Collinsville, Oklahoma
November 21, 2010
Miscellaneous News

Brinkley 50th Wedding Anniversary /
Rep. Sears To Chair Budget Post /
Streetscape Curbs Started

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Brinkleys Celebrate 50 Years
Don and Carolyn Brinkley of Collinsville celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on September 1, 2010. They were honored with a reception hosted by their children on Sunday, October 3, 2010 at Free Will Baptist Church in Collinsville. The couple met in 1956 in Collinsville while Don was on patrol as a Collinsville policeman and Carolyn was walking to work at REA, which is now the Verdigris Valley Electric Cooperative. The couple wed at Broadway Baptist Church in Sand Springs, Oklahoma. They have three children, Rick Brinkley, Rhonda Stevens and her husband Norman and Rusti Howard and her husband Chuck. They have 5 grandchildren, John Gaebel, Tyler Howard and Brinkley Dawn Howard and Stacey and Summer Stevens and one great-grandson, Cristian Gaebel. Don Brinkley retired after 25 years as General Manager of Wilkerson Chevrolet and currently owns and operates Brinkley Auto Sales in Collinsville. Carolyn Brinkley was a homemaker for 27 years and then worked in the real estate field for several years. Don and Carolyn have taught their children to keep God first, to work hard, to be good parents, to be active in the community, to dance and to always laugh every day. Their family is very proud of them.
-- Submitted by Rusti Howard (11/21/2010)

State Representative Earl Sears
Tapped for Top Budget Position

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Earl Sears said today that his appointment to the House Appropriations and Budget Committee by House Speaker-elect Kris Steele will give him an opportunity to lead efforts to craft a budget that will ensure the state’s economic prosperity.

“I am honored that Speaker Kris Steele has selected me to be the Appropriations and Budget chairman for the House of Representatives,” Sears, R-Bartlesville, said. “We all know we have a billion dollar budget shortfall challenge before us in Oklahoma that continues to impact our great state. I am confident under Speaker Steele’s leadership and with the help of all 101 members in the House we will rise to this budget challenge. Oklahoma expects us to lead by developing policy that puts Oklahoma on a sound economic path.”

As chair of the House Appropriations and Budget committee, Sears is charged with overseeing the legislative formation of the state’s annual budget for various state agencies and departments – including the filing of all appropriation bills and assigning those bills to subcommittees.

Prior to his legislative service, Sears served as principal of Central Middle School in Bartlesville for 22 years. He previously served as vice-chair of the House Education Committee.

“The budget will be on the forefront of everyone’s mind this year and we will be under heavy scrutiny to get it right,” Sears said. “I look forward to working with Governor Mary Fallin, Speaker Kris Steele, Treasurer Ken Miller and the Senate Appropriations and Budget chair, Senator David Meyers, to keep Oklahoma moving forward.”

Oklahoma House of Representatives
Media Division
November 19, 2010
Contact: State Rep. Earl Sears
Capitol: (405) 557-7358
Downtown Streetscape Work
These photos from Thursday Nov. 18th show the new curb on the south side of Main Street between 9th & 10th Street. It would appear than the initial pour did not meet ODOT specs and was removed and replaced?
The new curb and streetscape work extends just past the American Legion Building to 9th and Main. (Previous Coverage)