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As need grows for school counselors, Oklahoma's funding lags behind

Sat, 08/08/2020 - 8:29pm

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

When schools closed statewide this year, Sarah Kirk suddenly had hundreds of calls to make.

Kirk is one of two school counselors at Kendall-Whittier Elementary in Tulsa Public Schools.

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Dozens of bias incidents reported at OU over two-year period

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 8:22pm

By Josh Dulaney
Staff Writer jdulaney@oklahoman.com

During a two-year period at the University of Oklahoma, dozens of complaints over alleged biased or prejudiced behavior were reported, but details about the incidents remain unclear.

Through a phone hotline and webpage, 50 alleged incidents were reported from Sept.

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Cleveland County 4-H awards program, online auction set

Wed, 08/05/2020 - 12:00am

Staff reports

This year's Cleveland County 4-H Banquet will look a little different amid COVID-19 concerns and social distancing.

The video for the awards program recognizing 4-H members' 2019-20 accomplishments will premiere at 5:30 p.m.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 8:31pm

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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FOP lawsuit without merit, attorneys for city of Norman say

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 8:16pm

By William Crum
Staff writer wcrum@oklahoman.com

City of Norman attorneys have asked a court to dismiss claims by Norman's police union that the city council illegally reduced the Police Department budget.

The lawsuit was filed after the council reallocated $865,000 from the department's proposed $23.3 million fiscal 2021 budget.

Advocates of recalling the mayor and four council members have been collecting petition signatures on street corners with signs urging passersby to support police.

The group, Unite Norman, has run newspaper ads saying "Enough is Enough!

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Norman schools to have online start; opening day moved back a week

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 8:15pm

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

NORMAN — Norman Public Schools will not return to in-person learning at the beginning of the school year.

The district will start classes virtually, Superintendent Nick Migliorino announced in a video message Sunday evening.

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Cleveland County cancels September jury term due to COVID-19

Tue, 07/28/2020 - 8:26pm

By Tim Willert
Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Cleveland County jury trials scheduled for September have been canceled amid ongoing COVID-19 concerns, The Oklahoman has learned.

District Judge Thad Balkman filed the order striking the jury term on Tuesday after consulting with other judges.

"Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the jury trial term for September 14-25, 2020, is canceled," Balkman, the chief judge, wrote in the order.

The judge previously canceled two-week trial terms scheduled for April and June.



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Norman singer-songwriter to perform Aug. 1 at Arcadia Round Barn

Tue, 07/28/2020 - 8:26pm

Staff reports

ARCADIA — Norman singer-songwriter Brad Fielder will present a Morning Music concert of original and traditional music from 10:30 a.m.

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Flood watch in effect for parts of central Oklahoma

Mon, 07/27/2020 - 4:56pm

FROM LOCAL REPORTS

Heavy rain could affect parts of the Oklahoma City area Monday night, according to the National Weather Service.

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Norman city council member named in recall effort resigns

Sat, 07/25/2020 - 8:25pm

By Tim Willert
Staff writer twillert@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Sereta Wilson, one of four Norman City Council members targeted in a recall effort, has resigned her position, effective Aug.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Tue, 07/21/2020 - 8:27pm

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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Norman's 16th annual citywide garage sale set for Aug. 7-9

Tue, 07/21/2020 - 8:26pm

Staff reports

NORMAN — City garage sale permits will not be required during the 16th annual citywide garage sale event set for Aug.

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Public invited to provide input on proposed 36th Avenue NW reconstruction project

Tue, 07/21/2020 - 8:26pm

Staff reports

NORMAN — A virtual public meeting on a proposed reconstruction project on 36th Avenue NW from Tecumseh Road to Indian Hills Road will be held at 6 p.m.

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Achievers

Tue, 07/21/2020 - 6:11am

Several metro-area youth have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Scouts BSA program of the Boy Scouts of America.

Those receiving the Eagle Scout achievement include:

• Wayne Hegstrom, a member of Troop 233, chartered to St.

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Achievers

Tue, 07/21/2020 - 5:49am

Luke Andrew Hamburger, 18, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank within the Boy Scouts of America program.

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Norman parents push back against in-person instruction

Mon, 07/20/2020 - 8:19pm

By Tim Willert
Staff writer twillert@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — More than 2,000 parents are asking Norman school district officials to delay the start of the 2020-21 school year, citing "grave concerns" over the district's back-to-school plan.

"We have reviewed the plan and cannot, with peace of mind, support sending our children, teachers, and support staff back in person on August 17th, given the recent stark rise of positive COVID-19 cases in our community," an online letter signed by 2,012 parents as of Monday afternoon stated.

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OU requires COVID-19 tests for campus residents

Mon, 07/20/2020 - 8:18pm

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

NORMAN — All students moving into campus housing at the University of Oklahoma must take a COVID-19 test before arrival.

The university announced Monday that more than 5,000 students planning to live in OU apartments and residence halls have to submit a saliva-based COVID-19 test before moving to the Norman campus.

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Woman arrested in death of man found in Norman driveway

Thu, 07/16/2020 - 8:20pm

Staff report

NORMAN — The Norman Police Department has arrested a woman suspected in the death of a man whose body was found on a residential driveway.

Keabreauna Bronte Boyd, 30, was arrested Monday on a complaint of first-degree murder in the death of Luis Raynard Williams, 59.

Boyd will be booked into the Cleveland County Detention Center upon her release from a local hospital, where she was receiving treatment for a medical issue not related to the incident or the arrest, a police spokeswoman said in a news release.

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Norman police chief responds to face mask complaints

Thu, 07/16/2020 - 8:20pm

By Tim Willert
Staff writer twillert@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Police Chief Kevin Foster said Thursday his officers are committed to wearing face coverings required by a new city ordinance after some were disciplined for not doing so.

Foster said the officers were disciplined for not wearing face masks in public after some in the community, including city council member Kate Bierman, voiced complaints and concerns.

"The NPD recognizes that a commitment from all to wear a face covering and practice proper social distancing is necessary for public safety," he said in a news release.

The Norman Fraternal Order of Police also admonished its members and encouraged all to wear a mask, according to the release.

"I have noticed that the majority of our community is wearing a mask or face covering when in a public place where social distancing is not possible as well as inside businesses," Foster said.

"I want to express my appreciation to those who are acting in accordance with the ordinance and ask others, even if you disagree with the mandate, to wear a mask when in public and around other community members.

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