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This artist’s rendering shows the new MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) center expected to be completed this year at the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center. Below: The Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center remodeled its surgery center in 2011.
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In less than one year since BRB Roofing and Manufacturing moved to Muskogee from Fort Gibson, sales have increased 40 percent, Plant Superintendent Myrl Walker said. And that’s all because of the location, BRB President Doss Briggs said. “We’re on one of the busiest highways in Oklahoma, and that has increased visitors,” Briggs said. The company, which employs 75, moved to 3143 N. 32nd St. from Fort Gibson in April 2011 because it needed more space and was unable to expand at its former location. It was a major investment that has paid off, BRB President Doss Briggs said. “The location is great, and the additional space has been great,” Briggs said. “Our capacity is such that we’re doing more with less. We’re operating more efficiently and have been able to control our waste better, and our maintenance costs are less.” The move doubled the amount of manufacturing space and increased office and display space by 50 percent. Because the building was gutted before the move, BRB was able to install energy efficient windows, lighting and insulation. “We were able to build it in such a manner that even though our utilities are twice as much as before, the cost is the same.” The company was even recently recognized by Gov. Mary Fallin when it was named a recipient of the Governor's Manufacturing Leadership Awards. The Governor bestows the awards on state manufacturers in recognition of their pacesetting standards. The recipients must be progressive, forward-thinking and
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As night falls, Cassandra Gaines stands in front of the bright lights of the Roxy Theater in downtown Muskogee. Gaines, the theater’s director, said the theater presents an ideal destination for musicians. “We want it to be a big deal to be at the Roxy,” Gaines said. “We want it to be part of Muskogee’s identity, something that people think of when they think of our town.”
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If you’re looking for a symbol of social progression in Muskogee, the Roxy Theater is a good place to start. When the theater opened in 1948, Cassandra Gaines said, African-American patrons weren’t allowed inside its downtown Muskogee
doors. It closed in the ’60s and when it was remodeled and reopened in the ’90s, Gaines was named manager. Now, the Roxy is a destination setting for area musicians and guests. “We want it to be a big deal to be at the Roxy,” Gaines said. “We want it to be part of Muskogee’s iden-
tity, something that people think of when they think of our town.” The theater is a 310-seat cozy piece of post-World War II architecture that’s hosted numerous acts from the area and state. On show nights, Roxy supervisor Troy Hicks illuminates downtown Muskogee with the theater’s bright neon
lights. “People love the lights,” Hicks said. “That’s what people here really like to see is that Roxy neon.” The lights promote the theater’s retro feel, something that’s apparent as soon as you walk in the doors. There’s no flashy LED concession board — just a popcorn machine and
mini fridge stocked with soft drinks. On show nights, Gaines and another worker man the stand, making sure everyone’s fed. The stage is intimate, a 30-by-36-foot area located just a few steps from the seats. The walls, Hicks said, are “old and really, really (See GOAL, Page 9)
The Roxy Theater WHERE: 220 W. Okmulgee Ave. EMPLOYEES: Two. HOW LONG IN BUSINESS: 1948 until the 1960s. Reopened in the 1990s. WEBSITE: http://muskogeechamber.org/53arts_en tertainment.html PHONE: (918) 6846362.
Improvements on tap at Davis Field By Cathy Spaulding Phoenix Staff Writer
One early February day, Davis Field Airport handled 43 plane landings and takeoffs. Airport Manager Garry Lynn considers that moderate traffic. The 1,622-acre airport, five miles south of downtown Muskogee, averages 7,000 to 8,000 flights a year. The city-owned airport serves corporate jets, private planes and military aircraft. Lynn said the airport serves planes with Georgia-Pacific, Dillard’s and various auto dealerships. “Some of our guests have included Barry Switzer and the race car drivers Jimmy Johnson and Richard Petty,” Lynn said. The airport’s outlook appears better than in previous years, Lynn said. “A year ago, with aviation depressed because of the economy and high fuel prices, our hangars were at 65 to 70 percent occupancy,” Lynn said. “We’re at 100 percent occupancy now.” Recent renovations and upcoming major projects could make that outlook even brighter. In 2010, the airport improved a deteriorating 4,500-foot runway by clearing broken concrete from the sides and installing edge lights on the taxiway. The runway also got freshly-painted numbers and precision markings to guide incoming aircraft. Lynn also is proud of a recently-installed self-service gas pump, which enables pilots to fill their planes any time of day or night. “The pump helps us remain competitive with our fuel prices by being open 24 hours,” Lynn said. “Before, it would be 5 p.m., and we’re done. Now, the pilot puts the credit card in the slot and pumps work just like that.” The airport is looking forward to a busy year of major construction projects in 2012. The airport could have a new terminal by Thanksgiving. The current terminal, attached to an aircraft repair garage, features a small lobby/waiting area, offices and lounge/conference area in back. The new 4,800-squarefoot terminal will feature a vestibule with restrooms open 24 hours a day. Pilots will be able to plan flights in one room or take a break in a pilot’s lounge. “If a corporate jet comes in, we’ll have a crew waiting area,” Lynn said. “If the corporate executives are running short of time, they can meet here in a conference area.” The $1 million terminal will be financed with tax revenue dedicated for airport improvements, a $275,000 grant from the City of Muskogee Foundation and matching funds from the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission. Lynn said the state can come up with $500,000 in matching funds for the airport. Designs for the terminal have been drawn up, and airport officials are currently processing bids, Lynn said. Another project set to begin this spring is rehabilita-
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One of the recent improvements at Davis Field Airport is a renovated runway complete with edge lights on the taxiway. The runway also got freshly-painted numbers and precision markings to guide incoming aircraft.
tion of the main taxiway, he said. “We’re in the design phase now, and we have not decided whether to replace the surface or do an asphalt overlay,” Lynn said. “The engineering estimate is $20 million.” The taxiway, which is 75 feet by 7,200 feet, is deteriorating, Lynn said. He held up a bucket of rocks to show how many rocks he collects each day from the taxiway. Jets could suck the rocks into their engines, he said. Future improvements include renovation of a hangar that dates to 1943, when Davis Field was a military operation, Lynn said. “We are looking for a funding source,” he said. The airport also is look-
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ing for someone to use a vacant armory north of the field. “We have a lot of big projects and a lot of housekeeping going on,” Lynn said. “Being the front door to the city for the aviation world, we want to put our best foot forward.” Reach Cathy Spaulding at (918) 684-2928 or Nathan Stephens, avionics manager with Davis Field Aviation removes the front of cspaulding@muskogee an airplane inside a repair garage at Davis Field Airport. The airport handles 7,000 to phoenix.com. 8,000 flights a year.
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thick,” which provides a great acoustic setting. “The entire building is really acoustical,” Hicks said. “It’s one of the reasons people love to play here, because it sounds so great.” The walls serve another purpose, too. “They’re so thick, we could set up and jam right now,” Hicks said. “And the lawyer that works next door wouldn’t hear a thing.” The setting, Hicks said, is preferred by bands. Hicks said country music does particularly well at the Roxy, calling Muskogee “a real country town,” but Gaines said other acts do well, too. “Of course, country does well here, but we do R & B and blues and jazz and
rock,” Gaines said. “We try to be really eclectic so we can have shows and things for everyone to enjoy.” Gaines said aside from the theater acts and music shows the Roxy features, she’s looking into getting stand-up comedians to take the stage. “We feel like we do so well with our music, and people know if we’re putting a show on that it will be good,” Gaines said. “But if we can start getting some stand-up in here, that would be an entirely different crowd that we could get in here. “It’s something Muskogee doesn’t have right now that we think would make a big difference.” Making the Roxy a “oneof-a-kind” place, Gaines said, is the goal. A big piece of that puzzle are the im-
personator artists that the Roxy specializes in. “We have shows like Harley Hamm, who plays Stevie Ray Vaughn, or Johnny Rogers as Buddy Holly,” Gaines said. “People can come in and express themselves and take people back in time and really give them that experience of what it was like to see these musicians live.” Hicks said part of the plan for the Roxy is to keep it as current and updated as possible while maintaining the homey, retro vibe. “One of the things I’ve done is add more electric,” Hicks said. “Shows these days need so much electrical equipment that you have to keep up with that.” Reach Dylan Goforth at (918) 684-2903 or dgoforth @muskogeephoenix.com.
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A high-tech wellness center could help draw younger doctors to town, a Muskogee urologist said. Dr. Jewell L. Daniels
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Tawny Easterling, left, and Micheal Rappe starred in Muskogee Little Theatre’s production of “Proof.” MLT is planning a new venue because the current facility is bursting at the seams. “In community theater, the guideline is to shoot for 35-40 percent of your ticket sales to be season ticket sales,” Wetz said. “The next guideline says, when you hit the magic 50 percent number, it’s time to expand.” MLT is sitting at 62 percent season ticket sales.
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not going to waste my money.’” Thus,Wetz said, is the imThe Muskogee Little The- portance of the quiet phase. “If we raise a bunch of atre has provided Muskogee with countless stunning per- money without the public formances in its almost 40 knowing, when that person thinks about donating, we years. And, with a little hard can show him ‘This is how work and determination, the much we already have,’” Wetz said. “That makes it a best is yet to come. “Proof,” a play about the more viable option for a padaughter of a recently de- tron to donate $20 or $100 ceased mathematician, just here or there. “The rule of thumb is that wrapped its run. Now, MLT sets its sights on Sound of when you tell the public you’re ready, you want to Music — and beyond. “We’re so excited about have 40 to 60 percent of the ‘The Sound of Music,’” MLT money already raised.” The construcexecutive Coni tion is necessary Wetz said. “It’s for two reasons. going to be a fan- Muskogee Little Theatre For starters, the tastic show.” WHERE: 324 E. building, while Short-term excozy and quaint, cellence is as- Cincinnati Ave. EMPLOYEES: is in rough shape. sured — Wetz And that might said the tryouts One. HOW LONG IN be putting it nicefor “The Sound of BUSINESS: 39 years. ly. Music” were “off WEBSITE: “There’s a the charts good.” http://www.muskoroom in the back The long-term geelittletheatre.com/ outlook is bright, PHONE: (918) 816- that is literally splitting off from as well, as MLT 0688. the rest of the enters the “cultivation/quiet phase” of its building,” Wetz said. The dressing rooms are, fundraising plan for a new well, nonexistent. A divider facility. Wetz fawned over the con- blocks off a section of a room ceptual renderings for the so people can change clothes. new structure that will be With productions such as on the land where MLT “Beauty and the Beast” that presently sits. Even better, require upwards of 60 actors the new structure — which and crew, the quarters are would double the seating ca- cramped. Until a few years pacity to 250 — would in- ago, the downstairs lounge corporate the present-day area/changing room was just MLT building, blending the a hole in the ground. “The basement was hand old and the new. “The new building would dug,” Wetz said. “It still had allow us to do all kinds of a dirt floor. If you looked exciting things,” Wetz said. close at the walls, you could “It would have a beautiful see holes where animals had lobby that would allow us to been digging.” Dr. Tim Holder poured cedo dinner theater or hold meetings or art exhibits. It’s ment and fixed that probalmost limitless in what we lem, but for a theatre as could do compared to now.” prestigious as MLT, a nice Wetz said the “quiet building is a must. Which leads to the second phase” of the fundraising campaign means MLT is on reason for the upgrades. the lookout for potential big MLT is bursting at the donors. In 2010, MLT was seams. “In community theater, granted $500,000 per year for three years from the City the guideline is to shoot for of Muskogee Foundation. 35-40 percent of your ticket MLT has to match the grant sales to be season ticket money,Wetz said, so support sales,” Wetz said. “The next guideline says, when you hit is necessary. The reason for this phase, the magic 50 percent numWetz said, is to prove to ber, it’s time to expand.” MLT is sitting at 62 perMuskogee and surrounding areas that MLT means busi- cent season ticket sales. The ness when it comes to the show, as they say, must go on. Wetz is working hard to future construction. “We might have a show, ensure it does in a spectacuand someone might be here lar fashion. “Muskogee deserves the and be thinking about donating a $100 bill,” Wetz best we can offer,”Wetz said. said. “But when he sees that “That’s what we’re shooting it will take $3 million or for.” Reach Dylan Goforth at whatever to build the faciliTawny Easterling, left, and Amanda Dixon starred in Muskogee Little Theatre’s production of “Proof” in Februty, he might say,‘Well, they’re (918) 684-2903 or dgoforth ary. MLT Director Coni Wetz said MLT is in the quiet phase of its capital campaign to raise money for construction of a larger venue. never going to do it, so I’m @muskogeephoenix.com. Phoenix Staff Writer
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He said he has a great working relationship with Northeastern State University and Indian Capital Technology Center. Connors also is moving forward by honoring its past. A lobby in the Warner campus’ library and administration building is being turned into a Legacy Hall, Faltyn said. The college, which celebrated its 100th birthday in 2008, is preparing a coffee table book documenting the first 100 years. The history is being summarized in 10 panels going up in the lobby, Faltyn said. Lyndsey Sullivan, CSC director of college and community relations, designed the panels. In Muskogee, Connors showed its progress by moving west. CSC students started the spring semester at CSC’s new west campus, 2400 W. Shawnee Bypass. Connors shares the campus and other facilities with the Northeastern State University’s Muskogee campus. A new 10,000 squarefoot facility, snugly fit between two existing NSU structures, includes a 2,300-square-foot library, instructors’ offices and a bookstore. CSC will share the bookstore and library with NSU. NSU, meanwhile, is renovating the campus’ old library and bookstore into enrollment and financial aid offices. Faltyn said he also sees opportunities at the east campus, 2501 N. 41st St. E. Though small, the east campus has the largest enrollment of the three sites. “We plan to be a regional leader in wildlife education,” said Connors biology instructor Dr. Stuart Woods. “New wildlife courses are already in
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Eufaula Mayor Selina Jayne-Dornan checks her email from her office at City Hall. Jayne-Dornan said as the city turns 140 this year, she sees “a lot of pride in our community coming back, a lot of interest among our citizens in making the improvements that are needed.”
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City of Eufaula
Phoenix Staff Writer
EUFAULA — This city of nearly 3,000, nestled between the arms of the North and South Canadian rivers on Lake Eufaula, turns 140 years old this year. The event marks a milestone in the history of the county seat of McIntosh County. City leaders are taking the opportunity to reflect on the community’s past and plan for its future. “I see a lot of pride in our community coming back, a lot of interest among our citizens in making the improvements that are needed,” Mayor Selina JayneDornan said. “We are starting to look down the road toward our future.” Jayne-Dornan, who took office in June after a judge invalidated the results of a tight election in April and ordered a second election, said the first few months of her first term as mayor have been spent dealing with emergencies. The city’s new mayor successfully pushed for a halfcent sales tax extension in November to fund improvements at the wastewater treatment plant. The facility is operating at — or near — capacity under a consent order issued by the state Department of Environmental Quality. Jayne-Dornan said funding is being nailed down for the $4 million wastewater treatment plant expansion and the replacement or repair of some sewer lines. “It’s been challenging,” Jayne-Dornan said. “At the beginning (of my term) there were a lot of things had to be taken care of immediately.” Besides those immediate needs, Jayne-Dornan said the city has created several committees to address other areas where she sees room for improvement. She and other civic leaders also have been working with business owners, asking for their input on what is needed to make Eufaula a more attractive place to live and visit. Some projects in the planning stage, Jayne-Dornan said, include improvements for city streets, parks and the airport. Projects beyond
POPULATION: 2,813. MUNICIPAL BUILDING: City Hall, 64 Memorial Road. HOURS: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MAYOR: Selina Jayne-Dornan. KEY PERSONNEL: City Clerk-Treasurer Donna Hysell. NUMBER OF CITY EMPLOYEES: 35. BUDGET FOR 2011-2012: Total appropriations of $5,651,416. PHONE: (918) 689-2534. ETC.: www.cityofeufaulaok.com.
Trackhoes clear a path for a new sewer line that is being replaced near Eufaula Cove. The city of Eufaula is preparing to expand its wastewater treatment plant to bring it into compliance with state and federal regulations. The installation of new sewer lines is part of the infrastructural improvements being made.
the planning stage include the nearly completed enhanced 911 emergency call center, a new animal shelter, a recycling program, and
the development of 34 single-family homes for income-qualified residents. “If everything goes as planned, they should be
able to start construction of those homes late this year or early next year,” JayneDornan said of the development planned just north of
Lakehurst Senior Living Center west of downtown Eufaula. Jayne-Dornan said the armory building, which will
convert to the city once the environmental clean-up is completed, is being used temporarily as a community recreation center. The facility is available for residents who want to play basketball or have a place to walk during inclement weather. “We’re trying to promote good health and encourage recreation,” Jayne-Dornan said. “People are starting to take advantage of that.” To celebrate Eufaula’s 140th year, Jayne-Dornan said the city will expand its annual offering of summertime events to include a springtime festival. The city’s inaugural Heritage Days Festival will be April 21 and feature a parade, street dance, and a wide variety of old-fashioned games and activities, and “hometown fun.” As far as new jobs go, Jayne-Dornan said she presently anticipates no new businesses, but efforts are being made to expand tourism. The mayor said the city also hired a grant consultant to help find money available for future projects. According to U.S. Census Bureau redistricting data, Eufaula’s population grew 6.6 percent during the past 10 years. In 2010, census data show 2,813 residents lived in Eufaula, up 174 from the 2,639 people who lived there in 2000. The city had 1,552 housing units with a 75.8 percent occupancy rate. About 7 percent of the housing stock is vacant because of seasonal or recreational use. About 46 percent of the city’s housing stock is owner-occupied. Reach D.E. Smoot at (918) 684-2901 or dsmoot @muskogeephoenix.com.
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Published on Mar 3, 2012
Published on Mar 3, 2012
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