Movers & Shakers highlights the who, what, and where in business, entertainment, and all things local in Miami and its surrounding areas.
The Shawnee Tribe has big news! A new 10,000 square foot Heritage Center is to be built adjacent to the Intertribal Council building, near the turnpike. Groundbreaking for the $2 million facility, obtained through a HUD grant, is set for June. What a great attraction to promote tourism and Native American culture!
A new business is coming to Miami. Power Rental will be located at 1120 North Main, adjacent to Dollar General. Power Rental will offer all types of equipment ranging from lawn care to banquet tables and chairs. The venture is a partnership of Jason Blevins, who operates the Ace Hardware store, and Chad Hopping, who will serve as manager.
Specialty items will include stump grinders, jack hammers, augers, pumps, dump trailers, ladders, even popcorn and cotton candy machines. The targeted opening date is mid-June. The building, which was originally Baxter Tire, has been the site of a carpet business and appliance center, as well as a short-lived tattoo parlor. It will now boast a new exterior treatment, new showroom floor and ceiling tiles, and more.
With the recent expansion of the North Main branch with additional drive-thru lanes, First National Bank is retiring the old motor bank downtown on June 30.
The Eastern Shawnee Tribe observed a groundbreaking for a new state of the art aquatic center and indoor walking track to be connected to the Wellness Center at 10135 S. Bluejacket Road in Wyandotte. The center will include three pools and will be free to tribal members and available for a fee to non-tribal members.
One of the most admired people in Miami, Lee Dell Mustain is retiring as dance instructor at That's Dancing Studio. The influence she has left on her hundreds of students over the years will be immeasurable. Lee Dell also has choreographed many of Miami Little Theatre's musicals. Her next chapter will be at Chapter's Bookstore, where she has worked for several years.
After a 21-year stint of owning the dance studio, her final recital will be held May 19 and 20 at 7 p.m. at the Coleman Theatre. That's Dancing will now be managed by Kjersti (pronounced Chursti) King, one of Lee Dell's former students and a graduate of St. Gregory's.
Alene's Restaurant has closed. The once popular downtown eatery saw a decline in traffic after the retirement of former longtime operator Alene Bunce several months ago and the dismissal of one of Miami's most beloved waitresses by the new management. There was a time when guests would wait for a table to become available. I think with the right management, the restaurant could enjoy that same success. The lease is available through the Miami Housing Authority. Remember when it was called Mi Patio?
Oklahoma Boys State returns to the NEO A&M campus May 26. The Oklahoma American Legion sponsors the week of leadership, government and patriotism. Delegates have just finished their junior year of high school. Boys State was established in the 1930s. The community should be proud to host this annual event which will be attended by 400 of the state's finest young men. The event features a band, choir, talent show, and a wide variety of sports and other activities.
Dr. Ron Gilbert and his wife, Ann, were honored last week for their contribution to Miami's tourism by the Convention & Visitors Bureau. The couple now have a gallery named after them inside the Travel Information Center located on the turnpike. The center is accessible from town by traveling Eight Tribes Trail and offers a variety of Oklahoma-themed souvenir merchandise.
Welch State Bank will host an open house to mark the first anniversary of the Steve Owens facility on Tuesday, May 23. Hot dogs, cookies, punch and freebies will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The historic Marathon gas station on South Main, which was sold at auction about a year ago, has been listed with Susan Rhodes Real Estate.
The annual G.A.R. Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony will be held Monday, May 29 at 9 a.m.
Congratulations to Smith Insurance Co. in Commerce for 100 years of service to the community! Owner Corrine Smith says the business has been operated by her family the entire time.
A special shoutout to News-Record subscriber Nancy Burtrum. Thanks for the nice comments!
A new festival has been proposed next year for Ottawa County to bring awareness for soil subsidence issues in the area. It would be called Sink Hole De Mayo.
A priest and a pastor are standing on the side of the road, holding a sign that reads “The end is near!”
A passing driver yells, “You guys are nuts!” and speeds past them. From around the corner they hear screeching tires, then a big splash. The priest turns to the pastor and says, “Do you think we should just change our sign to say 'Bridge Out' instead?”
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