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

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By Nuria Martinez-Keel and Tim Willert
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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, nearly 10,000 Oklahomans cast their ballots in person by 10 a.m.

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Achievers

Local News 1 day 20 hours ago

Carla LynDale Bishop, of Norman, has been named as the inaugural recipient of the MIT and Black Public Media Fellowship, hosted by MIT Open Documentary Lab and sponsored by MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology.

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Norman recall group: 'No more dark-of-night votes'

Local News 4 days 13 hours ago

By Tim Willert
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NORMAN — Russell Smith and Sassan Moghadam don't like Norman City Council meetings that run late — sometimes into the early morning hours — and the "dark-of-night votes" they claim are cast by distracted members with "radical" ideologies.

The Unite Norman co-founders say they want to bring some professionalism back to the meetings and make them more accessible for people who can't attend them at night because of work or family obligations.

"The meetings at night, sometimes it becomes a circus environment," Moghadam told The Oklahoman.

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Know someone dedicated to helping animals? Nominate them for Norman award

Local News 1 week ago

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NORMAN — The Norman Animal Welfare Oversight Committee is now accepting nominations for the Norman Animal Welfare Volunteerism Award.

Created to honor Erica Loftis, who dedicated her life to saving animals, the award celebrates individuals who have made substantial contributions to animal welfare through their volunteerism, while also building a greater awareness of volunteerism and animal welfare within the Norman community.

To submit a nomination, prepare a one-page letter of recommendation that highlights the nominee's volunteer contributions toward animal welfare and their connections to the Norman Animal Welfare Center.

The letter must include the submitter's name and phone number, as well as the name and phone number for the nominee.

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Achievers: Tinker Federal Credit Union awards scholarships

Local News 1 week 2 days ago

Tinker Federal Credit Union has awarded scholarships to Victor Zamudio-Nunez, a University of Oklahoma student; and Kyle Daughabaugh and Hallie Tennison, both Oklahoma Baptist University students.

Each of the students recently were presented with $3,000 scholarships.

Zamudio-Nunez joined the Army National Guard three years ago to help fund his higher education.

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Achievers: OU students earn Love of Learning awards

Local News 2 weeks 1 day ago

David Soto Zambrana and Brad Crofford, of the University of Oklahoma, were recently awarded a Love of Learning Award worth $500 from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

Zambrana and Crofford are two of 200 recipients to receive the award.

Love of Learning Awards are designed to help fund post-baccalaureate professional development for active Phi Kappa Phi members, including graduate or professional studies, doctoral dissertations, continuing education, travel related to teaching and research, career development and more.

Established in 2007, the Love of Learning Program gives 200 awards annually.

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Cleveland County recycle center moves to Westwood Recreation Complex

Local News 2 weeks 1 day ago

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NORMAN — The Cleveland County Recycle Drop-off Center has relocated to the Westwood Recreation Complex due to major renovations at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds.

Norman recyclers can find the new facility at 2430 Westport Drive, just west of the tennis courts.

Residents can now drop off their recycling at any of Norman’s three recycle centers:

• Westwood Recycle Center, 2430 Westport Drive.

• Fire Station No.

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Achievers: Moore-Norman tech center awards

Local News 3 weeks 1 day ago

Moore Norman Technology Center employees recently earned multiple awards during the 53rd annual Oklahoma Association for Career and Technology Education's Oklahoma Summit held virtually across the state of Oklahoma.

Winners included:

Bridgette Cannon, dental assisting instructor, was honored with the 2020 Carl Perkins Community Service Award, Health Careers Education, for her work with the Little Smiles program.

Bruce Campbell, former finance director, was honored with the Silver Key Award for 25 Years of Service to Oklahoma CareerTech.

Crystal Conner, MNTC medical assisting instructor, was honored as the New Teacher of the Year.

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OU, OSU cancel spring break, go online after Thanksgiving

Local News 3 weeks 1 day ago

By Nuria Martinez-Keel
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Oklahoma’s two largest universities have eliminated spring break and will not return to in-person learning after Thanksgiving.

The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University announced Tuesday they will start the spring semester a week later than planned to remove spring break from their academic calendars.

Both universities said these changes give them the best chance to finish the spring semester in person.

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