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Norman city council calls for election to renew OG&E agreement

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 10:01am

BY JANE GLENN CANNON Staff Writer jcannon@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — City council members on Tuesday approved a resolution calling an election to renew a 25-year franchise agreement with Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co., but not before amending the proposed agreement to include five-year performance reviews and opt-out clauses.

The council also amended the agreement to include a ban on chemical spraying unless prior approval from the council is obtained and to prohibit tree or vegetation removal without adequate notice to homeowners.

The franchise agreement must be approved by voters and accepted by OG&E. Council called for a Nov.

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Auditions in Norman set for The Oklahoma Nutcracker performance

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 4:11pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — The Norman Ballet Company will be holding auditions for area dancers and performers for the 2017 production of The Oklahoma Nutcracker on Sunday at the Kovich School of Ballet, 1312 S Berry Road.

The audition is open to all area dancers ages 7 and older.

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Oklahoma appeals court denies hearing in OU ballerina's death

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 10:10am

AP

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has denied a request for a new hearing for a 39-year-old man who was sentenced to death in the 1996 killing of a University of Oklahoma ballerina.

The appeals court handed down the decision Tuesday in the case of Anthony Sanchez, who was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of 21-year-old Juli Busken of Benton, Arkansas.

Busken had completed her last semester at OU when she was abducted on Dec.

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Train Days returns to Norman library

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 9:41pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — In an annual end-of-summer favorite at the library, the South Canadian Model Railroad Club, Oklahoma N-Rail, the Arbuckle Model Railroaders and For the Love of Trains set up their model trains at the Norman Public Library.

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Cleveland County reserve deputy relieved of duties after inflammatory Facebook post

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 3:21pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — A Cleveland County reserve deputy has been relieved of his duties after an inflammatory social media post surfaced earlier this month.

The sheriff's office did not name the deputy, but he has been identified through a Facebook post as Ken Coartney.

The comment in question read: "The new generation is filled with lib tards, transvestites, gays and sissies that need a safe room.

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Community

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 2:52pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Ride for Recovery set for September

NORMAN — The fifth annual Ride for Recovery sponsored by the Survivors Clean and Sober Motorcycle Club will be held Sept.

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Community news

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 2:16pm

From Staff Reports

Edmond lists lane closures

EDMOND — Work to install a sanitary sewer line under a northbound section of Boulevard Street will cause a lane closure throughout the week.

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Oklahoma State, University of Oklahoma each enroll more than 4,000 freshman

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 5:47pm

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 - 5:18pm

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 briefs

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 10:38am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Exhibit features OU public art

NORMAN — Outdoor sculptures can be found all over the University of Oklahoma campus, and several of the same artists also are featured in the Fred Jones Jr.

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Opportunities to learn about Girl Scouts offered in Norman, Noble

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 10:33am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Girls and adults interested in learning more about Girl Scouts can attend one of three activities and sign-up events in August and September.

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Norman audiologist to retire

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 10:30am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Eva K. Saffer, senior audiologist at the Oklahoma Hearing Clinic, 3650 W Rock Creek Road, is retiring after 40 years of service in her field.

Saffer, who holds a doctoral degree in audiology, as well as a certificate of clinical competence in audiology from the American Speech Language Hearing Association, has spent her career working with children with hearing loss, fitting adults with hearing aids and fine-tuning Cochlear implants for patients.

According to her co-workers, Saffer has diverse skills in industrial audiology, pediatric audiology, adult rehabilitation, amplifications, medical audiology and educational training.

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Community

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 8:31am

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

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:22pm

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 - 5:24pm

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 - 5:18pm

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 - 5:13pm

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 - 3:52pm

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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Achievers for Aug. 22

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:42pm

From Staff Reports

Military

Army Col. Glen D. Chancellor has arrived for duty as an assistant chief of staff and senior Army National Guard adviser with U.S. Army Cadet Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Chancellor is the son of Robert Chancellor, of Noble, and Lawanda Rosales, of Crowley, Texas.

He graduated in 1985 from Yukon High School and earned a bachelor's degree in 1991 from the University of Oklahoma.

Education

EDMOND — The Southwestern Business Deans Association presented Holly Osburn, associate professor and director of leadership studies for the University of Central Oklahoma College of Business, with the Bobby G. Bizzell Innovative Achievement Award.

The award was made during the SWBDA annual meeting in Colorado Springs.

Osburn received the award for her work in developing the College of Business Leadership Initiative, including leadership luncheons and 2BLeaders programs.

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Person struck, killed by train Wednesday in Norman

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:31pm

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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