- 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.
- Sapulpa News and Views tops 1600 Likes, just 30 days after launching on Facebook.
- 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.
- Don turns over operating control to Micah, choosing to remain as a contributor.
- 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.
- Sapulpa Times sees a traffic surge of 2.5x the traffic it started with in August.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sapulpa Times passes 5,000 Likes on Facebook.
- 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.
- Sapulpa Times Facebook Page passes 6,000 Likes.
- SapulpaTimes.com celebrates its first full year online. Sapulpa Times Facebook Page passes 6,200 Likes.
- Sapulpa Times articles are now automatically being published to Apple News and Google News.
- Sapulpa Times adds the nearby town of Kellyville to its coverage.
- 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.
- SapulpaTimes.com again shatters its monthly viewing record, topping 42,000 views 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.
- 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 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.
- Medical Marijuana became a hot topic as supporters campaigned to have it legalized in Oklahoma. A former Sapulpa man wrote to us saying it “changed his life” and we published his story. Shortly afterward, readers reached out to us to say they’d had problems buying CBD oil from him. We published that story, too. Shortly thereafter, we thanked the readers for bringing it to our attention.
- Sapulpa Times launches its weekly Print Edition, a 16-page newspaper delivered to homes who subscribe for $9.99 a month.
- After being in solitary for almost a year, Drumright resident Jeffrey Keeton has his second-degree murder case dismissed and goes free after his trial was declared a mistrial by a hung jury.
- A woman arrested for trying to steal a water truck at the Sapulpa Walmart made national news when she said she was trying to escape the zombies.
- A Memorial Day storm sends two tornadoes through Sapulpa, giving it the worst damage we’ve had in almost 60 years. In a horrible case of irony, the storm happened the day after we published a story on the last tornado Sapulpa had in 1960.
- Sapulpa Times celebrates the first year of a print newspaper, and four years of SapulpaTimes.com
- Because of its coverage of the Coronavirus, SapulpaTimes.com experiences an unprecedented 100,000 views to its website.
- Sapulpa Times launches the Digital Edition, a downloadable PDF version of its Print Edition, available to readers for $4.99 a month.
- A story on a Sapulpa man involved in a protest in Tulsa goes viral. The month ends with a record 110,000 views at sapulpatimes.com