County Coalition Brings ‘Bridges out of Poverty’ Workshop to Anadarko

Anadarko, OK – The Caddo County Interagency Coalition is hosting a free training on dealing with poverty in Anadarko at the Wichita Iscani Gym on Monday, August 28th, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Bridges Out of Poverty is a unique and powerful tool designed specifically for social, health, legal and law enforcement professionals. The training will include case studies, detailed analysis, helpful charts and exercises, and specific solutions you and your organization can implement.

If you didn’t grow up in poverty, you may be unaware of the “hidden rules” that govern many aspects of life for the poor. People in poverty are often in survival mode, where the future holds no promise, and support systems taken for granted in middle class and wealth are nonexistent. If your business, agency, or organization works with people from poverty, only a deeper understanding of their challenges—and strengths—will help you partner with them to create opportunities for success.

We are excited for people to attend and there are also CEU’s for Social Workers and 6 hours of CLEET credit for Law Enforcement,” said Rebecca Villa-Winsett, Chair of the Caddo County Interagency Coalition. “Bringing this training to Southwest Oklahoma has been over a year in planning.”

This workshop is being put on through a collaboration of the CCIC and it is sponsored by the Oklahoma Department for Human Services, Wichita Tribe’s RISE Program, and the University of Oklahoma Center for Public Management. It will be facilitated by The Salvation Army Arkansas-Oklahoma Division’s Bridge The Gap Oklahoma. This training is being offered for free and you can register to attend online by using this link:

For more information call Caddo County health department 405-247-2507.



Top 10 counties to buy a home in Oklahoma

Many people come across the age old question of whether or not to rent or buy a home. has completed their third annual study of this subject and through their research they have found the best counties in Oklahoma where it makes more sense to buy a home vs. renting. Caddo County joins the ranks of the top 10 best counties to buy a home in Oklahoma. In addition to affordable home prices, Anadarko has been named one of the best place to retire in Oklahoma, and we offer a lot of culture, events and entertainment for our residents. We hope you’ll visit our community soon and perhaps one day even consider buying a home here!

For a more detailed look at the rankings in Oklahoma check the table below:

Rank County Breakeven Year Avg. Monthly Mortgage Payment Avg. Monthly Rent Avg. Home Price Rent vs. Buy Index
1 Cleveland, OK 1.0 $579 $1,178 $207,107 90.3
2 Canadian, OK 1.1 $573 $1,178 $192,256 89.7
3 Logan, OK 1.1 $566 $1,178 $242,210 89.7
4 Ellis, OK 1.1 $324 $951 $120,607 89.0
5 Jefferson, OK 1.1 $224 $849 $102,678 88.9
6 Pawnee, OK 1.1 $337 $884 $116,814 88.9
7 Cotton, OK 1.1 $317 $850 $120,204 88.9
8 Harmon, OK 1.1 $203 $849 $90,737 88.8
9 Atoka, OK 1.1 $338 $858 $125,683 88.8
10 Caddo, OK 1.1 $311 $849 $122,131 88.8

Anadarko Chamber Welcome Healthcare Stat to Membership

Anadarko Chamber Welcomes Healthcare Stat to Membership

Anadarko, OK – On Monday June 12th, The Anadarko Chamber of Commerce performed a ribbon cutting ceremony for local business Healthcare Stat. Healthcare Stat is an urgent care provider who is available for when you need medical attention, quickly, at an affordable cost.

The owner Shawn Bonilla opened this business in Anadarko because he understood that this was an underserved area when it comes to healthcare. They offer a broad range of services with no appointments necessary.

When asked about services they offer most people do not know about, Bonilla responded, “We manage chronic conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, low thyroid and much more. We offer onsite lab draws and rapid, flu, strep, urinalysis tests as an example. We provide IV fluids when needed. Repair lacerations, manage sprains and strains.”

Their prices are very reasonable and affordable. They are priced lower than most urgent care facilities and much lower than the emergency room.

“We are very experienced with acute and chronic problems. I’ve been in healthcare since 1996 and worked in emergency medicine then became a certified nurse practitioner in 2006,” said Bonilla.

If you are in need of medical attention, Healthcare Stat is located at 1503 S. Mission, Anadarko, OK 73005 in Suite A. You may call 405-247-1100 or click here for their website for more information. They are open Monday-Friday 9:00 – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Congressman Frank Lucas to visit Anadarko

Lucas Announces Town Hall Meetings

in Hollis, Mangum, Altus, Hobart, and Anadarko


Washington, D.C. – Congressman Frank Lucas will hold five town hall meetings next week in Harmon, Greer, Jackson, Kiowa, and Caddo counties on Wednesday, April 12, and Thursday, April 13. Residents of these locations are invited to attend and share their thoughts on current events in Washington. Lucas will be discussing his recent work in Congress, taking questions about issues important to constituents of the Third Congressional District, and asking for input on legislation currently before Congress.


Wednesday, April 12


Harmon County Town Hall Meeting

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Hollis Civic Center
208 W. Jones Street
Hollis, OK 73550


Greer County Town Hall Meeting

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Greer County Chamber of Commerce
119 E. Jefferson Street
Mangum, OK 73554


Jackson County Town Hall Meeting

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Altus Municipal Complex, City Council Chamber
509 S. Main Street
Altus, OK 73521


Thursday, April 13


Kiowa County Town Hall Meeting

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Stanley Building
300 S. Washington Street
Hobart, OK 73651


Caddo County Town Hall Meeting

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
City Hall – Council Chamber
501 W. Virginia
Anadarko, OK 73005

Hundreds participate in City of Anadarko’s Hoppy Day

ANADARKO, OK – The City of Anadarko held an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 8th, 2017, from noon – 3:00 p.m. in the inaugural “Hoppy Day” Celebration!

Hundreds of people gathered to enjoy the afternoon in Randlett Park where kids ages 0-11 were encouraged to participate in various egg-related games such as the following: Egg Relay, Sack Race, Egg Roll, Egg Toss, Bounce House, and actual Egg Hunt. The Easter Bunny was also in attendance taking photos with kids.

K.I.G. Food Truck, the Bureau of Indian Affairs Command Unit, the Anadarko Police and Fire Departments vehicles and crew were on hand to meet participants and take photos. Jo’s Burgers also served breakfast for volunteers before the event.

The City of Anadarko initiated the idea for this event and many community businesses and partners joined to sponsor and put on the program. City leadership has taken strides in recent months to make improvements in the park and those efforts are paying off through providing a great community space to enjoy.


See event photos below:


Anadarko’s Newest Salon Celebrates Ribbon Cutting


ANADARKO, OK – On Friday, March 31, 2017, the Anadarko Chamber of Commerce performed a ribbon cutting ceremony for Shear Envy. The community’s newest salon is owned and operated by Jennifer Eden who has been a hairstylist for more than 7 years.

Along with her husband, Jared Eden, they have renovated the space where the business is located to provide a very clean and modern experience.

Jennifer is excited for this opportunity and encourages walk-ins to check out her business!

Shear Envy is located at 503 W. Mississippi, Anadarko, OK 73005. They are open Tuesday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. until the last appointment of the day. You may call 405-648-7005 to schedule an appointment or ask for more information.

Best ways to spend St. Patrick’s Day in Anadarko

St. Patrick’s Day is a global celebration of Irish culture held every year on March 17th. It particularly remembers St. Patrick, one of Ireland’s patron saints who ministered Christianity in Ireland during the fifth century. St. Patrick died on March 17, 461. In honor of this holiday we have a few ideas for you to consider!

Here are some exciting ideas to enjoy this weekend in Anadarko:

1. On Friday, visit Jo’s Burgers, 507 NE 1st Suite 4, Anadarko, OK 73005, for a lucky special that includes $5.00 Lucas burger with fries and beer (Import or Domestic) is only .99 cents.

2. A local winery, Entwined Vines Winery & Vineyard, is getting into the spirit with a green colored wine! Their tasting room is open Friday from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and they are located at 17134 CR 1340, Anadarko, OK 73005.

3. After dinner and drinks you may be feeling a bit of the luck o’ the Irish and you can try your hand at Gold River Casino which offers bingo on Friday night from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

We hope you have a fun and safe St. Patrick’s Day in Anadarko!

Does your family have a special way to celebrate? Leave us a comment below with other good ideas!

Indian Arts and Crafts Board to Host Youth Competition

Indian Arts and Crafts Board to Host Juried Youth Art Competition and Exhibition

Anadarko, OK – The Indian Arts and Crafts Board (IACB) will host a juried art competition and exhibition for Indian youth. The theme of the competition will be “We Are Still Here.”

Competitions and Exhibitions will be held at the following locations:

– Southern Plains Indian Museum, 801 E. Central Blvd, Anadarko, Oklahoma

– Sioux Indian Museum, 222 New York St., Rapid City, South Dakota

The competition will be open to enrolled members of Federally recognized tribes between the ages of 12 and 18. Proof of the youth’s enrollment in a Federally recognized tribe and written permission of a parent or guardian will be required.

The competition will provide Indian youth with a realistic juried art show experience; encourage the development and expansion of their skills in production and marketing; and enhance youth interest in culture, history, and the possibility of an artistic career. All submissions of work will be judged by an independent panel of jurors. Awards will be distributed in the amount of $250 for first place, $150 for second place, and $100 for third place.

All artwork must be submitted by May 8, 2017. Winners will be announced on May 15, 2017.

An exhibition of selected works will be displayed at the participating museums from May 15th to June 19th, 2017.

In addition, the IACB will feature selected works from the exhibition in promotional brochures to complement the exhibition. Selected entries may be featured on the IACB website and in IACB promotional and educational materials.

For more information, including official contest rules and application please contact:
Bambi Allen, curator, Southern Plains Indian Museum, 405-247-6221.

Anadarko Chamber Announces Awards Finalists

Chamber of Commerce Announces Award Finalists
Individuals, Businesses, and Organizations Recognized for Community Support

Anadarko, OK – The finalists for the Anadarko Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards include the following: Business of the Year – Subway, McDuffey’s Auto Supply, and Warrior Mart; Organization of the Year – Four Tribes Consortium, Riverside Indian School, and the Delaware Nation; Woman of the Year – Terri Parton, April Granger, and Frieda Mae Robnett; Man of the Year – Rodney Pedersen, Jason Brower, and Josh Klinglesmith.

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, February 16, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at Oakridge Christian Camp just west of Anadarko. This year’s theme will be “Anadarko..where the magic happens!” and will include live entertainment from musicians Michael and Lela Dalby and magician Jonathan Meyer. Attendees will also have a chance to bid on items during a live auction which raises funds for the Chamber to help pay for various programming during the year.

Tickets are available for $35 per person and you may contact David Scott at the Anadarko Chamber. Please call 405-247-6651 or email for more information.


Member Monday: Jo’s Burgers

This is a continuing weekly series that highlights members of the Anadarko Chamber of Commerce. You can see last week’s member story by clicking here.

This interview was conducted with Damon Logue owner of Jo’s Burgers, Steaks & Catering.


How long have you been in business?
We will have been open in Anadarko two years March 27th, 2017.

Why did you choose Anadarko for your business?
Anadarko didn’t have a burger place and we felt like that was a market we could serve.

In your words describe your business:
We are open for lunch and dinner offering a wide variety of salads, burgers, steaks and chicken. We also have full-service catering for any size event.

What is your biggest challenge as a business owner?
Having enough space for all of our customers.



What is the most rewarding part about your job?
Being able to help give back to the community, we recently purchased community benches to put at the splash pad in Rotary Park.

Have there been any recent updates at your business?
We expanded our restaurant into the next door building which allowed us to add thirteen more tables.

Why is it important to join the Anadarko Chamber?
To stay informed with what is going on in the community and help wherever we can.


Anything you would like to share with our audience?
Thank you to everyone who has supported us and we look forward to continued growth for us and the community.