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Sallisaw head football coach addresses Chamber of Commerce members

Tuesday, August 29, 2023 - Sallisaw High School's new head football coach, Brandon Tyler, was this month’s guest speaker at the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce membership meeting.

Tyler began his coaching career 27 years ago, serving the last 19 years as a head football coach. He coached at Vian for 12 years and at Gore for the past six years, leading both teams to state championship games.

Coming from a long line of Sallisaw Black Diamonds, Tyler said, "Sallisaw is where I want to be."

After graduating from Gore High School, Tyler attended NSU, where he won a National Championship in 1994, became a 4-year football letterman, and was a 2-time all-conference punter.

"I am proud to be here and want to make the community proud," Tyler added.

The announcement portion of the meeting began with Treye Girdner providing a Black Diamond Club report.

"This past Saturday, we had our 2nd annual Black Diamond Club Football Jamboree. We had a great turnout, with 14 teams participating in this heat. Everyone had a great time, and we were able to raise a little bit of money to give back to our 9th–12th grades," Girdner stated.

(left to right) Officer Wesley McGuirt, Captain John Weber and Treye Girdner

Next, Captain John Weber and Officer Wesley McGuirt of the Sallisaw Police Department were recognized and applauded for the heroism they showed at the 2023 Diamond Daze Festival.

Emotions ran high as Girdner spoke about the dedication the two officers displayed, which ultimately saved lives as a high-speed pursuit headed towards the festival.

"As a father, it means a lot that these two individuals risked their lives not only for people that they didn’t know but for the City of Sallisaw and the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce and never even batted an eye," Girdner stated.

Marley Abel provided a rodeo update and stated, "We want to thank all the volunteers who came out in the heat and assisted in one way or another with this year’s rodeo. In 2022, we broke a record for attendance at the rodeo, and this year we did it again. The rodeo attendance for 2023 was up by 12–13%, with approximately 12,400 showing up to the rodeo from Wednesday–Saturday."

Chamber President Nikki Garrett (right) presented Kristie Hardbarger

of Holy Moly Sugar Shack with the Member of the Month award.

August's Member of the Month was presented to Holy Moly Sugar Shack. Joseph and Kristie Hardbarger are the owners of Holy Moly Sugar Shack and are both lifelong residents of Sallisaw. The Hardbargers purchased the Holy Moly Sugar Shack trailer from their dear friends in 2021. The former Burger Barn building on Cherokee is in the process of being remodeled to serve as the future home of Holy Moly Sugar Shack.

What started out as a snowcone trailer has turned into so much more. From hand-blended ice creams to loaded waffles, Holy Moly Sugar Shack continues to expand its menu, with much more to come in the new building.

Lindsie Dyer, KXMX Staff Writer

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