Collinsville, Oklahoma
January 20, 2015
Miscellaneous News
Academic Team Qualified For State / Community Church News /
Illinois River Water Flow Meeting /
T.O.P.S. Changes
CHS Academic Team Hosted & Won Area Tournament (State Is Next)
The Collinsville High School Academic Team won the 5A Area IV Tournament today, scoring an average of 230 points per game and will advance to the OSSAA State Tournament in February.
It's a great day to be a Cardinal! -- Betty L. Gowler (Academic Team Coach) Jan. 17, 2015
(Also competing at Collinsville Saturday were: Grove, Nathan Hale, Memorial, Skiatook, and Miami)
-- Both photos From Amanda Weather's Facebook
Public Forum in Tahlequah to kick off pilot study on Illinois River flow priorities

OKLAHOMA CITY – Officials and water planning specialists with the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) have announced a public forum in Tahlequah regarding an upcoming pilot study to look at fish and recreation flow needs, also called “instream flows,” upstream of Tenkiller Reservoir on the Illinois River, Baron Fork Creek, and Flint Creek.

The OWRB will host the public forum on January 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Tahlequah Armory Municipal Center located at 100 North Water Street. The purpose of the forum is to provide information on the instream flow pilot study and to gather input from stakeholders.

A nineteen-member Instream Flow (ISF) Advisory Group helped formulate a priority recommendation in the 2012 Update of the Oklahoma Comprehensive Water Plan (OCWP), which included conducting an ISF pilot study in a scenic river. According to the OCWP, the concept of “instream flow” has evolved some over the years but generally describes the amount of water in a stream or river necessary to ensure downstream environmental, social and economic benefits are met.

The study, made possible through a partnership between the OWRB and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tulsa District, will evaluate whether and how an ISF program might be implemented in Oklahoma and will be designed to gain a better understanding of how to balance the needs of multiple users. A technical workgroup of scientists and experts will collect data and develop a detailed technical study work plan for future phases of the pilot study.

During the public forum in Tahlequah, the technical team will provide an overview of the planned study objectives with time for discussion and questions. Following the study overview, the team will solicit feedback on how stakeholders use water, their priorities, and other issues related to how potential future ISF guidelines might protect the basin’s important stream-related uses – i.e., boating, fishing, wildlife, riparian habitat, water quality, aesthetics, and general ecological health.

The technical team is also gathering information to characterize and understand the extent of consumptive uses of water in the Illinois River watershed, such as irrigation, industrial, municipal and domestic supply. However, this study is not being conducted with any proposed water development project in mind, nor does it include the operations of Tenkiller Reservoir or its dam.

As the pilot study progresses, the OWRB and technical workgroup will host future stakeholder forums and provide updates. The pilot study is expected be complete by December 2015.

For more information about the Illinois River Stakeholder Forum, or the Instream Flow Advisory Group, please visit the Instream Flow Advisory Group website, or contact Derek Smithee at 405-530-8800 or


-- Submitted by Cara Cowan Watts
Community Church News
Collinsville Community Church is a traditional non-denominational church that still believes all the major doctrines. We love God and are on a journey to seek Him together. Our doors are wide open to people from all backgrounds, regardless of where you are on your spiritual journey. Here you will find a wonderful atmosphere with nurturing activities for every member of your family, even if you've never been to church before. Our church life is about relationships, where friendship with God and meeting new friends is vital to whom we are.

Our Pastor Bill Haynes leads our services that are life-giving and exceptional in every way. We are more than just a place to go to church on Sunday. We are a network of families where you can have authentic and lasting relationships with others. Whether you are in the seeking stage of your life or a committed Christian who wants to connect in a church with purpose and direction, you can find a home at Community Church. We invite you to worship with us this Sunday and look forward to meeting you after our service. Our motto is "No Creed But Christ and No Law But Love'.

Collinsville Community Church is located at 1423 West Oak Street.

Ongoing; Every Wednsday Adult Bible Study 6:00 pm/Choir Practice 7:00 pm

Every Sunday, Coffee, Donuts and Conversation 9:00 am, Sunday School 9:45 am and Worship Service 11:00 am

February Events

February 1, Lunch in the Fellowship Hall following Worship Service

February 7, Couples Movie Night in the Fellowship Hall. The Movie "Fire Proof" to see the movie trailer go to:
Concessions open at 6:30 and Movie starts at 7:00 PM

February 10, Faith Circle Meeting 12:30 at Brick Town Restaurant 11909 E. 96th St. North, Owasso

February 20, FFA Breakfast in the Fellowship Hall at 7:00 AM

TOPS Changes

The TOPS Org. of Collinsville recently voted on a change from evening meetings to Daytime (evening meetings discontinued). New hours begin, January 22, 2015.

TOPS meet......Weekly on Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. (with exception of holidays)

Meetings are still held at 'Cardinal Heights' on 19th St. in the Activity Room, 2 Floor.

Thank You, very much! -- Donna Alcorn

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