Sapulpa Times-line

December 2014

  • Veteran journalist and editor Don Diehl launches a Facebook Page called “Sapulpa News and Views,” for the purpose of giving the community an alternative news source for real and relevant issues to everyday people.

January 2015

  • Sapulpa News and Views tops 1600 Likes, just 30 days after launching on Facebook.

May 2105

  • Don and Micah Choquette, former Web Designer and blogger for the Tulsa World, meet for the first time to discuss the idea of creating a website for Sapulpa News and Views. The Facebook Page now has over 3000 Likes.
  • A post titled “An Open Letter to the Sapulpa HS Class of 2015” from Gina Coates Justus generates a reach of 6.8K on Facebook; Sapulpa News and Views’ most widely circulated post up to that time.

July 2015

  • Don turns over operating control to Micah, choosing to remain as a contributor.

August 2015

  • Micah rebrands Sapulpa News and Views as Sapulpa Times and hires local artist Heathyr Chenoweth to create the logo, a custom spin on the “Sapulpa Time” clock located at Martha’s Corner in Sapulpa.
  • SapulpaTimes.com launches with a story about WWII soldier-POW Paul Morgan’s 90th birthday. Gains 445 views in first 24 hours.
  • Sapulpa Times passes 4500 Likes on Facebook, is now the largest local news outlet Page.
    September 2015
  • Sapulpa Times sees a traffic surge of 2.5x the traffic it started with in August.

October 2015

  • Sapulpa Times reaches almost 10,000 Views in a single month, more than double the previous two months combined. It is our most popular month yet.

November 2015

  • Sapulpa Times Facebook Page passes 4800 Likes on Facebook. Sapulpa’s sister group Shop Sapulpa, begins hosting meet-ups at The Coffee Shop to help the local businesses serve our community better.

December 2015

  • Sapulpa Times paid tribute to a fantastic year with a “Best of” series that highlighted stories from our most-read and most-shared categories, as well as the top stories from our founder.

January 2016

  • Sapulpa Times passes 5,000 Likes on Facebook.

June 2016

  • A submitted photo of Phoenix, the 4-year-old boy who cleans the local parks became the first photo to be “Liked” more 1,000 times.
  • A story about the resignation of Holmes Park Elementary principal Bobby Alfred becomes our most widely-read story of all time.
  • We live-streamed the Special Meeting where Sapulpa Schools Board of Education fired Superintendent Kevin Burr. That video has been watched near 5,000 times.
  • SapulpaTimes.com shatters its monthly viewing record at 36,794. The previous record had been 14,072.
  • The Sapulpa Times Facebook Page gained nearly 200 new Likes during June, surpassing 5,900.

July 2016

  • Sapulpa Times Facebook Page passes 6,000 Likes.

August 2016

  • SapulpaTimes.com celebrates its first full year online. Sapulpa Times Facebook Page passes 6,200 Likes.

December 2016

  • Sapulpa Times articles are now automatically being published to Apple News and Google News.

February 2017

  • Sapulpa Times adds the nearby town of Kellyville to its coverage.

March 2017

  • SapulpaTimes.com gets its second major redesign—this one is done completely in-house. The new format increases the number of headlines and stories that are accessible without scrolling and allows for better storytelling in future articles.

May 2017

June 2017

  • Sapulpa Times launches its new job board SapulpaJobs.com—we call it “the Number 1 Job Board for Sapulpa and surrounding communities.” It gains over a dozen postings in its first 2 weeks.

July 2017

  • July sees our most-read story so far at over 8,000 views about Sapulpa Police arresting two people over the abuse of a 4-year-old.

June 2018

September 2018

  • Sapulpa Times launches its weekly Print Edition, a 16-page newspaper delivered to homes who subscribe for $9.99 a month.

March 2019

April 2019

May 2019

September 2019

  • Sapulpa Times celebrates the first year of a print newspaper, and four years of SapulpaTimes.com

March 2020

  • Because of its coverage of the Coronavirus, SapulpaTimes.com experiences an unprecedented 100,000 views to its website.

April 2020

  • Sapulpa Times launches the Digital Edition, a downloadable PDF version of its Print Edition, available to readers for $4.99 a month.

June 2020