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Transcript: The Community Focus Update (03/27/21)

Updated: May 24, 2021

The Community Focus Update

Date: March 26th, 2020

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


Mike: Have a news tip? Why let us know by visiting our website slash News and fill out the form.

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Mike: Welcome to our 50th episode of the Community Focus Update. I’m Michael Woodruff. (party hat, whistle)

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Mike: In this week’s program we'll update you on the status of Former Fairland Trustee Kelli A. Shelton's legal journey at the Miami Municipal Court, talk about upcoming events around the county, and later look back at our 49 past episodes.

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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(Commerce Easter Egg Hunt)

Mike: Coming up to the Commerce old football field at noon on April third, it’s an easter egg hunt! For more information call city hall at (918) 675-4373.

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(Fairland Vaccines)

Mike: The Fairland Senior Center is looking for your input. If you would like for them to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Fairland Senior Center please call them at 918-676-6525 on Monday, Wednesday or Friday between 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM or visit their Facebook page and make a comment. This information will help the Bearskin Clinic, the agency that is supplying the vaccines, a better number of doses required for an upcoming vaccine clinic. #2 (One shot/Graphic)

(Miami Fire Department) Mike: If you live outside the Miami city limits you probably wondered who would come help you if you had a fire then after the smoke clears you wonder who’s going to pay for all those trucks and water. Need not fear. There is an inexpensive solution as Miami Deputy Fire Chief Kyle High Smith explains

Lower Third: Kyle Highsmith, Deputy Fire Chief, Miami Fire Department


Mike: Do you live within the Miami Fire Department fire district but are not a City of Miami utility customer and need a fire service subscription? Make sure to contact the Fire Department at 918-541-2291 to purchase your subscription.

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(Quapaw Elementary Kindergarten Sign up)

Mike: Quapaw Public School district residents, if your child is going to be 4 or 5 before September First 2021 you need to call 918-674-2236 for an appointment to register your child. The enrollment period is April 5th through April 30th. All students need to be potty trained and parents will need to have birth certificates, shot records, proof of residence, and CDIB if applicable.

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(Miami Library WIFI service)

Mike: Last summer the Miami Library applied for a fifteen thousand dollar digital access grant. As part of this grant Five hundred and fifty dollars was used to purchase 11 cellphone signal enabled wifi hot spots. Callie Courtner of the Miami Library explains how library patrons can use this new service.


Lower Third: Callie Courtner, Assistant Library Director, Miami Public Library

-Video Mike: While this new service costs the library $150 a month, the $15,000 Digital Access Grant will pay for it. If patrons lose the hot spot or any component they will be charged accordingly.

Mike: Have a news tip? Why let us know by visiting our website slash News and fill out the form.

Mike: Coming up after the break, Former Fairland Trustee Kelli A. Shelton appears in Miami Municipal court. Here are some events happening in the area.

Upcoming Government Meetings

Ottawa County Commissioners Monday March 29 , 1:45pm (online)

Miami City Council Monday March 29, 6pm (online/in person)

Election Day April 6, 6am-7pm

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

Commercial Break (Smoking Bear, PSA)

Mike: Welcome Back everyone.

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(Shelton’s Second Court Appearance)

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Mike: On Friday afternoon February 4th, Miami police were dispatched to Integris hospital Miami in response to a possible shoplifter at the gift shop. After a brief discussion with hospital personnel, Fairland Town Parks Commissioner Kelli A. Shelton was given a citation for theft of a $50 dollar flannel shirt and released on her own recognizance with a summons for Municipal court on Tuesday February 23rd. On that day, an Entry of Appearance was filed by Mrs. Shelton’s lawyer Winston H. Connor the 2nd of Jay with a plea of not guilty.


Mke: This past Thursday, March 25th Mrs. Shelton had her day in court.

-Video Mike: Arriving early she sat with family and her lawyer.


Mike: Upon being called, they went in

-Video Mike: and minutes later Mrs. Shelton left the courtroom.

-Video Mike: Moments later, once court duties were completed, Judge Charles Chesnut and City Attorney Ben Loring invited me into the courtroom

-Video Mike: While court officials couldn’t provide me a document of what was just discussed at press time and opted to not be on camera, they did give me a verbal summary.


Mike: Mrs. Shelton’s lawyer has asked for more time in order to gather more information. At this point a plea bargain is possible. If a plea agreement isn’t agreed upon by Mrs. Sheltons next court date May 21st, she will go to trial. If found guilty, Mrs. Shelton will be fined for no more than $500 plus a $60 court fee. While Judge Chesnut said “no” to my request for a camera in the courtroom due to distraction concerns he did affirm the right of having a camera outside it and promised his continued effort of keeping us informed.


Mike: While Mrs. Shelton was removed from the Fairland Board of Trustees on Tuesday, March 9th for a separate incident of missing 4 consecutive board meetings, state statute allows her to run in future elections to include any seat on the board of trustees. Mrs. Shelton is on the April 6th 2021 ballot for Board of Trustees.


Mike: During our special coverage of elections across Ottawa county starting at 6pm on April 6th, we will see if Fairland residents want Mrs. Shelton to return to serving the community in spite of her current legal issues.

-Camera Mike: Again it needs to be stressed Mrs. Shelton is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. We have reached out to Mrs. Shelton for comment and her lawyer has instructed her to not speak until the court hears and determines her case. At that time we hope to hear Mrs. Shelton’s side of the story.


Mike: To see previous coverage of this story visit today’s transcript at WoodruffMediaManagement dot com slash news for links.

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

Did you know?

Pot holes can be reported to the Miami Street department

Commercial Break (Unity of Joplin :30, Paid)

Mike: Welcome Back everyone.

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#6 (CFU Recap) Mike: With 50 episodes under our belt. We thought it’d be fun to share with you a montage of those stories that really defined our mission to keep the community informed.


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!

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