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Sapulpa’s Tuttle wins Core Value Award(SPS) - With one day to go before Halloween, it was certainly no trick for junior ...

Sapulpa’s Tuttle wins Core Value Award
(SPS) - With one day to go before Halloween, it was certainly no trick for junior Kaleb Tuttle as he was treated with the Sapulpa Chieftain Athletics Core Value Award for the month of October.
The award is given to the student-athlete who best exemplifies the values of Sapulpa Chieftains Athletics - character, humility, commitment, integrity, self-control, mental toughness, team, responsibility, honor, and service.
The winner is selected after nominations are submitted by the coaches and reviewed by the athletics department.
Kaleb won the award for his commitment to the Sapulpa Chieftains basketball team and his academics.
"Kaleb is truly Chieftain Strong. He is in the gym three days a week at 6 a.m., gives 110 percent every day in practice, and stays after practice. He is the most improved player on the team and is also committed in the classroom," said Athletic Director Michael Rose as he read from the nomination form.
The Core Value Award is sponsored by Tier One Lawn. Winners of the award receive a QuikTrip gift card courtesy of Tier One.

Sapulpa players in Vype Top 100TEMIRA POINDEXTER 6’1” senior forward led Sapulpa in scoring with 17.4 average as well as...

Sapulpa players in Vype Top 100

TEMIRA POINDEXTER 6’1” senior forward led Sapulpa in scoring with 17.4 average as well as sinking 51, 3-pointers this season. Very talented 2021 class as father Ray played at Tulsa. 4.2 rebounds a game and 50 blocked shots this high school season.

STAILEE HEARD 5’10” sophomore point guard played in 24 games averaging 12.1 points a contest converting 28 shots from beyond the arc. 5.8 rebounds a game, 52 steals and 69 assists on her freshman season. Parents Tony Heard and Lila (Osceola) Heard both played their college careers at Tulsa.

ALEXIS LEWIS 5’11” senior forward played in all 27 games averaging 8.7 points a game shooting 53% from the floor. Lewis pulled down 4.6 rebounds a game and picked up 27 steals this year as she played better as the season progressed for the Lady Chieftains.

JACKSON SKIPPER 6’6” senior forward is a multi talented player that can step out on the floor and drill the 3-pointer. He won a dunk contest this past season.

Vandalism DowntownJOHN BROCK PHOTOANOTHER SOUTH PARK STREET SMASH-UP  vandalism in the heart of downtown Sapulpa (one bl...

Vandalism Downtown
ANOTHER SOUTH PARK STREET SMASH-UP vandalism in the heart of downtown Sapulpa (one block west of the Sheriff’s headquarters and three blocks from SPD Station). Apparently overnight Wednesday, a large smooth stone was thrown through the glass door at 10 South Park Street. The building today while vacant of tenants, was for many years a dog grooming business operated by Jackie Hays (she is now retired).

Lone Star October Students of the MonthLONE STAR HAS ANNOUNCED ITS OCTOBER STUDENTS OF THE MONTH. Students include:  Jac...

Lone Star October Students of the Month
LONE STAR HAS ANNOUNCED ITS OCTOBER STUDENTS OF THE MONTH. Students include: Jacob Rainey, Kaydence Plum, Emily DeShazer, Sophia Jones, Sophia Presnell, Kylee Roach, Chase Mayberry, Graham Hudson, Aubriella Briseno, Waylon Wade, Jude Holden, Brayden Harjo, Avery Green, Krew Biswell, Allie Roach, Gabriel Phillips, Victoria Roberts, Sophie Rupert, Kraylin Becerra, Addisyn Wilson, Journey Kitterman, Candia Smith, Picher Adkisson, Hannah Hendrix, Alex Probst, Coley Rowton, Addie Merrell, Noah Stewart and Madison Ash.

Thursday Early Election Voting SapulpaIF THE RAINY MORNING LINE up of ready and willing voters is a foreshadowing of peo...

Thursday Early Election Voting Sapulpa
IF THE RAINY MORNING LINE up of ready and willing voters is a foreshadowing of people participating in the 2020 State and National Elections, this well may be a banner year for voter turnout. The Creek County election board building on East Hobson Avenue Sapulpa, had a queu of folks waiting cast their Early In Person ballots. Thursday, Friday and Saturday voting is ahead of the Tuesday November 3rd 2020 contest anchored by the two major party’s Presidential Contest featuring incumbent president Donald J. Trump & VP Mike Pence, Republicans versus Democratic Party challengers Joe Biden and VP candidate Kamala Davi Harris. Several lesser known candidates running“third party” for the office U.S. President including Libertarian’s Jo Jorgensen and VP Spike Cohen, entertainer and rapper Kanye West and his VP running mate Michelle Tidball as Independents and the ticket of Brock Pierce and Karla Ballard also Independents.


Eli Williams enters transfer portal
TCU true freshman quarterback Eli Williams has entered the NCAA transfer portal, after suffering a devastating injury his senior season, the Oklahoma native has struggled to work his way up the depth chart.
Sapulpa graduate Eli Williams was injured early in his senior season, but the Frogs stuck by the recruit and he stuck with them. A native of Sapulpa, OK, he signed with TCU as the No. 11 overall prospect from Oklahoma in the 2020 recruiting cycle, per the 247Sports Composite Player Rankings. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder Williams garnered a three-star rating during his recruitment and was in the No. 25 dual-threat quarterbacks in his class. He threw for over 2,500 yards and ran for another 2,000 in his varsity career, despite his truncated senior season. He chose TCU over offers from Texas Tech, Kansas State and North Texas among others. He committed to TCU in May prior to his senior season.
Williams was expected to compete with former walk-on Matthew Downing and juco prospect Stephon Brown for third on the depth chart, but struggled to earn snaps at QB. Out of fall camp, he was widely expected to switch positions, and with his size and athleticism, could have moved to tight end and been an effective target.Williams explained his decision in a social media post, writing in part: “Unfortunately this program was not the best fit for me.”
Now, he will look for a chance to throw it for someone else. The Horned Frogs had two reserve wide receivers — Dylan Thomas and Al’Dontre Davis — enter the portal earlier this season.
The Frogs turn their attention to the Baylor Bears, who themselves lost two players this week, with senior running backs Trestan Ebner (a former TCU commit) and John Lovett. The two seniors had combined for 177 yards on 54 carries and two touchdown to go along with 15 receptions for 225 yards and two touchdowns on the season. Ebner had a pair of kick return touchdowns as well.
TCU is off to a 1-3 start this season. The Bears and Frogs play in Waco Saturday, with kick-off scheduled for 2:30pm.
The Nov. 7 game between TCU and Texas Tech will kickoff at 2:30 p.m. at Amon G. Carter Stadium, the Big 12 announced. The game will be televised on Fox Sports 1.

Sapulpa Volleyball: Regional Champs, State Qualifier, Most Successful Season in School HistorySUBMITTED ARTICLEIn their ...

Sapulpa Volleyball: Regional Champs, State Qualifier, Most Successful Season in School History


In their second season under the direction of Head Varsity Coach Corey Harp, the Lady Chieftain Varsity Volleyball team set a new standard for success. Said Coach Harp of the team, “The success we had this year was really the culmination of two years of hard work by these ladies, and our coaching staff.”
While the Lady Chiefs record in 2019 (7-20) was an improvement over the prior season, and anyone who saw this team play in person could see the progress the program was making, Coach Harp made it clear- he wasn’t satisfied with token accomplishments.
A golden opportunity arose for the Lady Chiefs as they moved into Class 5A for the coming 2020 season, but the season was not without its up's and down’s. Sitting at 7-9 midway through the season, while still incorporating several new players and trying to find their best lineups, the Lady Chiefs suffered a huge setback when Junior starting setter, Saniya Howard, had a season ending knee injury in a loss against rival Sand Springs. After the game, Saniya's father, Steve Howard, sent Coach Harp a text of encouragement, which read I can see the seed growing. Believe it or not. I don’t know about this, but next year...
Coach Harp, though appreciative of the sentiment, fired back via text, Steve. Hear me now- THIS team is going to state. Screenshot this message so I can prove it to you. That confidence permeated throughout the team as they continued their season. Newcomers, Sophomore middle blocker Stailee Heard, and Freshman right side Tyla Heard were growing into their roles as they gained experience through the season.
Catching fire at the right time, the Lady Chiefs finished out their season on a 6 game winning streak, which included an undefeated run in the Sand Springs Showdown tournament- besting the rival Lady Sandites in the championship. "Sand Springs had beaten us twice already earlier in the season, so to be able to get over that hump, and beat them in their own house was a huge confidence builder for us going into the post-season” said Coach Harp. That 6 game win streak left Sapulpa sitting at 16-14 and ranked 9th in Class 5A- poised to play at #8 Piedmont for a chance to get to the state tournament.
After beating Noble in 3 straight sets in the first round of Regionals, Sapulpa found itself in a battle with Piedmont, splitting the first 2 sets 1-1. Sets 3 and 4 were all Sapulpa however, defeating Piedmont in resounding fashion; 25-11 and 25-15. The well traveled Sapulpa crowd rushed the court to celebrate Sapulpa Volleyball's first ever Regional Championship and State Playoff birth. Though Sapulpa would eventually fall in a close 3-1 defeat against #3 seed Coweta in the state tournament, the Lady Chiefs final record of 18-15 stands as the best in school history. Key contributors, Senior outside hitter, Lilly Horath and Junior middle blocker, Kyleigh Sizemore were named to the Frontier Valley All Conference team, with Junior outside hitter, Ryann Hoey and Junior libero, Jessica Thompson, garnering honorable mentions. Asked to reflect on the season, Coach Harp replied, “It was easily one of the proudest moments of my life, to see the looks on the players faces, the tears of joy, as they finally had all their hard work rewarded. This was truly a team victory- from the players, to the coaching staff, the boosters, admin, and fans. Im truly honored and blessed to be a part of this program.”

Fun Time For All!
Creek Free Fair ‘20 Crowds Turned Out - Sapulpa Buzz

Fun Time For All!

BY JOHN BROCKHERALD NEWS EDITORThe annual Creek County Free Fair 2020 was a great success apparent by the attendance count, the good weather and the lack of competition in this COVID-19 era.“We had twice the gate at least as compared to last year and the rodeo was the biggest maybe ever,” Fair B...

Kiefer High recognizes senior athletes - Sapulpa Buzz


KIEFER –– Friday evening before the Trojans football game, KHS recognized its senior student athletes. Olivia Hopkins and Just Stark were named Mr. and Ms, KHS. Wendy Aguilar is the daughter of Dorothy and Vicente Aguilar and the granddaughter of Nora Perez, Dogulas Hogan, and Sabas and Jesus Pe...

SHS recognizes Lady Chieftain seniors - Sapulpa Buzz


SAPULPA –– The Sapulpa Lady Chieftain volleyball team swept McAlester Buffaloes after recognizing its five seniors Tuesday night at the Chieftain Center. The Lady Chieftains won 25-20, 25-11 and 25-15 to improve to 9-10 on the season. Sapulpa faces the Union Redskins Tuesday night on the road at...

Chieftains crush Eagles - Sapulpa Buzz
Chieftains crush Eagles - Sapulpa Buzz

Chieftains crush Eagles - Sapulpa Buzz

DARREN SUMNER HERALD PUBLISHER TULSA –– The Sapulpa Chieftains (1-1) bounced back with a huge 61-14 victory over the Edison Eagles (0-1) Friday night at LaFortune Stadium after falling in their season opener last week. Edison has a pair of D-1 defensive line prospects. Captain Kenyon Kahmeyer ...

30 Sex Crimes filed on Bristow Man - Sapulpa Buzz
30 Sex Crimes filed on Bristow Man - Sapulpa Buzz

30 Sex Crimes filed on Bristow Man - Sapulpa Buzz

HERALD STAFF REPORTS Among the most felony sex crimes alleged and charged upon one person within a Creek County District Courtroom in many years, is the curious case of Bristow 28 year old, Terrance Andrew Davis. He is now formally charged as of August 24, 2020, with one criminal count of rape in th...


City Council Meeting

All ten voting members of the Sapulpa City Council were present for proceedings Monday August 17, 2020, this being the first public meeting since several employees at City Hall have undergone quarantine due to the COVID. The meeting of August 3rd was halted due to at least one city hall worker testing positive for the Sars-2 Coronavirus.
One quiet measure undertaken to combat the covid plague, was the surreptitious install in the front west corner in city hall, of a whole room body temperature scanning device, jury rigged to a small square sign attached to a post chest/shoulder height.
City Administrator Joan Riley and Vice Administrator Steve Hardt participated in the meeting via Zoom teleconferencing, as did SCC trustees Vickie Beyer and Marty Cummins. Present in person to vote were Sapulpa Mayor Craig Henderson, Vice Mayor Carla Gunn and councilpersons John Suggs, J. Brian Stephens, Bruce Bledsoe, Hugo Naifeh, Joseph Hale and Louis Martin Jr. Sapulpa Boy Scout Troop 224 led the Pledge of Allegiance to our U.S. flag. Troop 224 has continually served the community based out of the First Presbyterian Church 98 years and counting. Pastor Scott Gordon provided the invocation.
During the (pre-meeting) study session City Attorney David Widdoes, reminded that the decades old 1/2 cent sales tax is sunsetting in 2021 and he urged action to call for an election to determine the continuance of the tax. Widdoes stated that no later than December the city should notify the county election board as to intent to call a sales tax election in March of 2021.
Three new police officers were sworn in for duty with Sapulpa City Police. Judge Laura Farris led the trio in their peace officer duty oath. Officers Josh Moreno, Hayden Vernon and Randal Arnold Jr., each pledge to serve the citizenry honorably at the price of their own lives if need be.
The new cannabis economy has and is cause for the review by council of business people already licensed by the state to produce or sell marijuana related medical products, but now seeking SUP’s (special use permits) to open farming, processing or retail sales.
A local company The Legal Plug 918, sought an SUP to establish a cannabis processing facility at 505 West Johnson Avenue.
City planning office stated that this was a primarily residential area and that the 2030 Comprehensive Plan’s future land use map, designated this area as solely residential despite the existence of several commercial ventures that have done business or are presently conducting business.
Legal Advisor Widdoes commented, “the comprehensive plan has been violated many many times. Perhaps (council) should consider amending it to reflect reality?”
Councilman John Suggs directly asked Nikki Howard of the planning office if Sapulpa’s Master Plan had “inconsistencies” in other areas? Howard answered “yes” and provided an estimate of around six areas in which the comprehensive plan has not been followed.
Suggs then made a motion to table Legal Plug 918s SUP application. Seven ‘no’ voters shot down Suggs motion.
A compromise was reached when legal counsel suggested to approve the SUP as asked, but tie this in with a city council directive to review (potentially) change the comprehensive plan where it concerns mixing commercial properties in residential zoning. The board voted 7 in favor of granting the SUP and to review the future land use mapping.


Sapulpa Public Schools
pushes back start date

Sapulpa Public Schools has pushed back the start of classes from Thursday, Aug. 20 to Monday, Aug. 24.
Throughout the summer, we have been steadfast in our approach to follow the calendar for the 2020-21 school year, however, it is in the best interest of everyone that we delay the year by two days.
On July 1, we introduced our instructional options for the upcoming school year. Those options included full-time enrollment in our virtual program, Sapulpa Virtual Academy. Since that time, we have experienced a significant increase in full-time virtual enrollments. In order for us to process those enrollment requests, adjust schedules, reallocate resources, and position ourselves to best serve our students, this is a necessary adjustment to our school year.
On July 30, Governor Kevin Stitt announced a plan to supply Oklahoma school districts with personal protective equipment (PPE) including reusable masks, disposable gowns and gloves, and face shields with a delivery date of Aug. 14. Unfortunately, the PPE has been delayed.
“Our intention has been to offer a traditional, in-person setting and to do it with the health and safety of our students and staff as our first priority,” said Superintendent Rob Armstrong. “We have already implemented safety protocols district-wide, including the purchase of face coverings for those who will be in our facilities, but the addition of the PPE from the state is another level of safety for the students and staff who will be in our schools.”
We have been advised our shipment of PPE will arrive prior to Aug. 24.
SPS has a plan in place to use Aug. 20 and 21 for our teachers and administrators to receive more health and safety training as well as additional time preparing for the possibility of a Distance Learning situation in the future. Those days will also be used to distribute the incoming PPE to our schools and conclude the enrollment process.
The two-day delay to start the beginning of the school year will not affect the end of the year. The last day of school will be prior to the Memorial Day weekend.
We understand the new start date may not be ideal for everyone, but it is our goal to do everything we can to provide the safest possible environment for those who will return to our school buildings. This school year will be unlike any other. Decisions about transitioning to Distance Learning may be made with short notice. This announcement about our new start date of Aug. 24 is an example of that and how flexibility and communication will be key as we navigate the current health climate.


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Just so you know Next Monday at 7pm City Council meeting the Mayor will be signing a Proclamation for the Indian Heritage Month for Sapulpa.
The Local Nancy Green Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution wish to give their Sincere Thanks to: Chapter Members and local businesses: Merrifield, Reasor’s, and Walmart for donations to help purchase (150) one hundred and fifty stuffed animals, for the comfort of children in distress. These items were distributed to Creek County law enforcement and or Creek County Help Agencies. There are countless ways to make a difference in our local community. Would you like to help? You can donate any time! Contact our chapter at [email protected]
Worse debate in my almost 80 years of living. Disgraceful.
2020Census data can impact funding for your community and national parks? #GreatOutdoorsMonth reminds us to explore our nation’s parks and natural beauty. Respond today at to ensure parks and trails receive the funds needed to enrich your community.
Come out to Camden Ridge Estates this Saturday, June 13th!
2020 Census helps states and communities receive its fair share of the billions of dollars in Federal Funding. Let's make sure Oklahoma receives its fair share for the next ten (10) years!
Creek County...we still need Census Takers. Today we are blitzing at the Vo-Tech, libraries, grocery stores and dollar stores if you need information. Apply on-line at or text the words Oklahoma Jobs to 313131.
US Census is still hiring Census Takers for Creek County. APPLY TODAY! or text the words Oklahoma Jobs to 313131. Census Day is April 1!
Laughs? We got ‘em! Reserve your seats NOW for the SCT premiere of The Nit Wits! Performing March 6-8 and March 13-15 at 124 S. Water St. in Sapulpa. Visit, or call 918 227-2169.
Thanks to Darren Sumner for the excellent write up and photos about the Sapulpa Junior High Wrestling team today.
Snowman 2020