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Winter storm shuts down schools, causes crashes Thursday in Oklahoma City

Thu, 01/03/2019 - 4:50pm

By Silas Allen

A winter storm moved into the state Wednesday night and Thursday morning, shutting down schools, causing dozens of crashes on state roadways and knocking out power to many homes and businesses in the Oklahoma City metro area.

Another round of snow was expected to move across the state Thursday afternoon, bringing heavy snowfall to some areas, the National Weather Service reported.

Icy roadways contributed to fatal wrecks Wednesday and Thursday, said Capt.

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Norman to collect Christmas trees

Sun, 12/30/2018 - 5:57pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — The city of Norman Sanitation Division will be picking up Christmas trees, non-artificial only, on the regular yard waste pickup schedule.

Residents are asked to remove any stands and ornaments from the trees.

If the tree is more than 6 feet in length, residents should cut it in half and place it at the curbside.

The yard waste pickup will continue regular service through the winter months.

For more information, contact the Sanitation Division at 405-329-1023.



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Norman attorney disciplined for sex with client

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 11:03pm

By Nolan Clay Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com

A Norman attorney has been suspended from practicing law for having sex with a client half his age and for asking another woman for a "treat.

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Nursing aide students receive scholarships

Fri, 12/21/2018 - 4:37pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

The Norman charter chapter of the American Business Women's Association has awarded two $250 scholarships to Moore Norman Technology Center nurse aide students.

Winners are Norman North High School senior Belinda Campos and Norman High School junior Hannah Goodin.

“It gives us great pride to assist the students, knowing that in some small way we are helping to better their lives.

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Achievers

Fri, 12/21/2018 - 2:23pm

NORMAN — Lyssa Murray recently received a national 2018 Heroic Hospitality Stars Award for Front Desk Employee of the Year from Best Western.

Murray is an employee at the Best Western Plus Norman, as well as an international business/Spanish and human resources management double major at the University of Oklahoma Michael F. Price College of Business.

She was honored with the award at Best Western Hotels and Resorts' 2018 North American Convention, held recently in Grapevine, Texas.

The Heroic Hospitality Stars Award recognizes and celebrates individuals who provide exceptional customer service and demonstrate superior professionalism in their everyday line of work, a news release stated.

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Noble police shoot, injure robbery suspect

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 3:58pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NOBLE — A police officer shot and wounded a Norman man who was wanted on a Cleveland County armed robbery charge Tuesday, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation reported.

Layland Lewis Jr., 37, was shot by a police officer during a traffic stop.

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I-35 southbound traffic affected in Norman Wednesday by repair work

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 6:09am

From Staff Reports

NORMAN -- Lanes of traffic will be reduced on southbound Interstate 35 Wednesday, and an off-ramp will be closed at State Highway 9, the  Oklahoma Department of Transportation reported.

The southbound I-35 off-ramp to SH 9 will be closed noon to 3 p.m.

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I-35 lanes shut down near Goldsby Monday in McClain County

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 10:34am

From Staff Reports

A crash and fire shut down Interstate 35 lanes near Goldsby Monday morning, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

The right, southbound lane of I-35 reopened by about 10 a.m., but all northbound lanes were closed, the patrol reported.

The crash was  about 7:15 a.m.

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Norman district to pay bus crash victims $1 million

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 5:36pm

By Tim Willert Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Norman Public Schools is asking a court to decide how to divide $1 million in insurance proceeds among the victims of a rollover crash that injured 27 people, five seriously.

The bus was carrying 24 fifth-grade girls and three adults from Cleveland Elementary to SeaWorld in San Antonio when the crash occurred about 3:15 p.m.

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OU preparing MBA program for aerospace defense contractors

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 6:37pm

By Dale Denwalt Staff Writer ddenwalt@oklahoman.com

The University of Oklahoma is developing an aerospace defense master's degree in the Price College of Business that could be ready for students in 2019 or 2020, according to industry leaders familiar with the program.

Officials from the university are only in the planning stages but are moving fast, a process that includes speaking with the industry's corporate representatives working in Oklahoma.

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Norman holiday event set for Friday

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 1:28pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Following its postponement last week, Winterfest at Legacy Park is now scheduled for Friday.

The family friendly holiday event is planned from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

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Norman residents invited to ward meetings

Mon, 12/10/2018 - 12:43pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Norman residents are being invited to connect with their community by attending a ward meeting to discuss local issues with their council members.

Two meetings have been scheduled:

Ward 2 and 4 meeting with Councilmen Joe Carter and Bill Hickman -- 6 p.m.

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School boards advance bond elections

Tue, 12/04/2018 - 5:54pm

By Tim Willert Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com

School districts in Edmond and Norman are moving forward with bond elections in February that will pay for new schools, storm shelters and security upgrades if approved by voters.

The Edmond School Board voted Monday night to advance a $93 million bond issue that would fund construction of two new elementary schools and classroom additions at several schools that would double as shelters.

Nearly $40 million would be used to purchase land and fund the construction of schools on the southwest and east sides of the district where current enrollment is at or near capacity, Superintendent Bret Towne said.

The Edmond district, which is growing at a rate of 400 to 500 students annually, already has purchased land near the intersection of Douglas Boulevard and Coffee Creek Road for one of the new schools, Towne said.

"We're trying to meet the needs of our classrooms so we don't have overcrowding and have to add portables," he said.

The bond proposal sets aside $3.7 million for additional safety features at schools, including video cameras, electronic monitoring systems and additional fencing, Towne said.

"If a student doesn't feel safe it really does impede their learning," he said.

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Norman furniture store Mister Robert celebrates 60 years of business

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 4:45pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Mister Robert Fine Furniture is celebrating 60 years of business.

The company has been a staple in downtown Norman for 60 years, when Bob Calonkey, “Mister Robert,” met Sara Jean Landsaw while attending the University of Oklahoma after his service in World War II. The couple married in 1950.

Born into the furniture industry, Landsaw's family started Landsaw Furniture in Norman in 1933.

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Cleveland County Sheriff's dog finds suspect in auto theft hiding in a dog crate

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 4:28pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — A Cleveland County Sheriff's dog tracked down a woman hiding inside a dog crate Wednesday after law officers said she ran from police officers who stopped three people in a stolen car, the sheriff's office reported.

Hevey, the sheriff's dog, helped lead Norman police officers and Cleveland County deputies to the woman near Cedar Lane and 48th Avenue SE.

A Norman Schools pickup was stolen from Washington Elementary School, and police pursued the pickup until the driver crashed into a tree about 10:30 a.m.

Police officers arrested two men in the pickup identified as Randy Mathias and Deron Laster.

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Rain barrels offered for water conservation

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 5:14pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — The Central Oklahoma Stormwater Alliance is hosting a rain barrel promotion.

Rain barrels capture water from roofs and hold it for later use to water lawns and gardens, wash cars or for other similar activities.

Rain barrels being offered during this promotion are made from repurposed food-grade barrels and can be bought for $63.50 by going to www.upcyclerainbarrel.com/normanok.html.

Orders must be placed by March 27 if ordering by mail or by March 30 if ordering online.

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Oklahoma state new briefs for Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018

Fri, 11/23/2018 - 6:14pm

EDMOND

UCO WinterGlow festivities open to public

The University of Central Oklahoma invites the community to its 21st annual WinterGlow from 6 to 9 p.m.

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Police identify Norman man killed by train

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 8:55pm

By Nolan Clay Staff Writer nclay@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — As the northbound train approached Saturday night, University of Oklahoma fan Kurt Seifert kept walking.

He didn't make it.

Police on Monday identified Seifert, 48, of Norman, as the pedestrian struck by the Amtrak train around 9:30 p.m.

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Achievers

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 4:56pm

Belinda Biscoe, senior associate vice president for OU Outreach at the University of Oklahoma, was among 14 individuals recently inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame.

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Norman City offices closed, trash service delayed for Thanksgiving holiday

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 1:44pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — The City of Norman administrative offices will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving.

Trash, yard waste and recycling will not be collected on Thursday, Nov.

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