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Ponca City History

2011

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2011 — Mertz Manufacturing, LLC celebrated its 85th year in the manufacturing industry in 2011 with a record production year.

In 1971 Jack Bowker and Partners envisioned a shopping center on the northeast corner of Fourteenth and Hartford in what was then an undeveloped part of Ponca City.

Forty years later, the Ponca Plaza Shopping Center continues to serve as a regional shopping center for a large area encompassing two states.

The center currently has 29-tenants who occupy 181,747 square feet of floor space.

City National Bank and Trust Opened Doors in Ponca City in 2001

Mid-America Door Begins 21st Year

2011 brought a new director and more children than ever since the revitalization of summer camp programs at Camp McFadden. Under the leadership of Camp Manager Mickie Schmith and a 14-member board of directors, over 100 children had fun in the outdoors this past summer during one of the four summer camp terms at Camp McFadden. This is more than double the previous year’s attendance.

Jo Alice Dobbs recently was named executive director of Image HealthCare in the Ponca City / Stillwater / Blackwell area. She accepted the job after working with the company as a nurse and educator since early this year. In her new position, Dobbs provides leadership to the employees she oversees and inspiration to the patients and families she serves.

Making a statement through photography is the goal of Ponca City’s newest photography studio, Taglialatela Photograph located at 719 East Hartford.

Gold N Treasures is expanding the retail store with their recent move in August to a downtown location adding fashion jewelry, purses and gift items. Formerly at Fourteenth and Prospect for their first 12 years, they are now located at 213 East Grand, the former home of The Accent Gallery.

Sew Grand Opens Locally in January - Opening in January at 215 East Grand, the store is locally owned by Oliver Weidner and his wife, Katee.

City National Bank’s In-Store Location Celebrates 10 Years

New Executive Director at University Center - Two years ago there stood an empty grocery store building, the old United Supermarket building. Today that building is now the beautiful new home of the University Center of Ponca City thanks to a generous donation and diligent fundraising efforts by
local citizens. Heading it up is new Executive Director Stacy Tiger.

One of the newest industries in Ponca City is Oil Well Services, which located a regional office in Ponca City in June, on the Throop property at Throop Boulevard and Highway 177 South. The firm doesn’t do drilling but contracts with other firms involved in fracturing operations.

New Name and Logo for Osage Casino - This year, Osage Casino was excited and proud to announce its new name and logo. Osage Casino in Ponca City continues its focus to providing excellent guest services and an exciting gaming environment.

The casino is located at 73 North City View Rd. and features 220 state of the art electronic gaming devices. The casino will celebrate four years of business on Dec.31, 2011.

Osage Casino marketing initiatives began in the summer of 2011. The new logo, which incorporates Osage Casino’s new name, simplifies the presentation of the brand to its guests. Osage Casino’s name and symbol serves as our promise to guests to always deliver a superior gaming experience and exceptional service.

CherryBerry Opens on Fourteenth

New Wine Bar Opens on Grand - UnWINEd opened at 217 E. Grand on September 1.

New Location for Pharmacy - A long-time Ponca City pharmacy has a new name and new location. O’Connor Pharmacy, formerly at 1113 East Hartford for over 50 years is now Bintz Pharmacy and relocated to 2701 N. 14th early October.

Ponca City radio ministries 89.7 The House FM (KJTH-Ponca City and KZTH-Oklahoma City) and 88.7 My Praise FM (KLVV-Ponca City), faced damage in 2011 they never imagined they would face. On May 24th, The House FM’s 500-foot tower west of El Reno that broadcasts the 88.5 signal was hit by an EF-5 tornado as part of the storm system that plowed through Oklahoma and Kansas that day. The tower was totally destroyed and major damage was sustained by the transmitter, building, back-up generator, and propane tank as well. October 6, 88.5 went back on the air at 50,000 watts with a new 500-foot tower, antenna, and transmitter.

Lakeview Campground, 8875 Lake Road, began accepting RVs the first week of July.

Ponca City Liquor Warehouse is Ponca City’s newest liquor store, located at 500 South Fourteenth.

The Bag Lady Moves To Grand Avenue

Frazier’s Sports Bar and Grill opened in Feburary at 2217 North Fourteenth, located at the Quality Inn Hotel.