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Norman police reviewing officer's actions

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 8:30pm

By Tim Willert
Staff writer twillert@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Norman's police chief said Tuesday the department is investigating the actions of an officer who sent an image from the movie "Django Unchained" of Ku Klux Klan members wearing hoods and carrying torches in an email discussion of the department's wear and maintenance of face masks.

Chief Kevin Foster said officer Jacob McDonough could be fired for sending the image May 5 to about 250 Norman Police Department employees.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 8:30pm

Editor's note: Please contact area shelters before visiting. Some shelters may be closed, have adjusted hours of operation or only available by appointment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bethany Animal Control Shelter: 8 a.m.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Norman playgrounds, dog parks among latest openings

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 8:27pm

Playgrounds, basketball courts, dog parks, and skate parks in Norman opened to the public Friday under Mayor Breea Clark's Healthier at Home plan to reopen businesses and public facilities.

Under Phase 1B of Clark's plan, organized youth sports can also begin practicing and retail can increase their capacity to 50% of their occupancy capacity.

Norman continues to see a downward trend in the number of new cases of COVID-19, the hospital is reporting adequate capacity and the availability of test kits meets the standards to keep moving forward, according to a city news release.

"Our continued downward trend in the number of new cases is something to be proud of," Clark said said in the release.

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Construction to start on The Well in Norman

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 8:18pm

Staff report

Construction is set to start in July for The Well in Norman, a healthy living block that will bring together a farmers market with physical and wellness resources.

The Well is part of Cleveland County’s five-year master plan and is designed to be a hub for activities and services, including online and in-person fitness classes, cooking demonstrations, a Norman Regional Health System clinic and the Norman Farm Market.

The project, designed by Allford Hall Monagham Morris, will include a greenspace for outdoor events and a two-story community building with 14,000 square feet of classroom and meeting space.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Tue, 05/12/2020 - 8:23pm

Editor's note: Please contact area shelters before visiting. Some shelters may be closed, have adjusted hours of operation or only available by appointment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bethany Animal Control Shelter: 8 a.m.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Norman launches 'Mask up in May' campaign

Tue, 05/12/2020 - 2:04pm

Staff reports

Norman launched a "Mask up in May" campaign this week to encourage residents to protect themselves and others from potential exposure to COVID-19.

The Norman City Council, Norman Fire Department and Norman Police Department have joined local celebrities to launch the campaign.

“The Mask Up in May campaign is meant to be a positive reminder that something as simple as washing our hands and wearing a mask can help save lives,” said Mayor Breea Clark.

While residents not wearing a mask won’t be issued a citation, Norman Police and Fire departments will be looking for residents practicing exceptional social distancing and rewarding them with vouchers donated by Chick-Fil-A, Eskimo Sno and Westwood Aquatics.

Residents needing help to obtain a mask or facial covering or other assistance may call the local helpline at 211 or visit 211oklahoma.org.



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Longtime family law judge to retire

Mon, 05/11/2020 - 8:27pm

By Tim Willert
Staff writer twillert@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Associate District Judge Stephen Bonner, a family law judge who started Cleveland County's family drug court program, will retire effective July 1, The Oklahoman has learned.

Bonner, 75, notified courthouse employees of his decision Monday.

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Joseph Harroz has 'interim' tag removed, named president of OU

Sat, 05/09/2020 - 8:29pm

By Nuria Martinez-Keel
Staff writer nmartinez-keel@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Interim President Joseph Harroz will take over the presidential office permanently at the University of Oklahoma.

The OU Board of Regents unanimously appointed Harroz as president on Saturday after lengthy discussions in an executive session.

“My job is not to carry a title,” Harroz said after the board’s vote.

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OU loses millions because of COVID-19

Fri, 05/08/2020 - 8:26pm

By Nuria Martinez-Keel
Staff writer nmartinez-keel@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma has sustained significant financial losses during the COVID-19 pandemic, officials say.

Interim President Joseph Harroz reported to the OU Board of Regents on Friday that the Norman campus lost $4.2 million from tuition and food refunds, cancellation of events and extra cleaning expenses.

A loss of patient services and elective procedures cost the OU Health Sciences Center about $10.5 million, Harroz said.

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Norman mayor amends city plan to allow places of worship to reopen

Fri, 05/08/2020 - 3:28pm

By Chris Casteel
Staff writer
ccasteel@oklahoman.com

Norman Mayor Breea Clark amended her city’s reopening plan on Friday to allow churches to open immediately.

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#ThrowbackThursday: Pomp like it's 1969

Wed, 05/06/2020 - 8:20pm

We are running a #ThrowbackThursday image each week, showcasing Oklahoma’s history. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @TheOklahoman_ and “Like” us at Facebook.com/TheOklahoman for more historical photos.

Linda Lynn, News Research Editor



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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Recoveries at Norman nursing home top 40

Wed, 05/06/2020 - 8:19pm

By Nolan Clay
Staff writer nclay@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — More than 40 residents have fully recovered from COVID-19 at the first nursing home in the state to have a known outbreak of the respiratory disease.

Grace Skilled Nursing and Therapy in Norman made the announcement Tuesday.

"Many more are actively recovering," the nursing home said.

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Norman moves hair salon case to federal court

Wed, 05/06/2020 - 10:28am

Wire reports

A case against the City of Norman to open up salons in the midst of pandemic will head to federal court. 

The Norman Transcript reported on Tuesday that the City of Norman and Mayor Breea Clark are preparing to go to federal court in a fight with four local salon owners about when the shops should open up. 

In a prepared statement on Tuesday evening, Clark said each decision the City of Norman has made has been in the interest of public health and safety.

“The original delay in reopening personal care provider businesses was based on the advice of public health experts and the CDC’s recommendations for social distancing, which are physically impossible to comply with at personal care businesses,” Clark writes.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 8:26pm

Editor's note: Please contact area shelters before visiting. Some shelters may be closed, have adjusted hours of operation or only available by appointment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bethany Animal Control Shelter: 8 a.m.

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Achievers

Tue, 05/05/2020 - 8:26pm

Oklahoma 4-H state record books and awards will be judged virtually this year on Tuesday.

4-H members in eighth grade and older are eligible to complete a state 4-H record book for competition.

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Judge rules in favor of Norman salons seeking to reopen

Mon, 05/04/2020 - 8:21pm

By Josh Dulaney
Staff writer jdulaney@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — A Cleveland County District judge Monday issued a temporary injunction blocking enforcement of Mayor Breea Clark’s proclamation preventing salons from opening until May 15.

In his ruling, Judge Thad Balkman said the temporary injunction “will not be adverse to the public in this instance.”

The owners of three salons accused Clark of violating their constitutional rights by not including them in a first wave of businesses that could re-open May 1.

Lion Salon owner Ashley Russell, LeVisage Day Spa owner Kathryn Morris and Polished Beauty Bar & Salon owners Susan Babb and Dana Bradey alleged Clark unfairly targeted salons in the proclamation to open some non-essential businesses and delay others.

Restaurant dining areas, retail stores, gyms, golf courses and pet groomers were among the Norman businesses allowed to open.

On April 22, Gov.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Salon owners sue Norman mayor over reopening

Sat, 05/02/2020 - 8:33pm

By Tim Willert
Staff reporter twillert@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — The owners of three salons are accusing Norman Mayor Breea Clark of violating their constitutional rights by not including them in a first wave of businesses that could re-open Friday.

Lion Salon owner Ashley Russell, LeVisage Day Spa owner Kathryn Morris and Polished Beauty Bar & Salon owners Susan Babb and Dana Bradey allege Clark unfairly targeted salons in the proclamation to open some non-essential businesses and delay others.

Clark and the City of Norman are defendants in a 127-page petition filed Thursday in Cleveland County District Court.

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Some Norman businesses reopen to customers

Fri, 05/01/2020 - 8:28pm

By Tim Willert
Staff writer twillert@oklahoman.com

NORMAN —When Bark on Main owner Erika Puckett closed her pet salon last month because of COVID-19 she felt like her right to provide for herself and her three daughters had been taken away.

After spending three weeks at home with her girls, Puckett welcomed back a steady stream of customers by appointment Friday, the first day certain Norman businesses could reopen.

"It's a good business to be in because everybody has a dog," she said as she trimmed Molly, a well-behaved Goldendoodle.

A Shih Tzu, two Schnauzers and their groomers occupied the salon's other three work stations.

"We had taken all the precautions before closing," Puckett said, referring to face coverings and gloves and curbside drop-off.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Tue, 04/28/2020 - 9:01pm

Editor's note: Please contact area shelters before visiting. Some shelters may be closed, have adjusted hours of operation or only available by appointment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bethany Animal Control Shelter: 8 a.m.

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Stitt: Oklahoma still on track to begin phased reopening Friday

Tue, 04/28/2020 - 9:57am

By Carmen Forman

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday doubled down on his decision to begin reopening the state through a three-phase plan that will commence Friday.

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