A short history of this brave little internet adventure.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 it's 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 5900.
SapulpaTimes.com again shatters it's monthly viewing record, topping 42,000 view after several high-profile stories hit the news:
- A Sapulpa Elementary teacher was arrested for having drugs at the school;
- Later discovered that the administration was made aware of her habit 2 years prior;
- Community outcry over the event led us to launch our Opinion Section.
- Later that month, pipe bombs were discovered at the Creek County Courthouse. Sapulpa Police brought a swift end to that case.
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.
Our new Opinion section continued to gain traction when a woman wrote in saying that she'd been stereotyped by our County Treasurer.
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