Gov. Kevin Stitt appoints new Cleveland County judge

Local News 4 days 23 hours ago

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Gov. Kevin Stitt on Monday appointed Bethany Stanley as an associate district judge for Cleveland County.

Stanley’s career began in 1998 when she worked as a deputy U.S. Marshal assigned to the Western District of Oklahoma.

After graduating from law school in 2005, Stanley served as an assistant district attorney in Cleveland County for four years.

She worked as an associate attorney at the Law Offices of Tracy Schumacher, P.C., from 2008 to 2010.

Stanley has practiced family law, personal injury and criminal law at Schumacher & Stanley, P.L.L.C since 2017.

"I have spent my legal career in Cleveland County and have served in many different capacities within the court system here," Stanley said in a statement.

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Nazi-looted painting should return to OU, federal judge rules

Local News 1 week ago

By Nuria Martinez-Keel
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An Oklahoma City federal judge has denied a French woman’s attempt to keep a Nazi-stolen painting out of a Norman art museum.

U.S. District Judge Joe Heaton said efforts by Leone Meyer, 81, to keep the painting in France would violate her 2016 settlement with the University of Oklahoma.

During a Friday court hearing, Heaton ruled Meyer is still legally bound to follow the settlement.

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Families can register for critical resource help at Norman HOPE Centers

Local News 1 week 3 days ago

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NORMAN — The city of Norman Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services to open Norman recreation centers as Community HOPE Centers.

The centers will provide an alternative support network for children and families to get the resources they need to thrive and to mitigate the negative impacts COVID-19 has had on communities across Oklahoma.

The 12th Avenue, Irving and Whittier recreation centers will open Community HOPE Centers in conjunction with their after-school programs.

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Roll play: Norman's Blake Baldwin Skate Park officially opens

Local News 1 week 5 days ago

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The newly constructed Blake Baldwin Skate Park at Andrews Park opened with a ceremony Saturday featuring food, music and giveaways, as well as plenty of action on the concrete skate course itself.

"The Blake Baldwin Skate Park is a Norman Forward quality-of-life project to construct Norman’s first custom-build concrete skate course," Annahlyse J. Meyer, chief communications officer for the city of Norman, said in a news release.

"The project includes an enhanced skate park, shade for the amphitheater seating, upgrades to the splash pad, and additional trees.

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Know a volunteer worthy of a Norman Human Rights Award?

Local News 2 weeks 3 days ago

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NORMAN — The Norman Human Rights Commission is seeking nominations for the annual city of Norman Human Rights Award.

The award recognizes an individual or group in Norman for exceptional achievement, outstanding effort and/or leadership to promote human rights and equality, and service as an example to all.

The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m.

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Groundbreaking marks beginning for Norman's Municipal Maintenance Complex construction

Local News 2 weeks 3 days ago

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NORMAN — A recent groundbreaking signals the beginning of construction for the city's Municipal Maintenance Complex that will house Norman's new Fleet and Fire Maintenance Facility and the Parks Maintenance Facility.

“It is important, especially now, that we take the time to celebrate the wins, and this is a win for Norman," Mayor Breea Clark said.

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With Thanksgiving looming, Legend's in Norman elects to reopen

Local News 3 weeks 6 days ago

By Dave Cathey
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NORMAN — While the country frets over whether Joe Biden or Donald Trump will win the election on Tuesday, Joe and Rebecca Sparks will fret over social-distancing, reservations and lemon cake as they reopen Legend’s Restaurant for the first time since March.

Since Legend’s arrived on Lindsey Street in 1968, it's survived busts, storms and three years of street narrowing but has never before been closed for as long as the coronavirus has dictated.

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Oklahomans line up again for hours to cast ballots

Local News 4 weeks ago

By Tim Willert and Josh Dulaney
Staff writers

The raincoats and umbrellas were missing Friday, but the long lines and enthusiasm were not.

Voters basked in sunshine and warm temperatures at several polling places across the Oklahoma City metro area, eager to cast their ballots on Day 2 of early voting.

Oklahoma continues to feel the effects of an ice storm that left more than 200,000 without power this week.

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'I was determined': Thousands brave weather to vote early in Oklahoma

Local News 4 weeks 1 day ago

By Nuria Martinez-Keel and Tim Willert
Staff writers
The rain didn’t stop them. Neither did the piercing wind.

The rain didn’t stop them. Neither did the piercing wind.

Voters bundled into coats and masks and clung to umbrellas as an early morning storm in the Oklahoma City metro dared them to give up plans to vote early on Thursday.

Oklahoma is still reeling from an ice storm that left more than 200,000 without power this week.

Regardless, 50,200 Oklahomans cast their ballots in person by 5 p.m.

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