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Akins Store recognized as Sallisaw Chamber member of the month

Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce President Treye Girdner (left)

with Seth Lattimore, owner of Akins Store.

Monday, October 3, 2022 - Akins' Store was awarded September Chamber Member of the Month at the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce Membership meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 9.

Chamber president Treye Girdner informed members that Seth and Brooke Lattimore purchased Akins Store on December 1, 2020. Upon arriving at the general country store, you will find your favorite snacks, unique bottled sodas and candy, seasonal plants, and a variety of livestock feed.

One attraction that draws a large crowd to the Akins Store is their slow-cooked BBQ and delicious sides. Stop by anytime to enjoy some slow smoked brisket, juicy pulled pork, fall-off-the-bone ribs or perfectly smoked bologna.

The Lattimore family looks forward to continued growth as well as supporting and serving the community for years to come.

During announcements, Halloween on Elm Street was discussed. According to Police Chief Terry Franklin, this year the event will be held on Monday, Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Set-up time for businesses and organizations will be from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. For more details, contact the Sallisaw Police Department.

Girdner continued with the announcement, "On November 16 there will be a ribbon cutting for the opening of 10Box Cost Plus in Sallisaw. The ribbon cutting will take place at 9 a.m. and the store will open at 10 a.m."

CASC President Dr. Jay Falkner

This month’s keynote speaker was the President of Carl Albert State College (CASC), Dr. Jay Falkner. Falkner assumed the Presidency at CASC on July 1, 2016, although he has worked for the College since 2002. Falkner represents CASC at the state, regional, and national levels in a variety of capacities.

Falkner spoke on many items throughout the meeting, including the increase in concurrent college enrollment in high schools over the past year. "This is a great program that assists many students in receiving and completing a higher education," Falkner said.

He also shared his thoughts regarding the work of all entities in the area. Falkner said, "Words cannot express how thankful I am for this community...a community that is interconnected and executing everything from education to business plans to planning the next generation of what this community is going to be. I would like everyone here today to take some time and self-reflect on the leadership, relationships, and collaborations that are present right here in Sallisaw. This community is beautiful. "

Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer

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