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Norman students get courtroom experience

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 3:53pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Fifth-grade students from Eisenhower Elementary School got to take turns banging the gavel in Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman's courtroom while taking a field trip to the courthouse.

The judge, Court Clerk Marilyn Williams, a bailiff and attorneys talked to students last week about the court system and how it works.



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Festival of Homes kicks off in Moore, Norman, in Oklahoma

Sat, 05/27/2017 - 7:04pm

By Dyrinda Tyson For The Oklahoman dyrinda@gmail.com

MOORE — Homebuilder Jesse Jennings well remembers when the only signs of life in this part of Moore, south of SW 34 and west of Interstate 35, came from the wildlife living in the brush along the roadway.

“When I was going to high school — I graduated from Westmoore — nothing was south of 34th Street,” he recalled.

Now, neighborhoods have cropped up, along with shopping centers, restaurants and other amenities residents used to have to seek out in Norman and Oklahoma City.

Standing in the still-in-progress kitchen of a home in the Sendera Lakes neighborhood, Jennings puts it in easily understood terms.

“Within 1 mile of this neighborhood, there's anywhere you'd want to eat, shop and play,” he said.

Jennings, along with his father, John, brother Justin and mother Dawn, all form Canterra Signature Homes, which built this farmhouse-inspired home at 1925 Carmona Lakes.

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State briefs for May 27

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 4:39pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN

New director to lead OU School of Dance

The University of Oklahoma's School of Dance will welcome a new director July 1.

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Catholic Charities center to move to Norman church campus

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 10:51am

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — Sanctuary Women's Development Center, a program of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, will relocate to the campus of St.

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Memorial Day events planned across Oklahoma

Fri, 05/26/2017 - 5:19am

From Staff Reports

A number of events and patriotic celebrations are planned for Memorial Day weekend, Saturday through Monday.

Oklahoma City

• A Memorial Day ceremony will be held at 10 a.m.

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Community news

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 4:10pm

Southside blood drive set

NORMAN — The Moore Norman Technology Center will host the Oklahoma Blood Institute's Keep It Local public blood drive from 10 a.m.

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Fiber artist to demonstrate techniques at Norman workshop

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 3:57pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Fiber artist Pamela Husky will discuss and demonstrate the felting techniques used to create her "Landscapes in Fiber” exhibit now showing at The Depot Gallery, 200 S Jones.

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Oklahoma City metro-area water parks opening for Memorial Day weekend

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 3:50pm

From Staff Reports

With temperatures expected to climb into the upper 80s to mid-90s for much of central Oklahoma by Saturday, water parks across the metro are opening up for families looking to beat the heat.

Oklahoma City

The Earlywine Family Aquatic Center, 3101 SW 119, and the Will Rogers Family Aquatic Center, 3201 N Grand Blvd., will be open starting Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.

Featuring a number of slides and pools, White Water Bay, 3908 W Reno Ave., opens at 10:30 a.m.

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Oklahoma court upholds convicted killer's death penalty

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 2:32pm

By KEN MILLER Associated Press

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the death penalty of a man convicted of killing his girlfriend and her two children in 2010.

The court ruled Thursday that testimony by the victims' relatives saying Shaun Bosse should receive the death penalty shouldn't have been allowed, but was harmless error.

The court said "overwhelming evidence" proves the crime was heinous, atrocious or cruel.

Bosse was convicted of killing 25-year-old Katrina Griffin, 8-year-old Christian Griffin and 6-year-old Chasity Hammer.

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Terry 'Buffalo' Ware to perform in concert in Norman

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 10:07am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Terry “Buffalo” Ware and The Shambles will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Lions Park as part of the Summer Breeze concert series.

Ware and his band perform a mix of instrumental surf/rock/rhythm and blues and Okie twang.

Concertgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and refreshments to the free outdoor show at Symmes Street and Flood Avenue.

The Shambles includes Ware on guitar, Bob French on guitar, T.Z. Wright on keyboards, Marlin Butcher on bass, Michael McCarty on drums and Gregg Standridge on guitar.

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New code provides vision for Norman's city center growth

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 8:02pm

BY JANE GLENN CANNON Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — A new overlay zoning district in central Norman will serve as a guide for future development in the area, as well as providing protection for older, core neighborhoods, city officials said.

The overlay district is mainly a set of rules for development called the Center City Form-Based Code, Planning Director Susan Connors said.

She said the overlay district includes strict architectural requirements aimed at:

• Increasing multi-use, high-density developments in designated areas.

• Promoting walkability, especially near downtown.

•Providing protection for older, more historic houses that otherwise might be torn down

The 42-block area is bounded by Gray Street on the north, Boyd Street on the south, the BNSF railroad tracks on the east and Flood Avenue on the west.

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Norman Notes

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 7:55pm

BY JANE GLENN CANNON Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com

Assessor sets retirement date

Cleveland County Assessor David Tinsley has announced he will retire, effective June 30.

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Community

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 3:32pm

By Staff Reports

UCO holds thesis contest

EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma's Jackson College of Graduate Studies held a second Three Minute Thesis competition.

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Noble middle schoolers complete civic-minded project

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 2:42pm

BY JANE GLENN CANNON Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com

NOBLE — A team of 12 eighth-graders from Curtis Inge Middle School worked with a University of Oklahoma Engage Learning project to imagine, design and build a solar-powered recharging station for mobile devices.

The students, using about a dozen "free Fridays" during the school year, worked with coaches from OU's Innovation Hub and Fabrication Lab to complete the project.

The students recently presented the solar-powered recharging station to the Noble Public Library.

Bart Keeton, founder and director of Engage Learning, started the program last year as a nonprofit to offer breakthrough learning experiences for middle school students in and around Norman.

"This team of Noble eighth-graders is a remarkable group who chose to do something intellectually challenging with their 'free Fridays,' " Keeton said.

The project was creative, complex and civic-minded, he said.

Oklahoma Engage Learning provided the design challenge and worked with the students through the design and fabrication process, Keeton said.

"The students owned the project from the very first day — their accomplishments, as well as the failures — while Engage and Curtis Inge Middle School coaches Codee Becknel and Kate Colwell helped the students figure out whatever they needed to know to move the project forward," Keeton said.

Noble Schools Superintendent Frank Solomon said the experiences of those involved in the project would be more meaningful than anything they would or could do during their regular school days.

Students participating were Kinsey Matlock, Jenna Watson, Anna Dominey, Adie Soell, Ella Bryant, Haley Taffe, Elliot Freeman, Ashlyn Clark, Sophia Fitz, Nathan Dinwiddie, Blake Carey and Brandon Cartwright.



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Community news

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 2:39pm

From Staff Reports

Students get UCO scholarships

EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma recently awarded the President's Leadership Scholarship to Oklahoma City area students in recognition of their achievement in leadership, citizenship, service and communication.

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Contractor sentenced in Cleveland County embezzlement case

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 7:23pm

BY JANE GLENN CANNON Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — A Cleveland County judge has sentenced former contractor Glenn Allen McCoy on six counts of embezzlement and one count of committing a pattern of criminal offenses.

McCoy, 52, was sentenced Monday to serve a 10-year prison sentence, with six years being suspended, on two counts of embezzlement.

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Dental offices in Oklahoma to offer free care to veterans

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 3:38pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Aspen Dental practices will provide free dental care for veterans on June 24.

Local veterans can call 844-Aspen-HMM to schedule an appointment at a participating office in Oklahoma.

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South Oklahoma City Chamber honors educators and students

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 2:16pm

From Staff Reports

The South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce held its Excellence in Education Banquet last month at the Moore Norman Technology Center's South Penn Campus.

The banquet was presented by Cox Communications, Frontier State Bank and Sonic Corp., according to a news release.

Outstanding educators and students were honored for their work in the 2016-2017 school year.

Award winners were as follows:

Administrator of the year award, presented by MidFirst Bank: Laura Morris, principal of Cesar Chavez Elementary.

Teacher of the year award, presented by OKC Thunder: Hart Brown, of VISTA Academy in Moore.

Student of the year award, presented by Cox Communications and Oklahoma City Community College: Miguel Chavez, Western Heights High School.



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Community news

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:34am

From Staff Reports

Celebrating public works

EDMOND — The city of Edmond is celebrating National Public Works Week in recognition of public works employees.

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Norman seniors prepare for graduation

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 10:34am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Seniors at Norman High School and Norman North High School are wrapping up classes and preparing for commencement.

Norman High School will hold commencement ceremonies at 7 p.m.

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