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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

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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Norman bicyclist struck and killed by train Wednesday

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 6:24pm

By Matt Dinger Staff Writer mdinger@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — A train struck and killed a bicyclist Wednesday afternoon, marking Norman's first train accident of the year.

The man, who was not identified Wednesday, was struck at the Main Street crossing about 12:50 p.m.

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Tuttle man gets 18 years in prison for death of Oklahoma City girlfriend

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 6:18pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — A Tuttle man has been sentenced to serve 18 years in prison for first-degree manslaughter in the death of his girlfriend in October 2015.

Michael Dee Griffith, 27, of Tuttle, pleaded guilty Wednesday in the death of Sydney Lemons, 23, of Oklahoma City, whose body was found in the street near Shadowlake Drive and S Pennsylvania Avenue Oct.

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Oklahoma store fights in court for Norman police to return glass pipes and bongs

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 6:13pm

By Brianna Bailey Staff Writer bbailey@oklahoman.com 

A closed Norman store's battle with law enforcement over whether glass pipes are drug paraphernalia has now reached the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

A court referee, who heard arguments Wednesday on whether the justices should hear the case, is expected to issue a recommendation in September.

Members of the public said they were asked to leave the referee's chambers.

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McCaleb Homes donates proceeds from building Edmond house

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 4:52pm

By Diana Baldwin Staff Writer dbaldwin@oklahoman.com

EDMOND — The 2,300-square-foot modern farmhouse-style home that McCaleb Homes, of Edmond, built has been sold, sending $101,360 to the Children's Hospital Foundation through this year's Dancing for a Miracle.

Nate and Tracy Wright, of Edmond, purchased the home at 3325 Clock Tower Circle, in the Town Square Housing Addition.

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Person struck, killed by train Wednesday in Norman

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 1:31pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN – Police report a person was struck and killed by a train Wednesday afternoon.

Police said the collision happened at the Main Street crossing and that the railroad crossings at Acres and Eufaula streets are closed.

Norman Police Department spokeswoman Sarah Jensen said the collision happened about 12:50 p.m.

She said the street crossings will be closed for an extended period of time and advises motorists to use alternate routes.

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HAPPENING NOW: NPD is working a fatal train collision involving a cyclist at the Main St.

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Choir for homeschooled students starts next week across OKC metro

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:59pm

From Staff Reports

Central Oklahoma Homeschool Choirs is celebrating its 21st year.

COHC has four choirs for students from 5 to 18 years old.

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Achievers for Aug. 19

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:56pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Crowe & Dunlevy awarded Derek N. La Shot with its $1,000 B. Jo Balding Scholarship for students in the University of Oklahoma Law Center legal assistant education program.

An OU Law Center student in excellent academic standing, La Shot has completed coursework in property torts, criminal law, contracts, legal analysis, law practice management, legal research and evidence.

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New school year begins in Norman

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:48am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Students returning to their classrooms on Thursday for the new academic year will find improvements on every campus.

Norman High and Norman North high schools have new entryways, new college and careers centers for seniors and new freshman academies.

All elementary and middle schools have upgrades ranging from new entries to new playgrounds.

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Community

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:39am

Norman road projects continue

NORMAN — The south half of the McGee Drive and W Lindsey Street intersection has reopened.

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The Porch nearing completion in Norman

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 1:09pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Former University of Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Broyles and his wife, Mary, along with other investors, are opening a two-story restaurant called The Porch at 311 W Boyd St.

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Oklahoma Highway Patrol seeking information in Seminole homicide

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 1:05pm

From Staff Reports

SEMINOLE — Authorities are searching for anyone that may have information in connection to a July death.

Just before 4:30 a.m.

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Community

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 3:19pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Duo to perform at library

NORMAN — Miss Brown to You will perform in the next edition of Norman Public Library West's Lunch and Listen concert series, at noon Aug.

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Accordion concert draws a crowd in Yukon

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 1:14pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

YUKON — Czech Hall was packed for "An Accordion Affair," an annual concert in Yukon.

Sunday's free concert was presented by members of the Oklahoma Accordion Club.



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Norman concert to feature John Fullbright

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 11:12am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — The final Summer Breeze concert of the season will feature John Fullbright at 7:30 p.m.

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Oklahoma coaches mentoring challenge recruiting mentors

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 10:42am

By Brenda Wheelock For The Oklahoman

Coaches and mentoring organizations across the state are participating in the Oklahoma Coaches Mentoring Challenge, a four-month campaign to encourage Oklahomans to mentor young people in their communities.

This year's challenge is spearheaded by Oklahoma State University head football coach Mike Gundy and University of Oklahoma head football coach Lincoln Riley in collaboration with state mentoring organizations and the Boren Mentoring Initiative, a program of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.

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Sales tax election scheduled in Del City

Sat, 08/12/2017 - 9:42pm

By Nick Sardis For The Oklahoman

DEL CITY — Voters in Del City will decide Nov. 14 whether to increase the city sales tax rate from 8.5 to 9 percent, a move city leaders said is needed to support the police and fire departments.

City council members voted unanimously on Aug.

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