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Update: All-clear given after suspicious device found near OU

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NORMAN — University of Oklahoma officials have given the all-clear after authorities were investigating a suspicious device Monday afternoon.

The device was reported in area of Oak Tree Ave and 12th Ave SE.

OU Alert: 3:14 PM Reported Law Enforcement emergency in area of Oak Tree and 12th Ave SE is resolved.

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Programs create partnership to enhance services for kids with special needs, their siblings

Local News - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 8:10pm

By Sharla Bardin For The Oklahoman

NORMAN — Elsa Pensoneau spent a recent Saturday creating cards, playing games on a playground and meeting new friends who share something in common with the 10-year-old.

Elsa and other children in the group are the brothers and sisters of kids with disabilities and special health needs.

The siblings were participating in Norman Sibshops, which offers a relaxed setting for kids to hang out with peers, play games and talk about their experiences.

While Elsa was in Sibshops, her younger siblings were in another room playing with toys and watching a movie during a session with Project Outreach, a free respite program for children with disabilities up to age 21.

Norman Sibshops and Project Outreach have started a new partnership that will have Sibshops taking place in conjunction with some sessions of Project Outreach.

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Parade brings Mardi Gras to downtown Norman

Local News - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 12:50pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Despite cold temperatures, revelers brought their strings of beads and bright lights to the Norman Mardi Gras parade in downtown Norman.

Decorative floats, marching bands, colorful lights and fanciful costumes filled the parade route where some threw beads to onlookers.

An estimated 2,000 turned out for the celebration.



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Norman Chocolate Festival full of flavors

Local News - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 10:03am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Mousse cake, chocolate chili, dripping fountains of delicious chocolate.

Chocolate lovers united Saturday to nibble, dip and savor the fare at the Norman Chocolate Festival, held this year at Norman North High School.

This year's event was organized by the Norman PTA Council and benefited public education.



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Officials celebrate new library taking shape in Norman

Local News - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 2:40pm

By Whitney Bryen For The Oklahoman

NORMAN — A steel beam signals progress at Norman's new Central Branch Library as officials celebrate the next phase of construction on the $39 million project.

Officials from the city and Pioneer Library Systems gathered at the site just north of Andrews Park recently as the final beam was placed at the peak of the three-story facility.

“It's exciting because we're starting to see the shape of it,” said Terry Floyd, who is managing the project for the city.

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Achievers

Local News - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 7:14pm

Ashlynn Chia has been named the National Bonnie Plants Cabbage Program's Oklahoma state winner after growing an 11-pound cabbage.

Ashlynn attends Truman Elementary School in Norman.

She was randomly selected from among participants by the state Agriculture Department and will receive a $1,000 U.S. savings bond toward education from Bonnie Plants.

More than 14,000 Oklahoma third-graders participated in the program.

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OU Dance hosts Daddy-Daughter Ballet Class, performance

Local News - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 7:13pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma School of Dance invites families to dance in a Daddy-Daughter Ballet Class and attend a performance by OU Dance students at 6 p.m.

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Cleveland County jail officials release video taken shortly before inmate death

Local News - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 3:44pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — Officials at the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office released a video Tuesday showing a man being booked into the county jail, where he would die shortly after.

Marconia Kessee, 34, died Jan.

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14 reasons you can't find love in Oklahoma

Local News - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 10:55am

If you've been unable to find love in Oklahoma, then there's a chance you've looked at yourself and wondered, "what's wrong with me?

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Museum to premiere poster exhibition Thursday

Local News - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 3:23pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Everyone except font Comic Sans is welcome to celebrate clean lines and classic logos during "I Heart Design" at the Fred Jones Jr.

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Norman Chocolate Festival to celebrate 36 years

Local News - Fri, 02/02/2018 - 10:33am

BY MELISSA HOWELL mhowell@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — The Norman Chocolate Festival returns for its 36th year on Saturday, with a bounty of chocolate delights, ranging from chocolate fudge mousse cake to chocolate salsa, provided from a variety of area confectioners.

The event runs from 10 a.m.

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Norman drug investigation leads to OU fraternity suspension

Local News - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 4:52pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — A Norman Police Department drug investigation led police to the Delta Upsilon fraternity at the University of Oklahoma, according to a news release issued Thursday.

During the investigation, police "found information believed to show a possible ongoing student safety issue with the local chapter of the Delta Upsilon," the release states.

Police provided the information to OU's Office of Student Conduct.

An OU spokesman confirmed the university is conducting an investigation into the Delta Upsilon fraternity and said all chapter activities have been suspended pending the outcome.

Norman police said their drug investigation is ongoing.

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Silver Alert issued for man and woman missing from Norman

Local News - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 3:18pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — A Silver Alert has been issued for a man and a woman last seen Tuesday.

Police say Robert Osbourn, 59, and Bertha Peppiatt, 57, were last seen about 11 a.m.

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A sign to shop

Local News - Thu, 02/01/2018 - 2:18pm

LJ Dodd, with G & S Sign Services, works on a sign at 24th Avenue and Robinson for University North Park shopping district in Norman.

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Lindsey Street project in Norman provides mixed feedback

Local News - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 4:49pm

By David Dishman Business writer ddishman@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — A yearslong project to widen Lindsey Street in Norman is nearing completion, but fanfare is limited for the redeveloped thoroughfare.

Business owners suffered through traffic-slowing construction under the second of two different projects in the same area — Lindsey Street was widened, and a new bridge was built at the Interstate 35-Lindsey Street intersection.

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Norman police offer 'Active Shooter Response Training' in February

Local News - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 3:19pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — The Norman Police Department will host "Active Shooter Response Training" sessions during February.

Attendees will learn tips to mitigate, minimize and prevent harm during an active shooter incident, as well as what to do and what not to do to increase chances for survival if confronted by an active shooter.

Upcoming sessions will be at 6 p.m.

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Westwood Family Aquatic Center getting ready to make waves

Local News - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 4:17pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Westwood Family Aquatic Center is taking shape as construction continues at 2400 Westport Drive.

The water park will have a large pool and water features such as a lazy river, slides and splash pads that will be sure to provide lots of opportunities to cool off during summer.

The center is expected to open Memorial Day weekend.



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Collie clubs host three-day show

Local News - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 2:42pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — The Oklahoma Collie Cluster show brought a variety of collies to the ring this past weekend at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds.

The Central Kansas Collie Club, North Texas Collie Club and Central Oklahoma Collie Club hosted the three-day specialty show.



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Stabbings investigated Tuesday in Cleveland County

Local News - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 9:28am

From Staff Reports

LEXINGTON — Two people are hospitalized with stab wounds Tuesday and one person is being questioned in Cleveland County, sheriff's spokesman John Roberts said.

The two victims were flown to OU Medical Center about 2:30 a.m.

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Magic show to benefit Norman animal rescue groups

Local News - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 2:37pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — After last year's sellout show benefiting local animal rescue groups, illusionist and native Oklahoman Rob Lake will return to Norman for a weekend of performances in February.

“The Magic of Rob Lake — Benefiting Friends For Folks & Norman Animal Welfare” will be presented at 7:30 p.m.

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