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Sooner Theatre in Norman helps children flourish

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 1:45pm

By Nick Sardis Staff Writer nsardis@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Every year, nearly 1,000 students participate in classes and camps at Sooner Theatre in downtown Norman.

For some, the programs at the historic theater are an opportunity to enhance their skills and turn their talents into a profession.

But most of the students do not intend to become professional performers.

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The Oklahoma City Table Tennis Club offers free lessons

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 1:44pm

By Whitney Bryen For The Oklahoman

On the second level of the building that once housed Crossroads Mall, sounds of the Oklahoma City Table Tennis Club sail through the hallways.

The harmony of thumping paddles, plastic balls clicking against the tables and grunts from competitors can be heard four times a week, echoing across the wide open space at Plaza Mayor at the Crossroads.

In a room lined with nine tables, club members and visitors gather for open play from 6 to 9 p.m.

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Recap: Norman Chat with Jane Glenn Cannon

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 12:08pm

The Oklahoman's Jane Glenn Cannon will address questions about Norman issues today. The chat begins at 2 p.m., but feel free to submit your questions now. 



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Community news

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 3:31pm

From Staff Reports

Support group sets meeting

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

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New OU students put imaginations to work

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 10:53am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — About 50 incoming freshmen at the University of Oklahoma who plan to major in engineering spent a day trying to find the most creative way to blow up a balloon.

The students divided into teams on Friday at OU's Exxon Mobil Lawrence G. Rawl Engineering Practice Facility to build and test wacky contraptions based on the invention cartoons of the famous Pulitzer Prize-winning American cartoonist, Rube Goldberg.

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Argentine tango was a big hit at the Moore Library

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 3:41pm

By Thomas Maupin For The Oklahoman

MOORE — Argentine tango was a big hit at the Moore Library.

Jessica Conley, information services manager, said 37 people signed up to take the Friday lessons from Martha and David Wells, of TangoLife OKC.

"That's an outstanding number for an adult program," Conley said.

Daniel and Kara Outon, of Oklahoma City, taking their first tango class, wore broad smiles during warm-up exercises.

Josh Webb, of Noble, and Sara Hutchinson, of Oklahoma City, also were among the dancers.

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Community

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 2:05pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Norman station gets top honor

NORMAN — Fire Station 1, C Crew, 411 E Main St., has been named the city's station of the month.

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Norman galleries to host art walk

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 11:12am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — “Variations on Themes,” an exhibit of paintings by Jim Cobb, is on display through Aug.

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Amber Alert issued Saturday for missing baby girl from Norman

Sat, 08/05/2017 - 5:55pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — An Amber Alert was issued early Saturday after authorities said a couple took their 1-year-old daughter after losing custody of the child.

The Cleveland County Sheriff's office reported that Tara Springfield, 37, and Bryant Schivers, 37, lost their parental rights to their daughter, Bracie Schivers, on Friday.

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Community

Fri, 08/04/2017 - 3:05pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Norman changes pet licensing

NORMAN — Norman Animal Welfare now is administering 2017 pet licenses through its vendor PetData.

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Community

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 1:44pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Group holds supplies drive

EDMOND — The Downtown Edmond Business Association is collecting school supplies and monetary donations through Labor Day weekend for Ida Freeman and Sunset elementary schools.

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Norman Notes

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 7:22pm

By Jane Glenn Cannon Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com

United Way of Norman names new CEO

Daren Wilson, development officer for the nonprofit Loveworks Inc., has been named president and chief executive officer of United Way of Norman.

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Community

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 9:25am

Norman street gets new traffic signal

NORMAN — The city's traffic division has activated a new traffic signal at Robinson Street and 48th Avenue NW. The project is administered by the state Transportation Department, but the traffic signal is operated and maintained by the city.

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Senior superstars shoot hoops in Norman

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 4:15pm

BY SHARLA BARDIN FOR THE OKLAHOMAN

NORMAN — These “Grannys” have gumption, gusto and definitely some get — up — and — go.

They also are proving that at age 50 or older, they've still got plenty of game.

The women are players with the Granny Basketball League, which offers seniors an opportunity for fun and competitive exercise by playing six-on-six basketball.

Some of the league's players visited Norman on Saturday to compete in the National Granny Basketball Tournament, which took place at the Cleveland County Family YMCA.

The women shot, scored and scurried down the court, while taking time to pat their teammates on the shoulders after a good play.

Nine teams competed in the tournament with players from Iowa, Kansas, Texas, Missouri and Louisiana.

There were medals for the first-, second- and third-place teams, but winning isn't the only sought-after feat.

“The overall goal is to compete and have fun,” said Jane Suiter, executive director of the nonprofit organization and a player for one of the Iowa teams.

Players said participating in the league gives them a chance to exercise, meet new friends and have a great time together.

Suiter, 69, said it also shows that, “You can still be an athlete no matter how old you are.”

The oldest player in the league turns 92 this month, she said.

Diana Marker, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, started playing in 2006 after a co-worker told her about the league.

Marker, 67, went to a practice and was impressed.

“This was a group of ladies who had been active their whole lives,” she said.

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Hundreds gather for funeral of fallen Oklahoma trooper

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 4:56pm

By Graham Lee Brewer Staff Writer gbrewer@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — The deeds of evil men were not lost on the Rev. Jerry Jones as he addressed the hundreds of somber state police officers and civilians who sat before him Monday in a college basketball arena.

“We live in a hellish world,” Jones said, his tone calm but stern.

“You do and you see things that we don't want to see,” Jones said, addressing the troopers present.

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Community

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 4:41pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Computer club applicants sought

NORMAN — Norman Public Library Central is taking applications for several computer clubs the library will present this fall in its Computer Training Center.

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Norman's Sooner Theatre to present "Oklahoma!"

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 2:38pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Fifty-five teens are spending a month of their summer delving into the classic tale that also happens to feature our state.

"Oklahoma!," featuring students entering eighth grade through 2017 high school seniors, runs Thursday through Sunday at Sooner Theatre, 101 E Main St.

Set in western Indian Territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story.

"I was fortunate to spend a good number of years at Discoveryland in Tulsa, performing this show, and it's one of my favorites.

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Norman native Christopher Bell wins after Kyle Busch wrecks

Sat, 07/29/2017 - 7:09pm

BY DAN GELSTON The Associated Press

LONG POND, Pa. — Kyle Busch dominated another NASCAR race and was clearly the driver to beat until a late wreck knocked him out of the race.

Kyle Busch Motorsports still took the checkered flag.

Christopher Bell passed John Hunter Nemechek for the lead with six laps left and held on to win the Truck Series race Saturday at Pocono Raceway.

The Norman native chased down Nemechek and held off Ben Rhodes over the final two laps to win for the fourth time this season.

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Community news

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 4:35pm

From Staff Reports

UCO to hold interfaith fair

EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma Office of Diversity and Inclusion invites religious and spiritual organizations to attend its Stampede Week Interfaith Fair, from 10 a.m.

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Trumpet festival held at OU's School of Music

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 4:21pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

The William Adam Trumpet Festival was held at the University of Oklahoma's School of Music.

Named for trumpet player and instructor William Adam, who died in 2013, last week's festival brought together a number of trumpeters for music-making, learning and fellowship.



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