Thank you to Comanche Construction for being our 2021 main golf sponsor!
The Heart of Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce welcomes businesses and
local organizations the opportunity to generate exposure in the community by sponsoring/participating in our Annual Halloween of the Heart. This event is a long honored tradition in Purcell and sees thousands of visitors every year. A festival offering a pumpkin patch, inflatables, Mr. Yeti's Hot Chocolate, trick or treating and more!

This event brings together the community to celebrate the season and attracts crowds from surrounding communities. In addition to the festival, children can trick or treat City of Purcell's walking trail during the event.

For more information about sponsoring/participating please contact Elisabeth Baker, Chamber Executive Director by texting or calling (405) 527-3093 or email:
2021 Heart of Oklahoma Chamber - Board of Directors Retreat
We had a great Heart of Oklahoma Chamber Board of Directors strategic planning session on Monday!
Chamber Luncheon - State of the Schools
We had a great time at our Chamber Luncheon - State of the Schools! Thank you so much Chris Reynolds - Washington Superintendent, Kathy Keeler - Lexington Elementary Principal, Toby Ringwald - Wayne Superintendent, Mike Eubank - Mid-America Superintendent and Dr. Dr. Sheli McAdoo - Purcell Superintendent for coming to speak with Chamber Members! Also thank you to Cody Barton Insurance Agency - Farmers Insurance for sponsoring the luncheon!
Amazing venue at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites: Purcell and food from Domino's Pizza!
Administrators address chamber
From five schools in the Heart of Oklahoma
Posted Thursday, September 2, 2021 9:00 am on
John D. Montgomery
The five Heart of Oklahoma school superintendents were the featured speakers at last Friday’s chamber of commerce luncheon at the Holiday Inn Express.
Wayne Superintendent Toby Ringwald led off the speaking telling just over 30 attendees the one positive aspect of the COVID situation is the added federal dollars. Ringwald said the school has been able to do a $200,000 remodeling of the cafeteria, got new keyless entry doors on two buildings and were able to put on a new roof to the tune of $800,000. Purcell Superintendent Sheli McAdoo said her district is trying to keep normalcy for the students in the school including activities. She told the gathering the Purcell School District is one to one with respect to students and devices and that they recently added 900 Chromebooks. Teaches all have lap tops, as well.
The biggest news came from Washington and the Mid-America Technology Center.
Washington Superintendent Chris Reynolds announced the district will be attempting to pass a $24.5 bond in a special election October 12. Goldsby Mayor Glenn Berglan told The Purcell Register some 1,800 new homes will be constructed over the next few years in Goldsby. That’s why Reynolds wants to expand the current campus.
“We expect our school to double in enrollment in the next 10 years and we are completely full right now,” Reynolds said. The district, that enrolled 170 new students this summer, will be adding classrooms and remodeling current facilities. Reynolds said also in the plan is a new Fine Arts Building.
Mid-America Superintendent Mike Eubank said they are in the process of starting construction on a new satellite building on SH 9 in Newcastle’s city limits on property they already own.
Eubank said 2021 is the 50th anniversary of MATC. “In 1971 when it opened Maysville was larger than Newcastle and had more enrollment,” Eubank said. “So our population center has shifted.”
Newcastle now has a population of 10,984 and a school enrollment of 2,292. Maysville’s population is 1,232 and has a school enrollment of 283. “At the beginning of this school year we had 570 on our waiting list,” Eubank said so the need for additional space is quite obvious. Proudly, Eubank announced that 83 percent of MATC graduates “go pro”. Lexington Superintendent Chad Hall had a previously scheduled meeting but elementary school principal Kathy Keeler pinch hit for him at the luncheon. “At Lexington we are full steam ahead,” Mrs. Keeler told the chamber members. Among projects completed recently at Lexington are a complete remodeling of the gym with the addition of air conditioning and the construction of safe rooms. “They will make the month of May a lot less stressful,” she said. Also at the meeting and introducing herself was the coordinator for the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission, Paula Kedy. “People don’t know it, but aeronautics is the number two industry in Oklahoma behind oil and gas,” Mrs. Kedy said.
Road construction ahead
Beginning near Criner on SH 59 extending west 2.3 miles
Posted Thursday, September 23, 2021 9:00 am on
"Local residents and property owners will be able access their properties during the time of construction. This section of roadway will be closed to through traffic during construction.”
The Purcell Register
McClain County District 2 has awarded a $5.1 million dollar project on 180th Street set to begin no later than October 4. That’s the word from county commissioner Wilson Lyles.
The project is located beginning at SH 59 near Criner extending west for 2.3 miles.
“This will be what is known as a grade, drain and surface job,” Lyles said. “This will  include all vegetation within the right-of-way to be cleared, along with the removal of a 12’x 16’ concrete drainage structure to be replaced with a new similar concrete box. Also a 102’ bridge near Meridian Avenue.”
A complete reclamation and base will be  reestablished for a new 5” asphalt overlay to be placed as the driving surface. The driving lanes will also be marked with edge stripes and no passing center lines.
This project has been in the process for several years which involved environmental studies ROW acquisitions, along with geo technical work. Lyles reported CEC engineering of OKC was the engineering firm on the design of the roadway and the bridge on this project and also receiving environmental clearance to move forward.
Treas Construction was the successful bidder for the contract.
“Local residents and property owners will be able access their properties during the time of construction. This section of roadway will be closed to through traffic during construction,” Lyles said.
Construction is expected to be completed in June of 2022.
“We appreciate the motoring public and the local residents for their patience and understanding during this time of progress,” the commissioner said.
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Office Number: (405) 527-3093
Elisabeth Baker, Executive Director