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New Signs
Unveiled To Honor Mayor / City
Mayor Sallee Surprised
Oct. 25, 2005
Oklahoma Mayor Of The Year Honored
Collinsville Mayor Stan Sallee arrived at the High School Commons Tuesday evening expecting to help honor the state championship softball team. Instead he soon discovered he was the one being honored by a room full of friends, family and dignataries. Stan had been honored in Tulsa on Sept. 15 as 2005 Oklahoma Mayor of the Year Award (representing communities with less than 5,000 population) by the Oklahoma Municipal League. Tuesday's gathering was the first formal home town event honoring Mayor Sallee. Two new signs were unveiled that will announce the honor to residents and visitors. Many spoke in praise of the effort Stan has put in for many on-going projects in Collinsville. Stan's wife and children were also thanked for their sacrifice while Stan invests his time for the city. (Previous Coverage)

Other Misc. News

It is fortunate that Collinsville has the "Mayor of the Year" as the City continues to deal with loss of sales tax to surrounding communities while the population grows. Large retail shopping opportunities continue to spring up near Collinsville but outside our city limits. I walked the new Smith Farm shopping complex now partially open in Owasso Tuesday Oct. 25th. I had no success selling ads on this community web site as they are all national chain stores with advertising "controlled by corporate". It was also interesting to pass by the new Bass Pro in Broken Arrow while supporting the CHS volleyball team at the state tournament recently. Reasor's plans a new grocery at the Hwys 20 and 169 (at 116th St. N.).

I realize you won't find everything you "need" in Collinsville, but I encourage you to explore Collinsville stores first to save gas money and much needed city revenue (via sales tax).
-- Ted Wright

Additional lanes are being added at Garnett and 96th St. N. in Owasso between the new and existing shopping centers (above). The left photos shows there is still a portion of the original "Smith Farm" remaining with a barn and silo behind the new shops in the lower photo.
Emily Wright Update (Hurricane Wilma)
Wednesday Oct. 26 3pm: Emily says she is heading back to campus as electricty has been restored. There will be no classes until Monday as other services are restored and repairs made.
Tuesday Oct. 25 10:45am: Power still out in dorms ... she has gone to stay at a friend's house where they can at least open windows. The dorm windows don't open and it is pretty warm with no air conditioning and you can already smell food turning in dorm fridges. Lots more trees down on campus even after campus was pruned by Katrina.
Monday Oct. 24 11am: Daughter Emily just called from Univ. of Miami asking me where Hurricane Wilma was as they have been without power in the dorms since early this morning. She said it was worst about 8:30 to 9am (Eastern time) this morning but they had less water leaking (thru the windows) into their room than when Katrina blew thru a few weeks back. -- Ted
Previous Coverage
State Champs
I need to finish filling out my request to address the school board at their Nov. 7th meeting but hope to be on the agenda to continue to push for an appropriate way to honor our many state champions from CHS. If anyone would like to be heard on that subject please email your suggestions to me (or talk with a school board member). -- Ted
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The 7th Grade Football Cards were up 28-0 over Cleveland at end of 3rd quarter Tuesday. I missed the 8th and 9th grade games while at the Mayor's ceremony. -- Ted