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Norman musicians power through outage problems

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 3:15pm

BY WHITNEY BRYEN For The Oklahoman

NORMAN — Live music from more than 40 musicians rang through Norman's Miller Historic District, despite a power outage that hit the neighborhood during the second annual Norman Porch Fest.

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Community news

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 3:03pm

From Staff Reports

Museum offers Scout workshops

NORMAN — Oklahoma Cub and Girl Scouts will get the chance to investigate, explore and complete the requirements to earn their Scout achievements through several workshops this fall at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.

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Norman election called on OG&E franchise renewal

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 5:45pm

BY JANE GLENN CANNON Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — City council members have approved a resolution calling an election to renew a 25-year franchise agreement with Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co., but not before amending the proposed agreement to include five-year performance reviews and opt-out clauses.

The council Tuesday night also amended the agreement to include a ban on chemical spraying by the utility unless prior approval from the council is obtained, and no tree or vegetation removal without adequate notice to homeowners.

The franchise agreement must be approved by voters and accepted by OG&E. Council called for a Nov.

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Norman becomes second Oklahoma city to recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 5:43pm

By Ben Felder Staff Writer bfelder@oklahoman.com 

NORMAN — Norman has become the largest city in Oklahoma to recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day and at least one city councilor is nudging Oklahoma City to follow their lead.

"Norman City Council just recognized the 2nd Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples' Day!

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Norman home destroyed by fire

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 5:30pm

BY JANE GLENN CANNON Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — A lightning strike likely caused a fire Tuesday night that destroyed a Norman home valued at about $1.5 million, fire officials said.

Homeowners, who were at the residence when the fire started, were able to get out safely, Norman fire spokeswoman Sarah Jensen said.

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Community news

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 2:31pm

From Staff Reports

Support group sets meeting

EDMOND — Edmond Chapter of Parents Helping Parents will meet at 6:30 p.m.

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Norman city council calls for election to renew OG&E agreement

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 11:01am

BY JANE GLENN CANNON Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — City council members on Tuesday approved a resolution calling an election to renew a 25-year franchise agreement with Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co., but not before amending the proposed agreement to include five-year performance reviews and opt-out clauses.

The council also amended the agreement to include a ban on chemical spraying unless prior approval from the council is obtained and to prohibit tree or vegetation removal without adequate notice to homeowners.

The franchise agreement must be approved by voters and accepted by OG&E. Council called for a Nov.

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Auditions in Norman set for The Oklahoma Nutcracker performance

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 5:11pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — The Norman Ballet Company will be holding auditions for area dancers and performers for the 2017 production of The Oklahoma Nutcracker on Sunday at the Kovich School of Ballet, 1312 S Berry Road.

The audition is open to all area dancers ages 7 and older.

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Oklahoma appeals court denies hearing in OU ballerina's death

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 11:10am

AP

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has denied a request for a new hearing for a 39-year-old man who was sentenced to death in the 1996 killing of a University of Oklahoma ballerina.

The appeals court handed down the decision Tuesday in the case of Anthony Sanchez, who was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of 21-year-old Juli Busken of Benton, Arkansas.

Busken had completed her last semester at OU when she was abducted on Dec.

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Train Days returns to Norman library

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 10:41pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — In an annual end-of-summer favorite at the library, the South Canadian Model Railroad Club, Oklahoma N-Rail, the Arbuckle Model Railroaders and For the Love of Trains set up their model trains at the Norman Public Library.

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Cleveland County reserve deputy relieved of duties after inflammatory Facebook post

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 4:21pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — A Cleveland County reserve deputy has been relieved of his duties after an inflammatory social media post surfaced earlier this month.

The sheriff's office did not name the deputy, but he has been identified through a Facebook post as Ken Coartney.

The comment in question read: "The new generation is filled with lib tards, transvestites, gays and sissies that need a safe room.

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Community

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 3:52pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Ride for Recovery set for September

NORMAN — The fifth annual Ride for Recovery sponsored by the Survivors Clean and Sober Motorcycle Club will be held Sept.

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Community news

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 3:16pm

From Staff Reports

Edmond lists lane closures

EDMOND — Work to install a sanitary sewer line under a northbound section of Boulevard Street will cause a lane closure throughout the week.

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Oklahoma State, University of Oklahoma each enroll more than 4,000 freshman

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 6:47pm

By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com

More than 8,500 freshmen will begin their college careers Monday at Oklahoma's two flagship universities.

Go Pokes!

A record 13,000 new students applied to Oklahoma State University in Stillwater and more than 4,000 of them were welcomed to the Cowboy family Friday at New Student Convocation, spokesman Gary Shutt said.

A major focus will be to retain those freshmen next year and through graduation, said Mitch Kilcrease, associate vice president for student affairs.

Each fall "the campus comes alive" with the arrival of the students and the excitement and energy they bring, Kilcrease said.

As director of the OSU Student Union, he sees most of them.

"It's an incredibly busy building.

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Pioneer Library System warns eclipse viewing glasses may be dangerous

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 6:18pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Certain eclipse viewing glasses, distributed by the Pioneer Library System in Pottawatomie County, are being recalled.

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Community briefs

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 11:38am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Exhibit features OU public art

NORMAN — Outdoor sculptures can be found all over the University of Oklahoma campus, and several of the same artists also are featured in the Fred Jones Jr.

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Opportunities to learn about Girl Scouts offered in Norman, Noble

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 11:33am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Girls and adults interested in learning more about Girl Scouts can attend one of three activities and sign-up events in August and September.

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Norman audiologist to retire

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 11:30am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Eva K. Saffer, senior audiologist at the Oklahoma Hearing Clinic, 3650 W Rock Creek Road, is retiring after 40 years of service in her field.

Saffer, who holds a doctoral degree in audiology, as well as a certificate of clinical competence in audiology from the American Speech Language Hearing Association, has spent her career working with children with hearing loss, fitting adults with hearing aids and fine-tuning Cochlear implants for patients.

According to her co-workers, Saffer has diverse skills in industrial audiology, pediatric audiology, adult rehabilitation, amplifications, medical audiology and educational training.

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Community

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 9:31am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

UCO station expands options

EDMOND — Classical music fans now have more options for listening, as KUCO, the classical radio station based at the University of Central Oklahoma, has introduced its presence on a variety of streaming platforms.

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Norman Notes

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 12:22am

BY JANE GLENN CANNON Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com

Council may seek election

City council members on Tuesday will consider calling an election to renew a franchise agreement with Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.

If the council approves a resolution calling for a vote, the election would be Nov.

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