Anadarko Family Dollar Grand Reopening!

Anadarko, OK – The Family Dollar store in Anadarko has recently gone through some in-store renovations to provide more options for their customers. In addition to adding more grocery products, they have increased their cooler capacity by more than double. They held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, April 13th, 2019 to recognize their Grand Reopening.

“Inside the store, we have completely changed twenty percent of our inventory to better serve our customers,” said Travis Chalepah, store manager. “We believe our store can thrive in Anadarko.”

People visiting the store during the grand reopening had opportunities to win gift baskets, gift cards ranging from $25-$100, tote bags and more! They also provided hot dogs during lunch and hosted a coloring contest for kids to win prizes.

Family Dollar stores were acquired by Dollar Tree in 2014 through an 8.5 billion dollar purchase.

“We are happy to know that, even though some Family Dollar stores were closed after the merger, their leadership recognizes the opportunity to succeed in Anadarko. We thank them for their continued investment in our community,” commented David Scott, executive director of the Anadarko Chamber.

Some new products are recognizable by their “Wow” sign for only $1.

Gordon Emhoolah Featured in Special Exhibition

“Spirit Within” by Gordon Emhoolah

ANADARKO, OKLAHOMA: The Southern Plains Indian Museum, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Indian Arts and Crafts Board, will feature an exhibit of paintings by Gordon Emhoolah. The exhibition will run from April 5 to May 24, 2019. On April 5, a reception and gallery talk will be held from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Gordon Emhoolah, an enrolled member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, is a talented painter. Born and raised around the “Apache Wye” area west of Anadarko, Oklahoma, Gordon and his wife, Lorrie Thorpe-Emhoolah, reside in Norman, Oklahoma. Gordon currently works full-time as an artist.

Gordon first began his artistic work in the mid 1990’s, exploring sketching and graffiti art as a hobby. His mother Rachel Chalepah and father Hubert “Bucky” Emhoolah instilled in Gordon at an early age the importance of traditional pow-wow’s and the Native American Church. The values learned from this upbringing had a profound effect on Gordon’s art. With no formal training, Gordon has taught himself how to tell narrative stories though his art. He has progressively become a highly skilled painter, focusing his talent on the depiction of Native American Church traditions. Acrylic and watercolor paints on canvas are the media Gordon uses to demonstrate his extensive knowledge of the current and historical practices of the Native American Church. His hope is to use his art to carry on these teachings for future generations.

As a descendent of the Kiowa, Apache and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, Gordon grew up surrounded by traditional cultural practices and ceremonies. This upbringing provides him the inspiration for his art today. His art brings a contemporary feel to the traditional subjects that he depicts. Gordon uses meditation and song to guide him while he creates his art. This will be Gordon’s first exhibit in a museum setting and he is grateful for the opportunity to share his creations with his family, friends, and the community.

The artwork featured in the exhibition may be purchased by contacting Gordon Emhoolah directly by email at The Southern Plains Indian Museum is managed by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Indian Arts and Crafts Board. Regular viewing hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All exhibits at the museum are free and open to the public.


Anadarko Chamber Awards Banquet 2019

Businesses and Individuals to be Recognized for Community Involvement

Anadarko, OK – The finalists for the 2019 Anadarko Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards banquet include the following: Large Business of the Year – CKenergy, Gold River Casino, and Sonic Drive-In, Small Business of the Year – Redskin Theater, Dirt Road Graphics, and Southwestern Welding Supply; Organization of the Year – VFW Auxiliary 1015, Anadarko Public School Foundation, and B.I.A. Child Protective Services; Woman of the Year – Carol Swindell, Julie Pedersen, and Karen Black; Man of the Year – Skip Hamill, Leroy Head, and Durell Cooper III. We will also be presenting Tom and Carolyn Cantrell with a lifetime achievement award.

Every year the Anadarko Chamber recognizes individuals and organizations that are working to improve people’s lives in the Anadarko area. The winners will be announced at the Chamber’s annual banquet which will be held on Thursday, March 28th and the doors open at 6:00 p.m. and dinner served at 7:00 p.m. at Oakridge Camp. This year’s theme will be “The Price is Right in Anadarko!” and will include entertainment from the classic TV show. Attendees will also have a chance to bid on items during a silent/live auction which raises funds for the Chamber to help pay for various programming during the year.

Sponsorships are still available and individual tickets are $30 per person and you may contact David Scott at the Anadarko Chamber to reserve your seats. Please call 405-247-6651 or email for more information.


Anadarko Chamber Shop Local Christmas Giveaway!

Anadarko Chamber Recognizes Shop Local Giveaway Winner!


Anadarko, OK – The Anadarko Chamber of Commerce created a “Shop Local” giveaway to encourage people to remember to do Christmas shopping in Anadarko first before looking at other locations. Statistics have shown that for every $100 spent in a local business $68 will stay in our local economy.

“We wanted to do a big present giveaway to promote a fun reminder for people to support their own community and that will help keep our tax dollars in Anadarko,” said David Scott, Chamber Executive Director.

Participants had to spend at least $20 in a local business and turned in their receipts to the Chamber for an entry into the drawing. After shopping at George’s Dept Store, Thresa Moser’s ticket was drawn and she was recognized as the winner at the Chamber meeting on December 20th. Several local businesses donated items toward the present and the total value was over $500 in gifts.


We want to thank the following businesses for their support:
Anadarko Tag Agency
Apex, Inc.
Auxiliary Gift Shop at the Physicians’ Hospital
City of Anadarko
Dirt Road Graphics
Joshua’s Auto Sales
Ridge Runner Roofing
Simply Elegant Flowers, Etc.
Timberland Real Estate
Trophies N’ Things

2018 Anadarko Christmas Parade Float Winners

Anadarko, OK – The Anadarko Chamber of Commerce’s announced the winners of the 2018 Christmas Parade “Rockin’ Around The Tree” Float Contest. The winners are as follows: Best Individual – Michelle Ahshapnek with Miniature Horse, Best Civic Organization – Eerie Acres Haunted Armory, Best Business – Sun Loan Company, and Best Church – St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. We want to thank our guest judges: City Councilor Patrick Redbird, Linda Oliphant and J.J. Vance.

Executive Director David Scott commented, “We had an excellent turnout this year for our annual Christmas Parade in Anadarko. The Chamber would like to thank everyone who volunteered to be a part of the parade. We will continue to host the annual parade on the first Saturday in December, so you can mark your calendars for December 7th in 2019!”



Anadarko Teen To Compete in Miss Teen USA State Pageant

Rylea Bennett from Anadarko, daughter of Rick and Rhonda Bennett, has been selected to participate in the 2019 Miss Oklahoma Teen USA Pageant. The pageant will take place October 20-21 in Shawnee, OK. She will be competing as the representative of Caddo County and will compete in active wear, evening gown, and personal interview. The pageant has two age divisions, and the winners will represent our state in the 2019 MISS USA® and MISS TEEN USA® Pageant. MISS USA goes on to compete in the MISS UNIVERSE® Pageant. The MISS USA Pageant system stresses good morals, physical fitness, communication skills, social awareness, and community involvement.

Rylea enjoys softball, trap, archery, gardening, and riding her horses. She loves to cook for her neighbors and friends, and her favorite downtime is spending time with family. She is a 4.0 student at Verden High School and holds the officer position of Sentinel for the Verden FFA Chapter where her projects are ownership/entrepreneurship of a cattle herd and floriculture. She is a member of the Caddo County 4-H Shooting Sports team in which she shoots trap, skeet, and sporting clays. Rylea is the catcher for the Verden High School softball team and is constantly cheering on her fellow teammates even from behind the plate. She is the president of her sophomore class and president of the student council. Her hope is to attend the University of Oklahoma to become a doctor and specialize in neurological pathology.
Rylea is being sponsored by Simply Elegant Flowers, Etc., Lauren Jene Photography, Bill East Bail Bonds, and family and friends. For more information about Rylea or you would like to become a sponsor, you may contact Rhonda at 405-247-3863.


“The Bus Stop” Coming to Anadarko Pocket Park


“The Bus Stop” Coming to Pocket Park

Anadarko, OK – Monday July 16th the Anadarko Chamber’s Food Truck Mondays will be continuing downtown in the Pocket Park. “The Bus Stop” food truck will be set up from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm for lunch.

“The Bus Stop” offers delicious and affordable food. Their menu will include a variety of sandwiches from grilled chicken to bbq. Others include the “Made Right Burger” and the “Nueske” bratwurst. The Nueske is made with a bacon and cheddar bratwurst served on a steamed bun with your choice of toppings. The “Made Right Burger” is made from ground chuck that is from their own herd of grass fed cows with no added hormones to their diet. The meat is slow cooked and served on a steamed bun with pickle and mustard. You can also add cheese to this and make it a “cheese right”. This burger offers the same great flavor with half the fat.

Food Truck Mondays was started to give people more options in town since many restaurants are closed on Mondays. If you are a vendor and would like to set up you can visit for more information or call 405-247-6651. The Pocket Park is located at 207 W. Broadway St, Anadarko, OK 73005.



“The Made Right Burger”

“The Nueske”

Fishes-N-Loaves Starts Fried Chicken Fridays

Fishes-N-Loaves Starts Evening Service with Fried Chicken Fridays!

Anadarko, OK – Fishes-N-Loaves recently celebrated their 4th anniversary of being in business as a local restaurant in Anadarko. The owner, Bobbie Plummer, has big plans for the future and is starting by offering a new concept of “Fried Chicken Fridays” and will be serving whole or half chicken dinners on Friday evenings. They will be available for dine-in or carry-out from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. starting Friday, July 6th. The “whole” meal consists of 8 pieces of fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, okra, and four biscuits for $16.99 and the “half” meal includes 4 pieces of fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, okra, and two biscuits for $8.99.

“We are excited to offer this fried chicken menu to our loyal customers,” said Bobbie Plummer. “We wanted to offer something different for people on a Friday night in Anadarko.”

Customers can enjoy the meal at 201 W. Main St, Anadarko, OK 73005 or call in an order by dialing 405-247-8889.


APEX, Inc. Opening New Boutique in Anadarko!

APEX, Inc. Opening New Boutique in Anadarko! Grand Opening Set for June 27th!

Anadarko, OK – Apex, Inc. based in Anadarko is expanding their operations to include a boutique store filled with donated clothes, jewelry, purses and other items that are handmade onsite. Apex employees over 45 employees and their corporate mission is to provide services that encourage and empower independence and provide opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities that enable them to live and work in the community and become fully participating members of society.

“This is an innovative step for us to continue to create jobs for our clients and also build a new revenue source,” said Sheri Hammons, executive director for Apex. “Beatriz Kilpatrick had the initial idea for us to create a high-end, gently used, boutique where prices are very affordable.”

Apex is accepting monetary donations and in-kind items, if you would like to make a donation please contact Sheri or Beatriz at 405-247-7377. The boutique is located in downtown Anadarko across from the post office at 117 S. 1st street. They are planning a grand opening for the boutique on Wednesday, June 27th starting at 10 a.m. so customers can have opportunity to visit the store and enjoy some refreshments.


The Case for Liquor-by-the-Drink in Caddo County

By: Mayor Kyle Eastwood

June 26th marks a critical moment for the future of Anadarko and Caddo County. After months of seeking an opportunity for our citizens to decide on restaurants being able to sell a glass of wine with dinner or a cup of beer at a concert, the Anadarko Chamber of Commerce was able to get that opportunity on the ballot for our residents. Now, we have to do our part and get out to vote YES.

Recently, voters across the State voted to allow 6 point beer to be sold outside of liquor stores. An indirect consequence of this vote was the end of 3.2 beer. By allowing the sale of 6 point beer, the laws regarding alcohol sales in counties without liquor-by-the-drink became outdated overnight. Under current law in Caddo County, once 6-point beer becomes legal in October and 3.2 beer becomes extinct, local restaurants will no longer be able to sell a beer with your wings and you won’t be able to buy a beer during your 18-holes of golf at Fort Cobb State Park. Why? Because 6-point beer is an alcoholic beverage by law and without liquor-by-the-drink being approved, it cannot be sold. In other words, Caddo County will be a true “dry” county.

For those who like a glass of wine with a steak dinner, a beer at the bar while they watch the ballgame, or a margarita at your favorite Mexican restaurant, liquor-by-the-drink is an easy issue to support. But what about those who don’t care for alcohol and don’t intend to drink if it’s available? Your support is absolutely at the heart of why this is a critical moment for Anadarko and Caddo County.

The primary impact of our failure to pass liquor-by-the-drink will be economic. The vote can cause economic growth, or it can cause a loss of jobs and businesses. If we support the issue, our current businesses that served 3.2 beer will be able to serve the new 6-point beer along with other alcoholic beverages. This will of course be good for our existing businesses. But, as your elected officials work to recruit new businesses, the ability to generate revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages will be the only way to get new restaurants and entertainment venues to locate in our town.

If we do not support the issue, we will harm exisiting businesses who served 3.2 beer by eliminating a source of revenue for them and closing all bars. What does that mean for our City and County? It means our sales tax revenue will decline, we will have fewer jobs, and our ability to get people to move here will be even harder without places to eat and things to do.

Anadarko has made tremendous progress in the last couple of years, and we now have an opportunity to take a huge step forward. Since I have been Mayor, I have had hundreds of people talk to me about the need for more jobs, places to eat and things to do in Anadarko. June 26th is an opportunity for us to continue our progress toward fulfilling those needs. A vote for liquor-by-the-drink will help us protect the jobs we have and will aid us in our quest for new jobs. The revenue generated by these sales will help the County provide more funding for roads and bridges and will help the State have more funding for education, healthcare and transportation needs.

So help us to KEEP MOVING ANADARKO FORWARD and vote YES for liquor-by-the-drink on June 26th.