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Cherokee music scheduled at the University of Oklahoma

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 8:55am


NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma School of Music will present "Cherokee Music Through the Ages" at 8 p.m.


Fall book sale starts Friday at Norman Public Library

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 8:44am


NORMAN — More than 50,000 used books will be available during the upcoming annual fall book sale sponsored by the Friends of the Norman Library.

The largest of four sales sponsored by the Friends group will be held Friday through Monday at the Norman Public Library, 225 N Webster.

The sale will open Friday with a members-only preview sale from 6 to 9 p.m.


Romanian man arrested in OKC, accused of credit card fraud

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 11:03am

From Staff Reports

An Oklahoma bank is out thousands of dollars after a Romanian man admitted to making multiple ATM transactions using re-encoded credit cards, police said.

About 12:15 p.m.


Gallogly says research key to future of University of Oklahoma, state economy

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 10:04pm

By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma lacks vital research needed to bolster its reputation and the state's economy, OU President Jim Gallogly has said repeatedly since taking office July 1.

"Today our research component is not close to where it needs to be.


Norman Fire Department reminds residents to be prepared with National Fire Prevention Week

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 6:14pm


NORMAN — The city of Norman Fire Department is reminding residents to always be prepared for the event of a fire through an emphasis on fire prevention with the National Fire Protection Association's Fire Prevention Week, which began Sunday.

This year's Fire Prevention Week theme is “Look.


Veterans turn to bicycles to help overcome PTSD and physical challenges

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 6:02pm

By Chip Minty NewsOK Contributor

For some people, walking out of the front door is a daunting prospect, and the mere act of going to the mall or standing in a crowded grocery store causes overwhelming anxiety.

Living a life of fear, apprehension and isolation is a consuming handicap associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and thousands of veterans battle it every day.

The government estimates more than 30 percent of Vietnam veterans suffer from the condition, and it afflicts as many as 10 percent of veterans from more recent Middle Eastern conflicts.

The Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Oklahoma City is helping many of those veterans on the long road to recovery, and it is using the bicycle to get them there.

Last spring, the VA established a cycling team with a handful of members who get together at least once a week to ride together and to learn more about cycling.

“Cycling helps build camaraderie among the veterans, and it gets them together, out in the country,” said Sandy Bond, a certified therapeutic recreation specialist at Oklahoma City's VA center.


Second teacher released from hospital; student remains

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 4:26pm

By Tim Willert Staff Writer

NORMAN — A second Cleveland Elementary School teacher seriously injured when a school bus overturned along a central Texas highway was released from the hospital Monday night, a spokeswoman said.

A student remained hospitalized Tuesday, Norman Public Schools spokeswoman Alesha Leemaster said.

Leemaster would not disclose the identities of the teacher or student or the nature of their injuries, citing privacy concerns.

The bus was carrying 24 fifth-grade girls and three adults from the school to SeaWorld in San Antonio when the crash occurred about 3:15 p.m.


Registration for tree giveaway begins Thursday

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 3:46pm


The Houston-based Apache Corp. and the Tree Bank Foundation of Oklahoma will provide 900 Norman households a free tree this fall.

Residents may request a tree from assorted oak, red maple, Chinese pistache, pine, crape myrtle, cypress, elm and redbud species.


Norman to spray for mosquitoes

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 3:43pm


NORMAN — The Norman Parks and Recreation Department will begin mosquito spraying Wednesday in the following areas:

District 6

• Northern boundary: Alameda Street.

• Southern boundary: Lindsey Street.

• Eastern boundary: 36th Avenue E.

• Western boundary: Classen Boulevard.

Spraying will take place after 10 p.m.

For more information about the mosquito spraying program, go to and click on "Mosquito Control," or contact the city of Norman Parks and Recreation Department at 405-366-5472.



Mon, 10/08/2018 - 3:31pm

East Central University student Allison Maurer has been named the winner of the Brad Henry International Scholarship.

Maurer, a resident of Goldsby and graduate of Washington High School, will spend the 2019 spring semester studying at Swansea University in Wales, United Kingdom.

“I'm super-excited to have this opportunity to travel and to experience culture and a different style of learning,” Maurer said.


Norman teacher released from hospital; two others remain

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 5:26pm

By Tim Willert Staff Writer

NORMAN — A Cleveland Elementary School teacher seriously injured when a school bus rolled over along a central Texas highway was released from the hospital Thursday, a spokeswoman said.

A student and a second teacher remained hospitalized, Norman Public Schools spokeswoman Alesha Leemaster said.

The bus was carrying 24 fifth-grade girls and three adults from the school to SeaWorld in San Antonio when the crash occurred about 3:15 p.m.


Nominations sought for city of Norman Human Rights Award

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 3:23pm


NORMAN — The Norman Human Rights Commission is seeking nominations for the annual city of Norman Human Rights Award.

The award recognizes an individual or group in Norman for exceptional achievement, outstanding effort and/or leadership to promote human rights and equality, and service as an example to all.

The deadline for nominations is Oct.


University of Oklahoma law professor 'saddened, regrets disturbance'

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 10:08pm

By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma law professor criticized for his personal and religious beliefs said Wednesday he resigned his administrative post both "to calm the situation" and because public pressure left him no choice.

Brian McCall resigned Tuesday as associate dean for academic affairs at the OU College of Law, but continues to be a professor.


Sumptuous, savory treats make Norman Chocolate Festival a sweet tradition

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 10:29pm

BY CHRIS JONES For The Oklahoman

Chocolate is the secret sauce in a successful fundraising recipe to benefit parent teacher associations representing 20 schools in Norman.

The community event will celebrate the 37th year of chocolate creations on Jan.


Norman's inns offer lodging for game-day gatherings, romantic retreats

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 10:26pm

By Chris Jones For The Oklahoman

Whether it's a weary traveler or a couple looking for a romantic getaway, the Norman area offers a variety of bed and breakfast inns as a comfortable complement to the standard hotel experience.

Casa Bella Bed and Breakfast, 642 E Brooks, Norman

• Phone: 405-329-2289

• Website:

Innkeepers Laura and Troy Nelson opened their Mexican-style casita 10 years ago.


Giant moths, megalodons, the battle of the Washita in museum's 2018-19 lineup

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 10:19pm

By Bryce McElhaney  Staff Writer

NORMAN — Megalodons, the battle of the Washita, giant moths and Osage weddings are all featured exhibits on the 2018-19 calendar at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History, located at 2401 Chautauqua Ave.

The “Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived” exhibit has been this year's biggest draw to the museum, spokeswoman Brittany Belli said, with a life-size 60-foot metal walk-through structure on display, showcasing the giant shark from head to fin accompanied with an open mouth full of hand-size teeth.

“It's very catered to a hands-on experience,” Belli said, adding that the exhibit includes a children's scavenger hunt.

“The feedback has been positive — all ages enjoy it.


Traditional Mexican restaurant Los Compadres Cafe opens in Norman

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 10:14pm

By Bryce McElhaney Staff Writer

NORMAN — Erik Torres and Jesus Herrera open the doors to their traditional Mexican-style restaurant, “Los Compadres Cafe,” at 1316 N Interstate Drive at 8:30 a.m.


Norman library blends traditional and innovative elements

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 10:09pm

By Bryce McElhaney For The Oklahoman

NORMAN — Norman's new Central Branch Library is on target for completion by next summer, after the $39 million project's construction began in summer 2017.

The three-story library, located north of Andrews Park, will replace the city's original central library at 225 N Webster Ave., and will feature a gamut of upgrades in technology and space, Norman City Development Coordinator Terry Floyd said.

“It is the single biggest project, from a budgetary standpoint, in a program we call Norman Forward,” Floyd said, adding that Norman Forward is a “grassroots quality of life initiative” that began in 2015.

Floyd said the Webster Avenue central library, along with the new eastside library at 3051 Alameda Street, were the first projects underway for Norman Forward, giving the initiative a lot of positive momentum.

“This new library is one that, we feel, our taxpayers deserve,” he said.

Lisa Wells, Pioneer Library System executive director, said the library's resources will be focused on relevance to the Norman community.

“It really allows for flexibility.


Researchers work to make weather information more accessible

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 10:04pm

By Henry Dolive For The Oklahoman

NORMAN — When severe weather grabs the nation's attention, the vital information that lives depend on is generated right here in Norman.

Since 2006, the National Weather Center — a collaboration of federal, state, University of Oklahoma and an array of weather research and development efforts, located at the southern tip of the OU campus — has churned out tornado and severe weather advisories and warnings when conditions warrant, while also contributing greatly to the public's understanding of severe weather.

And today, in the era of social media, smart phones, tablets and rapid, high-tech communication, researchers and meteorologists are doubling down on their efforts to make weather information more accessible and understandable, while they work to increase their understanding of the things in nature that affect weather.

Housed under one roof at the 250,000-square-foot, five-story brick, steel and glass structure that includes a rooftop outdoor classroom and an enclosed weather observation deck, are the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center, the NWS Norman Forecast Office and the National Severe Storms Lab.

The Storm Prediction Center covers the entire United States, while the Norman Forecast Office — one of 122 such offices throughout the U.S. — covers 48 counties in central, western and southern Oklahoma and eight counties in Texas.

The building also houses OU's School of Meteorology, the nation's largest, and nine separate research and development partners.

The overall goal, says NOAA Public Information Specialist Keli Pirtle, is for state, federal and academic institutions to work together to better understand weather, particularly severe storms.

“Ultimately, everyone in this building is dedicated to our understanding of severe weather,” Pirtle said.


Norman has numerous healthcare facilities

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 9:43pm

By Chris Jones For The Oklahoman 

A health facility is, in general, any location where health care is provided.

Norman, the third largest city in Oklahoma, offers many choices ranging from hospitals and clinics to specialty care centers, depending on which one suits the needs of a person's health situation.

• Norman Regional Hospital, 901 N Porter, is a multi-campus system serving healthcare needs throughout south central Oklahoma.