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Campus Corner mural honors 100 years, sports icons

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 8:38pm

By Whitney Bryen For The Oklahoman

For more than 60 years, Rainey Powell has had a front-row seat to the evolution of Norman's Campus Corner District.

From the windows at Harold's — his father's upscale clothing shop that closed in 2008 — to his own Campus Corner office, Powell watched dozens of businesses open and close and thousands of students come and go.

But this month, Powell is witness to a rare site that brings a little more color to the ever-changing scene.

In honor of the district's 100th anniversary, the Campus Corner Association commissioned a mural on the east side of one of Powell's buildings, which houses the University of Oklahoma's IT building, 588 Buchanan Ave.

Oklahoma artist Dean Codner's design was chosen from 12 submissions and features OU's first Heisman Trophy winner, Billy Vessels, and OU basketball star Wayman Tisdale, who was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.


Norman man is preparing jet to fly again

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 5:03pm

By Matt Patterson Staff Writer

NORMAN — Jay Duechting's favorite retreat doesn't have an 80-inch television, a wet bar or a fancy pool table.

His refreshment comes from a small refrigerator filled with bottled water.


Beta Theta Phi calls lawsuit 'baseless' in alleged hazing injury at University of Oklahoma

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 6:11pm

By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer

Officials with Beta Theta Pi fraternity say they have evidence that contradicts allegations that a hazing incident caused "serious bodily injury" to a pledge in 2015.

A lawsuit filed Sept.



Tue, 10/03/2017 - 3:47pm

From Staff Reports

Samuel Keith Wishon, 16, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank within the Boy Scouts of America program.


OU student charged in connection with threats to kill patrons at Campus Corner bar

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 10:18am

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — A University of Oklahoma student faces charges in connection with threats made to shoot patrons at a Campus Corner bar, court documents show.

Dawson Don Rogers, 19, of Norman, was charged Friday in Cleveland County District Court with one count each of threatening, planning or attempting bodily harm and for using a telecommunication or electronic device for harassment, according to Oklahoma Supreme Court Network online records.

In a case investigated by OU police, the charges allege Rogers sent several text messages to a woman Sept.


Cleveland County sheriff retires

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 6:40pm

By Nolan Clay Staff Writer

NORMAN — Cleveland County Sheriff Joe Lester retired abruptly Monday, less than a month after the release of a state audit of his office that found widespread financial mismanagement.

Lester, 73, also is dismissing a lawsuit that accused county officials of willfully and wrongfully failing to adequate fund the jail for years.


Football plays against autumn skies

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 3:27pm

The autumn evening sky is the backdrop as Newcastle fans watch the football game against Chickasha.


Would-be authors get support to write

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 9:09am


As part of National Novel Writing Month this fall, the Pioneer Library System is giving would-be authors some help on their journey to completing a novel.

Known more commonly by participants as NaNoWriMo, the event encourages writers and would-be authors in their writing journey by taking steps to produce a novel in a month.


After police raids, court battles, glass pipes return to store shelves in Norman

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 6:24pm

By Brianna Bailey Staff Writer

NORMAN — After police raids and several court cases, glass pipes are returning to store shelves this fall in Norman.

Two stores that sell glass pipes, bongs and other various smoking devices are preparing to open in October.

Oklahoma City-based Ziggyz Cannabis Co., a chain that sells hemp products and colorful glass pipes in the shapes of various cartoon and cult movie characters, plans to open a store at 1829 W Main Street in Norman in October.


Contemporary jazz pianist to appear Oct. 8 at The Depot

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 3:18pm

From Staff Reports

Contemporary jazz pianist Barron Ryan will take the stage at The Depot in Norman on Oct. 8 and then will perform with the Enid Symphony Orchestra on Oct.


Museum visitors can bring in objects for identification, family fun

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 9:53am

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — It's not always easy to spot a diamond in the rough, but on Sunday, the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is making it simple.

Science in Action & Object I.D. Day will be from 1 to 5 p.m.


University of Oklahoma Board of Regents to name successor to OU President David Boren

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 4:07pm

By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer

NORMAN — Who will succeed David Boren as the University of Oklahoma's next president has been a topic of discussion for years, but the question became more significant Wednesday when Boren announced he plans to retire June 30.

No shortage of suggestions and opinions immediately surfaced, but the decision belongs only to the seven-member OU Board of Regents.

It's been 23 years since the board named a new president.


OU President David Boren announces retirement

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 12:40pm

NORMAN — University of Oklahoma President David Boren thanked a packed house Wednesday for the "most satisfying experience in my entire life," but said the time has come to pass the baton to a new president.

At a news conference in Holmberg Hall, that at times drew deafening cheers, Boren announced he will retire effective June 30, contingent on the selection of a permanent successor "so there will be no gap in the university's leadership and no pause in our forward momentum.


Live coverage: OU president David Boren's announcement

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 11:46am

University of Oklahoma President David Boren has scheduled a news conference today to "make an important announcement about the university's future.


University of Oklahoma interested in new arena project on Interstate-35

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 10:59am

By Brianna Bailey Staff Writer

Norman — The University of Oklahoma is highly interested in moving OU basketball games to a proposed new arena near Interstate 35.


Could OU leave Lloyd Noble Center for an off-campus arena?

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 5:53pm

By Berry Tramel, Staff Writer,

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma would at least consider moving its home basketball games to a proposed new arena in far north Norman, an OU source said Tuesday.

A 10,000-seat arena was part of a massive development project proposed that Tuesday was approved by the University North Park development oversight committee.


Murder trial witnesses describe brutal beheading at food plant

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 11:12pm

By Nolan Clay Staff Writer

NORMAN — The witnesses to a beheading at a Moore food plant described Friday how a suspended worker surprised his victim from behind and kept sawing at her neck with a butcher knife despite attempts to stop him.

Their testimony came at the murder trial for Alton Alexander Nolen, 33, who never reacted and kept his fingers in his ears all day.

"I was looking at something horrific, something that people shouldn't have to see, pretty much powerless to do anything about it," the first witness, Gary Hazelrigg, told jurors Friday.

Nolen attacked customer services representative Colleen Hufford because he mistook her for another woman who had accidentally bumped into him days before, prosecutors allege.

Hufford, 54, died on Sept.


Moore Lions' homecoming week ends with victory

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 2:46pm

Homecoming was a time of celebration for students and fans of Moore High School.

After the pageantry of homecoming week, the cheers and the action on the field, the Moore Lions came out victorious 35-27 over the Norman Tigers.


OKC's Five Best German Restaurants

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 2:34pm

The Oklahoman's annual Readers' Choice winners are in. Here are the top five German restaurants in OKC — chosen by you!

To see the entire special section with all the winners from every category and Q&A articles with OKC’s best, visit the 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards.

[pagebreak] Das Boot Camp

Das Boot Camp has become a popular spot in downtown Norman since opening  in 2012.


Renowned Artist Kiki Smith to present at OU art museum

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 1:53pm

NORMAN — "An Afternoon with Kiki Smith" will be presented at 3 p.m. Friday at the Fred Jones Jr.