The Pryor Tigers hosted one of the biggest football games in recent memory Thursday night versus the only remaining unbeaten team in Class 5A. It was a matchup of Tigers as Tahlequah came to town. 

This was the biggest game within the district this year, as the top two teams went nose to nose. 

It was all Tahlequah out of the gate. After one quarter the score was already 14-0. Pryor was able to cut the lead with a score of their own, however, came up short on the conversion. Tahlequah answered right back with a score of their own and an interception of Trapper Gilstrap four plays later. 

It didn't help having Garrett Mitchell on the sidelines with an injury suffered ealry on. 


Tahlequah attacked through Dae Dae Leathers. The Tigers had no answer for him in the first half as the speedy back had the whole field to his disposal, as Tahlequah pulled away from the home team. 

Big plays on third down really hurt Pryor throughout the first half. It was a six-yard touchdown pass that hurt the most right before the first half expired. That score sent Pryor to the locker room down 35-6. 

Pryor failed the onside kick to open the second half, and that set the tone for the rest of the game. Tahlequah never let up, finishing with a 58-13 win. 

It was a disappointing night for the fans on Pink Out night. Pryor never could get anything started as they were unable to stop Tahlequah and only having two or three successful drives. 

The loss was Pryor's first district loss, and the first loss in the state. Coach Davis addressed the teams performance after the game. 

"Tahlequah is a really good football team. They did a good job of controlling the line of scrimmage. When you play good teams you have to execute at a high level and we made a lot of mistakes early and they took advantage of them. Then we just never could get the arrow pointed back our way." 

On Garrett Mitchell's injury and how it impacted the game and the gameplan. 

"Mitchell is going to be alright, he is a tough kid. He is always a big part of the game plan but this is football. Everybody gets banged up from time to time. You can’t make excuses about it just have to find a way to execute." 

On what he told the team after the game and how the 

team can rebound from this. 

"I just told them that things in football and in life don’t always go your way and you get to make a choice of if you are going to pout about it and let one bad thing turn into another or are you going to pick yourself up and go back to work. I think this group of young men will take that performance personally and show up Sunday ready to work." 

On the team's mindset after the game. 

"I think everyone is mad and disappointed, and to be honest I would be disappointed if we weren’t. This group will respond and be ready to go next week." 

Next week the Tigers will face another top opponent within in the district, Collinsville.


Community Presentations to Improve the Quality of Life for Pryor Citizens

Tuesday night was a night for the youth of our community to educate the adults. It was great watching Pryor's future present their ideas to the council.

Crystal Stout and the Impact Council, Hope4Youth, gave information on the Youth Coalition and what they do. The coalition operates with funds from a Drug-Free Community grant. One goal they have is to prevent underage drinking and substance abuse in the Pryor Community. Some examples of what the coalition is doing are, hosting drug/alcohol-free youth events, sticker shock events, host community forums, and working with the local schools.  

Here are some upcoming events happening in the next few weeks. 

October 22nd – Partnering with Lincoln Elementary to host an educational forum for parents with teens on the effects of marijuana on the brain. They will also have a "Hidden in Plain Sight" room to educate parents on places teens hide things they shouldn't.

October 25th – Partnering with the Pryor Creek Recreation Center, Drop Task Force, and Rockman Area Youth to provide a Safe Medication Disposal Event from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. Citizens can bring and safely dispose of old medications they no longer need.


Monica Moore and the Elementary Robotics Team presented their plan to rejuvenate Bobby Buck Park. They gave their design ideas that included not just things for the kids, but also handicap and elderly citizens. Mayor Lees advised that there is a Grant in the process right now to make the upgrades to Bobby Buck Park.

  • Petitions from Audience Regarding Community Events

Pryor Area Chamber of Commerce wanted to remind everyone of the Annual Food Drive that they will be hosting on October 26th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Janice Bell presented the results from the "Do Something Good Pryor Day" that Impact Pryor hosted on September 28th. There were a total of 121 volunteers with a total of 484 volunteer hours that completed 28 projects. You can see some of the completed jobs here. Impact Pryor plans on making this an annual event and is looking into doing another one in the spring.

  • Update on the Pryor/Mayes Resilience, Transportation, and Economic Project

Arianna Derr gave an update on the Pryor/Mayes Resilience, Transportation, and Economic Project. She advised that they are waiting on an MOU from the Industrial Park. The committee is still trying to get clarification on what the budget is going to be. She advised that you can google the EDA (Economic Development Association) Disaster Supplemental Grant to get more information on the process.

  • Economic Development Training

Rickey Hayes, Retail Attractions, came to the Council Meeting to provide some Economic Development Training for the council members. The training was about an hour long. He went over different types of cities, the progressions of change, what retailers are looking for, and what we as a city need to focus on to attract retailers. The public can view our city's market data by going to and click on the Market Data tab and then click on Pryor, OK.

  • Coming Soon: Banners for Main Street


City Council approved $3669.00 to Pryor Main Street to purchase 35 sets of Banner Arms to hang banners down Main Street. Scott, Pryor Main Street, said that Pryor Main Street would be purchasing the banners to hang along the Main Street Corridor. The banners are interchangeable and specialized for certain holidays and events. They are hoping to have the banners up by the Festival of Lights on November 14th.



The concept of downtown gathering places is not new. Look to the Tulsa’s Guthrie Green, Owasso’s Red Bud District, and the soon to come new space one hour south in Muskogee. Currently, the City of Pryor is partnering with Grand Gateway and Mayes County Trails Alliance to apply for a grant that would cover the cost of purchasing the land, designing the space, and construction to create a recreational space in our downtown corridor.


Tonight we will witness what the Chinese call a "chengyu," when two tigers fight. It refers to the fact that two rivals will clash, and even though they are both great, one must fall.

The game tonight is sure to bring some excitement to Tiger Stadium as both teams are undefeated in district play. We will not bore you with the team stats. All we will say is we hope to see you in the stands cheering on the Tigers from Pryor.

The statistics that are important tonight are that 1 in 8 U.S. Women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. That in 2019, an estimated 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S, and 41,760 women are expected to die as a result of breast cancer.

The Tigers have declared tonight as "Pink Out Night" and are encouraging everyone to wear pink to honor those that are currently fighting and those that have lost the fight to this horrible disease.

The cheerleaders have been working with 60 pre-K thru 6th-grade students for the annual Pink Out Performance that will happen at 6:40. So hang up your blue and gold and put on some pink, remember real men can wear pink, and come out to cheer the Tigers from Pryor to another victory.

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From painting to sculpture, photography to graphics, the 2019 Northeast Oklahoma Area Artist Show is a visual delight!

Upon arrival to the Mayes County Cultural Center, you will be greeted by the warm smiles of coordinators and volunteers of the Pryor Area Arts and Humanities Council. Feel free to ask questions and take time to embrace the creativity surrounding you. Pick up a program to find the full list of 2019 winners.


This year’s show is dedicated to the memory of five individuals each of whom influenced the Mayes County and ts artistic life in very different ways. Austin Acuff was one of the founders of PAAHC. The council was one of many civic and cultural groups that Austin supported. His tireless work benefited his community greatly. Although Richard Beatty came to the PAAHC later, his work as President and fundraiser helped to grow the organization and increased its significance in the state. Bonnie Anderson was a beloved and enthusiastic participant in the Mayes County cultural scene She was an artist and a supporter of other artists as well as an avid reader and participant in book discussion groups. Jamie Ogden served on the board of the PAAHC and served on many committees, most importantly the selection committee for the film series which was a great source of pleasure for area movie lovers. Wendy Aubrey was a beloved and dedicated art educator in Chouteau who fostered a love of art among her students. (Dedication cited from this year’s program)

Pryor Area Arts and Humanities Council, Inc. (“PAAHC”) is a tax-exempt not-for-profit organization created in 1987 to support, coordinate, encourage and promote arts and humanities activities for the citizens of Pryor and the surrounding Mayes County areas. PAAHC‘s intent is to further the growth of cultural life in the area and to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the fine, applied and performing arts and humanities.

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Everyone has (or should have) a goal that they are working towards. In order to reach it, a lot of people will make a plan for it. But a lot of people will fail and simply not reach what they were trying to achieve.

Here comes the separator – why there will always be people who are successful and people who will not – and it is called (LONG TERM): consistency!

I am not talking about the people who are getting sick or don´t have any chance at all to do anything as planned. It´s about still going for it even if you are not motivated and choosing and sticking to your priorities. You are what you consistently do, day in and day out. Of course, you will also reach your goals if you have days when you are consistent and days you are not. It´ll just take more time.


Consistency in your meal plan is a simple thing.

But we all love food and sometimes we like to eat too much. I honestly think any diet can work if you have the right guidelines. If someone tells you their diet plan is not working and they have tried everything, they are probably lying. 

Get strict guidelines on your macros, prepare your meals to lose fat and build muscles. It’s hard, but it works. If you have a plan and you think you can´t have food with your friends or go out for dinner, that´s a lie. You can – just plan your day well ahead. You can have ice cream in the summer.  Just plan for it.

It´s also okay, if you lose focus for a few days and eat too much – it just means that you might need longer to look leaner than the other person who is doing it every day.

But the most important thing about nutrition is that you should not have a plan that makes you lose weight or fat and then change and go back to your normal eating habits.


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First of all, your quality of training makes a difference. I like to think about mentality and how to approach training. If you never push yourself during workouts, the person next to you, who does challenge themselves, will be better than you one day. Maybe not today or tomorrow, but in the long term.

We don’t like to step out of our comfort zones, but challenge yourself to do just that!  Do your very best when you train, and as hard as you can. Now, a few people might think this is the wrong approach, so just to clarify: if you can´t go all out on a particular day, because it´s just impossible, you will also do the best you can even if it´s not the absolute maximum.  But you will always know if you didn´t give everything that was in your tank. 

Secondly, the volume of training makes a difference. It´s simple, but let´s just write it down.

If you prioritize partying or a vacation over a training session, it´s called life and making decisions about what is more important. I know a lot of people who say “oh this person is crazy or doesn´t have a life”, but also complain when they don’t make as much progress as they want to. That person, who goes to the gym every day with a clear focus and plan, will always outperform the one who prioritize something else over a training session.


Sleep plays a huge role in recovery.  Plan your day in order to get enough sleep if you train hard and often.  I know a lot of people who don´t care about how much they sleep, but want to train the next morning and don´t know why their performance isn´t good enough. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep if training matters to you. If you want to go out and party with your friends, don´t expect your body to perform well the next day. Consistency is definitely the key here.

If you don´t sleep enough for a few weeks, you might not feel it the first day or in the first week, but after a few months your body will suffer setbacks. The same goes for mobility work and stretching. Without it, you won´t be able to perform well with higher rep and heavier weights and your risk of injury will increase.

You can´t ensure good functional movements if you only do it once. Do it daily and include it in your warm up/cool down or before bedtime, even if it´s just for 10 minutes. You will feel the difference later.

If you have a plan for something in life, go for it. Don´t make excuses and do your best. That´s what makes the difference and draws the line between the ones who will succeed and the ones who will not.

It´s all about commitment and priorities.


I made myself comfortable on the floor next to the antique oak dresser.  That way I could continue visiting with the girls while they sat on the bed with their Daddy. Only hours ago they had arrived with him from out of town.  His doctors had told them there was nothing  left to do besides keeping him comfortable,  so that was their goal.

I couldn’t imagine one being in anymore comfortable surroundings than these with the soft and warm floral flannel sheets, hand crocheted covers, country mauves and blues accenting the walls, and grandchildren’s toys. But especially comforting must have been these two devoted daughters’ attendance at a vigil we all knew would not last long.

While monitoring his rapid and weak heartbeat, he drifted into that pre-coma like state of somewhere between here and there.  He gave us no evidence of pain. I encouraged the girls to continue visiting with him. Patients had helped me over the years that hearing is the last sense to go.  I’d only known them for hours but was so blessed in our brief acquaintance.

They didn’t waste one fleeing moment.  They reminisced about good times, pet nicknames, parental teaching, while combing his hair, applying lotion gently to his limbs. They felt he knew months ago before any diagnosis that his days were numbered, for he made peace with loved ones and God and had confessed to them as well that he was sorry he hadn’t lived a less selfish life.

We’re not always awarded these “warnings” before we die that we may put our affairs in order.

What would you do different if you were told today by your physician that you had only weeks left on Earth? 

 Often a patient would tell me. “Becki, I have to get my house in order. An appointed day is quickly arriving and I have much to attend to.” 



October 19th is Saving Whiskers and Tails annual “Howling Good Time”. You and your pet can have their picture taken for a small donation of $10. The money raised during this event goes to the continued effort to rescue pets in the Pryor area. So, on Saturday grab you pet and head over to the SWAT office and get that picture made! They will be open from 12-2 pm.

As we prepare for Halloween here are some helpful tips from The Humane Society’s website to keep your pets safe.


Some pets love the hustle and bustle of Halloween, while others will find this spooky holiday a bit stressful. We recognize that animals are individuals, so while you while enjoy the festivities, consider it from your pet’s perspective:

“A dog’s natural instinct is to protect their home or to alert you that a stranger has arrived,” reminds Amy Nichols, Vice President of Companion Animals and Equine Protection at the Humane Society of the United States. “And cats typically prefer a quiet environment with their family. Trick-or-treaters continually knocking on the door or ringing the bell can be very stressful to both dogs and cats.”

Read on for our tips and tricks on taking the terror out of your pet's Halloween!

1. Halloween hype causes pet stress

Before the trick-or-treating starts, put your pets in a quiet room where they will be safe from all the Halloween activity. If your pup is likely to try to run out the front door and is comfortable in a crate, consider putting them in the crate with a treat-filled toy and some soft music playing in the background. A spritz of Feliway (find it on Amazon!) can help keep cats calm.

Minimize noise by sitting outside to keep trick-or-treaters from knocking on the door or ringing the bell.

Even if you are just having friends over for a Halloween party, keep your pets away from the festivities in their safe room. Masks and costumes change how people look and smell to a pet, so even familiar people may become frightening. Put a sign on the door to the safe room so your guests know it’s off-limits.

When going out trick-or-treating, leave your dog at home. Dogs can be easily excited by the Halloween commotion, and a bite or a lost dog will quickly end the evening’s fun.

2. Halloween candy—a treat for you, a trick for your pet(s)


Pre-Halloween and during trick-or-treating, keep candy safely stashed in a high cabinet secured with a lock or child-safety latch. Many foods, such as chocolate, gum and xylitol (a sweetener used in many foods) are hazardous to pets.

Watch your kids! Children may make the harmful mistake of sharing their loot. Make sure they know the difference between a treat for them and a treat for their four-legged friends.

Keep the 24-hour ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center hotline handy: 888-426-4435. (The hotline may charge a consultation fee.) If you suspect your pet has eaten something that's bad for them, call your veterinarian or the Poison Control Center immediately.

Pumpkin can be good for dogs and cats, but too much can cause digestive issues. Rotting pumpkin may harbor bad bacteria; keep jack o’lanterns safely away from becoming a holiday snack.

3. Steer your pets away from dangerous Halloween decorations

Introduce your pets to their safe room before you decorate indoors. Changes to your home can make your pets, especially cats, nervous or frightened. Or they may decide those fake spiders pose an existential threat and need to be killed.


Be aware of which decorations pose threats. Some hazards are obvious, like lit candles (fire hazards and toxic to birds if scented). Other potentially dangerous decorations include rubber eyeballs (choking risk), glow sticks and fake blood (possible poisons), fake cobwebs (can choke or entangle pets and wildlife), potpourri (toxic to birds) and strung lights. Watch out for those candy wrappers and plastic packaging too!

Create pet-friendly holiday décor. Make your cat a haunted house out of cardboard boxes or put treats and toys in a paper bag (remove any handles first as cats can get stuck) for a feline version of trick-or-treat.

4. Be cautious with pet Halloween costumes

If you do choose a costume for your pet, consider your pet’s personality and what type of costume they may tolerate and for how long. Masks and hats that fit around the face, for example, may be OK for the length of time it takes to snap a quick pic, but they can pose dangers and make your pet feel uncomfortable. Best to keep pet costumes minimal.

Keep an eye on your costumed pet to make sure the costume is comfortable and allows your pet to move freely. Also be sure to remove any chewable parts or objects that could come off and choke your pet.

If your pet appears uncomfortable, take off the costume. Signs of discomfort include folded down ears, eyes rolling back or looking sideways, a tucked tail or hunching over.

5. Protect your pets from outdoor dangers


Bring your pets indoors before night falls. Cats are always safest inside with you, but on Halloween it’s especially important to secure all pets inside so they don’t run away out of fear of adults and children in costumes.

In case they escape, make sure that all your pets are wearing tags with current IDs and that their microchip is registered with your most up-to-date information. Opening the door repeatedly for trick-or-treaters creates plenty of opportunities for a pet to slip outside and disappear into the night. Proper ID will help you reunite with your lost pet and take a recent picture of your pet that can be used for lost flyers just in case they get lost.

Be aware that not all the wild creatures outside will be wearing costumes. You may see nocturnal animals such as raccoons, opossums and foxes foraging for food while you’re trick-or-treating or walking from your car to a party.

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