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Young Valley to appear at Red Brick Bar

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 4:28pm


NORMAN — The band Young Valley will be performing at 9 p.m. June 16 at the Red Brick Bar, 311 E Main St.

Young Valley, of Jackson, Mississippi, offers points of view from songwriters Zach Lovett, Dylan Lovett and Spencer Thomas with a trading of ideas and styles from traditional country to southern tinged rock ‘n' roll.

Since their debut record "No Filter" was released in 2014, the band has toured 34 states sharing the stage with acts like Shooter Jennings, Lucero, American Aquarium, Phosphorescent and Futurebirds.

The band's self-titled record was all Mississippi grown and released this past April through Dial Back Sound in Water Valley, Mississippi, co-owned by Matt Patton (Drive-by Truckers) and Bronson Tew, head engineer.


Norman moves forward on funding public art projects

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 4:36pm

By Kimberly Thompson Staff Writer

NORMAN — Although you can walk inside a gallery to see great art, you can also just take a walk along the streets of Norman and find artwork in the outdoor elements.

Public art can be found on the lawn at City Hall, outside the public library, in the street medians and many more locations across the city.

And Norman is planning even more outdoor artworks as part of Norman Forward, a citizen-initiated proposal to renovate, expand, construct and fund quality of life projects.

“We developed a package voted for by citizens.


Norman city leaders take steps to make the community more green

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 7:12pm

By Jack Money Business Writer

NORMAN — Color this community green.

On May 22, members of Norman's City Council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution that pledges the city will transition its electrical power requirements to being filled entirely by renewable energy by 2035.

The resolution also pledges the city will convert its city-owned buildings and its transportation system to run entirely on renewable energy by 2050.

Officials said Norman is the first city in Oklahoma to have made the commitment.

"It guides our community down the path to protect our environment," said Councilman Bill Hickman, an enthusiastic supporter of the resolution.


Oklahomans' run in national bee ends

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 7:55pm

By Tim Willert Staff Writer

Wednesday marked the end of the road for four Oklahoma students participating in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

Shawn Terrado of Elgin, the Central Oklahoma Spelling Bee champion, spelled the word "parasiticide" correctly, but did not score high enough on a preliminary computer test to reach Thursday's final day.

A parasiticide is a substance used in medicine and veterinary medicine to kill parasites.

"It's actually all right because I really didn't expect to go to the finals in my first year," she said in a phone interview.


University of Oklahoma College of Law places 5th in American Bar Association championship

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 6:42pm

By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma College of Law placed fifth out of 156 law schools in a new American Bar Association ranking of schools that best prepare their students for law practice.


Festival of Homes in Moore, Norman, Oklahoma

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 9:35am

By Dyrinda Tyson For The Oklahoman

NORMAN — A chandelier hangs in the master bath and the patio is wired for a television, but smaller things set the home apart.

Built-in fire pit in the backyard?


Oklahoma spellers fare well at national competition

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 5:35pm

By Tim Willert Staff Writer

Three Oklahoma middle school students advanced to Day 2 of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Tuesday, including two who took a different path to Washington, D.C.

Shawn Terrado, 11, the 2018 Central Oklahoma Bee champion, advanced to Round 3 set for Wednesday.


Second body recovered from Lake Thunderbird Thursday

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 1:23pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — Divers recovered the body of a man from Lake Thunderbird on Thursday morning, the second of two people recovered from the lake following a boat collision Saturday night.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers used sonar equipment to locate the body of Cody Foster, of Little Axe.


Nominations sought for Norman Animal Welfare Volunteerism Award

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 12:22pm


NORMAN — The Norman Animal Welfare Oversight Committee is accepting nominations for the Norman Animal Welfare Volunteerism Award.

Created to honor Erica Loftis, who dedicated her life to saving animals, this award celebrates those who have made substantial contributions to animal welfare through their volunteerism, while also building a greater awareness of volunteerism and animal welfare within the Norman community.

To submit a nomination, prepare a one-page letter of recommendation that highlights the nominee's volunteer contributions toward animal welfare and their connections to the Norman Animal Welfare Center.

The letter must include your name and phone number, as well as the name and phone number for the nominee.


Former Norman pastor accused of lewd acts with child

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 4:49pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — A former Norman pastor is accused of molesting a young girl. 

Phillip Paul Ratliff, 77, was arrested Tuesday on two complaints of lewd acts with a child, Norman police spokeswoman Sarah Jensen said.

On Sunday, someone reported to police that Ratliff may have molested a girl and also had child pornography on his computer, Jensen said.

After interviewing the girl, Ratliff was booked into the Cleveland County jail Tuesday night, she said.

Jensen said the man was a former Norman pastor but did not name the church.


Under control, Norman builder loads model home with voice activation

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 11:32am

By Dyrinda Tyson For The Oklahoman

NORMAN — Dan Reeves cleared his throat and ordered, “Alexa, good night.”

“Good night, sleep tight,” replied Amazon's home assistant from a screen by the bed.

Then the lights blinked out, and shades lowered on the nearby windows with a quiet whir.


Festival of Homes to feature Norman, Moore builders

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 3:56pm

From staff reports

The Festival of Homes, organized by the Builders Association of South Central Oklahoma (BASCO), will feature 59 new houses in the Norman and Moore areas open free to the public June 1-3 and June 3-8.

The event also involves the Moore Home Builders Association and Southwest Builders Association.

BASCO's featured show home is at 704 Timber Trail, in Norman's Vintage Creek addition, built by Denali Homes.


Name of Moore man who died released in Lake Thunderbird boating collision

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 3:55pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has identified a man who was found dead in Lake Thunderbird after a fatal Saturday night boating collision.

Brandon Michael Kelley, 33, of Moore, has been identified of one of two people who died Saturday night in the collision between two boats about 10:25 p.m.


Search still underway for second person after boat collision Saturday on Lake Thunderbird in Norman

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 5:07pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — One person has been found, but the search continues Monday afternoon for two people who went missing after two boats collided Saturday night on Lake Thunderbird, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports.

The patrol has not released the identities of the recovered body or the missing person.

About 10:25 p.m.


Norman police seek hit-and-run driver

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 4:47pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — Police are looking for a driver in a hit-and-run crash Monday afternoon.

Investigators are searching for a white, newer model minivan with tinted windows and possible front end damage on the passenger side. 

The crash happened in the 1300 block of 180th Ave NE.

 Anyone with information is asked to call 321-1444.


Storms late Saturday, early Sunday leave path of damage in McClain, Cleveland counties

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 12:37pm

From Staff Reports

PURCELL — A landmark in Purcell and a small church in Cleveland County outside of Lexington sustained damage from a severe thunderstorm that moved through late Saturday and early Sunday, officials said.

The Hotel Love building, 200 W Main Street in Purcell, sustained damage from winds that had been reported at 100 mph as the storm moved into McClain County from the southwest about midnight Saturday, said Kevin Rhoads, Purcell's emergency management director.

Several power lines were knocked down by straight line winds, Rhoads said.

Power had been restored to about 95 percent of the city Monday morning.


Suspect dies after shootout with police in central Oklahoma

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 4:15pm

By Associated Press

NOBLE, Okla. (AP) - Authorities say a suspect wanted on several federal warrants has died and at least one law enforcement officer has been injured in a shootout in central Oklahoma.

Officials say it happened about 12:45 p.m.


Norman police searching for missing woman Thursday

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 10:52am

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — Police are searching for a woman who went missing early Thursday morning.

Officials said Amanda Leeann Drake was last seen about 5 a.m.


Stillwater band kicks off Riverwind's Beats & Bites festival

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 4:29pm

By Whitney Bryen For The Oklahoman

NORMAN — Riverwind Casino kicked off another year of its Beats & Bites festival Saturday with the Stillwater-born, red dirt band Jason Boland and The Stragglers.

“Tulsa Time” and “Pearl Snaps” garnered singalongs from the crowd, which included Okies of all ages, many wearing cowboy boots and hats.

The monthly music and food truck festival continues June 9 with The Romantics.

More than a dozen food trucks and a few traveling shops line the casino's east parking lot one Saturday each month through August.


Neighborhood safety forum planned at Little Axe Community Center

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 4:07pm


A community forum about crime and neighborhood safety will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Little Axe Community Center, 1000 168th Ave.