Citizens urged to complete census

Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce President Jaime Henson challenged the community to self respond to the 2020 Census due to Sallisaw and Sequoyah County being behind in the census count.

Chris Landis of the Census Bureau spoke briefly Wednesday at the chamber's monthly membership luncheon, urging residents to at least self-respond to the census.

He said census workers are currently going door-to-door in an effort to catch up. Landis said Sequoyah County currently stands at 45 percent completion, while Sallisaw is at 56 percent. The state is at 58.9 percent.

Sallisaw Welcome Center targeted for improvement

Sallisaw Welcome Center targeted for improvement

Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell told members of the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce Wednesday that tourism dollars are the easiest to go after and he plans to do just that.

Pinnell was one of the featured speakers at the chamber's monthly membership luncheon at the Indian Capital Technology Center.

Sallisaw's Visitor (Welcome) Center on Interstate 40 will be the beneficiary of some of the money the state is expected to spend on tourism in the coming months. Pinnell said visitor's to the state get their first impression at these centers and sometimes it's their last impression.

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Owens Honors Bynum with tandem skydive, proceeds will build monument for fallen classmate

Vian resident and longtime educator, Jimmy Owens, commemorated his 80th birthday on August 18 by honoring a fallen classmate with a tandem skydive jump, while also marking off the number one item on his bucket list.

“I think some people thought I was crazy while others were telling me 'you're the man' but the thing was, I just wanted to jump!” Owens said.

A GoFundMe page was established in early August by Patrick McFerron, a former student of Owens' in hopes of raising $5,000, which will be used to build a monument in honor of Owens' fellow Vian High School classmate, Capt. Neil S. Bynum, who reportedly lost his life in the Vietnam War.


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