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Sacred Grounds Has Reopened

| September 05, 2018

Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse, located in the renovated and historic Rock Island Train Depot on the corner of Third Street and Otoe, has reopened.

Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The shop serves hot and cold coffee and espresso drinks, chicken salad sandwiches and baked goods.

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Art Instructor Nominated for Award

| August 29, 2018

TONKAWA — NOC Art Instructor Jena Kodesh has been nominated for the 2018 Woman of the Year Award – 50 Making a Difference.

The nomination was quite a surprise to Kodesh, who has taught 16 years as an adjunct and full time instructor at NOC.

“I was in total shock,” she said when she found out the nomination in late July. “It really is a great honor to be considered for such a prestigious award. I was quite overwhelmed.” READ MORE…..

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Where Are They Now

| August 29, 2018

Tracy Case, general manager of Marathon Oil Company’s largest oil refinery and the third largest oil refinery in the nation located in Garyville, La., has been promoted to senior vice president of
western refining operations based in San Antonio, Texas, effective Oct. 1, 2018.

Refineries will include those located in Kenai, Alaska, Los ANgeles and Martinez, Calif., Anacortes, Wash., Salt Lake City, Gallup, N.M., Texas City and El Paso, Texas.

Tracy is a former Ponca City resident and a 1978 Po-Hi graduate. He also graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1982 with a degree in chemical engineering. He is the son of the late
Calvin and Betty Case of Ponca City. Bob Case is his uncle. Tracy and his wife Kim will be moving to San Antonio in October.

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Internship With Kaw Nation

| August 29, 2018

Northern Oklahoma College Behavioral Science Major Gabriella (Gabby) Ochoa is participating in a two-year internship with the Kaw Nation Domestic Violence Program. READ MORE…..

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GateHands Gets a New Logo

| August 15, 2018

Local Ponca City manufacturer KB Enterprise, maker of GateHands tube gate latches, has released a new, updated logo as part of its overall branding and retail effort. The new logo was designed by Angie Ogden, Graphic Designer and Marketing Specialist at Pioneer Technology Center. The new logo showcases the unique shape of the latch’s receiver, which fits snugly onto the gate. The logo will be featured on their new retail packaging, which is scheduled to be rolled out by the end of the summer. Additionally, KB Enterprise has also simplified its sizing and merchandise color options to streamline the manufacturing process.

KB Enterprise received the incentive package from the the Business Pitch-off sponsored by Ponca City Development Authority in April of 2017. Part of the incentives was free manufacturing space in the Pioneer Technology Center’s Business and Industry incubator program. KB Enterprise moved into the Incubator in June of 2017, and by January of 2018 had already outgrown the space, and now occupy two manufacturing bays; one for shipping and receiving and one for manufacturing.

KB Enterprise is owned and operated by Brad Fredrick and Kelsey Wagner, a father-daughter business team. They have been working diligently the last year to roll out GateHands to retail stores both locally and regionally and recently hit a milestone of 10,000 latches sold. More information on the Pioneer Technology Business and Industry Incubator can be found at www.pioneertech.edu/business-incubator.

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Liberton Named To Board of Trustees

| August 15, 2018

The University Center (UC) is proud to announce the approval of Erin Liberton to the UC Board of Trustees. Liberton is filling the seat of outgoing Trustee Jeremy Frazier, Assistant City Manager for Cushing.

UC CEO Adam Leaming said he is thrilled with Liberton’s confirmation to the UC Board of Trustees.

“I’m thrilled with the appointment of Erin who is another proven civic leader. Erin an individual who has a history of active involvement in the community. I’m confident she will help the UC reach new milestones during her term,” Leaming said. “She has a passion for making Ponca City and our surrounding communities thrive. I look forward to working with her.”

Liberton said she is looking forward to serving in higher education.

“I am thrilled for the opportunity to serve as a Trustee for the University Center at Ponca City,” she said. “I have had the opportunity to work with a variety of organizations in the area and am thrilled to dive deeper into the education sector. Education is such an integral component of growing our communities and our citizenry. I’m anxious to see what we can continue to do through the UC in the years to come.”

Liberton is currently a Senior Vice President and Regional Retail Sales Manager with Equity Bank, previously Eastman National Bank. In this role Erin has many responsibilities and manages locations in Oklahoma and Southeast Kansas. Liberton’s 17 years of banking experience includes 12 years with City National Bank where Erin was a Vice-President and Regional Branch Manager. Erin is a graduate of Northern Oklahoma College with a degree in Business Administration, Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness, and has coursework completed towards a Master’s in Business Administration. Liberton graduated from Newkirk High School

Liberton has been deeply involved in leadership positions for many years and has chaired, served, or currently served in the following organizations: Ponca City United Way, Ponca City Leadership, Ponca City Chamber of Commerce, Community Health Foundation, New Emergency Resource Agency, Habitat for Humanity, and Professionals Today.

Erin was appointed to a nine year term by Governor Fallin effective 7/1/2018. The term will expire 6/30/2027. Liberton appeared before the Oklahoma State Senate Education Committee in April and was unanimously approved.

Liberton is married to Eric Liberton. They are the parents to two girls, Brylen (11), and Brynn (8).

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