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Guitarist Eric Gales offers clinic during Jazz in June

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 4:30pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Guitarist Eric Gales lent his talents Thursday for a jazz clinic as part of Norman's annual Jazz in June.

Held at Norman Public Library, Gales, a blues and rock artist who has been referred to as a child guitar prodigy, offered visitors lessons in life and on guitar.

Jazz in June continues Saturday with Jazz in the Park from 6:30 to 11 p.m.

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Applications sought for 2018 Norman Youth Council Class

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 3:24pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — The city of Norman is seeking high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who are active in their school and community and are interested in learning about local government.

The city now is accepting applications for the 2018 Norman Youth Council Class.

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Achievers

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 3:15pm

A team of University of Central Oklahoma students recently placed first in the EdVenture Partners and American Petroleum Institute's “Educating Our Energy Future” national competition, aimed at increasing awareness about the role that natural gas and oil play in everyday life.

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OU's former chief legal counsel files Open Records Act lawsuit against the OU Foundation

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 5:50pm

By Kyle Schwab Staff Writer kschwab@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — The former chief legal counsel at the University of Oklahoma has filed an Open Records Act lawsuit against the OU Foundation.

Fred Gipson is seeking records about a proposed project in north Norman regarding a multipurpose arena and entertainment district.

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Chickasaw Nation candidate forum planned Friday in Purcell

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 4:46pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

PURCELL — The Purcell Chickasaw Community Council will host a candidate forum at 6 p.m. Friday in the Community Room at the Purcell Public Library, 919 N Ninth.

All candidates running for any Chickasaw Nation office in the upcoming election are invited to attend to present their platforms and answer questions.

Refreshments will be served.

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Lindsay man arrested, accused of shooting his half-brother, leaving him for dead

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 3:30pm

By Kelsy Schlotthauer

A Lindsay man turned himself in to Garvin County sheriff's deputies Sunday after he reportedly shot his half-brother and left him in a field to die. 

Randy Wayne Brownlee Jr., 23, surrendered to sheriff's deputies about 4 p.m.

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Painting workshop set June 28-29 at The Depot in Norman

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 9:25am

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — Painting instructor Brad Price will teach a two-day workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Body found at Lake Thunderbird reported a victim of homicide

Sat, 06/09/2018 - 7:16pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — A man found dead Friday at Lake Thunderbird was reportedly slain, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

The body of Kevin Price, 32, of Noble, was found at the edge of Clear Bay #2 on the south side of Lake Thunderbird about 1:30 p.m.

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Three people arrested in reported Norman drive-by shooting, kidnapping

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 3:13pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — Two men and a 16-year-old boy were arrested Friday in connection to a Thursday night drive-by shooting and a Friday morning burglary and kidnapping, police said.

About 9:40 p.m.

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Body reportedly found at Lake Thunderbird Friday

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 1:28pm

From Staff Reports

NORMAN — Authorities are investigating reports of a body found at Lake Thunderbird Friday.

An Oklahoma Highway Patrol boat team was dispatched to the lake Friday to assist in the recovery of the body, said Lt.

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Downpour swamps Oklahoma roads, strands motorists

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 6:02pm

By Josh Wallace and Kelsy Schlotthauer Staff Writers

Torrential downpours swept through the Oklahoma City metro area Thursday, shutting down area highways, stranding motorists and keeping emergency crews busy for several hours.

At 5 a.m., forecasters with the National Weather Service predicted a 20 percent chance of rain in Oklahoma City.

By noon, more than 3 inches of rain had flooded central Oklahoma in just a few hours as storms slowly worked their way out of the metro area, according to the Oklahoma Mesonet weather network.

A flash flood warning was in place for several hours as roadways took on rain, leaving dozens of motorists stranded.

In Oklahoma City, firefighters reported responding to 81 weather-related incidents from 10 a.m.

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OU concrete canoe team earns solid win

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 3:19pm

By Lori Johnson For The Oklahoman

Twenty students from the University of Oklahoma College of Engineering concrete canoe team are raising their paddles in victory after winning first place in the regional engineering design, knowledge and stamina competition.

The Mid-Continent Regional Competition was held at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale through the American Society of Civil Engineers' collegiate chapters.

“The OU Concrete Canoe team has had great success in the past, and this year is no exception,” said Rachel Wesson, concrete canoe head captain and civil engineering senior.

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Shops pop up during Norman's art walk

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 4:28pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — STASH's pop-up shop, Flower Power Market, will return from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday in conjunction with Norman's 2nd Friday Art Walk.

The pop-up shop will include local art, vintage clothing, plants ready for purchase and handmade products.

STASH featured artist for June is Brad Hill, who aims to transform familiar places and objects into abstract snapshots.

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Young Valley to appear at Red Brick Bar

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 4:28pm

FROM STAFF REPORTS

NORMAN — The band Young Valley will be performing at 9 p.m. June 16 at the Red Brick Bar, 311 E Main St.

Young Valley, of Jackson, Mississippi, offers points of view from songwriters Zach Lovett, Dylan Lovett and Spencer Thomas with a trading of ideas and styles from traditional country to southern tinged rock ‘n' roll.

Since their debut record "No Filter" was released in 2014, the band has toured 34 states sharing the stage with acts like Shooter Jennings, Lucero, American Aquarium, Phosphorescent and Futurebirds.

The band's self-titled record was all Mississippi grown and released this past April through Dial Back Sound in Water Valley, Mississippi, co-owned by Matt Patton (Drive-by Truckers) and Bronson Tew, head engineer.



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Norman moves forward on funding public art projects

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 4:36pm

By Kimberly Thompson Staff Writer kthompson@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Although you can walk inside a gallery to see great art, you can also just take a walk along the streets of Norman and find artwork in the outdoor elements.

Public art can be found on the lawn at City Hall, outside the public library, in the street medians and many more locations across the city.

And Norman is planning even more outdoor artworks as part of Norman Forward, a citizen-initiated proposal to renovate, expand, construct and fund quality of life projects.

“We developed a package voted for by citizens.

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Norman city leaders take steps to make the community more green

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 7:12pm

By Jack Money Business Writer jmoney@oklahoman.com

NORMAN — Color this community green.

On May 22, members of Norman's City Council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution that pledges the city will transition its electrical power requirements to being filled entirely by renewable energy by 2035.

The resolution also pledges the city will convert its city-owned buildings and its transportation system to run entirely on renewable energy by 2050.

Officials said Norman is the first city in Oklahoma to have made the commitment.

"It guides our community down the path to protect our environment," said Councilman Bill Hickman, an enthusiastic supporter of the resolution.

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Oklahomans' run in national bee ends

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 7:55pm

By Tim Willert Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com

Wednesday marked the end of the road for four Oklahoma students participating in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

Shawn Terrado of Elgin, the Central Oklahoma Spelling Bee champion, spelled the word "parasiticide" correctly, but did not score high enough on a preliminary computer test to reach Thursday's final day.

A parasiticide is a substance used in medicine and veterinary medicine to kill parasites.

"It's actually all right because I really didn't expect to go to the finals in my first year," she said in a phone interview.

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University of Oklahoma College of Law places 5th in American Bar Association championship

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 6:42pm

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

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma College of Law placed fifth out of 156 law schools in a new American Bar Association ranking of schools that best prepare their students for law practice.

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Festival of Homes in Moore, Norman, Oklahoma

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 9:35am

By Dyrinda Tyson For The Oklahoman dyrinda@gmail.com

NORMAN — A chandelier hangs in the master bath and the patio is wired for a television, but smaller things set the home apart.

Built-in fire pit in the backyard?

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Oklahoma spellers fare well at national competition

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 5:35pm

By Tim Willert Staff Writer twillert@oklahoman.com

Three Oklahoma middle school students advanced to Day 2 of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Tuesday, including two who took a different path to Washington, D.C.

Shawn Terrado, 11, the 2018 Central Oklahoma Bee champion, advanced to Round 3 set for Wednesday.

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