Collinsville filing dates are Feb. 12-14


Candidates for municipal office in the City of Collinsville didn’t file December 18-20 as previously announced. Gwen Freeman, Secretary of the County Election Board, said the filing period will instead be February 12 – 14, 2018, with a nonpartisan primary election to be held April 3 and a general election, if needed, on June 26. […]

Christmas closings set


The Tulsa Beacon will not publish on Thursday, December 28, but will resume on Thursday, January 4. The newspaper office will be closed from December 23 until January 3. To contact the Tulsa Beacon during that time, call 918-523-4425 and leave a message or email or (for legal notices). The City of Tulsa […]

OSDH gets a new CEO


Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) Interim Commissioner Preston Doerflinger announced that he is naming Kim Bailey as chief operating officer and Margot Barnes as director of human resources (HR). “As we work to regain the public’s trust, it is important that we place highly qualified people with strong personal values and ethics in leadership […]

Jerusalem decision draws approval


The decision by President Donald Trump to formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel and to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has drawn praise from Oklahoma lawmakers. State Rep. John Bennett, R-Sallisaw, who is an ordained minister, welcomed the move. “Many presidents have ‘promised’ this but have never followed […]

House subpoenas withdrawn when officials agree to appear


The chair of the House Special Investigation Committee recently served three state officials with subpoenas to appear before the committee and produce evidence related to apparent financial mismanagement at the Oklahoma Department of Health. Subpoenas were served to Preston Doerflinger, director of the Office of Management Enterprise Services and acting director of the Department of […]

Atheists will meet in OKC in 2018


America Atheists will hold their 2018 National Convention in Oklahoma City, March 30 to April 1. To stir up news coverage, the group has leased billboards, including two in Tulsa. One urges Tulsans to “Just skip church. It’s all fake news.” “Everyone knows that the stories we’re told in church aren’t the truth,” said David […]

John J. Dwyer to autograph books


Will Rogers Medallion Award Winning author John J. Dwyer will have a book signing from 1-4 p.m. December 23 at Barne & Noble in Tulsa Woodland Plaza, 8620 E. 71st St. Dwyer has published a series called The Oklahomans. Other books include Shortgrass, The War Between the States, When the Bluebonnets Come, Stonewall and others. […]

Tulsa gets friendly bicycle award


For the 3rd time in a row, the City of Tulsa has received a Bicycle Friendly Community bronze-level designation from the League of American Bicyclists. Tulsa received its first Bicycle Friendly Community designation in 2009, followed by a renewal in 2013, and now a second renewal in 2017. Each designation lasts four years. Tulsa is […]

Awards for city fluoridation efforts


The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) announced that 12 water systems – including Tulsa – have been awarded a Water Fluoridation Quality Award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The award recognizes those communities which achieved excellence in community water fluoridation by maintaining a consistent level of fluoride in drinking […]

No Tulsa Beacon on December 28


The Tulsa Beacon publishes 51 weeks a year and will not publish on Thursday, December 28. The December 21st issue of the Tulsa Beacon will have extra comics, puzzles, syndicated columns, movie reviews, news and sports.  After December 21, the next issue will be January 4, 2018. The Tulsa Beacon will be closed from Saturday […]