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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OU schedules virtual graduation ceremony

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 11:48am

From staff reports

The University of Oklahoma will offer graduating seniors a virtual commencement ceremony on May 8 and in-person ceremonies on Aug.

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Blake Green to replace Todd Gibson as Cleveland County sheriff

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 8:10pm

By Tim Willert
Staff writer twillert@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Cleveland County Undersheriff Blake Green will be sworn in as sheriff Monday morning. Green will take over for Todd Gibson, who is leaving to become police chief in Moore.

Gibson's last official day as sheriff is Friday.

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Achievers

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 12:00am

The Hearing Loss Association of America Central Oklahoma Chapter has announced two recent scholarship recipients.

Haleigh Scott and Peter Hardt each were awarded $1,000 to assist with college expenses.

Haleigh is the daughter of Crystal and Derek Wilson.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Wed, 04/01/2020 - 12:00am

Editor's note: Please contact area shelters before visiting. Some shelters may be closed, have adjusted hours of operation or only available by appointment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bethany Animal Control Shelter: 8 a.m.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Virtual entertainment planned for home-bound residents

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 8:21pm

By Tim Willert
Staff writer twillert@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — City leaders are planning a series of virtual events and activities, including a community candy hunt and teddy bear safari, to keep residents engaged and entertained during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A series of live concerts featuring local artists heads the list of activities that can be viewed on Norman's YouTube page or the parks and recreation department's Facebook page.

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OU receives $4.8 million gift for Native Peoples Initiative

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 8:19pm

By Nuria Martinez-Keel
Staff writer nmartinez-keel@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — A $4.8 million donation to the University of Oklahoma will launch a new institute dedicated to studying Native American nations.

The Horizon Foundation, a grant-making nonprofit from the Dallas area, made the donation to establish the Native Peoples Institute.

The university hailed the gift as one that will make OU “the premier center for Native American research and teaching,” according to a news release Monday.

“This gift fortifies the universitywide Native Peoples Initiative, led by the OU Native Nations Center, and will enhance our collective understanding and appreciation of the compelling landscape of Native experiences, benefiting all people,” OU Interim President Joseph Harroz said in the release.

The Horizon Foundation’s donation includes three $1.5 million endowed chairs to attract nationally recognized scholars in Native American studies.

Areas of study for these endowed chairs will include Native American spirituality and the environment, Native American history and culture, and Native American language preservation and revitalization.

Leading the initiative, OU’s Native Nation Center will receive $300,000 for a building study to “provide a home” for the center and the Native American Studies Department.

The Native Nation Center, or NNC, received an endowment from the Chickasaw Nation two years ago to refurbish its event space in Copeland Hall and the Native American Studies Department.

The Horizon Foundation’s gift will support classrooms and spaces for community events and interdisciplinary research.

NNC Director Amanda Cobb-Greetham said the Native Peoples Initiative will help advance issues of tribal sovereignty, increase understanding of indigenous cultures and enrich experiences of native students.

“This initiative highlights collaboration with Oklahoma’s 39 Native Nations,” Cobb-Greetham said in OU’s news release.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: No more curbside trash bags in OKC

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 8:19pm

Trash bags set out at the curb will be left there starting next week in Oklahoma City. Starting Monday, grass clippings and other refuse must be put in trash carts for pickup.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Norman amends stay at home order

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 1:19pm

Staff reports

NORMAN — The City of Norman has amended the city's stay at home order to create enhanced restrictions on essential activities related to outdoor sports.

Under the new amendment, all golf courses, basketball courts, tennis courts, pickleball courts, disc golf courses, visits to the dog parks and other similar forms of activities are no longer considered essential.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: City of Norman cancels Spring Cleanup 2020

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 12:41pm

Staff reports

NORMAN — The City of Norman has canceled Spring Cleanup 2020, stating it is in the best interest of customers and city employees.

The decision was made after Gov.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Second nursing home resident dies

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 8:12pm

By Nolan Clay
Staff writer nclay@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — A second resident of a nursing home here has died after being hospitalized for COVID-19 symptoms.

"Our hearts and prayers are with the family and with our team members devastated by the news," Grace Skilled Nursing and Therapy said Wednesday.

Two residents were taken to the hospital in Norman over the weekend after experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

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Drive-thru farmers market products offered at Cleveland County Fairgrounds; advance orders required before pickup

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 12:00am

Staff reports

NORMAN — Cleveland County will be connecting the public to local food through a drive-thru farmers market each Tuesday and Saturday.

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 12:00am

Bethany Animal Control Shelter: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Norman mayor announces stay at home order

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 8:22pm

By Tim Willert
Staff writer twillert@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Mayor Breea Clark announced a stay at home order for residents effective at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Norman Mayor Breea Clark to hold press conference

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 9:57am

From Staff Reports

Norman Mayor Breea Clark will hold a press conference concerning coronavirus at 3 p.m. Tuesday.


View the press conference here.



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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: How college professors transition to teach online

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 8:17pm

By Kayla Branch
Staff writer kbranch@oklahoman.com

For the foreseeable future, the guest-room closet in Kate Brennan’s home will be a recording studio.

Brennan teaches voice and acting classes at Oklahoma City University, which, along with many other colleges in the state, announced that all courses would move online for the rest of the semester to limit the spread of COVID-19.

So Brennan spent spring break building her in-home studio, recording instruction videos and creating new assignments.

But it was challenging because her classes focus on physical movement, vocal performance and engaging with or in front of a group.

“We’ve been going nonstop to try and figure this out,” Brennan said.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OU launching fundraising campaign for students during COVID-19

Sat, 03/21/2020 - 8:24pm

By Nuria Martinez-Keel
Staff writer nmartinez-keel@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma is considering multiple measures to support student finances and academic progress during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Interim President Joseph Harroz released an update to students Friday.

OU is activating an emergency financial assistance program to help students facing unique financial challenges because of the global pandemic.

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Metro schools offering free meals to children

Sat, 03/21/2020 - 8:24pm

By Nuria Martinez-Keel
Staff writer nmartinez-keel@oklahoman.com

Oklahoma City Public Schools will have 42 locations with free meals while schools are closed.

Other school districts in the metro area — such as Putnam City, Mustang Public Schools and Edmond Public Schools — also will have free food available.

The Oklahoma State Board of Education voted Monday to close all public schools in the state until April 6 to prevent spread of COVID-19.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OU's Norman campus announces second positive coronavirus test

Sat, 03/21/2020 - 5:01am

By Abby Bitterman

A second member of the University of Oklahoma's Norman campus community has tested positive for COVID-19.

The university made the announcement in a press release Friday night.

OU cannot release the name or any other details of the individual who tested positive for legal reasons.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: College students 'definitely hurt' over graduation postponement

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 8:19pm

By Nuria Martinez-Keel
Staff writer nmartinez-keel@oklahoman.com

The first weekend of May will pass without a hint of “Pomp and Circumstance” at the University of Oklahoma.

Students dressed in caps and gowns will not file into the stadium, arenas or music halls for commencement and convocations.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Norman city services impacted by COVID-19

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 12:33pm

Staff reports

NORMAN — All City of Norman buildings will be closed to the public until further notice with the exception of the municipal courts and police department in an effort to protect city staff and the public from the spread of COVID-19, a news release stated Thursday.

Residents are encouraged to do business with staff via telephone or email, however, if in-person business is required, customers may call and staff will come out to meet them.

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