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Transcript: The Community Focus Update (03/31/21)

The Community Focus Update

Date: March 31st, 2020

Note: This is a working document information may change. Missing numbers means stories were dropped.


Mike: In this week’s program we'll stop in Afton and meet the candidates running for office. In Wyandotte we’ll enjoy bluegrass music and barbecue chicken. Later in the program we’ll speak with the folks from Penmac and learn how to improve your odds of getting hired at any job. All this and more here on The Community Focus Update!

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-:60 Opener/Lower third (Mike)

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Mike: Welcome to our 51th episode of the Community Focus Update. I’m Michael Woodruff. Before we dive into what's going on around Ottawa County let's talk about our sponsors.

-Kdawg Online Auction

Mike:Owned and operated by Kenny and Diahann Wiford , K Dawg Online Auction features brand new liquidated items at the fraction of store prices. If you have a Facebook profile you can be a member of our group and bid. Auctions begin each Friday night at 6 and end on Saturday night at 6. To get a deal on someone else's extravagant decision and change of mind visit facebook dot com slash groups slash Kdawgauctions. (Facebook link on screen)

-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.

-Ottawa County Votes Mike: Coming up on April 6th at 6pm will be our live coverage of the various elections throughout Ottawa County. During this time we will give you the numbers as they are counted, we have also reached out to candidates and invited them on the program also during the program we will feature memory montages from communities throughout Ottawa county to include...Picher. Current sponsors include Unity of Joplin, Elegance Unleashed, Nowhere on 66 Barbecue, Extreme Gaming, Route 66 Truck & Trailer and The Ottawa County Farmers Market.

-Extreme Gaming Mike: In addition to video games, Extreme Gaming at 1915 North Main in Miami is now offering movie rentals! Each Tuesday is New Release day and with over twelve hundred titles in stock, there’s something for everyone! To learn more give Extreme Gaming a call at 918-542-7529. On the phone or in person be sure to thank them for sponsoring the Community Focus Update!

-CASA Facebook Live Event/Fundraiser

Mike: Coming up on April 30th at 6pm It’s CASA's Cherish The Child Cruise Night Livestream. Hosted by yours truly, this Facebook live will feature the sites and sounds of a community cruise night on Route 66 as Woodruff Media Management raises money for CASA of Northeast Oklahoma. 50% of all advertising revenue will be donated to CASA and 100% of all individual Eventbrite tickets will be forwarded to CASA. For more information visit our website Woodruff Media Management dot com slash events. Current sponsors include Unity of Joplin, Elegance Unleashed, Nowhere on 66 Barbecue, and Route 66 Truck & Trailer, Extreme Gaming, and The Ottawa County Farmers Market.

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 at Woodruff Media Management dot com with the Word “advertising” in the subject line.

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(Afton Meet and Greet)

Mike: On Saturday evening March 27th, Afton residents had an opportunity to meet with local candidates running for Board of Trustees and Town treasurer Organizer Jeannie Sears explains

Lower Third:Jeannie Sears, Event Organizer, Afton Candidate Meet & Greet

MIke: During this time we worked the room and asked each candidate why they were running for office, while the answers varied each one offered an insight: Lower Third:___________________________________________________________ Lower Third:___________________________________________________________

Lower Third:___________________________________________________________

-Graphic Mike: Unfortunately we were unable to get interviews with these candidates due to a variety of reasons.

Sandy Baker- Refused

Mary Hudspeth- Busy cooking and serving food Clarence Slusher- Not present

Shannon Roberts- Not present due to family commitment

Genafer Canady- Not present

Jason Speer- Shy

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(Cherokee Nation Candidates)

Mike: During the Afton Meet and Greet, Candidates for Cherokee Nation District 10 were also present we also asked them why they were running: Lower Third:_Shaunda Handle-Davis___________________________________ Lower Third:John Ann Masters Thompson________________________________

Lower Third:Cody Williams_____________________________________________


Mike: In addition to these three candidates three others are on the ballot. They are:

- Dennis Ackley - Darrel Hicks - Melvina Shotpouch Mike: The Cherokee Nation Election Commission will be conducting the 2021 General Election on Saturday, June 5, 2021. The open Tribal Council seats are Districts 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 15 and one At-Large Council seat. -Graphic Mike: Voter Registration Deadline for the 2021 General Election was on March 31, 2021 and the Absentee Ballot Request Deadline for the 2021 General Election is April 16, 2021. To learn more visit

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(Fairland Candidates) Mike: AS we discuss elections here are the folks running for board of trustee in Fairland on April 6th.

-Lisa Jewett -Kelli Shelton -Trevor Berger -Dillion Bunch

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(Miami Candidates)

Mike: Miamis in Ward three will have a choice of three candidates on April 6th. Dwain Sundberg, Justin Addis, Eric W. Bridges

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(Quapaw Candidates)

Mike: Town of Quapaw residents will have a choice of two candidates in their April 6th election Lee Edward Lyle and Charley L. Daniels -Graphic Mike: Again Woodruff Media Management will be covering Afton and other town elections as ballots are counted starting at 6pm. If you are a candidate in any of these elections you are welcome to stop our set at the Miami Regional Chamber of Commerce and talk with us live. Feel free to call us at 918-544-6194 to give us a heads up. #6 (one shot/graphic)

(Miami Trash Cleanup)

Mike: Like clockwork, each March the Miami sanitation department hits the street and collects the results of the communities annual spring cleaning. According to Solid Waste Manager Kevin Horn over 425 tons was collected. Mike: If you missed your chance for free pickup need not worry you can still deliver to the city dump each Saturday between 8am and 2pm. There is a minimum of $5 charged for up to 200 lbs for Miami Trash Service Customers. For more information call 918-541-2368

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(Wyandotte Meet and Treat)

Mike: On Saturday March 27th, The Wyandotte First Baptist Church hosted “Meat and Treat” a free community BBQ in honor of Emergency responders in the community. Wyandotte Mayor Leon Crow explains how plans for this event unfolded

Lower Third:Leon Crow, Mayor, Wyandotte Oklahoma Lower Third:Jodi Francisco, Fire Chief, Wyandotte, Oklahoma

Lower Third:Billy Friend, Chief, Wyandotte Nation

Mike: Later in the day certificates of appreciation were given to area agencies that provide emergency services.

#8 (one shot/Video)

(CASA Paperdoll Project) Mike: In the past month or so we’ve been talking about our upcoming Facebook Live fundraiser for CASA of Northeast of Oklahoma, in addition to this event area businesses and individuals have a fun opportunity to also help put a face on the work CASa does for area children. Melissa Barnes with Casa of Northeast Oklahoma explains.

Lower Third: Melissa Barnes, Marketing and Resource Director, CASA of Northeast Oklahoma

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(Casey’s Adds New Stores)(Dropped) Mike: On Tuesday, March 23rd Casey’s General Stores, announced an agreement to acquire 49 stores throughout Oklahoma from Circle K Stores Inc. to include in an all-cash transaction for $39 million. The transaction includes the 46 leased properties and 3 owned properties and is expected to close in the fiscal quarter on July 31, 2021. These stores will be supplied by the company’s new distribution center in Joplin, MO. and the nearest “new: Casey’s in Northeast Oklahoma will be in Grove.

Mike: Coming up after the break, we’ll have some advice on how to get a better paying job. Until then here are some events happening in the area. Upcoming Government Meetings

Ottawa County Commissioners Monday April 5, 1:45pm (online)

Miami City Council Monday April 5, 6pm (online/in person)

Election Day April 6, 6am-7pm

Fairland Board of Trustees April 8, 6pm (in person)

Commercial Break (Unity of Joplin, Paid)

Mike: Welcome Back everyone.

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#8 (Job tips)

Mike: Back in April last year the communities worldwide issued lockdowns in order to lower the infection curve of the covid-19 pandemic. While this gave healthcare, government agencies,, and other services time to organize it affected employment numbers. In Oklahoma alone the unemployment rate went from an average of 4% to 13% while this number has returned to 4% many employers are eager to get back to work or expand and they are hiring. Unfortunately many of these jobs are going unfilled. While there are a variety of reasons why folks may not want to enter or return to the workforce we thought it’d be helpful to talk with a local employment service and get some tips on what people need to get a job.

-Lower Third: Ariane Tipton, Staffing Specialist, Penmac Staffing


Mike: Coming up after the break, we’ll recap the highlights of past episodes of The Community Focus Update.

Did you know trivia

Commercial Break (Ottawa County Farmers Market :30, Paid)

Mike: Welcome Back everyone. Next week we will not be having a program due to our live election coverage on April 6th at 6pm. 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!

(Copyright 2021/fade out)


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