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Victory Gun & Pawn honored as Chamber Member of the Month

Monday, May 1, 2023 - Victory Gun & Pawn was awarded April Member of the Month at the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce monthly membership meeting.

"Victory Gun & Pawn would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for its support. They have grown from a small store to a new, larger location at 804 E. Cherokee in Sallisaw. They provide services to our community, including our schools, police departments, and sheriff's department, as well as charitable events," Chamber President Nikki Garrett said. "The business would also like to thank the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce for their hard work and support for our community."

In other business, the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce held a check presentation for the Sallisaw Youth League. The $1000 check was presented to Jared Johnson on behalf of the chamber for the upcoming baseball state tournament.

Announcements regarding Diamond Daze were provided by chamber board members Treye Girdner and Jaime Henson.

Girdner announced volunteers are needed for Diamond Daze and encouraged anyone interested to sign up at the chamber office during regular business hours.

"We are still in need of BBQ teams for the competition, with cash prizes for winners, so make sure your place of business, financial institution, school, or organization gets signed up," Henson added.

The 2023 4th of July celebration and fireworks date were also announced and are set to take place on Tuesday, July 4, at Sallisaw High School.

The keynote speaker for April was Norman Herrera, founder and chief executive officer of Sparq Natural Gas, LLC, and Sparq Renewable Fuels.

Sparq Renewable Fuels works by converting landfill trash into energy, which is stored in a pipeline. Residents are able to utilize the energy stored for multiple purposes, including cooking.

Herrera stated, "In 2019, we started working with Keith Skelton and the city of Sallisaw. After much preparation and work, I can now say that in 2023 we will be breaking ground to construct a site here in Sallisaw."

The site brings three primary benefits to the city of Sallisaw. Benefits include helping with emissions reductions at the landfill, purchasing power from a city-owned utility, and providing a royalty and a benefit economically.

"The city of Sallisaw is one of only four projects like this in the state of Oklahoma," Herrera added.

Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer

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