, returned in full force.

The Cherokee Strip Committee and the Lions Club partnered on the project this year, and split the proceeds. The Lions Club used their portion to contribute to Sight First, a program to prevent blindness worldwide. The Committee contributed their portion to the restoration of the Poncan Theatre. Patrons enjoyed the newly air-conditioned theatre, the new sound system, and the comfortable reclining seats almost as much as they enjoyed the show. The bonus for the evening was the “enlightening” experience when the marquee was officially lit for the first time in many years.

Holly LaBossiere was named director of the Ponca City Library. She had been interim director since April, when Steve Skidmore left Ponca City for a library in Chicago.

Dr. William White from Deer Creek-Edmond was named superintendent of the Ponca City Public Schools. He filled the vacancy created by the resignation of Dr. Wynona Winn.

Pat Mulligan, manager of Smith International, was promoted to vice president of manufacturing.

Pete Whitehead renovated the building at 214 W. Grand for a new Subway Sandwich Shop.

The Candy Mountain at 315 E. Grand opened with a new owner, Jeff Denton, who is food service manager for the Ponca City Public Schools.

Quality Water Services and Quality Pools and Spas moved to the former Pioneer IGA building on East Highland.

The Ponca City Mid-High Cheerleading squad was the only junior squad that qualified for state competition at the National Cheerleaders Association camp at OSU. Five squads out of 33 in attendance were chosen to compete at nationals in Dallas.

Dawson Smith, Ponca City business owner, announced his candidacy for the District 20 State Senate seat.

Dr. John Robinson, local dentist and former mayor, died of an apparent heart attack at St. Joseph Medical Center.

Phyllis Worley was named manager for Oklahoma Natural Gas in Ponca City. She replaced Roger Mitchell, who was transferred to ONG’s Oklahoma City district as customer services manager.

The Convention and Tourism Authority began working with City and Chamber officials on the process of restructuring the organization. The new CTA Board will consist of four members appointed by the mayor, one by the Chamber, two restaurant owners, and two motel owners.

There were eight Po-Hi students selected to attend the Art Institute at Quartz Mountain. Those chosen were Patrick Muchmore, B.J. Huston, Cynthia Thompson, Ted Sissons, Scott Norris, Robert Irons, Will Oldfield, and Peter Bagley.

Democrat incumbent Paul Muegge announced his plans to seek re-election for the District 20 Senate seat.

In late June, former Ponca City Treasurer Richard R. Freeman was formally charged in Kay County District Court with a felony count of embezzlement. Freeman had resigned earlier in the month. The City conducted an audit that revealed a $4,086 shortage existed in the treasurer’s office. City Manager Gary Martin confirmed that a short time following the audit, the funds had been reimbursed to the city.

Ponca City received a $50,000 grant from Southwestern Bell to help create an information telecommunications center. To be eligible for the grant, the city had to be a part of the Main Street program.

City Commissioners approved the city’s support for Festival of Angels, which included installing new electrical hook-ups at the various city locations where the displays would be.

The Marland Estate received a $2,500 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The funds would be used to prepare a restoration master plan.

The importance of the Main Street program came into focus at the organization’s awards ceremony. David Keathly, executive director, highlighted current projects in the downtown area. He told about the renovation of the Paris building by Smith Home Furnishings, the opening of Subway downtown, and Fred Boettcher’s renovation of the bus depot building.

Awards went to Grand Café for Best Business, Rose Stone Inn for Best Renovation, Poncan Theatre for best historic renovation, Rotary Club for Best Public Improvement with Centennial Plaza, and Betty’s Boutique for most improved business. Special recognition was given to Brian and Holly Harpster for renovation of the Higdon Building at Grand and 14th.

Construction began on Sterling House, an assisted living center. The 33-apartment facility was going in on Bradley, east of 14th Street.

O’Reilly’s Automotive Parts started construction on a new building at First St. and Grand.

In July, the Conoco refinery established a new all-time safe work record of 3.1 million hours without a lost workday injury.

A new industry opened in the Pioneer Technology Business Incubator. Abercrombie Window Works, a custom vinyl frame window company, was their first manufacturing client.

Sen. Paul Muegge announced that Ponca City’s Municipal Airport received two grants totaling over $250,000 for a project to extend the runway and reconstruct hangar access and taxi lanes.

Patti Robinson Apman, executive director of the Marland Estate, announced that two key positions at the Marland Estate were eliminated in order to trim expenses. The positions were Convention Coordinator, held by Nancy Frolich, and Maintenance Superintendent, held by John Sutton.
Howard Sissel, manager, announced that the Conoco Employees (Ponca City) Credit Union name had been changed to Cherokee Strip Credit Union.

The summer reading program at the library drew a record number of children. Attendance reached the 500 mark in the 12 programs offered.

On July 25, City Commissioners approved a resolution contract with Thorn Apple Valley. The 50-page document called for a $35 million facility to be constructed on 42 acres of land across from Albertson’s warehouse with 180,000 square feet. The project was scheduled to be completed by July 1995.

Oklahoma Historical Society allocated $220,000 toward an expansion project at the Pioneer Woman Museum. The community was expected to raise enough funds to make the $500,000 plan a reality.

Graphix Xpress owners, Marly and Danny Bober, were named Incubator Tenant of the Year at Pioneer Technology Center.

Today’s Technology on West Hartford, and Ponca City Business systems in Ponca Plaza joined the Cellular One network.

The Board of Education voted to approve the Ponca City Public Schools Inclusion Plan, designed to include students with disabilities into the education system.

A fire that caused an estimated $650,000 damage to the 300 block of West Grand was investigated as an act of arson. Flames engulfed the Ponca City Beauty College after gutting A&A Paint and Decorating and then spread to Bill Mock Fashion Floors. Police were searching for James Goza, owner of A&A Paint. The day after the fire, Mr. Goza turned himself in.

The 1994-95 labor contract between the City and the International Association of Fire Fighters local No. 2479 was approved. Firemen received a 3% wage increase.

Almost 200 employees in the Upstream area of Conoco received notice that their positions were eliminated as a result of the most recent global staffing review. Due to the Conoco Downstream organization review, 82 employees in that department were released.

Chuck Gregg built a new office, service, and retail complex on North Union. Known as Chu-Ona Plaza, the businesses included Elite Laundry and Cleaners, Mex-Itali’s Restaurant, with room for several more tenants. There were eight offices upstairs.

Jeff Denton opened Candy Mountain, a deli and old-fashioned candy store on East Grand.

Dale Hicks, a 16-year veteran of the fire department, was named Deputy Fire Chief.

St. Joseph Medical Center opened an Outpatient Physical Therapy Center on North 14th.

Moto-Photo changed their name to Photo-Pro.

The Police Department initiated a Bicycle Patrol, using two officers to make rounds in the downtown area.

Thorn Apple Valley’s groundbreaking ceremonies were held at the Greenwood Aviation hangar, due to inclement weather. Over 1,000 citizens attended and enjoyed the company’s product samples afterwards.

On the 101st anniversary of the Cherokee Strip Land run, there was a party at Centennial Plaza to mark the completion of the $500,000 project. Larry Stephenson, Centennial Committee chairman thanked the city, the Ponca City Rotary Club, and all the volunteers who worked on the project. There were 6,912 named bricks purchased by citizens.

Conoco donated 63 acres of land along the southeast edge of the city for erection of a large monument to honor Ponca tribal Chief Standing Bear. Carl Renfro, Chairman of the Native American Monument Committee, said the statue will stand on the high point of that property and look toward the east, out over the Arkansas River. A dedication ceremony for the Native American Standing Bear statue was held on October 22.

The Poncan Theatre celebrated the completion of a million dollar restoration with an Open House in September.

In September, Ponca City Pro golfer Craig Poet posted his first win in the professional ranks by winning the Nebraska Open.

In October, Ponca TrueValue Hardware moved to 801 W. Grand, doubling the floor space.

The Opportunity Center workshop was busy assembling holiday luminaries for the Festival of Angels. The luminaries were made of plastic ice cream containers.

The City Commission gave authority for the City of Ponca City to issue sales tax revenue bonds in the amount of $5.8 million for additional funding of the Thorn Apple Valley project.

The Post Office built an architectural stone elevator shaft on the west side of the building. ADA regulations require all government buildings to have handicap accessibility.

New owners of Southwest Business Products were Edwina Wynn, Don Sloan, and Dennis Dye.

Ground was broken in October for the new Fairfield Inn, the first in the state.

Commissioners approved new street lights along Virginia Avenue and a new 10-foot wide alley between 14th Street and Fairview Ave.

Ponca City Main Street Authority was recognized by Oklahoma Main Street for private re-investment of over $10 million in the downtown area.

The Lady Wildcats softball team had the best season in many years with a regional championship and berth in the 5A State Tournament, ending with a 28-14 record.

Po-Hi cheerleaders took first place in the regional cheerleading competition.

The “Big Blue” band of Ponca City High School set an Oklahoma School Band record when they received a “Superior” rating at the OSSAA Regional Marching Contest for the 46th straight year. The Po-Hi Flag Corps also received a “Superior” rating in the solo and ensemble competition.

Westminster Village began construction of 29 additional retirement apartments.

Mailboxes, Etc. opened on N. 14th St.

Brace Books & More remodeled and added on to their store on North 14th, and added new and different product choices.

In November, Frank Keating was elected Governor. John Maddox unseated Joe Wideman as District Attorney, 18,502 votes to 5,517. Incumbent assessor Tresa Engle of Newkirk defeated David Lowther, Ponca City. Dee Schieber won his bid for County Commission over Scott Blubaugh. Rex Purdy, Tonkawa defeated Vern Willbanks of Blackwell for County Commission. In state elections, Jim Reese was re-elected for state representative. Paul Muegge of Tonkawa defeated Bill O’Connor for State Senate.

The “floating” Christmas tree was hoisted into position above the intersection of Third and Grand, fitting in with the “Old Fashioned Christmas” theme in downtown.

Oktoberfest 1994 drew over 14,000 people for the two-day event.

Mike and Donna Culver were the new owners of A+ Printing.

Bill Mock Fashion Floors and Interiors announced that they would rebuild.

Po-Hi’s 52 Annual Pon-Dram Panic played to a full house. The theme of the production was “Hee Haw.”

Jo Ann Muchmore was chosen recipient of the Governor’s Arts Award for Arts and Education in recognition of her work in theater education, and for her work with the Poncan Theatre.

Centerline president Michal Engstrom received the Oklahoma state award for a new industry.

Po-Hi football Coach Woody Roof announced that he would not return to coach next year.