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

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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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Memorial Day events planned across Oklahoma

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

Local News - 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

Local News - 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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New code provides vision for Norman's city center growth

Local News - 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

Local News - 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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Noble middle schoolers complete civic-minded project

Local News - 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

Local 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

Local News - 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

Local News - 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

Local News - 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

Local 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

Local News - 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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Norman residents rally for Bike to Work Day

Local News - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 3:36pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Dozens of bicyclists rode into Andrews Park for a rally in celebration of National Bike to Work Day.

The rally on Friday included group riders from at least four starting points in the city.

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Community

Local News - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 2:51pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Game event set for teens

NORMAN — Norman Public Library Central is expanding its People vs.

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Community

Local News - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 9:58am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Center teams up to bring free lunches to children

NORMAN — The Little Axe Community Center, 1000 168th Ave.

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Yukon man says faith brought contentment

Local News - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 10:19am

By Steve Gust  For The Oklahoman

YUKON — With a great career, salary and family, Jeff Casey seemed to have it all, but he was plagued by anxiety and discontent.

The once-tenured college professor now works at Wal-Mart in Mustang and said he couldn't be happier.

A few years ago, he found the faith that brought him the joy that had eluded him for decades.

Casey, 58, lives in Yukon and admits there are a few things he liked about his life in academia.

"I miss the six-digit salary and the benefits," he said.

Outside of that, he's found peace in his new life, and for Casey, there can be no price tag placed on that.

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Memorial Day events planned across Oklahoma

Local News - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 10:02pm

From Staff Reports

A number of events and patriotic celebrations are planned for Memorial Day weekend, May 27-29.

Oklahoma City

A Memorial Day celebration will be held at the 45th Infantry Museum, 2145 NE 36, which will feature a ceremony to honor the men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces and honor those who lost their lives serving their country.

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Norman Notes

Local News - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 4:55pm

BY JANE GLENN CANNON STAFF WRITER jcannon@oklahoman.com

Othello's to rebuild

Othello's restaurant at 434 Buchanan Street will rebuild after an early morning fire April 29 that destroyed the roof, heavily damaged the kitchen and caused extensive water damage throughout, co-owner Jennifer Weiss said.

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Community

Local News - Thu, 05/18/2017 - 3:41pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Agencies can seek funds

NORMAN — The Cleveland County Child Abuse Prevention Fund is accepting applications from county agencies that deal with child abuse.

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