Pontotoc County will partner with the Ada Jobs Foundation to promote the area in the latest in a series of books by author Jennifer Ramsey.

Oklahoma will be the 25th state featured in Ramsey’s Lady’s Day Out series which offers “day trip” ideas for  wives of businessmen who visit certain areas of the state. After hearing a presentation from Mike Southard of the Ada Jobs Foundation, county commissioners approved a payment of $3,750, which matches an amount to be paid by the foundation to cover ads for 15 local businesses which will be featured.

Southard said the cost is usually $1,500 per advertiser but involvement by the commission lowered the price to $1,000.  Southard called it “a unique opportunity” to promote the Ada area.  

“(The books) target mom and pop stores and boutique merchandise,” Southard said.  “They choose communities that will make an interesting day trip and the ads aren’t just ads — they tell a little bit of a story.  This opportunity doesn’t come along every day.”

Commissioners also approved the purchase of a new tractor for the Agri-Plex and a new contract with Lambert Mechanical for maintenance on the cooling and heating systems at the Pontotoc County Courthouse.

Hisle Bros. of Ada presented the winning bid of $19,220 for the tractor, a 75-horsepower New Holland. The bid included an $8,000 trade-in on the tractor that has been in use at the Agri-Plex since 2000 and an option to trade for a new tractor each year at a cost of $1,200.

Commission Chairman Justin Roberts said combining the maintenance contracts at the courthouse “will cut down on confusion about what has been inspected ­— it’s just a hassle.  If we have problems, I want to be able to make one call.”


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