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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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Norman to consider new animal welfare regulations

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 5:25pm

By Josh Dulaney Staff Writer jdulaney@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — City leaders are considering new regulations that will directly impact pet owners.

On Nov.

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Norman taps headhunting firm for city manager search

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 7:15pm

By Josh Dulaney Staff Writer jdulaney@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Officials here cleared an initial hurdle this week in their hunt for a new city manager.

In a 5-4 vote Tuesday, the city council approved a $24,500 contract with Minnesota-based executive recruitment firm Springsted Waters to search for a replacement for Steve Lewis, who left the post in September for a similar job in Texas.

Springsted Waters competed against SGR, a firm based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Ward 1 Councilwoman Kate Bierman voted for Springsted Waters based on their pitch to the city.

“What struck me the most is that they sent their A squad,” Bierman told the council.

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I-35 northbound lanes shut down Wednesday north of Purcell

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 8:10am

From Staff Reports

A jack-knifed tractor-trailer on Interstate 35 has shut down northbound lanes Wednesday north of Purcell in McClain County, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

The wreck happened about 5 a.m.

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Re-enactor shares life of a drover at genealogy meeting

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 4:09pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — The public is invited to hear a drover's description of life on the Chisholm Trail presented by the Cleveland County Genealogical Society.

Mike Sheriff will don his drover's authentic period attire as he tells what it was like on the Chisholm Trail in the 1870s.

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$68 million to help 12,000 Oklahoma students GEAR UP for college

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 6:25pm

By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Three federal grants to boost success beyond high school will target 12,000 pupils in 46 schools across the state, including every sixth- and seventh-grader in the Oklahoma City Public Schools.

The University of Oklahoma K20 Center announced Wednesday it was awarded GEAR UP grants totaling $68 million to work with three cohorts of middle-schoolers — one urban, one rural and one suburban.

"This is absolutely a game-changer," said Gregg Garn, dean of the OU College of Education and executive director of the K20 Center.

"The GEAR up program is focused on getting kids ready academically, financially and emotionally to get into college and successfully graduate," Garn said.

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Holiday shopping to pop up in Norman

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 9:22pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — STASH will be hosting its third annual holiday pop-up shopping party from 6 to 9:30 p.m.

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University of Oklahoma lays off 50 in first phase of staff reductions

Thu, 11/01/2018 - 4:34pm

By K.S. McNutt Staff Writer kmcnutt@oklahoman.com  

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma cut approximately 50 staff positions Thursday in ongoing efforts to bring expenses in line with income.

A university spokeswoman said this is the first phase of layoffs and further layoffs may come next year as departmental efficiency plans are submitted and refined.

"Because this will be a constant process of evaluating efficiencies within the university, there is no timeline for layoffs," she said.

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Now streaming: OU professor leads dry stream research across U.S.

Wed, 10/31/2018 - 6:20pm

By Josh Dulaney Staff Writer jdulaney@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Cutting under a bridge along East Indian Hills Road near Norman, Elm Creek transforms from pool to riffle and teems with midges, detritivores and oligochaetes.

Big words for bugs and worms.

Listen long enough to Daniel C. Allen, a 38-year-old biology professor at the University of Oklahoma, and you will learn which bugs are predator or prey, the value of filter-feeder insects and why the tiger beetle, with its metallic blue armor, stops by the water on occasion.

“There's a lot of ways to make a living in the stream,” Allen said.

Even when the water disappears.

Allen is leading a $3 million research project across the United States to study what happens to streams when they dry.

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