The Community Focus Update Date: January 12th, 2020
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-:60 Opener/Lower third (Mike) (One shot) (Zoom in) Mike: Welcome to our 41st episode of the Community Focus Update. I’m Michael Woodruff.
(One shot) Mike: In this week’s program we'll be recapping what happened at this week's meeting of the Ottawa County Commissioners Meeting. We'll also learn how the state is distributing the covid-19 vaccination. Later in the program we'll share with you our thoughts on news reporting, bias, and truth. Before we dive into what going on around Ottawa County let's talk about our sponsors. Graphic -Elegance Unleashed Mike: Elegance Unleashed; Owner Deb Swank offers a full service salon for you and your family. They offer a wide variety of services from haircuts to pedicures. Due to easing of state and local Covid-19 rules Elegance Unleashed, will be taking one-on-one appointments. Children and the disabled can be accompanied by one adult. As a safety caution all clients are asked to wear surgical masks. If you don’t have a mask one will be provided. Deb wants to thank everyone for their past patronage and looks forward to serving returning and new customers. For an appointment call 918-544-6976.
-Pewitt Law Graphic Mike: Since 1992, Douglas Pewitt has been serving the public as an attoney. If you have questions about Family law to include divorce and child custody, auto or personal injury, or found yourself on the other side of the law. Call Pewitt Law Offices at 918-542-8400.
Mike: If you’d like to advertise or be a sponsor of The Community Focus Update it’s only $10 an episode during the covid-19 pandemic. Email me at Michael Woodruff Media Management dot com with the Word “advertising” in the subject line. #1(One shot/Video/Graphic) (FBI Notice for Oklahomans who protested at US Capitol) Mike: The images we saw last week on January 7th we're troubling for a majority of Americans. Since that time more an more details are being discovered. Among them is the growing list of people who stormed the Capitol building. On January 8th, U.S. Attorney Trent Shores from the US attorney Generals office for North District of Oklahoma issued this statement.
Mike: “The violence committed this week at our Nation’s Capitol Building and surrounding areas was illegal and an affront to an American institution of democracy and rule of law. At this time, the Department of Justice and FBI are requesting the public’s assistance to identify individuals who may have taken part in violent or destructive acts on the U.S. Capitol. If, after investigation, the FBI finds substantial and credible evidence that individuals from the Northern District of Oklahoma planned to commit violent acts against the Capitol and travelled to Washington, DC, with the intent to carry out those acts, or committed unlawful acts of violence, the U.S. Attorney’s Office stands ready to bring charges against those individuals, or to assist the District of Columbia U.S. Attorney’s Office in prosecuting acts over which it has primary jurisdiction. If any Oklahoman has information to help identify individuals participating in rioting or violence in or around the U.S. Capitol Building, the FBI urges you to submit information, photos, or videos that could be relevant to tips.fbi.gov or call 1-800-CALL-FBI. Because the FBI’s investigation into these attacks is ongoing, we cannot comment further. I want to be clear that any criminal investigation will pertain to suspected or alleged criminal conduct. It was not a crime for Oklahomans to travel to Washington, DC, to participate in constitutionally protected activities, such as peaceable assembly or a political rally.”
-Graphic Mike: Again if you have any information about criminal actions like destruction of property, or assault. Please visit tips.fbi.gov or call 1-800-CALL-FBI. Source:
#2(One shot/Video or photos) (Ottawa County Board of County Commissioners) Mike: On Monday January 11th, the Ottawa County Board of County Commissioners met for their weekly meeting. On the agenda was Item number seven; Discussion and request for approval: Speech expression and social networking policy concerning the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department, requested by Ottawa County Sheriff, David Dean. Here's video of that discussion.
Lower third: Voice of David Dean, Ottawa County Sheriff
Lower third: Voice of Kenny Wright, District Attourney
Lower third: Mike Furnace, Commissioner, Ottawa County Distict 3 Lower third: Russell Earls, Commissioner, Ottawa County Distict 1
Lower third: Steven Chasteen, Commissioner, Ottawa County Distict 2
-Graphic Mike:Learn see the latest news in Ottawa county, to include upcoming county commissioner meetings, visit our website: WoodruffMediaManagement.com slash news.
#3 (one shot/graphic) (Covid-19 Vaccine Schedule)
Mike: Last week we told you about how you can make an appointment with the Ottawa County Health Department for a covid-19 Vaccine and made a point to tell you supplies were limited and everyone who makes an appointment isn't necessarily contacted immediately. After press time last week the Oklahoma State Health Department issued this schedule.
On Mondays, counties statewide will plan vaccination events
On Tuesdays, counties will be informed on vaccine supply levels by the state.
On Wednesday, counties will look at the appoinments requested and determine eligibility.
On Thursday, eligibile Oklahomans will be given the opportunity to be scheduled. These alerts could be an email or phone call. Be sure to check your spam or trash file for those emails. On Friday, this appointment opportunities will continue.
Keep in mind this proccess will be ongoing and will expire once distributiuon and supplies are sufficient.
-Graphic Mike: If you have questions, visit the link on the screen https://oklahoma.gov/covid19/vaccine-information.html or call 2-1-1.
#4 (One shot/Graphic)
(Quapaw Schools Education Survey)
Mike: A survey for Parents of current 9th through 12th Grade Students at Quapaw High School has been recently posted on Quapaws Pulic Schools Facebook Page. -Graphic
Mike: The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Improvement Act also known as “Perkins 5” aims to develop more fully students’ academic knowledge and technical and employability skills through career-connected learning.
Perkins 5V requires the state, school districts, and community colleges to engage with stakeholders such as students, parents, & businesses, in their communities and create plans supporting innovation in the future of CTE.
A part of this engagement is offering this survey to help the school identify local needs.
Mike: The survey will be active until Wednesday, January 20. Thank you in advance!
-Graphic Mike: For a the link you can also visit the transcript of this program at WoodruffMediaManagement.com slash news
(One Shot/Graphic/Video) #5 (Peoria Tribe Elections)
Mike: The Peoria Tribal Elections will be held at their Annual Meeting coming up March 6th, 2021. Second Chief, Second Councilman, and two seats on the grieveance committee will be decided. If you are a Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma Member and 25 years or over you without a felony conviction you are qualified to run for office. Deadline for filing is 4:00pm on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 118 South Eight Tribes Trail Miami, Oklahoma 74354.
For more information visit peoriatribe.com or call (918) 540-2535
(One Shot/Video) #6 (Miami Bricks)
Mike: Some people sell burritos or knockoff name brand items like purses or shoes. One lady is selling bricks. Debbie East of the Ottawa County Musicians Tribute Committee explains.
Lower Third: Debbie East, Ottawa County Musicians Tribute Committee
Mike: Coming up after the break, we’ll be sitting down with Ottawa County Commissioner of District 2 Steven Chasteen and discuss his first week in office. Until then here's a list of upcoming government meetings opened to the public.
Upcoming Government Meetings
Afton Town City Council - January 19th 6pm
Miami City Council -January 19th, 6pm Ottaw County Board of County Commissioners- January 19th, 1:45pm Commercial Break (Unity of Joplin Osborn Drugs :30, Paid)
(One Shot/Video) #6 (Interview with Steven Chasteen, Ottawa County Commissioner District 2)
Mike: After the break….Here's a piece of trivia you may not know.
Comercial Break (Osborn drug :30, Paid) (One Shot/Video) #7 (News Standards) Mike: In the past year the rose colored glasses that many of us were wearing have been removed. I for one have always believed in the United States, for all of it's flaws, is still one of noble ideals. Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. The right to speak ones mind, the right to defend, the right to a fair trial, and the list goes on and on. To loosely quote the French philosopher Alexis De Tocqueville, the United States has a pefect balance of Liberty and Equality the only way she will fall is if she embraces extremes of either ideal. Sadly we're seeing this more and more. 2020 was a real wake-up call for many of us. How we handled a pandemic. How we addressed racial concerns. And recently how we conducted a presidential election. When it comes to telling these stories it can be quite a challenge.
Notice how I said "2020 was a real wake-up call for many all of us. How we handled a pandemic. How we addressed racial concerns. And recently how we conducted a presidential election." Depending on where you sit regionally, politically, racially, or anything else, those words may mean something different. As a broadcaster this is something I think about all the time, "How do I report on a story and not show my bias?" Sure there are times where I report on a story and think to myself, "This is good news. This how such and such is suppose to work." And other times I'm in disbelief. In those times I think, "Really you got to be kidding me?!" I then swear under my breath and got get the story. Sometimes I go to the good news story and it turns out to be bad news and vice versa. Either way the ultimate goal is to find the truth. When it comes to newsgathering, sources of truth are: statistics, 2 or more eyewitness accounts from folks who have no direct association, reports from government, trade associations, bonifide experts, and any other information that can be verified. If you are a person who has been known to lie, exaggerate, or has been standoffish with others in the past. You as a source will be highly scrutinized. If you are not willing to put your name on it or do a sitdown interview, that same scrutiny will apply. If you obtained a private organizations documents, photos, video, or anything else by illegal or unethical means, I won't accept it. These standards are nothing new. In fact legitmate news outlets all subscribe to this criteria. We have to have it in place to avoid being used as a weapon in the rhealm of public opinion and avoid legal issues like libel and slander. Anyway that's where Woodruff Media Management stands. -Graphic Today's Question (none) Mike: Well that’s it for this week’s program. Be sure to like and share this video and become our friend on Facebook. Thanks again for watching.We’ll see you next week!