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Fri, 06/09/2017 - 2:58pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Norman sidewalk project begins

NORMAN — A project has begun to install a new sidewalk on the south side of Westlawn Drive between Berry Road and Wylie Road.

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Community

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 9:58am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Libraries to host magician

NORMAN — Tommy Terrific, the magician, will be back in the Pioneer Library System this summer for his tour “Build a Magical World.” Tommy brings his act to Norman for three performances — 2 p.m.

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Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma offering free meals to children across Oklahoma

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 3:48pm

From Staff Reports

While many children find summer vacations from school a carefree time, others might be less enthusiastic as they face hunger normally filled by school food programs.

To help fight the hunger, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma has launched its Summer Meals program, offering free nutritious meals and snacks to children 18 and younger at more than 120 locations in central and western Oklahoma.

The meals are provided on weekdays through July 31 at locations such as churches, YMCAs, community centers, camps and Boys and Girls Clubs.

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Bank of Oklahoma awards scholarships

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 3:14pm

From Staff Reports

Bank of Oklahoma recently surprised six Oklahoma City high school seniors with $5,000 college scholarships.

Bank of Oklahoma has made a multiyear commitment to public education, according to a news release.

The recent high school graduates who received the scholarships were Nayomi Arroyo, of Santa Fe South High School; Lizette Becerra-Tijerina, of ASTEC High School; Ian Blake, of Classen School of Advanced Studies; Evan Bostic, of John Marshall High School; Jocelyn Garcia, of Southeast High School; and Dania Rojo, of Southeast High School.

Arroyo wants to become a doctor and will be the first person from her family to go to college.

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Festival of Homes features functional luxury in Norman, Oklahoma

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 10:01am

By Dyrinda Tyson For The Oklahoman dyrinda@gmail.com

NORMAN — There is a fireplace in the bathroom. Repeat: There is a fireplace in the bathroom.

“We kind of went over the top with the master bathroom,” said builder Evan Nixon in what could be an understatement.

“Over the top” means a cathedral ceiling, granite counters, a shower the size of a small closet and an actual closet that makes full use of the cathedral ceiling with hanging racks and built-ins lining its walls all the way up.

A door to one side opens up to another, smaller closet with a secret identity: It's also a concrete safe room.

“Most people won't know,” Nixon said, tapping the steel door leading into it, “unless they look at the door.”

Nixon's Riverstone Homes designed and built the home at 2109 Brookhaven Blvd., southwest of W Rock Creek Road and 36th Avenue NW. It is one of two special feature homes in the Festival of Homes, which continues Saturday and Sunday with new homes open to the public in and around Norman and Moore.

Homes in the event, by the Builders Association of South Central Oklahoma and Moore Home Builders Association, are open from 1 to 7 p.m.

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Community

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 3:50pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Golf tourney is planned

NORMAN — The 42nd annual Westwood Invitation Golf Tournament will be July 1-3.

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Concert to benefit Norman businesswoman

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 2:33pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — The musical duo Miss Brown to You, featuring Mary Reynolds and Louise Goldberg, will present a benefit concert at 8 p.m.

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Community

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 10:02am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Library builds event for kids

NORMAN — Create and construct at Norman Public Library West's upcoming program “Build a Better World with Magna-Tiles” at 2 p.m.

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Registration open for Norman Conquest bicycle rides

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 1:44pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — The Bicycle League of Norman's Norman Conquest bicycle tour, which benefits the J.D. McCarty Center, is set for July 8.

Rides begin and end at the center, 2002 E Robinson St., which is for children with developmental disabilities.

Chairman Jerry Puckett said the range of routes, organization and support for the event led to Bicycling Magazine naming the Norman Conquest one of the 50 best rides in America in 2012.

Start time for this year's ride is 7 a.m., with bicyclists choosing from five routes.

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Community

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 9:58am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Book event to target teens

NORMAN — Teen book lovers can get their summer reading started with Norman Public Library Central's “Taste of Books” from 2 to 4 p.m.

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Oklahoman serving on Navy coastal patrol ship

Sun, 06/04/2017 - 1:25am

By Lt. Philip Fortnam For The Oklahoman

NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY BAHRAIN — A 2014 Noble High School graduate is part of a Navy team supporting the cyclone-class coastal patrol ships patrolling one the world's most volatile maritime regions.

Seaman Cameron Burkett is an information systems technician supporting the Manama, Bahrain-based squadron of four coastal patrol ships forward-deployed to the Arabian Gulf in the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet.

The Navy's 5th Fleet area of responsibility encompasses about 2.5 million square miles of water area and includes the Arabian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea and parts of the Indian Ocean.

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Young entrepreneurs start tasty trade in Norman

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 9:56pm

By Sharla Bardin For The Oklahoman

NORMAN — Gary Wilkerson was strolling through the Norman Farm Market when he walked past some teenagers selling salsa.

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Cleveland County Budget Board OK's nearly $43 million budget for next year

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 8:56pm

BY JANE GLENN CANNON Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — The Cleveland County Budget Board has approved a $42.9 million budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1 to cover county operations, including the sheriff's department, but the board and the sheriff remain at loggerheads over a pending lawsuit.

The budget is up by about $5.6 million from the $37.3 million allocated for the current fiscal year ending June 30, and gives an additional $300,000 to the sheriff's office for jail operations.

Sheriff Joe Lester signed off on the budget but remains the plaintiff in a civil suit against the county for “consistently” underfunding the jail.

The budget board, which includes all elected county officials, approved the budget during a special meeting on Tuesday.

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Prosecutor in Norman: Cost of prosecuting glass pipe case "worth it"

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 8:52pm

By Brianna Bailey Staff Writer bbailey@oklahoman.com 

NORMAN — Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn said his office has spent just $114.24 to prosecute drug paraphernalia cases stemming from a store that sold glass pipes.

The Friendly Market in Norman closed its doors after two police raids on the store in 2015.

Mashburn's office revealed the sum in response to an open records request from the American Civil Liberties Union.

The ACLU has been critical of Mashburn's prosecution of four Norman men known as The Friendly Market Four on drug paraphernalia charges.

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Therapy dog to enhance life for deaf students in Sulphur

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 8:29pm

BY JODY HARLAN FOR THE OKLAHOMAN

SULPHUR — When Jasmine, the therapy dog, arrived at the Oklahoma School for the Deaf in Sulphur, the students naturally knew what to do.

They loved her.

A Labrador-mix breed, Jasmine, had been adopted and returned twice to P.A.W.S. animal shelter in Ada, through no fault of her own.

Recognizing her finer qualities, A New Leash on Life Inc.

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Community

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 4:45pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Have coffee with a cop

NORMAN — The Norman Police Department will hold its next Coffee with a Cop from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

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Norman Notes

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 4:22pm

BY JANE GLENN CANNON Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com

Shred those documents, dump the drugs

The Norman Police Department, in partnership with Republic Bank and Trust, Absolute Data Shredding and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, will hold an event for residents looking to dispose of unwanted documents, prescription drugs and/or ammunition.

The Police Community Partnership Day is set for 9 a.m.

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OMRF announces Teen Leaders in Philanthropy class

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 3:33pm

By Ryan Stewart For The Oklahoman

The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation has announced its fifth annual Teen Leaders in Philanthropy class.

The 2017 class includes 50 teens from across the state, including five returning from last year's class as an advisory council.

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Community

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 11:52am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Depot plans poetry reading

NORMAN — Cameron University's Bayard Godsave will be featured reader at the June 11 Second Sunday Poetry Reading at The Depot, 200 S Jones Ave.

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Cleveland County judge resigns post

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 6:22pm

BY JANE GLENN CANNON STAFF WRITER jcannon@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — District Judge Tracy Schumacher says she is resigning her post, effective June 6, to return to private practice.

Schumacher has served judicial District 21, which includes Cleveland, Garvin and McClain counties, for 6 1/2 half years.

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