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FROM OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY:FROM Oklahoma State University President Kayse Shrum and First Cowboy Darren Shrum have been named grand marshals of OSU’s 2022 Homecoming festivities by the OSU Alumni Association.FROM OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY:

FROM THE CITY OF STILLWATER:

Residents are encouraged to purchase rain barrels through the Central Oklahoma Stormwater Alliance’s (COSWA) rain barrel promotion event. Rain barrels are good for the environment and can potentially save residents money on water bills by harvesting rain water for future use.

Rain barrels capture water from roofs which can then be used to water lawns and gardens, wash cars and other similar uses. When runoff leaves a property, it can pick up pollutants and deposit them in our waterways. Using rain barrels helps to reduce stormwater pollution by minimizing the amount of stormwater runoff that leaves a site.

Rain barrels are made from repurposed food-grade barrels and are offered in black, grey, blue and terra-cotta colors. Prices begin at $69.50. The barrels Rainwater totes with a 275 gallon capacity will also be available for order this year.

If ordering by mail, orders must be placed by April 27, 2023. Online orders must be placed by April 30, 2023, at https://upcycle-products.com/ok-programs/stillwater/.

Orders must be picked up at the City of Stillwater Convenience Collection Center, 807 S. Perkins Rd., on Saturday, May 6, 2023, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

For more information, contact Zack Henson at (405) 533-8436 or email at zack.henson@stillwater.org.

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FROM OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY:

The Eddie Sutton Foundation has announced the first beneficiaries of its $50,000 end-of-year donations with a lead gift of $25,000 to CureSearch for Children’s Cancer, a national organization dedicated to research to fight pediatric cancer. Another $22,500 was donated to the Karmen Korner Grant Program through the Stillwater Medical Center Foundation to provide financial assistance to aid local cancer fighting families with a variety of expenses in the midst of a medical crisis. In addition, the foundation donated $2,500 to the children’s education fund named in honor of late Stillwater High School girl’s basketball head coach Kendra Kilpatrick.

“As our inaugural operational year of helping individuals and families battle the impacts of cancer, 2022 was a banner year for the Eddie Sutton Foundation. To be able to make sizable donations to very worthy organizations making positive strides in this battle is precisely aligned with our mission,” said Dave Hunziker, Voice of the Cowboys and Eddie Sutton Foundation co-president. “These year-end donations add to the regular activity the foundation pursues throughout the year, providing resources and opportunities to travel and attend Oklahoma State University athletic events and create unforgettable memories with the Cowboy family.”

CureSearch for Children’s Cancer is dedicated to ensuring that every child diagnosed with cancer has a safe and effective treatment option by focusing on pediatric cancers with insufficient or ineffective treatment options. Stillwater Cancer Center has a commitment to embracing its patients beyond their immediate medical needs with a lenient financial assistance program and a robust foundation to provide life-saving equipment, program and patient education. Stillwater High School coach Kendra Kilpatrick died in November after a two-year battle with stage 3 papillary breast cancer. In her final basketball coaching season, while undergoing chemotherapy, her Lady Pioneers made it to the Oklahoma Class 6A state tournament and Kilpatrick was named the Oklahoma Girls’ Basketball Association Coach of the Year. The Riley and Kendall Kilpatrick Education Fund was created for Kilpatrick’s children.

On March 12, 2022, on what would have been Coach Sutton’s 86th birthday, the Eddie Sutton Foundation was announced. At that time, OSU’s Coaches vs. Cancer transitioned to Cowboys vs. Cancer under the Eddie Sutton Foundation umbrella. The foundation’s mission is to positively impact the fight against cancer by raising funds, supporting families and providing meaningful OSU experiences for those affected by the disease.

The foundation honors the life and legacy of former OSU men’s basketball coach and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame member Eddie Sutton and remains steadfast to the core principles that made him a successful coach: defense, dedication and discipline. Foundation leadership believes research is the best defense against cancer, holds an unwavering dedication to the cause and to the families it serves and recognizes the need for the discipline to stay the course and implement a full court press that will lead to a cure.

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FROM THE STILLWATER PUBLIC SCHOOLS:

Each year as part of the process of selecting the Stillwater Public Schools Teacher of the Year, the district recognizes educators across Stillwater for their exceptional work. This week, eleven SPS teachers discovered they’d been named their school site Teacher of the Year:

    Highland Park Elementary- Abby Varnum - Special Services

    Richmond Elementary - Mechelle Helmberger - Kindergarten

    Sangre Ridge Elementary - Rachel Wilson - Second Grade

    Skyline Elementary - Jacob Culpepper - Physical Education

    Westwood Elementary - Marie Sanders - Music

    Will Rogers Elementary - Rayna Zimmerman - Instructional Coach

    Middle School - Chloe Andrews  - English Language Arts

    Junior High - Aleshia Graham - English Language Arts

    High School - Larry Hesler - Mathematics

    Stillwater Pioneer Virtual Academy - Clarence Holley - Virtual Secondary

    Lincoln Academy - Carla Harnly - Family and Consumer Sciences

“This group is another fantastic example of the wonderful, quality teachers we have at SPS,” says Superintendent Uwe Gordon. “The process of selecting finalists and ultimately a district Teacher of the Year is challenging because of just how amazing these educators are. I’m very glad I don’t have to make that decision!” he says, adding that a vote of teachers across the district leads to the final decision.

In March, a group of their peers will select three candidates from the group of eleven, who will discover their finalist status by a surprise visit from their principal and the superintendent. These finalists will submit a detailed portfolio for review, and then their peers will determine the district Teacher of the Year. The district winner will be announced in April and have the opportunity to compete against teachers from across the state for Oklahoma Teacher of the Year.

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FROM THE CITY OF STILLWATER:

DECEMBER 2022 TAX APPORTIONMENT REPORT

Note: The one-cent sales tax for transportation projects is included in the total tax amounts collected and those funds must be used for specific multi-modal projects. Inflation rates in 2022 are the highest in the past four decades and significantly affect available revenue and expenses.

The collection is based off of October transactions that were reported to the Oklahoma Tax Commission in November and apportioned to the City in December.

TOTAL SALES AND USE TAX COLLECTION: $3,941,579
·         PREVIOUS YEAR’S DECEMBER TOTAL SALES AND USE TAX COLLECTION: $3,222,310
·         INCREASE FROM PREVIOUS YEAR: $719,269 (22.32%)

SALES TAX COLLECTION: $3,484,105
·         PREVIOUS YEAR’S DECEMBER SALES TAX COLLECTION: $2,925,004
·         INCREASE FROM PREVIOUS YEAR: $559,101 (19.11%)
·         Note: One cent ($0.01) of collected sales tax is dedicated to the Stillwater Utilities Authority and one cent ($0.01) is dedicated to Transportation projects, as determined by a vote of Stillwater residents.

USE TAX COLLECTION: $457,474
·         PREVIOUS YEAR’S DECEMBER USE TAX COLLECTION: $297,306
·         INCREASE FROM PREVIOUS YEAR: $160,168 (53.87%)

HOTEL/MOTEL TAX COLLECTION: $198,504
·         PREVIOUS YEAR’S DECEMBER HOTEL/MOTEL TAX COLLECTION: $91,781
·         INCREASE FROM PREVIOUS YEAR: $106,723 (116.28%)

For more information about the budget and taxes, visit the City’s Financial Center at stillwater.org/budget.

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