Letter fromthe publisher
Half the funof writing this column inAbout US year after year is togo
back and see how closely we were able to forecast the happenings
and progress in the year ahead. We win some and lose some.
This time last year, we predicted crude oil to be at $75 today. We
wish we’d have prophesied correctly. Unfortunately, a barrel of
crude costs only pennies more than a big bucket of chicken. For
the year ahead, we predict oil to balance out around $45. It’s not
enough but it beats the current level.
We were optimistic last year that the Hough family would transform
the troubledCushingCountryClub intoBuffaloRockGolf &Gun - an
absolute thing of beauty - which they have done, and then some.
The golf course is inbetter shape than it’s been ina generationwhile
the clubhouse including the BR Steakhouse, Pro Shop and meet-
ing rooms has blossomed like a beautiful rose. It’s fabulous in every
way. We are soproudof the facility andwish theHough familymuch
success as they continue their, yet unfinished, transformation.
Last year we boasted of a newcompany, Tall OakMidstream, invest-
ing multiple millions into our community for a natural gas process-
ing plant. Less than a year after constructionwas completed, the as-
set sold to yet another wonderful corporate citizen we welcome to
our community, EnLink Midstream. It’s a large company and we’re
honored to have them in Cushing.
In the last year, RCB Bank completed the multi-million remodeling
of their bank here. We celebrated the completion and are pleased
with the way the organization has embraced the community. Their
branch leader, Jerod Helling has hit the ground running. He is on
the chamber board of directors and is an active leader reinvigorat-
ing our local Habitat for Humanity affiliate.
WATCOCompanies rail services werementioned in this column last
year. They’ve been quiet on the Cushing front but have terminals
in Oklahoma City and Stroud with a terminal for loading and trans-
porting crude from Cushing to Houston. A company spokesperson
said the terminal will be a state-of-the-art facility. The terminal,
along with the rail spur from Davenport to Cushing will require a
near $100million investment. Regardless of oil prices, productmust
bemoved. We will hear more from themand probably see local ac-
tivity fromWATCO in the coming 12months.
For Cushing Public Schools, 2015 was a year of change. The new
middle school is complete and serving the district and students
well. The high school has undergone a transformation that, among
other improvements, eliminated the flat roof. This completely
changed the looks of the facility. It’s quite attractive. The architects
did a superb job.
In the past year, we’ve hired a new assistant city manager, Jeremy
Frazier. He and his wife, Rebecca will be moving to Cushing soon.
Jeremy comes with years of experience in municipal government
and community development. He will be a valuable addition and
will take the helmof City Manager upon the retirement of City Man-
ager Steve Spears.
A rekindled partnership between the city of Cushing and the Cush-
ing Economic Development Foundation will result in the addition
of a full-time Economic Developer in the next year. The new ED
will work with the community to position us for growth. He or she
will help identify types of companies we can best accommodate
in Cushing and go to work to recruit them. This position is about
adding jobs in Cushing. There’s little question high on the list of his
or her tasks will be helping the community to address the issue of
housing. Every responsible community is constantly seeking ways
to refresh housing inventory.
Earlier this month, January, we were excited to celebrate with the
community as Representative Lee Denney was honored with the
Lifetime Achievement Award at the Chamber Annual Banquet. Lee
has, for most of her adult life, served Cushing in one capacity or an-
other. She served on the Cushing board of commissioners and as
mayor of our community. Then she worked diligently serving Cush-
ing in the best way she could, as our state representative for the
maximumnumber of years allowed by law. She was a good choice.
Before About US 2017 hits the streets, we’ll have a new President
of the United States. Regardless of your political views, if you are an
American citizen, you have the right and responsibility to vote. The
majority of this country has been silent too long. Please register to
vote thanmake your vote count this year.
Your About US magazine is a labor of love for your local newspa-
per staff. We work very hard to make this publication something
of which our community can be proud and of which visitors and
guests can be impressed.
As your newspaper publisher, I can only express my love and grati-
tude to our team that created this publication and to the commu-
nity advertising herein making this publication possible. We appre-
ciate your support and commitment.
There will always be challenges. We still have much reason to be